Less than half the rape suspects reported to police end in an arrest, two researchers found in a study of cases investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department and the LA County Sheriff’s Department during 2008. Detectives told the researchers they made arrest decisions based on perceptions about whether the suspect could be successfully prosecuted.
In the “Post-Weinstein era,” victims of sexual assault and harassment are finally being believed. But unless critical reforms are enacted to how we convict and punish rapists, just believing the victim won’t be enough, argues a Boston College Law School professor.
Ronald Phillips, 43, was put to death Wednesday morning in the first execution in Ohio in more than three years. He was 19 when he raped and beat to death the 3-year-old daughter of his girlfriend in Akron.
Judge Thomas Low got emotional while sentencing Keith Vallejo, a former Mormon bishop who had been convicted of 11 counts of sexual abuse. “The court has no doubt that Mr. Vallejo is an extraordinary, good man,” Low said. “But great men sometimes do bad things.”
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer cites the rape of a high school student in Rockville, a suburb of Washington, D.C., allegedly by two undocumented immigrants, as a reason for local officials to re-examine their policies.