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AP Corrects Butte Sexual Assault Story

Feb 4, 2016
Butte Central Catholic School
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The Associated Press has corrected a story we broadcast Wednesday and Thursday about a former high school band teacher in Butte who is accused of sexually assaulting a student and providing alcohol to others.

That teacher, Scott L. Yorke, used to teach at Butte Central High School, not at Butte High, as the Associated Press reported.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox
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The final two members of a task force on unexamined sexual-assault evidence were named by Montana’s Attorney General today.

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In every crime, there’s a victim and an offender. But sexual assault cases are different, at least according to former federal prosecutor Anne Munch. She says rape cases have a third party involved, and it’s that third party that makes it very hard to get a conviction.

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox
Courtesy MT DOJ

Montana Attorney General Tim Fox says there’s too much we don’t know about sexual assault evidence kits that are never submitted to the state crime lab.

Tawnya Crazier is one of more than 30 presenters offering training during the three-day Sexual Assault Summit, which  runs Nov. 10 - 12 in the University Center on the University of Montana campus in Missoula.

Ira Glass is certainly aware of the phenomenal success of his radio program and podcast, "This American Life." But he probably doesn’t know he has changed the dialogue about sexual assault in Montana.

A Montana researcher says colleges and Universities nationwide aren't doing a very good job at giving students information about preventing and responding to sexual assault.

Jennifer Scroggins, an associate professor at Montana State University says schools appear fearful for their reputations.

10/18/2015 - High-profile cases have recently put campus sexual assault in the spotlight. One question that has repeatedly come up: why are these cases being handled by campuses at all? Title IX requires that every school receiving federal aid must take concrete steps to deal with hostile environments and sexual assault. This leaves colleges and universities with the task of figuring out what policies and procedures to enforce.

UM President Royce Engstrom speaks about UM's handling of sexual assaults at a July 10 press conference in Missoula, MT.
Eric Whitney - MTPR

The University of Montana Police Department has met federal requirements to improve its response to reports of sexual assault on campus.

The University agreed to the requirements two years ago, following a 2012 investigation into reports of sexual assaults at the school by the U.S. Departments of Justice, and Education.

Vanita Gupta, head of the U.S Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division speaks at a press conference in Missoula on May 11, 2015, as Missoula Mayor John Engen and Missoula Police Chief Mike Brady look on.
Edward O'Brien

The federal government says the Missoula police department has made tremendous progress in how it handles reports of sexual assault.

"In short, this community has come together to institute long-term, systemic change to protect and ensure the safety of generations to come," said Vanita Gupta, head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.

Montana capitol
William Marcus

People in Montana who are out of work because of domestic violence will soon be able to get the same unemployment benefits as others who lose their jobs.