The MeToo movement actually was begun in 2006 by a woman named Tarana Burke, a sexual-assault victim who felt compelled to assist others who had suffered both physically and emotionally in a similar manner. Then, in 2017, MeToo exploded when "The New York Times" and "The New Yorker" identified Harvey Weinstein’s extensive involvement in sexually abusive relationships with several high-profile women. As a result, #MeToo was catapulted into the public eye.
PebbleCreek’s Mary Lacy didn't have the MeToo movement behind her in 2004 when, as the district attorney in Boulder, Colorado, she filed felony charges against several University of Colorado football players. At 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 11, Lacy will trace her involvement with the challenge of sexual-abuse cases against football players, which began long before the charges were filed.
In 1997, while working with the sexual-assault unit of the DA’s office, Lacy reviewed a case involving university football players and high-school girls. At the time, insufficient evidence prevented filing criminal charges. The players got off with nothing more than a stern warning.
Then, in 2004, after a similar incident occurred, a former student filed a case against the university under Title IX for failing to remedy the sexually hostile environment on campus that led to her sexual assault and harassment by university football recruits and players.
Lacy, a graduate of the University of Iowa School of Law, joined the Boulder District Attorney’s office as a prosecutor in 1983 and was the DA from 2001 to 2009. During her tenure, she established the Boulder inter-agency sexual-assault team, bringing together law enforcement, victims' advocates and prosecutors in a joint venture to improve sexual-assault prosecution. In addition, Lacy co-founded Blue Sky Bridge, a Boulder nonprofit, supporting child victims of criminal abuse. Championing the rights of sexual-assault victims is her proudest accomplishment.
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