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Director says Indian men ‘confused’ as patriarchy challenged

Some Indian men are confused and struggle to understand changes to their patriarchal society, amid growing opportunities for women and awareness of sexual violence, film-maker Kanu Behl told AFP in an interview in Cannes. “The times that we live in create a really confused state for the Indian man because…

World Bank report: 700 million women are abused physically or sexually by partners

More than 700 million women worldwide are subject to physical or sexual violence from their husbands or partners, many with little right to protection, the World Bank said Wednesday. The problem is worst in South Asia and Africa, where more than two women in five have experienced violence at the…

Researchers: One out of every 14 women worldwide has suffered sexual assault

Worldwide, one woman in 14 has been sexually assaulted by someone other than a partner, according to the first global estimate of the problem, published on Wednesday. Its authors said that despite important gaps in data, the overall picture was clear: sex attacks on women are a big and widely…

Troubling study finds rape incidents are far higher than reported by the U.S. Census Bureau

The incidence of sexual violence is likely sharply underreported in a closely-watched barometer of US crime because of the way it’s designed, an expert panel said Tuesday. The National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), conducted by the US Census Bureau for the Bureau of Justice Statistics, put the number of rapes…

From the annals of willful ignorance on sexual violence

What’s most startling to me about this story of rape denialism coming from the University of the Pacific was not that a school official is trying to protect some male athletes by downplaying the reality of rape, but that he did so by actually using language so cliched that it’s…

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