Dartmouth says letting women use pseudonyms in sexual misconduct lawsuit is confusing

(CNN)Dartmouth College is challenging the use of pseudonyms in a $70 million class-action lawsuit that accuses the school of failing to promptly address sexual misconduct allegations against three former professors. Two more people — both former students — joined the lawsuit in May as Jane Doe 2 and Jane Doe 3, bringing the total number of plaintiffs to nine. The two new Jane Does asked a judge to let them remain anonymous, citing concerns for their mental health, reputations and careers. According to their motion to use pseudonyms, Jane Doe 2 endured sexual assault and harassment by the professors and Jane Doe 3 was the victim of sexual misconduct and harassment. Revealing their names would amplify the emotional distress they …

How to protect yourself on hiking trails

(CNN)Alarming headlines about missing hikers or worse can trigger panic about trail safety and the risks of exploring remote areas. Whether you’re alone or in a group, it’s wise to tell someone else where you’re going and when you intend to return. Establish a plan for checking in and follow through with it. If your plans change, let your contacts know. Carry trail maps and know how to use them There’s no harm in bringing your phone (except for taking perilous selfies), but it would a mistake to rely on it for directions. Find a current map and bring along a hard copy of it. Study it and make a plan for where you intend to go. And make sure …

Women who belonged to Nxivm cult’s inner circle may testify against their former leader

(CNN)Keith Raniere was greatly admired by the women who joined Nxivm, the group he founded, said Raniere’s lawyer, Marc Agnifilo. Seagram liquor heiress Clare Bronfman, “Smallville” actress Allison Mack, Kathy Russell, Lauren Salzman and Nancy Salzman are co-defendants in Raniere’s federal case and have pleaded guilty to crimes ranging from visa fraud to racketeering. As part of their plea deals, they have agreed to serve as prosecution witnesses if asked, as could other former members of Nxivm. Raniere has pleaded not guilty to all charges. If convicted, he could be sentenced to life in prison. Recruits provided ‘collateral’ information, prosecutors say Nxivm, created by Raniere in 2003, exploited recruits “both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit,” said …