Sexual Assault in the News

News Channel 25 reports:

A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Congress that would ease requirements for military sexual assault victims to qualify for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The Ruth Moore Act 2015 (S. 865 / H.R. 1607) was introduced by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) and Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME1) in late March. 

Stars & Stripes reports:

Federal investigators have ended a review of Virginia Military Institute's handling of sexual violence complaints, officials said Wednesday.

A spokesman for the college, Stewart MacInnis, said the government found insufficient evidence to support allegations that VMI mishandled a sexual assault report.

Fix News reports:

Officials at the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) said they will look into allegations that American Army personnel and military contractors sexually assaulted women and girls in Colombia.  This is based on an 800-page report recently released claiming that more than 50 women and girls were raped between 2003 and 2007 by U.S. personnel.

**You may remember the recent Rolling Stones article about a UVA rape allegation.  The media blindly go where lead.  Sexual assault is a serious problem, but some advocates think nothing of "using" the media to advance a meme.  They care little for truth, honesty, and getting it right.  Thus we now have a fraternity and others trashed in the news---wrongly trashed.

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Hall & Hall, Patients who make false allegations: the role of the forensic pysychiatrist. Journal of Pyschiatric Practice, September 2001, at 342. []

Discussion Paper: Solving the False Rape Claim Bias of Jurists, RINJ Foundation, available at, last viewed January 2015.