New scrutiny on campus sexual violence highlights Center findings

By Gordon Witkin

New efforts are aimed at both assisting schools and putting pressure on them to assist victims of sexual violence.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… Capitol Hill and the Obama administration is drawing new attention to the Center for Public Integrity’s landmark investigation of campus sexual assault. Published in a six-p …"

White House group releases recommendations on fighting campus sexual assault

By Kristen Lombardi

White House task force issues recommendations to combat vexing problem.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… es respond to the problem — the focus of a landmark investigation by the Center for Public Integrity. At an afternoon ceremony attended by students, victims’ advocates, and …"

United Nations report: 'Children on the Run' from violent homelands

By Susan Ferriss

Numbers of Central American and Mexico minors who say they're fleeing violence are surging.

Excerpts from this story referencing "U.S. government":

"… ies at the University of California's Hastings College of the Law. “The U.S. government usually does not appoint counsel for unaccompanied children in immigration …"

Obama moves to address campus sex assault issues raised by Center series

By Kristen Lombardi

President creates task force to help protect students from sexual violence

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rape":

"… that one in five women have become a victim while in college. Entitled “Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action,” the 38-page report detail …"

A modern understanding of a long ago confession and a boy’s execution

By Corey Hutchins

Nearly seventy years after his execution, George Stinney Jr.'s involvment in a 1944 double-murder comes into question.

Excerpts from this story referencing "correspondent":

"… hins is a reporter for the City Paper in Charleston, S.C., and a correspondent for Columbia Journalism Review's United States Project. His work has appea …"

Majority of funds recovered in Stanford Ponzi scheme spent by receiver

By Lauren Kyger and Alison Fitzgerald

Lawyer recovering funds for victims in Stanford Ponzi scheme spends $124 million to recover $235 million.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Canada":

"… million worth of Stanford’s assets that have been frozen in Switzerland, Canada and the United Kingdom. Janvey has been enmeshed in controversy regarding …"

Report urges new approach to child prostitution

By Susan Ferriss

New report says teens involved in prostitution should be treated as victims.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oakland":

"… isited was the San Francisco area, where police often refer to the city of Oakland, in Alameda County, as a West Coast “hub” of sex trafficking. In July …"

"… nation’s largest pro bono law firm, and the Black Organizing Project of Oakland, a community group concerned with high African-American dropout rates.&nbs …"

"… n-American dropout rates.  The groups are arguing for a review of how Oakland police are deployed around schools and their interactions with minors. Th …"

One-fifth of female veterans from Iraq, Afghanistan show signs of sexual trauma

By Caitlin Cruz and Asha Anchan

News21 investigation reveals that the VA is struggling to deal with female vets who have been sexually assaulted.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rape":

"… very traumatizing,” said Jennifer Norris, an advocate with the Military Rape Crisis Center who was assaulted while serving with the Air Force and Air N …"

Suit alleges mistreatment of California minors with mental health problems

By Susan Ferriss

California litigation cites 'unconscionable conditions' in Contra Costa County.

Child sex trafficking: schools could help stop it

By Susan Ferriss

This week's news about teen prostitution rings are a reminder that educators can help keep teens from predators.

Excerpts from this story referencing "California":

"… ing held in February at the Department of Education in Washington, D.C. A California educator who spoke about her experiences at the forum was Jenee Littrell, …"

Evidence-based treatment works for Georgia’s troubled youth, but dollars aren’t following

State leaders are expanding evidence-based treatment for troubled youth, but roadblocks still prevent many from receiving best care.

Excerpts from this story referencing "director":

"… sk for placement into (or return to) residential custody, reported program director Kate Cantrell. As of September 2012, two-thirds of youth in Youth Villages …"

"… ns at the FY 2013 funding level. Sedgrid Lewis, Community Solutions’ MST director, said that with additional funds his agency could effectively serve many m …"

"… s the end of the beginning. This will be a growing program.” Ken Parks, director of the Lookout Mountain Care Management Entity, a wraparound provider, als …"

Washington fury over military sexual assaults hits the Pentagon

By Richard H.P. Sia and Douglas Birch

President Obama calls for punishing, firing or discharging those involved.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chief of staff":

"… ng involving the Air Force’s leadership. Gen. Mark Welsh, the service's chief of staff, told Levin’s panel that he and Air Force Secretary Michael Donley were …"

New sexual assault trouble in the Air Force

By Richard H.P. Sia

An officer responsible for stopping AF sexual assaults is accused of that offense

Excerpts from this story referencing "San Antonio":

"… with allegations of misconduct at its Lackland training headquarters near San Antonio, Texas. Instructors were found to have sexually harassed, improperly touch …"

Report details lives ruined for children put on sex-offender registries

By Susan Ferriss

Human Rights Watch investigates how minors, even for innocuous offenses, can end up on sex-offender registries for life.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… n child sexual assault cases and registries, and has provided testimony to Congress and state legislatures on the subject. The report calls current registry …"

New therapy proves effective for juvenile sex offenders

Multisystemic Therapy proves effective for juvenile sex offenders.

Students from two colleges file federal complaints related to sexual assault

Students from two colleges file federal complaints related to sexual assault.

