May 22, 2013 |
A new government report singles out Los Angeles County's Twin Towers as having one of the worst rates of inmate-on-inmate sexual assault of any men's jail in the nation. One in 20 inmates held there reported that he had been victimized by another inmate while in custody, far higher than the national average of 1 in 60, according to the Department of Justice. The report is just the latest reminder that sexual abuse remains an intractable reality of incarceration in this country. Congress took a first step toward confronting this behavior in 2003 when it passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act. The landmark legislation required the Justice Department to adopt new detention regulations that are expected to take effect in August.
October 15, 2012 |
Authorities have announced the arrest of a man suspected of the Oct. 8 kidnapping and sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl in Cody, Wyo. Few details were available Sunday. “The suspect and vehicle (white Toyota 4Runner) involved in the child abduction case in Cody has been captured,” the Wyoming Highway Patrol said on its Facebook page . “Thank you for all of your assistance and information!” An FBI news release said that the man had been arrested in Belgrade, Mont., and that further details would be released at a Monday morning news conference at Cody City Hall.
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April 15, 2014 |
A California congresswoman announced plans Tuesday to introduce federal legislation to toughen laws against what she called an epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses. In an appearance at UC Berkeley, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) said she would press for more aggressive action against sexual assault with increased funding for federal investigators, annual campus surveys and more comprehensive data on the outcomes of cases. She also said she would seek to require universities to interview students who file complaints of sexual misconduct, addressing widespread concerns about inadequate investigations.
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May 15, 2013 |
Another day, another military sexual assault scandal. On Tuesday, a week after the Air Force announced its chief of sexual assault prevention had been arrested in Arlington, Va., on suspicion of drunkenly assaulting a woman in a parking lot, the Army announced that a sergeant first class who works in the sexual assault prevention office at Ft. Hood was under investigation for possible sexual assault and pandering. Pandering -- as in “pimping.” CNN reported that the sergeant is being investigated for possibly forcing a subordinate into prostitution, as well as sexually assaulting two others . After writing last week about the Pentagon's report on the dramatic increase in reports of sexual assault in the last two years, I went back and looked at some of the coverage of one of the most notorious sexual assault scandals in U.S. military history, which took place in 1991 at the annual gathering of the Tailhook Assn., a group of active and retired Navy flyers.
July 18, 2012 |
Kings defenseman Drew Doughty will not face sexual assault charges stemming from an alleged incident in March. Los Angeles County prosecutors announced Wednesday that because of a lack of evidence, they will not pursue charges after the defenseman. A 25-year-old woman claimed she was raped by Doughty after they met at a bar near the Hermosa Beach Pier. The woman reported the alleged incident to Hermosa Beach police the same day, but detectives told The Times' Andrew Blankstein that they "found credibility problems" with her account.
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April 12, 2013 |
The family of a Bay Area 15-year-old who killed herself after photos circulated of her alleged sexual assault hope to bring about tougher legislation on cyberbullying, their attorney said Friday. "Audrie's Law" would also seek to strengthen laws on sexual assault to ensure adolescent suspects are tried as adults, attorney Robert Allard told The Times. "Her parents really want something positive to come from something like this," Allard said. On Thursday, authorities announced that three 16-year-old boys had been arrested on suspicion of sexually battering Audrie Pott, a Saratoga Union High School sophomore, according to reports.