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Angelina Jolie urges world to end rape in war
24 June 2013
By EDITH M. LEDERER



UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- Angelina Jolie made her debut before the U.N.'s most powerful body as a special envoy for refugees Monday and urged the world's nations to make the fight against rape in war a top priority.

The actress told the Security Council that "hundreds of thousands - if not millions - of women, children and men have been raped in conflicts in our lifetimes." Jolie, a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. high commissioner for refugees, said the Security Council has witnessed 67 years of wars and conflict since it was established "but the world has yet to take up warzone rape as a serious priority." "You set the bar," she told the council. "If the ... council sets rape and sexual violence in conflict as a priority it will become one and progress will be made. If you do not, this horror will continue."

British Foreign Secretary William Hague, who presided over the meeting, stressed that "in conflicts in nearly every corner of the globe, rape is used systematically and ruthlessly, in the almost certain knowledge that there will be no consequences for the perpetrators."

Soon after Jolie spoke, the council adopted a legally-binding resolution demanding the complete and immediate cessation of all acts of sexual violence by all parties to armed conflict. It noted that sexual violence can constitute a crime against humanity and a contributing act to genocide, called for improved monitoring of sexual violence in conflict, and urged the U.N. and donors to assist survivors. It was the broadest resolution adopted by the council on the sexual violence in conflict. Hague said Britain plans to follow-up by convening a global gathering during the annual General Assembly meeting of world leaders in September to keep up the pressure for action.

Hague said at a discussion later at the Ford Foundation that his prime motivation for pressing for global action against sexual violence was the 1990s war in Bosnia, partly because of an adviser but also because of Jolie's 2011 film, "In the Land of Blood and Honey," about former lovers who end up on the opposite sides of the conflict. He said he arranged the film's British premiere at the Foreign Office and has been campaigning with Jolie since then, including a visit to Congo in March, "to move the stigma and the shame from the victim to the perpetrator." "The time has come for the world to take a strong and determined stand to make clear that the systematic use of rape as a weapon is not acceptable in the modern world and our objective is to change the entire global attitude to these issues," Hague said. Getting the whole world talking about sexual violence in conflict and the need to punish perpetrators not victims "will shift attitudes - maybe over a period of years, but we have begun," he said.

Jolie, who has traveled extensively in her role as goodwill ambassador, recalled several of the survivors she had met - the mother of a five-year-old girl raped outside a police station in Goma in eastern Congo, and a Syrian woman she spoke to in Jordan last week who asked to hide her name and face "because she knew that if she spoke out about the crimes against her she would be attacked again, and possibly killed."

"Let us be clear what we are speaking of: Young girls raped and impregnated before their bodies are able to carry a child, causing fistula," Jolie said, referring to an injury caused by violent rapes that tear apart the flesh separating the bladder and rectum from the vagina, leaving the girls unable to control their bowels or bladder. She continued: "Boys held at gunpoint and forced to sexually assault their mothers and sisters. Women raped with bottles, wood branches and knives to cause as much damage as possible. Toddlers and even babies dragged from their homes, and violated."

Zainab Hawa Bangura, the U.N. special envoy on sexual violence in conflict, told the council that two weeks ago she visited Bosnia where an estimated 50,000 women were victims of rape and other forms of sexual violence during the war, but only a handful of perpetrators have been prosecuted. Later, at the Ford Foundation, she said that on an African trip with Hague, she visited the village of Mambasa in eastern Congo's Ituri district where 11 babies aged 6 to 12 months had been raped, 59 children aged 1 to 3 years old had been raped and 182 girls aged 5 to 15 years old had been raped. "Who will rape a baby?," Bangura asked. "It means you want to wipe the community away. That's the only explanation you can have."

Jolie pleaded with the Security Council - and all countries - to implement the resolution and not let the issue drop. "Meet your commitments, debate this issue in your parliaments, mobilize people in your countries, and build it into all your foreign policy efforts," she urged. "Together, you can turn the tide of global opinion, shatter impunity and finally put an end to this abhorrence."

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to Jolie for being the voice of millions forced to flee their homes "and now for the many survivors of wartime rape whose bodies have been used as battlegrounds." He called on all leaders to apprehend and prosecute perpetrators "and be part of a global coalition of champions determined to break this evil."

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Somalia: Solar lights protect against sex attacks
2 September 2013
By ABDI GULED

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In this photo of Wednesday, July 17, 2013, Somali's walk past solar powered lights at a refugee camp in Mogadishu, Somalia. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh)

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Chatting women sitting outside makeshift homes at night is a new scene in a once-dark refugee camp in the Somali capital. In a city where darkness brings the threat of attack, recently installed solar lights are helping to ward off sexual assault.

