In the wake of the #MeToo movement and Kavanaugh hearings, men across the United States worried aloud about the impact of false claims of rape or sexual assault. What happens, they wondered, if everyone believes the women by default? How many men’s lives could be ruined?
In Shakespeare’s famous play, Romeo and Juliet are young lovers from families at war with each other. They meet, fall in love, find their love shaken by a series of violent incidents and die tragic deaths. Also, they’re young. Very young. We don’t know Romeo’s exact age, but Juliet was 13.
What do you get when you combine cameras and text messages? The answer, it appears, is sexting. Sexting is everywhere. And it can present real dangers for those who aren’t careful.
It's an ugly thought--the idea of some quiet, middle-aged man sitting in the dark somewhere while watching children subjected to sex acts. In fact, it's such a sickening thought that Indiana has strict child porn laws to protect children from such situations. However, these laws can backfire when people are falsely accused.
How do you prove that someone is guilty of a crime? In the United States, you need to show juries enough evidence to convince them of a person's guilt beyond all reasonable doubt. But what is reasonable?
News reports about sex crimes are shocking to the public, especially when they involve minors. Furthermore, people are outraged when they hear about priests who are accused of sexually abusing minors, and of the Catholic Church's history of covering up these allegations.
State and federal investigators have a lot of high-tech tools at their disposal when searching for evidence of child pornography and related sex crimes. In the recent arrest of an Indiana man on child pornography charges, the FBI used one very low-tech tool: a so-called electronic detection canine.
Facebook, the popular internet site, has been coming under attack for its failure to protect users of the site. An Indiana man was recently been charged with using Facebook to further his attempts to solicit two minor girls for improper purposes.
Those accused of rape are often subjected to humiliation and social castration. In fact, there are many people accused of rape who are actually innocent. However, the social stigma surrounding a sex crime can wreak havoc in their lives, despite their innocence. It is for this reason that those accused of a sex crime require strong advocacy to make sure that the ill-effects of sex crime accusation are kept under check. This holds especially true when charges and arrests happen long after the alleged crime is committed.
Jim Morrison of The Doors was arrested in 1970 for indecent public exposure during a 1969 concert. At the trial, he was sentenced to six months in prison in addition to fines for being guilty of indecent exposure and open profanity. Morrison remained outside prison on a bond as he appealed the ruling. However, he died before the appeal could reach its verdict. Years later, in 2010, Morrison was granted a posthumous pardon by the court.