Case Cleared: How Rape Goes Unpunished in America

Newsy, ProPublica and Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting found that dozens of law enforcement agencies nationwide are using a little-known case designation that inflates the number of rape cases the departments appear to have solved.  Based on data from 60 police agencies across the country, the newsrooms found that police are clearing rape…

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Despite warning, Cook County board president took 6 months to fire chief of staff for inappropriate behavior

When the president of the Cook County Board in Chicago announced she had fired her chief of staff for “inappropriate behavior,” she denied twice that she knew anything about the allegations against him before his firing in mid-September. But Toni Preckwinkle knew about the concerns regarding his behavior with women six months earlier, the Chicago Tribune…

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When rape is reported and nothing happens

The Star Tribune reviewed more than 1,000 police reports of rapes and sexual assaults in Minnesota and built a database, documenting how the police handled the case, the outcomes and more. They found that chronic failures mean that too often victims don’t get justice. Nearly one-quarter of the cases were never assigned to an investigator.…

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Cops use job to rape, then silence and jail their accusers

It’s been going on for years and despite recent movements, it is still mostly unnoticed: Police officers, uniformed, armed, and on the job, using their authority to pressure and even rape women who call in for help. In an ongoing investigation, KSDK-TV, St. Louis has even discovered cases where victims have been criminally charged and…

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Years of sexual assault cases within a school district were kept secret

A FOX31 investigation into a large, affluent Colorado school district found that administrators have failed to report dozens of sexual assault cases involving both students and administrators for years. At least four Cherry Creek School District employees have been arrested since 2016 for sexual assault-related incidents, and a school’s principal, assistant principal and counselor were…

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How rape stays hidden in Oklahoma

In a five-part series, The Frontier details Oklahoma’s hidden war-within-a-war against rape and sexual assault, as local and state entities vie for the same limited funding and resources, offering only piecemeal protection. From 2011 to 2016, Oklahoma experienced an all-time-high 46 percent increase in reported rapes.  The series highlights the pleas of survivors fighting for…

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Hidden horror of school sex assaults revealed by AP

Student-on-student sexual assault is not just a problem on college campuses. It threatens thousands of kids a year in elementary, middle and high schools across America. Rich or poor, urban or rural, no type of school is immune. Relying on state education records, supplemented by federal crime data, a yearlong investigation by The Associated Press…

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Negligent nursing homes allow for widespread elderly abuse

Negligent nursing homes have made way for the sexual assault of elderly residents across the nation. Residents, typically the severely disabled, have filed numerous reports of sexual assault over the years, however, most go unsubstantiated due to the cognitive condition of the patients.  It’s impossible to know just how many victims are out there. But…

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Lax documentation leads to sex offenders living in nursing homes unnoticed

An investigation from the Dayton Daily News revealed widespread problems regarding the oversight of sex offenders in Ohio nursing homes. Although state law requires nursing homes to notify patients when a sex offender moves in, they found that some offenders are being admitted without residents being fully aware of their histories. In some cases, those…

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A tradition of child sex abuse in USA Gymnastics

Tomorrow is the opening ceremony for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Today, the Indianapolis Star published an investigation into systemic sex abuse inside USA Gymnastics (USAG), one of the flagship athletic organizations behind this year’s American Olympians. The Star, part of the USA Today Network, found that top gymnastics executives have, for…

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