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Ohio State University officials say the federal office that oversees enforcement of Title IX has opened an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against a now-dead former Ohio State doctor.

A statement from a university spokesperson says the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has opened an investigation based on the allegations against Richard Strauss made by former Ohio State students.

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The Kentucky Labor Cabinet argued in Franklin Circuit Court Wednesday that protecting the identity of employees accused of — but not proven to have committed — sexual harassment is a “common sense” decision.

Kentucky’s Legislative Ethics Commission is asking state lawmakers to update an existing law to specifically prohibit workplace sexual harassment by lawmakers against their staff. 

The legislative ethics law currently doesn’t include such language.  The ethics panel has investigated such cases in the past, mostly recently involving former House Speaker Jeff Hoover, but on the grounds of misuse of public office. 

Legislative Ethics Commission Director John Schaaf told WKU Public Radio that updating the law would remove any questions about whether the panel has jurisdiction to investigate sexual harassment allegations against lawmakers.

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In 2016, reports surfaced of women being drugged at bars near local universities. Meanwhile, another bar was getting negative attention on social media for hiring bartenders with a history of sexual assault. To Maria Cole and Kendra Massey, that meant it was time to take a nationwide program and bring it local.

William Preucil has resigned his post as Distinguished Professor of Violin at the Cleveland Institute of Music.

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The Bureau of Justice Statistics' recent National Crime Victimization Survey estimates that people in the U.S. experienced more than 320,000 incidents of rape and sexual assault in 2016. The majority of incidents of abuse are reported by women, but men are also victims, and research suggests men face an even greater stigma in reporting sexual assault than women.

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The #MeToo movement is giving more people the courage to come forward with allegations of sexual harassment. Now a prominent local civil rights attorney is speaking out about confidential settlements. Attorney Al Gerhardstein has worked with many clients who settled sexual harassment cases, against powerful individuals, out of court. According to Gerhardstein these confidentiality agreements are "eroding the integrity of our judicial system."

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From Hollywood to Capitol Hill to the NPR newsroom high profile sexual harassment cases are prompting a national conversation about a pervasive problem. But researchers find low wage workers are more vulnerable to sexual harassment than those in high paid positions and they may have less recourse for reporting the mistreatment.

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Since the allegations of sexual harassment against movie producer Harvey Weinstein became public, women, and men, have been speaking out about sexual abuse they have suffered, in the entertainment industry, corporate America, newsrooms, and in state capitals. Including Columbus and Frankfort.