Women living in Mogadishu's hundreds of refugee camps often stay and don't use communal bathrooms at home at night because of the threat men armed with knives and guns pose to them. With the installation of 79 solar-powered lights by the Danish Refugee Council in a camp known as Zone K, life has returned to Mogadishu's nights.

"It feels like we are starting a new life," Sadiya Hussein, a mother of four, said while resting with other women on a sandy spot near their homes, which are made out of sheet metal or sticks and cloth. "Because of the lights we can come together to chat and get some fresh air. No rapist can sneak in now. It's fully lit and better."

Since a devastating famine struck Somalia in 2011, refugee camps in Mogadishu have held tens of thousands of people fleeing both hunger and violence. The number of rapes rose sharply, making the simple act of going to the bathroom a life-risking activity. "They simply came and waited for women between their house and bathrooms," said Fatima Nor, who said she was once attacked but escaped when her husband intervened. "We really feel a little bit safer than before. I think having light scares the predators."

Mohamed Bundu, the Mogadishu director for the Danish Refugee Council, said that in addition to the extra security the May installation of the lights brought, they are also helping children study and businesses attract customers. "All the criminal acts that were often committed because of the darkness have considerably gone down," he said.

The 79 lights erected on tall poles in the Mogadishu camp cost about $2,000 each. Heather Amstutz, the regional director for the Danish Refugee Council, said the group has also installed solar lights in northern Somalia. The projects ask for buy-in from the communities they serve, which reduces the threat of vandalism or theft. The projects are paid for by U.N. funds. The lights "add five productive hours to these small settlements. Kids can study by the light, the vendors are selling their vegetables by the lights," she said.

A U.N. monitoring group report on Somalia published last month said there are 530 camps in Mogadishu housing internally displaced people, 75 percent of whom are women and children who are particularly vulnerable to sexual attacks. The report said officials recorded 1,700 reported rapes between January and November 2012. The report said there were probably more attacks that weren't reported and that the number of reported rapes was higher than previous years. Attackers frequently wear government police or military uniforms, though the government has consistently denied its forces are responsible.

Despite the positive impact of the solar lights, one past sexual violence victims says she still doesn't feel safe. "I see that the lights are helpful but they cannot, sadly, prevent the rapists from coming," the veiled 30-year old woman said while standing at the door of her home. "We are still exposed to the rape attacks because no one protects us."

Salad Ahmed, a 40-year old father of six, feels the lights are beneficial. Most camp residents can't fight back against attackers who wield guns or knives during attacks. Ahmed, though, has an axe and sword to protect his wife. "The more you can see your enemy the more you can plan how you should engage him," he said.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 3:30 am 
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Reports of sex assault in Navy increase
11 September 2013
By BROCK VERGAKIS

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Rear Adm. Sean Buck, right, speaks with Senior Chief, Claudia Seawright, of New York City, after he addressed a Sexual Assault Response Coordinators Annual Training seminar at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Va., Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- The number of sexual assaults reported to the Navy has grown by about 50 percent in the past year, which Navy officials said Wednesday is a sign that a growing number of sailors feel more comfortable reporting an assault and believe something will be done about it when they do.

The Navy said it is on pace to end the 2013 fiscal year later this month with about 1,100 reports of sexual assault. That's up from the 726 sexual assaults reported in the previous fiscal year. Rear Adm. Sean Buck, the Navy's top sexual assault prevention and response officer, told reporters at Naval Station Norfolk that the increase was something Navy officials had expected as they ramped up efforts to let sailors know that sexual assaults are being treated seriously. They also noted there are plenty of resources available to victims.

A Defense Department report released in May estimated that across all military branches, 26,000 service members had been sexually assaulted in the previous year. At the same time, only 2,949 sexual assaults were officially reported throughout the Defense Department, according to the report. The survey said there were a variety of reasons military members didn't want to report a sexual assault to a military authority. The belief that nothing would be done if an assault were reported was one of the most common responses among respondents. Those estimates and a string of high profile sexual assault cases involving the military this year helped spur a renewed call to action in Washington to combat sexual assaults, which Navy leaders have repeatedly said is a priority.

