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Change is coming. Slowly, too slowly for those who clearly and seek nothing less than a recoding of our cultural software ... but as inexorable as a melting glacier. Increasingly, people are forced to re-think what's "funny." Remember those morons who thought it would be a cool "spoof" to have someone on radio in a "skit" depicting an ALS victim? Well, you can't insult an athlete in America ... we won't stand for that. But when an athlete blames the underage victim in a notorious gang–rape case, the looming loss of sponsorships forces an instant back–track. We are no longer supporting the lie that only countries which practice "honor rape" have a culture which supports sexual assault. We have our own cultural defects, and more and more people are unwilling to accept the "she was asking for it" defense. Some of those even sit on juries.


Soaring sexual violence pushes S.Leone to face 'rape culture'
"FREETOWN, "Mary" was nine years old when her childhood abruptly ended. Three men fed her sedatives then raped her. Her mother, who had been washing clothes in a stream near their home in Freetown, Sierra Leone's capital, got home to find her child lying on the ground distraught, her legs and dress stained with blood. "They put dirty clothes in my mouth and raped me," the girl told AFP, without giving her real name. The family reported the attack to the police and identified the rapists, but no charges were ever brought."
Daily Nation (Sierra Leone), January 14, 2019

Sierra Leone's president declares rape a 'national emergency'
" (CNN)Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio has declared rape and sexual violence a "national emergency," following a series of cases involving minors in the country. Bio said those found guilty of raping minors could face life imprisonment and directed all public hospitals to provide free medical services for victims of sexual assault. "As a nation, we must address this scourge. Sexual penetration of minors is punishable by life imprisonment," Bio said on Thursday while speaking at the State House in the capital, Freetown."
CNN, February 8, 2019

Rape Victims' Clothing Displayed to Prove Clothing Choice Doesn't Cause Rape
"As rape and sexual assault victims grapple with life post-trauma, one of the loaded questions that is sometimes asked is, "What were you wearing?" The unstated but troubling implication is that if the clothes worn were provocative enough, then that may affect the level of sympathy offered. But, as an exhibit in Belgium proves, the question is useless, and harmful, in determining a motive for rape."
The Independent, January 11, 2018

Rochester University mostly vindicated by probe into sexual harassment scandal involving 'predator professor'
"Research professor Florian Jaeger made national headlines last year after allegations arose that he had harassed and engaged in sexual relationships with his students. Research professor Florian Jaeger made national headlines last year after allegations arose that he had harassed and engaged in sexual relationships with his students. (University of Rochester) Rochester University officials could have done better but ultimately followed appropriate procedure after one of its professors faced a string of sexual harassment allegations from staffers and students, according to an extensive investigative report published Thursday. Florian Jaeger, a research professor at the upstate New York university's cognitive sciences department, made national headlines last year after allegations arose that he had for years harassed and engaged in sexual relationships with his students. In a joint complaint, at least four Rochester students alleged that the university didn't do enough to protect them from Jaeger, noting that the professor was promoted in the midst of an investigation into his behavior."
NY Daily News, January 11, 2018

Brooklyn school punished intellectually disabled girl who was gang raped by students and tried keeping it secret: lawsuit
" When an intellectually disabled student reported that she was the victim of an on-campus a gang rape, city Education Department officials responded by suspending the accuser from school and sweeping the case under the rug, a federal lawsuit charges. The girl, who wants to remain anonymous, has an IQ of just 71 and possessed an unblemished disciplinary record when she was coerced into a stairwell at troubled Teacher Preparatory High School in Brooklyn and forced to perform sex acts on a group of male students, according to the suit. But instead of properly punishing her assailants, school officials suspended the girl for engaging in sexual activity at school, the suit says. And this happened despite the fact that one of her attackers was later arrested by police, the girl's attorney said."
NY Daily News, 11 January 2018

Canadian judge who asked possible rape victim why she couldn't keep her knees together resigns from bench
" Justice Robin Camp said in a statement released by his lawyer that he will step down, effective Friday. "I would like to express my sincere apology to everyone who was hurt by my comments," he said, according to the statement obtained by the Guardian. A judicial committee recommended that Camp be fired after he made the comment during the sexual assault trial of Alexander Wagar."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, March 10, 2017

South Africa's rape epidemic
"BROWN LEKEKELA dreads the end of the month. Payday means binge drinking. Violence follows. Women turn up battered and distraught at his gate, usually with small children in tow. They have nowhere else to go: Mr Lekekela's emergency shelter, Green Door, is the only one in all of Diepsloot, a hardscrabble township north of Johannesburg that is home to an estimated half a million souls."
https://www.economist.com, Mar 9th 2017

Judge in Mexico clears man of sex assault because he wasn't 'seeking sexual gratification'
"Diego Cruz, a 21-year-old from a prominent family in the state of Veracruz, was one of four men accused of kidnapping a fellow classmate from their private school after she left a New Year's party in January 2015, the Independent reported."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, March 30, 2017

Judge praises former LDS bishop, while sentencing him for rape, as victim listens
""The court had no doubt that Mr. Vallejo is an extraordinarily good man," Low said just moments before sentencing Keith Vallejo to prison for sexually abusing the two females. "But great men, sometimes do bad things," Low continued."
http://kutv.com, April 13th 2017

'I've Had Enough': Swedish Music Festival Canceled Due To Rape Spree
"More than 50,000 people visit the Bråvalla Festival each year. Organizers stepped up their efforts against violence after five rapes and 14 cases of sexual assault were reported in 2016. With three rapes and 22 sexual assaults reported by the festival's conclusion Saturday night, the festival's founder said he can no longer allow the festival to go on."
http://dailycaller.com, 07/03/2017

Outrage after court decides girl, 11, 'consented' to sex with man, 28, who lured her from park
"A French court has ruled that an 11-year-old girl "consented" in a "sexual relationship" with a 28-year-old man after she was lured back to his apartment. The shock decision left the young girl's family devastated and drew immediate fury from children's rights groups. The court heard that the man lured the child back from a park in the northern Paris suburb of Montmagny before he allegedly sexually assaulted her. However, prosecutors said they could not justify charging the man with rape as there was no "violence" involved."
Yahoo 7 News, September 28, 2017

Danny Masterson's publicist says a woman can't be raped by her boyfriend
" Danny Masterson's longtime publicist tried to argue that one of his alleged victims wasn't raped because she was dating the "That '70s Show" alum. Chrissie Bixler, who dated Masterson for six years, has accused the actor of raping her while she was unconscious at least twice during their relationship. Bixler told the Huffington Post that the Church of Scientology — to which she belonged at the time and Masterson still belongs — convinced her that the assault wasn't rape."
NY Daily News, November 22, 2017

Indian guru's rape conviction triggers riots that kills 28 people
" PANCHKULA, India — Mobs rampaged across a north Indian state on Friday, leaving 28 people dead and more than 250 others injured, after a court declared a quasi-religious sect leader guilty of raping two of his followers, authorities said. Mobs set fire to government buildings and attacked police and TV journalists in the town of Panchkula in Haryana state, smashing the windshields of news vans and breaking broadcast equipment. Police initially used tear gas and water cannons and then fired bullets in the air in an attempt to control the surging mobs as they vandalized bus stations and government vehicles."
NY Daily News, August 25, 2017

'Big Brother' contestant Jason Dent makes disturbing joke about raping fellow house guest's wife, making daughters watch
""Big Brother" cast member Jason Dent made a joke about raping a fellow house guest's wife and now fans are hoping CBS will give him the boot. The 38-year-old self-proclaimed rodeo clown threatened to "f--k" fellow house guest Kevin Schlehuber's wife and tie up his daughters and make them watch during a segment from series' live feed — all while laughing as he described the scenario to cast members Alex Ow, Paul Abrahamian and Josh Martinez. Schlehuber, 55, is a stay-at-home dad with six daughters and one son. Dent chose to make the comments when discussing the repercussions of his co-star breaking their alliance."
NY Daily News, August 30, 2017

