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Governor Wolf Asks Secretary DeVos to Preserve Federal Victim Protection Policies


first_img Education,  It’s On Us PA,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Public Safety Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today sent a personal letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos asking her to do everything in her power to preserve policies currently in place to protect victims of sexual violence and abuse on college campuses. Governor Wolf said he was deeply troubled by the Department’s consideration of revoking guidance issued under the previous administration, guidance which has been an invaluable resource for educators and school leaders in this state and nationwide.“Every day, young people enter school classrooms and attend college with a purpose: pursuing an education that will lay the foundation for a rewarding life,” Governor Wolf said “We have no greater responsibility as public servants and leaders – whether a governor or Secretary of Education – to help the next generation in this worthwhile endeavor.”“But for far too many students, their education is disrupted by acts of sexual harassment and violence. Nearly 20 percent of girls between the ages of 14 and 17 experience sexual assault; more than one in five women and one in 20 men experience sexual violence during their college years.“These statistics are troubling both because of their overwhelming scope, and because each instance represents a young person who has endured the most egregious violation of personal privacy, autonomy, and respect. And for every survivor who bravely comes forward to seek justice, or to protect others from the pain of these experiences, there are countless who stay silent, worried they will not be believed or that more harm will come to them from speaking up.”Governor Wolf implored Secretary DeVos and her colleagues at the department to preserve these policies, which have paved the way for increased transparency, safety, and supports for all students. Randi Teplitz, chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women, joined Governor Wolf in denouncing the actions of the federal government.“It is disheartening that in 2017, victims of sexual violence continue to battle stereotypes and rape myths. The reality is that the number of false reports of sexual assault is statistically insignificant,” Teplitz said. “The Pennsylvania Commission for Women is proud to stand with Governor Wolf in supporting and advancing initiatives that will continue to protect victims regardless of any misguided policies that are set forth by our federal government.”Earlier this week, Governor Wolf joined legislators, advocates, and students to announce the upcoming introduction of a package of six bills as part of his “It’s On Us PA” campaign to combat sexual violence in K-12 schools and on college and university campuses.Since the campaign began in January 2016, Governor Wolf and members of his administration have engaged hundreds of students, educators, administrators, advocates, healthcare personnel, researchers, campus safety and law enforcement officials, and policymakers to identify opportunities for improving systems to address and prevent sexual violence in schools and on campuses in Pennsylvania.Read full text of the letter below. You can also view the letter on Scribd and as a PDF.Dear Secretary DeVos:Every day, young people enter school classrooms and attend college with a purpose: pursuing an education that will lay the foundation for a rewarding life. We have no greater responsibility as public servants and leaders – whether a governor or Secretary of Education – to help the next generation in this worthwhile endeavor.But for far too many students, their education is disrupted by acts of sexual harassment and violence. Nearly 20 percent of girls between the ages of 14 and 17 experience sexual assault; more than one in five women and one in 20 men experience sexual violence during their college years. These statistics are troubling both because of their overwhelming scope, and because each instance represents a young person who has endured the most egregious violation of personal privacy, autonomy, and respect. And for every survivor who bravely comes forward to seek justice, or to protect others from the pain of these experiences, there are countless who stay silent, worried they will not be believed or that more harm will come to them from speaking up.These acts of violence, and the fearful quiet that frequently follows, stem from persistent and deeply rooted beliefs and attitudes about gender that restrict and confine people to outdated, harmful notions of masculinity and femininity. In such a culture – where boys are taught not to cry and girls are taught to smile and very few are taught what healthy, meaningful relationships look like – violence too often emerges. And although evidence suggests the rate of false reporting for sexual assault is consistent with other violent crimes (between 2-8 percent), misperceptions that false accusations are commonplace remain a significant hurdle, both for those charged with investigating and responding to reports and to those seeking to make them.Title IX makes clear that all students have a right to equal access to a full education – in the classroom, on the field, and anywhere the pursuit of learning takes place. Under this civil rights law, schools have an obligation to effectively prevent and address gender-based discrimination, harassment, and violence.As governor of Pennsylvania – and as the father of two incredible daughters – it is a charge I take especially seriously. In January 2016, I launched the It’s On Us PA, a statewide campaign to raise awareness of sexual assault in K-12 schools and on college campuses.Over the past year and a half, my administration has listened to and partnered with professionals who are on the front lines of this work – advocates, educators, administrators, law enforcement and campus safety officials, Title IX coordinators – to identify prevention and response efforts that help break down the formal and informal barriers that so many survivors face. I’m proud that 36 colleges and universities in Pennsylvania have invested nearly $1 million in evidence-based programs that create better systems and standards for sexual assault reporting and response.We’ve also heard from students and survivors, who have shared not only their stories of burden but also of hope – hope that the adults charged with their education and care have the courage to create change and to create environments where all students can come forward and access the rights, resources, and supports they deserve, and that Title IX guarantees.The Campus SaVE Act, led by our senior Senator Bob Casey, was an important update to the Cleary Act by requiring more transparency around campus sexual assault. Based on the actions taken this week by the Trump administration, congress needs to revisit this issue and strengthen our laws to ensure victims are not revictimized during investigations. Until that happens, I strongly encourage all colleges and universities within the commonwealth to continue using the standards set out in this 2011 policy.The protections and policies advanced by the U.S. Department of Education over the past six years represent important progress in meeting that challenge. I am deeply troubled by the Department’s consideration of revoking guidance issued under the previous administration, guidance which has been an invaluable resource for educators and school leaders in this state and nationwide. I implore you and your colleagues at the Department to preserve these policies, which have paved the way for increased transparency, safety, and supports for all students.Sincerely,Governor Tom WolfLetter to Secretary Besty DeVos to Preserve Federal Victim Protection Policies by Governor Tom Wolf on Scribd Governor Wolf Asks Secretary DeVos to Preserve Federal Victim Protection Policies September 08, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


