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Saturday
Apr202013

Alleged Rape of 5-Year-Old in India Sparks Protests

SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW DELHI) -- A case of alleged child rape in India has once again sparked protest and anger at the government and police for not doing enough to stop violence against women.

Police say that the victim, a 5-year-old girl, was taken hostage by a neighbor on Monday. She reportedly was kept locked in a room for over two days, and was repeatedly attacked and raped. She was only rescued once her cries were heard by a passerby.

BBC News is reporting that the young girl is in traumatized and in “critical condition,” with injuries to her lips, cheeks and chest.

A crowd formed around police headquarters in New Delhi, as angry protesters held up signs with slogans like “enough is enough,” according to ABC News.

The rape is the most recent in a series of such brutal crimes that have prompted a wave of public outrage and demands for reform.  In December, a student died following a gang rape on a Delhi bus.

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Friday
Mar012013

Judge Sentences Two American Sailors After Rape of Japanese Woman

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(TOKYO) -- A Japanese judge handed down sentences for two American sailors convicted of raping and robbing a woman in Okinawa last October, calling their actions “contemptible and violent.”  

Seaman Christopher Browning and Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker both admitted to their crimes and were sentenced to ten and nine years behind bars, respectively. But the incident is reigniting longstanding tensions between the U.S. military and Okinawans.

Okinawa Island houses over half of the 50,000 American troops in Japan, and plays a crucial role in regional security, but the rape is only the latest in a series of incidents that are sparking outrage and building resentment.

In 1995 most notably, three soldiers were only sentenced to six and a half years each after the brutal gang rape of a 12-year-old girl. The crime and lax sentencing sparked massive anti-U.S. demonstrations.

Incidents like this only add to general complaints about noise and the dangers that come with living near military bases. Before the rape last October, residents were already upset at U.S. plans to deploy Osprey aircraft to the island.

Although most military crimes are tried in military court, severe and contemptible offenses such as rape can be tried in Japanese courts, as was the case here.

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Tuesday
Jan152013

Avoiding Rape in Syria Top Concern of Women Refugees

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Women in Syria are fleeing their war-torn nation, mostly to escape the threat of sexual violence, according to a report by the International Rescue Committee.

At least half-a-million people have left Syria over the past two years as the Syrian government and rebel forces battle for control of the country.  Another half-million are expected to become refugees in the next six months as the fighting intensifies.

This new study released on Monday is the first to examine reasons why women and girls are anxious about the situation in their homeland, with revelations of gang rapes occurring in front of their relatives or other men.

Officials with the International Rescue Committee, who interviewed refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, say the violence against women includes kidnapping, rape, torture and death.  The group did not assign blame to either the military or opposition forces so as not to take away from the immediate need of dealing with women's problems.

Sexual assault in Syria also carries a stigma as many women are afraid of the shame that will be directed toward them.  As a result, this violence often goes unreported.

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Friday
Dec282012

New Delhi Rape Victim Dies

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW DELHI) -- The female student, who was gang-raped last week in a bus in Delhi, died on Saturday morning, according to the BBC.

The 23-year-old was previously treated in a Delhi hospital before being transferred to a hospital in Singapore, where she passed away, reports the BBC.

Her rape has sparked protests in Delhi for better security for women in the city.

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Friday
Oct192012

US Military Imposes Curfew in Wake of Alleged Rape in Okinawa

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(TOKYO) -- In the wake of an alleged rape case involving two American sailors in Okinawa this week, the U.S. military on Friday imposed an immediate curfew on all personnel, on and off its bases in Japan.

On Tuesday, Seaman Christopher Browning and Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker were arrested by Okinawan authorities shortly after a local woman, 27, said she had been sexually assaulted and robbed in front of her apartment building.

The reported victim did not know the men, and initially ignored their advances outside a bar where the sailors had been drinking, Japanese media reports said.  The men followed her into an empty street, where they allegedly attacked her and slashed her neck.

Under the Status of Forces Agreement between the United States and Japan, Japanese authorities are holding the sailors and have primary jurisdiction because it involved a Japanese national.  The Navy's Criminal Investigative Service is also conducting its own investigation and providing support to Okinawan authorities.

