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Illinois Judge Robert Adrian threw away Drew Clintons conviction of sexual assault. He said that five months was enough punishment for the teenager.

Drew Clinton’s overturn is a loss for sexual abuse survivors

By Summer Fitzgerald | January 19, 2022
Drew Clinton was let off far too easily for a crime that was so severe and impactful.

NIU sexual violence reports increase, officials say could indicate more willingness to report

By Ashley Dwy | October 31, 2019

DeKALB — NIU saw an increase in reported Violence Against Women Act crimes in this year’s Clery Report, but officials say this could indicate an increasing willingness to report, not an increase in the total amount of crimes.Megan Sippel, director...

Survivors of sexual assault are not alone

By Haley Galvin | March 28, 2019

Every 92 seconds, a person experiences sexual assault, according to according to Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network statistics.Sexual assault is more common than people realize, and it is even more prevalent on college campuses. Compared to 18 percent...

Kavanaugh’s appointment instigates rape culture

By Northern Star Editorial Board | October 10, 2018

The Northern Star Editorial Board feels the hearings and election of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court perpetuate rape culture, the belittling of sex crimes as a result of societal attitudes about gender and sexuality.President Donald Trump...

False claims of rape should be jailable

By Mackenzie Meadows | April 30, 2018

False rape accusations take away from valid cases where rapists should be tried and convicted. Those who falsely accuses another of rape, and later admit to lying, should serve time in jail.Rape cases can be difficult to prove since physical evidence...

Assault awareness focus of walk

By Ryan Nickel | April 30, 2014

Locals marched to downtown DeKalb to raise awareness for sexual assault victims at Take Back the Night Tuesday.Safe Passage held Take Back the Night at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 615 N. First St. Participants, who carried signs, were...

Teach ‘don’t rape,’ not ‘don’t get raped’

By Linze Griebenow | April 23, 2012

In honor of Sexual Assault Prevention Month: Let’s talk about sex, baby. According to, one in four college women will be, or have been, victims of sexual violence. In my experience, rape and/or sexual assault has been the leading commonality...

This July 27, 2011, file photo provided by the DeKalb County Sheriffs Department in Sycamore, Ill, shows Jack Daniel McCullough, 72, of Seattle.

Four witnesses called in first day of McCullough trial

By Dave Gong | April 10, 2012

Wiping a tear from her eye, Jeanne Tessier, 64, of Cadiz, Ky., recounted the events of a sunny spring afternoon in 1962, 50 years ago. “It was a warm day and I was sitting on the front steps of my family home,” Tessier said. This was the first scene...

Drug, alcohol policy violators to see changes

By Matt Liparota | August 22, 2011

DeKALB | This year, students will see some changes to the way drug and alcohol violations are handled at a university level. The major change students will see is in the way violations are punished. Each offense now carries what is called a "minimum sanction."...

The Rant: What the Wittels?

By Andrew Singer | February 16, 2011

Remember Garrett Wittels? He's the Florida International University shortstop that ended last season on a 56-game hitting streak, two games shy of Robin Ventura's Division-I record 58-game streak. Last December, the junior was charged with the rape of...