Sexual Assault

U.S. chef Mario Batali cuts ties with restaurants after abuse accusation

(Reuters) - Celebrity chef Mario Batali on Wednesday said he had cut ties with his U.S. restaurants as he fights an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment. Batali has sold his shares in the 16-restaurant operation, including Babbo and Del Posto, to former partners Tanya Bastianich...

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 - 12:56pm

Bronx hospital caught illegally billing sexual assault survivors for rape kits

A Bronx hospital found to be illegally billing sexual assault survivors for forensic rape examinations, or rape kits, will now have to implement a new written policy ensuring survivors do not receive such bills and also pay restitution to any wrongly billed survivors as part of a settlement...

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 11:46am

Former Fessenden students file lawsuit over alleged sexual abuse in '60s,'70s

Two former students of the Fessenden School west of Boston have filed a lawsuit seeking compensation for the alleged sexual abuse they suffered by employees of the all-boys boarding school in the 1960s and 1970s. The lawsuit was recently filed in Middlesex County Superior Court on behalf of two...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 1:39pm

UPDATE: Women's March leader denies covering up employee's sexual assault claims

Updated Dec. 19, 2017: After a former employee of Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour accused her of covering up sexual assault claims, Sarsour isn’t just denying it, she’s providing proof that the claims are false. In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Sarsour provided...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 12:57pm

McKayla Maroney sues USA Gymnastics for paying her to keep quiet about sexual abuse

On Wednesday, McKayla Maroney filed a lawsuit against USA Gymnastics alleging that they tried to silence her sexual abuse claims against former U.S. women’s gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar with a confidentially agreement in December 2016. The suit was filed in Los Angeles and states that...

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 10:14am

Rally at Sony Music HQ calls on RCA Records to drop R. Kelly

Advocates gathered at Sony Music headquarters Wednesday morning calling on RCA Records to drop R. Kelly after the Lifetime docu-series Surviving R. Kelly brought more national attention to decades of his alleged abuse. Chanting “Sony Music has no shame, they only care about profits and fame...

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 4:18pm

NYPD closes sexual assault investigations into Mario Batali: Reports

Celebrity chef Mario Batali will reportedly not face charges after being accused of sexual assault by two women. The New York Police Department has closed the two investigations into Batali’s alleged misconduct, multiple outlets report. The NYPD declined to comment on the specifics of any...

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 11:56am

BARCC launches web chat hotline to support more sexual assault survivors

With more sexual assault survivors reaching out for support, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) has launched a web-based chat hotline service to make its resources more accessible. BARCC provides free, confidential support and services for sexual violence survivors. It’s seen a spike...

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - 1:54pm

How Aly Raisman is standing up against child sexual abuse

As a two-time Olympic gymnast with multiple gold medals under her belt, Aly Raisman is someone girls across the country look up to. And as an advocate for those who have been sexually abused — and someone who has spoken up about her own experience as a survivor of child sexual abuse —...

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 4:11pm

BARCC details impact for sexual assault survivors in year since #MeToo

On Oct. 15, 2017, a tweet by actress Alyssa Milano sparked a surge of responses, launching the hashtag #MeToo into the world as people across the country shared their stories of experiencing sexual assault. It’s been quite the year — from the charges against Harvey Weinstein to Dr....

Friday, October 12, 2018 - 3:55pm

Shedding light on how workplace sexual harassment affects immigrant women

In the wake of #MeToo and Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court despite the sexual assault allegations brought against him, the Brooklyn Historical Society is highlighting a less-talked about plight: The sexual harassment immigrant women face in the workplace. Wednesday’s...

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 1:25pm

What to know about Ana Maria Archila, the Queens woman who confronted Sen. Flake

Queens woman Ana Maria Archila has been identified as one of the women who confronted Sen. Jeff Flake in an elevator Friday morning. Early on Friday, Flake announced that he would vote in favor of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, becoming the swing vote to push Kavanaugh out of the...

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 3:07pm

National sexual assault hotline saw 200% surge in calls during Kavanaugh-Ford hearing

Sexual assault hotlines reported an increase in calls during the Brett Kavanaugh hearing on Thursday in which Christine Blasey Ford testified about her alleged sexual assault. RAINN, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, saw “unprecedented wait times” for both its hotline and...

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 1:39pm

#WhyIDidntReport adds fuel to the trailblazing fire that 'Me Too' started

"The courage of survivors will always be stronger than Donald Trump’s misogyny. The lives of survivors will always be more important than Brett Kavanaugh’s career," Alyssa Milano begins an essay published on Vox.com Sunday. She is one of the hundreds of...

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 6:46pm

Powerful men accused of sexual assault since Harvey Weinstein scandal

UPDATE Nov. 29, 2017: Continue to check the gallery above for updates as more powerful men are accused of sexual misconduct in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein bombshell. UPDATE Nov. 1, 2017: NPR editor Michael Oreskes resigned Wednesday after two women came forward alleging sexual harassment...

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 10:47am

The biggest takeaways from DeVos' proposed campus sexual-assault rules

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is preparing new rules about sexual assault on campus, which will roll back several Obama-era protections for victims, allowing more recourse for the accused and liability protection for universities, the New York Times reported after obtaining a draft of DeVos's...

Friday, August 31, 2018 - 1:20am

Twitter reacts to Betsy DeVos' proposed changes to campus sexual assault rules

On Wednesday, The New York Times revealed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ plans to both boost the rights of college students accused of assault, harassment or rate and reduce the amount of support that colleges and universities must give victims. In addition, Betsy DeVos’ proposal...

Thursday, August 30, 2018 - 11:39am

Convicted child rapist Wayne Chapman pleads not guilty to new lewd charges

Convicted child rapist Wayne Chapman pleaded not guilty on Monday to new charges of lewd acts stemming from two incidents inside the Massachusetts Correctional Institute — Shirley. Chapman, 70, has been serving time at that facility since 1977 after he was convicted of raping two boys. He...

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 3:38pm

Convicted child rapist Wayne Chapman held without bail on new lewd charges

Convicted child rapist Wayne Chapman was expected to be released from prison soon, but that action was postponed as he faces new charges of indecent exposure and lewd acts. Chapman, 70, was ordered held without bail on Wednesday after pleading not guilty at his arraignment in Ayer District Court...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 1:18pm

Harvey Weinstein charged with rape, released on $1M bail

Harvey Weinstein was arrested Friday morning after turning himself over to law enforcement, the NYPD confirmed. Weinstein, 66, was arrested, processed and charged with rape, a criminal sex act, sex abuse and sexual misconduct for incidents involving two women, the NYPD said in a statement....

Friday, May 25, 2018 - 12:15pm