Connecticut councilman resigns after 'furry' profile revealed
" The website hosts profiles for members of the furry fandom, a group of people who create anthropomorphic animal avatars for themselves and occasionally dress up as the characters to meet in person. Many furries also have a sexual fetish involving the costumes, though Chamberlain insisted to the Danbury News Times his own participation in the fandom had "nothing to do with sex; it's an interest in cartoon animals." However, the newspaper reported that some of his "loves," "likes" and "hates" on the site were sexual, and that he also posted that he "tolerates" rape. New Milford Mayor David Gronbach posted on Facebook Thursday that he called for Chamberlain's resignation because public servants are "held to a higher standard" and added that the councilman was doing so."
NY Daily News, September 8, 2017

Michigan rapist gets joint custody
"A Sanilac County Circuit judge has granted parenting time and joint legal custody of an 8-year-old boy to a convicted sex offender who allegedly raped the child's mother nine years ago. Christopher Mirasolo, 27, of Brown City was awarded joint legal custody by Judge Gregory S. Ross after DNA testing established paternity of the child, according to the victim's attorney, Rebecca Kiessling, who is seeking protection under the federal Rape Survivor Child Custody Act. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 25."
Detroit News, October 6, 2017

Palm Beach County Schools blamed third-graders who were molested
"When a teacher molested four little girls in 2005, the Palm Beach County School District placed the blame squarely — on the third-graders themselves. The children were "old enough to appreciate the consequences of their actions" when they did what their teacher told them to, the district said in court documents. In response to a lawsuit from the girls' families, the district said the children "conducted themselves in a careless and negligent manner" and administrators should not be held responsible."
Florida Sun-Sentinel, October 11, 2017

Egyptian lawyer says raping women who wear ripped jeans is 'national duty'
"Egyptian lawyer Nabih al-Wahsh sparked outrage in Egypt after he said that women who wear ripped jeans deserve to be sexually harassed and raped. Wahsh made the remarks on Infrad Show which is hosted by Saeed Hassaseen and aired by the satellite channel Al-Assema. The program's topic was the controversy surrounding the draft law on fighting prostitution and inciting debauchery."
Al Arabiya.net – Cairo, October 30, 2017

Outrage after court decides girl, 11, 'consented' to sex with man, 28, who lured her from park
"A French court has ruled that an 11-year-old girl "consented" in a "sexual relationship" with a 28-year-old man after she was lured back to his apartment."
Yahoo7 News, September 28, 2017

Italy, where sex assault victims are shamed
" The Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #metoo movement that has followed in its wake have set off a global chain reaction, convulsing countries all over the world. In my home country of Italy, for example, more and more women are coming forward to accuse powerful men of sexual misconduct. What's different — and more disturbing for women everywhere — is that the Italian victims, unlike their American sisters, are rarely believed and often publicly shamed."
NY Daily News, November 17, 2017

Former Ramapo College frat members gang raped woman, played 'Rock, Paper, Scissors' to decide who would assault her, new suit says
"The woman, referred to as "Jane Jones" in court papers to protect her identity, filed a federal lawsuit last week against the New Jersey college, the assailants and school officials for "deliberate indifference" toward underage drinking and sexual violence on campus and for failing to prevent the sexual attack."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, October 25, 2016

Vanderbilt University football player sentenced to 17 years in prison for orchestrating gang rape of cheerleader
"Brandon Vandenburg was found guilty on a slew of aggravated rape and sexual battery charges at a Nashville courthouse Friday for carrying the female student into his Vanderbilt University dorm room before gang-raping her for 30 minutes together with three of his teammates."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, November 5, 2016

Canadian rape victim fielded questions about attacker's penis size after a judge berated her for 'allowing sex to happen'
"Pat Flynn — the attorney representing Alexander Scott Wagar, who is accused of flashing and then raping a woman in a bathroom during a 2011 house party in Calgary — asked the alleged victim if she was attracted to his client because he was "larger than most men.""
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, November 11, 2016

12yo Indian girl 'gang raped by school principal & 3 teachers' in critical condition
""She is my only child," said the girl's mother, who is a physical education teacher at Kako secondary school, where the alleged attack happened. She added that her top priority was to save her daughter and then fight for justice. "
https://www.rt.com, January 17, 2017

Hawaii jail warden showed violent sex films to inmates as 'shame therapy'
"In her 2014 lawsuit, Ritchie claimed Wagatsuma sexually humiliated incarcerated women by making them watch porn and divulge their sexual pasts in front of a camera. He also discriminated against them, giving male inmates more opportunities for work release, she said."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, November 3, 2016

EXCLUSIVE: N.Y. man who confessed to sexually abusing more than 100 kids set to be released from prison
" At least one victim received a letter from the state saying that Louis VanWie, now 74, will be released as soon as Dec. 29 after serving 20 years of a maximum 30-year sentence.
He pleaded guilty in 1997 of sexually abusing two young girls, but had told cops at the time of his arrest he was relieved to be caught because he had attacked hundreds of other kids dating back four decades."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, November 29, 2016

Argentine women strike after fatal rape of teenagers
"Lucia Perez, 16, was drugged and raped before being killed in the city of Mar del Plata.
Two men who left her at a hospital said she overdosed on drugs. But doctors found evidence she had been subjected to extreme sexual violence."
http://www.bbc.com, October 20, 2016

Baylor football players committed 52 acts of rape, 5 gang rapes, suit claims
"The unidentified woman identified as Elizabeth Doe claims that she was attacked and raped by Tre'Von Armstead and Shamycheal Chatman in April of 2013.
Doe's suit claims that her attack was part of a long string of sexual violence committed by the university's football team, with 32 football players allegedly committing an "act of rape" between 2011 and 2014."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, January 28, 2017

Rape accusers 'face court ordeal by defence lawyers'
"Rape complainants are being routinely questioned in court about their sexual histories and even the way they were dressed on the night they were attacked, according to a damning dossier of case studies to be presented to MPs this week. The findings have triggered calls for the law to be tightened to protect complainants better."
https://www.theguardian.com, February 4, 2017

Why Germans Are So Angry About This Rape Case
"As the Stanford rape case has sparked a flurry of debate over the way U.S. courts fail to punish rapists, in Germany, another case is igniting a movement to reform Germany's retrograde sexual-assault laws."
nymag.com, June, 2016

University Of Tennessee Settles Sexual Assault Lawsuit
"The University of Tennessee has reached a $2.48 million settlement with eight women who accused the school of mishandling sexual assault allegations against male student athletes. The federal lawsuit alleged the university violated Title IX regulations and fostered a "hostile sexual environment," listing incidents beginning in 1995."
www.npr.org, July 6, 2016

Five men in India on the run after allegedly gang-raping a woman in retaliation for reporting a prior assault
"The student — a member of the "untouchable" caste — had moved to a different city to escape her attackers, who were on the run after the first assault in 2013. Two of the men had been arrested and released on bail, but the other three were never even charged."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, July 19, 2016

Baylor Coerced Rape Victims Into Silence By Threatening To Punish Them For Drinking
"Baylor rape victims say the university told women who attempted to report their assaults that their parents would be informed of their alcohol or drug use under the student conduct code and in some circumstances were themselves charged with code violations, according to the Associated Press.
Baylor’s student code banned dancing until 1996 and only last year removed “fornication,” “adultery,” and “homosexual acts” from its official list of misconduct. Victims say Baylor even punished women who tried to report assaults that happened to other victims."
deadspin.com, July 31, 2016

Canadian judge could lose job after asking rape victim: 'Why couldn't you just keep your knees together?'
" The Canadian judge who asked a rape victim why she “couldn’t just keep her knees together” could lose his job.
In an inquiry slated for September, a five-person committee will evaluate whether federal Justice Robin Camp is still fit to hold office after his shocking comments during a 2014 rape trial."

