The tragedy in Charleston brings to mind other, similar events; Mass shootings, which have afflicted communities and the wider world, resonating beyond state and national boundaries. Therapists are developing strategies for healing that go beyond words.
None of the assault allegations made by Jackie, the subject of the Rolling Stone article that caused turmoil at the University of Virginia last November could be confirmed after months of investigating.
While the tale of a three-hour frat house gang rape had already been largely demolished through investigative reporting, Chief Tim Longo gave the official verdict on the claims Monday: they didn't check out.
"There no substantive basis to conclude that what is described in that article happened that night."
Legislation that addresses campus sexual assaults is already on Governor McAuliffe's desk—but before he signs off, amends, or vetoes anything, he has the input from members of his Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence to consider.
The legislation requires campus employees to report sexual violence allegations to the Title IX coordinator, who must report the allegation to a review team that meets within 72 hours. One subcommittee believes that while the legislation is a good first step, there's more work ahead.
This week civic groups and nonprofits are taking a closer look at the importance of open government and freedom of information for Sunshine week.
Sunshine is absent in the death chambers of Virginia, where the public has no access to basic information about how inmates are killed. Policies and procedures outlining the process are concealed from view. Training manuals are closely guarded. Even specific details about how executions are carried out are kept secret.