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Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison. Judge James Burke handed down the decision in a Manhattan courtroom on Wednesday as the disgraced movie mogul watched, flanked by his legal team.

Rethinking How The Law Treats Sexual Assault Survivors

Feb 27, 2020
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In Ohio, the statute of limitations for rape is 20 years. Tort laws cap how much sexual assault survivors can recover from their perpetrators.

Editor's note: This report includes graphic descriptions of sexual assault accusations.

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A Manhattan jury has found Harvey Weinstein guilty of rape and sexual abuse but acquitted him of the most serious charges, capping one of the most closely watched trials of the #MeToo era. The mixed verdict means the former Hollywood producer will likely spend time in prison.

For the first time since November, a Senate committee heard testimony on a bill to eliminate the time limit on prosecuting rapes.

Jahsen Wint (left) and Amir Riep were booked into the Franklin County Jail on February 12.
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Two former Ohio State University football players have pleaded not guilty to charges of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman and holding her against her will.

Jahsen Wint (left) and Amir Riep were booked into the Franklin County Jail on February 12.
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Two Ohio State University football players have been dismissed from the team after being arrested on kidnapping and rape charges for an alleged assault last week.

Editor's note: This report includes graphic descriptions of sexual assault.

The prosecution has rested its case.

Just more than two weeks after Manhattan prosecutors made opening statements in Harvey Weinstein's trial, their witnesses have said their piece and the prosecutors have ceded the stage to his defense team.

Columbus Police Vice officer Andrew Mitchell was arrested Monday for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting multiple women, while acting under his duties as a police officer.
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A new federal lawsuit accuses former Columbus Police Vice Unit officer Andrew Mitchell of raping a woman identified as Jane Doe on multiple occasions.

Actress Annabella Sciorra took the stand Thursday in the criminal sex crimes trial of movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

She is the first of six women expected to testify that they were raped or sexually assaulted by Weinstein.

Weinstein is charged with five counts of rape and assault against two women in New York City. Weinstein maintains all of the sexual contact was consensual.

Former Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin drew widespread condemnation last week when reports highlighted that he had pardoned more than 400 convicted criminals in his final days in office. Bevin justified his actions by telling The Washington Post, "I'm a believer in second chances."

Ohio Selects Rape Kit Tracking System Created By Idaho

Dec 2, 2019
Forensic analyst India Henry works on evidence in a sexual assault case in the biology lab at the Houston Forensic Science Center Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Houston.
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Ohio plans to use a system developed in Idaho that lets sexual assault survivors anonymously track the processing and testing of rape kits collected as evidence.

Updated at 4:48 p.m. ET

Editor's note: This story contains explicit accusations that some readers may find upsetting.

A former junior colleague of Matt Lauer's has accused him of raping her in his hotel room during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. In her first public comments about the incident — told to journalist Ronan Farrow for his forthcoming book, Catch and Kill — Brooke Nevils said the former Today show host forced anal sex on her without her consent in his hotel room.

The Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office plans to use open source genealogical databases to help identify “stranger rapists” — people who’ve been indicted as John Does for sexual assault but haven’t been identified.

The prosecutor’s office indicts the DNA profile collected from a rape kit to ensure the statute of limitations doesn’t expire. 

There are more than 130 open rape cases in Cuyahoga County and prosecutors plan to start tackling them by trying to identify the assailants with help from DNA-based genealogy databases, said Special Investigations Chief Rick Bell.

Sexual assault cases that have gone unsolved in Akron will receive more attention thanks to a nearly $2 million grant.

The funding supports the Akron Sexual Assault Kit Initiative, a collaborative effort meant to provide the resources and training needed to better handle assault cases.

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh says the grant will allow her office to review cases and charge people more quickly.

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Ohio State has released its annual Clery Act Report, a document mandated by federal law that details all of the crime reported on and near campus in a year.

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