Former sports doctor Larry Nassar, who will again be confronted by scores of victims in Michigan as he faces another prison sentence for molesting gymnasts at an elite club run by an Olympic coach. Some question the practice of allowing accusers to speak even if they are not tied directly to a case.
Minority victims of sexual assault by law enforcement have often been ignored by reformers seeking to improve police-community relations, says attorney Andrea Ritchie. In a conversation with TCR, Ritchie, who assembled a database of 300 such cases, including transgendered, lesbian and gay victims, argues the issue should also be part of the nationwide focus on combating sexual harassment.
About 10,000 children each year suffer commercial sexual exploitation in the U.S. Globally, according to the International Labour Organization, buyers pay to abuse more than 1 million children a year. The buyers are seldom held accountable.
Michigan State University officials, who are under heavy fire for their handling of the Larry Nassar sex harassment case, frustrated ESPN for more than three years by refusing to turn over records in other sex abuse cases. The East Lansing, Mi., Police Department was much more cooperative.
Some of the more than 150 women and girls who have accused Nassar said they complained as far back as the late 1990s. In Michigan, it is a misdemeanor punishable by up to three months in jail and a $500 fine for certain professionals to fail to report a suspected case of child abuse. A special prosecutor has been named to pursue the case.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said her department would investigate Michigan State’s role, while state legislators asked that the university provide unredacted records of its investigations of Larry Nassar and threatened to issue subpoenas if the school did not swiftly comply.
Victims’ rights and women’s rights groups sued Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, saying that rules she issued last year guiding campuses on how to manage sexual assault complaints violated federal law and discriminated against accusers. The case was filed in federal court in San Francisco.
A risk assessment tool used for two decades to assess sex offenders’ likelihood of committing a future offense has been repeatedly exposed as “pseudo-scientific humbug.” So why do New York State courts continue to use it?
The #MeToo movement is prompting state lawmakers to consider bills that could fundamentally change the culture of dating and sex. States are expected to grapple with legislation to establish affirmative consent — known as “yes means yes” — and rewrite rape and sexual assault laws.