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India’s COVID-19 Lockdown Threatens Efforts To Stop Spikes In Child Marriage

India’s COVID-19 Lockdown Threatens Efforts To Stop Spikes In Child Marriage

When the police knocked on the door as 15-year-old Muskaan prepared to head to the temple in their village in northern India, the bride-to-be was distraught. With a sick father and unemployed brother, Muskaan believed that getting married to a distant relative’s son would alleviate the financial burden on her family and offer a better […]

Rape Victims ‘Denied Justice’ In Ghana By Costly Medical Fees

Rape Victims ‘Denied Justice’ In Ghana By Costly Medical Fees

Reporting rape is traumatic for anyone, but having to pay two months’ wages to complete the medical form prevents many in Ghana from seeking justice, said a leading actress whose campaign to waive fees has reached the presidential palace. British-Ghanaian actress Ama K. Abebrese – who starred with Idris Elba in the award-winning 2015 drama […]

British Lawmaker Arrested After Rape Accusation

British Lawmaker Arrested After Rape Accusation

An unnamed British lawmaker and former minister was arrested on Saturday after police received allegations of rape, sexual assault and coercive control, the Sunday Times reported. A woman in her twenties reported to police she had been assaulted and forced to have sex, the newspaper reported. The woman was a former parliamentary employee, it said. […]

N.Korean Women Faced Torture, Rape, Malnourishment In Detention – U.N. report

N.Korean Women Faced Torture, Rape, Malnourishment In Detention – U.N. report

North Korean women detained in prison camps suffered from torture, rape and other forms of “multiple and serious” violence by security and police officials, a U.N. human rights report said on Tuesday, citing accounts from over 100 women. The women, detained between 2009 and 2019 after failing to flee the country, recounted in interviews with […]

Record Low Rape Convictions For England And Wales Branded ‘Utterly Shameful’

Record Low Rape Convictions For England And Wales Branded ‘Utterly Shameful’

Prosecutions and convictions for rape fell to a record low in England and Wales last year, official data showed on Thursday, amid warnings the system is failing survivors. The number of prosecutions fell by about 30% year on year to 2,102 in 2019/20, while convictions were down 25% at 1,439, data from the Crown Prosecution […]

French President Macron Defends Minister Accused Of Rape

French President Macron Defends Minister Accused Of Rape

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday new Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin should not be made a “victim of judgment on the streets” after protests against his appointment because the minister is under investigation for rape. Darmanin has denied the allegation that he coerced a woman into having sex in 2009 when she sought his […]

Colombia Investigates Reported Rape Of Indigenous Girl, Sparks Condemnation

Colombia Investigates Reported Rape Of Indigenous Girl, Sparks Condemnation

Colombian authorities said on Wednesday they were investigating the reported rape of a 12-year-old indigenous girl by soldiers, spurring calls from tribal leaders to address violence against their communities they say is invisible and often ignored. The girl from Colombia’s Embera Chami tribe disappeared from her community reserve in northern Colombia on Sunday and was […]

Protests Demand Justice After Girl, 5, Raped and Killed

Protests Demand Justice After Girl, 5, Raped and Killed

The rape and killing of a five-year-old girl in Sierra Leone sparked protests for a third day on Wednesday as demonstrators demanded justice for victims of pervasive sexual violence. Rights groups said Kadijah Saccoh died on June 17 after she was raped multiple times. A death certificate emailed to the Thomson Reuters Foundation said she […]

Rape Conviction Rates Rise 75% In Sweden After Change In The Law

Rape Conviction Rates Rise 75% In Sweden After Change In The Law

Rape conviction rates in Sweden have risen 75% in two years following a major change in the law, spurring calls on Monday for other countries to revamp their legislation. Sweden changed the legal definition of rape in 2018 to sex without consent. Unlike in many countries, prosecutors do not have to prove the use or […]

Nigeria Records 717 Rape Cases In Five Months

Nigeria Records 717 Rape Cases In Five Months

The Nigerian police recorded 717 rape cases between January and May, an official said on Monday. The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, said this to State House Correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja. Mr Adamu said 799 suspects have so far been arrested while 631 cases have been conclusively investigated […]

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