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The Zalkin Law Firm represents eight female athletes in their Title IX lawsuit against SMU. The plaintiffs'... https://fb.me/3LmvgqKFD 

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Title IX lawsuit alleges that SMU provided inadequate medical treatment for women's rowing team

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Dallas News

Jan. 19, 2018

A Title IX lawsuit filed Friday alleges that SMU provided inadequate medical and training resources to its women's rowing team, leading to lifelong injuries for eight former and current student-athletes.

The plaintiffs say they suffered labral tears in one or both hips that will require multiple hip replacements throughout their lives. The lawsuit, filed in the Northern District of Texas, alleges that these are rare injuries even in the rowing community and that the SMU medical staff provided substandard care that would not have been found acceptable on a men's athletic team.

"We know of at least 15 girls or more possibly just in the last eight years with the same exact injury," plaintiff Kelly McGowan said at a news conference announcing the lawsuit. "I am almost positive that if there were 15 football players or 15 basketball players that had the same injury by the same coaches in eight years, I do not believe [SMU] would have let that go on."

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Female Rowers File Civil Lawsuit Against SMU

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CBS News 11 Dallas

Story Excerpt - January 19, 2018

Clouse and McGowan are now part of a team of eight current and former SMU rowing team players suing the university on claims of negligence and discrimination. “I stand before you unable to walk or sit without pain. Poor coaching, training technique and inadequate supervision led us to this place,” McGowan said Friday morning.

The eight women claim SMU violated Title IX rules, requiring equal treatment for men and women in college athletic programs based on the school’s investment in coaching, training and medical oversight.

“SMU had the opportunity and ability to correct this, to provide equality to its rowers. It chose not to,” attorney Alex Zalkin said during a news conference for four of the eight women listed in the suit.

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A good overview about why it is so difficult for women abused as minors to step forward as adults. This article... http://fb.me/3B21BYERU 

A good overview about why it is so difficult for women abused as minors to step forward as adults. This article... http://fb.me/3B21BYERU 

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Sexual harassment scandals are rampant as we hear more about harassment of women in Hollywood, in politics in... http://fb.me/55NvpsOaS 

Sexual harassment scandals are rampant as we hear more about harassment of women in Hollywood, in politics in... http://fb.me/55NvpsOaS 

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The Zalkin Law Firm won a major decision at the CA 4th District Court of Appeals upholding a decision requiring... http://fb.me/zT6aR6aK 

The Zalkin Law Firm won a major decision at the CA 4th District Court of Appeals upholding a decision requiring... http://fb.me/zT6aR6aK 

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Read our message on Huff Post to survivors of campus sexual assault. http://fb.me/8PZXN30ya 

Read our message on Huff Post to survivors of campus sexual assault. http://fb.me/8PZXN30ya 

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Read our Title IX message to victims on Huff Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/59b46b92e4b0d0c16bb52d3e …

Read our Title IX message to victims on Huff Post. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/59b46b92e4b0d0c16bb52d3e …

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Survivors of Campus Sexual Violence Don’t Despair, Title IX Remains in Place Even If the Department Of Education Refuses To Protect You

A Message to Survivors of Campus Sexual Assault and Harassment  

Survivors of campus sexual assault and harassment have reacted with shock and dismay to the news today that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos intends to roll back victim protections put in place by the Obama administration to reverse the longstanding indifference in schools and colleges to the discriminatory effect of sexual assault and violence.  With this action, DeVos and her boss show that they are nothing short of rape apologists.  Clearly the Secretary is taking her marching orders from a President who bragged about his ability to sexually assault women at will.

While providing new guidance that will make it more difficult for survivors to obtain relief from school administrators and the US Department of Education, the civil justice system remains an alternative avenue for justice and protection for victims since the legal provisions of Title IX cannot be changed by a change in guidance from the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”).

While DeVos and the OCR might decide not to enforce the law, nothing about DeVos’ decision interferes with the power of federal civil courts in this country from enforcing Title IX and the federal regulations implementing it.  Title IX and 34 Code of Federal Regulations Part 106 still require schools and colleges receiving federal funding to take active measures to prevent a hostile campus environment, maintain a process for prompt and immediate response to a complaint of sexual violence or harassment, provide protections from exposure to further harassment, allow for accommodations to ensure that a victim does not suffer a loss of academic opportunities and to take appropriate disciplinary action when the facts support the complaint.  There is nothing that DeVos can do to change these basic legal requirements.

