Browsing All posts tagged under »Rape«

How TSA Patdowns Meet the Definition of Sexual Assault

May 14, 2012 by


Sexual assault is generally defined as forced or coerced sexual contact which can range from touching to penetration. State statutes will vary, and the legal wording changes from time to time, but that’s sexual assault in a nutshell.  Forced or coerced. Forced we all understand pretty well. Coerced sometimes needs a little more explanation. Coercion […]

Is it OK to Polygraph Juveniles?

May 9, 2012 by


Should we give lie detector tests to kids? What if those kids are offenders? What if they are sex offenders? What if the polygraph is used for treatment rather than investigation? A recent article published in the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention’s new Journal of Juvenile Justice discusses an exploratory study using polygraphs in […]

I Have a (Woman) I’m Very Protective Of: What Can Men do to Stop Rape?

April 25, 2012 by


“I have a  Sister. Mother. Aunt. Wife. Cousin. Daughter. Girlfriend. Grandmother. Friend. Coach. Teacher. Neighbor.  and I’m very protective of her.” How many times have you heard a man say this sentence? And isn’t the context of the conversation usually intimate partner violence, sexual assault, or violence against women in general? Men say this to […]

Using Google’s Public Data Service to Visualize FBI Uniform Crime Report Data

April 25, 2012 by


The Federal Bureau of Investigation makes the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) data publicly available, and has even introduced a web-based tool to search the data in 2010. But Google’s Public Data service may offer the best option to quickly customize and display UCR crime data. You can even embed the charts in your website, but […]

Geraldo, Trayvon’s Hoodie, and the Rape of Mr. Smith

March 24, 2012 by


Geraldo Rivera‘s comments about hoodies and the death of Trayvon Martin are as odious as they are familiar. Blaming victims is nothing new. Blaming victims for their wardrobe choices is also not new. Here is some of what Rivera said: I am urging the parents of Black and Latino youngsters particularly to not let their […]

The Compelling, Tragic, and Profound Twitter Stream of #Ididnotreport

March 18, 2012 by


What is the dark figure of crime? Criminologists often use this term to describe the crimes we don’t know about. These are the crimes that are unreported, not investigated, not known, not punished. While all types of crimes are found in the dark figure of crime, violence against women may be the single most important […]