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[OPINION] Drawing the line on sexual harassment in all-girls schools

Jun 28, 2020 - 2:39 PM

'Just because a space is supposed to be safe, it doesn't mean it is'

JK Rowling says she is survivor of sexual assault, domestic abuse

Jun 11, 2020 - 9:25 AM

The 'Harry Potter' author reveals the information in a blog post to 'give context' to her controversial past comments about transgender women

New U.S. school sexual assault rules enforce rights of accused

May 07, 2020 - 9:41 AM

The new regulations lay out a method for cross-examining the accuser. This approach has previously been deemed too traumatizing for presumed victims.

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Taiwan director Doze Niu convicted for sexual assault of crew member

Apr 15, 2020 - 2:03 PM

'Monga' director Doze Niu is sentenced to 4 years in prison for sexually assaulting a female crew member working on a film he was making in 2018

Harvey Weinstein transferred to New York state prison

Mar 19, 2020 - 9:57 AM

The convicted rapist is assigned to the high-security Wende Correctional Facility following a stay at New York's Rikers Island prison

HARVEY WEINSTEIN. In this file photo taken in February 2020, the convicted rapist arrives at the Manhattan Criminal Court in New York City. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

French priest gets 5-year jail term for sex assault of boy scouts

Mar 16, 2020 - 6:53 PM

The 5-year jail term is less than the 8 years sought by prosecutors, who accused ex-priest Bernard Preynat of 'shattering' his victims' lives and profiting from the silence of both parents and the Church hierarchy

BERNARD PREYNAT. French former priest accused on sexual assaults Bernard Preynat leaves Lyon's courthouse, southeastern France, on January 17, 2020 at the end of his trial. Photo by Philippe Desmazes/AFP

Naga judge grants GCTA to student convicted of rape by sexual assault

Mar 16, 2020 - 2:35 PM

(UPDATED) Naga City Regional Trial Court Branch 61 Judge Soliman Santos, who had approved a plea bargain agreement between the convict and the victim, rules that rape by sexual assault is not a heinous crime

Harvey Weinstein: From Hollywood 'God' to convicted rapist

Mar 12, 2020 - 10:57 AM

The formerly 'untouchable' Hollywood mega-producer is now a convicted rapist, set to spend 23 years of his life in prison

Age of empowerment,' accusers hail Harvey Weinstein convictions

Feb 25, 2020 - 12:37 PM

Ashley Judd, Ellen Barkin, Rose McGowan, and Asia Argento are among the celebrities who hailed the women for testifying against the movie producer

[OPINION] A victim of a voyeur, and the tragedies of filing a report

Feb 01, 2020 - 11:00 AM

'How can the victim of a practiced voyeur have a copy of the video? How can the victim have access to the perpetrator’s database, hard drive, memory, or cloud? Must they demand it from the voyeur?

Model Gigi Hadid called as potential Harvey Weinstein juror

Jan 14, 2020 - 9:15 AM

American model Gigi Hadid appears as a potential juror in disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein's rape and sexual assault trial

New York opens Mario Batali probe after sex assault deal

Jan 09, 2020 - 11:12 AM

Mario Batali is being investigated after a business associate of his agreed to compensate former employees over sexual harassment allegations against the celebrity chef

Harvey Weinstein hit with new sex crimes charges in LA

Jan 07, 2020 - 9:38 AM

The case in California stems from a two-year investigation into allegations from several women that the disgraced Hollywood mogul assaulted them in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 06: Harvey Weinstein leaves the courtroom in New York City criminal court on January 6, 2020 in New York City. Weinstein, a movie producer whose alleged sexual misconduct helped spark the #MeToo movement, pleaded not-guilty on five counts of rape and sexual assault against two unnamed women and faces a possible life sentence in prison. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

Harvey Weinstein agrees on $25 million settlement with accusers – lawyer

Dec 12, 2019 - 12:22 PM

Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein reaches a settlement with dozens of his alleged sexual assault victims, with the sum shared among more than 30 of them

