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Schools are still learning what new Title IX regulations handed down from U.S. Department of Education last week mean for them as they continue dealing with the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The new rules revamp and clarify policies focused on when and how schools handle claims of sexual harassment or assault on campus. 

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Advocates rallied at the Statehouse Thursday for legislation to protect women.

Organizers say because Indiana does not have a law defining consent, sex without consent is not a crime unless there is force, threat of force, or incapacitation. A bill with bipartisan support to create that definition died without a hearing earlier this session.

Women4Change Indiana executive director Rima Shahid says her organization is putting pressure on lawmakers to pass comprehensive consent legislation.

DETROIT (AP) — The state of Michigan has agreed to pay $80 million to settle a class-action lawsuit on behalf of male teens who said they were sexually assaulted in prison while housed with adults.

The deal closes years of litigation.

The lawsuit accused the Corrections Department of failing to prevent the assaults.

The department had denied the allegations and aggressively fought the lawsuit.

But Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said the settlement allows the state to "move forward and brings closure for the inmates.”

Former Michigan Wrestlers Urge More Victims To 'Speak Up'

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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — Former University of Michigan wrestler Tad DeLuca has identified himself as the whistleblower whose 2018 complaint accusing the late Dr. Robert E. Anderson of sexual assault led to a police investigation.

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USA Gymnastics (USAG) made a settlement offer Thursday to athletes who have come forward with claims they were sexually abused while competing in the organization. The offer comes as part of the proposed bankruptcy reorganization plan.

USAG offered two options to the gymnasts: accept $215 million and settle all the claims or reject the offer and pursue their civil lawsuits and collect any judgements.

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A new statewide campaign to address sexual assault against women in Indiana launched to raise awareness and change laws around the issue. 

One in five women in Indiana report having been sexually assaulted. The new campaign will use cultural efforts, including readings and exhibits. 

Tracey Horth Krueger is president of the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault. She says a project called El Tendedero/The Clothesline displays handwritten notes of victim stories. 

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — A court says Purdue University may have discriminated against a male student who was accused of sexual assault.