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2009 Sep 30
Amnesty International said tens of thousands of women who fled unrest in Darfur face the daily threat or rape and violence in refugee camps in neighboring Chad.
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2009 Oct 23
In Richmond, Ca., a girl (16) left a homecoming dance at Richmond High gym and joined a group of men drinking in a nearby alley. She became drunk and was raped and robbed by as many as 10 young men. Police found her semi-conscious near a lunch table and arrested one suspect fleeing the scene. 2 more suspects, aged 15 and 21, were arrested on Oct 27. On Oct 28 three juveniles were arrested in connection to the crime and charged as adults. A 6th suspect was arrested on Oct 29. On Jan 19 John Crane Jr. (43) turned himself in for participating in the rape. In 2010 Cody Smith, the youngest of 7 defendants was released, because his Miranda rights had been violated. In 2011 the West Contra Costa Unified School District settled a civil suit and agreed to pay the victim $4 million. On Sep 6, 2012, Manuel Ortega (22) pleaded guilty as was expected to receive 32 years behind bars. On Aug 15, 2013, Jose Montano (22) was sentenced to 33 years to life; Marcelles Peter (20) was sentenced to 29 years to life.
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2009 Oct 27
US-based Human Rights Watch said the Sept. 28 massacre by Guinean troops of at least 150 people and the rapes of dozens of women at a pro-democracy rally in Guinea were premeditated, and that rapes of kidnapped women continued for days.
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2009 Oct 29
In Cleveland, Ohio, police found the remains of 6 bodies at the home of Anthony Sowell (50) as they tried to arrest him on charges of felonious assault and rape. Sowell, a convicted rapist, was arrested on Oct 31. 5 more bodies were soon found at Sowell’s home. The women had begun disappearing in 2007. On July 22, 2011, Sowell was convicted of killing 11 women.
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2009 Nov 4
In China a guard at an unofficial jail in Beijing pleaded guilty to raping a young detainee, in a case that has put a spotlight on "black jails" where a growing number of people seeking justice from the government end up. The woman (21), from central Anhui province, had been expelled from college because of poor exam scores and came to Beijing to ask the government to reinstate her. The woman escaped the "black jail" with about 50 other detainees after the guard fled following the alleged rape. On Nov 12 Human Rights Watch said the unofficial black jails have evolved into a cottage industry and blamed a civil service evaluation system that penalizes officials if too many of their people complain to the central government. It was estimated that some 10,000 people were detained annually.
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2009 Dec 15
Donald Eugene Gates (58), in prison for 28 years, was freed after DNA evidence cleared him of charges of rape and murder. His conviction had been based on the testimony of FBI forensic analyst Michael P. Malone, whose work came under fire in 1997, and a hair analysis technique that has been discredited. Gates was given $75 and a bus ticket to Ohio. Gates had been convicted in 1982 of the 1981 rape and murder of Catherine Schilling (21), a Georgetown University student, in Washington's Rock Creek Park. He was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.
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2009 Dec 21
The UN accused the Ugandan-based Lord's Resistance Army of killing, mutilating and raping villagers in Sudan and Congo in what may have been crimes against humanity.
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2009
South Africa’s population stood at about 50 million. The white population was about 4.5 million It was one of the world’s most violent countries with some 50 murders, 100 rapes, 700 burglaries and 500-plus violent assaults per day. Only one in ten rapes was believed to be recorded.
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2010 Jan 1
In Dubai a British woman (23) told police she had been raped the previous evening by a waiter at a 5-star hotel. Police arrested her after she revealed during questioning that she had drunk alcohol and had sex with her fiance, with whom she was on holiday.
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2010 Jan 23
In southern Mexico about 150 migrants were pulled off a train by unidentified assailants in the state of Oaxaca. On Jan 26 a Salvadoran official filed a complaint with Mexican officials saying 3 men were slain and 4 women were raped in the attack.
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2010 Feb 25
In California Chelsea King (17) failed to return from a run at a San Diego park. On Feb 28 John Albert Gardner III (30) of Lake Elsinore man was arrested for investigation of murder and rape. King’s body was found buried on March 2 in a shallow grave on the south shore of Lake Hodges. On April 16, 2010, Gardner pleaded guilty to the murder of King and Amber Dubois (14), who had vanished in February, 2009. On May 15 Gardner was sentenced to life in prison for attacks on King and Amber Dubois (14).
