For the past decade, the Pentagon has been working to eradicate sexual assault in the military.

It has created a task force, scheduled  roundtables, webinars and workshops, produced media campaigns, set up a hotline for victims, introduced training sessions and staffed offices on all military bases with trained advocates. Over the years, the Pentagon has drafted several comprehensive strategies for addressing the problem. The Department of Defense’s office for sexual assault prevention and response even has its own seal.

2 December 2015 – With over 60 million people driven from their homes and millions more crossing borders to seek a better life, the risk of mounting human trafficking and enslavement with all its “horrific abuse” must be confronted, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today.

Louis Vitullo was a Chicago police sergeant who became the chief microanalyst in the city's crime lab. He worked on high-profile cases, like Richard Speck's mass murder of eight student nurses in 1966. In the black and white photo she had on her wall, he was inspecting Speck's knife.

A study has revealed high levels of victim blaming when Australians are told about cases of girls and young women experiencing disrespectful and aggressive behaviour from their male peers.

To read full article, visit this Guardian link.

The overwhelmingly majority of teens witness dating aggression or sexual violence among their peers, but many choose not to intervene — sometimes because they want to avoid drama, sometimes because they want to fuel drama, and sometimes because they’re afraid of second-guessing a more popular kid.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An estimated 5,000 untested rape kits are in New Mexico’s crime labs and warehouses, and it could take five years to work through the backlog, state officials said Monday.

To read full article, visit this Washington Post link.

More than 170 law enforcement agencies in Minnesota have them: unprocessed rape kits stashed in evidence storage that never went to the lab, some dating to the 1980s.

The Duluth Police Department found about 578 old kits, about 17 percent of the 3,482 untested rape kits from across Minnesota.

The Anoka County Sheriff’s Office counted 495 of them. St. Cloud police found 306. Minneapolis police reported 194.

Shared Hope International, which tracks how many states have passed laws against trafficking, finds many states are doing better at stopping the practice than when the first report was issued in 2011.

To read full article, visit this NPR link.

(Harrisburg) -- There's yet another casualty of the stalemate: rape crisis centers.

Some have had to stop group counseling sessions.

Others can't take on new clients for individual counseling after a rape or sexual assault.

That's because most rely on state and federal funding, and the commonwealth hasn't had a budget for more than 130 days.

Some centers have turned to businesses for loans, stopped paying management or administrative staff, and cut back office hours.

It has been 15 years since the UN security council passed resolution 1325, which aimed to end violence and abuse against women during war, and to bring women’s voices into peace talks.

But there is little to show for it. Government forces, rebel groups and even peacekeepers are still raping women as wars are fought. Girls are still being married off when wars leave their families unable to care for them. Aid groups in many places continue to distribute help only to male heads of households, when people can no longer tend their crops or work because of war.


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