EPL: Red Devils tackle Norwich City


first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Man U vs Norwich City Venue: Old Trafford Kick off: 4PMManchester United will be looking to return to winning ways when they welcome struggling Norwich City to Old Trafford in the Premier League this afternoon. The Red Devils are without a victory in their last three matches in all competitions but are still fifth in the Premier League table and will fancy their chances of overcoming the Canaries this weekend. It has been a case of one step forward, two steps back for United this season, and it is difficult to imagine that pattern of results and performances changing between now and the summer. Back-to-back victories over Newcastle United and Burnley in their final two Premier League matches of 2019 would have seen the 20-time English champions arrive at Arsenal on New Year’s Day full of confidence. The performance at the Emirates Stadium was disappointing, though, as they suffered a 2-0 loss. Since then, they have drawn 0-0 with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup in addition to suffering a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final. The Red Devils were well beaten by Pep Guardiola’s side at Old Trafford and face a huge task to turn the tie around on January 29. When considering that United have only won eight of their 21 Premier League matches this season, it is a surprise that they are in a top-four race. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are fifth in the table as things stand, though, just five points off fourth-placed Chelsea, who have suffered seven league defeats this term. United are only four points above 10th-placed Arsenal, though, and could easily slide down the table with a couple of poor results. It would be a huge surprise if they fail to return to winning ways this weekend but breaking down sides that they are expected to beat has been a real issue. The Red Devils have only suffered one Premier League defeat at Old Trafford this season, though, and that came back in August against Crystal Palace. That said, Arsenal, Liverpool, Aston Villa and Everton have all left the Theatre of Dreams with something to show for their efforts this term. At the time of writing, no new players have arrived at the club this month despite their injury problems. The absence of Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba have hurt them badly, while key centre-back Harry Maguire is set for a spell on the sidelines with a hip problem, leaving the team short in defence. There have been plenty of positives this season, though, with Marcus Rashford enjoying the finest campaign of his career. The England international has 17 goals in 29 appearances at club level this term and will surely be considered by Norwich to be the home side’s biggest threat this afternoon. Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial have also been impressive in the final third, but the lack of a provider from the number 10 spot has been a problem, with Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Andreas Pereira all failing to convince in that area of the field during the 2019-20 campaign. It does appear that Solskjaer will be given time to make his mark regardless of what happens this season but anything other than a victory this weekend would lead to more discontent among the supporters. Norwich have lost their last two Premier League games against United, including a 3-1 defeat in the reverse match at Carrow Road earlier this season. That said, the Canaries famously recorded a 2-1 victory when they travelled to Old Trafford during the 2015-16 campaign. Cameron Jerome and Alexander Tettey scored the goals on that occasion, and it would be some story if the visitors could find a way of picking up all three points this afternoon. Daniel Farke’s side have only won three Premier League matches all season, though, collecting just 14 points in total to leave themselves bottom of the table heading into the next set of fixtures. Worryingly, they are now five points off 19th-placed Watford and sit seven points from Aston Villa in 17th. As it stands, last season’s Championship winners are the favourite to finish bottom of the pile, particularly when considering that they have not been victorious in the league since beating Everton on November 23. Norwich have overcome Manchester City this season, though, in addition to holding both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur. All three of those results came at Carrow Road, however, and their away form has been disappointing. The Canaries will enter this match off the back of successive league draws with Tottenham and Crystal Palace, though, while they also recorded an impressive 4-2 victory over Preston North End in the FA Cup last Saturday. Farke’s side will not be the favourites to triumph this weekend, but they have a huge game at home to fellow strugglers Bournemouth on January 18 and sooner or later wins will have to arrive. The basement side is sweating on leading scorer Teemu Pukki’s fitness ahead of the clash at Old Trafford, meanwhile, and whether the in-form striker is available is likely to have a huge impact on the team’s confidence. Man U possible XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Jones, Williams, Matic, Fred, James, Pereira, Rashford, Martial. Norwich City possible XI: Krul, Aarons, Zimmermann, Hanley, Byram, Vrancic, Tettey, Buendia, McLean, Cantwell, Idah.Tags: Daniel FarkeEPLManchester UnitedNorwich CityOle Gunnar Solskjaerlast_img read more


INX Media case Chidambarams CBI custody extended till Sep 2


first_imgNew Delhi: A court here on Friday extended, till Monday, former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram’s CBI custody in the INX media case. Additional Solicitor General K.M. Natrajan, appearing for the Central Bureau of Investigation, sought five more days custody of Chidambaram, whose present remand ended on Friday, saying that extensive interrogation of the accused was conducted and he was confronted with documents and witnesses but further time was required to continue the investigation. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Chidambaram’s counsel opposed the remand application but both sides were apprised that if the remand order is challenged in the apex court, it would only be taken up there on Monday. In view of the submissions, the judge extended Chidambaram’s CBI custody till Monday. The CBI had, in 2017, registered a case alleging financial irregularities, to the tune of Rs 305 crore, in the Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance given to INX Media in 2007 when Chidambaram was Union Finance Minister. Following the FIR filed by the CBI, the Enforcement Directorate had filed a case of money laundering against him.last_img read more