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December 8, 2009

Contact: Sopheak Tek

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MOVIE “PRECIOUS” MAY CAUSE SURVIVORS TO RELIVE THEIR CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ASSAULT 

Outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel criticized the U.S. military in a speech on Friday, acknowledging a culture of retaliation against service members who report sexual assaults.

To read full article, visit this Buzzfeed link.

 

There are hundreds of service members who have been convicted of sex offenses but never appear on any public registry once they leave the military, disappearing into neighborhoods across the country and, in some cases, preying on new victims. Special correspondent Mark Greenblatt of the Scripps News Service reports.

To listen to this news story, visit this PBS Newshour link.

NEW YORK (AP) -- A "yes means yes" provision and other protections against sexual assaults on campus would be expanded to New York's private colleges and universities under a law proposed Saturday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

To read full article, visit this Huffington Post link.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's long-time sex abuse prosecutor has been named to head up a new Vatican board to hear appeals by priests sanctioned for molesting minors.

To read full article, visit this Associated Press link.

Women and girls in Egypt face violence on a disturbing scale both at home and in public, including sexual mob attacks as well as torture in state custody, according to a new briefing by Amnesty International.

‘Circles of hell’: Domestic, public and state violence against women in Egypt documents how despite some recent piecemeal reforms, shortfalls in Egyptian laws and entrenched impunity continue to foster a culture of routine sexual and gender-based violence in the country.

 

Had it not been for an act of vandalism, four former Vanderbilt football players probably would not have been charged with rape.

Deputy district attorney general Tom Thurman told jurors Tuesday that the vandalism, which occurred the same night as the alleged attack, prompted Vanderbilt officials to take a look at video surveillance footage of one of the Nashville school’s dorms. When they did, Thurman said, they saw a 21-year-old neuroscience major lying incapacitated from alcohol and being videoed and photographed in the hallway of Gillette House.

As the death toll from Ebola approaches 9,000 in West Africa, the illness has at least temporarily disrupted female genital mutilation, a centuries-old practice that brutally harms young girls.

To read full article, visit this Bloomberg link.

Nearly one in three college men admit they might rape a woman if they knew no one would find out and they wouldn’t face any consequences, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of North Dakota.

To read full commentary piece, visit this Think Progress link.

Pope Francis on Monday voiced concern about the toll of war on civilians across the world, saying he was particularly worried about the rape of women in conflict zones, which he called a violation "in body but also in spirit."

To read full article, visit this NBC News link.

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