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'Blame the Victim' Cries Emerge After Girl's Rape

Town meeting turns ugly in Texas

(Newser) - Ever since 18 men and boys were busted in the gang rape of an 11-year-old girl , there have been hints of a “blame the victim” mentality emerging—and last night, some residents crossed from hints to explicitly blaming the 11-year-old girl. “She lied about her age. Them boys... More »

18 Busted in Rape of Texas Girl, 11

Cops discover crime when rape videos are passed around Texas town

(Newser) - Eighteen men and teens have been arrested in the gang rape of an 11-year-old girl in Texas. The victim told police that as many as 20 males attacked her, and the assaults were videotaped on cell phones by some of her attackers, Cleveland police say. Investigators first learned of the... More »

Accused FLDS Rapist Gets 30 Days

Allen Steed's testimony helped convict polygamist Warren Jeffs

(Newser) - A member of a breakaway Mormon polygamy sect who admitted having sex with his child bride will serve just 30 days in jail as part of a Utah plea deal. Allen Steed was initially charged with first-degree felony rape for bedding his 14-year-old first cousin. He could have faced life... More »

Trucker: I Fathered Stepdaughter's 8 Kids

'German Fritzl' faces 350 counts of child sex abuse

(Newser) - A German trucker on trial for 350 counts of sexual abuse of his children has admitted in court that he fathered his stepdaughter's 8 children—but insists he never abused her. The 48-year-old father, known as Detlef S., began sexually abusing his stepdaughter and her twin brother at the age... More »

'Chainsaw Massacre' Chat Linked to Girl's Murder

Zahra Baker, 10, was killed the same day as chilling conversation, cops believe

(Newser) - Her parents' creepy chat about a "virtual chainsaw massacre" emerged on the internet the same time their young daughter may have met an unbelievably horrific end. Police, who recovered pieces of the 10-year-girl in the North Carolina woods, aren't revealing how Zahra Baker was killed. But her stepmom has... More »

Elizabeth Smart Takes the Stand Against Alleged Kidnapper

She recalls 'begging' him not to rape her

(Newser) - Elizabeth Smart took the stand today against the man accused of kidnapping and raping her, recounting in a calm voice how Brian David Mitchell allegedly woke her up on the morning of June 5, 2002, with a knife to her throat. He said, “Come with me or I will... More »

Hayes Sentenced to Death for Grisly Triple Murder

Conn. man convicted in fatal home invasion

(Newser) - A Connecticut man was condemned to death today for a night of terror inside a suburban home in which Jennifer Hawke-Petit was strangled and her two daughters tied to their beds, doused in gasoline, and left to die in a fire. Jurors in New Haven Superior Court voted unanimously to... More »

Mom Withdrew $15K for Robbers Before Her Murder

Bank surveillance tape shows mother's desperate bid to save family

(Newser) - In a desperate bid to save her family, a Connecticut mom withdrew $15,000 for home invaders who were holding her husband and two daughters hostage. Despite the payoff, she and her children were sexually assaulted and murdered, prosecutors said yesterday. Jennifer Hawke-Petit withdrew the money while at least one... More »

'US Fritzl' Charged in Daughter Rape

He faces 19 criminal counts for rape, domestic violence

(Newser) - America's own version of sadistic Josef Fritzl is locked up in Ohio facing charges for imprisoning one child and raping another, say law enforcement authorities. "They weren't like a traditional family," said an investigator after Jeffrey York's wife reported him to police. The wife and the couple's seven... More »

Cops: 'How to Molest Kids' Manual Is Legal

But police still want to get their hands on author

(Newser) - A thick manual instructing attackers on how to molest children is legal, say Florida cops—but they'd still like to get their hands on the author of the 170-page book. "I've never seen anything like it. It was pretty amazing because of how detailed it is," an Orange... More »

UN Helpless as Congo Rebels Go on Rape Spree

Rebels terrorize town a few miles from UN base

(Newser) - Congolese and Rwandan rebels continue to sow terror across eastern Congo, holding an entire town hostage earlier this month and gang-raping nearly 200 women and baby boys, the AP reports. The violence occurred only a few miles from a base of UN peacekeepers, but the force of 25 was unable... More »

Teens: 'Craigslist Helped Turn Us Into Sex Slaves'

'Men paid to rape me,' says 17-year-old

(Newser) - Two young women are charging that Craigslist helped turn them into sex slaves after they were repeatedly "sold" against their will on the popular website. "Craigslist makes horrific acts like this so easy to carry out, and the men who arrange them very rich," said one of... More »

School Used Me as 'Rape Bait': Girl

Court documents from lawsuit tell disturbing tale

(Newser) - A high school student who says she was raped on school grounds claims she was raped a second time—after her disbelieving principal used her as “bait” to catch the boy involved. On Feb. 4, 2008, the alleged victim told her teacher about the first rape, and claimed the... More »

EMT With 'Fireman's Key' Busted in NYC Rapes

Alleged rapist once honored for bravery by FDNY

(Newser) - A decorated New York City EMT with special access to grates and elevators via a universal 'fireman's key' has been arrested in a string of armed sexual assaults starting in 2001. Earlier this month an 11-year-old girl was raped in a Brooklyn elevator; Police now believe Angus Pascall used the... More »

US Not Giving Up on Nailing Polanski

Rape of a 13-year-old 'is not a technicality'

(Newser) - The US is "deeply disappointed" by the Swiss decision to free film director Roman Polanski, and authorities are considering what action to take, said a Justice Department official. Polanksi, 76, was freed after 9 months under house arrest when the Swiss Justice Ministry refused to comply with America's "... More »

'Rat' Polanski Deserves a Boycott

Confessed rapist 'has never shown remorse'

(Newser) - The Swiss government's decision to free Roman Polanski on a technicality is bad enough; the fact that a lawyer for the filmmaker and confessed rapist called the move "a great relief after the pain suffered by Roman Polanski and his family" is "the definitive textbook example of unmitigated... More »

Grammy-Winning Pianist Charged With Raping Boy

Founder of National Orchestra busted in Thailand

(Newser) - Acclaimed Grammy-winning Russian pianist and conductor Mikhail Vasilievich Pletnev has been charged with raping a 14-year-old boy in a Thai beach town. Pletnev, the founder of the Russian National Orchestra, was also charged with appearing in disturbing photos with several other boys, said a Thai police spokesman. Pletnev has been... More »

California Settles With Jaycee Dugard for $20M

State admits its parole officials failed in her kidnapping case

(Newser) - California lawmakers approved a $20 million settlement today with the family of Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped as a girl and held captive in a secret back yard for 18 years by a paroled sex offender. Dugard, 30, resurfaced last August with two daughters she bore with Phillip Garrido, a... More »

Mom Charged With Failure to Save Child From Beau

Daughter, 4, died with 80 bruises, fractured skull

(Newser) - In a rare court action a Houston mom is facing prosecution for failure to protect her 4-year-old daughter from the vicious lover charged in the girl's death. Emma Thompson had some 80 bruises, a severed pancreas and a fractured skull when she died last year. Her mom's boyfriend faces trial... More »

Girl's Murderer: Cold, Calculating

Melissa Huckaby stuck to claim of innocence as evidence mounted

(Newser) - Sunday school teacher Melissa Huckaby placed the lifeless body of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu into a suitcase with a care that investigators say indicated a "calm, calculating mind at work." This and other macabre pieces of information were revealed in more than 1,800 pages released yesterday, shedding new... More »

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