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Forced Oral Sex Isn't Rape If Victim Is Drunk: Court

Oklahoma judges say law's language doesn't apply to the unconscious

(Newser) - Prosecutors in Tulsa say Oklahoma's Court of Criminal Appeals misfired badly by ruling that the state's forcible sodomy law isn't applicable to intoxicated or unconscious victims, reports UPI . In what Benjamin Fu, Tulsa County assistant DA, calls an "insane" and "dangerous" interpretation of the law,... More »

Trojan's New Campaign: More Consent

Condom company spreading a 'culture of consent' on college campuses

(Newser) - April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and for the second year in a row, the maker of Trojan condoms wants to help spread the word around college campuses through its "Consent: Ask for It" campaign with the Advocates for Youth nonprofit, per a press release . The goal: for college... More »

Dear Abby Accused of Blaming Teen Rape Victim

'I told him he was hurting me, but he didn't stop'

(Newser) - "Dear Abby" is taking some heat for her recent answer to a letter writer, which some saw as blaming the teen girl for her own rape. The letter writer, a high-school junior who was a virgin before the incident she wrote in about, says a classmate invited her over... More »

Cops: Friend Live-Streamed Teen's Rape

Pal's boyfriend is also charged in Feb. 27 incident

(Newser) - A man and woman have been charged in a disturbing case out of Columbus, Ohio, in which police say a teen was raped while her friend streamed the assault on live-video app Periscope. Authorities say 18-year-old Marina Lonina and the 17-year-old victim were drinking with 29-year-old Raymond Gates inside a... More »

New Ride-Sharing Service for Women, Driven by Women

But there are risks of gender discrimination lawsuits

(Newser) - Starting April 19 in Boston, women will be able to hail a ride that may make them feel safer, the Next Web reports. In response to reported sexual assaults during Uber, Lyft, and taxi rides, Michael Pelletz launched Chariot for Women , providing ride-sharing just for women (as well as kids... More »

4 Men Raped 9-Year-Old While Mom Got High: Cops

Alleged crime happened on Easter Sunday

(Newser) - "I want justice." That's what a woman is seeking for her 9-year-old granddaughter, who allegedly endured a brutal Easter Sunday attack by four men while her mom got high on meth in a friend's garage, KTSU reports. The men are accused of raping, sodomizing, and threatening... More »

New Sex Harassment Rules Defined for Cabbies

New York City aims to clarify do's and don'ts

(Newser) - New York City officials are updating harassment rules to spell out exactly what taxi and hire car drivers can't do—like make sexual suggestions, touch, be touched by, or ejaculate on passengers, the Independent reports. The goal is to clarify fairly broad rules so drivers and passengers know the... More »

Victim: Prosecutor Was Like a Hero, Then He Raped Me

Terry Mitchell opens up about alleged assault

(Newser) - Terry Mitchell was already a victim of child sex abuse when she was raped at knife-point in June 1980. Two months later, the 16-year-old was jogging with two black friends in Salt Lake City when they were gunned down by a white supremacist. "After the shootings, I was like... More »

Lady Gaga, Joe Biden Take on Sex Assault

They're holding a rally to raise awareness of sexual assault

(Newser) - Lady Gaga and Joe Biden are bringing their act to Las Vegas for an event raising awareness about sexual assault. The pop star and the vice president will hold a rally at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas on April 7, the AP reports. The White House says they'll speak... More »

She Wanted to Be a Cop, Till a Cop Did the Unimaginable

City settles lawsuit after detective assaulted teen intern in 2011

(Newser) - The city of La Cruces, NM, has agreed to pay $3 million to settle a federal civil lawsuit brought by a woman who was sexually assaulted by a police detective when she was a high-school intern with the department. During the trial, Diana Guerrero, who had aspired to become a... More »

DA: Doc Masturbated on Patient, Sexually Assaulted 3 Others

He wrote a book on doctor-patient relations

(Newser) - A prominent former New York City emergency room doctor already charged with sexually assaulting two women in his care has been indicted on additional charges of sex abuse for assaulting two more women he treated, the AP reports. David Newman, who wrote a book on the patient-doctor relationship and claims... More »

Jian Ghomeshi Not Guilty of Sexual Assault

Ontario judge says 3 complainants were 'less than ... forthcoming'

(Newser) - Ex-CBC broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi on Thursday wrapped up the first of two sexual-assault trials he faces, and the verdict came back not guilty, the Globe and Mail reports. An Ontario judge issued the ruling, clearing Ghomeshi of four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking... More »

DC Judge Quits After Witness Accuses Him of 1981 Rape

Then-16-year-old was a witness in a case

(Newser) - The chief US district judge in Washington, DC, resigned abruptly on Wednesday, the same day a Utah woman filed a lawsuit accusing him of repeatedly raping her 35 years ago, NBC News reports. The lawsuit claims Richard Roberts was a civil rights lawyer in 1981 when he "intimidated, coerced,... More »

Uber Hits Back at Claim of Thousands of Sex Assaults

Ride-share company says BuzzFeed's numbers are inflated

(Newser) - Between December 2012 and August 2015, Uber received five claims of rape and fewer than 170 claims of sexual assault stemming from an Uber ride, according to data the company provided to BuzzFeed . Those numbers differ greatly from those reflected in screenshots from Uber's Zendesk customer support platform that... More »

Lady Gaga's Family Didn't Know About Her Rape Until the Oscars

'I never told them I was a survivor; I was too ashamed'

(Newser) - Lady Gaga's performance of her Oscar-nominated song about sexual assault during the Academy Awards on Sunday was a powerful moment for a lot of people. The Los Angeles Times reports two of those people were the singer's own aunt and grandmother, who weren't aware she was a... More »

Student Accused of Rape Sues College

He doesn't want to be expelled one semester before graduating

(Newser) - A 21-year-old University of Texas-Austin student is suing the school to keep from being expelled one semester before graduating after being accused of raping a woman, Fox News reports. His lawsuit claims a disciplinary hearing scheduled to decide his fate violates "his Constitutional right to due process." The... More »

Bill Cosby's Wife: Don't Make Me Testify

Camille Cosby wants to postpone her deposition

(Newser) - Lawyers for Bill Cosby's wife have filed an emergency motion to postpone her deposition while she appeals a magistrate judge's order, the AP reports. The motion filed late Saturday says the 71-year-old Camille Cosby's deposition scheduled for Monday should be delayed because she "has had no... More »

Judge: Kesha Must Work With Producer She Says Raped Her

'My instinct is to do the commercially reasonable thing'

(Newser) - Kesha will still be legally tied to a man she claims "drugged, sexually abused, and psychologically tormented" her—at least for the time being—after a New York judge refused to nullify her recording contracts Friday, the AP reports. The pop star alleges the abuse at the hands of... More »

Cosby Is Suing Accuser for Breach of Contract

Sues Andrea Constand for violating confidentiality agreement in 2006 settlement

(Newser) - Two days before a judge moved forward with the sexual assault case against him, Bill Cosby sued his accuser, claiming she breached a confidentiality agreement signed as part of a 2006 settlement. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports specific allegations weren't made clear on Tuesday when a judge partially lifted a... More »

Cops Charged With Raping Women While On Duty

Two LAPD officers are facing life in prison

(Newser) - Two Los Angeles police officers are facing life in prison for allegedly sexually assaulting four women multiple times while on duty in Hollywood, NBC Los Angeles reports. According to the Los Angeles Times , James Nichols, 44, and Luis Valenzuela, 43, were charged Tuesday with multiple crimes, include rape. The alleged... More »

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