A former Columbia University student who had been accused of rape has sued the school for a second time over its decision to allow his accuser to carry a mattress around campus in protest after he had been cleared of the allegations.

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A man who accused former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of sexual abuse filed a lawsuit on Monday claiming the once powerful conservative politician owes him $1.8 million as a part of an agreement between them to compensate him for decades of pain and suffering.

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The image of sexual assault in college tends to look the same: a young, white woman with a male attacker who she doesn’t know, or at least doesn’t know very well.

Sure, that image is partially accurate; after all, it’s been reported that one in five women are sexually assaulted during their college years. But here’s the truth: Sexual violence is incredibly widespread, and touches all races, sexual orientations, and gender identities. It happens at all ages and in all places. The perpetrators aren’t always strange men — they’re also women, friends, even significant others.

Our media generally frames victims of sexual abuse as white and female. And the national discourse on the subject of molestation and rape is largely within a heteronormative paradigm. The concept of male-on-male child sexual abuse is seen as something that rarely happens; when it does, the perpetrator is often dismissed as a sexually deviant recluse.

A coalition of 250 organizations working with sexual assault and domestic violence survivors are calling on conservative politicians to stop using rape as a scare tactic to discriminate against transgender people.

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Nobel-prize nominated Congolese gynecologist Denis Mukwege, who treats war rape victims, was named by TIME magazine on Thursday as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

The 61-year-old doctor founded the Panzi Hospital in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in 1999 to help women and girls who had been raped during the conflict then raging in the country.

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Anti-FGM campaigner Jaha Dukureh has been named one of the world’s most influential leaders by Time magazine alongside John Kerry, Angela Merkel, Aung San Suu Kyi, Bernie Sanders and Christine Lagarde.

To read full article, visit this Guardian link. This article contains disturbing content that may be triggering for some readers.

The city of Los Angeles will pay $750,000 to settle a civil lawsuit brought by a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted by a Los Angeles police officer in the back of his car while his partner acted as a lookout.

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Choi was one of thousands – the homeless, the drunk, the unlucky, but mostly children and the disabled – who were forced into facilities for so-called vagrants in the 1970s and ‘80s. The roundup came as the ruling dictators prepared to bid for and host the 1988 Seoul Olympics, which they saw as international validation of South Korea’s arrival as a modern country. So they ordered police and local officials to “purify” the streets.

(Reuters Health) - Veterans who experienced sexual trauma in the military are at increased risk for homelessness, according to a new U.S. study.

Compared to veterans who didn't experience sexual assault, battery or harassment during their military service, those who did were about twice as likely to be homeless during the five-year study, researchers found.

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