Latest Sexual assault News

Spain: Parliament backs "Only yes means yes" consent bill

May. 26, 2022 15:08 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s parliament voted Thursday to approve a bill that makes consent a key determinant in sexual assault cases, freeing victims of having to prove that violence or intimidation was used against them. The bill, popularly known as “Only Yes is Yes,” seeks to...

Kevin Spacey charged in UK with 4 counts of sexual assault

May. 26, 2022 13:59 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British prosecutors said Thursday they have charged actor Kevin Spacey with four counts of sexual assault against three men, an announcement that came as the actor was in court in New York testifying in a different case. The Crown Prosecution Service said Spacey...

Editorial Roundup: New York

May. 26, 2022 11:14 AM EDT

Auburn Citizen. May 25, 2022. Editorial: NY taking another shot at reuse plans for prisons An effort has begun to find new uses for former state prisons that have been closed across New York, and we can only wait and hope that things go better this time around. ...

French movement calls out sexual misconduct in politics

May. 26, 2022 08:51 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Rape accusations against a newly named French minister have galvanized a movement aimed at exposing sexual misconduct in French politics and encouraging women to speak out against abusers. Left-wing groups are using the issue to rally opposition to President Emmanuel...

Oklahoma governor signs the nation's strictest abortion ban

May. 25, 2022 19:58 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday signed into law the nation’s strictest abortion ban, making the state the first in the nation to effectively end availability of the procedure. State lawmakers approved the ban enforced by civil lawsuits rather than...

Texas court spares man who killed girl, 11, from execution

May. 25, 2022 18:49 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Texas' top criminal appeals court on Wednesday ordered a man convicted of killing an 11-year-old Fort Worth girl be removed from the state's death row. In a three-page opinion, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled by a 6-3 vote that Juan Ramon Meza...

Gambia to investigate fugitive ex-dictator Jammeh for abuses

May. 25, 2022 15:28 PM EDT

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia’s government is setting up a special prosecutor's office to investigate for severe human rights violations and potentially charge former dictator Yahya Jammeh, who fled into exile in 2017 after 22 years in power. Wednesday's government announcement...

Former EMT charged with drugging, assaulting children

May. 25, 2022 14:42 PM EDT

KENSINGTON, N.H. (AP) — A former EMT in New Hampshire has been charged with drugging and sexually abusing three children under the age of 13. Todd Burnim, 54, of Kensington, was indicted this month by a grand jury in Rockingham County on a dozen counts of felonious sexual assault...

Life in prison for sexually abusing child, witness tampering

May. 25, 2022 11:36 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man has been sentenced to life in prison for sexually abusing a child and witness tampering. A federal judge this week sent 40-year-old Kimo John Little Bird to prison for life on his conviction of aggravated sexual abuse of a child. An...

Wisconsin launches statewide sexual assault tracking system

May. 25, 2022 11:32 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A statewide system to track kits that contain evidence following a sexual assault went live on Wednesday, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced. The online system allows abuse survivors to track the location of their kit through the testing process....