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Her Story Illustrates Risks of Reporting Sexual Assault

Rachel Aviv examines the use of false alarm laws against those who make the accusation

(Newser) - Arica Waters never said she was raped. She never even denied that she had consensual sex with Jeremy Berman. She later told a police investigator that she was drunk and didn’t really know what happened, but she felt “totally taken advantage of.” Ultimately, Waters wound up facing...

Arrests Made After 'Upsetting' Incidents in Queen's Queue

One man accused of rushing her coffin, another for sexual assault against 2 women also waiting in line

(Newser) - People have been emotional enough as they queue up to catch a glimpse of the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth II, who's lying in state at London's Westminster Hall until her funeral on Monday. Two incidents this week made things even more stressful, according to authorities. In...

FBI Arrests Kansas Detective 12 Years After His Retirement

Roger Golubski allegedly used his position to sexually abuse two Black women

(Newser) - A homicide detective in Kansas used his position to sexually abuse two Black women, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday. Roger Golubski, 69, who retired from the Kansas City Police Department in 2010, has been arrested by the FBI. The indictment charging him with six counts of deprivation of civil...

Lori Vallow's Son Accused of Sexual Assault
Charges Against
Lori Vallow's Son Dropped

Charges Against Lori Vallow's Son Dropped

Colby Ryan had been charged with sexual assault in Arizona

(Newser) - Update: Sexual assault charges against the only surviving son of murder suspect Lori Vallow have been dropped. Colby Jordan Ryan, 26, was arrested in Arizona earlier this month after his estranged wife accused him of rape, NBC reports. "This office has filed a motion to dismiss without prejudice, which...

Woman Sues After Cops Use Rape Kit DNA to Arrest Her

She reported sexual assault in 2016, was arrested in theft case in 2021

(Newser) - A woman whose own rape kit was used against her by police now wants some payback. The woman identified only as Jane Doe has sued the city of San Francisco for unspecified damages over the case that made national headlines, reports BuzzFeed . After the woman reported a sexual assault to...

In Antarctica, Sexual Misconduct Is a 'Fact of Life'
In Antarctica,
Sexual Misconduct
Is a 'Fact of Life'
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In Antarctica, Sexual Misconduct Is a 'Fact of Life'

National Science Foundation report: Sexual assault, harassment ongoing at US research bases

(Newser) - Sexual misconduct is alive and well on all seven continents. That's one takeaway from a new report commissioned by the National Science Foundation that concentrates on such accounts coming in from the bottom of the Earth. It identified an "ongoing, continuing" issue of "sexual harassment, stalking, and...

Home Alone Brother Accused of Rape
Home Alone Brother
Accused of Rape

Home Alone Brother Accused of Rape

Incident is not related to charges of domestic violence against Devin Ratray

(Newser) - Actor Devin Ratray, best known for playing Kevin McCallister's bullying older brother Buzz in the Home Alone franchise, has been accused of rape and is the subject of a police investigation. Lisa Smith says Ratray raped her in New York City in 2017. After she saw that Ratray had...

Things Just Got Worse for Former Gravity CEO

A day after Dan Price resigned, a 'NYT' report details allegations of predatory behavior, rape

(Newser) - If Dan Price's resignation Wednesday as CEO of Gravity Payments so he could fight "false accusations" seemed abrupt, what Axios is calling a "bombshell report" from the New York Times the next day fills in some of the blanks. It's authored by Karen Weise, who has...

After USC Adds Safety Rules, 6 Frats Break School Ties

New policy includes having security guards at parties

(Newser) - In response to reports of sexual assaults at fraternity events last year and the student protests that followed, the University of Southern California imposed new security policies to take effect for this school year. But six fraternities have now decided to break official ties with the university rather than implement...

Family: Ferris Bueller Actor Is Being Abused

Edie McClurg, who suffers from dementia, is under a conservatorship

(Newser) - Edie McClurg is known for delivering the line " They think he's a righteous dude " in 1986's Ferris Bueller's Day Off. But her family says the man currently living with the 76-year-old actor, who is under a conservatorship and suffers from dementia, is not a righteous...

