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Letter: Proposed Title IX Regulations Put Students at Greater Risk for Sexual Assault

At a time when students face terrifyingly high rates of sexual assault on college campus (23% of female, 5% of male, and 24% of trans and gender non-conforming students), the federal government is cutting back protections in Title IX.

 

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Former SVU prosecutor says Berkshire DA office handling of rape case “a travesty”

To the Editor:

I am an attorney, admitted to the bar for forty-five years, and write in regard to the race for District Attorney.

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DA response to controversy over 2016 sexual assault case raises more questions

by Eoin Higgins, special to the Greylock Glass

On Thursday afternoon, Berkshire County District Attorney Paul Caccaviello commented on yesterday’s reporting at The Greylock Glass on his office’s involvement in the mishandling of sexual assault evidence in a 2016 alleged rape case at Williams College.

NOTE: Be sure to read part one of this story here.

DA Paul Caccaviello commented on office's involvement in the mishandling of sexual assault evidence in a 2016 alleged rape case at Williams College.
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Berkshire DA handling of sexual assault evidence under fire

by Eoin Higgins, special to the Greylock Glass

CONTENT ADVISORY: The materials contained in the ancillary documents contain subject matter describing sexually traumatic experiences that some readers may find disturbing

NOTE: This story has new developments. View the updates here.

The Berkshire County District Attorney race is seeing the convergence of #MeToo, the midterms, and criminal justice reform become a major campaign issue in the final days of the campaign as the DA’s handling of sexual assault at a prestigious local college is raising questions in the community.

(from left to right) Former Berkshire District Attorney David Capeless and incumbent candidate for District Attorney Paul Caccaviello; photo courtesy mass.gov, background image by Jason Velázquez
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Hinds: Mass Senate passes legislation to curb college campus sexual violence

Senator Hinds at "Talking Criminal Justice Reform with Hinds and Barrett" at the Water Street Grille, Williamstown, October 30; photo by Jason Velázquez.
Senator Hinds at “Talking Criminal Justice Reform with Hinds and Barrett” at the Water Street Grille, Williamstown, October 30; photo by Jason Velázquez.

(from information included in submitted press release)

BOSTON — State Senator Adam G. Hinds (D- Pittsfield) announces that yesterday the Massachusetts Senate took strong action to prevent sexual violence on college campuses by passing comprehensive legislation to establish state-level policies for all higher education institutions in the Commonwealth. The legislation was engrossed with a unanimous 39-0 vote. Keep Reading

“Wherefore, Egypt?” — Microfiction

by Jason Velázquez

“¿Mamá?” Esperanza’s question reverberates musically in the back of the Econoline, “¿Will I get to meet my papá?”

Dolores strokes the 11-year-old’s hair with one hand as the other glides reflexively to where, under her oil-stained work shirt, a circular pattern of raised, and occasionally sensitive, skin is a lighter color than the surrounding flesh.

Esperanza’s features are so fine, her frame so delicate and unlike her own, Dolores considers, that she might actually be able to identify the father. He will certainly introduce himself to Esperanza. The barest hint of curve, disguising the bony angles of fifth grade, will not escape their notice. ¿How long—weeks? Maybe just days after the pair is deposited in a town she hasn’t seen since she was still Lolita.

“Yes, bebé,” Dolores quietly decides as the van sails through the darkness. “You are going to meet your papá,” she reassures the figure cradled in her lap that is so graceful, even now, in its stillness.

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