Rape and sexual assault

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Sigur Rs drummer quits band following rape allegations

Orri Pll Drason accused of sexually assaulting fan while she was asleep Orri Pll Drason, drummer with Icelandic post-rock band in an Instagram post, and said it involved being penetrated without my consent during a deep slumber after falling asleep in the same bed; the pair had met at a club in Los Angeles. It […]

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Why I find the Kavanaugh/Ford case so unsettling | Nesrine Malik

Christine Blasey Fords allegations will remind many women of men from their past. However, there can be strength in not forgetting, says Guardian columnist Nesrine Malik Its hard to describe how it feels to be a woman living through the Brett Kavanaugh case in the US has triggered some unexpectedly profound emotions. There is something […]

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Germaine Greer calls for punishment for rape to be reduced

Feminist academic tells Hay festival that most rape is just lazy, careless and insensitive Germaine Greer has called for the lowering of punishment for rape and said society should not see it as a spectacularly violent crime but instead view it more as lazy, careless and insensitive. She suggested that a fitting sentence for the […]

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Protests in Spain as five men cleared of teenager’s gang rape

Men found guilty of lesser offence of sexual abuse of 18-year-old during Pamplona festival Protests are being held across Spain after five men accused of the gang rape of a teenager during the running of the bulls festival in Pamplona were found guilty of the lesser offence of sexual abuse. The attack two years ago […]

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Swedish rape law would require explicit consent before sexual contact

Under legislation expected to be approved by parliament, burden of proof would shift from victim to alleged attacker Sweden is moving to change its rape law to shift the burden of proof from the claimant to the alleged attacker, in a proposal that would require people to obtain explicit consent before sexual contact. Isabella Lovin, […]

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Are music festivals doing enough to tackle sexual assault?

Reports of rape and other attacks are on the rise but, from grassroots groups to industry efforts, measures are being undertaken to keep attendees safe Festival season is a time of joy, sunburn and sloshing about in muddy fields. However, this booming industry which attracts millions of attendees each year and convicted of attacking two […]

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Man who raped stranger hours before his wedding given life term

Derry McCann subjected woman to two-hour ordeal in east London park while on parole for similar crime A bridegroom who raped a stranger hours before his wedding after being released on parole for a similar crime was sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday and must serve a minimum of nine years. Derry McCann, 28,

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Roman Polanski fails to secure no-jail guarantee in rape case

Judge shut down film-makers request to return to US with immunity from jail, saying he should not receive special treatment as a wealthy celebrity The Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski has failed in his bid to bring an end to his long-running rape case. Polanski pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl in 1977 […]

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Can I forgive the man who raped me?

Thordis Elva was raped aged 16. Years later, she emailed Tom Stranger, the man who raped her, beginning a raw, painful healing process documented in their book South of Forgiveness. In this extract, they meet to find a way forward Thordis Elvais from Iceland and known to Icelandersas a writer, playwright, journalist and public speaker. […]

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Idaho judge rules attack on high school football player was ‘not a rape’ or racist

Former football player gets light sentence for assaulting his disabled team-mate in a case that has drawn comparison to Stanford swimmer Brock Turner An Idaho judge has sentenced a white former high school football player to just 300 hours of community service with probation for his part in an attack on a developmentally disabled African […]

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