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.

Note: This article contains disturbing content that may be triggering for some readers.

By Bijoyeta Das

Bangladesh is celebrating 40 years of independence, but two sisters who were both victimized by massive, brutal war-time rapes are in no mood to celebrate. They say their lives have been ruined and perpetrators have never been brought to justice.

by Anushay Hossain


By Amy Lieberman

By Sgt. Raymond Quintanilla, USD-S PA


By Jacqueline L. Salmon
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, September 10, 2009
One in every 33 women who attend worship services regularly has been the target of sexual advances by a religious leader, a survey released Wednesday says.

The predatory pedophilia of a former British radio and TV celebrity has shaken the BBC to its foundations, as the broadcaster struggles to reconcile itself to charges of mismanagement and allowing an "unacceptable culture" of sexual abuse to go unchecked for decades.

Note: This article contains disturbing content that may be triggering for some readers.


Meeting in secret, living in fear: Members of Iran's LGBT community tell of arrests, beatings, rape – and escape to the West. But 'people are showing less fear of the Islamic regime,' they say.


By Dudi Cohen


By Laura Sydell


Congress is set to hold hearings Wednesday on the sex trafficking of minors, and among the witnesses will be a representative from Craigslist. The online-classifieds company recently shut down the adult-services section of its website after repeated threats from state law enforcement officials.


But Craigslist isn't alone in its shady offerings.


By Donovan Slack



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