Newswise — When a 15-year-old northern California high school student was gang raped at her homecoming dance recently, as many as two dozen people stood by while the girl was assaulted by as many as 10 people.
Sharyn Potter, associate professor of sociology, and Vicki Banyard, associate professor of psychology, both at the University of New Hampshire, have extensively studied sexual violence prevention and the bystander phenomena –– what influences people’s decision to intervene or not when they see a crime occurring -– and are available to discuss it.

The House passed a Coast Guard Reauthorization Act Friday that requires annual reporting of the number of sexual assaults on and by members of the Coast Guard and establishes requirements for owners of cruise ships. The commandant of the Coast Guard will submit the report, which will also detail all disciplinary actions taken in each case, any subsequent policies and procedures implemented in response to the incidents, as well as a plan for the following year to reduce incidents of sexual assault.

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By Chris McGreal
Thursday 15 October

US defence firms are to be barred from lucrative government contracts if they refuse to allow employees access to the courts, after a woman working for a Halliburton subsidiary in Iraq was prevented from taking legal action over an alleged gang rape by fellow workers.

By James Halpin

Alaska needs more village public safety officers, forensic nurses and better tracking for sexual assaults to help combat its status as the rape capital of the U.S., according to a new Senate Judiciary Committee report.

The report, released Friday, calls the current sex assault data tracking system "inadequate at best" for a state with a sex assault report rate of more than 2 1/2 times the national average.

By Solomon Moore ESCONDIDO, CA -- Darrell Littleton calls them "his guys", but he does not trust them.
One got drunk and exposed himself to a jogger in a public park. Another was a fire captain until he molested his 13-year-old stepdaughter, went to prison and lost his wife, his job and his home. Now the man sleeps behind a drive-through restaurant.

NEW YORK, 25 September 2009 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), five United Nations organizations (UNICEF, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNIFEM, WHO) and private sector supporters will join together later today via the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in a new approach to address the rights violations and health impacts of sexual violence against girls.
According to the World Health Organization, in 2002 approximately 150 million girls experienced some form of sexual violence with physical contact.

By Jacqueline L. Salmon
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, September 10, 2009
One in every 33 women who attend worship services regularly has been the target of sexual advances by a religious leader, a survey released Wednesday says.

By Deena Guzder
While the world's attention was focused on Phillip Garrido, who is accused of abducting 11-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard in 1991 and holding her hostage for 18 years as a sex slave, three other alleged sexual predators were quietly brought back to the U.S. to face prosecution for abusing countless children in Cambodia. The horrifying ordeal of Garrido's victim is now well documented; however, the stories of an estimated 1.8 million other children worldwide who are forced into the multibillion-dollar commercial sex trade every year remain largely unheard.

(Los Angeles) - Sheriff Lee Baca of Los Angeles County has agreed to direct over $3 million in his FY 2010 budget to testing physical evidence in rape cases for DNA matches, Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky has announced. The announcement came in a letter to Human Rights Watch, which has been researching the backlog in untested evidence in rape cases.


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