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The Perversity of Sexual Assault Knows No Bounds

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Closer to home a disturbing scenario emerged in Baltimore last month when it was revealed that at least two dozen women who live in public housing were routinely denied maintenance services for things like gas leaks and rat infestations unless they agreed to have sex with city maintenance employees. Allegedly, the city's housing commissioner knew about the abuse and did nothing to stop it.

And then there was New Years Eve in Cologne, Germany, when male refugees surrounded large numbers of celebrating women and sexually accosted them. Whatever the cultural causes of such heinous violence, they serve to remind us, yet again, that sexual violence against women continues unabated, pervasive and deviant beyond anything that can be tolerated, anywhere for any reason.

The question is: How are we -- individuals, communities, countries -- going to stop it?

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Elayne Clift is a writer,lecturer, workshop leader and activist. She is senior correspondent for Women's Feature Service, columnist for the Keene (NH) Sentinel and Brattleboro (VT) Commons and a contributor to various publications internationally. (more...)
 
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