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California’s DNA Ruling Helps Fight Crime, Victims Say

Privacy advocates say California’s Supreme Court justices put citizens’ most personal info at risk when they rejected an appeal last Monday to strike down a law requiring all arrested individuals to provide DNA samples. Supporters of the ruling say concerns about the law, similar to statutes now in effect in 30 states, are overblown.


Sex Abuse of Athletes: ‘Don’t Tell’ is No Longer an Option

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.


Cops Weigh Chance of Conviction Before Arresting Rape Suspects: Study

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.

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‘Sexual Justice Ambassadors’ Focus on College-Age Youth

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.

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