Category Archives: Sexual Assault

Updated Statistics Regarding Sexual Assaults In The Military

Many people believe that sexual assaults in the military remains a highly problematical issue.  In this site, this sexual assault issue has been featured a number of times, including the March 12, 2013 post titled “Sexual Assaults In The Military.”

Recently there have been newly updated statistics released regarding sexual assaults and other unwanted sexual contact in the military.  The new statistics are discussed in a number of media sources, including the December 3, 2014 Washington Post article titled “Number of U.S. troops filing reports of sexual assaults rises 8% in past year” as well as the December 3 USA Today article titled “Reports of unwanted sexual contact in military drop 27%.”

An excerpt from the Washington Post article:

The number of military service members who reported that they had been sexually assaulted rose by 8 percent over the past year, according to a new Defense Department report that is sure to add fuel to a debate in Congress over whether the military is effectively prosecuting sex crimes.

Despite the climb, the Pentagon cited progress on a number of fronts in its report, an annual assessment of its efforts to prevent sexual assault.

For instance, on the basis of an anonymous biannual survey of service members, the military estimated that 19,000 troops were victims of “unwanted sexual contact,” a definition that includes a wide variety of offenses. That figure was down sharply from an estimated 26,000 two years ago, but back at roughly the same level that was reported in 2010.

The recently released statistics also indicate that the number of troops reporting sexual assaults has increased, which is being interpreted by some as an increase in the reporting of (alleged) sexual assaults, as opposed to an increase in the number of (alleged) sexual assaults.

Additional details can be seen in the Washington Post and USA Today articles mentioned above, as well as other sources.

Woman Sexually Assaulted In Chicago’s Douglas Park

There has been a sexual assault in Douglas Park (Chicago’s West Side) Monday night, November 10, 2014.

According to Chicago Police, this sexual assault happened at approximately 11:30 p.m., after a 33-year-old woman who was walking south on Kedzie Avenue near West 19th Street asked a man for directions.  After the man instructed her to walk through Douglas Park, he followed her, grabbed her, and put something – which the woman thought was a weapon – to the back of her head.  At that point the man sexually assaulted the woman, then fled the area.

The suspect is described as being a black male, 25-35 years old, 5’9″ tall, with a thin build, brown eyes, and black hair.

Those with information concerning this sexual assault  are asked to contact Chicago Police Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8380.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the November 12, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Police alert after sexual assault in Douglas Park on West Side” as well as the November 12 article titled “Woman sexually assaulted in Douglas Park after asking man for directions, police say.”

Sexual Assault Along Chicago’s Lakefront

According to a Chicago Police alert, there was a sexual assault along Chicago’s lakefront Friday morning, October 31, 2014.

The sexual assault happened at 11:10 a.m., as a woman was jogging in the 5700 block of South Lake Shore Drive.

At that time, a man approached the jogger from behind and physically restrained her, and then sexually assaulted her.  According to Chicago Police, the rape happened in a “semi-secluded” area.

The assailant is described as a black male with medium complexion, 23-25 years old, 5’11”-6’00” tall, and weighing 150-160 lbs.  He had black hair with “twists” or short braids.  At the time of the sexual assault, the man was wearing a black and white camouflage zippered hooded sweatshirt, gray jeans and a dark knit hat.  The hat had long tie strings on each side.

Those with information concerning this Chicago sexual assault are asked to call the Chicago Police Area Central Detective Division at 312-747-8380.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the November 1, 2014 Chicago Tribune article titled “Man sexually assaults jogger on lakefront” as well as the November 1, 2014 CBS Chicago article titled “Woman Sexually Assaulted While Jogging Along Lakefront In Hyde Park.”

Wheeling Man Charged With Sexual Assault Of 16-Year-Old Girl

A Wheeling man has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

According to police, the man, Virgilio Carvajal-Mendoza, 24, of Wheeling, was charged with one count of criminal sexual assault and one count of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

Carvajal-Mendoza, in November 2013, allegedly provided alcohol to the girl until she was intoxicated, then drove her to an apartment complex where he sexually assaulted the girl as she went in and out of consciousness.

An excerpt from the September 26, 2014 article titled “Police:  Wheeling man sexually assaulted 16-year-old girl“:

The incident was reported in August and Carvajal-Mendoza , arrested Thursday, “provided statements to detectives indicating his involvement,” according to police.

Additional details and possible updates concerning this alleged Illinois sexual assault can be found in a variety of media sources, including the article mentioned above as well as the September 26 CBS Chicago article titled “Police:  Wheeling Man Sexually Assaulted Girl, 16.”

Sexual Assault Of Pregnant Woman Near Chicago State University

Additional details have been published with regard to the alleged sexual assault of a pregnant woman a few blocks from Chicago State University.

According to Chicago Police, the sexual assault happened at approximately 12:20 p.m. Wednesday (September 10, 2014) as a 24-year-old woman was at her car in the 9800 block of South Indiana.

At that time, an assailant put a steak knife to her throat and forced her to drive to a nearby alley.  After the man sexually assaulted the woman in the back seat of the car, he stole $160 from her, then locked her in the trunk, according to prosecutors.

The woman was able to escape from the trunk using a trunk release.

The assailant was arrested by Chicago Police Friday night.

He has been identified as Aaron T. Parks, 17, of Chicago.  He has been charged as an adult with aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping, and armed robbery.

At the time of the attack, Parks was under house arrest and wearing an electronic monitoring device for attempting a similar assault in July.

An excerpt from the September 14, 2014 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “No bail for teen accused of sexually assaulting CSU student“:

Last July, Parks allegedly got into a woman’s car and held a gun to her stomach, Novy said. That victim managed to flee and call police, she said.

Parks also was found guilty as a juvenile in June of attempted armed robbery, Novy said. He is awaiting sentencing.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Sun-Times article mentioned above, as well as the September 13 article titled “Teen charged with sexually assaulting CSU student.