(CNN) -- The Pennsylvania attorney general's office is blaming a former state prison clerk for her own rape, in response to a federal lawsuit the woman filed.

The 24-year-old typist was working at the state prison at Rockview in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, when she was attacked in 2013. She was choked unconscious and raped for 27 minutes by inmate Omar Best, who had been convicted three times previously of sex-related crimes, and then been transferred from a different state prison for assaulting a female assistant there.

 

WASHINGTON — Current and former female firefighters of the United States Forest Service have filed a complaint with the Department of Agriculture alleging that they suffered job discrimination, harassment and sexual abuse at the hands of male co-workers and that top agency officials failed to stop it.

 

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Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) introduced legislation this week to make emergency contraception more widely available to survivors of sexual assault.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology at West Virginia University launched the Research Center on Violence this week.

The director of the center, Walter DeKeseredy, said that rural violence occurs more often than urban.

He hopes the public will turn to the center for issues related to violence and conflict resolution.

 

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Even now, years after its release, the data and analysis outlined in an Amnesty International report can be difficult to absorb: More than one in three American Indian and Alaska Native women will be raped in their lifetime, and faults in the framework of the legal system make women on reservations especially vulnerable to violent offenders.

Over the past several months, sexual assault on college campuses has received increased national attention. In its first report, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault highlighted steps colleges and universities can take to curb the number of sexual assaults on campuses. For the first time, the U.S.

Recently in New York, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) held its first-ever panel discussion on child marriage. The panel, requested by last year’s first General Assembly resolution on child marriage, focused on the post-2015 development agenda and the development costs of child marriage.

 

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Congress sent President Barack Obama legislation Thursday renewing a soon to expire program that helps local governments cut their backlogs of unexamined DNA evidence in rape cases.

The program, which was backed by Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder, provides federal grants to state and local law enforcement agencies so they can speed their analyses of untested evidence kits. Experts say many thousands of such kits are languishing in communities around the country, including some that are many years old.

 

The White House will launch an ambitious branding campaign Friday aimed at ending sexual assaults on college campuses, in part by enlisting the support of major college sports leagues and prominent celebrities.

Entitled "It's On Us," the initiative aims to shift the culture in which rape is socially acceptable at colleges and universities, White House officials said. One in five women will be sexually assaulted while in college, according to studies, many of them during their first year by someone they know.

 

The NFL is establishing partnerships with groups that work to prevent domestic abuse and will have its players, coaches and executives undergo an educational program about domestic violence, according to a memo sent from Commissioner Roger Goodell to teams.

“These are by no means final steps,” Goodell wrote in the memo, which was sent to NFL teams Thursday. “We will continue to work with experts to expand and develop long-term programs that raise awareness, educate, and prevent domestic violence and sexual assault both within the NFL and in our society in general.”

 

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