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Rick Perry Dodges Measures to Address the Prison Sexual Assault Crisis

Given Texas' record for detention facilities with high rates of sexual abuse, Gov. Perry’s rejection of rules under the Prison Rape Elimination Act is especially troubling to those advocating for the safety of inmates.

Given Texas’ record for detention facilities with high rates of sexual abuse, Gov. Perry’s rejection of rules under the Prison Rape Elimination Act is especially troubling to those advocating for the safety of inmates.

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Vote on Sexual Assault Measures Thwarted in Senate

An attempt to bring up for debate measures designed to address sexual assault in the military, including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's bid to remove prosecution of sex crimes from the chain of command, was scuttled on Monday.

An attempt to bring up for debate measures designed to address sexual assault in the military, including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s bid to remove prosecution of sex crimes from the chain of command, was scuttled on Monday.

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Gillibrand Demands Scores of Sexual Assault Case Records From Pentagon

An AP investigation of sexual assault cases at U.S. military bases in Japan reveals erratic application of justice, and the senator suspects there's more to be found stateside.

An AP investigation of sexual assault cases at U.S. military bases in Japan reveals erratic application of justice, and the senator suspects there’s more to be found stateside.

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Gillibrand Starts Final Push to Reform Military Sexual Assault Prosecutions

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The senator is optimistic that her amendment, the Military Justice Improvement Act, could reach even the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster.

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Revised Sexual Assault Exam Guidelines Include Offering Victims Emergency Contraception

New sexual assault exam guidelines from the Department of Justice specify that rape victims are to be offered emergency contraception during the course of an exam.

New sexual assault exam guidelines from the Department of Justice specify that rape victims are to be offered emergency contraception during the course of an exam.

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Eric Holder Staying On As Attorney General Is Good News For Reproductive Rights

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Under Attorney General Eric Holder, the Department of Justice has gotten serious about FACE prosecutions.

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(UPDATE) “Sex Traffickers” Target Planned Parenthood in Possible Live Action Films Hoax

What is the value of a “sting” operation if the goal is just to “sting?” In a juvenile effort to harass Planned Parenthood, anti-choicers find themselves the focus of a possible FBI investigation.

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Senate Republicans Throw Obstacles Before Sebelius, Johnsen Nominations

Protests from anti-choice activists continue to stall the nominations of Dawn Johnsen to Office of Legal Counsel and Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Obama Nominates Pro-Choice Advocate to Powerful Legal Office

The nomination of Dawn Johnsen to head the Office of Legal Counsel, along with Eric Holder and other Obama picks, signals an end to the Bush Administration reigns of terror on prisoners of war and on women’s rights.

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Women’s Rights, Civil Rights Leaders Urge Swift Confirmation of Eric Holder for Attorney General

Confirmation hearings for Eric Holder, nominated to be Attorney General in the Obama Administration, were originally planned on a fast-track.  Women’s rights and civil rights leaders are calling on the Senate for swift confirmation.
But Republicans leaders say "not so fast."

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