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The Hunting Ground
From the team behind THE INVISIBLE WAR, comes The Hunting Ground a startling exposé of sexual assault on U.S. campuses, institutional cover-ups and the brutal social toll on victims and their families. Click here to watch the video.
300 detectives refuse to donate DNA to forensic institute
A number of police officers are refusing to give DNA samples to the national forensic institute NFI data bank, the Gelderlander newspaper reports on Friday. The paper says 300 out of over 1,200 detectives are refusing to voluntarily give their DNA to the NFI so it can be used for elimination purposes during investigations. The chairman of the ACP police union said detectives should be allowed to refuse to give their DNA. ‘They have the right to be protected,’ Gerrit van de Kamp said. ‘Giving DNA is a major breach of your personal freedom.’
Do shows like CSI and Bones help or hinder real crime?
Back in 1999, most people probably couldn't tell you what the acronym CSI stands for. One year later, the title of a massively popular new police procedural program had solved that problem. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was a behemoth when it debuted in 2000. Gone were the Columbos and Kojaks of the world, now we had cool, young technologically hip scientists who solved crimes while listening to The Who.
More states sending DNA samples to CODIS for misdemeanor charges
The state of Virginia considers joining a growing number of states to pass laws that require DNA samples from criminals convicted of misdemeanors.
It’s generally commonly accepted that if a person is convicted of a serious crime such as murder or rape, their DNA will be collected and saved in a searchable database for future use.
Too Young To Wed
"Child marriage is an appalling violation of human rights and robs girls of their education, health and long-term prospects. A girl who is married as a child is one whose potential will not be fulfilled. Since many parents and communities also want the very best for their daughters, we must work together and end child marriage," Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin
St. Charles Council for Catholic Women welcomes Kopacz
The Daily Reporter
Members of St. Charles Borromeo’s Council for Catholic Women in Michigan welcomed guest speaker Laura Kopacz, RN, CEN, SANE-A, SANE-P, from Branch County Sexual Assault Services (BCSAS) at the Community Health Center of Branch County to their February meeting.
Kopacz spoke to members about current sexual assault issues and emphasized the importance of seeking immediate medical and forensic treatment from specially trained forensic nurses from BCSAS at CHC.
Forensic Nurse Examiner Unit helps sexual assault victims in Arizona
Every year more than 200,000 people in the United States become victims of sexual assault.
Half of those are never reported.
"I was a victim of a rape," Kim Hedrick said.
It's taken a lot for Hedrick to even be able to say those words.
"He raped me, several times. He beat me, he bit me," she said.
At first Kim went to the hospital. Then she went to the Scottsdale Family Advocacy Center.
Research on prevalence of campus sex assault shows big discrepancies
Rocky Mountain PBS News
After a sensational magazine story about a brutal gang rape at the University of Virginia became largest discredited, the debate surrounding sex assault on campus took on political tones.
Rocky Mountain PBS I-News reviewed existing national research on the topic to try to determine the broad parameters of what is accurate. One finding of the analysis is that two often cited study projects came up with vastly different results.
The African Report on Violence Against Children
This report, The African Report on Violence against Children, the first comprehensive analysis of violence against children in Africa, comes at an opportune moment in the history of child rights in Africa and the world. It comes at a time when the child rights community is taking stock of the progress made in advancing child rights 25 years since the adoption of the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the un Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Newly released film footage shows 'eureka moment' when killer blow to King Richard III was found
He is the most forensically investigated monarch in British history, and now the "eureka moment" when scientists discovered evidence of the fatal blow that dispatched Richard III has been released on film.
The new film footage, released by the University of Leicester, shows the dramatic injury to the base of the skull as well as the inside of the top of the skull. It is part of a package of films charting the scientific and archaeological investigations led by the project team from the University of Leicester.
Crystal Charity sets its highest goal ever for 2015 ball
The Dallas Morning News
The goal for the 2015 Crystal Charity Ball is over $6 million for the first time in the gala’s history.
Michal Powell, chairman of the 2015 event, said the 2015 goal is to raise $6,310,957 to distribute among 11 beneficiaries.
All of Detroit's backlogged rape kits will be tested by end of month
All of Detroit’s 11,304 backlogged rape kits — discovered abandoned in an evidence locker six years ago — should finally be tested for DNA by the end of this month.
It’s a major milestone, even as the city can’t afford to investigate or prosecute all of these rapes, and has had to look to private foundations to start a $10 million fundraising effort.
Sexual assault rates decrease at military service academies
U.S. Department of Defense
Rates of unwanted sexual contact at the military service academies declined in 2014, according to a report released today by the Defense Department.
The annual report on sexual harassment and violence at the military service academies estimates that overall rates decreased for both men and women, indicating that nearly 200 fewer sexual assaults occurred at the academies in 2014 than in 2012.
Egyptian doctors think this torturous exam can detect 'chronic homosexuals'
When asked to explain what Cairo’s medical inspectors look for when they examine someone who’s been arrested for homosexuality, Dr. Maged Louis picked up a pen and started sketching an oval with sharp points on both ends.
“The shape of the hole will change,” he said. The anus “won’t be normal any more and will look like the female vagina.”
More than 150 people have been arrested on charges of homosexuality since President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi took power just under two years ago, the largest roundup of alleged LGBT people in more than a decade in Egypt.
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