sexual assault

Abusive Priests On Indian Reservations Leave ‘Profound Wound’

Jan 28, 2016
Attorney Vito De La Cruz in the KUOW studios.
KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery

Until the 1960s, Catholic boarding schools forcibly took Native American children from their families.

Michael J. Cody
BishopAccountability.org

When the Seattle Archdiocese released names of 77 abusive clergy last week, many Catholics heralded a new era of transparency.

Across the country, tens of thousands of rape kits are sitting in police evidence rooms — waiting to be tested.

Michael J. Cody
BishopAccountability.org

The Archdiocese of Seattle on Friday named 77 Catholic clergy or religious order members accused of sexually abusing minors.

Those on the list served or lived in Western Washington between 1923 and 2008, the archdiocese said in a statement. The list includes names of priests that haven’t been disclosed publicly before.  

Bill Radke talks with Mary Ellen Stone about a forthcoming legislative proposal that would test a large portion of Washington's unprocessed rape kits. Stone is executive director of the King County Sexual Assault Resource Center.

Narrowly beating a statute of limitations deadline to file charges, prosecutors in Pennsylvania announced felony sexual assault charges against comedian Bill Cosby on Wednesday. A former Temple University employee says Cosby drugged and assaulted her in January 2004.

Montgomery County, Pa., prosecutors have charged Cosby with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. The charges against him are second-degree felonies, each carrying a minimum of five and a maximum of 10 years in prison.

In this photo taken Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013, Sgt. Rick Nelson works on locating information on a hard drive with Det. Caitlin Rebe at the Internet Crimes Against Children unit in Manchester, N.H.
AP Photo/Jim Cole

17,000.

That’s the number of seats in the Key Arena – and the number of people believed to be trading child porn right now in Washington state.

Prosecutors say it’s so tough to keep up with technology – and then build successful cases – that they’re always playing defense.

An Unbelievable Story Of Rape In Lynnwood

Dec 16, 2015
Illustration for the Marshall Project story on Lynnwood rape case.
Wesley Allsbrook

Seven years ago, a Lynnwood teenager was raped at knife point. No one believed her. Here’s an excerpt of the story from the Marshall Project and Pro Pubilica: 

No one came to court with her that day, except her public defender.

She was 18 years old, charged with a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail.

College students can't miss the warnings these days about the risk of campus sexual assault, but increasingly, some students are also taking note of what they perceive as a different danger.

"Once you are accused, you're guilty," says Parker Oaks, one of several Boston University students stopped by NPR between classes. "We're living in a society where you're guilty before innocent now."

Xavier Adsera, another BU student, sounds a similar theme. "We used to not be fair to women on this issue," he says. "Now we're on the other extreme, not being fair to guys."

Ross Reynolds interviews Rebecaa Ullman and Aerlyn Pfeil, two Northwest midwives who work in developing nations with victims of sexual violence. Ullman, of Anacortes, Washington, and Pfeil, of Portland, Oregon, work in conflict zones like South Sudan, Haiti, and Papua New Guinea where the levels of sexual violence have skyrocketed.

University of Washington's Suzzallo Library.
Flickr Photo/Curtis Cronn (CC-BY-NC-ND)/http://bit.ly/1jp5e6Q

New crime data showing sexual assault increasing at the University of Washington actually could be a sign of progress, according to a prevention expert.

Pope Francis in a file photo from 2013.
Flickr Photo/Catholic Church England and Wales (CC BY NC SA)/http://bit.ly/1MuUz3K

Jeannie Yandel talks to Mary Dispenza, author and director of the Northwest branch of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, about Pope Francis' visit to the United States. 

Prison bars file photo.
Flickr Photo/Neil Conway (CC BY2.0)

A few years ago Theresa Nolte fell in love with Kelly Beard, an inmate at the Monroe Correctional Complex. Nolte was a prison staffer.

Consensual or not, sexual contact between prison staffers and inmates is illegal.

Students headed for college this fall can expect a slew of new efforts aimed at preventing campus sexual assault. A federal law that took effect this summer requires schools to offer programs to help raise awareness and lower risk.

It was once a tiny niche market, but it is now an exploding industry with everything from fingernail polish that detects date-rape drugs in drinks to necklaces that hide mini panic buttons — and all kinds of crash courses on how to get and give consent.

The cover story of this week's New York magazine is getting a lot of attention.

It features 35 women seated in chairs and one empty chair. The women are all dressed in black, looking straight ahead with both hands resting on their knees. It is a stark image, and all the more compelling because each of them is openly and by name accusing Bill Cosby of horrendous acts. Some say they were drugged and raped; others recount stories of narrowly escaping sexual assault.

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