Officers Investigated for Sexual Assault at Indiana Women’s Prison
Four male correctional officers from the Indiana Women’s Prison have been suspended on charges that they raped female inmates. The Indiana Department of Correction says that this is the first such case in two years. A 1999 Amnesty International study, which investigated 17 states and the District of Columbia, found that sexual abuse and rape of female inmates is common in correctional facilities in the United States. Women inmates are often afraid to come forward because of fear of reprisal, so abuse often goes unreported or is covered up by the facility.
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. . . .