By Jonathan Allen

 

House Republicans plan to sidestep a charged debate over the distinction between “forcible rape” and “rape” by altering the language of a bill banning taxpayer subsidies for abortions.

 

Abortion rights activists are decrying the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," a House bill that seeks to expand prohibitions regarding federal funding for abortions - and which opponents say attempts to redefine rape.

 

By C.J. Lin

 

Two years after a public outcry prompted changes in how rape kits are processed, the LAPD has cleared a backlog of more than 6,100 of the tests, officials said Tuesday.

 

The Los Angeles Police Department has completed DNA and other tests on all of the 6,132 rape kits - some of them years old - that were reported in 2008 to have been sitting untouched in lab freezers, Capt. Kevin McClure told the Police Commission.

 

By Scott Stearns

 

Human Rights Watch says security forces in Ivory Coast have carried out torture, rape, forced disappearances and extra-judicial killings during the political crisis between the country's incumbent president and the internationally-recognized winner of November's presidential vote.  
 

By Catriona McGale

 

A campaign has been launched to fight against the so-called corrective rape of lesbians in South Africa.

 

The campaign was launched following the case of 30-year-old Millicent Gaika, who claims she was raped and beaten for five hours in order to “cure” her of her lesbianism.

 

The trial against her attacker has been delayed until February.

 

By Lyle Moran

 

LOWELL -- While meeting wounded veterans in 2007, U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas talked with one soldier who said she was more afraid of her fellow soldiers than the enemy.

 

The woman, a former military nurse in Afghanistan and Iraq, said she knew of a number of female service members who had been sexually assaulted while serving.

 

"As she would travel around to different bases, she always made sure she had whatever she needed to defend herself," Tsongas said.

 

A Vatican department advised Ireland's Catholic bishops in 1997 not to report priests suspected of child abuse to the police, a newly revealed letter shows.

 

Obtained by Irish broadcaster RTE, the letter shows Vatican officials rejected an initiative to begin the "mandatory reporting" of abuse claims.

 

The proposed policy "gives rise to serious reservations", it says.

 

The Vatican has persistently said it never instructed bishops to withhold suspicions or evidence of crimes.

 

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

 

By ANNA SCHECTER and BRIAN ROSS

 

More than 1,000 young American women have been raped or sexually assaulted in the last decade while serving as Peace Corps volunteers in foreign countries, an ABC News 20/20 investigation has found.

 

In some cases, victims say, the Peace Corps has ignored safety concerns and later tried to blame the women who were raped for bringing on the attacks.

 

San Diego, CA, January 14, 2011 – The National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV) is issuing the following statements in response to the Jan. 8 shooting and President Obama’s speech in Tucson, AZ on Jan. 12.

 

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

 

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