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WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, on Thursday walked back controversial comments about sexual assault she made a day earlier.

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When Sierra Smith told Baylor University she’d been sexually assaulted by a classmate during a 2016 spring break trip to South Padre Island, she hoped administrators would move to protect her and other students.

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The 85th Texas Legislature is over. And while the threat of a special session looms, most of us are still trying to figure out what actually made it across the finish line.

Fifteen percent of undergraduate women at the University of Texas at Austin say they have been raped, according to a

College Football’s Rape Problem

Sep 14, 2016
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A University of North Carolina Chapel Hill student held a press conference this week to say she was raped by a football player. The UNC sophomore says she reported the rape in February, but the accused student wasn’t suspended from the team until yesterday.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Two Dallas minority leaders share the moniker of a new $39-million medical facility; a dozen ways to prevent mosquitos from breeding in your yard; Waxahachie football will get a fancy new scoreboard; and more.

Under Starr's Presidency, Baylor Watched Golden Age Turn Sour

May 31, 2016
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There may not have been a better time in history to be a Baylor Bear than Aug. 31, 2014. It was opening night for the university’s new football stadium, a $266 million palace built to house its suddenly dominant football team. 

Texas Campuses Under Federal Review Over Sexual Assault Investigations

Nov 18, 2015
Shelby Knowles / Texas Tribune

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has opened three investigations this year into Texas universities — Texas A&M University, the University of Houston and Trinity University — over how they handled allegations of sexual violence on their campuses, documents obtained by The Texas Tribune show.

Sexual Assault Common, Outcry Rare At UT, Texas A&M

Sep 21, 2015
Tamir Kalifa / Texas Tribune

More than 18 percent of female undergraduates at the University of Texas at Austin and about 15 percent at Texas A&M say they have been sexually assaulted since arriving on campus, according to comprehensive surveys released Monday. 

Baylor University's Sexual Conduct Policy No Longer Bans 'Homosexual Acts'

Jul 8, 2015
Mike Davis / Texas Tribune

A recent, quiet change to Baylor University’s student sexual conduct policy probably won't go down as a landmark achievement for gay rights. The new wording is vague, and it probably didn’t grant gay students any new freedom.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for governor, said Wednesday she wants to eliminate the statute of limitations for prosecuting cases of rape and sex assault.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Tesla is looking at Dallas County for a possible gigafactory, but faces competition; new TEXpress lanes set to open in I-35 this weekend; a new study shines a light on sexual assault at universities; and more.  

Caydee Daniel / KERA News

As the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have wound down, there’s been a sharp jump in the number of women returning from front-line duty. Kim Olson, a veteran herself, runs a North Texas nonprofit that focuses on these women – it’s called Grace After Fire. She sits down with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, for today’s Friday Conversation.

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Southern Methodist University is one of 55 colleges nationwide under federal investigation for possible violations over handling sexual violence and harassment complaints. It's one of two institutions listed in Texas. 

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The state's highest criminal court has struck down a Texas law that bans sexually explicit Internet communications between an adult and minor.
 
The Court of Criminal Appeals unanimously determined that the 2005 law violates free speech protections. The Austin American-Statesman reports the law was intended to target "grooming," in which predators befriend children online before making explicit comments.

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Southern Methodist University says it will follow new task force recommendations calling for the school to ramp up education and outreach on sexual assault. The task force released recommendations today following a string of sexual assaults last year.

BJ Austin / KERA News

DNA evidence has cleared the suspect arrested by Dallas Police in the first of three sexual assaults in the same Lake Highlands neighborhood.

Ending The Silence About Rape

Feb 15, 2013
William Holston, Commentator

Commentator William Holston faces numerous issues in his work at the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, but he says the issue of sexual assault requires immediate worldwide attention.