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COVID-19 prompts San Antonio’s University Health to spend more on extra nurses for surge, domestic violence victims

Anticipating a winter surge of COVID-19, Bexar County’s public hospital system will hire more nurses and provide more services for victims of family violence, which officials say has increased significantly during the pandemic.

At a meeting Tuesday night, the University Health board of managers approved spending $5 million to cover the cost of adding up to 40 temporary nurses per month in hospital’s coronavirus units.

“We do need these nurses in response to surges and other situations that are out of our control,” said Tommye Austin, senior VP and chief nursing officer at University Health.

On ExpressNews.com: Get the latest update on coronavirus and a tracking map of U.S. cases

University Hospital officials say projections show the coming increase in cases may not be as bad as it was during the summer, but that depends largely on how San Antonio residents act during the holiday season.

University Health President George

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Mount Allison student speaks out against university sexual violence conduct

WARNING: This article contains sexual and explicit language and may be triggering for some readers. Please read at your own discretion.



a person sitting on a bench holding a sign: Michelle Roy, a fifth-year student at Mount Allison University, stands on campus protesting the school's sexual violence policies.


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Michelle Roy, a fifth-year student at Mount Allison University, stands on campus protesting the school’s sexual violence policies.

A Mount Allison University student says students are being silenced when reporting sexual violence on campus.

“I couldn’t believe it, I’ve seen this stuff in movies and I never believed it could happen in such a small-town university,” said Michelle Roy, a fifth-year student at MTA, who alleges the school granted an appeal in a sexual assault decision of the university’s judicial committee.

Roy tells Global News she’s spent the last five years lobbying for changes to the school’s procedures on reporting sexual violence.

Read more: Université de Moncton reports 293 interventions to sexual violence incidents in 2019-20 school year

According to the university website, its

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University of Utah settles with family of murdered student Lauren McCluskey and renames its violence prevention center in her honor

The University of Utah has settled two lawsuits with the parents of Lauren McCluskey, a 21-year-old student who was killed by an ex-boyfriend she had complained about to police more than 20 times.



Sadie Feighan looking at the camera: Lauren McCluskey


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Lauren McCluskey

McCluskey’s body was found in the back seat of a car on campus two years ago. She had been shot and killed by 37-year-old Melvin Rowland, a convicted sex offender who had spent more than a decade in prison. He killed himself hours later after a police chase, university police had said.

Lauren McCluskey’s parents, Jill and Matt McCluskey, filed a $56 million lawsuit last year alleging the University of Utah had failed to protect their daughter.

“The university acknowledges and deeply regrets that it did not handle Lauren’s case as it should have and that, at the time, its employees failed to fully understand and respond appropriately to Lauren’s

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Why Devote an Entire Blog to Writing About Media Violence?

The Short Answer

For four main reasons. First, we wanted to thoroughly review all of the nooks and crannies of media violence research in a way that’s simple and accessible for all audiences. In contrast, many books on the subject tend to be targeted toward academics (read: boring and complex), can be overly simplistic (e.g., only focus on video games, only scratch the surface of the research), or inaccurately represent the state of scientific research on the subject.

Second, we want to counteract the misinformation about media violence that always seems be circulating. As science reporting in both reputable news outlets and online have become increasingly inaccurate (imagine that, people on the internet are often wrong!), there is greater need for scientists to speak up and set the record straight.

Third, we’d like our research to reach beyond the “Ivory Tower” of academia. Researchers frequently discuss their findings with other

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Sexual violence reports rise drastically at schools, Education Department data shows

The context: The data was released as part of a massive survey of information from schools, known as the Civil Rights Data Collection, which the Education Department conducts every other year.

This is the second year the civil rights data survey has asked schools to report information about sexual violence. The Education Department said it took new steps to bolster the quality of the data after errors in the last survey raised questions about the accuracy of how schools reported sexual violence.

The numbers reflect documented allegations, not necessarily confirmed incidents, the department said.

An analysis of the data by the department’s Office for Civil Rights said it was unclear what was driving the increase between the data released this year and the data released in the previous report in 2018.

“The increase in reported allegations may reflect under-reporting” in the previous survey, “an increased sensitivity to this issue” in

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