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House approves ban on abortion after 20 weeks; chances slim in Senate

The House voted along party lines Tuesday to approve Arizona Rep. Trent Franks’ bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy except in cases of rape, incest or threats to the life of the mother.... Read more»

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Gaps in Clery Act figures create appearance of safe colleges

The number of sexual assaults against University of Arizona women is five times greater than what the university reports to federal authorities as required by law.... Read more»

Advocates worry Az rape kit backlog will discourage victims, enable offenders

A state task force said Arizona has thousands more untested rape kits than originally thought, a problem that advocates fear could undermine efforts to get victims to come forward while giving serial offenders a “free pass.”... Read more»

Far from home

Sexual violence plagues young women attempting to flee Central America

A brutal pattern of sexual violence affects thousands of girls and young women who flee from Central America to enter the United States, reveals a review of legal documents and interviews with defense lawyers in political asylum cases along with Los Angeles religious and social service workers.... Read more»

Amid push to clear rape kit backlog, extent of problem unknown in Az

As many as 400,000 “rape kits” nationwide have not been tested, thousands of them in Arizona, a backlog that advocates and government officials say is delaying the identification of potential rapists. In Arizona, the true extent of the backlog is uncertain because police departments here, as in many other states, are not required to track the backlog of rape kits.... Read more»

Mexico is trying to win its drug war with more torture

Mexico's use of torture in the drug war is up 600 percent in last 10 years, reports Amnesty International.... Read more»

Women fighting back on video game misogyny

Some said banter between two players at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, a man and a woman, went too far, with comments interpreted as rape jokes. ... Read more»2

The most important #muckreads on rape in the military

The Pentagon announced this week that a sergeant working in the military’s sexual assault prevention office had been charged with — you guessed it — sexual assault. This news came just a week after the officer in charge of the Air Force’s rape prevention program was arrested for sexual battery. ... Read more»

Violence Against Women Act adds protections for tribal women

Tribal courts will be able to prosecute non-Native abusers under an expanded Violence Against Women Act that won final congressional approval. It also expands domestic violence protections for immigrants, extends them to same-sex couples and includes funding.... Read more»

Mexico authorities blame parents of 9-year-old who gave birth to baby girl

Mexico health authorities have criticized the parents of a nine-year-old girl who gave birth to a baby girl last month for not reporting her pregnancy earlier. ... Read more»

9-year-old in Mexico gives birth to baby girl

A 9-year-old girl in Mexico has given birth to a baby girl, Agence France-Presse reported Wednesday. Authorities are now hunting for the 17-year-old father in what they believe is a case of rape or sexual abuse.... Read more»

Comic:

Sisyphus Romney

You've got to feel for Mitt Romney. What's a guy got to do to get a little HELP around here?... Read more»

Liberian leader guilty of aiding, abetting war crimes

Charles Taylor, the former Liberian leader, has been found guilty of aiding and abetting war crimes during Sierra Leone’s decade-long civil war, at his trial in The Hague.... Read more»

Man gets 33 months for illegal re-entry

A 23-year-old Mexican man was sentenced to 33 months in prison for illegal re-entry of a felon.... Read more»

Native American women face high rate of sexual assaults

Native American women are twice as likely to be sexually assaulted as any other race, but successfully prosecuting assailants is harder in Indian country.... Read more»3

CDC: Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. women have been sexually assaulted

Nearly one in five American women have been victims of rape or sexual abuse, according to a groundbreaking study by the Center for Disease Control. ... Read more»

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