In a church-owned classroom circled by 58 acres of frosted spruce and frozen lakes, 10 children sat at a cafeteria table learning what to do if someone sexually abuses them.

The kids, most born with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder that may make them especially vulnerable to Alaska's many sexual predators, had just watched an educational video about grown-ups, bad secrets and bribes.

 

To read full article, visit this Anchorage Daily News link.

Both the Sharper and Rice stories raise a blaring question: At what point do the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell confront the constant, haunting league-wide presence of violence against women?

 

To read the full commentary piece, visit this link at the Nation.

While there’s growing recognition among international bodies and policy makers that involving men is crucial to fight gender violence successfully, the issue is still largely seen as a problem that only concerns women and one that’s too often only dealt with by women.

 

To read full article, visit this Thomson Reuters Foundation link.

WASHINGTON — The Army has disqualified 588 soldiers as sexual assault counselors, recruiters and drill sergeants for infractions ranging from sexual assault to child abuse to drunken driving, USA TODAY has learned.

 

To read full article, visit this USA Today link.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his British counterpart, William Hague, are adding their weight to the international effort to stop sexual violence in armed conflicts. Rape has been used worldwide as a tool to subdue and demoralize individuals and tear apart communities. Although most of the victims are women, men and boys also have been targeted. Kerry and Hague on Tuesday participated in a discussion in Washington about measures to curb this type of crime.

 

With possibly hundreds of thousands of rape kits untested across the country, a number of states are proposing legislation to address backlogs that in at least one case dates back nearly three decades.

In Memphis, Tenn., alone, there are more than 12,000 untested rape kits, going back to the 1980s, according to the New York–based Rape Kit Action Project, which has been tracking the backlogs nationwide. In Texas the group has found about 16,000 untested kits collecting dust in police evidence rooms.

 

Three Western tribes begin pilot programs to try to stem tide of sexual violence from perpetrators off the reservation.

 

To read full article, visit this Aljazeera America link.

A few weeks after announcing the school had suspended its work with the ombudsman, Bob Jones University announced it was working again with the independent review group.

The university hired the organization, known as Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment, or GRACE, to evaluate the university's procedures after revelations about sexual abuse on college campuses nationwide in 2011.

 

NEW YORK — An infamous 2002 gang rape in Pakistan is the unlikely subject of a new opera which recently premiered at New York’s Baruch Performing Arts Center. Called Thumbprint, the opera shows how the victim in the case turned the tragedy around - and became a women's rights advocate.

The opera tells the story of Mukhtaran Mai, the Pakistani woman who became known around the world for her struggle to bring to justice the men who allegedly raped her in 2002 - and then became a champion of education for girls.

 

One in five American women is sexually assaulted or raped during their time at college and university, according to the White House. Now some survivors are demanding change.

 

To read full article, visit this BBC News link.

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