Minnesota's civil commitment program for sex offenders has been under fire for years by people who say it's unconstitutional because it amounts to a life sentence. A federal judge has pressured state lawmakers to change the program to address concerns, but they have not.

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Nearly 507,000 women and girls in the United States could be at risk of female genital excision, including 57,000 in California, a new study has found.

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Pope Francis on Thursday ordered Roman Catholic bishops around the world to cooperate as a matter of priority with a commission he set up to protect children from sexual abuse by clerics, even if it unearths new scandals.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's prison system is the target of a class-action lawsuit alleging that guards and other workers failed to prevent the sexual assault of male teen inmates who were locked up with adults.

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Despite some positive developments across the United Nations system, the task of protecting civilians has become more onerous as conflicts have become increasingly vicious, with the brutalization of women a deplorable persisting trend, a senior UN relief official said today, as she urged the Security Council to press all conflict parties to abide by their international obligations towards civilian protection.

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Defense attorneys for Brandon Vandenburg are filing a motion to have the jury verdict thrown out after learning one juror wasn't forthcoming with information that he or she was the victim of sexual violence.

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A California law student and a Virginia man dated for about six months after meeting through an online dating service. The fallout from the breakup, however, has gone on far longer, as the former boyfriend faces federal criminal charges over posting nude selfies and a sexually explicit video of the woman on pornographic websites.

Now the former boyfriend has a new problem: A big law firm recently has come to the law student’s aid and is suing him in federal court in Los Angeles.

The Boy Scouts of America announced Thursday that it had settled a lawsuit brought by the family of a Santa Barbara County man who was molested by a volunteer Scout leader in 2007.

A judge ruled earlier this month that the plaintiffs could use the Scouts’ secret “perversion files," which outline years of molestation claims and incidents, as evidence in the trial, a ruling that opened the door to possible public release of the files.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The gang-rape conviction of two former Vanderbilt University football players sends signals out in every direction.

To the two young men, Tuesday's verdicts show that being drunk out of your mind doesn't excuse criminal behavior.

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NASHVILLE — Two former Vanderbilt football players were convicted on Tuesday of raping a fellow student in 2013 after a jury rejected claims that they were too drunk to know what they were doing and that a college culture of binge drinking and promiscuous sex should be blamed for the attack.

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