A blind eye to sex abuse: How USA Gymnastics failed to report cases
"Top executives at one of America’s most prominent Olympic organizations failed to alert authorities to many allegations of sexual abuse by coaches — relying on a policy that enabled predators to abuse gymnasts long after USA Gymnastics had received warnings.
An IndyStar investigation uncovered multiple examples of children suffering the consequences, including a Georgia case in which a coach preyed on young female athletes for seven years after USA Gymnastics dismissed the first of four warnings about him."
www.indystar.com, April 8, 2016

Baltimore prosecutor on woman reporting rape: 'Seems like a conniving little whore'
"After a Baltimore woman reported her rape to police, the prosecutor on the case shared his thoughts with an officer. “I am not excited about charging it,” the unnamed official wrote in an email. “This victim seems like a conniving little whore.”
“Lmao!” the officer wrote back. “I feel the same.”"
www.washingtonpost.com, August 11, 2016

Anonymous Vigilante Faces 16 Years in Prison for Exposing Steubenville Rapists Who Walk Free
"If the release of a remorseless Stanford rapist, Brock Turner, from jail — after serving only three months out of a nine-month jail sentence for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster in 2015 — outraged you; if the news of a Canadian judge faulting a 19-year-old rape victim for not doing enough to defend herself during the sexual assault — asking her questions like: “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together? Why didn’t you just sink your bottom down into the basin so he couldn’t penetrate you?” — offended you; then probably the impending 16-year jail term for 29-year-old Deric Lostutter — an anonymous computer hacker who helped expose the atrocious 2012 Steubenville gang rape of a 16-year-old girl — will move you to do something about the growing rape culture and judiciary’s failure to adequately sentence rapists."
anonhq.com, September 11, 2016

'Honour killings': Pakistan closes loophole allowing killers to go free
"New legislation means killers will get a mandatory life sentence.
Previously, killers could be pardoned by a victim's family to avoid a jail term. Now forgiveness will only spare them the death penalty.
It is being seen as a step in the right direction in a country where attacks on women who go against conservative rules on love and marriage are common."
www.bbc.com, October 6, 2016

Accuser to boycott Title IX hearing after Florida gets booster to handle case
"A woman who accused Florida football players Antonio Callaway of sexually assaulting her and Treon Harris of attempted sexual assault in December is boycotting a Title IX hearing because the university appointed a Gators football booster to adjudicate the case."
www.espn.com, August 5, 2016

Bronx girl, 16, who accused classmate of rape targeted with social media threats
" A 16-year-old Bronx girl who was allegedly raped by a classmate on a school trip has been targeted on social media with threats from pals of her assailant, the Daily News has learned.
"If they give five to 10 years to my bro I'll kill you," a youth warns the victim in a Facebook video viewed by The News."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, March 7, 2016.

Sheriff Says Investigating Rape Is "Unnecessary" Because "Most Accusations Are False"
"We have published several reports documenting how rape, in particular, is a heinous crime that is rarely ever thoroughly investigated. Across the country, millions of rape kits go untested and sit in police departments for years, allowing predators to remain on the streets and their victims to live in fear without any closure."
thefreethoughtproject.com, March 17, 2016.

Baylor University fraternity president turned himself in on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman at a frat party
"Phi Delta Theta president Jacob Anderson was charged with sexual assault after a junior at the Texas university said that she was drugged while at a frat party and sexually assaulted after being taken to a "secluded area" outside."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, March 4, 2016.

Amazon, University of Pennsylvania sued by family of student who killed herself with cyanide allegedly purchased online
" Amazon and the University of Pennsylvania are being sued by the family of a student who killed herself two years ago with cyanide she allegedly purchased without a problem from the online retailer.
The suit says the school ignored Arya Singh's claims of a sexual assault — leading to a two-year downward spiral culminating in her cyanide suicide."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, September 4, 2015.

Five Rutgers football players arrested, suspended from team
"Five members of the Rutgers football team, including one at the center of an investigation regarding coach Kyle Flood, were arrested Thursday, with four being charged with assault stemming from an incident that occurred in late April, the Middlesex County Prosecutor's office and the New Brunswick Police Department announced. Another player, defensive back Andre Boggs, was charged in two separate robberies. All five players have been suspended by the program."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, September 3, 2015.

Woman sues Oregon State University, ex-football coach Mike Riley over alleged 1999 rape
" PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A woman who says she was raped while attending Oregon State University in 1999 seeks $7.5 million in a federal Title IX lawsuit against the school and its former football coach, Mike Riley.
The woman accuses the university and Riley of failing to address a sexually violent culture among the football team that contributed to her being attacked by a player's cousin at an off-campus apartment."
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, September 2, 2015.

Chrissie Hynde's comments suggesting women can be to blame if they're raped spark chorus of outrage
" Rocker Chrissie Hynde's discordant comments suggesting women may be to blame if they're raped has led to a chorus of outrage.
The Pretenders singer struck a sour note in an interview with London's The Sunday Times in which she said she takes "full responsibility" for her own rape 42 years ago, back when she was just a 21-year-old student at Kent State University in Ohio."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, August 31, 2015.

New Hampshire prep school graduate Owen Labrie found not guilty of felony rape charges, convicted of misdemeanor sexual assault
" A New Hampshire prep school graduate accused of raping a freshman bent over and bawled in a Concord courtroom Friday as a jury acquitted him of felony rape charges.
Owen Labrie, 19, avoided his most serious charges, but a 12-person jury still convicted him of one felony — using a computer to entice a minor for sexual contact — and misdemeanor sexual assault charges, including statutory rape."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, August 28, 2015.

Friends of prep school student accused of rape describe 'Senior Salute,' campus sex ritual
"The New Hampshire prep school senior accused of raping a 15-year-old freshman was in a race with his roommate to complete "Senior Salute" — a campus ritual in which seniors try to have sex with a list of underclassmen before graduation — his preppy clique testified Monday."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, August 25, 2015.

University of Central Florida frat member accused of sexual assault heard chanting 'rape' at party: video
"A Central Florida University fraternity member who is heard chanting "rape" on a video taken at a party is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at an off-campus apartment, according to a report."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, August 19, 2015.

Donald Trump lawyer says 'You cannot rape your spouse,' claims there is 'very clear case law' to prove it can't be rape
" One of Donald Trump's lawyers shockingly said Monday that it's legal to rape your spouse.
Michael Cohen, who works for the Republican presidential candidate and real estate mogul, made the outrageous remark while defending Trump from a decades-old allegation that he once forced himself upon his then-wife Ivana."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, July 28, 2015.

6-Year-Old Invited Sexual Abuse, Says Judge
"(TFC) Buenos Aires, Argentina — Judges Horacio Piombo and Ramón Sal Llargués of the Chamber of Criminal Cassation of Buenos Aires stunned the world when they reduced the sentence of a child molester because the child 'displayed a homosexual orientation and was accustomed to being sexually abused.'"
theantimedia.org, June 04, 2015.

6-Year-Old Invited Sexual Abuse, Says Judge
"(TFC) Buenos Aires, Argentina — Judges Horacio Piombo and Ramón Sal Llargués of the Chamber of Criminal Cassation of Buenos Aires stunned the world when they reduced the sentence of a child molester because the child 'displayed a homosexual orientation and was accustomed to being sexually abused.'"
theantimedia.org, June 04, 2015.

Boy, 13, charged for sexually assaulting 7-year-old girl on Washington state school bus
" A 13-year-old boy in Washington state has been charged for allegedly sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl several times on a school bus.
The boy faces three counts of first-degree rape for the alleged assaults that occurred throughout the past school year in the Chimacum School District, the Peninsula Daily News reported."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, July 04, 2015.

Gillibrand says Obama failed to stop rape in military's ranks after Senate blocked her bill
"WASHINGTON – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said President Obama broke a promise and failed to act to stop rape in the military's ranks in pointed remarks Tuesday after the Senate blocked her bill overhauling the services' handling of sexual assault."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, June 17, 2015.

Wisconsin teens drugged, gang raped 15–year–old girl and posted video of assault on Facebook: police
"Three Wisconsin teens were arrested for their roles in the gang rape of a 15–year–old runaway in an assault that was videotaped and posted on Facebook, police said."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, June 16, 2015.