The Navy has undergone an aggressive sexual assault awareness and prevention campaign over the past several years, and recently announced changes to the way it sells alcohol on base in an effort to curb behaviors that can lead to sexual assaults. "We would like that needle to move tomorrow, or this afternoon. But the sense is you need to be able to allow some programs to be put into place to mature, to be talked about and to be acted upon," Buck said

Much of the Navy's efforts focus on educational campaigns, letting sailors know what constitutes a sexual assault and where victims can report an assault and find resources they need. That's led to more sailors reporting sexual assaults, which Buck notes is a good thing as the Navy works to eradicate it from the fleet. "What we're trying to do is close that gap between anonymous surveys where sailors say that they've been victims of sexual assault in their past to those sailors that actually come forward to report," Buck said. "The initial goal is to close that gap to where the number of reports actually equal the number of survey responses and then ultimately to have both of those numbers decline down to zero."

The Navy released updated figures after Buck spoke at an annual training conference for about 150 of the Navy's sexual assault response coordinators. Those coordinators, mostly civilians, are on bases worldwide to ensure victims have access to medical treatment, counseling, legal advice and other support services.

In the past fiscal year, coordinators also trained more than 2,000 commanders on their roles and responsibilities within the Navy's sexual assault prevention and response program. Buck said the feedback from sailors is very positive. "They're appreciative of the attention from senior leadership and they're also very aware of how broad the topic is being discussed in the Navy now, from the workplace all the way up to the Pentagon, all the way up to Capitol Hill," Buck said.

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Dutch group calls for action on child webcam sex
4 November 2013
By MIKE CORDER

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A Terre des Hommes researcher points to one of the sessions in a public chat room where users tried to contact purported 10-year-old Sweetie from the Philippines, left in a computer-generated images, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Monday Nov. 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Enlisting the help of a computer-generated 10-year-old Philippine girl, Dutch children's rights activists turned online sex predators into their prey.

In an online sting operated from an anonymous warehouse office in an Amsterdam industrial park, activists from Terre des Hommes set out to gauge the scale of a fast-growing Internet phenomenon the Netherlands-based group calls webcam child sex tourism.

The result was shocking, the group's director of projects, Has Guyt told The Associated Press on Monday at the tiny Amsterdam office where Terre des Hommes used the 3D digital animated girl they dubbed Sweetie to unmask 1,000 Internet users they say wanted to pay to watch a child engage in sex acts via webcam.

"If we don't intervene soon, this sinister phenomenon will totally run out of control," Terre des Hommes director of projects Hans Guyt told The Associated Press as he stood in front of a wall plastered with the pixelated faces of adults duped by Sweetie. He said webcam sex with minors - which usually involves men from wealthy Western countries paying children from impoverished countries for sex shows - is still "a cottage industry" and needs to be stamped out now. "It's still not too late," Guyt said. "Our worst scenario is that the same thing will happen with this as has happened with child pornography - that is now a multibillion dollar industry in the hands of criminal gangs."

Terre des Hommes has posted a documentary about its 10-week investigation on YouTube and begun a petition aimed at pressing police and politicians to do more to halt such illegal sex shows. "We do not need more laws ... present legislation is suitable and more than enough to cover these acts," Guyt said as he called for a "novel approach" to policing the problem.

Terre des Hommes' novel approach involved using Sweetie as an online disguise for a group of researchers who then chatted to potential clients online. "We were swamped by men looking for contact, looking for sexual activities with us," Guyt said.

During a demonstration for AP early Monday, one of the researchers logged into a public chat room as Sweetie - identifying himself by her purported age, gender and country of origin. Seconds later, multiple pop-up dialogue boxes began appearing on his screen from people using pseudonyms and soliciting a girl who had clearly identified herself as 10 years old.

One chat between the researcher identifying himself as Sweetie and one of the online users went like this:

Sweetie: "What you want see?"

User: "U."

Sweetie: "What u pay for?"

User: "Naked."

As the conversation progressed, they agreed a $20 fee to be paid by a wire transfer and Sweetie asked for the person's Skype address, but took the chat no further.

Guyt said Terre des Hommes, using basic research techniques and not hacking, was able to identify 1,000 adults from 71 countries who solicited Sweetie. The group did not identify any of them to media, but passed the results of its investigation to Interpol. The top country of origin for the adults identified was the United States with 254, followed by Britain with 110 and India with 103. It remains to be seen if any of the people identified will be prosecuted, but the research demonstrated that it is relatively easy to find and identify such adults.

Terre des Hommes has for years worked to combat child prostitution in Southeast Asia and staff members noticed in recent years that young prostitutes were disappearing from their usual haunts: cafes, restaurants and hotels frequented by sex tourists. They discovered that sex tourists no longer have to leave their homes to exploit children, thanks to the proliferation of high-speed Internet connections, Guyt said. He said child prostitutes, and in some cases children forced by their own impoverished parents, offer to perform sex acts online in return for money. Once payment has been received, often via an online money transfer service, they will perform in front of a webcam with the images sent via a private chat room.

