WACO, Texas (AP) -- A candlelight vigil to protest Baylor University's response to campus sexual violence drew scores of demonstrators to the street in front of the university president's home Monday night.

About 100 people participated in the vigil in front of President Kenneth Starr's home. The group then marched to a brief prayer service outside Baylor's Truett Seminary.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Jane Holl Lute, a U.S. security expert who has held top posts in U.N. peacekeeping, was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday to coordinate improvements in the United Nations' response to allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers.

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Reading erotic tales where the man is sexually dominant over the woman may lead men to believe women desire forceful submission in real life, a study suggests.

To read full article, visit this ABC News (Australia) link. To read more about the study in question, visit the website of the Journal of Sex Research.

LGBT rights campaign group All Out are asking people to report “gay cure” activities happening around the world – whether they have had direct experience of conversion therapy in their local community or seen it reported in the media – on the Gay Cure Watch website.

Erin Merryn, 31, works to enact legislation known as “Erin’s Law” that provides for personal body safety education in public schools, traveling to state capitals across the country to testify about her experience.

Thursday, Merryn appeared in front of the state’s House Ways and Means Committee to support H.B. 72, which would require Maryland schools to implement an “age-appropriate” sexual assault and abuse awareness and prevention program for grades K-12.

BERLIN — Police in Cologne say they have received more than twice the usual number of criminal complaints alleging crimes of a sexual nature during the first day of this year's street carnival.

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Millions more girls and women worldwide are victims of female genital mutilation than previously thought, according to UNICEF, the U.N. children's agency.

A report released Thursday says at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone ritual cutting, half of them living in just three countries — Egypt, Ethiopia and Indonesia.

To read full article, visit this Voice of America link.

A Vatican commission on clerical sex abuse gathered Thursday for a private screening of Spotlight, the Oscar-nominated film about abuse by Boston priests, even as Pope Francis came under fire for failing to act on the crisis.

The extraordinary screening was held on the eve of a three-day meeting by the commission, and was shown in the same church residence in central Rome where Francis — then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio — stayed before his election as pope in 2013.

 

NORRISTOWN, Pa. — The criminal sexual-assault charges against Bill Cosby here will stand and will proceed to trial, a judge ruled Wednesday, after a two-day hearing

To read full article, visit this USA Today link.

Nearly 50,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Scottish government to ban events planned by a self-described pick-up artist who has said rape should be legal.

Daryush Valizadeh says he has organised nine meetups – although he will not be present – for followers across the UK this weekend, including in Glasgow, Edinburgh, London and Cardiff.

To read full article, visit this Guardian link.

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