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  • Cosby said he got drugs to give women for sex

    It had been rumored for years, but had never been confirmed until the AP’s investigation: Entertainer Bill Cosby drugged women for sex. The AP — through the institutional beat knowledge and persistence of Legal Affairs reporter Maryclaire Dale in Philadelphia — managed to pry loose decade-old documents that showed the comedian admitting under oath that he had gotten quaaludes with the intent of giving them to young women with whom he wanted to have sex. The documents also showed Cosby admitting to a series of extramarital affairs, his alleged efforts to mentor and ultimately seduce naive, young women, and his defense team’s combative, arguably evasive, responses at the deposition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6WPJCCxi_s
  • The Wolves of Jefferson City

    Kansas City Star reporters proved that the speaker of the Missouri House had an ongoing, sexually charged relationship with a 19‐year‐old intern; that a state senator had a habit of harassing interns; and that women in the Capitol routinely suffered predatory treatment from a statehouse culture born out of an earlier, uglier era. Their stories led to resignations of the speaker and state senator, and reform within the legislature.
  • Missing and Murdered; Unsolved Cases of Indigenous Women and Girls

    CBC spent more than six months finding, investigating and documenting more than 230 unsolved cases of missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada over the last six decades. The result was an unprecedented multi-platform series which revealed patterns, details and information about these women and the crimes – including an interactive database featuring all of their stories. The investigation succeeded in contacting more than 110 family members, many of whom had never spoken publicly before, and surveyed them on key questions such as how effectively police had investigated their cases. Eight months after the series, the Canadian federal government called a national inquiry into the subject. http://www.cbc.ca/missingandmurdered/
  • Investigating Rape

    Much has been written on the topic of rape in America. This series differed in that it focused on law enforcement agencies. We wanted to hold police accountable for their investigations of sexual assault — a crime that annually afflicts hundreds of thousands of victims, mostly women, but has a far lower arrest rate than other violent crimes such as murder or aggravated assault. Through interviews, police reports, public records, database queries and case studies, we discovered simple, immediate techniques that police could use to improve rape investigations. We found that police routinely failed to talk with neighboring jurisdictions in solving rape crimes, even though studies have shown that rapists often have a history of sexual assault. We showed that a simple phone call to check with other police agencies where the suspect lived can turn up corroborating evidence — but that such calls are rarely made.
  • Rape on the Night Shift / Violación de un sueño

    At the end of the day, when most of the world go home, a nearly invisible workforce clocks in. Many janitors are women who work at night in empty buildings, in isolation, and that can put them in danger. https://www.revealnews.org/nightshift/
  • Police Wife: The Secret Epidemic of Domestic Violence

    "Police Wife" shows that spousal abuse is much more prevalent in police homes than in the wider population and that most police departments do little to stop it. The book also shows that the problem has impacts well beyond police families and is connected to a wide range of other issues, including botched responses to 911 domestic calls at other homes, police sexual harassment of women cops and female drivers at traffic stops, police killings of African Americans and growing social inequality. This is by all evidence the first book worldwide in journalistic form on this issue.
  • Serving in Silence: Rape in the National Guard

    The National Guard has consistently claimed it is working “aggressively” to combat rape and sexual assault within its ranks. But in a groundbreaking series of reports, WRC-TV’s seven-part series “Serving in Silence: Rape in the National Guard” exposes how this major component of the military hasn’t been tracking critical data, allowing most of the men who committed the crime to walk free, while destroying the careers of those who were assaulted through retaliation. In the last few years, there have been many stories about sexual assault in the military. But no one, not even Congress, has been able to get real nationwide data on how those crimes are investigated and how they punish offenders. Which is why, after interviewing the highest-ranking women in the National Guard to speak publicly about their assaults, NBC4 broke rank and sent a survey to every Guard unit in the nation asking them how they tackle the problem, what resources they wish they had and what punishments they use. We ultimately created what is now the only public, nationwide source of hard data on military sexual assault investigations and their outcomes, prompting New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand to tell us, “We didn’t even have the basic information. Your survey is the first slice of information we actually have,” for the entire military. “It really shines a light on a huge issue that we don't have the level of transparency and accountability that we need on these serious criminal cases in the National Guard."
  • "The Secret Registry"

    For ten years, police in Stockholm registered thousands of women who have reported being abused and threatened. Swedish Radio reveals a secret database filled with sensitive information and offensive judgements about the women. Many of the registered are branded by the police as “mytomanic”, "tricky" and "probably insane".
  • Pregnant Detainees in Immigration Detention

    Women caught up in America’s immigration detention complex are some of the most vulnerable in the world. As policy, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) says that pregnant women should be put on house arrest while fighting their deportation cases, rather than detained in prison-like facilities. After they told us repeatedly that they “don’t detain pregnant women” we found quite the contrary. Through serialized reporting, Fusion uncovered that nearly 600 pregnant detainees were held in detention centers in the last two years. Women that we spoke with said they were severely underfed and denied basic prenatal treatment. As the reporter and producer on the project, I, Cristina Costantini, uncovered that the agency even initially lied about a miscarriage that occurred in one detention center.
  • Battered, Bereaved, and Behind Bars

    This story exposes what many believe is a grievous injustice: Dozens of battered women have been locked away for a decade or more because they failed to prevent the men who battered them from also beating their children. BuzzFeed News found 28 cases in 11 states where mothers were sentenced to 10 years or more in prison under "failure-to-protect" laws despite evidence they were battered. More than a dozen are in prison for 20 years or more, and several are in on longer sentences than the men convicted of committing the abuse. And there are likely more out there.