Sexual Assault Kit Project Work Spotlighted in Journal of Criminal Justice

January 10, 2018 / No Comments

New research published in the Journal of Criminal Justice explores the patterns of serial sex offenders, linking them via DNA testing. The article comes from the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education‘s sexual assault kit (SAK) project team, which includes Drs. Rachel L...

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Rape Kit Research at Begun Center to Expand with $858K from U.S. Department of Justice

January 5, 2017 / No Comments

A Mandel School research project that has become a national model for helping reshape how sexual assaults are investigated and prosecuted—including cases borne from rape kits 20-plus years old—will receive $858,324 from two new grants from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Since 2014, researc...

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Research reveals new insights into rapist behavior, assists rape investigations and prosecutions

June 29, 2016 / No Comments

New data challenges conventional wisdom about rape among scholars, advocates, police and prosecutors. The testing of nearly 5,000 forgotten and backlogged rape kits in Cuyahoga County has led to investigations, indictments, prosecutions—and, already more than 250 convictions. But besides bringing...

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