Category Archives: Sex Offenses

Where Is the Justice for Juvenile Sexual Assault Victims?

Approximately 44% of sexual assault victims are under the age of 18.  Further, 60% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police, and 97% of rapists will never spend a day in jail.  After reviewing a couple recent cases, it is easy to see why sexual assaults are not routinely reported to the police. […]

The Double Standards of Slut-Shaming

So, imagine you’re a teenage boy. You’re at a concert. A really drunk girl has been flirting with you for a few minutes. All of a sudden, she offers to perform oral sex on you. Right there. In the middle of the concert. You happily accept. While she is pleasuring you, you put your hands […]

UH Law Professor comments on Houston case involving 12-year-old convicted of felony

    In Houston, a 12-year-old girl was recently convicted of a felony for taking a photograph of a classmate in a locker room. Professor Marrus, from the University of Houston Law Center, was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article covering the case. Following quoted from Houston Chronicle article: ‍University ‍of ‍Houston ‍law professor Ellen Marrus […]

After Ohio Kidnapping Victims’ Escape, Spotlight Grows on Human Trafficking

The escape of Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus, and Amanda Berry – the three women allegedly held captive by Ariel Castro for over ten years in Cleveland, Ohio – has rekindled national interest in the scope and pervasiveness of both kidnapping and human trafficking. The women, who were in their mid-teens and early twenties when kidnapped, […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

National Juvenile Defender Center releases Trial Manual for Defense Attorneys in Juvenile Delinquency Cases  Schaible Children to Get Court Ordered Medical Care, The Philadelphia Enquirer Herbert and Catherine Schaible’s seven [remaining] children were placed in temporary foster care after the couple told police they did not bring their 8-month-old, Brandon, to a doctor when he […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

More Harm Than Good: Exempt Youth Sex Offenders from Registration Laws, Human Rights Watch Harsh public registration laws often punish youth sex offenders for life and do little to protect public safety, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. A web of federal and state laws apply to people under 18 who have […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Judge Finds Ohio High School Football Players Guilty of Raping Girl, Chicago Tribune STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (Reuters) – Two high school football players from Ohio were found guilty on Sunday of raping a 16-year-old girl at a party last summer while she was in a drunken stupor in a case that gained national exposure through social […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Amended juvenile justice law hits snag, BusinessMirror In the Philippines, the bill amending the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006 hit a snag at the bicameral conference committee on Monday when senators failed to reach an agreement with their House counterparts on lowering the age of discernment to 12 years old but only for heinous […]

Thursday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Boy Kills Neo-Nazi Dad: Protecting Family or Premeditated Murder?, LA Times The fate of a 12-year-old boy charged with killing his neo-Nazi father now rests in the hands of a Riverside County Superior Court judge who must decide whether the youngster knew what he did was wrong, and what should be done with him. The […]

Wednesday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Check out this short video Talking Justice: Talking Sense, by the Penal Reform Trust in the U.K.: http://www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk/TalkingJustice Juvenile Justice Reforms Should Incorporate Science of Adolescent Development, Medicalexpress.com Legal responses to juvenile offending should be grounded in scientific knowledge about adolescent development and tailored to an individual offender’s needs and social environment, says a new report […]

Monday’s Children and the Law News Roundup

Groups Split on Juvenile Justice Bill, WyomingNews.com Advocates and criminal justice officials are at odds over a bill that could allow counties to bypass community juvenile service boards when applying for grants. Attorney Seeks Transfer of Murder Case to Juvenile Court, JournalStar.com The attorney for a Lincoln man accused of shooting a man to death […]