A new survey finds that a quarter of women at more than two dozen US colleges say they experienced unwanted sexual contact at some point during their college career.

The survey by the Association of American Universities comes at a time of heightened public awareness and increased scrutiny of what schools are doing to combat sexual assault on campus. More than 150,000 students at the organization’s member schools participated.

KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan government said it has "undertaken serious measures" to prevent "abominable" child sexual abuse following a report alleging the practice was rife among the country's armed forces and militias.

To read full article, visit this NBC News link.

Rampant sexual abuse of children has long been a problem in Afghanistan, particularly among armed commanders who dominate much of the rural landscape and can bully the population. The practice is called bacha bazi, literally “boy play,” and American soldiers and Marines have been instructed not to intervene — in some cases, not even when their Afghan allies have abused boys on military bases, according to interviews and court records.

On Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden, together with US Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, announced efforts to process some 70,000 untested rape kits, committing nearly $80 million to their resolution.

To read full article, visit this Ms. Magazine link.

Native American women are two and a half times more likely than their peers to experience sexual assault. Often the perpetrators aren't Native Americans, and because of a legal loophole, perpetrators have been able to get away with it. Now a new federal law gives tribal courts the ability to bring those perpetrators to justice. Stephen Fee updates this report that first aired in November 2014.

MALMO, Sweden — Around 700 refugee children are arriving every week without their parents in Sweden, many injured in accidents and some bearing the physical and psychological scars of beatings or rape by their smugglers.

To read full article, visit this New York Times link.

(Reuters Health) - Women who are sexually assaulted at large events like festivals and holiday gatherings are often young, intoxicated and unfamiliar with their attacker, according to a small Canadian study.

To read full article, visit this Reuters link.

The city of San Francisco recently released a human trafficking report in an effort to prevent these crimes and further help any victims identified. According to the report, there were 291 victims of sex trafficking in the city during the last six months of 2014.

To read full article, visit this San Francisco Sun-Times link.

Men who buy sex are more prone to sexual coercion and are more likely to report a history of sexual violence, according to a new study.

The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Thursday banned a documentary on a gynaecologist helping women raped during armed conflict, saying it contained "unfounded accusations" against the army.

The film The Man Who Mends Women, which was released in Belgium in April, portrays Denis Mukwege, who won the 2014 Sakharov human rights award for treating thousands of rape victims.

To read full article, visit this AllAfrica link.


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