Violent Crime

Rally at UVA

Nov 20, 2014

About 700 people rallied at the University of Virginia responding to reports of sexual violence on campus. 

Students and faculty gathered on short notice for a protest organized by the Middle Eastern and Islamic Student Association.  A member of that group, Ahmad Intesar, proposed the gathering after seeing a story in Rolling Stone Magazine, recounting, among other things, the gang rape of a freshman at the prestigious Phi Kappa Psi fraternity.

While the disappearance of UVa student Hannah Graham is not the reason why Governor McAuliffe has created a Task Force on Combating Campus Sexual Violence, the ongoing search for her  puts a name and face on the issue of student safety. 

The task force chairman, Attorney General Mark Herring, says national statistics on the problem are appalling, and addressing it is long overdue.

Both the Governor and Herring spoke during the first meeting of the task force and emphasized that campus sexual violence must end.

The disappearance of Hannah Graham reminds parents of the need to warn their kids about dangers in the world, but it’s not an easy job  -- especially as children grow into young adults.  Experts in the field of psychology say it might be a good idea to teach kids the “P” word. 

When members of the so-called Islamic state began beheading American and British journalists and aid workers, recording and posting the executions online, one mother pleaded publicly with them to spare her son.  That plea failed, perhaps because the killers are psychopaths or sociopaths.

Seven years ago, after the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech, an outpouring of sympathy came to Blacksburg from around the world.

Much of it, in the form of objects:  candles, cards, letters, stuffed animals and works of art.  Archivists at the university have carefully cataloged and preserved these sacred objects, some of which will be on display for the first time this week.

While not all bills to crack down on human trafficking in Virginia have survived the halfway point in the General Assembly, lawmakers believe they've made progress in battling what's now considered one of the fastest—if not the fastest—growing financial crime worldwide.

They have agreed that this is not a partisan issue.  Lawmakers were able to work across both chambers and party lines to develop new guidelines to assist victims and law enforcement officials. 

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