Rape Charges Continue to Surface at Colorado University
In the weeks since ex-University of Colorado football place-kicker Katie Hnida's accusation that she was raped by a teammate and sexually assaulted by several fellow players in 2000, seven more women have come forward alleging they were also raped by CU players or recruits.
Last week, Colorado University President Elizabeth Hoffman placed head coach Gary Barnett on paid administrative leave for comments he made about Hnida's athletic ability, according to NBC 5 News: "It's a guy's sport. [Players] felt like Katie was forced on them. It was obvious Katie was not very good. She was awful. You know what guys do? They respect your ability... Katie was not only a girl, she was terrible."
"In the context of a rape allegation, it is inappropriate to make statements about the ability of the player," Hoffman told CNN.
The National Organization for Women (NOW) has called for Barnett's resignation. "Aside from insulting Katie Hnida and allegedly using intimidation to protect his players, Barnett seems to be saying that bad players deserve whatever they get-including assault. With statements like this, are we to believe that Coach Barnett was completely unaware of his players' actions?" asked NOW President Kim Gandy. "Furthermore, Barnett's immediate 'blame the victim' response to media inquiries only makes it more suspicious that there was misconduct."
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. . . .