A federal prosecutor may file a racketeering lawsuit against a Roman Catholic diocese where a state grand jury found two former bishops helped cover up the sexual abuse of hundreds of children by more than 50 clergy over a 40-year period.

The ongoing investigation of the Altoona-Johnstown diocese in Pennsylvania grew out of the prosecution of the Reverend Joseph Maurizio Jr, 71, US attorney David Hickton said on Friday.

At the heart of Boko Haram’s self-proclaimed caliphate in northeastern Nigeria was a savage campaign of rape and sexual slavery that has only recently been uncovered. Thousands of girls and women were held against their will, subject to forced marriages and relentless indoctrination. Those who resisted were often shot.

Now, many of the women are suddenly free - rescued in a series of Nigerian military operations over the past year that dislodged the extremist Islamist group from most of the territory it controlled. But there have been few joyous family reunions for the victims.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A group of U.S. representatives is asking the National Park Service to survey its employees on sexual harassment.

The request comes months after the Interior Department's Office of Inspector General found a long-term pattern of abuse at the Grand Canyon. The report focused on the park's now-defunct river district.

To read full article, visit this Associated Press link.

Lady Gaga and Joe Biden are bringing their act to Las Vegas for an event raising awareness about sexual assault.

The pop star and the vice president will hold a rally at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, on April 7. The White House says they'll speak about the need to prevent sexual assault on college campuses.

To read full article, visit this ABC News link.

A man who fathers a child through rape in Hawaii has the same legal rights to custody that any other father does, unless he was convicted for the rape.

Hawaii lawmakers hope to change that. A proposed law passed through the House Committee on Judiciary Thursday would instead allow the courts to deprive rapists of parental rights as long as there's "clear and convincing evidence" that a child was conceived during a sexual assault.

Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill into law Tuesday that mandates the state crime lab triage and process the backlog of untested rape kits sitting in police departments across Oregon. Senate Bill 1571, also known as Melissa's Law, passed through the Legislature unanimously during the 2016 session.

To read full article, visit this Statesman Journal link.

Public schools and some private schools will teach students as early as kindergarten about sexual abuse and assault if Gov. Larry Hogan signs a bill headed to his desk. Schools across the state could see the new material as early as next school year.

To read full article, visit this WYPR link.


More than 100 girls and women have come forward with new sexual abuse accusations against international peacekeepers in Central African Republic, the U.N. said Thursday.

To read full article, visit this ABC News link. This article contains disturbing content that may be triggering for some readers.

The CIA took naked photographs of people it sent to its foreign partners for torture, the Guardian can reveal.

A former US official who had seen some of the photographs described them as “very gruesome”.

The naked imagery of CIA captives raises new questions about the seeming willingness of the US to use what one medical and human rights expert called “sexual humiliation” in its post-9/11 captivity of terrorism suspects. Some human rights campaigners described the act of naked photography on unwilling detainees as a potential war crime.

24 March 2016 – When Betty was asked to participate in a multimedia exhibition about violence against women and disability, at first she did not think her story was worthy enough.

“Because it was just depression,” the 42-year-old Australian mother of four explained. “But now I’m coming to terms that no, this is real, and people need to know that depression is a disability and it’s not just something you can get over.”

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