On Wednesday morning the Utah's state crime lab and other agencies announced a new rape kit hotline number along with updates on kit testing.

To read full article, visit this KUTV link.

For far too long, boys and men who have been sexually abused or assaulted have been overlooked, neglected, minimized or stigmatized by society and, at times, by the health care community. It's time for that disregard to stop.

To read full commentary piece, visit this CNN link.

Four years into South Sudan's devastating civil war, the world's youngest nation is reeling from sexual violence on a "massive scale," a new Amnesty International report says. Thousands of women, children and some men are suffering in silence, grappling with mental distress.

To read full article, visit this ABC News link.

Gruesome billboards of a woman in a bloodied and torn bridal gown appeared around Beirut recently, captioned in Arabic: “A white dress doesn’t cover up rape.” This spring, a women’s rights group, Abaad, hung similarly defiled gowns along the city’s famous seaside promenade.

The United Nations migration agency today said that perhaps 80 per cent of Nigerian migrant women and girls arriving on Europe's shores in Italy could potentially be sex trafficking victims, spotlighting the horrific levels of abuse and violence migrants face along their arduous journeys for a better future.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled changes enacted five years ago to toughen reporting requirements under Pennsylvania's sex offender registration law cannot be applied retroactively.

To read full article, visit this WITF link.

Former U.S. House of Representative Speaker Dennis Hastert has been released from prison in Minnesota and moved to a Chicago halfway house after serving a 13-month sentence for a financial crime tied to sex abuse, federal records showed on Tuesday.

To read full article, visit this Reuters link.

 

Local members of Congress on Friday sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security saying they are "profoundly concerned" that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents do not have a policy against visiting courthouses in hopes of arresting and deporting crime victims.

The move comes after agents appeared in a specialized court in Queens last month looking for a victim of human trafficking, officials said.

Teachers at one of Germany's most famous Roman Catholic choir schools physically or sexually abused 547 pupils between 1945 and 2015, an independent report found on Tuesday, with some boys likening the institution to a concentration camp.

To read full article, visit this Reuters link. This article contains disturbing content that may be triggering for some readers.

In January 2016, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) took to the House floor and delivered a blistering speech on a topic not often discussed outside the towers of academia: sexual harassment in the sciences.

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