A Boston patrol cop allegedly abused a 12-year-old in 1995. Last year the victim reported that his daughter was abused by the same cop, who kept his badge despite an investigation finding he likely committed the crime.

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A Boston police car sits outside the Long Wharf Marriott hotel in Boston on March 12, 2020.

  • A former Boston patrolman is facing charges for allegedly sexually assaulting minors.
  • The Boston Police Department knew of allegations since 1995, the Boston Globe reported.
  • Last summer, six minors came forward with new allegations of abuse against Patrick M. Rose Sr.
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The Boston Police Department knew its union leader had previous allegations of sexual assault against a minor before a man and his daughter went to a police station last summer to report she had been molested, the Boston Globe reported.

In 1995, the father had also alleged Patrick M. Rose Sr. assaulted him when he was 12 years old. The police department at the time filed a criminal complaint against Rose and investigated the accusations. They found that it was likely that Rose had committed a crime.

The boy was reportedly pressured to recant his story and the criminal investigation was dropped in 1996, but a police internal affairs investigation continued and found that Rose broke the law.

Additionally, court records showed that after the criminal case was dropped, Rose’s abuse of the boy continued and also “escalated,” but the department has not said what disciplinary action if any was taken.

Despite this, he was still able to keep his badge and work as a patrolman for 21 more years, and also served as the head of the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association from 2014 until he retired in 2018, the Globe reported.

Rose was arrested in August of last year after the daughter’s allegations. Since then, five more people have come forward with allegations against him.

Mass Live reported last August that the girl, now 14, alleged she was repeatedly assaulted by Rose between the ages of 7 and 12.

He’s now in jail and faces 33 counts of sexual abuse. The six victims range from 7 to 16 years old.

Three of the victims who came forward said Rose assaulted them in the 1990s and another said the assault took place in recent years, Mass Live reported.

“My client maintains his innocence to all of the charges that have been brought against him and he maintains his innocence to what was alleged to have transpired back in 1995,” his attorney, William J. Keefe, told the Globe.

The Boston Police Department did not reply to Insider’s request for comment at the time of publication.

The Globe learned that despite the known allegations and internal review results, Rose was still allowed contact with children in his role, in some cases being dispatched to assist minors in sexual assault cases.

In 1999 he was sent to help a 14-year-old girl who called police crying, reporting that she’d been raped. He was also the arresting officer in a 2006 child sex assault case.

“What we’re describing here is an example of an institutional and systemic failure,” former Boston police lieutenant Tom Nolan told the Globe. “The department had a responsibility to ensure that this individual was no longer employed in the ranks of the Boston Police Department.”

Rose is currently being held in the Berkshire County Jail on $200,000 cash bail.

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Pakistan’s leader blamed a rise in rape cases on how women dress, saying ‘vulgarity’ has ‘consequences’ and men lack ‘willpower’

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Pakistan’s prime minister, Imran Khan, said in April that the country was using a system intended to surveil terrorists to monitor the coronavirus.

  • Pakistan’s PM Imran Khan suggested the way women dress is to blame for rape.
  • “If you keep on increasing vulgarity, it will have consequences,” Khan said on Monday.
  • Khan’s remarks have sparked widespread criticism, including from his ex-wife.
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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is facing allegations of victim-blaming after attributing a rise in rape cases to how women dress.

“Not every man has willpower. If you keep on increasing vulgarity, it will have consequences,” Khan said during a television interview on Monday, per the New York Times, prompting widespread backlash. The Pakistani leader said women should adhere to “purdah,” referring to a concept involving women wearing modest or concealing clothing and the segregation of the sexes.

Human rights groups and even Khan’s first wife have condemned his remarks.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan said Khan’s comments showed “a baffling ignorance of where, why and how rape occurs, but it also lays the blame on rape survivors,” per Reuters.

Jemima Goldsmith, a British heiress and Khan’s ex-wife, took to Twitter to decry his comments.

“I remember years ago being in Saudi Arabia and an elderly woman in an abaya & niqab was lamenting the fact that when she went out she was followed & harassed by young men. The only way to get rid of them was to take her face covering OFF. The problem is not how women dress!” Goldsmith tweeted.

In a separate tweet, Goldsmith said, “I’m hoping this is a misquote/ mistranslation. The Imran I knew used to say, “Put a veil on the man’s eyes not on the woman.”

Khan’s office released a statement that said his comments had been taken out of context and misinterpreted. “The Prime Minister said that our strict anti-rape laws alone will not be able to stem the rise in sex crime. The whole society has to fight it together including lowering exposure to temptation,” the statement said.

In 2020, thousands of Pakistanis flooded the streets after a police official in Lahore said a woman who was raped on a deserted highway was partly to blame. The Pakistani government responded to the outcry by passing a measure that said men convicted of rape could be sentenced to chemical castration. Still, rape convictions in Pakistan are rare. Fewer than 3% of sexual assault or rape cases in Pakistan result in a conviction, per the Karachi-based non-governmental organization War Against Rape.

Human rights groups have said that rape is an underreported crime in Pakistan largely because women who come forward are ostracized and treated like criminals.

Human Rights Watch says “violence against women and girls-including rape, so-called honor killings, acid attacks, domestic violence, and forced marriage-remains a serious problem” in Pakistan, adding that “Pakistani activists estimate that there are about 1,000 ‘honor’ killings every year.”

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A ‘cadre’ of soldiers has been suspended following a female soldier’s sexual assault allegations at an Army base in Oklahoma

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In this June 17, 2014 file photo, a vehicle drives by a sign at Scott Gate, one of the entrances to Fort Sill, in Fort Sill, Okla.

  • Soldiers were suspended at Fort Sill in Oklahoma following a report of sexual assaults.
  • The Intercept reported a female soldier accused 22 troops of being involved in the assaults.
  • Reports of sexual assault in the military have risen sharply in the past two years.
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After a report of sexual assaults, a “cadre” of soldiers at Fort Sill in Oklahoma have been suspended while an investigation is carried out, the commanding general of the Army base said.

A female soldier at the base reported on March 27 that “she was the victim of sexual assault involving Fort Sill cadre members,” Major General Ken Kamper said in a statement Thursday. He said the allegations were immediately reported to law enforcement and investigators began conducting interviews.

“This soldier, who came forward with allegations of sexual assault, is absolutely safe,” Kamper said. “We’re proud of the courage she displayed in coming forward with these allegations.

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The statement did not say how many soldiers were accused or suspended, but a military official told The Intercept allegations were made against 22 soldiers and include multiple incidents of assault.

The official also told The Intercept investigators were looking into a video of one of the incidents that was being passed around the base, but a US Army spokesperson denied that investigators had such a video.

The group implicated in the allegations was “suspended from their normal duties” and “removed from any trainee environment,” Kamper said. They typically were involved in training new troops. The woman who came forward was a trainee.

Sexual assault in the military is an ongoing issue, with assaults rising sharply in the past two years, Insider’s Sophia Ankel reported.

As one of his first acts after being confirmed in January, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ordered a review of how the department handles reports of sexual assault.

The issue was given additional attention last year after US Army soldier Vanessa Guillen was murdered at her base in Fort Hood, Texas. Guillen’s family members said she had told them she experienced sexual harassment, but was too afraid to report it.

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Those who get drunk on their own can’t be considered ‘mentally incapacitated’ in rape cases, Minnesota Supreme Court says

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Justice Paul Thissen in a Feb. 25, 2016 file photo.

  • Rape victims who get drunk on their own aren’t “mentally incapacitated,” Minnesota high court said.
  • “Mentally incapacitated” applies when someone gets drunk without their consent, the court said.
  • Sexual assault survivors and advocates decried the ruling but said they weren’t surprised.
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An individual who gets drunk on their own can not be qualified as “mentally incapacitated” in a rape case, the Minnesota Supreme Court said in a ruling released Wednesday.

The ruling comes in the case of man who was accused of sexually assaulting a woman he met following an incident where she was denied entry to a bar for being too drunk.

Francois Momolu Khalil was appealing the 2019 case in which he was convicted of third-degree criminal sexual misconduct because the woman was considered “mentally incapacitated.”

Court documents from the appeal said Khalil and two of his friends invited the woman and a friend to a party but instead took them to a private home where the woman, who was only identified by her initials, blacked out.

She woke up to find Khalil raping her. After telling him to stop, she then passed out again.

In a decision written by Justice Paul Thissen, the state’s supreme court said that the definition of “mentally incapacitated” – which was used by the lower court – “does not include a person who is voluntarily intoxicated by alcohol,” meaning that the designation only applies when the alcohol was given to someone without their knowledge.

This “unreasonably strains and stretches the plain text of the statute,” they added.

The ruling has garnered criticism from sexual assault survivors and advocates, including Abby Honold, who told MPR News that the language of the statute has always been a loophole that makes it difficult for sexual assault survivors to bring cases forward.

“There are a lot of people who are told when they report now, and when their case is referred to a prosecutor that essentially their sexual assault was technically legal. It’s always so heartbreaking to have to hear that from yet another survivor who came forward and reported,” Honold told the outlet.

In response to the ruling, state rep. Kelly Moller said she is sponsoring legislation that says consent can’t be given if a victim is incapacitated, even if they voluntarily took drugs or alcohol.

“Victims who are intoxicated to the degree that they are unable to give consent are entitled to justice. Our laws must clearly reflect that understanding, and today’s Supreme Court ruling highlights the urgency lawmakers have to close this and other loopholes throughout our CSC law,” Rep. Moller said.

“Prosecutors, survivors, and advocates have identified the problem and the CSC Working Group did incredibly tough work to identify the solutions. Minnesotans who experience unthinkable trauma deserve to see the Legislature take action on this immediately.”

Khalil is serving a five-year prison sentence but his lawyer, Will Walker, told MPR News that he anticipates he will be released soon.

Insider has reached out to Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office for comment.

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YouTube is temporarily demonetizing David Dobrik’s channels following a rape allegation against his former Vlog Squad cohort Dom Durte

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David Dobrik speaks onstage during Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards on March 13, 2021.

YouTube has temporarily blocked David Dobrik and now former Vlog Squad member Dominykas Zeglaitis, also known as Durte Dom, from making money off ads on its platform following a rape allegation against Zeglaitis.

“We have strict policies that prohibit sexual harassment on YouTube and take allegations of sexual assault very seriously. We have temporarily suspended monetization on David Dobrik and Durte Dom channels for violating our Creator Responsibility policy,” a YouTube spokesperson told Insider.

YouTube said it had suspended monetization for three channels operated by Dobrik – David Dobrik, David Dobrik Too, and “Views,” a video podcast co-hosted by Dobrik and Jason Nash – as well as Zeglaitis’ personal channel.

On March 16, Insider’s Kat Tenbarge reported that a woman who had appeared in a 2018 video about group sex with members of the Vlog Squad said she was raped by Zeglaitis and that the video’s portrayal of the sex as consensual was inaccurate.

After Dobrik initially sought to distance himself from the allegations in a video last week, he then posted a second video on Monday apologizing for not originally taking the allegations seriously and saying “I fully believe the woman.”

Zeglaitis has not commented publicly on the allegations and declined to comment when Insider contacted him in early March.

The fallout has been swift, with a wave of advertisers, sponsors, and investors, distancing themselves from the group.

Dobrik’s podcast “Views” has lost sponsors including Honey, DoorDash, and HelloFresh, while EA Sports, which once gave Dobrik a Lamborghini, said it has no future plans to work with him, and SeatGeek is also “reviewing” its sponsorship. Dispo, a photo-sharing app cofounded by Dobrik, has also lost investors including Lime CEO Wayne Ting and venture capital firm Spark Capital.

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Marine behind viral sexual misconduct TikTok video says her perpetrator was an advocate for sexual assault victims

Four unidentified US Marines in Orlando, Florida on December 20, 2020.
Four unidentified US Marines at a sporting event in Orlando, Florida, on December 20.

  • The Marine behind a viral TikTok on sexual misconduct provided more information about the offense.
  • She said the man was a uniformed advocate tasked with supporting sexual assault victims.
  • The woman issued a statement highlighting the severity of the military’s sexual abuse problem.
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The Marine behind a viral TikTok video criticizing the Corps through tears for its reaction to sexual misconduct says the service member who wronged her was a victim advocate tasked with supporting sexual assault survivors.

“In October 2019 while deployed, I reported my coworker for sexual misconduct, who was also a Uniformed Victim Advocate,” the Marine said in a written statement first reported by CBS News, referring to US military personnel trained to assist victims of sexual assault.

“I had proof and witnesses,” she continued. “That same night my Command confronted this Marine and he admitted to what he had done.”

The Marine Corps has characterized the misconduct as the “wrongful appropriation and distribution of personal information,” with one official telling Insider that the offending actions were of a sexual nature. It apparently involved the nonconsensual distribution of photos or video, Insider learned.

“That next morning that same Marine was still the Platoon Sergeant holding formation while I hid in my room, ashamed of what had happened,” the woman wrote in her statement.

She said that the Marine was eventually removed from the installation where she was stationed but that the Corps left her in the dark on what actions were being taken.

She recalled telling her commanding officer: “I think we need a better vetting system for Uniformed Victim Advocates. I do not want to be in the same unit as this Marine when we get back to the United States.”

The woman said she learned just before she returned to the US that she would be assigned to the same office with the Marine who admitted to sexual misconduct. She was, however, able to be assigned to another unit.

In December, she testified against the Marine before a separation board, where she says she heard people defend the man, saying things like: “He made a mistake and fell into temptation, but he could be a great leader.”

The woman said the board decided to force the Marine out of the service but with an honorable discharge, an outcome she already considered unjust and unfair.

But then last Thursday, she said, she was notified that a commanding general at her installation had decided to retain the Marine “despite his crimes.” The Corps has said the separation process for the Marine is still ongoing.

‘Deeply disturbing’

Her understanding that the man is not being kicked out over the misconduct is what led her to make the TikTok video that went viral, a video in which she tearfully said: “This is exactly why f—ing females in the military f—ing kill themselves. This is exactly why nobody f—ing takes it seriously.”

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin responded to the video in a press briefing on Friday, calling it “deeply disturbing” and telling reporters he had asked his staff to look into what had happened.

II Marine Expeditionary Force said in a statement Tuesday that the accusations the woman made against her fellow service member were investigated and substantiated.

“The Marine was found guilty, receiving a non-judicial punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. He was reduced in rank, received forfeiture of pay, and was processed for administrative separation from the service,” II Marine Expeditionary Force said in a statement Tuesday. “Final actions in the administrative separation process are ongoing.”

A II MEF representative confirmed that the man in question was, as the woman in the video said, a “trained Uniformed Victim Advocate.”

For the Marines, a Uniformed Victim Advocate is someone who has been trained “to provide information, guidance (referrals), and support to Marines and sailors who have been sexually assaulted,” according to the service. Support is available 24/7 to service members.

The woman, whom Insider confirmed to be a Marine sergeant, did not respond to requests for comment from Insider.

In her statement, she also said she had been sexually assaulted while in the Marines. “I have experienced Military Sexual Trauma throughout my entire time in the service,” she told CBS News.

Highlighting the severity of the sexual abuse problem in the military, she said that she has “connected with thousands of men and women who have dealt with Military Sexual Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome stemming from sexual assault and harassment while serving.”

“I am not a one in a million story,” she wrote.

CBS News reports that in 2019, there were 7,825 reports of sexual assault in the US armed forces, but only 363 of those cases, or 4.6%, ever went to court martial. Statistics for 2020 are not available, but the new defense secretary has said that addressing sexual assault and harassment is a top priority.

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reveals she is a survivor of sexual assault and compares Republicans urging Americans to move on from the insurrection to abusers

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., speaks, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, outside the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Headquarters in Washington.

  • Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez revealed during an Instagram Live on Monday night that she is a survivor of a sexual assault. 
  • Ocasio-Cortez spoke about how the trauma of the Capitol insurrection compounded her trauma. 
  • She said she was advised to “move on,” and she accused the GOP of using “the tactics of abusers.” 
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez revealed that she is a survivor of sexual assault, and she compared Republicans who’ve urged the country to move on from the January 6 insurrection to abusers. 

“They’re trying to tell us to move on without any accountability, without any truth-telling, or without confronting the extreme damage, loss of life, trauma,” Ocasio-Cortez said of Republicans who oppose impeaching President Donald Trump and want the country to move on from the Capitol siege. 

“The reason I say this, and the reason I’m getting emotional is because they told us to move on, that it’s not a big deal, that we should forget what happened, or even telling us to apologize. These are the tactics of abusers,” the congresswoman said, close to tears, to about 100,000 viewers on Instagram Live.

“I’m a survivor of sexual assault and I haven’t told many people that in my life,” she continued, explaining how the experience of the Capitol insurrection compounded her trauma.

“But when we go through trauma, trauma compounds on each other,” she said. “Whether you had a negligent parent, or whether you had someone who was verbally abusive to you, whether you are a survivor of abuse, whether you experience any sort of trauma in your life, small to large. These episodes can compound on each other.”

Ocasio-Cortez appeared on Instagram Live to offer her account of the January 6 Capitol insurrection. She revealed that she was able to hide out with Rep. Katie Porter in her office, and also shared that she had temporarily locked herself in her office bathroom when she believed her office was being breached (the person turned out to be a Capitol policeman). 

“My story is not the only story, nor is it the central story, it’s one of many stories of what these people did in creating this environment,” Ocasio-Cortez said after relating her experience during the insurrection. “These folks who are just trying to tell us to move on are just like pulling the page – they’re using the same tactics – of every other abuser who tells you to move on.”

Last month, Ocasio-Cortez appeared in an Instagram livestream where she alluded to a “very close encounter” where she thought she was “going to die.”  

She told that story with more details on Monday night, describing how a Capitol Police officer banged on the door to her office while she and a staffer hid inside because they thought the officer was a member of the mob. 

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Uber fined $59 million by California regulators for repeatedly refusing to turn over data about sexual assaults

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An Uber logo is shown on a rideshare vehicle during a statewide day of action to demand that ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft follow California law and grant drivers “basic employee rights”, in Los Angeles, California, U.S., August 20, 2020.

  • Uber must pay a $59.1 million fine in California for repeatedly refusing to turn over data related to its 2019 sexual assault report to the California Public Utilities Commission, an administrative judge ruled Monday.
  • In the ruling, the judge ordered Uber to pay the fine and turn over the data within 30 days or CPUC — which oversees rideshare companies — can revoke Uber’s license to operate in the state.
  • Uber said it refused CPUC’s requests to protect the privacy of survivors, but the judge rejected that argument by noting Uber still wouldn’t hand over the data when given the chance to do so anonymously.
  • The ruling resurfaced Uber’s years-long challenge addressing sexual assault involving its customers and drivers, as well as its history of hardball tactics with regulators.
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Uber has been ordered to pay a $59.1 million fine to the California Public Utilities Commission for repeatedly refusing to comply with its requests for data about the company’s 2019 sexual assault report.

On Monday, an administrative law judge ruled that Uber must pay the fine within 30 days and turn over the data or CPUC can revoke Uber’s license to operate within California.

Uber “refused, without any legitimate legal or factual grounds, to comply” with multiple previous administrative rulings ordering it to turn over the data, Monday’s ruling said.

Last December, following intense public pressure, Uber issued a report that said it had received 3,045 reports of sexual assault in the US in 2018 – an average of more than eight per day.

Days later, CPUC – the agency responsible for regulating ridesharing services like Uber – demanded more information from Uber, including the names and contact information for all authors of the safety report, witnesses to the alleged assaults (including victims), and the person at Uber each incident was reported to.

“The CPUC has been insistent in its demands that we release the full names and contact information of sexual assault survivors without their consent. We opposed this shocking violation of privacy, alongside many victims’ rights advocates,” an Uber spokesperson told Business Insider.

Uber had also argued that the data would end up in the hands of “untrained individuals” and that regulators hadn’t asked other rideshare companies for similar information.

In a January ruling, however, an administrative judge addressed Uber’s privacy concerns by allowing the company to submit the information to CPUC under seal to shield it from public view.

Still, Uber refused to comply, and according to Monday’s ruling, “inserted a series of specious legal roadblocks to
frustrate the Commission’s ability to gather information that would allow the Commission to determine if Uber’s TNC operations are being conducted safely.”

An Uber spokesperson blamed the CPUC for delays and adjustments to its data request that resulted in the fine, telling Business Insider: “These punitive and confusing actions will do nothing to improve public safety and will only create a chilling effect as other companies consider releasing their own reports. Transparency should be encouraged, not punished.”

But Monday’s order said that Uber “failed to respect the authority” of the January ruling, instead choosing to “roll the dice” on legal challenges that largely raised the same issues judges had already rejected.

The ruling reflects Uber’s long history of playing hardball with state and local regulators, including by refusing to share data, deceiving authorities, relying on illegal lobbying tactics, and threatening to close up shop when lawmakers try to pass tougher regulations – including regulations aimed at improving rider safety.

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