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UN to investigate violence against women in Britain for first time

The UN is sending a human rights expert to Britain for the first time to investigate violence against women, it was announced on Friday. Rashida Manjoo will visit Britain from March 31 to April 15 to "to study the main manifestations of violence perpetrated in the family and in the community, such as domestic and sexual violence, sexual bullying and harassment, forced and early marriages, and female genital mutilation," the UN Human Rights Council said in a statement.

Angelina Jolie urges action against rape as a war weapon

Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Minister William Hague on Friday urged the international community to stop the use of sexual violence as a war weapon. Jolie, whose 2011 directorial debut "In the Land of Blood and Honey" dealt with violence against women during Bosnia's war, urged peace missions around the world to make combatting sex crimes a priority. "The use of rape as a weapon of war is one of the most harrowing and savage of these crimes against civilians," Jolie told a conference in Bosnia's capital.

Rape still 'alarmingly prevalent' in DR Congo: UN rights chief

The Democratic Republic of Congo is working to rein in the sexual violence that has plagued the country for two decades, but rape remains rampant, UN rights chief Navi Pillay said Tuesday. "Sexual and gender-based violence remain alarmingly prevalent, ... both in the eastern provinces and in the rest of the country," Pillay told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

Sports aggression may ‘spillover' in teen relationships

By Shereen Jegtvig NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Teenage boys who played football, basketball or both were about twice as likely as other boys to have recently abused their girlfriends in a new study from California. Researchers say the "hypermasculine" attitudes encouraged in some sports may foster aggression off the field, but the locker room can also be a place to teach boys about healthy relationships and avoiding violence.

Japan's wartime military used money to cover up sex slavery on Bali

The Imperial Japanese military used money to cover up its use of sex slaves on the Indonesian island of Bali during World War II, according to a group of university researchers, citing a document found at the National Archives of Japan. A Japanese chief warrant officer stationed there during the Pacific War told a Justice Ministry investigation in August 1962 that he brought about 70 women to the military brothels and about 200 more by order of his military unit, according to the document.

Japan's wartime military used money to cover up sex slavery on Bali

The Imperial Japanese military used money to cover up its use of sex slaves on the Indonesian island of Bali during World War II, according to a group of university researchers, citing a document found at the National Archives of Japan. A Japanese chief warrant officer stationed there during the Pacific War told a Justice Ministry investigation in August 1962 that he brought about 70 women to the military brothels and about 200 more by order of his military unit, according to the document.

Teen's mother relieved after jury renders guilty verdict in cabin sex abuse case

BRIDGEWATER, N.S. - The mother of a teenaged boy who was sexually abused while he was blindfolded and held against his will expressed relief and gratitude Friday after a jury found John Leonard MacKean guilty of sexual assault. "I'm glad it's going to be over," said the mother of the victim, whose identity is protected by a publication ban. "My son doesn't have to talk about it anymore until he's ready to." MacKean, 64, was also found guilty of communicating for the purpose of obtaining sexual services from a person under 18. He will be sentenced June 24.

Accused disgusted when he heard youth was kept captive, sex assault trial hears

BRIDGEWATER, N.S. - A Halifax man accused of sexually assaulting a blindfolded 16-year-old boy at a cabin told court Thursday he was disgusted when he learned from police the youth had been kept captive inside the home for more than a week. John Leonard MacKean testified in his defence, saying the alleged victim did not seem upset and was not in chains on the day they had a sexual encounter, contrary to what the teen has testified.

Mumbai court convicts four over photographer gang-rape

A Mumbai court convicted four men Thursday over the gang-rape of a photographer on assignment in the Indian city last year, a case that reignited nationwide anger over women's safety. The court found the men guilty of raping the 22-year-old in August last year at an abandoned mill compound, where she had gone to take photos with a male colleague, close to an upscale area of the financial city.

Mumbai court convicts four over photographer gang-rape

A Mumbai court convicted four men on Thursday over the gang-rape of a photographer on assignment in the city last year, a case that reignited nationwide anger over women's safety. The court found the men guilty of raping the 22-year-old in August last year at an abandoned mill compound, where she had gone to take photos with a male colleague, close to an upscale area of the financial city.
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