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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...

Protests Follow Rape, Slaying of 9-Year-Old Dalit Girl

Killing of a member of India's lowest caste again brings street demonstrations

(Newser) - Four men have been charged in the rape and slaying of a 9-year-old girl in India, sparking three days of street demonstrations against both the crime and the nation's treatment of the lowest caste in Hinduism. The child, whose name was not released, was found dead Sunday night, her...

Cops Thought He Drowned, Then Heard the Horrible Claims

Scot Kim Avis gets 15 years for rape, failure to appear after faked death in California

(Newser) - Numerous people have drowned at Monastery Beach in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif., earning it the nickname "Mortuary Beach." Kim Avis is not one of them . The Scottish street vendor reported missing at the notoriously dangerous site in 2019 in fact faked his own death while facing dozens of accusations of...

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...

Megachurch Leader Once Again Charged With Child Rape

Charges against Naasón Joaquín García had been dropped in April

(Newser) - California on Wednesday charged the leader of a Mexican megachurch with child rape and human trafficking, months after a court dismissed the previous allegations because of prosecution errors, the AP reports. Naasón Joaquín García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, was charged with three dozen...

Woman Claims Timothy Hutton Raped Her at 14

Actor says he never met Sera Johnston, who he says tried to extort him

(Newser) - A former model and child actor has accused Timothy Hutton of raping her when she was just 14 in the 1980s—though he says he never met the woman. Canadian Sera Johnston told BuzzFeed on Monday that she was raped by her idol, and then by his friend, after meeting...

Polanski Won a Big Award. They Stood Up–but Not to Clap

Actresses walk out after Polanski, accused of child rape in '70s, wins best director at Cesars in France

(Newser) - France had its version of the Academy Awards Friday night, and, not surprisingly, there was some controversy surrounding Roman Polanski. The 86-year-old director—who didn't attend the Cesars because he was afraid he'd be "lynched," per Reuters —won big, taking home best director for his...

Cops: 5-Year-Old Girl Is Raped on US Embassy Grounds

Suspect is her 25-year-old neighbor in New Delhi, India

(Newser) - Officials at the US embassy in India are "deeply disturbed" by a new allegation—the rape of a 5-year-old girl on embassy grounds in New Delhi on Saturday, reports CBS News . Police have arrested a suspect, a 25-year-old man who lives in the area of the embassy compound that...

Kentucky's Defeated Gov Takes Flak Over Pardons

Matt Bevin says he's 'a big believer in second chances'

(Newser) - Patrick Brian Baker was sentenced to 19 years in prison for crimes stemming from a 2014 home invasion in which a man was fatally shot. Convicted of reckless homicide, robbery, impersonating a peace officer, and tampering with evidence, he has walked free after serving only two years. Baker—whose brother...

3 Men Get Life in Child's Rape, Murder That Shocked India

3 others sentenced to 5 years, one acquitted

(Newser) - Three men have been sentenced to life in prison for the rape, torture, and murder of an 8-year-old girl that shocked India last year . Eight Hindu men were charged in the slaying of the girl, who was a member of a Muslim tribe, and all pleaded not guilty . In addition...

5-Year-Old Left Paralyzed by Rape Shocks a Nation

Her case highlights the struggle of prosecuting sex crimes in Sierra Leone

(Newser) - At first no one knew why the 5-year-old girl could no longer move her legs or control her urine. For months she lay on the ground, unable to walk or play. Some blamed witchcraft but the real reason was more horrific: The child had been brutally raped and left paralyzed...

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...

Cardinal's Lawyer Sorry for Referring to Rape as 'Vanilla'

Robert Richter issues apology after 'sleepless night'

(Newser) - The defense lawyer for the man who was once the third highest-ranking official in the Catholic Church—and who's now awaiting sentencing for attacks on two 13-year-old choirboys in Australia—is apologizing for referring to the crimes as "plain" and "vanilla." The assaults by George Pell,...

This Case Is 'Worst of Its Kind in German Criminal History'

Mother, partner sentenced to jail for selling boy to pedophiles via the dark web

(Newser) - A warning before you read on: As far as child abuse cases go, the Guardian calls this one "the worst of its kind in German criminal history." A 48-year-old woman and her 39-year-old partner (himself a convicted pedophile) have been convicted of selling the woman's now-10-year-old son...

They 'Married' Each Other's Daughters. The Girls Were 7, 8

Samuel Shaffer will spend at least 26 years behind bars; John Coltharp is still to be sentenced

(Newser) - A Utah man who said he was the prophet of a polygamist sect is headed to prison after his conviction and sentencing this week on a child sodomy charge. Samuel Shaffer is the Knights of the Crystal Blade leader who was arrested in December on kidnapping charges involving his two...

India Seeks to Stop Child Rape With Harsh Consequence

Raping a girl under the age of 12 may soon bring the death penalty if ordinance is given green light

(Newser) - India's government has decided to prescribe the death penalty for people convicted of raping girls under the age of 12 to combat an increase in crimes against women, per the AP . An ordinance was approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Cabinet and was being sent to the president...

Another Shocking Rape Jolts India
Another Shocking
Rape Jolts India

Another Shocking Rape Jolts India

This time, the victim was an 8-year-old girl, sedated and assaulted for days

(Newser) - The fatal gang rape of a female medical student in India in 2012 galvanized hundreds of thousands of Indians to take to the streets to demand tougher rape laws. A horrific new case has the potential to unleash similar unrest. The victim was an 8-year-old girl in Kashmir who belonged...

Author Junot Diaz: My Childhood Rape Took Huge Toll

Pulitzer winner is talking about the assault for the first time decades later

(Newser) - Junot Diaz won the 2008 Pulitzer for his novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, but what fans didn't know at the time was that his personal life was going off the rails—all because of something that happened to him as a child. In a New Yorker ...

In Minutes, Jury Convicts Man of Florida Girl's Murder, Rape

Donald Smith posed as good Samaritan for poor family to get close to Cherish Perrywinkle, 8

(Newser) - It took less than 15 minutes Wednesday for a Florida jury to convict a 61-year-old man of abducting, raping, and murdering an 8-year-old girl, the AP reports. The Jacksonville courtroom had just gone into recess after the judge read instructions to the jurors when everyone quickly returned. A decision was...

After Girl's Death, Evidence Suggests a Serial Killer of Kids

Pakistan rocked by brutal rape and killing of Zainab Ansari

(Newser) - The brutal rape and killing of Zainab Ansari, a 7-year-old girl whose body was left in a garbage dump, has unleashed a wave of revulsion around Pakistan, revealing a string of child abductions and killings by a suspected serial predator and generating outrage at a culture of silence surrounding sexual...

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