The Medill Justice Project's Study Shows Men Far More Likely Than Women to Be Accused of Violently Shaking Infants
EVANSTON, IL, Aug 27, 2013 (Marketwired via COMTEX) --
Men are nearly three times more likely than women to be accused of
violently shaking an infant, The Medill Justice Project reports in a
story published today on www.medilljusticeproject.org.
Out of nearly 3,000 cases nationwide, 72.5 percent of those accused
of shaken-baby syndrome crimes are men, while 27.5 percent are women,
The Medill Justice Project discovered in its first published finding
in more than a year of research on this largely opaque criminal
justice issue. Shaken-baby syndrome crimes involve caregivers who are
accused of inflicting severe head trauma on children, typically under
the age of 2, causing a triad of symptoms -- brain bleeding, brain
swelling and bleeding within the eye.
Experts interviewed about the gender discrepancy point to more than
one cause for why so many more men than women are accused of
shaken-baby syndrome crimes. With new national data on gender,
hospitals and advocacy organizations may be better equipped to
provide shaken-baby syndrome prevention resources to men and women.
Only a handful of major organizations target men and women
differently in their shaken-baby syndrome prevention efforts.
Working with undergraduate journalism students at Northwestern
University's Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing
Communications, The Medill Justice Project identified and confirmed
more than 3,600 cases of shaken-baby syndrome by running defendant
names and other identifiers through proprietary legal databases,
cross-referencing them with police, appellate court and medical
records, where available. More than 30 sources provided The Medill
Justice Project with case information.
The Medill Justice Project plans to make its national shaken-baby
syndrome database available to the public. With the help of a team of
engineering graduate students at Northwestern's McCormick School of
Engineering, The Medill Justice Project database is tracking and
confirming nearly 40 categories of information on thousands of cases,
with gender being the first. After another category is confirmed, the
first phase of the database will be released on its website for
researchers, journalists and others as a public service.
The Alumnae of Northwestern University's Gifts and Grants Committee
awarded The Medill Justice Project a generous grant to support its
research on the creation of its national database on shaken-baby
About The Medill Justice Project
The Medill Justice Project is an investigative journalism enterprise
that examines potentially wrongful convictions, probes national
systemic criminal-justice issues and conducts groundbreaking
research. As journalists, we advocate only for the truth. Founded at
Northwestern University in 1999 as the Medill Innocence Project, we
changed our name on Dec. 20, 2012, to The Medill Justice Project to
better reflect our journalistic mission.
Medill was founded in 1921 and offers programs in journalism and
integrated marketing communications. It teaches new techniques
essential in today's digital world. Medill is leading the way in
training a new generation of multimedia journalists and integrated
marketing communications professionals. The Medill School of
Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at
Northwestern University is named after Joseph Medill, a newspaper man
and former Mayor of Chicago.
For more information:
Director of communications and alumni relations
Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications
The Medill Justice Project
The Medill Justice Project
SOURCE: Medill - Northwestern University
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