Malaysian police to quiz Anwar over sex assault claims

Dec 11, 2019 - 8:47 PM

Anwar Ibrahim has vehemently denied the claims by his former research assistant Muhammed Yusoff Rawther, who says he was assaulted in 2018

ANWAR. In this file photo, Malaysia's People's Justice Party president and leader of the Pakatan Harapan coalition Anwar Ibrahim speaks to China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on October 24, 2018. File photo by Daisuke Suzuki/Pool/AFP

Bill Cosby loses appeal after sexual assault conviction

Dec 11, 2019 - 10:23 AM

US comedian Bill Cosby loses his appeal against his conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman 15 years ago

Woman charged for assaulting Cebu mall sales clerk

Dec 09, 2019 - 6:58 PM

In a viral video, Medelina Yamazaki is heard shouting, 'Don't touch my daughter!' before throwing a humidifier at the face of a sales clerk in the Ayala Center Cebu

ASSAULT. A woman seen assaulting a sales clerk in a viral video taken in a Cebu City mall is charged with assault. Screengrab from Facebook

Nearly 6,000 U.S. sexual assaults reported to Uber in 2017 and 2018

Dec 06, 2019 - 11:37 AM

Uber and its rival Lyft face increasing pressure to cope with the growing number of complaints of abuse

UBER REPORT. Security guards stand in front of Uber headquarters as ride share drivers from Uber and Lyft stage a protest on May 08, 2019 in San Francisco, California. File photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

Misamis Occidental town mayor arrested for alleged assault in Cebu

Oct 24, 2019 - 10:32 PM

David Navarro, mayor of Clarin, Misamis Occidental, allegedly beats up a massage therapist

ASSAULT. Mayor of Clarin, Misamis Occidental David Navarro was arrested and brought to Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Station 2 after he allegedly assulted a massage therapist in Cebu City. Photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

WATCH: PH, U.S. marines hold live fire, air defense drills in Tarlac

Oct 17, 2019 - 7:38 PM

Osprey aircraft, amphibious assault vehicles, and Howitzer guns rock the Crow Valley Gunnery Range as the two countries' marines engage in joint exercises

OSPREY AIRCRAFT were among military assets featured in the live fire and air defense drills of the KAMANDAG 3 joint exercises of the Philippine and US marines on October 17, 2019, in Capas, Tarlac. Photo by Nappy Manegdeg/Rappler

WATCH: New PH amphibious assets join U.S., Japan in military drills

Oct 12, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The KAMANDAG 3 joint exercises between the Philippine and US marines marks a significant leap forward in the country's amphibious assault capability with the deployment of its brand new assets

NEW ASSETS. The Philippine Marines along with their US and Japanese counterparts participate in the Amphibious landing exercise during the KAMANDAG 2019 drills at Marine Base Gregorio Lim in Ternate, Cavite on October 12, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Military drill showcases PH’s first amphibious assault vehicles

Sep 21, 2019 - 7:18 PM

The capability to launch an attack from the sea straight into land is basic and essential for militaries of coastal states, and the Philippines is now catching up with the acquisition of brand new amphibious assault vehicles

AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) debuted 4 of its 8 brand new amphibious assault vehicles (AAV) during its DAGIT-PA joint drills in Subic Bay, Olongapo City, on September 21. Photo by Rox Cezar, AFP Public Affairs Office

Harvey Weinstein faces new charges, trial postponed

Aug 26, 2019 - 11:30 PM

The trial is scheduled to January 6, 2020 to give Weinstein's defense time to prepare

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 26: Harvey Weinstein leaves court after his arraignment over a new indictment for sexual assault on August 26, 2019 in New York City. The new charges against the movie mogul are from an indictment involving the actor Annabella Sciorra. Weinstein has already been charged with a host of other sexual assault charges and with the trial due to start in three weeks prosecutors are likely to request to add Sciorras testimony to be included rather than add an additional charge. Yana Paskova/Getty Images/AFP

France opens rape, child assault inquiry against Epstein

Aug 23, 2019 - 11:34 PM

'The investigations...will focus on potential crimes committed against French victims on national territory as well as abroad, and on suspects who are French citizens,' says Paris Prosecutor Remy Heitz