A Navy official said the sailors are based at Fort Worth Naval Air Base in Texas and were temporarily deployed to Japan as part of the crew of a Navy cargo plane.  The plane's crew had flown a mission from Atsugi in Japan to Okinawa, but was required to stay the night on the island because of crew rest requirements.

The alleged incident is said to have occurred during their stay.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Wednesday
Oct172012

US Sailor Allegedly Confesses to Rape in Japan

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(TOKYO) -- One of the two U.S. sailors arrested in connection to the rape of a woman in Okinawa has confessed to the alleged crime, according to police on Japan's southernmost island.

Seaman Christopher Browning and Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker were arrested early Tuesday by Okinawan authorities shortly after a local woman, 27, said she had been sexually assaulted and robbed in front of her apartment building.

The reported victim did not know the men, and initially ignored their advances outside a bar where the sailors had been drinking, Japanese media reports said.  The men followed her into an empty street, where they allegedly attacked her and slashed her neck.

Police spokesman Yoshitaka Maeshiro, who would not elaborate on the extent of her injuries, said Dozierwalker had confessed to the crime while Browning has denied the allegations.

The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo acted swiftly in response to the allegations, putting out a statement overnight from Ambassador John Roos, expressing "concern" and vowing to cooperate "fully with the Japanese authorities in their investigation."

He apologized to Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima, a staunch critic of U.S. military presence on the island, who joined the Foreign Ministry in lodging a formal protest against the incident.

Addressing reporters, Roos assured the Japanese public he "understood their anger."

"The entire United States government, including our military, will continue to work our hearts out to earn the trust of the Okinawan people and the people of Japan," he said.

Washington's response speaks to the sensitivity of the alleged crime, on an island that's home to more than half of the 50,000 troops based in Japan.  The heavy presence has long been a point of contention between residents and the military community.  The anger reached a boiling in 1995 when three marines were arrested in connection with the rape of a 12-year-old girl.  U.S. military authorities took the men into custody then, sparking mass anti-U.S. demonstrations from Okinawans outraged they weren't prosecuting the case.

In a meeting with the minister of defense, Nakaima called the alleged incident "senseless" and demanded the U.S. do more to "discipline its servicemen."

Under the Status of Forces Agreement between the United States and Japan, Japanese authorities are holding the sailors and have primary jurisdiction because it involved a Japanese national.  The Navy's Criminal Investigative Service is also conducting its own investigation and providing support to Okinawan authorities.

A Navy official said the sailors are based at Fort Worth Naval Air Base in Texas and were temporarily deployed to Japan as part of the crew of a Navy cargo plane.  The plane's crew had flown a mission from Atsugi in Japan to Okinawa, but was required to stay the night on the island because of crew rest requirements.

The alleged incident is said to have occurred during their stay.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Oct162012

Two Sailors Arrested for Alleged Rape in Okinawa

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(OKINAWA, Japan) -- Two U.S. Navy sailors have been arrested in Okinawa for the alleged rape of a local woman.  The arrests come at a  rocky time for the U.S. military presence on Okinawa, which is home to half of the 50,000 American military forces based in Japan.

Seaman Christopher Browning and Petty Officer 3rd Class Skyler Dozierwalker were arrested early Wednesday by Okinawan authorities after a local woman alleged that she had been sexually assaulted and robbed in front of her apartment building.

A Navy official says that at approximately 4 a.m. Tuesday a group of sailors allegedly followed a 27-year-old woman to her residence.

Three sailors were picked up at 6 a.m. after she made a report to Okinawan authorities, but only Browning and Dozierwalker remain in custody.

The Japanese Foreign Ministry lodged a formal protest over the incident with the U.S. embassy in Japan.  Speaking to how seriously the incident is being taken by American diplomats in Japan, the embassy released a statement from U.S. Ambassador John Roos, saying the U.S. government is “extremely concerned” by the allegations.

“We are committed to cooperating fully with the Japanese authorities in their investigation,” he continued. "I am also in close contact with the Commander, U.S. Forces Japan.  These allegations, given their seriousness, will continue to command my full personal attention.”

The Okinawa governor, Hirokazu Nakaima, is expected to fly to Tokyo to lodge a formal complaint with the U.S. embassy in person.

