The site of a music festival near the border with the Gaza Strip in southern Israel, on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023.

Rape is ‘the most neglected war crime,’ sexual violence expert says

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Ever since Hamas militants attacked southern Israel on Oct. 7, the group has been charged with committing acts of sexual violence. Host Carol Hills speaks with journalist and author Christina Lamb, who is recently back from reporting in Israel, where she spoke with first responders and others on the ground.

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For sexual assault victims in Ghana, justice is expensive — and elusive

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This teen’s TikTok video takes on Malaysia’s toxic culture of misogyny

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A woman stands in an abandoned building with light coming through the window.

Sexual violence in conflict: Part II

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When it rains, it wars: Tracking intersecting security threats, Part I

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A man rides a bike by a slogan pasted on a wall reading "Avoid a rape trial: Become chief of police," in Paris, Saturday, July 11, 2020.

France’s 2nd #MeToo movement reckons with incest, child rape 


Several high-profile cases of sexual assault and child rape have bubbled to the surface in recent months. Each story has exposed a common denominator: a culture of silence and complicity in France that has let this kind of abuse continue for years — even decades.

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Long before #MeToo, women in many parts of the world organized successful campaigns against sexual violence

While the success of #MeToo testifies to the power of social media in putting the spotlight on the culture of misogyny across the world, it’s not the first movement of its kind. Women in countries such as India, Pakistan and others have long organized successful campaigns against sexual harassment.

A woman protestor holds a sign that says protect our women and girls

Survivors of sexual violence in South Africa are finally finding their voices


By coming forward to testify in open court — despite death threats and attempts to silence her — Cheryl Zondi was not just another faceless victim of sexual violence.

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India has a sexual assault problem that only women can fix

India is the most dangerous country for sexual violence against women, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation 2018 survey.

Saint Patrick Catholic Church is seen in York, Pennsylvania, Aug. 18, 2018

A new chapter, with the same old words, in the Catholic child abuse scandal


To people who have spent their lives studying and combating the Catholic child abuse scandal, the revelations from last week’s grand jury report on six dioceses in Pennsylvania are numbingly familiar.