SEXUAL ASSAULT

Massachusetts Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders.
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By the end of this week, the federal government will either shut down, or pass another spending extension in order to keep government running. 

Former Massachusetts Senate President Stanley Rosenberg confirmed to reporters Thursday that he had separated from his husband Bryon Hefner, who is undergoing treatment after allegations of sexual assault.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg has separated from his husband, Bryon Hefner, less than two months after sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against Hefner, sources close to Rosenberg told WBUR Thursday.

Reaction to the death of Cardinal Bernard Law, the man who came to be the face of the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, has been emotional, particularly for survivors of clergy abuse.

Law, who led the Boston archdiocese for 19 years before he stepped down in disgrace over the scandal in 2002, died in Rome early Wednesday. He was 86.

On Nov. 27, the Council of Churches of Western Massachusetts hosted a summit on church security. Pictured, Assistant US Attorney Kevin O'Regan, left, talks to attendees.
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This December marked five years since the murders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty first-graders and six adults were gunned down. 

Connecticut has received 2 federal grants that will help victims of sexual assault seeking justice against their attacker.

When a victim is sexually assaulted, a sexual assault, or rape kit is crucial. It can corroborate the victim's account of the assault, and not only help identify a suspect, but also link cases that could identify serial rapists. But submitting to the test can be traumatizing for the victim.

A Kentucky state lawmaker has apparently killed himself after facing several allegations in reports by the investigative arm of Louisville Public Media — the most serious of which was the alleged sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl in the basement of the church where he served as pastor.

Sen. Stanley Rosenberg in his office at the Statehouse.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

It's been quite a few weeks for the Massachusetts Senate. Last Friday, former state Senator Brian Joyce pleaded not guilty to charges that he used his Senate office to collect up to $1 million in bribes and kickbacks. That went down while the Senate was dealing with some internal confusion.

Updated, Dec. 8, 8:20 a.m. ET with a subsequent statement from James Levine and James Lestock.

New allegations of sexual assault have been made against James Levine, the music director emeritus of the Metropolitan Opera in New York and its conductor for over forty years. Levine was suspended from his position over the weekend, and now, with more allegations made public, repercussions for the lauded musician are continuing to pile up.

Downtown Amherst, Massachusetts, in a file photo.
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As leadership of the Massachusetts Senate slipped out of Sen. Stanley Rosenberg's hands Monday, officials nearly 100 miles away in the former Senate president's hometown applauded his decision to step aside and said there is a "deep well of support" for him in the western part of the state.

Mass. Senate Elects Acting President, Investigation Launched In Day Of Upheaval

Dec 5, 2017
Mass. Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler and Minority Leader Bruce Tarr talked to the press, backed up by most of their fellow members, following a marathon set of caucuses Monday that determined Chandler would be elected acting Senate president.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

The Massachusetts Senate initiated an Ethics Committee investigation on Monday night into its now former president Sen. Stanley Rosenberg in a dramatic day of upheaval that saw Worcester Democrat Harriette Chandler installed as the new acting Senate president pending the outcome of an investigation into sexual harassment and Senate interference by Rosenberg's husband.

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