GRAND RAPIDS — Twenty more women have joined a growing federal lawsuit against Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and Larry Nassar.

It's the largest group to date to start or join a civil action against the three parties in connection with sexual assault allegations against the former MSU doctor. It brings to 78 the number of women or girls suing MSU and Nassar in federal court and a California state court. Five other lawsuits name Nassar and USA Gymnastics.

“Whole villages burnt to ashes, attacks on hospitals and churches, bodies dumped in rivers, allegations of young girls held as sexual slaves, women young and old gang raped and boys and men forcibly recruited,” Yasmin Sooka said, adding that South Sudan is the world's third largest refugee crisis, with nearly two million internally displaced and more than one and a half million refugees having fled to neighbouring countries.

Researchers at the southern German clinic found that 13.9 percent of residents in Germany, now older than 14, had confided that they had been sexually abused in their younger years.

Among them, behavior regarded as "severe abuse" had been experienced by 7.6 percent of those sampled.

To read full article, visit this Deutsche Welle link.

The only active member of Pope Francis' new commission on clergy sexual abuse who is an abuse survivor has resigned from the group due to frustration with Vatican officials' reluctance to cooperate with its work to protect children.

Marie Collins, an Irishwoman who has served on the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors since March 2014, announced her resignation in a press statement Wednesday.

Hundreds of Marines are reportedly under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, after a trove of photographs were shared online that show female service members and veterans in the nude. The images were spread via a closed Facebook group with thousands of members.

To read full article, visit this NPR link.

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - From Lebanon where a rapist can escape punishment if he marries his victim to India where rape within marriage is legal, bad laws are underpinning a global "epidemic of sexual violence", legal experts said on Monday.

To read full article, visit this Reuters link.

More than 2,200 survivors told the child abuse royal commission they were sexually abused in Australia’s orphanages or children’s homes, including 880 at government-run institutions.

Children who were abused in out-of-home care made up a staggering 40% of private sessions with the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse. The royal commission has referred 361 cases of abuse in out-of-home care to police.

INDIANAPOLIS — A Georgia judge, at The Indianapolis Star’s request, released more than 5,600 pages of court records Friday detailing how USA Gymnastics handled sexual abuse allegations against coaches over a 10-year period.

To read full article, visit this USA Today link.

Hundreds of former employees of Sterling Jewelers, the multibillion-dollar conglomerate behind Jared the Galleria of Jewelry and Kay Jewelers, claim that its chief executive and other company leaders presided over a corporate culture that fostered rampant sexual harassment and discrimination, according to arbitration documents obtained by The Washington Post.

Pediatricians should be comfortable with treating and screening for sexual assault -- and they should know where to send their teenage patients for any additional help they might need.

Those are some of the major points in updated recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on helping teens who’ve been sexually victimized.

To read full article, visit this CBS News link.


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