Vanderbilt Rape Case Defendants: Juror Withheld Information
"NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Defense attorneys for two former Vanderbilt football players convicted in the dorm–room rape of a student asked a judge Monday to declare a mistrial, saying a juror intentionally withheld information that he was a rape victim during the jury selection process."

Drunk 'Bachelorette' contestant Ryan McDill says he isn't sorry for rape comment: 'I knew what I was doing'
"'I wasn't blacked out and knew exactly what I was doing,' he told TMZ.
He even said that his rape comment was not even a joke, but was just his way of letting the other contestant know how macho he was."
Daily News, May 22, 2015.

Military members who report sexual assault more likely to face retaliation than seeing attacker get convicted: report
"Military service members who report a sexual assault are 12 times more likely to face retaliation than see their attacker convicted, a report Monday found.
While the Pentagon has implemented various measures to improve its handling of rapes and other assaults, the report by the nonprofit Human Rights Watch found many protections to prevent retaliation have 'yet to help a single service member whose career was harmed.'
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D–N.Y.) said the report supports her bill to shift from commanders to independent judge advocates the final authority over sexual assault cases in the ranks."
Daily News, May 18, 2015.

Troy University students charged in Florida spring break gang rape filmed on cell phone
"An investigation into an Alabama shooting recovered cell phone video of a spring break gang rape that's being described by one sheriff as the 'most disgusting, sickening thing' he's ever seen.
The shocking find showed a group of men raping a young, incapacitated woman in broad daylight in Panama City, Fla., last month while surrounded by hundreds of partygoers who did nothing to help, authorities said."
Daily News, April 10, 2015.

Indian court bans controversial interview with convicted rapist
"The woman's injuries were so severe that some internal organs had to be removed. She died two weeks later at a Singapore hospital.
She suffered injuries to her abdomen, genitals and intestines, which Udwin read aloud to Singh at one point during the 16 hours of interviews.
He remained defiant and showed no remorse, Udwin wrote.
'When being raped, she shouldn't fight back,'' Singh told the BBC, saying she should've permitted the assault. 'Then they'd have dropped her off after 'doing her'."
CNN.com, March 03, 2015.

University of Michigan student says 2 roommates raped her after Greek mixer: suit
"After drinking at the party, the student said her date took her back to his dorm, which he shared with the other accused man.
The roommates allegedly sent text messages to each other discussing a plan to rape the woman in a threesome. They also allegedly took pictures with their phones of the assault and shared them on the GroupMe message app, according to the Ann Arbor News.
The paper reports both of the roommates previously pleaded guilty to photographing sexual acts.
In this case, they were initially charged with first–degree sexual misconduct, but a district judge decided there wasn't enough probable cause for those charges. The lawsuit lists eight counts against the roommates, including assault and battery and taking photos of sexual misconduct."
Daily News, January 28, 2015.

Five underage football players in Winter Springs, Fla. charged with gang raping 16–year–old girl
"Five students at Winter Springs High School are accused of assaulting a 16–year–old in an attack she partially filmed on her phone. A sixth suspect, the only adult in the case, allegedly led the girl into the attack but has not been charged."
Daily News, January 19, 2015.

Andrew Cuomo proposing to expand 'yes means yes' rules against sexual assault to private colleges
" Gov. Cuomo is proposing legislation to expand to all private colleges the 'yes means yes' rules against sexual assault that have been adopted by the state university system.
The measure is part of his 2015 legislative agenda, codifying a plan adopted by all 64 State University of New York campuses in December. The City University of New York has also adopted a similar policy."
Daily News, January 18, 2015.

Columbia University senior will join Sen. Gillibrand at State of the Union in push for stronger policies against sexual assault
" Emma Sulkowicz's presence Tuesday will be a sharp message to President Obama and Gillibrand's fellow lawmakers, who she is pushing to back bipartisan legislation requiring colleges to strengthen policies against sexual assault at colleges.
Obama is expected to tout a plan to offer all Americans two years of free community college. Gillibrand supports the proposal, but the New York Democrat says Washington should work to make college safe, not just cheap."
Daily News, January 17, 2014.

ISIS releases 'abhorrent' sex slaves pamphlet with 27 tips for militants on taking, punishing and raping female captives
"The rules for how militants should handle their slaves follow. Among the most shocking are that it is 'permissible' to rape a female slave 'immediately after taking possession of her' and that it is 'permissible to have intercourse with the female slave who hasn't reached puberty if she is fit for intercourse', without explanation of what that means.
Speaking to The Independent, Quilliam researcher Charlie Winter said: 'The roots of this document can easily be traced back to some of Islamic State's most active propagandists, something that leaves little doubt in my mind about its credibility."
The Independent U.K., January 16, 2015.

EXCLUSIVE: Married NYPD cop accused of kissing, groping rape victim after booze–filled night in Seattle
"A married detective assigned to investigate the rape of a 24–year–old woman has been booted from the Manhattan Special Victims Division after flying to Seattle, drinking with her all night—and then allegedly trying to tear her clothes off in a hotel room.
Hours before the disturbing encounter, the college student alleges, Detective Lukasz Skorzewski—in the midst of a nine-hour drinking frenzy—looked at her and said, 'You're my favorite victim'."
Daily News, January 16, 2015.

Colts place Josh McNary on commissioner's exempt list after rape charge, linebacker enters not guilty plea
"Roger Goodell acted swiftly in the wake of the latest allegations of criminal behavior leveled against a player, granting the Colts' request to place linebacker Josh McNary on the Commissioner Exemption list Thursday, the same day McNary entered a preliminary plea of not guilty in Marion (Ind.) Superior Court."
Daily News, January 15, 2015.

Ex–Vanderbilt football players giggled, shot video and sent text messages while they sexually abused a coed: prosecutor
" Unflinching surveillance video was the star witness on the first day of the Nashville trial of two former Vanderbilt University football players accused of raping a female neuroscience student in a campus dorm.
Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey are each charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg also faces additional charges of tampering with evidence and unlawful photography."
Daily News, January 14, 2015.

Jury selection underway in Vanderbilt football rape case
" NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)—Jury selection is underway in the trial of two former Vanderbilt University football players accused of raping a student in a campus dorm.
The trial is expected to feature sexually graphic videos, photos and questions about whether the role of alcohol intoxication can be used as a defense in some instances.
Four former players are accused of raping an unconscious student in a dorm at the Nashville university in June 2013."
Associated Press, January 12, 2015.

Jeffrey Epstein continues to live high life since release from prison in 2009
"The 61–year–old financier, who pleaded guilty to soliciting sex from a minor in 2008, has an incredible collection of luxury vehicles and property around the world. Additionally, organizations like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MIT, the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, New York Junior League Tennis and Harvard have accepted donations from the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation."
Daily News, January 08, 2015.

Woman who accused Jameis Winston of rape suing Florida State's board of trustees
"A civil lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Orlando claims FSU had knowledge of her alleged sexual harassment and discrimination by Winston, and that it created a hostile educational environment for her. The lawsuit was filed the same day Winston declared for the upcoming NFL draft"
Associated Press, January 07, 2015.

Phyllis Schlafly: Campus sex assault is on the rise because too many women go to college
"Conservative icon Phyllis Schlafly is worried that college campuses are populated by too many women, a phenomenon she insinuated has contributed to increased sexual assault on campus."
Salon.com, January 06, 2015.

New Hampshire police chief offered to drop charges against teen if she posed nude for him
"A small–town New Hampshire police chief resigned after he allegedly asked a teenager to pose for nude photos in the station basement in exchange for dropping a possession of alcohol charge."
Daily News, December 28, 2014.

Jameis Winston cleared of violating Florida State student conduct code
"TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP)—Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press on Sunday."
Associated Press, December 21, 2014.

British Soccer Player, Convicted Rapist Could Get Second Chance With New Team
"Hartlepool said it wanted to add Ched Evans—who has just served half of a five–year jail sentence for raping a 19–year–old in a hotel—to its roster.
Evans, 25, an international footballer, was released in October but attempts by his former club, Sheffield United, to sign him ended following a public outcry."
Daily News, December 21, 2014.

