RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Attorney General Mark R. Herring and the Virginia Department of Forensic Science announced Wednesday morning that they have secured a $2 million federal grant to implement system-wide enhancements to the way Virginia handles sexual assaults, from evidence collection and testing all the way through to investigation and ongoing survivor support services.

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Nina Chaubal and her wife, Greta Martela, thought about going through the Rocky Mountains on their way to Chicago from San Diego late last month, but did not want to risk getting caught in a snowstorm. So they drove south through Arizona, where Ms. Chaubal, an Indian national with an invalid work visa, fell into the hands of the Border Patrol.

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Attorney General Marty Jackley says that the state's forensic lab has finished testing all rape kits collected from South Dakota law enforcement agencies as part of a state project.

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The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy must make changes to address longtime problems with sexual assault and sexual harassment on the Kings Point campus and during students’ training at sea aboard federal and commercial vessels, according to a report released Friday.

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Eighteen girls and women filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against disgraced gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar and three organizations associated with him, alleging that no one tried to stop him from molesting patients under the guise of medical treatments.

Nassar, 53, who treated America's top gymnasts for years, was already facing federal child-porn charges, criminal sexual abuse charges, and three state lawsuits, including one by an Olympic medalist.

Fighting accusations from members of Congress that it facilitated child sex trafficking, the classified advertising site Backpage[dot]com abruptly closed its adult advertising section in the United States on Monday, saying years of government pressure left it no choice but to shutter its most popular and lucrative feature.

Nigeria is facing mounting pressure to find some 200 schoolgirls abducted 1,000 days ago in Boko Haram's most infamous attack after the rescue of 24 girls raised hopes that they are alive.

For more than two years there was no sign of the girls who were kidnapped by the Islamist fighters from a school in Chibok in northeast Nigeria one night in April 2014, sparking global outrage and a celebrity-backed campaign #bringbackourgirls.

State Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, asks colleagues to approve SB 1322 in June 2016. Under the bill, which took effect Monday, a minor engaged in prostitution will be treated as a victim and not arrested. Those soliciting the sex and those arranging the clients can still be charged with crimes.

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A large number of women may have been groped during New Year's Eve celebrations in Bangalore, India, in a mass molestation that if confirmed would recall similar assaults a year ago in Germany.

To read full article, visit this USA Today link.

Last year Dutch sports federation NOC*NSF received 215 reports of sexual abuse from athletes. "Every case of sexual abuse is one too many", Minister Edith Schippers of Sports said about the figure, RTL Nieuws reports.

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