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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 26, 2014 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Daniel Anker, an award-winning documentarian who used film to reexamine complex historical events, including Hollywood's portrayal of the Holocaust and a life-saving sled-dog run in Alaska, died Monday in New York. He was 50. The cause was pneumonia, a complication of his lymphoma, said his wife, Donna Santman. Anker made more than a dozen films during a 25-year career, including "Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust" (2004), "Music from the Inside Out" (2004) and "Scottsboro, An American Tragedy" (2000)
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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."
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April 23, 2014 | By a Times staff writer
A San Clemente man who poured ammonia and rubbed raw eggs on women as part of a “spiritual cleansing” ritual has been convicted of rape and other sexual assault charges and could be sentenced to up to 75 years in prison. Alberto Flores Ramirez, 36, was accused of luring two women to a Santa Ana motel where he performed a “spiritual cleansing” ritual that he said would rid them of their negative energy and improve their loves lives. One of the women sought his help in getting her children safely to California from Mexico, the Orange County district attorney's office said.
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.
NATIONAL
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.
WORLD
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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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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 22, 2014 | By Richard Winton
A man was charged Tuesday with breaking into a Claremont home and raping a 12-year-old girl. Joseph Davall, 33, of Yucca Valley, allegedly entered the home in Claremont on March 21, came upon a young girl alone in her bed and sexually assaulted her. “He was a stranger. She doesn't know the man,” said Sarah Ardalani, a spokeswoman with the L.A. County district attorney's office. Throughout the attack the young girl fought the suspect, prosecutors said. Davall allegedly entered the home sometime after 10:30 p.m. The girl awoke after hearing a strange noise and then was confronted by the assailant.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2014 | By Meredith Blake, This post has been corrected. See below for details
Lately, every week seems to bring a new "Game of Thrones" controversy, and true to form Sunday's episode, "Breaker of Chains," included a plot twist that has ignited a firestorm of debate online. (Those not yet caught up on their DVRs are advised to tread carefully. Here be spoilers.)  In the scene in question, Cersei is grieving over the dead body of her son, King Joffrey, when Jaime, her brother/former lover/Joffrey's father, brutally forces himself on her. "You're a hateful woman," he says, as she repeatedly begs him to stop.
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April 14, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Murder and rape charges were filed Monday against two registered sex offenders accused of killing four women who vanished from the streets of Orange County. Franc Cano, 27, and Steven Dean Gordon, 45, were formally charged Monday with murder in the commission of rape and lying in wait, accusations that would make them subject to the death penalty. Both have prior convictions, and have done time in prison for sex crimes against a child under the age of 14. The two transients were arrested Friday in an industrial area of Anaheim, not far from the trash-sorting facility where the body of 21-year-old Jarrae Nykkole Estepp was found last month on a conveyor belt.
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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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April 4, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy convicted of pulling over female drivers and asking them to have sex with him was sentenced Friday to nine years in state prison and ordered to register as a sex offender once he is released. Jose Rigoberto Sanchez, 29, pleaded no contest last month to rape and bribery charges, crimes that prosecutors said took place while he was on duty. Sanchez pulled over a 24-year-old woman in Palmdale while on duty Sept. 22, 2010 and allegedly offered not to arrest the driver on an outstanding warrant in exchange for sex, prosecutors said.
SPORTS
March 25, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Bob Knight is not a fan of the current one-and-done system in college basketball. In fact, the Hall of Fame coach and ESPN analyst apparently hates the rule that allows players to bolt for the NBA just one year after high school so much that he compared it to one of the most heinous crimes imaginable. "The NBA does a tremendous, gigantic disservice to college basketball," Knight said Tuesday on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike" show. "It's as though they've raped college basketball in my opinion.
WORLD
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.
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February 11, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Japanese police arrested a U.S. Marine on suspicion of raping a 14-year-old girl in southern Japan, a police official said. Police officers arrested Tyrone Luther Hadnott, 38, of Camp Courtney in Okinawa prefecture, a police official said. Officials with the U.S. forces in Japan could not immediately confirm the arrest. Under a mutual security pact, the United States has about 50,000 troops deployed across Japan. Most are based on Okinawa and tensions there over troop-related crime and disputes over land use are endemic.
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)
WORLD
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.
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