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3-31-16 Central African Republic abuse: UN looks into 'bestiality' report
Central African Republic abuse: UN looks into 'bestiality' report
UN officials say they are investigating "extremely troubling" claims of sexual abuse by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR). Last year, there were 69 allegations of child rape and other sexual offences by peacekeepers from 10 missions. One advocacy group says it has passed on new reports to the UN that a soldier made four girls have sex with a dog. The UN said it was looking into the "exact number and nature" of the claims.

3-30-16 Shandra Woworuntu: My life as a sex-trafficking victim
Shandra Woworuntu: My life as a sex-trafficking victim
Shandra Woworuntu arrived in the US hoping to start a new career in the hotel industry. Instead, she found she had been trafficked into a world of prostitution and sexual slavery, forced drug-taking and violence. It was months before she was able to turn the tables on her persecutors. Some readers may find her account of the ordeal upsetting. (Webmaster's comment: Read it! The ugly story of a very abused women but also a true heroine.)

3-25-16 Jian Ghomeshi trial rattles sexual assault survivors
Jian Ghomeshi trial rattles sexual assault survivors
Former radio personality Jian Ghomeshi has been found not guilty of all charges against him in a sexual assault trial that riveted the nation. Advocates say the verdict and the trial have had a chilling effect on sexual assault survivors across Canada. Journalist Ashifa Kassam explains why. "I've been through a criminal court as a survivor of sexual assault," says O'Neill. "And I found it to be the most excruciating and painful experience I've ever been through, aside from having been sexually assaulted." The ruling affirmed some sexual assault advocates' worst fears - that it was the women who were truly on trial, not Ghomeshi. For many, what they saw was profoundly disappointing, revealing a deeply flawed system in which the odds seem to be stacked against the complainants.

3-24-16 Jian Ghomeshi: Canadian not guilty of sex assault charges
Jian Ghomeshi: Canadian not guilty of sex assault charges
Jian Ghomeshi, who was once one of Canada's top broadcasters, has been found not guilty of sexual assault and choking his victims. Three women had accused Mr Ghomeshi of attacking and sexually assaulting them. Mr Ghomeshi, 48, had denied the charges, describing the encounters as consensual "rough sex". The judge said that the three complainants' stories had been inconsistent and said reasonable doubt existed in this case.

3-18-16 Dental care for Domestic Violence victims
Dental care for Domestic Violence victims
A group of Toronto dentists offers free dental care for survivors of domestic violence. Founded five years ago by Dr. Tina Meisami, Project Restoring Smiles has provided more than $200,000 worth of treatment, mostly to women living in shelters. “As a surgeon, I wanted to fix their oral and facial pain,” Meisami said. “As a woman, I felt as though I needed to stand up for their rights.” One of her patients, who asked to be identified as Sam, broke down in tears after Meisami repaired her damaged teeth. “[She] has changed my life, saved my life, and I am forever grateful for this.”

3-14-16 Female scientist fights harassment with Wikipedia
Female scientist fights harassment with Wikipedia
Targeted harassment of women online is all too common. One woman has decided to create a Wikipedia page for a woman scientist every time it happens to her. Emily Temple-Wood was not even a teenager when she started editing and writing on Wikipedia. Only a few months later, she received her first harassing messages. "I think before they realised I was 12, they just realised I was a women," says Temple-Wood, now a 21-year-old science student. It was the beginning of a barrage of messages that included anonymous comments about her body, demands for sexual favours and plenty of profanities - especially when she ignored earlier messages. But Temple-Wood has stuck around on Wikipedia, becoming an administrator and developing two collaborative projects aimed at closing the online encyclopaedia's "content gap" - including one that adds and improves articles about women scientists. After a some particularly vicious harassment a few months ago, Temple-Wood decided she need to "focus her rage" and chose to respond by adding a female scientist to Wikipedia for every harassing or sexist comment she received online.)

