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On Wednesday, a group of Senators joined forces to present a bipartisan bill aimed at curbing on-campus rape and reforming sexual assault investigations.
“We should never accept the fact that women are at a greater risk of sexual assault as soon as they step onto a college campus. But today they are. And it has to end,” says New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who has been at the forefront of efforts to combat sexual assault.
The Campus Safety and Accountability Act would require not only a uniform process for disciplinary proceedings, it would also mandate colleges to coordinate with law enforcement throughout investigations. Under the proposed legislation, colleges would assign on-campus “Confidential Advisors” with the task of being a trusted resource for survivors of assault and ensuring that cases are not swept under the rug.
Read more via TIME.
Quest for Demilitarization of Gaza Is Seen Getting Netanyahu Only So Far | Jodi Rudoren
JERUSALEM — After years in which Israel’s prevailing approach to the Gaza Strip was a simple “quiet for quiet” demand, there is growing momentum around a new formula, “reconstruction for demilitarization.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is only the latest in a string of Israeli leaders who saw Gaza mainly as an irritant to be controlled with periodic crackdowns and as a roadblock to resolving the nation’s broader conflict with the Palestinians. But as Israel’s latest military bout with the Islamist Hamas faction, which dominates Gaza, has proved tougher than previous rounds, even Mr. Netanyahu has begun talking about Gaza’s need for “social and economic relief” from decade-old Israeli restrictions on trade and travel.
Mr. Netanyahu, who spent two months denouncing his Palestinian counterpart, President Mahmoud Abbas, for reconciling with Hamas, seems to be opening to the notion that a unity government led by Mr. Abbas might be the way to unlock Hamas’s hold on Gaza and quell violence. While these steps have won him some praise, analysts said they were still more tactical management than long-term strategy, and held little promise unless Mr. Netanyahu shifted positions on the larger Palestinian question.
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