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Roundup: Security Council on Rape, Republicans for Obama, and Teen Parenting

The UN Security Council condemns use of rape as a weapon of war, prominent Republican women defect to Obama, and there’s an outbreak of teen parenting in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

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Female Vets Fight on the Frontlines – for Health Care

Female soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan face a lack of reproductive and mental health services from the Veterans Administration. And the Veterans Administration is hesitant in its efforts to remedy the issue.

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Victim Blaming: Cover Up, Walk In Groups and Other “Friendly Advice”

If we women do fall victim to some nefarious person, we must remember — in spite of all the “friendly advice” we’ve been given — that the blame lies solely on the back of those who would harm others.

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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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Shifting the Blame onto Victims

Latest reports by India’s National Crime Records Bureau found a seven-fold increase in rape cases between 1971 and 2006. But the agencies that should ensure safe environments for women make excuses for perpetrators and resort to moral policing rather than finding ways to make women safer.

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Iowa Law Won’t Protect Kids from Sex Offenders

Was the opinion issued Friday by the Iowa Supreme Court an expansion or a clarification of the state’s existing residency requirements for sex offenders? At the end of the day, according to some members of law enforcement, it doesn’t matter one way or another.

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Get Real! Healing from Rape

Heather Corinna brings Scarleteen’s popular sexual health advice column to RH Reality Check! This week, in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, she talks to a young women who was forced to have sex.

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Take Back the Screen

In order to raise awareness of sexual assault, we have to look at the images of violent sexuality embedded in our popular visual culture, images that trivialize and misrepresent reality.

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War With Ourselves: Sexual Violence In The Military

U.S. servicewomen today are more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. Sexual violence against female contractors, soldiers and Iraqi girls and women continues to raise the question: what will we do to stop it?

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Powerless in Prison: Sexual Abuse Against Incarcerated Women

Surviving a sexual assault and then navigating the health care system to receive adequate counseling and reproductive medical attention is daunting enough for those who walk freely on the outside. For women in prison, these hurdles can seem insurmountable.

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