Tag: Sex Crimes

It Got Better. That’s My Testimony.

Saturday night I went to the opera. It was about a subject I knew well; it was based on my life. Six-time Grammy Award winner Terence Blanchard and director and actress Kasi Lemmons had joined forces with the Opera Theater of St. Louis to interpret my 2014 memoir, “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” for […]

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U.S. Catholic Bishops Vote to Hold Themselves Accountable for Abuse and Cover-Ups

America’s Roman Catholic bishops voted on Thursday to enact a new oversight system intended to hold them accountable for abuse and cover-ups, a move meant to restore faith in a church whose epidemic of misconduct has driven away parishioners and attracted the attention of state and federal law enforcement. The move was endorsed at a […]

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Cuba Gooding Jr. Is Accused of Groping Woman at a Manhattan Bar

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] Detectives are investigating an allegation that the actor Cuba Gooding Jr. groped a woman’s breast at a Manhattan bar, law enforcement officials said on Wednesday. Mr. Gooding, 51, is expected to turn himself in to the police department’s Special […]

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‘Reckoning’ Follows a 50-Year Road to #MeToo

Linda Hirshman, who thanks the actor and activist Alyssa Milano for encouraging her to write “Reckoning: The Epic Battle Against Sexual Abuse and Harassment,” isn’t just a chronicler of the movement; she’s an ardent participant in it. Back in the 1990s, she was one of the few feminists calling for Bill Clinton to resign because […]

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What to Know About the Alabama Chemical Castration Law

Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama has signed a so-called chemical castration measure into law, her office announced on Monday, leaving the state poised to set a stringent new parole condition for certain sex offenders. Supporters of the law contend that it will enhance public safety and reduce the risk of convicted sex offenders committing similar […]

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Indian Court Convicts 6 Hindus in Rape and Murder of Muslim Girl, 8

NEW DELHI — An Indian court on Monday convicted six men over the kidnap, rape and murder of a Muslim nomadic girl last year, bringing to a close a case that gripped India and reflected bitter religious divisions. After a closed trial, the men, who included police officials, were handed sentences ranging from five years […]

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Her Evangelical Megachurch Was Her World. Then Her Daughter Said She Was Molested by a Minister.

HURST, Tex. — Christi Bragg listened in disbelief. It was a Sunday in February, and her popular evangelical pastor, Matt Chandler, was preaching on the evil of leaders who sexually abuse those they are called to protect. But at the Village Church, he assured his listeners, victims of assault would be heard, and healed: “We […]

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Afghanistan Moves to Arrest Soccer Chief on Sexual Abuse Charges

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan officials issued an arrest warrant on Sunday for the powerful head of the nation’s soccer federation, Keramuddin Keram, on criminal charges accusing him of sexually abusing female soccer players, a day after FIFA barred him from the sport for life. Mr. Keram would be the world’s most senior soccer official to […]

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West Point Cadet’s Rape Conviction Is Overturned, Drawing Criticism

An Army appeals court overturned a West Point cadet’s rape conviction last week, siding with a defense theory that the victim engaged in a consensual sexual encounter and took steps to avoid being detected by others who were nearby. The decision drew criticism from advocacy groups. They said the ruling was upsetting in light of […]

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Nxivm Trial: Allison Mack Lured Woman Into Sex Cult, She Says

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The young actress from California was at a low point during her first winter after moving to New York City when Allison Mack invited her to join Nxivm, a purported self-help group near Albany. The woman, who was identified […]

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New Generation of Student Activists Has a Message for Colleges: Do Better

The moment Abbey Bako, a student at Rhodes College in Memphis, found her activist voice came after she received several emails from the campus safety office in one weekend last winter about reports of sexual misconduct. Many students connected the episodes to fraternity formals taking place at the time, and Ms. Bako felt an urge […]

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A New Way to Solve a Murder, Part 2: The Future of Genetic Privacy

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher The police identified a suspect in a double murder after combing through DNA profiles on a website designed to connect family members. We look at what his trial will tell us about the future of genetic […]

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Dutch Teenager’s Death Sets Off Debate, and Media Corrections

LONDON — By the time she was 17, the Dutch teenager had written a harrowing memoir recounting repeated sexual assaults and her subsequent experience with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anorexia. Last year, when she was 16, she approached an end-of-life clinic in the Netherlands seeking euthanasia or assisted suicide, but was rejected because her […]

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Linda Fairstein, Once Cheered, Faces Storm After ‘When They See Us’

For much of her life, Linda Fairstein was widely viewed as a law enforcement hero. As one of the first leaders of the Manhattan district attorney’s sex crimes unit, later the inspiration for “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” she became one of the best known prosecutors in the country. She went on to a […]

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Ex-Priest Accused of Sexual Abuse Was Killed After Placing Craigslist Ad, Police Say

When John Capparelli, a former priest with a long trail of sexual abuse allegations, was found shot to death at his Nevada home in March, the police said that “suspicious circumstances” surrounded the homicide. Now, a suspect has been named: Derrick M. Decoste, 25. The police in Henderson, Nev., where the killing occurred, said in […]

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A New Way to Solve a Murder, Part 1: The Genetic Detectives

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher A year after police used a genetic database to help identify a suspect in the Golden State Killer case, the same technique has been used to arrest dozens of people. Now, for the first time, one […]

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In China, a Viral Video Sparks a Challenge to Rape Culture

Richard Liu, the Chinese e-commerce billionaire, walked into an apartment building around 10 p.m., a young woman on his arm and his assistant in tow. Leaving the assistant behind, the young woman took Mr. Liu to an elevator. Then, she showed him into her apartment. His entrance was captured by the apartment building’s surveillance cameras […]

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Leader of Mexican Church La Luz Del Mundo Charged With Sex Crimes in Los Angeles

The leader of La Luz del Mundo, a church headquartered in Mexico that claims to have more than one million followers worldwide, was charged Tuesday in Los Angeles with more than a dozen sex crimes, including allegations that he forced children to have sex and made them pose naked for photos, the authorities in California […]

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A Black Feminist’s Response to Attacks on Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

As a black feminist and a civil rights historian, I do not need to be persuaded that many black male ministers during the civil rights era were morally duplicitous, felt sexually entitled and slept around. So did many Catholic priests, politicians, Hollywood celebrities and some award-winning male academics. Many historians have already argued that the […]

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‘He’s a Good Man’: Jim Jordan Finds Support at Home in Ohio State Abuse Scandal

URBANA, Ohio — Voters in this small town, a camera-ready county seat cut from the mold of a 1960s-era television set, believe in their congressman. Representative Jim Jordan calls this home, and his fellow Urbanans believe he is a man of integrity. They believe his family, a dynasty of wrestling icons, has served the community […]

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