3-12-16 Morality according to sports commissioners: An investigation
Morality according to sports commissioners: An investigation
Apparently, smoking pot is way worse than beating a woman, if you play sports. In a rapidly changing and increasingly complex world, there are questions the average American must face. Is smoking marijuana acceptable now? Am I allowed to cheat a little to get ahead in my highly competitive workplace? Is it OK to shove my girlfriend against a wall, choke her, and then fire eight gunshots in the garage to let off some steam? By these measures, smoking pot is all right, unless you kinda suck at baseball, in which case smoking pot two times is almost doubly bad as assaulting a woman. Taking performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) just once is almost three times as bad as assaulting a woman, whether you're good at baseball or not. And if you are good, like say Alex Rodriguez, being suspected of using PEDs can get a 211 game suspension without even failing a test. Got it?

3-11-16 After USA TODAY NETWORK investigation, rape-kit reforms flood state legislatures
After USA TODAY NETWORK investigation, rape-kit reforms flood state legislatures
At least 20 states are pursuing reforms to the inconsistent ways rape kits are handled by law enforcement agencies after a USA TODAY NETWORK investigation last year revealed tens of thousands of rape evidence kits went untested nationwide. Legislatures have been flooded with a total of about 50 different bills in recent months — most introduced since the beginning of this year as lawmakers returned to statehouses for 2016 sessions — dealing with various aspects of how rape kits are handled by the criminal justice system. The proposals range including new funding for testing rape kits, audits of long-stored evidence and reducing the discretion police departments or officers have in deciding whether to submit rape evidence for testing by standardizing requirements, including setting time limits for submission to crime labs.

3-11-16 Too timid to count the assaults
Too timid to count the assaults
Political correctness will be the death of Europe, said Jiri Dolezal. Every week brings another sexual assault on European women by Muslim migrants. We’ve seen a mass groping in Cologne on New Year’s Eve, the rapes at a Stockholm music festival, and now an assault by Afghan refugees on two German teenagers—14 and 18—at a public swimming pool. We can’t know exactly how many women have been attacked by migrants, because in all European Union countries “it is forbidden to collect statistics on criminal offenders by ethnicity.” Our leaders take pains to point out that the attackers make up only a minority of all asylum seekers. That’s surely true, but so what? Criminals are a minority among Europeans too, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t worry about crime or try to prevent it. The simple fact is that men “from cultures where women go dressed in a tent” are unable to comprehend “that a woman wearing a bikini is not automatically receptive to sex.” It is entirely foreign to them that women have rights. That is the key problem in integrating these asylum seekers, and pretending it doesn’t exist will not help us solve it. Our leaders fear a backlash against migrants, but they will get a backlash against their own parties.

3-11-16 South Sudan: Women raped 'as reward for fighters'
South Sudan: Women raped 'as reward for fighters'
DMilitias allied to the South Sudanese army have been allowed to rape women in lieu of wages while fighting rebels, a UN report says. Investigators found that 1,300 women had been raped last year in oil-rich Unity State alone, it said. The army operated a "scorched earth" policy to deliberately target civilians for killing and rape, which amounted to war crimes, the UN said. The government denies its army targeted civilians but says it is investigating.

3-8-16 Has life got worse for Tunisia's women?
Has life got worse for Tunisia's women?
Tunisia's revolution is seen by some as the only success story of the Arab Spring. But the BBC's Sally Nabil reports from the capital, Tunis, that five years on, life could be getting worse for one group - women. Even though Tunisia has the most progressive laws on women's rights in the region and always set an example for other Arab countries, patriarchal values still persist here. The most recent government study, from 2010, says that nearly half of Tunisian women are subjected to various kinds of gender-based violence, being either physically, sexually or verbally abused. (Webmaster's comment: In the United States it's only one-third of women, maybe even more, so it's so much better here?)

