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February 7, 1997
Re "Vigilantism Masks Real Threat to Kids," Commentary, Jan. 28: Elizabeth Schroeder's commentary was a correct observation of how sex offender reporting laws can create an illusion of safety and also encourage vigilantism. However, she was mistaken about the purpose of the act of stoning as described in the Bible. The act of stoning described in the Old Testament (for rape and other offenses) was the punishment that resulted from a court procedure of due process, where the accused generally could only be convicted upon the testimony of two or three witnesses.
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WORLD
March 20, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
MUMBAI, India - Five men were convicted Thursday for raping a photojournalist and a call-center operator in separate incidents that underlined India's problem of sexual violence and spoiled this cosmopolitan city's reputation for safety. A court in Mumbai found the men guilty of gang rape, destruction of evidence and other crimes in the attacks that occurred weeks apart last summer at an abandoned textile mill in the heart of the city, India's financial hub. Three of the men were convicted in both incidents.
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SCIENCE
October 7, 2013 | By Melissa Healy, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
Nearly 1 in 10 young Americans between ages 14 and 21 acknowledges having perpetrated an act of sexual violence at least once, and 4% of a nationally representative sample of American kids reported attempting or completing rape, a new study finds. While those most likely to report initiating unwanted sexual contact in their early to mid-teens were boys, girls were among the perpetrators as the age of respondents increased. Latino and African American youths, and those from low-income families, were less likely to have coerced another person to engage in sex than were whites and those from higher-income families, the study found.
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
April 5, 2011 | By Julie Mianecki, Washington Bureau
Schools must do more to prevent and respond to sexual violence on campus, Vice President Joe Biden said Monday as he introduced new federal guidelines to combat the problem. "Students across the country deserve the safest possible environment in which to learn," Biden said. "That's why we're taking new steps to help our nation's schools, universities and colleges end the cycle of sexual violence on campus. " Biden was joined by Education Secretary Arne Duncan at the University of New Hampshire, which was chosen because of its highly regarded efforts in sexual violence prevention.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1999 | TRACY WILSON
A "Take Back the Night" rally will be held tonight at Mission Park downtown to raise community awareness of sexual violence against women and children. The rally will feature several speakers, including Anita Perez Ferguson, president of the National Women's Political Caucus, self-defense demonstrations and a skit performed by Lideres Campesinas representatives.
WORLD
August 30, 2011 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
Nearly 20 months after Haiti's devastating earthquake, women and girls have been badly neglected in recovery efforts, subjected to sexual violence and left without access to obstetric care even as they give birth to scores of babies in squalid tent cities, human rights activists say. Despite a mammoth humanitarian-care push in the wake of the Jan. 12, 2010, quake that killed as many as 300,000 people, serious gaps exist in the healthcare that women...
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April 6, 2000 | KATIE COOPER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Tracy told virtually no one after she was raped at age 19. Her friends, she said, wouldn't have believed her. Her parents, she thought, would blame her and make her quit the New York theater conservatory she attended. Tracy, an Ojai resident who asked that her last name not be used, now works as a rape crisis counselor for the Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 12, 1986 | LIANNE STEVENS
Hope and optimism seem to be out of fashion these days on the UC San Diego campus. The four graduate playwriting students whose works make up a New Play Festival being held in the Warren Theatre have immersed themselves in the lowest rungs of humanity--with physical and sexual violence featured in every play, even the comedy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 1999 | TRACY WILSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Standing near the Buenaventura Mission amid a sea of flickering candles, activist Linda Livingston read aloud a painful letter from a 20-year-old college student and rape victim. "I can only describe it as the nightmare that has permeated all of my dreams," she began. "There will always be nights that I awaken in a puddle of sweat, because scenes from the rape have crept into my bed at night."
