Who’s responsible for reporting sexual abuse? A new federal law clears up the ambiguity that let sports bodies sidestep their obligations to protect young athletes from harm—a law that comes too late to protect the victims of gymnastics sports doctor Larry Nassar, writes a Florida sex crimes investigator.
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.
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.
A New York pilot program launched by students at John Jay College aims to help college-bound high schoolers and first-year college students deal with the forms of sexual aggression they might encounter on and off campus. The program is an outgrowth of a college course called “Seeing Rape”—the first of its kind in the U.S.
A report names a dozen former educators of Choate Rosemary Hall who allegedly sexually abused students at the boarding school since the 1960s. It graphically recounts the experiences of 24 victims and says school officials failed to report the sexual misconduct to authorities.
Still, with 175 juvenile missing person cases opened each month, Congressional Black Caucus chairman Cedric Richmond and D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton asked A-G Jeff Sessions and FBI Director James Comey to report on whether the statistics indicate “an underlying trend.”
Amid an unprecedented media throng, Bill Cosby is due in a Pennsylvania courtroom today for a hearing that could determine the fate of the decade-in-the-making sexual assault case against him, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Through his lawyers, the 78-year-old comedian has asked Judge Steven O’Neill to throw out the charges, arguing he received a legally binding promise 10 years ago that he would never be prosecuted for an alleged 2004 assault on former Temple University basketball manager Andrea Constand. Prosecutors […]
Thirteen people who supervised state prisoners have been charged during the past four-and-a-half years with felonies for having sex or sexual contact with an inmate or parolee. Prosecutors in every case agreed to plea deals that reduced those charges, allowing probation and no prison time for the defendants, reports the Arizona Republic. Most of the defendants were state correctional officers. Records show that all the employees were charged in Maricopa or Pinal counties, where prosecutorial agencies have tough-on-crime reputations. Prosecutors […]