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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 »

BYU to Stop Investigating Rape Victims for Rule-Breaking

Students complained it stifled reports of sexual abuse

(Newser) - Students claimed earlier this year that Brigham Young University silenced victims of sexual assault by focusing investigations on whether a victim had broken school rules prior to the assault. No more. The Mormon college in Utah says it will adopt 23 recommendations from an internal advisory committee regarding sexual assault,... More »

She Said a Student Assaulted Her. Now 'Dozens' More Emerge

UW junior Alec Cook is set to be charged with 30 criminal counts of sexual assault—and there could be more

(Newser) - Last week Alec Cook was accused of sexually assaulting an acquaintance. But the University of Wisconsin-Madison student's problems have since become much worse after several other women emerged in the days following with similar charges, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. Now the 20-year-old is expected to be slammed during... More »

Suit: Frat Brothers Played Game to See Who Assaulted Woman

Victim sues, describes horrifying gang rape at Ramapo College

(Newser) - As she lay unconscious in a bedroom, her two rapists played "Rock, Paper, Scissors" to determine which one would assault her first. That horrific claim appears in a lawsuit brought against New Jersey's Ramapo College by a student who was sexually assaulted in 2014. The victim, given the... More »

Frat Initiation Allegedly Includes Drugging, Raping Women

Mizzou frat reportedly gave drugs to pledges to use on women

(Newser) - A University of Missouri fraternity with a track record of problem behavior has been accused of telling new members to drug women and sexually assault them as part of their initiation, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. According to the Columbia Daily Tribune , multiple people informed the school in August that... More »

Trump: Clinton, Media Behind Sexual Assault Allegations

'Totally and absolutely false' claims from 'horrible, horrible liars'

(Newser) - Donald Trump addressed mounting allegations of sexual assault and impropriety during a rally Wednesday in Florida, calling them "totally and absolutely false" and his accusers "horrible, horrible liars." "We already have substantial evidence to dispute these lies, and it will be made public in an appropriate... More »

First Lady: Trump Allegations Have 'Shaken Me to My Core'

Michelle Obama calls on women to say 'enough is enough' to GOP nominee

(Newser) - Donald Trump has had a bruising week with hot mics and accusations of sexual misconduct , and one person who's "shaken to the core" by the din surrounding the GOP nominee: Michelle Obama, who spoke on the matter at a Hillary Clinton campaign event Thursday in Manchester, NH, reports... More »

People Writer: Trump Attacked Me During Interview

Woman who covered Trump beat is latest accuser

(Newser) - The latest woman to accuse Donald Trump of forcing himself on her is People writer Natasha Stoynoff, who covered the magazine's Trump beat for years and has shared what the magazine calls a "harrowing story" of being attacked during an interview in 2005. She says she was interviewing... More »

2 Women Claim Trump Forced Himself on Them

They decided to go public after watching Trump deny such actions in the debate

(Newser) - Two women who say Donald Trump groped and kissed them without their permission have gone public after watching him deny such actions during last Sunday's presidential debate. "I wanted to punch the screen," 74-year-old Jessica Leeds tells the New York Times , which broke the story. She says... More »

Man Ordered to Buy Beer for Dad of Girl He Allegedly Raped

The former pastor was only arrested after public outrage

(Newser) - A 55-year-old former pastor in Mexico was accused of sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl. His punishment? He had to buy her father two crates of beer. The Guardian reports the man was only arrested and charged with aggravated rape on Friday after media coverage of the incident drew outrage. The... More »

Trump Caught Making Lewd Comments in 2005 Tape

He calls it 'locker room banter,' apologizes if anyone was offended

(Newser) - Donald Trump is issuing a rare apology after a video caught him making lewd, sexually charged comments about women in 2005, the AP reports. But he also downplayed the comments as "locker room banter." He issued the statement after the Washington Post revealed video of Trump caught on... More »

A Horrific Crime Against a Baby, a 'Monster' Suspect

Benjamin Taylor has been charged after West Virginia 9-month-old died from sexual assault injuries

(Newser) - Authorities in West Virginia say a 9-month-old sexual assault victim has died. Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs said the girl died of her injuries at a hospital Wednesday, the AP reports. Benjamin Taylor of Cottageville was charged Monday with first-degree sexual assault; an additional charge is pending. Taylor is the... More »

Brock Turner Case Results in Mandatory Prison Time Bill

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill Friday

(Newser) - California Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday that he signed two bills that emerged amid national outrage over the six-month jail sentence given to a former Stanford University swimmer who sexually assaulted a woman passed out near a trash bin. The AP reports the governor approved requiring sentences to be served... More »

After Cosby Case, Calif. Ends Statute of Limitations for Rape

New law takes effect next year

(Newser) - The emotional stories of women who say they were sexually assaulted more than a decade ago by Bill Cosby prompted California state lawmakers to approve a bill to eliminate the state's 10-year limit on filing rape and related charges. On Wednesday, Gov. Jerry Brown announced that he has approved... More »

More Victims of Ex-Uber, Lyft Driver Reported

Jeremy Vague was one teen victim's volleyball coach

(Newser) - Police in Southern California say a 14-year-old girl and another female ridesharing customer were reportedly victimized by a man charged with assaulting several women while driving for Uber and Lyft. Escondido police Lt. Justin Murphy said Thursday that the teen's parent said Jeremy Vague had inappropriate contact with the... More »

Cops: Woman Had 2 Kids With Boy She Met at a Park

He's 15 years her junior, police say

(Newser) - A 29-year-old woman met a boy 15 years her junior at a Denver park and started a sexual relationship with him resulting in two children, prosecutors say. Authorities allege Alicia Hernandez, now 33, first met the boy in 2011 or 2012—when he was just 14, though he claims he... More »

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