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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2011
A teenage girl was kidnapped by four men in Woodlawn, driven to an unfamiliar location and sexually assaulted on Nov. 1, police said. At about 3 p.m. that day, the 15-year-old was walking in the 1800 block of Woodlawn Drive when men in a teal, four-door sedan approached, according to a statement Wednesday from the Baltimore County Police Department. Two of the men were wearing ski masks, police said. One of the unmasked men began talking to the victim, displayed a handgun and then forced her into the car, according to police.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
Every year on Maryland's college campuses, dozens of sexual assaults are reported to the authorities, duly logged, and reported to the public in an annual roundup. That such statistics are publicly accessible - they can be found at http://www.ope.ed.gov/security - is the result of a federal law named for Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered in her dorm in 1986. The data include murders, burglaries, robberies, aggravated assaults and other serious felonies.
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By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2010
A Milwaukee man was charged with second-degree assault and sex offense charges after Anne Arundel County Police say he sexually assaulted a woman in her Arnold home Wednesday afternoon. Officers responded to the 500 block of Norton Way at about 2:41 p.m. when the woman called police to report she had been assaulted. She told police that a man selling magazine subscriptions asked to use her bathroom and he assaulted her afterward. Police officers in the area arrested a man in the area matching the victim's description of the suspect.
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May 4, 2014
I appreciate the Sun's recent coverage of the issue of sexual assault on college campuses ( "New guidelines to battle sexual assault at colleges," April 29). Towson University is committed to preventing sexual assault and promoting the safest possible environment for our students. In addition to our strong commitment to address sexual assault, Towson University is one of the 10 institutions that formed The Maryland Collaborative. The Maryland Collaborative was established to reduce college drinking and related problems through the application of a range of evidence-based strategies.
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By Carrie Wells and John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
Responding to complaints that universities have fallen short in policing sexual assaults on their campuses, the White House announced a series of measures Tuesday intended to pressure college officials to step up efforts. The Obama administration wants universities to conduct "campus climate" surveys beginning next year and to clarify sexual assault policies so that victims know where to turn for help. The government is also creating a website, NotAlone.gov, that it says will help victims file federal complaints and access data on federal investigations.
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2011
A 14-year-old Odenton youth is facing attempted rape and other charges, Anne Arundel County police said this week, accusing him of sexually assaulting a female student in a bathroom at Arundel Senior High School, police said. Police said the student was charged Monday as a juvenile with attempted second-degree rape, second-degree sex assault and a second-degree sex offense. He was released to a relative, police said. Last Monday, school officials received an anonymous call alerting them to a possible sexual assault in a bathroom earlier in the day. A female student told police that she knew the student whom she said attacked her. andrea.siegel@baltsun.com Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
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By Andrea F. Siegel, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2010
A former Randallstown man was sentenced this week to 40 years in prison for the sexual assault in March 2009 of an employee at an Edgewater restaurant after she got off work, according to court records. Christopher Edward Taylor, 36, of Washington, D.C., was accused of forcing his way into the woman's car at gunpoint at about 11:30 p.m. March 31 after she left work at an Original Steakhouse, assaulting her and making her take him to an ATM to withdraw cash from her bank account.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | May 21, 2013
Bel Air Police say they are investigating an abduction and attempted sexual assault that began on the town's southwest side late the evening of May 14. At approximately 11 p.m., the victim, a woman in her mid-20s, reported stopping in the area of Marketplace Drive and Route 24 to help a man who was waving for help along the roadside, the Bel Air Police Department said in a news release issued Friday morning. According to the release, the man forced his way into the victim's car and drove to a location in Abingdon or Edgewood "where he attempted to sexually assault the victim.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
A 25-year-old man suspected in multiple sexual assaults and robberies, including one last week, has been arrested, police said. Police arrested Bernard Burton, of the 2000 block of E. Baltimore St., Feb. 12 on an open warrant in a sexual assault in the 100 block of N. Rose St., from July of 2012, police said. A police spokesman did not know how long the warrant had been open. A DNA test linked Burton to a more recent sexual assault and robbery in the 2800 block of E. Fairmount Ave., on Monday of last week, police said.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | September 11, 2013
A woman was groped last week on an east Columbia footpath, marking the fourth similar type of sexual assault in that area in a four-week span, according to Howard County Police. Police believe all four incidents, on footpaths in Owen Brown and Long Reach, were committed by the same man. In the series of incidents, which occurred on Aug. 7, Aug. 9, Aug. 25 and Sept. 5, the suspect is described by police as a black man, 5 feet 10, between 150 and 170 pounds with short black hair and in his 20s. “We are taking our response to these incidents very seriously and have implemented a coordinated response including an increased patrol presence and a thorough criminal investigation,” police spokeswoman Mary T. Phelan said in a statement Tuesday.
