Latest Sexual assault News

Gambian Toufah Jallow tells of surviving rape by dictator

Oct. 17, 2021 08:09 AM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Toufah Jallow’s name resonates deeply in Gambia as one of the few women who has taken a public stand against sexual assault in the small West African state. She gained fame at the age of 18 when she won a university scholarship in a national...

Missouri man given 16 life sentences for child sex abuse

Oct. 16, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri man has been sentenced to 16 concurrent life sentences plus 107 years for committing sex crimes against children for more than a decade. Stephen Turner, 56, of Nevada, was sentenced Friday on 33 felony counts, including...

Woman raped on train as bystanders did nothing, police say

Oct. 16, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

UPPER DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A woman was raped by a stranger on a commuter train in suburban Philadelphia in the presence of other riders who a police official said “should have done something." Superintendent Timothy Bernhardt of the Upper Darby Police Department said...

Democrats push for action on sexual assault lawsuit bills

Oct. 15, 2021 11:44 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — House Democrats are calling for action on legislation that would remove time limits restricting when sexual assault victims could file lawsuits against their perpetrator. The lawmakers are also urging that hearings be held on a bill that would lift caps on...

Education tech charged with sex crimes in Maine district

Oct. 15, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An education technician at an elementary school has been arrested on charges including sexual exploitation of a child, police and school officials said. Benjamin Conroy, 32, was being held at York County Jail and is also charged with a battery of...

Artist sues newly freed Bill Cosby over 1990 hotel encounter

Oct. 14, 2021 22:44 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A prominent Bill Cosby accuser filed suit Thursday against the actor over a 1990 hotel room encounter in Atlantic City, New Jersey, before the state's two-year window to file older sexual assault claims expires. Los Angeles artist Lili Bernard told...

Ex-Minneapolis officer seeks 41 months in 911 caller's death

Oct. 14, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys for the former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot a woman who called 911 to report a possible rape behind her home are asking a judge to sentence him to 41 months on a manslaughter charge, the lightest penalty recommended under state sentencing...

Davenport police: Officer shot man who refused to lower gun

Oct. 14, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A man who was shot by a Davenport police officer during a confrontation has died, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety. Bobby Klum, 37, was walking on a Davenport street while pointing a gun to his head on Wednesday afternoon, the...

LSU removes French Studies chair after assault lawsuit

Oct. 14, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University has removed the chair of its Department of French Studies a week after six women filed a lawsuit accusing the school of doing too little to address allegations of sexual harassment and assault against a French graduate student, a newspaper...

Omaha violin teacher gets prison for child sex assault

Oct. 14, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha violin instructor has been sentenced to up five years in prison for sexually assaulting one of his students from the time she 7 until she was 10. Michael Godfrey, 79, was sentenced Wednesday in Douglas County District Court after pleading no...