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Few cases of sexual assault by police are investigated by Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit, and fewer result in a conviction. (Shutterstock)

Convictions remain rare when police are accused of sexual assault

Sexual violence by police is more common than many might think. Failing to fully investigate can have a chilling effect on what is already the most underreported violent crime in Canada.
Trust in the ability of the police to investigate rape cases has been severely hampered by very public failings such as the murder of Sarah Everard. Shutterstock

Why do so many men get away with rape? Police officers, survivors, lawyers and prosecutors on the scandal that shames the justice system

In England and Wales perpetrators of one of the gravest violent crimes, which carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, are very unlikely to receive any punishment at all
As home secretary, Priti Patel explained the UK government’s reservations over certain provisions in the Istanbul convention. PA Images | Alamy

What the UK ratifying the Istanbul convention on gendered violence means for women and girls

The Istanbul convention aims to tackle violence, including domestic abuse, rape, female genital mutilation and forced marriage. Some states are wavering in their commitment to its provisions.
The pandemic and a health workers’ strike disrupted essential health services. Donwilson Odhiambo/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

COVID and health workers’ strike: how Kenya’s health services coped in times of crisis

Outpatient visits, screening and diagnostic services, and child immunisation were particularly negatively affected.
Respectively 60.6% and 62% of women in Liberia and Sierra Leone have experienced at least one act of sexual violence in their life. IStock

The scourge of sexual violence in West Africa, unveiled

More than 40% are victims of violence at least once in their lifetime, according to research. This is likely the tip of the iceberg.
Parliamentary hearings into Hockey Canada’s handling of sexual assault allegations against the 2018 world junior team left more questions than answers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Fixing the problems at Hockey Canada will be difficult without leadership changes

Hockey Canada has fallen short of its mission to ‘Lead, Develop and Promote Positive Hockey Experiences’ in its handling of sexual violence perpetrated by and against Hockey Canada players.
People have come forward in highly publicized stories speaking to experiences of sexism, sexual violence and silencing at the hands of hockey players and teams. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Showered in sexism: Hockey culture needs a reckoning

We need to question how gender is understood, constructed and performed by hockey players, teams, coaches and organizations to truly change the culture.
The whole-life sentence metered out to Wayne Couzens can be seen as a sign that gendered violence is finally being taken as seriously as activists and mourners alike have demanded that it should. Guy Bell / Alamy Stock Photo

Wayne Couzens: Sarah Everard’s killer is appealing his whole-life sentence – what does that mean?

Whole-life sentences are rarely handed down in the UK. Recent instances of their use point to gendered violence finally being taken more seriously.

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