Lawyers for six actresses who say they were sexually assaulted by movie producer Harvey Weinstein have filed suit arguing that he was a racketeer who used a legion of assistants, casting agents, security firms, gossip writers and others to supply himself with a stream of unwilling sexual partners and silence their complaints. Their anti-racketeering case is a civil one. It prompted discussions about whether prosecutors could make a criminal case..
Data released by the Defense Department for the first time show there were about six sexual assault reports per 1,000 personnel last year. The Navy led the way among military branches; the Marine Corps had the lowest rate.
The case of former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner got national attention when he was sentenced to six months in custody for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. Now, he is appealing the conviction in the hope of overturning lifetime registration as a sex offender.
The public and the police vastly overestimate the incidence of false reports of sex crimes. Only 5 to 7 percent of sexual assault reports are false. The New York Times examines reasons that many women who report sexual misconduct are not believed.
Cases filed by workers against their employers are often dismissed by judges. The standard for harassment under the law is high, and only an estimated 3 percent to 6 percent of the cases ever make it to trial. That stands in stark contrast to the large numbers of people who say they have experienced sexual harassment.
Those accused of sexual harassment and assault often quickly vow to seek professional help for the disorder underlying their behavior. But there are no evidence-based standard treatments for perpetrators of sexual offenses.
Managers of crisis hotlines say the barrage of news implicating men like producer Harvey Weinstein in some of the most powerful positions in Hollywood, politics and the media is prompting women from all walks of life to speak out about their own traumatic experiences with sexual assault, many for the first time. Many of the nation’s 1,300 centers are scrambling for funding, new staff members and volunteers to meet the demand.