For more than 20 years, actors and crew members stayed silent about mistreatment they suffered at the acclaimed storefront theater. Now they’re speaking up, hoping to protect workers in non-Equity theaters across the country.

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Migrant children making the perilous journey to Europe to escape war and poverty face possible beatings, rape and forced labor in addition to risk of drowning in the Mediterranean, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

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The city of Oakland, California, appointed its third police chief in less than a week on Wednesday as an investigation into sexual misconduct roils that department.

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The New York City Board of Correction voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward with a set of proposed rules designed to reduce rape and sexual assault in jails.

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Pennsylvania's top legal office is telling lawmakers that it's unconstitutional to retroactively give victims of child sexual abuse more time to sue, although some lawmakers remain willing to support it.

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A former Stanford swimmer who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman was sentenced to six months in jail because a longer sentence would have “a severe impact on him,” according to a judge. At his sentencing Thursday, his victim read him a letter describing the “severe impact” the assault had on her.

Public outrage over the lenient sentencing of a star Stanford swimmer convicted of sexual assault has been compounded by a controversial letter written by the athlete’s father.

Brock Turner was convicted in March of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman at a fraternity party in January 2015 at the elite university. He faced up to 14 years in prison. Prosecutors asked for six.

Pope Francis on Saturday scrapped his proposed tribunal to prosecute bishops who covered up for pedophile priests after it ran into opposition and instead clarified legal procedures to remove them if the Vatican finds they were negligent.

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A dispute is growing between the Pentagon and the Air Force's former chief prosecutor over how the military handles sex assault cases — and it reaches the office of Defense Secretary Ash Carter.

Retired Col. Don Christensen, who is now president of Protect our Defenders, a group that advocates for military service members who have been sexually harassed or assaulted, is pushing back hard on the Defense Department's suggestion that Christensen and his group don't understand how the sexual assault prosecution process works.

Coincidental rather than coordinated, the protests have been sparked by separate outrages: the alleged gang rape of a 16-year-old in Rio de Janeiro last week and the murder of a pregnant 14-year-old girl in Argentina’s Santa Fe province last year.

These and other high-profile cases have helped to stir a debate about femicide, rape, domestic violence and other forms of abuse in a region where such maltreatment has long been swept under the carpet.

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