Stephen Collins admits to sexually abusing young girl, exposing himself to 2 others and apologizes
"Embattled actor Stephen Collins has confessed to sexually preying on three young girls over a period of 20 years, saying, 'I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret.'
Daily News, December 17, 2014.

San Diego State fraternity accused of harassing anti–rape demonstrators banned
"The immature actions by members of Delta Sigma Phi—who tout themselves with a slogan of 'the better man'—proved to be the last straw after a 'consistent pattern of policy violations,' the university stated Tuesday.
Those are said to include 'hazing and alcohol misconduct issues,' which may lead to individual investigations into violations of the school's harassment policy."
Daily News, December 17, 2014.

Former Tenn. cop arrested for raping prostitute while on-duty: police
"A former Tennessee police officer was arrested for forcing a prostitute to have sex with him while he was on'duty, according to a news release from Metro police."
Daily News, December 15, 2014.

'Yes Means Yes' becoming norm on New York campuses
"Universal 'affirmative consent' standard is part of N.Y.'s public university system. It means saying 'yes' is the only prelude to sex, not silence or a lack of resistance."
Daily News, December 13, 2014.

Alert mom finds naked video of her unconscious 16–year–old daughter on Facebook, leads to sex assault charges for Texas man
"Mar–Grafias might have gotten away with it, except he posted a video detailing the sex assault to Facebook and the girl's mother saw it before she even made it home, KTBC reported."
Daily News, December 10, 2014.

Rolling Stone alters apology for University of Virginia fraternity gang rape story as friend defends Jackie amid backlash
"The pop culture magazine backed off its assertion that 'our trust in her was misplaced,' admitting instead that the mistakes are on the magazine. A friend defended Jackie in a letter to campus newspaper Cavalier Daily, writing, 'this story is not a hoax, a lie or a scheme'."
Daily News, December 08, 2014.

Dr. Luke sues lawyer Mark Geragos over accusations he raped Lady Gaga
"The songwriter—who singer Kesha claims sexually assaulted her—filed a defamation suit after the celebrity lawyer took to Twitter after Lady Gaga revealed she had been attacked by an older record producer at the age of 19. Geragos encouraged Twitter followers to 'guess who the rapists' was and responded '#bingo' when one said Dr. Luke."
Daily News, December 08, 2014.

EXCLUSIVE: Sandy Rubenstein's alleged rape victim planning to file lawsuit
" The woman who accused Sandy Rubenstein of rape is planning to file a lawsuit against the high–profile lawyer, as her attorneys fired off an angry letter charging Manhattan prosecutors with running an unfair probe.
'This case is not being fairly adjudicated because of systematic and institutional privilege,' Keith White, one of her attorneys told the Daily News. 'It appears to us that the Manhattan DA has a pattern of protecting the powerful, prosecuting the powerless and empowering the status quo'."
Daily News, December 08, 2014.

India Uber taxi driver accused of Delhi rape
"A woman in India says she was raped by a taxi driver after booking the cab using the popular Uber smartphone app.
The 26–year–old from Delhi told police she dozed off in the taxi and when she woke up the vehicle was parked in a secluded part of the capital.
Police said a medical examination had backed up her allegation. The driver of the taxi was arrested on Sunday."
BBC News, December 07, 2014.

Two men charged with raping teen girl at Johns Hopkins University frat house in Baltimore: cops
"Chaz Haggins, 20, and Ethan Turner, 19, are accused of forcing the intoxicated 16-year-old into a bathroom at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity Nov. 2 and raping her, police said. The university said neither the men nor the girl are students. The frat has been suspended, a school spokesman said."
Daily News, December 03, 2014.

5 William Paterson University students charged in sexual assault of woman in dorm
"The 18–year–old students used 'physical force or coercion' to keep the woman 'in a condition of involuntary servitude,' according to criminal complaints. The men have been barred from the Wayne, N.J., campus, according to school president Kathleen Waldron."
Daily News, December 01, 2014.

University of Virginia suspends all fraternities during probe of alleged rape at Phi Kappa Psi
"The victim eventually reported the rape to school administrators, the article says. But they took no action—even after she reported allegations from two other women who claimed to have been assaulted the same way by members of the same fraternity."
Daily News, November 22, 2014.

Ohio man confesses to raping 5–year–old, blames victim: 'She was experimenting'
"A Lake County judge sentenced 51–year–old Clifford Taylor to 22 years in prison after he confessed to raping his girlfriend's daughter and coaxing her into oral sex with the promise of a Pudding Pop. During his sentencing, he tried to backpedal, and claimed his tiny victim forced herself on him."
Daily News, November 22, 2014.

Kansas woman dies after being raped, set on fire at park
"Neighbors discovered the screaming woman ignited in flames last week at a Wichita park, but she succumbed to her injuries Saturday morning. Police have arrested Cornell A. McNeal, 26, in connection to the attack.
"WICHITA, Kan.—A 36–year–old woman who had been sexually assaulted and set on fire died Saturday morning, police said, just over a week after she was found in a Wichita park with severe burns on more than half her body and cuts on her head."
Associated Press, November 22, 2014.

Delusional Oregon sex offender knocks on stranger's door, shouts that 12–year–old girl is sex–trafficking victim
"'He's a narcissist, he's a sex offender and he's a drug addict' said prosecutors about Themba Kelley, 45, who was on probation when he took photos of the girl's home, tried to sell her a laptop, and then shouted that she was being forced to work as a hooker. "
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, November 10, 2014.

Trio use social media to lure, rape and rob women in South Florida: cops
"Three convicted felons were arrested in connection with a string of violent rape attacks in South Florida, including a gunpoint robbery and sexual assault of a woman they lured to a vacant home early Friday by texting her, police said."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, November 10, 2014.

Ched Evans: Debate rages over rapist's right to work
"Should a convicted rapist, who has served their time in prison, be allowed to resume their old job?
What if that job was as a high-profile football player?
In the early hours of Friday, Ched Evans was released from a British prison –– a Category C facility for sex offenders –– after serving half of a five–year sentence for raping a 19–year–old girl in a hotel room."
CNN, October 18, 2014.

2 teen girls claiming they were raped at Bronx middle school may have to face the boys who attacked them
"EXCLUSIVE: A lawyer for the victims, ages 12 and 13, said they may have to face their attackers at a hearing with Department of Education officials. The hearing is needed to determine if the boys, ages 13 and 14, should be suspended. The girls claim that on Oct. 16, shortly after lunch, the boys brought them to an isolated part of the auditorium at the Urban Science Academy and raped them."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, October 31, 2014.

To Avoid Cop Rape Just Don't Just Break Any Laws, Says Oklahoma Police Captain
"In less than two months, three Oklahoma police officers have been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting women while on duty."
Reason.com Hit&Run Blog, September 29, 2014.

'He's still skating': Rapist teacher freed after 30–day prison sentence
Montana teacher Stacey Rambold had sex with 14–year–old Cherice Moralez in 2007, but the creepy educator is now free to return to Billings after a month behind bars. Judge G. Todd Baugh claimed at sentencing the teen was 'older than her chronological age.' The girl committed suicide in 2010.
Daily News, September 26, 2013

  • Montana judge assigns abuser writing punishment: 'Boys do not hit girls' — 5,000 times
    Besides the school–like disciplinary measure, District Judge Todd Baugh sentenced Pacer Ferguson to six months in jail and to pay $3,800 in restitution for fracturing a woman's face in three places. Baugh previously sentenced a teacher to one month in jail for raping a student.
    Daily News, December 25, 2013
  • ABA Journal on Teacher's Re–Sentencing
    "A Montana judge "cast serious doubt on the appearance of justice" when he said a 14–year–old rape victim was "older than her chronological age," the Montana Supreme Court said Wednesday in a decision vacating a one–month prison term in the case."
    ABA Journal, May 1, 2014
  • Montana Judge Facing Censure Tied to Rape Case Calls Penalty Unprecedented
    "A Montana judge facing suspension by the state's top court for implying a 14–year–old girl was partly to blame for her rape by a teacher and imposing an unlawfully lenient sentence in the case contends his punishment was unprecedented and suggests it be retracted."
    Reuters Press, June 27, 2014.
  • Another Judge Named to Sentence Teacher for Rape
    "In April, the Supreme Court ordered Rambold re–sentenced, but not by Baugh. The other five judges in the 13th Judicial District recused themselves and last week District Judge Mary Jane Knisely assigned the case to Judge George Huss in Forsyth. Knisely said Thursday that Huss recused himself and she assigned the case to District Judge Randal Spaulding in Roundup. A sentencing date has not been set."
    Seattle PI, July 04, 2014.
  • Teacher Gets 10 years in prison in student rape
    "The state Supreme Court in April overturned Rambold's initial sentence, citing in part comments from Judge G. Todd Baugh, who suggested the victim shared responsibility.
    Baugh was censured and suspended for 31 days. He's stepping down when his terms ends in January.
    Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito said he was pleased with the new sentence, which included five additional years of prison time that were suspended."
    ABC-6, September 26, 2014.

