I-News Analyzes National Research on Campus Sex Assaults as Furor Grows

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The debate over sex assaults on college campuses grew sharper when a sensational story about a brutal gang rape at the University of Virgina, which appeared in Rolling Stone magazine, was largely discredited. I-News has reviewed and analyzed the most recent national studies on campus sex assault. Here’s what we found.

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A Resource Kit Shows How Wage Theft Recovery Moves Forward in State

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An I-News analysis of federal wage law enforcement data found that $31 million had been illegally withheld from Colorado employees since 2005, while the figure nationally for that period was $1.4 billion. The state Department of Labor and Employment receives about 5,000 complaints and recovers about $1 million annually. A resource guide shows how it works.

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How I-News Analyzed Federal Data on Wage Theft by Colorado Employers

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Wage theft – a term used when employers illegally withhold wages owed to an employee or employees – can be difficult to quantify. But an I-News investigation into data from the U.S. Department of Labor shows that it is far from uncommon in Colorado.

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Wage Investigations a Steady Issue for One of Colorado’s Oldest Employers

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More than 30 years of public records and internal documents dealing with Bradley Petroleum, one of Colorado’s oldest employers, show the company has repeatedly been investigated for violating federal and state labor laws, Rocky Mountain PBS I-News has found.

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State Wage Theft Cases Number in Thousands Each Year, Inquiry Finds

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Since 2005, the federal Department of Labor has recovered over $31 million in wages that had been illegally withheld by employers in Colorado in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act, an I-News investigation has found.

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Boulder County DA announces SANE program

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District Attorney Stan Garnett announced sexual assault forensic exams will be offered at Boulder’s Foothills Hospital through a community partnership. The exams, also known as SANE exams or rape kits, will be available around the clock through the emergency room.

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Major Weapon Against Sex Assault Isn’t Offered on Most Campuses

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Although the federal government has called on colleges to do more to help victims of sexual assault, one of the most important tools in fighting rape – the sexual assault forensic exam, often referred to as SANE exam or rape kit – isn’t widely available on college campuses.

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Campus Rape Story Goes Viral, Raising Questions about Lack of Justice

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A report by Rolling Stone magazine about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house went viral this week, forcing the school’s president to confront allegations of a sexual assault epidemic on campus. Questions about justice loomed large.

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Racial Disparities Exist in Denver Police Shootings, RMPBS News Inquiry Finds

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A black Denver resident is three times more likely than a white resident to be shot by law enforcement. Latino residents are nearly twice as likely to be shot.

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Rape Kits Can be Hard to Find for College Students

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The sexual assault forensic exam is a key tool leading to the conviction of rapists, and in ensuring the physical well-being of survivors. But the so-called SANE exam, or rape kit, isn’t offered at CU, or anywhere in Boulder County, Rocky Mountain PBS I-News has found. The same is true of CSU and Fort Collins.

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Black Round Table Targets Inequities Exposed by RMPBS News’ Losing Ground

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The Colorado Black Round Table's second annual Gaining Ground summit targeted inequities experienced by the state's black residents in education, health care, criminal justice and family incomes, as compared to the state's white residents.

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Colorado Black Round Table Hosts Gaining Ground Summit this Weekend

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After month-long church and community discussions addressing disparities faced by Colorado’s black residents, the Colorado Black Round Table is convening its “gaining ground” summit this weekend to chart a course toward progress.

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A Pakistani Journalist Offers Her Thoughts on U.S. Warmth, Disconnect

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Visiting Pakistani journalist finds that the realities of life can be much the same in America as they are elsewhere in the world. Poverty, homelessness and the pains and grief that go side-by-side with human existence are present here.

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Jails, Prisons Are Common Repository for Those with Mental Illness

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Many more people suffering with mental illnesses are in jail or prison in Colorado than in a therapeutic hospital setting.And many of the state's sheriffs are outspoken with their opinions that that should not be the case.

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Author Believes Versatile Hemp Plant Will Now Flourish

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Author Doug Fine believes that Colorado's new hemp farming initiatives will meet with huge success because the marijuana cousin is "unbelievably, genuinely useful in a huge array of real world market applications today for which there are markets."

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