Pennsylvania man accused of raping women says he’s gay, innocent

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UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man awaiting trial on charges he raped two elderly women tells reporters he’s “an innocent gay guy.”

Forty-nine-year-old Earl Maust was in court Sept. 27 to face charges he repeatedly raped a 75-year-old woman who took him in for about three months when he was down on his luck. She contends the Masontown man was a violent drunk who kept a meat cleaver under his mattress, wrapped her hair around his arm when they slept, and otherwise wouldn’t let her leave.

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Wikileaks exposes private lives including names of gay Saudis, teenage rape victims

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CAIRO (AP) – WikiLeaks’ global crusade to expose government secrets is causing collateral damage to the privacy of hundreds of innocent people, including survivors of sexual abuse, sick children and the mentally ill, The Associated Press has found.

In the past year alone, the radical transparency group has published medical files belonging to scores of ordinary citizens while many hundreds more have had sensitive family, financial or identity records posted to the web. In two particularly egregious cases, WikiLeaks named teenage rape victims. In a third case, the site published the name of a Saudi citizen arrested for being gay, an extraordinary move given that homosexuality is punishable by death in the ultraconservative Muslim kingdom.

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Hundreds protest rape and murder of transgender activist in Istanbul

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ISTANBUL (AP) — Demonstrators gathered in central Istanbul to protest the rape and killing of a transgender woman and LGBT activist.

Hundreds attended the rally Aug. 21, holding signs and chanting slogans for 22-year-old Hande Kader, whose body was found last weekend. Media reports say the body was burned beyond recognition. Opposition MPs also attended the demonstration.

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Jamaican woman brings attention to rapes targeting lesbians

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KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – When Angeline Jackson and a friend were ambushed at gunpoint and sexually assaulted on a wooded trail outside the Jamaican capital, police initially seemed less concerned about the attack than the fact she is a lesbian.

“The first policewoman I spoke to told me I should leave this lifestyle and go back to church,” Jackson recalled of the 2009 attack, shaking her head in frustration.

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Alleged rape victim opts out of investigation

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Orlando police are still investigating the rape of a woman walking home from Revolution Nightclub as a possible hate crime, but the alleged victim has opted out of the investigation.

“The alleged victim in this case has indicated to detectives that she no longer wishes to pursue this matter or be involved in the investigation,” said Sergeant Jim Young. “However, based upon the initial allegations, detectives are keeping this case open pending any future information that may assist in the investigation.”

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