GENEVA — The Vatican faced sharp questioning by a United Nations panel on Monday about whether it had failed to abide by an international treaty against torture in its response to the sexual abuse of children by priests.

In the hearing, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican’s representative in Geneva, immediately found himself at odds with members of the panel, the Committee Against Torture, over the Holy See’s view that it is responsible for applying the treaty only to the few hundred inhabitants of the Vatican City state.

GOMA, Congo — A court has acquitted more than a third of the defendants in a rare trial held after mass rapes took place in eastern Congo.

 

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(CNN) -- She could have sentenced him to 20 years in prison after he admitted to raping a 14-year-old girl in her high school. Instead, a Texas judge gave the defendant a 45-day sentence and probation after implying that the victim was promiscuous.

 

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The number of U.S. service members who reported being sexually assaulted surged by 50 percent last year, the Pentagon announced Thursday, the latest sign of how the military has struggled to cope with sex crimes in the ranks.

 

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(CNN) -- Federal investigators are checking whether 55 colleges and universities illegally handled sexual violence and harassment complaints, the U.S. Department of Education said Thursday.

 

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LAGOS, Nigeria — Scores of girls and young women kidnapped from a school in Nigeria are being forced to marry their Islamic extremist abductors, a civic organization reported Wednesday.

 

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Noting that 1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted in college, the White House is releasing new guidelines to help victims of that violence and improve the way schools handle such cases. Campus sexual assaults are notoriously underreported, and schools' disciplinary processes vary widely.

 

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Windie Jo Lazenko said an influx of money and a highly skewed ratio of men to women has fueled a massive increase in prostitution, often arranged through websites like Backpage.com. And where there is prostitution, she said, there is trafficking.

 

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24 April 2014 – Despite unprecedented political momentum to fight rape in war zones, sexual violence remains a global crime affecting women, men and children in more than 20 countries, a senior United Nations official announced today urging greater action at the regional and national levels.

 

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Addressing a recurring dilemma in American criminal law, the US Supreme Court on Wednesday sought to resolve how federal judges are to determine multimillion-dollar restitution payments to victims of child pornography when the illicit images have been viewed and possessed by hundreds or thousands of defendants.

 

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