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.


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.



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