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Ashley Judd: Why I'm Going After Abusive Trolls

In essay, actress writes of recovery from rape and incest

(Newser) - As a huge Kentucky fan, Ashley Judd would love to be spending all her time talking basketball these days. Instead, she's researching what legal action she can take against the Twitter trolls who heaped "humiliating and violent" abuse on her when she dared to tweet a negative opinion... More »

Filmmaker's Interviews With Indian Rapists Horrify

Documentary on murder of Indian woman reveals men's shocking attitudes

(Newser) - Two years ago, medical student Jyoti Singh was brutally gang-raped on a bus in Delhi, India; she died from her injuries almost two weeks later. Now an Israeli-born filmmaker's documentary about the attack, set to air on BBC4 on Sunday and at a New York screening on March 9,... More »

Fifty Shades 'Reenactment' Lands Freshman in Jail

Felony sex assault charge after he tied up, beat partner

(Newser) - University of Illinois at Chicago freshman Mohammad Hossain, 19, is a student leader and athlete; he's also sitting in Cook County lockup on felony sex assault charges after what he says was a reenactment of a scene from Fifty Shades of Grey, reports the Chicago Tribune . The alleged Saturday... More »

Rape Crisis Grips Alaska's Small Towns

Young people take lead in addressing deep-seated issue

(Newser) - Rape occurs in Alaska at a rate almost three times the national average, and 59% of the state's women have experienced sexual assault or domestic violence, according to figures that researchers call conservative. The state is, in short, the country's "rape capital," but some—among them... More »

Celeb Photo 'Hack' Really a Sex Crime

Blaming the celebs is like blaming any sex-crime victim

(Newser) - Jennifer Lawrence and the other celebrities who had their personal nude photos dumped online have not merely been "scrutinized" or "hacked"—they've been sexually violated for the whole world to see, writes Van Badham at the Guardian . As a sex crime, "it deserves the same... More »

Military Hunting 'Serial Predators'

Pentagon takes new approach to decrease sexual assault

(Newser) - In an effort to decrease sexual assaults in the military, the Pentagon is determined to hunt down "serial predators" with multiple victims, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Research has shown that in some "semi-closed" settings like colleges, serial offenders are responsible for as many as 90% of sexual... More »

Eliot Spitzer Choked Me in 'Struggle': Call Girl

Tell-all by Rebecca Woodard describes sex with the ex-gov

(Newser) - Eliot Spitzer, rape fantasist? A call-girl who serviced the former New York governor says he liked to role-play a physical struggle and pin her down by the neck before they had sex, the New York Post reports. In her book, Call Girl Confidential, blonde escort Rebecca Woodard describes her $1,... More »

1 in 10 Young People Admits Sexual Violence

Study finds shocking level of sexual assaults among those 14 to 21

(Newser) - Sexual violence is frighteningly common among young people between ages 14 and 21, according to a new study. Almost a tenth of young people admit perpetrating at least one act of sexual violence and 4% say they have attempted or completed rape, researchers found after speaking to more than a... More »

Want to Talk Intelligently About Rape? 5 Rules

It's appalling how many people are incapable: Katie McDonough

(Newser) - Citing the 30-day sentence received by a teacher who raped a student, the Washington Post column arguing that teacher-student sex is sometimes OK , the sympathy extended to the Steubenville rapists, and of course, Richard Cohen's quite controversial Washington Post column about Steubenville, Katie McDonough comes to this depressing conclusion:... More »

To Curb Rape, India Looks at Banning Porn

Supreme Court considers petition that ties porn to sexual violence

(Newser) - In the wake of brutal gang rapes , the rape of a 5-year-old girl , and surging sex crimes, India is looking at banning pornography completely. The country's Supreme Court took up the controversial issue last week, the New York Times reports, after a petition claiming porn leads to sexual violence... More »

MacFarlane's 'Boobs' Song Celebrates Rape Scenes

These films should never have been played for laughs: Katie McDonough

(Newser) - Seth MacFarlane's Oscar song, "We Saw Your Boobs," was immature and sexist—but worst of all, it celebrated rape, writes Katie McDonough in Salon . MacFarlane listed instances in which the world saw actresses' breasts, and four of the films he listed "featured nudity during or immediately... More »

India Rape Victim Cremated

As nation mourns amid protests, a new rape-murder occurs

(Newser) - Amid a national outpouring of rage and grief, the body of India's 23-year-old gang rape victim was quietly cremated today in a private ceremony, reports the AP . The unnamed victim was flown back to India from Singapore, where she died yesterday while receiving treatment for her injuries. Prime Minister... More »

India Gang-Rape Suspects Charged With Murder

Police to file murder charges after woman dies

(Newser) - Six suspects jailed over the gang rape of a woman in India face the death penalty now that their 23-year-old victim has died and police have charged them with murder. A full 1,000-page charge sheet will be filed Thursday, reports the Hindustan Times . Those arrested include the driver of... More »

For Native American Women, Sex Assault Is 'the Norm'

Rate of rape much higher than the rest of the country

(Newser) - The official number is bad enough: One in three American Indian women have experienced rape or attempted rape, a rate more than twice the national average. But it gets worse: One survey finds that in some rural villages, the rate of sexual violence is as much as 12 times the... More »

Angry Ex Hits 'Moonstruck' Scribe With Sex Lawsuit

John Patrick Shanley denies allegations by Amanda Jencsik

(Newser) - A former flame of John Patrick Shanley has hit the writer with a $5 million lawsuit for allegedly abusing her during a violent sexual relationship, the New York Post reports. But 61-year-old Shanley, the Oscar-winning author of "Moonstruck" and "Doubt," denies that he committed any non-consensual sex... More »

Program to Lock Up Worst Sex Offenders a Mess

Just 15 men have been successfully committed, while others wait years

(Newser) - The Justice Department has sought to indefinitely detain 136 "sexually dangerous" sex offenders under a controversial law enacted six years ago that allows them to be locked up for good if three things are proven: the crime was child molestation or an act of sexual violence, the offender has... More »

Fox Pundit: No Surprise Women in Military Get Raped

And Liz Trotta is not happy with how much money we're spending on the issue

(Newser) - The military's easing of the ban on women in combat came just a few weeks after news that sexual violence in the military has risen sharply —and in a recent segment on Fox News, contributor Liz Trotta (who has seen her share of gaffes in the past) found... More »

Gadhafi Troops Issued Viagra to Help Them Rape: US

Susan Rice makes claim at UN

(Newser) - Moammar Gadhafi’s forces have been issued Viagra, to help them better rape the people of Libya, US ambassador Susan Rice told several other UN diplomats at a closed-door Security Council meeting yesterday. “She spoke of Gadhafi’s soldiers targeting children, and other atrocities,” one diplomat tells Reuters... More »

Brain Links Sex, Violence

Scientists finds cluster of brain cells in mice

(Newser) - The same section of the brain may process both sexual and violent urges, a new study suggests. In experiments on mice, scientists discovered a tiny cluster of cells in the hypothalamus that flared to life both while the mice were fighting and while they were having sex, Scientific American explains.... More »

Girls in Cameroon Have Breasts 'Ironed'

Moms believe burns will keep men away

(Newser) - Breast ironing. Yes, it's as painful as it sounds. But, according to a new Current documentary , as many one in four girls in Cameroon have had their breast buds burned with hot stones. Ironically, the painful wounds are meant to protect them; mothers believe the scars will keep men at... More »

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