Sexual Assault

FILE - In this March 1, 2013 file photo, French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin arrives for a meeting at the Vatican. France's Catholic Church has stripped the priest Bernard Preynat at the center of a high-level misconduct scandal of his clerical status while finding him guilty of sexually abusing Boy Scouts. French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin was convicted earlier this year of failing to report Preynat to police. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, File)
July 04, 2019 - 9:53 am
PARIS (AP) — France's Catholic Church pronounced a priest guilty of sexually abusing multiple Boy Scouts over several years and defrocked him Thursday, an unusually strong move that reflects France's growing reckoning with clergy sex abuse. The ruling by a church tribunal was the latest development...
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July 03, 2019 - 7:50 pm
Two New Jersey judges have come under fire for their handling of rape cases, one for asking whether a 16-year-old Eagle Scout "from a good family" should face serious consequences over a video-recorded assault on an intoxicated teenager. Another judge asked whether a 12-year-old girl's loss of...
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FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2012, file photo, then newly-elected Rep. Tony Cardenas, D-Calif., is interviewed following a news conference with newly elected Democratic House members, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Cardenas acknowledged that he is the unnamed target of a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse of a teenage girl more than a decade ago and his lawyer said the allegations were "absolutely false." Cardenas is "sickened and distraught by these horrific allegations, which are 100 percent, categorically untrue," attorney Patricia Glaser said in a statement. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)
July 03, 2019 - 5:42 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A woman who alleged that U.S. Rep. Tony Cardenas sexually abused her when she was 16 dropped her lawsuit against him on Wednesday and said she was sorry she hired her lawyer, who was given permission by a judge to quit the case. Angela Villela Chavez, 28, of Lancaster made the...
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July 01, 2019 - 6:52 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California prosecutors said Monday that they used an unusual tactic to identify a suspect for three rapes committed more than 25 years ago, keeping the case alive long after the normal legal deadline would have expired. Investigators tucked away rape kit samples from the...
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Singer Cliff Richard, centre right, with radio DJ Paul Gambaccini, left, and legal QC Daniel Janner, centre, as they launch a campaign to protect the anonymity of people accused of sexual crime until they are officially charged with an offence, as they face the media in London, Monday July 1, 2019. Cliff Richard and Paul Gambaccini have both been the subject of unfounded false allegations that were the subject of intense media speculation although British police don't formally identify suspects until they are charged, and this new campaign is calling for a "re-balancing of the legal system."(Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)
July 01, 2019 - 6:00 am
LONDON (AP) — British rock icon Cliff Richard called Monday for people suspected of sex crimes to be granted anonymity until charged, saying his life was thrown into turmoil by false allegations splashed across the media. Richard was interviewed in 2014 by police investigating an alleged sex...
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Attorney General William Barr speaks at the U.S. Attorneys' National Conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, Wednesday, June 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
June 28, 2019 - 11:49 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr declared a law enforcement emergency in Alaska on Friday, clearing the way for the Justice Department to award more than $10 million to combat crime in rural communities. The announcement comes a month after Barr visited the state and met with Alaska...
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June 26, 2019 - 5:24 pm
Nearly a week after the latest sexual misconduct accusation against President Donald Trump, the story has largely landed with a thud. Some see the muted response to author E. Jean Carroll's account of Trump assaulting her in a department store dressing room more than two decades ago as yet another...
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June 26, 2019 - 3:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Military and police forces led by Sri Lanka's former defense secretary, now a presidential hopeful, repeatedly tortured and raped political opponents, in some cases branding them with hot metal rods and lashing them with electrical cables, according to new allegations made...
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June 26, 2019 - 11:01 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former campus gynecologist at the University of Southern California was arrested Wednesday in connection with the sexual assaults of 16 patients, police said. Dr. George Tyndall has been the subject of a Los Angeles police investigation for more than a year after The Los...
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June 26, 2019 - 5:28 am
DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A beauty pageant winner is accusing Gambia's former dictator of raping her four years ago. The young woman is one of several now coming forward and accusing Yahya Jammeh of sexual violence while he was in power. Jammeh fled into exile in the reclusive nation of Equatorial...
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