UNITED NATIONS — One in 10 girls worldwide have been forced into a sexual act, and six in 10 children aged 2 to 14 are regularly beaten by parents and caregivers, according to a report issued Thursday by the United Nations’ children’s agency, Unicef.

A month after the NFL suspended Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice two games after he allegedly knocked out his soon-to-be wife at an Atlantic City hotel, the league admitted its error and significantly ramped up its penalties for domestic violence.

In a letter to team owners Thursday that was obtained by The Times, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced a first offense will draw a six-game penalty, and at least a year for a second.

 

LONDON — A report released on Tuesday on accusations of widespread sexual abuse in the northern England city of Rotherham found that about 1,400 minors — some as young as 11 years old — were beaten, raped and trafficked from 1997 to 2013 as the local authorities ignored a series of red flags.

An independent report has found that at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham by gangs of men who were predominantly of Pakistani origin between 1997 and 2013.

Report author Professor Alexis Jay said that girls as young as 11 were raped by "large numbers of male perpetrators".

 

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Laura Studen, a lawyer at Burns and Levenson who often represents women in sexual harassment cases, said the type of allegations leveled against DeMaria rarely result in criminal complaints, much less convictions. In general, most victims of sexual harassment are vulnerable people who may be reluctant to speak out against a more powerful person, she explained, and, even when they do, they generally lack physical evidence to prove their claims.

 

Americans support a more active role for the federal government in investigating how colleges and universities handle sexual assault, but are divided on whether there should be new laws dealing with campus sexual assault, a HuffPost/YouGov poll found.

Mitchelene Big Man, 49, is a survivor of sexual assault in the military. She is a mother who was often overseas when her own children lived with their grandmother, and is now a parent to four other children from her reservation, raising them at her home in Pueblo, Colorado, with her husband, also a veteran.

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — A biennial survey that tracks sexual harassment,  sexual assault and other workplace issues in the U.S. military is being conducted on behalf of the Defense Department.

About 580,000 servicemembers have begun receiving emails or letters by  post inviting them to participate in the confidential, web–based RAND Military Workplace Study, Defense Department officials announced Tuesday.

 

We often talk about educating young people about consent, but what does this mean? Does it simply boil down to teaching young men not to rape? If this is the case, it’s a depressingly low bar.

Instead of talking about consent, we should be aiming far higher. We should be encouraging young people to think about “mutuality.” This means challenging the notion that women are always “giving” consent (and men always demanding sexual access) and promoting mutual decision-making — where both partners listen and respond to each other’s desires and concerns.

 

Men who have been sexually abused in childhood are twice as likely to be out of work due to sickness and disability, a major ESRI study reveals.

It is the first research into the economic impact of abuse on the lives of adult survivors and confirms the knock-on effects for household income are "real and substantial".

 

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