An Associated Press investigation of U.N. missions during the past 12 years found nearly 2,000 allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers and other personnel around the world - signaling the crisis is much larger than previously known. More than 300 of the allegations involved children, the AP found, but only a fraction of the alleged perpetrators served jail time.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — An advocacy group said Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog fielded more than 1,000 complaints of sexual assault or sexual abuse from people in custody in a little more than two years.

Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement is the latest group in recent years to document allegations of abuse at immigration detention centers, based on information obtained from public records requests. It comes as President Donald Trump seeks to expand detention capacity in a drive to deport more people.

"There is a wider lack of understanding how there is an LGBTQ element to the sex trade, whether in person or through remote interactive web cams, or other remote interactive sex acts."

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

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — A new journal devoted to the broad examination of sexual exploitation, violence and slavery has been launched by a prominent University of Rhode Island professor and researcher Donna M. Hughes.

To read full article, visit this Providence Journal link. To access Dignity journal, click here.

In the year since the last Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the public may have become more "aware" of the issue than ever before, due in part to several watershed moments that have sparked national dialogue.

To read full commentary piece, visit this USA Today link.

The Fox News Channel is under investigation by federal prosecutors to determine whether it broke securities law in making payments in the sexual harassment scandal that ultimately cost former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes his job, according to a lawyer currently suing the network.

To read full article, visit this NPR link.

Two Marines have been disciplined for posting derogatory comments on social media, marking the first time the Marine Corps has officially punished members for online misconduct following last month’s revelations that hundreds of service members shared illicit photos of their female counterparts on a Facebook group, Marine officials said Friday.

To read full article, visit this Washington Post link.

A Malaysian MP has drawn outrage for saying it can be OK for rapists to marry their victims and that some 12-year-old girls were "physically and spiritually" ready to get married.

Shabudin Yahaya from the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition said marriage could help victims "lead a better life".

To read full article, visit this BBC News link.

Europe is becoming the global hub for the hosting of child sexual abuse images and videos, suggests a report.

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) found that 60% of worldwide abuse material was now in Europe - an increase of 19%.

The Netherlands topped the list of European nations hosting the illegal content, said the IWF.

To read full article, visit this BBC News link.

“The Japanese government, after so many years, still refuses to admit and reflect upon the ‘comfort women’ issue. We should enhance international cooperation and demand the Japanese government to apologize and make compensations,” said Eriko Ikeda, chairwoman of Women’s Active Museum on War and Peace (WAM), Japan’s only museum focused on wartime sexual violence against women.

To read full article, visit this Manila Bulletin link.


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