EPSTEIN. In this file photo, members of a protest group called 'Hot Mess' hold up signs of Jeffrey Epstein in front of the Federal courthouse on July 8, 2019 in New York City. File photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

US rapper A$AP Rocky gets suspended sentence for assault

Aug 14, 2019 - 8:55 PM

(UPDATED) A Stockholm court convicts the rapper of assault and handed the suspended over a street brawl in June

REJECTED. Rapper ASAP Rocky's appeal against his detention in Stockholm has been turned down by Swedish court. Photo from ASAP Rocky's Facebook page

Artists call for 'independent' probe into alleged sexual assault at Iligan workshop

Aug 12, 2019 - 10:57 PM

The artists groups also point out that the alleged incident is the 'latest of assault narratives deploring sexual misconduct within the Philippine arts and culture community in recent years'

Writers urge NCCA to probe alleged sexual assault at Iligan workshop

Aug 07, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Over 300 writers sign an open letter calling on the National Commission on Culture and the Arts to conduct a 'thorough and independent' probe considering it had funded the workshop

Rapper A$AP Rocky back in Los Angeles from Sweden — reports

Aug 04, 2019 - 10:30 AM

US media reports that the rapper has arrived in Los Angeles aboard a flight from Stockholm

Rapper A$AP Rocky pleads self-defense at assault trial

Jul 31, 2019 - 1:58 PM

The 30-year-old rapper says he acted in self-defense in a case that has stirred diplomatic tensions and outraged fans

US rapper A$AP Rocky faces trial over alleged assault in Sweden

Jul 30, 2019 - 12:26 PM

The rapper is scheduled to appear in court after being detained since the first week of July

Sexual assault case against Kevin Spacey on shaky ground

Jul 09, 2019 - 10:00 AM

William Little, who accused the actor of sexual assault has declined to testify due to fear of self-incrimination

NANTUCKET, MA - JANUARY 07: Actor Kevin Spacey leaves Nantucket District Court after being arraigned on sexual assault charges on January 7, 2019 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Scott Eisen/Getty Images/AFP

Vatican lifts envoy's immunity over sex assault claims – France

Jul 09, 2019 - 12:11 AM

Luigi Ventura, 74, faces 4 complaints of sexual abuse – including that he molested a junior official at the Paris town hall

VATICAN CITY. St Peter's Basilica reflects in a puddle of Via della Conciliazione on May 9, 2018 in Rome. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Accuser drops lawsuit against actor Kevin Spacey

Jul 06, 2019 - 9:51 AM

A young man accused the former 'House of Cards' star of sexual assault in a Massachusetts bar

Bill Cosby appeals sexual assault conviction

Jun 26, 2019 - 11:59 AM

Bill Cosby, who is currently serving jail time, is appealing the court's verdict that found him guilty of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman 15 years ago

Ellen DeGeneres recounts sex assault as a teen

May 29, 2019 - 9:08 AM

Ellen shares that the sexual abuse by her stepfather happened when she was around 15 years old

Chef Mario Batali pleads not guilty to sex assault charge

May 25, 2019 - 10:16 AM

Batali's charges of indecent assault and battery stem from accusations that he groped a woman in a restaurant in 2017

Chef Mario Batali charged for indecent assault and battery

May 24, 2019 - 11:55 AM

Celebrity chef Mario Batali has been accused of sexual assault by several women

Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan opens up about being molested, raped

May 21, 2019 - 9:16 AM

'When men make laws that govern women’s body without their consent, I feel like I am being assaulted all over again'

Kings coach Luke Walton sued for sexual assault

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:28 AM

A female sports reporter alleges that the NBA coach forced himself on her at a hotel in California

CONTROVERSIAL. Luke Walton is already facing controversy as he takes over the Sacramento Kings' head coaching job. File photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP


R. Kelly girlfriends defend superstar, deny brainwashing

Mar 08, 2019 - 9:06 AM

Azriel Clary and Joycelyn Savage brush off allegations that the singer brainwashes women he meets and has relationships with

