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Released: 29-Aug-2023 10:55 AM EDT
New research sheds light on how gender inequality in the media industry impacts job satisfaction
City University London

Research led by experts at City, University of London has found lower perceptions of gender equality and the prevalence of workplace sexual harassment negatively impact on job satisfaction in newsrooms across global regions.

Newswise: Study Compares Youth Detained for Sex Trafficking with More Serious Offenders
Released: 8-Aug-2023 8:30 AM EDT
Study Compares Youth Detained for Sex Trafficking with More Serious Offenders
Florida Atlantic University

Despite federal and state laws, runaway youth continue to be arrested, charged and detained for prostitution. Findings show significant differences among detained runaways compared to youth incarcerated for more serious offenses.

Released: 8-Aug-2023 8:00 AM EDT
Why #MeToo remains a rallying cry for sexual abuse survivors
Ohio State University

Six years after #MeToo became a viral hashtag on Twitter because of survivors recounting their stories of sexual abuse, the cultural impact is still being felt. Leigh Gilmore, author of the recent book The #MeToo Effect: What Happens When We Believe Women, said the reason the movement has continued to thrive is that it offers survivors an opportunity to seek justice in a way that hasn’t been available through the legal system or other means.

Released: 7-Aug-2023 10:40 AM EDT
Sports media use linked to belief in rape myths
Washington State University

Young men in a recent study who were regular consumers of sports media were more likely to accept rape myths, a set of false and prejudiced beliefs that can serve to excuse or downplay sexual assault.

Newswise: URI team develops app for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
Released: 20-Jul-2023 4:10 PM EDT
URI team develops app for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
University of Rhode Island

A team from the University of Rhode Island, working alongside the Massachusetts Disabled Persons Protection Commission and consultants with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has developed an app that teaches adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities how to recognize abuse and report it to authorities.

Released: 30-Jun-2023 2:05 PM EDT
Find the latest expert commentary on the recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions here

Newswise offers a roundup of the latest expert commentary on the recent decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Released: 9-Jun-2023 6:50 PM EDT
Study highlights why people who are sexually harassed might not come forward immediately, or at all
University of Exeter

New research has revealed there is a gap between how people imagine they’d act if sexually harassed and how those who experience it respond.

Released: 6-Jun-2023 6:30 PM EDT
New study finds that women and underrepresented groups experience higher rates of sexual harassment, cyber incivility and negative workplace climate in academic medicine
Emory Health Sciences

A new study led by Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University researcher Reshma Jagsi, MD, DPhil, has found that women, racial and ethnic minorities and individuals identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer are disproportionately affected by workplace mistreatment in academic medicine, and this mistreatment negatively impacts their mental health.

Newswise: Sentencing child sex abusers: When the victim becomes the offender
Released: 30-May-2023 3:05 AM EDT
Sentencing child sex abusers: When the victim becomes the offender
University of South Australia

When a ‘victim-offender’ is sentenced in court, a University of South Australia researcher is recommending judges acknowledge the offender’s early trauma, in conjunction with the consequences for the crime, in their sentencing comments.

Released: 23-May-2023 11:55 AM EDT
Investigation reveals “shocking” epidemic of sexual assault in the NHS

A joint investigation published today by The BMJ and The Guardian finds that NHS trusts recorded more than 35,000 cases of rape, sexual assault, harassment, stalking, and abusive remarks, between 2017 and 2022.

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Released: 21-Apr-2023 3:10 PM EDT
TRANSCRIPT AND VIDEO AVAILABLE Live Event for April 21: Sleeping pill reduces levels of Alzheimer’s proteins

Researcher will discuss the study which involved a sleeping aid known as suvorexant that is already approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for insomnia, hints at the potential of sleep medications to slow or stop the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Released: 18-Apr-2023 10:05 AM EDT
Limited resources leave youth vulnerable to digital abuse
Cornell University

Youth in the U.S. are targets of cross-platform digital abuse from peers, strangers, offline acquaintances and even relatives, with threats ranging from harassment and sexual violence to financial fraud, according to a new study from Cornell University and Google researchers.

