HELENA, Mont. (AP) — People convicted of crimes through inconclusive or outdated DNA testing procedures should be allowed new tests using the latest technological advances without regard to a three-year time limit set by law, a federal appeals court ruled.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is the first in the nation to rule that the advances in DNA technology mean previously useless samples should be considered newly discovered evidence that is not subject to statutory time limitations.

Australia’s first royal commission into family violence should become symbolic of the moment when “society committed itself to overcoming this vile social ill”, Justice Marcia Neave said in her opening address.

A minute’s silence to acknowledge those who had been killed or harmed as a result of family violence was held before the hearings of Victoria’s royal commission began on Monday in Melbourne’s old coroner’s court.

Some men who are sexually attracted to children would like help to change their condition but fear doctors will tell the police. In Germany, though, a campaign is under way to persuade them to sign up for confidential treatment, even if they have abused a child - and doctors are hailing it as a big success.

To read full article, visit this BBC News link.

(CNN)A new study questions a long-held assumption by many that serial rape offenders should be the primary focus of campus assault prevention.

The coalition this year is commemorating its 40th anniversary. The resource center is marking its 15th anniversary.

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape was founded in 1975. The organization "advocates for the rights and needs of sexual assault victims and works to end sexual violence." It is the oldest rape crisis coalition in the country.

The coalition founded the National Sexual Violence Resource Center in 2000.

A Federal Bureau of Investigation search warrant has provided a rare glimpse into the increasingly complex efforts of U.S. law enforcement to combat child pornography online, leading to the seizure this year of a website with nearly 215,000 users.

To read full article, visit this Reuters link.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby's first accuser has asked a judge to release the comedian's full deposition in her sex-assault lawsuit, saying Cosby, his lawyers and agents broke the confidentiality agreement that sealed the 2006 court settlement.

To read full article, visit this Associated Press link.

As many as 80 percent of the girls in some states’ juvenile justice systems have a history of sexual or physical abuse, according to a report released Thursday. The report, a rare examination of their plight, recommends that girls who have been sexually trafficked no longer be arrested on prostitution charges.

The Defense Department's Office of Inspector General plans to look into whether service members were improperly forced out of the military since 2009 due to mental health issues after reporting their sexual assaults.

To read full article, visit this Air Force Times link.

Three women have filed a lawsuit against the University of California at Berkeley, claiming they were sexually assaulted while they were students there and the school did not do enough to protect them.

To read full article, visit this Al Jazeera America link.


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