Women who have been raped have much more difficulty in childbirth than their peers who have never suffered sexual abuse or violence, a new study shows.


"The challenging part seems to be in the second stage, when the baby is to descend and the woman should start pushing," Dr Lotte Halvorsen of the University Hospital of North Norway, who helped conduct the study, told Reuters Health in an email.


The Pentagon will begin providing emergency contraception (EC) at US military base health facilities worldwide, the Department of Defense announced yesterday.

Mike Martindale and George Hunter / The Detroit News

Detroit -- Some of the 10,500 rape evidence kits that have sat untested at the Detroit Police crime lab may soon be dusted off, thanks to a federal grant from a women's support group.


By Michael Smith


A novel emergency contraceptive is effective and well tolerated up to 120 hours after unprotected sexual intercourse, researchers said.



The finding makes ulipristal acetate the first emergency contraceptive to be effective for such a long period of time, according to Paul Fine, MD, of Planned Parenthood of Houston & Southeast Texas, and colleagues. They reported their findings in the February issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.


By Shari Roan


It's sometimes assumed that unmarried teenagers and young women become pregnant because they don't use contraception or because they want a baby. But the authors of a new study say there's another reason. Some women are coerced into pregnancy by their boyfriends. Young women even report that their boyfriends sabotage birth control to get them pregnant.



People who use drugs in Cambodia are at risk of arbitrary detention in centers where they suffer torture, physical and sexual violence, and other forms of cruel punishment, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Detention centers, mandated to treat and ‘rehabilitate' drug users, instead subject them to electric shocks, beatings with electrical wire, forced labor, and harsh military drills.

Half of sexual abuse survivors wait up to five years before disclosing they were victimized, according to a collaborative study from the Université de Montréal, the Universite du Quebec a Montreal and the Universite de Sherbrooke published in The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.

Aid agencies continued to warn against adopting children from Haiti today, amid unconfirmed reports that a number of children who had gone missing from hospitals in the devastated country may have been trafficked.

An adviser for Unicef told reporters that about 15 children had disappeared from hospitals, presumed taken.

(New York) - New government data suggesting high levels of sexual abuse of confined youth in the United States should galvanize the Department of Justice to swiftly issue national standards to end

By Rachelle Kliger


The vast majority of women in Gaza face violence of varying types, a new survey has found.


The study, by the Gaza-based Palestinian Women's Information and Media Center, found that violence against women in Gaza has increased since Hamas took over the Gaza Strip in the June 2007 coup and Israel subsequently imposed restrictions on the coastal enclave.



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