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.

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.


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