Texas Tech frat suspended for 'No Means Yes' banner, vulgar 'sprinkler' display at party
"Phi Delta Theta members at a party over the weekend displayed a sign saying 'No Means Yes, Yes Means Anal' as well as a cardboard cutout of a woman's vagina fashioned into a sprinkler."
Daily News, September 24, 2014.

Afghan Rape Gang Sentenced to Death
"Kabul (AFP)—An Afghan judge on Sunday sentenced seven men to death for the gang–rape of four women in a case that sparked nationwide outrage and highlighted the violence women face despite reforms since the Taliban era.
The seven men, who stood in the dock dressed in brown traditional clothing, were found guilty of kidnapping and attacking the female members of a group that was driving home to Kabul from a wedding.
President Hamid Karzai on Sunday had called for the men to be hanged. The death sentences were technically handed down for the crime of armed robbery rather than rape.
AFP, September 06, 2014.

Rotherham child sexual exploitation: Victims raped, beaten and doused in petrol if they threatened to tell
" When in 2010 five Asian men from Rotherham were jailed for grooming teenage girls for sex, it was regarded as a feather in the cap for South Yorkshire Police and the local social services which had doggedly pursued the prosecution.
Sentencing Adil Hussain, Razwan Razaq, Mohsin Khan, Umar Razaq, and Zafran Ramzan, the judge described them as "dangerous sexual predators" and said Rotherham would be a safer place for youngsters with them off the streets. "
The Telegraph, August 26, 2014.

  • Life in an English Town Where Years of Rape & Abuse Flourished: Years of Rape and 'Utter Contempt' in Britain
    "The scale and brutality of the abuse in Rotherham have shocked a country already shaken by a series of child abuse scandals involving celebrities, public officials, clerics and teachers at expensive private schools. The Rotherham report suggests that it continues unchecked among the most vulnerable in British society."
    New York Times, September 01, 2014.
  • Nazir Afzal: 'There is no religious basis for the abuse in Rotterdam.
    "'The legal system is itself guilty of wrongly classifying the victims of abuse as criminals. Even as recently as 2008, legal documents referred to children who were the victims of this kind of abuse as 'child prostitutes', he points out, 'as if somehow what the children were doing was a lifestyle choice'."
    Andrew Vachss agrees, and wrote about it back in 2005 – Watch Your Language! We are delighted to see that more people are starting to "get it" now!

The untold story of how a culture of shame perpetuates abuse.
"The extraordinary story of Ruzwana Bashir: the Oxford–educated entrepreneur brought up in a British–Pakistani community shares her own story to tear down the wall of silence around the exploitation of Asian girls."
TheGuardian, August 29, 2014.

Child Porn Sentencing Questioned
"Are federal sentencing guidelines for possessing child pornography too harsh?
Calling the guidelines "draconian," U.S. District Judge James L. Graham has become increasingly vocal in his criticism from the federal bench in Columbus.
"Possessing child porn is vastly different from distributing or producing it," Graham said in an interview last week. "The purveyors or producers of these images deserve the most severe punishment we can give them. My concern is the people who end up possessing it."
Richard Bistline, a Knox County man, is to be in federal court on Wednesday to be sentenced for the third time for child"porn possession. His case thrust Graham into the spotlight in 2010 after the judge sentenced Bistline, of Mount Vernon, to one day in prison, 30 days of home confinement and 10 years of probation. The recommended sentence under federal guidelines was five to six years.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah A. Solove appealed Graham's sentence to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that the penalty did not reflect the seriousness of the offense. The appeals court ordered Graham to resentence the defendant.
But a defiant Graham again sentenced Bistline to a single day in prison, although he increased the home confinement to three years. Solove again appealed, and the 6th Circuit court again ruled that Graham's sentence was too lenient. The court removed Graham from the case.
Judge George C. Smith is to sentence Bistline on Wednesday.
The Columbus Dispatch, August 24, 2014.

Minnesota teen gets less than 1 year in jail for raping two girls
"Michael Stucky Jr. sentenced to 361 days, which is time served, after pleading guilty to two rapes. The 19–year–old from Northfield was immediately released."
Daily News, August 12, 2014.

UConn to pay $1.3Million in sex assault handling lawsuit
"University officials adamantly denied that they have been indifferent to reports of assaults and did not admit any wrongdoing in the settlement. They said the legal fight would be costly and bad for UConn's image."
SF Gate, July 29, 2014.

Why a Village Leader Ordered the Rape of a 14–Year–Old in India
"Last week, a young man from a remote village in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand was accused of sexually assaulting a married woman. To punish him, the village leader reportedly ordered the rape of his 14–year–old sister. The husband of the woman who was allegedly assaulted was told to carry out the rape.
As the woman's husband dragged the girl to a nearby forest, villagers only looked on, her family told The New York Times."
NPR, July 15, 2014.

16–year–old Houston girl speaks out after purported pictures of her rape go viral
"A Texas teen claims she was forced to live through her rape twice—once in the real world at a house party, and again in the virtual world as photos of the attack went viral online."
Daily News, July 10, 2014.

Where Rape Gets a Pass
"Sexual assault is rampant on campus. Time to force colleges to take it seriously... Punishments for perpetrators are notoriously light, and often non–existent. Schools have directed students found responsible for sexual misconduct to write book reports and apology notes. While they have the authority to do so, colleges rarely expel rapists: A Center for Public Integrity report found that disciplinary hearings hardly ever result in suspension, let alone expulsion, despite the fact that most college rapists are usually repeat assailants. (Nine out of ten campus rapes are perpetrated by repeat offenders.)"
Daily News, July 06, 2014.

Judge says man who raped sleeping woman is 'not a classic rapist,' just 'lost control.'
"'I do not regard you as a classic rapist. I do not think you are a general danger to strangers. You are not the type who goes searching for a woman to rape. This was a case where you just lost control of normal restraint,' Judge Michael Mettyear continued in his assessment of Setford. 'She was a pretty girl who you fancied. You simply could not resist. You had sex with her'."
Salon.com, July 03, 2014.

Egypt calls on YouTube to pull video of sexual assault in Cairo's Tahrir Square
"Officials have asked the social media site to remove a video showing an injured naked woman being dragged through Cairo's Tahrir Square after she was sexually assaulted during celebrations for President Abdel Fattah al–Sisi's inauguration."
Daily News, June 13, 2014.

India's crimes against women continue to surge as five women reported raped in 36 hours
"The latest incidents are in a wave of crimes against women reported in the country's most populous region over the past two weeks."
Daily News, June 12, 2014.

Indian Minister Says Rapes Happen 'accidentally'
"The remarks come days after the home minister of the BJP–ruled Madhya Pradesh state said rapes were 'sometimes right, sometimes wrong'."
AFP, June 08, 2014.

