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India Bans Incendiary Rape Documentary

Leslee Udwin had appealed to PM Narendra Modi against 'kneejerk hysteria'

(Newser) - A rapist's utter lack of remorse provoked no small amount of controversy over a coming documentary, and India swiftly responded today by banning India's Daughter outright, reports the New York Times . India won't "allow any organization to leverage" the 2012 gang rape of a woman on... More »

Filmmaker's Interviews With Indian Rapists Horrify

Documentary on murder of Indian woman reveals men's shocking attitudes

(Newser) - Two years ago, medical student Jyoti Singh was brutally gang-raped on a bus in Delhi, India; she died from her injuries almost two weeks later. Now an Israeli-born filmmaker's documentary about the attack, set to air on BBC4 on Sunday and at a New York screening on March 9,... More »

6 People Have Now Accused Yoga Guru of Rape, Assault

Bikram Choudhury facing 6 civil lawsuits

(Newser) - Bikram Choudhury, founder of the Bikram style of yoga practiced in sweltering heat, has been a controversial figure for years —but there are now six civil lawsuits that accuse him of rape or assault, the most recent one filed earlier this month, and his yoga empire is divided as... More »

Old Rape Kits in Houston Are a DNA Jackpot

After 6,663 tested, FBI's DNA database returns 850 hits

(Newser) - Since 2013, Houston has been going through some 6,663 rape kits that had never been tested ; some were almost 30 years old. Now the effort is complete, and authorities have found 850 matches with the FBI's DNA records, the AP reports. Twenty-nine people have been charged as part... More »

Homeless Woman Walks Miles for Rape Hearings

Perpetrator Paul Hubert, 54, attacked her under a bridge

(Newser) - First she endured the horror of being raped under a bridge. Then the 47-year-old homeless woman took walks as long as 8 miles in Columbus, Ohio, to attend several court hearings for her attacker—who pleaded guilty and got 3 years in prison, the Columbus Dispatch reports. "He didn’... More »

Law & Order Spurs Girl to Report Abuse; Man Arrested

12-year-old told her mom she'd been touched inappropriately

(Newser) - The case is a little murky, but a prominent Maryland businessman is under arrest almost a year after he emailed his nanny/housekeeper a photo of her 11-year-old daughter in underwear changing into a shirt. The mom reported the photo to Robert Shapiro's wife, reports WJLA , and the couple began... More »

Utah Lawmakers Debate Sex With Unconscious People

Law also applies to spouses, committee member told

(Newser) - A Utah bill stating that unconscious people cannot consent to sex proved to be more controversial than expected when it came before a legislative committee earlier this week. Rep. Brian Greene wondered if it meant that somebody who had sex with an unconscious spouse could be charged with rape, saying... More »

Stanford Swimmer Charged in Rape of Passed-Out Woman

Brock Turner has been arrested, withdrew from university

(Newser) - A former freshman swimmer at Stanford University has been barred from the campus and is facing felony charges after allegedly raping a woman as she lay unconscious on campus. Early on Sunday, Jan. 18, two male cyclists saw the woman on the ground and a man on top of her;... More »

Ex-Vanderbilt Students Guilty on All Counts in Rape Trial

Cory Batey, Brandon Vandenburg face long prison sentences

(Newser) - One stared ahead stoically and the other mouthed "No"—after a jury found two former Vanderbilt football players guilty on all counts in a rape trial that included shocking video and images of the assault, the AP reports. Cory Batey, 21, and Brandon Vandenburg, 21, each face decades-long... More »

DA: Vanderbilt Players Giggled, Texted During Rape

Jurors shown video of accused carrying passed-out victim into dorm

(Newser) - Jurors in the rape trial of two ex-Vanderbilt football players have watched surveillance video of a female student being carried into a dorm, put in an elevator, and dragged out after the doors opened. Four former players are accused in the alleged rape of the unconscious female in a dorm... More »

Report: Cosby Pays for 'Dirt' on Rape Accusers

Comedian specifically targets Beverly Johnson, source says

(Newser) - Bill Cosby plans to fire back at his rape accusers by digging up tidbits about their past—or, rather, paying private investigators six-figure sums to do so for him, according to unnamed sources in the New York Post . A firm in Glendale, Calif., and about six former LAPD detectives are... More »

Mass. Uber Driver Accused of Raping Passenger

Alejandro Done has pleaded not guilty

(Newser) - More trouble for Uber : A driver for the ride-sharing service has been charged with rape, among other things, for a Dec. 6 incident in Massachusetts. The alleged victim says Alejandro Done, 46, picked her up from a Boston residence after she had been out with friends and, instead of taking... More »

Rolling Stone Orders Audit of UVa Rape Story

Jann Wenner has asked Columbia Journalism School to examine what went wrong

(Newser) - Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner is ordering an independent audit to get to the bottom of what went wrong with Sabrina Rubin Erdely's University of Virginia rape story , and the Columbia Journalism School will do the honors, the Washington Post reports. The investigative team, headed by deans Steve Coll... More »

Student Accused of Columbia Rape: I'm a Feminist

Paul Nungesser holds that sex was consensual

(Newser) - A Columbia University senior is drawing attention to the issue of rape on campus by carrying a mattress with her, saying she'll keep bearing the load until her rapist is kicked out of school. Now, the man she accuses of the attack is speaking publicly for the first time,... More »

How Rapists Who Wear Condoms Could Be Caught

Bacterial profiles of pubic hair so unique they could identify perpetrators

(Newser) - Investigators routinely analyze pubic hairs found at crime scenes where rape is suspected, but it's rare that the hair has its root, and thus sufficient DNA to identify its former owner. Now researchers say that bacterial colonies on pubic hairs appear to be so unique to an individual that... More »

Bill Cosby's Wife Reacts to Rape Allegations

Camille Cosby says her husband is 'kind' and 'generous'

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's wife emerged from the shadows today to defend her husband against rape accusations, but doesn't deny them exactly—she just says the allegations by more than 15 women don't jibe with the man she knows, CBS News reports. "He is a kind man, a... More »

Why Did We Believe the Jackie Rape Story?

...and other reactions to Rolling Stone's controversial article

(Newser) - With the University of Virginia gang-rape story springing leaks , reactions are rolling in—including a piece on why many people believed the horrific tale of seven frat-house boys committing ritualized rape. The answer: "We found something in that article that struck a chord with us," writes Julia Horowitz,... More »

India Arrests Uber Driver in Rape of Passenger

Police threaten taxi company with legal action for failing to screen driver

(Newser) - India police today arrested a 32-year-old Uber driver in the rape of a New Delhi woman who used the taxi service on Friday, and they're threatening legal action against Uber itself, reports Reuters , saying that the company failed to adequately screen the driver or install a GPS location device... More »

Bill Cosby Tweets for First Time in Weeks

Thanks supporters as new accusers emerge

(Newser) - Bill Cosby has been pretty quiet since rape accusations against him started becoming big news, but this week tweets appeared on his Twitter feed for the first time since Nov. 17. "Thank you @WhoopiGoldberg," he tweeted Tuesday, following that up yesterday with "Thank you @MissJillScott, from the... More »

Lady Gaga: I Was Raped at 19

By a man 20 years older, she tells Howard Stern

(Newser) - Lady Gaga was raped when she was 19 by a man 20 years her senior, she told Howard Stern yesterday. "I went through some horrific things that I'm able to laugh [at] now, because I've gone through a lot of mental and physical therapy and emotional therapy... More »

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