Today, President Obama signed into law the Sexual Assault Survivors Rights Act, establishing a set of guidelines for the federal government handles forensic evidence gathered after a person reports a sexual assault, otherwise known as a rape kit.
Last week California Gov. Jerry Brown approved the Justice for Victims Act, which will eliminate the state’s statute of limitations for prosecuting rape and other felony sex crimes.
This week the California Assembly unanimously passed a bill that would establish a mandatory minimum sentence of three years in prison for anyone convicted of raping an unconscious person.
Another judge has handed down a light sentence to a young man charged with two counts of rape and one count of indecent battery and assault after raping two of his high school classmates.
The California Assembly unanimously passed a bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations for prosecuting rape and other felony sex crimes.
Joe Biden announces million dollar plan to clear the massive national rape kit backlog.
Last night, SLUT: The Play, a powerful play about the realities of sexual assault in high schools, was performed for thousands at the Warner Theatre in Washington DC.
House Bill 36 is a restrictive 20-week abortion ban that would force rape survivors seeking abortion care to either report the crime or seek medical care or counseling at least 48 hours prior to having an abortion.
Twenty years ago, a doctor at a hospital in Peru raped a 22-year-old woman who was getting medical care. Now, after human-rights groups fought for the case, the Peruvian government has finally settled the case.
Two Michigan lawmakers introduced state legislation to repeal a Michigan law that forces women to buy additional health insurance coverage for abortion, even in cases of rape or when a women's health is endangered.
"We want to make sure administrations can't keep stuff hush hush in hopes of making it seem like a school is safe than it really is."
The US Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires colleges to eliminate gender-based discrimination.
"I welcome the chorus of voices calling for an end to the violence that affects an estimated one in three women in her lifetime."
After hours of debate, the Senate failed to vote yesterday on the Military Justice Improvement Act.
According to the report, the VA scrutinizes claims made by sexual assault victims more intently, even when they provide the kind of documentation their counterparts are not required to.
MJIA attempts to erase the systemic obstacles that victims of sexual assault in the military face due to the "clear bias and inherent conflicts of interest posed by the military chain of command's current sole decision-making power over whether cases move forward to a trial."
"This was an attempted murder and it's not an isolated case; it's one among many."
Etsy has removed the shirts, but the shop remains open with other offensive and sexist items.
DC's budget is under federal control, so if the federal government's shutdown continues much longer, some of the city's necessary programs--including those intended to help rape victims--may be temporarily discontinued due to lack of funding.
A former Wesleyan University student who was sexually assaulted in 2010 at a fraternity house, nicknamed by students the "rape factory," has settled a $10 million lawsuit against the university and the fraternity chapter.