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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 »

Casinos in Tucson, Vegas Dump Cosby

Comedian's performances canceled as sexual-assault accusations mount

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's appearances at casinos in Las Vegas and Tucson, Ariz., have been canceled amid widening allegations of sexual assault. Officials at the Treasure Island hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip say they've mutually agreed with the comedian to cancel his upcoming performance. "It wasn't a... More »

Cosby Once Did a Bit About Drugging Women's Drinks

Behold 1969's 'Spanish Fly'

(Newser) - As the sexual assault accusations against Bill Cosby continue to mount , Alan Scherstuhl at the Village Voice makes an interesting observation: Cosby's accusers all have a similar story, that of feeling drugged after having drinks with the comedian, then getting assaulted. "Curiously, Cosby himself once made such scenarios... More »

Another Cosby Rape Accuser Steps Forward

Joan Tarshis says comedian drugged and raped her twice when she was 19

(Newser) - The sex assault accusations against Bill Cosby keep snowballing. After a week in which one of his more vocal accusers, Barbara Bowman, hit the media circuit , a new accuser has come forward. Jeffrey Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere says "old friend [and] journalist" Joan Tarshis has now revealed her own... More »

Asked About Rape Allegations, Cosby Goes Silent

NPR interviewer offered chance to respond to accusations

(Newser) - When Bill Cosby spoke to NPR recently about his art collection, the interviewer raised the question of rape allegations against the comedian that have recently made headlines . Cosby didn't respond, the Guardian reports. "This question gives me no pleasure, Mr. Cosby, but there have been serious allegations raised... More »

Date Rape Drug Found at Brown University

At least one student drank punch spiked with date rape drug at October frat party

(Newser) - When two students felt extremely inebriated really quickly and then suffered memory loss at a Brown University frat party in mid-October, and one of them reported being sexually assaulted, they took their concerns to school officials, wondering if the punch was spiked. Now one of those students has tested positive... More »

Women Claim CBC Host Used Teddy Bear in Assault

More accusers, details emerging

(Newser) - The allegations against former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi are building, in number and in detail. The Toronto Star reports it has now spoken to eight women who say Ghomeshi abused or sexually harassed them over a period running from 2002 to the present. Among the more bizarre allegations: Two women... More »

MIT's Sexual Assault Survey Is Disturbingly Revealing

'Rare' report on attitudes finds distressing amount of victim-blaming

(Newser) - MIT has released the results of a sexual assault and sexual harassment survey that takes a look not only at the stats, but also at the incredibly detailed "experiences and attitudes" that accompany such cases on campus, the New York Times reports. At least 17% of undergrad women and... More »

California Spells Out When 'Yes Means Yes'

Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill about sexual consent

(Newser) - A busy weekend for California Gov. Jerry Brown culminated in several signed bills designed to assist students across his state. Chief among the legislation is SB-967 , which seeks to combat sexual assault on campus by flipping the traditional "no means no" mantra on its head: Colleges and universities will... 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 »

At Fla. State, Burden of Rape Cases Falls on Accusers: NYT

Women who don't firmly tell cops to proceed are deemed 'uncooperative,' files show

(Newser) - The New York Times reveals it has uncovered "a pattern to the handling of sexual assault complaints by Florida State [University] students"—namely, that unless an accuser directly asks police to continue the investigation (even after she has already filed a police report and been examined by medical... More »

Male Military Rape Victims Speak: 'You Don't Ask Questions'

38 men sexually assaulted per day: Pentagon

(Newser) - Each day, the Pentagon says, 38 men in the military suffer sexual assault, but it's not often talked about. In an extensive piece on the topic, GQ speaks to victims, gathering stories many felt they couldn't tell. "When a gunnery sergeant tells you to take off your... More »

Columbia Student: I'll Carry Mattress Until My Rapist Is Expelled

Emma Sulkowicz turns her senior thesis into a statement

(Newser) - Columbia senior Emma Sulkowicz says school authorities have ignored her allegations that a fellow student raped her in her dorm room on the first day of sophomore year. It's going to be tough to ignore this, however: The visual arts major plans to carry a mattress with her everywhere... More »

CDC: 1 in 5 Women Are Rape Victims

And about 44% have been victims of other forms of sexual violence

(Newser) - The CDC is out with numbers from a comprehensive new survey on rape and sexual assault, and the main takeaway is grim: More than 19% of women in the US, nearly one in five, have been raped at some point in their lives, reports Bloomberg . When the definition is broadened... More »

Clicking on Stolen Celeb Photos Is Not Sexual Assault

'Time' columnist: Labeling it so dilutes the real meaning of the term

(Newser) - What has happened to Jennifer Lawrence, McKayla Maroney , and other celebrities who have had their nude photos splashed across the Internet is both criminal and despicable, writes Charlotte Alter at Time . And while it "is an enormous violation of personal privacy and sexual autonomy," it is not "... 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 »

To Prevent Rape, India Unveils Toilets

Charity offers them in village where teen girls were murdered

(Newser) - In the hope of preventing future rapes and murders, a charity unveiled 108 brand-new toilets Sunday in India. What's the connection? In May, two girls were raped and hanged at Katra Sadatganj in Uttar Pradesh, and relatives say the cousins were last seen going out in the dark to... More »

NYPD: X-Men Director Suspected in Sex Assault

More allegations against Bryan Singer surface

(Newser) - Two lawsuits claiming director Bryan Singer sexually assaulted teenage boys have been dropped, but that doesn't mean Singer's troubles are over. The director of X-Men: Days of Future Past is now being investigated by New York police regarding an alleged "forcible sexual assault" in March 2013,... More »

Cop Accused of Raping Women on Patrol

Daniel Holtzclaw is accused of sexually assaulting several women

(Newser) - An Oklahoma City police officer arrested on charges of serial sexual assault preyed on women in the rundown neighborhoods he was assigned to patrol—picking some up off the street, pulling others over at traffic stops, and in one case taking a woman to a nearby school, according to an... More »

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