This week, Amnesty International will recommend full decriminalization of the sex trade. Catherine Murphy, a policy adviser for the group, tells NPR's Rachel Martin it's facing a backlash.

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LONDON, Aug 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Amnesty International voted on Tuesday to endorse a contentious plan to support the decriminalisation of sex work, a move that will lead to pressure on governments by the prominent rights group not to punish millions of sex workers worldwide.


"Amnesty just lost its soul and it lost its legitimacy to call itself a human rights organization," said Taina Bien-Aimé, spokeswoman for the U.S.-based Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, which helped put together an open letter against Amnesty's proposed policy.

HUSSAIN KHAN WALA, Pakistan — Pakistani officials have initiated an investigation into allegations that a gang of men sexually abused more than 200 children and sold videos of the abuse.

The accusations have rocked the country, drawing the attention and condemnation of human rights activists and politicians in a case that involved subjects long considered taboo here.

In the wake of a USA TODAY Media Network investigation, the chairman of a key U.S Senate committee is demanding that the Justice Department answer questions and provide records about its efforts to reduce the nation's backlog of untested sexual assault kits.

Virginia Wesleyan College is asking a woman who reported being sexually assaulted to name every partner she has ever had, in its latest response to an ongoing lawsuit.

In a motion first filed in June in Norfolk Circuit Court, the college asked for the woman to name any individual she had sexual intercourse with "at any time" and for the names of all her boyfriends since August 2012, when she said she was raped. The woman's attorney, Jonathan Halperin, spent several weeks this summer disputing the college's request to no avail.

The U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women unveiled a new website Wednesday aiming to help guide colleges on how to address sexual violence on campus.

The website,, is billed as a one-stop-shop for administrators, faculty and staff at colleges and universities. It includes round ups of research and resources specific to dating and domestic violence and stalking, both issues that colleges are obligated to address in addition to sexual assault due to the gender equity law Title IX.

In a first of its kind survey of the federal and state inmate population in America, data shows that transgender individuals are nine times more likely than other inmates to encounter sexual harassment or assault within 12 months of admission.

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

As the first sitting U.S. president to visit Kenya, Barack Obama used the opportunity to call out the country for some of its practices that harm women and girls, urging it to discard those traditions for measures that are more empowering.

To read full article, visit this Huffington Post link.

RICHMOND, Va. — Three University of Virginia graduates and members of a fraternity who were portrayed in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted Rolling Stone magazine story filed a lawsuit against the publication and the article’s author, court records show.

To read full article, visit this Washington Post link.

(New York) – The United Nations and member countries should tackle problems that women in armed conflict endure around the world, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. This year marks the 15th anniversary of Security Council Resolution 1325, a landmark resolution on women, peace, and security, which the Security Council will debate in October 2015.

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


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