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  • Columbus Dispatch: Wanted

    This four-day series examines the more than 5.7 million unserved criminal arrest warrants in the United States. As law enforcement struggles to find and arrest these suspects, who are often wanted for violent crimes including murder and rape, victims wait in fear that their attackers will return.
  • CA Investigation - Untested Rape Kits

    This entry tells the story of Terry Burks, a sexual assault survivor who was gang raped in 1988 in a still-unsolved case – then was victimized again by police so caught up in clearing a mountain of untested rape kits they didn’t take the time to examine her case. Police tested Terry’s kit as they rushed to clear a backlog of 12,000 rape kits they learned they’d been sitting on. Months later, she was told testing found no DNA in her kit. But if police had bothered to read Terry’s case file they would have found why there likely was no DNA there: Her attackers had worn condoms, The Commercial Appeal found. What’s more, her case file, obtained by the newspaper, contained records showing those condoms had been destroyed in 2002.
  • Crossing Alone

    When the influx of children from Central America across the southern border made news last summer, the national media descended on Texas. But Houston Chronicle reporter Susan Carroll was already investigating the federal government's sprawling - and secretive - shelter network for unaccompanied children. She found the small agency tasked with their care unaccountable and overwhelmed. Children were being subjected to sexual and physical abuse, and their attackers were escaping federal prosecution.
  • Colorado Rape Victims: Evidence Ignored, Justice Denied

    An 18-month ongoing investigation by KMGH-TV uncovered systemic failures in the handling of rape cases in Colorado -- from minimal police investigations, to prosecutors only accepting the most clear-cut cases, we found sexual assault victims rarely receive justice and their attackers are rarely held accountable. The investigation led to a new law which requires all rape kits -- both from old cases and new cases -- to be tested, and has led to a greater public awareness of how sexual assault cases are handled in Colorado.
  • Assault victim's tweets prompt contempt case

    For 17-year-old Savannah Dietrich, it was like being victimized twice – first by the two boys who sexually assaulted her while she was passed out and then sent photos of the assault to their friends; secondly, by a secretive juvenile justice system that appeared more interested in protecting her attackers than her. Frustrated by what she felt was a lenient plea bargain for her two attackers, Savannah lashed out on Twitter – despite a judge’s warning that no one should talk about the incident because the case was in juvenile court. "There you go, lock me up," Savannah tweeted, as she named the boys who she said sexually assaulted her. "I'm not protecting anyone that made my life a living Hell." Though threatened with contempt of court, Savannah refusal to stay quiet, and her decision to talk publicly to Courier-Journal reporter Jason Riley resulted in a series of stories that drew national attention and helped pry the lid off Kentucky’s secretive juvenile courts – potentially opening more cases in the future to ensure justice is done.
  • Spousal Support

    In November 2011, the KGTV 10News I-Team revealed a questionable legal loophole that forced sexual assault victims to pay support to their attackers. Within five weeks of our initial reporting, lawmakers took action, drafting legislation and pushing for a change. Our series features Crystal Harris, who was sexually assaulted by her ex-husband. While he sits in prison for the crime, a state judge has ordered Crystal to pay spousal support. Crystal Harris earns more money than her ex-husband.
  • Untested Justice

    WREG uncovered that sexual assault victims in Memphis weren't being properly handled within the system. A failure to process rape kits made it more difficult to bring the victims' attackers to justice. Their investigation found as few at 6% of the rape kits were being processed. Since the story ran, sweeping changes were announced by the City of Memphis and over 2000 backlogged rape kits have been processed as a result.
  • "Sexual Assault on Campus: A Frustrating Search for Justice"

    Unfortunately, sexual assault occurs on campuses all over the U.S. For the small number of those who come forward to report the act, institutional policies can often make the process toward accountability difficult, sometimes even causing the victim to drop the claim. The Center for Public Integrity finds that most university policies are lacking in "transparency" and often lead to less the harsh punishment for the accused attackers.
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    The Sun News investigation finds that many more rapes occured than most people knew about. The story finds that the reason for this include: Most of the attackers were men that women knew, the tedious process that the woman must go through to prosecute the man, and the limited success, and the reluctance of police to tell the press about such reports. (June 25, 1995)