A gang rape shakes the foundations of Brazil’s entrenched rape culture

A gang rape shakes the foundations of Brazil’s entrenched rape culture

In May, a 16-year-old girl reported that she had been raped by at least 33 men armed with assault rifles and handguns in a favela, or slum, in Rio de Janeiro. Days later, she discovered that her assailants had posted graphic video and images of her rape on social media. Here, Gabriel Leão looks at the rape culture that surrounds the case, and that actually allowed such an attack and aftermath to take place. Photo by Getty Images. Read More »

When rape became a war crime (hint: It’s not when you think)

When rape became a war crime (hint: It’s not when you think)

Much confusion swirls around when rape was actually recognized as a war crime. Try Googling “rape as a war crime” and you’ll find the third result is a Huffington Post article declaring that it was made such a crime definitively in the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda’s initial case, in 1998. But this isn’t exactly right. We set the record straight in this interview with expert Patricia Sellers. Photo by Stephan Röhl. Read More »

The actual state of sexualized violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The actual state of sexualized violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo is unambiguously a terrible place for women. Following a reporting trip to the country, Lauren Wolfe wonders whether sexualized violence against women there has gotten any better in recent years. While she expected to hear more about how impunity still reigns and not much has changed, what she found surprised her. Photo by Lauren Wolfe. Read More »

The color of lawlessness: Sexual abuse by police, nationwide

The color of lawlessness: Sexual abuse by police, nationwide

In November, The Associated Press published a story that found that 1,000 police officers across the country had lost their licenses over six years for sexual crimes, including rape, sodomy, and sexual misconduct. In a story recounting her own experiences, Chagmion Antoine discusses sexual abuse by police all around the country. Photo by Johnny Silvercloud. Read More »

Perpetrator of Walikale mass rape still at large: Call for arrest and reparation to victims

Perpetrator of Walikale mass rape still at large: Call for arrest and reparation to victims

By — July 29, 2016
Six years after one of the worst single incidents of mass rape ever recorded in the 21st century, no perpetrator of the Walikale mass rapes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has ever been brought to trial in either a domestic or international forum. The attacks were condemned at the time by the United Nations Security Council, which urged swift prosecution. The hundreds of victims have never received any acknowledgment or reparation from the Congolese state. more »
In the fight against rape in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where are the men?

In the fight against rape in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where are the men?

By — July 25, 2016
To paraphrase one of Friedrich Nietzsche's most-cited sayings, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” Rape and sexualized violence can kill, but those who survive it may emerge stronger. They need strength to testify against their perpetrators in court, strength to tell their husbands what happened, strength to carry on with their lives. more »

The Index: Sexual Assault of Men, Mainly in Conflict, by the Numbers

By — July 16, 2016
Number of historic armed conflicts around the world in which sexualized violence against men—including rape, sexual torture, mutilation of the genitals, sexual humiliation, sexual enslavement, forced incest and forced rape—has been reported: 25 more »
When rape became a war crime (hint: It’s not when you think)

When rape became a war crime (hint: It’s not when you think)

By — July 13, 2016
Much confusion swirls around when rape was actually recognized as a war crime. Try Googling “rape as a war crime” and you’ll find the third result is a Huffington Post article declaring that it was made such a crime definitively in the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda’s initial case, in 1998. But this isn’t exactly right. more »
A gang rape shakes the foundations of Brazil’s entrenched rape culture

A gang rape shakes the foundations of Brazil’s entrenched rape culture

By — July 7, 2016
In May, a 16-year-old girl reported that she had been raped by at least 33 men armed with assault rifles and handguns in a favela, or slum, in the western part of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The girl said she believed she was drugged after she went to a party with her boyfriend on May 21. She woke up naked and wounded in a house, she said, surrounded by more than two-dozen men. The attack was so vicious it ruptured her bladder. more »

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