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2010 Apr 15
A new study by Oxfam said the number of rapes carried out by civilians in eastern Congo has increased by 17-fold in the last few years. It said sexual assaults long perpetrated by armed groups are spreading across the population.
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2010 May 6
In Ramapo, NY, Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor (51) was charged with raping a 16-year-old runaway who police said was forced into prostitution by a man who had beaten her up. Third-degree rape is a charge levied when the victim is under the age of consent, which is 17 in New York.
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2010 May 17
A report by civil liberties group Open Society Justice Initiative alleged that Nigeria's federal police force kills with impunity, extorts those it's charged to protect and rapes arrested prostitutes as a "fringe benefit" of the job.
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2010 Jun 8
In northeastern Brazil Jose Agostinho Pereira (54) was jailed for keeping his daughter imprisoned for 12 years in a remote fishing village. Police said he had raped her repeatedly and had seven children with her. The man was also accused of abusing a young girl he had with his daughter. In Feb, 2011, Pereira was decapitated by fellow inmates who broke into his cell in the city of Pinheiro.
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2010 Jul 30
In eastern CongoDRC rebels from the Mai Mai militia and Rwandan Hutu FDLR occupied Luvungi town, North Kivu, one day after beginning an attack there. Over the next 4 days they gang-raped scores of women. The rebels withdrew voluntarily on Aug 4. Later reports said there were over 500 systematic rapes.
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2010 Aug 17
Texas executed Peter Anthony Cantu (35), a former gang member, for taking part in the rape and murder of 2 teenage girls in 1993.
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2010 Aug 20
In Sweden a prosecutor in Stockholm issued an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (39) on suspicion of rape. The move means police are ordered to seek his arrest as part of an investigation but doesn't necessarily mean that criminal charges will be filed. Authorities the next day revoked the arrest warrant saying a rape accusation against him lacked substance.
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2010 Aug
In CongoDRC rebel militants raped some 240 people over 4 days in the Walikale district of eastern Congo. At least 387 people were raped in the Walikale territory in late July and early, including men, children and a month-old baby boy. In 2011 survivors suffered reprisals and a judicial inquiry into the violence was suspended.
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2010 Sep 1
A senior Swedish prosecutor reopened a rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the latest twist to a puzzling case in which prosecutors of different ranks have overruled each other.
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2010 Sep 12
An Egyptian security official said 16 Russians and Moldovans, who killed an Egyptian smuggler, have handed themselves over to police. Some of the would-be migrants to Israel attacked and fatally stabbed smuggler Massud Salim (31) after he attempted to rape one of the female members of the group.
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2010 Sep 12
Philippine authorities at Manila's airport found a newborn baby in a garbage bag that was apparently unloaded from an airplane that landed from the Middle East. On Sep 16 Rep. Lani Mercado said she met with the mother, who told her that she had been raped by her employer while working as a maid in Qatar and became pregnant.
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2010 Sep 16
In Iran assailants abducted six people, 5 soldiers and a bank clerk, in the southeast of the country. The Sunni militant group Jundallah, or Soldiers of God, claimed responsibility and said those abducted were Revolutionary Guard forces. On Sep 18 the state news IRNA reported that Revolutionary Guard forces rescued five of the hostages and killed 3 gunmen. A sixth hostage died in the operation. Amir Bilchi Kangarlu, a man convicted of raping several young girls, was hanged in the town of Varamin, south of the capital Tehran.
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2010 Sep 30
Puerto Rico police charged a couple with repeatedly raping their six children and forcing them to participate in drug-fueled orgies. Police said the alleged abuse occurred daily from 2001 to 2004. The three girls were 3, 5 and 7 years old at the time. The boys were 9, 10 and 11.
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2010 Oct 5
Fellow rebels handed over Congolese commander Sadoke Kokunda Mayele. He was arrested for allegedly leading fighters in the mass gang-rapes of more than 300 people from July 30 to August 2.
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2010 Oct 6
In Britain Halima Bashir (30), a doctor who says she was gang-raped in 2004 by Sudanese soldiers after speaking out about atrocities in Darfur, won the Anna Politkovskaya award for women human rights defenders. She wrote about her experiences in her memoir, "Tears of the Desert" (2008).
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2010 Oct 14
Margot Wallstrom, the UN special representative for sexual violence in armed conflict, told the 15-nation Security Council that a man known as "Colonel Serafim" was among those believed to be responsible for the rape of over 300 people. She also said Congolese government troops are raping, killing and looting civilians in the same area of eastern Congo where militias carried out mass rapes over two months ago.
