Jian Ghomeshi, 47, former host of the internationally syndicated music and arts program Q on Canadian Broadcasting Corp radio, appeared in court to answer four counts of sexual assault and one of choking.

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A video showing two sisters in northern India hitting back at men who allegedly harassed them on a crowded bus has gone viral in a country where many women endure sexual harassment on a daily basis.

To read full article, visit this Guardian link.

Amnesty International supporters worldwide today join the 16 Days against Gender Violence campaign to challenge violence and discrimination against women and girls, including the denial of sexual and reproductive rights.

The campaign, which runs from 25 November to 10 December, aims to celebrate heroes – women human rights defenders – in every region of the world who fight discrimination and call on governments to prevent, investigate and prosecute discrimination and violence against women and girls.

(CNN) -- Hundreds of students walked out of their Oklahoma high school Monday to protest the school's response to the alleged bullying of three classmates who say they were raped by the same person.

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One in three human trafficking victims is a child, most victims are female, and traffickers operate with wide impunity, the United Nations said Monday in a report on modern-day slavery.

The 2014 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons, produced by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, also found that the proportion of children among victims appeared to be rising. Its first report, in 2012, said the proportion had been closer to one in four.


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.

To read full article, visit this Tampa Bay Times link.

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.

To read full article, visit this ABC News link.

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.

To read full article, visit this Thomson Reuters Foundation link.

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.


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