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DNA Clears Man in Prison for 16 Years for Rape

'Shaky witness' testimony erroneously landed Luis Vargas in jail in 1999

(Newser) - A California man imprisoned for 16 years for sexual assault was exonerated Monday after DNA tests showed another man committed the crimes, USA Today reports. Luis Vargas, 46, broke down when an LA Superior Court judge granted a petition to release him from his sentence of 55 years to life... More »

For Years, Woman's Rape Went Basically Un-Investigated

Police didn't even test rape kit for a decade

(Newser) - Marie picked up the phone and dialed the number the detective gave her 10 days before, on the night she was raped at knifepoint outside a friend's house in New Orleans. It was the first of many calls Marie would make in an 18-year ordeal of shoddy police work... More »

NHL Star's Rape Case Dismissed

DA cites lack of evidence, uncooperative complainant

(Newser) - Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane can breathe easy knowing that a rape case against him will proceed no further. "The totality of the credible evidence … does not sufficiently substantiate the complainant's allegation that she was raped by Patrick Kane and this so-called 'case' is rife with... More »

2 Teens Arrested for Raping Toddler in India's Capital

In separate incident, 3 men are arrested for gang-rape of 5-year-old

(Newser) - Police arrested two teenagers Sunday for allegedly raping a toddler in New Delhi, the latest incident of sexual violence against a young child in the Indian capital. Police said they questioned more than 250 residents of the western Delhi neighborhood where the 2 1/2-year-old girl was raped and left bleeding... More »

Cops: Man We Monitored Held Girl Captive for Months

Cody Jackson to face rape, kidnapping charges

(Newser) - The advantage of an electronic monitoring bracelet is that authorities can track a suspect's whereabouts. The downside: They can have no idea that a suspect might be holding a girl captive in his home while wearing it. That was allegedly the case in Norwood, Ohio: Cody Jackson, described as... More »

Rape Victim Helps Catch Alleged Serial Killer

'I'm blessed to have been able to stop him'

(Newser) - Candice Franklin, a former drug addict and prostitute, turned her life around after helping police catch the man who allegedly raped her and killed four other prostitutes in a poor Chicago neighborhood, the Chicago Tribune reports in a lengthy piece about Franklin and her alleged attacker. "I'm blessed... More »

Cops Arrest Woman They Pressured Into Reporting Rape

BuzzFeed: Lara McLeod's life was destroyed by 'sloppy' investigation

(Newser) - Four years ago, police pressured 19-year-old Lara McLeod into reporting her rape; then they arrested her. With the help of never-before-released documents and recordings, BuzzFeed News explains how that decision by detectives indirectly or directly cost McLeod her friends, employment, and sense of self; bankrupted her sister Hera; and resulted... More »

John Walsh Helps Find 'One of My Most Wanted Guys'

Fugitive was on the lam for nearly 25 years

(Newser) - A man wanted for a quarter-century for the rape and torture of two women is finally back in police custody. Some 24 years ago, brothers Paul Erven Jackson and Vance Roberts were accused of kidnapping, raping, and torturing at least two prostitutes in Roberts' home in Hillsboro, Ore., where police... More »

'Elaborate Hoax' Alleged in NHL Star's Rape Case

DA says mysterious evidence bag was planted by accuser's mother

(Newser) - There's been another shocking revelation in what has already been a twisty week for the alleged rape case against hockey star Patrick Kane. Just two days after it was reported that the evidence bag that apparently once contained the alleged victim's rape kit was found open and abandoned... More »

Bizarre Twist in Rape Case Against NHL Star

Rape kit evidence bag allegedly delivered to alleged victim's mother

(Newser) - In a bizarre turn of events in the rape case against hockey star Patrick Kane , the evidence bag once containing the victim's rape kit was found torn open and abandoned at the alleged victim's mother's front door yesterday afternoon, according to the 21-year-old accuser's lawyer. The... More »

Students: Here's How Often We Get Raped

Survey adds to 'rape crisis' data in US colleges

(Newser) - A new survey only adds to the growing perception that there's a rape crisis in US colleges, the Washington Post reports. According to 150,000 students responding at 27 schools, more than one in five female undergraduates have been sexually assaulted (including forced kissing or groping) and 11% experienced... More »

Untested Rape Kits in 27 States to Be Dusted Off

Feds, NYC providing $79M to clear backlog

(Newser) - The federal government has teamed up with the New York City DA's office to combat the only thing standing between many rapists and justice: a lack of money. There's a huge backlog of untested rape kits around the country—it could run into the hundreds of thousands —... More »

Cops Figure Out Which Twin Is Serial Rapist

Frenchman had same DNA as brother

(Newser) - It was a mystery that standard DNA testing couldn't solve: Which one was the evil twin? Police in Marseille, France, were stumped after DNA linked to a serial rapist led to identical twins Yoan and Elvin Gomis . Both were jailed until a breakthrough in the case was made through... More »

Cosby Accusers Are 'Unrapeable' Money Hustlers, Actor Says

Damon Wayans wades into controversy over Bill Cosby rape allegations

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's accusers? "Unrapeable." Their accusations? "A money hustle." So said Damon Wayans in a radio interview with "The Breakfast Club" on Power 105 in New York City on Friday. "If I was him, I would divorce my wife, wink-wink, give her all... More »

Guam Passes Controversial Chemical Castration Bill

Sex offenders could be castrated before their release

(Newser) - In the US in 2013, there were an average of 25.2 reported rapes per 100,000 people—but in Guam, there were 64.2. Today, the US territory took what one Guam senator called the "first step to addressing Guam's rape problem" when the legislature passed a... More »

Chrissie Hynde: Rape Can Be Woman's Fault

She blames herself for biker attack when she was 21

(Newser) - Chrissie Hynde is promoting her new memoir, Reckless, and what she has to say about a sexual assault she suffered when she was 21 has provoked a mixture of outrage and pity. The Pretenders singer tells the Sunday Times that she takes "full responsibility" for being brought to an... More »

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 »

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