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Domestic violence prosecutors across the country breathed a collective sigh of relief following the March 26, 2014, decision of the United States Supreme Court in United States v. Castleman. The decision ensures that individuals who have been convicted of misdemeanor crimes of domestic violence, including those convicted under state or tribal statutes in- corporating the common-law definition of battery (which includes physical force resulting in only slight injury, as well as offensive touching), will be subject to the federal prohibition on possession of firearms under 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(9).  Click here to continue reading.
 

Prosecuting Intimate Partner Sexual Assault
Webinar | October 29, 2014 | 2:00PM-3:30PM EDT
Presented by John Wilkinson and Christopher Mallios, Attorney Advisors, AEquitas
 
Two-thirds of women who were physically assaulted by an intimate partner were also sexually assaulted by that partner. Perpetrators of intimate partner sexual assault derive power over their victims from diverse sources. They often use prior abusive conduct to control and compel their victims. They know and exploit their victims’ vulnerabilities to commit their crimes and prevent disclosures. Perpetrators also rely on the justice system’s belief in common domestic and sexual violence myths to escape accountability. To effectively counter these and other challenges, prosecutors must employ strategies that overcome the common dynamics upon which perpetrators rely. 

This presentation will discuss the prevalence of, and common dynamics of, intimate partner sexual assault; will examine ways in which prosecutors, in partnership with other allied professionals, may need to expand their practices to adequately and holistically care for these victims; and will summarize the legal issues relevant to the prosecution of intimate partner sexual assault. 

Click here to register for this webinar.


How can we best disarm the batterer?

AEquitas, in partnership with the Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP), has commenced a special initiative with the goal of improving practices to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic violence offenders. If you or a colleague is a prosecutor having expertise with firearms issues in domestic violence cases (removals, returns, forfeitures of weapons and firearms permits, etc.), we need your input as we examine practices and procedures to disarm abusers. 

Prosecutors interested in participating in this project, which will initially consist of a series of discussions about obstacles and creative solutions to enforcement of the laws prohibiting possession of firearms by domestic violence offenders, should send an email totgarvey@aequitasresource.org.
  

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Arlena Lindley’s boyfriend Alonzo Turner beat her for months and murdered her child — so why was she sent to prison for 45 years? A BuzzFeed News Investigation.

The first thing Latricia Chance saw when she walked up to the apartment that October morning was a toddler, alone and shoeless, eating cereal on the doorstep. It was her friend Arlena Lindley’s 3-year-old son, Titches. Chance said hello. Titches, his mouth full of food,said nothing.

Inside, she greeted Lindley and her boyfriend, Alonzo Turner. Chance knew the couple had gone through trouble in the past, and something seemed off between them now — it just wasn’t clear what. Then Turner stepped outside and dragged Titches into the living room. Titches had soiled his light-blue pajama pants.

Turner, a 6-foot-2-inch, 220-pound factory worker, ordered the toddler to bend over and touch his toes. He whipped him with a thick leather belt, then threw him against the wall. Titches hit his head so hard that he spat out some of his breakfast. Turner took Titches by his neck and wiped his face in the half-eaten cereal. With Titches on his back and crying, Turner pressed his foot to the boy’s chest. Then he picked him up, dragged him to the bathroom, pushed his face into the toilet, and flushed.

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Save the Date 
March 26 – 27, 2015

Nuestras Voces (our voices)
National Bilingual 
Sexual Assault Conference

La Posada Hotel - Laredo, TX

The Nuestras Voces National Bilingual Sexual Assault Conference is the only national sexual assault conference to include a complete workshop track in Spanish.

All workshop proposals are due by August 29, 2014:

Submit a workshop proposal in English.
Submit a workshop proposal en español.

Past Nuestras Voces (our voices) Conferences:2013 Nuestras Voces Iowa Conference in Pictures

Nuestras Voces National Bilingual Sexual Assault Conference (2011)

Nuestras Voces: Wise Latin@s en la lucha (2010)

Nuestras Voces: Transformation and Collaboration en la Comunidad (2008)

Nuestras Voces: Empowerment and Healing in la Comunidad (2005)

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Though teen birth rates have dropped in the past several decades, more than 750,000 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 still get pregnant in the United States each year. But what would happen if young women were simply given free birth control and educated about the best contraceptive options available to them?

