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Nation Accepts Responsibility for Journalist's Gang Rape

International court finds Colombia tolerated, if not consented, to 2000 attack on Jineth Bedoya

(Newser) - Colombian journalist Jineth Bedoya was kidnapped at gunpoint outside a prison in Bogota, where she'd expected to interview an imprisoned paramilitary leader in May 2000. It was the start of 16 hours of torture that would include a gang-rape, reports CBS News . "All I know is that I...

Brutality in Ethiopia Is 'Absolutely Shocking'

Amnesty International says government is using rape as weapon of war

(Newser) - Ethiopia's military is guilty of war crimes, including using rape as a weapon of war, according to Amnesty International, which shares horrific accounts from victims in a new report . The group says "overwhelming evidence" shows rape has been rampant in Ethiopia's northern Tigray region since fighting between...

Bangladesh's Death Penalty for Rape Isn't Enough: Advocates

Rights groups say system doesn't support victims or hold rapists accountable

(Newser) - From now on, rapists could face the death penalty in Bangladesh. The government is making the change in the face of public outrage over a series of well-publicized attacks on women, the New York Times reports, though human rights groups said the change in the law won't solve the...

Nation Makes 'Upskirt' Photos Illegal

Germany cracks down

(Newser) - Taking a photo under a woman's skirt until now has brought only a small fine in Germany, which hasn't been much of a deterrent. "That is why we are closing a major criminal liability gap," said a spokesman for the ruling legislative coalition. The offense will...

There's a New Crisis at Rohingya Camps

A 'child protection crisis' as officials prepare for wave of births

(Newser) - Soldiers committed no rapes during a crackdown on the Rohingya in Myanmar, the country's army chief told a UN Security Council delegation on Monday, per AFP . But such denials will only become harder to sustain with the cries of infants taking over refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh, where hundreds...

Birth of a Nation Star Reveals 'Stomach-Churning Confusion'

Rape survivor Gabrielle Union finds herself conflicted over working with Nate Parker

(Newser) - Gabrielle Union, star of Nate Parker's Birth of a Nation, is a rape survivor. Since finding out about the rape allegations leveled against the director years ago—the 1999 accusations made headlines last month after it was revealed that the accuser committed suicide—she has found herself "in...

As the Bulls Run, Another Kind of Violence in Pamplona: Rape

At least 15 reports of sexual violence so far at this year's San Fermin fest

(Newser) - Bulls goring humans in Pamplona isn't the only form of violence making headlines at this year's San Fermin festival. At least 15 cases of sexual assault, including four rapes and one attempted rape, and 15 arrests have been reported since the festival started July 6, drawing attention...

Sex-Crime Survivors Have Their Own Village

Umoja is a matriarchal refuge for women

(Newser) - Visit the Keynan village of Umoja and you'll see women in colorful clothing sing, dance, and sell beautiful beads. Look again, and there are only women—because only women are allowed to live there, the Guardian reports. Located in northern Kenya, the matriarchal village is currently home to 47...

Ashley Judd: Why I'm Going After Abusive Trolls

In essay, actress writes of recovery from rape and incest

(Newser) - As a huge Kentucky fan, Ashley Judd would love to be spending all her time talking basketball these days. Instead, she's researching what legal action she can take against the Twitter trolls who heaped "humiliating and violent" abuse on her when she dared to tweet a negative opinion...

Filmmaker's Interviews With Indian Rapists Horrify

Documentary on murder of Indian woman reveals men's shocking attitudes

(Newser) - Two years ago, medical student Jyoti Singh was brutally gang-raped on a bus in Delhi, India; she died from her injuries almost two weeks later. Now an Israeli-born filmmaker's documentary about the attack, set to air on BBC4 on Sunday and at a New York screening on March 9,...

Fifty Shades 'Reenactment' Lands Freshman in Jail

Felony sex assault charge after he tied up, beat partner

(Newser) - University of Illinois at Chicago freshman Mohammad Hossain, 19, is a student leader and athlete; he's also sitting in Cook County lockup on felony sex assault charges after what he says was a reenactment of a scene from Fifty Shades of Grey, reports the Chicago Tribune . The alleged Saturday...

Rape Crisis Grips Alaska's Small Towns

Young people take lead in addressing deep-seated issue

(Newser) - Rape occurs in Alaska at a rate almost three times the national average, and 59% of the state's women have experienced sexual assault or domestic violence, according to figures that researchers call conservative. The state is, in short, the country's "rape capital," but some—among them...

Celeb Photo 'Hack' Really a Sex Crime

Blaming the celebs is like blaming any sex-crime victim

(Newser) - Jennifer Lawrence and the other celebrities who had their personal nude photos dumped online have not merely been "scrutinized" or "hacked"—they've been sexually violated for the whole world to see, writes Van Badham at the Guardian . As a sex crime, "it deserves the same...

Military Hunting 'Serial Predators'

Pentagon takes new approach to decrease sexual assault

(Newser) - In an effort to decrease sexual assaults in the military, the Pentagon is determined to hunt down "serial predators" with multiple victims, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Research has shown that in some "semi-closed" settings like colleges, serial offenders are responsible for as many as 90% of sexual...

Eliot Spitzer Choked Me in 'Struggle': Call Girl

Tell-all by Rebecca Woodard describes sex with the ex-gov

(Newser) - Eliot Spitzer, rape fantasist? A call-girl who serviced the former New York governor says he liked to role-play a physical struggle and pin her down by the neck before they had sex, the New York Post reports. In her book, Call Girl Confidential, blonde escort Rebecca Woodard describes her $1,...

1 in 10 Young People Admits Sexual Violence

Study finds shocking level of sexual assaults among those 14 to 21

(Newser) - Sexual violence is frighteningly common among young people between ages 14 and 21, according to a new study. Almost a tenth of young people admit perpetrating at least one act of sexual violence and 4% say they have attempted or completed rape, researchers found after speaking to more than a...

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:...

To Curb Rape, India Looks at Banning Porn

Supreme Court considers petition that ties porn to sexual violence

(Newser) - In the wake of brutal gang rapes , the rape of a 5-year-old girl , and surging sex crimes, India is looking at banning pornography completely. The country's Supreme Court took up the controversial issue last week, the New York Times reports, after a petition claiming porn leads to sexual violence...

MacFarlane's 'Boobs' Song Celebrates Rape Scenes

These films should never have been played for laughs: Katie McDonough

(Newser) - Seth MacFarlane's Oscar song, "We Saw Your Boobs," was immature and sexist—but worst of all, it celebrated rape, writes Katie McDonough in Salon . MacFarlane listed instances in which the world saw actresses' breasts, and four of the films he listed "featured nudity during or immediately...

India Rape Victim Cremated
 India Rape Victim Cremated 

India Rape Victim Cremated

As nation mourns amid protests, a new rape-murder occurs

(Newser) - Amid a national outpouring of rage and grief, the body of India's 23-year-old gang rape victim was quietly cremated today in a private ceremony, reports the AP . The unnamed victim was flown back to India from Singapore, where she died yesterday while receiving treatment for her injuries. Prime Minister...

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