Each Wednesday morning, about a dozen women gather to talk about health, sex and relationships. They range in age from their mid-20s to their late 50s. Two of them are in wheelchairs.

The women have developmental or intellectual disabilities, and for many of them, this is the first time they've had any sort of sex education. A new program is using the arts to teach women with such disabilities how to have meaningful relationships while protecting themselves from all-too-common sexual abuse.

CONCORD, N.H. — The 16-year-old girl sat on the witness stand, her hair pulled back. She tried to speak steadily as she told a jury about the night when a ritual at St. Paul’s — an elite boarding school here — turned into what she described as a shocking sexual assault.

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Women who have been raped after a night of drinking are just as likely to remember key details about their attackers as victims who were sober, a study has found.

The study – which has potential ramifications for the way police investigate sexual attacks – suggested that police and prosecutors could secure convictions based on recollections of intoxicated victims.

Claiming the Quran’s support, the Islamic State codifies sex slavery in conquered regions of Iraq and Syria and uses the practice as a recruiting tool.

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A new push against what the U.N. secretary-general calls the "cancer" of peacekeeper sexual misconduct, after the issue flared again last week, has a troubling weakness: Countries' lack of interest in prosecuting their troops who serve in U.N. missions, even though the responsibility is theirs alone.

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HELSINKI — Swedish prosecutors on Thursday dropped cases of lesser sexual misconduct against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange but said they still want to question him on accusations of rape made after his visit to Stockholm five years ago.

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This week, Amnesty International will recommend full decriminalization of the sex trade. Catherine Murphy, a policy adviser for the group, tells NPR's Rachel Martin it's facing a backlash.

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LONDON, Aug 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Amnesty International voted on Tuesday to endorse a contentious plan to support the decriminalisation of sex work, a move that will lead to pressure on governments by the prominent rights group not to punish millions of sex workers worldwide.


"Amnesty just lost its soul and it lost its legitimacy to call itself a human rights organization," said Taina Bien-Aimé, spokeswoman for the U.S.-based Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, which helped put together an open letter against Amnesty's proposed policy.

HUSSAIN KHAN WALA, Pakistan — Pakistani officials have initiated an investigation into allegations that a gang of men sexually abused more than 200 children and sold videos of the abuse.

The accusations have rocked the country, drawing the attention and condemnation of human rights activists and politicians in a case that involved subjects long considered taboo here.

In the wake of a USA TODAY Media Network investigation, the chairman of a key U.S Senate committee is demanding that the Justice Department answer questions and provide records about its efforts to reduce the nation's backlog of untested sexual assault kits.


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