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Against Backdrop of Sexual Violence, Ads, Too, Exploit Young Teens

Against a wider backdrop of sexual violence being committed against, and perpetrated by, children and adolescents, the sexualization of under-aged teenagers in Jamaica is extremely problematic.

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Roundup: NOW Endorses Obama, Biden’s Fight for the Violence Against Women Act

Reproductive health bill to be debated in Philippines; National Organization of Women endorses Obama; The story of Joe Biden and the Violence Against Women Act; Palin says she fired Monegan for going above her head to secure funds to fight sexual abuse; More funding needed to fight HIV in Cleveland; Family planning and global population.

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Planned Parenthood Retaliates Over McCain Attack Ad

Planned Parenthood Action Center on Friday released a TV ad set to air in Denver and other markets where the McCain campaign has been advertising a claim that Barack Obama favored teaching kindergartners about sex.

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India’s Insensitivity Towards Victims of Violence

Violence gets insidiously soaked in to everyday life in India. But sensitivity towards victims of such crimes remains abysmally low.

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Shattered and Strengthened: Postville Church Cares For Immigrant Families

In the four weeks since the May 12 federal immigration raids at Agriprocessors in Postville, Iowa, St. Bridget’s Church has been a refuge for the plant’s undocumented workers.

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Workers Tell Stories of Sexual Abuse at Iowa Plant

More than two weeks have passed since the federal government launched an immigration raid — the largest single-site raid in American history — against Agriprocessors in Postville, Iowa, and more stories of abuse continue to surface.

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Jackson Katz: Violence Against Women Is a Men’s Issue

Jackson Katz, an internationally recognized educator on violence prevention among men and boys, asks why rape is a “women’s issue” when over 99 percent of rapes are perpetrated by men.

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Third Time Hopefully Not A Charm in California

Californians will head to the voting booth in November to weigh in one more time on what they think of a parental notification law for minors.

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Immigrant Workers Tell of Abuses at Iowa Plant

Federal immigration officials raided a slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa, last week, and as advocates have interviewed immigrant workers at the processing plant, stories of quid pro quo sexual abuse have emerged.

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Almost All Sex Is Sin?

With a very limited and negative view of sexuality, the Catholic Church’s attention always seems inordinately focused on what it views as “unnatural sex acts” — and it doesn’t bother distinguishing between consensual acts and abuse.

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