Sexual assault

LA prosecutors drop sexual assault charge against Kevin Spacey

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office said the alleged incident was outside California's statute of limitations.

Officials confirmed in April that an allegation involving Mr Spacey and an incident with a man in West Hollywood in 1992 was being investigated.

Another case concerning an alleged incident in 2016 remains under review.

A number of allegations of sexual misconduct have been made against the Oscar-winning actor since last November, when he was accused by actor Anthony Rapp of making a sexual advance in 1986.

US Olympic team doctor sentenced to 175 years in prison

The disgraced long-time team doctor, Larry Nassar, apologised to his victims on Wednesday ahead of his sentencing for molesting young female gymnasts but a judge dismissed his words as insincere.

Following days of testimony from more than 160 of his victims, Nassar stood before the court in a dark blue jailhouse jumpsuit and addressed the dozens of women in the Michigan courtroom.

"Your words have had a significant emotional effect to myself and shaken me to my core ... an acceptable apology to all of you is impossible to write or say," he said.

Former Shortland Street actor sentenced to a year's home detention

The 47‑year‑old was sentenced in the Auckland District Court today.

In September last year, he pleaded guilty to six charges of indecent assault against six women in his acting classes.

Seventeen other charges were dropped including indecent assault and unlawful sexual connection.

His lawyer Ron Mansfield said the more serious charges had been dropped.

Judge Ronayne said Naufahu minimised his offending and shifted responsibility.

What it's like to be a victim of 'stealthing'

Stealthing is a term given to the act of removing a condom in the middle of sex, without asking your partner's permission.

A recent report from the US suggests that cases are on the rise, and that it is a hugely under-reported issue.

Twenty-two-year-old Louise (not her real name) has been telling Newsbeat it happened to her.

I thought 'that's me'

Music festival websites to go dark to campaign against sexual assault

The Association of Independent Festivals (AIF) wants festival-goers to be aware of on-site support services available to help victims.

It says there is no evidence of any widespread problem, but hopes this will raise awareness of what is being done.

In 2016, police say two women were raped at Reading Festival.

Bestival, Parklife and Secret Garden Party are among the festivals which have signed up to the Safer Spaces campaign.

Some call it 'stealthing,' others call it sexual assault

But giving it an official name could be a major support for survivors of sexual assault, many of whom face an uphill battle in the legal system, according to an article in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law. Taking action may also add a new layer to the ongoing discussion about consent and sexual assault, the author said.

'Stealthing' - what you need to know

It may not be a word you've heard before but there's a lot of discussion about it right now on social media.

It's being talked about because of a US report which found cases are on the rise.

Victims' charities say it must be treated as rape - and that it's a hugely under-reported problem.

The study by Alexandra Brodsky in Columbia Journal of Gender and Law says it is a growing issue.

Abigail Breslin reveals past sexually assault

In an Instagram post titled "consent II", the American actress writes "I knew my assailant".

The 20-year-old, known for her role in the film Little Miss Sunshine, says in the post: "You are not obligated to have sex with someone that you're in a relationship with.

"Dating is not consent; marriage is not consent."

It's not known who Abigail Breslin is talking about in her post or when the assault happened.

April is sexual assault awareness month in the US.

The actress has received lots of support from fans and other American actors.

Athlete hailed for saving girls from molestation

She told the BBC she was in Rajasthan's Churu district on 1 January when she spotted three men trying to molest two teenage girls at a railway crossing.

"I chased and caught of one of them, and then helped the girls file a complaint," she said.

She added the incident showed that women were not safe even in busy areas.

"I was shocked and horrified when I saw these men trying to molest the girls in front of so many people at a busy railway crossing. Nobody did anything until I got out of the car and chased them myself," she said.

Man who raped wife in same room as sleeping child jailed

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty by an ACT Supreme Court jury of rape, assault and an act of indecency after an incident in January 2015.

The man attacked his wife and raped her while their three-year-old son slept in the same room.

An initial confrontation between the pair was also witnessed by their nine-year-old son.

During the confrontation the man threatened that the woman's family would be hurt if she told anyone or went to the police.