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.

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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.

By Joe Johns and Tom Cohen

Washington (CNN) -- They are mostly teenage girls, often from broken homes where no one misses them. Their world is one of drugs and abuse -- emotional and physical -- in which they are forced to sell their bodies.

In announcing the FBI's latest crackdown on child prostitution, officials Monday described a dark underside of society that has grown through Internet sites that provide pimps easy access to johns in hotels, motels, at truck stops and just about anywhere else.

By Catherine Saillant

The closing days of a quiet race to choose Los Angeles City Hall's only female elected official have erupted in an unusual clash over which candidate is likely to be more attuned to issues of child sexual abuse.

The late-breaking controversy — which included one candidate telling her story of being abused as a child — has added a wild card to Tuesday's special election to fill the eastern San Fernando Valley 6th District seat vacated by Tony Cardenas, who was elected to Congress.


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