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He Lost His Parental Rights in 1997. It Was a Mistake

Brad Pitman finally cleared

(Newser) - It's a parent's worst nightmare—a stranger breaks into the home and sexually assaults a young child. But in Colorado Springs in 1996, things actually got much worse from there for Brad Pitman, the father of a 4-year-old girl hurt so badly she required five surgeries, per the... More »

Singapore Rages After US Man Gets 4 Years for Sex With Girls

Thousands say punishment isn't enough—they want him caned

(Newser) - A mixed martial arts teacher originally from the US found out his fate in Singapore last week for having sex with two 15-year-old girls—and thousands are decrying the punishment as not being nearly as punitive as it should be, the BBC reports. Nearly 29,000 people have signed on... More »

Actor Accused of Sexual Assault by 3 Women

Police investigate Danny Masterson amid reports of Scientology cover-up

(Newser) - Police announced Friday they're investigating sexual assault allegations against Danny Masterson, and there are reports of a Church of Scientology cover-up. Three women say the That 70s Show actor assaulted them during the early 2000s, Reuters reports. According to the Hollywood Reporter , an anti-Scientology website claims at least one... More »

Groom Admits Raping Woman Hours Before Wedding

Derry McCann previously served time for rape

(Newser) - A UK woman was almost in sight of her front door in east London when Derry McCann pulled her into bushes at Victoria Park, raped her for two hours—and then left to go get married later that day. McCann, 28, acknowledged what prosecutors called a "sustained and systematic"... More »

15 Years After Boy Kidnapped, Sexually Assaulted, a Suspect

He was convicted in an unrelated case and police matched DNA

(Newser) - On a morning in June 2001, two teenage boys were walking to school in Northridge, Calif., when they were accosted by a man with a gun. One boy fled, but the man blindfolded and abducted the other, who was 14, and sexually assaulted him. Fifteen years later, police finally got... More »

Cops: Jerry Sandusky's Son Sexually Assaulted a Child

Jeffrey Sandusky is jailed on multiple counts

(Newser) - The adopted son of former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky has been arrested and accused of the same crime as his father: sexually assaulting a child, reports WTAJ . Jeffrey Sandusky, 41, was arraigned Monday and also faces charges of child pornography and the corruption of minors, reports TMZ . Police say... More »

Ex-Husband: Judy Garland Was Groped by Munchkins on Oz Set

'They thought they could get away with anything because they were so small'

(Newser) - Judy Garland's third husband has a posthumous memoir out, and parts of it will be very uncomfortable reading for Wizard of Oz fans. In Judy and I: My Life With Judy Garland, Sid Luft claims that the 16-year-old Garland was groped by Munchkins on set, People reports. "They... More »

Rapist Who Attacked Up to 1K Women Being Sent Home

Selva Kumar Subbiah 'is a total, classic psychopath'

(Newser) - An unrepentant serial rapist believed to have attacked up to 1,000 women has finished a 24-year prison sentence in Canada, but he won't be enjoying a minute of freedom there. Instead, guards will accompany Selva Kumar Subbiah on a plane back to his native Malaysia and hand police... More »

After 41 Years, Righteous Brothers' Singer Learns Who Killed Ex-Wife

Police say Kenneth Troyer raped, killed Karen Klaas

(Newser) - The 1976 murder of Karen Klaas, the ex-wife of Bill Medley of the Righteous Brothers, transfixed the nation before becoming Hermosa Beach's longest-running cold case. But the 41st anniversary of her death Monday finally brought "closure." Los Angeles police say Klaas' killer has been identified as Kenneth... More »

Alleged Sexual Assault Victim Sues Trump for Defamation

Summer Zervos is a former 'The Apprentice' contestant

(Newser) - During the election, eleven women accused Donald Trump of inappropriate touching or kissing, the Washington Post reports. Now one of them has sued him. According to NBC News , Summer Zervos filed a defamation lawsuit against the president-elect on Tuesday. Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice, claims Trump kissed her... More »

No Charges for 10 Players in Gophers Sexual Assault Case

University of Minnesota football players received suspensions

(Newser) - Ten suspended Minnesota football players will not face charges in connection with an alleged sexual assault near campus , prosecutors announced Friday after taking a second look at the case. It's the second time the Hennepin County attorney's office has weighed in on the September incident that triggered suspensions,... More »

Defiant Woman to Would-Be Rapist: 'Your Eyes Were Black'

Sex assault survivor pens powerful letter to man she says 'looked straight into my soul'

(Newser) - "I write to you in order to put onto paper the gravity of what you did." This is the gist of the letter Sara Roebuck posted to Medium last week, although she doesn't know when her intended recipient will ever read it. It's meant for the... More »

Brock Turner Judge Cleared of Misconduct

State judicial commission finds no evidence of bias in Stanford sex assault case

(Newser) - A California agency that oversees judicial discipline ruled Monday that Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky committed no misconduct when he sentenced former Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner to six months in jail for sexually assaulting a young woman, reports the AP . The California Commission on Judicial Performance "has... More »

Football Team Ends Protest of Suspensions for Sexual Assault

University of Minn. was boycotting football after 10 players suspended

(Newser) - The University of Minnesota football team has ended its boycott of all football activities—meaning the team will compete in the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27. NBC News reports the team announced the boycott Thursday after 10 players were suspended for an alleged sexual assault. Players were upset they weren'... More »

Bill Cosby Opens Sexual Assault Hearing With a Joke

Cosby is taking part in 2-day hearing related to upcoming trial

(Newser) - Bill Cosby walked into his latest court hearing Tuesday with a joke: "Don't tase me, bro," he said to security officers as he entered the courtroom in suburban Philadelphia and they wanded him, the AP reports. (In case you've forgotten, that's a reference to a... More »

Suit: Stanford Had a Sexual Predator on Its Hands, Did Nothing

Jane Doe alleges Mr. X attacked other women before assaulting her

(Newser) - Two years after she came to Stanford, "Jane Doe" began dating "Mr. X." What allegedly happened before and after she says she refused to perform oral sex on him in February 2014 is now the subject of a federal lawsuit filed Monday. Doe alleges the 6-foot-6, 200-pound... More »

Jacob Wetterling's Family Confronts Boy's Killer

Danny Heinrich sentenced to 20 years for 11-year-old's murder—but not before Jacob's loved ones spoke

(Newser) - It was a tense, emotional courtroom scene in Minneapolis Monday morning as one chapter in the abduction, sexual assault, and murder of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling came to a close. At a US District Court hearing for 53-year-old Danny Heinrich, who was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on one... More »

Why Ill. Hairdressers May Stare More Closely at Scalps

New law requires training so hairdressers can recognize signs of domestic abuse

(Newser) - The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence estimates that an incident in which one partner abuses another occurs once every 20 minutes in the US, which translates to more than 10 million incidents a year—and Illinois is hoping its hairdressers can now help those in peril, Yahoo Beauty reports. A... More »

Stanford Rape Case's 'Emily Doe:' I Am a Survivor

She's one of 'Glamour' magazine's Women of the Year, and she's not a 'victim'

(Newser) - She first spoke about her abuser in a powerful court statement five months ago. Now "Emily Doe," who was sexually assaulted by former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, is speaking out again as a Glamour "Woman of the Year." She'd like to be known as a... More »

Lawyers: Bill Cosby Now Registered as Blind

They say he won't be able to recognize accusers

(Newser) - Bill Cosby is blind and has no hope of recognizing the women who are accusing him of sexual assault, his lawyers argued in a court document filed Thursday. The lawyers, who have repeatedly raised the issue of Cosby's eyesight, say he has now registered with a state commission for... More »

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