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March 16, 2021 Show 1009.

  • Sex and gender may seem to be simple; we are told there are men and there are women. However, according to scientists, medical and mental health professionals, and others who specialize in human development, the reality is much more complicated. Anne Dilenschneider, PhD, LPC-MH, WPATH Certified Gender Specialist, joins us to explain.

  • In Their Own Words then brings us a bill (HB 1217) promoting fairness in women's sports. Critics say the bill targets transgender South Dakotans.

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Jenifer Jones

A measure known as the transgender bathroom bill is on its way to the governor’s desk. House Bill 1008 survived the State Senate on Tuesday. Fifteen lawmakers in that chamber oppose the legislation, but 20 support it.

Supporters of the so-called transgender bathroom bill say it protects student privacy by securing restrooms for opposite biological sexes. The bill determines sex based on anatomy and birth certificates. State Senator Brock Greenfield supports the measure.

Lawmakers in Pierre reject a measure that requires parents opt in to education related to human sexuality. House Bill 1168 mandates parents provide written permission before a student participates in any education related to sex ed, abstinence or human sexuality. That includes specific courses but also units in required classes such as biology.

State Representative Tom Holmes is a former classroom teacher.

Jenifer Jones

A bill that eliminates an activities policy on transgender students is halfway through the Statehouse. House Bill 1112 voids the transgender policy the South Dakota High School Activities Association has in place. Lawmakers in Pierre amended the measure during debate.

Several South Dakota lawmakers say they understand school leaders want a consistent, clear policy for transgender students, but legislators disagree about who should institute the guidelines and what they should include.

A bill outlining which students can use which bathrooms in South Dakota schools is past its first legislative hurdle. The House State Affairs committee Monday approved House Bill 1008. Supporters of the measure say it protects student privacy; opponents say the move harms students who are transgender.

Four men were arrested during the Sturgis Rally for sex crimes.
The Internet Crimes Against Children unit conducted a sting operation at the rally for a third year.   The unit includes local, state and federal law enforcement officials.  It targets those who are willing to pay for sex with minors.
Officials arrested three men for attempted commercial sex trafficking and one for solicitation of a minor.   

SD Supreme Court Rules On Church Sex Abuse Cases

Apr 20, 2015

The South Dakota Supreme Court has ruled in favor of two plaintiffs who say there were sexually abused as children while attending boarding school decades ago at the Saint Francis Mission.

The court also upheld the dismissal of a number of separate sex abuse cases against church organizations.

During the discovery process in the initial court proceedings a set of letters emerged that detailed alleged sexual abuse at the Saint Francis Mission during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.

Bill To Increase Penalty For Buying Sex Dies On House Floor

Mar 12, 2015

The State House of Representatives killed a measure that intended to crack down on sex traffickers and those who hire victims for sex.   
Lawmakers in the House and Senate could not agree on the language in the bill.  The measure aimed to increase the penalty for anyone who hires sex or services from someone who is a victim of sex trafficking.

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Church Sex Abuse Statute Of Limitations Stands

Feb 19, 2015

Those who say they suffered childhood sexual abuse by clergy will have to comply with 2010 statute of limitations after a narrow vote by a state legislative committee.

In 2010, with the backing of church lobbyists, state lawmakers approved a new statute of limitations restricting some types of civil litigation in childhood sex abuse cases.  Proponents testified that alleged abuse in Catholic Indian Boarding Schools happened so long ago few of the accused are alive to defend themselves.

The group called SNAP–Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests–is critical of the Sioux Falls Diocese for naming a homeless shelter after a bishop who was accused of sex abuse by three separate individuals.    
Bishop Paul Dudley who died in 2006 at the age of 79 was cleared after an internal church investigation.  Dudley was not brought before law enforcement as the statute of limitations had expired. 

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Sex Trafficking At The Sturgis Rally

Jan 6, 2014

We begin now a series of reports looking at sex trafficking in South Dakota.    It’s an issue you might not think occurs in a rural state like this.  But experts note that human trafficking could be happening right under your nose.

On today’s Dakota Digest – SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray takes us to the Sturgis Rally –where a number of arrests made for sex trafficking this year.

We need to issue a warning-- the descriptions in this story are graphic.

State Creates Sex Trafficking Task Force

May 30, 2013

A local Sioux Falls man was convicted of sex trafficking on Thursday. The U.S. Attorney’s office and a team of officials are putting together a task force to stop sex trafficking.

Carl Campbell was convicted to three life sentences for commercial sex trafficking in Sioux Falls. Campbell was found guilty for one count of sex trafficking with force and two counts of sex trafficking involving a minor. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says it’s time for citizens to accept that sex trafficking happens in South Dakota. He says it is time to act now to end this ugly process.

State Not Immune To Sex Trafficking

Jan 14, 2013

Sex trafficking may seem like a problem in a big city or foreign country.

But the U.S. Attorney for South Dakota says this state has its own problem with human trafficking.

Cases of sexually transmitted diseases are increasing at what officials are calling an alarming rate. Chlamydia infections in South Dakota have doubled since the late 1990’s, and gonorrhea is twice as common now as it was five years ago. State Epidemiologist Lon Kightlinger says that there are a few main factors that may be causing this increase.