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States with the worst rape kit backlogs

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The U.S. government estimates that hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits languish in police and crime lab storage facilities. The EndTheBacklog project illustrates that there's "more we do NOT know about the backlog than we do know."

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35 women assaulted by Bill Cosby tell their stories in New York magazine

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The new issue of New York magazine has a very powerful cover that is matched only by the photo essay inside. It's about 35 woman who have been sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby. They all posed sitting in a chair for the cover shot. A 36th chair remains empty to symbolize Cosby's victims who have not gone public. grid

‘I’m No Longer Afraid’: 35 Women Tell Their Stories About Being Assaulted by Bill Cosby, and the Culture That Wouldn’t Listen

Update: The nymag.com website has been on and offline due to an apparent DDOS attack, so they've put the entire feature on Tumblr to ensure that it will be read.

Portland police officer accused of 7-hour sexual assault gets paid vacation

Portland police officer Jeromie Palaoro is sitting on his couch collecting a paycheck pending the results of an investigation of his alleged sexual assault on a woman who had called the police to report that her boyfriend attacked her. Officer Palaoro was one of the officers who had responded to the call. The woman said that Officer Palaoro came to her hotel at 3:30am the following day in his street clothes but carrying a gun.

From Alternet:

When he came into her room, Reid-James says Palaoro pulled out the gun and set it on the table. He then took off all of his clothes and demanded that she perform sexual acts on him.

According to Reid-James, this sexual assault lasted for 7-hours.

“The police bureau takes misconduct allegations very seriously,” police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson told KATU on Wednesday.

Officer Jeromie Palaoro has a history of misconduct. He was successfully sued last year for forcing his way into a home without a warrant and tracking mud.

Network cancels 19 Kids TV show after child sexual abuse revelations

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Under threat of an advertiser mutiny, TLC announced today that it was canceling its popular reality television show 19 Kids and Counting, which starred a conservative Christian family. TLC suspended the show in May after it came to light that one of the stars of the show, Josh Duggar had molested a number of very young girls, including his sisters, when he was 14-15 years old.

The latest season of “19 Kids and Counting” concluded two days before Josh Duggar’s May 21 apology. But TLC still had reruns on its schedule until the May 22 announcement that the show was being pulled indefinitely.

Then came the advertiser exodus, with more than 20 brands publicly declaring that they had no interest in advertising with “19 Kids and Counting” in the future.

The Duggars’ TLC reality show ’19 Kids and Counting’ is officially canceled

WATCH: Fat Albert learns about consent

In a very special episode, Rudy teaches Fat Albert that getting friendzoned doesn't mean no, thanks to "Rudy's Little Helper." Hope this doesn't trigger the Cos!

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Rapist Bill Cosby admitted under oath ten years ago to getting drugs to give women for sex

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The Associated Press won a long battle to unseal court documents that Bill Cosby's lawyers said would be "embarassing" for the accused serial rapist. A judge unsealed those documents today, and now we know why Cosby's protectors said their release "would generate a firestorm of publicity."

The AP reports on their contents: in 2005, Cosby testified that he acquired Quaaludes “with the intent of giving them to young women he wanted to have sex with, and he admitted giving the sedative to at least one woman and 'other people.”

He was under questioning by a lawyer for former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, who accused Cosby, “in a case that was settled before trial, of drugging and sexually assaulting her at his suburban Philadelphia mansion.”

The AP had gone to court over the documents, in which Cosby, 77, testifies under oath in a lawsuit filed by a former Temple University employee. He testified that he gave her three doses of Benadryl.

That sexual abuse case settled for undisclosed terms in 2006. AP says Cosby's lawyers didn't return calls from them today. Duh.

Cosby has been accused by more than two dozen women of sexual misconduct, including allegations by many that he drugged and raped them in incidents dating back more than four decades. Cosby, 77, has never been criminally charged, and most of the accusations are barred by statutes of limitations.

Cosby resigned in December from the board of trustees at Temple, where he was the popular face of the Philadelphia school in advertisements, fundraising campaigns and commencement speeches.

APNewsBreak: Cosby said he got drugs to give women for sex” [AP]

The Latest: Accuser's lawyers say Cosby words support claims” [AP]

Excerpts of Bill Cosby's statements in a 2005 deposition” [AP]


EXCERPTS FROM THE DOCUMENTS

The documents unsealed by a federal judge today involve the case of Andrea Constand, a former Temple University employee who said Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her. The Associated Press reports that in these court transcripts, Cosby admits obtaining seven prescriptions for quaaludes and says he gave them to other people. That was followed up by this questioning by Constand's lawyer:

Question: Who are the people that you gave the quaaludes to?

