Sexual assault

“Breast Ironing” in Cameroon

I had the honor of attending today’s CEDAW discussion on women in conflict & post-conflict situations. The room was packed with both UN experts and NGO representatives to kick off the Committee’s process of developing a general recommendation on the… Read More ›

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Military Rape Culture

Rape has been in the news lately — from Lara Logan’s sexual assault in Egypt to Justin Bieber’s Rolling Stone interview in which he claims everything, including rape, “happens for a reason.” And as newsworthy as those incidents are, there’s… Read More ›

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Justice Served?

In my very first post, Taking Rape Seriously, I reported on the NYC case of Tony Simmons, who was found guilty of sexually assaulting youths under his care as a city employee. Today, he was sentenced. Simmons received 4 years… Read More ›

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Taking rape seriously

Rape is a horrific crime, one that globally affects women regardless of age, ethnicity, class, religion and race. Sadly, it is a crime that is not always taken seriously or given the same weight as other criminal acts. Recently, in… Read More ›

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