Crime Data Analysis Links College Football Games With Higher Rape Totals

College football games and the partying that comes with them could be connected to hundreds of rapes of college-age women every year, says an analysis from a national think tank reported by The Tennessean. The National Bureau of Economic Research “working paper” used federal crime data to track the number of rapes reported in and around colleges during and after high-profile football games. A researcher said the data support a link between young people, sexual assault and heavy drinking. Top-tier football game days led to as many as 746 reported rapes of college-age victims annually across 128 universities. Researchers found games with a higher national profile correlated with a bigger spike in rape reports.

Now That “Jackie” Is Discredited, Why Shouldn’t She Be Named?

In the 14 months since her story shocked the world in Rolling Stone magazine, a woman called “Jackie” has been at the heart of a national debate about sexual assaults on college campuses, has become embroiled in a media scandal, and is the central figure in a series of defamation lawsuits. There's one important fact missing about Jackie, the young woman who concocted a harrowing story about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity: her full name. The Washington Post says news organizations have declined to reveal Jackie's full identity since her now-discredited story appeared in November 2014. Her single-name identity — just Jackie — is in keeping with a long-standing journalistic convention against identifying alleged victims of sexual crimes to protect the accuser's privacy. As a result, news accounts of rape or sex-related crimes almost never name an accuser without their explicit permission, making it the only class of crime involving adults in which this practice is observed.

Miami Using $2M From NY Prosecutor To Test Thousands Of Rape Kits

In evidence rooms from Miami Beach to Hialeah, old swabs of saliva and smudges of semen collected from thousands of rape victims are slowly being pulled off the shelf and sent to labs to be harvested for DNA that may hold the key to solving crimes around the U.S., reports the Miami Herald. Whether for lack of a victim willing to testify, or because police already made an arrest, unprocessed rape kits have accumulated in Miami-Dade to a number that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement says is unmatched by any other county in the state. An estimated 13,000 kits remain untested in Florida, with one in four stashed somewhere in Miami-Dade County. It could cost state labs $30 million and years of effort to test the kits. A $2 million plan is under way in Miami-Dade to process the state's biggest backlog.

NY Prosecutor Makes Unusual Criticism Of Rape Charge Against Hockey Star

As he closed a rape investigation into Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane yesterday, a Buffalo-area prosecutor offered an unusually withering assessment of the accusation in the case, the Chicago Tribune reports. Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita III described a 21-year-old college student’s sexual assault claim against Kane as “rife with reasonable doubt” and said Kane never behaved like a guilty man. He diminished it further by referring to the investigation as “this so-called ‘case.'” The veteran prosecutor struck a remarkable tone for the 3-month-old rape investigation as he outlined what amounted to a strong defense for the hockey player and raised sharp doubts about the truthfulness of the woman’s accusation. It is rare to see prosecutors attack an allegation as Sedita did, especially given that he stopped short of accusing the woman of making a false report. Such an attack could deter other women from coming forward to report sex crimes, legal experts and rape victim advocates said.

An 18-Year Wait For A Conviction In A New Orleans Rape Case

Marie picked up the phone and dialed the number the New Orleans police detective gave her 10 days before, on the night she was raped at knifepoint outside a friend’s house. The Associated Press said it was the first of many calls she would make “in an 18-year ordeal of shoddy police work and numbingly slow prosecution to track down and convict her attacker.” “Nothing’s turned up yet,” the detective responded. “Why don’t you go on with your life?” “What about testing the DNA?

FL Has 10,000 Untested Rape Kits, And State Hasn’t Finished Counting

The number of untested rape kits sitting in law enforcement evidence rooms in Florida is far worse than authorities had believed, the Miami Herald reports. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed there are more than 10,000 untested kits throughout the state, and they're not done counting. Next month, the agency will make public the full number as part of a $300,000 survey to identify just how big the backlog is. Up until now, the problem was only estimated as being in the “thousands.” Evidence in those untested kits could not only affect potentially thousands of unsolved sexual assaults but could help solve other crimes in unrelated cases with the same suspects' DNA or uncover serial rapists.

Courts Say Some Colleges Are Violating Rights Of Campus Rape Defendants

As colleges have been cracking down on campus sexual assault, some students complain that schools are going too far and trampling the rights of the accused in the process. In recent months, courts have offered some students some significant victories, slamming schools for systems that are stacked against the accused, NPR reports. “Schools are overcorrecting,” says a student from the University of California, San Diego. “People like me are always getting get hurt.” The student, who was suspended last spring after a fellow student accused him of sexual assault, says he was shocked by the accusation and denies any nonconsensual contact.