WBEZ | sexual assault http://www.wbez.org/tags/sexual-assault Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Patrick Kane speaks as Blackhawks open up training camp http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-18/patrick-kane-speaks-blackhawks-open-training-camp-112980 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/patrick kane ap.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>If there&rsquo;s one thing we know about the Patrick Kane situation it&rsquo;s that we&rsquo;ll know more later.</p><p>Blackhawks team president John McDonough repeatedly told reporters at a press conference Thursday that the team was unable to answer questions at this time about the team&rsquo;s star winger who&rsquo;s alleged to have sexually assaulted a woman in early August. Kane was also at the press conference. He said he&rsquo;ll be absolved but didn&rsquo;t say much more.</p><p>The event was held to mark the official opening of Blackhawks training camp in South Bend. WBEZ&rsquo;s sports contributor <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Cheryl Raye Stout</a> was at the press conference and joins us with the details.</p></p> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 11:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-18/patrick-kane-speaks-blackhawks-open-training-camp-112980 Morning Shift: September 3, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-03/morning-shift-september-3-2015-112826 <p><p>We delve into the big news that broke overnight that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is mulling the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-03/mayor-emanuel-ask-mega-property-tax-hike-112822">largest property tax increase</a> in modern Chicago history.</p><p>Then, there&rsquo;s just a few more days of summer vacation for a good number of kids who&rsquo;ll be returning to class on Tuesday after Labor Day. Lots of college students are already back at school and did you know the period between fall semester and Thanksgiving for them is called the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-03/new-school-year-unfortunately-means-new-accusations-sexual">Red Zone</a>? That&rsquo;s because more sexual assaults happen on U.S. college campuses during that period than at any other time during the school year. We hear why that is and what&rsquo;s being done to help young men <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-03/teaching-young-men-fight-rape-culture-112824">change certain attitudes about masculinity</a> &mdash; attitudes many argue can lead to sexual assaults.</p><p>And there is a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-03/cps-students-start-production-company-englewood-tech-hub-112823">group of students </a>who attend Chicago&rsquo;s Simeon Career Academy who helped start a web production company. They hope their move encourages other young black students to become entrepreneurs.</p><p>We wrap up the show with the story of Chicago businessman and philanthropist <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-03/new-film-focuses-local-leader-who-make-waves-civil-rights-movement">Julius Rosenwald</a>. There&rsquo;s a new documentary chronicling his involvement with Sears, Booker T. Washington and African American arts.</p></p> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-03/morning-shift-september-3-2015-112826 New school year unfortunately means new accusations of sexual assaults http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-03/new-school-year-unfortunately-means-new-accusations-sexual <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/notre dame Paul J Everett.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Red Zone is the term used to describe the period from the start of the fall semester through Thanksgiving break when college students are most at risk of being sexually assaulted. School has been in session for less than two weeks and the University of Notre Dame has already seen two reports of sexual assault on campus and one of sexual battery. The news comes just as the university launched &ldquo;Green Dot,&rdquo; a new sexual assault education program. In the wake of the alleged incidents, St. Joseph County Prosecutor Ken Cotter urged anyone who has been sexually assaulted to report the crime. Here with more details on this story is <a href="http://www.abc57.com/story/29926697/two-rapes-one-sexual-battery-reported-for-notre-dame-opening-weekend">ABC 57 reporter</a> Caleigh Bourgeois.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-03/new-school-year-unfortunately-means-new-accusations-sexual Teaching young men to fight rape culture http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-03/teaching-young-men-fight-rape-culture-112824 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/z center.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Sadly, the recent allegations at Notre Dame are all too familiar.</p><p>According to one survey, as many as one in five female college students will experience a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault before she graduates. In most cases, the perpetrator is one of her male classmates. Now, there are plenty of programs, books and self defense classes that set out to teach women how to stay safe on campus. But we rarely hear about what&rsquo;s being done to teach college aged men to not be a sexual predator.</p><p>There&rsquo;s a relatively new program in north suburban Gurnee called &ldquo;Unmasking Masculinity,&rdquo; and its goal is to &ldquo;rebuild what it means to be a man.&rdquo; The program was developed by Danielle Gordon, who&rsquo;s with Gurnee&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.zcenter.org/">Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center</a>. She joins the program to talk more about how young men can change themselves to root out rape and sexual assault.