(Nairobi) – African governments should coordinate action to improve laws, education, health care, and public awareness to end the scourge of child marriage, Human Rights Watch said today on International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2015. Forty percent of girls in sub-Saharan Africa marry before age 18, and African countries account for 15 of the 20 countries with the highest rates of child marriage.

To read full article, visit this Human Rights Watch link.

The California watchdog agency tasked with ensuring safety in the workplace confirmed it is investigating porn actor James Deen’s production company after allegations that the star of thousands of hard-core films sexually assaulted women on and off movie sets.

To read full article, visit this Washington Post link.

WASHINGTON — Responding to an Associated Press investigation, three U.S. senators on Tuesday urged Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to lift what they called the military justice system's "cloak of secrecy" and make records from sex crimes cases readily accessible.

To read full article, visit this New York Times link.

Today, Brunner is returning to Washington, DC, to join a protest on the steps of the Supreme Court as justices hear arguments in a case that threatens to undo much of this progress, potentially creating another legal black hole where sexual violence can fester. The question centers on whether Indian nations have the jurisdiction to adjudicate civil claims against non-Indian people and corporations when they commit wrongs on Indigenous land. “As sovereign nations, why are we constantly under attack?” Brunner asks. “We’re in endless conflict.”

Greater efforts to organise and fund local women’s groups are required to combat gender violence, according to ActionAid.

Onyinyechi Okechukwu, a communications specialist for ActionAid Nigeria who has been closely involved with the Bring Back Our Girls campaign, said a forceful local women’s movement had the power to effect lasting change.

To read full article, visit this Guardian link.

Health practitioners need more resources and expert guidelines to provide appropriate medical and psychological treatment for women and girls that have had female genital mutilation or cutting, says a new review of the evidence by University of Sydney scholars.

Published today in the open access journal BMC International Health and Human Rights the review's authors say more research is needed to assess the attitudes of health professionals' and to raise their awareness about this harmful practice.

I was trapped within what my rapist had done, and unable to reach out to anyone for help. I thought I'd be outed as gay and rejected. I know this sounds silly. But it was what I thought, and I know it's the same for others who have been sexually abused. Since the incident, I’ve had to overcome a number of mental health issues, all of which inextricably link back to that day.

For the past decade, the Pentagon has been working to eradicate sexual assault in the military.

It has created a task force, scheduled  roundtables, webinars and workshops, produced media campaigns, set up a hotline for victims, introduced training sessions and staffed offices on all military bases with trained advocates. Over the years, the Pentagon has drafted several comprehensive strategies for addressing the problem. The Department of Defense’s office for sexual assault prevention and response even has its own seal.

2 December 2015 – With over 60 million people driven from their homes and millions more crossing borders to seek a better life, the risk of mounting human trafficking and enslavement with all its “horrific abuse” must be confronted, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned today.

Louis Vitullo was a Chicago police sergeant who became the chief microanalyst in the city's crime lab. He worked on high-profile cases, like Richard Speck's mass murder of eight student nurses in 1966. In the black and white photo she had on her wall, he was inspecting Speck's knife.


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