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January 6, 2012
CBS reports: WBBM Newsradio has learned that Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman after a night of drinking last fall. Get the full story at CBS .
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February 27, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Two Chicago-area universities have been in the news recently as students and federal officials question how well they handle sexual assault allegations. At Northwestern, a student is suing the university over claims it failed to follow up on a sexual harassment complaint she filed against a professor. Northwestern officials are disputing the student's claim. The  University of Chicago is being investigated by the United States Department of Education over the way the school handles sexual assault cases.
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February 27, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Two Chicago-area universities have been in the news recently as students and federal officials question how well they handle sexual assault allegations. At Northwestern, a student is suing the university over claims it failed to follow up on a sexual harassment complaint she filed against a professor. Northwestern officials are disputing the student's claim. The  University of Chicago is being investigated by the United States Department of Education over the way the school handles sexual assault cases.
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Many survivors of sexual assault on college campuses around Illinois are referred to Porchlight, the state's only nonprofit counseling agency that focuses on college-aged assault survivors. Since Porchlight was founded in 2004, the Evanston-based agency has served thousands of students. Here's a snapshot of Porchlight, by the numbers. Average client age: 21 Race/Ethnicity of clients: 64 percent Caucasian; 13 percent African-American; 13 percent Asian-American; 10 percent Hispanic/Latino Average length of time between assault and when student seeks help from Porchlight: 18 months...
NEWS
December 27, 2012 | By Erin Vogel @eringejuice and For RedEye
Twenty-one-year-old political science major and Student Government Association Senator Jessica Thiesen said it was "really upsetting" to receive an e-mail from the Roosevelt University on Nov. 30 notifying her that a student had been sexually assaulted in the stairwell of the school's Wabash Building, a residence hall five blocks away from her dorm. "It was weird that it was just this matter-of-fact statement that we got in our inbox like, ‘Hey, by the way, someone was sexually assaulted, stay out of your stairwell!
NEWS
February 13, 2013 | By Niki Fritz, @fritzfrack and RedEye
I know things are supposed to be all Valentine's Day-y, with streets chock-full of pink hearts and movie posters for that new Katherine Heigl movie, "The Big Wedding," but let's take a break from all that love and fun to talk about something super not fun but also super important: violence against women. I know, I warned you it wasn't going to be fun. This week, the Senate passed a bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, placing the focus square on the House. VAWA was enacted in 1994 to protect women, who are the primary victims of abuse,...
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Many survivors of sexual assault on college campuses around Illinois are referred to Porchlight, the state's only nonprofit counseling agency that focuses on college-aged assault survivors. Since Porchlight was founded in 2004, the Evanston-based agency has served thousands of students. Here's a snapshot of Porchlight, by the numbers. Average client age: 21 Race/Ethnicity of clients: 64 percent Caucasian; 13 percent African-American; 13 percent Asian-American; 10 percent Hispanic/Latino Average length of time between assault and...
SPORTS
January 17, 2013 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
At least the skeleton that came tumbling out of Notre Dame's closet wasn't a real one this time. If the scandal surrounding Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend has taught us anything, it's that we need to seriously re-evaluate how we as a society assign the label of "victim. " Te'o is not a victim. Northbrook's Lizzy Seeberg, on the other hand, was very much a victim. We cannot, as a society, afford to forget this. If Seeberg's name doesn't sound familiar, it's because Notre Dame would rather you not know her. Seeberg is the St....
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of 4) Though it'd make a good title for a biopic about Jessie Spano, “I'm So Excited!” actually comes from acclaimed and recently slumping writer-director Pedro Almodovar. The film does contain a performance of the Pointer Sisters' classic - it's just, in typical Almodovar style, an exaggerated lip-sync by three flamboyant stewards aboard a Mexico-bound flight whose busted landing gear causes them to circle in air indefinitely. If that sounds too gleefully over-the-top for you, stop reading now. Almodovar opens “I'm So...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) Early in the Danish drama "The Hunt," Theo (Thomas Bo Larsen) tells his wife, Agnes (Anna Louise Hassing), that she's beautiful because she doesn't know it. Since he neglects to cite One Direction, I assume he wants his word to be taken on its own. But taking a man's word isn't always possible, as the couple's best friend, Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen of NBC's "Hannibal"), learns after Theo and Agnes' kindergartner, Klara (Annika Wedderkopp), claims Lucas -- her neighbor and a teacher at her school -- exposed himself to her....
