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Sex Related Alcohol Expectancies: mediating rape and alcohol consumption

June 2, 2012

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Reblogged from the Rape Crisis Network Ireland Blog Across European countries there are notable differences in the behaviours of individuals who consume equal amounts of alcohol.[i] Culture plays a role in how we behave when we consume alcohol. Studies have shown that how an individual responds to alcohol depends on what effects they expect to […]

For Native American Women, Scourge of Rape, Rare Justice

May 23, 2012

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Native Americans are particularly vulnerable to sexual assault in remote Alaskan villages like Emmonak, women’s advocates say. EMMONAK, Alaska — She was 19, a young Alaska Native woman in this icebound fishing village of 800 in the Yukon River delta, when an intruder broke into her home and raped her. The man left. Shaking, the […]

Human Rights Watch Report Finds Immigrant Women Suffer Sexual Abuse To Avoid Job Losses, Deportation

May 20, 2012

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By Ashley Portero: Subscribe to Ashley’s RSS feed May 18, 2012 4:54 PM EDT While the U.S. House of Representatives advanced a version of the Violence Against Women Act that would limit protections for immigrant women this week, Human Rights Watch released a new report that documents an epidemic of sexual harassment and sexual violence […]

Modern Love A Hiker’s Guide to Healing

May 7, 2012

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By ASPEN MATISPublished: May 3, 2012 WHEN I was packing to leave college in the spring of my freshman year, shoving jeans and T-shirts and mittens into my suitcase and crying, I spoke with my parents on the phone. I told them I was unimpressed by school. I told them I was cold in Colorado, […]

Women See Worrisome Shift in Turkey

April 26, 2012

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By DAN BILEFSKY and SEBNEM ARSUPublished: April 25, 2012 Daniel Etter for The New York TimesA victim of domestic abuse in a women’s shelter in Istanbul, Turkey, on March 31, 2012. She has fled her husband and does not want to reveal her identity.  ISTANBUL — Gokce, a soft-spoken 37-year-old mother of two, has lived […]

Military Labels Rape Victims “Crazy”

April 20, 2012

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by Julie M. RodriguezApril 18, 2012 Sexual assault is a growing problem in the US military. A recent report points to 3,192 reported cases in 2011 alone. And only a small fraction of sexual assaults are ever reported. The Pentagon estimates the actual figure may be closer to 19,000. Previous studies have suggested that 1 […]

Breaking the Silence

April 18, 2012

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Take Back the Night aims to curb violence against women, empower victimsBy Kevin Osborne · April 17th, 2012 · News “It takes two people to speak the truth: One to speak and another to hear.” – Henry David Thoreau Organizers of the annual Take Back the Night vigils and marches across the United States often […]

For colleges, rape cases a legal minefield

April 18, 2012

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Dinand Library on the campus of Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass. Edwin Bleiler, who was expelled from Holy Cross in Massachusetts on the day he was supposed to graduate in spring 2011, for allegedly sexually assaulting another student. AP PHOTO By JUSTIN POPEThe Associated Press – Published: April 18, 2012 A closed-door encounter between […]

Still no justice for women survivors of wartime rape in Bosnia and Herzegovina

April 12, 2012

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March 28, 2012 It is time the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina enacted its 2010 commitment to ensure justice, truth and reparation for hundreds of survivors of wartime sexual violence, Amnesty International said in a briefing published today. “Nearly two decades after the end of the war, hundreds of women continue to live with the […]

Too Young to Wed

April 11, 2012

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WARNING: Not suitable for sensitive persons Published June 7, 2011 Stephanie Sinclair, for the Pulitzer Center Every year, throughout the world, millions of young girls are forced into marriage. Child marriage is outlawed in many countries and international agreements forbid the practice yet this tradition still spans continents, language, religion and caste. Over an eight-year […]

On Shaima Alawadi, family violence, and hate crimes

April 10, 2012

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By Karla Kellam, April 9, 2012 As the facts about the Shaima Alawadi murder case continue to trickle in, it appears more and more that she was the victim of family violence, rather than a hate crime. As somebody who works to prevent family violence at Project Sakinah, this does not come as a surprise […]

Death of Rape Victim in Morocco Sparks Calls for Legal Reform

April 6, 2012

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By KRISTEN MCTIGHEPublished: April 5, 2012 RABAT, MOROCCO — On March 10, Amina Filali, 16, died in a hospital in Larache, a small town in northern Morocco, after swallowing rat poison. Allegedly raped at knife point by a man nearly 10 years older, she had committed suicide after being forced to marry her rapist to […]

