GLENN ADAMS, Associated Press Writer
 
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) ― The state's highest court ruled Tuesday against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland in a sex-abuse case, concluding that a charitable immunity defense cannot be raised if church officials acted intentionally.

 
In a 5-2 decision, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court set guidelines for the charitable immunity defense in a lawsuit brought by William Picher of Augusta, who contends he was abused in the 1980s by a priest whose supervisors knew about his tendencies but did nothing to intervene.

Sexist jokes (and all the variants of this kind of humour) favour the mental mechanisms which urge to violence and battering against women in individuals with macho attitudes. Those are the conclusions of a study carried out at the University of Granada in the framework of the world most renowned international symposium about humour and its scientific applications ('International Summer School and Symposium on Humour and Laughter: Theory, Research and Applications') that will be held in Granada.
 
 

By Lisa M. Novak
June 28, 2009
 
NAPLES, Italy — A task force charged with assessing the effectiveness of sexual assault prevention programs in the military wrapped up a worldwide tour of 40 installations with a stop in Naples last week.
 
During its 11-month tour, the Defense Task Force on Sexual Assault in the Military Services conducted more than 400 interviews, including 60 with sexual assault victims; collected data from more than 1,800 individuals during focus groups; and conducted surveys with sexual assault program specialists.
 

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LOS ANGELES, June 23 (UPI) -- Los Angeles County officials say a shortage of funds has prompted them to suspend a program intended to analyze DNA evidence in thousands of sexual assaults.
 
 
Sheriff's Department officials said they expect to be able to revive the testing program for at least a while with federal grant funds anticipated in July and additional funds this fall but for now the department has stopped sending DNA evidence to private crime laboratories, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
 

June 23, 2009
 

WHAT IS UN ACTION?

UN Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict (UN Action) unites the work of 12 UN entities to prevent all forms of gender based violence (GBV), including sexual violence in conflict. It is a concerted effort by the UN to improve coordination and accountability, amplify programming and advocacy, and support national efforts to prevent sexual violence and respond effectively to the needs of survivors.
UN ACTION HAS THREE MAIN PILLARS:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued the ninth annual Department of State Trafficking in Persons Report today. The report outlined major forms of human trafficking including forced labor, bonded labor, debt bondage among migrant laborers, involuntary domestic servitude, forced child labor, child soldiers, sex trafficking, and child sex trafficking and related abuses.

(Washington, DC) - The US Congress should amend a 13-year-old federal law that denies prisoners equal access to justice, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
 

By Megan Twohey
 
June 14, 2009
 
A woman submitted to a rape kit exam in July 2008 at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital after a husky stranger allegedly dragged her to the ground and sexually assaulted her, biting her on the neck and ears, according to police reports.
 
Nearly one year later, the kit with its potential DNA evidence sits in storage at the Downers Grove Police Department after the agency chose not to have it tested.
 

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