Sexual Assault

New Reports Find U Of I Law Professor Violated Sexual Harassment Policy

Feb 19, 2020

Fifteen women claim Jay Kesan made unwanted sexual advances according to university investigations from last year. 

A new University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign survey finds most students who experience sexual misconduct don’t tell anyone. 

Campus officials say the findings of the Spring 2019 Climate Survey on Sexual Misconduct are a signal that they need to do more to encourage victims to come forward.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale faces a Title IX lawsuit - alleging sexual harassment, assault, retaliation, and negligence.

A new report says Illinois lacks comprehensive guidelines when it comes to dealing with sexual misconduct cases in elementary and high schools.

How Seeking Justice Retraumatizes Assault Survivors

Nov 14, 2018
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Rape and sexual assault are issues that have dominated the headlines recently. The response to those stories - whether they are about Brett Kavanaugh, Bill Cosby, or #MeToo - reveals a divide among Americans on what to do when someone says they’ve been assaulted.

As a society, we are still struggling to understand how rape and sexual assault affect victims and how to seek justice for these crimes.  


It’s an issue that hits close to home for a significant number of Americans.


Union County State's Attorney

A southern Illinois man received a long prison sentence after a Union County jury convicted him on two counts of Predatory Criminal Sexual Assault of a Child.

New guidance from the U.S. Department of Education means colleges and universities are taking another look at their sexual assault policies.

SIU President Randy Dunn says the new directives - which reverse some of the changes from the Obama Administration - will mean leaders on each of SIU's campuses will need to update their policies.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Randy Dunn about new federal guidelines regarding sexual assault on college campuses, as well as calls to centralize higher education in Illinois.

Brad Palmer, WSIU Radio

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but it's an issue that doesn't go away when the calendar turns to May.

Southeast Missouri State University is trying to help those who commit assault.

Students Protest SIU Trustees Meeting

Dec 10, 2015
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Activists showed their concern over what they perceive is a safety issue on campus, as SIU leaders gathered for December's Board of Trustees meeting.

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SIU Police say they're looking into a report of a sexual assault on campus over the weekend.

Illinois' efforts to make sure sexual assault evidence is tested may serve as a national model.

Illinois' attorney general is continuing a statewide tour to generate support for more stringent efforts to prevent campus sex assaults.

State lawmakers are considering a measure regarding sexual assault on college campuses.

Belleville News Democrat reporters George Pawlaczyk and Beth Hundsdorfer say they were inspired to write their "Violation of Trust" series after interviewing a sexual assault victim whose case never went to trial.

Thousands of sex crimes reported to police in southern Illinois aren't being prosecuted, even though most victims can identify their attackers.

SIU Police say three students have been temporarily suspended from the university, after a report of a sexual assault over the weekend.

U-S Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri says a new survey of the top colleges and universities in the country will help shape bipartisan legislation addressing on-campus sexual assaults.