Violence & Crime

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    Testimony: California Legislature Assembly Bill AB 2501

    By Jordan Blair Woods
    September 2014

    On September 27, 2014, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 2501, legislation that prohibits the use of “gay panic” and “transgender panic” defenses to reduce murder charges to manslaughter in criminal trials. The passage of this bill makes California the first state in the country to prohibit the use of gay and transgender panic defenses through legislation. AB 2501 ensures that defendants cannot use gay and transgender panic defenses in an attempt to lower a charge from murder to manslaughter or to escape conviction in California.

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    The Sexual Victimization of Men in America: New Data Challenge Old Assumptions

    By Lara Stemple, Ilan H. Meyer
    April 2014

    Based on the analysis of large-scale federal agency surveys, men experience a high prevalence of sexual victimization, in many circumstances similar to the prevalence found among women. In one of the studies included in the analysis, the CDC found that an estimated 1.3 million women experienced nonconsensual sex, or rape, in the previous year. Notably, nearly the same number of men also reported nonconsensual sex. In comparison to the large number of women who were raped, nearly 1.3 million men were “made to penetrate” someone else.

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  • Two Models of the Prison: Accidental Humanity and Hypermasculinity in the L.A. County Jail

    By Sharon Dolovich
    January 2013

    Gay male and transgender women prisoners are vulnerable to sexual assault behind bars. Rather than ignoring the problem or confining members of these groups to solitary confinement, the L.A. County Men’s Central Jail segregates them into a special unit called “K6G.” Drawing on extensive interviews with K6G residents and with the officers in charge of the unit, Dolovich concludes that the K6G unit offers a plausible model, if not the only one, for protecting gay male and transgender women detainees from sexual assault.

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  • Sexual Orientation Disparities in History of Intimate Partner Violence: Results From the California Health Interview Survey

    By Naomi G. Goldberg, Ilan H. Meyer
    September 2012

    Bisexual women and gay men had elevated risks of experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV). For bisexual women, 95% of IPV annual incidents reported occurred outside a same-sex relationship. Almost all (97%) of the annual incidents of IPV incidents occurring to male victims involved a male intimate partner. Lesbians were not at higher risk for intimate partner violence.

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  • Comparison of Hate Crime Rates Across Protected and Unprotected Groups – An Update

    By Rebecca L. Stotzer
    May 2012

    New research based on FBI data show that gay men face higher rates of hate-motivated physical violence than lesbians, bisexuals or other federally protected groups with high rates of hate crimes. The study is the first to consider FBI data on hate crimes against lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals separately.

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  • Strategic Segregation in the Modern Prison

    By Sharon Dolovich
    July 2011

    Gay and transgender people are disproportionately vulnerable to sexual assault behind bars. Rather than ignoring the problem or confining members of these groups to solitary confinement while in custody, the L.A. County Jail segregates them into a special housing unit called “K6G.” Dolovich’s article, originally published in the American Criminal Law Review, carefully describes how detainees are identified for inclusion in K6G and responds to some constitutional and moral objections to “strategic segregation” based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

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  • Comparison of Hate Crime Rates Across Protected and Unprotected Groups

    By Rebecca Stotzer
    June 2007

    Sexual orientation and gender identity are not currently covered by federal hate crime laws. This analysis compares victimization rates for lesbian, gay, and bisexual individuals with groups already covered by hate crime laws.

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  • Constitutional Analysis of AB 1160: Validity of Due Process Challenges to Legislation Eliminating Gay and Trans Panic Defenses in California

    By R. Bradley Sears and Elizabeth Kukura
    February, 2005

    Would a statute that defined sufficient provocation for “sudden quarrel” or “heat of passion” to exclude gay and trans panic defenses violate defendants’ due process rights?

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  • The Real Story of U.S. Hate Crime Statistics: An Empirical Analysis

    By William B. Rubenstein
    June 2003

    Through the first careful empirical analysis, William Rubenstein constructs a different, more nuanced, story of Hate Crimes Statistics Act (HCSA) data: before September 11, three groups in the US – gay people, Jewish people, and African-Americans, in that order – reported by far the greatest number of hate crimes.

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  • Brief of Amici Curiae: Lawrence and Garner v. Texas

    By William Rubenstein and Pamela S. Karlan
    March 2003

    for the Supreme Court’s Review of Texas’ Sodomy Law, Lawrence and Garner v. Texas

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