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July 11, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
MICHIGAN * A teenager who survived a suicide pact that killed her husband was sentenced to prison for her role in the rape of a teenage girl. In a Lansing courtroom, Circuit Judge Thomas Brown sentenced Jennifer Holey, 19, to four to 15 years in prison, prosecutors said. Holey had pleaded no contest to criminal sexual conduct. Prosecutors accused Holey of helping in her husband's April 1 rape of the 14-year-old.
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April 4, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes
She was driven to a dark road in the desert in the back of patrol car. The sheriff's deputy parked in a secluded spot in Palmdale and told her to walk to the front of the car. It was there, the woman said Friday in court, that the L.A. County deputy raped her and changed her life forever. "You essentially murdered a part of me and I'll never be able to get it back," the victim tearfully said as she stared at her attacker, Jose Rigoberto Sanchez. "A police officer is supposed to serve and protect.
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September 17, 2009 | Seema Mehta
A novel that had raised concerns because its teen protagonist deals with the aftermath of rape will be added to the core literature list for Temecula's high schools, trustees decided. But school board members also decided to review later this year parents' ability to opt out of lessons and readings that deal with sensitive subjects. The Temecula Valley Unified School District board voted 4 to 1 on Tuesday to add "Speak" by Laurie Halse Anderson to the list of books that may be taught in high school English classes.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
"The aim of the poet is to inform or delight, or to combine together … both pleasure and applicability to life. " These words of the Roman poet Horace remain encoded in our cultural DNA. Even after the artistic revolutions incited by the Romantics, the realists and the various rabble-rousing factions of the avant-garde, the expectation endures that art should instruct or entertain or, better still, do both at the same time. Horace hard-liners, a conservative crew who would rather be educated by artists than amused by them, would no doubt cast a disapproving eye on the Echo Theater Company's indecorous (though sensationally acted)
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April 29, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
Indiana University basketball Coach Bob Knight, who told NBC's Connie Chung, "I think that if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it," has said his remarks were misinterpreted. Knight, in an interview televised Monday night, added: "That's just an old term that you're going to use. The plane's down, so you have no control over it. I'm not talking about the act of rape. Don't misinterpret me. But what I'm talking about is something happens to you, so you have to handle it--now."
WORLD
December 2, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf signed into law an amendment to the country's controversial rape statute to make it easier to prosecute sexual assault cases, despite nationwide protests by hard-line Islamists. Rights activists have long condemned Pakistan's old rape law for punishing -- instead of protecting -- rape victims while providing legal safeguards for their attackers. Under the change, judges can choose whether a rape case should be tried in a criminal court or under Islamic law.
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November 16, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Pakistan's lower house of parliament passed amendments to contentious rape laws, revising a requirement that a rape victim must produce four witnesses and dropping the death penalty and flogging as punishments for extramarital sex. Islamic fundamentalists stormed out of the chambers in protest. President Pervez Musharraf applauded the lawmakers and urged the Senate to pass the measures quickly.
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June 10, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Sen. Sam Brownback, campaigning for president before the National Catholic Men's Conference, questioned whether rape victims should get abortions. "Rape is terrible. Rape is awful. Is it made any better by killing an innocent child? Does it solve the problem for the woman that's been raped?" the Kansas Republican asked at the St. Joseph's Covenant Keepers gathering in Taylors. "We need to protect innocent life. Period," Brownback said, bringing the crowd of about 500 to its feet.
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February 12, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Under fire from women's rights activists, Kenyan Justice Minister Kiraitu Murungi apologized for making a comment about rape in reference to the suspension of international aid from lenders who were concerned about corruption. Murungi said donors penalizing Kenya for something it was already tackling was "like raping a woman who is already willing."
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December 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah pardoned the victim of a gang rape whose sentencing to 200 lashes and six months in prison caused an international outcry. The 19-year-old woman was in a car with a male companion when they were abducted and raped in an attack by seven men last year. A court sentenced the woman for being alone with an unrelated man. The rapists got jail terms of up to nine years.
