By Jennifer Steinhauer

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress cautiously applauded new policies announced at the Pentagon on Thursday that are intended to improve the legal system for victims of sexual assault in the military, but the changes do little to alter the way those crimes are adjudicated.

By Amelia Rosch

If a bill currently in the U.S. House of Representatives becomes law, women who conceive as a result of rape will not have to worry about their rapists trying to seek child custody.

By Mike DeBonis

City officials unveiled a new smartphone app Wednesday meant to help victims of sexual assaults in the city find medical help, get counseling and contact police.

The African Union force in Somalia has said it is investigating an alleged gang rape involving its troops in the capital, Mogadishu.

A Somali woman has alleged she was abducted, drugged and repeatedly raped earlier this month by officers from the national army and the AU force.

The allegation has caused outrage in Mogadishu, and there have been protests by women activists.

Rights groups says rape and sexual abuse is a growing problem in Somalia.

By Stephanie Gallman and Phil Gast

(CNN) -- Two 18-year-old men face child pornography charges in connection with the case of a 17-year-old girl who hanged herself after she was allegedly gang-raped and bullied online, Canadian authorities said Thursday evening.

A police statement did not provide details, but the family of Rehtaeh Parsons has said she developed suicidal thoughts after she was sexually assaulted in 2011 and a picture of the incident was shared by phone and online.

NOTE: This article contains disturbing content that may be triggering for some readers.



By Ioan Grillo

WASHINGTON — More than 100 sexually exploited teenagers, some as young as 13, were rescued during a nationwide sex-trafficking sting over the weekend, the FBI announced Monday.


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