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US Gymnast: 'Dress Modestly and Be Classy' to Avoid Abuse

Gabby Douglas apologizes to Aly Raisman over victim-shaming tweet

(Newser) - Three former USA Gymnastics teammates were arguing about sexual abuse and victim-shaming Thursday on Twitter, with Gabby Douglas responding and then later apologizing to Aly Raisman after being called out by Simone Biles, ET reports. "Just because a woman does a sexy photo shoot or wears a sexy outfit... More »

Jehovah's Witnesses Paying $4K a Day to Shield Records

Court order levies penalty for each day it doesn't turn over documents about alleged abuse

(Newser) - The Jehovah's Witnesses have a $2 million tab with the state of California that's growing by $4,000 every day, all because the group won't hand over internal documents that detail alleged child sex abuse in its congregations. Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting explains: San... More »

Hannity Issues an Ultimatum to Roy Moore

He says candidate has 24 hours to explain himself

(Newser) - Roy Moore says his fight is just beginning—but with even Sean Hannity withdrawing support, the writing could be on the wall for his Senate bid. The Fox host, who previously defended Moore after the candidate was accused of sexual misconduct, issued an ultimatum Tuesday night, telling Moore he has... More »

Megachurch Founder Accused of Molesting 4-Year-Old

Girl told police Bob Coy abused her for years

(Newser) - The founder of one of Florida's biggest megachurches was in 2015 accused of molesting a young girl for years, starting when she was just four years old, the Miami New Times reveals for the first time. In August 2015, a woman contacted police to say she had discovered that... More »

Gold Medalist Aly Raisman: Team Doc Abused Me, Too

Gymnast says she's 'angry' and 'upset' about Larry Nassar's sexual transgressions against her

(Newser) - Another Olympic gold-medal gymnast has joined former teammate McKayla Maroney in the #MeToo movement, alleging in a 60 Minutes interview to air Sunday that USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar also sexually abused her, USA Today reports. Per ESPN , Aly Raisman, who's now 23, started seeing Nassar when she... More »

'This Has Haunted Me': Weinstein Accuser Alleges '70s Rape

Meaning timeline of allegations now stretches over 4 decades

(Newser) - It's been more than three weeks since that first New York Times story opened the floodgates on the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment and assault scandal, and since that exposé, dozens of women have come forward with related stories to tell about the disgraced producer. A new story in the... More »

Corey Feldman Vows to Expose Hollywood Pedophilia

Former child actor raising money to produce documentary

(Newser) - Corey Feldman has been talking about pedophilia in Hollywood for years , and now he's pledged to make a documentary exposing the problem. In the wake of the sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Feldman—who has discussed the sexual abuse he says he and late friend Corey Haim suffered... More »

Ashley Judd: I Escaped Weinstein by Making 'Deal' With Him

Her condition to submitting to him: She needed a future Oscar win in one of his movies

(Newser) - Ashley Judd was one of the first high-profile actresses to speak up against Harvey Weinstein , and now she's speaking out for the first time publicly since her story was told in an explosive New York Times exposé, ABC News reports. In an exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer on Good ... More »

Cops: Track Coach Tried to Transmit HIV to Students

He's accused of sexually abusing 42 kids

(Newser) - The number of victims believed to have been abused by a track coach and school aide in Maryland has almost doubled: A 206-count indictment made public this week accuses 30-year-old Carlos Deangelo Bell of abusing 42 boys between May 2015 and June 2017, Fox News reports. In July, he was... More »

Filmmakers Say Movie Getting Made Because of Weinstein Allegations

'Like an invisible dam collapsed' for documentary about sexual abuse in Hollywood

(Newser) - Oscar-nominated filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering have announced that they're making a documentary about sexual abuse in Hollywood, the AP reports. The duo announced Monday that their film will illuminate the "behavior of predatory perpetrators such as Harvey Weinstein and others," and the culture that "... More »

