Violence Against Women
UN and African Union Sign Agreement Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

UN and African Union Sign Agreement Addressing Conflict-Related Sexual Violence

"National ownership, leadership and responsibility are absolutely essential if we are to protect women and girls, but also men and boys, from these barbaric crimes."
Maryland Considers College Sexual Assault Reporting Bill

Maryland Considers College Sexual Assault Reporting Bill

A Maryland House of Delegates committee heard testimony yesterday on a bill that would require all state universities and colleges to administer an anonymous sexual violence survey every three years — to more accurately determine how many assaults are occurring on campuses — and then report those findings to the Maryland Higher Education Commission....
Penn State Under Investigation for Handling of Sexual Assault and Harassment on Campus

Penn State Under Investigation for Handling of Sexual Assault and Harassment on Campus

"Our initial review of Penn State's sexual harassment policy, compounded by a dramatic increase in the number of forcible sex offenses occurring on camp[us as reported by the university itself, raised legal concerns that compelled us to investigate."
Report Shows Increase in Officer-on-Inmate Sexual Assault in US Prisons

Report Shows Increase in Officer-on-Inmate Sexual Assault in US Prisons

A new report issued by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics indicates that allegations of rape and sexual assault by prison inmates are increasing, and that 49 percent of the alleged crimes involve correctional officers.
Activist Launches Fundraising Drive to Open Home for Sexual Assault Survivors

Activist Launches Fundraising Drive to Open Home for Sexual Assault Survivors

A Vanderbilt University graduate and sexual violence survivor launched a fundraising drive yesterday to open a home for fellow college-aged survivors in Nashville, Tennessee.
We Applaud The White House Initiative to Prevent Campus Rape

We Applaud The White House Initiative to Prevent Campus Rape

"This is a momentous day for the movement to end violence against women and, in particular, campus rape."
White House Launches Task Force to Prevent Campus Sexual Assault

White House Launches Task Force to Prevent Campus Sexual Assault

President Barack Obama announced today the creation of a task force to combat campus sexual assault and released a report that declares "no one in America is more at risk of being raped or assaulted than college women."
Report: Burma Army Uses Rape as Weapon of War

Report: Burma Army Uses Rape as Weapon of War

The Women's League of Burma (WLB) released a report on Tuesday revealing the Burmese Army's continued, systematic rape of girls and women since the country's 2010 elections.
California Bill Would Change Reporting Requirements for Rapes on College Campuses

California Bill Would Change Reporting Requirements for Rapes on College Campuses

"We want to make sure administrations can't keep stuff hush hush in hopes of making it seem like a school is safe than it really is."

Brutal Assault and Death of Teenage Girl Spark Protests in India

Protests have erupted in India after a 16-year-old girl was gang raped in two separate attacks and fatally set on fire. Via Shutterstock The girl was first assaulted in late October by more than six men near her home in Madhyagram town, near Calcutta. She went to the police the next day to report it, and...