For decades there has been significant local opposition to the continued  presence of large American military bases on the island, particularly the Marine base in Futenma.  The most recent flare-up involved the Marine deployment to the island of tilt rotor Osprey aircraft.  Local government officials said the aircraft posed a safety risk following two recent Osprey crashes that recalled the aircraft’s shaky safety record very early in its development.

There were massive protests on the island in 1995 following the rape of a 12-year-old schoolgirl by three U.S. Marines.

Per the Status of Forces Agreement between the U.S. and Japan, Japanese authorities are holding the sailors and have primary jurisdiction because it involved a Japanese national.  The Navy’s Criminal  Investigative Service is also conducting its own investigation and providing support to Okinawan authorities.

The Navy official says the sailors are based at Fort Worth Naval Air Base in Texas and were temporarily deployed to Japan as part of the crew of a Navy cargo plane.

The plane’s crew had flown a mission from Atsugi in Japan to Okinawa, but was required to stay the night on the island because of crew rest requirements.

The alleged incident is said to have occurred during their stay.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Mar192012

Video of Teen Rape Victim from Hospital Bed Posted Online

LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images(MYKOLAYIV, Ukraine) -- A hospital-bed video of a Ukrainian teen recounting under her mother’s prodding how she was gang-raped, nearly strangled, dumped in a ditch and set afire by three men has been posted online, raising new outrage in a case that already sparked protests over the way it was handled by police and prosecutors.

In the video, Oksana Makar, 18, clearly in pain and distraught, tries to cover herself but her mother, Tetyana Surovitska, tells her not to and asks her repeatedly to “say a couple words to Ukraine.” Makar starts to describe her ordeal, but then breaks off and says she can’t.

Asked how her attackers should be punished, she says their testicles should be cut off and fed to dogs.

Finally asked how she wills herself to live, the young woman says, “How I will live, I will live. That’s all.”

The video, which has been posted in several places on YouTube, has drawn outraged responses, with many commenters asking how a mother could do such a thing to her daughter, and some saying that the video amounted to a second rape of the teen.

Surovitska defended herself Monday against accusations that she has been spending money raised for her daughter’s care on herself and that she was taking money from reporters in exchange for interviews.

“Look at me. Do I look like a rich woman?” she said in an interview with a Ukrainian website, Gazeta.ua.

Makar told police that on March 9, two young men she met in a bar invited her to their friend’s apartment, where all three men allegedly raped her, tried to choke her to death, wrapped her in a sheet, took her to a construction site, dumped her in a pit and set her on fire, according to the Kyiv Post.

The next day a man heard moaning coming from the construction site. He saw something moving under a charred sheet, and found Makar barely alive. He called the police, and Makar was rushed to the hospital. Fifty-five percent of her skin is gone, her kidneys were completely burned, and one of her arms and both her feet had to be amputated, according to the Kyiv Post.

She regained consciousness after surgery, but on Friday doctors induced a coma and moved her from a hospital in Mykolayiv to a burn treatment center in Donetsk, where doctors Monday said her condition was improving and they believed she now has a better chance of survival.

The case sparked demonstrations across Ukraine after police released two of the suspects shortly after their arrest. A spokeswoman for the Mykolayiv prosecutor’s office said local officials did not have enough evidence to hold them, according to the Kyiv Post, so they were classified as witnesses.

Ukraine’s chief police officer, Vitaly Zakharchenko confirmed reports that the two men who were released are the sons of former government officials. A video of one of the suspects calmly describing the attack was posted to YouTube, where it was viewed 100,000 times in the first day.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych ordered General Prosecutor Viktor Pshonka to take charge of the case, and on March 13, the two men who had been released were re-arrested.  All three suspects are charged with attempted murder.

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Saturday
Mar172012

Girl Raped, Set Afire and Left for Dead, but Survives

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(MYKOLAYIY, Ukraine ) -- The lenient treatment of two sons of ex-government officials accused of gang-raping a young woman and dumping her body in a construction site ditch, where they allegedly set her on fire and left her for dead has drawn protests across Ukraine about the seemingly slipshod investigation of the case, as doctors desperately try to keep her alive.

