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Jacksonville sexual assault victims can soon go to a new location for forensic exams and other resources. It’s called the Sexual Assault Forensic Exam —  or “SAFE” center and Monday was its ribbon cutting.

A Florida lawmaker who opposes a bill to ban child marriage said Thursday that the current law allowing child rapists to marry girls they impregnate is well-crafted.

Parents Of Teen Girl Sue Fraternity Over Alleged Rape

Aug 6, 2017
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Court records show that the parents of a 16-year-old Florida girl are suing a University of South Florida fraternity for not doing enough to prevent rape.

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Florida authorities say new fingerprint technology helped them solve a 25-year-old rape case.

According to recent national reports, there are thousands of untested rape kits around the U.S.—leading to a backlog of unsolved cases. The Florida Legislature is now considering putting thousands of dollars into a statewide rape kit assessment.

Florida appears primed to extend the statute of limitations for rape charges.  The proposal is headed for the Senate floor, less than a week after passing the House unanimously.

This lack of prosecution in campus rape cases is a statewide phenomenon. Records collected from USF and eight other Florida universities found that prosecutions are nearly nonexistent. In 2012 and 2013, only two cases out of more than 50 reported have faced prosecution. Both of those cases involve the same suspect at Florida Gulf Coast University. Victim advocates and some state attorneys say the rate of prosecution for campus rapes is lower than sexual battery cases that happen outside the collegiate setting. Local prosecutors say uncooperative victims often stymie their efforts. They question whether investigators place too much responsibility on victims as a way to avoid pursuing difficult cases.

Suspect Detained in Rape Case of 5-year-old Girl

Jul 17, 2013

The Herald Tribune is reporting that the Sarasota Police Department has detained a suspect in the rape of a 5-year-old girl. A woman recognized the man in a convenience store's video where the man was buying candy for the girl.

Five years after she was raped, beaten and left for dead outside the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library, a Hillsborough County woman is sharing her story. Queena, as the Tampa Bay Times identifies her, was 18 when Kendrick Morris assaulted her in an attack that left her unable to walk, talk, see or eat on her own. On Saturday, Queena's family will launch JoinQueena.com, a website that documents her ongoing recovery. Morris, who is two years younger than Queena, is serving a 65-year state prison sentence.