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Japanese ex-soldier wins battle for justice in landmark sexual assault case

Japanese ex-soldier wins battle for justice in landmark sexual assault case

A Japanese court found three former soldiers guilty of sexually assaulting a female colleague, in a victory for the victim whose battle for justice challenged taboos in a traditional, male-dominated society. The case of 24-year-old former Self-Defense Forces member Rina Gonoi relates to a 2021 incident during her time in the army when she said she was pinned down by three male colleagues who simulated a sex act on her. The defendants denied that their acts amounted to sexual assault. The men, aged from 29 to 31, seemed to show little expression as the judge read out his verdict, giving…
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Senegal opposition leader’s rape trial resumes amid fears of unrest

Senegal opposition leader’s rape trial resumes amid fears of unrest

THE delayed rape trial of Senegal's opposition leader Ousmane Sonko resumed in his absence in the capital Dakar as defence lawyers withdrew from the case and his party called for public protest. Security forces patrolled crossroads and enforced a temporary ban on motorcycles as authorities feared another round of protests that have flared sporadically since Sonko was first detained over the case in 2021. Sonko, 48, is accused of sexually assaulting and making death threats to a woman who worked in a massage parlour. A conviction could quash his intentions to run again for president in elections next year. That…
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Rape trial of Senegalese opposition leader Sonko starts

Rape trial of Senegalese opposition leader Sonko starts

THE rape trial of Senegalese opposition leader Ousmane Sonko started in a court in the capital Dakar, following violent protests by supporters who say it is a political plot. Sonko is accused of sexually assaulting and making death threats to a woman who worked in a massage parlour in 2021. He has denied the charges, saying they are a scheme by President Macky Sall to disqualify him from the 2024 presidential election. Sall denies this. Sonko was not in court when the trial started around 1000 GMT. His alleged victim appeared with her lawyers. A judge opened the case before…
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Exclusive: Ukraine accuses Russian snipers of abusing child, gang-raping mother

Exclusive: Ukraine accuses Russian snipers of abusing child, gang-raping mother

 UKRAINE has accused two Russian soldiers of sexually assaulting a four-year-old girl and gang-raping her mother at gunpoint in front of her father, as part of widespread allegations of abuse during the more than one-year-long invasion. According to Ukrainian prosecution files seen by Reuters, the incidents were among a spree of sex crimes Russian soldiers of the 15th Separate Motorized Rifle Brigade committed in four homes of Brovary district near the capital Kyiv in March 2022. Russia's Defence Ministry did not respond to a request for comment. Phone numbers listed for the brigade were out of order. Two officials at…
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