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Silence On Rape is the Biggest Obstacle to Rape Prevention

I recently held a seminar on rape in war with military lawyers from across the world. We talked through a number of obstacles to prevention and elimination of sexual violence, but at the end of the seminar everyone agreed that the biggest of them all is silence. 

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It’s Official: The HPV Vaccine Will Not Turn Girls Into “Sluts”

It’s not surprising that a vaccine has no effect on adolescent sexual behavior. What is surprising is that fear of “sluttiness” is the number-one reason parents decide not to vaccinate their kids against HPV.

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Teenagers Have Sex: Deal With It

young couple in bed

If teenagers are going to have sex, and we know they are, they should have access to emergency contraception in schools.

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In Europe, Same-Sex Couples Face High Barriers to Parenthood

Europe may not be the best place for same-sex couples, who want to have kids. Courts, culture, and governments continue to put up roadblocks.

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How Can We Prevent Rape as a Weapon Used in Conflict?

Can we do anything useful to stop sexual assault in conflict, and, if so, is the United Nations the entity to do it?

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In America, Our Inalienable Right to Vote is in Jeopardy

Millions of U.S. citizens will not be allowed to vote in the upcoming presidential election; restrictions on who is allowed to vote and how are based on two erroneous assumptions.

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Why Boys Are Inclined to Under-Achieve and Girls Lose Self-Esteem in Early School Years

Both with regard to boys’ academic under-achievement and with regard to girls’ early dip in self-esteem: how does that happen?

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Bloomberg’s Breastfeeding Initiative: Let’s Start With Paid Parental Leave….

The key difference between Europe and the United States when it comes to breastfeeding are legal protections of paid parental leave, paid sick leave, and, in some cases allowances for longer lunch hours to breastfeed.

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Who is a “Criminal?” Exclusion of Vulnerable Groups from International AIDS Conference Nothing to Celebrate

Protesters disrupt the panel of US Senators at the Conference. Think Progress.

The definition of criminal offenses, the selective implementation of the law, and the resulting stereotypes generate a self-enforcing loop of discrimination and exclusion to the detriment of all. The exclusion of so many legitimate voices from this year’s AIDS conference is just one example.

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A Human Rights Perspective on Headscarf and Veil Bans

Headscarf and veil bans—however they are expressed in law—raise numerous red flags for those who care about human rights.

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