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Sexual assault is alarmingly common in the U.S. military, and more than half of the victims are men. According to the Pentagon, thirty-eight military men are sexually assaulted every single day. These are the stories you never hear—because the culprits almost always go free, the survivors rarely speak, and no one in the military or Congress has done enough to stop it.

 

The degree to which traffickers use violence as part of a structured business strategy surprised researchers who on Wednesday are releasing a preliminary study of the business strategy behind the juvenile sex trade in Minneapolis.

Funded by the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Children, Youth & Family Consortium, researchers examined nearly six years of Minneapolis police and Hennepin County district court records, looked at seven years of media reports and interviewed 89 people who work directly with victims.

 

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., called on the Senate Tuesday to act on legislation that some believe will make it harder for sexual predators to get jobs in schools.

Toomey's bill -- the Protecting Students from Sexual and Violent Predators Act -- passed unanimously last October in the House, but has stalled in the Senate.

 

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(Nairobi) – Soldiers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have sexually abused and exploited vulnerable Somali women and girls on their bases in Mogadishu, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Troop-contributing countries, the African Union (AU), and donors to AMISOM should urgently address these abuses and strengthen procedures inside Somalia to seek justice.

A study by researchers at University College and Kings College London, published today in Psychological Medicine, reports that of women with severe mental illness surveyed for the study, 40% had been the victims of rape or attempted rape.

 

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The NCAA has developed a handbook for its member institutions to address universities' responsibilities in dealing with sexual assault and interpersonal violence.

 

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UNITED NATIONS — One in 10 girls worldwide have been forced into a sexual act, and six in 10 children aged 2 to 14 are regularly beaten by parents and caregivers, according to a report issued Thursday by the United Nations’ children’s agency, Unicef.

A month after the NFL suspended Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice two games after he allegedly knocked out his soon-to-be wife at an Atlantic City hotel, the league admitted its error and significantly ramped up its penalties for domestic violence.

In a letter to team owners Thursday that was obtained by The Times, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced a first offense will draw a six-game penalty, and at least a year for a second.

 

LONDON — A report released on Tuesday on accusations of widespread sexual abuse in the northern England city of Rotherham found that about 1,400 minors — some as young as 11 years old — were beaten, raped and trafficked from 1997 to 2013 as the local authorities ignored a series of red flags.

An independent report has found that at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham by gangs of men who were predominantly of Pakistani origin between 1997 and 2013.

Report author Professor Alexis Jay said that girls as young as 11 were raped by "large numbers of male perpetrators".

 

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