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Bad Behavior Ruining Dartmouth, Says Its President

Philip Hanlon: Sex assaults, drinking, racism, sexism call for big changes

(Newser) - Dartmouth College's president has offered a stinging critique of his own school, saying that its future "is being hijacked by extreme behavior." In a speech last night, Philip Hanlon said sex assaults, rampant "dangerous drinking," and parties featuring "racist and sexist undertones" are undermining... More »

Sex Assault Charge Dropped in General's Deal

Jeffrey Sinclair pleads guilty to lesser charges

(Newser) - Defense attorneys say an Army general has agreed to a plea deal that includes the dropping of sexual assault charges against him . A news release today from lawyers representing Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair says that he will plead to lesser charges in exchange for having the sexual assault charges dropped... More »

Senate OKs Bill to Combat Military Sexual Assault

97-0 vote aims to scrap age-old 'good soldier defense'

(Newser) - The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill late today making big changes in the military justice system to deal with sexual assault, including scrapping the nearly century-old practice of using a "good soldier defense" to raise doubts that a crime has been committed. On a vote of 97-0, the Senate... More »

Man Who Pierced Condoms Convicted of Sex Assault

Girlfriend became pregnant, part of his ploy to save their relationship

(Newser) - A Canadian man is headed to jail after secretly poking holes in his girlfriend's condoms and making her pregnant, reports the BBC . Craig Hutchinson, 43, admitted doing so because he was worried she was about to leave him, and he thought her being pregnant would keep them together. Instead,... More »

Gillibrand's Sex-Assault Bill for Military Fails in Senate

She hoped to remove authority from commanders

(Newser) - New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand has lost her fight to dramatically change the way the Pentagon handles sex-assault cases, reports AP . For now, anyway. She needed 60 votes to overcome a filibuster but came up with only 55. And the Hill points out that this wasn't exactly a party-line... More »

Starbucks Cup Leads to Rape Suspect's Arrest

Police traced its sticker back to store, then scanned surveillance video

(Newser) - A 35-year-old man in Washington state is behind bars on rape charges because of his reusable Starbucks cup, reports the Olympian . Police say Bryon Johnston abducted a woman from a bus stop and drove her to an abandoned motel, but she managed to escape the moving SUV in the parking... More »

Rape Charges Piling Up for Ex-NFLer Darren Sharper

Sharper turns himself in on New Orleans arrest warrant

(Newser) - Already out on bail for charges that he raped and drugged two LA women, Darren Sharper turned himself in to police last night on an arrest warrant alleging he raped two more women in New Orleans on Sept. 23. If you're keeping count, that now makes eight rape allegations... More »

Army Ousts 588 From Key Jobs in Sex Assault Review

They're accused of everything from sexual assault to drunk driving

(Newser) - The Army has kicked 588 soldiers out of "positions of trust"—jobs that include sexual assault counselors , recruiters , and drill sergeants—following a review prompted by a spike in sexual assaults. The soldiers were accused of a range of misconduct that included not just assaults, but things like... More »

Teen Wrongly Jailed for Month Over Name Confusion

Florida cops got the wrong Cody Williams on sex-assault charges

(Newser) - A Florida teenager spent 35 days in jail on sex-assault charges because it apparently never occurred to his arresting officers that two people might have the same name, reports the Florida Times-Union . Cody Lee Williams, now 19, was arrested last August and charged as an adult after a young girl... More »

Doctor Gets 10 Years for Sex Assaults in Surgery

Toronto anesthesiologist convicted of assaulting 21 sedated women

(Newser) - One of his victims clapped as George Doodnaught got led away in handcuffs, and it's hard to blame her: The Toronto anesthesiologist got sentenced to 10 years in prison today for sexually assaulting her and 20 other women during surgery. The victims were "sedated but still aware of... 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 »

How Rape, Accidents Persist at Frat Houses

And how fraternities avoid legal obligations for what goes on

(Newser) - Frat-house accidents and sexual assaults are getting so common they're impossible to ignore—but how did it get this bad, and why does it keep happening? In an extensive Atlantic piece, Caitlin Flanagan looks at the history of fraternities and their myriad ways of avoiding legal obligations for what... More »

DOJ: Prosecutor Said 'Boys Will Be Boys' About Rape Case

Feds say it's part of a 'disturbing pattern' in Montana's Missoula County

(Newser) - The Justice Department thinks prosecutors in the Missoula County Attorney's Office in Montana take reports of sexual assaults so lightly that it "places the safety of all women in Missoula at risk," reports Mother Jones . It's not the first time DOJ has gotten involved , but the... More »

Iraq Forces Torture, Rape Women Prisoners: Report

And they're often jailed for their husband's alleged crimes

(Newser) - Women in Iraq's prisons face beatings, electrical shocks, and sexual assault, among other horrors—and they're often detained for the actions of their male relatives, not their own, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch. Sometimes the abuses were carried out while those male relatives looked... More »

Man Pleads Guilty in Jaycee Dugard-Like Case

Raul Ochoa to get 22 years in state prison

(Newser) - A horrifying case out of California is drawing comparisons to Jaycee Lee Dugard's story: A Richmond man who held a young girl as a sex slave for 14 years yesterday pleaded guilty to charges of forced lewd acts on a child and forcible rape in exchange for a 22-year... More »

Guards Accused in Half of All Prison Sex Assaults

But the vast majority of cases are dismissed

(Newser) - Guards are accused in roughly half of all prison sex assaults, yet they almost never face charges for them, according to a grim new Justice Department survey of prison administrators. There were 8,000 sexual abuse reports logged between 2009 and 2011, the report says, an 11% increase from the... More »

Ex-NFL Star Darren Sharper Arrested in Rape Case

Los Angeles, New Orleans police investigating multiple alleged assaults

(Newser) - Former NFL star defensive back Darren Sharper has been arrested on suspicion of rape, the Los Angeles Police Department says. Sharper was arrested and booked yesterday and released on $200,000 bail just before midnight, according to police. He faces a Feb. 14 court appearance. The LAPD says it is... More »

Teens Admitted to Sexually Assaulting Audrie Pott

Sentences of 3 boys involved in suicide case revealed

(Newser) - Documents and information newly obtained by the San Jose Mercury News reveal that the three teenage boys involved in the Audrie Pott case admitted to sexually assaulting the 15-year-old girl, who ultimately hanged herself after half-naked pictures of her were distributed around school. Until now, their fates had been unknown,... More »

'Friends' Shoot Video of Girl's Rape: Prosecutors

Florida teenager's assault was recorded and shown in court

(Newser) - Last month, a story emerged from Florida about a 16-year-old girl allegedly raped by people she thought were her friends. Now a cell phone video of the attack has emerged, and it's horrible to see, CBS Miami reports. Prosecutors used the video in court to show how the girl... More »

Lawyer: Blame Parents for Rape Victim's Suicide

Defense lawyer says Larry, Sheila Pott partially responsible for Audrie's death

(Newser) - Audrie Pott , 15, killed herself in 2012 after she was allegedly sexually assaulted by three boys at a party, who allegedly wrote crude messages on her body and then, according to her family, distributed a picture of her around school. But a lawyer for the teen boys says her... More »

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