In rural Mexico , Yolanda Méndez Torres lived in a society where sexual violence against girls often goes unreported and unpunished. In America , she joined legions of undocumented abuse victims who have little hope of finding justice. This narrative series chronicles Yolanda's crossing between the two worlds. Originally published in The Dallas Morning News (Dallas, TX), in Dec., 2006.
Resources for Sexual Violence
Unlike other journalists who have defied subpoenas recently, Miles Moffeit is not protecting a high-level government source or someone accused of a serious crime. He's protecting Leah Kaelin, an 18-year-old woman who says she was gang-raped at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas by four fellow airmen in June 2003.
Atlanta — The shielding of records about children in public care has "done more to harm children and protect adults than anything else," said Jane Hansen of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. She spoke on a panel on mental-health issues co-sponsored by the Dart Center at the Investigative Reporters and Editors conference in Atlanta.
Three women a day are killed in the U.S., most often by men who they once thought loved them, and who might argue that they still do. Three-quarters of American women over the age of 12 will become a crime victim. One-third of these will be violently assaulted, raped or robbed.
This week, a draft report on sexual abuse by clergy members indicated that even more claims have been made than previously thought. Here, ABC correspondent Ron Claiborne reflects on the struggle of survivors.
After all the loud debate about "public good" and "right to know," it is time to say the words that are best said quietly. The most important reason to refrain from publishing the names of women (and children and men) who report the crime of rape is a simple one: it hurts.