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Students sexually abused at school face lengthy legal fights

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When children sexually assault other children at school, sometimes the only measure of justice comes through the courts. The barriers are formidable, and can lead to long, grueling fights: Public schools in many states enjoy powerful shields, including caps on damages if they lose a lawsuit and high legal hurdles to prove misconduct. And a handful of states offer schools complete immunity from lawsuits in state court. But the incentives for families are powerful, too — protecting their children, winning…

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Domestic violence report, lawsuit threats, video complicating Augustus Invictus-Libertarian Party bonds

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Faced with new allegations of domestic abuse including sexual battery, Libertarian Party lightning rod and avowed ultranationalist Augustus Sol Invictus has been both lashing out at his “enemies” for what he calls slander and pursuing a deal he says will heal his reputation and his relationship with the party. Invictus, who ran as a candidate for the Libertarian Party of Florida’s U.S. Senate nomination but lost in the primary, was accused in a March 21 report filed with the Edgewood Police Department by…

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Florida child protection investigator arrested for lying in possible sex abuse case

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A former child protection detective in Florida was arrested for lying in an ongoing investigation involving the possible sexual assault of a child, a spokesman for the state’s Department of Children and Families confirmed Monday. According to court records, Brittanee Sharmayne Carter, 27, was taken into custody by agents of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) after a warrant was issued for her arrest. She was charged with two felony counts of altering or destroying the records of a…

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Florida State close to new policy on sexual assault

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Florida State University has almost completed a more detailed policy on sexual conduct and sexual harassment while coming into compliance with federal Title IX standards. The university’s Board of Trustees on Friday received an update on the school’s Title IX policy and approved amendments to regulations dealing with violations due to sexual misconduct. Florida State has increased its efforts to raise awareness about sexual assault and prevention since a former student filed a Title IX lawsuit in which she said…

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Florida’s crime rate drops, but sexual assaults are rising

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Florida’s overall crime rate is dropping, but the number of reported sex offenses and sexual assaults is rising. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement released Friday a summary of crime information for the six months of 2015. The report showed overall crime volume dropped 2.2 percent compared to the first six months of last year. The numbers are based on information submitted by law-enforcement agencies across the state. The number of murders so far this year in the Sunshine State…

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Florida data shows 10,900 sexual assault kits still untested

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The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says nearly 11,000 rape kits have not been submitted for analysis. In a spreadsheet released on its website Tuesday, the FDLE tallied 10,900 kits that have not been tested. The data came from 262 law enforcement agencies around the state. Seven law enforcement agencies did not report data. The agency says the data is preliminary and agencies might update the information. The figures mirror those nationwide as agencies across the U.S. struggle to process…

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All Bucs fans are not behind the team drafting Jameis Winston

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Here, he is not a savior. Here, he is not the next big thing. Here, he is not a glittering ball of potential on his way to town. Here, he is not the quarterback the Bucs have always desired. Here, Jameis Winston is simply a mistake who is waiting to happen. Just that. The conversation happens in a second-story office building, where four interested bystanders sit around a round table and talk of the upcoming draft. Perhaps, your office looks…

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