The Violence Against Women Act has been a major issue lately in New York and throughout the country. The reauthorization of the bill was recently approved by the U.S. Senate, and Senator Charles Schumer from New York called on members of the House of Representatives to also pass the legislation.
A host of a popular morning talk show in New York was recently cleared of possible wrongdoing after prosecutors reviewed the evidence in the case and deemed the facts insufficient to file criminal charges. The man was cleared of the charge that he raped a woman in a lower Manhattan office building after the two had gone out for drinks. The woman claimed that she had not been capable of consenting to sex. However, the prosecutors said the determined facts of the case did not "fit the definitions of sexual assault crimes under New York criminal law."