Newswise: Study Finds Disparate Gender Differences in Victims of Child Sex Trafficking
Released: 11-Apr-2023 8:30 AM EDT
Study Finds Disparate Gender Differences in Victims of Child Sex Trafficking
Florida Atlantic University

Youth involved in sex trafficking have extensive victimization experiences during childhood, and these experiences vary by gender. In the nationally representative study, 75 percent were males and 25 percent were females. Almost two-thirds of the girls were molested as a child, half were raped, and three-fourths were emotionally abused as a child, compared to 36 percent of males who were molested, 31 percent who were raped, and 37 percent who were emotionally abused. Eighty percent of females reported three or more victimization types compared to males (49 percent), and 31 percent of females experienced all five types of prior victimization compared to 11 percent of males.

Released: 6-Apr-2023 11:05 AM EDT
More harm perceived globally regarding online harassment
University of Michigan

Online insults and disrespect are perceived as more harmful by individuals outside the United States, especially when the content damages family reputation, according to a University of Michigan study.

Released: 9-Mar-2023 3:25 PM EST
How Young People Can Help Protect Their Friends and Themselves During Spring Break
Memorial Hermann Health System

Spring Break is upon us and the amount of alcohol consumed during the week can leave young people vulnerable and put them at risk of being sexually assaulted. A forensic nurse at Memorial Hermann in Houston gives tips on how kids can stay safe.

Released: 27-Feb-2023 8:05 AM EST
Child Sex Trafficking and Enhancing Georgia Responses
University of Georgia

Wilbanks CEASE Clinic Director Emma M. Hetherington is a child welfare law specialist certified by the National Association of Counsel for Children. Hetherington provides legal consulting services to attorneys and advocates nationwide on matters involving child welfare law, child sexual abuse and CSEC.

Released: 23-Feb-2023 3:30 PM EST
Working women more educated but not more respected
University of Sydney

Young Australian women are still fighting for equal pay, respect and opportunities in the workforce, according to a new report from the University of Sydney and the Australian National University.

Newswise: New UniSA-Teamgage initiative tackles workplace bullying from the ground up
Released: 13-Feb-2023 10:05 PM EST
New UniSA-Teamgage initiative tackles workplace bullying from the ground up
University of South Australia

World-first research is at the heart of a new workplace bullying prevention program, launched today by the University of South Australia and Australian software business, Teamgage.

Released: 2-Feb-2023 2:25 PM EST
Moderate alcohol intoxication does not impair recall of sexual assault
University of Birmingham

Women are able to recall details of sexual assault and rape with accuracy, even if they have drunk – or expected to drink – moderate amounts of alcohol.

Released: 16-Dec-2022 10:45 AM EST
One is the loneliest number: game theory shows why sexual misconduct is underreported
University of Toronto, Joseph L. Rotman School of Management

The idea that there’s safety in numbers was a major driver behind the #MeToo movement, which encouraged people who had been targets of sexual misconduct to come forward.

Released: 30-Nov-2022 1:50 PM EST
Teenage boys uncertain about navigating consent and sexual culture, finds new study
University of Surrey

The research explores how boys are being taught about consent at school and how they relate to and interpret educational messages about consent.

Released: 30-Nov-2022 10:20 AM EST
UNH Receives $1.8 Million to Evaluate Prevention Program for Sexual Exploitation of Children
University of New Hampshire

The physical and emotional harm caused by commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking of children and youth has been well documented but there is little research looking at preventative measures to help protect those at risk.

Released: 17-Nov-2022 12:25 PM EST
Study: Violent sexual predators use dating apps as hunting grounds
Brigham Young University

Dating apps are now an entrenched part of American social life, but there’s work to do to ensure users’ safety. New research suggests that violent sexual predators are using dating apps as hunting grounds for vulnerable victims.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: SANE spaces during the unthinkable
Released: 17-Nov-2022 7:05 AM EST
The Medical Minute: SANE spaces during the unthinkable
Penn State Health

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner rooms are special areas set aside for victims of sexual assault so that they can bypass the triage area of the public Emergency Department and get the care they need in the most comfortable atmosphere possible. Two Penn State Health nurses trained in treating victims share what patients can expect.

