Jian Ghomeshi apologized in court on Wednesday for abusive behaviour while he was host of CBC Radio’s Q as part of a deal in which he agreed to submit to a peace bond and the Crown dropped the final remaining charge of sexual assault against him.

To read full article, visit this Globe and Mail link.

The Tahirih Justice Center, with offices in Virginia, Maryland and Texas, is a national nonprofit that protects immigrant women and girls fleeing violence and provide legal services and advocacy. It pushed the legislation that just passed in Virginia. The center found that in Virginia, 4,474 children were married between 2004 and 2013, some as young as 13, and 87 percent of them were girls.

On 12 May, the fourth circuit court of appeals in Richmond, Virginia, will hear oral argument in Al Shimari v CACI, an appeal from a civil case brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of Abu Ghraib victims against a US-based government contractor.

To read full commentary piece, visit this Guardian link. This commentary piece contains disturbing content that may be triggering for some readers.

(Harrisburg) -- A survey of police agencies indicates Pennsylvania's backlog of rape kits that haven't been tested for more than a year was just over 1,850 at the end of 2015.

The state Health Department says its new report on how evidence is handled brings more transparency and awareness to the problem of sexual assault.

To read full article, visit this WITF link.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A state lawmaker and former prosecutor wants to eliminate the statute of limitations on child sex crimes in Illinois, a response to the hush-money case against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert.

To read full article, visit this Associated Press link.

New Yorkers who were molested as children joined lawmakers and advocates in a two-day rally for lifting the state's statute of limitations on suing abusers, saying the law closing the window at age 23 guarantees many more young victims.

To read full article, visit this Edge Media Network link.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors say a man convicted of running a sex trafficking operation that recruited women and girls as young as 16 years old into prostitution has been sentenced to life in prison.

To read full article, visit this Associated Press link.

(RNS) Wheaton College has responded after gay students and alumni at the top evangelical Christian school told the administration they were “stunned” the college had not condemned the sexual abuse of boys that former House Speaker Dennis Hastert admitted committing when he was sentenced last week for fraud in trying to cover up the abuse.

To read full article, visit this Religion News Service link.

Oklahoma lawmakers will take up legislation next week aimed at ensuring sex crimes do not go unpunished in the state because the victims were unconscious or intoxicated when they occurred.

To read full article, visit this Reuters link.

NEW DELHI (AP) -- Police detained three men for questioning Tuesday in the rape and murder of a law student whose body was found mutilated in southern India, officials said.

To read full article, visit this Associated Press link.

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