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Spain’s parliament has voted to approve a bill that makes consent a key determinant in sexual assault cases, freeing victims of having to prove that violence or intimidation was used against them. The bill, popularly known as “Only Yes is Yes,” seeks to tackle the nebulous definition of consent in Spanish law. The new bill backed on Thursday defines consent as an explicit expression of a person’s will, making it clear that silence or passivity do not equal consent. Non-consensual sex can be considered aggression and subject to prison terms of up to 15 years. The change was heralded by Equality Minister Irene Montero. She told parliament that “from today, Spain is a freer, safer country for all women.”

Deshaun Watson was impossible to miss in his orange jersey, pants and helmet. As he showed off his right arm, engaged in friendly trash talk and interacted with new teammates, the Browns quarterback didn’t look distracted by the storm swirling around him. Hours after two of the massage therapists accusing him of sexual misconduct gave graphic descriptions to a national TV audience of sessions they claim scarred them, Watson practiced with Cleveland. The Browns signed him to a controversial, $230 million contract in March. Watson is waiting to find out if he'll be suspended by the NFL, which is investigating whether he violated its personal-conduct policy.

Gambia’s government is setting up a special prosecutor’s office to investigate for severe human rights violations and potentially charge former dictator Yahya Jammeh, who fled into exile in 2017 after 22 years in power. Wednesday’s government announcement came in response to recommendations from a truth, reconciliation and reparations commission that Jammeh face prosecution for murder, torture and sexual violence while he ruled from 1994 to 2017. The commission’s report — presented to President Adama Barrow and made public in December — was based on years of witness testimonies. Gambia’s Justice Minister Dawda A. Jallow said Wednesday’s move is “an important milestone” in the country’s transitional justice process.

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This undated photo provided by Washington County (Ark), Detention Center shows Josh Duggar. The former reality TV star is returning to federal court in Arkansas, where a judge could sentence him to up to 20 years in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography. Prosecutors on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 are seeking a maximum sentence for Duggar, whose large family was the focus of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” reality show. (Washington County Detention Center via AP)

The University of California system has agreed to pay $375 million to more than 300 women who said they were sexually abused by a longtime UCLA gynecologist. The announcement Tuesday brings total payouts by the university in lawsuits against Dr. James Heap to nearly $700 million. That's the largest amount paid by a public university in a wave of sexual misconduct scandals involving campus doctors. The private University of Southern California paid out more than $1 billion to settle thousands of cases against its longtime gynecologist. Heaps worked at UCLA for 35 years and has pleaded not guilty to 21 sexual abuse charges.

One of the women accusing Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson of sexual misconduct while she gave him a massage says she felt “scared” and threatened by a comment he made following a therapy session. Appearing on HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” Ashley Solis provided graphic details of an encounter with the three-time Pro Bowler. She also says she felt frightened after an encounter with Watson, who told her he knew she didn't want anyone “messing” with her career. Watson is facing civil lawsuits by 22 women alleging various sexual acts during massages he received while playing for the Houston Texans. He has denied any wrongdoing.

A FIFA-appointed expert in women's soccer has been cleared by ethics judges of charges of sexual harassment and abusive behavior directed at players as young as 14. Diego Guacci was the South American expert for FIFA helping pick candidates for its women's world player of the year award. But five of his former players in Argentina testified that he violated his duty of care. The alleged incidents happened at club teams. Guacci later became technical director overseeing Argentina's girls national teams. He denied the allegations. Three FIFA judges ruled the players' testimony did not prove the allegations.

A U.K. Conservative lawmaker has been released on bail while police investigate allegations of rape and sexual assault against him. The legislator was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of indecent assault, sexual assault, rape, abuse of position of trust and misconduct in public office. Police have not released his name but the Conservatives confirmed he was a lawmaker from the party. House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle told lawmakers on Wednesday that “a member has been arrested in connection with an investigation into an allegation of very serious criminal offenses.”  It is the latest in a series of sexual misconduct allegations that have led some to label Britain’s Parliament a toxic workplace.

Britain’s Conservative Party says it has asked one of its lawmakers to stay away from Parliament while he is under police investigation on suspicion of rape and sexual assault offenses. London’s Metropolitan Police said the suspect, who was not identified, was also detained on suspicion of indecent assault, abuse of position of trust and misconduct in public office. The force said it received a report in January 2020 relating to the alleged offenses, which were said to have been committed in London between 2002 and 2009. The man remains in custody, police said. The Conservative whips office said it would not comment further. The news was the latest in a string of sexual misconduct claims against British lawmakers.

Prince William says he hopes more soccer players will have the confidence to be open about their sexuality after Jake Daniels became the first active player in the English men's professional game to announce he is gay. The 17-year-old forward made his first-team debut earlier this month for Blackpool. Prince William says “what Jake has done takes courage and will hopefully help break down barriers that have no place in our society." William is president of the English Football Association. The announcement has spurred a renewed call for homophobic abuse to be made a criminal offense.