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Hotel Staff, Guests Do Nothing as Woman Attacked

Video of the attack has gone viral in China

(Newser) - A man attacked a woman in a hotel hallway Sunday in Beijing for minutes on end as hotel staff and other guests ignored the situation, the Washington Post reports. Video of the attack has since gone viral on Chinese social media, bringing attention to the country's issues with sexism... More »

College Suspends Rugby Team for Necrophilia Song

UMW team also ordered to take classes on sexual assault for party chant

(Newser) - The University of Mary Washington's entire rugby team has been suspended after video surfaced of several of its members singing an obscenity-laced chant describing the sexual assault of a prostitute's corpse. The song was recorded by a student at an off-campus party, per Jezebel ; the student posted the... More »

'Tiger Lady' Murder Case Gets Second Life

Police release new sketches of woman found by New Jersey interstate

(Newser) - Police are hoping that new sketches of a woman known only as "Tiger Lady" will help solve a cold case that has gone unsolved for 23 years, the Star-Ledger reports. The woman's partly decomposed body was discovered beside I-80 in Knowlton Township, NJ, on Oct. 26, 1991, stripped... More »

1 in 3 Women Victim of Domestic Abuse

Studies look at problem worldwide

(Newser) - The most comprehensive review to date of violence against women worldwide finds that domestic abuse is "shockingly" common, in the words of one of the researchers. Specifically, about one-third of women have been physically or sexually abused by a partner, concludes the WHO analysis. Some of the findings, from... More »

Amazon Pulls 'Keep Calm and Rape' T-Shirts Amid Outcry

Clothing company blames 'algorithm'

(Newser) - "Keep Calm and Rape a Lot" is apparently not a message Amazon wants to endorse. The online mega-retailer has deleted several T-shirts made by the US clothing company Solid Gold Bomb, all carrying similar messages of violence against women, the Guardian reports. But the Massachusetts-based T-shirt maker refused to... More »

Violence Against Women Act Breezes Through House

Enough Republicans cross aisle to pass Senate version of bill

(Newser) - The House today overwhelmingly approved the Senate's version of the Violence Against Women Act, by a vote of 286-138. Included in that tally were every Democrat and 87 Republicans; all 138 opposing votes were Republicans. The GOP leadership had opposed the Senate version of the bill, but changed their... More »

Pistorius Nearly Shot a Friend Once by Mistake

Runner's website yanks ad calling him 'the bullet in the chamber'

(Newser) - Unsurprisingly, a series of much more minor "Oscar + guns" stories are coming out of the woodwork. Today's entry: Not long before killing his girlfriend, Oscar Pistorius nearly shot a friend in an upscale restaurant by mistake, AFP reports. Pistorius was checking out a friend's revolver when... More »

10 US Cities Most Dangerous for Women

Saginaw, Michigan, and Anchorage, Alaska top Forbes' list

(Newser) - Rape statistics are notoriously unreliable, so Forbes has analyzed a wider swath of FBI crime data to create a list of America's most dangerous cities for women. Add robbery and aggravated assault statistics to forcible rape, and you get:
  1. Saginaw, Michigan: 90 miles from Detroit, Saginaw has 76 rapes
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1 of 3 South African Men Admit to Rape

More than a quarter of women are victims, finds survey

(Newser) - More than 1 out of every 3 South African men admitted to rape in a recent survey, and 3 of every 4 said they had been violent with a woman. More than a quarter of the women surveyed said they had been raped, reports the Guardian . The survey also found... More »

Afghan Wives' Horrific Way Out: Cooking Fuel, a Match

A look at the women who choose fire as a way to escape ... but survive

(Newser) - In Afghanistan, the most desperate women turn to items that even the poorest have access to as a way of escape: matches and cooking fuel. The New York Times takes a heart-wrenching look at the women who burn themselves in failed suicide attempts driven by forced marriages, abuse, and crippling... More »

Girls in Cameroon Have Breasts 'Ironed'

Moms believe burns will keep men away

(Newser) - Breast ironing. Yes, it's as painful as it sounds. But, according to a new Current documentary , as many one in four girls in Cameroon have had their breast buds burned with hot stones. Ironically, the painful wounds are meant to protect them; mothers believe the scars will keep men at... More »

Lad Mag Columnist: 'Cut Your Ex's Face'

Magazine: Regrettable production mistake

(Newser) - File this under Shocking Advice: A columnist for Brit lad mag Zoo has urged a lovelorn reader to slice his former girlfriend's face. Go on a "rampage with the boys, get on the booze and smash anything that moves," actor Danny Dyer responds to reader "Alex,"... More »

AIDS Top Killer of Women Worldwide: UN

Women bear larger burden from HIV

(Newser) - HIV/AIDS is the top cause of death and disease among women and girls, says the UNAids program, which yesterday launched a 5-year plan to tackle the problems that put women especially at risk from the disease. Part of the problem is that up to 70% of women worldwide have been... More »

Football Players Key Bloody Dorm Melee at Michigan St.

Two kicked off team after ski-mask-wearing men storm hall

(Newser) - Two Michigan State football players are off the team tonight after an incident Sunday in which they and as many as 20 fellow Spartans, many wearing ski masks, stormed a dorm and beat fellow students, including women. “I walked up and said, ‘It isn’t worth it,’... More »

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