The U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department will pay up to $7.9 million to Baltimore female public housing tenants who alleged that workers demanded sex in exchange for repairs and other work, officials said on Friday.

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Two hundred current and returned Peace Corps volunteers around the world have signed a petition to Congress to reinstate an outspoken advocate for victims of sexual assault who was pushed out four years after lawmakers demanded that the agency show it was serious about volunteers’ security.

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Germany is struggling to respond to a mass assault of women on New Year’s Eve, and news that people suspected of a role in the violence included asylum seekers. Thousands of people took to the streets this weekend for three different protests to call authorities to account.

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(RNS) Allegations that more than 200 boys in a Catholic-run choir and two connected schools in Germany were abused over the span of several decades, some of them sexually, have brought the church’s abuse scandal uncomfortably close to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, whose older brother directed the famous Bavarian choir during that time.

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An elite Rhode Island boarding school agreed Thursday to hire a new, independent investigator to look into allegations of sexual abuse made by at least 40 former students covering four decades.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Reports of sexual assaults at the three military academies surged by more than 50 percent in the 2014-15 school year, and complaints of sexual harassment also spiked, according to documents reviewed by The Associated Press.

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On New Years's Eve, hundreds of men sexually harassed women in public in Cologne, Germany. How could this happen? What are the impacts of group dynamics in such a situation? Dr. Barbara Krahé, a social psychology professor, explains.

To read full commentary piece, visit this Deutsche Welle link.

Choose your words carefully.

An Ottawa journalist drew the ire of the Internet when he used the word “tryst” to describe the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old pupil by her 29-year-old teacher. Phillip Nolan, a music teacher who taught Grade 7 and Grade 8 students and played drums in a band with former prime minister Stephen Harper, was sentenced to two years in prison on Monday after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual interference with a former pupil.

MANILA, Philippines — A group of elderly Filipino women raped by Japanese troops during World War II called for compensation from Japan on Wednesday, following Tokyo's pledge of $8.3 million for South Korean women forced into Japanese military-run brothels during the war.

The women's lawyers said they were also exploring the possibility of filing cases with United Nations bodies and holding Philippine President Benigno Aquino III liable for allegedly failing to support the case of the women against Japan.

German police have identified three suspects in connection with attacks on women at New Year celebrations in the city of Cologne but have not yet made any arrests, the interior minister of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) said on Wednesday.

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