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December 8, 2009

Contact: Sopheak Tek

tek@sisterslead.org

MOVIE “PRECIOUS” MAY CAUSE SURVIVORS TO RELIVE THEIR CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ASSAULT 

PARK CITY, Utah — “The Hunting Ground,” set for release in theaters and broadcast on CNN, was billed by the Sundance Film Festival as a “piercing, monumental exposé of rape culture on campuses.” Judging by viewer reaction at the film’s premiere and the comments of two United States senators afterward, festival programmers might have undersold it.

To read full commentary piece, visit this New York Times link.

23 January 2015 – At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, today, UN Women, the United Nations entity dedicated to achieving women’s empowerment and gender equality, unveiled a new initiative to galvanize the support of global leaders to bring an end to the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls around the world.

To read full article, visit this UN News link.

An Egyptian appeals court on Monday convicted a doctor of manslaughter and performing female genital mutilation that led to the death of a 13-year-old girl, sentencing him to two years and three months in prison in the country's first case that came to trial over the widespread practice, defense lawyers said.

To read full article, visit this ABC News link.

Outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel criticized the U.S. military in a speech on Friday, acknowledging a culture of retaliation against service members who report sexual assaults.

To read full article, visit this Buzzfeed link.

 

There are hundreds of service members who have been convicted of sex offenses but never appear on any public registry once they leave the military, disappearing into neighborhoods across the country and, in some cases, preying on new victims. Special correspondent Mark Greenblatt of the Scripps News Service reports.

To listen to this news story, visit this PBS Newshour link.

NEW YORK (AP) -- A "yes means yes" provision and other protections against sexual assaults on campus would be expanded to New York's private colleges and universities under a law proposed Saturday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

To read full article, visit this Huffington Post link.

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's long-time sex abuse prosecutor has been named to head up a new Vatican board to hear appeals by priests sanctioned for molesting minors.

To read full article, visit this Associated Press link.

Women and girls in Egypt face violence on a disturbing scale both at home and in public, including sexual mob attacks as well as torture in state custody, according to a new briefing by Amnesty International.

‘Circles of hell’: Domestic, public and state violence against women in Egypt documents how despite some recent piecemeal reforms, shortfalls in Egyptian laws and entrenched impunity continue to foster a culture of routine sexual and gender-based violence in the country.

 

Had it not been for an act of vandalism, four former Vanderbilt football players probably would not have been charged with rape.

Deputy district attorney general Tom Thurman told jurors Tuesday that the vandalism, which occurred the same night as the alleged attack, prompted Vanderbilt officials to take a look at video surveillance footage of one of the Nashville school’s dorms. When they did, Thurman said, they saw a 21-year-old neuroscience major lying incapacitated from alcohol and being videoed and photographed in the hallway of Gillette House.

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