3-8-16 International Women's Day: Five pictures that reveal how women are treated
International Women's Day: Five pictures that reveal how women are treated
Photographs and videos shared on social media can sometimes reveal more than intended - not just about the people pictured, but also about society. Five BBC journalists share images that reflect how women are often treated in their parts of the world.

3-8-16 International Women's Day: Sexism rife in textbooks, says Unesco
International Women's Day: Sexism rife in textbooks, says Unesco
Sexist attitudes are "rife" in school textbooks used in developing countries, according to Unesco. The United Nations agency, marking International Women's Day, says negative stereotyping undermines the education of girls. It says too often female figures are represented in textbooks as "nurturing drudges" in domestic roles. This is a "hidden obstacle" to gender equality, says Unesco's Manos Antoninis.

3-8-16 International Women's Day: Are Saudi women really that oppressed?
International Women's Day: Are Saudi women really that oppressed?
Would you want to live as a woman in Saudi Arabia? Based on what you hear, probably not. Life for women in the Arab kingdom is often painted as one of repression, after all they are forbidden from driving and are restricted by male guardianship laws which deprive them of their independence. And BBC Trending has covered several stories that have gone viral that show how these restrictions affect women's lives. (Webmaster's comment: Ya, they really are!)

3-8-16 International Women's Day: Why women can thrive in sci-fi
International Women's Day: Why women can thrive in sci-fi
Female characters are often given a raw deal in action films - simply fulfilling the role of love interest or assistant - but the flexible rules of the science fiction setting can empower and liberate female protagonists. Twenty years before Jurassic World's heroine, with impractical high heels, would inspire eye rolls around the world, Laura Dern's no-nonsense paleobotanist responded to moralising about the dangers of cloning dinosaurs in science fiction blockbuster Jurassic Park with two simple sentences: "Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth." Beyond the joke of a utopian all-female society, a recent viral meme repurposed the memorable scene with a reference to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and its protagonist Rey, by suggesting that "woman inherits the franchise". May the force be with her.

3-7-16 US reporter Erin Andrews wins $55m over secret nude video
US reporter Erin Andrews wins $55m over secret nude video
US sports broadcaster Erin Andrews has been awarded $55 million (£39m) after she was secretly recorded nude in her hotel room by a stalker. After a day of deliberations, a jury found the stalker 51% to blame, leaving two hotel companies to pay about $27m. Ms Andrews, 37, a Fox Sports reporter, was filmed in 2008 through her hotel door peephole by Michael David Barrett, who released the video online.

3-7-16 Arrests after India woman jumps from balcony to escape rape
Arrests after India woman jumps from balcony to escape rape
Three men have been arrested after a woman jumped from a two-storey house in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata (Calcutta) to escape rape, police said. The woman attended a party at the house, where the three men allegedly attempted to rape her after spiking her drink, reports said. She was rescued by neighbours after jumping, and is recovering from a head injury in hospital. Police told BBC Hindi that one of the men arrested was the woman's boyfriend. The woman had not yet registered a complaint, police said.

3-7-16 Porn ring behind Kenya Project X 'sex party'
Porn ring behind Kenya Project X 'sex party'
An international pornography ring was behind a controversial sex party that was planned for Saturday in Nairobi, Kenya's film board has said. The party, called Project X, has attracted attention after a publicity poster was circulated, declaring "no one goes back home a virgin". Film board head Ezekiel Mutua said the party was organised so people people could make pornographic films.

3-6-16 The rising cost of a Chinese bride price
The rising cost of a Chinese bride price
A shocking, albeit unverified, story has been making the rounds on Chinese social media, highlighting concerns over the traditional practice of paying a bride price. It was a tale that resonated with many Chinese people. A local station ran a story about a man who wanted to marry his pregnant girlfriend. But when he wasn't able to afford a payment of more than £20,000 (about $30,000), the woman's father put an end to any talk of a prospective wedding - and forced his daughter to get an abortion. It's unclear whether there's any actual truth to the story. The man wasn't identified by the station and attempts to contact him or find out more have been unsuccessful. But the strong reaction to the story online points to a larger issue anxiety over the rising cost of bride prices in a country where there's a marked shortage of women.

