Over a year and a half after an internal audit of the Atlanta Police Department found 34 unreported rape cases, Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington has launched an investigation. The audit was ordered in February 2001 by now-retired Atlanta Deputy Chief C.B. Jackson after an anonymous letter was sent to then-Atlanta Police Chief Beverly Harvard claiming Jackson and others were “underreporting sex crimes —particularly rape and aggravated sodomy,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. At the time of the audit, Jackson claimed that the 34 rape cases had been investigated, but that if a detective suspected a victim was lying, the case would be put in a special file that wouldn’t even be assigned a case number. Jackson is now retired, and the lieutenant who headed the sex unit when the audit took place has been transferred to another until just over a month ago. The investigation into the unreported rapes is ongoing and as of yet there has been no disciplinary action taken against the accused officers.
Media Resources: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 12/02/02
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. . . .