By Catriona McGale

 

A campaign has been launched to fight against the so-called corrective rape of lesbians in South Africa.

 

The campaign was launched following the case of 30-year-old Millicent Gaika, who claims she was raped and beaten for five hours in order to “cure” her of her lesbianism.

 

The trial against her attacker has been delayed until February.

 

By Lyle Moran

 

LOWELL -- While meeting wounded veterans in 2007, U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas talked with one soldier who said she was more afraid of her fellow soldiers than the enemy.

 

The woman, a former military nurse in Afghanistan and Iraq, said she knew of a number of female service members who had been sexually assaulted while serving.

 

"As she would travel around to different bases, she always made sure she had whatever she needed to defend herself," Tsongas said.

 

A Vatican department advised Ireland's Catholic bishops in 1997 not to report priests suspected of child abuse to the police, a newly revealed letter shows.

 

Obtained by Irish broadcaster RTE, the letter shows Vatican officials rejected an initiative to begin the "mandatory reporting" of abuse claims.

 

The proposed policy "gives rise to serious reservations", it says.

 

The Vatican has persistently said it never instructed bishops to withhold suspicions or evidence of crimes.

 

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

 

By ANNA SCHECTER and BRIAN ROSS

 

More than 1,000 young American women have been raped or sexually assaulted in the last decade while serving as Peace Corps volunteers in foreign countries, an ABC News 20/20 investigation has found.

 

In some cases, victims say, the Peace Corps has ignored safety concerns and later tried to blame the women who were raped for bringing on the attacks.

 

San Diego, CA, January 14, 2011 – The National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV) is issuing the following statements in response to the Jan. 8 shooting and President Obama’s speech in Tucson, AZ on Jan. 12.

 

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

 

With the rest of the nation, the Ms. Foundation for Women was shocked and horrified by the tragic events that took place this past weekend in Tucson, Arizona. Though we don't yet know the specific motivation behind these shootings, we do know that they took place in a state where violent political rhetoric has become dangerously commonplace. Where violent speech is the norm, violent action inevitably follows; where the value of some lives is diminished, the worth of all life is irreparably harmed.

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

 

By Demian Bulwa

 

(CNN) -- Police arrested a suspect believed to be one of four men shown in a video apparently sexually assaulting disabled women in a care home and other places, authorities said in a statement.

 

Ernie Lloyd, 27, was arrested at West Hollywood Sheriff's Station on Saturday evening, said a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

 

Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2011;89:2-2. doi: 10.2471/BLT.10.085217

 

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