A California law effective this month bars prosecutors from charging minors with prostitution. But the practice of bringing juveniles who have been victims of commercial sexual exploitation into court happens more often than we would expect in many parts of the country.
“It’s on Us” campaign meets with student, business leaders to discuss the Obama administration’s final report on student sexual assault and a guide for university and college presidents, The White House created a Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault three years ago.
Sex trafficking of minors has been an issue for many years, but just recently have states changed from viewing kids selling sex as willing prostitutes to viewing them as victims. More than two dozen states now have safe-harbor laws to reflect this approach.
California’s suit against the owners of Backpage.com is the latest example of attempts to go after sites that provide cover for sex traffickers. But eliminating them from the Web will make it more difficult for authorities to track exploiters of women and minors.
The State Commission on Judicial Performance said Judge Aaron Persky’s six-month jail sentence of Stanford swimmer Brock Turner for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman was within the bounds of legal penalties. Persky’s opponents vow to continue seeking his removal from the bench.
Women and girls in eight of the world’s richest countries are experiencing levels of violent deaths as high as, or higher than, men, according to a Swiss study published to coincide with a UN campaign against gender-based violence.
Sharper admitted drugging and raping nine women in several states, although there may have been as many as 16 victims. A plea deal and a new California law will limit the amount of time he actually serves.
University of Wisconsin students say they noticed Alec Cook’s “creepy” actions towards women but didn’t do anything because they viewed it as harmless. More people are realizing they no longer can stand by in situations that raise red flags, even if they don’t know those involved.