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Women in crisis settings, such as refugee camps and war zones, are particularly likely to experience sexual assault. Unit Bektas/Reuters

It’s not just O'Reilly and Weinstein: Sexual violence is a ‘global pandemic’

Hollywood's sexual predation scandals are just the tip of the iceberg. One in three women worldwide has been physically or sexually assaulted, and many girls' first sexual experience is forced.
The female ghost in Indonesia’s most recent horror movie is scary. But the data on maternal mortality rates and sexual violence against women are scary too. Rapi Films

Indonesian folklore of vengeful female ghosts hold symbols of violence against women

A new movie about a female ghost has scared millions in Indonesia. Female ghosts have been center stage in Indonesian folklore and their stories can serve as a warning to the state of women today.
Congolese women in the eastern town of Bunia. Even in conflict zones women are more likely to face violence in their homes than outside. EPA/Murizio Gambarini

Why home, even when there’s war, is the most dangerous place for women

Shocking new findings show that even in conflict-affected countries where soldiers and rebel fighters are a daily danger to women, their husbands and boyfriends are the bigger threat.
Due to a fear of being harassed or assaulted, many women go out of their way to avoid travelling through parts of the city where sexual entertainment venues are concentrated. Blemished Paradise/flickr

No harm done? ‘Sexual entertainment districts’ make the city a more threatening place for women

Despite the rise of feminism, strip clubs and other 'sexual entertainment' businesses have proliferated in our cities. And women are feeling the harmful impacts of the industry's presence.
Young people who had sexually abused others said if they had received more help managing pornography, then they would have been less likely to develop the abusive behaviour. shutterstock

Hold pornography to account – not education programs – for children’s harmful sexual behaviour

Pornography is having negative impacts on children and young people. And increased sexual violence among children is only the tip of the iceberg.
Indonesia recently introduced forced chemical castration for perpetrators of sexual abuse against children. Last week Australian Robert Ellis (centre) was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sexually abusing girls in Bali. EPA/Made Nagi

Is forced chemical castration the answer to protecting children from sexual abuse in Indonesia?

Indonesia's decision to allow forced chemical castration as punishment for those who sexually abuse children is controversial.

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