(New York) – The rape of a 6-year-old girl at a school in Bangalore has refocused attention on sexual abuse of children in India, Human Rights Watch said today. India’s central and state governments should take immediate steps to implement the 2012 Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.


To read full article, visit this Human Rights Watch link. Please note that the article contains graphic content that may be triggering for some readers.


The United Nations's second most senior official in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, told reporters in Geneva via videoconference: "It is a fatwa (or religious edict) from ISIS, we learnt about it this morning".

"We have no precise numbers," she said on Thursday.

The Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), took over large swathes of the country last month and has begun imposing its extreme Salafist interpretation of Islam.

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Supreme Court on Tuesday will publicly reprimand a judge who gave a lenient sentence to a rapist after suggesting the 14-year-old victim shared some of the responsibility for the crime.


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The militant group Islamic State (ISIS) has ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq's northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations says.

The "fatwa" issued by the Sunni Muslim fighters would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Irbil.


To read full article, visit this Guardian link.

London (CNN) -- Pakistani schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai added her voice Tuesday to calls for an end to female genital mutilation, a procedure affecting millions of women and girls worldwide.

A global "Girl Summit" is aimed at eradicating the practice, as well as child, early and forced marriage, within a generation. It's being held in London, hosted by the UK government along with U.N. children's agency UNICEF.

To read full article, visit this CNN link.

David Cameron has said that he does not want his daughter to grow up in a world where other young girls are victims of female genital mutilation.

In an emotional speech at the Girl Summit 2014, the Prime Minister said his 10-year-old daughter Nancy was “not that much younger” than the many of thousands of children living in Britain who have been cut and scared.

Former congressman Todd Akin (R-M0.) said Thursday that he used a poor choice of words in 2012 when he suggested "legitimate rape" rarely causes pregnancy, but stood by his argument, asserting that he should have used slightly different wording.

To read full article, visit this Washington Post link.

Sixty-four percent of researchers, most often women, in anthropology, archaeology, geology and other scientific disciplines have experienced sexual harassment during field research, according to a survey of about 600 men and women published in the journal PLOS ONE. Twenty percent reported they were victims of sexual assault in the field.

The alleged rape of Jada, a 16-year-old girl from Houston, TX, has become an internet meme. Photos of the girl, splayed on the floor, pantsless and unconscious, circulated on the internet following a night at a friend's house party, where Jada says she was drugged.

Some Twitter users were quick to mock her, posting pictures of themselves mimicking the way Jada was passed out on the floor using #JadaPose.

To read full article, visit this Al Jazeera America link.

The ACLU and four other immigrants rights groups issued a complaint, Tuesday, detailing reports of what they call systemic abuse against unaccompanied immigrant children by Customs and Border Protection Officials and called on the Department of Homeland Security to put a stop to it.

To read full article, visit this Daily Beast link.


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