3-4-16 UN sex abuse scandal: Rise in allegations against peacekeepers
UN sex abuse scandal: Rise in allegations against peacekeepers
Allegations of sexual exploitation or sexual abuse by United Nations peacekeepers rose by a third last year, according to a UN report. There were 69 claims against peacekeepers in 2015, up from 52 in 2014 was 66 in 2013. Almost a third of the 2015 claims were made in the Central African Republic. For the first time, the report has also set out all the countries whose soldiers are reportedly involved under a new "name-and-shame" policy. Overall, 10 peacekeeping missions were subject to allegations in 2015.

3-2-16 China bans domestic abuse: 'I woke up to my husband's fist'
China bans domestic abuse: 'I woke up to my husband's fist'
New China law bans domestic violence. China's first law prohibiting any form of domestic violence against women came into effect on 1 March. The issue has often been ignored to avoid bringing shame on the family, but rights groups say about a quarter of women have suffered violence in their marriage. Mrs Jin, who says she suffered terrible physical abuse by her husband for more than 10 years, told BBC News how hard it was to make her husband face justice.

3-2-16 US TV reporter Erin Andrews 'humiliated' by secret hotel nude video
US TV reporter Erin Andrews 'humiliated' by secret hotel nude video
US sports broadcaster Erin Andrews has told a jury that a nude video secretly taken of her by a stalker and posted online devastated her life. The reporter was testifying as part of a $75m (£53m) suit against her stalker, Michael David Barrett, and a Nashville hotel where the video was recorded. Barrett, who spent more than two-and-a-half years in jail, has said the video was taken so he could make money. The video was shot through a peephole in 2008 and went viral on the internet.

3-1-16 RK Pachauri: Ex-UN climate head charged with sexual harassment
RK Pachauri: Ex-UN climate head charged with sexual harassment
The former head of the UN climate change panel (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri, has been formally charged in an Indian court in a case of sexual harassment. A female employee at the environmental think-tank The Energy and Resources Institute (Teri) had accused him last year of harassment. Accusations by a second employee last month caused widespread outrage. Mr Pachauri, who has denied the allegations against him, stepped down from the UN panel last year. In February, he was forced to go on indefinite leave by Teri after the latest accusations.

2-23-16 Swedish doctor given 10 years for bunker kidnapping
Swedish doctor given 10 years for bunker kidnapping
A Swedish doctor has been sentenced to 10 years in jail after being found guilty of kidnapping a woman and keeping her in a bunker for six days. Martin Peter Trenneborg had admitted kidnapping her but denied and was acquitted of rape. He had planned to hold her captive as a girlfriend in the purpose-built bunker for years. The 38-year-old abducted his victim after meeting her for a date in Stockholm last September.

2-19-16 Feminine Hygiene Products Not Neccessary?
Feminine Hygiene Products Not Neccessary?
Tampons and feminine hygiene products are subjected to a luxury tax in as many as 40 states. The Utah state legislature recently defeated a bill that would have exempted tampons, sanitary napkins, and similar products from the state sales tax.

2-17-16 Questions over number of missing indigenous women in Canada
Questions over number of missing indigenous women in Canada
The number of missing or murdered indigenous women in Canada since 1980 may be as high as 4,000 - far more than previous estimates of 1,200, the federal government has said. The minister for the status of women said there were no accurate figures because of a lack of hard data. But Patty Hajdu said research from the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) put it at more than 4,000. A national inquiry is due to begin shortly. (Webmaster's comment: Over 350,000 women go missing every year in the United States.)

