Children whose mothers said they were chronically abused by their partners were more likely to be obese by age 5 than similar children whose mothers did not report such steady family violence, Boston researchers report.

 

By Melanie Mason

 

With audiences worldwide gearing up for the 2010 World Cup, Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, wants to direct attention to one of the seamier elements of the games.

 

Granger introduced a resolution in the House that calls for South Africa -- the home of this year's month-long tournament -- to fight sex trafficking of women and children, an ugly byproduct of the upsurge in tourism to the country. Half a million people are expected to visit the country during the course of the games, which start on Friday.

 

By Debra Erdley

 

Advocates for rape victims say the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's release of photographs, audio tapes and video of interviews with a 20-year-old coed who accused Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of rape is a nightmare come true.

 

"It certainly seems to me to be unnecessary and almost punitive to the victim," said attorney Carol Tracy, executive director of the Women's Law Project in Philadelphia.

 

COLUMBUS - Ohio's social-service and justice systems are ill-equipped to recognize and help victims of modern-day slavery, a state task force concluded yesterday.

 

Law enforcement often doesn't recognize that those they've arrested are victims, not criminals, while others sometimes fall through the cracks even when identified because of a lack of residential programs, counseling, and other services, the report said.

 

Leyla W. couldn't figure out where her birth control pills kept going. One day a few tablets would be missing; the next, the whole container. Her then-boyfriend shrugged and said he hadn't seen them. She believed him — until she found them in his drawer. When she confronted him, he hit her. "That was his way of shutting me up," says Leyla, who is in her mid-20s and living in Northern California. (For her safety, Leyla wishes to withhold her last name and hometown.) He also raped her and, most days, left her locked in a bedroom with a bit of food and water while he went to work.

The House Veterans’ Affairs Committee this month invited Scott Berkowitz, RAINN’s president, Dr. Kaye Whitley, director of the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, and other experts to testify about the current state of efforts to help military service members and veterans who have been victims of sexual violence.

 

Key partners in the global battle against child exploitation gathered today at a meeting hosted by the Department of Justice.  Representatives from the United Kingdom, Australia met with officials from the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, as well as representatives from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  An official from Canada participated in the meeting by phone. 

 

LONDON — The conviction of two 10-year-old British schoolboys for the attempted rape of an eight-year-old girl triggered a debate on Tuesday over judicial handling of such cases involving minors.

 

The boys, now aged 11 and 10, were found guilty on Monday over the incident last October in west London, although their lawyers claimed they were just being naughty or playing a game.

 

Former director of public prosecutions Sir Ken Macdonald wrote in the Times newspaper that such cases risked "making fools of ourselves and worse, demons of damaged children".

By Daniel Burke

By Scott Mims

 

Victims of rape or sexual assault deal with a myriad of emotions in the hours and days that immediately follow the crime. The last thing they need is to be traumatized all over again by the process that ensues.

 

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