by Susan Kaplan

 

Rachel Caesar first tried to join the Army after she saw a recruitment insert in Jet magazine. She filled it out and sent it in. She was 8 years old.

 

It wasn't long before her mom's phone started ringing. Caesar's mom told the Army recruiter: "Maybe you'll see her in 10 years," according to Caesar today.

 

Sure enough, after Caesar graduated high school, she joined the Massachusetts Army National Guard. But her experience didn't live up to the dream she'd had of the Army as a kid.

 

By Steve Schultze and Meg Kissinger of the Journal Sentinel

 

Milwaukee County's top mental health administrator intentionally houses female patients with men known to be dangerous "because the presence of women reduces the likelihood of the men being violent," according to a county supervisor's letter obtained by the Journal Sentinel.

 

John Chianelli, administrator of the county's Behavioral Health Division, told county supervisors during a closed-door session last month that segregating men and women would result in more violence.

 

LISBON, Portugal - Pope Benedict XVI on Tuesday blamed the church's own sins for the clerical abuse scandal - not a campaign mounted by outsiders - and called for profound purification to end what he called the "greatest persecution" the church has endured.

 

His strong comments placed the blame for the crisis squarely on the sins of pedophile priests, repudiating the Vatican's initial response to the scandal, in which it blamed the media as well as pro-choice and pro-gay marriage advocates for mounting a campaign against the church and the pope.

 

By Katherine Tam
Contra Costa Times

 

SACRAMENTO — State lawmakers approved a bill Monday that would require witnesses to report violent and sexual crimes against minors, a measure prompted by the Richmond gang rape.

 

The state Senate approved the bill authored by Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, on a bipartisan 29-0 vote. The item now moves to the state Assembly for consideration.

 

Newswise — The University of Illinois at Chicago has received a $2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate sexual assault victims' recovery.

 

The five-year study will examine how support received by female victims of sexual assault aids their coping and post-assault adjustment -- particularly as it relates to post-traumatic stress disorder, problem drinking and positive adaptation.

 

By Amritha Alladi
Pacific Daily News
April 28, 2010

 

A leader in sexual assault and family violence prevention was recognized by a national organization for her work on Guam yesterday.

 

Dr. Ellen P. Bez, the founder and Board president of the Guam Sexual Assault and Abuse Resource Center Association received the Visionary Voice Award from the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) for 2010 yesterday.

 

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

 

By Michael Christie

 


BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Torture, beating and sodomizing inmates with brooms or pistol barrels were the norm at an illegal prison run by a military unit under the command of the Iraqi prime minister's office, Human Rights Watch said.

 

A report on conflicts, human rights and peacebuilding, has revealed that sexual violence was used as a weapon in 31 armed conflicts that took place in 2009.

 

According to the Alerta 2010, violence against women was a constant in all armed conflicts, and most of them (armed conflicts) registered in 2009 were found in Asia (14) and Africa (10).

 

By the CNN Wire staff

 

Mexico City, Mexico (CNN) -- A pregnant 10-year-old, allegedly raped by her stepfather, has become the latest lightning rod in the country's heated abortion debate.

 

The girl's stepfather has been arrested. But advocates on both sides of the issue say their battle is just beginning.

 

In September 2009, the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched a year-long initiative to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of the passage of the Violence Against Women Act, and to raise awareness about violence against women and its effects on communities across the country.  In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April 2010), Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli and eight members of DOJ’s leadership traveled to 11 college campuses around the country in March 2010.  The visits to public, private and faith-based institutions and a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) inc

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