Where Men Now Fear to Tread

April 4, 2012

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By Hannah Rubenstein No man, except for those raised here as children, lives in Umoja village in Kenya. Credit:Hannah Rubenstein/IPS UMOJA, Kenya, Apr 4, 2012 (IPS) – No man, except for those raised here as children, lives in Umoja village in Kenya; one has not for two decades. It is a village only of and […]

International women’s group begins mapping sexual violence in Syria

April 2, 2012

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By Al Arabiya with Agencies Sunday, 01 April 2012 The international group, Women’s Media Center, has begun to document acts of sexual violence in Syria in a bid to prosecute future human rights violations and crimes. (File photo) A women rights’ group is using new crowd-sourcing techniques to track rape and other sexual violence across […]

Financiers and Sex Trafficking

April 1, 2012

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By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOFPublished: March 31, 2012 Damon Winter/The New York TimesNicholas D. Kristof THE biggest forum for sex trafficking of under-age girls in the United States appears to be a Web site called Backpage.com. This emporium for girls and women — some under age or forced into prostitution — is in turn owned by […]

More families now aware of ills of child marriage – Anne Lawal

April 1, 2012

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On April 1, 2012By JOSEPHINE IGBINOVIA Mrs. Anne Lawal is the Senior Programme Officer of Baobab for Women’s Human Rights, a non-governmental organization in the forefront of promoting the rights of women and girls. She spoke with Vista Woman recently in commemoration of the year 2012 International Women’s Day, highlighting progress made on issues affecting […]

Rep. Gwen Moore on Her Own Sexual Assault, Violence Against Women Act

March 30, 2012

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by Patricia Murphy Mar 29, 2012 12:13 AM EDT Rep. Gwen Moore took to the House floor Wednesday to share her personal experience of sexual assault. She tells Patricia Murphy why the Violence Against Women Act must be passed—and how this Congress has a preoccupation with ‘putting women in their place.’ Rep. Gwen Moore is […]

On the front lines of sexual violence fight

March 30, 2012

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Women’s Center speaker a leader in efforts to combat assault using new media, technology Nancy Schwartzman, keynote speaker at the 32nd annual Women’s Center banquet Wednesday, made the 2009 documentary “The Line,” which chronicles her experiences after being raped in Israel. She also helped develop a “Circle of 6” app that helps women connect quickly […]

Look Behind the Closed Doors

March 30, 2012

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Reblogged from rmott62 After my post yesterday, I have felt I have to write more, get closer into the realities of pushing prostitution indoors. I want to confront why it is possible to believe that it must be safer – I want to look at some of the many myths that make that illusion. I […]

I never said yes: Sarah’s story

March 27, 2012

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Posted on 27 March 2012 Nicole Campbell, Pips Taylor and Sarah Lauren Scott Four hundred and sixty days ago my life was changed forever. Four hundred and sixty days ago I was raped. I was 19 years old, carefree and trying to figure out the balance between education, being a mother to my beautiful son, […]

Time to lay responsibility at the rapist’s door

March 27, 2012

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A government campaign that shifts the focus of rape prevention from ‘vulnerable’ young women on to the perpetrators is welcome Carlene Firminguardian.co.uk, Tuesday 27 March 2012 A young woman holds a placard at a ‘slut walk’ demonstration. A new government campaign wants those who commit sexual violence to be challenged to recognise it as such. […]

Women Urge Morocco’s Parliament to Repeal Law on Sexual Violence

March 19, 2012

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012Park Ji-won, Arirang News Protesters are chanting loudly, each holding a picture of a young girl. This is a 16-year-old Amina El-Filali, who committed suicide earlier this month, after six months of forced marriage to a man who raped her. Her death sparked a demonstration by hundreds of women outside of the […]

Sudan’s Nuba women “better-equipped” to cope with war than men

March 17, 2012

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10 Feb 2012 17:01Source: alertnet // Katie Nguyen The home of a Nuba tribe family is seen on the side of a mountain in Kadogli town in the South Kordofan state of Sudan June 14, 2010. REUTERS/Mohamed Nurdldin Abdallh By Katie Nguyen LONDON (AlertNet) – What do we know about women caught up in conflicts? […]

How we can connect with feminism’s global future

March 16, 2012

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In the west, feminism has stalled. But elsewhere, women have found in it a new model of Enlightenment rights and freedoms Naomi Wolf guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 14 March 2012 Women join a protest against Yemen’s then President Ali Abdullah Saleh in Taiz, April 2011, enraged by his remarks that it was against Islam for women to […]

We Believe You – rape myths we’re challenging

March 13, 2012

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There are so many myths about rape – about what it is, about who does it, and whom it happens to. Consciously or not, many people in Britain believe these myths, and they’re reflected in the media, and in the criminal justice system. These myths discourage women from coming forward when they’ve been raped. They […]

