(New York) – Afghan President Hamid Karzai should take urgent action to fight child marriage and domestic violence or risk further harm to development and public health in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the president.

By Dana Ford

(CNN) -- A 30-day rape sentence given to a teacher who admitted to raping his 14-year-old student may be illegal, according to the Montana judge who imposed it.

The judge scheduled a new hearing for Friday.

By Christine Mai-Duc

A Montana judge has come under fire after handing down a 30-day sentence to a former high school teacher convicted of raping a 14-year-old student and for making statements in court that the victim was "older than her chronological age" and "as much in control of the situation" as her teacher.

By Tom Goldman

There's concern the sport of swimming still may be dealing with a sexual abuse problem in the United States.

It's been three years since revelations emerged in the media. A number of in 2010 likened the situation in swimming to the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal: Coaches molesting under-age female swimmers; some of the abuse continuing for years without punishment.

26 August 2013 – The United Nations labour agency today launched a new tool to help countries eliminate children’s involvement in slavery, child prostitution, drug trafficking and other types of the worst forms of child labour by 2016.

By Anne Cohen
 

Yeshiva University President Richard Joel said the school feels deep regret and shame at the findings of an investigation into allegation of sex abuse — but a lawyer for alleged victims dismissed the report as a “gross disappointment.”

By Jenna Fisher

A young photojournalist was gang-raped in Mumbai on Friday, prompting protests and outrage after a series of high-profile rapes has put threats to women’s safety in the spotlight this year.  

NOTE: This article contains disturbing content that may be triggering for some readers.

 

By Mark Tran

By the age of 17, Zeenat had been divorced three times after forced marriages. She first wed shortly after puberty to a man who abused her, an experience that recurred in her subsequent marriages.

She became so isolated that she did not go to the hospital or ask for help. Neither had she heard of India's Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act of 2005, which made her husband's violent outbursts not just wrong, but illegal.

(London) - The International News Safety Institute (INSI) is today launching a global survey into violence against female journalists and is inviting all women working in the news media to participate.

The survey, created in conjunction with the International Women’s Media Foundation, will look at the worldwide situation of women journalists and the nature of the dangers they face in relation to their work.

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