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How Rapists Who Wear Condoms Could Be Caught

Bacterial profiles of pubic hair so unique they could identify perpetrators

(Newser) - Investigators routinely analyze pubic hairs found at crime scenes where rape is suspected, but it's rare that the hair has its root, and thus sufficient DNA to identify its former owner. Now researchers say that bacterial colonies on pubic hairs appear to be so unique to an individual that... More »

Bill Cosby's Wife Reacts to Rape Allegations

Camille Cosby says her husband is 'kind' and 'generous'

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's wife emerged from the shadows today to defend her husband against rape accusations, but doesn't deny them exactly—she just says the allegations by more than 15 women don't jibe with the man she knows, CBS News reports. "He is a kind man, a... More »

Why Did We Believe the Jackie Rape Story?

...and other reactions to Rolling Stone's controversial article

(Newser) - With the University of Virginia gang-rape story springing leaks , reactions are rolling in—including a piece on why many people believed the horrific tale of seven frat-house boys committing ritualized rape. The answer: "We found something in that article that struck a chord with us," writes Julia Horowitz,... More »

India Arrests Uber Driver in Rape of Passenger

Police threaten taxi company with legal action for failing to screen driver

(Newser) - India police today arrested a 32-year-old Uber driver in the rape of a New Delhi woman who used the taxi service on Friday, and they're threatening legal action against Uber itself, reports Reuters , saying that the company failed to adequately screen the driver or install a GPS location device... More »

Bill Cosby Tweets for First Time in Weeks

Thanks supporters as new accusers emerge

(Newser) - Bill Cosby has been pretty quiet since rape accusations against him started becoming big news, but this week tweets appeared on his Twitter feed for the first time since Nov. 17. "Thank you @WhoopiGoldberg," he tweeted Tuesday, following that up yesterday with "Thank you @MissJillScott, from the... More »

Lady Gaga: I Was Raped at 19

By a man 20 years older, she tells Howard Stern

(Newser) - Lady Gaga was raped when she was 19 by a man 20 years her senior, she told Howard Stern yesterday. "I went through some horrific things that I'm able to laugh [at] now, because I've gone through a lot of mental and physical therapy and emotional therapy... More »

Janice Dickinson: Cosby a 'Monster' Who Raped Me

Model says she was 'humiliated,' demands comedian acknowledge alleged attack

(Newser) - "I remember being humiliated, disgusted," Janice Dickinson tells Fredricka Whitfield in a CNN interview last night, describing how Bill Cosby allegedly raped her. The model, who claims the sexual assault took place after a 1982 dinner in Lake Tahoe, went into graphic detail during the interview, saying that... More »

Co-Artists: Shia LeBeouf Did Face Sex 'Incident'

Actor says he was raped at gallery

(Newser) - Artists who worked with Shia LaBeouf are offering support for his assertion that he was raped during an art exhibition, Gawker reports. Nastja Säde Rönkkö, who was involved in a project that saw LaBeouf sitting in a gallery with a paper bag on his head, tweeted some "... More »

UVa Rape Story Reporter: School 'Stonewalled' Me

Sabrina Rubin Erdely says university only cared about its reputation

(Newser) - Sabrina Rubin Erdely's story on alleged sexual assault at the University of Virginia has made waves, with the university temporarily shutting down fraternities as it investigates the horrific report. Now, Erdely is offering a glimpse into her experience reporting the story, telling the Washington Post that the university stood... More »

How Technology Led to a Child's Abduction— and Rescue

iPod helped authorities find girl said to have been talking to man online

(Newser) - The story of a 12-year-old girl's kidnapping fuels concerns about the dangers of the Internet—even as it demonstrates how today's devices can come to the rescue, Ars Technica reports. The Baltimore-area girl, identified in court as Jane Doe, communicated with several men via Xbox Live and social... More »

Death to the Fraternity System

We can't trust 'reform': Jordan Sargent

(Newser) - A report about an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia shut down the school's fraternities until Jan. 9—but actually, "the right time to bring back the fraternities is never," writes Jordan Sargent at Gawker . It's time, he says, to do away with a... More »

Okla. Students Walk Out in Rape Protest

They support classmates who say they were bullied after being raped

(Newser) - High school students in Oklahoma walked out of classes yesterday in solidarity with three classmates who say they were raped by a fellow student and then bullied by the alleged attacker's friends. Hundreds of teens at Norman High School participated in the protests, which accused school officials of failing... More »

Cosby Rape Accusers: Here's What Happened, in Detail

Five women tell the Post about alleged horrific encounters

(Newser) - Details of alleged sexual assaults by Bill Cosby just keep on coming. Today five women describe his purported attacks in blood-curdling detail to the Washington Post , with some saying they were drugged before the encounter and others claiming they screamed, tried fighting him off, or said they would fight him... More »

Gang-Rape Report Shuts Down UVa Frats Until January

President calls on those with information to come forward

(Newser) - A Rolling Stone report on an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity has prompted the school's president to suspend all frats until the spring semester. In an open letter to students and staff today, president Teresa Sullivan calls for "the collective strength of the members... More »

Casinos in Tucson, Vegas Dump Cosby

Comedian's performances canceled as sexual-assault accusations mount

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's appearances at casinos in Las Vegas and Tucson, Ariz., have been canceled amid widening allegations of sexual assault. Officials at the Treasure Island hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip say they've mutually agreed with the comedian to cancel his upcoming performance. "It wasn't a... More »

Latest Cosby Accuser: Lou Ferrigno's Wife

Another woman says Cosby drugged, raped her

(Newser) - Yet more women have come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them—or in the case of Carla Ferrigno, wife of Incredible Hulk star Lou Ferrigno, attempting to sexually assault them. Ferrigno tells the Daily Mail that in 1967, when she was still a teenager, a date brought... More »

Cosby Again Asked About Claims, Responds Differently

He doesn't stay silent in AP interview, then asks that the exchange be 'scuttled'

(Newser) - The Hollywood Reporter calls it "uncomfortable footage." And how. The AP yesterday released video shot during a Nov. 6 interview with Bill Cosby and wife Camille about artwork they loaned to the Smithsonian . Historically, and in a recent NPR interview , Cosby has remained silent if the interviewer asks... More »

Janice Dickinson: Bill Cosby Raped Me

Netflix shelves Cosby comedy special

(Newser) - Former supermodel Janice Dickinson has a message for Bill Cosby: "Go f--k yourself. How dare you take advantage of me. And I hope you rot." The America's Next Top Model judge has become the third woman in the last month to accuse Cosby of sexually assaulting her.... More »

Cosby Once Did a Bit About Drugging Women's Drinks

Behold 1969's 'Spanish Fly'

(Newser) - As the sexual assault accusations against Bill Cosby continue to mount , Alan Scherstuhl at the Village Voice makes an interesting observation: Cosby's accusers all have a similar story, that of feeling drugged after having drinks with the comedian, then getting assaulted. "Curiously, Cosby himself once made such scenarios... More »

Ferguson Officer Accused of Raping Pregnant Inmate

Jaris Hayden allegedly forced himself on woman before allowing escape

(Newser) - More trouble for authorities in Ferguson, Mo.: As the city braces for the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown police shooting case, a correctional officer has been accused of serious misconduct. Jaris Hayden, 29, allegedly raped a pregnant inmate in his custody before allowing her to escape from the... More »

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