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University To Investigate Sexual Misconduct Claims That Students Raised on #SurvivingSJU

University To Investigate Sexual Misconduct Claims That Students Raised on #SurvivingSJU

Derrell Bouknight, News Editor

January 8, 2019


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St. John’s University is in the process of contacting students who posted accusations of sexual misconduct amid a flurry of social media posts last Friday, according to University spokesperson Brian Browne. In a statement to the Torch, Browne addressed the hashtag #SurvivingSJU on Twitter – w...

#TimesUp & #MeToo: What Happens Now?

Arturo Enamorado, Contributing Writer

January 31, 2018


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On Jan. 24, Dr. Larry Nassar was sentenced to 175 years in prison after decades of sexual assault on American female Olympians. Though this and the ground breaking speech by Oprah Winfrey at the golden globes are in some ways measures of success to the #MeToo and #Timesup movements, this is certain...

Day One Dialogue: #MeToo

Day One Dialogue: #MeToo

Alexis Gaskin, Staff Writer

January 24, 2018


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The St. John’s Law community held its fourth annual “Day One Dialogue” this past Tuesday, Jan.16 at the Law School. In collaboration with the Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights, the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development, the Coalition for Social Justice, the Hugh L. Carey Cente...

Why Kevin Spacey’s Allegations Should Make Us Question All of Hollywood

Why Kevin Spacey’s Allegations Should Make Us Question All of Hollywood

Shabib Afzal, Staff Writer

November 26, 2017


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Earlier this week, actor Anthony Rapp revealed that unwanted sexual advances were made on him by Kevin Spacey. This took place during a party at Spacey’s apartment in 1986, where after everyone else had left, an intoxicated Spacey had picked up Rapp, placed him on his bed and layed on top of him, as...

University Issues Clery Report

Suzanne Ciechalski, Editor-in-Chief

October 25, 2017


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Reports of rape on campus increased by three incidents in 2016, according to the University’s recently-released Clery report. There were four reported incidents that years, compared to two in 2015 and one in 2014. In a statement to the Torch regarding the Clery report, the University’s Title IX C...

Sexual Predators Are Not Just in Hollywood

Sexual Predators Are Not Just in Hollywood

Angela Kellett, Staff Writer

October 18, 2017


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Harvey Weinstein was terminated from The Weinstein Company on Sunday, Oct. 8 over allegations of sexual assault and misconduct. Throughout the following week, more than 30 women have come forward with allegations of sexual harassment and assault. The allegations from the alleged victims show a 30-year pattern ...

Project Callisto: SJU Adopts Sexual Assault Reporting System

Project Callisto: SJU Adopts Sexual Assault Reporting System

Chyna Inez Davis, Staff Writer

September 20, 2017


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St. John’s University is one of 13 schools nationwide to have partnered with an upstart online sexual assault reporting system that says it’s having success nationwide in increasing the rate of documented incidents that lead to investigations. Last spring St. John’s partnered with Callisto, a non-profit o...

Flames: Sexual Assault Awareness Programs

Flames: Sexual Assault Awareness Programs

September 20, 2017


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St. John’s recently partnered with the Callisto Project, an online reporting system for victims of sexual assault. SJU is one of 13 schools to participate in the program, and it’s another sign that while some schools are focused on sweeping sexual assault under the rug, St. John’s is taking the...

Movie screening inform students on sexual assault Documentary raises sexual assault awareness

Nickool Castro, Staff Writer

October 15, 2015


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3 “The Hunting Ground,” a documentary about sexual assaults on college campuses, was screened yesterday afternoon at St. John’s Queens campus. The event took place in the Little Theater at 3:30p.m. According to Director of Media Relations Elizabeth Reilly and Assistant Director for Wellness and...

Cuomo proposes new sexual assault policy

Amanda Umpierrez, Assistant News Editor

February 5, 2015


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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is pushing to pass a proposed “Yes Means Yes” bill to help combat sexual assault on both private and public college campuses. If passed, the bill will mandate New York State private college campuses to follow the “Yes Means Yes” policy, including “affirmative conse...

‘Take Back the Night’ event raises awareness

Nathalie Tigua, Staff Writer

October 23, 2014


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Every Thursday, ‘DAC After Dark’ has a theme. Themes vary from a “Friends” showing in the coffeehouse to Fondue night. However, this week’s theme was different. This week, the theme dealt with sexual violence as DAC hosted the ‘Take Back the Night’ event. ‘Take Back The Night’...

‘It’s On Us’ here at St. John’s

Livia Paula, Staff Writer

October 23, 2014


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St. John’s University aired its own version of the “It’s On Us” video campaign against sexual assault on Friday, Oct. 17 during the university basketball teams’ Tip-Off. The St. John’s version of the campaign features student leaders, athletes and faculty, and it closes with University...

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