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ILLUSTRATION: April's Sexual Assault Awareness Month is focused on preventing violence on campuses, while recognizing that assaults can be more than physical in nature. Groups are calling out behaviors and instances that attempt to "normalize" sexual violence, and promoting values that encourage respect. Illustration courtesy Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.

BOISE, Idaho - It's back to school for April's Sexual Assault Awareness Month in Idaho. While awareness is important, Kelly Miller, executive director of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence said "action" is the focus as her group works with college and university campus leaders ...Read More

PHOTO: Teresa Matthews of Ohio is being honored for her work to prevent sexual violence and help survivors. Credit: Ohio Alliance to End Sexual Assault.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – One-in-five women has reported being raped in her lifetime, and more than 40 percent of Ohio women are victims of other types of sexual assault. An Ohio woman is being honored for her work to help survivors and prevent sexual violence. Teresa Matthews is a witness victim c ...Read More

ILLUSTRATION: April is both Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Prevention advocates in New York and nationwide report progress and problems. Photo credit:

BETHPAGE, N.Y. - If there's a message, it's: "If you see something, say something." April is both Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and advocates fighting to protect minors say progress is made when people learn to step up and report abuse. Anthony Zenkus, director o ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Married victims of domestic violence now have until the end of May to enroll for affordable health care coverage, which is known as Kynect in Kentucky.  Photo courtesy of: Kynect.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The deadline in Kentucky to enroll for affordable health care coverage through the state marketplace, known as Kynect, has been extended to Friday. But, if you are married and a victim of domestic violence, you have until the end of May. According to Andrea Miller, economic justic ...Read More

PHOTO: Sexual violence is a growing problem in Indiana; the state leads the nation in numbers of sexual assaults against teens. Photo by: Anita Peppers.

INDIANAPOLIS - More than one woman in five in Indiana is a rape victim, and more than two in five have been sexually assaulted. Despite the alarming numbers, getting help in recovery can be difficult. According to Anita Carpenter, who heads the Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault, in nearly hal ...Read More

PHOTO: A hearing is expected today on a bill (HF 3228) that aims to close a loophole that allows domestic abusers in Minnesota to posses rifles and shotguns. Photo credit: dualdflipflop

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It is the most dangerous time for an abused woman: when she's leaving and he's losing control. So a bill being debated at the state Capitol aims to take guns out of the mix. Joan Peterson, board president, Protect Minnesota: Working to End Gun Violence, said the legislation would ...Read More

PHOTO: A tougher human trafficking law in Kentucky has help children caught in the sex trade find safe harbor and get help. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - More than 50 cases of child trafficking have been reported to the state since Kentucky updated its laws against the crime last year. Gov. Steve Beshear signed the toughened law a year ago today, and it took effect in July. The key change was providing minors what is known as "safe ...Read More

GRAPHIC: The Nassau County District Attorney was a co-sponsor of a conference this week on youth and gang violence, which is an ongoing problem on Long Island and around the state. Courtesy: NCDA.

UNIONDALE, N.Y. - Violent youth gangs attract New York's young people, and efforts to combat that involve parents, schools, community groups and law enforcement. They all put their heads together this week at Hofstra University. Mia Zatar, executive director of the anti-gang group Strong Youth Inc. ...Read More

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