Tag: Sex Crimes

19 Women Sue Lyft as Sexual Assault Allegations Mount

Nineteen women sued Lyft this week, joining a growing list of people who say the popular ride-hailing service failed to prevent drivers from sexually assaulting them, then ignored the complaints. The lawsuit is the latest to accuse Lyft of failing to enact basic safety measures that would have prevented the alleged assaults. After the women […]

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Uber: 3,045 Sexual Assaults Reported in U.S. Rides Last Year

SAN FRANCISCO — Uber said on Thursday that it has reports of 3,045 people in the United States being sexually assaulted during its rides in 2018, with nine murdered and 58 killed in crashes, in its first study detailing unsafe incidents on the ride-hailing platform. The number of incidents represented a fraction — just 0.0002 […]

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Reality Show Accused of Recording Sexual Assault and Making Victim Watch

MADRID — A contestant on a Spanish reality television show says she was sexually assaulted by another contestant while she was unconscious — an attack that was recorded. The show’s producers then forced her to watch and filmed her reaction. Two years later, it has all burst into the open, with the recent leak of […]

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Under Siege, Bishop of Buffalo Resigns Over Handling of Abuse Crisis

First, a whistle-blower revealed that Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo kept files about abusive priests that he hid from the public. Then leaked recordings showed him reluctant to remove a parish priest whom he called a “sick puppy.” On Wednesday, after months of pressure from priests and lay leaders, the Vatican said in a […]

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Prince Andrew’s Accuser Takes Her Case to the BBC

LONDON — Virginia Roberts Giuffre recalled a whirlwind trip to London with her employer, the financier Jeffrey Epstein, when she was 17. It began at a townhouse where Prince Andrew was talking about his ex-wife, the Duchess of York. It moved on to a club, where she said she and the prince danced, and he […]

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Jeffrey Epstein, Blackmail and a Lucrative ‘Hot List’

Soon after the sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein died in August, a mysterious man met with two prominent lawyers. Towering, barrel-chested and wild-bearded, he was a prodigious drinker and often wore flip-flops. He went by a pseudonym, Patrick Kessler — a necessity, he said, given the shadowy, dangerous world that he inhabited. He told the lawyers […]

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German Catholic Church Debates Sexuality, Celibacy and Women’s Roles

BERLIN — The Roman Catholic Church in Germany has a split identity. At home, attendance is falling and many Germans say they regard the church’s teaching on social issues as hopelessly out of touch. But globally, the German church is one of the most powerful — and liberal — regions of the Catholic world, a […]

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A College Student Was Killed by a Man Whose Catcalls She Tried to Ignore, Prosecutors Say

CHICAGO — The young college student was walking to her car. The man catcalled her. She ignored him. What happened next could have been lifted from any woman’s most vivid nightmare: The man, Donald Thurman, followed the 19-year-old student, Ruth George, as she entered a parking garage, prosecutors said on Tuesday. He followed her from […]

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U.S. Envoy Says Afghans Coerced Retraction of Rape Allegations

KABUL, Afghanistan — In what the American ambassador to Afghanistan called “Soviet-style tactics,” the country’s intelligence agency released a video Tuesday in which a detained human rights activist retracted allegations that 165 boys had been raped by educators at three rural schools. The activist, Mohammad Musa, was quoted in a New York Times article on […]

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Jeffrey Epstein’s Charity: An Image Boost Built on Deception

Jeffrey Epstein’s foundation looked for all the world like a charitable powerhouse: On its websites and in its press releases, the foundation was described as a patron of hospitals, universities and film festivals, run by a global philanthropist. The organization — known by various names, but usually called the J. Epstein Virgin Islands Foundation — […]

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3 Afghan Schools, 165 Accounts of Students Being Raped

KABUL, Afghanistan — The 14-year-old Afghan boy said his teacher had asked him for “a little favor” in return for not failing him on his final exams. Then the man took him to the school library, locked the door and raped him, the boy said. At the same school, a 17-year-old boy reported similar treatment […]

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Barr Says Epstein’s Suicide Resulted From ‘Perfect Storm of Screw-Ups’

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr said in an interview published on Friday that the death of Jeffrey Epstein, the financier accused of sex trafficking, in a secure federal prison resulted from “a perfect storm of screw-ups,” rather than any nefarious act. Mr. Barr’s statement refuted suggestions from members of Mr. Epstein’s family that […]

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Barr Says Jeffrey Epstein’s Suicide Was ‘Perfect Storm of Screw-Ups’

WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr said in an interview published on Friday that the death of Jeffrey Epstein, the financier accused of sex trafficking, in a secure federal prison resulted from “a perfect storm of screw-ups,” rather than any nefarious act. Mr. Barr’s statement refuted suggestions from members of Mr. Epstein’s family that […]

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After Trauma, a Silenced Vocalist Sings Again

In the fall of 2013, the vocalist Lucy Dhegrae performed a solo called “Dithyramb.” The five-minute piece, written by Jason Eckardt, consists of cries, truncated syllables and sharp sibilant sounds that appear to resemble someone angrily shushing herself. At the end, Ms. Dhegrae forced a single breath into a painfully long note that turned into […]

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Companies Abandon Prince Andrew After Calamitous Epstein Interview

LONDON — Prince Andrew came under heightened pressure on Tuesday as the repercussions of a disastrous interview about his friendship with the disgraced Manhattan financier Jeffrey Epstein spread amid calls that he testify to the F.B.I. A woman who has accused Mr. Epstein of sexually abusing her as a child said on Monday that the […]

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Sweden Drops Julian Assange Rape Inquiry

By Elian Peltier LONDON — The Swedish authorities announced on Tuesday that they would end an investigation into allegations of rape and sexual assault made against Julian Assange, the embattled WikiLeaks founder, that date from 2010. “The evidence is not strong enough to form the basis of an indictment,” said Eva-Marie Persson, Sweden’s deputy director […]

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Underage Sex Sting Led by Alabama Teenagers Ensnares a Teacher

Three teenagers posed as boys on a popular dating app and invited overtures from adult men seeking sex. That led to an exchange of encrypted messages, some containing lewd photographs of the men. The teenagers, acting as a self-deputized predator patrol, then asked to meet at a Walmart in Alabama. When it came time for […]

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Prince Andrew Gets Candid, and Britain Is Appalled

LONDON — When members of the British royal family consent to warts-and-all television interviews about their troubled private lives, it generally has the effect of roiling the waters rather than calming them. So when Prince Andrew set out to explain his friendship with the financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in a BBC interview […]

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Why These 5 Accusers of Jeffrey Epstein Want More Than Money

By now, the contours of Teresa Helm’s account have become familiar. She was 22 when she met the man that she now knows was Jeffrey Epstein. She came to Mr. Epstein’s Upper East Side mansion for what she believed to be an interview with a wealthy client for a job as his traveling masseuse, she […]

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