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.

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.

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.

LONDON - The number of international Web sites showing sexual abuse of children has fallen by about 10 percent, but the images on these sites are more violent, according to a British Internet watchdog.
The Internet Watch Foundation said increased vigilance by U.K. police and private groups that operate a series of hot lines has made it harder for commercial groups to operate child pornography Web sites. Illegal sites are often removed within hours, the group said.

By Megan Twohey

April 20, 2009
In an unprecedented move in the Chicago area, more than a dozen churches on the city's West Side delivered coordinated sermons on sexual violence Sunday, saying it was time for a widespread but often hidden problem to be addressed from the pulpit.

April 20, 2009
The state of Illinois wants to raise awareness of human trafficking.
Governor Pat Quinn has proclaimed Saturday, April 25th to be Human Trafficking Outreach Day.
According to the governor's office, 600,000-800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year. Millions more are trafficked within their own countries.


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