By Sylvia Poggioli

 

In the first such gathering at the heart of the Catholic Church, victims of clerical sex abuse from around the world gathered Sunday night outside the Vatican to demand justice. But police blocked them from bringing their protest under the windows of Pope Benedict XVI.

 

Close to 100 sex abuse victims carrying torches were outnumbered by paramilitary police who cordoned off the main avenue leading to the Vatican. Only two protesters were allowed to approach Vatican soil and deposit sealed letters addressed to the pope from abuse victims.

Boston, Massachusetts (CNN) -- Anita Hill, whose accusations of sexual harassment almost derailed Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' high court nomination, has no plans to apologize for the charges she made nearly two decades ago.

 

The response from Hill, now a law professor at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, comes following a voice-mail message left for her by Thomas' wife, Virginia, over the weekend, requesting an apology.

 

Last week, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights issued separate rulings that the Mexican government must pay damages to two indigenous women who were raped by military soldiers in 2002. The court stated that Mexico failed to uphold "the rights to personal integrity, dignity and legal protection of Ines Fernandez and Valentina Rosendo," according to the Latin America News Dispatch.

 

By Sam Allen

 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has completed counting and outsourcing nearly 5,000 backlogged rape kits that sparked controversy in 2008.

 

The kits still need to be tested and processed, but the Sheriff's Department is on track to meet that goal in June 2011, spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

 

By Scot Kersgaard

 

Amendment 62 and Republican Ken Buck’s campaign for the United States Senate seat held by Democrat Michael Bennet have come together to create the perfect storm for women’s rights advocates in Colorado. Activists, including rape victims who spoke to The Colorado Independent, have been galvanized against Buck for his early support of the “personhood” ballot initiative and for his opposition to abortion, even in cases of rape and incest.

 

FUNDING ALERT V6 N1

OCTOBER 15, 2010

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence & National Sexual Violence Resource Center

 

The FUNDING ALERT provides a synopsis of the available funding that can be used by individuals and/or agencies working to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

FUNDING ALERT V6 N1

OCTOBER 15, 2010

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence & National Sexual Violence Resource Center

 

The FUNDING ALERT provides a synopsis of the available funding that can be used by individuals and/or agencies working to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

Eleven women rushed to hospital after suffering overdoses at the same party may have had their drinks spiked with a powerful date rape drug, police have said.

 

Men at the party attended by Central Washington University students on Saturday night are being quizzed amid suspicion that the victims were specifically targetted because of their sex. All but one of the twelve people who fell sick were female.

 

NOTE: This article contains disturbing content that may be triggering for some readers.

 

New York (CNN) -- Eight suspects arrested in connection with a series of brutal, anti-gay hate crimes in New York City were arraigned Sunday.

 

Charges against them include harassment, criminal possession of a weapon, unlawful imprisonment, assault, robbery and sexual abuse as hate crimes.

 

By Jody Clarke

 

The leader of a Congolese rebel group suspected of being involved in the rape of more than 300 civilians two months ago has been arrested, according to the United Nations.

 

The suspect, an alleged leader of the militia group Mai Mai Cheka and identified only as Lieut Col Mayele, was captured in a joint operation between UN peacekeeping troops and the Congolese army in North Kivu Province, eastern DRC on Tuesday.

 

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