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A Father in Texas Takes On Sexual Assault in Sports from The New York Times, 05/01/2015

Monday, May 04, 2015

Miller, an influential political consultant in Austin, had opened the newspaper on Christmas Eve and read a column about Winston, about the rape accusation against him, and about how Winston had considered his accuser’s moaning to mean that she had consented to sex.

Miller thought about his three college-age children — two daughters and a son — who were home that day, snoozing away in their childhood beds. What if their lives had been changed by someone who didn’t know the definition of consent?

Miller, a longtime power broker in Texas politics, went to work and his efforts to address one of the most important issues playing out in sports — violence against women — have a chance to make a significant impact.

His idea was simple. Miller, 64, led an initiative to take an educational video about sexual assault and respecting women into Texas public high schools, and then he persuaded state officials to make viewing it mandatory for every student-athlete. (In 2013-14, that was about 805,200 athletes, according to the University Interscholastic League.)

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