Police Officers, Others Gang–Raped, Hanged Teen Sisters in India: Cops
"Villagers found the girls' bodies hanging from the tree Wednesday morning, hours after they disappeared from fields near their home in Katra village in Uttar Pradesh state, police Superintendent Atul Saxena said. The girls, who were 14 and 15, had gone into the fields because there was no toilet in their home.
Hundreds of angry villagers stayed next to the tree for the rest of Wednesday, silently protesting alleged police inaction in the case. Indian TV footage showed the villagers sitting under the girls' bodies as they swung in the wind, and preventing authorities from taking them down from the tree until the suspects were arrested."
Daily News, May 29, 2014.

  • India arrests 3rd suspect in gang–rape, death of teens
    "The father who reported the girls missing, Sohan Lal, has demanded a federal investigation. 'I don't expect justice from the state government as state police officers shielded the suspects,' said Lal, a poor farm laborer who refused to accept a payment for 500,000 rupees ($8,500) offered by the state government as financial help. He told reporters Saturday that he would accept no financial assistance until the Central Bureau of Investigation, India's FBI, takes over the case.
    Such government payments are common in India when poor families face high–profile calamities, and Lal's unusual refusal — particularly for a man living in desperate poverty — was likely to focus attention on his demands for a federal investigation."
    Associated Press, May 31, 2014.

Rape Victim's Mother Attacked in Northern India
" Police in northern India have arrested three men for brutally attacking the mother of a rape victim after she refused to withdraw her complaint, an official said Friday, as investigators sought clues in a gang rape elsewhere in the state that left two teenage cousins dead.
The attack of the mother this week in the town of Etawah in Uttar Pradesh state followed the May 11 rape of her teenage daughter. A local man was arrested after the woman filed a complaint with authorities."
Yahoo News via the AP, May 30, 2014.

GA teens charged with after–prom rape at remote cabin party: police
"Calhoun students Fields Chapman, Avery Johnson and Andrew Hynes, all 18, were arrested Wednesday on charges of aggravated sexual battery and consumption of alcohol by a minor after the alleged incident at a cabin in Ellijay, some 80 miles north of Atlanta, overnight May 10 into May 11."
Daily News, May 28, 2014.

Dallas Judge's sentence, comments in teen rape case stir outrage
"A Dallas County district judge has ignited a firestorm of criticism and drawn national ire after she publicly implied a rape victim was promiscuous and was not 'the victim she claimed to be.'"
WFAA News 8, May 2, 2014.

  • Judge in controversial rape case recuses herself
    A Dallas County judge under fire for giving the rapist of a 14–year–old girl probation and then tossing the common restrictions given to sex offenders recused herself from the case Friday.
    Dallas News, May 2, 2014.

Sexual Assault Reports Up By 50%: Pentagon
The annual report on sexual assaults is the first since the Pentagon undertook a renewed high–visibility campaign last year to clamp down on them and to encourage victims not to stay silent in the macho military environment.
NBC News.com, May 2, 2014.

Iran Rape Victim Bound for gallows unless she changes story
"Death row accusations that an Iranian intelligent agent was a rapist could condemn his victim to hangman's noose"
The Telegraph, April 19, 2014

Child bride forced to marry poisons groom
"The suspect confessed to committing the crime and said she did it because she was forced to marry a man she did not love, Majia told The Associated Press."
BBC News, April 10, 2014

  • Nigeria girl faces murder trial over forced marriage
    "Gezawa (Nigeria) (AFP)—A Nigerian court on Monday postponed the murder trial of a 14–year–old girl accused of poisoning the 35–year–old man she was forced to marry, a case that has thrown the spotlight on the influence of Islamic law in region."
    AFP, August 04, 2014.

Iraq Wants to Legalize Child Marriage
"A new law would approve marriage to girls as young as nine in a bid to appease the nation's conservatives ahead of parliamentary elections."
The Daily Beast, April 9, 2014

Connecticut police find men that sexually assaulted female Trinity College student and filmed it: report
"Police near Trinity College have found a group of men that allegedly drove around campus last weekend and filmed one of them groping a female student.
So far no charges have been filed. "
Daily News, April 7, 2014

Sengalese Girl, 10, raped, now pregnant, denied abortion
"A 10–year–old Sengalese girl who was raped and is carrying twins has been denied an abortion."
Daily News, April 5, 2014

6 Suspended amid MO School Rape Allegations
"The girl in the latest case, who the police report describes as autistic, told authorities the 14–year–old boy raped her 'on numerous occasions' over the last month at Southwest Early College Campus while a 13–year–old girl stood in the hall as a lookout. The boy and the alleged lookout were charged Wednesday in juvenile court with one count each of rape and sodomy and ordered to remain detained Friday."
Yahoo News, April 4, 2014

Judge said du Pont heir 'will not fare well' in prison
"A Superior Court judge who sentenced a wealthy du Pont heir to probation for raping his 3–year–old daughter noted in her order that he 'will not fare well' in prison and needed treatment instead of time behind bars, court records show."
Delaware Online, March 31, 2014

Ex-New Orleans detective pleads guilty to sexually assaulting three girls
"One of the counts of sexual battery had been downgraded from incest, Nola.com reports. An incest charge could have sent the former detective to prison for up to 20 years."
Daily News, March 29, 2014

Nancy Kaffer: Untested rape kits a crime in themselves
"This is a national problem, for once, not a Detroit–specific one—nationwide, it's estimated that as many as 400,000 rape kits may be backlogged."
Detroit Free Press, March 14, 2014

Michaëlle Jean assails "rape culture"
As It Happens, March 07, 2014

Explaining India's New Rape Laws
"Its report gave many women the audacity to hope that freedom from violence and constitutional equality would be reclaimed by and for women. The new law is a combination of just thinking about gender and existing patriarchal attitudes in society, as well as those ingrained in the colonial Indian Penal Code of 1860.
It also reflects the government's desire to be seen as tough on crimes against women."
BBC News, March 27, 2013.

Dismissal Of Air Force Officer's Sexual Assault Conviction Raises Questions
All Things Considered, March 08, 2013

  • Sexual Violence Victims Say Military Justice System Is 'Broken'
    Myla Haider [a former agent in the Army's Criminal Investigation Command] says she initially decided not to report that she'd been raped because she'd "never met one victim who was able to report the crime and still retain their military career."
    Morning Edition, March 21, 2013
  • Sexual assaults a growing epidemic in the U.S. military, Pentagon documents show
    Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski was removed from his post leading the Air Force sexual assault prevention unit after he was arrested for allegedly groping a woman.
    Daily News, May 07, 2013
  • Sen. Gillibrand's efforts to fight military sex assaults rejected by fellow Democrat
    Daily News, June 12, 2013
  • Judge: Obama Comments 'Unlawful Command Influence'
    Navy Judge Cmdr. Marcus Fulton ruled during pretrial hearings in two sexual assault cases that comments made by Obama as commander in chief would unduly influence any potential sentencing
    Stars and Stripes, June 17, 2013
  • Daughters and moms now consider rape before applying to military
    Daily News, June 17, 2013
  • Two former Navy players face court-martial in sexual assault case
    Sporting News, October 10, 2013
  • Number of reported sexual assaults in military rose 50 percent in past year: Pentagon
    There were more than 5,000 reports of sexual assault in the year that ended Sept. 30, compared to 3,374 in the previous year. Officials attributed the increase to a greater willingness by victims to report attacks.
    Daily News, December 28, 2013
  • Lawyer: General accused of sex crimes to plead to some of the lesser charges
    Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair — once one of the U.S. Army's top commanders in Afghanistan and accused of "sodomy ... by force" and other military crimes — is to set to plead guilty Thursday to some charges but not the most serious levied against him, his lawyer said.
    CNN, March 06, 2014
  • Army disqualifies 588 soldiers after sexual assault review
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he's pleased the Army is getting a handle on the problem.
    USAToday, February 26, 2014
  • Afghan girl wearing suicide bomber's vest detained after family ordered her to carry out attack: Reports
    The child, believed to be the 8- to 10-year-old sister of a Taliban commander, was instructed to carry out a suicide attack on border police in Helmand province on Monday ... Her death sentence came after being accused by her father and brothers of having "illicit relations" with officers, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.
    Daily News, January 06, 2014

