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Access to abortion for members of the military expanded in Pentagon spending bill

The U.S. House’s annual funding bill for the Defense Department would require the Pentagon to provide leave to troops and civilian employees seeking abortions, though service members will continue to face challenges even if it’s included in the final package. ... Read more»

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DOJ updates guide on gender bias for police response to sexual assault, domestic violence

The Department of Justice is trying to help law enforcement better recognize, mitigate and prevent gender bias when responding to and investigating sexual assault, domestic violence, and other forms of gender-based violence cases.... Read more»

Still no evidence of Arizona governor’s claim that victims are being billed for rape kits

Gov. Doug Ducey’s claim that facilities in some Arizona counties are charging victims to process their rape kits is disputed by almost every county, and those advancing the claim refuse to reveal where it’s happening.... Read more»

No evidence of Ducey claim that victims are being charged $800 for rape kits

In his State of the State speech earlier this month, Gov. Doug Ducey claimed that women are being charged up to $800 in processing fees for rape kits — which would be illegal under federal law — but it's unclear whether that's actually happening.... Read more»

Law named after murdered soldier will revamp military sexual assault investigations

Commanders will no longer be involved in military sexual harassment or sexual assault investigations under a new federal law named for a murdered Fort Hood soldier that goes into effect on Jan. 1.... Read more»

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Claytoonz: Jim Jordan mixes up his cover-ups

Trying to overthrow the government should be illegal…even for members of the government. The January 6 Committee, investigating the attack on the Capitol by white nationalist Trump supporters, has subpoenaed Congressman Jim Jordan.... Read more»

Funding available for Arizona tribal governments to support public safety

Arizona tribal governments can go after funding - available through the U.S. Department of Justice - to help their communities in the areas of crime prevention, victim services and coordinated community responses to violence against Indigenous women.... Read more»

Supreme Court denies emergency stay of Texas abortion ban

A divided U.S. Supreme Court rejected an emergency appeal from Texas abortion providers who sought to block enforcement of a law allowing private citizens to sue them if they perform the procedure after a fetal heartbeat is detected. ... Read more»

ICE deported key witness in sexual assault investigation at El Paso detention center

Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department inspectors general are investigating allegations that ICE guards assaulted detainees in camera blind spots. ... Read more»

ICE guards 'systematically' sexually assault detainees in an El Paso detention center, lawyers say

Allegations include guards attacking victims in camera “blind spots” and telling them that “no one would believe” them in ICE detention centers, which imprison about 50,000 immigrants each year at a taxpayer expense of $2.7 billion.... Read more»

Border Patrol downplays agents' racist, misogynistic Facebook group

Agents in a secret Facebook group shared crudely manipulated images of men sexually assaulting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat and frequent antagonist of the Border Patrol; joked about migrants who died while trying to enter the United States; and made racist insults about Central Americans. The group called itself “I’m 10-15,” Border Patrol radio code for “aliens in custody,” and included some 9,500 current or former agents. ... Read more»

Woman says she was raped at private prison on eve of deportation

A Mexican woman sued prison contractor CoreCivic on Wednesday, claiming a man in street clothes beat and raped her in its Houston detention center and she gave birth to his daughter after she was deported. ... Read more»

Drawing on her history, McSally calls on colleges to stop sexual assaults

In a different year, U.S. Sen. Martha McSally might not have been on a stage at the U.S. Naval Academy telling college officials that they need to step up and do their part to end sexual assaults on their campuses.... Read more»

Supreme Court won’t hear Arizona law denying bail in sex-assault cases

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to revive a voter-approved Arizona law that denied bail to suspects in sexual assault cases, after that law was struck down as unconstitutional last year. ... Read more»

Legislative roundup: Tanning, guns, tuition costs

This was the busiest week yet this session for Arizona lawmakers, with committee hearings taking hours and bills vetted by the dozens. The week on the capitol began graced with dozens of Arizona firefighters spotting the mall, and ended with a farmers market. Somewhere in between, a mini horse trotted across the Rose Garden to lobby for service animals.... 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»

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