The federal government's attempt to track sex offenders more effectively is hitting resistance from states concerned over the plan's costs and reliability.


Los Angeles (CNN) -- says it will begin cross-referencing members against the National Sex Offender Registry after a lawsuit filed last week in California, in which a woman claims she was raped by a convicted offender she met on the dating website.


(WOMENSENEWS)--When Marian Hatcher speaks to men who pay for sex, she tells them about the guy who used her as his punching bag for hours on end, long after she became bruised and bloodied.


"All he wanted to do was hit me," said Hatcher.


A college degree and 17 years of working in a corporate job didn't make Hatcher immune to the perils of sex trafficking after an abusive marriage led her to drugs and eventually to prostitution.



In a quiet push to more honestly address sexual crimes within the military, the Air Force will release a survey later this week that finds 1 in 5 women say they have been sexually assaulted since joining the service.


One of the most comprehensive studies undertaken by the US military to assess sexual assaults within its ranks, it could become a model for how the military as a whole begins to address the problem, defense officials say.


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Federal authorities are investigating whether Yale University has failed to effectively handle complaints of sexual harassment and assault.


The inquiry comes just Washington spelled out higher education's new legal obligations to respond to sexual violence.


The government cannot be held legally liable for abuses during the Mau Mau rebellion against British colonial rule in Kenya, a court has heard. Ministers want a claim for compensation from four elderly Kenyans struck out by the High Court in London. The claimants say they were assaulted between 1952 and 1961 by British colonial officers in detention camps.


The Foreign Office says Kenya had its own legal colonial government, which was responsible for the camps.


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(New York) - Libyan authorities should immediately allow Eman al-‘Obeidy, the woman who alleged that she was raped by Muammar Gaddafi's security forces, to leave Tripoli for her safety and to receive medical care, Human Rights Watch said today.


A US husband and wife accused of kidnapping a young girl and holding her captive for 18 years have pleaded not guilty in a California court.


Phillip and Nancy Garrido are charged with kidnapping, rape and other counts.


They are accused of abducting Jaycee Dugard, then aged 11, in 1991, raping her and holding her until she was freed and they were arrested in 2009.


On Thursday, a lawyer for Phillip Garrido said the grand jury that indicted him was improperly selected.



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