The problem of online child exploitation is not new. A United Nations investigator said in 2009 that more than 750,000 people are using child pornography sites at any one time. But the exploitation is being facilitated as the world increasingly becomes interconnected.

Executive Director of the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, told a meeting in September in Vienna that, "the digital age has exacerbated the problem and created more vulnerability to children." Terre des Hommes now wants to bring that message to a wider audience, using the Internet to spread the word. "We have to make sure the world community understands the scale and nature of this phenomenon," Guyt said.

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UK launches £500,000 fund for male victims of sexual abuse
by Maria Tadeo
Thursday, 13 February 2014

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UK government set to launch £500,000 fund- the first of its kind- to help victims of male sexual assault and rape. Posed by model. Getty Images

Male victims of rape and sexual abuse are set to receive counselling and advice as part of a new £500,000 fund launched by the British government.

Police figures show there were 2,164 rape and sexual assaults against males aged 13 or over in the 12 months to November. There could be as many as 72,000 male victims of sexual offences each year, according to a recent crime survey for England and Wales.

Minister Damian Green said the fund will also help "historic" victims who were under the age of 13 at the time. He warned male rape is still a taboo subject and cases of sexual assault often go unreported. He said: "We believe around 12 per cent of rapes are against men. Yet many choose not to come forward, either to report the crime or seek the support they need. I am determined to help break the silence on a subject still seen as a taboo."

Duncan Craig of Survivors Manchester, which helps male victims of sexual abuse and rape, hopes the launch of the fund serves to kick-start a conversation about sexual violence so that "male victims are no longer ignored". He added:"In the past, there has not been enough support in the UK for male victims or sexual violence. But in the future I would like to see both the government and society begin talking more openly about boys and men as victims and see us trying to make a positive change to pulling down those barriers that stop boys and men speaking up.

The justice ministry recently launched a campaign on social media using the hashtag #breakthesilence encouraging victims of sexual violence to come forward.

Source: Independent UK.

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No-peeping, no-sex sign goes up in summer resort toilets
7 April 2014

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Gallipoli, Lecce, Italy (ANSA) - In an effort to control the sometimes excessive hedonistic capers of their summertime guests, the owners of a beachfront facility in the Italian southeast resort town of Gallipoli put up a no-peeping, no-sex sign in their toilets.

The sign features a graphic representation of the forbidden activities, in the shape of stick figures engaging in sexual and perverted acts.

The measure is a preventive move as a series of booze-filled beach parties kicks off in the southern town, after a series of rape allegations surfaced there last summer. None of the alleged incidents were ever prosecuted, local sources said.

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Military sex assault reports surge by 50 percent
1 May 2014
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Reports by members of the military of sexual assaults jumped by an unprecedented 50 percent last year, in what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel declared a "clear threat" to both male and female service members' lives and well-being.

The latest numbers reflected an aggressive campaign by the Pentagon to persuade victims to come forward, but Hagel and others said Thursday they need to do more to get men to report assaults - a challenge in a military culture that values strength. Hagel said an estimated half of sexual-assault victims in the military are men, yet only 14 percent of reported assaults involve male victims.

Hagel told a news conference he has ordered Pentagon officials to increase their efforts to get male victims to report sexual abuse and also has asked the military services to review their alcohol sales and policies. In as many as two-thirds of reported sexual assault cases, alcohol is involved. "We have to fight the cultural stigmas that discourage reporting and be clear that sexual assault does not occur because a victim is weak, but rather because an offender disregards our values and the law," Hagel said.

Officials said they believe the number of male victims is greatly under-reported because of anonymous surveys conducted among military members. A 2012 survey found that about 26,000 service members said they were victims of some type of unwanted sexual contact or assault. A key finding in that survey was that, in sheer numbers, more men than women said they had been assaulted.

About 6.8 percent of women surveyed said they were assaulted and 1.2 percent of the men. But there are vastly more men in the military; by the raw numbers, a bit more than 12,000 women said they were assaulted, compared with nearly 14,000 men.

Defense officials said that male victims often worry that complaining will make people think they are weak and trigger questions about their sexual orientation. In most cases, however, sexual orientation has nothing to do with the assault and it's more an issue of power or abuse. "There is still a misperception that this is a women's issue and women's crime," said Nate Galbreath, the senior executive adviser for the Pentagon's sexual assault prevention office. "It's disheartening that we have such a differential between the genders and how they are choosing to report."

The military, Galbreath said, needs to get the message out. "It's not the damsel in distress; it's your fellow service member that might need you to step in," he said, adding that troops need to treat such a request for help like any other need for aid, just like on the battlefield.

