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Married Mom Accused of Raping Teen at School

School janitor Jessica Galyon allegedly harassed boy while students, faculty teased

(Newser) - The family of a 16-year-old Tennessee boy has filed a $4.5 million lawsuit against Roane County Schools and contractor Compass One Services of Tennessee for negligence after they say a female janitor at the teen's former high school raped him during school hours, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.... More »

A Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card for Rapists May Be Eliminated

Jordan's Article 308 allows rapists to marry victims to avoid jail time

(Newser) - Jordan's Cabinet took the first steps to undo a loophole protecting rapists on Sunday by revoking Article 308, a law that allows the criminals to escape punishment by marrying their victims and staying in that marriage for at least three years. Activists are celebrating this victory, with one calling... More »

Navy SEAL Arrested on Child Porn, Molestation Charges

Gregory Seerden was being investigated on suspicion of rape

(Newser) - A Navy SEAL has been arrested after authorities say they found 78 images of apparent child pornography on his phone, including videos of the SEAL molesting a young girl while she slept, the Virginian-Pilot reports. According to the AP , Petty Officer 1st Class Gregory Seerden was arrested April 3 in... More »

Lawyer in Rape Case: Women Are Weaker Sex, Good Liars

Steve Farese is taking some heat for his comments

(Newser) - Shock and outrage after—in the closing arguments of rich Tennesee man's rape trial—a defense attorney claimed women are especially adept liars. "Women can be especially good at it because they're the weaker sex," the Commercial Appeal quotes Steve Farese as saying Thursday. He apparently... More »

Judge Slammed for Calling Rapist Bishop a 'Good Man'

'Great men sometimes do bad things,' judge said

(Newser) - Judge Thomas Low called former Mormon bishop Keith Vallejo an "extraordinarily good man" when he sentenced him to up to life in prison on rape and sexual abuse charges this week, leaving open the question of what somebody would have to do for Low to consider them a bad... More »

With Huge Backlog, Texas Bill Wants to Crowdfund Rape Kit Testing

Donations collected at the DMV would fund DNA testing

(Newser) - With thousands of rape kits languishing untested in Texas, one state lawmaker devised a clever solution: crowdfunding. Rep. Victoria Neave came up with the idea after learning that many rape investigations were going nowhere because there was no money to analyze evidence collected from victims, NPR reports. The Dallas Democrat... More »

Ohio Woman Charged With Raping Cab Driver

Brittany Carter indicted on two felony charges in alleged attack on 29-year-old

(Newser) - It's the story of a 4:25am taxi ride and an alleged rape, but one that doesn't go the way you might expect. A 23-year-old Ohio woman was last week charged with raping her male cab driver, who was allegedly being held at knifepoint by one of the... More »

Man Acquitted in Sex Assault Case Because There's No Evidence of 'Desire'

Diego Cruz, 21, comes from prominent family in Mexico

(Newser) - A 17-year-old girl was allegedly forced into a car and sexually assaulted by a group of men as she left a New Year's party in 2015 in Mexico. One of those men was just acquitted because, the judge found, his touching of the girl's breasts and penetration of... More »

Rape Accusation at School Leads to Immigration Outcry

One of 2 teens accused in sexual assault came from Guatemala

(Newser) - A Maryland high school has been thrust into the national immigration debate after a 14-year-old student said she was raped in a bathroom there by two classmates, including one who authorities said came to the US illegally. The latest flashpoint in the immigration debate started out as a sexual assault... More »

Cops: Texas Teen's Gang-Rape Story Was a Hoax

Police say scratches to her body were self-inflicted

(Newser) - A bloodied Breana Talbott stumbled into a Texas church on March 8, wearing only a T-shirt and underwear, claiming to have been kidnapped and gang-raped in nearby woods by three black men in ski masks, police say. Authorities in Denison now add that the 18-year-old's story was only an... More »

Kardashian Reveals What She Was Thinking During Robbery

'Mentally prepped' for rape, hoped her sister would be OK after finding her dead

(Newser) - Kim Kardashian West says she "mentally prepped" herself to be raped while being held at gunpoint during a Paris jewelry heist last year. Kardashian West discussed the incident on Sunday night's episode of the E! network's "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," the AP reports. With... More »

Woman Lists 14-Year-Old Boy as Father of Her Unborn Child

Mekenzie Guffey has been charged with rape

(Newser) - A pregnant woman in Alabama has been charged with raping the underage father of her unborn son. AL.com reports 19-year-old Mekenzie Guffey applied for Medicaid this month and listed a 14-year-old boy as the father. Authorities say Guffey was introduced to the boy by a mutual friend at a... More »

'Knees Together' Judge Apologizes, Quits

Canadian council voted to remove Robin Camp

(Newser) - A judge who asked a 19-year-old woman why she couldn't have just kept her legs together to prevent being raped has quit rather than be forced out. Justice Robin Camp resigned from the Federal Court of Canada Thursday after members of the country's judicial watchdog voted 19 to... More »

Cops: Tourist Held, Raped Over 2 Months in Australia

Cairns man in custody after traffic stop on Sunday

(Newser) - "Horrific," "catastrophic," and "terrifying" are just a few words police in Queensland, Australia, are using to describe a two-month ordeal during which they say a British woman was held captive, beaten, and raped by a former lover. Authorities say the 22-year-old woman from Liverpool had... More »

88-Year-Old Woman Stops Rape by Claiming She Has HIV

She also 'kicked him where it hurt him the most'

(Newser) - An 88-year-old Pennsylvania woman says she talked an attacker out of raping her by lying to him that she was HIV-positive, the AP reports. Helen Reynolds tells WPVI the man forced his way into her Parkesburg apartment on the afternoon of Feb. 17. He rifled through her purse, took $40,... More »

Groom Admits Raping Woman Hours Before Wedding

Derry McCann previously served time for rape

(Newser) - A UK woman was almost in sight of her front door in east London when Derry McCann pulled her into bushes at Victoria Park, raped her for two hours—and then left to go get married later that day. McCann, 28, acknowledged what prosecutors called a "sustained and systematic"... More »

He Was Found Dead in His Cell. Then Came the Good News

Roger Largent's conviction overturned 4 days after his death

(Newser) - Roger Largent will never get a chance to clear his name in the rape of a disabled woman: He was found beaten to death in his prison cell four days before a court tossed his conviction. Authorities suspect Largent's cellmate in the slaying, but they have not cited a... More »

Lawyer: Honor Polanski's Secret Deal, Let Him Come Back

Says LA court should let director come back to US without jail time

(Newser) - It's been 40 years since Roman Polanski set foot on the US mainland, but the disgraced director is said to want to square things up and come back to America without facing jail time, TMZ reports. What needs squaring: his punishment for raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977 at... More »

Woman Chained in Container Describes What Captor Did

Kala Brown says Todd Kohlhepp never let her go unchained

(Newser) - A South Carolina woman who spent two months chained inside a large metal container says her captor raped her daily and bragged that he was good at killing, claiming that his victims tallied nearly 100. "He told me as long as I served my purpose, I was safe,"... More »

France Protests Over Police Rape Allegation Turn Fiery

Public outcry shows no sign of letting up in case of 'Theo'

(Newser) - After more than a week of protests over a young Frenchman's allegation that police raped him with a baton during a routine stop, the demonstrations in a Paris suburb turned violent overnight, reports NBC News . "Several vehicles, including a media truck, were set on fire and police officers... More »

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