The Observer

Behind the petition for change to the sexual misconduct policy

A view of Adelbert Hall, which contains Case Western Reserve University's administrative offices.

Lyndsey Cole and Kushagra Gupta

July 23, 2017

In late May, a Case Western Reserve University alumna created an online petition calling for the administration to change the sexual misconduct policy. The petition is in support of a call for change to the policy by Emma Bardwell, a survivor of sexual assault on campus, in a column published in The O...

Partnership with Cleveland Rape Crisis Center brings rape crisis advocate to campus

Miriam Ridge, Staff Reporter

September 30, 2016

A new school year is bringing about new developments in partnerships with off-campus organizations at Case Western Reserve University. After having received a $1.4 million grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, The Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC) has teamed up with the Office of Title IX,...

Studying untested rape kits helps improve investigative efforts

Sruthi Meka, Staff Reporter

September 23, 2016

Working with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office (CCPO), researchers at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at Case Western Reserve University have developed a series of research briefs analyzing data from untested sexual assault kits. The research findings show ...

SEXPO aims for sex positive campus culture

Anastazia Vanisko, Director of Pint

September 9, 2016

Whether you love talking about it or hate when it’s brought up in discussion, sex is a topic that can’t be avoided on a college campus. Scheduled for Sept. 23, SEXPO 2016 seeks to make Case Western Reserve University a more sex-positive campus. From 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., exhibition style booth...

Take Back the Night creates a safe campus space

The audience sits in a semicircle and listens attentively to sexual assault survivors

Celia Wan, News Editor

April 22, 2016

It was 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, but the sun hadn’t faded away. The warm sunshine of the early spring shone through the windows of Thwing Atrium, so bright that it paled the LED candles that members of the Sexual Assault and Violence Educators (SAVE) lit for their annual speakout rally against s...

Results released for survey on sexual assault at CWRU

Nardine Taleb, Staff Reporter

October 2, 2015

Taped to the doors of bathroom stalls all over campus are sexual conduct posters with phrases like, “Consent is not about the absence of a ‘no,’ but about an enthusiastic ‘YES!’” These posters are part of the university’s effort to prevent sexual assault by spreading awareness on how...

Spreading the word

Julia Bianco, News Editor

April 3, 2015

The Sexual Assault and Violence Educators (SAVE) are looking to turn campus into a visual statistic with their upcoming event, a part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The event is designed to bring attention to the issue of sexual assault on college campuses. From April 6-10, interested students...

Issues of consent

Sgt. Jeffrey Daberko and Officer Mark Chavis

February 27, 2015

The topic of sexual assault is not a pleasant one, but it is important, especially on a college campus. Recently, this issue has received an enormous amount of media attention, ranging from focusing on specific cases at specific campuses to discussing how to best address the problem nationally. President...

CWRU to participate in survey about sexual assault climate

Suneil Kamath, Staff Reporter

February 13, 2015

The ineffectiveness of sexual assault policies and procedures in postsecondary institutions across the nation has increased pressure on universities to find a proper way to deal with campus assault. Case Western Reserve University is among 28 universities across the U.S. that will survey its students...

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