2-10-16 Investigation into students 'rating' females on Facebook after sex
Investigation into students 'rating' females on Facebook after sex
A student Facebook group, where users are reportedly "rating" nude photos of women, is being investigated by University College Dublin (UCD). It's been claimed as many as 200 male agricultural science students are involved in ranking females after apparently having sex with them. A UCD statement read: "We're doing everything we can to establish the facts and existence of this group."

2-9-16 Gwyneth Paltrow 'feared for life' over alleged stalker letters
Gwyneth Paltrow 'feared for life' over alleged stalker letters
Gwyneth Paltrow has told a Los Angeles court she feared for her family's safety after receiving multiple letters from a man accused of stalking her. Dante Michael Soiu allegedly stalked the actress for 17 years, but the case focuses on letters sent from 2009-2015. The actress claims he sent around 70 messages - of which some talked of her death - along with other items. She said the letters ranged from "religious to pornographic to threatening".

2-5-16 Cologne Carnival: Police record 22 sexual assaults
Cologne Carnival: Police record 22 sexual assaults
Police in Cologne have said that 22 incidents of sexual assault occurred in the city on the first night of the traditional Carnival street party. They have 190 people in custody and officials have described them as "a cross section of the general public". Officials are refusing to discuss the ethnicity of those arrested at the street festival. Security has been beefed up in the city, after many women suffered sexual assaults and robberies there on New Year's Eve. Germany was shocked by the New Year assaults, largely blamed on migrants.

2-1-16 Canada radio host Jian Ghomeshi's sex assault trial begins
Canada radio host Jian Ghomeshi's sex assault trial begins
Canada's former popular radio host Jian Ghomeshi has gone on trial on charges of sexual assault and choking. The charges were laid in 2014 after a number of women complained to Toronto police that Mr Ghomeshi had been physically violent towards them. He denies all the charges, saying his actions were consensual rough sex.

1-29-16 The woman who fled ISIS
The woman who fled ISIS
Sophie Kasiki is one of the few Western women to have joined ISIS—and then escaped to tell the tale, said Kim Willsher in The Observer (U.K.). The French social worker didn’t tell her husband, a fervent atheist, when she converted to Islam a few years ago, or that she was in contact with three young ISIS fighters in Syria. Last February, Kasiki—a pseudonym she’s adopted to protect herself from reprisals—took her 4-year-old son and traveled to the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. It took her just 10 days of seeing the miserable and oppressive conditions there to realize she’d made a horrible mistake. She asked to go home. “They said I was a woman alone with a child and that if I tried to leave I would be stoned or killed.” But her worst fears were for her son. “I tried to impress on him things he wouldn’t forget: that his father and I loved him, that he had to be kind to girls. I talked in the hope it would sink in, and if he fell into Daesh’s [ISIS’s] clutches he would not be able to kill.” She finally fled, and a Syrian rebel fighter managed to smuggle Kasiki and her son back over the Turkish border. A year later, she is still trying to make sense of how she was seduced into joining a terrorist group. “Yes, I was naïve, confused, fragile, vulnerable even, but how were these ordinary, not particularly smart boys intelligent enough to brainwash me? It is a question I still ask myself.”

1-28-16 Arrested after falling for another woman
Arrested after falling for another woman
When Sanjida left home to study, she met the person she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. The only problem - her partner was another woman, and same-sex marriage is not accepted in Bangladesh. Now, instead of finding happiness, she's facing criminal charges, accused of abduction.

1-28-16 'Stop telling women to smile'
'Stop telling women to smile'
Is it sexist when men ask women to smile for them? After having an encounter with a cashier at a petrol station who demanded a smile, reality TV personality Whitney Way Thore posted about the episode on Facebook - and prompted a huge debate.

