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Commentary: Franken shouldn’t take the fall alone

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Commentary: Franken shouldn’t take the fall alone

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Two kinds of pressure prompted U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minnesota, to do the right thing and resign. The first, not surprisingly, was political. Democrats now have pushed two powerful and prominent members of their own party – Franken and U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan – to resign their offices […]

Commentary: Senate love for sale

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Commentary: Senate love for sale

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Republican National Committee’s decision once again to start funding Alabama U.S. Senate candidate and accused child molester Roy Moore calls to mind an old story attributed to George Bernard Shaw. The Irish playwright found himself locked in a dinner-table discussion with a woman who asserted there were certain […]

Commentary: A little perspective on sex abuse charges

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Commentary: A little perspective on sex abuse charges

By Janet Williams The StatehouseFile.com Every day we turn on the news or pick up a paper to hear or read about another man in a position of power or authority who abused that power by harassing or assaulting women over whom they had control. Liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, religious or secular, the […]

Commentary: Tide will come here, too

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Commentary: Tide will come here, too

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – So, Matt Lauer and, perhaps, Garrison Keillor are the latest to be washed away by an historic tidal shift. The now former host of NBC’s “Today” and the former host of public broadcasting’s “Prairie Home Companion” likely won’t be the last to go. Not much is known, as I […]

Commentary: Right, wrong and the women in our lives

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Commentary: Right, wrong and the women in our lives

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – It’s wrong regardless of who does it. Groping a woman against her will or without her knowledge is wrong whether a Republican or a Democrat does it. The same goes for pressuring her to have sex if she doesn’t want to or trying to force oneself on her. It […]

Commentary: Trump, Moore and their God-fearing enablers

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Commentary: Trump, Moore and their God-fearing enablers

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Maybe Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K. should run for public office. If they did, chances are they’d be able to avoid paying the price for their predatory sexual practices. They’d be able to skip away, consequence-free, like President Donald Trump and, possibly, Alabama Republican U.S. Senate candidate […]

Commentary: Me too: Simple words that reveal deep pain

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Commentary: Me too: Simple words that reveal deep pain

By Janet Williams TheStatehouseFile.com If you spend any time at on Facebook you might have seen some of your friends and family post two simple words, “me too.” Given the events of the past week I didn’t need to read the explanation – that people, women mostly, are typing those seemingly innocuous words to show […]

Commentary: Weinstein, Trump and selective outrage

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Commentary: Weinstein, Trump and selective outrage

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Wrong is wrong. Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein’s abominable conduct with women has – justly – unleashed an outpouring of condemnation. The revelations of his long and sordid history of harassing and even sexually assaulting what seems like every female with whom he came in contact has cost him his […]

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30 Laws: New fund fuels new life for sexual assault survivors

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com Editor’s note: This is the 15th in a series of stories about new laws that are taking effect, most of them on July 1. INDIANAPOLIS — Kelly Vates’ life mission day-in and day-out is to talk to as many people as possible about sexual assault. “I am a survivor of many […]

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Aim of new non-profit is ending and preventing sexual assault

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced Wednesday the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault, Inc. will replace the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Inc. after having to suspend operations. INCASA suspended operations in June 2014 after financial insolvency. The nonprofit stopped receiving and distributing federal and state grants. “This new entity’s […]

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