Not Wearing a Condom Could Be Sexual Assault, Court Rules

Ignoring a partner's request could bring a criminal conviction, Canadian ruling says

(Newser) - Refusing to wear a condom during sex after being asked to by a partner could be a crime, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled. In a unanimous decision, the court said pretending to use a condom or taking one off before sex without the partner's consent, sometimes called stealthing,...

A Transcript Is Unsealed, and It Backs Polanski's Claim

Prosecutor testified that judge privately revealed he'd break his promise, send Polanski to prison

(Newser) - A Los Angeles judge privately told lawyers he would renege on a promise and imprison Roman Polanski for having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977, a former prosecutor testified, setting the stage for the renowned director to flee the US as a fugitive. A previously sealed transcript obtained...

Kevin Spacey Pleads Not Guilty, Faces Trial in UK Next Year

He's pleaded not guilty to 5 sexual assault charges

(Newser) - Kevin Spacey, who said in May that he would go to Britain to defend himself against sexual assault charges, will be going on trial next year. The actor arrived at London's famed Old Bailey court Thursday morning to formally enter a plea, Sky News reports. He pleaded not guilty...

LA County DA: Unseal Secret Transcript in Polanski Case

Filmmaker's lawyers say testimony of ex-prosecutor could free Polanski in 1977 sex abuse case

(Newser) - Twice, Roman Polanski's legal team has tried to resolve his sexual abuse case in the US, to no avail. They're hoping the third time will be the charm, as the current Los Angeles County district attorney has agreed to unseal an important transcript that his predecessors have kept...

Simone Biles, Other Nassar Victims Go After FBI for $1B

'Time for the FBI to be held accountable'

(Newser) - Former Olympic gymnasts, including gold medalist Simone Biles, are among dozens of assault victims who are seeking more than $1 billion from the FBI for failing to stop sports doctor Larry Nassar, lawyers said Wednesday. There's no dispute that FBI agents in 2015 knew that Nassar was accused of...

Woman Alleges Cosby Kiss at 14: 'I Couldn't Get Away'

Woman, now 61, testified that unwanted kiss happened in trailer on movie set in 1975

(Newser) - A woman testified Friday that she was 14 when Bill Cosby took her into a trailer on a movie set in 1975, grabbed her so she couldn't move her arms, and kissed her. "I was struggling to get away," she said. "It was very shocking."...

Kevin Spacey Faces New Sexual Assault Charges
Kevin Spacey: I'm Going
to UK to Clear My Name

Kevin Spacey: I'm Going to UK to Clear My Name

Actor says he is 'confident' he will be cleared of latest abuse allegations

(Newser) - Update: Kevin Spacey says he will travel to Britain to defend himself in court against new allegations of sexual abuse and is "confident" he'll be cleared. In a statement released by his attorney on Tuesday, the actor said he will "voluntarily appear in the UK as soon...

Cosby's Lawyers Angry as Accuser Tweaks Her Story

Civil sex assault trial is scheduled to begin Monday

(Newser) - With jury selection less than a week away, attorneys scrambled to deal with shifting evidence Tuesday in Bill Cosby's civil trial over allegations that he sexually assaulted a teenage girl at the Playboy mansion nearly 50 years ago. Plaintiff Judy Huth said in a recent court filing that she...

Republican Who Made Rape Comment Loses in GOP District

Others in his party denounced Robert Regan's advice to his daughters

(Newser) - Update: A Republican candidate whose comments about enjoying rape were denounced by members of his party lost his bid for a seat in the Michigan House on Tuesday. Robert "RJ" Regan was favored to win the special election in the heavily Republican district, the Detroit Free Press reports. Instead,...

MLB Suspends Trevor Bauer for 324 Games

Dodgers pitcher says he'll appeal harshest penalty yet under the domestic violence policy

(Newser) - Trevor Bauer, the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher accused by a woman of sexually assaulting her twice last year, has been suspended for two years by Major League Baseball. The action, announced Friday by Commissioner Rob Manfred, is the most severe imposed yet under MLB's domestic violence policy, ESPN reports....

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