Brock Turner sought 'outercourse' with victim, says lawyer for ex-Stanford student

A lawyer for Brock Turner, the former Stanford student convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, argued in court during an appeal hearing that his client was seeking “outercourse” with his victim.

The attorney’s appeal of the high-profile case, which led to international outrage after Turner received a lenient sentence in 2016, advanced in a California court this week, with an unusual legal claim that experts said was shocking and hurtful to survivors of sexual violence.

The worst reason to condemn Roy Moore

University of Kansas Law professor Corey Rayburn Yung says that the Roy Moore's take on the case Higdon v. Alabama was not dishonorable. "Force with a child is arguably different than force with an adult because of size, power, and maturity,' Yung said, but Alabama law does not reflect this commonsense distinction. So the state Supreme Court chose to fix the problem by effectively redefining force in cases of child sexual abuse. That may be an honorable undertaking. But there is nothing dishonorable about Moore’s insistence that the legislature fix its own mistakes."

Could Harvey Weinstein go to jail?

Harvey Weinstein could face five to 25 years in prison on sexual assault charges if the latest abuse allegations are tried in criminal court, legal experts said. Harvey Weinstein has been accused of sexual assault and rape by women across the globe. Lucia Evans, a former aspiring actor, has claims against him that could rise to the level of a felony charge under New York Laws. KU Law professor Corey Rayburn Yung commented on the case, saying that prosecutors could argue the case based on Evan's testimony and by establishing that Weinstein has a "pattern" of this behavior.

Reporting Rape

"When one Kansas City woman went public and reported her rape to the police, she found out most of her friends were also victims. She also found that they would never tell the police.

A look at what happens when you report a rape in our area.

Guests:

Sexual assault under-reported in on U.S. college campuses: study

"Researchers looked at data about on-campus sexual assaults reported by 31 large private and public universities and colleges during audits by the federal government. During the audits, the number of reported sexual assaults rose an average of 44 percent compared to previously reported figures.

After the audits ended, the reported number of sexual assaults fell to pre-audit levels. This finding suggests that some schools provide accurate statistics about sexual crimes only when they're under government scrutiny, according to the study.

Panelists at discussion on sexual violence condemn harmful media messages on rape

"Harmful media messages on rape abound, University of Kansas law professor Corey Rayburn Yung told an audience of about 30 people Wednesday at the Watkins Museum of History, going so far as to say that classic cartoon character Pepé Le Pew is a rapist who perpetuates a harmful view of male sexual aggression.

Yung was part of a panel discussion on sexual violence that explored such topics as how the media reports on sexual violence, what friends and family can do for victims and a few local solutions."

When Detectives Dismiss Rape Reports Before Investigating Them

"Across the country, some police departments claim a vast number of rape reports are false. A BuzzFeed News investigation into a year of “unfounded” rapes in Baltimore County reveals that detectives often don’t investigate them at all — even when the man had been arrested for rape before.

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'The problems Baltimore County police have in handling rape cases are are emblematic of what goes on in police departments across the country,' said Corey Rayburn Yung, a law professor at University of Kansas School of Law, who studies policing and rape nationwide."

How Police Still Fail Rape Victims

"Last week, the Department of Justice released a scathing report of the Baltimore City Police Department, concluding that officers were pervasively abusing their power in bluntly racist and gender-biased ways. 'We found that [the police department] has engaged in a pattern or practice of serious violations of the U.S. Constitution and federal law,' wrote Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division, 'that has disproportionately harmed Baltimore's African-American community and eroded the public's trust in the police.'

Child Porn Gets Longer Sentences than Rape, Molestation

"Defendants who commit sexual contact crimes, such as rape or molestation against children, often receive lighter sentences than those charged with possessing child pornography, academics agreed. That discrepancy can be attributed to money and quality of evidence, they said.

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Federal crimes for child pornography are relatively new, said Corey Rayburn Yung, a professor at University of Kansas School of Law. 

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