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Trial Begins for Former NFL Star Accused of Being Serial Rapist

Kellen Winslow Jr. faces life in prison if convicted

(Newser) - From 2004 to 2013, Kellen Winslow Jr. was an NFL star, raking in $40 million over the course of his career—during which, at one point, he was the highest-paid tight end in the league. Now, the 35-year-old is on trial, accused of being a serial rapist . His father, San... More »

Female Lawmakers Reveal Their Rape Stories

It's part of the nation's new abortion debate

(Newser) - For more than two decades, Nancy Mace did not speak publicly about her rape. In April, when she finally broke her silence, she chose the most public of forums—before her colleagues in South Carolina's legislature, the AP reports. A bill was being debated that would ban all abortions... More »

Lawmaker's Use of This Term Drew Hisses, Outrage

Barry Hovis brought up 'consensual rape' on Mo. House floor during arguments on new abortion bill

(Newser) - As pushback continues against strict abortion laws showing up in states around the country, including Georgia and Alabama , news out of the Show-Me State offers fresh controversy. On Friday, Missouri passed a ban against abortion at eight weeks, and during arguments on the state House floor about the measure, which... More »

Woman: X-Ray Tech Leaked My Info to Rapist, He Attacked Me Again

She says hospital worker alerted rapist to allegations

(Newser) - A Kansas woman was raped on May 26, 2017, and had a rape kit administered at Atchison Hospital. She told hospital staff her alleged attacker's name—and, she claims, former X-ray technician Janet Rawson Enzbrenner turned around and notified the man that she was accusing him of rape. The... More »

More Legal Trouble for Julian Assange

Sweden reopens rape investigation

(Newser) - Sweden has reopened the Julian Assange rape investigation, raising the possibility of a legal tug-of-war between Stockholm and Washington over the WikiLeaks founder. Eva-Marie Persson, Sweden's deputy director of public prosecutions, said Monday that she had decided to reopen the investigation because "there is still probable cause to... More »

Controversial Sentence for Ex-Bus Driver Who Raped Teen

No jail time for Shane M. Piche; judge rationalized that he had no prior arrest, just one victim

(Newser) - Just one victim and no prior arrests. That was the rationale an upstate New York judge had last week for giving the lowest-risk sex offender designation to a former Watertown school bus driver who pleaded guilty earlier this year to raping a 14-year-old girl. Instead, per the Watertown Daily News ... More »

Corey Feldman Struggles to Make Doc on 'Hollywood Pedophiles'

The former child star also reassesses his friendship with Michael Jackson

(Newser) - Corey Feldman is still waging a war against what he calls widespread Hollywood pedophilia—which has earned him online enemies and led him to see an old friend in a new light, Rolling Stone reports. "It caused me to have concerns," he says of Finding Neverland , the HBO... More »

US Threatened to Veto UN Resolution on Sexual Violence

References to sexual health were removed

(Newser) - A United Nations resolution on ending the use of rape as a weapon in war was watered down Tuesday after the US threatened to veto it. References to sexual and reproductive health were dropped because the US felt it implied support for abortion, the BBC reports. The removed passage urged... More »

He Was Arrested on 50 Counts of Child Rape. Then Another 50

Assaults on children under 13 allegedly occurred in 1970s and '80s

(Newser) - At the start of this month, a person told central Louisiana police about being raped as a child, identifying the alleged perpetrator as Harvey Joseph Fountain of Pineville. The 71-year-old has now been arrested on 100 preliminary counts of first-degree rape stemming from alleged assaults on children over the course... More »

Lone Survivor of WWII Massacre Kept Another Dark Secret

'History detective' reveals Aussie nurses were raped before being killed by Japanese troops

(Newser) - Vivian Bullwinkel was the sole survivor of a horrific World War II massacre, in which 21 of her fellow Australian army nurses were forced into the ocean and machine-gunned by Japanese troops on Indonesia's Bangka Island. Now, "history detective" Lynette Silver has added another terrible piece to the... More »

