The South Australian Government was aware of allegations of physical and sexual abuse at a Salvation Army-run boys' home from as early as the 1940s, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has heard.

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

Germany's police union and women's rights groups accused the authorities on Tuesday of playing down reports of harassment, sexual assault and even rape at refugee shelters because they feared a backlash against asylum seekers.

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Mental health care for the community is in very short supply. There are only four psychiatrists for the province of Dohuk, where most of the Yazidi community has resettled along with more than 400,000 Iraqis and Syrians displaced by violence.

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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Women in South Sudan have suffered unprecedented levels of sexual violence in the last two years, including abduction, rape, forced marriage and murder as civilians became targets of merciless ethnic warfare, the head of the Red Cross mission there has said.

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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Natural and humanitarian disasters lead to a dramatic increase in child marriages as families struggle to cope, a campaign group said on Thursday, urging governments to accelerate their efforts to end the practice.

Rates of child marriage have risen sharply and in some cases doubled in three years in Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, while in Bangladesh some families are marrying off their daughters in anticipation of recurring natural disasters, the campaign group Girls not Brides said.

For the first time, two children of Warren Jeffs have alleged that the imprisoned leader of the polygamous Mormon sect sexually abused them as children.

Becky and Roy Jeffs, both adults, made the revelations to Lisa Ling on her upcoming CNN show "This is Life," which premiers Wednesday night. They both recently left the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints, or FLDS.

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Sexual empowerment and feminism remain closely linked in a world in which women are expected to perform sexually but not necessarily to make their own demands. The idea of the personal space as political remains deeply relevant while we still battle to extend the popular understanding of rape beyond the mythical shadowy stranger in a dark alleyway, despite the fact that 90% of victims already know their rapists.

The four young women, whose campus sexual assaults were detailed in the documentary The Hunting Ground, said the song will help other victims feel less "isolated or alone."

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Barbara Dorris, victims outreach director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests, called Francis’s remarks “a slap in the face to all the victims, that we’re going to worry about how the poor bishop feels.”

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(CNN)--Two more states are now in the spotlight for failing to handle examinations in alleged rape cases.

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