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India Seeks to Stop Child Rape With Harsh Consequence

Raping a girl under the age of 12 may soon bring the death penalty if ordinance is given green light

(Newser) - India's government has decided to prescribe the death penalty for people convicted of raping girls under the age of 12 to combat an increase in crimes against women, per the AP . An ordinance was approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet and was being sent to the president... More »

Another Shocking Rape Jolts India

This time, the victim was an 8-year-old girl, sedated and assaulted for days

(Newser) - The fatal gang rape of a female medical student in India in 2012 galvanized hundreds of thousands of Indians to take to the streets to demand tougher rape laws. A horrific new case has the potential to unleash similar unrest. The victim was an 8-year-old girl in Kashmir who belonged... More »

Author Junot Diaz: My Childhood Rape Took Huge Toll

Pulitzer winner is talking about the assault for the first time decades later

(Newser) - Junot Diaz won the 2008 Pulitzer for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, but what fans didn't know at the time was that his personal life was going off the rails—all because of something that happened to him as a child. In a New Yorker ... More »

In Minutes, Jury Convicts Man of Florida Girl's Murder, Rape

Donald Smith posed as good Samaritan for poor family to get close to Cherish Perrywinkle, 8

(Newser) - It took less than 15 minutes Wednesday for a Florida jury to convict a 61-year-old man of abducting, raping, and murdering an 8-year-old girl, the AP reports. The Jacksonville courtroom had just gone into recess after the judge read instructions to the jurors when everyone quickly returned. A decision was... More »

After Girl's Death, Evidence Suggests a Serial Killer of Kids

Pakistan rocked by brutal rape and killing of Zainab Ansari

(Newser) - The brutal rape and killing of Zainab Ansari, a 7-year-old girl whose body was left in a garbage dump, has unleashed a wave of revulsion around Pakistan, revealing a string of child abductions and killings by a suspected serial predator and generating outrage at a culture of silence surrounding sexual... More »

Woman: Stepdad Kidnapped Me, Fathered My 9 Kids

She says she wasn't even a teen when he first raped her

(Newser) - A federal grand jury in Oklahoma has indicted a 63-year-old man accused of kidnapping his stepdaughter and holding her captive for more than 20 years in Mexico and elsewhere while fathering her nine children. Henri Piette is accused of kidnapping Rosalynn McGinnis in 1995 or 1996, per a grand jury... More »

No Jail Time for Man Who Impregnated Young Daughter

WV judge gives man who forced daughter to get abortion 5 years' probation

(Newser) - A West Virginia man was sentenced to five years' probation and 50 years of supervision for impregnating his 11-year-old daughter in 2011 and forcing her to get an abortion. Michael Joe Adkins of Ona entered a Kennedy plea two years ago, reports the Huntington Herald-Dispatch , which allowed him to concede... More »

'Unbelievable' Rape Case of Nicki Minaj's Brother Wraps Up

Jelani Maraj convicted of sexually assaulting 11-year-old girl, could receive 25 years to life in prison

(Newser) - The brother of rapper Nicki Minaj was convicted Thursday of predatory sexual assault after being charged with repeatedly raping an 11-year-old girl at his Long Island home. Jurors delivered their verdict on the second day of deliberations in Jelani Maraj's trial. The charges carry the potential for 25 years... More »

2 Guilty in High-Profile Case of Girl, 10, Who Gave Birth

Both uncles were convicted of raping their niece

(Newser) - It was an unforeseen twist in a highly publicized case that had seemed to be at its end: DNA results showed in September that a 10-year-old girl in Chandigarh, India—who was pregnant via rape, not permitted to abort, and in August gave birth —was not impregnated by... More »

New Rape Accusations Against Roman Polanski

German former actress says director raped her in 1972 when she was 15

(Newser) - Roman Polanski is now facing sexual assault charges from a fourth woman, the New York Times reports. Renate Langer says the director raped her in February 1972 when she was 15 years old. The 61-year-old former actress says she was visiting Polanski, who she met while working at a modeling... More »

Unforeseen Twist in Case of 10-Year-Old Rape Victim

DNA shows newborn is not child of uncle who allegedly raped girl

(Newser) - An unforeseen twist in a highly publicized case that had seemed to be at its end: The DNA results show that a 10-year-old girl in India—who was pregnant via rape, not permitted to abort , and in August gave birth —was not impregnated by her uncle, as has been... More »

For a 10-Year-Old Pregnant by Rape, a 2nd Trauma

Victim had to fight for right to abort

(Newser) - India has dealt with a series of high-profile rape cases , and the latest is a particularly thorny one: It involves a 10-year-old who is now pregnant. The New York Times reports the child is more than 20 weeks along after being "repeatedly raped by her stepfather over a period... More »

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 »

Alleged Child Rapist Caught After Flight Delayed

Cops say he was trying to flee to Guatemala

(Newser) - An accused child rapist who tried to flee from Maryland to Guatemala was thwarted by bad weather, authorities say. Sergio Morales Soto, 19, was arrested on board a flight at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport the day after the alleged April 4 rape, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. After he was... 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 »

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 »

In Turkey, Proposed Law Gives Child Rapists an Out

Would pardon men who marry victims

(Newser) - Thousands of people took to the streets in cities across Turkey over the weekend to protest what they described as a law that allows child rape. The proposed law pardons men convicted of statutory rape if there was no "force, threat, or any other restriction on consent" and they... More »

Cops: Discarded Water Bottle Helped Solve 1999 Rape

2 friends accused of 11-year-old's rape, abduction

(Newser) - An 11-year-old girl's kidnapping and rape in Santa Ana, Calif., may be solved after 17 years thanks in part to a discarded water bottle. For years, detectives had few leads apart from a surveillance video from a gas station showing a man in a van covering the girl's... More »

Man Gets 1,503 Years for Raping His Daughter

It's the longest sentence ever handed down in Fresno, Calif.

(Newser) - A 41-year-old California man has been handed a 1,503-year sentence for repeatedly raping his teenage daughter over a period of four years, in a stark departure from headlines about convicted rapists getting slaps on the wrist. Rene Lopez drew the longest known sentence handed down in Fresno Superior Court... More »

Man Admits to Raping Daughter, 12, Gets 60 Days

He had agreed to spend 25 years behind bars

(Newser) - When a 40-year-old man stood in front of a Montana judge on Oct. 4, having admitted to raping his 12-year-old daughter, it was with the knowledge that he would likely spend the next quarter-century in jail. Instead, Judge John C. McKeon ignored a plea deal in which the Glasgow resident... More »

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