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Cops: Mich. Mom Menaced Son's Alleged Rape Victim

Lynette Sue Humphrey hit with witness intimidation charge

(Newser) - Joshua Humphrey faces life in prison for allegedly drugging and date-raping two women; his 55-year-old mother's alleged response could earn her up to 20 years in prison as well. MLive reports Lynette Sue Humphrey was last week charged with witness intimidation as a third-time habitual offender. The Muskegon, Mich.... More »

Alert Diners Apparently Stop 'Roofie' Date Rape

Santa Monica police arrest Michael Hsu, 24

(Newser) - Three women dining out in Santa Monica, Calif., Thursday night apparently spotted a guy slip his table-mate a "roofie"-style drug—and rushed to prevent the woman from being raped, Jezebel reports. As Sonia Ulrich writes on Facebook , she and her friends Monica Kenyon and Marla Saltzer were enjoying... More »

Bloomingdale's Bashed for Holiday 'Date Rape' Ad

The overwhelming response to the ad has been 'creepy'

(Newser) - "Bloomingdale's must be pleased everyone is too distracted by red cups to notice its pro-roofie holiday ad," tweets one Washington Post writer. That's right, another company has found itself in some holiday hot water this week. The Wall Street Journal reports the Internet is in an... More »

Date Rape Drug Found at Brown University

At least one student drank punch spiked with date rape drug at October frat party

(Newser) - When two students felt extremely inebriated really quickly and then suffered memory loss at a Brown University frat party in mid-October, and one of them reported being sexually assaulted, they took their concerns to school officials, wondering if the punch was spiked. Now one of those students has tested positive... More »

Kara DioGuardi: Producer Date-Raped Me

Former Idol judge's memoir also reveals child molestation

(Newser) - Another celebrity is revealing details of sexual abuse in a new memoir. This time it's former American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi, who discusses several disturbing incidents in her A Helluva High Note, out next week, E! reports. In 2000, she writes, a "fairly known producer" date-raped her after... More »

Woman Sues Match.com Over Sex Assault

Attacker had history of attacks, victim demands Match.com screening

(Newser) - A Los Angeles entertainment executive is suing an online dating site for failing to screen out a man who she says sexually assaulted her. The woman is seeking an injunction barring Match.com from signing members until it begins a process to filter out sex predators like her alleged attacker,... More »

Toyota Dumps Raunchy 'Incest' Ad

Boyfriend vows to have daughter 'on her back by 11'

(Newser) - Toyota has dumped an Australian teen night-on-the-town online ad dripping with sexual innuendo and smacking of date rape and incest following a storm of angry complaints. The ad, created by an independent filmmaker, features a young man who arrives at the door of a home to tell the father of... More »

Hofstra Gang Rape Wasn't Rape—but It Wasn't OK

Drunken sexual encounters trivialize the problem of real rape

(Newser) - It’s clear now that the alleged Hofstra gang rape in a campus bathroom—in which a young woman said 5 guys tied her to a stall and attacked her—was not rape, by any legal definition. Confronted with a cell phone video, the woman recanted within 72 hours, admitting... More »

Raising Drinking Age to 21 'Regrettable': Key Doctor

(Newser) - A psychiatrist who was part of a presidential committee that recommended raising the US drinking age to 21 now calls those efforts “the single most regrettable decision,” the Los Angeles Times reports. Morris Chafetz, in an opinion piece being shopped for publication, says seeing the “collateral, off-road... More »

Oscar-Winning Songwriter Indicted in 6 Sex Attacks

Brooks penned 'You Light Up My Life'

(Newser) - Oscar-winning songwriter Joseph Brooks turned himself in to New York police today on suspicion of rape, the Post reports. Six women have accused Brooks of casting-couch sexual assault under the pretense of auditioning for movie roles. Brooks won Best Original Song in 1977 for You Light Up My Life, from... More »

Feminist Camps Brawl Over Sex and Booze

Double X scribe says untamed 'lifestyle' feminism hurts cause

(Newser) - It's second-wave feminism vs. the "Slut Machine." A writer on Slate's women-oriented Double X site recently blasted bloggers on Jezebel for shrugging off date rape and boasting about boozing. Self-indulgence furthers no political goal, cried feminist Linda Hirshman. Retorted Jezebel: "I have seen misogyny and, most... More »

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