Government officials and other authorities in Nigeria have raped and sexually exploited women and girls displaced by the conflict with Boko Haram. The government is not doing enough to protect displaced women and girls and ensure that they have access to basic rights and services or to sanction the abusers, who include camp leaders, vigilante groups, policemen, and soldiers.

The United Nations estimates that 1.2 to 1.5 million people are currently being affected by the military operations underway to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS or Da’esh), some quarter million of which are women who potentially need reproductive health services and care for gender-based violence.

To read full article, visit this UN News Centre link.

Penn State University is facing a $2.4 million fine for mishandling child sexual abuse complaints against convicted former football coach Jerry Sandusky, the U.S. Department of Education said on Thursday.

To read full article, visit this Reuters link.

A former Vanderbilt University football player found guilty of the 2013 rape of an unconscious female student in a case that drew national attention to sexual assaults on campus was sentenced to 17 years in prison on Friday.

Brandon Vandenburg and teammate Cory Batey, two of four former Vanderbilt football players charged in the case, were found guilty when tried together in January 2015 but a mistrial was declared. Batey has since been retried, convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

The Rape and Incest National Network hotline has seen an increase in calls and requests during this election season. Many people are sharing their sexual assault stories on social media using the #ItsNotOK or #NotOK hashtags or seeking help for the first time, according to Laura Palumbo, communications director at the National Sexual Violence Response Center.

To read full article, visit this U.S. News and World Report link.

An energy company lawyer said Thursday that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas touched her inappropriately at a 1999 dinner in suburban Washington. Thomas denied the allegation.

To read full article, visit this Associated Press link.

The European Parliament awarded its Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought on Thursday to two Iraqi Yazidi women who were held as sex slaves by Islamic State militants and now campaign for human rights.

To read full article, visit this Reuters link.

 

Women members of parliament (MPs) in all regions face sexism, harassment and violence from male lawmakers and are increasingly targeted by online humiliation campaigns, a report said on Wednesday.

The first study on the issue by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) follows scandals in France and other countries where women have denounced abuse in the corridors of power.

To read full article, visit this Reuters link.

By Oct. 25, according to a police detective’s affidavit quoted by WKOW-TV, dozens of women had come forward ‘“wanting to speak about … acts related to Cook.’ ”

Dean of Students Lori Berquam issued her own statement on Oct. 21, noting that the student had been placed on emergency leave from the university “based on the severity of the allegations and the potential impact on the campus community ..."

Women in the international aid industry have recounted their experiences of sexual harassment and abuse in a new survey of more than 1,000 female workers in the humanitarian sector.

The results of the self-report survey, published on Tuesday by the Humanitarian Women’s Network, revealed that 55% of those questioned said they had suffered sexual advances from a male colleague at least once.

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