Massive backlog of sexual assault kits shows justice system failing rape victims

A sexual assault is a hugely traumatic experience. Sadly, it’s an experience shared by an estimated 1 in 6 Americans—mostly women. The aftermath of a rape or sexual assault can be nearly as traumatic as the event itself. Completing a sexual assault forensic exam (or “rape kit”) can be very difficult. Victims are instructed to… Learn More »

Oregon has a backlog of 5,000 untested sexual assault kits- and it’s a huge problem

Reporting a sexual assault can be nearly as traumatic as the event itself. Victims are advised to seek immediate medical help. They spend hours after the assault at the hospital, completing an invasive medical examination and a sexual assault kit (commonly known as a rape kit). The rape kit is sent to police. Earlier this… Learn More »

Dermatologist who sexually molested patients is still practicing in New Jersey

Dr. Gangaram Ragi is a dermatologist in Teaneck, NJ. He’s been accused of sexual molestation by more than a dozen female patients, with charges dating back over a decade. State Medical Board Investigation After receiving patient complaints of excessive inappropriate touching during examinations, the State Medical Board investigated Dr. Ragi. They determined that the accusations… Learn More »

How many people are sexually assaulted in U.S. hospitals? No one knows.

Many more patients reported hospital sexual abuse in the United Kingdom in the last three years. Police data counted 1,600 attacks recorded: a 50% increase, and an alarming number. Do you want to know how that compares to sexual abuses in U.S. hospitals? Too bad—somehow, no one has counted the number of rapes and assaults… Learn More »

Stop telling sexual assault victims how they should have prevented it

This is CNN reporter Don Lemon, asking a woman who has accused comedian Bill Cosby of sexual assault if she could have avoided performing forced oral sex. Recently, the American Enterprise think tank suggested that women contribute to their own sexual assault by getting “seriously intoxicated.” A Slate writer suggested a similar “solution” to the… Learn More »