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Jury Clears Derrick Rose, Co-Defendants in Rape Suit

Woman's lawyer had argued she was too intoxicated to consent

(Newser) - A federal jury in Los Angeles has cleared Derrick Rose and two of his friends in a rape lawsuit filed by an ex-girlfriend of the NBA star, the AP reports . The jury reached the verdict after hearing dramatically different accounts of the August 2013 sexual encounter. Neither side denied the... More »

Man Admits to Raping Daughter, 12, Gets 60 Days

He had agreed to spend 25 years behind bars

(Newser) - When a 40-year-old man stood in front of a Montana judge on Oct. 4, having admitted to raping his 12-year-old daughter, it was with the knowledge that he would likely spend the next quarter-century in jail. Instead, Judge John C. McKeon ignored a plea deal in which the Glasgow resident... More »

Accused Rapist: My Stomach Is So Big I Couldn't Have Done It

Lawyer says Jacques Rouschop's penis is also too small

(Newser) - An accused rapist in Canada is defending himself with the argument that he is physically incapable of the crime. Specifically, says the lawyer for Jacques Rouschop, "his stomach is too large and his penis is way, way too small," reports the Ottawa Citizen . The 44-year-old is accused of... More »

Detective Investigating Derrick Rose Rape Case Found Dead

Police are investigating the death of Det. Nadine Hernandez as a suicide

(Newser) - A Los Angeles Police Department detective investigating rape allegations against NBA star Derrick Rose was found shot Tuesday in a Los Angeles area home, the Los Angeles Times reports. Det. Nadine Hernandez, 44, had been shot once in the chest and died at the hospital. Police say there are "... 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 »

Judge Chucks Sex Offender's $4M Lawsuit Against Victim

He sued over being called a rapist on Facebook

(Newser) - A sex offender serving time in a California jail can't sue his victim for calling him a rapist, a judge in California has decided. The Sacramento Bee reports that the judge took less than 30 minutes to throw out a $4 million defamation lawsuit from Lang Her, a 26-year-old... More »

Missouri Woman: Fellow House Candidate Raped Me

His lawyer says accusations 'unfounded'

(Newser) - A Ferguson lawyer who is running for a seat in the Missouri House has accused another Democratic candidate of raping her during an August meeting to discuss how they could work together in the upcoming legislative session, the AP reports. Cora Faith Walker, 31, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which... 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 »

Air Force Colonel Accused of Rape Kills Self

Eugene Caughey's court-martial was scheduled for Oct. 17

(Newser) - A high-ranking Air Force Space Command officer who was charged with rape and other crimes was found dead in his Colorado home after civilian police received a report of a suicide, officials said Monday. The body of Col. Eugene Caughey, 46, was found Sunday at his off-base home in Colorado... More »

Judge: 'Jane Doe' Not Allowed in Derrick Rose Rape Trial

Woman accusing NBA star must use her real name if case is not settled

(Newser) - A woman says NBA star Derrick Rose and two of his friends raped her three years ago, and on Tuesday, a judge ruled that she must use her name when the civil trial starts next month, Deadspin reports. The woman, so far only known as Jane Doe, filed a lawsuit... More »

NJ GOP Candidate Reportedly Calls for Journalist's Rape

Mike Krawitz claims his account was hacked

(Newser) - A Republican running for office in New Jersey allegedly told a Daily Beast journalist he hoped she'd be raped. After she shared a story about Donald Trump's ex-wife, Marla Maples, reporter Olivia Nuzzi says Mike Krawitz sent her threatening messages reading , "I. Hope. Somebody. Rapes. You. Today.... More »

Cops: Lifeguard Raped at Pool

24-year-old woman reports attack in Alexandria, Virginia

(Newser) - Police in Alexandria, Virginia, are looking for a man who raped a 24-year-old lifeguard on duty at a swimming pool, reports WUSA9 . The 24-year-old woman told police that nobody was using the pool at a condominium complex when the man approached her with a gun about 2pm Saturday and assaulted... More »

Birth of a Nation Star Reveals 'Stomach-Churning Confusion'

Rape survivor Gabrielle Union finds herself conflicted over working with Nate Parker

(Newser) - Gabrielle Union, star of Nate Parker's Birth of a Nation, is a rape survivor. Since finding out about the rape allegations leveled against the director years ago—the 1999 accusations made headlines last month after it was revealed that the accuser committed suicide—she has found herself "in... 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 »

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 »

Elizabeth Smart: Porn Made My Ordeal Even Worse

She records video for anti-porn group

(Newser) - Elizabeth Smart has shared new details of her horrific kidnapping ordeal in a video for an anti-porn group , in which she says she has witnessed firsthand how damaging porn is. Smart—who was kidnapped in 2002, when she was 14, and raped repeatedly over the next nine months—says captor... More »

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