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March 20, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
MUMBAI, India - Five men were convicted Thursday for raping a photojournalist and a call-center operator in separate incidents that underlined India's problem of sexual violence and spoiled this cosmopolitan city's reputation for safety. A court in Mumbai found the men guilty of gang rape, destruction of evidence and other crimes in the attacks that occurred weeks apart last summer at an abandoned textile mill in the heart of the city, India's financial hub. Three of the men were convicted in both incidents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2014 | By Ruben Vives
A Riverside County pastor has been arrested on suspicion of rape, and authorities are searching for other possible victims. Jerome Anthony Clay Sr. -- who is pastor of Compassion Church in Perris -- was arrested Thursday after a search warrant was served at his home in the 400 block of Perris Boulevard, just around the corner from the Riverside County Sheriff's Department. Investigators also searched Compassion Church at 190 E. 5 th Street, according to the Sheriff's Department, which is under contract to provide policing services for the city of Perris.
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March 14, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi
A woman who was pulled over by a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy, forced into the back seat of his patrol car and driven into the desert, only to be raped and then followed home, is relieved that he will be spending time behind bars, her attorney said. Jose Rigaberto Sanchez, 29, pleaded no contest Thursday to rape under color of authority and to soliciting a bribe and is expected to be sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison. Sanchez pulled over a 24-year-old woman in Palmdale while on duty Sept.
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March 13, 2014 | By Robert Faturechi, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy was convicted Thursday of rape and bribery, stemming from two traffic stops, including one in which he pulled a woman over, then raped her in the desert, prosecutors said. Jose Rigaberto Sanchez, 29, pleaded no contest to rape under color of authority and soliciting a bribe and is expected to be sentenced to eight years and eight months in prison. Sanchez pulled over a 24-year-old woman in Palmdale while on duty Sept. 22, 2010, and allegedly offered not to arrest her on an outstanding warrant in exchange for sex, prosecutors said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
A former Irwindale police officer has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman during a traffic stop in 2012. David Paul Fraijo, 36, pleaded not guilty this week to five felonies, including kidnapping to commit another crime, forced oral copulation, oral copulation under the color of authority, sexual battery by restraint and assault under color of authority. He faces up to life in prison and is being held in lieu of $1-million bail. According to prosecutors, in October 2012 Fraijo pulled over a woman and asked to see her driver's license.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
If George Clooney's "The Monuments Men" did nothing else, it made possible the theatrical re-release of "The Rape of Europa," a splendid documentary that shows the true story behind the Nazi theft of European art and interviews some of the real-life Monuments Men who got it back. The film is packed with information and also tells a series of wonderful truth-is-stranger-than-fiction tales. "The Rape of Europa" even details the postwar fights about who owns which paintings that culminated in the sale of Gustav Klimt's gold portrait for a record $135 million.
WORLD
September 19, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
President Pervez Musharraf denied telling the Washington Post that many Pakistanis felt that crying rape was an easy way to make money and get a Canadian visa. He said the remark was made by someone else. But reporter Glenn Kessler said the president's remarks were taped and quoted correctly. Musharraf was quoted as saying: "A lot of people say if you want to go abroad and get a visa for Canada or citizenship and be a millionaire, get yourself raped."
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November 28, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A Saudi court will review the case of a gang rape victim sentenced to jail and flogging for violating the country's strict sex segregation laws, the foreign minister said. The remarks by Prince Saud al Faisal, made in the United States and carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, were the latest in response to international condemnation of Saudi judicial authorities' handling of the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Jose police officer has been charged with committing a forcible rape while on duty, Santa Clara County prosecutors said Tuesday. According to the district attorney's office, Officer Geoffrey Graves and three other officers had responded on Sept. 22, 2013, to a call of a family disturbance. The officers  determined both spouses had been drinking but that no crime had occurred. However, the wife, a hotel maid, told officers of a nearby hotel where she had previously worked and where she wished to spend the night.
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March 11, 2014 | By Lee Romney
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Jose's police chief called allegations that an officer committed a forcible rape while on duty "very troubling. " "This is an extremely serious allegation, and if proven true, the officer will be held accountable," San Jose Police Chief Larry Esquivel said. "While this incident is very troubling and tugs at our integrity, it is an isolated incident and by no means a reflection of our officers who perform their duties with honor and professionalism on a daily basis.
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