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.

Seven hundred million women alive today were married as children. Robbed of their childhood, marital vows for girls typically mean an end to education, early childbearing that puts their still-developing bodies at risk, a life of servitude, increased exposure to violence and abuse and limited opportunities to make choices about their own future.

To read full commentary piece, visit this Ms. Magazine link.

The government is considering a plan that would provide humanitarian relief, including financial, jointly with South Korea to Korean women forced to serve in wartime brothels for Japanese troops, informed sources said.

To read full article, visit this Japan Times link.

Law enforcement officers accused of sexual misconduct have jumped from job to job — and at times faced fresh allegations that include raping women — because of a tattered network of laws and lax screening that allowed them to stay on the beat.
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In a yearlong investigation of sexual misconduct by U.S. law enforcement, The Associated Press uncovered about 1,000 officers who lost their badges in a six-year period for rape, sodomy and other sexual assault; sex crimes that included possession of child pornography; or sexual misconduct such as propositioning citizens or having consensual but prohibited on-duty intercourse.

A new study by the American Psychological Association indicates that a lot more military men are being raped by other men than reported by the Pentagon, chiefly because of the stigma attached to such sexual assaults.

To read full article, visit this LGBTQ Nation link.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Nearly 11,000 rape kits have not been tested in Florida, according to statistics released by the state Tuesday, mirroring backlogs at law enforcement agencies nationwide because of a lack of funding.

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



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