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Teen Cleared of Most Serious Charge in Prep School Rape Case

Owen Labrie convicted of misdemeanor sexual assault

(Newser) - The man accused of raping a 15-year-old girl while they were students at a prestigious New Hampshire boarding school was found guilty of misdemeanor sexual assault but acquitted of more serious felony charges today, the Boston Globe reports. The victim claims Owen Labrie, 18 at the time, forced sexual intercourse... More »

Alleged Teen Rapist: 'Divine Inspiration' Stopped Me

NH detective says Owen Labrie told her 'he had a moment of self-restraint'

(Newser) - The rape trial of former prep-school student Owen Labrie continued in New Hampshire yesterday, and a Concord police detective took the stand to testify about her interactions with the 19-year-old when she questioned him about the alleged May 2014 assault on a 15-year-old freshman, the AP reports. "He was... More »

This Woman Left Her Family to Marry Man on Death Row

They married over speaker phone in 1996 and see each other twice a week

(Newser) - Rosalie Bolin hasn't always had such an unusual story. Back in the '90s she had a normal-looking marriage with wealthy attorney Victor D. Martinez (described by the LAT as "the scion of one of [Tampa's] oldest and most prominent families") and four daughters to show... More »

Alleged Victim on Prep School Rape: 'I Felt Frozen'

'I didn't want to offend him,' she said on the stand

(Newser) - Disturbing details of the alleged rape gripping St. Paul's School were laid out yesterday in the second day of Owen Labrie's trial in Concord, NH. The alleged victim, then 15, says she initially declined to meet Labrie, then 18, on the roof of a campus building as part... More »

Women Recall Rapes Accurately Even While Intoxicated

They may not remember as much, but what they do is trustworthy

(Newser) - Undergoing questioning as a rape victim is difficult, but even more so if the victim is made to feel her recollections are untrustworthy—a reaction that's more probable if she was intoxicated during the assault. "Out of these concerns, the police might forgo interviewing victims," University of... More »

Sex-Crime Survivors Have Their Own Village

Umoja is a matriarchal refuge for women

(Newser) - Visit the Keynan village of Umoja and you'll see women in colorful clothing sing, dance, and sell beautiful beads. Look again, and there are only women—because only women are allowed to live there, the Guardian reports. Located in northern Kenya, the matriarchal village is currently home to 47... More »

Fla. University Suspends Frat Over Rape Rant

Sigma Nu brother caught on recording chanting 'rape,' obscenities

(Newser) - An incident report from the University of Central Florida says the school has suspended a fraternity after a recording surfaced of at least one member chanting offensive statements about rape, per the Orlando Sentinel . "There's a brother yelling obscenities, like 'Let's rape some [expletives], rape some... More »

Accused Rapist Spills on Prep School's Sexual Conquest Rite

Older students take 'great pride' in stealing younger ones' virginity: ex-prefect

(Newser) - St. Paul's School boasts a glittering roster of alumni that includes senators, congressmen, a Nobel laureate, and the current secretary of state. The elite prep school also allegedly has a sordid tradition of sexual conquest in which graduating boys try to take the virginity of younger girls before getting... More »

Accuser: Cosby Gave Me Spiked Drink in Gucci Shoe

'A princess should always drink champagne out of a glass slipper,' he allegedly said

(Newser) - Three more women are accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault and harassment, and the details are among the most graphic yet. "It is my turn to take the empty chair," an emotional Linda Ridgeway Whitedeer said at a press conference yesterday in Gloria Allred's office, referring to... More »

Sweden Lets Assange Off Hook on Some Sex Charges

Statute of limitations has expired, but other rape allegations are still pending

(Newser) - Swedish prosecutors say they've dropped two cases of sexual crimes against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange because they've expired, but they'll continue to investigate accusations of rape against him. The Swedish Prosecution Authority says it has been unable to charge the 44-year-old Australian, who escaped a Swedish arrest... More »

