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

 

Here in the metro New York City area the Sayreville (N.J.) High School football squad has dominated the news in recent days. Seven players have been arrested for alleged rape - holding down four younger teammates and sexually assaulting them over a 10-day period in September. The community has been torn apart, players have lost their college scholarships and lives will forever be changed.

In promoting the publication of his most recent thriller, the author John Grisham has courted controversy by offering a critique of the American criminal justice system’s response to those who view images of child sexual abuse online, in particular the tendency, as he sees it, for viewers to face excessive prison sentences.

To read full commentary piece, visit this Guardian link.

Millionaire author John Grisham has claimed many of the men who access child sex abuse images should not receive such harsh sentences.

To read full article, visit this Independent link.

Laws that allow employers to pay tipped workers below the minimum wage lead to increased sexual harassment in the workplace, according to a new report, which shows that female restaurant workers who virtually live off tips are in a “uniquely vulnerable position.”

At America's top 25 universities, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, the number of reported sex offenses increased from an average of 12.5 in 2011 to 20.1 in 2013, according to an “America Tonight” analysis of new campus crime statistics. Carnegie Mellon University jumped from five reports to 16; Columbia University from four to 21; and Dartmouth University from 15 to 35. (For schools with multiple campuses, data from the flagship campus were used.)

LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has honored campaigning actress Angelina Jolie in a Buckingham Palace ceremony.

The queen made Jolie an honorary dame for her work against sexual violence in war zones and her services to British foreign policy.

To read full article, visit this Associated Press link.

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

 

The women came from different countries with the same dream: to leave behind the poverty of their villages. But instead of working as domestic help, they found themselves in a kind of prison, employed by people who treated them like something less than human. One was stabbed with a knife, another doused in boiling water, another raped and jailed.

On October 11, 2014, the world will celebrate International Day of the Girl Child, a day designated to promoting the rights of girls, and recognizing the unique challenges they face. The theme this year is all about empowering adolescent girls.

To read full commentary piece, visit this Huffington Post link.

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — When inmates at a notorious Alabama women's prison came forward to complain of sexual abuse and harassment, state investigators time and again classified the complaints as unfounded or unsubstantiated and often recommended that the matters be closed without further action, according to investigative reports obtained by The Associated Press.

In only a small fraction of cases in the past three years did corrections officials consider the allegations fully credible, according to roughly four dozen reports released to the AP under the state's open records law.

A large detention center holding hundreds of Central American women and children near San Antonio should be shut down amid accusations that guards have sexually abused and harassed detainees, human rights groups said on Thursday.

 

To read full article, visit this Reuters link.

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