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Cops Destroyed Her Rape Kit, Then Did Something Unusual

Fayetteville, NC, police called victims whose kits had been discarded

(Newser) - When Veronica was raped more than 13 years ago, she says neither the police nor the hospital staff believed her story that a longtime friend attacked her while his mother was in the next room. "I was treated like a female crying wolf," said Veronica, who says the... More »

Man Who Blackmailed Teens Online Convicted of Rape

Case is the first of its kind in Sweden; victims were in the US, elsewhere

(Newser) - A 41-year-old Swedish man was convicted of rape and sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday for coercing teens in Canada, Britain, and the US to perform sexual acts in front of webcams by threatening them or their families. A court in Uppsala, Sweden, found Bjorn Samstrom guilty of online... More »

Woman, 19, Gets 30 Years in Prison After Stillbirth

Prosecutors in El Salvador argued she blew off prenatal care

(Newser) - In what the Guardian is calling "the latest in a long line of failures of justice against pregnant women" in El Salvador, a 19-year-old was on Wednesday sentenced to 30 years in prison after a stillbirth. Per Al Jazeera , Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz was convicted of "aggravated homicide,... More »

On Parliament Floor, Scottish MP Recounts Her Rape

'I am not a victim; I am a survivor,' says Michelle Thomson

(Newser) - Two women shared extremely personal stories of rape in the UK House of Commons on the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Thursday. Their stories left fellow MPs in tears, but it was Scottish MP Michelle Thomson, who represents Edinburgh West, whose words are being... More »

Stanford Rape Case's 'Emily Doe:' I Am a Survivor

She's one of 'Glamour' magazine's Women of the Year, and she's not a 'victim'

(Newser) - She first spoke about her abuser in a powerful court statement five months ago. Now "Emily Doe," who was sexually assaulted by former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, is speaking out again as a Glamour "Woman of the Year." She'd like to be known as a... More »

Teen Rape Victim in Mexico Denied Abortion Access

Judge says sex with 13-year-old was 'consensual' act of 'sexual coercion,' not rape

(Newser) - A young Mexican teen who was raped by a family acquaintance is trying to end the pregnancy that resulted from that crime. But although abortion in the state of Sonora is permissible only in rape cases, a judge has ruled that the encounter was "consensual" and that the crime... More »

Rape Victim Broke Down on Stand, Spent Month in Jail

The 25-year-old Texas woman is now suing

(Newser) - A Texas woman identified only as Jenny survived a rape, but she says that was only the start of an ordeal she endured at the hands of Harris County officials, who jailed the woman for a month. Click 2 Houston describes the 25-year-old, who suffers from bipolar disorder, as the... More »

Stanford Rape Victim Was Grilled About Her 'Partying'

Court transcripts from March hearings released

(Newser) - In her powerful statement , the woman former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner sexually assaulted described the court process as "traumatizing." Now it's clear why. Court records reveal she was grilled about her body and drinking habits when interrogated by Turner's lawyers. In a March 21 hearing, a... More »

Judge in Rape Case: 'Why Couldn't You Keep Your Knees Together?'

Robin Camp now says his thinking was 'infected with stereotypical beliefs'

(Newser) - Two years after a Canadian judge repeatedly called an alleged rape victim "the accused," asked her "why couldn't you just keep your knees together?" and acquitted the actual accused of sexual assault, Robin Camp is facing a public hearing that will determine whether he should keep... More »

'Rape Capital of the West' to Open Rape Center for Men

Swedish doctor says male victims may suffer more than women

(Newser) - A Stockholm hospital is set to become the first in Sweden to offer emergency services for rape victims ... who are male. Södersjukhuset hospital says it will begin admitting men and boys to an emergency rape clinic in October, reports the BBC . A 2014 study found men were often unclear... More »

Want to Talk Intelligently About Rape? 5 Rules

It's appalling how many people are incapable: Katie McDonough

(Newser) - Citing the 30-day sentence received by a teacher who raped a student, the Washington Post column arguing that teacher-student sex is sometimes OK , the sympathy extended to the Steubenville rapists, and of course, Richard Cohen's quite controversial Washington Post column about Steubenville, Katie McDonough comes to this depressing conclusion:... More »

Rape Victim's Mom Rejects Judge's Apology

State may appeal the light sentence

(Newser) - The mother of a 14-year-old rape victim said a Montana judge was just "covering his butt" after he apologized for saying her daughter was "older than her chronological age." Auliea Hanlon spoke as protesters in Billings demanded the resignation of Judge G. Todd Baugh over the controversy,... More »

Pope Calls Woman Who Wrote to Him of Rape

Francis tells follower in Argentina that her letter moved him

(Newser) - Pope Francis' informal style extends to personal phone calls he makes to strangers, as an Argentina woman found out first-hand. Alejandra Pereyra says she was home knitting on Sunday when the phone rang, recounts Time . "It's Pope Francis," said her caller. "With an angelic voice, he... More »

Judge Sorry for Comments on Teen Rape Victim

Billings judge said girl, who later committed suicide, was partly to blame

(Newser) - A Montana judge has apologized for comments he made about a 14-year-old female rape victim that seemed to take the "blame the victim" approach to a new level. "I don't know what I was thinking or trying to say," Judge G. Todd Baugh tells the Billings ... More »

NM Bill: Post-Rape Abortion Is Evidence Tampering

Proposed legislation would criminalize procedure

(Newser) - A New Mexico lawmaker introduced a bill yesterday that could criminalize abortions after rape, the Huffington Post reports. Republican state Rep. Cathrynn Brown introduced House Bill 206, which could charge a rape victim who got an abortion with "tampering with evidence"—a third-degree felony. Some fear pregnant rape... More »

Larry Flynt to Mourdock: $1M for Proof 'God Intended'

He wants to see transcripts of Mourdock's convos with God

(Newser) - Millionaires are sure throwing around their millions: Larry Flynt ran a full-page ad in today's Indianapolis Star offering to put his money where Richard Mourdock's mouth is. In exchange for any "verifiable transcript of your personal conversations with God," including texts, letters, or emails, that say... More »

FBI Urged to Broaden Definition of Rape

Crime stats don't reflect reality, top cops say

(Newser) - Many more rapes take place in the US than the FBI's figures suggest, say campaigners urging the federal government to broaden its definition of rape. The FBI's definition, written more than 80 years ago, defines rape as "the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her... More »

Syrian Men: We Will Marry Rape Victims

One group plans to end the brutality

(Newser) - A group of Syrian men wants to overthrow more than just the regime in their country—they also want to change the brutal practice of killing women who have been raped or, at the very least, not allowing them to marry. Upon hearing about the recent rapes of four sisters... More »

Victim Snaps Rapist's Pic on Cell Phone

Oakland, Calif. woman shot video of the man who raped her, stole her electronics

(Newser) - A sexual assault victim in Oakland, Calif., used her cell phone to capture images of her attacker as he stole her possessions, police say. The 28-year-old woman was raped Tuesday morning by the man, who also stole her electronics during the attack, reports the Oakland Tribune. The woman used her... More »

Libyan Rape Accuser at Romanian Refugee Center

But UN rep won't say where Iman al-Obeidi will eventually end up

(Newser) - Iman al-Obeidi, the Libyan woman who made headlines when she claimed Moammar Gadhafi's troops raped her, is at a UN refugee center in Romania. Al-Obeidi had gone from Libya to Tunisia to Qatar, but was expelled from Qatar back to Benghazi on Thursday. A UN spokesperson confirmed that al-Obeidi... More »

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