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Footage of Girl, 14, Being Raped Posted to Facebook

Police arrested alleged attacker and are searching for the person who filmed it

(Newser) - Shahmell Robinson, a 21-year-old man from Rochester, NY, is facing state and federal charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl on camera. The person who allegedly filmed the act on his phone, 22-year-old Jordon McCloud, has yet to be found, though authorities say the cell phone footage is incriminating:... More »

Indian Teen Raped as Penalty for Brother's Actions

Village council ordered revenge rape in Jharkhand state: police

(Newser) - A girl has been raped in northern India after a village council ordered the crime as payback for her brother's actions, according to police and her family. The Wall Street Journal reports the teen's brother stands accused of trying to sexually assault the wife of Birju Pasi, with... More »

Rape Isn't Always Men Raping Women

Richard Morgan tells the story of his own assault

(Newser) - Richard Morgan never intended to write about his rape. But then he realized that, despite ample statistics to prove that men are frequently rape victims—one in 33 has been the victim of at least attempted rape, and 12.9% have been sexually assaulted—he'd "never heard a... More »

Judge Tells Fast-Food Worker to Get 'Real Job'

It's not Judge G. Todd Baugh's first remark to make headlines

(Newser) - Just weeks after he was handed a 31-day suspension for suggesting that a 14-year-old girl—who committed suicide after her teacher raped her—was partly to blame, a Montana judge is making headlines again. The line uttered by District Judge G. Todd Baugh that's raising eyebrows this time: He... More »

Rape Victims: Bob Jones University Called Us Sinners

Students asked to find 'root sin' that 'caused' their rapes

(Newser) - Rape victims who turned to Bob Jones University for help often wind up getting told to repent, an al-Jazeera investigation has learned. Five former students told the network that they'd been horribly scarred by the counseling they received at the conservative Christian school. Their stories include:
  • One woman said
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How Hillary Clinton Freed an Alleged Child Rapist

In old recording, Clinton reminisces about defense attorney days

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton is in the spotlight right now, thanks to her new book and will-she-or-won't-she 2016 speculation , and it sure looks like someone's using the opportunity to roll out some opposition research. The right-leaning Washington Free Beacon yesterday released newly discovered recordings from the 1980s in which Clinton... More »

911 Dispatcher to Rape Victim: 'Quit Crying'

Operator wasn't exactly sensitive during the emergency call

(Newser) - A woman who was raped in Columbus, Ohio, said the 911 dispatcher she called after her attack had “zero sympathy” after the victim got this response during her call: “Ma’am, you’re going to have to quit crying so I can get the information from you."... More »

Report: College Sex Crimes Up 50% This Decade

While every other type of campus crime has decreased

(Newser) - There might be a reason that college sexual assaults make the news more often these days. A new Department of Education report has found that reports of "forcible" campus sexual assaults shot up 50% between 2001 and 2011, jumping from 2,200 to 3,300, Time reports. At the... More »

Judge Suspended Longer Than 30-Day Rape Sentence

Baugh gets 31 days, will be publicly censured

(Newser) - The Montana judge who said a 14-year-old rape victim was "older than her chronological age" and was "as much in control" as the teacher who had sex with her has received a suspension a day longer than the 30 days he handed down in the case. The Montana... More »

Indiana: We Can't Afford to Reduce Prison Rape

State decides it's better off losing federal grants

(Newser) - Indiana's governor says the state will not be implementing federal guidelines for reducing prison rape because the cost is too high and it has other spending priorities. State officials say complying with the Prison Rape Elimination Act passed in 2003 and signed into law by George W. Bush would... More »

Teen Cousins Gang-Raped, Hanged in India

Three have been arrested, including 2 police officers

(Newser) - Three men, including two police officers, have been arrested in northern India in connection with a horrific new instance of sexual violence: They're suspected of gang-raping and killing two teenage cousins before hanging the girls from a mango tree. Villagers found the bodies yesterday morning, hours after the two... More »

Woman Held Captive 10 Years Goes to Police

California man charged with kidnapping her as a teen, brainwashing her

(Newser) - It's another tale of a longtime captive gaining freedom, with this one bearing more similarity to the Jaycee Dugard case than the Cleveland kidnappings . An unidentified 25-year-old woman who was reported missing 10 years ago in California found her sister on Facebook and contacted her; police say that the... More »

Woman Blasts Judge Who Told Her to Forgive Rapist

Ex-husband got no jail time for taped assaults

(Newser) - An Indiana woman is speaking out after a judge let her ex-husband off with no jail time even though he was convicted of repeatedly drugging her, raping her while she was unconscious, and recording the assaults. The sentence was a "sucker punch to the gut," Mandy Boardman tells... More »

Campus Vigilante Posting Names of Columbia 'Rapists'

School keeps scrubbing the lists from bathrooms

(Newser) - There's at least one graffiti vigilante on the loose at Columbia University. Over the past week, lists have been appearing in bathrooms across the school's campus, with titles like "Rapists on Campus" and "Sexual Assault Violators on Campus," according to student media reports. The first... More »

Judge Who 'Blamed' Rape Victim Recuses Herself

Jeanine Howard backs out of controversial case

(Newser) - A Texas judge who sparked outrage by limiting the punishment of a rapist —and criticizing the man's 14-year-old victim—has recused herself from the case, the Dallas Morning News reports. State District Judge Jeanine Howard made no comment beyond what she said Thursday night (that the girl "... More »

Rapist's Sentence: Volunteer at Rape Crisis Center

Dallas center says 'no thanks'

(Newser) - Dallas County District Judge Jeanine Howard is known for handing out unusual sentences, but her latest "shocked and disturbed," reports WFAA . Sir Young, 20, pleaded guilty to raping a 14-year-old girl at Booker T. Washington High School; he was an 18-year-old student there at the time. He faced... More »

White House Tells Colleges How to Deal With Rape

Task force presents university guidelines, launches website

(Newser) - The White House has pulled together its two cents on how US colleges should step up their fight against rape, with an Obama administration task force yesterday issuing guidelines for action. Among them: survey students anonymously on sexual assault, do a better job of keeping reported assaults confidential, and teach... More »

Game of Thrones Has a Rape Problem

Jaime Lannister's uncomfortable scene

(Newser) - How did Game of Thrones top last week's [SPOILER ALERT] death of King Joffrey? By having his dad rape his mom next to his corpse. But while that first shocker drew cheers, this one is drawing fire. Here's what people are saying: More »

Russian Pol Tells Aides to 'Violently Rape' Journalist

Vladimir Zhirinovsky faces legal action, ethics investigation

(Newser) - A longtime Russian politician is facing sanctions after a pretty staggering outburst against a pregnant journalist. In an exchange caught by cameras, Vladimir Zhirinovsky, leader of the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party, told aides to "violently rape" Russia Today reporter Stella Dubovitskaya. After Dubovitskaya asked about a ban on Russian... More »

Rumors Abound in Wake of Bryan Singer Sex Scandal

'X-Men' director is being sued for allegedly raping teen boy

(Newser) - When news broke yesterday that Bryan Singer had been accused of repeatedly raping a teenage boy, the director's rep called the lawsuit an "absurd" attempt to get attention as Singer awaits next month's release of his latest X-Men movie—but it certainly doesn't look like the... More »

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