Sexual assault and cyberbullying laws presented in assembly


Grace Ainslie

Matt Kramer, a lawyer at Skadden and Arps, speaks about sexual and social misconduct. Kramer has traveled to six schools around the Bay Area to give presentations for Skadden and Arps law firm since joining the office.

Anna Doggett and Cece Giarman

Assembly today honed in on teaching the audience about sexual and social media misconduct, and included details of legal rights as well as state and federal laws.

Matt Kramer spoke on behalf of the international law firm Skadden and Arps  about connections between sexual assault and cyberbullying. Kramer described possible consequences of these occurrences through specific examples and explanations of the legal actions that followed as part of Skadden’s mission to educate the Bay Area.

“The internet is a new world with laws that are constantly evolving,” Kramer said. “[The laws] provide consequences for the sometimes intentional, but very often unintentional, misuse of the internet and social media.”

The presentation gave adequate information, but could have explained some concepts more in depth, according to junior Rosie Morford.

“It is good that [Skadden] came because I think that everyone should know about this kind of stuff,” Morford said. “I think that the presentation did a pretty good job about hitting the baselines, but I think that they could have gone deeper in certain places, like the idea that girls can assault guys too.”

According to school counselor Annie Egan, the community can benefit greatly from this kind of information.

“I think the risks associated here are so significant and that this is critical information that people need to understand and have clarified,” Egan said. “The perceived norm of some of these acts is a problem and need to be exposed.”

Skadden continues to educate students and communities about this very prevalent problem for the sole purpose of keeping people safe, according to Kramer.

“I hope that [the students] develop a way of thinking about how to use social media,” Kramer said. “It involves some responsibility in thinking about the potential consequences and the impacts on other people.”