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.

About 300 Afghan women, facing an angry throng three times larger than their own, walked the streets of the capital on Wednesday to demand that Parliament repeal a new law that introduces a range of Taliban-like restrictions on women, and permits, among other things, marital rape.

April 15, 2009
Police accusations this week that the woman charged with the murder of Sandra Cantu penetrated the Tracy, Calif., 8-year-old with a "foreign object" sent psychological chills up the spine of Americans.

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April 8, 2009 -- Rwandan rebel forces, government army soldiers, and their allies have raped at least 90 women and girls since late January 2009 in the volatile North and South Kivu provinces of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Human Rights Watch said today. The Rwandan rebel forces have also been implicated in the deaths of most of the 180 civilians killed during this period.

7 April 2009 – The United Nations today launched a manual for parliamentarians across the world aimed at helping lawmakers end the global scourge of modern-day slavery and human trafficking.

 “Around the world, millions of people, usually women and children, are trapped in a modern form of slavery called human trafficking,” Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said at the launch of the handbook.


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