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Saturday May 28th

Sexual Assault

In December 2012, two UNC female victims of sexual assault spoke up about what they said was a deeply rooted problem with the University’s handling of sexual misconduct — one that they said was inappropriate, time-consuming and traumatic. Those allegations drove three current students, one former student and one former administrator to file a complaint against the University with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, alleging that UNC facilitated a hostile environment for victims reporting sexual assault. 

To help bring the University into compliance with the Department of Education’s “Dear Colleague” letter, the University has also hired Ew Quimbaya-Winship to serve as UNC’s Deputy Title IX Officer, or student complaint coordinator, starting March 11, 2013.

The University's Sexual Assault Task Force convenes for the first time in May 2013 to address changing the University's misconduct policies related to sexual assault.

On Aug. 28, 2014, the University released its new policy on discrimination, harassment and related misconduct

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Photo courtesy Jeffrey A. Camarati for Go Heels. 

How Lindsey Lemke and the sister survivors overcame 30 years of abuse

“The tears, sadness, pain, guilt, frustrations, depression, anxiety, sleepless nights —  it was all so worth it in that moment,” Lemke said. “Being courageous and coming out with my story was so tough for many different reasons that many others didn’t really have to worry about since I was a current MSU athlete at the time.”  Read about Lindsey Lemke's journey through the corruption of the gymnastics world, from Michigan to Chapel Hill to a courtroom testifying against Larry Nassar.

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'Obviously deception:' STIs complicate consent definitions

An anonymous UNC graduate shared her harrowing story of being in an abusive relationship that ended with her diagnosis with an incurable STI.  The idea of full disclosure when it comes to STDs is not always an easy subject to bring up to a new partner, especially if open communication isn't strong. But the reality is that the law can be applied in certain scenarios when STI cases are not reported. That's why UNC and other agencies in Chapel Hill are advertising resources so students can know the facts and avoid getting hurt, both emotionally and physically. 

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According to UNC student responses to the AAU survey, over 68 percent of students who reported being sexually assaulted in any manner said they never reported the assault because they thought it would be too difficult or embarrassing, or that it wasn’t serious enough. 
Clarification: This photo was taken at Kenan Stadium to show the UNC logo. The story does not involve the football team in any way.  

UNC found in violation of Title IX

After a five-year federal investigation into UNC’s policies and practices dealing with sexual assault and sexual harassment cases, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights found the University in violation of Title IX.

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UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus and current associate professor of sociology at James Madison University Dr. Matt Ezzell gives a talk on consent, rape culture, and campus sexual assault for Sexual Assault Awareness Month on April 3 in the Student Union.

UNC supports survivors and educates the community during sexual assault awareness month

UNC kicked off its recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month on Sunday with tabling in the Student Union by One Act and Heels United. This month, these organizations will host workshops about sexual violence prevention, lectures and other programs to assist sexual assault survivors and others who want to know more about the issue. Organizers of SAAM hope the results of this month's discussions will continue to manifest in the months and years to come. 

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