President Karzai has approved a law that critics say condones marital rape, opening a rift in the international community as it debates how best to respond without disrupting Thursday’s presidential election.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is demanding an end to the widespread rapes and attacks on women in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

 
Clinton spoke to reporters Tuesday after meeting with Congolese President Joseph Kabila in Goma, the capital of Congo's volatile North Kivu province.

 
She said there should be "no impunity" for the sexual and gender-based violence in the region, and called for arrests, prosecutions, and punishments.

 

Iranian opposition leader Mahdi Karroubi announced Sunday that he has received reports of jailers raping prisoners during the government crackdown on protesters after June's disputed presidential election. Karroubi, a reformist candidate defeated by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the election, has stated that former senior officials notified him of the abuses, reports the Associated Press.

 

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GOMA, Congo — It was around 11 p.m. when armed men burst into Kazungu Ziwa’s hut, put a machete to his throat and yanked down his pants. Mr. Ziwa is a tiny man, about four feet, six inches tall. He tried to fight back, but said he was quickly beaten down.
 
“Then they raped me,” he said. “It was horrible, physically. I was dizzy. My thoughts just left me.”
 

NEW YORK, United States, July 24 (UNHCR) – A landmark meeting in New York, co-organized by the UN refugee agency, has given important impetus to efforts to eradicate discrimination against forcibly displaced and stateless females, including rape, domestic violence and other abuses.
 
The July 16-17 seminar, the first of its kind, brought together officials from UNHCR and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) with 15 independent experts from around the world who serve on the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit the troubled east of the Democratic Republic of Congo on her upcoming Africa trip to push to end soaring violence against women, a top aide said Thursday.
 
Clinton will travel to Goma, a city flooded with refugees since the 1994 genocide in neighboring Rwanda, as part of her seven-nation tour starting next week, said Johnnie Carson, the assistant secretary of state for Africa.
 

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Culture Is Not An Excuse For Rape
National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA)

By Abdon M. Pallasch
 
The former No. 2 official of the Catholic church in Chicago admitted that he knew 25 priests broke the law by sexually abusing children but did not report them, according to depositions made public Tuesday.
 
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Raymond E. Goedert's statements show "the lengths they went to to protect their reputation and the priest at the peril of the child," said attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents men who have sued the archdiocese over alleged childhood molestation.
 

By Greg Allen
NPR
 
State judges in Miami are being asked to mediate a dispute that involves the city, the state and a growing colony of sex offenders.
 
The colony is an encampment of tents and shacks under a Miami bridge that began when corrections officers began ordering offenders there a few years ago. The shantytown was created in response to local laws that restrict where sex offenders can live.
 

Tell Me More, NPR, July 13, 2009
 
Several prominent African-American women, such as Oprah Winfrey and Queen Latifah, have disclosed being sexually abused as girls. In contrast, many well-known known African-American males frame their childhood sexual experiences with women as a source of pride — or a rites of passage — instead of abuse. Dr. Carl Bell, a Chicago psychiatrist, journalist Sylvia Coleman, and Talib Darryl, who was abused as a boy, discuss the double standard.
 

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