September 1, 2016

What GAO Found

Four federal agencies—the Departments of Defense, Education, Health and Human Services (HHS), and Justice (DOJ)—manage at least 10 efforts to collect data on sexual violence, which differ in target population, terminology, measurements, and methodology. Some of these data collection efforts focus on a specific population that the agency serves—for example, the incarcerated population—while others include information from the general population. These data collection efforts use 23 different terms to describe sexual violence.

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New York (July 19, 2016) — A new legal report issued by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Legal Momentum and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe provides an unprecedented framework for ending “sextortion,” a growing form of cyber violence aimed at teens, girls and women.

07/15/2016—The Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) proudly announces that more than 3,500 backlogged sexual assault evidence kits have been tested and results returned to Colorado law enforcement as specified in Colorado House Bill 13-1020.

Of the 3,542 cases identified for forensic testing, nearly half (1,556) of the cases resulted in profiles eligible for submission into the national Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) database. Nearly 20% (or 691 profiles) resulted in matches returned to law enforcement for potential investigative follow-up.

NEW YORK, 14 July, 2016 – Approximately two-thirds of men, women, boys and girls in countries where female genital mutilation is common say they want the practice to end – according to UNICEF data.

In countries with available data, 67 per cent of girls and women and 63 per cent of boys and men oppose the continuation of the practice in their communities.

NEW YORK, 12 July 2016 – Today at the United Nations, children joined world leaders to launch a new partnership and fund to make ending violence a public priority and a collective responsibility. brings together governments, foundations, the UN, civil society, the academia, the private sector and young people in driving action toward achieving the new global target to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children.

12 July 2016 - WHO and partners today launch 7 interlinked strategies to reduce violence against children. The approaches have all been tested and all have shown concrete results. By bringing them together, WHO hopes to dramatically reduce instances of violence against children.


John Kerry
Secretary of State
Ben Franklin Room
Washington, DC
June 30, 2016

AMBASSADOR COPPEDGE: Thank you, everyone, for being here today. That was quite a reception, and on behalf of the heroes and the Secretary, thank you for that.

Date: 16 June 2016

This year, we have celebrated three historic firsts for combatting sexual violence in conflict. All of these were long overdue and all had one thing in common: the unstoppable force of women’s voice and leadership.


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