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Oregon House OKs Extension Statute of Limitations for Rape
The Oregon House voted April 15 to give prosecutors more time to bring criminal charges in some sex crimes cases, the Associated Press reported. The House unanimously backed an extension of the statute of limitations from six to 12 years for the most extreme cases of rape and sexual abuse. The bill has now to pass the vote of the state Senate. Researchers say sex crimes are under reported, and it sometimes takes victims many years before they feel comfortable going to police.

HRW Documents ISIS 'War Crimes' Against Yazidi Women
In a report released April 15, Human Rights Watch accuses the Islamic State of war crimes and, potentially, crimes against humanity for their treatment of Yazidi women. Islamic State “forces have committed organized rape, sexual assault, and other horrific crimes against Yezidi women and girls,” Liesl Gerntholtz, women’s rights director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement. “Those fortunate enough to have escaped need to be treated for the unimaginable trauma they endured.” HRW's researchers conducted interviews with 20 Yazidi women and girls who escaped from ISIS.

Vatican Unexpectedly Ends Overhaul of U.S. Nun Group
The Vatican unexpectedly ended its controversial reform of the main umbrella group of U.S. nuns,  The Associated Press reported April 16. The move cements a shift in tone and treatment of the U.S. sisters under the social justice-minded Pope Francis. The Vatican said it had accepted a final report on its overhaul of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and declared that the "implementation of the mandate has been accomplished" nearly two years ahead of schedule.

Women Shown Fewer Online Ads for High-Paying Jobs
Online ads for high-paying jobs are shown more often to men than to women, according to a recent study from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. The findings are raising questions about the who is responsible for the potentially discriminatory patterns of complex algorithms, Al Jazeera America reported April 16.

Trending: #ToTheGirls Spreads Advice Among Women
The hashtag #ToTheGirls was widely used this week on Twitter after it was launched April 14 by author Courtney Summers. Summers launched #ToTheGirls the same day that her YA novel All the Rage was released. Her hope was that women share their best pieces of advice to young women seeking guidance and affirmation.

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