Remix to conviction

Remix to conviction

In early January, Lifetime aired a documentary series chronicling R&B singer Robert “R.” Kelly’s history of sexual assault and pedophilia, with alleged crimes going back 30 years. In all six episodes, one point was made overwhelmingly clear: R. Kelly’s success is fueled by not only the enablers who continue to...

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Students to protest university’s handling of Anderson case

Students to protest university’s handling of Anderson case

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include additional information about the protest planned for Dec. 14. UTD President Richard Benson announced Thursday afternoon that Jacob Walter Anderson, a transfer student who was expelled from Baylor University in 2016 after a sexual assault allegation, will still receive his degree...

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Petition launched to remove transfer student accused of sexual assault

Petition launched to remove transfer student accused of sexual assault

Editor’s Note: President Richard Benson issued a statement at 4:49 p.m. CST on Dec. 12 through the university’s Facebook and Twitter channels about Jacob Anderson, the UTD senior at the center of a Baylor University sexual assault case. Benson said that Anderson was admitted to UTD two years ago without...

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It’s not a question: No means no

It’s not a question: No means no

Last week, my news feed was plastered with images of a belligerent Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s most recent nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. In these photos, he’s been captured red-faced, in fierce denial of allegations of sexual assault. Perhaps Kavanaugh denies the allegations so vehemently because he, like many perpetrators,...

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Mandatory sexual assault modules: are they effective?

Mandatory sexual assault modules: are they effective?

UTD requires every new student to complete a series of web-based sexual assault prevention modules. A survey of 94 students conducted by The Mercury revealed 86 percent of participants do not believe the modules are effective in educating students about sexual misconduct. UT System implemented the sexual assault prevention course...

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Guard Posts

Guard Posts

Emergency services at UTD exist to make campus a safer place. Whether dealing with an issue that is medical, weather-related or otherwise, stay calm and remember that you are not alone. UTD Police Available 24 hours a day and seven days a week, UTD PD officers are fully commissioned, so...

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Sexual assault exams now offered at UTD health center

Sexual assault exams now offered at UTD health center

The Student Health Center has introduced SAFE exams to help victims of sexual assault get medical treatment on campus. The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, or SANE, nurse is a medical professional trained to help victims of sexual assault obtain proof of the crime by performing a SAFE exam, or Sexual...

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Rape survivors need support, understanding from community

Rape survivors need support, understanding from community

Editor’s note: This op-ed author’s name has been changed to protect her identity. I thought my freshman year of college was supposed to be the most exciting year. I was in a new city, meeting amazing friends and taking classes I wanted to take. I couldn’t have been more wrong,...

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UTD is implementing solutions, spreading awareness of resources for sexual assault

UTD is implementing solutions, spreading awareness of resources for sexual assault

A recent UT System-wide report on campus sexual assault prevention procedures found a low disclosure rate among victims at UTD and a lack of knowledge among students of the reporting process and resources available. Since the release of the report, Cultivating Learning and Safe Environments, in March 2017 university officials...

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Campus survey addresses sexual assault climate

Campus survey addresses sexual assault climate

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated since its original publication on 5/4/2015 SG provides support, hopes survey can fix Title IX policy confusion   The UTD criminology program has created and sent out a survey to all student emails to address the campus’ climate regarding sexual assault. Associate Professor...

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