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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 »

Bus Driver Admits to Raping Student, Walks Free

Alexander Rodriquez will be on supervised sex offender probation for 10 years

(Newser) - A 35-year-old former school bus driver won't serve time in jail after pleading guilty to raping a 15-year-old student in Hamilton County, Tenn. On Thursday, Judge Barry Steelman accepted Alexander Rodriquez's plea deal for aggravated statutory rape, which included a four-year suspended sentence, though he questioned why prosecutors... More »

What Really Happened to Dahlia Yehia in Nepal?

After flying to help earthquake victims, everything but her iPhone disappeared

(Newser) - About two weeks after American art teacher Dahlia Yehia messaged a friend to confirm that she had arrived in Pokhara, Nepal, her parents reached out to the US embassy in Kathmandu. Their 25-year-old daughter had left volunteer work in the earthquake disaster zone in Gorkha district and traveled to Pokhara... More »

Cops: Rape Victim Was Raped Again by Same 5 Men

Young woman's case highlights the plight of the lower castes in India

(Newser) - A master's student at India's MD University in Rohtak was found in the bushes last week, her clothes torn and the victim of an apparent abduction and rape, cops say—and her attackers look to be the same five men who gang-raped her three years ago, the Times ... More »

Woman Gets Prison Time for Alleged Rapist's 1995 Killing

Norma Esparza pointed out Gonzalo Ramirez in a bar, then he was killed

(Newser) - Norma Patricia Esparza was a Southern California college student in 1995 when she says she was raped by a man she met at a bar. Weeks later, she went back to the same spot and pointed him out to her ex-boyfriend. He and two others followed the man, Gonzalo Ramirez,... More »

Amy Schumer Reveals She Was Raped

But lots of media outlets aren't calling it that

(Newser) - In a new cover interview with Marie Claire , Amy Schumer reveals that she was raped when she was younger. "My first sexual experience was not a good one," she says. "I didn't think about it until I started reading my journal again. When it happened, I... 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 »

German Rape Victims Now Don't Have to Prove They Resisted

New law has potential to improve country's low reporting of rapes

(Newser) - German lawmakers passed a bill Thursday that will make it easier for victims of sex crimes to file criminal complaints if they rejected their attacker's advances with a clear "no." German law previously required victims to show that they physically resisted attack before charges for rape and... More »

Judge in Rape Case: 'Why Couldn't You Keep Your Knees Together?'

Robin Camp now says his thinking was 'infected with stereotypical beliefs'

(Newser) - Two years after a Canadian judge repeatedly called an alleged rape victim "the accused," asked her "why couldn't you just keep your knees together?" and acquitted the actual accused of sexual assault, Robin Camp is facing a public hearing that will determine whether he should keep... More »

6 Members of Cuban Volleyball Team Detained in Rape Case in Finland

Team was there for a tournament

(Newser) - Finnish police have released two members of Cuba's national men's volleyball team but are holding six others on suspicion of aggravated rape, an investigator said Monday. Police will request that a regional court on Tuesday order the six men to be remanded in custody to continue the investigation... More »

Cops: Man Beheaded Girlfriend's Alleged Rapist

Joseph Thoresen faces up to 40 years in prison

(Newser) - A Minnesota man and his unnamed girlfriend have been charged with brutally murdering and beheading a 20-year-old man the girlfriend claimed raped her, NBC News reports. According to KARE 11 , the girlfriend was upset when her boyfriend, 35-year-old Joseph Thoresen, informed her David Haiman was coming to their apartment June... More »

Brock Turner Judge Was Harsher in Similar Case

Latino man's sentence was 6 times longer

(Newser) - The Brock Turner controversy rumbles on: A defendant from a very different background than the former Stanford student received a much harsher sentence from the same judge in a similar case, the Guardian reports. According to court records, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Aaron Persky oversaw a plea deal... More »

Man Charged With Raping 2 Women Gets Probation

John Enochs will only serve 1 day in jail

(Newser) - A former Indiana University student charged with raping two women will get off with a year of probation and one day in jail, WXIN reports. John Enochs took a plea deal and was sentenced Thursday, pleading guilty to misdemeanor battery. According to the New York Daily News , it's unclear... More »

Aussie Cadets: We Were Forced to Rape Each Other

Public inquiry underway to hear of alleged abuse

(Newser) - Former recruits have emerged with disturbing allegations against Australia's military, claiming that as part of their "initiation," they were raped by staff and also made to rape each other—with some saying they were as young as 15, CNN reports. At a public inquiry that started Tuesday,... More »

Ex-Vanderbilt Student Guilty of Rape—Again

Unlike Brock Turner, Brandon Vandenburg faces minimum 15 years

(Newser) - Years before the Brock Turner uproar, there was the shocking Vanderbilt rape case , which is still going through the courts. In the latest development, ex-Vanderbilt football player Brandon Vandenburg was found guilty Saturday of taking part in the rape of an unconscious woman in his dorm room in June 2013.... 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 »

Court Records Shed More Light on Stanford Rape Sentence

Judge was swayed by Brock Turner's crime-free history prior to assault

(Newser) - Brock Turner's clean background more than anything else spared him a lengthy prison sentence in the Stanford rape case. A newly released court transcript sheds the most light yet on the thinking of Judge Aaron Persky in handing down the controversial sentence, reports the Guardian . For example, Persky mentioned... More »

Woman Convicted of Adultery in Qatar After Reporting Rape

Dutch woman says drink was spiked, she was assaulted—but Qatar doesn't see it that way

(Newser) - Qatar's Article 281 makes clear that any man who has extramarital sex "with a female over sixteen without compulsion, duress, or ruse shall be punished with imprisonment for a term up to seven years." The next part of that code raises eyebrows: "The same penalty shall... 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 »

Graduating Students React to Stanford Rape

Outrage over Brock Turner's 6-month sentence continues

(Newser) - Stanford University graduating students and women's rights advocates used the school's commencement ceremony to again express their anger over the six-month jail sentence given to a former student for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman , reports the AP . A handful of students demonstrated Sunday during "Wacky Walk,"... More »

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