Sexual Violence: A Global Pandemic/ 13th to 20th October 2018


Sexual Violence: A Global Pandemic

Written by Sabah Batul

Blogging Team

Sexual violence is a global pandemic. One in three women experiences sexual or physical violence – most likely from their intimate partner, according to a report from the World Health Organization. There is an urgent need to increase sensitization regarding sexual violence and the awareness of consent and sexual violence amongst persons at large. In this series, we examine sexual violence and related issues that have come up in the news, on a weekly basis, published every Saturday. This is an attempt to improve awareness regarding incidents of sexual violence and related matters, so that we, as a society can take steps towards collective action to reduce its incidence. It is an effort to ensure that we acknowledge the rampant sexual violence that exists, lest we forget.


This issue looks at 13th to 20th October 2018.


  1. Sports join the #MeToo Movement as well

BCCI CEO Rahul Johri is accused of sexual assault by a female writer. Johri, who was earlier working as the Executive Vice-President and General Manager (South Asia) for Discovery Network Asia Pacific allegedly tried to take advantage of the victim by offering her a job opportunity.


2. Sexual assault, Homicide and Robbery all in one night

27-year-old Michael Nash, an Arlington man is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Douglas Park neighbourhood. Following the assault, he murdered Salazar, robbed a woman, and fled the scene. Nash is now facing multiple charges. 


3. The old criminal 

Elmes Wales, a 72-year-old from Orlando Florida, was arrested by Madison police for sexual assault. He was charged with 1st-degree sexual assault. 


4. No more violence against woman

FIGO World Congress in Rio de Janiero, Brazil launched the FIGO and World Health Organization Global Declaration on Violence Against Women. This was following the study done by WHO which stated that 35% of women worldwide experience either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.


5. ISIS and yet another horrific crime

FIDH and Kinyat published a report on the sexual violence committed by the ISIS against members of the Yezidi community. The report talks about ISIS principles and practices towards enslavement of Yazidi woman, and how they are sold and trafficked.


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