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March 31, 2014
I’m exhausted from avoiding the laundry room, the House library and the mailroom because I’m scared of who I will run into… Often, the cough syrup sitting in my drawer or the pavement several floors down from my window seem like reasonable options… I will be moving out of my House next semester, if only — quite literally — to save my life.
Dear Harvard: You Win,” a sexual assault survivor writes in an open letter to the university. source
20:54 // 4 months ago
March 20, 2014

General avoids prison time and loss of benefits with plea deal

  • Zero The number of hours that Brigadier General Jeffrey A. Sinclair will spend behind bars, thanks to a plea deal that saw the alleged rapist accept responsibility for military crimes that would not be considered criminal in a civilian court. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to drop both of the sexual assault charges against Sinclair, clearing the way for a sentence that includes little real punishment other than the revocation of four months’ pay. Because justice, or something. More details here.
15:13 // 5 months ago
March 11, 2014
17:48 // 5 months ago
March 6, 2014
U.S. Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair plead guilty to several military crimes on Thursday, including having an adulterous affair and seeking nude photographs of junior officers, but the general continues to deny government claims that he forced a junior officer to perform oral sex on two separate occasions. Sinclair also faces charges of misusing a government credit card and using derogatory language about female officers. Should he be convicted of forcible sodomy, Sinclair would face life imprisonment. (Photo courtesy of Reuters/Ellen Ozier) source

U.S. Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair plead guilty to several military crimes on Thursday, including having an adulterous affair and seeking nude photographs of junior officers, but the general continues to deny government claims that he forced a junior officer to perform oral sex on two separate occasions. Sinclair also faces charges of misusing a government credit card and using derogatory language about female officers. Should he be convicted of forcible sodomy, Sinclair would face life imprisonment. (Photo courtesy of Reuters/Ellen Ozier) source

14:17 // 5 months ago
September 10, 2013

Four men convicted for last year’s brutal New Delhi rape/murder

  • 4 men convicted on all counts for the infamous, brutal rape and murder of a woman riding a bus in New Delhi, India last year. All four men could face the death penalty by hanging, with sentencing expected to be announced on Wednesday. source
20:15 // 11 months ago
July 27, 2013
theatlantic:

What the Delhi Rape Trials Mean for India’s Women

Today the Juvenile Justice Board in Delhi, India was supposed to deliver the verdict against the youngest of the six men accused of gang-raping a 23-year old physiotherapy student while she was riding on a bus on December 16, 2012. The accused was 17 at the time of the rape and turned 18 last month. Police reports indicate that the defendant was allegedly the  most brutal of the men involved. However, according to the provisions of India’s Juvenile Justice Act, the maximum sentence possible for a minor is three years in custody, including time already served. In a dramatic turn, India’s Supreme Court is now considering changing the legal definition of a juvenile in response to this case. The verdict has been delayed until August 5 of this year.
This news sets the stage for the rest of the Delhi rape trials and suggests that the five remaining adult defendants will receive harsh sentences from the courts.
Read more. [Image: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters]


The brutal incident from last year, which drew widespread international attention and condemnation, left the victim, a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern, with severe injuries which led to her death while under hospital care.

theatlantic:

What the Delhi Rape Trials Mean for India’s Women

Today the Juvenile Justice Board in Delhi, India was supposed to deliver the verdict against the youngest of the six men accused of gang-raping a 23-year old physiotherapy student while she was riding on a bus on December 16, 2012. The accused was 17 at the time of the rape and turned 18 last month. Police reports indicate that the defendant was allegedly the most brutal of the men involved. However, according to the provisions of India’s Juvenile Justice Act, the maximum sentence possible for a minor is three years in custody, including time already served. In a dramatic turn, India’s Supreme Court is now considering changing the legal definition of a juvenile in response to this case. The verdict has been delayed until August 5 of this year.

This news sets the stage for the rest of the Delhi rape trials and suggests that the five remaining adult defendants will receive harsh sentences from the courts.

Read more. [Image: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters]

The brutal incident from last year, which drew widespread international attention and condemnation, left the victim, a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern, with severe injuries which led to her death while under hospital care.

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May 7, 2013

Pentagon reveals startling increase in reported sexual assaults by service members

  • 37% increase in reported sexual assault cases was revealed by the Pentagon on Tuesday, just 24-hours after it was revealed that the head of the U.S. Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program was arrested on sexual assault charges. In total, 3,374 sexual assaults were reported by members of the U.S. military last year.
  • 26,000 sexual assaults are estimated to have taken across all branches of the U.S. military last year, with more than 22,000 of them going unreported, according to the official statement from the Pentagon. If accurate, it would mean that the U.S. military is currently facing an average of 71 assaults per day. source

Editor’s Note — We’ve updated the post to include official figures from the Pentagon’s report. — Scott @ SFB

16:33 // 1 year ago