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Now through Election Day, Tuesday Nov. 5, Texas voters have the chance to approve or deny 10 proposed amendments to the state's Constitution. 


Last month, opera star David Daniels and his husband, William "Scott" Walters, were indicted by Harris County, Texas on a felony charge of sexual assault. Simultaneously, the singer is battling the University of Michigan (UM), where he has taught since 2015 and where he was granted tenure in May 2018. Earlier this year, the school began seeking to fire Daniels over multiple, serious allegations of sexual misconduct.

Updated Aug. 1 at 8:14 p.m. ET

Opera star David Daniels has been indicted in Texas on a felony charge of sexual assault.

A grand jury indicted Daniels in Harris County District Court on July 25. Also indicted on the same charge is Daniels' husband, William Walters, who goes by the name Scott. In Texas, sexual assault of an adult is a Class 2 felony; if convicted, Daniels and Walter could face between two and 20 years in prison.

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The Texas Senate tentatively approved a bill Tuesday that would add more transparency and accountability to sexual assault reporting systems in colleges and universities throughout the state.  

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A victim's forensic exam can be one of the strongest pieces of evidence in a sexual assault investigation. Why is so much evidence related to cases of sexual assault not being processed? 


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The Texas Legislature established the Waco State Home as the State Home for Dependent and Neglected Children in 1919. It closed in 1979. Anglo children adjudged by district courts to be neglected were declared wards of the state of Texas, and they were admitted to the home for care, education and training.

For many years, what happened inside the walls of the Waco State Home was only whispered about. Frequently, there was harsh treatment of the children — brutal beatings and sexual abuse.

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Texas lawmakers want to end a backlog of untested rape kits. A bipartisan bill introduced Tuesday aimed to help thousands of women find justice and closure. The legislation was named after a sexual assault survivor who was denied justice after waiting decades for her evidence to be tested.

Congress is keeping watch and the military has introduced prevention programs. Yet sexual assaults at military service academies keep rising. The leaders of those academies got an earful when they testified before a House Armed Services subcommittee on Wednesday.

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Gender, Power And Fairness.

About Ashley Judd's TED Talk

Ashley Judd has experienced many forms of gendered discrimination, from intense online harassment to assault. Despite her experiences, she says she's optimistic about a future without sexual violence.

About Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd is an American actor and political activist.

Opera star David Daniels and his husband, conductor Scott Walters, were arrested Tuesday night in Ann Arbor, Michigan on charges of sexual assault. Representatives of the men and the Houston Police Department confirmed to NPR that the two are currently being held in Ann Arbor and are awaiting extradition to Texas.

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