2/13/2009

(WOMENSENEWS)--When Eve Ensler met Dr. Denis Mukwege, the celebrated gynecologist from the Democratic Republic of Congo, almost three years ago, it was hard to communicate.

Her French was weak, and his English was choppy.

2/4/2009

A WOMAN suspected of recruiting more than 80 female suicide bombers has confessed to organising their rapes so she could later convince them that martyrdom was the only way to escape the shame.

A New York congresswoman’s proposed bill would force the Pentagon to better protect service members against sexual and domestic violence.

The Military Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Act, introduced Tuesday by Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., would establish an Office of Victims Advocate within the Pentagon and create confidentiality protocols to protect the rights of victims under military law.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — MySpace says about 90,000 sex offenders have been identified and removed from its huge social networking website.
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said Tuesday the new figure is nearly double what MySpace officials originally announced last year.

Cooper and Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal have led efforts to make social networking websites safer. MySpace executives sent the updated numbers to Blumenthal's office Tuesday.
 

TAMPA, Florida (CNN) -- Don Stratton says he's just a good ol' boy. He's simple and plainspoken. But he has a painful past he can't leave behind. When he talks about it, the old emotions surface.
 
Stratton attended a Florida reform school as a teenager in the early 1960s. Nearly half a century later, he's telling a chilling tale of alleged beatings, sexual abuse and violent death at the hands of reform school workers.
 

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that employers cannot fire workers in retaliation for cooperating in investigations of sexual harassment under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The case, Crawford v. Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County (see PDF), involved Vicky Crawford, an employee who had worked for a Tennessee school system for thirty years when she was dismissed after participating in an internal sexual harassment investigation.
 

The CIA's station chief in Algeria is under investigation after two separate allegations of rape, US media report.
 
Two Algerian women came forward last September saying they had been sexually assaulted by the man while at his home in Algiers, ABC News says.
 
The man, identified in court documents as Andrew Warren, was recalled in October while the US Justice Department investigated, officials said.
 
Mr Warren, 41, had been stationed in Algiers since 2007.
 

Washington, DC -- A Supreme Court ruling issued today safeguards women’s and girls’ rights by allowing them to pursue remedies for gender discrimination in schools under both Title IX and the Constitution. The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) applauds the 9-0 reversal of a court of appeals decision that limited women’s and girls’ ability to challenge the violation of their constitutional rights when they face discrimination in education.
 

By Glenn Chapman
January 15, 2009

By Alex Pham
9:38 PM PST, January 13, 2009

As many as 13% of children receive sexual solicitations online, but very few are from adults over age 21, according to a report released Tuesday by a Harvard University task force.

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