L.A Archdiocese Agrees To $8 Million Settlement In Sex Abuse Case : NPR

From the article:

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $8 million to a teenager who was sexually abused and kidnapped by a teacher at her Catholic high school.

The teenager’s attorney, David Ring, said that the settlement — finalized by a court last week — is the largest that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has ever paid to a single victim, The Associated Press reports. Over the past 15 years, the archdiocese has paid more than $740 million in sexual abuse settlements.

Juan Ivan Barajas, then-athletic director and health teacher at San Gabriel Mission High School in San Gabriel, Calif., repeatedly sexually abused the student when she was 15 years old, according to a lawsuit filed in 2017. Barajas then kidnapped her and took her to Las Vegas, according to court documents reported by The Los Angeles Times.

Barajas was arrested in Nevada and is currently serving a six-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to felony statutory sexual seduction, the AP reports.

Source: L.A Archdiocese Agrees To $8 Million Settlement In Sex Abuse Case : NPR

I’m not a religious man, but you’d have to be blind not to have noticed the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal that has reached across the decades. the sheer volume of poof decisions the church has made, protecting pedophiles one the children they should have protected is awe inspiringly awful.

I am glad some victims are now getting justice, but I fear that only the most provable and egregious cases will get justice.


Women in Media Are Blacklisted for Filing Sex Harassment Suits

From the article:

It’s been nearly three years since Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a sexual harassment suit against then-CEO Roger Ailes, prompting a slew of similar high-profile suits and executive oustings both at Fox and at other major networks. Media’s MeToo moment is as visible as Hollywood’s, toppling giants like CBS’s Les Moonves, NBC’s Matt Lauer, and Charlie Rose. But the women who filed suits against them and men like them say they too are now paying a professional price.

Source: Women in Media Are Blacklisted for Filing Sex Harassment Suits

This is not new, and not limited to any particular profession. When I was a nurse, I remember my administrator telling me my pick for hiring was not going to work because she had heard the nurse I wanted had filed a sexual harassment claim at another facility. I was totally taken aback because there had been rumors about that guy for years, but it was the nurse that complained that I couldn’t hire. I was young, and just shocked and angry.

Predators get second chances, but their victims are often blacklisted and impacted for the rest of their life.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses Community Allegedly Kept a Secret Database of ‘Undocumented Child Molesters’ 

From the article:

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, which serves at the head of the Jehovah Witness organization, may have kept a database of tens of thousands of instances of child abuse and paid millions to keep them hidden.

Source: The Jehovah’s Witnesses Community Allegedly Kept a Secret Database of ‘Undocumented Child Molesters’ 

I’m not in that community, but I have a hazy memory of going down the internet rabbit hole a good decade ago about abuse in the Jehovah Witness community in a series of forums from ex-members.

It makes all this, and the lack of action on the churches part, kind of not shocking. The stories had a running theme of no justice for the victim, and the sexual predator being a known abuser.

I’m glad this is coming to light, and I hope the victims get justice.

Sexual Violence Is an ‘Inescapable Part of the Collective Migrant Journey’

From the article:

Sexual violence has “become an inescapable part of the collective migrant journey” for women who cross the border—and it doesn’t end once they enter the United States, as a new report from the New York Times makes painfully clear. From smugglers who exploit women making the journey north to Customs and Border Protection agents and Border Patrol officers who then use their authority to abuse women in their custody, the threat of violence can be ever present.

Source: Sexual Violence Is an ‘Inescapable Part of the Collective Migrant Journey’

This is  a risk to women, boys, queer folks, and anyone that can be victimized really.

This entire situation is constructed by our poor immigration policy.

Rape Charges Dropped Against NYPD Cops Who Had Sex With Teen

From the article:

According to the New York Daily News, former cops Richard Hall and Eddie Martins now face bribery and official misconduct charges for the September 2017 incident, in which they admitted to having sex with a teen identified as Anna Chambers after arresting her on a minor drug charge in Brooklyn.

Chambers, now 20, alleged the cops raped her, and DNA was found on her. The Brooklyn DA’s office, however, claimed Chambers made a number of “false, misleading and inconsistent statements,” including “false statements under oath,” which may have contributed to the dismissal. And though it is now (at long last) illegal for cops in New York to have sex with people in custody, that law did not exist in 2017. The age of consent in New York is 17.

Chambers’s lawyer, Michael David, told the New York Post it was “outrageous” that the DA’s office dropped the rape and kidnapping charges.

Source: Rape Charges Dropped Against NYPD Cops Who Had Sex With Teen

If I recall the case, she was handcuffed in a police vehicle when she was raped by both officers. She wasn’t the best witness, and they decided it wasn’t rape when two big police officers had her handcuffed in the back of that vehicle. How can you give consent in that situation?

Even worse, in 2017 it was not against the law for police in New York to fuck someone they had in custody. I mean the fact that they get off on these charges is enraging. She was 18 at the time, and although legally adult, I have a hard time imagining any woman managing to get out of that situation without being raped.

the rape and kidnapping charges were dropped but they are still facing bribery and official misconduct charges.


Judge Rules Prosecutors Violated Victims’ Rights in Jeffery Epstein Plea Deal  

From the article:

A judge has ruled that prosecutors, including Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, mislead victims and violated the law when they did not inform survivors that a plea deal would send millionaire Jeffery Epstein to jail for just 13 months after a federal probe into allegations that he sexually abused 80 women.

Source: Judge Rules Prosecutors Violated Victims’ Rights in Jeffery Epstein Plea Deal  

  • Pro: Judge Kenneth A Marra ruled the prosecutors bork the last by reaching an agreement with Epstein without informing the victims.
  • Con: The fucked up plea deal was not a violation of the law.

I was hoping for more actually.

Alva Johnson Files Lawsuit Against Donald Trump: Read Complaint

From the article:

A woman who worked on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign has alleged that he “forcibly kissed her” before a rally in Florida in August 2016, according to a new federal lawsuit filed on Monday. In her complaint, Alva Johnson, who is black, also alleges that the Trump campaign paid her less than white staffers.

Source: Alva Johnson Files Lawsuit Against Donald Trump: Read Complaint

This is not surprising. The man said he liked to do it because he could. It’s on tape.

Date Rape Drug Testing Is Totally Unreliable

From the article:

America’s system for date rape drug testing is riddled with flaws, according to a review of thousands of pages of lab manuals from every state across the country, as well as dozens of interviews with nurse examiners, toxicologists, law enforcement officials, advocates and lawyers. The testing equipment in some labs isn’t sensitive enough to detect substances at low concentrations, despite the fact that drugs break down quickly in the body, and it may be hours or even days before the victim has recovered sufficiently to report an assault. Other labs test only blood, even though evidence of drugs last much longer in urine, or don’t have the resources to test sexual assault cases at all.

More than 100 substances have been used in date rapes. Labs can’t develop tests quickly enough to keep up.
And some labs rely entirely on a type of drug screen so notoriously fallible that the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime recommends that it never be used in drug-facilitated sexual assault cases — noting that “false negative results” caused by its “insufficiently sensitive methods” risk bringing investigations to a premature end.

What constitutes a positive result differs widely from state to state. In Florida, a urine screen for opiates would come back negative if it showed less than 150 nanograms per milliliter. But if that same sample were tested in New Jersey’s state lab, for example, the results would be deemed positive — even down to as little as 10 nanograms per milliliter.

Source: Date Rape Drug Testing Is Totally Unreliable

I had no idea these tests were so unreliable, badly interpreted, and inconsistent. They commonly have negative results, despite actually being used on victims that have been drugged.