Latest Sexual assault News

Florida man arrested in sex assault of girl met on Snapchat

Oct. 16, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

LAND O'LAKES, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl he met on Snapchat. News outlets report 22-year-old Austin Wyatt Altman was arrested Saturday on charges including sexual battery on a child and violating probation. Pasco County deputies say Altman picked her up from...

The Latest: Man faces murder, sexual assault charges

Oct. 15, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a death investigation in Alaska (all times local): 3:40 p.m. A man faces murder, sexual assault and tampering charges in the assault and death of a woman that authorities say was captured in photos and videos on a memory card. A grand jury, in a special finding...

School suspends girls, says rape-awareness note was bullying

Oct. 15, 2019 5:45 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A 15-year-old girl was suspended for bullying after trying to draw attention to what she believed was an unaddressed problem of sexual assaults involving students at her high school. Now, she's taking the school district to court. Aela Mansmann, a 15-year-old sophomore at Cape...

US judge weighs extradition of ex-Bosnian military policeman

Oct. 15, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A magistrate judge will decide if a former Bosnian military policeman now living in Missouri should be sent back to face war crime charges for allegedly raping an imprisoned pregnant Serbian woman during the Bosnian war in the early 1990s. U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia Cohen on Tuesday...

Survey: Quarter of women at UW-Madison sexually assaulted

Oct. 15, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More than a quarter of University of Wisconsin-Madison undergraduate women who responded to a survey said they have been sexually assaulted since they entered college, the school said Tuesday. UW-Madison participated in the Association of American Universities survey this spring along...

Man who kidnapped Portland homeless couple gets 10 years

Oct. 15, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A homeless man who bound and duct-taped a homeless woman and man inside his tent in Southeast Portland was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports both victims told police that Matthew Fennern raped the woman while in the tent Jan. 25, but Deputy District...

Court orders new sentencing for Alabama death row inmate

Oct. 15, 2019 2:56 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal appeals court says an Alabama man condemned to die for a killing more than 30 years ago should get a new sentencing hearing because of questions over his mental competence. The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals released the decision Tuesday in the case of James...

Sexual assault survivor's art stresses importance of healing

Oct. 15, 2019 12:36 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — In 2015, artist, poet and songwriter Monica Nagle wrote a book containing her poem, "If You Had Heard My Voice," and found the inspiration for her Mother's Day Freedom Project to vocalize the importance of healing after trauma from sexual violence, assault and mental health based on her...

Study finds Virginia is short on sex assault exam providers

Oct. 15, 2019 4:43 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A new study says sex assault victims in Virginia must sometimes travel for hours because of a shortage of qualified nurses and hospitals that provide sexual assault examinations. The study's author, Stephen Weiss, says that finding helps explain why less than half of such victims...

California sex abuse law likely to spur thousands of claims

Oct. 14, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of lawsuits will be filed against alleged child molesters as well as the institutions that employed them under a new California law taking effect next year, attorneys predicted Monday. The California School Boards Association called the new law an "existential threat" to...