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Rappler's latest stories on sexual violence


Girls must be protected from sexual violence at school – UNICEF chief

Jul 09, 2019 - 9:37 AM

UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore says, we 'have a real responsibility to keep violence out of schools... by other students but also by their teachers'

Araullo High School grade 7 students attend the orientation as part of the dry run for the new school year of 2019-2020 at their campus in Manila on Friday, May 31. Photo by Ben Nabong

Filipina who sheltered Snowden fled PH over sexual violence

Mar 26, 2019 - 10:51 AM

Get to know Vanessa Rodel, who obtained asylum status in Canada years after sheltering US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong

'SNOWDEN REFUGEE.' Vanessa Rodel smiles during a media scrum after arriving with her daughter Keana at the Toronto airport on a flight from Hong Kong, in Toronto, Canada, March 25, 2019. Photo by Cole Burston/AFP

In conservative Mauritania, confronting sexual violence laws

Mar 09, 2019 - 10:29 PM

Women in Mauritania are fighting an uphill battle to see tougher penalties for sexual violence and discrimination in a conservative state where criminal law is derived from Sharia

A picture shows the feet of the daughter of Zahra (not her real name) in the office of the president of the Association of Women Heads of Family (AFCF) in Nouakchott on January 28, 2019. Zahra related how a neighbour snatched her five-year-old daughter from her home while she was sleeping, and then raped the girl. Feminists in Mauritania are fighting an uphill battle to see tougher penalties for sexual violence and discrimination in a conservative state where criminal law is derived from Sharia. Women's groups have helped to draft legislation to combat gender-based violence, calling for stiffer penalties for rape, criminalisation of sexual harassment and the creation of specific courts to handle sexual violence.  SEYLLOU / AFP

Thousands protest in 'feminist tidal wave' against sexist violence

Nov 25, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Tens of thousands rally across Europe on the eve of the UN's International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

PROTEST. Participants walk with a banner 'We want to be free' as they take part in a rally in Paris on November 24, 2018, marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Photo by AFP

Sotto wrong, rights groups not quiet over India rape cases – HRW

May 08, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Human Rights Watch tells Philippine Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III that international groups have been speaking up about sexual violence in India

Sen. Tito Sotto. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[Dash of SAS] Mr. President, keep your foul mouth away from our vaginas

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Rodrigo Duterte is so scared of strong women that he doesn’t know what to do with them, except degrade, insult, and strip them of their character by reducing them to nothing more than body parts

Angelina Jolie is working with NATO to combat sexual violence

Feb 01, 2018 - 11:05 AM

'We are very clear that this effort must be about practical results that make a real difference on the ground in conflict-affected areas and in changing attitudes towards women globally,' says the actress

US actress and Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Angelina Jolie adresses a press conference after meeting with NATO Secretary General in Brussels on January 31, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Emmanuel DUNAND

The effects of sexual harassment on children

Jan 11, 2018 - 8:55 PM

Clinical psychologist Karina Therese Fernandez, executive director of the Ateneo Bulatao Center for Psychology Services, says the most common long-term effect of sexual abuse is depression

#MeToo: Breaking the silence on sexual violence

Dec 08, 2017 - 2:22 PM

Watch the roundtable discussion on ending sexual violence this Friday, December 8, at 2 pm

[OPINION] Not just O'Reilly and Weinstein: Sexual violence a 'global pandemic'

Oct 26, 2017 - 2:38 PM

It’s important to acknowledge that this issue transcends national borders and class boundaries to touch the lives of roughly 33% of all women worldwide

ACCUSED ABUSER. This file photo taken on October 05, 2015 shows Harvey Weinstein posing during a photocall at the MIPCOM audiovisual trade fair in Cannes, southeastern France, on October 5, 2015.  Valery Hache/AFP

'Online sexual violence harming children' – Pope

Oct 06, 2017 - 10:41 PM

In a speech about protecting the dignity of children in the internet era, Francis warns of the spread of extreme pornography, sexting, and online bullying as well as sexual exploitation, trafficking and the live-streaming of rape and violence against children

POPE FRANCIS. This handout picture released by the Vatican press office shows Pope Francis (R) during a meeting with the participants to the congress 'Child Dignity in the Digital World' on October 6, 2017 at the Vatican. Handout photo/AFP

LGUs hold key to ending sexual harassment in PH

Jun 15, 2017 - 6:03 PM

Local governments should enforce ordinances penalizing sexual harassment in public spaces says an expert on women empowerment

GLOBAL TO LOCAL. UN Women Asia-Pacific Consultant Katherine Belen stressed that local government executives need to step up in creating policies that promote safety in public spaces. Photo by Rambo Talabong

15-year-old allegedly kidnapped, gang raped by 6 men

Nov 29, 2016 - 6:46 PM

This incident is the latest in a string of sexual violence in Indonesia this year

Indonesia has a rape culture problem

May 31, 2016 - 11:51 AM

I am a sexual violence survivor myself and it took me years to finally realize that what happened to me was wrong and that it was not my fault

Tracking rapists: Indonesia mulls implanting microchips on convicted child rapists' ankles

May 13, 2016 - 6:44 PM

Talks on the possible measure comes after the brutal gang rape and murder of a 14 year old girl

The streets that haunt Filipino women

Mar 08, 2016 - 10:22 AM

In Quezon City alone 3 in 5 women are sexually harassed at least once in their lifetime as of February 2016 What counts as sexual harassment in the streets and how do you take action?