Excerpts from this story referencing "University of North Carolina":

"… couple years, other elite schools, such as Wesleyan, Yale, Amherst and the University of North Carolina, have been plagued by similar allegations.   In 2009 and 2010, the C …"

Georgia's troubled effort to reduce juvenile crime

By Jim Walls

Georgia changed law covering juvenile offenses, but recidivism remains high

Excerpts from this story referencing "critic":

"… eren’t lower, said Rawlings, the former child advocate who is a longtime critic of SB440. Detention in either an adult or youth prison, he said, won't gua …"

"… percent, up from about one-third a decade ago. The trend may have reached critical mass in 2010 and 2011, as a wave of violence swept through Georgia's you …"

Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act headed for President's signature

By Kristen Lombardi

Measure takes on issues raised by Center probe

Excerpts from this story referencing "Violence Against Women Act":

"… s sexual violence on Thursday, including it in a bipartisan renewal of the Violence Against Women Act following months of congressional gridlock. The Senate has already approve …"

"… s, say they are stunned — and delighted — by the sudden passage of the Violence Against Women Act, following weeks of legislative stalemate. Many of them were walking the h …"

Report reveals dramatic decline in youth incarceration

By Susan Ferriss

U.S. still tops, but rates have declined

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Dakota":

"… states still show relatively higher propensities for locking up youths – South Dakota is one – and across the country, black youth are nearly five times more …"

Federal initiative to help schools recognize youth sex trafficking

By Susan Ferriss

Students can be exploited more if they are suspended or expelled for misbehavior and left unsupervised alone.

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal law":

"… . “It’s a form of showing ownership of the victim,” Hill said. Under federal law, no youth who is under 18 who is prostituting can be charged with sex-traf …"

Secret US detention program had many foreign collaborators

By Douglas Birch

A new report details the involvement of dozens of countries in rough treatment, without accountability

Excerpts from this story referencing "Poland":

"… Britain, Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Afghanistan, Lithuania, Morocco, Poland, Romania and Thailand all hosted CIA “black sites,” or secret prisons, …"

"… tigating its alleged CIA prison near the town of Szczytno in north eastern Poland, and the European Court of Human Rights has ordered the declassification o …"

"… s deputy foreign minister warned that release of the documents would limit Poland’s ability to cooperate with the investigation. After President Obama to …"

Notre Dame case highlights complexities of campus sexual assault investigations

By Kristen Lombardi

Notre Dame case illustrates continuing struggles

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal law":

"… re by Vice President Joe Biden, says schools have an obligation, under the federal law known as Title IX, to investigate student complaints, and to take prompt a …"

New report: Minors in 'solitary' hallucinate, harm themselves

By Susan Ferriss

New report: Minors in 'solitary' hallucinate, harm themselves

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Civil Liberties Union":

"… les.In “Growing Up Locked Down,” the groups Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union report that a substantial number of detained juveniles minors are placed i …"

Florida to close controversial juvenile detention center

By Susan Ferriss

Florida plans to close a privately run juvenile offener home that has been under scrutiny for alleged poor treatmetn of kids.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Thompson":

"… eged was rife with problems. State officials say the decision to close the Thompson Academy as of Jan. 4, 2013, is not related to the public defenders’ long …"

"… rge size doesn’t match the type of rehabilitation the state is pursuing. Thompson Academy, a low-security facility in Broward County, is run by Youth Servic …"

"… hursday that the state is “moving to smaller residential programs” and Thompson Academy doesn’t fit that profile.  “Controversy in the past has n …"

"… state court for an order to remove and stop sending juvenile offenders to Thompson. Gordon Weekes, Broward County chief assistant public defenders, said at t …"

Federal report: Fewer kids are victims of violent crime, but more are poor

By Susan Ferriss

An annual report is a mixed bag, showing fewer teen pregnancies and less violent crime, but more poverty and exposure to air pollution.

California bucks trend by rejecting new limits on 'solitary'

By Susan Ferriss

California bucks trend; politics or money to blame?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oakland":

"… ackdrop, earlier this year the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, a small Oakland, Calif., nonprofit that works with parents of juvenile offenders, approach …"

Supreme Court: Children shouldn't get life with no parole possibility

By Susan Ferriss

A Supreme Court decision means thousands will be eligible to get hearings for new sentences for crimes committed as minors.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sonia Sotomayor":

"… by Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony M. Kennedy and Sonia Sotomayor.In a dissent, Chief Justice John G. Roberts echoed Alabama and Arkansas’ …"

Justice Department launches probe into sexual assault at the University of Montana

By Gordon Witkin

Inquiry will look at handling of sexual assault cases at University of Montana.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Eric Holder":

"… aint against members of the UM football team.   Attorney general Eric Holder called the allegations “very disturbing.” He said the department’s p …"

School discipline debate reignited by new Los Angeles data

By Susan Ferriss

UPDATED: Schools' police chief responds to new citations data.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Zoe Rawson":

"… rfew tickets after complaints began to bubble up from parents and students.Zoe Rawson, a lawyer with the Labor-Community Strategy Center — one of the groups t …"

California moves closer to reforming school discipline

By Susan Ferriss

California lawmakers want to stem tide of suspensions, expulsions; lawyer featured in Center story testifies about boy's case

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tim McKinley":

"… terventions could have kept them on track and corrected their behavior,” Tim McKinley, a former FBI agent-turned-lawyer in Bakersfield, Calif., said Wednesday d …"