(Nairobi) – Somalia’s new cabinet should urgently adopt meaningful reforms to confront rampant sexual violence, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Over the past year, women and girls endured high levels of rape and sexual abuse, including by government soldiers, in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu.

Worldwide, one woman in 14 has been sexually assaulted by someone other than a partner, according to the first global estimate of the problem, published on Wednesday.

Its authors said that despite important gaps in data, the overall picture was clear: sex attacks on women are a big and widely overlooked problem.


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By Mary Dispenza

(CNN) -- Finally. Finally. Finally, a strong important voice in the world, the United Nations, speaks out on behalf of the rights of children and condemns the Vatican and the bishops for crimes of violence, rape and sexual abuse against children by transferring pedophile priests from parish to parish, withholding documents for prosecution and perpetuating an institutional culture of secrecy and shame.

NOTE: This commentary piece contains disturbing content that may be triggering for some readers.


By Dylan Farrow


By Mary David

Audrey Anderson, Program Coordinator for Because I am a Girl, recently visited with youth in El Salvador. She shares her thoughts on her interactions with the young men she met with after a gender sensitization workshop.

This commentary was originally posted at the Skoll World Forum website.


By Somaly Mam, President and Co-Founded of the Somaly Mam Foundation

By Eleanor Clift

Child sex trafficking is a phrase with which most of us are familiar and in many ways a fashionable topic to discuss in the media nowadays thanks to the publicity the issue has generated from celebrities and activists, as well as from websites like Backpage.com  and Craigslist  which have sparked furor for allegedly

By Sharon Stapel and Rea Carey

This October, the Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) will implement the reauthorized Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which is our nation's main response to domestic and sexual violence. This law, passed in February and signed by President Obama in March, explicitly addresses lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) survivors of violence. LGBT inclusion in this bill represents years of continuous work by LGBT organizations and is a huge victory for this country and LGBT communities and LGBT survivors everywhere.


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