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August 20, 2012 | By James Rainey
The man trying to provide Rep. Todd Akin the softest possible landing after the congressman's foolish comments about pregnancy and rape was former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a strong supporter of Akin during his run to represent Missouri in the U.S. Senate. In the furor over Akin's remarks and increasing pressure for him to drop out of his race against Sen. Claire McCaskill,  Huckabee used his syndicated radio program Monday to give the embattled candidate a safe venue to express remorse and his determination to remain in the race.
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)
August 23, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
WASHINGTON - In declaring that women's bodies can somehow prevent pregnancy in the event of a rape, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) sparked a national conversation about a scientifically unsubstantiated theory, sending reporters scurrying in search of the data that would prove him right or wrong. Surprisingly few hard facts and figures were available about the prevalence of rape-related pregnancies. Many news outlets, including this one, cited a 1996 study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, which estimated that more than 32,000 women experience a rape-related pregnancy each year.
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.
March 7, 1993
With indignation, I read the so-called rape testimonies reported by a Croatian women's group, vilifying Serbian soldiers. Your article states that "the rapes by Muslim and Croatian soldiers are of a different order of magnitude." Thousands of Serbian people were forced from their homes and are in Croatian camps now. They are suffering the same tragedy as they did during World War II, when the Serbian population was decimated by Croatia's Nazi puppet regime. If the Serbs were not massacred, they were rounded up and shipped to Nazi forced labor camps.
January 23, 1987
The chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, where four football players are alleged to have attacked a woman, has issued a strong denunciation of "date rape" in an appeal mailed directly to 31,000 students. Chancellor Ira Michael Heyman wrote that acquaintance rape "degrades its victims, our campus community and society at large."
December 12, 2000
Re "4 Teens Charged in Rape of Unconscious Girl, 16," Dec. 7: About the alleged rapes that occurred in Van Nuys, it seems unjust that the young person who hosted the "ditch party" should be held blameless in the matter. I feel that this person was responsible for providing the site and condoning the action by not interfering with or reporting the crime to authorities. At the very least, he should be charged with aiding and abetting an alleged crime. To allow the "host" of such parties or gatherings to remain blameless sends a message to others that they can walk away scot-free if anything bad happens during their own parties.
May 14, 1997
A comedian suspected in the attempted rape of a Pasadena student and a series of assaults at colleges across the Midwest was arrested Tuesday in Newark, N.J., as he stepped off a flight from Bermuda, authorities said. Hours earlier, police in Omaha released an arrest warrant charging Vinson Horace Champ with first-degree sexual assault in the March 5 rape of a teacher at a computer lab at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
March 14, 2010 | By Bianca Prieto
For nearly two decades, Mary lived with the overwhelming fear that her knife-wielding rapist would return. Some nights, she slept in a bedroom closet. Other times, she sat in bed gripping a gun, with the rapist's threat echoing through her sleepless mind: "If you call the police, I will come back to kill you." But she did call -- and then called back, year after year. The recurring answer filled her with dread. No arrests. No suspects. Finally, advanced DNA testing identified a suspect: George W. Girtman, already behind bars for a series of Orlando rapes in the 1980s and 1990s.
June 8, 2011 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
The juvenile arrested in Ventura County along with seven men on suspicion of gang-raping two teenage girls they lured from social networking sites was charged as an adult in the case, authorities said Tuesday. The 15- and 16-year-old girls agreed to meet the suspects on separate occasions, one in March and one in April, said Det. Sgt. Ismael Cordero of the Santa Paula Police Department. Cordero said the suspects gave the victims alcohol and possibly other substances. In both cases the girls passed out and awoke to find themselves being sexually assaulted, he said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 27, 1986
Police arrested three South Los Angeles residents Tuesday as suspects in a series of rapes, robberies and kidnapings committed in Playa del Rey, West Los Angeles, Silverlake and North Hollywood since early last month. Sandy Lee Dejurnett, 32; Dewayne Thomas, 19, and a 17-year-old juvenile were arrested at their homes after an intensive investigation triggered by a traffic accident. Lt.
August 2, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Costa Mesa man was arrested on suspicion of raping two women, ages 49 and 65, who lived in his apartment complex, police said Monday. Jose Fernandez Lopez, 32, was being held at Orange County Jail on $250,000 bail in the September 2004 and May 2005 attacks. Fernandez Lopez and the women lived in the 600 block of Baker Street, police said.
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)
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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