STREET HARASSMENT. Have you ever walked down the street and experienced verbal, physical, or sexual harassment?

Dear daddy: Protect me please

Dec 27, 2015 - 8:32 AM

An unborn girl has a message for her dad Here’s what she had to say

India court jails 3 for rape of Japanese tourist

Sep 05, 2015 - 12:12 AM

India introduced tough laws against sex offenders in the wake of the nation wide protests including setting up of hundreds of special courts to prosecute sexual violence cases

PROTESTS. Activists from various women's rights organisation hold placards as they stage a silent demonstration against sexual assault and rapes on women. Photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP

Angelina Jolie, Suu Kyi meet women garment workers in Myanmar

Aug 01, 2015 - 6:37 PM

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speak to workers about their living and working conditions as well as their aspirations for further education

LABOR RIGHTS. US actress and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie (C-R) and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (C) meet with factory workers at a women's hostel in the HlaingTharYar township in Yangon, Myanmar, August 1, 2015. Angelina Jolie is on a six days visit to Myanmar as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. Photo by Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Angelina Jolie urges justice for Myanmar's sexual violence victims

Jul 31, 2015 - 11:44 PM

The Hollywood actress comes to Myanmar upon the invitation of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Don't blame victims – Commission on Human Rights

Jun 02, 2015 - 4:44 PM

The CHR condemns sexual violence and victim blaming after a photo of a young abused woman made rounds online

State of Women: The rape of Indonesian children

Mar 11, 2015 - 10:17 AM

All in one week – a rapist marries his underage victim rape charges are dropped against a sultan an Islamic school principal molests his 14 year old students

Bibir merah untuk perubahan

Mar 11, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Lipstik merah bukan lagi sekedar pernyataan fashion Kini lipstik kesayangan Anda bisa membawa perubahan

Foto oleh Red My Lips/Facebook

US universities battle scourge of campus rape

Nov 30, 2014 - 7:25 PM

Colleges across the United States are confronting the problem of how to stem the rising tide of campus sexual assaults

Amanda Gould (C), an American University student on a student government Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Task Force dealing with campus sexual assaults and violence, speaks with fellow students during a school forum about the issue at American University in Washington, DC, November 10, 2014. Saul Loeb/AFP

Sleeping in a swamp: South Sudan civilians struggle to survive

Oct 15, 2014 - 11:54 AM

We are crying every day to the Lord God We want peace so that we go home

A young girl smiles on August 1, 2014 as she plays next to flooded housing in the UN Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Upper Nile State capital Malakal, South Sudan. Charles Lomodong/AFP

For ISIS, women are ‘war booties’ with price tags

Oct 03, 2014 - 4:28 AM

A UN report details how ISIS committed human rights violations: Women and girls are brought with price tags for the buyers to choose and negotiate the sale

[DASH of SAS] Not a slut, not a saint

Sep 25, 2014 - 11:55 AM

Being who we are can never be used as a cause or justification for rape

South Korea, Japan to resume 'comfort women' talks

Jul 18, 2014 - 4:15 PM

The foreign Ministry said the meeting – the third since the two countries started holding monthly talks on the issue in April – will take place in Seoul on Wednesday July 23

SEEKING JUSTICE. Former South Korean so-called 'comfort women' (yellow vests), and supporters take part in the weekly rally against the Japan government, in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, 07 May 2014. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

PH delegation lauded for leadership at global summit

Jul 01, 2014 - 3:22 PM

12 Filipino women participated in the 2014 End Sexual Violence in Conflict summit in London from June 10 13 2014

Kenya protest over 'grass cutter' gang rape case

Jun 24, 2014 - 12:15 AM

A 16 year old woman dubbed Liz was gang raped by 6 young men in 2013 The men were later set free by police after slashing grass as a punishment

JUSTICE. Hundreds of people participate in a rally in Nairobi, Kenya in October 2013. The rally called for justice for a 16-year-old woman dubbed 'Liz' who was gang-raped by 6 young men. The men were later set free by police after slashing grass as a punishment. After their release, the men allegedly threw Liz into a six-meter-deep pit latrine. Liz now suffers from serious injuries to her back and is bound to a wheelchair. File photo by Daniel Irungu/EPA

Japan to unveil review of wartime sex slave apology

Jun 20, 2014 - 12:43 PM

The review has been examining how the decision to apologize was reached and on what historical facts it was based and is threatening to further chill ties with its neighbors

