The accuser in an eight-year-old sexual assault case against a Grand Forks man told jurors Wednesday she believes the defendant sneaked sleeping pills into her drink before he allegedly raped her when she was a young teenager. He faces life in prison without parole if found guilty. The charges came after the accuser said Lyons, who has pleaded not guilty, sexually assaulted her multiple times at her Grand Forks home between July and January She testified she needed her ears cleaned due to earwax buildup. Lyons suggested he should help her by using bobby pins, she testified. This would happen once a week for several months, she testified, adding she would wake up to him sexually abusing her with his fingers.
Sexual violence is shockingly common in our society. In some Asian, African, and Middle Eastern countries, that figure is even higher. Regardless of age or gender, the impact of sexual violence goes far beyond any physical injuries. The trauma of being raped or sexually assaulted can be shattering, leaving you feeling scared, ashamed, and alone or plagued by nightmares, flashbacks, and other unpleasant memories. You no longer trust others.
A man who sexually assaulted two sleeping teenage girls at separate house parties has lost an appeal against the severity of his three-year jail term. Christopher Twohig 24 , of Banteer West, Co Cork, had pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a year-old girl while she appeared to be asleep at a house party in Cork in and sexually assaulting a year-old girl who had gone to sleep in a room on her own in Cork in Twohig lost an appeal against his sentence on Monday with the Court of Appeal holding that his sentence was "arguably lenient". Giving judgment in the three-judge court, Mr Justice Alan Mahon said the first assault occurred at a house party in Cork when the victim was aged 15 and Twohig was aged 18 or
Jordan : Cultural acceptance of sexual assault and violence has made it really complicated for me to talk to partners. I always feel like I have to hide part of myself in my relationships and as a result it makes it really hard for me to be fully invested on an emotional level because I am constantly performing. And it makes me question how much I can expect a partner to give when I cannot and will not give all of myself. Astrid : I have been married twice with a child from my second marriage. I have been beaten by both of my husbands and raped only once, at least as far as I remember by my first husband.