1-27-16 The Indian girls who survived being raped
The Indian girls who survived being raped
Photographer Smita Sharma has been chronicling the lives of rape victims in India for years. The gang rape and murder of a student in 2012 in Delhi led to protests and new anti-rape laws in the country. However, brutal sexual attacks against women and children continue to be reported. More than 35,000 rapes were recorded in India in 2014. (Webmaster's comment: In the United States 173,610 rapes were recorded in 2014, 5 times as many rapes as in India. And United States only has 1/4th the India population. United States is the rape capital of the world!)

1-27-16 Bikram Choudhury: Yoga guru fined $6.5m over sexual harassment
Bikram Choudhury: Yoga guru fined $6.5m over sexual harassment
The founder of hot yoga has been ordered to pay more than $6m (£4.18m) to a lawyer who says he sexually harassed her and sacked her for investigating allegations against him. US-based millionaire Bikram Choudhury, 69, is famous for the yoga method he began performing in a hot room in 2002. The $6m is in addition to $1m Minakshi Jafa-Bodden was awarded on Monday. She was head of legal and international affairs at Mr Choudhury's Los Angeles yoga school from 2011 until 2013. Ms Jafa-Bodden said she was abruptly sacked from her position for refusing to cover up an investigation into a rape allegation.

1-27-16 The world of Nigeria's sex-trafficking 'Air Lords'
The world of Nigeria's sex-trafficking 'Air Lords'
Last year, the BBC's Sam Piranty was given access by the Catalan police, Mossos D'Esquadra, to an investigation into a Nigerian sex-trafficking gang. He spoke to traffickers and women rescued from sexual slavery before filming an early morning raid in November, which led to 23 arrests. He also discovered that the gang is now using London as a gateway into Europe.

1-25-16 'Swedish Fritzl' on trial over claims he held woman in bunker
'Swedish Fritzl' on trial over claims he held woman in bunker
A doctor dubbed the "Swedish Fritzl" has gone on trial accused of drugging and raping a woman and locking her in a purpose-built bunker for almost a week. The 38-year-old is said to have fed his victim strawberries laced with Rohypnol before abducting her and holding her in a soundproofed cell at his home.

1-22-16 The Son Of Sarah Palin
The Son Of Sarah Palin
The night before Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump, her oldest son was arrested at the family home on domestic-violence charges—having allegedly punched his 22-year-old girlfriend in the face and threatening to shoot himself in the head. Police said Track Palin, 26, an Iraq combat veteran, became enraged after discovering that girlfriend Jordan Loewe was still in touch with an ex-boyfriend. Loewe contacted 911 to say an intoxicated Track had punched her in eye and then grabbed an AR-15 rifle, cocked the gun, and held the rifle’s barrel at his head as he shouted: “Do you think I won’t do it?” Police arrived to find Loewe hiding under a bed and crying. Track Palin has been released on $1,500 bond.

1-21-16 Daniel Holtzclaw case: Oklahoma policeman jailed for life
Daniel Holtzclaw case: Oklahoma policeman jailed for life
A police officer has been sentenced to life in prison for raping and sexually assaulting black women in the poor part of Oklahoma where he worked. Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, stopped the women while out on patrol in Oklahoma City and forced himself on them. Last month, he was convicted of assault on eight victims, including a grandmother and a 17-year-old. On Thursday, a district judge sentenced him to 263 years, in line with what jurors recommended.

1-21-16 Teaching self-defence to Muslim women
Teaching self-defence to Muslim women
Amid a rise in the number of attacks or harassment of Muslims on the rise across the US, many Muslim Americans have been concerned about the increasing violent rhetoric expressed towards them. One woman chose to prepare herself by teaching others the art of self-defence. "It's a very powerful feeling if something were to go wrong, you would be able to respond," Rana Abdelhamid says.