While the number of reported assaults shot up sharply in 2013, defense officials said that based on survey data and other information, they believe the increase was largely due to victims feeling more comfortable coming forward. Under the military's definition, a sexual assault can be anything from unwanted sexual contact, such as inappropriate touching or grabbing, to sodomy and rape.

Separately on Thursday, the U.S. Department of Education announced it was going to investigative 55 colleges and universities for the way they handle sexual abuse allegations by their students. As for the military, Hagel said he was ordering six initiatives, including the review of alcohol sales and policies. He says that review must address the risks of alcohol being used as a weapon by predators who might ply a victim with drinks before attacking. "Sexual assault is a clear threat to the lives and the well-being of the women and men who serve our country in uniform. It destroys the bonds of trust and confidence that lie at the heart of our armed forces," said Hagel.

The plans call for the military services to step up efforts to encourage troops to intervene in assault situations and work with military bases and local communities to better train bar workers and promote more responsible alcohol sales. Overall, there were 5,061 reports of sexual abuse filed in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, compared with 3,374 in 2012, for a 50 percent increase. About 10 percent of the 2013 reports involved incidents that occurred before the victims joined the military, up from just 4 percent in 2012.

Over the past two years, the military services have tried to increase awareness. Phone numbers and contact information for sexual assault prevention officers are plastered across military bases, including inside the doors of bathroom stalls. And top military officers have traveled to bases around the world speaking out on the issue.

Officials said prosecutions also have increased. Galbreath said the military was able to take some action against 73 percent of accused people who were subject to the military justice system. In 2012 it was 66 percent. Some cases involved alleged assailants who were not in the military so were not subject to commander's actions or military courts.

Sexual assault has been a front-burner issue for the Pentagon, Congress and the White House over the past year, triggering Capitol Hill hearings and persistent questions about how effectively the military was preventing and prosecuting assaults and how well it was treating the victims. Fueling outrage have been high-profile assault cases and arrests, including incidents involving senior commanders, sexual assault prevention officers and military trainers.

At the same time, the military has long struggled to get victims to report sexual assault in a stern military culture that emphasizes rank, loyalty and toughness. Some victims have complained they were afraid to report assaults to ranking officers for fear of retribution, or said that their initial complaints were rebuffed or ignored.

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Disney princesses used in shocking posters for sexual abuse campaign
by Lizzie Dearden
Friday, 27 June 2014

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Shocking images of Disney princesses being kissed by their fathers are being used by an artist in a campaign to raise awareness of sexual abuse.

One poster features Sleeping Beauty pushing against King Stefan’s chest as he embraces her and the scene is repeated for Ariel from The Little Mermaid and Jasmine from Aladdin with their respective fathers. The posters carry the statistic: “46 per cent of minors who are raped are the victims of family members. It’s never too late to report your attack.”

Saint Hoax, an anonymous artist based in the Middle East, said he drew the images to reach girls who may have been incest victims. He told The Independent he was inspired to start the project when one of his closest friends told him she was molested by her father at just seven years old. “It took her 14 years to be able to share that traumatising experience,” he added. “That story shock me to my core.”

He hopes his drawings of Disney princesses will attract an audience that would not be reached by other awareness campaigns. Saint Hoax, who famously created pictures of world leaders in drag for a campaign called “War Drags You Out”, said he did not think the posters clashed with Disney’s values of giving children hope.

On Friday, one day after the “Princest Diaries” were published on his website, he was emailed by a girl saying she decided to report her father for assaulting her after seeing the images. “I actually cried,” Saint Hoax said. “If the posters could change one person’s life, then it's worth it.”

According to the Office for National Statistics, 90 per cent of victims of the most serious sexual were attacked by a relative, partner, friend or someone they know.

Source: Independent UK.

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Court orders ex-lovers to delete sexy pics
22 May 2014

Ex-lovers should delete revealing photos and videos taken of their former partners when relationships end, a German court ruled on Tuesday.

The Higher Regional Court of Koblenz decided in a verdict published on Tuesday that when a relationship finished, intimate material should be deleted - if one of the ex-partners asked for it to be.

The case involved a couple from the Lahn-Dill region in Hesse in central Germany. The man, a photographer, had made erotic videos and taken many intimate photos during the course of the relationship, all of which the woman had given her consent to, even taking some herself. But when the couple separated she demanded he delete all of the videos and pictures in which she appeared.

