Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
March 20, 2014


For Immediate Release -- January 22, 2014


SUBJECT:  Establishing a White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

Statement of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund

Millions of girls around the world are still threatened by genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C), despite a century of efforts to put an end to it. In the 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East where the practice is concentrated, more than 125 million girls and women have been cut. UNFPA projects that a further 86 million young girls worldwide are likely to experience some form of the practice by 2030, if current trends continue.

January 10, 2014

The Department of Defense issued today the Academic Program Year 2012-2013 Annual Report on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the United States Military Service Academies (MSA).  As part of a comprehensive review, DoD officials conducted site visits at the U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy and the U.S. Air Force Academy, reviewed academy policies, training, and procedures, and held focus groups with cadets and midshipmen.


GREENVILLE, S.C. — For decades, students at Bob Jones University who sought counseling for sexual abuse were told not to report it because turning in an abuser from a fundamentalist Christian community would damage Jesus Christ. Administrators called victims liars and sinners.

By Niraj Chokshi

At least five states are weighing making it harder for rapists to get parental rights.

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda says she has opened a preliminary investigation into possible war crimes in the Central African Republic (CAR).

Fatou Bensouda said she had received reports of "extreme brutality by various groups".

Tens of thousands of Muslims have already fled to Cameroon and Chad.

CAR, one of Africa's poorest nations, has been in chaos for more than a year after Muslim rebels seized power.

By Mariano Castillo and Richard Allen Greene, CNN


(CNN) -- In an unprecedented report, a United Nations committee slammed the Vatican's handling of child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church and accused the church of protecting itself rather than the victims.

The Vatican should establish an "independent mechanism for monitoring children's rights" to investigate complaints and work with law enforcement, according to the report, which was released Wednesday.

By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun

The American Civil Liberties Union released an online "toolkit" on Wednesday outlining ways local advocates can improve conditions for LGBT prisoners across the country.

It also provides information on how LGBT prisoners can protect themselves.

In its announcement, the ACLU said lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender inmates in the United States face increased levels of sexual harassment, sexual assault and physical isolation.


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