A coalition of 220 organizations working with sexual assault victims sent a letter Monday to all members of the House of Representatives in opposition to a bill that would limit college sexual assault investigations.

The Safe Campus Act "will not help in solving these problems and will, in fact, make campuses less safe for survivors," opines the letter, organized by the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women.

In an underground industry largely run by gangs, more than 8,000 underage victims a year fall prey to sex traffickers in San Diego County, drawing in an estimated $810 million in annual revenue for pimps and what researchers call sex trafficking facilitators.

These are the findings of preliminary research released Monday by the University of San Diego and Point Loma Nazarene University.

Cisgender men killed by their male partners continue to represent the most intimate partner homicides in the LGBTQ and HIV-impacted population, while bisexuals, transgender people, and people of color are also disproportionately affected by intimate partner violence, reports the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs.

Japan must ban sexually abusive images of children in manga comics, despite claims that such a move would threaten freedom of expression, the UN’s special envoy on child protection has said.

To read full article, visit this Guardian link.

University students have less privacy for their campus health records than they would have if they sought care off campus. Schools say they are trying to seek the right balance between privacy and safety.

To read full article, visit this KTOO link.

The chief of the assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador is calling for an independent inquiry into the actions of provincial police officers working in Val-d'Or.

Several women have accused Quebec provincial police officers of sexual assault and abuse of power.

To read full article, visit this CBC News link.

A year after West Sacramento police Officer Sergio Alvarez was convicted of prowling the streets during his graveyard shift and using his position to abduct and rape at least half a dozen women, the city agreed Wednesday to pay $2.8 million to four of his victims.

To read full article, visit this Sacramento Bee link.

In 2014, the LGBTQ advocacy organization Black & Pink conducted the largest LGBTQ prisoner survey to date, to assess their treatment behind bars. With the help of inmates who drafted many of the questions, 1,118 prisoners in state and federal facilities responded to the 133-question survey.

According to the organization’s final report, which was released last Friday, LGBTQ inmates are discriminated against en masse.

Quick, easy access to emergency contraception is crucial considering the prevalence of domestic abuse and rape of Native women, Asetoyer said. One-third of all American Indian and Alaska Native women will be raped in their lifetime, and nearly three of five had been assaulted by their partner, the U.S. Department of Justice has said.

To read full article, visit this Associated Press link.

Women working for international aid agencies are facing a hidden threat of sexual violence and harassment which their employers routinely ignore or sweep under the carpet, according to testimonies gathered by the Guardian.

To read full article, visit this Guardian link.


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