The coalition brings together more than 60 lawyers, activists, artists, service providers, community leaders and others who battle sex trafficking, from escort services to the streets, organizers said at its launch in Washington, D.C.

To read full article, visit this Reuters link.

Thirty-four percent of U.S. women say they worry "frequently" or "occasionally" about being sexually assaulted. That percentage essentially matches the 33% average in Gallup's 17-year trend but is up slightly from an average 30% who worried from 2013 through 2015. Relatively few men (5%) worry about being sexually assaulted.

To read full article, visit this Gallup link.

The topic of sexual assault has become prominent in the 2016 presidential race to the dismay of many Americans. But advocates for victims of sexual violence see a silver lining: An issue often kept in the shadows is now in the spotlight.

To read full article, visit this ABC News link.

In the days since Mr. Trump’s campaign was jolted by a 2005 recording that caught him bragging about pushing himself on women, he has insisted, as have his aides, that it was simply macho bluster. “It’s just words,” he has said repeatedly.

And his hope for salvaging his candidacy rests heavily on whether voters believe that claim.

They should not, say Ms. Leeds and Ms. Crooks, whose stories have never been made public before. And their accounts echo those of other women who have previously come forward, like Temple Taggart, a former Miss Utah [...]

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) -- The federal agency that operates the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and an alumni association have started separate reviews of allegations of sexual abuse and bullying of midshipmen at the suburban New York-based school.

To read full article, visit this Associated Press link.

A study called "Hands Off Pants On" is detailing the sexual harassment of local hotel and casino workers. About 500 women surveyed say 58% of hotel workers and 77% of casino workers have been sexually harassed by male guests. For housekeepers, more than 45% of them surveyed say a guest is naked, exposes or flashes a female housekeeper when they answer the door. Those workers want panic buttons in the event that they are cornered or feel threatened by a guest. Casino workers say they'd like harassers banned from the premises.

Before Hurricane Matthew hit, underserved children in Haiti were at risk for human trafficking. The effects of the storm have now exacerbated those risks.

Matthew ravaged the country last week, claiming at least 1,000 lives and destroying up to 90 percent of some areas, according to estimates released over the weekend. Children of families who lost everything, and those who were separated from their parents, may get sold into forced labor and be subjected to other atrocities because they’re so vulnerable, according to international aid nonprofit Save the Children.

LAGOS, Nigeria — Two and a half years after nearly 300 girls were kidnapped from a school in northeastern Nigeria, the government announced on Thursday that 21 of them had been freed.

The development appeared to be the greatest breakthrough so far in an episode that has highlighted the brutality of the militant group Boko Haram, which seized the girls from a school in the town of Chibok on April 14, 2014.

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

Donald Trump bragged in vulgar terms about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women during a 2005 conversation caught on a hot microphone, saying that “when you’re a star, they let you do it,” according to a video obtained by The Washington Post.

On a bus headed to the set of the soap opera "Days of Our Lives" in 2005, Donald Trump was secretly recorded saying he was drawn like a magnet to beautiful women. "I just start kissing them," he boasted. "I don't even wait."

After the recording was released Friday, backlash didn't wait, either. Critics across the political spectrum said the Republican presidential nominee's comments crossed the line from vulgarity to assault and underscored a need to push back against misogyny and so-called rape culture.

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