NEWS
October 18, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
In the days after Megan Chuhran was sexually assaulted in a Kalamazoo College dorm room, she felt like she was torn between two terrible options: let the traumatic experience go, or endure months of interviews, hearings and investigations from professors, students and campus security to seek justice against her accused rapist, a fellow student. Chuhran's memory of the night in 2004 is patchy - she suspects because she may have been slipped a date rape drug while drinking at an off-campus party, though no toxicology assessment was ever performed.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) Early in the Danish drama "The Hunt," Theo (Thomas Bo Larsen) tells his wife, Agnes (Anna Louise Hassing), that she's beautiful because she doesn't know it. Since he neglects to cite One Direction, I assume he wants his word to be taken on its own. But taking a man's word isn't always possible, as the couple's best friend, Lucas (Mads Mikkelsen of NBC's "Hannibal"), learns after Theo and Agnes' kindergartner, Klara (Annika Wedderkopp), claims Lucas -- her neighbor and a teacher at her school -- exposed...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 4, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of 4) Though it'd make a good title for a biopic about Jessie Spano, “I'm So Excited!” actually comes from acclaimed and recently slumping writer-director Pedro Almodovar. The film does contain a performance of the Pointer Sisters' classic - it's just, in typical Almodovar style, an exaggerated lip-sync by three flamboyant stewards aboard a Mexico-bound flight whose busted landing gear causes them to circle in air indefinitely. If that sounds too gleefully over-the-top for you, stop reading now. Almodovar opens...
NEWS
March 20, 2013 | Stephen Markley
Ever since the news broke of the Steubenville sexual assault case, in which two high school football players, Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond, raped an unconscious girl at a party, I've been trying to place that story in some kind of context. After all, this happened at high school very much like mine, in a town very much like mine, approximately two hours to the east of where I grew up in Ohio. So you go back in your head. You try to remember high school and being a high school athlete and attempt to formulate a set of circumstances that allow such a...
NEWS
February 13, 2013 | By Niki Fritz, @fritzfrack and RedEye
I know things are supposed to be all Valentine's Day-y, with streets chock-full of pink hearts and movie posters for that new Katherine Heigl movie, "The Big Wedding," but let's take a break from all that love and fun to talk about something super not fun but also super important: violence against women. I know, I warned you it wasn't going to be fun. This week, the Senate passed a bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, placing the focus square on the House. VAWA was enacted in 1994 to protect women, who are the primary victims of abuse, from all forms of violence.
SPORTS
January 17, 2013 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
At least the skeleton that came tumbling out of Notre Dame's closet wasn't a real one this time. If the scandal surrounding Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend has taught us anything, it's that we need to seriously re-evaluate how we as a society assign the label of "victim. " Te'o is not a victim. Northbrook's Lizzy Seeberg, on the other hand, was very much a victim. We cannot, as a society, afford to forget this. If Seeberg's name doesn't sound familiar, it's because Notre Dame would rather you not know her. Seeberg is the St. Mary's...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2012 | By Taylor Ervin, RedEye
Northwestern University's college feminists are set to launch their sixth-annual Sex Week on Monday, April 9.  The annual week-long event is aimed at sparking conversations about sex and sexuality among students. This year's line-up features a diverse set of speakers and performers including a panel on sex in Hip-Hop called "Wait Till You See My D!ck" and a slam poetry open-mic night. "Conversations like the ones we'll be having during Sex Week open the door for greater understanding and acceptance and by presenting these really important topics in a smart, sensitive, and entertaining way, we...
SPORTS
August 14, 2012 | Chicago Tribune
Chicago rowing coach and charity founder Jenn Gibbons finished her 1,500-mile rowing journey around the perimeter of Lake Michigan on Tuesday, about a month after she was sexually assaulted in her boat during the trip. "Thank you for welcoming me to Chicago," a grinning Gibbons told dozens of supporters outside of the Chicago Yacht Club. Before she docked her boat, Gibbons took a moment to wave a Chicago flag given to her by Mayor Emanuel, which drew cheers and clapping. She quickly tied her rowboat, Liv, to the pier and then embraced her teammates with a group hug. ...
NEWS
December 27, 2012 | By Erin Vogel @eringejuice and For RedEye
Twenty-one-year-old political science major and Student Government Association Senator Jessica Thiesen said it was "really upsetting" to receive an e-mail from the Roosevelt University on Nov. 30 notifying her that a student had been sexually assaulted in the stairwell of the school's Wabash Building, a residence hall five blocks away from her dorm. "It was weird that it was just this matter-of-fact statement that we got in our inbox like, ‘Hey, by the way, someone was sexually assaulted, stay out of your stairwell!
NEWS
September 27, 2012 | By Niki Fritz, @fritzfrack and For RedEye
SLUT. It is an ugly little word we've seen pop up with increasing viciousness in the past year. Whether it is being spat through radio airwaves at college students on birth control, tweeted at tweens' favorite cheating celebrities or sneered in high school hallways everywhere, the word is quickly becoming synonymous with a girl we don't like or a woman we don't want heard. But at 11 a.m. Saturday, Chicagoans are gathering at the Thompson Center to say "enough with the name-calling already!"
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