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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 […]

Missoula "SlutWalk" empowers victims of sexual violence

April 15, 2012

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Posted: Apr 14, 2012 10:20 PM by Alex Schwier (KPAX News) Updated: Apr 14, 2012 11:19 PM Missoula “SlutWalk” empowers victims of sexual violence MISSOULA- High heels and short skirts made a huge statement in Missoula Saturday. Many Missoulians stood tall in the solidarity of supporting victims of sexual assault. The weather warms to summer […]

Merlene Davis: More men are needed in effort to end sexual violence

April 10, 2012

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By Merlene Davis — Herald-Leader columnistPosted: 12:00am on Apr 10, 2012 Donald McPherson During my son’s first elementary school basketball practice, I remember catching my breath when his coach warned the young boys not to play like little girls. It was not the last time I would hear similar words hurled at young boys when […]

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 […]

A 365 Day-a-Year Problem

April 6, 2012

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04/ 4/2012K. SujataPresident/CEO, Chicago Foundation for Women A month of sexual assault awareness is good, but what women really need is year-round action. If you are reading this, chances are you know that April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. You are probably also mindful of the startling statistics: rape harms one in five women in […]

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Sexual violence forcing girls out of school

April 6, 2012

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Photo: Ana Santos/ IRINThe threat of sexual violence prevents girls in PNG from attending school PORT MORESBY, 6 April 2012 (IRIN) – In the Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea (PNG) sexual violence against young girls, and the shame and stigma that follows, is forcing many out of school and others into early marriage. A […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Where Abusing Women Is "An Accepted Norm"

February 29, 2012

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Mathilde Bagneres interviews LILLY BE’SOER, founder of Voice for Change, Papua New Guinea Lilly Be’Soer, founder of Voice for Change, a non-governmental organisation for women’s rights in Papua New Guinea. Credit:Mathilde Bagneres/ IPS UNITED NATIONS, Feb 29, 2012 (IPS) – Violence, torture and other forms of cruel treatment are on the rise for women in […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Government targets sexual abuse of girls in gangs

February 10, 2012

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Advocate roles created to support female victims of gang rape, violence and exploitation in worst affected areas of UKAlexandra Topping The Guardian, Friday 10 February 2012 Year 10 pupils at the Lilian Baylis technology school discussed sexual abuse of girls in gangs. Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian “If you have sex with a girl […]

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 […]

Incarcerating youth: An American injustice

January 30, 2012

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January 29, 2012 Eva McEnrue We teach our youth the “golden rules:” To treat others the way they would like be treated, to share, to tell the truth and to forgive. For the 2,600 people serving a life without parole sentence in a U.S. adult prison for crimes they committed while under age 18, according […]

Incarcerating youth: An American injustice

January 30, 2012

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January 29, 2012 Eva McEnrue We teach our youth the “golden rules:” To treat others the way they would like be treated, to share, to tell the truth and to forgive. For the 2,600 people serving a life without parole sentence in a U.S. adult prison for crimes they committed while under age 18, according […]

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 […]

Men against domestic and sexual violence

January 28, 2012

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Jason JohnstonFriday, January 27, 2012 Domestic and sexual violence shatters lives. It tries to hide within the community. Men must get involved to stop the cycle of abuse. SOS Inc. hosted a training session on reaching and engaging men to eliminate abuse from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Lyon County Courthouse Annex Building […]

Men against domestic and sexual violence

January 28, 2012

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Jason JohnstonFriday, January 27, 2012 Domestic and sexual violence shatters lives. It tries to hide within the community. Men must get involved to stop the cycle of abuse. SOS Inc. hosted a training session on reaching and engaging men to eliminate abuse from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Lyon County Courthouse Annex Building […]

How the CDC is overstating sexual violence in the U.S.

January 28, 2012

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By Christina Hoff Sommers, Christina Hoff Sommers is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Her books include “Who Stole Feminism?” and “The War Against Boys.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a study suggesting that rates of sexual violence in the United States are comparable to those in the war-stricken […]

How the CDC is overstating sexual violence in the U.S.

