November 1, 2000 |
Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, said Tuesday that violence against women in the United States had become "an epidemic" and urged Americans to take a stance against abuses at home and abroad. "Sexual assault is nothing less than an epidemic" with one in five American women subjected to sexual assault, the human rights activist said in a speech to the National Press Club. "We have more animal shelters in this country than battered women shelters," she said.
April 22, 2011 |
In a ruling seen as a setback for women's rights in Pakistan, the country's Supreme Court on Thursday freed five men accused of gang-raping a woman on the orders of a village council. In 2002, elders in the southern Punjab village of Meerwala decreed that Mukhtar Mai, 30 at the time, should be raped in retaliation for her 13-year-old brother's alleged relationship with a woman from a wealthier family. Because of the severe social stigma associated with rape in Pakistan, many victims commit suicide or do not file complaints.