Women and girls in Egypt face violence on a disturbing scale both at home and in public, including sexual mob attacks as well as torture in state custody, according to a new briefing by Amnesty International.

‘Circles of hell’: Domestic, public and state violence against women in Egypt documents how despite some recent piecemeal reforms, shortfalls in Egyptian laws and entrenched impunity continue to foster a culture of routine sexual and gender-based violence in the country.


Had it not been for an act of vandalism, four former Vanderbilt football players probably would not have been charged with rape.

Deputy district attorney general Tom Thurman told jurors Tuesday that the vandalism, which occurred the same night as the alleged attack, prompted Vanderbilt officials to take a look at video surveillance footage of one of the Nashville school’s dorms. When they did, Thurman said, they saw a 21-year-old neuroscience major lying incapacitated from alcohol and being videoed and photographed in the hallway of Gillette House.

As the death toll from Ebola approaches 9,000 in West Africa, the illness has at least temporarily disrupted female genital mutilation, a centuries-old practice that brutally harms young girls.

To read full article, visit this Bloomberg link.

Nearly one in three college men admit they might rape a woman if they knew no one would find out and they wouldn’t face any consequences, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of North Dakota.

To read full commentary piece, visit this Think Progress link.

Pope Francis on Monday voiced concern about the toll of war on civilians across the world, saying he was particularly worried about the rape of women in conflict zones, which he called a violation "in body but also in spirit."

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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has told the province's Ministry of Education to include the subject of consent in its new sexual education curriculum.

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The study, by social work professor Rachel Venema, suggests that perceptions on false reporting and ambiguous cases, such as ones where the victim and assailant know one another and where drugs or alcohol may be involved, can impact how aggressively police investigate sexual assault reports.

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Inmate advocates worry that a proposal to reduce the financial penalties for states that don't comply with a 2003 federal law aimed at eliminating rape behind bars will severely damage it.

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The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, which discovered 11,000 untested rape kits in a Detroit police storage unit five years ago, announced today that it has teamed up with two nonprofits to raise $10 million to pay for the testing, investigation and prosecution of those unsolved rape cases.

To read full article, visit this Detroit Free Press link.

Five years after more than 11,000 unprocessed rape kits - some dating back to the 1980s - were discovered in a police warehouse in Detroit, cities across the US are working to eliminate their own huge backlogs of untested evidence. Thousands of sexual assault cases are beginning to be resolved.

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