Science chief at NIH drug abuse institute resigned after sexual misconduct probe

In August, Antonello Bonci, scientific director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), resigned, and the agency’s director told employees in an email that Bonci would be running an addiction institute in Florida. Science has learned that Bonci’s departure followed an investigation spurred by an internal complaint, which alleged that he sexually targeted a trainee and later directed resources to another trainee with whom he was in an intimate relationship. Sources at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which NIDA is part of, said they were disturbed by NIDA’s…

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English schools excluded 700 children for sexual misconduct in past four years

Hundreds of children, including some as young as five, are being expelled or temporarily excluded from school for sexual misconduct including abuse, assault, harassment and watching pornography, according to new figures. The research reveals that pupils are being disciplined for a wide range of incidents described as sexual misconduct, including bullying and “lewd” behaviour, as well as sharing indecent images on social media. Figures obtained via a freedom of information request by the Press Association from 15 local authorities found 754 children had been expelled or temporarily excluded from school…

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Female barristers report high level of sexual harassment at work

Female barristers are frequently subject to sexual harassment and discrimination but are reluctant to complain for fear it might damage their careers, research has revealed. The Bar Standards Board (BSB), which regulates the profession and carried out the survey of more than 1,300 female barristers, is to write to every chambers in England and Wales urging them to improve compliance with equality rules. The results emerged from an online questionnaire answered by nearly a quarter of women lawyers working at the bar; their age and ethnicity were broadly representative of…

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