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Rape convictions fall sharply in Germany

Rape victims in Germany are finding it increasingly difficult to see their assailants convicted, a national study released Thursday showed. Twenty years ago, the percentage of reported sexual violence cases leading to a guilty verdict and sentencing was at about one in five. But by 2012, the ratio had tumbled to one in 12, according to the study conducted by the Criminological Research Institute of Lower Saxony (KFN). "These findings are problematic for a state built upon the rule of law," the authors of the study said in a statement.

Rape-prevention program cuts sexual assaults in Kenya

By Ronnie Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Self-defense and empowerment classes designed to arm girls with tools to prevent rape reduced sexual assaults among Kenyan students, a new study shows. The number of rapes dropped 38 percent among adolescents living in high-crime Nairobi settlements 10 months after the classes began, the study found.

Sexual violence against Egypt women goes unpunished

Sexual violence against women has been rife since the 2011 uprising in Egypt, where hundreds of female protesters have been the target of attack with apparent impunity, rights groups said Wednesday. "Successive Egyptian governments have failed to address violence against women, with serious implications for women's participation in the political transition of their country," said a group of rights organisations led by FIDH, the International Federation for Human Rights.

Sexual violence against Egypt women goes unpunished

Sexual violence against women has been rife since the 2011 uprising in Egypt, where hundreds of female protesters have been the target of attack with apparent impunity, rights groups said Wednesday. "Successive Egyptian governments have failed to address violence against women, with serious implications for women's participation in the political transition of their country," said a group of rights organisations led by FIDH, the International Federation for Human Rights.

Edmonton radio station criticized for online poll about sexual assaults

EDMONTON - An Edmonton radio station faced the wrath of public and politicians Thursday for its online poll asking whether women deserve blame for being sexually assaulted. "It's very controversial, but do you think victims of sexual assaults share any blame for what happens?" news-talk station CHED asked on its website. The poll gave people the option of voting "No, women should be able to dress, drink, and walk as they choose without fear of being blamed" or "Yes, if women drink too much, dress too little or walk in harm's way they put themselves at risk."

French priest charged with rape, torture during exorcisms

A priest in an ultra-conservative Catholic sect has been charged with rape and torture for acts allegedly committed during exorcisms involving three schoolteachers. Versailles prosecutor Vincent Lesclous told AFP the 40-year-old priest with the Society of Saint Pius X, whose identity has not been released to protect the victims, was charged on Wednesday and is being held without bail. He is facing charges of aggravated rape, torture and "committing barbarous acts" for the alleged assaults on three teachers at a private religious school in the western suburbs of Paris.

Australian charged with murder of young French woman

A young Australian man appeared in a Brisbane court on Wednesday charged with the rape and murder of 21-year-old French student Sophie Collombet, reports said. Collombet's naked body was found in a rotunda at a park near her apartment in South Brisbane on March 28. Police said the business student had been beaten to death. "A 25-year-old man has been charged with one count each of murder, rape, deprivation of liberty and robbery," Queensland Police said in a statement.

Tunisia seeks tougher sentences for rapist policemen

Tunisia's public prosecutor appealed a seven-year jail term on Monday for two policemen jailed for rape, and demanded a retrial with a view to seeking tougher sentences. The prosecution insists on characterising the facts as "sex under duress with the threat of violence, under Paragraph 227 of the Penal Code, Article 1," his spokesman Sofiene Sliti told AFP. The article provides for capital punishment but Sliti did not indicate whether prosecutors would seek the death penalty.

Tunisia seeks death penalty for rapist policemen

Tunisia's public prosecutor appealed a seven-year jail term on Monday for two policemen jailed for rape, and demanded a retrial with a view to seeking the death penalty. "The prosecution relates to the characterisation of the facts as sex under duress with the threat of violence, under Paragraph 227 of the Penal Code, Article 1" which provides for the death penalty, his spokesman Sofiene Sliti told AFP. There have been no executions in the North African country, birthplace of the Arab Spring, since the early 1990s.

Walk marks death of Rehtaeh Parsons, father seeks more changes in justice system

HALIFAX - The father of Rehtaeh Parsons says there have been positive changes in the year since his daughter's death, but more must be done to change the treatment of sexual assault victims in the justice system. Glen Canning said Rehtaeh's story has sparked a global conversation about cyberbullying and sexual assault and has triggered societal changes, including the Nova Scotia government's Cyber-Safety Act, which allows people to try to restrict the cyberbully and sue if they or their children are cyberbullied.
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