Male victims of sexual assault in the military are getting special consideration in the newest legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas.

To read full article, visit this Lowell Sun link.


UNITED NATIONS — Amid an uproar over a leaked United Nations inquiry into allegations of child sexual abuse by French troops posted in the Central African Republic, France confirmed on Wednesday that it was looking into whether some of its soldiers had abused children in its former colony, but said nothing about whether or when they might face prosecution.

To read full article, visit this New York Times link.

In response to DMK MP Kanimozhi’s question in Rajya Sabha as to whether the government would amend the Indian Penal Code to remove the marital rape exception from the definition of rape, MoS for Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary said that it was not possible because of the cultural and religious values in India and society’s belief that marriage is sacred.

To read full article, visit this link at the Hindu.

The focus of Sexual Assault Awareness Month differs each year, but the message remains the same: Sexual assault is preventable and impacts all of us. This year's campaign focuses on the prevention of sexual violence on college campuses and aims to engage entire campus communities -- from administrators and professors to clubs and fraternities -- in promoting safety, equality and respect for everyone on campus.

WASHINGTON -- A new study of the Latino community's views on domestic violence and sexual assault found that, as in surveys of the population as a whole, many believe Latino victims don't come forward because they fear losing their children or facing more violence.

But the study, released Tuesday, found that many Latinos think victims also may be afraid to go to police for a different reason: concern that it could lead to them being deported.

WASHINGTON — After weeks of difficult negotiations, the Senate on Tuesday reached an agreement on a bill to help victims of sex trafficking, paving the way for a confirmation vote on Loretta E. Lynch to replace Eric H. Holder Jr. as attorney general.

To read full article, visit this New York Times link.

(Reuters Health) - Children who learn about preventing sex abuse in school more often report abuse in their own lives than do kids who are not taught about it, according to a new research review.

To read full article, visit this Reuters link.

Officials in three states are calling for laws that would require college transcripts to indicate if a student has been suspended or expelled for committing sexual assault.

Currently, there is no federal law requiring schools to note such sanctions on a student's transcript, and colleges do not have to ask applicants if they have ever been punished for sexual assault. However, lawmakers in California and Maryland have proposed legislation that would mandate transcripts include sexual violence offenses, and Virginia is on the cusp of becoming the first state to enact such a law.

UNITED NATIONS — A new U.N. report says 2014 was marked by harrowing accounts of rape, sexual slavery and forced marriage being used by extremists including the Islamic State group and Boko Haram.

To read full article, visit this New York Times link.

The judge's decision has landed him at the center of a growing firestorm. On Thursday, three Orange County supervisors called on him to resign, thousands signed petitions condemning his actions and conservative talk show hosts revised their programming to discuss the case and news blog.

To read full article,  visit this Los Angeles Times link.


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