</p></p> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 12:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-03/teaching-young-men-fight-rape-culture-112824 Morning Shift: September 1, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-01/morning-shift-september-1-2015-112793 <p><p>Today we take a look at how <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-01/understanding-legal-aspects-chicago%E2%80%99s-recent-high-profile-sports">coverage of sports figures</a> has changed over the years, in light of recent sexual assault allegations against two of Chicago&#39;s biggest sports names: Patrick Kane and Derrick Rose.</p><p>We also turn the way-back machine to 1995 and 2001...that&rsquo;s when parents in two Chicago neighborhoods went on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-01/looking-back-outcomes-chicagos-other-hunger-strikes-over-community">hunger strikes</a> to get new schools for their kids &mdash; it&rsquo;s a scene being repeated now in an effort to save Walter H. Dyett high school in Chicago&rsquo;s Washington Park neighborhood. We check in with Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garicia who played a role in the &#39;95 and &#39;01 strikes, and get his take on the current one.</p><p>And speaking of Dyett...<em>its</em> story, not the city&rsquo;s spending priorities...<a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-01/dyett-hunger-strike-took-center-stage-first-city-budget-hearing">took center stage</a> at the first city budget hearing last night. WBEZ&rsquo;s Lauren Chooljian recaps the meeting.</p><p>And the world renowned Chicago chamber music ensemble <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-01/world-renowned-chamber-group-eighth-blackbird-begins-residency-mca">Eighth Blackbird</a> is in with a preview of the group&rsquo;s residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art, which begins today and runs through June.</p></p> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-01/morning-shift-september-1-2015-112793 Understanding the legal aspects of Chicago’s recent high-profile sports star allegations http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-01/understanding-legal-aspects-chicago%E2%80%99s-recent-high-profile-sports <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/kane APfile.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>There&rsquo;s a scene from the movie Men in Black where the Tommy Lee Jones character stops at a newsstand and starts buying up all the tabloids. He tells his partner that&rsquo;s where the real important stories are. That played out in real life when the National Enquirer became the first publication to report on sports star OJ Simpson&rsquo;s domestic violence incidents with his then wife Nicole Simpson. Of course we all know what unfolded later.</p><p>So how has sports reporting changed since then when it comes to news made by athletes off the field? We thought we&rsquo;d talk about that today in light of the recent sexual assault allegations against two of Chicago&rsquo;s biggest stars. So far, neither Bulls point guard Derrick Rose nor Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane have been charged with any wrongdoing. Joining us to break down the details of the allegations and how they&rsquo;ve been covered is ESPN.com senior writer and legal analyst Lester Munson and WBEZ&rsquo;s Cheryl Raye Stout.</p></p> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 12:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-01/understanding-legal-aspects-chicago%E2%80%99s-recent-high-profile-sports SlutWalk 2015 descends on Chicago http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-24/slutwalk-2015-descends-chicago-112712 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/slut walk David Shankbone.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Rape can&rsquo;t be explained away or excused based on what the victim was wearing. That&rsquo;s the key message of, and reason for, the annual event known as SlutWalk. Participants shine a light on everything from rape culture to sexual harassment to body shaming and more, and work to create a community to fight it. Saturday marked the 5th &ldquo;Slutwalk&rdquo; here in Chicago. HIT 8-24 Slutwalk Chant INTRO One of this year&rsquo;s featured speakers was Kara Crutcher. Crucher is the woman behind Courage Campaign, fighting sexual harassment on the CTA. She&rsquo;s here now to talk about what went down and what she&rsquo;s doing.&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 24 Aug 2015 10:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-24/slutwalk-2015-descends-chicago-112712 Morning Shift: College students want bigger conversation about sexual assault on campus http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-12-09/morning-shift-college-students-want-bigger-conversation-about <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/BobMical.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We take a look at how college kids talk about sexual assault with their administration and how the topic of rape is handled on some campuses. And, we hear about Chicago police tactics through the years. Plus, the sounds of Chicago indie band Fort Frances.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-114/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-114.