Moldova: Castration Law Enacted

March 7, 2012

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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESSPublished: March 6, 2012 Men convicted of sexually abusing children in Moldova will be castrated under legislation enacted Tuesday. Parliament approved the new law, to become effective July 1, after lawmakers said the impoverished nation was attracting pedophiles from the West. Courts could also impose chemical castration on those found guilty of […]

When States Abuse Women

March 4, 2012

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By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOFPublished: March 3, 2012 HERE’S what a woman in Texas now faces if she seeks an abortion. Under a new law that took effect three weeks ago with the strong backing of Gov. Rick Perry, she first must typically endure an ultrasound probe inserted into her vagina. Then she listens to the […]

Argentine Women Refused Legal Abortions in Cases of Rape

March 2, 2012

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By Marcela Valente BUENOS AIRES, Mar 2, 2012 (IPS) – For over 90 years, a law in Argentina has allowed women who become pregnant as a result of rape to have an abortion. However, hospitals often refuse to carry out the procedure, instead referring the women to the justice system. Argentine law penalises doctors who […]

‘Vagina Monologues’ confronts taboo issues of sexuality

February 29, 2012

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By Lauren Sarner, The Dartmouth StaffPublished on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 At an institution that began as all-male and whose social scene is still largely dominated by fraternities, almost 60 female Dartmouth students are bringing the taboo discussion of vaginas into the spotlight in “The Vagina Monologues” beginning tonight. The performance, being staged for the […]

In India, a ‘Blame the Victim’ Mentality

February 29, 2012

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By NILANJANA S. ROYPublished: February 28, 2012 NEW DELHI — When the West Bengal sports minister, Madan Mitra, offered his opinion of the character of a woman who was raped after leaving a Kolkata nightclub, he joined a long line of Indian officials who appear happy to blame the victim. “She has two children, and […]

Wronged women of Liberia reluctant to revisit human rights abuses

February 28, 2012

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Having already testified to a government commission, victims of sexual violence eschew new process based on traditional justice Tamasin Ford guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 28 February 2012 A boy in front of a sign illustrating the reasons behind the creation of Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Photograph: Rebecca Blackwell/AP The women sat on plastic chairs arranged in […]

Sexual violence against women is the result of the cult of masculinity

February 25, 2012

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A false image of manhood makes men act violently and risk their lives against their own interests as humans. It must be addressed Gloria Steinem and Lauren Wolfeguardian.co.uk, Friday 24 February 2012 ‘Neither in war zones nor in street gangs is rape primarily about sex.’ Photograph: David Sillitoe for the Guardian Gangs of young men […]

UN report on sexual violence during conflict singles out worst offenders

February 24, 2012

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Special Representative Margot Wallström presents the Secretary-General’s report on conflict-related sexual violence to the Security Council. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine 23 February 2012 – The annual United Nations report documenting conflict-related sexual violence around the world today for the first time names some of the military forces, militia and other armed groups that are suspected of […]

Is the US the only country where more men are raped than women?

February 24, 2012

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The figures on rape may be uncertain, but we could lower the sexual assault rate in American jails – if we had the political will Jill Filipovic for Feministe, part of the Guardian Comment Networkguardian.co.uk, Tuesday 21 February 2012 Inmates at a jail in Phoenix, Arizona. Photograph: Charlie Riedel/AP That’s the claim in this n+1 […]

In Sudan, Seeing Echoes of Darfur

February 20, 2012

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By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOFPublished: February 18, 2012 A GREAT humanitarian catastrophe and vicious ethnic cleansing is unfolding here in the remote and impoverished region where Sudan and South Sudan come together. For some in the Nuba Mountains, living in thatch huts far from electricity or paved roads, the sharpest acquaintance they are making with 21st-century […]

Sexual Assault and the Passive Voice

February 14, 2012

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by Rhiannon Root University of Nebraska February 14, 2012 For many, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of romantic love. We buy our sweethearts candy, chocolates, flowers and mushy greeting cards. We stress out about our relationships and wonder if our boyfriend or girlfriend cares as much about us as we do them. However, a parallel […]

Alleged rape victim arrested in Ireland for refusal to testify

February 13, 2012

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Eastern European woman was told by judge to stand in front of three accused and point out her alleged assailants Henry McDonald, Ireland correspondent guardian.co.uk, Sunday 12 February 2012 A woman who alleged that she was the victim of a gang rape in the Republic of Ireland has been arrested and temporarily imprisoned after refusing […]

The Journey: A Short Film on Sex Trafficking

February 12, 2012

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REB LOGGED FROM FOR SALE July 12, 2011By A Article about \”The Journey: A Short Film on Sex Trafficking\” This film is EXTREMELY GRAPHIC! If you are going to watch it, proceed with caution. If you have been abused or still have episodes of post traumatic do NOT watch it! It includes scenes with sexual […]