The court agreed, stating the consent to use and own privately recorded nude pictures could be withdrawn by the ex-partner on the grounds of personal rights, which are valued higher than the ownership rights of the photographer. But it also decided that the woman’s ex-partner did not need to delete the photos and films that show the woman clothed. These have “little, if any capacity” to compromise the claimant, the judge stressed in a statement.

Source: The Local Germany.

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This Rape-Repellent Bra Will Shock You…Literally
by Murali Krishnan
14 July 2014

Engineering students in New Delhi have developed a bra that shocks and burns potential attackers. It also has GPS.

Nearly two years ago, the gruesome gang rape and murder of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi left many Indians shocked and saddened. Tens of thousands took to the streets of the capital, urging the government to act.

Eventually, lawmakers passed stringent new anti-rape legislation. But for some concerned citizens like Manisha Mohan, changing the law wasn’t enough. The 22-year-old engineering student wanted to give women a way to defend themselves against attackers, something that went beyond mace, pepper spray or mixed martial arts. So over the past year, Mohan and two of her fellow students developed a rape-repellent bra that can shock and burn attackers.

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Manisha Mohan and her fellow students came up with the idea for the rape-repellent bra after the Delhi gang rape in 2012.

It’s called Society Harnessing Equipment, or SHE for short, and here’s how it works: The bra contains a pressure sensor connected to an electric circuit that generates a shock of 3,800 kilovolts, which is severe enough to stun an attacker and severely burn his hand. “It won’t be enough to immobilize the assailant or potential rapist,” Mohan says, “but that gives enough time for back up.”

The moment its pressure sensors are activated, the bra’s built-in GPS also alerts the police and the victim’s parents to the location where the attack is taking place.

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SHE- Society Harnessing Equipmen inventors Recieving their Gandhian Young Technological Innovation Award

False alarms are possible, but Mohan says the bras are designed and calibrated to prevent this. The force of a hug, for instance, won’t create a shock, and there’s an on and off switch that a woman can use when she’s traveling through a dangerous neighborhood.

Those who have worn the bra say it’s comfortable. “It is light like any other bra, and one really cannot [tell] a difference,” says a young woman, who asked not to be named.

Mohan is still fine-tuning the sensors, so she hasn’t decided when she’ll start shipping the bras to stores or how much they’ll cost. But the timing seems right. Reports of crimes against women in India, such as rape, murder and kidnapping, increased by 26 percent last year compared with the previous one.

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Not only does the bra send an electric shock, but it also alerts the police.

A bra, of course, may not actually drive down the number of attacks against women; many attacks occur in India’s rural hinterland, where few are likely to be able to afford it. But in a country that has a dubious record of ensuring women’s safety, Mohan and others think the device can help. “My dream,” Mohan says, “is to see women walk free anywhere and anytime.

Source: Vocativ.

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August 10, 2014
By JULIE WATSON

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(AP Photo/Gregory Bull). New students at San Diego State University watch a video on sexual consent during an orientation meeting Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in San Diego.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - College students have heard a similar refrain for years in campaigns to stop sexual assault: No means no.

Now, as universities around the country that are facing pressure over the handling of rape allegations adopt policies to define consensual sex, California is poised to take it a step further. Lawmakers are considering what would be the first-in-the-nation measure requiring all colleges that receive public funds to set a standard for when "yes means yes."

Defining consensual sex is a growing trend by universities in an effort to do more to protect victims. From the University of California system to Yale, schools have been adopting standards to distinguish when consent was given for a sexual activity and when it was not.

Legislation passed by California's state Senate in May and coming before the Assembly this month would require all schools that receive public funds for student financial assistance to set a so-called "affirmative consent standard" that could be used in investigating and adjudicating sexual assault allegations. That would be defined as "an affirmative, unambiguous and conscious decision" by each party to engage in sexual activity. Silence or lack of resistance does not constitute consent. The legislation says it's also not consent if the person is drunk, drugged, unconscious or asleep.

Lawmakers say consent can be nonverbal, and universities with similar policies have outlined examples as maybe a nod of the head or moving in closer to the person.

Several state legislatures, including Maryland, Texas and Connecticut, introduced bills in the past year to push colleges to do more after a White House task force reported that 1 in 5 female college students is a victim of sexual assault. The U.S. Education Department also took the unprecedented step of releasing the names of schools facing federal investigation for the way they handle sexual abuse allegations.

But no state legislation has gone as far as California's bill in requiring a consent standard.

Critics say the state is overstepping its bounds. The Los Angeles Times in an editorial after the bill passed the state Senate 27-4 wrote that it raises questions as to whether it is "reasonable" or "enforceable." The legislation is based on the White House task force's recommendations. "It seems extremely difficult and extraordinarily intrusive to micromanage sex so closely as to tell young people what steps they must take in the privacy of their own dorm rooms," the newspaper said.

