WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans and Democrats on Wednesday decried an epidemic of sex crimes committed by United Nations peacekeepers and called on the State Department to act more urgently to end the abuse by cutting off foreign aid to countries that won't hold their troops accountable.

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Friends and family members of Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped two years ago say they have identified some of them in a new video obtained by CNN.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- As the U.S. Air Force prepared to roll out a new sexual assault prevention strategy, it sent a delegation to Connecticut College, a small liberal arts school that introduced the same program several years earlier.

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The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape said “fear-mongering tactics about risk of sexual violence” is used to help raise support for discriminatory legislation like North Carolina’s. Rather, it said, research shows that states, cities and schools that have given transgender people the right to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify report no increase in assaults in bathrooms.

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.

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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.

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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.

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