LAGOS, Nigeria — Two and a half years after nearly 300 girls were kidnapped from a school in northeastern Nigeria, the government announced on Thursday that 21 of them had been freed.

The development appeared to be the greatest breakthrough so far in an episode that has highlighted the brutality of the militant group Boko Haram, which seized the girls from a school in the town of Chibok on April 14, 2014.

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

Donald Trump bragged in vulgar terms about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women during a 2005 conversation caught on a hot microphone, saying that “when you’re a star, they let you do it,” according to a video obtained by The Washington Post.

On a bus headed to the set of the soap opera "Days of Our Lives" in 2005, Donald Trump was secretly recorded saying he was drawn like a magnet to beautiful women. "I just start kissing them," he boasted. "I don't even wait."

After the recording was released Friday, backlash didn't wait, either. Critics across the political spectrum said the Republican presidential nominee's comments crossed the line from vulgarity to assault and underscored a need to push back against misogyny and so-called rape culture.

A new report on women working in the fast food industry reveals that 40 percent experience sexual harassment at work, and that some may feel trapped in their jobs as a result, according to surveys conducted by Hart Research Associates.

To read full article, visit this Eater link.

A coalition of former elite gymnasts — including two Olympians — is demanding USA Gymnastics take stronger, proactive steps to protect young athletes from sexual abuse.

The nine women spoke out after an IndyStar investigation revealed top officials at USA Gymnastics failed to report many allegations of sex abuse to police. The investigation also prompted 28 women to come forward with sexual abuse allegations against longtime team doctor Larry Nassar.

A United Nations report has slammed the tiny-Pacific island nation of Nauru for it's failure to protect asylum seeker children from sexual abuse inside the country's Australian-run detention center.

To read full article, visit this Reuters link.

A candlelit vigil has been held outside the ArcLight cinema in Hollywood to coincide with first public screenings of The Birth of a Nation. The film, which opens in the US this weekend, has been overshadowed by the resurfaced allegations of sexual assault against its director, Nate Parker.

To read full article, visit this Guardian link.

Carl Ferrer, chief executive of advertising website Backpage.com, was arrested on Thursday on criminal charges including pimping, as authorities investigate the company which has been accused of facilitating sex trafficking of minors.

To read full article, visit this Reuters link.

45,482.

That is the number of rape survivors treated by Dr. Denis Mukwege and his associates at Panzi Hospital between 1999 and 2015. Some 35,000 of those survivors, who range in age from toddlers to seniors, suffered complex gynecological injuries, inflicted by members of rebel groups and the Congolese military.

To read full article, visit this NPR link.

The scale of sexual harassment and gender violence by UK university staff has been likened to the scandals involving the Catholic church and Jimmy Savile in accounts shared by more than 100 women with the Guardian.

Their stories – including those of verbal bullying, serial harassment, assault, sexual assault and rape – expose an alarming pattern of abuse and harassment in British universities which remains largely hidden.

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