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Colleagues: Yale Ethics Prof Is Anything but Ethical

Thomas Pogge condemned in open letter

(Newser) - More than 200 professors across North America and Europe have condemned Yale ethics and philosophy professor Thomas Pogge in an open letter following a BuzzFeed investigation accusing him of sexual harassment. Pogge appears to have "engaged in a long-term pattern of discriminatory conduct," including "unwanted sexual advances,... More »

Cops: Couple Gave Teen Daughter to Man as Thanks

Lee Kaplan allegedly sexually assaulted the girl and had 2 kids with her

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania couple is accused of child endangerment after police say they gave away their 14-year-old daughter to a man who helped them financially, the AP reports. The friend is charged with sexually assaulting the teen, who had two children with him. Officials acting on a tip Thursday found 51-year-old... More »

Stanford Case Wasn't 'Rape,' but That Could Change

Lawmakers say current laws are too narrow

(Newser) - Brock Turner has become known as "the Stanford rapist" since he was convicted of sexual assault against a now 23-year-old woman and sentenced to six months in prison. But technically Turner, 22, wasn't convicted of rape: He was convicted of three counts of sexual assault—assault with... More »

Stanford Rape Judge Pulled From New Sex-Assault Case

DA says he doesn't think Persky can 'fairly participate'

(Newser) - Aaron Persky, the judge widely condemned for his lenient ruling in the Stanford rape case , has been abruptly removed from a new sexual-assault case. District Attorney Jeff Rosen says he lost confidence in Persky after he took the unusual step of ending a misdemeanor mail theft case midtrial on Monday,... More »

Brock Turner May Have Shared Pics of Victim's Breast

Witness saw him aiming his phone at her

(Newser) - A Stanford swimmer found guilty of sexual assault may have snapped photos of his unconscious victim's breasts while assaulting her—and sent the pics to friends in a group chat, Cosmopolitan reports. According to police, a witness who saw Brock Turner, 20, standing over the woman's body during... More »

Victim's Sister: Brock Turner Tried to Force Himself on Me Too

And more from court documents released Friday

(Newser) - The sister of Brock Turner's victim says Turner tried to force himself on her the same night he raped her sister. That's one of a number of things revealed in court documents released Friday. The Los Angeles Times reports the victim's sister says Turner "started making... More »

Brock Turner Gets Lifetime Ban From USA Swimming

Effectively ending his Olympic dreams

(Newser) - Brock Turner may have received just a six-month sentence (of which he'll likely serve only three) from a judge for raping an unconscious girl behind a dumpster, but he won't get the same leniency from USA Swimming, USA Today reports. The organization, which oversees all professional swim... More »

Brock Turner Scheduled for Release 3 Months Early

County jail inmates only serve half their sentences if they stay out of trouble

(Newser) - People already outraged about Stanford rapist Brock Turner's six-month jail sentence aren't going to like this next piece of news: He'll likely go free after only three months. The AP reports Turner, convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman during a frat party last January, was booked... More »

Prosecutors: Brock Turner Was 'On Prowl' Night of Attack

'Creeped out': Women in other incidents say he was uninvitedly 'flirtatious' and 'touchy'

(Newser) - More aftermath following the conviction of Stanford swimmer Brock Turner on sexual assault charges, including new allegations of previous troubling behavior he showed toward women—with prosecutors noting he was "on the prowl" the night of the attack and was still in denial as of his sentencing that his... More »

Stanford Rapist Lied About Alcohol Use

Judge just won a new 6-year term

(Newser) - "Coming from a small town in Ohio, I had never really experienced celebrating or partying that involved alcohol," Brock Turner wrote to the judge ahead of his sentencing for raping an unconscious woman. He received a sentence widely criticized as lenient despite the fact that his claims about... More »

Mugshots in Stanford Rape Case Finally Released

As more than 200K want judge in Brock Turner case off the bench

(Newser) - The outrage over the Stanford University rape case isn't going away: A Change.org petition calling for Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky to be removed from the bench for his lenient sentence in the case is gaining momentum and now has more than 200,000 signatures.... More »

Rape Survivor Makes Strong Statement After Assailant Gets 6 Months

The judge went easy on Brock Allen Turner

(Newser) - "You took away my worth, my privacy, my energy, my time, my safety, my intimacy, my confidence, my own voice, until today." So says the rape survivor in the case of Brock Allen Turner , 20, a former Stanford University swimmer sentenced Thursday to 6 months in county jail,... More »

Sex Assault Charge Leads to Sobbing Mugshot

Anthony Zingale allegedly held knife to woman for sex

(Newser) - There's nothing at all amusing about the serious charges a Wisconsin man is facing—but his mugshot is getting a few pokes on the Internet. Anthony Zingale, 19, is accused of threatening a Plymouth woman with a knife in a rape attempt at a house party Saturday night, the... More »

Dozens Report Sexual Assaults at German Festival

More women are expected to come forward

(Newser) - Some 26 women have filed sexual assault complaints following a music festival in Darmstadt, Germany—and another 15 are expected to come forward. The 26 victims reported being "surrounded" by men who "touched and fondled" them at the Schlossgrabenfest on Saturday, reports the Evening Standard . Another 15 were... More »

Can Bill Cosby Be Convicted?

'Too much time has passed,' leading lawyer says

(Newser) - Will one of the biggest celebrity trials of the decade complete Bill Cosby's downfall? The 74-year-old has been ordered to stand trial on sexual assault charges , but it is far from clear whether prosecutors will be able to secure a conviction in the case, which involves allegations from 2004... More »

Cosby Must Stand Trial on Sex Assault Charges

Faces 10 years in prison if convicted

(Newser) - Bill Cosby was ordered Tuesday to stand trial on sexual assault charges after a hearing that hinged on a decade-old police report in which a woman said the comedian gave her three blue pills that put her in a stupor and made her unable to stop his advances. District Judge... More »

Cosby: I Had Sex Encounter With 17-Year-Old

Newly published 2005-2006 depositions reveal more explosive confessions

(Newser) - Bill Cosby appeared in a Pennsylvania courthouse Tuesday for a preliminary hearing in a criminal sex-assault case brought against him by ex-Temple University employee Andrea Constand, but newly revealed court papers from depositions he gave in 2005 and 2006 for Constand's civil suit are also making headlines. In those... More »

Camille Cosby Gets 'Combative' When Questioned About Bill

She refused to answer dozens of questions over eight hours of deposition

(Newser) - Camille Cosby refused to answer dozens of questions about her famous husband during two days of deposition back in February, USA Today reports. According to ABC News , a transcript of the deposition released Friday shows Camille cited "spousal privilege" in her refusal to answer questions more than a dozen... More »

Suit: Hugh Hefner 'Complicit' in Cosby Assault

He introduced Cosby to sex assault victim: suit

(Newser) - A woman who accuses Bill Cosby of sexual assault now says Hugh Hefner was "complicit" in the act. In a lawsuit, Chloe Goins says Hefner introduced her to Cosby during a party at the Playboy Mansion in 2008. Goins says Cosby drugged her, then led her to a room... More »

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 »

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