Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston won the Heisman Trophy this weekend, just over a week after the Florida state attorney announced that state would not be pressing charges against him in connection with an alleged rape. On Friday, The Dallas Morning News' Tim Cowlishaw penned a co ... More >>
At the end of September, researchers at Sam Houston State University's Crime Victims' Institute compiled a study of sexual assault resources offered by 74 Texas colleges and universities for the state legislature. The results were underwhelming. On the bright side, most of the schools had on-campus ... More >>
Ridicule Baylor University all you want. Mock the school for its 19th century social mores, for waiting until 1996 lift its dancing ban, for its campus-wide ban on alcohol, for being "guided by the understanding that basing "human sexuality is a gift from the creator God." Go for it. Just keep in mi ... More >>
In the wake of last month's hunt for a serial rapist targeting South Dallas, the smart money said that the first lawsuit would come from Alan Mason, the mild-mannered insurance salesman whose name and picture were plastered across the media after he was mistakenly identified by police as a "person o ... More >>
Anyone who frequents the escort section of backpage.com probably already knows this. Ditto for anyone who has given much thought to how police vice units are adapting to an era in which much of the sex trade is orchestrated online. It bears mentioning nonetheless: The Dallas Police Department is pos ... More >>
Van Dralan Dixson, the neighborhood watch volunteer accused of a string of rapes in South Dallas, was arrested in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, several local news outlets are reporting. Police announced Dixson as a suspect over the weekend after DNA evidence linked him to one of the assaults. Subsequent ... More >>
Dallas police haven't officially cleared Alan Mason, the man they identified as a "person of interest" in the recent string of nine rapes in the area around Fair Park, of wrongdoing. He's still in jail for violating his probation for driving while intoxicated. But any evidence suggesting his involve ... More >>
Police have arrested somebody they hope will turn out to be perpetrator of nine or more serial rapes in the area around Fair Park in South Dallas. Those rapes have sparked an important conversation about law enforcement in the city. Let's get down to brass tacks. The community in the area where th ... More >>
It's been just three months since an Iranian nephrologist named Dr. Alireza Atef-Zafarmand was named the best doctor in Dallas. He was also recognized for his "passionate and thorough work as well as his excellent training and experience in the field of nephrology." Those plaudits, impressive as th ... More >>
A Dallas County jury has found Donald Cuba not guilty of rape, The Dallas Morning News' Melissa Repko is reporting. Cuba, a 20-year-old junior, was accused of raping a fellow student in a dorm room early on the morning of February 10, 2012. As we wrote this morning, the trial has offered a few glim ... More >>
The 16-year-old girl who accused a former Highland Park baseball star of rape is now countersuing him in civil court. In March, after a grand jury declined to indict Ryan Romo on rape charges, the Romo family sued his accuser and her family, claiming, among other things, defamation and negligent ... More >>
It was the middle of the night when the girl, 12, peeked her head around her bedroom door and saw the man coming up the stairs. He was a stranger, tall and with a gap between his teeth. He made her take off her shirt before he tied her up and raped her at knifepoint amongst her stuffed animals. Then ... More >>
Speaking to reporters yesterday afternoon, Dallas Police Chief David Brown expressed confidence that the department had already solved the first of a string of three Lake Highlands rapes. The suspect was Fernando Munoz, 33, who police believed had broken into a Ferndale Road home in the early hours ... More >>
Yesterday at 11 a.m., Dallas police were called to Forest Lane Academy, a Richardson ISD elementary school, to investigate a sexual assault. They made no arrests, but they did classify the incident as an aggravated sexual assault and completed a report noting that the "susp[ect] penetrated juvenile ... More >>
On Sunday, the Morning News' Tanya Eiserer took a lengthy peek at DPD staffing trends; what she found can best be described as alarming. Over the past two years, the number of detectives assigned to work the city's most pressing crimes has plummeted by 46 percent. The number of homicide detectives ... More >>
The Church of the IV Majesties imploded two years ago in a very public way. The self-described Satanic church had been planning a staged exorcism at the Oklahoma City Civic Center. Then, a month before the event, the church's co-founders had a falling out. One of the founders, James Hale, outed the ... More >>
Lost Boys: New child-sex-trafficking research demolishes the stereotype of the underage sex worker.
Speaking of the innocent spending time behind bars ...Meet Hilliard Fields. On August 27, 1997, Fields, who was then in his mid-20s, told prosecutors he was guilty of sexually assaulting a minor. Fields was also facing an unrelated drug charge, and authorities told him: Look, just plead guilty to ... More >>
Photos by Patrick Michels About a hundred women and men rallied up at the JFK Memorial Plaza over the weekend for Dallas's very own SlutWalk, a stroll through downtown to fight the popular notion that it's fair to blame a woman for anything from cat-calls to sexual assault based on how she's dressed ... More >>
Afternoon, Friends of Unfair Park. Here I am in bristly cold City Hall prepared to bring you the latest in how Dallas is going to keep you safe. Or, how you're going to keep your damn selves safe with iWatch. Between that and Dwaine Caraway's magic crime-reducing cameras, we should be set. See so ... More >>
Mark GrahamJudge Lena LevarioJeff Carlton at the Associated Press was the one who, in July, first offered the story of Stephen Brodie -- the deaf man who, in 1991, was detained by Richardson police for stealing quarters out of a soda machine and ended up pleading guilty to the unsolved sexual ass ... More >>
One of several posters DPD sent today as part of its new Sexual Assault Prevention CampaignLed by Councilwoman Delia Jasso, a group of sexual assault resource centers and the Dallas Police Department held a press conference today at City Hall announcing the sexual assault awareness campaign that' ... More >>
Illustration by Andrea GrimesUpdate at 8:35 p.m.: The Dallas Police Department has sent a statement from Chief David Brown regarding his comments about the increase in the number of reported sexual assaults this year -- and the reaction to them. It reads, in full:Chief Brown wants to emphasize, " ... More >>
Both Dwaine Caraway and I hope you had a fantastic summer vacation, but it is now time to get down to business at today's Public Safety Committee meeting. First up, Dallas Police Chief David Brown's crime report, wherein he is happy to report that overall crime is down 6.1%, due perhaps to the su ... More >>
This morning, the Associated Press tells the tale of Stephen Brodie, a deaf inmate serving time in the TDCJ's Estelle Unit till 2012 -- and, quite possibly, yet another innocent man imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit. In 1991, Richardson police detained a 19-year-old Brodie for "stealing qua ... More >>
When it comes to sexual assault, victim-blaming is rampant on college campuses (and, well, elsewhere -- remember when it was this 15-year-old girl's fault she was gang raped in California last year?). Girls who wear certain clothing, drink too much alcohol or travel alone to parties are often believ ... More >>
Anand Jon Alexander with Paula Abdul, who he claimed as a clientMuch thanks to the many Friends of Unfair Park who've sent an update concerning the fate of fashion designer Anand Jon Alexander, about whom we first wrote in May 2007 in the paper version of Unfair Park. In that piece, several aspir ... More >>
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Andrew Jarecki captured the Friedmans, perhaps to free them
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The conference of bishops ignored "the elephant in the sacristy"
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Seeking help for depression, Martha Hurt turned to therapists. That's when her insanity truly began.
Sex offender David Rivera was willing to do almost anything to stay out of jail. Except masturbate.
Youth-soccer coach indicted for sexual assault of one his players
How a determined father found his abducted daughter