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Jason Felch and Jason Song, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Thirty-one current and former UC Berkeley students filed two federal complaints against the university Wednesday alleging a decades-long pattern of mishandling sexual assault investigations by campus administrators. The complaints allege that officials for years have discouraged victims from reporting assaults, failed to inform them of their rights and led a biased judicial process that favored assailants' rights over those of their victims. The reports were filed with the U.S. Department of Education, which investigates violations of Title IX, the federal anti-discrimination law, and the Clery Act, a federal law that requires campuses to accurately report incidents of serious crimes, including sexual assault.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 26, 2014 | By Jason Felch
Thirty-one current and former UC Berkeley students filed two federal complaints against the university Wednesday alleging a decades-long pattern of mishandling sexual assault investigations by campus administrators. The complaints allege that officials for years have discouraged victims from reporting assaults, failed to inform them of their rights and led a biased judicial process that favored assailants' rights over those of their victims. The reports were filed with the U.S. Department of Education, which investigates violations of Title IX, the federal anti-discrimination law, and the Clery Act, a federal law that requires campuses to accurately report incidents of serious crimes, including sexual assault.
WORLD
February 25, 2014 | By Lalita Clozel
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John F. Kerry announced on Tuesday a ban against issuing U.S. visas to foreigners implicated in wartime sexual violence. “No one at the highest level of military or governance who has presided over, or engaged in, or knew of, or adopted these kinds of attacks is ever going to receive a visa to travel into the United States of America from this day forward,” Kerry said during talks with his British counterpart, William Hague. Hague applauded the announcement.
SPORTS
February 25, 2014 | By Nathan Fenno
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights has launched an investigation how the University of Michigan handled rape allegations against a former football player. The department notified former Michigan professor Douglas Smith of the investigation in an email late Monday . Smith filed a complaint with the department about the matter in August 2013. “OCR has determined it is appropriate to proceed to investigation on the following issue,” the office said in an email to Smith obtained by The Times, “that the University failed to promptly and equitably respond to complaints, reports and/or incidents of sexual violence of which it had notice and, as a result, students were subjected to a sexually hostile environment.” The email noted investigation of Smith's complaint will be consolidated with another unidentified complaint filed about the situation and will also include examination of the university's Title IX grievance procedure.
WORLD
January 24, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali and Tanvi Sharma
NEW DELHI -- India's Supreme Court on Friday ordered an investigation into charges that village elders in West Bengal state ordered the gang rape of a 20-year-old woman because she had had a relationship with a man from another community. The case has sparked fresh outrage in India, which has seen a staggering number of high-profile cases of sexual violence against women. The high court ordered a district judge in West Bengal's Birbhum district, where the alleged assault occurred Monday, to visit the village and file a report by next week.
NEWS
October 11, 2007 | John Holmes, John Holmes is the U.N. undersecretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator.
Despite many warnings, nothing quite prepared me for what I heard last month from survivors of a sexual violence so brutal it staggers the imagination and mocked my notions of human decency. I cannot find the words to describe what I heard from the girls and women in Panzi Hospital, located in South Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, near the epicenter of one of the world's major humanitarian crises.
OPINION
January 24, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
President Obama's creation of a federal task force to combat sexual assault on college campuses drives home the urgency of this complicated nationwide problem. But it will take more than a few meetings and a punchy final report to address it effectively. The obstacles facing victims of sexual violence are numerous. Too many schools have failed to take their complaints seriously or to treat them with respect and sympathy. Some schools have sought to sweep problems under the rug, by underreporting assaults to the federal government or by failing to take action against perpetrators.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 23, 2014 | Jason Felch and Larry Gordon
President Obama launched a federal task force on Wednesday to combat sexual assault on college campuses, telling the estimated one in five women who are victims, "I've got your back. " Flanked by senior members of his Cabinet at the White House, Obama said he expected recommendations from the group within 90 days. He credited an "inspiring wave of student-led activism" that has cast a spotlight on the issue in recent years. Obama called on men to get involved in the fight and "summon the bravery to stand up. " FOR THE RECORD: A front-page article in the Los Angeles Times on Dec. 7, 2013, was incorrect in reporting that Occidental College failed to disclose 27 alleged sexual assaults that occurred in 2012.
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