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51% Show #1367

Stephen Greene

On this week’s 51%, we hear about how a certain university is responding to sexual assault; a retiree and her dog search for missing people; a harpist elicits interesting reactions from primates; and we have a women in history profile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new survey finds that a quarter of undergraduate women at more than two dozen universities say they experienced unwanted sexual contact at some point during their college career. The survey by the Association of American Universities comes at a time of heightened public awareness and increased scrutiny of what schools are doing to combat sexual assault on campus. More than 150,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students at the organization's member schools participated. The results generally were in line with past surveys on sexual assault and misconduct on college campuses — and confirmed that alcohol and drugs are important risk factors. AAU President Hunter Rawlings says university leaders hope the results will help policymakers as they develop legislative and administrative responses to combat sexual assault on college campuses.

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And here on 51%, we’ve brought you a number of stories over the past several months on the topic of campus sexual assault, checking in on states like New York and California that have passed legislation to combat such assault. And efforts are underway on the federal level as a bipartisan group of senators promotes the Campus Accountability and Safety Act.

Meanwhile, over the summer, the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act went into effect nationwide, laying out new protocols colleges and universities must follow when it comes to preventing, reporting, and responding to sexual assault. Wyoming—with its one university—ranks fourth in the country in sexual assault reports per student. Wyoming Public Radio’s Aaron Schrank spoke with administrators and advocates at the University of Wyoming about how sexual assaults are handled there—and has this report. 


We're about to be introduced to a woman who is part of a group that necessitates both an inner and outer strength. She's a retiree and, with her dog, searches for missing people as part of Maine Search and Rescue Dogs. Marita Murphy reports for SALT radio.  

People love videos of animal odd couples: Golden Retrievers swimming with dolphins. French bulldogs do-see-doeing with deer. That kind of thing. And they love strange human-animal interactions as well.  You don’t have to go to Youtube to catch this unusual mash up. At Como Zoo in St. Paul, Minnesota a harpist and some 400-pound gorillas have enjoyed exchanging music for nearly a decade. KFAI’s Diane Richard brings us the story. 

There’s another female first in the world of sports. This time, it’s in skateboarding as the SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Championship – the official street skateboarding world championship as recognized by the International Skateboarding Federation (ISF) – is including a women’s division allowing the world’s best female street skateboarders to compete for the title of SLS Nike SB Super Crown World Champion. There are eight women slated to compete for the top prize of $30,000 cash and a watch – the highest purse in women’s skateboarding. SLS is Street League Skateboarding. The championship is this month in Chicago. 


Gilles Malkine closes our show with an edition of Women in History. His profile is of a Nobel Peace Prize winner who exerted great influence on the disarmament debate. 

Writer, composer, and actor Gilles Malkine is a resident of the Catskills region of New York. 

And that's our show this week. Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance. Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock. Our theme music is Glow in the Dark by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio. 

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