Old Case May Return to Haunt Assange

Sexual assault charges in Sweden could be revived against WikiLeaks founder

(Newser) - There may be more than one country looking to extradite Julian Assange now that he's in police custody . The US is already vying to get the WikiLeaks founder on its soil on hacking charges , but Sweden may also soon be in the mix if an investigation into a rape... More »

The Rapes Began 24 Years Ago. Now, an Arrest

Gregory Frye allegedly assaulted 12 women in South Carolina, one of them twice

(Newser) - Police in South Carolina have seized a man suspected of raping 12 women—one of whom was targeted twice—in attacks going back nearly 25 years. "I can't imagine how some of the victims must have felt knowing that it took this long," but "prayers have... More »

Cops: Fake Ride-Share Driver Raped Woman, Took Her Home

Suspect was recorded by her door cam

(Newser) - As Samantha Josephson's death in South Carolina continues to grab headlines , authorities in Washington state are advising rise-share users to confirm vehicle and driver information after a woman was allegedly raped by a man posing as her driver in Seattle. The woman had encountered multiple ride-share vehicles after leaving... More »

Battle Ensued Over Show That Left People 'Sobbing'

Creator of 'Grey's Anatomy' refused to back down about showing rape kits

(Newser) - Shonda Rhimes had to fight ABC over this week's Grey's Anatomy—an episode inspired by Christine Blasey Ford's testimony against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, BuzzFeed reports. Seems standards and practices was worried about the story's focus on how rape kits are used in hospitals. "... More »

They Say Their Layover at the Beach Turned Into a Nightmare

Jane Does 1 and 2 are suing JetBlue, 2 pilots after allegedly being drugged, raped

(Newser) - The women sipped from a can of beer, and the "rest of the night became a blur." So reads a lawsuit filed Monday by two JetBlue flight attendants, who claim they were drugged and one of them sexually assaulted—by JetBlue pilots. The suit describes Jane Doe 1... More »

The Stranger Lying Next to Her: I Love You, but I'll Kill You

Boston kidnapping victim was raped, forced to drink alcohol: prosecutors

(Newser) - A young woman kidnapped in Boston in January was repeatedly sexually assaulted and forced to drink alcohol, pose for selfies, and read from a Spanish-language Bible over three days before she was traced with help from the Find My Phone app, prosecutors say. Victor Pena—allegedly seen hugging, kissing, and... More »

James Gunn 'Fell on His Sword Early.' Now He's Back on Guardians

Disney rehires director for film after canning him last year for 'offensive' old tweets

(Newser) - There's new talk of "redemption" in Hollywood— specifically for James Gunn, the 52-year-old director cut loose by Disney last year from the third installation of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise after "offensive" old tweets of his resurfaced. Mike Fleming of Deadline says he was told Disney... More »

Court's Outrageous Ruling: Woman Too Ugly to Be Raped

Outrage in Italy after 2017 appeals court verdict revealed

(Newser) - Italy's Justice Ministry has ordered a preliminary inquiry into an appeals court ruling that overturned a rape verdict in part by arguing that the woman who was attacked was too ugly to be a credible rape victim. The ruling has sparked outrage in Italy, prompting a flash mob Monday... More »

Sen. McSally: I Was Raped by Superior Officer in the Air Force

Arizona Republican speaks out at Senate hearing on sexual assault in the armed forces

(Newser) - Sen. Martha McSally, the first female fighter pilot to fly in combat, said Wednesday that she was raped in the Air Force by a superior officer, the AP reports. The Arizona Republican, a 26-year military veteran, made the disclosure at a Senate hearing on the armed services' efforts to prevent... More »

Dad Vanished While Swimming. Then Story 'Started to Crumble'

Calif. authorities are on the lookout for Kim Gordon, who was reported missing by teen son

(Newser) - An odd story out of California that involves a Scottish man who vanished while apparently on vacation in the States has more questions than answers. Law and Crime reports that officials in Monterey County received a missing-person report on Feb. 25 from the teen son of Kim Gordon, with the... More »

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