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.


ANCHORAGE - Attorney General Dan Sullivan is asking lawyers to donate their time to provide legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.


Sullivan is planning a "pro bono summit" this month in Anchorage.


Nearly 4 million adults in California reported being a victim of physical or sexual violence at the hands of a spouse, companion or other intimate partner, according to a new policy brief from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.


Of those victims, more than 1 million reported being forced to have sex by an intimate partner, the study found.


By Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press Writer


The Supreme Court ruled Monday that federal officials can indefinitely hold inmates considered "sexually dangerous" after their prison terms are complete.


The high court in a 7-2 judgment reversed a lower court decision that said Congress overstepped its authority in allowing indefinite detentions of considered "sexually dangerous."


Kansas First Lady Stacy Parkinson and Roderick Bremby, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), recognized SAFEHOME Inc., Johnson County, today for their recent receipt of the Safe States Alliance 2010 "Innovative Initiative of the Year" Award.


Entitled, "The Outrage", SAFEHOME's production is performend by high school student volunteers with the goal to provide teens educational information about teen dating violence and sexual assault.



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