Ex-Brown Student Sues Over Ouster From Campus

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – (AP) A former Brown University student alleges in a lawsuit unsealed Monday that he was removed from campus more than three years ago after being falsely accused of rape by the daughter of a major donor and fundraiser for the Ivy League school. William McCormick III and his parents...

Connecticut Man Wins $1.3 Million In Rape Lawsuit

MIDDLETOWN Conn. – (AP) A Connecticut jury has awarded nearly $1.3 million to a man who says he was raped when he was a teenager by an equestrian teacher at a Portland horseback-riding school in the late 1980s. The jury at Middletown Superior Court awarded the compensatory damages Thursday to Andrew...

Washington Woman Drops Rape Lawsuit Against Copperfield

SEATTLE – (AP) A woman who accused David Copperfield of luring her to his private island in the Bahamas and raping her and who was later charged with fabricating sexual assault claims against another man dropped her federal lawsuit against the magician Tuesday. Attorneys for model and waitress...

Missouri Ranch For Troubled Boys Sued For Alleged Rape

JOPLIN Mo. – (AP) A southwest Missouri center for troubled boys has been sued by a woman who alleges that her 11-year-old was sexually abused at the treatment center. The lawsuit filed this week alleges that an older boy molested and raped the 11-year-old at the Turnaround Ranch. . . . Full version...

Woman Sues N.Y. Mets Pitcher, Alleging Sex Assault

MIAMI - (AP) A Florida woman who accused New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana of rape is suing him after authorities declined to prosecute the case. The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Lee County accuses Santana of wrongful imprisonment and rape in southwest Florida in Oct. 2009. Full version available to lexis...

ACLU Lawsuit: Military Won't Release Rape Records

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - (AP) Sexual assault pervades the military, but the Pentagon refuses to release records that fully document the problem and how it is handled, the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups said in a federal lawsuit that seeks access to the records. Tens of thousands of service...

Deposition Order Set In Brown University Rape Lawsuit

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - (AP) A former Brown University student who says he was falsely branded a rapist must be questioned under oath before his lawyers can speak with the woman who accused him, a federal magistrate ruled Friday. But U.S. Magistrate Judge David Martin also said the woman should be questioned...

Rhode Island Judge Recuses Self In Brown University Rape Lawsuit

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - (AP) A federal judge in Rhode Island recused himself Wednesday from a lawsuit brought by a former Brown University student who says he was falsely accused of raping a classmate and unfairly pressured to leave school, a move likely to send the case to a judge in New Hampshire. Full...

Judge Allows Duke Lacrosse Lawsuit To Go Forward

RALEIGH, N.C. - (AP) Three former Duke lacrosse players falsely accused of rape five years ago can pursue a lawsuit against the ex-county prosecutor and police investigators who handled their case, a federal judge in North Carolina ruled Thursday. U.S. District Judge James Beaty said in his decision...

Settlement Reach In TCU Lawsuit Over Rape Charges

DALLAS - (AP) A former Texas Christian University coed on Friday settled her lawsuit against the school concerning allegations that she was sexually assaulted by three Horned Frog athletes five years ago, attorneys said. The woman's attorney, Susan Hutchison, said the terms of the settlement are...

Texas Woman Loses Iraq Rape Case Against KBR

HOUSTON - (AP) A former KBR Inc. employee who said she was drugged and raped while working in Iraq lost her lawsuit against the military contractor Friday. The jury of eight men and three women rejected Jamie Leigh Jones' claims a day after starting deliberations in a Houston federal courthouse....

Immigration Detainees Seek Prison-Rape Protection

"Human rights advocates are calling on the Obama administration to do more to protect people in immigration detention centers from sexual assault. A new federal rule that will take effect next year covers inmates in jails and prisons, but some Homeland Security officials want an exemption...

Morocco suicide victim fell prey to society, laws

KHMIS SAHEL Morocco (AP) - Escape for 16-year-old Amina Filali from her marriage came in the form of a pill of rat poison she bought in the market for 60 cents. Pressured by a conservative rural Moroccan society, a judge and her own mother to marry the man she said had raped her at Full version...

Venezuela judge on trial refuses to enter court

CARACAS Venezuela (AP) - Venezuelan authorities began trying the country's most famous judge in absentia Wednesday while she refused to enter the courtroom alleging violations of her rights. Coming nearly three years after her arrest, the trial of Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni started amid a scandal...

UN says Congo's army committed rapes in east

UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Preliminary investigations by the U.N. peacekeeping force in Congo indicate that Congolese army soldiers committed rapes, looting and other human rights violations after they retreated from the key city of Goma following its capture by M23 rebels, the United Nations said Friday...

President Obama Establishes Task Force To Focus on Campus Sexual Assaults

By Olabisi L. Okubadejo and Dee Spagnuolo President Obama announced in a memorandum the formation of an interagency task force to address incidents of rape and sexual assault at colleges and universities. Citing “uneven” compliance with applicable federal laws, the White House indicated...

Hon. Robert Longstreth on Dugard v. United States: The U.S. Owes No Duty to the General Public to Control a Dangerous Parolee

Jaycee Dugard was abducted as a child, then imprisoned and sexually abused for 18 years by a convicted rapist, who fathered her two daughters while she was still a minor. Following her rescue, her horrific experience received international attention, and she wrote a well-received, best-selling account...

Federal Negotiators Allow Lawyers, Other Advisers To Participate in Campus Sexual Assault Hearings

By Dee Spagnuolo, Olabisi L. Okubadejo, and Christopher T. Cognato Negotiators empaneled by the U.S. Department of Education (Department) recently reached consensus on several preliminary campus safety rules that should be published in the coming months under the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination...

White House Task Force on Sexual Assault Releases First Report; OCR Issues Long-Awaited FAQs

By Dee Spagnuolo and Olabisi L. Okubadejo The White House Task Force To Protect Students from Sexual Assault has released its first report, which contains a series of recommendations focused on identifying the scope of sexual assault on college and university campuses. The task force, created by...

Bipartisan Senate Legislation Introduced To Address Campus Sexual Assaults

By Olabisi L. Okubadejo Eight U.S. senators have introduced the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], a bill that proposes to amend the Higher Education Act and the Clery Act to include new requirements for addressing sexual violence on campus...

Violence Against Women Act Amendments to The Clery Act

Effective October 1, 2014, colleges and universities have new and expanded responsibilities for reporting complaints of sexual misconduct. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), reauthorized in 2013, included amendments to the Clery Act , [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], which...