1-15-16 Germany: Sex attacks spark migrant backlash
Germany: Sex attacks spark migrant backlash
A mob of foreign men attacking women in the middle of a German city—it seems unimaginable, said Philipp Neumann in the Berliner Morgenpost (Germany). But it happened on New Year’s Eve in Cologne, when up to 1,000 men of North African and Middle Eastern appearance massed near the central train station and began hurling fireworks at revelers. In what appeared to be a planned assault, the men then split into small groups and encircled women, groping them and stealing their wallets and phones. Two women said they were raped, and more than 200 were sexually molested. Similar attacks—on a smaller scale—were reported in Hamburg, Stuttgart, and cities across Europe. Cologne police have arrested some 30 attackers so far, more than half of whom were asylum seekers. One Tunisian detained near the station had a notepad with Arabic-to-German translations of phrases like “big breasts,” “I’ll kill you,” and “I want to f--- you.” Another suspect sneered at police, “I am Syrian. You have to treat me kindly. [Chancellor Angela] Merkel invited me.”

1-15-16 Burundi security forces gang-raped women, UN says
Burundi security forces gang-raped women, UN says
The United Nations says it has evidence that Burundi's security forces gang-raped women while searching the homes of suspected opposition leaders. Security forces separated the women and raped them, the UN said in a statement. It said it had documented 13 cases of sexual violence. Forces also kidnapped, tortured and killed dozens of young men, it said.

1-13-16 Indian acid attack survivor is new face of fashion brand
Indian acid attack survivor is new face of fashion brand
An Indian fashion retail brand has signed up prominent acid attack survivor and campaigner Laxmi Saa to be the face of its new range of designer outfits for women, in a campaign they are calling "Face of Courage". Ms Saa was 15 when a 32-year-old man threw acid at her for rejecting his offer of marriage. "It felt cold first. Then I felt an intense burning. Then the liquid melted my skin," she remembers about the attack. Since then, she has become one of India's most outspoken advocates against the unregulated sale of acid, as well as for harsher punishment for the perpetrators of acid attacks.

1-13-16 TCologne attacks put spotlight on Germany's N African migrants
Cologne attacks put spotlight on Germany's N African migrants
Among the tourists and commuters around Cologne's main railway station there is the frequent fluorescent flash of a police uniform. Security is tight here after the attacks here on New Year's Eve. More than 560 complaints have been made by women of attacks around the station and 45% were of a sexual nature. The state prosecutor says they now have 12 suspects, five of whom are in custody. They describe the suspects as being of North African descent. But Ralf Jaeger, the interior minister for the region, has gone further, saying the perpetrators are "almost exclusively" migrants. Mr Jaeger added that there are likely to have been asylum seekers among their number.

1-13-16 Swedish police under fire over festival sex assaults silence
Swedish police under fire over festival sex assaults silence
Last year, there were numerous sexual assaults at a music festival in Stockholm - many by migrant youths - but police did not make the information public. They have now admitted that keeping silent was "a big mistake". The revelations follow recent events in Germany, where Cologne's police chief resigned following sexual attacks in the city on New Year's Eve.

1-11-16 Four teens held and one sought in New York gang rape
Four teens held and one sought in New York gang rape
US police in New York City have detained four teenagers and are seeking a fifth after a woman was gang raped at a playground. The victim's father was with the 18-year-old woman before the assault, but he was forced to flee at gunpoint. The father ran for help, but the suspects had fled by the time two police officers arrived at the scene late on Thursday night. The suspects include a 14-year-old, a 17-year-old and two 15-year-olds.

1-8-16 New spit test for 'date rape' drug developed in the UK
New spit test for 'date rape' drug developed in the UK
Scientists have developed a new test that can detect fake alcohol and the so-called "date rape" drug GHB in saliva. It's seen as a big breakthrough because it delivers results within minutes. Researchers at Loughborough University have told Newsbeat the spit test can be carried out as soon as a person arrives at hospital. One of the professors involved in the technology says it's a "significant advance". "It's different from previous tests in that it screens for all the poisonous alcohols, not just the stuff we drink on a Saturday night, but things like methanol and ethylene glycol. It can also detect hydroxybutyric acid, the so-called "date rape" and "party" drug GHB.

