PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Attorney General Marty Jackley says that the state's forensic lab has finished testing all rape kits collected from South Dakota law enforcement agencies as part of a state project.

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The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy must make changes to address longtime problems with sexual assault and sexual harassment on the Kings Point campus and during students’ training at sea aboard federal and commercial vessels, according to a report released Friday.

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Eighteen girls and women filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against disgraced gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar and three organizations associated with him, alleging that no one tried to stop him from molesting patients under the guise of medical treatments.

Nassar, 53, who treated America's top gymnasts for years, was already facing federal child-porn charges, criminal sexual abuse charges, and three state lawsuits, including one by an Olympic medalist.

Fighting accusations from members of Congress that it facilitated child sex trafficking, the classified advertising site Backpage[dot]com abruptly closed its adult advertising section in the United States on Monday, saying years of government pressure left it no choice but to shutter its most popular and lucrative feature.

Nigeria is facing mounting pressure to find some 200 schoolgirls abducted 1,000 days ago in Boko Haram's most infamous attack after the rescue of 24 girls raised hopes that they are alive.

For more than two years there was no sign of the girls who were kidnapped by the Islamist fighters from a school in Chibok in northeast Nigeria one night in April 2014, sparking global outrage and a celebrity-backed campaign #bringbackourgirls.

State Sen. Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, asks colleagues to approve SB 1322 in June 2016. Under the bill, which took effect Monday, a minor engaged in prostitution will be treated as a victim and not arrested. Those soliciting the sex and those arranging the clients can still be charged with crimes.

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A large number of women may have been groped during New Year's Eve celebrations in Bangalore, India, in a mass molestation that if confirmed would recall similar assaults a year ago in Germany.

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Last year Dutch sports federation NOC*NSF received 215 reports of sexual abuse from athletes. "Every case of sexual abuse is one too many", Minister Edith Schippers of Sports said about the figure, RTL Nieuws reports.

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Women's rights face enormous challenges worldwide in 2017 with campaigners expecting fights to keep health clinics open, to save programs preventing unwanted pregnancies and to enforce laws protecting women from violence.

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According to a new report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the vast majority of all human trafficking victims – some 71 per cent – are women and girls and one third are children.

“Trafficking for sexual exploitation and for forced labour remain the most prominently detected forms, but victims are also being trafficked to be used as beggars, for forced or sham marriages, benefit fraud, or production of pornography,” said UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov today.


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