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Today, ESPN had an article about domestic violence that went like this: Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and his wife met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at league headquarters in New York on Monday, league source confirmed to ESPN. This is an important step as the NFL determines its discipline for Rice, who was arrested and indicted for striking his then-fiancée. Rice pleaded not guilty to a third-degree charge of aggravated assault and was later accepted into a pretrial intervention program last month. The league could fine and suspend Rice under the personal conduct policy. This is his first major off-the-field incident. The New York Post had earlier reported the news. Rice

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DePaul Student Athletes Upset Over Banner But Not About Rape

From my friend Jordan: When 'no' is not enough: Students question DePaul's sexual assault policies http://t.co/A7mqqLNJb3 Sigh. @scATX pic.twitter.com/YCWfKf3XME — Jordan + Bunny (@jordanbks) May 3, 2014 Here is the article that Jordan calls, “Oh no their fees fees column about the banners”: “Banners in Arts and Letters building upset DePaul student athletes” An excerpt: “I just think it’s an overgeneralization, it paints everybody in a bad light when that’s not the case at all,” Student Athlete Two said. “By spreading it to all of these people I feel victimized by it … I’m supposedly in this department that is perpetuating rape culture when that’s not the case at all.” “You

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UGH: My Google Alerts On Sports And Sexual Assault Blew Up Today

I have a bunch of google alerts around sports and sexual assault. They pick stuff up every day, sometimes way off topic but always SOMETHING substantial. It’s depressing, to say the least. And I just don’t have time to write about it all. Today, I logged into my RSS reader where I aggregate all of my google alerts and I had so many hits and on so many different stories (often I get a bunch of hits but it’s the same story over and over again). So, here’s a taste of what I am reading about JUST within the last 24 hours: Brad Pitt To Produce A Movie About The

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The NCAA, Football Recruits, and Sexual Assault

A couple of weeks ago, a Wisconsin football recruit – Dominic Cizauskas – was charged with third-degree sexual assault for allegedly raping a woman on campus in December in her dorm room. He was initially arrested in early January (the charges, though, didn’t come until 3 days after Cizauskas played for Mukwonago’s high school basketball team in the WIAA state tournament in Madison – supposedly the timing had nothing to do with the tournament but rather the availability of Cizauskas’ attorney). Here is how ESPN summarizes what happened in December: According to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court, Cizauskas showed up at the accuser’s dorm room Dec. 14

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The Baltimore Ravens And Domestic Abuse, cont.

The day after I wrote my piece about the Baltimore Ravens “aggressively” supporting Ray Rice following his indict on third-degree aggravated assault charges against his fiancée, Janay Palmer, news broke that Rice and Palmer had married. The Ravens, on their site under the heading of “News”, wrote: Ray Rice and his fiancée Janay Palmer were married Friday night in a private ceremony, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The ceremony was one day after Rice was indicted on a third-degree aggravated assault charge stemming from a domestic violence incident between the couple. Rice and Palmer were both arrested in February after the altercation at an Atlantic City Casino, but a grand

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