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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 »

UNC Student: Tar Heels Football Player Raped Me

Warrant issued for Allen Artis' arrest

(Newser) - A magistrate issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for a North Carolina football player accused of sexual battery and assault on a female student in February, the AP reports. The warrant charges Allen Artis, a 21-year-old junior linebacker from Marietta, Georgia, with two misdemeanors and says he had sex with the... More »

Cops: Tourist Falls 150 Feet Escaping Harasser

NYC's Hannah Gavios says Thai 'guide' assaulted her

(Newser) - A 23-year-old US tourist lost in Thailand asked for assistance getting back to her resort Thursday night, and a local offered to help. But that local is now in custody and the woman is in the hospital with serious injuries after she says she was forced to flee when he... More »

University Sued for Creating 'Hostile Environment for Men'

Student claims he was treated unfairly after being accused of sexual assault

(Newser) - In a lawsuit seeking more than $175,000 in damages, a male student claims the University of Chicago has an "anti-male gender bias" and "routinely portrays a large portion of their male students as sexual predators." The New York Daily News reports the student, named only as... More »

A Silent Brock Turner Leaves Jail

He'll 'have the whole community as his probation officer'

(Newser) - Brock Turner left Santa Clara County Jail in California before the sun had risen Friday, ignoring questions from reporters like, "Are you going to say you're sorry, Brock?" The former Stanford University swimmer—who kept his head down and rode off in a white SUV just after 6am... More »

Prep School Rape Victim Says She's Tired of Hiding

'I want everyone to know that I am not afraid or ashamed'

(Newser) - A year after her sexual assault at St. Paul's School made headlines, Chessy Prout says she's tired of hiding. "I want everyone to know that I am not afraid or ashamed anymore, and I never should have been,'' she tells Today of the May 2014... More »

Calif. Aims to Close Brock Turner Loophole

Under new law, he would have faced a minimum of 3 years

(Newser) - In response to the anger over the six-month jail term former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner received after sexually assaulting an unconscious woman, California lawmakers Monday passed legislation that would keep such a sentence from being handed down again. The current law calls for a mandatory prison term when a victim... More »

Tourism Minister to Women: Avoid Short Skirts While Visiting India

But it's not a dress code, he clarifies

(Newser) - Visiting India? According to the country's tourism minister, foreign women shouldn't wear short dresses or skirts while there. They also shouldn't walk alone at night. Both of those tips are included in the safety advice given to women in a welcome kit tourists receive when they enter... More »

Woman Filmed Child Sex Assault and Sold the Footage

Pamela Dziminski gets 25 years in prison

(Newser) - A woman who videotaped herself sexually assaulting a 4-year-old relative and then sold the footage is headed to prison, the AP reports. Pamela Dziminski received a 25-year sentence Friday. The 30-year-old New Jersey woman had pleaded guilty last year to aggravated sexual assault after authorities discovered the videos online. More »

He Killed Her, Now He Wants World to Know Her Sex Life

Rapist Seth Mazzaglia fights to make Lizzi Marriott's sexual history public

(Newser) - Parents whose 19-year-old daughter was strangled, raped, and thrown in a river in 2012 are having old wounds reopened as the man serving a life sentence for the crime fights to reveal their daughter's sexual history to the world, the Huffington Post reports. Seth Mazzaglia was convicted in 2014... More »

No Jail for 18-Year-Old Accused of Raping 2 Teens

David Becker's lawyer says his client can now enjoy 'college experience' without sex offender 'stigma'

(Newser) - A Massachusetts teen accused of raping two unconscious teens at a house party in April has been sentenced by a Palmer judge to two years' probation, the New York Daily News reports. The case was ordered continued without a finding for two years, meaning if 18-year-old David Becker gets through... More »

Media Companies Sue to Get Trump Divorce Records

Gannett, NYT say they're 'directly relevant' to the campaign

(Newser) - Two media companies have asked a judge to make public Donald Trump’s 1990 divorce records, contending they're "directly relevant" to the presidential campaign, USA Today reports. After 14 years of marriage, Ivana Trump cited "cruel and inhuman treatment" when filing for divorce. Though Donald Trump's... More »

Boxer Blows Olympic Chances With Arrest in Rio

Morocco's Hassan Saada is accused of sexually assaulting 2 women

(Newser) - Morocco's Hassan Saada was set to square off in the boxing ring against a Turkish competitor at the Olympics on Saturday, but instead he'll be in a Rio jail. The 22-year-old athlete was arrested Friday morning at the Olympic Village on charges that he sexually assaulted two maids... More »

15 Charged in Gang Rape of Mom, 14-Year-Old Daughter

India hit with another horrible sexual crime

(Newser) - Police in northern India say they have detained 15 suspects after a 35-year-old mother and her teenage daughter were gang-raped off a busy highway, reports the AP . Police say the nearly three-hour attack took place Friday night near the town of Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh state after a gang of... More »

Israeli Tourist Raped in India

Two suspects have been arrested

(Newser) - Police in northern India have made two arrests in connection with the rape of an Israeli tourist, who was assaulted after she accepted a ride with six men while traveling in the state of Himachal Pradesh. Police were using security camera footage from the town of Manali, where the victim... More »

Stanford Rape Victim Was Grilled About Her 'Partying'

Court transcripts from March hearings released

(Newser) - In her powerful statement , the woman former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner sexually assaulted described the court process as "traumatizing." Now it's clear why. Court records reveal she was grilled about her body and drinking habits when interrogated by Turner's lawyers. In a March 21 hearing, a... More »

As the Bulls Run, Another Kind of Violence in Pamplona: Rape

At least 15 reports of sexual violence so far at this year's San Fermin fest

(Newser) - Bulls goring humans in Pamplona isn't the only form of violence making headlines at this year's San Fermin festival. At least 15 cases of sexual assault, including four rapes and one attempted rape, and 15 arrests have been reported since the festival started July 6, drawing attention... More »

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