WARTIME SEX SLAVERY. Victims of Japan's wartime sex slavery attend a weekly rally in front of the Japanese Embassy in South Korea on April 9, 2014 to demand Japan apologize and provide compensation to the surviving victims of the Japanese government's sex slavery during World War II. Historians say more than 200,000 women, mostly Koreans, were forced to serve as sex slaves for front-line Japanese soldiers during the war. File photo form EPA/YONHAPNEWS

The passion of Angelina Jolie

Jun 17, 2014 - 4:57 PM

Angelina Jolie’s story is itself inspirational – a public transformation from the wild child whose mother allowed her a live in boyfriend at age 14 who admitted she was bisexual and who once harmed herself

Kerry, Hague, Jolie on Iraq and wartime rape

Jun 16, 2014 - 9:59 AM

US State Secretary John Kerry Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie pulled together the violence in Iraq and its roots in Syria with the most pressing call to end wartime rape

TOGETHER. US State Secretary John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary William Hague, and actress Angelina Jolie at the End Sexual Violence in Conflict Summit. Image from

Misogyny isn't just for men

Jun 15, 2014 - 7:56 PM

Women more than men have the power to end sexism

Image by Chay Lazaro/Rappler

Angelina Jolie, warzone rape, and the celebrity effect

Jun 14, 2014 - 8:25 AM

Did her presence at the Global Summit Against Sexual Violence in Conflict turn attention toward or away from the issue?

Kerry calls for Iraqi political unity against jihadists

Jun 13, 2014 - 9:41 PM

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday urges Iraq s political factions to unite against the jihadists who have already overrun several cities and are pushing towards Baghdad

HIGHLIGHTS: Summit to end sexual violence: Closing plenary

Jun 13, 2014 - 5:01 PM

Closing plenary of the opening of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict 2014

#TimeToAct Hangout: End Sexual Violence in Conflict

Jun 13, 2014 - 2:59 PM

How can we help end rape as a tool of war? Watch Rappler s online discussion with delegates to the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict on June 13 at 1:30 pm Manila time 6:30 am London time

#TIMETOACT. End sexual violence in conflict-affected areas

HIGHLIGHTS: Summit to end sexual violence: Ministers' Day

Jun 13, 2014 - 2:57 PM

Ministers Day of the opening of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict 2014

Nigerian schoolgirls 'a heinous example of sexual violence'

Jun 13, 2014 - 10:14 AM

British Foreign Secretary William Hague refused to give a running commentary on the search He says a great deal of work continues with multi national support

PROTEST. Nigerian staff of Kaduna Polytechnic protest over the abducted Chibok school girls in Kaduna, Nigeria, 02 June 2014. Photo by EPA

Brad Pitt adds support to Jolie at warzone rape meeting

Jun 12, 2014 - 10:39 PM

A government source told Agence France Presse AFP that Pitt had wanted to show his support to the cause but I doubt he ll speak He ll leave it to Angelina: it s her baby

SHOWING SUPPORT. British Foreign Secretary William Hague (C), US actress and special UN envoy Angelina Jolie (R) and her husband US actor Brad Pitt pose for pictures upon arrival on the third day of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London on June 12, 2014. Photo by Carl Court/ AFP

Rappler Newscast | June 12, 2014

Jun 12, 2014 - 8:14 PM

Aquino vows due process in pork scam cases Estrada s lawyer says there s no proof Jinggoy got P183 M Jolie co chairs summit to end sexual violence

Jolie and Hague launch International Protocol for sexual violence

Jun 11, 2014 - 11:26 PM

Britain s Foreign Secretary William Hague and UN Special Envoy launch an International Protocol to increase prosecutions for sexual violence in conflict

Jolie, Hague mobilize global action vs rape in war

Jun 11, 2014 - 8:16 AM

It is a myth that rape is an inevitable part of conflict says Angelina Jolie It has nothing to do with sex everything to do with power

Jolie: We can end use of rape as weapon of violence

Jun 10, 2014 - 11:40 PM

War zone rape is a crime that thrives on silence and denial We must work together in new ways we can end the use of rape as weapon of violence

Jolie and Hague open summit to end sexual violence during conflict

Jun 10, 2014 - 7:43 PM

Watch scenes from the opening of the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict 2014

'Organized communities can stop gender-based violence'

Jun 10, 2014 - 6:00 PM

A young development worker talks about the challenges and solutions to gender based violence

A message to women: Fight against violence

Jun 10, 2014 - 4:45 PM

A young woman issues a call to action to other women to fight against sexual violence in conflict

Ending warzone rape: A cause for our generation

Jun 10, 2014 - 4:04 PM

This is a moral responsibility No country can say they believe in human rights and choose to turn a blind eye to sexual violence in conflict

Arrests after video of Egypt sex assault goes viral

Jun 09, 2014 - 9:59 PM

The video shows a crowd of men surrounding the young woman who was stripped off her clothes and badly bruised as police escorted her to an ambulance

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. Lebanese activists carry placards and shout slogans during a protest against sexual harassment in front of the Egyptian embassy in Lebanon in February 2013. Several Egyptian women had faced sexual harassment and assaults during crowded protests in Egypt. File photo by Wael Hamzeh/EPA