The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is hoping to cast off its reputation as a state blighted by sexual violence by investing in education, prosecuting the soldiers responsible for the rape epidemic of recent years, and highlighting the country's economic development, its prime minister has said.

To read full article, visit this Guardian link.

Political parties and the Security Service, MI5, will have their internal files combed by an independent inquiry to establish what they knew about allegations of child sex abuse by politicians and other members of paedophile rings, the Government has announced.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, said the BBC and religious organisations will also fall under the remit of a major new inquiry into abuse allegations, in the wake of widespread concern about the activities of priests and celebrities including Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris.

WASHINGTON, July 1, 2014 – Defense Department officials today announced the first Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award to recognize military and civilian contributions that advance the department’s goals of preventing sexual assault.

Core elements of the military’s strategy to prevent sexual assault include the promotion of innovative ideas and enhanced collaboration among the services, officials said.

To read full article, visit this U.S. Department of Defense link.

The number of reported cases of sexual assault in the military in 2013 went up by 50 percent from the year before. The Department of Defense says it’s because more people are comfortable coming forward, but many say the problem is only escalating.

For 2012, the Pentagon estimated that 26,000 sexual assaults took place but that only 3,300 of them were reported to authorities.

An estimated 20,000 women and girls in Iraq are at an increased risk of sexual violence as a result of the mounting crisis in northern and western parts of the country, warned the United Nations today, urging immediate action to ensure their protection.

To read full article, visit this UN News Centre link.

It is thought that more than ten million girls around the world are married before they turn 18.

The effect on their health and education can be catastrophic.

Two of Africa's best known elders are campaigning to end the practice; Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel - who has just ended her official period of mourning - and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

To read full article, visit this BBC News link.

CAIRO — At a time when the Egyptian government has recognized the need to stop physical and sexual violence against women, human rights organizations have registered dozens of cases of physical abuse against women in Egyptian prisons pending trial for political issues.


To read full article, visit this Al-Monitor link.

The authorities rounded up 281 pimps and freed 168 juveniles last week, targeting child sex-trafficking operations in more than 100 U.S. cities. Police arrested 21 pimps in Phoenix, the most of any FBI division. Other hotspots in the coordinated raids were centered in Denver, Cleveland, and Los Angeles.

 

To read full article, visit this NPR link.

HARRISBURG Penn. (Reuters) - A highly anticipated review of the child sex abuse case against Jerry Sandusky released on Monday found delays in prosecuting the former Penn State football coach but no evidence of political interference by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett during his time as attorney general.

Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of molesting 10 boys over 15 years and is serving a prison sentence of 30 to 60 years.

The report, compiled by former federal prosecutor Geoffrey Moulton, said there were “inexplicable delays in bringing a serial child molester to justice."

Washington, DC (CNN) –- After several years of what it says are broken promises, the U.S. government has singled out Thailand, Malaysia, Venezuela and The Gambia for taking insufficient action against human trafficking.

In its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, released Friday, the U.S. State Department downgraded the four countries to Tier 3, the lowest possible ranking it gives for national responses to fighting modern day slavery.

 

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