Student-Alumni Network & Begun Center Host “I AM EVIDENCE” Screening – October 24

October 10, 2018 / No Comments

Join the Mandel School of Applied Sciences Student-Alumni Network and the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education for the I AM EVIDENCE movie screening and discussion. The film is produced by the Joyful Heart Foundation and Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU) and exposes t...

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The Effects of Redlining in Cleveland Neighborhoods Still Felt Today: Connections Drawn from Sexual Assault Kit Research

July 17, 2018 / No Comments

Many of the Cleveland neighborhoods that banks “redlined” almost a century ago have some of the city’s highest rates of poverty and crime. Although the lending practice of rejecting mortgage applications in specific neighborhoods—more accurately, to minorities—was banned more than 50 years ago, t...

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Begun Center Research Identifies Previously Missing DNA Profiles & Solves Cold Cases

May 14, 2018 / No Comments

“It can’t only be Cuyahoga County that has the problem [of missing DNA profiles].” Rachel Lovell, PhD, of the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education weighed in on a Cleveland Plain Dealer story about the Owed DNA project on which the Begun Center is collabor...

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Serial Sex Offenders More Opportunistic Than Methodical: Rachel Lovell Interviewed by News 5 WEWS Cleveland

March 20, 2018 / No Comments

Journalist Homa Bash of News 5 Cleveland WEWS interviewed the Begun Center’s Rachel Lovell, PhD, who led the Center’s Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) investigation research team in analyzing more than 800 sexual assault kits from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, dating from 1993 to 2...

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Begun Center’s SAKI Team Gaining Better Understanding of Sexual Offenders

March 12, 2018 / No Comments

The Sexual Assault Kit Investigation team at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education has experts re-thinking what was previously believed about the patterns of serial rapists—that they don’t stick with the same modus operandi. Instead, offenders in reported rape cases appe...

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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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The Monument Quilt – Supporting Survivors of Rape and Abuse 10/11

September 26, 2017 / No Comments

The Begun Center’s Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) research team is helping host a free event on campus on Wed, Oct 11th, 2017 on the Quad (Euclid and Adelbert) — the Monument Quilt (see attached flyer for more info). The quilt will be displayed from 10-2. (In case of inclement weather, the quilt will b...

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Rachel Lovell to Speak at TEDxAkron on May 20

April 17, 2017 / No Comments

Dr. Rachel Lovell, Senior Research Associate at the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education, was one of the speakers at TEDxAkron on Saturday May 20th, 2017 at the Goodyear Theater in Akron, Ohio. WATCH: Challenging the Myths of Sexual Assault TEDx is “a program of local...

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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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Begun Center Awarded $465,000 as Evaluator for Sexual Assault Kit Task Force

October 5, 2015 / No Comments

The United States Department of Justice announced that the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and its partners will receive nearly $2 million over the next three years to accelerate the work of bringing rapists to justice, assisting the survivors of those crimes and changing the culture of law e...

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