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Namibia Weighs Demands For Rape Crackdown After Street Protests

Namibia Weighs Demands For Rape Crackdown After Street Protests

Street protests that led to the arrest of 25 women’s rights activists in Namibia at the weekend have prompted the government to launch an urgent review to consider their demands for tougher penalties for rape and sexual abuse. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Windhoek, the city of Walvis Bay and a town […]

Egypt Detains Suspect In High-Profile Rape Case

Egypt Detains Suspect In High-Profile Rape Case

Egyptian public prosecutors ordered the detention of a man suspected of being involved in an alleged gang rape at a luxury Cairo hotel in 2014 for four days pending investigation, they said in a statement on Thursday. The man, who is also a suspect in other similar cases, was arrested by police on Wednesday as […]

Catholic Bishops Conference Condemns Rising Rape Against Women, Children

Catholic Bishops Conference Condemns Rising Rape Against Women, Children

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Liberia (CABICOL) has joined voices speaking against the imposition of the death penalty as a means to curb the increasing waves of rape in Liberia. CABICOL is the assembly of the Catholic Bishops of Liberia who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian Faithful of Liberia. In […]

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 […]

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