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-114" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: College students want bigger conversation about sexual assault on campus" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 07:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-12-09/morning-shift-college-students-want-bigger-conversation-about Why does sexual assault happen in public spaces in Egypt? http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-16/why-does-sexual-assault-happen-public-spaces-egypt-110350 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP449379976098.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last week Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El Sisi visited the hospital room of a woman who was assaulted in Cairo&#39;s Tahrir square during an election celebration. We&#39;ll talk to an Egyptian sociologist about why such public sexual assaults are on the rise in Egypt.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-19/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-19.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-19" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Why does sexual assault happen in public spaces in Egypt?" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-06-16/why-does-sexual-assault-happen-public-spaces-egypt-110350 Neglected rape kits require Cook County victims to recount assaults http://www.wbez.org/news/neglected-rape-kits-require-cook-county-victims-recount-assaults-108479 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/robbins.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Cook County sheriff&rsquo;s office wants victims of as many as 201 unsolved rapes in south suburban Robbins to come forward and tell their stories, again.</p><p>That&rsquo;s because Robbins police didn&rsquo;t properly investigate them the first time.</p><p>Earlier this year the Cook County sheriff&rsquo;s office discovered 201 rape kits - dating back to 1978 - in a disorganized evidence locker in the Robbins police station.</p><p>One-hundred-and-fifty of the rape kits had been analyzed by state police, but Robbins police never conducted any further investigation. The other 51 hadn&rsquo;t even been sent to the state crime lab for testing.</p><p>&ldquo;Nationally the issue of untested rape kits is a big one &hellip;. But what we&rsquo;re talking about here is something more challenging. This department had sent in the kits but then never worked the results,&rdquo; sheriff spokeswoman Cara Smith said.</p><p>Robbins Mayor Tyrone Ward and police Chief Melvin Davis took over in May, about two months after the rape kits were found. At a press conference yesterday they stressed that the neglected rape kits were failures of past administrations, and did not reflect on their leadership.</p><p>Davis said he has replaced a quarter of the village&rsquo;s police department.</p><p>After he was hired, Davis said he conducted interviews with all of the officers, and determined that six of the 24 patrol officers weren&rsquo;t suited for the job. He also brought in new leadership.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve established a new command staff and we are making sure that all safeguards are in place to make sure this never happens again,&rdquo; Davis said.</p><p>Ward also promised that the underlying issues that led to the rape kits being neglected had been addressed. But he stopped short of promising more resources for the beleaguered police department.</p><p>&ldquo;You shouldn&rsquo;t work based on your salary, you should work based on your heart,&rdquo; Ward said.</p><p>Right now, the town of about 5,400 residents has two full-time officers - in addition to the command staff - and 24 part timers.</p><p>Davis said they are planning to transition three more officers into full-time roles.</p><p>The uninvestigated rape kits were discovered in March after a probe by the Cook County sheriff&rsquo;s office.</p><p>The sheriff&rsquo;s office took over the investigations and now is asking for help solving the sexual assaults the kits are tied to.</p><p>Smith said the condition of the kits was so bad that at least seven are water-damaged and unusable. And she said there are police reports for &ldquo;very few&rdquo; of the rape kits.</p><p>That&rsquo;s why she pleaded with victims to come forward to help investigators piece together what little information they have.</p><p>&ldquo;We may in some cases need to put together the case from the very beginning,&rdquo; Smith said.</p><p>Smith said the sheriff&rsquo;s office is pleased with the steps the new Robbins administration has taken. As for the old administration, she said in the six months since the rape kits were discovered she has never heard an explanation for how the kits went ignored.</p><p>&ldquo;In some of these cases we may be left saying [to the victim], we don&rsquo;t have an explanation for why it happened, but today we believe you and we&rsquo;ve done everything we could to try and bring justice to you,&rdquo; Smith said.</p><p>The sheriff&rsquo;&rsquo;s office and the office of the Cook County State&rsquo;s Attorney&rsquo;s are both trying to figure out a way to bring charges in the old sexual assault cases. The statute of limitations has run out on most of them.</p><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s nuances in the law depending on the age of the victim, the age of the crime, if DNA was uploaded, &ldquo; Smith said. &ldquo;So we have to kind of put those pieces together for each one of these, but we are certainly going to have cases where we can&rsquo;t bring charges, and that&rsquo;s a crime in and of itself.&rdquo;</p><p><em>Patrick Smith is a WBEZ reporter. Follow him <a href="http://twitter.com/pksmid" target="_blank">@pksmid</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 14:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/neglected-rape-kits-require-cook-county-victims-recount-assaults-108479