Monday could have been the day that clergy sex-abuse victim John-Michael Delaney finally got decades of frustration off his chest during a private meeting with Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput.

But in the days since Delaney told PhillyVoice of that meeting – something he’d avoided for decades on account of “not being able to be in the same room as a priest” – officials told the victim of one of the “archdiocese’s most brutal abusers” that the meeting was off.

All around the country, states are trying to address a mounting number of untested sexual assault evidence kits. And even though New Mexico’s budget is tight, the Legislature found $1.6 million to work through the backlog here. At a meeting in Albuquerque on Monday, stakeholders gathered to talk about what’s next.

There were nearly 5,500 unprocessed sexual assault evidence kits in New Mexico as of the end of last year, some of them dating all the way back to 1988.

Ex-Vanderbilt football player Cory Batey will spend the next 15 years in jail after a Tennessee judge gave him the minimum sentence allowed under state law for raping an unconscious woman in a dorm on June 23, 2013.

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Minutes before former Vanderbilt football player Cory Batey was sentenced to 15 years in prison for raping an unconscious woman, also a student, on campus in 2013, the victim emotionally addressed Batey, describing how his actions had affected her.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials say the Army Criminal Investigation Command has reopened a sexual harassment case against the reservist who gunned down five police officers in Dallas.

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When Katie Rhoades founded Healing Action, she made a commitment: every peer counselor she hires has worked in the commercial sex trade, and gotten out. Including herself.

“They have walked that path," Rhoades said. "They have, through help, and sometimes not so much help, have been able to come out and do something different with their lives. And that creates a sense of hope and possibility for the women that we serve.”

Healing Action is the latest addition to a regional effort to stop sex trafficking and exploitation in St. Louis.

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) -- Penn State wants the insurance companies of a charity founded by assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky to help pay out settlements to his sexual assault accusers.

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A Tennessee state lawmaker was accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with 22 women over a four-year period in a state attorney general's report released on Wednesday.

Republican Representative Jeremy Durham repeatedly made unwelcomed advances toward female legislative staff, interns and lobbyists since being elected in 2012, according to a report issued to a legislative committee investigating his conduct.

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The controversial campus rape documentary “The Hunting Ground,” which aired on CNN despite threats of legal action and questions about its reporting, received two Emmy Award nominations.

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A community in central England has become the first in the country to label misogyny  a hate crime.

Street harassment, unwanted sexual advances, physical or verbal assault, and using mobile devices to send unwanted messages or take photographs without consent are all examples of a hate crime, Nottinghamshire police announced Wednesday.

To read full article, visit this Washington Post link.


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