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - FEBRUARY 22: R&B singer R. Kelly arrives at the 1st District-Central police station on February 22, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx announced today that Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of four victims, at least three between the ages of 13 and 17. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

Arizona senator says she was raped while in Air Force

Mar 08, 2019 - 7:13 AM

Arizona Senator Martha McSally, who spent 26 years in the Air Force and commanded a fighter squadron, reveals the attack in emotional remarks during US Senate subcommittee hearing on sexual assault in the military

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 06: Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ) speaks while Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) (R), listens, during a Senate Armed Service Committee on prevention and response to sexual assaults in the military, on March 6, 2019 in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP  MARK WILSON / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

India rape victims demand dignity at first public rally

Feb 23, 2019 - 5:08 PM

India's sexual assault survivors come together in public in New Delhi for the first time to demand justice

DIGNITY. An Indian participant of the 'Dignity March' shouts slogans as the culmination of the march at Ramleela Ground in New Delhi on February 22, 2019. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

France probes sexual assault claim against Vatican envoy

Feb 15, 2019 - 9:43 PM

The envoy, 74-year-old Luigi Ventura, is accused of molesting a man at the Paris townhall on January 17 when Mayor Anne Hidalgo gave a New Year's address to diplomats, religious leaders, and civil society figures

ENVOY. French President Emannuel Macron (L) shakes hands with Apostolic Nuncio to France Luigi Ventura during his New Year wishes to the diplomatic corps on January 4, 2018, at the Elysee Palace in Paris. File photo by Ludovic Marin/AFP

Foreign student who threw taho at cop indicted for direct assault

Feb 12, 2019 - 8:20 PM

(UPDATED) Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Leynard Dumlao says Zhang Jiale's action is considered 'deliberate and serious defiance' of a cop who was performing his duties

INDICTED. Foreign student Zhang Jiale throws a cup of taho at Police Officer I William Cristobal. File photo from Mandaluyong police

Danish airtime ban for U.S. rapper R. Kelly over sex assault allegations

Feb 07, 2019 - 12:00 PM

'As a radio we have a responsibility on who we give the airtime to. It's very serious and we feel we can't have him on the playlists," Danish media group Bauer Media says

Harvey Weinstein granted request to change lawyers

Jan 26, 2019 - 3:39 PM

Weinstein is switching to lawyers who recently represented one of his most high-profile accusers

LEGAL BATTLE. Harvey Weinstein, pictured here at a Hollywood event in April 2017, is switching legal teams. File photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter/AFP

Kevin Spacey denies indecent assault in groping case

Jan 08, 2019 - 10:38 AM

The actor enters a not guilt plea during the arraignment

NANTUCKET, MA - JANUARY 07: Actor Kevin Spacey attends his arraignment for sexual assault charges at Nantucket District Court on January 7, 2019 in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Nicole Harnishfeger-Pool/Getty Images/AFP

Kevin Spacey due in court over sex assault claims

Jan 07, 2019 - 3:23 PM

The case marks the first time the actor has faced charges

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 04: Actor/producer Kevin Spacey talks on stage at Cars, Arts & Beats: A Night Out With "Baby Driver" at the Petersen Automotive Museum on October 4, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Rochelle Brodin/Getty Images for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment/AFP

[EDITORIAL] #AnimatED: The 'kadiri' President

Jan 07, 2019 - 9:00 AM

We empower him when we laugh at his sick jokes, we empower him through our silence

Duterte's maid-molesting story 'concocted' – Panelo

Jan 03, 2019 - 1:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte claims he made up his story about touching a maid in order to 'dramatize' the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech after leading the ceremonial distribution of Certificates of Land Ownership Awards (CLOA) to agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs) of Cotabato Province at the Provincial Gymnasium Capitol Compound in Kidapawan City, Cotabato on December 29, 2018. Also in the picture is Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, Agrarian Reform Secretary John Castriciones, and North Cotabato First District Representative Emmylou Mendoza. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO