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7 Years After Attack, a Chilling FB Message: 'So I Raped You'

That message to Shannon Keeler is now renewing her push for justice in her 2013 sexual assault

(Newser) - Shannon Keeler was enjoying a weekend getaway with her boyfriend last year when she checked her Facebook messages for the first time in ages. A name popped up that stopped her cold. "So I raped you," the person said in a burst of unread messages sent six months...

Woman Claims Armie Hammer Raped Her for Hours

Effie, now 24, says it happened in 2017

(Newser) - "I thought that he was going to kill me." So says a 24-year-old woman who claims actor Armie Hammer violently raped her for more than four hours in 2017. The woman identified as Effie spoke at a virtual news conference with attorney Gloria Allred on Thursday, the same...

Demi Lovato: I Was Raped While Working for Disney Channel

Star, now 28, says she was sexually assaulted as a teen, had to see her attacker 'all the time' afterward

(Newser) - Demi Lovato has been candid in recent years about her mental health struggles and substance abuse problems , and now she's opening up about another personal trauma. Per the Guardian , the 28-year-old singer reveals in her YouTube docuseries Demi Lovato: Dancing With the Devil that when she was a 15-year-old...

Suit: For Months, Cop Gained Teen's Trust. Then He Raped Her

Complaint filed by mom says Rodney Vicknair was officer originally sent to take girl for a rape exam

(Newser) - A New Orleans cop is now a former one after accusations that he groomed and raped a 14-year-old girl he'd taken for a rape evaluation. The allegations against Rodney Vicknair are detailed in a lawsuit by the teen's mother, which says that Vicknair was the police officer dispatched...

Judge to Rape Suspect: Will You Marry Her?

India's top judge is under fire over question he asked in court

(Newser) - Critics who say India's judicial system isn't up to the task of handling rape cases are pointing to comments from the nation's top judge as a prime example. While addressing a 23-year-old man accused of raping and threatening to burn a 16-year-old girl to death, the chief...

PM Responds to Alleged Rape in Australian Parliament

Adviser Brittany Higgins plans to reopen 2019 police complaint against colleague

(Newser) - Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has apologized to a former adviser who says she was raped in a parliamentary office. In a Monday interview with The Project , Brittany Higgins said she'd been working with Defence Industry Minister Linda Reynolds for a few weeks when she went out for drinks...

After Unexpected Twists, Justice for Angie Dodge

Brian Leigh Dripps pleads guilty to 1996 murder following another man's wrongful conviction

(Newser) - Carol Dodge initially thought police had found the man who killed her daughter nearly 25 years ago. In fact, prosecutors convicted the wrong man—a fact Dodge herself helped discover . Christopher Tapp, who did not match DNA evidence from the scene, was cleared after serving 20 years in prison for...

'Twitter Killer' Hears His Fate
'Twitter Killer' Hears His Fate

'Twitter Killer' Hears His Fate

Takahiro Shiraishi gets death after pleading guilty to murdering, dismembering 9 in Japan

(Newser) - The "Twitter Killer" of Japan has heard his fate, and he didn't react. Takahiro Shiraishi received the death penalty Tuesday after pleading guilty in September for the murder and dismemberment of nine people, and the judge who handed down the sentence had to ask if the "stone-faced"...

Nicholas Kristof: It's Time to Stand Up to Pornhub
Nicholas Kristof
Calls Out Pornhub
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Nicholas Kristof Calls Out Pornhub

NYT columnist accuses site of profiting off of child sexual abuse

(Newser) - Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times is out with a new column that is utterly scathing of the site Pornhub. The gist of his complaint comes early:
  • "Its site is infested with rape videos. It monetizes child rapes, revenge pornography, spy cam videos of women showering, racist and
...

Elizabeth Smart Has a Surprising Reveal About Her Parents

She never directly told them about the abuse she suffered during her kidnapping ordeal

(Newser) - Responding to a question from a follower asking when she told her parents about the abuse she suffered during her kidnapping ordeal, Elizabeth Smart revealed on Instagram on Sunday that she actually never did so directly. "I never sat them all down and had a 'tell all' experience...

'Golden State Killer' Welcomed to His New Home

Joseph James DeAngelo, 74, arrived at Calif. state prison Tuesday

(Newser) - A former police officer who eluded authorities for years as the "Golden State Killer" arrived in state prison Tuesday to begin serving multiple life sentences for rapes and murders that terrorized much of California in the 1970s and 1980s. Joseph James DeAngelo, 74, arrived at North Kern State Prison,...

With New Charges, Ron Jeremy Could Get 330 Years

Prosecutors have added 7 more charges

(Newser) - Ron Jeremy's lawyer accused prosecutors of "piling on" Wednesday after seven more sexual assault charges were filed against the adult film star, including three counts of rape. Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office says the 67-year-old actor, whose real name is Ronald Jeremy Hyatt, could face a...

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...

It's Not Over: More Bad News for Harvey Weinstein

2 more women accuse the former movie mogul of rape

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein was charged Friday with the rape of two more women, Los Angeles County prosecutors said, per the AP . Weinstein was charged with three counts of rape and three counts of forcible oral copulation involving the two women, the district attorney's office said. A criminal complaint alleges Weinstein...

India's Rape Cases Continue to Shock

Latest incidents involve a coronavirus patient and an octogenarian

(Newser) - Women's rights campaigners are at the end of their wits following two shocking rape cases in India, just the latest to make headlines since a 2012 gang rape on a moving bus triggered an uproar over sexual violence in the country. In the first, a 19-year-old coronavirus patient was...

'I Like to Move It' DJ Found Dead at Home

Erick Morillo was facing sexual assault charge

(Newser) - Celebrity DJ and producer Erick Morillo has been found dead at his Miami Beach home—days before he was due in court on a sexual assault charge. Police say foul play is not suspected in the death of the 49-year-old, who was best known for 1994 hit "I Like...

Alleged Gang Rape of Teen Girl a 'Crime Against Humanity'

Netanyahu calls for justice in case that may have involved up to 30 men

(Newser) - Two suspects are in custody after an alleged attack in a Red Sea resort city in Israel that the prime minister calls "shocking," and there may be more arrests to come. Per the New York Times , police rep Nava Dihi says a 16-year-old girl came to Ashkelon police...

Latest Accuser Says Cuba Gooding Jr. Raped Her

New civil lawsuit claims incident occurred in 2013

(Newser) - Cuba Gooding Jr.'s sexual abuse scandal continues to grow. The 51-year-old actor has now been accused of rape, Rolling Stone reports. The allegations come in a new civil lawsuit filed against him Tuesday in New York. He was already facing criminal charges of groping three women, but at...

Cops: Cabbie Raped 12-Year-Old Passenger

Rafael Martinez, 32, is facing multiple charges

(Newser) - A New York cabbie was arrested Tuesday for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl in the backseat of his car, People reports. A police source says Rafael Martinez, 32, picked up the girl in his livery cab Monday to take her home from her grandmother's—and, according to the girl,...

Cops Found Killer After 24 Years, Didn't Get to Arrest Him

As authorities closed in on Steve Branch in 1996 rape, murder of 17-year-old, he killed himself

(Newser) - Alaska State Police were pretty sure they'd found their man when they arrived at the Arkansas home of Steve Branch last week. But 66-year-old Branch—suspected of raping and killing Jessica Baggen after her 17th birthday party in Sitka, Alaska, in 1996—refused to provide a DNA sample, so...

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