Hospitals across the state are inappropriately billing rape victims for medical exams — possibly in violation of the law, according to a new report from the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

To read full article, visit this Minneapolis StarTribune link.

More than 1,000 rape kits are sitting at the Honolulu Police Department’s crime lab, waiting to be tested.

To read full article, visit this KHON 2 link.

To most Canadians, human trafficking evokes images of women smuggled from far-off lands or over the border.

In reality, it needn’t involve physically moving anyone anywhere – the legal definition is recruiting, harbouring, transporting or controlling the movement of a person for the purpose of exploitation. Most of it is sex trafficking, and it overwhelmingly takes place within Canada’s borders. Of the 330 cases the RCMP has identified, 311 – 94 per cent – are domestic.

The Catholic church is telling newly appointed bishops that it is “not necessarily” their duty to report accusations of clerical child abuse and that only victims or their families should make the decision to report abuse to police.

A document that spells out how senior clergy members ought to deal with allegations of abuse, which was recently released by the Vatican, emphasised that, though they must be aware of local laws, bishops’ only duty was to address such allegations internally.

WACO, Texas (AP) -- A candlelight vigil to protest Baylor University's response to campus sexual violence drew scores of demonstrators to the street in front of the university president's home Monday night.

About 100 people participated in the vigil in front of President Kenneth Starr's home. The group then marched to a brief prayer service outside Baylor's Truett Seminary.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Jane Holl Lute, a U.S. security expert who has held top posts in U.N. peacekeeping, was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday to coordinate improvements in the United Nations' response to allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers.

To read full article, visit this Associated Press link.

Reading erotic tales where the man is sexually dominant over the woman may lead men to believe women desire forceful submission in real life, a study suggests.

To read full article, visit this ABC News (Australia) link. To read more about the study in question, visit the website of the Journal of Sex Research.

LGBT rights campaign group All Out are asking people to report “gay cure” activities happening around the world – whether they have had direct experience of conversion therapy in their local community or seen it reported in the media – on the Gay Cure Watch website.

Erin Merryn, 31, works to enact legislation known as “Erin’s Law” that provides for personal body safety education in public schools, traveling to state capitals across the country to testify about her experience.

Thursday, Merryn appeared in front of the state’s House Ways and Means Committee to support H.B. 72, which would require Maryland schools to implement an “age-appropriate” sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention program for grades K-12.

BERLIN — Police in Cologne say they have received more than twice the usual number of criminal complaints alleging crimes of a sexual nature during the first day of this year's street carnival.

To read full article, visit this Associated Press link.

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