The Brazilian Congress has assigned a committee to probe into allegations that a fifteen year old girl was raped repeatedly after being placed in the same cell as twenty male offenders in the state of Para. The girl says that she was forced to exchange sex for food with the inmates, and raped persistently for a month, reports the BBC.
Women’s rights activists say that this is not an isolated case, stating that the scandal highlights the problem of a serious shortage of facilities for female criminals in Brazil, according to Women’s eNews.
"I am shocked and indignant, as a woman and as a governor," Ana Julia Carepa, Governor of the state of Para, where the incident took place, said. "Whether she was 15, 20, or 100 doesn't matter. A woman should never be left in a jail with men." Carepa assured that those responsible would be punished, and that such a case would not be allowed to occur again.
Media Resources: BBC 11/23/07; ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) 11/25/07; Women’s eNews 12/01/07
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires all recipients of federal financial assistance for education programs and activities to prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment [PDF].
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .