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On this week’s show, we talk with Dr. Sarah McKean, an associate professor of sociology at University of Virginia, who has written extensively on the history and science of sexual assault in the U.S. She is also the author of The Sexual Assault in America: How Sexual Assault and Sexual Battery are Facing the Worst Threat to Women’s Lives.
First, Dr. McKeans thoughts on what we can do as women and men to prevent sexual assault.
We then dive into the evidence that we have to prove a rape to support a conviction, and we turn to the question of what to do about sexual battery and how the law has changed since the 1980s.
Dr. McKaan also discusses the rise in sexual assault charges in recent years.
She tells us about the sexual battery law in California and how it affects a woman’s ability to pursue her own case.
Next, we hear from the lead author of the landmark 1992 landmark report on sexual violence in schools.
Dr. Karen Burchard is a psychologist at the University of New Hampshire and an expert on sexual abuse.
She discusses the importance of having someone in the courtroom who knows how to interpret and analyze the evidence.
Finally, we discuss the new federal guidance to law enforcement that requires schools to be equipped with evidence-based education, as well as a new policy to address how to report sexual misconduct to law enforcements.
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