Posts tagged: rape
A Montana judge on Wednesday stood by his decision to send a former teacher to prison for 30 days for raping a 14-year-old girl who later killed herself, but said he “deserved to be chastised” for his comments about the young victim. District Judge G. Todd Baugh sentenced former Billings Senior High School teacher Stacey Rambold to 15 years, then suspended all but 31 days and gave him credit for one day already served. In handing down the sentence Monday, Baugh said the teenage victim was “older than her chronological age” and had as much control of the situation as the teacher who raped her/Associated Press. More here.
Question: Time to send this judge packing?
Just as Mitt Romney and other Republicans had cut into the Democrats’ advantage with female voters, a tea party-backed Senate candidate’s awkward remark – that if rape leads to pregnancy it’s “something God intended” – has propelled the emotional issue of abortion back to the political forefront. It’s put GOP candidates in tight races, from the presidential candidate on down, on the defensive. Divisive social issues are hardly what most GOP candidates want to be discussing in the few days remaining until elections largely hinging on jobs and the economy. Almost immediately after Richard Mourdock’s comment, Republican candidates distanced themselves from the Indiana state treasurer – though by varying degrees/AP. More here. (AP photo of Richard Mourdock)
Question: WWMD (What Should Mitt Do)?
In this Aug. 24, 2012, file photo Republican Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., talks to the media gathered in Chesterfield, Mo., and told them he will stay in the U.S. Senate race despite the uproar over his remarks about rape and pregnancy.
TWIN FALLS • If a rapist gets his victim pregnant in Idaho, does he have parental rights under Idaho law? What if the rapist was married to his victim? What happens if he hasn’t been convicted of rape?
Under Idaho statute, courts can terminate a rapist’s parental rights, denying the person any legal say or responsibility over the child. But while that provision exists in the code, questions such as burden of proof and child support cloud the issue.
U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Missouri, forced the issue of pregnancy through rape into the national spotlight with his controversial — and largely rejected — remarks that “legitimate rape”rarely results in pregnancy because the female reproductive system has ways of “shutting all that down.” Full story. Melissa Davlin, Twin Falls Times-News
Thoughts about Idaho's laws?
Ralph Young, the man who is suspected of attempting to rape another man in a College Hill residence early Tuesday morning, has been identified as a Washington State University employee. Young, 30, is the Native American Outreach Coordinator for WSU and in that capacity is responsible for recruiting Native American students as well as promoting higher education. He was arrested Monday after police responded to a sexual assault call on College Hill. A 22-year-old WSU student was sleeping on a friend's couch when he was awakened allegedly early in the morning by the assault by Young, his friend's roommate. The victim stopped Young's assault by pummeling him/Rob Kauder, KXLY. More here.
Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin and Spokane County Commissioner Mark Richard enjoy some quality time with a cat at the shelter.
OLYMPIA – Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin was among victims of child sexual abuse urging the Legislature on Wednesday to drop the statute of limitations that they say shields pedophiles from justice.
“It took me years to be able to call what happened to me between age 10 and 18 rape,” said McLaughlin , who told members of the House Public Safety Committee about years of sexual abuse by her father. “You shouldn’t lose the ability to bring about justice just because some years have elapsed.”
Michael Ross, of Spokane, the founder of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said some victims of child sexual abuse don’t come to grips with what happened to them until they are in their 40s or 50s. Current law protects pedophiles by requiring a victim of a child rape to report before turning 29, said Ross, who told the committee he was abused by a Catholic priest in his teens but repressed that memory until he was 47.
McLaughlin and Ross were among supporters of House Bill 1657, a proposal by Rep. John Ahern, R-Spokane, to lift the statute of limitations for any rape of a minor by an adult. Jim Camden/SR
Do you think the statute of limitations for the rape of a minor by an adult should be lifted?
Spokane police are investigating what they believe is the stabbing and the rape of a 14-year-old girl last week at a party fueled by a half-gallon of vodka supplied by the suspect’s mother.The girl was taken to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, where she was treated for at least 10 cuts on her leg. While at the hospital, investigators learned that she had a blood alcohol content of 0.4 percent (five times the limit of 0.08 at which adults are considered legally drunk) according to court records. The mother, 41-year-old Andrienna L. McDaniel, told The Spokesman-Review that she felt it was safer to supply the teenagers with alcohol at home. She pointed out several times that they already had the money for the purchase/Tom Clouse, SR. More here.
Question: What would you have done if you were this teen’s parent?
A man accused of raping a Coeur d’Alene woman early Saturday was convicted in 1990 of raping a child in Washington but wasn’t required to register as a sex offender in Idaho.
Thomas C. Dickerson, 40, was charged with failing to register as a sex offender in Idaho in May 2003 after moving from Washington. But the Idaho state Court of Appeals overturned his conviction in 2006, saying the law requiring him to register violated the U.S. Constitution.According to the Associated Press, the case largely came down to timing. Idaho’s sex offender registry law was enacted on July 1, 1993, requiring that any people who moved to Idaho after that date be required to register as a sex offender if they’d been convicted of a sex crime in another state.
Question: Any thoughts on Dickerson beating the rap for failing to register as a sex offender in 2003 when he moved to Idaho — only to be charged with a brutal rape now?
A 40-year-old Coeur d’Alene man was arrested today for allegedly beating, strangling and raping a female acquaintance. Coeur d’Alene Police were called to a residence in the area of Clady and Fruitland Lane about 3 a.m., after a woman reported that an acquaintance, Thomas Dickerson, had hit her in the face, strangled her, raped her, and then left. Dickerson was spotted driving in the area near the scene, and stopped by a detective, police officials said/Sara Leaming, SR. More here.
The woman who reported a rape at North Idaho College last week has been ticketed by the city police department for filing a false report. She was charged with the misdemeanor offense after detectives re-interviewed her Tuesday. “We discovered that her report did not match the facts that we uncovered,” said Coeur d’Alene Police Sgt. Christie Wood. “At this point we’ll let the court process take place.” Police received a report Thursday alleging that a male dressed in women’s clothing waited for her in the first floor bathroom of the Meyer Health Science Building and raped her there on the morning of Jan. 30/CDA Press. More here.
Question: What affect does a fake report like this have on the community?
A rapist who disguised himself as a woman and waited for his victim in a North Idaho College restroom is being sought by police. The sexual attack reportedly happened last Friday but was just reported to campus security this morning, according to a notice on the Coeur d’Alene college’s Web site. The rape is reported to have occurred in the first floor bathroom of the Meyer Health Science Building at 4 p.m. Jan. 30. The victim told officials that she knows the assailant, but his name hasn’t been released/SR story here. NICollege news alert here.
It took less than two hours for a jury on Friday to convict a Coeur d’Alene man of attacking a woman at her home last year. Graham Burrage, 27, (pictured) was convicted last week of sexually assaulting the woman while her three children huddled in a nearby bedroom. That woman, “Mary”, said Monday morning that she’s no longer a victim but a survivor now that Burrage has been convicted of attacking her. Now she looks forward to no longer being afraid. Last week, Mary confronted Burrage in court at his trial for the assault which happened a year ago in her Coeur d’Alene home/KXLY. More here.
DFO: Years ago, I attended church with the convicted man and his family. He was a little kid then. I didn’t know his family or him well. But I was still fairly surprised when I learned he was involved in this heinous crime. His mother and siblings are of good stock. I feel for the victim and the Burrage family today. I doubt that this wayward son will be seeing freedom any time soon.