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New students at San Diego State University watch a video on sexual consent during an orientation meeting Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in San Diego.
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Some fear navigating the murky waters of consent spells trouble for universities. "Frequently these cases involve two individuals, both of whom maybe were under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and it can be very tricky to ascertain whether consent was obtained," said Ada Meloy, general counsel of the American Council on Education, which represents college presidents. She said schools need to guarantee a safe environment for students, while law enforcement is best suited for handling more serious sexual assault cases.

John F. Banzhaf III, a George Washington University's Law School professor, believes having university disciplinary panels interpret vague cues and body language will open the door for more lawsuits. The legal definition of rape in most states means the perpetrator used force or the threat of force against the victim, but the California legislation could set the stage in which both parties could accuse each other of sexual assault, he said. "This bill would very, very radically change the definition of rape," he said.

University of California at Berkeley student Meghan Warner, 20, said that's a good thing. She said she was sexually assaulted during her freshman year by two men at a fraternity but didn't report it because she believed "that unless it was a stranger at night with a weapon who attacked you when you were walking home, that it wasn't rape. It's just a crappy thing that happened." She now runs campus workshops to teach students what constitutes consent. "Most students don't know what consent is," she said. "I've asked at the workshops how many people think if a girl is blacked out drunk that it's OK to have sex with her. The amount of people who raised their hands was just startling."

Defining consent may be easy to do on paper, said Laura Nguyen, a 21-year-old San Diego State University senior, but "we're talking about college students out at night and the reality is there's not just 'yes' or 'no.' There is a lot of in between. I really think it depends on the situation."

The legislation initially stated that "if there is confusion as to whether a person has consented or continues to consent to sexual activity, it is essential that the participants stop the activity until the confusion can be clearly resolved." After some interpreted that as asking people to stop after each kiss to get a verbal agreement before going to the next level, the bill was amended to say consent must be "ongoing" and "can be revoked at any time."

"California needs to provide our students with education, resources, consistent policies and justice so that the system is not stacked against survivors," state Sen. Kevin de Leon, a Los Angeles Democrat, said in promoting the bill.

Supporters say investigators would have to determine whether consent had been given by both parties instead of focusing on whether the complainant resisted or said no. Denice Labertew of the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault said the bill fosters a cultural change: "There's a lot of criticism around affirmative consent because it requires us to change the way we normally think about this."

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Thailand to re-launch women-only train carriages
July 24, 2014

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BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's railway authority said on Thursday it will re-launch women- and children-only carriages in main routes nationwide after a 13-year-old girl was raped and killed in her berth on an overnight train earlier this month.

The State Railway of Thailand said in a statement that the special carriages will start operating on trains traveling to the north, the northeast and the south on Aug. 1. Female passengers and boys younger than 10 and shorter than 150 centimeters (4 feet 11 inches) can ride in the carriages, which will be run by female employees.

The move followed public furor over the assault allegedly carried out by the train's staff in early July. One employee was arrested in the rape and murder and a second was arrested as an accomplice. The national railway governor also was sacked by Thailand's military government.

The railway authority said the new carriage service will ensure the safety and convenience of female and children passengers. Since the girl's death, alcohol testing has begun on railway employees, and public health agencies have called for alcohol to be banned on trains altogether.

The women-only carriages had been canceled previously due to profit losses.

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August 1, 2014

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Ottawa (AFP) - A Canadian police sex crimes unit offered a sneak peak Friday of an app to help kids rebuff requests for naked pics online, amid what authorities called a sexting "epidemic."

The "Send This Instead" free app, to be offered by the Ontario Provincial Police, provides 57 humorous and sarcastic retorts to sexting requests, as well as a link to police to report sexual harassment.

Replies include "Sorry, just in the middle of something... Can I reject you later," "That would violate both my data and dating plans" and "No, but keep taking the selfies. The cops will appreciate you making your own mugshot."

It is aimed at Canadian teens, but will be available worldwide when it is officially launched at the Crimes Against Children Conference in Dallas, Texas on August 11-14. "When you are feeling pressured to send intimate images to someone online, Send This Instead," reads a description of the app on Apple's and Google's app stores.

Inspector Scott Naylor, manager of the OPP sex crimes unit, told AFP police had been "bombarded with complaints about sexting" in the last two years. Strictly speaking, sexting involving individuals under 18 years old is illegal in Canada, classified as distributing child pornography.

