Officials in three states are calling for laws that would require college transcripts to indicate if a student has been suspended or expelled for committing sexual assault.

Currently, there is no federal law requiring schools to note such sanctions on a student's transcript, and colleges do not have to ask applicants if they have ever been punished for sexual assault. However, lawmakers in California and Maryland have proposed legislation that would mandate transcripts include sexual violence offenses, and Virginia is on the cusp of becoming the first state to enact such a law.

UNITED NATIONS — A new U.N. report says 2014 was marked by harrowing accounts of rape, sexual slavery and forced marriage being used by extremists including the Islamic State group and Boko Haram.

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The judge's decision has landed him at the center of a growing firestorm. On Thursday, three Orange County supervisors called on him to resign, thousands signed petitions condemning his actions and conservative talk show hosts revised their programming to discuss the case and news blog.

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Men with a brother found guilty of a sex offence are up to five times more likely than average to commit a similar crime, a study suggests.

Genetic factors had a "substantial influence" on the risk of being convicted of a sex offence, it found.

The study analysed data from 21,566 men convicted of sex offences in Sweden between 1973 and 2009.

The findings could help prevent crime, said co-author Prof Seena Fazel from the University of Oxford.

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PHOENIX (AP) — Officials agreed Wednesday to pay $3.5 million to settle a lawsuit that alleged metro Phoenix's sheriff botched the investigation into the rape of a 13-year-old girl and failed to arrest the suspect who then went on to sexually attack her again.

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Afghan women activists who are working to improve the human rights situation in their country face increased violence, including threats, sexual assault and assassinations, Amnesty International said Tuesday.

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Activists fear that the movement to fight sexual assault on campus will be derailed by the findings of an investigation into a Rolling Stone article about the alleged gang rape of a student now deemed a “journalistic failure”.

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Rolling Stone on Sunday apologized and removed an article it published about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia (UVA) fraternity house, after an independent review outlined a “story of journalistic failure” at the magazine.

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On Friday, Ashley Diamond and, through her, all transgender inmates won the unexpected support of the Justice Department, which intervened on her behalf in the federal lawsuit she filed against Georgia corrections officials in February.

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Frustrated with China's piecemeal child abuse laws, the victim's families are appealing for a harsher punishment. They're pushing Li Jian to pay compensation so the boys can receive costly psychological counselling.

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