A report the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs released on Tuesday indicates nearly two dozen LGBT people and those with HIV/AIDS lost their lives to domestic violence last year.

NCAVP said 48 percent of the 21 reported LGBT victims of fatal domestic violence incidents in 2012 were gay men, compared to 29 percent who were lesbian. The report also found more than half of reported number of LGBT people who died because of domestic violence were people of color. And they, along with transgender people, gay men and those under 30 remain the most vulnerable to it.

By Lucy Westcott

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 26 2013 (IPS) - The age-old debate over how to regulate sex work has led to a rift between the United Nations and anti-trafficking organisations, which are pressuring the world body to rethink its position following two reports that advocate decriminalising all aspects of prostitution.

27 September 2013 – Experts from the fields of law enforcement, research and academia gathered this week at a United Nations meeting in Vienna to find ways to combat the exploitation of children online, which has become more prevalent due to technological advances.

By Michael K. Lavers

Dany, who asked the Washington Blade not to use his last name, came to Virginia from Mexico in 2009 to escape the discrimination and abuse he said he suffered from his classmates and family members because he is gay. Those whom he said kidnapped him after he ran away from the school to which his parents had sent him as a child threatened to kill him because of his sexual orientation.

By Daniel Burke

(CNN) – Retired Pope Benedict XVI says he never tried to cover up the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests, breaking his post-retirement silence to address one of the greatest threats to his legacy as a church leader.

In a lengthy letter published in La Repubblica, an Italian newspaper, the former pope answered theological and moral arguments from Piergiorgio Odifreddi, an Italian atheist and mathematician who had written about Benedict in 2011.

A UN-backed special court in The Hague has rejected an appeal against war crimes convictions by lawyers representing former Liberian President Charles Taylor.

It ruled that his convictions had been proved beyond doubt.

Taylor appeared impassive in court as the judge upheld his convictions and 50-year sentence.

He was sentenced in May 2012 for aiding rebels who committed atrocities in Sierra Leone during its civil war.

His lawyers had argued that there were legal errors during his trial.

By Tom Wilemon

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Children trapped in sex trafficking or who are at risk for sexual exploitation need coordinated help from teachers, parents, government officials and community leaders, according to a report issued Wednesday by the Institute of Medicine.

The nation is without reliable estimates for the prevalence of under-age prostitution, the report noted.

By Mike Blanchfield

Cuba, Iran, Belarus and Russia used a United Nations body Thursday to criticize Canada’s human-rights record, as the Canadian envoy rejected calls to develop a comprehensive national review to end violence against aboriginal women.

Canada was responding Thursday to the UN Human Rights Council, which is conducting its Universal Period Review of Canada’s rights record, on a wide range of issues from poverty, immigration, prostitution and the criminal justice system.

Parents have always worried about their children accessing inappropriate material and images on the web, but the rise of smartphones and tablets means parents have even less control over their offspring's online activities.

When it comes to teenagers' attitudes to online pornography, is sex education at school the key to making it a turn-off?

An attorney for Jerry Sandusky appeared before a panel of judges Tuesday, requesting a new trial for the former Penn State assistant football coach in his sexual child abuse case.

The arguments made by appeals attorney Norris Gelman on behalf of Sandusky included claims that his defense did not have enough time to prepare for trial, that prosecutors made improper statements during trial and that the trial judge mishandled jury instructions.

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