Additional Charges Filed Against California Officer Accused of Serial Rape
Prosecutors filed additional charges last week against Officer Ronald VanRossum, a San Bernadino, California police officer accused of raping more than a dozen women while on patrol. The number of women he is accused of sexually assaulting has reached 16. VanRossum has been charged with 43 felony counts, including rape, kidnapping and assault for alleged on-duty attacks between April 2000 and November 2001. His accusers claim that VanRossum used his badge as a weapon, threatening his victims, most of who were drug addicts, with arrest if they didn’t cooperate. His bail has been set at $2 million.
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .