Tag: sexual assault

Saying goodbye to my serving job and sexual harassment

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – Sexual misconduct. It happens everywhere. Homes, schools, workplaces. If you go out to eat regularly in Warrensburg, there’s a chance that I’ve brought you food. In the past four years, I’ve worked at five restaurants in town. I was either sexually harassed or sexually assaulted at four of them. I was 17… Read more »

Healthy Sexuality and Relationship Fair draws about 200 participants

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) – Sex is a highly stigmatized activity, and that stigma can further, or even create, issues for people. To counter that stigma, several groups recently worked together to create an interactive and informative event. The first Healthy Sexuality and Relationship Fair took place Tuesday in the Elliott Student Union. April Roller, victim advocate with… Read more »

Swimmer’s death casts light on campus sex assaults

By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER (ST. LOUIS, AP) — The case of a former University of Missouri swimmer claimed she was raped in an episode that her parents say led to her suicide underscores the problems higher education institutions in the U.S. face in cracking down on sexual assaults. The parents of Sasha Menu Courey say… Read more »

Man accused in Maryville case avoids felony

By BILL DRAPER (MARYVILLE, Mo., AP) — Conflicting stories, the fog of underage intoxication and the disappearance of cellphone video of an alleged Missouri sexual assault two years ago led a special prosecutor to reach the same conclusion as the initial prosecutor in the case: There simply wasn’t enough evidence to gain a felony conviction…. Read more »

Prosecutor in Maryville case to address media

By BILL DRAPER (KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — More than two months after being appointed special prosecutor to re-examine a northwest Missouri teenager’s claims that she was raped by an older schoolmate who wasn’t held accountable, Jackson County prosecuting attorney Jean Peters Baker is expected to announce Thursday whether she’ll file charges against a Missouri man… Read more »

Christian sports camp facing sex abuse lawsuits

(BRANSON, Mo., AP) — A Christian sports camp network based in Branson is facing two lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of young male campers by an ex-director who is serving a long prison sentence for sexual abuse of boys. One lawsuit, filed in Taney County against Kanakuk Kamps, alleges former director Peter Newman molested a boy… Read more »

Senate showdown on military sexual assault bill

By DONNA CASSATA  (WASHINGTON, AP) — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has secured public support from nearly half the Senate, but not enough votes, for her proposal to give victims of rape and sexual assault in the military an independent route outside the chain of command for prosecuting attackers. Gillibrand’s solution for a problem the military calls… Read more »

Prominent KC attorney joins Maryville case

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — A prominent Kansas City defense attorney has been hired to represent a northwest Missouri man at the center of a teen sexual assault case that has gained worldwide attention because of the way it was handled. J.R. Hobbs confirmed Thursday that he will assist the Maryville native who was 17… Read more »

Hundreds rally in Maryville

By BILL DRAPER (MARYVILLE, Mo., AP) — A day after a Jackson County prosecutor was named to re-investigate a northwest Missouri teen sexual abuse case, a modest crowd of a few hundred people braved chilly conditions Tuesday night to show support for a girl whose story has drawn worldwide attention. The rally on Maryville’s courthouse… Read more »