    Ohio college fraternity disbanded after hazing ritual costs pledge a testicle
    Wilmington College's Gamma Phi Gamma's rights have been 'permanently extinguished' by a judicial board following a senseless Halloween ritual involving Icy Hot and balled-up T–shirts.
    Daily News, January 03, 2014

    Pedophile, 60, goes free after court rules girl, 11, was in love with her abuser
    Italy's supreme court rules the 2011 conviction of Pietro Lamberti failed to recognize the 'amorous relationship' he had with his victim — and her 'feelings of love.'
    Daily News, December 31, 2013

    ["Duck Dynasty" star] Phil Robertson Says Men Should Marry 15- and 16-Year-Old Girls
    AATTP, December 28, 2013

    Texas high school student reports being raped, is suspended for "public lewdness"
    After reporting the incident to a school official, she says she was told to "work it out" with her alleged rapist
    Salon, December 23, 2013

    UN puts pressure on Vatican over clerical abuse
    International Humanist and Ethical Union, July 17, 2013

    Senior German cop keeps job despite rape conviction
    A suspended sentence of just 11 months was not enough for firing, according to the law. The police officer has been demoted.
    Daily News, December 01, 2013

    Serena Williams implies reporter is at fault after quotes suggesting Steubenville, Ohio rape victim was to blame
    Daily News, June 19, 2013

    Explaining India's New Rape Laws
    "Its report gave many women the audacity to hope that freedom from violence and constitutional equality would be reclaimed by and for women.
    The new law is a combination of just thinking about gender and existing patriarchal attitudes in society, as well as those ingrained in the colonial Indian Penal Code of 1860.
    It also reflects the government's desire to be seen as tough on crimes against women."
    BBC News, March 27, 2013.

    UN in Somalia wants 'proper investigation' in arrest of alleged rape victim, journalist
    The woman, a 19-year-old reporter, talked on camera to independent Radio Shabelle in the troubled African country. She accused colleagues of raping her at gunpoint. She and her interviewer were later arrested by police.
    Daily News, November 21, 2013

    New Zealand police investigate 'rape club' that gang rapes and films girls as young as 13
    Daily News, November 04, 2013

    Nightmare in Maryville: Teens' sexual encounter ignites a firestorm against family
    Kansas City Star, October 12, 2013

    In India, Rapist's Wife Faces Harsh Judge: Tradition
    Wall Street Journal, September 23, 2013

    Georgia Tech fraternity under fire for 'rapebait' email
    Daily News, October 08, 2013

    60 Percent of Americans Know a Survivor of Domestic Abuse or Sexual Assault: No More Excuses
    Huffington Post, September 24, 2013

    A quarter of men in Asia say they've raped a woman at least once: survey
    Daily News, September 10, 2013

    Police: 7 men gang rape bus passenger in India
    CNN, January 14, 2013

    Brooklyn assistant principal and after-school worker groped, raped and tried to coerce sex from students: report
    Daily News, September 04, 2013

    Three Massachusetts high school soccer players sexually assaulted three freshmen at team-building retreat: lawsuit
    Daily News, August 31, 2013

    Last of suspects in Mumbai brutal gang rape of photojournalist arrested
    Daily News, August 25, 2013

    Louisiana parish claims incarcerated 14–year–old consented to be raped by a corrections officer
    "These girls in the detention center are not Little Miss Muffin," remarked one official
    Salon, August 23, 2013

    Four Vanderbilt football players collared for raping an unconscious woman in college dorm and taking photo of brutal attack
    Daily News, August 10, 2013

    Norwegian woman raped in Dubai is jailed for having sex outside of marriage
    Daily News, July 18, 2013

    Woman who claims she was gang-raped at 2009 homecoming dance takes the stand, saying she felt like 'someone had taken out my insides and stabbed them'
    Daily News, June 18, 2013

    Fired detective who took XXX pics of David Bowie's stepdaughter Stacia Lipka sues to keep pension
    Daily News, June 12, 2013

    Police arrest 3 in rape of American tourist in Indian resort town of Manali
    Daily News, June 06, 2013

    Osaka mayor apologizes for comment about U.S. troops and sex
    UPI, May 27, 2013

    Police arrest Indian man accused of raping, torturing 5–year–old, sparking heated protests about sexual violence in the country
    Daily News, April 20, 2013

    'Honor killing' victim stabbed to death by her brother in Jordan: cops
    Daily News, May 02, 2013

    Rape Culture Claims Another Victim: Teen Ends Life After Photo Of Her Alleged Gang Rape Goes Viral
    Think Progress, April 09, 2013

    Ohio Attorney General says it's too early to tell if grand jury investigation into Steubenville rape case will target football coach Reno Saccoccia
    Daily News, March 19, 2013

    Swiss tourist gang-raped by eight men while on bicycling trip with her husband in central India
    Daily News, March 16, 2013

    Texas man charged with raping teen in bizarre revenge plot
    Police say Charles Andrew Capps, 21, coldly targeted the teen to avenge earlier rape he alleges one of her relatives committed against one of his family members.
    Daily News, February 28, 2013

    Richard Graham, UK Lawmaker: Short Skirts, High Heels Risk Rape
    Huffington Post, January 27, 2013

    Under pressure, New Mexico Rep. amends bill that would have charged rape victims who had abortions with "tampering with evidence"
    One week after Republican lawmakers were advised not to talk about rape, a New Mexico state representative introduced a bill that would have criminalized abortions for rape victims. Facing intense criticism, the bill's sponsor, Rep. Cathrynn Brown, has now amended the measure.
    Daily News, January 25, 2013

    Indonesia judge running for Supreme Court suggests women might like rape
    When asked if the death penalty is appropriate in rape cases, [Daming Sunusi] said it's tricky because "in a rape case, both the rapist and the victim enjoy it. " Sunusi has since been denounced by political parties but remains a candidate.
    Daily News, January 16, 2013

    Somali journalist arrested after story on rape
    Daily News, January 15, 2013

    Girl, 15, with low IQ gang-raped under desk during class in Elmont: suit
    A mentally challenged 15–year–old girl was gang–raped beneath her desk during class — only feet away from her teachers — at an Elmont, N.Y., school, according to a lawsuit filed Friday. When the girl reported the horrific incident the next day, school officials failed to report it, the victim's mother claimed in the suit.
    Daily News, January 12, 2013

    GOP Rep. Phil Gingrey, an ob-gyn, is under fire for comments on 'legitimate rape' and pregnancy
    Daily News, January 11, 2013

    Pakistani women slowly turning to divorce, at risk of death
    Daily News, January 09, 2013

    Millions of domestic workers worldwide lack legal protection and are vulnerable to abuse: U.N. report
    Daily News, January 09, 2013

    Defense lawyer in India rape case blames victim, says 'respectable' women in India are not raped: report
    Daily News, January 09, 2013

    Incidents of rape continue unabated in Bihar
    Gulf News, January 05, 2013

    Citing 19th-century law, California court overturns rape conviction because the victim was not married
    Daily News, January 04, 2013

    Rape, Lawsuits, Anonymous Leaks: What's Going On in Steubenville, Ohio?
    Slate, January 03, 2013

    No woman should be forced to bear a child because someone else says so
    by Andrew Vachss
    The Zero, November 2012

    Afghanistan: Imprisoned Rape Victim Freed
    "A woman sentenced to 12 years in prison after being raped by her relative in Afghanistan has been freed, according to CNN. The woman, identified only as Gulnaz, gained international attention last week after President Hamid Karzai pardoned her for sex out of wedlock. The president's office also released a statement saying the woman had promised to marry her attacker, sparking international outcry.
    Huffington Post, December 14, 2011

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    Watch Your Language
    by Andrew Vachss
    Parade, June 5, 2005

    Sex Predators Can't Be Saved
    by Andrew Vachss
    New York Times, January 5, 1993

    Pragmatically Impotent
    by Andrew Vachss
    ABA Journal, July 1992

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