NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The gang-rape conviction of two former Vanderbilt University football players sends signals out in every direction.

To the two young men, Tuesday's verdicts show that being drunk out of your mind doesn't excuse criminal behavior.

To read full commentary piece, visit this Associated Press link.

NASHVILLE — Two former Vanderbilt football players were convicted on Tuesday of raping a fellow student in 2013 after a jury rejected claims that they were too drunk to know what they were doing and that a college culture of binge drinking and promiscuous sex should be blamed for the attack.

To read full article, visit this New York Times link.

Laws intended to protect children from abuse and neglect are not being properly enforced, and the federal government is to blame. That's according to a study by the Children's Advocacy Institute at the University of San Diego School of Law, which says children are suffering as a result.

To read full article, visit this NPR link.

PARK CITY, Utah — “The Hunting Ground,” set for release in theaters and broadcast on CNN, was billed by the Sundance Film Festival as a “piercing, monumental exposé of rape culture on campuses.” Judging by viewer reaction at the film’s premiere and the comments of two United States senators afterward, festival programmers might have undersold it.

To read full commentary piece, visit this New York Times link.

23 January 2015 – At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, today, UN Women, the United Nations entity dedicated to achieving women’s empowerment and gender equality, unveiled a new initiative to galvanize the support of global leaders to bring an end to the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls around the world.

To read full article, visit this UN News link.

An Egyptian appeals court on Monday convicted a doctor of manslaughter and performing female genital mutilation that led to the death of a 13-year-old girl, sentencing him to two years and three months in prison in the country's first case that came to trial over the widespread practice, defense lawyers said.

To read full article, visit this ABC News link.

Outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel criticized the U.S. military in a speech on Friday, acknowledging a culture of retaliation against service members who report sexual assaults.

To read full article, visit this Buzzfeed link.

 

There are hundreds of service members who have been convicted of sex offenses but never appear on any public registry once they leave the military, disappearing into neighborhoods across the country and, in some cases, preying on new victims. Special correspondent Mark Greenblatt of the Scripps News Service reports.

To listen to this news story, visit this PBS Newshour link.

NEW YORK (AP) -- A "yes means yes" provision and other protections against sexual assaults on campus would be expanded to New York's private colleges and universities under a law proposed Saturday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

To read full article, visit this Huffington Post link.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's long-time sex abuse prosecutor has been named to head up a new Vatican board to hear appeals by priests sanctioned for molesting minors.

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