JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) -- The rape and murder of a teenage girl by 14 men has reignited calls in Indonesia for a sexual violence law that is languishing in Parliament to be enacted.

To read full article, visit this Associated Press link.

WASHINGTON, April 28, 2016 — Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced today a sexual assault retaliation prevention and response strategy, saying both sexual assault and retaliation against those who report it are attacks against the values of the military.

To read full article, visit this Department of Defense link.

American University will no longer require students reporting that they were sexually assaulted to sign a confidentiality agreement.

An Oklahoma court has stunned local prosecutors with a declaration that state law doesn’t criminalize oral sex with a victim who is completely unconscious.

The ruling, a unanimous decision by the state’s criminal appeals court, is sparking outrage among critics who say the judicial system was engaged in victim-blaming and buying outdated notions about rape.

To read full article, visit this Guardian link.

Dennis Hastert, the Republican who for eight years presided over the House and was second in the line of succession to the presidency, was sentenced Wednesday to more than a year in prison in the hush-money case that revealed accusations he sexually abused teenagers while coaching high school wrestling.

To read full article, visit this ABC News link.

A former Columbia University student who had been accused of rape has sued the school for a second time over its decision to allow his accuser to carry a mattress around campus in protest after he had been cleared of the allegations.

To read full article, visit this Reuters link.

A man who accused former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of sexual abuse filed a lawsuit on Monday claiming the once powerful conservative politician owes him $1.8 million as a part of an agreement between them to compensate him for decades of pain and suffering.

To read full article, visit this Reuters link.

The image of sexual assault in college tends to look the same: a young, white woman with a male attacker who she doesn’t know, or at least doesn’t know very well.

Sure, that image is partially accurate; after all, it’s been reported that one in five women are sexually assaulted during their college years. But here’s the truth: Sexual violence is incredibly widespread, and touches all races, sexual orientations, and gender identities. It happens at all ages and in all places. The perpetrators aren’t always strange men — they’re also women, friends, even significant others.

Our media generally frames victims of sexual abuse as white and female. And the national discourse on the subject of molestation and rape is largely within a heteronormative paradigm. The concept of male-on-male child sexual abuse is seen as something that rarely happens; when it does, the perpetrator is often dismissed as a sexually deviant recluse.

A coalition of 250 organizations working with sexual assault and domestic violence survivors are calling on conservative politicians to stop using rape as a scare tactic to discriminate against transgender people.


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