(RNS) When victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests first organized into a small band of volunteer activists in the late 1980s, reports of clergy molesting children were still new and relatively few. Most were minimized as anomalies or dismissed altogether — much the way the victims were.

Erin Filson, Anna Kegler and Rochelle Keyhan launched Geeks for CONsent, which has lobbied the organizers of Comic-Con with a Change.org petition to write a new anti-harassment policy.

 

To read full article, visit this Al Jazeera America link.

The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights has brought five more American colleges under investigation for their handling of campus sexual assault.

To read full article, visit this University Herald link.

(Reuters Health) - People who served in the military tend to have experienced more traumatic childhood events, such as being abused or living with an alcohol-dependant parent, than people who are not veterans, according to a new study.

In particular, men who volunteered for the military were more than twice as likely as men without military experience to report at least one adverse event in childhood, which supports a theory that people may use the military to escape from dysfunctional home lives, the researchers write in JAMA Psychiatry.

Ohio State University fired the director of its renowned marching band on Thursday and released a report describing a culture of harassment and alcohol abuse in which students were told to mimic sex acts, march down the aisle of a bus while others tried to pull their clothes off, and march on the football field in their underwear.

(New York) – The rape of a 6-year-old girl at a school in Bangalore has refocused attention on sexual abuse of children in India, Human Rights Watch said today. India’s central and state governments should take immediate steps to implement the 2012 Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

 

To read full article, visit this Human Rights Watch link. Please note that the article contains graphic content that may be triggering for some readers.

 

The United Nations's second most senior official in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, told reporters in Geneva via videoconference: "It is a fatwa (or religious edict) from ISIS, we learnt about it this morning".

"We have no precise numbers," she said on Thursday.

The Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), took over large swathes of the country last month and has begun imposing its extreme Salafist interpretation of Islam.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday will publicly reprimand a judge who gave a lenient sentence to a rapist after suggesting the 14-year-old victim shared some of the responsibility for the crime.

 

To read full article, visit this KATU link.

The militant group Islamic State (ISIS) has ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq's northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations says.

The "fatwa" issued by the Sunni Muslim fighters would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Irbil.

 

To read full article, visit this Guardian link.

London (CNN) -- Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai added her voice Tuesday to calls for an end to female genital mutilation, a procedure affecting millions of women and girls worldwide.

A global "Girl Summit" is aimed at eradicating the practice, as well as child, early and forced marriage, within a generation. It's being held in London, hosted by the UK government along with U.N. children's agency UNICEF.

To read full article, visit this CNN link.

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