A woman identified as Jennifer W. claims that officers in Nevada's Sparks Police Dept. laughed at her, called her a liar, threatened to prosecute her for making a false claim, and charged her for lab tests results after she reported that she had been raped. Timothy Mobly has since pleaded guilty in the crime.
Ms. W. charges that the two met via the Internet, and dated briefly. When she tried to end their relationship, Mobly said he wanted to meet in person, and Ms. W. agreed. When Mobly arrived, he and an accomplice, Aaron Cross, handcuffed her hands and feet, gagged her with a sock, forced her body into a suitcase and then put the suitcase in the back of Mobly's car. Mobly later cut her clothes off and raped her before he and Cross drove her home.
According to Ms. W.'s attorney, Mobly and Cross "thanked her for helping them live out their fantasy," and told her that no one would believe her if she tried to prosecute. She ignored their threats and went to police, where she was subjected to a three-hour interrogation. Police told her that they believed she was lying and threatened to prosecute her for making a false claim if she didn't withdraw her charges.
Ms. W. was also told that she would have to pay for lab fees if a test conducted at the local hospital indicated that no rape had occurred. Plaintiff's attorney Marc Picker said that his client was billed and believes that police lied about the test results.
Police also allegedly ignored Ms. W.'s pleas to investigate Mobly's trunk or a garage where her father said tire marks were left behind by his daughter's attackers.
Several days later, Ms. W. reported that she got an e-mail from Mobly that read, "I got away with rape." When she called police to inform them, she was again accused of lying and making false charges against an "innocent man."
Mobly his roommate and accomplice, Aaron Cross, also pleaded guilty to raping a 17-year-old in a separate incident. As with Jennifer, they befriended the teenager over the Internet and lured her to their apartment to rape her. The girl fled the next morning and went to police. Ms. W. reported that, even after the second victim came forward, police never apologized to her. She holds them responsible for the second rape, saying "There wouldn't be a second victim if the Sparks police did their jobs instead of calling me 'a goddamned liar.'"
Jennifer W. has filed a $200,000 lawsuit against the Sparks Police Dept., its chief and three other officers. She commented, "I hope what I went through will make things better for other women in future cases."
8/28/2015 Alaska Court Protects Abortion Access for Low-Income Women - The Alaska Superior Court struck down a state law yesterday that would have severely limited abortion access for low-income women in Alaska.
The state's Superior Court also struck down a Department of Health and Social Services regulation that placed narrow specifications on Medicaid coverage for abortions, requiring that Medicaid-funded abortions be determined by a physician to be "medically necessary." Last year, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Planned Parenthood sued on behalf of the Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, claiming that the narrow definition of "medically necessary" arbitrarily established conditions designed to restrict the ability of low-income women to access abortion services.
The law was temporarily blocked last July by an Alaskan state court judge.
Superior Court Judge John Suddock ordered yesterday that the state be blocked from implementing this regulation, ruling that it placed an undue burden on low-income women seeking abortion services in Alaska.
"By providing health care to all poor Alaskans except women who need abortions, the challenged regulation violates the state constitutional guarantee of 'equal rights, opportunities, and protection under the law'," the ruling read.
"We applaud the superior court for striing down these cruel restrictions on women's health and rights that violate the Alaska Constitution," said Chris Charbonneau, CEO of Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands. . . .
8/26/2015 Saudi Women Prepare to Vote for the First Time - The fight for gender equality is making slow but notable progress in Saudi Arabia, where women will be allowed to vote for the first time in upcoming December elections.
This shift in Saudi law came in 2011, when a royal decree announced that women would be allowed to vote and run in local elections beginning in December of 2015. . . .