But police are hesitant to charge teens for this crime. Naylor said strategies of "just saying no" have also stopped resonating with teens and there was a need for a new strategy. The OPP hired a team of graphic artists, comedians and others to develop the app. "We got back some really funny stuff," Naylor said. "It's not going to solve sexting," he warned. "We're just giving kids an alternative strategy to deal with it."

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Anti-Date Rape 'Undercover' Nail Polish Changes Colour When Drinks are Spiked with Rohypnol and GHB
By Lydia Smith
August 26, 2014

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A group of students in the US have developed nail polish that detects date-rape drugs in drinks (Flickr)

Four students in the US have invented a novel way of protecting women from sexual assault on nights out - a nail polish that detects the presence of date-rape drugs.

A group of undergraduates in the Materials Science & Engineering department at North Carolina State University are developing a nail varnish called Undercover Colors that reacts when it comes into contact with drugs such as Rohypnol, GHB and Xanax.

Stephen Gray, Ankesh Madan, Tasso Von Windheim and Tyler Confrey-Maloney conceived the idea after forming a team on the university's Engineering Entrepreneurs Program. "While date-rape drugs are often used to facilitate sexual assault, very little science exists for their detection. Our goal is to invent technologies that empower women to protect themselves from this heinous and quietly pervasive crime," the students' Facebook page reads. "With our nail polish, any woman will be empowered to discreetly ensure her safety by simply stirring her drink with her finger. If her nail polish changes colour, she'll know that something is wrong."

The team was granted $11,250 (£6,600) from North Carolina State's Entrepreneurship Initiative, which aims to develop solutions to "real-world challenges". Each of the students personally know someone who has been sexually assaulted.

Madan told Higher Education Works: "As we were thinking about big problems in our society, the topic of drug-facilitated sexual assault came up. All of us have been close to someone who has been through the terrible experience and we began to focus on finding a way to help prevent the crime. We wanted to focus on preventive solutions, especially those that could be integrated into products that women already use. And so the idea of creating a nail polish that detects date rape drugs was born."

Undercover Colors won the Lulu eGames in April and recently reached the semi-final of the K50 start-up showcase. The students are still in the process of researching and developing their product with the help of donations.

A White House task force report released this year showed one in five American female students reported being attacked. Yet the development of the nail polish has been criticised by some for placing a sticking plaster over the problem, rather than addressing the root of the issue. "The problem isn't that women don't know when there are roofies in their drink; the problem is people putting roofies in their drink in the first place," Rebecca Nagle, a co-director of the activist group Force: Upsetting Rape Culture, told ThinkProgress.org.

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Child sex offenders to be named as such in US passports
By MATTHEW LEE
November 1, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) -- America's registered child sex offenders will now have to use passports identifying them for their past crimes when traveling overseas.

The State Department said Wednesday it would begin revoking passports of registered child sex offenders and will require them to apply for a new one that carries a "unique identifier" of their status. Those applying for a passport for the first time will not be issued one without the identifier, which will be a notice printed inside the back cover of the passport book that reads: "The bearer was convicted of a sex offense against a minor, and is a covered sex offender pursuant to (U.S. law)."

The department said in a statement posted to its travel.state.gov website that registered child sex offenders will no longer be issued smaller travel documents known as passport cards because they do not have enough room to fit the notice.

The changes come in response to last year's "International Megan's Law," which aims to curb child exploitation and child sex tourism, but also has been criticized by civil libertarians for being overly broad and targeting only one category of convicted felon. The law is named for Megan Kanka, a 7-year-old girl murdered by a convicted child sex offender in New Jersey in 1994. The case drew widespread attention and led to the creation of several state sex offender registries. Government agencies notified Congress on Wednesday the passport requirement of the law had taken effect.

The State Department, which issues U.S. passports, said it will start notifying those affected as soon as it receives their names from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the Department of Homeland Security. That agency is charged with identifying child sex offenders and is the sole agency that can add or remove someone from the list.

Affected passport holders will be able to travel abroad on their current passports until the revocations are formalized, the department said, and it wasn't immediately clear when immigration and homeland security officials would provide that list. A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the agency was "exercising additional vetting procedures" to produce those names and that it is a "priority," but could not say when they would be sent to the State Department. Critics say the passport requirement will limit the ability of those affected to lawfully travel abroad.

The State Department said the language in the passports "will not prevent covered sex offenders from departing the United States, nor will it affect the validity of their passports." However, it also noted that American citizens, like those of other nations, are subject to the entry laws, rules and requirements of countries they wish to visit. Many countries prohibit or place strict restrictions on the travel of convicted felons.

State Department officials said they weren't aware of any other group of felons who'll be identified as offenders in their passports.

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