January 28, 2012

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By Christina Hoff Sommers, Christina Hoff Sommers is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Her books include “Who Stole Feminism?” and “The War Against Boys.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a study suggesting that rates of sexual violence in the United States are comparable to those in the war-stricken […]

Finding hope after sexual abuse

January 26, 2012

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Help available through local centresBy Michael Peeling, Your Brant Connection26/01/2012 Jan Vanderstelt poses with his sculpture Hope, which is inscribed with a number of phrases commonly used by abuse victims. MICHAEL PEELING/YOUR BRANT CONNECTION BRANTFORD – Jan Vanderstelt doesn’t accept the idea that, as a victim of abuse, he can’t thrive and live “a normal […]

Kuwait: End Police Abuses Against Transgender Women

January 26, 2012

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Law Against ‘Imitating the Opposite Sex’ Leads to Torture, Arbitrary ArrestsJanuary 15, 2012 (Kuwait City) – Kuwaiti police have tortured and sexually abused transgender women using a discriminatory law, passed in 2007, which arbitrarily criminalizes “imitating the opposite sex,” Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government of Kuwait should repeal the […]

Lara Logan still suffers nightmares, PTSD from attack in Egypt

January 25, 2012

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By Michael Santo on 2012-01-24 Almost a year after the brutal attack and rape by a crowd of some 200 men in Tahrir Square, reporter Lara Logan says she is still haunted by the nightmarish assault. The sexual assault by a celebrating mob on the night Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak resigned has left a deep […]

Cameroon Rape Victims Confront Legal Gauntlet

January 25, 2012

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By Irene Zih FonWeNews correspondentWednesday, January 25, 2012 Rape victims in Cameroon can get medical treatment at hospitals and file a police report to set a case in motion, but providing evidence to prove that rape occurred can be difficult. Others don’t report incidents at all because of poverty or shame. DOUALA, Cameroon (WOMENSENEWS)–Sophie Mixte, […]

Eve teasing in India: Assault or harassment by another name

January 24, 2012

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By Nidhi DuttBBC News, Mumbai It’s an unfortunate truth that women are sexually harassed, and sometimes assaulted, the world over. But in the Indian state of Maharashtra, there is an increasing determination to stamp out “Eve teasing”, as it is called here, for good. It was afternoon and we had just finished filming. My colleague […]

Advocates Hope FBI Changes will Clarify Sex Assault Picture

January 23, 2012

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By Vanessa Miller, ReporterStory Created: Jan 22, 2012 CST CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – With the FBI changing how it defines rape to be more inclusive and comprehensive, human service agencies across Iowa are hoping to finally get a clear picture of the sexual assault problem locally and nationally, and advocates are bracing for a possible […]

Egypt’s Game Changers: Samira Ibrahim and the Women Who Speak Up About Sexual Violence

January 22, 2012

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Jan 21, 2012 10:26 PM EST When the Egyptian army performed a “virginity test” on Samira Ibrahim, she sued, sparking both support and threats of death. How she and others are changing life for women. Egyptians call the Sphinx “abu hol,” the father of terror. But the real father of terror for women in the […]

Stop Wartime Sexual Violence

January 11, 2012

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Tell the UN to address the ever-growing problem of sexual crimes during civil unrest.Sponsored by: The Breast Cancer Site We all know war is destructive, that it can leave nations and people alike crippled for years to come, both physically and metaphorically. But the unrest associated with war can also have unseen implications. Sexual violence […]

Care and Support of Male Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

January 11, 2012

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A Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Briefing PaperWynne Russell,* Alastair Hilton, Michael Peel, Lizle Loots, Liz Dartnall10 Jan 2012 The world is increasingly aware that armed conflict brings danger of sexual violence for men and boys. Such violence—including rape, sexual torture and mutilation, castration, sexual humiliation, forced incest and forced rape, and sexual enslavement—is sharply […]

It’s time to remove the gender bias

January 9, 2012

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Jan. 8, 2012 Since 1927, federal law has treated forcible rape as a gender-specific crime, with women as the primary victims. But on Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice stepped into the 21st century, announcing the rape of males will be treated with equal severity as those of females. Once based on ” … the […]

