• 'My jaw hit the floor': Elizabeth Smart was asked if she 'enjoyed' being raped
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    Elizabeth Di Filippo

    'My jaw hit the floor': Elizabeth Smart was asked if she 'enjoyed' being raped

    "I couldn't help but feel guilty and dirty."

  • Underwear brand faces backlash for ad that appears to mimic sexual assault scene
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    Elise Solé

    Underwear brand faces backlash for ad that appears to mimic sexual assault scene

    Knixwear, a company that sells “leak-proof underwear,” accidentally spilled an ad concept that brought to mind sexual assault. “Apparently, it’s okay for Knixwear to put up ads that goes beyond hinting at sexual assault?!?!” she wrote. “As a sexual assault survivor, I’m triggered and I’m angry.

  • Prince Andrew 'Knows Exactly What He's Done,' Epstein Accuser Says
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    Alanna Vagianos

    Prince Andrew 'Knows Exactly What He's Done,' Epstein Accuser Says

    Virginia Giuffre says she was raped by Prince Andrew three times when she was 17 years old at Epstein's request.

  • Mario Lopez: It's 'dangerous' for parents to support transgender kids
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    Elise Solé

    Mario Lopez: It's 'dangerous' for parents to support transgender kids

    Television personality Mario Lopez spoke to conservative talk show host Candace Owens about the "dangerous" practice of parents supporting the decisions of transgender children.

  • Judge Who Showed Leniency To Rape Suspect From ‘Good Family’ Resigns
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    Dominique Mosbergen

    Judge Who Showed Leniency To Rape Suspect From ‘Good Family’ Resigns

    The state Supreme Court accepted the resignation of Judge James Troiano and mandated new training for all New Jersey judges.

  • Man's refusal to wear condom after agreeing to cancels out consent: judge
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    The Canadian Press

    Man's refusal to wear condom after agreeing to cancels out consent: judge

    An Ontario court has ruled that a man who had unprotected sex after agreeing to wear a condom committed sexual assault because his behaviour invalidated his sexual partner's consent.In a recent ruling, a judge found Anibal Rivera's actions amounted to fraud and caused a significant risk of serious bodily harm.Ontario Superior Court Justice Nathalie Champagne said not wearing a condom against another person's wishes usurps that individual's sexual autonomy and their right to make decisions about how they engage in sexual activity.Court heard Rivera, of Valleyfield, Que., and a woman, who cannot be identified, met on the dating website "Plenty of Fish" in October 2017 and arranged to meet at her Cornwall, Ont., home for a sexual encounter a few days later.Prior to their meeting, court heard the woman texted Rivera to tell him condoms, which she used as birth control, were mandatory and that "no means no." Rivera agreed to those terms.The woman told the court she reiterated her rules during their encounter but Rivera proceeded without a condom against her wishes, insisting he was "clean." Rivera testified the woman had agreed to go ahead without a condom as long as he did not ejaculate inside her.Though the pair had planned on Rivera staying the night, court heard he left after a few minutes of small talk.The woman told the court she went to a hospital the next day to conduct several tests, including for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, as well as a sexual assault kit. She contacted police a few days later.Before his first interview with police, Rivera drafted a written statement in which he said the complainant had initiated unprotected sex, court heard. He later admitted during cross-examination that he had lied in the statement. "This is a case of 'he said, she said' which raises issues of credibility and reliability," Champagne wrote in her ruling. "Mr. Rivera's evidence gives rise to serious issues regarding his credibility and reliability."Rivera wrote his statement to police before investigators gave him details of the allegations against him, she said."His fabrication that the sexual encounter was initiated by the complainant without a condom and his assertion that she told him she could not get pregnant suggests to me he knew prior to going to the police station that the sexual encounter without a condom was the subject of the complaint," she said."In addition, when confronted with the fact that he drafted the statement at a time he purported to know nothing about the allegations, he changed his testimony."The complainant's evidence that she required Rivera to use a condom and did not agree to sex without it is consistent with the conditions she laid out over text, the judge said. It is also consistent with her undergoing tests at the hospital the next day, Champagne said."It is improbable that she would have risked pregnancy by agreeing to sex without a condom, particularly with a stranger," the judge found.Champagne said she drew no negative conclusions from the fact that the complainant made small talk with Rivera after their encounter or that she took a few days before contacting police."It would be inappropriate for me to do so and would invoke myths and stereotypes about how victims of sexual assault should act," she said."It stands to reason that a complainant might make small talk to keep things calm and avoid unwanted contact and it would not be unreasonable for a complainant to take some time to consider whether or not to proceed with a complaint given the stress and scrutiny of intimate details of one's life involved in the criminal court process."Sex without a condom is a "qualitatively different" act than sex with one and the woman had only consented to the latter, the judge said."In my view, Mr. Rivera led the complainant to believe he would wear a condom as he had previously agreed to do so and at the last minute he penetrated her without a condom telling her it would be ok," she said."I find his failure to wear a condom increased the complainant's risk of pregnancy and constitutes a significant risk of bodily harm ... Her consent was therefore vitiated by this action."While Champagne said she did not disbelieve the woman's testimony about forced oral sex and a second round of unprotected sex, the judge said the evidence had not reached the standard of proof for conviction on those allegations.Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press

  • Famed magazine columnist: 'Donald Trump assaulted me'
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    Elise Solé

    Famed magazine columnist: 'Donald Trump assaulted me'

    Magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll claims the president attacked her in a Bergdorf Goodman department store in the 1990s.

  • Mira Sorvino reveals that she's a survivor of date rape
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    Raechal Shewfelt

    Mira Sorvino reveals that she's a survivor of date rape

    "I’ve never said that in public, and I do not want to go into detail,” the actress said as she began to cry.

  • Student barred from walking at graduation after accusing administrators of ignoring sexual assault, bullying at school
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    Kerry Justich

    Student barred from walking at graduation after accusing administrators of ignoring sexual assault, bullying at school

    While giving a speech at Heritage High School, Charles Chandler went off script and made some controversial comments against the administration.

  • 'Biggest Loser' Winner Reveals Tragic Reason for Rapid Weight Gain
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    Gordon K. Hurd

    'Biggest Loser' Winner Reveals Tragic Reason for Rapid Weight Gain

    Ali Vincent won “The Biggest Loser” competition back in 2008 when she dropped over 100 pounds off her initial weight of 234 pounds. In recent months, Vincent has gained back much of the weight she lost. Vincent recently appeared on an interview with Oprah Winfrey to reveal the cause of her struggles.