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.

German historian Miriam Gebhardt, well known in Germany for her book about leading feminist Alice Schwarzer and the feminist movement, has now published a new volume casting doubt on the accepted version of America's role in German postwar history.

The idea that childhood abuse and neglect could affect adult health was a revelation to Felitti. But a poll released Monday (from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) finds that the public widely believes this to be the case today.

To read full article, visit this NPR link.

NEW DELHI — Irate over the release of a British-made documentary film on a 2012 gang rape in Delhi, India’s home minister, Rajnath Singh, on Wednesday told Parliament that the Indian government would “not allow any organization to leverage such an incident and use it for commercial purpose.”

Andrea Pino tells her story in a new documentary called The Hunting Ground. She and Annie Clark, another assault survivor featured in the film, talk with NPR's Kelly McEvers about the problem of rape on college campuses and what they are doing to address it.

To read full article, visit this NPR link.

“I began this film with a narrow focus,” Israeli-born Leslee Udwin, 57, says. “‘Why do men rape?’ I discovered that the disease is a lack of respect for gender. It’s not just about a few rotten apples, it’s the barrel itself that is rotten.”

To read full article, visit this Guardian link.

The ubiquity of rape in prisons has led to a ubiquity of prison rape nonchalance in popular culture, which promotes a rape-as-punishment framework and normalizes rape itself.

To read full commentary piece, visit this link at the Nation. This commentary piece contains disturbing content that may be triggering for some readers.


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