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.

 

UN agencies in charge of refugee camps for victims of Haiti's earthquake are inexperienced and dysfunctional, the US charity Refugees International says.

 

The groups says reports of gang rapes are common, and a lack of translators means UN police cannot do their job.

 

A UN spokeswoman told the BBC that the organisation was doing its best, but said the scale of the disaster made their job very difficult.

 

More than a million people were left homeless by the quake.

 

Thousands of US sex offenders, prisoners on parole and other convicts were left unmonitored after an electronic tagging system shut down because of data overload.

 

BI Incorporated, which runs the system, reached its data threshold - more than two billion records - on Tuesday.

 

This left authorities across 49 states unaware of offenders' movement for about 12 hours.

 

BI increased its data storage capacity to avoid a repeat of the problem.

 

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