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Prison Rape: “That Check I Wrote Cost Me My Life”

Convicted of check fraud, a man was repeatedly raped and beaten in an Arkansas prison. As a result, he walked out of prison with a death sentence — not handed down by a judge or jury, but by the corrections staff who failed to keep him safe; Bryson contracted HIV because of the rapes.

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Rape in Haiti: Where is the International Community?

A group of human rights advocates and attorneys fighting for the well-being and safety of Haitian women in the aftermath of January’s earthquake are calling on the global community to act swiftly to end sexual violence in the displacement camps.

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Beginning of the End

Difficult realities of Haitian rape victims

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MDG Film Fest: Poverty – Sin Nombre

Akimbo, the blog of the International Women’s Health Coalition blog, features Sin Nombre,  a film about MDG #1, eradicating poverty and hunger globally.

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Detained and At Risk: Sexual Abuse and Harassment in U.S. Detention System

Human Rights Watch recently released a report detailing reports and allegations of sexual abuse and assault in ICE detention facilities across the United States. Though this is not an exhaustive account, the report uses the information to reflect on why the abuse is occurring, what policies are being implemented in response and recommendations on how to stem the abuse going forward.

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Republicans Vote Against Strengthening Enforcement For Sexual Assault on Native American Women

A bill to help law enforcement investigate sexual assaults and other crimes on Native American land is passed despite the objections of many Republicans.

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(VIDEO) The Predictable Disaster: Post Earthquake, Widespread Rape in Haiti Goes Unaddressed

After January’s earthquake, Haitian women are still fighting for their own lives and those of their children. But they are now experiencing high–and predictable–rates of rape and gender-based violence.  Why is so little being done?

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Sarah Palin’s Great Feminist Magic Trick

Sarah Palin is rallying conservative women around the country to unify around her special brand of feminism. But it’s feminism’s cheap knock-off and it doesn’t exactly withstand the test of – well – anything.

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It’s Time to End the Epidemic of Prisoner Rape

At least 60,500 federal and state prison inmates were sexually abused at their current facility in the preceding year alone, according to a 2007 nationwide study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). A similar study revealed that nearly 25,000 county jail detainees were sexually abused in the prior six months. This violence is not limited to adult prisoners – in January, another BJS report found that almost one in eight youth in juvenile detention reported being sexually abused in the preceding year; at the worst facilities, one in three kids were victimized.

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(VIDEOS) Bad Boys and Runaway Husbands?

CNN and Good Morning America run two sensationist and largely unfounded stories about “bad girls” and then ask whether “women should be worried?”  You know…I am.  About the media.

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