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Anger, Protests on Streets of Dessie After Barbaric Rape and Murder of a Girl

There was anger and protests on the streets of Dessie town in Amhara regional state yesterday, a day after the alleged rape and brutal murder of a seven years old girl. The body of Betselot Birhanu was found in woods near her home on Wednesday, three days after she was abducted from her home, according […]

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21-year-old rape victim awarded $1 billion in historic jury verdict

A 21-year-old rape victim from Georgia was awarded $1 billion (£750 million) in a historic jury verdict believed to be the largest ever handed down in an American assault case. According to court documents, Hope Cheston, was sexually assaulted by an armed security guard at an apartment complex near Atlanta while she was visiting a friend in October 2012. […]

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Rape and genital maiming/mutilation as a torture method in Ethiopian Prisons? (Girma Birhanu)

Evidence that prisoners of conscience, critical journalists, and activists have been abused Girma Birhanu March 21, 2018 Abstract In recent years, it has come to be recognized that men and women activists, prisoners of conscience, and critical journalists in Ethiopia have been sexually abused in detention as a method of torture. We do not know […]

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For the first time in its history, the self-declared republic of Somaliland has passed a law against rape.

In the past, a victim’s family could force them to marry their rapist to avoid being shamed. Rapists now stand to face at least 30 years in prison. Somaliland declared itself independent from Somalia in 1991 but is not internationally recognised as a country. There is still no law against rape in Somalia. Somaliland’s speaker […]

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