ST. PETERSBURG — Amid a national discussion about how colleges and universities respond to campus sexual assaults, Eckerd College president Donald Eastman III is urging students to "do your part."

How? By drinking less and abstaining from casual sex, he said in an email to students Sunday to underscore a campus awareness campaign.

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Hundreds of students, faculty and staff members marched and chanted Saturday night at the University of Virginia in protest of what they said was a campus culture focused on fraternities and which put women at risk of sexual assault, according to UVA student newspaper The Cavalier Daily.

 

A Pennsylvania university says its president has resigned after he was criticized for comments he made about women and sexual assault.

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UNITED NATIONS, Nov 21 (Reuters) - The United Nations agreed on Friday that all members should pass and enforce laws banning child marriages, resolving to end a practice that affects about 15 million girls every year.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Once lawyers began digging into Mark Berndt's past, they discovered a three-decade pattern of odd behavior and complaints about the teacher that school administrators either missed or ignored.

To read full article, visit this Associated Press link. This article contains disturbing content that may be triggering for some readers.

(CNN) -- A Swedish appeals court on Thursday denied WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's latest request to dismiss an arrest warrant for alleged rape and molestation -- cases that he says are false and politically motivated.

Assange, 43, has been living in London's Ecuadorian Embassy for more than two years to avoid extradition to Sweden, where prosecutors want to question him about 2010 allegations that he raped one woman and sexually molested another.

When it comes to stopping violence against women, actions speak louder than words. So even though there’s increased worldwide awareness about violence against women, the problem won’t be solved unless countries make significant policy and financial changes to support victims, according to a five-part series of studies in The Lancet, one of the world’s premier medical journals.

November 25 is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and this year, they will run the campaign 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, leading up to Human Rights Day on December 10. It's time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world.

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The accusations of rape that have quietly followed Bill Cosby for so long are apparently finally catching up with him. So many women have come forward with their stories that we can no longer look away, even if we want to. But we shouldn’t look away. We shouldn’t need so many women to tell such similar stories to believe. We shouldn’t be filled with so much doubt. One accuser should be more than enough.

LONDON, Nov 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Harassment and violence against women in cities too often go unreported because many women fear reprisals by their attackers or that authorities will not take complaints seriously, urban and gender experts said on Tuesday.

"When you survey women, safety is the major issue for women in cities," Carol Robles-Roman, head of Legal Momentum, a U.S.-based legal defence and education advocacy group, told delegates at the Trust Women Conference in London.

 

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