A movement to enshrine victims’ rights in state constitutions has momentum all across the U.S. even as the movement’s biggest champion faces criminal charges himself. Versions of the measure will appear on ballots in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Nevada, North Carolina and Oklahoma.
Seven states bar people with a criminal record from getting victim compensation. An analysis of records in two of those states—Florida and Ohio—shows that the bans fall hardest on black victims and their families.
In Part Two of our investigation of America’s sex trafficking crisis, TCR finds a burgeoning “niche” industry of private nonprofit groups—many comprised of ex-cops or military operatives—who operate outside law enforcement. One former FBI agent maintains that if such groups didn’t exist, the picture would be a lot grimmer.
Elders are often reluctant to press charges for abuse because they don’t want to lose the support of caregivers—even if those caregivers were responsible for the abuse—but prosecutors should try to persuade them otherwise, say some advocates. “A good prosecutor will do everything they can to try and persuade the victim to go forward with the case,” says Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.
A Utah law that created a statewide database of killings and disappearances that have gone unsolved for at least three years has been bolstered by an offer of a cash reward for information that solves or leads to convictions in any of the 200 such cases in the state.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune found recurrent investigative failings in its review of 1,000 recent sex assault cases. In a quarter of the cases, police never assigned an investigator. In a third, the investigator never interviewed the victim. In half, police failed to interview potential witnesses.
Sexual assault survivors in Muslim communities have been reluctant to seek help because of shame and social stigma. But HEART, a social services provider, gives women culturally appropriate support to recover from trauma.
The InfoWars conspiracy theorist has repeatedly proclaimed the bizarre falsehood that the 2012 mass shooting that killed 20 first graders and six adults in Newtown, Conn., was an elaborate hoax invented by government-backed “gun grabbers.” In three separate lawsuits, the families of eight victims as well as an FBI agent seek damages for defamation.
The podcast by the USA Today Network and The Trace explores the long-term effects – both physical and mental – of gun violence. Nearly 85,000 people are estimated to have survived gun injuries in 2015.