Pentagon issues new regulations

Under pressure from Congress, the Pentagon on Thursday announced several revamped policies to prevent and prosecute sexual-assault cases, but the measures did little to satisfy some lawmakers and advocacy groups pushing for bigger changes. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved a raft…

Was I Raped?

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The exact definition of “rape,” “sexual assault,” “sexual abuse” and similar terms differs by state. The wording can get confusing, since states often use different words to mean the same thing or use the same words to describe different things. So, for a precise legal definition, you need to check the law in your state. But here are some general guidelines based on the defi...

Surviving a ‘horrific’ case of child sexual abuse

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Prosecutors described it as the most "horrific" case of child sexual abuse they had ever seen. Now 21 years old, the young woman who was the victim in that case is shedding that label and calling herself a survivor. She said she owes it all to the Rockingham County Child Advocacy Center in Portsmouth. This year's Seacoast Half Marathon in Portsmouth on Nov. 10 will raise ...

Six Things This Rape Crisis Center is Giving Up

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Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. 1.  Cop and Donut Jokes For years, our highly trained social workers, counselors, and advocates went head to head with law enforcement, distrustful of interrogation tactics in a society where rape culture is normalized, unwilling to believe that anyone else might possibly have a victim's b...