Latest Sexual assault News

FBI identifies serial rapist as person responsible for 1996 Shenandoah National Park killings

Jun. 20, 2024 17:25 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Nearly three decades after two young women were found with their throats slashed in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, federal authorities announced Thursday that they have identified a now-deceased serial rapist from Ohio as the person they believe was responsible for...

Maryland lets sexual assault victims keep track of evidence via a bar code

Jun. 20, 2024 17:00 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — For Angela Wharton, Maryland's new statewide tracking system for sexual assault evidence represents a ray of hope, enabling survivors to monitor the data online. Wharton was raped in 1996 and described the trauma she experienced more than 20 years later, when...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Jun. 20, 2024 14:19 PM EDT

Kingsport Times-News. June 13, 2024. Editorial: State laws cannot contradict the Constitution Tennesseans expect members of their state government to always act within the framework set forth in the Constitution of the United States to which they swear their oath of...

Texas court finds Kerry Max Cook innocent of 1977 murder, ending decades-long quest for exoneration

Jun. 20, 2024 11:44 AM EDT

Kerry Max Cook is innocent of the 1977 murder of Linda Jo Edwards, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals found, citing stunning allegations of prosecutorial misconduct that led to Cook spending 20 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. Cook was released from prison in 1997...

Police credit New Yorkers for suspect's arrest in the rape of a 13-year-old girl

Jun. 19, 2024 18:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Residents of a New York City neighborhood were praised for their role in the arrest of an Ecuadorian accused of raping a 13-year-old girl, a crime that the city's police commissioner said “shocked our entire city.” Christian Geovanny Inga-Landi, 25, was arrested...

2 French boys are accused of raping a 12-year-old Jewish girl in an act of antisemitism

Jun. 19, 2024 13:52 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Two adolescent boys in a Paris suburb have been given preliminary charges of raping a 12-year-old girl and religion-motivated violence, French authorities said Wednesday. A Jewish leader said the girl is Jewish. The attack elicited widespread shock and concern,...

Ukraine launches a national sexual assault registry for victims of Russian forces

Jun. 19, 2024 09:52 AM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Authorities in Ukraine have created a national registry to document cases of sexual violence allegedly committed by Russian forces, a senior prosecutor told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Viktoriia Litvinova, the country’s deputy prosecutor general, said...

Assault on US avocado inspectors in Mexican state led to suspension of inspections

Jun. 19, 2024 00:29 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Two employees of the U.S. Agriculture Department were assaulted and temporarily held by assailants in the Mexican state of Michoacan, prompting the U.S. government to suspend inspections of avocado and mango shipments, the U.S. ambassador to Mexico said Tuesday. ...

Texas megachurch pastor resigns after woman says he sexually abused her in the 1980s

Jun. 18, 2024 21:58 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The pastor of a Texas megachurch has resigned after a woman said he had sexually abused her on multiple occasions in the 1980s, beginning when she was 12. Gateway Church's board of elders said in a statement Tuesday that they'd accepted the resignation of Robert...

Vermont man sentenced to 25 years in prison for kidnapping woman and son outside of a mall

Jun. 18, 2024 11:58 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after he was convicted of kidnapping a woman and her 4-year-old son by forcing them into her car outside a New Hampshire mall and bringing them to Vermont while he was searching for his estranged wife. ...