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Rep. Todd Rutherford Delays Domestic Violence Vote, Pushes For More Debate from the Post and Courier, 05/27/2015

May 27th, 2015 Justine No comments

“COLUMBIA — A leading Democrat denounced a domestic violence reform bill Wednesday, delaying an expected vote and calling the bill “theater” if it is pushed through without a specific proposal to speed up treatment for batterers.

Rep. Todd Rutherford, the House minority leader, said the reform bill had been gutted after the Senate stripped an amendment he backed to provide immediate psychological assessments for batterers and victims after someone is charged.”

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Legislative steps: Cabinet Approves Bill on Violence Against Women from The Express Tribune, 05/21/2015

May 21st, 2015 Justine No comments

“A meeting of the cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, on Wednesday approved the Punjab Protection of Women Victims Against Violence Bill-2015. Amendments to the Punjab Maternity Benefits Ordinance 1958, Stamp Act 1899 and the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women Act were also approved.”

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Egyptian Authorities Using Sexual Violence on ‘Massive Scale’ from BBC News, 05/19/2015

May 20th, 2015 Justine No comments

A report by the organisation suggests men, women and children are being abused “to eliminate public protest”.

Many are subjected to virginity tests, rape and gang rape after arrest.

Egypt’s Interior Ministry said it would not comment until it had studied the report.

The study notes a surge in sexual violence after the Egyptian military takeover in July 2013

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Bill Aimed at Aiding Sexual Assault Victims Advances, Would Ensures Victims Aren’t Charged for Medical Care from The Advocate, 05/19/2015

May 19th, 2015 Justine No comments

The measures, sponsored by state Rep. Helena Moreno, would set up standards and procedures for the forensic medical examination and treatment of victims.

A key provision would stop sexual assault victims from receiving big medical bills for their treatment after the attacks. Hospitals would send bills directly to the Crime Victims Reparations board for payment. The victims could also later seek help from the board in covering additional expenses such as counseling or lost work days.

Some unclaimed gambling money would be dedicated to pay for the victim-related expenses.

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Team Uses Big Data To Fight Human Trafficking from Futurity, 05/18/2015

May 18th, 2015 Justine No comments

A new tool takes an advantage of the internet for human trafficking—its sheer size—and turns it against criminals.

It can be easy for digital criminals to hide in plain sight—posting escort ads for underaged individuals brazenly online—knowing that there are millions of these ads already with more created every day.

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Brazil passes femicide law to curb domestic violence from Aljazeera America, 05/10/2015

May 12th, 2015 Justine No comments

Legislation defines gender-based killings and sets out tougher punishments for attackers.

“It is estimated that more than 13 million women have been victims of domestic abuse in Brazil, where a woman is killed every two hours. Despite measures to reduce domestic violence with the Maria da Penha law in 2006, government figures suggest 700,000 women still live with aggression and assaults. Out of 84 countries, Brazil had the seventh-highest rate of women killed, according to the World Health Organization.

But women’s rights campaigners hope a femicide law passed in March that defines gender-based killings and sets out tougher punishments will bolster legislation that has so far failed to curb violence against women. The penalty ranges from 12 to 30 years in prison; under the new law, the tariff can be increased by a third if the victim is pregnant, is under 14, is older than 60 or has a disability or if the crime happens in front of the woman’s parents or children.”

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