A woman who alleges that two Cincinnati police officers raped her while she was intoxicated has filed a lawsuit against the officers. Officers Robert Kidd and Robert Johnson allegedly gave Ms. Kandy Linthicum a ride home from a bar, where she had consumed numerous alcoholic drinks celebrating her 40th birthday. The officers told her that it was common procedure for police officers to give intoxicated citizens a ride home. According to Ms. Linthicum, she trusted the two men because they were police officers, and allowed them to assist her into her home, where they both raped her. Her case has been assigned to U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott, the same judge overseeing the settlement of the racial profiling and discrimination case against the Cincinnati police. Both officers are currently off-patrol, working in administrative positions. Her attorneys say the case is situation of “abuse of power” and they are seeking compensatory and punitive damages for assault and battery and emotional distress.
Media Resources: The Cincinnati Enquirer; 07/02/02
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF].
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .