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Student Accused of Columbia Rape: I'm a Feminist

Paul Nungesser holds that sex was consensual

(Newser) - A Columbia University senior is drawing attention to the issue of rape on campus by carrying a mattress with her, saying she'll keep bearing the load until her rapist is kicked out of school. Now, the man she accuses of the attack is speaking publicly for the first time,... More »

Lawyer: Witnesses Confirm Cosby Sex Abuse

Plus: latest accusation puts assault's timing within statute of limitations

(Newser) - A pair of witnesses support a woman's claim that Bill Cosby sexually abused her when she was 15, her lawyer says in a court filing. Lawyer Marc Strecker says he's seen pictures of his client, Judy Huth, at the Playboy Mansion with Bill Cosby in the 1970s, reports... More »

Bill Cosby's Wife Reacts to Rape Allegations

Camille Cosby says her husband is 'kind' and 'generous'

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's wife emerged from the shadows today to defend her husband against rape accusations, but doesn't deny them exactly—she just says the allegations by more than 15 women don't jibe with the man she knows, CBS News reports. "He is a kind man, a... More »

Lawmaker Accused of 'Raping' Wife With Dementia

Henry Rayhons, 78, says he and wife Donna were inseparable

(Newser) - An Iowa state lawmaker says he loved visiting his wife at a nursing home before her death at age 79. But prosecutors have filed felony charges against him, saying that her Alzheimer's made her unable to consent to his sexual desires, Bloomberg reports via the Washington Post . Henry Rayhons,... More »

Lena Dunham: Why I Wrote About My Assault

It wasn't to expose attacker, it was to help other victims speak up

(Newser) - In her memoir Not That Kind of Girl, Lena Dunham writes about being sexually assaulted as a college student. Detractors have since questioned both her "character and credibility" in classic misogynistic fashion, she writes at BuzzFeed . The piece is headlined "Why I Chose to Speak Out," and... More »

UVa Roommate: Jackie's Story 'Is Not a Hoax'

Emily Clark describes suitemate's descent into depression

(Newser) - "I was Jackie’s suitemate first year. I fully support Jackie, and I believe wholeheartedly that she went through a traumatizing sexual assault." So writes Emily Clark in a letter posted last night to the University of Virginia's Cavalier Daily . Clark goes on to describe Jackie's... More »

After Killing Stepdaughter, Man Filmed Sex With Body: DA

Sex said to be motive in gruesome Gregory Graf case

(Newser) - A man who is charged in his stepdaughter's murder filmed himself having sex with her dead body, prosecutors say. That has led a Pennsylvania district attorney to what he believes was the motive in Jessica Padgett's death: He says that Gregory Graf killed Padgett so that he could... More »

Bill Cosby Tweets for First Time in Weeks

Thanks supporters as new accusers emerge

(Newser) - Bill Cosby has been pretty quiet since rape accusations against him started becoming big news, but this week tweets appeared on his Twitter feed for the first time since Nov. 17. "Thank you @WhoopiGoldberg," he tweeted Tuesday, following that up yesterday with "Thank you @MissJillScott, from the... More »

Woman's Lawsuit: Cosby Molested Me When I Was 15

Judy Huth claims actor-comedian assaulted her at Playboy Mansion

(Newser) - More bad news for Bill Cosby: A 55-year-old woman is suing him for allegedly molesting her in a bedroom at the Playboy Mansion when she was just 15 years old, TMZ reports. The lawsuit, filed in LA County Superior Court, says Judy Huth and a friend met Cosby at an... More »

Janice Dickinson: Cosby a 'Monster' Who Raped Me

Model says she was 'humiliated,' demands comedian acknowledge alleged attack

(Newser) - "I remember being humiliated, disgusted," Janice Dickinson tells Fredricka Whitfield in a CNN interview last night, describing how Bill Cosby allegedly raped her. The model, who claims the sexual assault took place after a 1982 dinner in Lake Tahoe, went into graphic detail during the interview, saying that... More »

UVa Rape Story Reporter: School 'Stonewalled' Me

Sabrina Rubin Erdely says university only cared about its reputation

(Newser) - Sabrina Rubin Erdely's story on alleged sexual assault at the University of Virginia has made waves, with the university temporarily shutting down fraternities as it investigates the horrific report. Now, Erdely is offering a glimpse into her experience reporting the story, telling the Washington Post that the university stood... More »

Once No. 3, Cosby Now 2,615th Most-Trusted Celeb

Drop comes amid sexual assault allegations

(Newser) - If you'd checked on Bill Cosby's celebrity-trustworthiness ranking a year ago, you would have found him ranked among Betty White, Brian Williams, and Tom Hanks. Now, amid continuing sexual assault allegations , he's dropped from 3rd to 2,615th on a scoring firm's list of about 3,... More »

SDSU Frats: Parties Off, Anti-Rape Courses On

Leaders agree to suspend social activities

(Newser) - Shameful behavior at an anti-rape march last Friday appears to have been the last straw at San Diego State University, where fraternity and sorority socializing has been suspended. Leaders of the Greek system say partying will be on hold until members of the groups have attended sexual assault prevention courses,... More »

Jian Ghomeshi Charged With Sexual Assault

Former CBC radio host surrendered to Toronto police

(Newser) - Jian Ghomeshi dropped his lawsuit against his former employer at the CBC; now police have picked him up. The former radio host today surrendered to local authorities, who confirmed to CTV News that Ghomeshi has been charged with sexual assault. Toronto police released a statement that said the 47-year-old has... More »

Ex-Radio Star in Sex Assault Case Drops $55M Suit

Jian Ghomeshi to pay CBC's $18K in legal costs

(Newser) - Former radio host Jian Ghomeshi has dropped a $55 million lawsuit against his former bosses at the CBC, opting instead to pursue concerns over his firing via his union, the Globe and Mail reports. Ghomeshi will pay the CBC's legal costs of $18,000, the Toronto Star reports. The... More »

Death to the Fraternity System

We can't trust 'reform': Jordan Sargent

(Newser) - A report about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia shut down the school's fraternities until Jan. 9—but actually, "the right time to bring back the fraternities is never," writes Jordan Sargent at Gawker . It's time, he says, to do away with a... More »

Okla. Students Walk Out in Rape Protest

They support classmates who say they were bullied after being raped

(Newser) - High school students in Oklahoma walked out of classes yesterday in solidarity with three classmates who say they were raped by a fellow student and then bullied by the alleged attacker's friends. Hundreds of teens at Norman High School participated in the protests, which accused school officials of failing... More »

Bill Cosby's Biographer Admits Mistake

Mark Whitaker says stories are 'shocking,' 'horrible' if true

(Newser) - The most glaring omission in Cosby: His Life and Times, Mark Whitaker's biography of Bill Cosby released Sept. 16: the myriad sexual assault claims against the comedian dating back decades. Whitaker was yesterday called out by David Carr, who wrote in the New York Times that "those in... More »

Cosby Rape Accusers: Here's What Happened, in Detail

Five women tell the Post about alleged horrific encounters

(Newser) - Details of alleged sexual assaults by Bill Cosby just keep on coming. Today five women describe his purported attacks in blood-curdling detail to the Washington Post , with some saying they were drugged before the encounter and others claiming they screamed, tried fighting him off, or said they would fight him... More »

Gang-Rape Report Shuts Down UVa Frats Until January

President calls on those with information to come forward

(Newser) - A Rolling Stone report on an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity has prompted the school's president to suspend all frats until the spring semester. In an open letter to students and staff today, president Teresa Sullivan calls for "the collective strength of the members... More »

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