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Unresolved sex slavery issue to isolate Japan: S. Korean FM

SEOUL, March 7 (Yonhap) -- Japan will face further isolation from the international community if it keeps ignoring the grievous issue of its wartime sexual enslavement of Korean women, Seoul's foreign minister said Friday. Yun Byung-se made the remarks as he came back from Geneva where he denounced Japan's repeated attempts under the Shinzo Abe government to deny its history of forcing Korean and other Asian women to serve as sex slaves for imperial Japanese soldiers during World War II.

US Army sex crime prosecutor faces groping allegation

The US Army's top prosecutor overseeing sexual assault cases has been suspended over allegations he groped a female lawyer working for him and tried to kiss her, officers said Thursday. The suspension marks the latest embarrassing setback for the US military as it grapples with a sexual assault crisis that has sparked calls for a radical overhaul of its judicial system. The allegations were first reported by the Stars and Stripes newspaper and confirmed to AFP by military officers, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Major report reveals 'extensive' abuse of women in EU

A third of women in Europe have suffered a physical or sexual assault and five percent have been raped, a major new study revealed Wednesday, uncovering "extensive human rights abuse" throughout the European Union. In addition, just over one in 10 women indicated that they experienced some form of sexual violence by an adult before they were 15 years old, according to the large-scale survey by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).

Major report reveals 'extensive' abuse of women in EU

One in three EU women has suffered a physical and/or sexual assault since the age of 15, a major new study revealing "extensive" and "systematically under-reported" violence showed on Wednesday. The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), which interviewed 42,000 women aged 18-74 across the 28-nation bloc for the report, said it was the most comprehensive of its kind to date both in the EU and worldwide. "What emerges is a picture of extensive abuse that affects many women's lives, but is systematically under-reported to the authorities," FRA director Morten Kjaerum said.

High-ranking U.S. military officer to stand trial for sex charges

By Kelly Twedell FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (Reuters) - Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair's court-martial on a sexual assault charge that could send him to prison for life gets underway on Tuesday, one of the few such proceedings against a top U.S. military officer in recent decades. Sinclair, 51, is accused of twice forcing oral sex during a three-year extramarital affair he admitted to having with a junior female officer, including during deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Delhi women's hotline at risk from cash woes, political turmoil

By Sruthi Gottipati NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A 24-hour hotline for women in India's capital, launched shortly after a fatal gang rape sparked nationwide protests in December 2012, is at risk of closing due to a lack of funds and political upheaval, its head said on Tuesday. The helpline, started in an effort to address sexual harassment and violence against women in New Delhi, is plagued by delays in payment of staff wages and uncertainty about its future, said Khadijah Faruqui.

Sex crimes trial of Army general highlights U.S. military justice

By Colleen Jenkins WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) - The rare court-martial of a U.S. Army general charged with sex crimes will delve into explicit details of his adulterous affair with a female captain in two war zones, and alleged inappropriate email exchanges with several other subordinates.

Shelter for former sex slaves to have 'human rights center'

GWANGJU, South Korea, Feb. 28 (Yonhap) -- A shelter for former sex slaves to Japan in World War II said Friday it will build a human rights education center in a bid to raise public awareness of their sufferings. The House of Sharing said it broke ground Friday to build the "human rights center for the Japanese military's sex slavery victims" inside the shelter compound in Gwangju, southeast of Seoul.

French court acquits priest on rape charge

A French court on Thursday acquitted a 69-year-old priest charged with raping a devout and vulnerable parishioner. Daniel Lagnien, 69, was accused of taking advantage of a 39-year-old woman described as psychologically frail with no sexual experience, in a case with the potential to inflict further damage on the reputation of the Roman Catholic clergy after years of sexual scandals. The prosecution had alleged that Lagnien made advances to the 39-year-old virgin during a 2010 pilgrimage to a shrine in the French Alps.

Sexual assault reports surge in US military

Reports of sexual assaults in the US military jumped 60 percent last year, but officials said Wednesday the surge shows victims have more confidence their cases will be taken seriously. There have been a spate of high-profile cases in the past two years, leading to a series of initiatives and prompting President Barack Obama to express outrage over the problem and lawmakers to demand dramatic action.
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