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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.

Uganda parliament opens athletics sex abuse probe

Uganda's parliament has opened a probe into the alleged sex abuse of elite female runners from the national team by a top coach, calling the affair a "national shame". The east African nation, an emerging distance running power that has been trying to take on regional rivals Kenya and Ethiopia, has been gripped by the scandal for nearly a month. According to officials and local media reports, female runners were subjected to sexual harassment and abuse while participating in a training camp to prepare for last month's Africa Cross-country Championships.

Former head of Alberta military base demoted, added to sex offender registry

WAINWRIGHT, Alta. - A former commanding officer of an Armed Forces base in Alberta has been demoted after being found guilty of sexual assault. David Yurczyszyn will be down-ranked to captain from major and will also have his name listed on the national sex offender registry. A military judge handed down the sentence at the end of a week-long court martial at the training base outside of Wainwright, southeast of Edmonton. The judge found Yurczyszyn groped a woman while drunk at a party on Remembrance Day in 2012.

Former UK parliament speaker cleared of sex assaults

The former deputy speaker of Britain's House of Commons was cleared on Thursday of charges of sexually assaulting seven young men. Nigel Evans, 56, had been accused of using his "powerful" political influence to take advantage of the men. But a jury at Preston Crown Court in northwest England found Evans not guilty of one count of rape, five sexual assaults, one attempted sexual assault and two indecent assaults.

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.

French campsite rapist jailed for 13 years

A French court sentenced a man to 13 years in jail Friday for a string of sexual assaults on girls aged 6 to 17 at campsites in the Ardeche region of central France. Sebastien Dutheil, a 33-year-old tiler, was on trial over two counts of rape and nine of attempted or actual sexual assaults on the victims, who included three foreigners -- a Belgian, a Dutch girl and a German.

Australian mother jailed for sex abuse of daughter

An Australian mother who sexually abused her daughter to maintain the affection of her boyfriend has been sentenced to five-and-a-half years in prison, reports said Friday. The South Australian District Court heard that the woman, 35, had abused the 10-year-old girl and photographed the encounters to gratify her 37-year-old partner, who was a teacher. "This was very serious offending against a defenceless child by the very people who should have been protecting, not offending against, her," Judge Simon Stretton said, domestic news agency AAP reported.

Trial for murder of French tourists starts in Argentina

Three men went on trial here Tuesday for the rape and murder of two young French tourists whose bodies were found in a scenic park overlooking the city. About 200 people are to testify before three judges in the trial, which is expected to conclude May 16. The three accused -- Gustavo Lasi, 27, Daniel Vilte, 28, and Santos Vera, 34 -- were led into the courtroom in handcuffs to hear the charges against them. The victims' parents were expected to address the court after the charges were read.

No jail time for US general in misconduct trial

A US general received a reprimand Thursday from a judge but no jail time and no discharge from the army after he pleaded guilty to mistreating a subordinate in an adulterous affair. Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair at one point had faced serious sexual assault allegations in the closely watched court-martial, but the prosecution's case collapsed and the charges were dropped under a plea agreement.

Outrage as Mozambique keeps law allowing rapists to wed victims

Rights activists in Mozambique Thursday marched through the capital Maputo to protest a colonial era law still included in new legislation that allows rapists to go unpunished if they marry their victims. The "marriage effect" clause sees convicted rapists slapped with a five-year suspended sentence if they marry their victims. It stipulates that the perpetrator should stay married to the victim for at least five years.
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