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The “Legitimacy” of Rape

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this letter is for you, whoever you are. The survivor. The sister or brother or mother or father or friend of a survivor. The activist. The person who tirelessly answers the sexual assault hotline. The shelter volunteer. The police officer, the lawyer, the judge. The person who simply feels passionate about this. Although it may seem like the opposite, Mr. Akin’s words aren’t actually setting us back. In fact, with each ignorant comment made by someone, and each time it gets into the media outlets, the topic of rape and sexual assault is becoming less and less of a taboo. For every person like Mr. Akin who says something along those lines, there are thousands – millions – of others crying in outrage. And there are even more who are finally realizing the gravity of the issue.

(Madrid) El violador de la niña de Huelva, detenido por atacar de nuevo

Salió de la cárcel sevillana de Morón de la Frontera el pasado 3 de abril después de 21 años en prisión y poco más de tres meses después vuelve a estar detenido. Y por hechos casi idénticos. José Franco de la Cruz, ‘El Boca’, el hombre que violó y mató en 1991 en Huelva a la pequeña Ana María J. C., ha sido capturado en Madrid tras, supuestamente, abusar de una mujer de 39 años.

Según la denuncia de la víctima, ‘El Boca’ fue la persona que la abordó en la madrugada del día 11 cuando la mujer se dirigía a un albergue del distrito de Moncloa. Según el escrito, el expreso, a quien identificó sin género de dudas, la abordó a las puertas del establecimiento y, tras amenazarle con un cuchillo de monte, consumó la violación.

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(US) Rape in the Military – The Invisible war

The documentary outlines some of the hard facts: 20% of service women have been sexually assaulted while serving. Women who have suffered what they call ‘Military Sexual Trauma’ have a higher rate of PTSD than men who’ve served in combat. 1% of service men have been sexually assaulted (and because of the greater number of men in the military, more men are raped/sexually assaulted than women). There’s a 4% conviction rate of the reported assaults. The Department of Defense says that 3,158 incidents of sexual assault were reported in 2010, yet they estimate that 86% of incidents are not reported; that math gets us to 22,548 sexual assaults in one year. Invisible War says that it’s possible half a million women have been sexually assaulted in uniform since 1991.

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Syrian security forces have used sexual violence

http://womennewsnetwork.net/2012/06/20/syria-update-war-crimes-violence-women/

(WNN/UN/HRW) Geneva, SWITZERLAND: Warning of crimes against humanity and possible war crimes being committed, the United Nations human rights chief today called on the international community this week to overcome differences in order to end the violence and human rights violations in Syria.

Reports of specific and increasing violence against women has also been reported. “Syrian security forces have used sexual violence to humiliate and degrade detainees with complete impunity,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The assaults are not limited to detention facilities – government forces and pro-government shabiha militia members have also sexually assaulted women and girls during home raids and residential sweeps,” continued Whitson.

Llaman a la puerta: Testigos de Jehová pagarán US$28 millones a víctima de violación

Un jurado de California dictaminó que los Testigos de Jehová indemnicen con US$28 millones a una mujer que denunció haber sido violada durante su niñez por un miembro del grupo religioso.

La víctima, identificada como Candace Conti (26), acusó a Jonathan Kendrick de haber abusado de ella en repetidas ocasiones entre 1995 y 1996, cuado tenía entre 9 y 10 años de edad y ambos eran miembros de la congregación de los Testigos de Jehová de North Fremont, California.

Kendrick ha sido condenado a pagar el 60% de la indemnización, aunque la mujer dijo que no espera recibir ningún dinero de su parte. El resto será asumido por Watchtower Bible and Tract Society de Nueva York, la organización que supervisa a los Testigos de Jehová en EEUU.

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Met police urge rape victims to come forward as new detective arrested

The focus on Sapphire, the Met’s sex crimes department, comes after senior officers claimed less than three years ago that it had been reformed following a series of scandals in which two serial rapists were left at large to rape and abuse hundreds of women.

Scotland Yard at the time apologised for letting down victims after the failures in Sapphire, which were exposed by the cases of John Worboys, a black-cab driver and one of Britain’s most prolific serial rapists, and Kirk Reid, a south London chef who raped and sexually assaulted more than 71 women over eight years.

Both men had been allowed to continue abusing women, despite repeated complaints to police by their victims, who in the case of Worboys were simply not believed by investigating detectives.
Reid, who was investigated by officers from Sapphire in Southwark, had been identified as a suspect for a series of sex attacks in 2004 and crossed the police radar at least 12 times, but no one pursued inquiries into him.

via The Guardian http://goo.gl/GOYkL