LONDON, April 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Sexual violence in conflict is a "horrendous and barbaric crime" that must be treated as seriously as genocide or slavery, a British parliamentary report said on Tuesday, calling for redoubled efforts to stamp it out.

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Dennis Hastert's lawyers have suggested that what occurred with a 14-year-old in a motel decades ago may not qualify as sexual abuse, while the judge in the former U.S. House speaker's hush-money case signaled Wednesday that he'll factor in Hastert's lies to investigators when he determines a sentence.

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(KUTV) Madi Barney, a BYU student and rape survivor, gathered more than 9,000 signatures from all over the world via an online petition asking BYU to help students who report they've been raped - not investigate them for potential honor code violations.

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans and Democrats on Wednesday decried an epidemic of sex crimes committed by United Nations peacekeepers and called on the State Department to act more urgently to end the abuse by cutting off foreign aid to countries that won't hold their troops accountable.

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Friends and family members of Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped two years ago say they have identified some of them in a new video obtained by CNN.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- As the U.S. Air Force prepared to roll out a new sexual assault prevention strategy, it sent a delegation to Connecticut College, a small liberal arts school that introduced the same program several years earlier.

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The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape said “fear-mongering tactics about risk of sexual violence” is used to help raise support for discriminatory legislation like North Carolina’s. Rather, it said, research shows that states, cities and schools that have given transgender people the right to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify report no increase in assaults in bathrooms.

A federal prosecutor may file a racketeering lawsuit against a Roman Catholic diocese where a state grand jury found two former bishops helped cover up the sexual abuse of hundreds of children by more than 50 clergy over a 40-year period.

The ongoing investigation of the Altoona-Johnstown diocese in Pennsylvania grew out of the prosecution of the Reverend Joseph Maurizio Jr, 71, US attorney David Hickton said on Friday.

At the heart of Boko Haram’s self-proclaimed caliphate in northeastern Nigeria was a savage campaign of rape and sexual slavery that has only recently been uncovered. Thousands of girls and women were held against their will, subject to forced marriages and relentless indoctrination. Those who resisted were often shot.

Now, many of the women are suddenly free - rescued in a series of Nigerian military operations over the past year that dislodged the extremist Islamist group from most of the territory it controlled. But there have been few joyous family reunions for the victims.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A group of U.S. representatives is asking the National Park Service to survey its employees on sexual harassment.

The request comes months after the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General found a long-term pattern of abuse at the Grand Canyon. The report focused on the park's now-defunct river district.

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