Category Archives: Sexual Assault

Judge Denies Sandusky Appeal, Orders Victims’ Identities to Be Revealed For Trial

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court rejected a request to delay the trial of former Penn State University assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky, according to Fox News. Sandusky is facing child sexual assault charges after allegedly abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period while he was a coach at Penn State. As jury selection was set to begin, Sandusky’s attorneys requested a continuance, which was denied. A judge also ruled that the victims are prohibited from using pseudonyms and must use their real identities at trial. “Sex offenders continue their behaviors until they are caught and stopped, and the only way that we know who those people are is when victims are brave enough to come forward and tell us,” said Kristen Houser, spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape. Rape victims and children’s identities are often sealed during the course of trial to protect the victims’ privacy under rape shield laws,…
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Man Exonerated 10 Years After False Rape Accusation

Brian Banks was convicted on sexual assault and rape charges when he was only 16 years old, approximately 10 years ago. Banks’ conviction was overturned and he was exonerated recently after the alleged victim, Wanetta Gibson, recanted her testimony of Banks of raping her while they were at Long Beach Poly High School together in California. Gibson subsequently sued the school district, receiving a $750,000 settlement and Banks spent 5 years in prison for rape after pleading no contest. Gibson later friend-requested Banks on Facebook and admitted to him that she fabricated her testimony to sue the school district. Although it is great that an innocent man is out of jail, it is unclear whether or not any charges can be filed against Gibson. Although, crazy as it may seem, that does not seem to be any sort of priority for Banks. Banks plans to file a claim against the…
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The Ugly Truth about False Rape Accusations

Victims of sexual assault should always come forward if they are attacked. According to the American Medical Association, sexual violence, especially rape, is the most under-reported violent crime in the United States. But what happens when a person falsely accuses another of rape or sexual assault? The FBI estimates the number of rape accusations that are “unfounded” to be around 8 percent, and sexual assault and rape are amongst the worst crimes a person can be accused of. Filing a false rape report is a misdemeanor—the same as filing any other false police report. Child sexual assault is another crime that is falsely reported, sometimes to get back at a teacher, parent or a coach. While the crime itself is a felony, the false reporting of it is a misdemeanor. According to a study by the False Allegations Against Carers and Teachers (FACT), in 2000 there was a 90 percent…
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