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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Jason Song
The University of California system on Friday issued new sexual assault guidelines that require campus and system administrators to report more types of violence and harassment, provide more support to victims and expand sanctions against perpetrators. The changes meet a federal deadline to comply with an amendment to the Clery Act, which requires administrators to accurately report statistics for serious crimes in and around campuses, including sexual assaults. Many schools across the nation, including UC Berkeley, have been criticized for their response to alleged sexual assaults.
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NATIONAL
March 7, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. -- The accuser in the sexual assault court-martial of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair testified Friday that she continued to have sex with the general for two years after she says he threatened in Iraq to kill her and her family if she revealed what became a three-year affair. The accuser, a military intelligence captain, told a court-martial panel that she continued to have sex with Sinclair because she believed she had no other option, and also feared the general might fire her. "I felt the best way to move forward was to continue sleeping with him," the captain said during a sometimes tearful hour on the witness stand.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2014 | By Jason Song
Moving to strengthen its sexual assault policies, the University of California announced new guidelines Friday that require administrators to report more types of violence and harassment and provide more support and protection for victims. The changes come the same day as a deadline for colleges and universities to comply with revised federal laws aimed at more accurate reporting of statistics for serious crimes in and around campuses, including sexual assault. The new policy also is an attempt to deal with the enormous pressure many private and public universities are under to address the widespread problem of campus sexual abuse.
NATIONAL
March 7, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. -- Sobbing and burying her head in her hands, a U.S. Army captain testified Friday that Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair twice forced her to perform oral sex in her office in Afghanistan after she demanded that he remove her from her job working directly for him. The sexual assaults took place with her office door open in a military office complex on busy Kandahar Air Field, she testified. In the first attack, she said, Sinclair roughly pushed her head and shoulders down after she told him, "I hated my life.
NEWS
March 6, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -- An ambitious proposal to stem the rising number of sexual assaults in the military was rejected Thursday after senators from both parties balked at limiting the role of commanding officers in deciding whether to prosecute. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) pushed the issue to prominence this session, arguing on behalf of victims within the military ranks. Many have testified that they feared retaliation if they took assault allegations up the chain of command. Her bill would have shifted investigations to military prosecutors.
NATIONAL
March 6, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - He first met the much younger woman who would become his mistress in Germany, and later in Iraq, the general testified Thursday. In 2009, the woman, by then a 29-year-old Army captain, accompanied Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, 51, on missions in Afghanistan. They soon became lovers who exchanged texts and emails brimming with explicit sex talk. He called her "my panda. " She called him "Papa Panda sexy pants. " The passionate three-year affair ultimately soured, and Sinclair was brought before a military judge Thursday on charges related to the relationship.
NATIONAL
March 6, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - An ambitious bill seeking to stem the rise of sexual assaults in the military died Thursday after senators from both parties refused to limit the role of commanding officers in deciding whether to prosecute such cases. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) pushed the issue to prominence during this congressional session, arguing on behalf of victims who testified that they feared retaliation for pressing assault allegations up the military chain of command. Her bill - which won support from 17 of the 20 women in the Senate - would have shifted sexual assault investigations to military prosecutors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Ari Bloomekatz
Northern California police said Tuesday a transgender teenager who claimed he was beaten and sexually assaulted by three boys in a school bathroom has recanted his story. The 15-year-old transgender boy admitted he made a false report about an alleged Monday attack after investigators told him there was no evidence to back up his story, said Hercules Police Detective Connie Van Putten. “We were unable to substantiate any of the statements he made,” Van Putten said. Police found no injuries to the boy's head, face or hands to corroborate an attack, Van Putten said.
NATIONAL
March 4, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - A military judge refused Tuesday to dismiss sexual assault charges against a one-star general, rejecting defense allegations that the Army has unfairly prosecuted the case in response to political pressure to crack down on sexual abuse in the ranks. The ruling came after searing testimony about the emotional breakdown last month of the then-lead military prosecutor, described as irrational and suicidal in the days before he quit the case. Lawyers for Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair had cited comments by the former prosecutor, Lt. Col. William Helixon, in alleging “unlawful command influence” by the Army chain of command.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A former UCLA water polo player has been indicted on charges of rape and sexual assault involving three different women. Hakop Jack Kaplanyan, 19, was charged in an eight-count indictment unsealed Monday by a Los Angeles County grand jury. At least one of the alleged sexual assaults occurred at a UCLA residence hall, according to the indictment. Kaplanyan, of Glendale, pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday morning. He is charged with sexually assaulting three victims between Oct. 1, 2012, and April 2, 2013.
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