Matt Damon on Weinstein: I Only Knew 'He Was an A------'

George Clooney also speaks, plus more on the fallen producer

(Newser) - Matt Damon and George Clooney continue to declare they were in the dark when it came to Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual misdeeds. On Good Morning America Monday to promote Clooney's new film, Suburbicon, in which Damon stars, Damon said, "When people say like, 'Everybody knew,'... More »

Tarantino: 'Anything I Say Now Will Sound Like Crappy Excuse'

He wishes he'd taken a stand against Weinstein

(Newser) - Quentin Tarantino has spoken out against his longtime friend and collaborator Harvey Weinstein—but he admits that it's too little, too late. Tarantino tells the New York Times that he "knew enough to do more than I did" and he now wishes he had stepped up and refused... More »

#MeToo: a 'Primal Scream' or 'Too Perfect Meme'?

Weighing the pros and cons of hashtag campaign against sexual harassment, assault

(Newser) - Don't expect the #MeToo campaign to fade away after nearly 15 million posts across Facebook and Twitter. "We are going to be vocal until this stops," says Alyssa Milano, who drew attention to the hashtag highlighting sexual assault and harassment in the wake of allegations against Harvey... More »

A 'Witch Hunt' Against Powerful Men? Damn Straight

Lindy West takes on 'cultural malfunction' she says created men like Woody, Weinstein, Trump

(Newser) - Lindy West isn't the only person miffed that Woody Allen recently piped in on the Harvey Weinstein scandal , saying it shouldn't turn into a "witch hunt" —but she's one of the few conceding that "yes, this is a witch hunt. I'm a witch... More »

Sex Abuse Was 'Price' of Olympic Gold: McKayla Maroney

Former USA gymnast says she was abused by team doctor at 13

(Newser) - The #MeToo spotlight has moved beyond Hollywood to focus on sexual abuse at large. Case in point: In a Twitter statement including the hashtag, Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney says she endured years of sexual abuse at the hands of USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, per ESPN . The former... More »

Woody Allen Doesn't Want Weinstein-Inspired 'Witch Hunt'

He says he feels 'sad' for producer

(Newser) - Woody Allen says he's sad for everybody involved in the Harvey Weinstein scandal—including Harvey Weinstein. The whole thing "is very sad for everybody involved," he tells the BBC . "Tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that [his] life is so messed... More »

Sandusky Son Pleads Guilty to Child Sex Abuse

He asked young teen to send him nude photos

(Newser) - One of Jerry Sandusky's six adopted children is following in his father's footsteps—and it's not as a football coach. Jeffrey Sandusky is on his way to a Pennsylvania state prison after pleading guilty to 14 counts of child sexual abuse , reports CNN . Under a plea deal,... More »

After 5th Sexual Abuse Allegation, Mayor Resigns

This time it's Seattle Mayor Ed Murray's cousin accusing him

(Newser) - The mayor of Seattle is resigning after a fifth person—his cousin—publicly accused him of sexual abuse, the Seattle Times reports. Joseph Dyer, 54, says Ed Murray, 62, forced him to have sex in a bedroom they shared at the home of Dyer's mother four decades ago. Murray,... More »

Police Report Sheds Doubt on Paterno's Claims on Sandusky

Alleges Paterno told complainant in 2001 it was the '2nd complaint' he'd heard

(Newser) - It's long been alleged that the late Joe Paterno had been informed about sexual abuse at the hands of Jerry Sandusky decades before the Penn State head coach said he knew. But a Pennsylvania State Police report seen exclusively by CNN appears to strengthen those claims, laying out newly... More »

Report: Abuse at Nursing Homes Often Unknown to Police

28% of incidents go unreported: government audit

(Newser) - More than 1 in 4 cases of possible sexual and physical abuse against nursing home patients apparently went unreported to police, says a government audit that faults Medicare for failing to enforce a federal law requiring immediate notification. The Health and Human Services inspector general's office issued an "... More »

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