Q&A with a Leading Male Voice Against Sexual Violence

January 9, 2012

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By Michael Alan Goldberg Posted Jun. 22, 2011 For nearly three decades, Harvard-educated author, lecturer and activist Dr. Jackson Katz has been one of the nation’s leading male voices against sexism and sexual violence committed by men against women. In his recent book, The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men […]

Violence Against Women Act needed now more than ever

January 5, 2012

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By Terri Poore, policy chair, National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, – 01/04/12 11:25 AM ET On December 14th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the initial findings of the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). The full 124-page report is available here. This large-scale, ongoing study is based on […]

Violence Against Women Act needed now more than ever

January 5, 2012

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By Terri Poore, policy chair, National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, – 01/04/12 11:25 AM ET On December 14th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the initial findings of the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). The full 124-page report is available here. This large-scale, ongoing study is based on […]

Review – Surviving Sexual Violence

January 4, 2012

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Review – Surviving Sexual ViolenceA Guide to Recovery and Empowermentby Thema Bryant-DavisRowman & Littlefield, 2011Review by Hennie WeissJan 3rd 2012 (Volume 16, Issue 1) Edited by Thema Bryant-Davis, Surviving Sexual Violence: A Guide to Recovery and Empowerment, is a collection of 21 essays written to describe and examine different types of sexual violence as well […]

Review – Surviving Sexual Violence

January 4, 2012

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Review – Surviving Sexual ViolenceA Guide to Recovery and Empowermentby Thema Bryant-DavisRowman & Littlefield, 2011Review by Hennie WeissJan 3rd 2012 (Volume 16, Issue 1) Edited by Thema Bryant-Davis, Surviving Sexual Violence: A Guide to Recovery and Empowerment, is a collection of 21 essays written to describe and examine different types of sexual violence as well […]

Sexual Violence in America

January 2, 2012

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by DAVID ROSEN Many sex-related stories captured popular attention in 2011. Most upsetting, many of the incidents involved sexual violence. Taken together, they indicate something bigger, deeper, taking place in America, a social crisis. It’s as if the body politic is moaning, declaring that sexual intimacy, too, is a terrain of the mounting social crisis. […]

Sexual Violence in America

January 2, 2012

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by DAVID ROSEN Many sex-related stories captured popular attention in 2011. Most upsetting, many of the incidents involved sexual violence. Taken together, they indicate something bigger, deeper, taking place in America, a social crisis. It’s as if the body politic is moaning, declaring that sexual intimacy, too, is a terrain of the mounting social crisis. […]

Nearly 1 in 5 Women in U.S. Survey Say They Have Been Sexually Assaulted

December 31, 2011

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By RONI CARYN RABINPublished: December 14, 2011 An exhaustive government survey of rape and domestic violence released on Wednesday affirmed that sexual violence against women remains endemic in the United States and in some instances may be far more common than previously thought. Nearly one in five women surveyed said they had been raped or […]

Nearly 1 in 5 Women in U.S. Survey Say They Have Been Sexually Assaulted

December 31, 2011

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By RONI CARYN RABINPublished: December 14, 2011 An exhaustive government survey of rape and domestic violence released on Wednesday affirmed that sexual violence against women remains endemic in the United States and in some instances may be far more common than previously thought. Nearly one in five women surveyed said they had been raped or […]

Women activists say ‘no’ to sexual and gender-based violence in Chad

September 12, 2011

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Source: UNICEF | Cheryl Uys-AllieA brave mother, Hadjara Oumarou, sat under a tree with her estranged husband, Oumar Sidik, outside their local village courthouse here in Chad’s Tandjilé District. Their 10-year-old daughter Amira (not her real name) sat between them. They were at the courthouse because Mr. Sidik had sold Amira for the equivalent of […]

Women activists say ‘no’ to sexual and gender-based violence in Chad

September 12, 2011

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Source: UNICEF | Cheryl Uys-AllieA brave mother, Hadjara Oumarou, sat under a tree with her estranged husband, Oumar Sidik, outside their local village courthouse here in Chad’s Tandjilé District. Their 10-year-old daughter Amira (not her real name) sat between them. They were at the courthouse because Mr. Sidik had sold Amira for the equivalent of […]