sexual assault

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DeVos meets with "men's rights" groups on campus sexual assault

Ohio's Rape Kit Backlog

Jun 29, 2017
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After a sexual assault, victims may be asked or choose to undergo an examination to collect any remaining evidence from the assault. This evidence is then collected into what is called a rape kit. Unfortunately for many victims, thousands of rape kits were not processed due to the cost before the aid of modern techniques. Now, Ohio authorities are working to process all backlogged rape kits. 

Four years ago, Cait Hogan woke up in her bed on a Sunday morning after a night of drinking in the small college town of Athens, Ohio. Her entire body hurt. Her arms and legs were covered in blood. She realized she’d been raped.

There are a lot of reasons victims of sexual assault choose not to report it. High on that list is fear of retaliation, so many victims won't come forward unless they can stay anonymous.

The criminal justice system cannot guarantee that kind of confidentiality for accusers and the accused. Further, when sexual assault is reported to law enforcement, a majority of cases never make it to trial. In fact, only 3 percent to 18 percent of sexual assaults lead to a conviction, according to research funded by the Justice Department.

A California judge has been cleared of misconduct after sentencing a Stanford University student to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a woman earlier this year.

"The California Commission on Judicial Performance ruled Monday that there was no evidence that Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky displayed bias in handing down a sentence decried as too lenient by critics across the country," The Associated Press reported.

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Columbus Police say they’re investigating the stabbing and sexual assault of a Hilliard City Schools bus driver.

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A grand jury has indicted a Delaware man on rape charges for alleging raping a girl he met on an instant-messaging app. 

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A new, statewide helpline for survivors of sexual and relationship violence will soon be launching in Ohio.

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The state's Department of Higher Education says it will fund 22 projects aimed at preventing sexual violence across college campuses in Ohio.

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A woman sexually assaulted by an Ohio pastor when she was 15 years old is asking the state Supreme Court to boost the amount of damages paid by the church where the minister worked.

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Vice President Joe Biden comes to Ohio State University as part of the administration's "It's On Us" campaign against sexual assaults on college campuses. Watch video of the speech. 

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Ohio's top law enforcement officer pledges $3-million to combat campus sexual assaults.  The money will be used for competitive grants to allow universities to strengthen advocacy programs for survivors of rape, including training for campus police.

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An Ohio National Guardsman convicted of sexually abusing three adopted daughters has been sentenced to life without parole.

Judge David Faulkner announced the sentence Wednesday in Union County Court and said Jean Paul Kruse must also register as a sex offender.

Kruse was convicted last month of 15 counts including rape and sexual battery. He was accused of abusing girls who were younger than 13.

The charges were brought several years after he'd told a military publication that he wanted to adopt a girl from Africa to protect her from rape.

Sexual Assault on College Campuses

Aug 7, 2014

11 am

There's been a recent flurry of legislation aimed at addressing sexual assault on campuses. More than 60 U.S. colleges face federal investigations for possible mishandling of sexual violence complaints, and 40 percent of schools haven't conducted a sexual assault investigation in the past 5 years. This hour we'll get an update on actions to combat sexual violence among students.

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Penn State has fired legendary football coach Joe  Paterno for not telling police about an assistant coach's  alleged sexual assault of a boy. Many believe Penn State should allow Paterno to coach until the end of the season. Did Penn State do the right thing ?

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