College Demands Sexual History of Alleged Rape Victim

Virginia Wesleyan College wants names of anyone she's ever had relationship with

(Newser) - A woman is suing Virginia Wesleyan College for $10 million after she says she was drugged and raped during freshman orientation in 2012, but the school is digging in. The college's lawyers have been battling with a lawyer for the student, "Jane Doe," for her complete sexual... More »

Woman Escapes Nightmare Captivity With Rent Check

She'd been held in her own apartment since April

(Newser) - A woman held hostage since April by her boyfriend in her apartment in Lenexa, Kansas, ended her horrifying ordeal via one of life's more innocuous chores: Paying the rent. "Do not call police, but send help," read the note tucked in her rent payment, reports KSHB . So... More »

We Haven't Tested 70K Rape Kits, and Probably Lots More

'USA Today' investigation shows staggering number of languishing kits

(Newser) - Gathering forensic evidence after a sexual assault is a meticulous but invasive process that can take 3 to 6 hours, though it's a process that most victims hope will lead to catching their attackers. But according to what USA Today calls the "most detailed nationwide inventory of untested... More »

Runaways Bassist Responds to Joan Jett Rape Denial

Jackie Fuchs says she understands why Jett, other bystanders didn't take action

(Newser) - Jackie Fuchs' bombshell claim that she was brutally raped in 1975 by the Runaways' manager while bandmates Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, and a host of other people watched was met with immediate denials by both Jett —who said she "was not aware of this incident"—and Currie,... More »

Clark Gable's Secret Daughter Born of Rape: Relative

Linda Lewis accuses Gable of date-raping Loretta Young in 1935

(Newser) - Though the reality was kept from the public for years, Hollywood quickly began whispering after Loretta Young disappeared from the spotlight in 1935 only to resurface with an "adopted" baby girl. Known as one of the most beautiful actresses of all time, Young had just finished Call of the ... More »

Runaways Bassist: I Was Raped as Joan Jett Watched

Jackie Fuchs recounts traumatic ordeal to HuffPo

(Newser) - The allegations of sexual assault plaguing Bill Cosby have inspired a former member of the all-girl rock band the Runaways to come forward with her own story of rape. Bassist Jackie Fuchs, aka Jackie Fox, says male band manager Kim Fowley raped her at a motel party in 1975 when... More »

We've Only Seen a Portion of Cosby's 2005 Deposition

Sources say the women involved in the case may ask judge to unseal it all

(Newser) - The bombshell testimony in which Bill Cosby admitted to drugging women before having sex with them might not be the last we hear from the comedian in regards to the sex-assault case. A lawyer for the plaintiff in the lawsuit— which was settled before trial in 2006 —says she... More »

Bill Cosby Confessed About Getting Drugs for Sex

Comedian testified about obtaining sedatives in 2005 lawsuit

(Newser) - Guess he's embarrassed now: In documents obtained by the AP , Bill Cosby testified during a 2005 court case that he obtained Quaaludes to drug women he sexually desired, and admitted to giving one woman and "other people" the sedative. Cosby was testifying in a lawsuit filed by former... More »

Journey Drummer Indicted on Rape, Slew of Charges

Deen Castronovo bombarded victim with texts, calls after order to stay away

(Newser) - Journey drummer Deen Castronovo was arrested in Oregon on June 14 and charged with misdemeanor assault and menacing, but he was released on $20,000 bail and told to stay away from the alleged victim, per the Statesman Journal . A few weeks later, he's back behind bars after reportedly... More »

In World's Newest Nation, Army Is Burning Girls Alive

UN report describes torture, rape, abductions in South Sudan

(Newser) - Violence in South Sudan, which broke from Sudan in 2011, has escalated to "a new brutality and intensity," according to a new UN report accusing the Sudan People's Liberation Army of carrying out a campaign of "killing, rape, abduction, looting, arson, and displacement." It notes... More »

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