1-7-16 Cologne sex attacks: Women describe 'terrible' assaults
Cologne sex attacks: Women describe 'terrible' assaults
More than 100 women and girls have come forward with reports of sexual assault and robbery by gangs of men in the German city of Cologne on New Year's Eve. Victims have described chaos outside the city's main station, as the men carried out dozens of attacks with little apparent response from the authorities. Correspondents say the identification of the attackers as North African or Arab in appearance has caused alarm in Germany because of the influx of more than a million migrants and refugees in the past year. Some of the women caught in the violence have begun speaking of their ordeal.

1-6-16 Cologne Mayor's 'code of conduct' to prevent sexual assault angers many
Cologne Mayor's 'code of conduct' to prevent sexual assault angers many
Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker has drawn ridicule online for proposing a "code of conduct" for women to prevent sexual assault, advising them to remain at "an arm's length" from strangers. Amidst the controversy and protests following a series of sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year's Eve, the city's mayor has waded into the debate with a suggestions for how women can help avoid danger, which have proved highly controversial online. Her proposed guidelines included sticking to a group of trusted acquaintances, asking for help from others and informing the police. But it was her suggestion that women should keep at "an arm's length" from strangers that has triggered most outrage on social media, with the phrase turned into a hashtag - #EineArmLaenge - on Twitter. Thousands of messages have been posted using the phrase. (Webmaster's comment: This is NOT blaming the victim. It is just common sense not to cozy up to total strangers. You wouldn't want your child to get in a car with a stranger either, would you? It also is just common sense.)

1-6-16 Cologne sex attacks: Germany's De Maiziere criticises police
Cologne sex attacks: Germany's De Maiziere criticises police
German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has strongly criticised police handling of gang sex attacks on women and girls in Cologne on New Year's Eve. "The police shouldn't work like this," he said, as it emerged that three suspects had been identified. More than 100 victims have complained of being attacked by gangs of up to 30 men outside Cologne station. Witnesses and police said that the men involved were of Arab or North African appearance. A crowd of around 1,000 men had gathered in the square outside the station during New Year's Eve letting off fireworks. Many were drunk and aggressive. Police eventually evacuated the area because of the risk of injury from the fireworks. But gangs of youths soon returned and carried out dozens of attacks over a number of hours with little apparent response from the local authorities until well after midnight.

1-5-16 Chris Gayle fined in Big Bash League reporter 'sexism' row
Chris Gayle fined in Big Bash League reporter 'sexism' row
West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle has been fined A$10,000 ($7,200; £4,900) by his club for "inappropriate conduct" after he asked a TV reporter for a date in a live interview. Gayle was speaking to journalist Mel McLaughlin during a Big Bash League T20 match in Hobart on Monday. "To see your eyes for the first time is nice. Hopefully we can have a drink afterwards. Don't blush baby," he said. Gayle has said he is sorry, but that the reaction was "out of proportion". He also retweeted a comment from broadcaster and cricket fan Piers Morgan, who said he was "outraged at the outrage" at Gayle being "a bit cheeky to a female TV reporter". (Webmaster's comment: Let's face it. Women are being still treated as prey by far too many men.)

1-5-16 Merkel 'disgusted' by Cologne New Year gang assaults on women
Merkel 'disgusted' by Cologne New Year gang assaults on women
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has voiced outrage over the sexual assaults and thefts that male gangs inflicted on women in Cologne on New Year's Eve. Women have made at least 90 criminal complaints to police about the harassment by gangs at Cologne's main railway station on Thursday night. The scale of the attacks has shocked Germany. About 1,000 drunk and aggressive young men were involved. Mrs Merkel called Cologne's mayor Henriette Reker on Tuesday and "expressed her outrage over these disgusting attacks and sexual assaults". The chancellor said everything must be done "to find the perpetrators as quickly and comprehensively as possible and punish them, regardless of their origin or background".

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