Campus Sexual Assault


Lawsuit: East Greenbush school officials concealed teacher’s sex abuse

EAST GREENBUSH — A former student filed a lawsuit last week against East Greenbush Central School District, alleging officials conspired to allow a sexual predator to teach social studies at Columbia High School — a position he allegedly used to prey on students. The lawsuit accuses Henry Kolakoski of abusing  Robert Reese at the teacher's home, at school events and even during classes at school in 1979 and 1980. 

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Why did authorities fail to protect Wayne County girls from pedophile doctor?

One after another, the authorities who were supposed to protect kids gave Dr. David Blasczak a pass. A newly filed lawsuit may help explain why. As far back as 1993, and perhaps earlier, worried families had complained that Blasczak, a family practitioner in the small Wayne County village of Clyde, was engaging in questionable conduct with young girls. New York state and local agencies looked into Blasczak’s conduct several times but took no action to keep him away from vulnerable children. He remained a practicing physician and a free man until 2018, when ...

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Brighton High School grad files suit against district to highlight sexual abuse by teachers

On Tuesday the former student, Tara Yellen, filed a lawsuit against the Brighton Central School District, accusing it of failing to protect her from the alleged predation of its former teacher, Gary Alan Wiener. Yellen, now 47, said she is suing to bring attention to teacher-student sexual abuse.  "This was so damaging to me. I know I’m not alone. I know this type of abuse devastated and continues to devastate so many other people. I need people to understand how insidious this type of abuse really is," Yellen said in an interview. The story of ...

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How could a dad live on a college campus? Questions grow in Sarah Lawrence sex-cult scandal

The indictment accusing Larry Ray of preying on Sarah Lawrence College students — in a stunning web of manipulation, extortion, sex-trafficking and money-laundering — answered many questions, but not THE question. Sarah Lawrence alumni and even its president have tried to figure out how a dad could move into his daughter's on-campus apartment without the college knowing about it.  They pointed to the private, apartment-style setup of his daughter's Slonim Woods dorm where Ray arrived — straight from prison — in ...

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Current, ex-GCCC employees sue Swender, college

Lawyers representing six current and former Garden City Community College employees who have taken issue with the management of the college filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging that GCCC and its former president, Herbert Swender, had violated the plaintiffs constitutional rights. Attorneys Jean ...

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Hospital acknowledges former doctor sexually abused patients

A Manhattan hospital is apologizing to patients who were sexually abused by a doctor. More than 100 people have now come forward and allege that an Upper East Side doctor sexually abused them as children.

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He said it was consensual. She said she blacked out. U-Va. had to decide: Was it assault?

When Haley Lind was found alone in a stranger’s bathroom, she was naked and in a drunken stupor, barely able to stand or speak, a raucous party raging around her. She awoke in her bed hours later, her head pounding, leaves in her hair, soaked in her own urine. “I think I got assaulted last night,” she texted a friend the morning after the annual welcome-back-to-school Block Party at the University of Virginia. “Something just feels very wrong.” The Washington Post reconstructed the events of the night Lind says she was sexually assaulted at U-Va. — and ...

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Debate brews over role of anonymous Title IX-related complaints in course evaluations

Though the University effectively rejected a proposal created by the University Senate’s Faculty Affairs Committee to prohibit internal investigations into anonymous Title IX-related complaints made in course evaluations, fears surrounding the issue persist. The proposal asks that the University disregard anonymous complaints made on course evaluations and campus publications’ comment sections that could compel a Title IX investigation against faculty members. In response to an inquiry made by Spectator, the University released a statement saying they were obliged ...

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Former U-Va. student seeks to block new U.S. law on campuses handling of sexual assaults

A former University of Virginia student hopes to prevent a new federal law on campus sexual assault from taking effect Friday, claiming it would undermine the investigation into her allegations that a classmate raped her more than two years ago. A lawsuit in federal court in the District argues that the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act would allow colleges and universities to place a greater burden of proof on alleged victims, renewing the debate about which standard of evidence colleges must use in disciplinary proceedings in sexual assault cases. ......

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W&M, U.Va. under investigation for handling of sexual assaults

James R. Marsh said the department has taken "an inordinate amount of time" to investigate allegations about how the university handled his client's 2011 rape case. Those complexities are reflected in the suits Marsh filed in March in U.S. District Court in Washington - one seeks to press OCR to hold U.Va. accountable and another action challenges new provisions of the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act. Supporters say the SaVE reforms put more responsibility on colleges to stop assaults, but others, including Marsh, contend the changes allow the schools ...

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