A Colorado man was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison Tuesday for sexually abusing children for more than a decade at a school he founded in Haiti, including some who faced him in the courtroom and testified that he threatened to put them back on the streets if they did not submit to his advances.

 

Judge Janet Bond Arterton called Douglas Perlitz a serial rapist and molester as she imposed the sentence in New Haven federal court. She said she believed he would commit the same crimes again if he were in a similar position.

 

By Emma Lacey-Bordeaux, CNN

 

Washington (CNN) -- Are law enforcement officials producing misleading statistics on the prevalence of rape in America?

 

Yes, victims' advocates warn.

 

Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pennsylvania, who convened a hearing Tuesday on the "chronic failure to report and investigate rape cases," agrees. Specter also indicated during the Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing that he would push for change.

 

By Michael Matza

 

WASHINGTON - Holding a gun to Sarah Reedy's head, her attacker demanded oral sex.

 

The Pennsylvania woman, 19 at the time, was working the late shift at a gas station near Pittsburgh in 2004. She survived the assault - then had to endure the skepticism of a local police detective after she called 911.

 

Instead of believing her, the officer assumed she had robbed the station and fabricated the rape as a cover-up, she testified during a congressional hearing Tuesday.

 

The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center recently celebrated its 35th and 10th anniversaries.
 
 

The NSVRC marked the occasion with an open house that highlighted milestones in the organization’s existence—such as the declaration of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month in 2001, publishing of ‘The Spectrum of Prevention: Toward a Community Solution to Sexual Violence’ with Prevention Institute in 2006 and the completion of the SART toolkit in 2008.
 
 

By Tim McGlone

 

Thirty-five inmates at a Virginia prison, fed up with rape and sodomy at the institution, have filed federal lawsuits seeking an end to prison violence.

 

The lawsuits come at the same time a group of prisoner advocates are demanding that the U.S. attorney general implement regulations, ordered by Congress, to eliminate sexual attacks in prisons.

 

Pennsylvania's Megan's Law website, which lists registered sex offenders and where they live, received a C- grade in a report issued today by the state auditor general.

 

(CNN) -- A raid at the headquarters of the Catholic Church in Belgium by police investigating child abuse was "deplorable," Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday.

 

The pope expressed his "closeness and solidarity in this moment of sadness, in which, with certain surprising and deplorable methods, the searches were carried out" in a letter to the head of the Belgian Bishops Conference, Andre Joseph Leonard.

 

Police were searching for documents related to allegations of child abuse, a spokesman for the Brussels prosecutor said Thursday.

 

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(Arbil) - A significant number of girls and women in Iraqi Kurdistan suffer female genital mutilation (FGM) and its destructive after-effects, Human Rights Watch said today in a new report. The Kurdistan Regional Government should take immediate action to end FGM and develop a long term plan for its eradication, including passing a law to ban the practice, Human Rights Watch said.

 

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

 

Andijan, Uzbekistan (CNN) -- Lying on his hospital bed in Andijan, in eastern Uzbekistan, 65-year-old Khikmatullo Urunbayev, an ethnic Uzbek grandfather from Osh, in southern Kyrgyzstan, had tears in his eyes as he lifted his arm for us to see.

 

A bullet fired by an ethnic Kyrgyz gunman had shattered his bone a few days before. The agony, he told us, was still unbearable.

 

Maryland - A new, longer-lasting emergency contraceptive pill moved closer to the U.S. market on Thursday after U.S. medical advisers unanimously backed the one-dose drug as a safe and effective option to prevent an unplanned pregnancy.

 

Data for the drug, made by the French drugmaker HRA Pharma but to be sold by Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc in the United States, was compelling, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's advisory panel said.

 

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