Ten Facts About Prostitution

February 11, 2012

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ourtesy of the Demand Change! campaign. Download a sheet on Myths and Facts, and a Job Description for prostitution, (courtesy of End Prostitution Now). FACT 1: Prostitution is not an issue of ‘choice’. Many women ‘choose’ to enter prostitution through lack of choice and a large number are coerced by pimps or traffickers. 75% of […]

Gloria Steinem on Rape in War, Its Causes, and How to Stop It

February 8, 2012

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Feb 8 2012 A victim of a 2011 mass rape attack in the Democratic Republic of Congo poses for a photo, her identity concealed for security reasons / AP It doesn’t matter where you look; sexualized violence is intrinsic to conflict. Qaddafi’s soldiers committed rape in the last days of Libya’s regime. The Egyptian military […]

“More Than Opportunistic”: Rape as a Tool of War in Burma

February 2, 2012

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February 01, 2012 | Kristen Cordell News reports coming out of Burma and the border areas of Thailand detail increases in the number and severity of sexual assaults. We were in the country in late November, and the report we issued called attention to ongoing sexual and gender-based violence – and the complete lack of […]

“More Than Opportunistic”: Rape as a Tool of War in Burma

February 2, 2012

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February 01, 2012 | Kristen Cordell News reports coming out of Burma and the border areas of Thailand detail increases in the number and severity of sexual assaults. We were in the country in late November, and the report we issued called attention to ongoing sexual and gender-based violence – and the complete lack of […]

Reproductive rights and the Republican primary

January 31, 2012

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The extreme wing of the Republican Party wants to pass a law that would deprive women of their personhood. Rose Aguilar27 Jan 2012 According to Medical Students for Choice, even though abortion is legal in the US, 87 per cent of all counties and 98 per cent of all rural counties have no abortion providers […]

Reproductive rights and the Republican primary

January 31, 2012

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The extreme wing of the Republican Party wants to pass a law that would deprive women of their personhood. Rose Aguilar27 Jan 2012 According to Medical Students for Choice, even though abortion is legal in the US, 87 per cent of all counties and 98 per cent of all rural counties have no abortion providers […]

Rape: A horrific global phenomenon

January 31, 2012

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VERONICA PULUMBARIT, GMA News January 29, 2012 This is the first in a monthly series of articles about Violence Against Women. Many Filipinos abroad become victims or rape and other sexual abuses. Disseminating information about gender-based violence is a way of empowering women. Rape, one of the worst human rights violations, happens everywhere. The stories […]

Rape: A horrific global phenomenon

January 31, 2012

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VERONICA PULUMBARIT, GMA News January 29, 2012 This is the first in a monthly series of articles about Violence Against Women. Many Filipinos abroad become victims or rape and other sexual abuses. Disseminating information about gender-based violence is a way of empowering women. Rape, one of the worst human rights violations, happens everywhere. The stories […]

Enduring myths about rape victims lead to acquittals, says chief prosecutor

January 30, 2012

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Alison Saunders says jurors arrive at court with preconceptions about women which affects how they consider evidence Nick HopkinsThe Guardian, Monday 30 January 2012 Alison Saunders of the Crown Prosecution Service says women can become amost demonised by the media and that this affects preconceptions of female rape victims. Photograph: Felix Clay The demonisation of […]

Enduring myths about rape victims lead to acquittals, says chief prosecutor

January 30, 2012

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Alison Saunders says jurors arrive at court with preconceptions about women which affects how they consider evidence Nick HopkinsThe Guardian, Monday 30 January 2012 Alison Saunders of the Crown Prosecution Service says women can become amost demonised by the media and that this affects preconceptions of female rape victims. Photograph: Felix Clay The demonisation of […]

Sex trafficking victims reveal horror of witchcraft and torture being used to enslave women in Scotland

January 28, 2012

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Jan 27 2012 Exclusive by Annie Brown VICTIMS of human sex trafficking have told how they were enslaved by witchcraft, torture and death threats in modern-day Scotland. The harrowing stories of ten women were compiled by campaigners investigating the world’s fastest growing organised crime. Nine came from Africa, one from South America. In one of […]

Sex trafficking victims reveal horror of witchcraft and torture being used to enslave women in Scotland

January 28, 2012

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Jan 27 2012 Exclusive by Annie Brown VICTIMS of human sex trafficking have told how they were enslaved by witchcraft, torture and death threats in modern-day Scotland. The harrowing stories of ten women were compiled by campaigners investigating the world’s fastest growing organised crime. Nine came from Africa, one from South America. In one of […]