The horror of the incident, which occurred earlier this month in Mykolayiv, Ukraine, shocked the country; members of parliament have called for Ukraine to institute the death penalty for the three accused men, and one suggested that the alleged rapists be castrated.

Oksana Makar, 18, said that on March 9, she was invited by two young men, ages 21 and 23, to their friend’s apartment, where the three men allegedly gang-raped her, tried to choke her to death, wrapped her in a sheet, took her to a construction site, dumped her in a pit and set her on fire, according to the Kyiv Post.

The next day a man heard moaning coming from the construction site. He saw something moving under a charred sheet, and found Makar barely alive. He called the police, and Makar was rushed to the hospital. Fifty-five percent of her skin is gone, her kidneys were completely burned, and one of her arms and both her feet had to be amputated, according to the Kyiv Post.

After undergoing surgery, Makar recounted what she could remember to the police. The suspects were arrested that day, but two of them were released soon after. A spokeswoman for the Mykolayiv prosecutor’s office said local officials did not have enough evidence to hold them, according to the Kyiv Post, so they were classified as witnesses. The third man, who is 23, was named a suspect.

No one from the prosecutor’s office questioned Makar, saying that she was not conscious, despite the fact that her mother insisted she was awake and able to talk, according to the Kyiv Post.

The young woman gave an interview to Gazeta.ua, in which she discussed the attack and how investigators from the prosecutor’s office finally came to talk to her.

“I remember the bar and how we went to visit. Then I lost consciousness,” Makar said in an interview with Gazeta.ua. “There was a gap…I remember when I was choked. And when I regained consciousness, I remember myself lying during the night. I thought I would not survive. I could not feel my body. At first, I was screaming for help. But there was nobody there, I began to pray. I thought I had died. I remember it all as if in a fog.”

After Ukraine’s chief police officer, Vitaly Zakharchenko confirmed reports that the two men who were released are the sons of former government officials and a video of one of the suspects calmly describing the attack was posted to YouTube, where it was viewed 100,000 times in the first day, there were protests across the country.

The public outcry reached Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who ordered General Prosecutor Viktor Pshonka to take charge of the case. On March 13, the two men were arrested, and all three suspects are charged with attempted murder.

The women’s rights group Femen, who stage topless protests against prostitution and sex trafficking, organized a demonstration in front of the General Prosecutors Office of Ukraine in the capital, Kyiv. They chanted “Death to the Sadists!” and “Execute the bastards!”

“My child has survived. And this is important. Everybody counted on her dying. And that she wouldn’t give evidence. But she survived,” Makar’s mother, Tetyana Surovitska, said in an interview with Gazeta.ua.

“My daughter is only 18. She hasn’t done anything in her life and has already lost everything,” Surovitska told the Kyiv Post. “Now my main aim is to make sure the bastards that hurt her are punished.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Dec052011

Pakistani Rape Survivor’s Newest Triumph Is a Baby Boy

AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images(ISLAMABAD) -- In 2002, Mukhtaran Bibi -- better known as Mukhtar Mai -- was brutally gang raped for something she didn’t do. A tribal council accused her younger brother of having the audacity to have sex with a woman from a higher caste, and in response, members of the rival tribe were allowed to ravage her. After the rape, she had to walk home, naked, as her father tried to shield her from their villagers.

The act carries such shame that many women in rural Pakistan who are victimized in similar ways commit suicide.

But Mukhtar felt rage, not humiliation. And she got her revenge. She spoke out and successfully prosecuted her attackers. She then took donations and the compensation money she won to start schools and shelters in her hometown of Meerwala. She even enrolled herself in her own elementary school.

And now, for the first time, 40-year-old Mukhtar is a mother.

She gave birth to a healthy boy Sunday, 8 pounds, 6 ounces, born by C-Section at 5 p.m., according to her husband, police officer Nasir Abbas Gabol, whom she met after he was assigned to protect her.

Mom and baby are said to be doing fine.

But she constantly worries for her life because many of her rapists are free and have returned to her village. In 2002 -- during massive international media coverage -- a Pakistani court had sentenced six of them to death, but in 2005, a higher court acquitted five and commuted the sixth’s sentence to life imprisonment. Those sentences were upheld by Pakistan’s Supreme Court earlier this year.

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