How You Can Help End the Statute of Limitations on Sexual Assault in Texas

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For survivors of sexual assault, the impact and trauma of the attack is likely to stick with them for a lifetime.  It may be disheartening to learn that many states have a limitation on the length of time prosecutors can charge a perpetrator with rape or sexual abuse, and some states have such extensive backlogs of rape kits, that it could take years to process a rape kit. In Texas, the statute of limitations on sexual abuse or rape of an adult is ten years, so if DNA from your rape kit matches with a rapist 11 years after your assault, you may never see justice. 

Florida Man Accused Of Rape, Torture, And Murder In 35-Year-Old Los Angeles Cold Case

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A 66-year-old Florida man was charged Monday in a brutal rape and murder case that has gone unsolved for over three decades. Using DNA evidence from semen taken off a bed in a Los Angeles-area motel, investigators tracked down Manuel Fraga-Madan — now living in Hialeah, Florida — as one of two alleged perpetrators of the 1984 attacks.

Four convicts hanged to death in Tihar Jail

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Sandeep Goel, Director-General of Tihar jail, confirmed to reporters outside the prison that the four convicts had been hanged together at 5.30 a.m.

India was rocked by the brutal nature of the gangrape and murder in December 2012, which led to a major reform in rape laws. Tens of thousands of students took to the streets, putting pressure on the then UPA government to act swiftly.

Delhi gangrape convicts set to hang early this morning

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The four convicts in the December 16, 2012, gangrape and murder case are set to be hanged at Tihar Jail at 5.30 am Friday, after the Supreme Court, the High Court as well as a lower court in the Capital Thursday rejected their pleas seeking a stay.

In a late-night hearing, the Delhi High Court held that the grounds raised by the counsel of the convicts, including that one of them is a juvenile, had already been dealt with by courts.

Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years on rape and sex assault convictions

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Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison Wednesday for his rape and criminal sex act convictions following an emotional trial that was a landmark moment in the #MeToo era. Weinstein was convicted Feb. 24 of rape in the third degree for assaulting aspiring actress Jessica Mann in a New York City hotel room in 2013, and of committing a criminal sex act for forcing oral sex on former production assistant Mimi Haley in 2006. 

Sacramento DA looking at more cases tied to Golden State Killer/East Area Rapist suspect

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Prosecutors in Sacramento are continuing to investigate Golden State Killer/East Area Rapist suspect Joseph James DeAngelo for a series of rapes in seven California counties and are seeking five fresh DNA samples from him as part of their efforts to convict him in their ongoing case, according to new court filings.

Woman cuts off rapist’s penis as he tries to attack her in Pakistan

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A woman cut off a man’s penis as he allegedly tried to rape her in Pakistan.

The woman told police she was alone in her house in the central province of Punjab when the alleged attacker entered.

The 25-year-old claims the man began attempting to rape her, prompting her to run to the kitchen and grab a knife in self-defense.

Brittany Smith Loses Her Stand Your Ground Hearing

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In the January 20, 2020, issue of The New Yorker, I wrote about Brittany Smith, a woman from Stevenson, Alabama, who, in January, 2018, shot and killed a man who she said had raped her, threatened her life in her home, and then attacked her brother after he arrived to help.