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Unlimited detention for sex criminals ruled constitutional

A federal appeals court overruled a lower court ruling which invalidated the Minnesota civil detention program for sex offenders. The program was challenged as unconstitutional because it held people beyond the length of their imposed prison sentence. But, the appeals court disagreed and determined that the state, Minnesota, had an important public purpose in detaining sex offenders.

Serial rapists under the microscope at universities

Campus sexual assaults have dominated the news for the past couple of years. Numerous protests, high-profile cases, and botched investigations have led to numerous stories that all tell the same tale. The school failed to investigate, the victim was marginalized, and the offender was treated too lightly for the public to bear. The negative coverage may lead to overly aggressive prosecutions as investigators overcompensate. But, that does not deter research into the causes and perpetrators of sexual assault. This post will go over the latest study, as reported by the New York Times.

Unlimited detention for sex criminals ruled constitutional

A federal appeals court overruled a lower court ruling which invalidated the Minnesota civil detention program for sex offenders. The program was challenged as unconstitutional because it held people beyond the length of their imposed prison sentence. But, the appeals court disagreed and determined that the state, Minnesota, had an important public purpose in detaining sex offenders.

Investigation uncovers systematic abuse of young gymnasts

An investigation conducted by the Indianapolis Star and USA Today discovered a massive and systemic abuse of young competitive gymnasts. The victims were aged 6 to 16 and primarily girls. The abuse ranged from secretly filming the girls in their changing rooms to inappropriate touching, and even sexual exploitation. This post will go over the findings from the investigation.

Lawyer disbarred for sexually assaulting clients

In an unusual twist, a lawyer from Ohio was both disbarred and faces 12 years in prison for sexually assaulting his clients. But, rather than using drugs or some other method, he instead hypnotized his clients such that they have no clear recollection of the assault. This post will go over the risks that professional faces if he or she is faced with criminal charges.

Police are approaching sexual assaults in a new way

A police department in Oregon is experimenting with a new method to report sexual assault incidents. Survivors of sexual assault continue to face extreme barriers to reporting these crimes including cultural stigma, victim shaming and becoming re-traumatized as they report the crime. Moreover, even when the police do take the report seriously, they often fail to investigate properly or are too vigorous in their assumptions and damage the lives of innocent bystanders. A detective in Oregon is looking to change that approach.

What is the risk of recidivism for online sex crimes?

The Office of Justice Programs conducted a macro-study of several initial studies to delve into rates of recidivism for online sex offenses. The researchers found that rates of recidivism for online sex offenses appear primarily to follow recidivism rates for other sex crimes. But, it is important to note that these are initial studies and more comprehensive studies are necessary.

Study finds 64 percent decline in sexual assault against females

The Bureau of Justice Statistics, a division within the Office of Justice Programs, released a study that found a 64 percent decline in sexual assault and violence against females between 1995 in 2010. Of course, this study needs to be reviewed with a skeptical eye. Sexual assaults are notoriously difficult to track because many of them are not reported to the police. This forces researchers to estimate the actual number of assaults and extrapolate based on the reported numbers. Regardless of the research technique, however, this study is good news.

The basics of pimping and pandering laws

Pimping and pandering are two terms that are often conflated. Pimping is the receipt of benefits from the act of prostitution while pandering is the act of procuring a prostitute for sexual services. If you don't see the fine line between the two, do not worry, it is tricky. This post will go over the differences and how you can run afoul of each charge.

Man convicted for criminal actions in Cambodia

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, pursuant to a tip, investigated and arrested an Alaskan man for allegedly traveling abroad to commit child sexual abuse. He was arrested following a months-long investigation into his actions which included recordings taken by an undercover agent. He was arrested in 2013 and sentenced in March of this year. He is facing 18 years in federal prison for attempting to sexually exploit children over several years and for attempting to arrange a child sex tourism trip to Cambodia for himself and a few companions.

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