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".

 

To read full article, visit this Irish Independent link.

Narendra Modi said India had been shamed by a recent spate of rapes, as he made his first Independence Day speech as prime minister.

He called on parents to take responsibility for their sons' actions, saying parents must teach their sons the difference between right and wrong.

 

To read full article, visit this BBC News link.

Taipei, Aug. 14 (CNA) A Taipei-based group said Thursday that it wants to set up a museum in memory of the Taiwanese women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II -- known euphemistically as comfort women.

To read full article, visit this Focus Taiwan link.

13 August 2014 – Two senior United Nations officials today condemned in the strongest terms the “barbaric acts” of sexual violence and “savage rapes” the armed group Islamic State (IS) has perpetrated on minorities in areas under its control.

NEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An Indian fashion shoot depicting a woman being sexually assaulted on a bus has stirred memories of the fatal gang rape of a young woman in 2012, outraging the victim's parents and activists who have demanded action against the photographer.

To read full article, visit this Reuters link.

The superintendent of the Air Force Academy has called for an investigation into allegations of sexual assault, drug use, cheating, and favoritism among star student athletes. A report from the Colorado Springs Gazette found evidence that between 2010 and 2012, members of the football team and others took part in parties where heavy drinking, drug use, and sexual violence were commonplace.

To read full article, visit this MSNBC link.

A new study reflects a troubling reality regarding sexual assault on Skid Row.

Tucson, Ariz. — Although teenage boys make up the bulk of Central American children traveling alone to the United States, girls increasingly are venturing north, too. And for some of them, the risky journey becomes even more difficult because of a pregnancy.

In some cases, girls are raped during their perilous trek. In other cases, sexual assault occurs before they leave, and that’s why they’re fleeing their home country.

 

WXXI News in Rochester, NY talks with Jennifer Wolfley, founder of Paper Bag Ladies of Rochester. Wolfley is working to expand outreach efforts for a specialized segment of the community – those with developmental disabilities, who are prime targets for traffickers in the region and throughout the globe.

To watch the full broadcast, visit this WXXI link.

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