Newswise: Transparency, amnesty may boost reports of sexual violence
Released: 10-Nov-2022 5:40 PM EST
Transparency, amnesty may boost reports of sexual violence
University of Washington School of Medicine and UW Medicine

While there has been intense publicity around sexual assault in collegiate sports, there has been little research into what mechanisms need to be in place for more reporting to occur among college athletes, said lead author, Alice Ellyson.

Released: 3-Nov-2022 10:00 AM EDT
Pilot Study Finds School-Based Prevention Program Shows Promise Educating Young Adolescents About Avoiding Child Sexual Abuse Behaviors
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

A school-based prevention program designed to help adolescents interact appropriately with younger children and avoid behaviors associated with child sexual abuse shows promise for building a foundation for prevention, according to a new study led by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers.

Released: 5-Oct-2022 2:40 PM EDT
Eliminating sexual violence could reduce teenage mental ill health
University College London

The prevalence of serious mental health problems among 17-year-olds could drop by as much as 16.8% for girls and 8.4% for boys if they were not subjected to sexual violence, such as sexual assault and harassment, according to estimates from UCL researchers.

Newswise: Violence is Common and Increasing in Pandemic-Era California
Released: 8-Sep-2022 5:05 PM EDT
Violence is Common and Increasing in Pandemic-Era California
University of California San Diego

A new report finds physical and sexual violence are an increasing ‘epidemic’ in California; UC San Diego researchers call for health equity-based reform.

Released: 29-Aug-2022 2:05 PM EDT
When immersed in sexual harassment, workers can’t identify it
Cornell University

People who work in industries with high levels of sexual harassment – including hospitality, retail, manufacturing and information – have a harder time identifying inappropriate workplace behavior, with only 57% of those surveyed identifying quid pro quo sexual harassment, according to new research from Cornell University’s ILR School.

Released: 18-Jul-2022 9:05 PM EDT
Social-Sexual Education for Individuals with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities
UC Davis MIND Institute

People with neurodevelopmental disabilities are often not given the tools to create romantic relationships in a meaningful, safe way. This puts them at risk for sexual abuse. A new educational program, tested in partnership with the UC Davis MIND Institute, may help foster healthy, romantic relationships.

Released: 29-Jun-2022 1:05 PM EDT
Study Looks at How Friends Can Work Together to Help Protect Against Unwanted Sexual Experiences in the First Year of College
University at Buffalo

A new study from the University at Buffalo is helping researchers understand how women in their early college years can use friends-based strategies to help avoid unwanted sexual experiences.

Newswise: Indiana University establishes Kinsey-Kelley Center for Gender Equity in Business
Released: 28-Jun-2022 10:05 AM EDT
Indiana University establishes Kinsey-Kelley Center for Gender Equity in Business
Indiana University

A new research center at Indiana University will address issues of gender inequity, sexual misconduct and sexual harassment in the workplace, through an innovative partnership between the Kinsey Institute and the Kelley School of Business. The Kinsey-Kelley Center for Gender Equity in Business is another example of how IU strives to imagine, define and implement creative solutions for major social problems, including those highlighted by the #MeToo movement.

20-Jun-2022 9:00 AM EDT
Military Sexual Trauma Impacts Both Genders, Men May Misuse Alcohol More Than Women
Research Society on Alcoholism

Military sexual trauma (MST) can have a corrosive impact on trust within the U.S. military, as well as a number of negative effects on the individual. A recent study has examined the prevalence of MST history among U.S. Army Reserve/National Guard (USAR/NG) soldiers, the extent to which MST history predicts risk for alcohol misuse and problems, and potential sex differences in these experiences and outcomes. Findings indicate that MST is alarmingly prevalent for both female and male service members; in fact, the prevalence of MST appears to be much higher for male service members than is often reported.

Released: 12-May-2022 3:35 PM EDT
More gender segregation in jobs means more harassment, lower pay
Oxford University Press

A new paper in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, published by Oxford University Press, indicates that people who are the gender minority in their workplace are more likely to experience sexual harassment.

