#AceWorldNews – BOSTON (Reuters) – The University of Connecticut on Friday said it had reached a $1.2 million deal to settle a 2013 lawsuit filed by five current and former students charging that the school had mishandled claims of sexual assault and harassment.
“This lawsuit may have been settled, but the issue of sexual assault on college campuses has not been,” UConn President Susan Herbst said in a statement posted online. “UConn, like all colleges and universities, must do all it can to prevent sexual violence on our campuses, hold perpetrators accountable, and provide victims with the resources and compassion they desperately need.”
The lawyer representing the women did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The deal comes at a time of intense scrutiny over how U.S. colleges and universities handle sex crimes. The White House in April declared an “epidemic” of sex assaults on campus.
The University of Connecticut is among 55 U.S. schools facing lawsuits that contend their policies aimed at preventing such attacks may be inadequate and a violation of Title IX, a 1972 U.S. law that prohibits gender discrimination at schools that receive federal funds.
(Reporting by Scott Malone; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)
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#AceWorldNews – CAIRO – March 26 – The Egyptian authorities have resorted to unprecedented measures to counter sexual assault in the country’s resorts. Egypt started revoking licenses from hotels after several cases of assault of tourists had been reported.
Egypt’s Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou said that such hotels Sharm Holiday and Hilton Sparks Bay2 have already been blacklisted.
The minister said that two incidents with British tourists took place in these hotels, and the administration failed to take appropriate measures.
Numerous cases of sexual assault in Egyptian hotels are registered annually, and sometimes harassment is accompanied by violence and beating.
Zaazou said the Tourism Ministry intends to react to all cases of indecent behaviour toward foreign guests. The measures may range from large fines to revoking hotel’s licenses.
The situation with tourists’ security has deteriorated since 2011 Egyptian revolution. The number of rapes and sexual harassment of tourists and local women has sharply increased.
Though such crimes are punishable by long prison terms and even death in Egypt, many hotel workers and taxi drivers commit assaults.
Egyptian and Cairo News