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2010 Oct 15
Roger Meece, heads of the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo, said more than 15,000 people were raped in the volatile eastern region of Congo last year, according to the best data available.
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2010 Oct 22
Human Rights Watch said banditry, violence, and rape are widespread in Ivory Coast's western provinces even as the country gears for historic national elections.
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2010 Oct 26
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said at least 30 women were kept as prisoners in a dungeon-like structure and gang-raped over multiple weeks at the Congo and Angola border before being left in the bush without their clothes. The deportees said they were held by Angolan authorities in a dingy building. At least three were killed, including two men and a woman (27) who died after being raped repeatedly.
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2010 Oct 26
In Brazil a man accused of raping 40 women turned himself in, only to be let go because Brazilian law prohibits voters from being arrested five days before elections unless they are caught red-handed. The no-arrest provision was included in the Brazilian electoral code enacted in 1932 after a period in which election fraud and arrests to intimidate voters were common.
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2010 Nov 6
United Nations officials said they were investigating reports that some 700 Congolese women were sexually attacked along the country's border with Angola. Many women had said Angolan soldiers were responsible for their attacks.
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2010 Nov 8
In Michigan high school freshman Samantha Kelly hanged herself after enduring taunting from classmates for accusing a senior of rape. Prosecutors were forced to drop criminal charges against Joseph Tarnopolski (18), saying they had no case without the accuser’s testimony.
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2010 Nov 10
In Howard, Ohio, Tina Herrmann (32) and her 2 children went missing along with friend Stephanie Sprang (41). Sarah Maynard (13) was found alive on Nov 14 in the Mount Vernon basement of the home of Mathew Hoffman (30), an unemployed tree trimmer. The bodies of Tina, Sprang and Kody Maynard were found on Nov 18 in a hollow tree central Ohio. On Jan 6, 2011, Hoffman admitted killing the 3 people and raping a 13-year-old girl. He was sentenced to life in prison.
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2010 Nov 18
Swedish prosecutors was permission to seek an int’l. arrest warrant for Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks, on allegations of rape and other sexual offenses.
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2010 Nov 26
In Argentina the newspaper Clarin published the comments of a woman who has accused her father of sexually abusing her for 30 years and having 10 children with her, including one who killed himself after learning that his grandfather was his father. Elvira Gomez (43) did not report the alleged abuse until her father, Armando Gomez (62), was recently arrested for robbery.
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2010 Nov 26
In South Africa a study led by the government-funded Medical Research Foundation says that in Gauteng province, home to Johannesburg, more than 37% of men said they had raped a woman. A quarter of the women interviewed said they'd been raped, but the study said only one in 25 rapes are reported to police.
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2010 Nov 28
In Cleveland, Texas, a girl (11) was gang raped in an abandoned trailer home. Authorities were notified of the alleged rape after a student from Cleveland ISD found a video of the assault. Four assaults on the young girl had begun in September. By March 24, 2011, 19 young men and teenage boys were charged with participating in the rape. On Aug 30, 2012, Eric McGowen, who fled free on bail, was convicted and sentenced to 99 years in prison.
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2010 Dec 30
In Israel former President Moshe Katsav (65) was convicted of raping an employee when he was a Cabinet minister in 1998. "Relax, you'll enjoy it." He held the largely ceremonial office of president from 2000-2007.
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2010 Dec
In China Dai Qingcheng (46) was given the death penalty for raping 116 women between 1993 and 2009 in Anhui province in eastern China.
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2011 Jan 1
In CongoDRC at least 67 women were raped in South and North Kivu provinces, including a teen-ager and two pregnant women. On Jan 21 Congo arrested Lt. Colonel Kibibi Mutwara, a senior army commander accused of ordering the rapes in Fizi. The arrest followed the detention of 10 other soldiers earlier in the week. On July 22, 2011, a UN report said investigators found at least 47 women were subjected to rape and other sexual assaults from Dec. 31, 2010, to Jan. 1, 2011 in an isolated and mountainous area of North Kivu province.

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2011 Jan 5
In Brazil five sisters in Sao Paulo state went to police and accused their father of sexually abusing them for over 20 years.
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2011 Jan 10
Texas authorities heralded the capture of Billie Joe Harris (53), a suspected serial rapist believed to have attacked a dozen elderly women in the past two years.
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2011 Jan 25
Rwandan rebel Callixte Mbarushimana (47) arrived in the Hague, Netherlands, after a Paris appeals court ruling in November approved the transfer to the International Criminal Court. He was charged with 11 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes, including murder, rape, persecution based on gender, and extensive destruction of property by the Hutu FDLR in 2009.
