After a steep drop between 1995 and 2005, the rate of rape and sexual violence plateaued during the next five years, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics
By Paul Demko
Minnesota has the highest per capita rate of civilly committed sex offenders in the country. But critics say many of the 52 juveniles in the program don’t belong there.
By Scott Michels
Medical experts raise questions about indefinite civil commitment for troubled youths
By Attiyya Anthony
A growing number of young girls are being trafficked for sex by street gangs. But the juvenile justice system doesn’t offer them much help.
Women's involvement in drug trafficking has deepened through active participation as drug runners and mules, found a new study, leading to a rise in femicide.
By Karen J. Terry
The lead researcher of last month’s Causes and Context report on the child sexual abuse scandals that have shaken the Catholic Church speaks out on the controversy surrounding the study, and explains why it lays out a roadmap for the future.
In the past several years, thousands of untested "rape kits" have been found in police storage across the nation.
The findings of a new study by two academics at John Jay College of Criminal Justice on the roots of sexually predatory behavior by priests were released today at a press conference in Washington, DC.
A new report indicates that prosecutions and convictions of sex offenders can be boosted if investigators routinely use "best practice" interview techniques with very young victims.
Leading reporters and commentators, including The Crime Report's Cara Tabachnick, comment on Lara Logan case in a discussion with Poynter.org. Most sexual assault cases go unreported in the media, except in sensational instances like the attack on CBS's Lara Logan. Poynter speaks with a rape victim, media specialist and two editors to understand why.
Read the article here.
Online comments about CBS reporter Lara Logan’s assault by an Egyptian mob offer many examples of what not to say, says Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute media think tank, citing freelance journalist Nir Rosen's suggestion via Twitter that the attack on Logan 'wasn't that bad."
McBride suggests some issues involving sexual assault that the news media might explore, such as that women are more likely than men to be victims, children are commonly victims of sexual assault, and sexual assault happens more often during times of war and civil unrest. It isn't known why Logan's attackers assaulted her, and the public may never know. Most of the time, journalists do not disclose the names of sexual assault survivors because the crime is such an invasion of privacy. CBS released details of the assault on Logan only after the Associated Press asked. Most victims appreciate privacy, says McBride, but some do not because "they feel that going nameless reinforces the notion that what happened to them wasn't real, or wasn't that bad, or was their fault."
Read the article here.
TCR at a Glance
April 18, 2014
Six years after a grant-awarding controversy shook up the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention little has change...
April 17, 2014
The nation's top cops gather in DC to discuss 'fundamental shift' in thinking about drugs.
April 16, 2014
Have the media and policymakers overblown the latest heroin “epidemic?”
special report April 15, 2014
Locking away mentally ill inmates in solitary was standard practice in SC prisons until a judge ordered major changes. Other states face ...
April 11, 2014
The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange takes an inside look at the often inscrutable OJJDP grant distribution process
special report April 10, 2014
The DOJ’s insistence on state compliance with 288 regulatory standards keeps the program’s implementation in limbo, say critics
April 9, 2014
A coding flaw discovered last weekend may have made millions of Web users vulnerable to hackers and criminals