The head of the Air Force's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response branch was arrested and charged over the weekend with sexual battery after he allegedly fondled a woman in a parking lot near the Crystal City Gentleman's Club and Restaurant in Arlington, Va.
Arbitrary violence is nothing new. The apparently systematic use of sexual assault against women protestors is new. I’m not aware of any reports of police intentionally grabbing women’s breasts before March 17, but on March 17 there were numerous reported cases, and in later nightly evictions from Union Square, the practice became so systematic that at least one woman told me her breasts were grabbed by five different police officers on a single night
Federal authorities filed the civil rights charge after a Jackson County judge placed Burgess on probation. Burgess had pleaded guilty in Jackson County Circuit Court to charges of statutory sodomy and sexual assault for his actions during the July 2007 incident.
Four journalists have filed complaints with Ontario's police watchdog, with allegations that police physically assaulted or threatened to sexually assault the females when they were arrested during the Toronto G20 summit.
“Don’t resist – you’ll just make it worse.” Until recently, the only people expected to make that demand of their innocent victims were rapists and police officers. Fortunately, women are no longer expected to submit to sexual assault, but rather to fight back by whatever means are available – unless the assailant is one of the State’s costumed enforcers, in which case resisting sexual assault would be a felony.
An Orlando police officer shot at an unarmed man with saggy pants during a confrontation last weekend because the cop thought the man was reaching for a gun. But the suspect said his belt broke and he was just trying to keep his pants from falling.
Kevin Lorenzo Brooks, 32, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — even though he was unarmed — after the confrontation with the officer Saturday.
A House subcommittee is set to shed new light on the problem of sexual assault in the military today, when it will hear testimony on sexual assault numbers, prevention and response as part of its ongoing investigation into the issue.
"A woman who signs up to protect her country is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire," said Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), who introduced a bill this summer to increase and encourage the investigation of prosecution of sexual assault and rape cases in the military and is attending today's hearing.