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NWLC Files Eleventh Circuit Court Brief in Case Against Alabama Middle School for Subjecting Eighth-Grade Girl to Sexual Harassment and Assault by Male Student

September 18, 2014

(Washington, D.C.) The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) said today that it has filed a brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit with co-counsel Mastando & Artrip, LLC against Madison County School Board and school officials in Alabama for their outrageous response to student-on-student sexual harassment that resulted in the rape of a 14-year-old girl. The case stems from a policy at Sparkman Middle School of only punishing sexual harassment if a student was “caught in the act" through witnesses, an admission, or physical evidence. Based on this policy, school officials failed to effectively address repeated sexual harassment of multiple female students by a male student. When the 14-year-old girl complained about this older male student asking her to meet him in the bathroom for sex, school officials sent her to meet him in the bathroom as bait in a sting operation to "catch him in the act.” Before any staff arrived, the girl was raped by the male student. 

NWLC Applauds House Introduction of Bill that Ensures that Women Who Rely on the Military for Health Care Get Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage and Counseling

September 17, 2014

 (Washington, D.C.) Today, Representative Jackie Speier, along with 58 original cosponsors, introduced the Access to Contraception for Women Servicemembers and Dependents Act, a critical piece of legislation that will ensure that all women who rely on the military for health care receive comprehensive contraceptive coverage and counseling. The legislation, a companion bill to S. 2687, will give these women equal access to the same comprehensive birth control coverage, education and counseling at no cost to them that other federal employees and tens of millions of other women now enjoy, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The bill also ensures that all servicemembers receive comprehensive family planning education and the information they need to plan if and when to have a child.

No Improvement in Women’s Poverty Rate; One in Seven Women Lives in Poverty, Says NWLC

September 16, 2014

(Washington, D.C.)  Nearly 18 million women lived in poverty last year and there was no improvement in the poverty rate for women, although the overall poverty rate and the poverty rate for children declined, according to an analysis by the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) of data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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What Happened When a Student Told Her Campus Health Center She Was Sexually Assaulted

August 18, 2014

Neena Chaudhry, senior counsel at the National Women's Law Center, points to the problem here: that the student didn't know that by talking to the doctor about the alleged assault, she had "reported" to the university.

The Huffington Post

Still Exempt From Title IX

August 12, 2014

But now, nearly 35 years after the graduation of the service academies’ first female students, there are many women who need Title IX's protections, said Neena Chaudhry, senior counsel at the National Women's Law Center. “The exemption is built into the statute, but you should have to show that you still need that,” Chaudhry said.

Inside Higher Ed

State Lawmakers Mulling Hobby Lobby Response

August 7, 2014

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