archive archive archive archive archive

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 […]

archive

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 […]

archive

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 […]

archive

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 […]

archive

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 […]

archive

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 […]