LONDON (AP) — A report led by the Great Manchester Police has criticized its own officers for failing to recognize the scale of child sex abuse in a northern town and putting too much emphasis on the credibility of the victims.

To read full article, visit this Associated Press link.

LONDON — In a move that could unlock years of stalemate, Swedish prosecutors on Friday offered to travel to Britain to question the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over allegations of sexual assaults in 2010.

To read full article, visit this New York Times link.

The title of our film The Hunting Ground conveys much of what we hoped to illuminate about the epidemic of campus sexual assault:

The privacy of students who get care at university clinics is in doubt after the mental health records of a woman who says she was raped at the University of Oregon were used by the school in the course of defending itself against a lawsuit.

To read full article, visit this NPR link.

NEW YORK (AP) — A rape documentary banned from airing in India received its U.S. premiere at a star-studded event on Monday that included actresses Meryl Streep and Freida Pinto.

The screening of India's Daughter at Baruch College began with a vigil as the Oscar-winner Streep lit about a dozen candles honoring the medical student who died after being gang-raped on a bus in 2012. Organizers said about 650 people attended the event.

A senior Australian surgeon has stood by widely-criticised remarks suggesting women in the profession should "comply with requests" for sex from male superiors to further their careers.

To read full article, visit this BBC News link.

 

Violence against women and girls "persists at alarmingly high levels" despite significant progress in gender equality for health, education and legal rights, according to an expansive global report released Monday.

ALBANY—National advocates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are taking issue with Governor Andrew Cuomo's rhetoric on college sexual assault, which they argue he has framed as a crime committed against heterosexual women by heterosexual men, despite the fact that people with other sexual orientations or gender identities are victimized at the same or higher rates.

Sexual violence is a global problem.  On average, one in three women will experience some form of sexual violence or intimate partner violence during her lifetime. Under-recognised is the fact that it is also a medical emergency, with potentially long-term consequences of physical and mental health.

To read full article, visit this Medecins Sans Frontieres link.

6 March 2015 – Despite great strides in the advancement of gender parity, women still lag behind men across an array of critical areas, from political representation and wage inequality to education – a gender gap that the United Nations is once again tackling head-on as it kicks off its annual observance of International Women's Day.

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