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By Carrie Wells, Erica L. Green and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
The Johns Hopkins University has come under fire for not disclosing to the campus an alleged rape at a fraternity house, leading a group of students to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education and others to stage a protest Friday. Amid the pressure, President Ronald J. Daniels said Friday that the university would immediately begin an independent review of how the case was handled, and officials pledged "scrupulous self-examination. " Officials also defended their commitment to campus safety.
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By Carrie Wells and John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
Responding to complaints that universities have fallen short in policing sexual assaults on their campuses, the White House announced a series of measures Tuesday intended to pressure college officials to step up efforts. The Obama administration wants universities to conduct "campus climate" surveys beginning next year and to clarify sexual assault policies so that victims know where to turn for help. The government is also creating a website, NotAlone.gov, that it says will help victims file federal complaints and access data on federal investigations.
NEWS
April 29, 2014
The horrifying statistics on rape and sexual assault on college campuses in this country speak for themselves. Studies show that about one in five undergraduate women has experienced such an attack or an attempted attack at some point during their college years, but only 12 percent of incidents are reported. Why is justice so difficult to find in what is supposed to be a protected and enlightened atmosphere of a college or university? Advocates say there are numerous institutional barriers that discourage reporting, including administrators who treat reports of sexual assault with disbelief and on-campus judicial systems that are difficult for a victim to navigate.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
A lawsuit filed by Maryland basketball player Dez Wells against Xavier University last year was dismissed Thursday after a financial settlement was reached. The Cincinnati judge said the deal was "satisfactory to both parties. " Peter Ginsberg, Wells' New York-based attorney, declined comment. Wells could not be reached for comment. Wells sued his former school for defamation and violation of his right for a fair hearing after he was expelled from the university after his freshman year.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | April 9, 2014
Nearly 400 activists are planning to stage a protest at Artscape this year and they'll be leaving their pants at home. The members of the group " No Pants, No Problem ," will be strolling through the arts festival sans pants to show support for victims of sexual assault. "I wanted to do something meaningful that spoke out against victim blaming and shaming," said Brittney-Elizabeth Williams, 27, who is organizing the protest with her sister, a burlesque performer who goes by Bunny Vishsus.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2014
Police are asking residents in a Northeast Baltimore neighborhood to be on the lookout for a man suspected of sexually assaulting two women inside their homes. The suspect is believed to have sexually assaulted two women in their 20s in separate incidents in the last 15 months in the 3400 block of Mary Avenue in the Glenham-Belhar neighborhood. Police said the suspect is heavyset, male, black with a dark complexion, and was seen wearing a construction vest and knit hat. Anyone with information can call the Sex Offense Unit at 410-396-2076.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2012
The sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl reported Sunday to authorities in Anne Arundel County is unfounded, police said Friday. The reported sexual assault allegedly occurred on Feb. 14 after the girl left her Pasadena elementary school, according to a statement released Tuesday from Anne Arundel County Police. It had been reported that shortly after 3 p.m. the girl was heading home from Lake Shore Elementary by walking through the Riding Woods neighborhood when a man "grabbed her and pulled her into a wooded area," according to the statement.
NEWS
March 27, 2014
If this coming November Maryland Republicans look back at the election results and wonder what went wrong, they may want to start with Thursday's vote by the House of Delegates in which every member of their party in attendance voted against a bill to ban discrimination against transgender individuals in employment, housing and public accommodations. That's not a shock, but it's still a disappointment. It appears GOP delegates in the Free State are taking a cue from their right-wing peers in the U.S. House of Representatives and opposing equal accommodations for a group often targeted for violence and discrimination.
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By Pamela Wood and Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
A former Navy football player was found not guilty Thursday of sexually assaulting a fellow midshipman at an off-campus party in Annapolis two years ago in a case that has drawn national scrutiny to the elite training ground for future officers of the Navy and Marine Corps. Allegations that Midshipman Joshua Tate and two teammates had sexual contact with the woman while she was too intoxicated to consent have helped fuel the debate over the prosecution of sexual assaults in the military.
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