PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby's first accuser has asked a judge to release the comedian's full deposition in her sex-assault lawsuit, saying Cosby, his lawyers and agents broke the confidentiality agreement that sealed the 2006 court settlement.

To read full article, visit this Associated Press link.

As many as 80 percent of the girls in some states’ juvenile justice systems have a history of sexual or physical abuse, according to a report released Thursday. The report, a rare examination of their plight, recommends that girls who have been sexually trafficked no longer be arrested on prostitution charges.

The Defense Department's Office of Inspector General plans to look into whether service members were improperly forced out of the military since 2009 due to mental health issues after reporting their sexual assaults.

To read full article, visit this Air Force Times link.

Three women have filed a lawsuit against the University of California at Berkeley, claiming they were sexually assaulted while they were students there and the school did not do enough to protect them.

To read full article, visit this Al Jazeera America link.

Turkey ranks 124th out of 140 countries in the World Economic Forum’s global gender equality report. That’s only slightly above Iran, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Only a quarter of Turkey’s women participate in the labor force — one of the lowest rates in Europe and the Middle East. About 40 percent of women are believed to have experienced domestic violence, and according to local reports, almost 300 women were killed and more than 100 raped last year alone.

It is all but impossible for many children in out-of-home care to report abuse, the royal commission into child sexual abuse has heard.

A new hearing has begun this week into the out-of-home care system, which takes in about 43,000 Australian children.

To read full article, visit this ABC News (Australia) link.

South Sudan’s army raped then burned girls alive inside their homes during a recent campaign notable for its “new brutality and intensity”, a UN rights report said on Tuesday.

Rights investigators from the UN mission in the Republic of South Sudan (Unmiss) warned of “widespread human rights abuses”, including gang-rape and torture in a report based on 115 victims and eyewitnesses from the northern state of Unity, scene of some of the heaviest recent fighting in the 18-month-long civil war.

23 June 2015 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the United Nations General Assembly’s decision to establish 19 June as the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, a spokesperson for the Organization announced today.

In a statement issued today, the UN spokesperson’s office said the Secretary-General commended Member States in passing the resolution “for the increasing priority given to conflict related sexual violence.”

WASHINGTON, June 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The United States has arrested 1,140 people on charges of sexually preying on children as part of a nationwide sweep to protect children, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday.

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Governments are failing to meet their international obligations to protect women from violence by starving women’s groups of funding and closing the space in which they can operate, according to a report by ActionAid.

To read full article, visit this Guardian link.


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