School Violence News

The Red Zone – College Rape and Sexual Assault

With Labor Day now behind us, students across the US are returning to (or making their way off to) colleges and universities across the US.  For many students, this will be the first time to be living on their own, away from parents. With this new-found freedom, the lack of parental curfews and other rules, read more...

NEWS – Firm Name Changed to Friedlander & Mosher, P.C.

The firm is pleased to announce that the name of the firm is changed to add Holly Mosher in recognition of her substantial contributions to the firm. The name of the firm shall be Friedlander & Mosher PC. “The firm’s name change recognizes Holly’s significant contributions to the firm and the outstanding results she has read more...

Bullying and Teen Suicide – Another Victim Dies

Tragically, online bullying appears to have been the cause behind another teen suicide.  As reported by CNN, 18 year old Brandy Vela of Texas City, Texas killed herself in front of her parents after being relentlessly bullied online about her weight. According to the story, Brandy was a well-liked student at school.  But in April, read more...

7 Members of “Underground” Sorority at University at Albany Charged with Hazing

Police say that 7 sorority members hazed pledges by blindfolding them, making them east mud, and dousing them with rotten eggs and milk.  The Times Union of Albany reported that one of the victims sustained an allergic reaction, and was treated and released from a local hospital. Police reported that a victim of the alleged read more...

Penn State Hit with Nearly $2.4 Million Penalty for Clery Act Violations

In a strong signal to other colleges and universities, the U.S. Department of Education found Penn State to have not properly complied with the Clery Act in a number of serious ways with respect to the reporting and handling of information concerning the alleged sex crimes allegedly committed on campus by former Penn State football read more...

BYU Creates Amnesty Policy for Sexual Assault Victims

In this article – “Will the Fear of Retribution Decrease Campus Rape Reporting at BYU?” – I wrote about the case of an 18 year-old BYU freshman who, after reporting she was sexually assaulted to school officials, was promptly investigated by university administrators to determine whether she had violated BYU’s honor code by drinking or read more...

Tips for Getting Schools to Stop Bullying

As most parents know, children are often subjected to bullying during their school years.  Bullying, of course can vary greatly.  Some children may be feel bullied by one innocent comment, where other children are bullied systematically by one or more of their peers over time, with a purposeful intent on causing physical or emotional harm. read more...

University of Wisconsin Student Charged With Numerous Criminal Counts Involving the Alleged Sexual Assault of Five Women

According to Wisconsin police and public reports, a University of Wisconsin female student was sexually assaulted by a fellow male student in the male student’s apartment.  After denying his sexual advances, the victim was allegedly held in the apartment and repeatedly sexually assaulted over the course of several hours, including being choked into near unconsciousness read more...

UC Berkeley Greek System Bans Fraternity Parties; Then Lifts Ban

On October 22, 2016 it was reported that fraternities and sororities at the University of California Berkeley had enacted a self-imposed ban of all fraternity and sorority parties following police reports of two female university students being assaulted at off-campus fraternity parties during the previous weekend. The initial report did not provide any details about read more...

Victim Blaming – The Underlying Psychology Behind the Phenomenon

We’ve all heard about how reluctant many sexual assault victims are to report their crime to the police.  Much of this reluctance likely is due to the tendency to “blame the victim” – the rationale that if the victim had just done something differently, she would not have been assaulted.  These excuses range from what read more...