Posts tagged "rape"

California Voters Pass Controversial Criminal Justice Reform Proposition

California voters passed Proposition 57 this past Tuesday. Presented as a means for criminal justice reform, Proposition 57 allows non-violent convicts parole consideration once they have completed their base sentence.

President Signs Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill of Rights

Today, President Obama signed into law the Sexual Assault Survivors Rights Act, establishing a set of guidelines for the federal government handles forensic evidence gathered after a person reports a sexual assault, otherwise known as a rape kit.

California Terminates Statute of Limitations in Wake of Cosby Allegations

Last week California Gov. Jerry Brown approved the Justice for Victims Act, which will eliminate the state’s statute of limitations for prosecuting rape and other felony sex crimes.

California Works to Close Rape Law Loophole

This week the California Assembly unanimously passed a bill that would establish a mandatory minimum sentence of three years in prison for anyone convicted of raping an unconscious person.

Another Light Sentence for a White Male Athlete Who Raped Two Classmates

Another judge has handed down a light sentence to a young man charged with two counts of rape and one count of indecent battery and assault after raping two of his high school classmates.

California Assembly Passes Bill to Eliminate Statute of Limitations for Felony Sex Crimes

The California Assembly unanimously passed a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations for prosecuting rape and other felony sex crimes.
Lawmakers Pledge $80 Million to Eliminate Rape Kit Backlogs Nationwide

Lawmakers Pledge $80 Million to Eliminate Rape Kit Backlogs Nationwide

Joe Biden announces million dollar plan to clear the massive national rape kit backlog.
SLUT: The Play Performance in DC Was a Call to Action for Consent Education

SLUT: The Play Performance in DC Was a Call to Action for Consent Education

Last night, SLUT: The Play, a powerful play about the realities of sexual assault in high schools, was performed for thousands at the Warner Theatre in Washington DC.
The House is Voting on a 20-Week Abortion Ban with Burdensome Rape Requirements Today

The House is Voting on a 20-Week Abortion Ban with Burdensome Rape Requirements Today

House Bill 36 is a restrictive 20-week abortion ban that would force rape survivors seeking abortion care to either report the crime or seek medical care or counseling at least 48 hours prior to having an abortion.
Peru Finally Complies with Sexual Assault Settlement

Peru Finally Complies with Sexual Assault Settlement

Twenty years ago, a doctor at a hospital in Peru raped a 22-year-old woman who was getting medical care. Now, after human-rights groups fought for the case, the Peruvian government has finally settled the case.
Michigan Democrats Aim to Repeal Law Requiring Separate Insurance Coverage of Abortion

Michigan Democrats Aim to Repeal Law Requiring Separate Insurance Coverage of Abortion

Two Michigan lawmakers introduced state legislation to repeal a Michigan law that forces women to buy additional health insurance coverage for abortion, even in cases of rape or when a women's health is endangered.
California Bill Would Change Reporting Requirements for Rapes on College Campuses

California Bill Would Change Reporting Requirements for Rapes on College Campuses

"We want to make sure administrations can't keep stuff hush hush in hopes of making it seem like a school is safe than it really is."
UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases

UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases

The US Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires colleges to eliminate gender-based discrimination.
Today Is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Today Is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

"I welcome the chorus of voices calling for an end to the violence that affects an estimated one in three women in her lifetime."
Senate Fails to Vote on Military Sexual Assault Bill

Senate Fails to Vote on Military Sexual Assault Bill

After hours of debate, the Senate failed to vote yesterday on the Military Justice Improvement Act.
Military Sexual Assault Victims Barred from Essential Disability Benefits

Military Sexual Assault Victims Barred from Essential Disability Benefits

According to the report, the VA scrutinizes claims made by sexual assault victims more intently, even when they provide the kind of documentation their counterparts are not required to.
Lawmakers Push for Changes in US Military Justice System

Lawmakers Push for Changes in US Military Justice System

MJIA attempts to erase the systemic obstacles that victims of sexual assault in the military face due to the "clear bias and inherent conflicts of interest posed by the military chain of command's current sole decision-making power over whether cases move forward to a trial."
Outrage Over Kenya Rape Grows

Outrage Over Kenya Rape Grows

"This was an attempted murder and it's not an isolated case; it's one among many."
Etsy and Facebook Remove Content Glorifying Violence Against Women

Etsy and Facebook Remove Content Glorifying Violence Against Women

Etsy has removed the shirts, but the shop remains open with other offensive and sexist items.
Shutdown Threatens to Halt Rape Kits in DC

Shutdown Threatens to Halt Rape Kits in DC

DC's budget is under federal control, so if the federal government's shutdown continues much longer, some of the city's necessary programs--including those intended to help rape victims--may be temporarily discontinued due to lack of funding.