Student suspended for insisting he's a white African-American
A medical student says he was suspended from New Jersey’s University of Medicine and Dentistry for insisting that he’s a white African-American. Paulo Serodio, 42, was born in Mozambique before moving to the U.S., and described himself in a class assignment on identity as “white, African, American.” Serodio says students and faculty berated him, saying no white person could call himself an African-American. When he persisted, he was suspended for two years. He is now suing the school.
Assault victims pursued for cost of emergency-room rape kits
Some sexual-assault victims in Texas are being pursued by debt collectors for not paying the $700 cost of their emergency-room rape kits. The state maintains a fund to reimburse rape victims for such costs, but only if health insurance doesn’t cover it. One victim told Houston’s Local 2 News that she is now receiving bills marked “Delinquent.” “My credit’s going to get hurt,” said the woman. “I never thought I’d be out anything for what I went through.”
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