Cosby's lawyer interrupts and asks to limit the questioning to a certain group of accusers referred to in the documents as the Jane Does.

Q. When you got the quaaludes, was it in your mind that you were going to use these quaaludes for young women that you wanted to have sex with?

Answer: Yes.

Q. Did you ever give any of those young women the quaaludes without their knowledge?

Cosby's lawyer objects, again demanding that Constand's lawyer restrict the scope of the question to the Jane Does. They go back and forth over that point, then Cosby continues.

—I misunderstood. Woman, meaning (another accuser), and not women.

Q. OK. So, you're saying you never gave the quaaludes to anyone other than (a specific person)?

Cosby's lawyer: Don't answer the question. You can ask all the questions you want about the Jane Does.

In the questioning, Cosby also answered questions about a sexual relationship with a different woman in 1978, who has accused the comedian of having drugged and assaulted her when she was 19.

Cosby: I meet (the accuser) in Las Vegas. She meets me backstage. I give her quaaludes. We then have sex. I do not. I can't judge at this time what she knows about herself for 19 years, a passive personality ...

(The accuser) was sweet in her personality. As far as I was concerned was well-mannered, didn't demand or give a feeling that she was above anyone. If anything, I think she may very well have been very happy to be around the show business surroundings.

Constand's lawyer: Star struck?

Cosby: You'll have to ask her.

Excerpts of Bill Cosby's statements in a 2005 deposition” [AP]

‘X-Men’ director Bryan Singer accused of raping teen boy in 1999; case mentions sex offender Marc Collins-Rector of DEN


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A 2007 mugshot of sex offender Marc Collins-Rector, former chairman of DEN. He is mentioned in the 2014 lawsuit against Singer.

Bryan Singer, the director of the forthcoming film “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is accused in a lawsuit filed today in Hawaii federal court of drugging and raping a teenage boy in 1999. The case is a civil case, not a criminal case, and Singer's attorney says the charges are "without merit." AP reports that the lawsuit was filed in Hawaii "because of a state law that temporarily suspends the statute of limitations in sex abuse cases."

Also mentioned in the lawsuit is Marc Collins-Rector, a sexual predator and founder and chairman of Digital Entertainment Network (aka DEN or <EN), an early internet video startup that made headlines for high capitalization and sex parties involving founders and teen boys. Collins-Rector is a registered sex offender who fled to Spain, and was arrested there in 2002. In 2004, Collins-Rector pled guilty to charges he lured minors across state lines for sexual acts. The allegations of sexual abuse involving Collins-Rector and other DEN executives shocked the web startup world in 1999, and led to the collapse of DEN's IPO.

Variety reports on the charges against Brian Singer filed today:

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Native American women twice as likely to be raped

"One in three American Indian women have been raped or have experienced an attempted rape," according to a Justice Department statistic cited in the NYT. The rate of sexual assault among indigenous American women "is more than twice the national average," and it's particular grim in "Alaska’s isolated villages, where there are no roads in or out, and where people are further cut off by undependable telephone, electrical and Internet service."

The invisible genocide of women

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The recently-launched Women Under Siege website is a new project of the NYC-based Women’s Media Center, and features a number of powerful essays and features by women, about sexual violence against women. There's an account by CBS News correspondent Lara Logan, who survived a sexual assault while covering uprisings in the Middle East; another about covering sexualized war in Congo by Lynsey Addario, who survived the same.

In this post, I'd like to draw special attention to a feature on the site about a subject with which I have personal familiarity: violence against indigenous women in Guatemala. Though the country's long civil war is over, the femicidio is not. Snip:

More than 100,000 women were raped in the 36 years of the Guatemalan genocide in which at least 200,000 people died. In this video, photojournalists Ofelia de Pablo and Javier Zurita interview survivors and document the ongoing forensic and legal investigation that has just indicted former Guatemalan President Efraín Ríos Montt.

There are so many powerful stories on the Women Under Siege website. Below, a photo by Ms. Addario, from Congo: "Lwange, 51, with her daughter, Florida, who had been raped the week before this photo was taken in 2008. The child had screamed at the time, then bled. With her vagina and her young psyche damaged, Florida would no longer speak."

Project Unbreakable

Grace Brown created "Project Unbreakable" in October, 2011, and the tumblog appears to really be gathering momentum. The idea: "Use photography to help heal those who were sexually abused by asking them to write a quote from their attacker on a poster and photographing them holding the poster."

So many stories from so many different people. Men, too, not only women. I was so moved by this post, which includes both a photograph and an audio narrative by an elderly woman who was sexually abused as a 12-year-old girl during World War II in Germany. Do listen to her story.

"You can never forget it. It is in your brain, marked like a stamp," she says. "I still suffer from it."

(via Jay Rosen)