Wednesday News: Rape culture


1 OUT OF 3 UNC FEMALE STUDENTS HAVE SUFFERED SEXUAL ASSAULT: A study released Tuesday says one in three undergraduate female students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill report having been sexually assaulted. UNC-CH Interim Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz and Becci Menghini, interim vice chancellor, Division of Workforce Strategy, Equity and Engagement, said in a statement Tuesday "students participated in the Association of American Universities’ Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct. UNC-Chapel Hill was one of 32 (out of 62) public and private institutions in the association that elected to participate in spring 2019." The report states of those who were assaulted, more than half of the females said they didn't report it because they didn't think the assault was serious enough.

TILLIS IS AFRAID OF HOLDING OPEN TOWN HALLS: Instead, he holds quasi-town halls – small events with constituents that aren’t open to the general public. Tillis held one last week with farmers in Union County. He says events like that count as town halls, even if they aren't open to the general public. "I did it down in Fort Bragg," Tillis said. "I did it down in Camp Lejeune. Do it with business groups where we can have an exchange. I don’t ask people to just ask me just friendly questions. Let’s have a good discussion and dialogue and maybe agree to disagree." The problem, Tillis says, is that activists have turned town halls into shouting contests. "What you see now are people taking cameras trying to get B-roll and advancing their political agenda, and not really not trying to have a dialogue," he said. "And I hope we get back to that point where we can go in and assume we'll have a good exchange of ideas."

BRITISH FAMILY DETAINED BY ICE SEPARATED FROM EACH OTHER: Separated from her husband, Connors described being forced to sleep with her infant on the "disgusting floor" of a cold cell the first night of her detention. From there, she was taken to a Red Roof Inn in Seattle, and eventually flown across the country to Pennsylvania. At the Berks County Residential Center — one of three family detention centers in the U.S. that hold children and parents who are seeking asylum or who entered the country illegally — Connors described a frigid facility whose staff claimed they couldn't turn on the heat until the end of November. Bathrooms are "dirty and broken," she wrote, and a staff member shines a light in their room every 15 minutes throughout the night. She said her baby developed a swollen, teary eye and rough, blotchy skin in custody. "We have been treated unfairly from day one," Connors wrote. "It is undoubtedly the worst experience we have ever lived through."

OHIO OPIOIDS LAWSUIT BEGINS TODAY, DRUGMAKERS COULD PAY BILLIONS: The U.S. opioids epidemic has claimed more than 400,000 lives and left millions of people addicted, strained health care, law enforcement and social service systems, cost governments billions, and bankrupted the best-known manufacturer of narcotic painkillers. Now, 12 ordinary people will decide whether drug companies should be held responsible for the worst drug crisis in U.S. history and forced to pay billions of dollars to help clean it up. That effort begins Wednesday in U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster’s courtroom on the 18th floor of the federal building here, where attorneys will start picking a jury for the landmark trial. Described as the most complex litigation ever, the trial will begin to sort out the welter of accusations over the crisis. While six drug companies are defendants in the case, jurors also may hear blame cast widely on doctors, government agencies and perhaps even drug users themselves. The jury’s response will help decide who should bear the cost of one of this century’s worst public health crises.

AS WARREN MOVES UP IN POLLS, SHE BECOMES TARGET OF DEMOCRATIC RIVALS: For months, Ms. Warren had moved largely unimpeded in her brisk jog to the front of the 2020 Democratic pack, coasting through debates without incident as her calls for “big structural change” took hold and former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. absorbed the unforgiving glare afforded the favorite. Time and again this year, moderators had invited Ms. Warren’s top competitors to attack her. Time and again, they had done so gently, if at all. This time, Mr. O’Rourke went after her. Pete Buttigieg, the millennial mayor of South Bend, Ind., did the same early in the evening in a slashing exchange on health care. Andrew Yang said she was wrong on the wealth tax. Senator Kamala Harris smiled as she and Ms. Warren sparred over whether to regulate President Trump’s tweets. Mr. Biden initiated his most direct debate-stage confrontation with Ms. Warren to date, saying she was “being vague” in campaign proposals. This was Ms. Warren’s reward for achieving co-front-runner (and maybe outright front-runner) status: persistent sniping from fellow Democrats who see her surge as the most urgent threat to their own paths to the nomination.