Released: 6-May-2022 4:50 PM EDT
Almost 1 in 4 physicians experience workplace mistreatment, mostly from patients and visitors
Boston Medical Center

According to new research from Boston Medical Center and Stanford University School of Medicine, almost a quarter of physicians who responded to a survey at Stanford Medicine experienced workplace mistreatment, with patients and visitors being the most common source.

Released: 5-May-2022 12:30 PM EDT
Women working for apps like Uber and Doordash often ‘brush off’ harassment
University of British Columbia

Gig industry platforms such as Uber, Doordash, and TaskRabbit fail to acknowledge the realities of women workers’ experiences, putting women at financial and personal risk, finds a new study.

Released: 31-Mar-2022 3:40 PM EDT
Those who ogle also more likely to have harmful attitudes
Edith Cowan University

New Edith Cowan University (ECU) research examining ‘eye gaze behaviour’ has found that looking at people’s bodies, rather than their faces, is linked with harmful attitudes towards sexual assault.

Newswise: AIP Report: Harassment, Discrimination in Astronomy Takes Many Forms
Released: 29-Mar-2022 1:45 PM EDT
AIP Report: Harassment, Discrimination in Astronomy Takes Many Forms
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

The AIP Longitudinal Survey of Astronomy Graduate Students was initiated by AAS in 2006 to better understand the forms and long-term impacts of harassment in the field of astronomy. The study polled astronomy graduate students during the 2006-07 school year and followed up with those same people in 2012-13 and in 2015-16 after they entered the workplace. Across the study, 33% of the respondents reported experiencing harassment and discrimination at school or work.

Released: 25-Mar-2022 10:05 AM EDT
New Study Estimates Annual Cost of Incarcerating Adults Convicted of Child Sex Crimes Topped $5.4 Billion in 2021
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Paper notes that the U.S. federal government budgeted $1.5 million in 2021 for child sexual abuse prevention research.

8-Nov-2021 4:05 PM EST
New Study Reveals Women, Minority Hepatologists Face Workplace Discrimination, Unequal Pay and Lack of Promotion Opportunities
American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A new study has found that hepatologists in the U.S., particularly women and racial and ethnic minorities, commonly experience workplace discrimination, such as exclusion from decision-making, disrespectful treatment by other staff members and unequal pay, benefits and promotion opportunities. The study will be presented this week at The Liver Meeting Digital Experience® held by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD).

Released: 19-Oct-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Female doctors experience frustration, sexual harassment, at work
Oxford University Press

A new paper in Family Practice, published by Oxford University Press, finds that women working as doctors in 49 countries reported high overall career satisfaction but lower satisfaction with some aspects of their career, such as pay, administrative tasks, and personal time.

Released: 12-Oct-2021 12:10 PM EDT
More Listening, Less 'Mansplaining' Make Men Better Allies to Women Co-Workers
Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School

In a Q&A, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School faculty member David Smith notes that gender inequities in the workplace have a detrimental effect not just on individual women but also on organizations. Conversely, workplaces that are diverse, equitable, and inclusive tend to be more successful than those that are not.

Released: 24-Sep-2021 2:55 PM EDT
Child abuse and neglect linked to early death in adulthood
University College London

Children who experience sexual or physical abuse or are neglected are more likely to die prematurely as adults, according to a new study analysing data from the 1950s to the present by researchers at UCL and the University of Cambridge.

Released: 14-Sep-2021 11:05 AM EDT
Government Law Center Releases New Explainer on joint investigating committees, their role in a post-Cuomo NY
Albany Law School

The Government Law Center (GLC) at Albany Law School has just released its latest explainer to help attorneys, politicians, and the public understand how joint investigating committees could help New York re-evaluate how it investigates, disciplines, and removes officials from state-wide office in the wake of the resignation of former Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Released: 19-Aug-2021 3:00 PM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Breakthrough Cases and COVID Boosters: Live Expert Panel for August 18, 2021

Expert Q&A: Do breakthrough cases mean we will soon need COVID boosters? The extremely contagious Delta variant continues to spread, prompting mask mandates, proof of vaccination, and other measures. Media invited to ask the experts about these and related topics.

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