By Michelle Cole
 
SALEM -- A young woman at a college party gets drunk and blacks out. Then she's raped.
 
Oregon is one of 18 states where prosecutors and courts are allowed to consider how she became intoxicated. Did she drink too much? Did somebody slip a drug into her beer?

 

By Catherine Cannon
15 May 2009
 
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says the most common form of human trafficking is for sexual exploitation. In a recent report on modern slavery, the UN says that about 79 percent of people enslaved each year are coerced into prostitution. Some experts believe the best solution is to focus on decreasing the demand. 
 
Human trafficking for sexual exploitation is a growing problem worldwide, according to experts. The victims are mostly women and girls.

 

May 13, 2009

 
(Washington, DC) - The United States Senate should move beyond collecting testimony in its commitment to help prevent and punish rape in conflict, Human Rights Watch said today in a written submission to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The US is in a strong position to provide active global leadership and to press for international action, Human Rights Watch said.   
 

By Yomiuri Shimbun
May 10, 2009
 
TOKYO – A Japanese computer game in which players rape women and girls, impregnate them and then force them to get abortions has stirred international criticism among human rights groups and lawmakers.
 
 
New York-based human rights organization Equality Now has demanded that the sale of the game, developed by a Yokohama-based firm in 2006, be banned in Japan and overseas.
 

By MARK BRUNSWICK, Star Tribune
Last update: May 6, 2009 - 9:35 PM
 

The networking site MySpace has purged 90,000 sex offenders' profiles since 2007, the company said earlier this year. In late March, a Hopkins man classified as a Level III sex offender was charged with repeatedly raping a teenage boy he met through an online service.
 

By JAMES DAO
 
Published: May 6, 2009

 
The Department of Veterans Affairs will review the billing practices of veterans health centers around the country amid concerns that some are improperly charging for care relating to sexual assault in the military, officials said Wednesday.
 

The Missouri state House approved an amendment to a licensing bill this week that could restrict access to Emergency Contraception (EC), also known as Plan B, in the state. The amendment, adopted in a 115 to 43 vote, would allow pharmacies to choose whether or not to stock EC, according to the Associated Press.

By Kent Harris
 

VICENZA, Italy — Kits used by the military to collect evidence in sexual assault cases do not have enough equipment or the necessary paperwork for investigators, a military forensic specialist testified at a recent court-martial.
 
Furthermore, those using the kits might not be receiving the proper training, she said.
 

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Police said on Thursday they arrested a man suspected of killing up to 30 older women in two waves of unsolved strangulation-rapes that terrorized Los Angeles and other communities in the 1970s and '80s.
 
 
Detectives of the Los Angeles Police Department's "cold case" unit said John Floyd Thomas Jr., 72, the man they now believe to be the "Westside Rapist," was linked by DNA evidence to five slayings, two with which he is formally charged.
 
 

Stalking by children and teenagers tends to be significantly more violent than that carried out by adults, Australian research has suggested.
 
Psychiatrists looked at nearly 300 so-called juvenile stalkers and found they rarely acted because of infatuation for their victim, as often assumed.
 
Instead stalking was an extension of bullying, or a reaction to a perceived injustice - including sexual rejection.
 
The findings are reported in the British Journal of Psychiatry.
 

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