What You Should Know: Sept. 23

Courtsey of @Doug88888 from the Flickr Creative Commons.
Courtesy of @Doug88888 from the Flickr Creative Commons.











Let’s be honest, keeping up with the news has not been your first priority. Luckily for you, we have made a quick and dirty guide to what’s happening on our campus, state and nation.

New survey confirms undergraduate women are subjected to sexual assault

On Monday, the Association of American Universities released results of a survey that asked students at 27 universities, including the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, about their experiences with sexual assault and sexual misconduct.

More than 20 percent of female undergraduates said they were victims of sexual assault and misconduct, echoing findings elsewhere, according to one of the largest studies ever of college sexual violence.

For example, at MSU 25 percent of female undergraduates had experienced some form of sexual assault. At the University of Michigan, it was 30 percent.

More from the Washington Post:

(For comparison, here are some overall figures: The survey found that 23 percent of undergraduate women and 5 percent of undergraduate men said they were victims of non-consensual sexual contact – ranging from penetration to sexual touching — due to force or incapacitation. Eleven percent of undergraduate women said they were victims of non-consensual penetration or attempted penetration.
Another key overall  finding: 20 percent of students said sexual assault and misconduct is very or extremely problematic on their own campus. The AAU survey had a total response rate of 19 percent.)

A former Central Michigan university teaching student was sentenced by a Charlevoix County judge to six months in jail and 36 months on probation for accosting a minor.

According to a press release from the Boyne City Police Department, East Jordan resident Benjamin Bolser sent sexually explicit communications to an underage female student while working as a student teacher at Boyne City High School.

More from CM Life:

The Charlevoix County Sheriff’s department said the 24-year-old admitted to sending Facebook messages soliciting sex from a 15-year-old Boyne City High School student.
He pleaded guilty to one charge of accosting a minor.
Bolser’s was dismissed from the Central Michigan University teaching program and is required to be on the Michigan sex offender registry for 25 years.

The U.S. has announced a plan to accept more Syrian refugees. Michigan is preparing.

More from NPR:

Recently, Secretary of State John Kerry pledged that the United States will take 100,000 refugees a year by 2017, increasing from 70,000 this year…

If there is an influx of Syrians, many could end up resettling in the Detroit area, which has one of the largest Arab communities outside the Arab world.
Local refugee advocates say they’re equipped, but already feeling frustrated.
For most Americans, the images of desperate refugees — mostly Syrian — crowding barricades, packing trains and even drowning in attempts to reach the European Union came as a heartbreaking wake-up call.
But it came as no surprise at all to people who work with refugees. In fact, they’ve been predicting just this kind of thing for a while now.
“Naturally, when there are these rebellions and these wars, good people have to go somewhere. And they run. They flee. They can’t stay,” says Deborah Drennan, executive director of Detroit’s Freedom House. Her organization is responsible for serving asylum seekers already in the U.S.
In addition to neighboring countries and now, Europe — to which millions of Syrians have already fled — the U.S. is considered a logical destination for refugees. In fact, decades of conflict in the Middle East have driven waves of migration here, particularly to the Detroit area.

Kim Davis is in the news yet again.

The Kentucky clerk is altering marriage licenses being issued in Rowan County.

More from USA Today:

As Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis appears in two televised interviews this week, couples in her high-profile case are seeking a new court order to prevent her from altering marriage licenses, a move that has kept her out of jail while also raising questions over validity of the forms.
Davis returned to work last week following her release from jail, and said she will not block a deputy clerk who began providing marriage licenses to couples while she was in custody.
However, Davis has modified wording on the licenses to remove any mention of her name or office. A license now states that it was issued pursuant to a federal court order rather than the county clerk, and a space normally signed by the deputy clerk is now initialed by a “notary public.”

Editor’s Note: This post has been altered after its time of publication to better clarify sources of information and ensure proper attribution.

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