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.

COVINGTON, Ky., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Two former county deputy jailers in Kentucky were sent to prison Monday for arranging to have a teenage boy raped by inmates, federal authorities said.

Wesley Lanham, 31, was sentenced to 15 years in prison and Shawn Freeman, 36, was given a 14-year term, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release. The two former Grant County Detention Center deputy jailers are to complete three years of supervised release once they finish their prison terms.

At least 300 girls in south-western Kenya have fled from home and sought refuge in churches in a bid to escape forced female genital mutilation (FGM).
The girls, some as young as nine, are at two rescue centres in rural Nyanza province, police told the BBC.
Female circumcision is banned in Kenya, but remains common in some areas where it is considered to be part of a girl's initiation into womanhood.

The United Nations secretary general has said the world must do more to combat the abuse of women and girls.

Ban Ki-moon spoke as organisations around the world marked the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

The UN says at least one in three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. 

By Cheryl Wittenauer - The Associated Press
Posted : Wednesday Nov 19, 2008 11:16:38 EST
ST. LOUIS — Retired Army Sgt. Angela Peacock once was outgoing, competitive and athletic. These days, she barely functions, trusts no one and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder that prevents her from working.
She has gained 100 pounds and chain smokes. She lives alone in northern St. Louis County on a military pension and disability.

Texas has become a major hub for human trafficking, state officials said yesterday while proposing a more aggressive response to what a senior government official described as "modern-day slavery".
Nearly 20% of human-trafficking victims found nationwide have been in Texas, according to a report released by the attorney general, Greg Abbott. The 57-page report, mandated by the legislature in 2007, also identifies Interstate 10 as a major route through Texas for human-trafficking rings.

By Dominique Soguel
BUKAVU, Democratic Republic of Congo (WOMENSENEWS)--Billboards on the dirt roads here in the capital of South Kivu are trying to change the attitude.

"Life is sacred. Rape is a crime," the signs trumpet.
The shooting war officially ended in 2006 but rape remains widespread in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, especially outside the cities, where armed combatants of Rwanda's genocidal war and Congo's conflict continue to operate, said Dr. Aziza Aziz Suleyman, a sexual violence social worker.

The Roman Catholic Church has issued guidance for future priests to have psychological tests to weed out those unable to control their sexual urges.

A senior churchman said a series of sex scandals had contributed to the rewriting of the guidelines.

The authors said screening would help avoid "tragic situations" caused by what they termed psychological defects.


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