The policy initiatives that Jane Doe Inc. (JDI), a Massachusetts coalition and advocacy organization concentrating on issues concerning sexual assault and domestic violence, is seeking from the Massachusetts legislature in fiscal year 2020 were discussed at a meeting at the State House on Wednesday.
We at the Boston College Women’s Center want to reiterate our support for survivors of sexual violence, and offer/remind our community about the resources available.
In a hearing Thursday afternoon in the $3 million lawsuit pending against Boston College in regards to the alleged mishandling of a sexual assault allegation, Judge Denise Casper indicated that her inclination is to send the case to a jury trial. Casper said she will issue an order with her decision in the near term.
Pope Francis has summoned Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop José Gomez, Cardinal Seán O’Malley, and Monsignor Brian Bransfield to the Vatican for a meeting concerning the recent grand jury report detailing sexual abuse allegations against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, according to America magazine, a Jesuit publication. O’Malley’s inclusion is notable—he leads the Vatican’s commission for the protection of young people, is the archbishop of Boston, and often attends Boston College’s commencement exercises.
Melinda Stoops, associate vice president for student affairs and BC’s Title IX coordinator, acknowledged some of uncertainties over the future direction of Title IX policy, particularly as it relates to sexual assault in regards to reported changes coming to the law.