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2011 Feb 21
In CongoDRC a mobile military court convicted army Lt. Col. Mutuare Daniel Kibibi (46) of crimes against humanity, a landmark verdict in this Central African country where aid groups say thousands are brutally raped each year and where impunity prevails for the soldiers and militia groups who terrorize civilians. 3 of Kibibi's officers received the same sentences, and 5 others got lesser sentences. 49 women who testified about the New Year attacks in Fizi were to receive up to $10,000 each in compensation from the government as part of the verdict.
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2011 Feb 22
In northeastern Brazil police in the city of Pirapemas arrested a man accused of sexually abusing his daughter for 12 years and fathering her two children. The man confessed to abusing his daughter starting when she was 14 years old and fathering two daughters, aged 5 years and 2 months.
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2011 Feb 25
UN officials said at least 40 people have been raped in eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo over the past 2 weeks.
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2011 Mar 4
In Connecticut Aaron Thomas (39), a man suspected of rapes and other attacks on 17 women since 1997, was arrested in New Haven. On march 7 bail for Thomas, the suspected East Coast Rapist, was set at $1.5 million.
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2011 Mar 20
In Egypt 3 men kidnapped and raped a woman (24) after stopping a vehicle at gun point. She was driving with a male relative. In April a military court in Ismailiya ordered the execution of the three men who were convicted of the kidnapping and rape. In Qena province Muslim vigilantes arrested Anwar Mitri (45), a school administrator and Coptic Christian, for renting a flat to a woman they claimed was a prostitute and for allegedly having sex with her. Mitri was tried and had his ear lopped off.
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2011 Mar 22
A German court jailed Detlef Spies, a former lorry driver, for 14 and a half years for sexually abusing his daughter, stepson and stepdaughter, with whom he fathered eight children. Spies was arrested on August 10, 2010.
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2011 Mar 22
An Israeli court ordered former Israeli President Moshe Katsav to prison for seven years following a rape conviction, rejecting his attorneys' request for leniency and making him the highest-ranking Israeli official ever sentenced to jail.
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2011 Mar 26
In Libya Iman Al-Obeidi said she spent two days in detention after being arrested at a checkpoint, and sexually assaulted by up to 15 men while in custody. She shouted to tell her story at the Rixos hotel in Tripoli, after storming into the hotel's breakfast room to show her wounds to foreign media. Minders overpowered the woman and took her away. Days later Iman Al-Obeidi was sued for slander for naming her alleged attackers.
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2011 Apr 15
In Toronto, Canada, Liu Qian (23) was found raped and dead a few hours after her former boyfriend in China watched via webcam as she tried to fend off an attacker who appeared at her door. On April 7, 2014, Brian Dickson (32) was convicted of her murder and sentenced to life in prison.
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2011 May 1
In central Mozambique a US Peace Corps volunteer was raped at knife-point. On May 11 the US Congress opened hearings into the safety of the agency's volunteers worldwide. The program said more than 1,000 volunteers had been raped or sexually abused in the past decade and reported on allegations that the agency had mishandled sexual assault complaints.
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2011 May 11
A new study released by the American Journal of Public Health said 1,152 women are raped every day in CongoDRC, a rate equal to 48 per hour.
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2011 May 16
An Egyptian military court sentenced the 17-year-old and three other men to be hanged for kidnapping and raping a young woman.
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2011 May 29
It was reported that 259 Libyan women responded on questionnaires that they have been raped by militiamen loyal to Moammar Khadafy.
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2011 Jun 10
2011 Jun 12
In Congo’s South Kivu province at least 121 rapes occurred during this period in the village of Nyakiele. Medicins Sans Frontieres worked with Congolese health officials and the UN to get more information. 55 women said they were raped in the night of June 10 to 11, while another said 72 women in the village of Kanguli reported having been violated that same night.
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2011 Jun
A Danish convicted Harry Larsen of a number of abuses, including using a baseball bat and metal bars to beat some of his family's nine children, and raping two of its teenage daughters. In its sentence, that court said he should be sent to a mental health facility. On Dec 15 an appeals court overturned the ruling and sentenced him to 11 years in prison.
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2011 Jul 5
French author Tristane Banon (31) filed charges of attempted rape against former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn. The incident took place in 2003. She had first recounted the incident on a 2007 TV show. The charges were dismissed on Oct 13 due to a 3-year statute of limitations.
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