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Law Teaches Children to Disclose Sexual Abuse

Erin Merryn was a victim of child rape and sexual abuse. In an effort to help other child victims, she has dedicated her life to pushing states to adopt Erin's Law, which requires schools to teach age-appropriate curriculum about sexual abuse to students in prekindergarten through fifth-grade. The purpose of this educational effort is to get victims to disclose abuse. Read more from AMU professor Michael Beshears about the progress of this law and why it has stalled in some state legislatures.

The Legal Definition of Consensual Sex is Likely to Change in California: What It Means

By Stephanie M. Hunziker, PhD, criminal justice faculty at American Military University

Last week, the California State Senate passed SB-967, a bill that would affect all state-funded college campuses to redefine the meaning of consensual sex. For decades now, state lawmakers around the country have relied heavily on the “no means no” campaign against sexual assault and rape.

Judge rules Twitter Must Turn over Tweets of Occupy Wall Street Protestor to aid in Police Investigation

By Tim Hardiman On Oct. 1, 2011 more than 700 people were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct during an Occupy Wall Street march. One of those arrested was Malcom Harris, who used Twitter to share information about the events of that day. In early July, a New York judge ruled that Twitter must turn over Harris’s tweets in compliance with a request from the Manhattan District Attorney, who claims that the tweets will reveal the truth of what happened that day. What implications does this ruling have for law enforcement, prosecutors and defendants?