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The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women will award a total of $18 million to 57 colleges and universities.

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New York’s Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan met privately with Governor Andrew Cuomo Tuesday over a proposed bill to give victims of childhood sexual abuse more access to the courts. The Cardinal remains opposed to a key provision of the measure.  

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The New York State Senate approved anti-sexual harassment legislation that includes an end to secret settlements. It would also no longer allow state officials who admit to sexual harassment to use taxpayer funds to settle their cases.  

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Victims of childhood sexual abuse are hoping that the #MeToo movement will help them enact the Child Victims Act in New York. The measure extends the statute of criminal and civil limitations for victims beyond the current age of 23 to age 50 and adds a one-year look back window to file civil suits. 

One man who says he is a former victim, and is now an advocate, says this is the year for the act’s passage.

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Between 2015 and 2016, Connecticut hospitals reported nearly double the number of sexual assault or abuse incidents involving patients. That’s according to an annual report released by the State Department of Public Health this week.