If an academic institution responds to a complaint of sexual violence or harassment with deliberate indifference that results in exposure to further harassment, and a hostile campus environment for the survivor nothing stops that survivor from marching into a federal court to enforce those right

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We support these efforts to maintain Title IX protections for survivors of campus sexual assault. http://fb.me/wJdSeP63 

We support these efforts to maintain Title IX protections for survivors of campus sexual assault. http://fb.me/wJdSeP63 

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Judge orders Jehovah’s Witnesses to release molestation files

San DiegoReader. 8/30/17

"In a June 17, 2017, email, Lopez’s attorney Devin Storey accuses the Watchtower of withholding documents that his client needs to “establish Watchtower’s practice of protecting molesters from prosecution.” The struggle for documents is not isolated to San Diego courtrooms but is playing out in several countries. Watchtower’s policies of requiring more than one eyewitness to the abuse before launching an investigation; of forcing the abused, often young children, to confront their abuser; and of prohibiting members from contacting law enforcement with complaints of sexual abuse have created what one former member and outspoken critic of the Watchtower Tract Society, William Bowen, calls a “pedophile’s paradise.”

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Our case for survivors of JW abuse is progressing. http://fb.me/3GmvwxQD6 

Our case for survivors of JW abuse is progressing. http://fb.me/3GmvwxQD6 

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A Massachusetts Teen Is Suing Her School After She Was Allegedly Sexually Assaulted By Two Classmates

8/25/17  BuzzFeed News "A woman is suing a Massachusetts school district and its administrators for failing to protect her against two classmates who she said sexually assaulted her when she was a sophomore in high school.  The woman, now 19, was 15 when she said she was raped and sexually assaulted by two male classmates during a sleepover at her friend’s house.

The woman’s federal lawsuit — filed on Friday in Massachusetts and provided first to BuzzFeed News — alleges that administrators at Newburyport High School violated school policies as well as Title IX, the gender equity law, after she reported the rape and subsequent harassment she experienced.

The woman told BuzzFeed News she is filing the lawsuit now, four years later, because “all I can think about most nights before I go to sleep is that there’s another 15-year-old girl going through the same thing.” Attorney Alex Zalkin is representing this victim.

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More details about our brave client and her lawsuit against Newburyport Public Schools. The woman told BuzzFeed... http://fb.me/85UJ7dy9P 

More details about our brave client and her lawsuit against Newburyport Public Schools.The woman told BuzzFeed... http://fb.me/85UJ7dy9P 

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Alex Zalkin continues to represent victims of sexual assault in schools and universities across the country. This... http://fb.me/1yMXIJy9E 

Alex Zalkin continues to represent victims of sexual assault in schools and universities across the country. This... http://fb.me/1yMXIJy9E 

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"Not only has she gotten some personal gain out of this in terms of closure," Hernandez's attorney Zalkin said,... http://fb.me/3a9Cbur8x 

"Not only has she gotten some personal gain out of this in terms of closure," Hernandez's attorney Zalkin said,... http://fb.me/3a9Cbur8x 

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Lawyer: Baylor settles with woman who said rape was ignored

AP News. 8/16/17 AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The first woman to sue Baylor University over allegations the nation’s largest Baptist school ignored or mishandled rape allegations has settled her case, her attorney said Tuesday.

Jasmin Hernandez sued Baylor in early 2016, two months before the school released the results of an internal investigation that found Baylor had mishandled rape or assault cases for years and the football program acted as if it was “above the rules.”

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Ex-Baylor Student Settles Title IX Lawsuit with School

Sports Illustrated. 8/16/17

"A former Baylor student who was sexually assaulted by a football player settled her Title iX lawsuit against the school, ESPN.com reported. Jasmin Hernandez reached a financial settlement with the school last weekend, according to her attorney."

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Read our new Blog article by Irwin Zalkin discussing the critical importance of Title IX protections for sexual... http://fb.me/BeP6BNNO 

Read our new Blog article by Irwin Zalkin discussing the critical importance of Title IX protections for sexual... http://fb.me/BeP6BNNO 

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