Researchers with the Washington University School of Medicine set out to tackle that question, and the answer, they found is clear: When teenagers have access to free, long-acting contraception, pregnancies, births and abortions plunge well below current national averages.

The study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday, took place over a five-year period and included more than 1,400 girls, ages 15 to 19, from the St. Louis area. Researchers provided the teens with basic contraceptive counseling, presenting the most effective options first -- namely, long-acting reversible methods like intrauterine devices and implants.

After counseling, 72 percent of the participants in the so-called Contraceptive CHOICE Project chose long-acting reversible methods, while the remaining 28 percent went with other forms, including the birth control pill. The project provided all the teens with their choice of contraception for free.

The researchers then followed up with the teenagers to see whether the education and access to birth control had any effect. What they found was striking: Between 2008 and 2013, the average annual rate of pregnancy among teens enrolled in the study was 34 per 1,000 -- compared to 158.5 per 1,000 among sexually active teens in the United States in 2008.

Similarly, abortion rates were significantly lower among teens in the study -- just 9.7 per 1,000, compared to 41.5 per 1,000 among sexually active teen girls nationwide.

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SEE CONTRACEPTIVE CHOICE PROJECT WEBSITE AND RESOURCES HERE 

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Interview with Kaohly Her of Hnub Tshiab, Sasha Cotton of Institute on Domestic Violence in the African-American Community; and Guadalupe Lopez of MN Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition. An early version of this chapter, later to be incorporated in Unfinished Business: Future of the American Women's Movement.

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El domingo 28 de septiembre se conmemoró el Día por la Despenalización del Aborto en América Latina y el Caribe, fecha acordada por las feministas desde 1990.
 
Cientos de actividades se realizaron a lo largo y ancho del continente. En la Ciudad de México el punto de reunión fue el Hemiciclo a Benito Juárez, ex presidente mexicano que defendió el Estado laico y lo consagró en la Constitución.
 
Muchas de las acciones que se desarrollan se centran en la demostración de las terribles consecuencias de la criminalización del aborto en la vida de las mujeres, y los perfiles de quienes recurren a esta práctica.
 
Lejos de lo que se cree, diversos estudios y encuestas revelan que las mujeres que se practican un aborto son católicas, están casadas o viven en pareja, y tienen dos hijos en promedio. Nada que ver con la imagen que se ha propagado sobre la supuesta liviandad de quienes recurren a él.

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A groundbreaking study on the effects of unintended pregnancy on women's lives reveals the dangers of denying care

Demographer Diana Greene Foster studies the effects of unintended pregnancy on women’s lives. Foster and a team of researchers have spent years interviewing women who were able to terminate their pregnancies close to the cut-off date, usually around 20 weeks, to demographically similar women who wanted an abortion but — often because their pregnancies exceeded gestational limits for the procedure — were turned away by clinics. (This is a reality that more women will be forced to confront as state legislatures continue to pass laws designed to shutter clinics and place time, economic and geographical barriers between women and basic medical care.)

The interviews cover topics from physical and mental health to employment and relationships. On Monday, findings from the study on intimate partner violence, pregnancy, parenthood and abortion were published by BMC Medicine, and those findings were striking.

 

Incidents of intimate partner violence by the man involved in the pregnancy went down among women who were able to have an abortion, but remained consistent for women who carried their pregnancies to term. The reason, according to Foster, was that “being unable to have the abortion tethered women to violent men, while women who have the abortion were more able to escape abusive relationships.”

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AUDIENCIAS DE FEMINICIDIO Y VIOLENCIAS DE GÉNERO SE REALIZAN EN CHIHUAHUA

Tribunal de los Pueblos-Feminicidios

23 de septiembre del 2014
Radio Internacional Feminista

Durante 3 días se realiza en Chihuahua el Tribunal de los Pueblos sobre Femicidio y Violencias de Género. Radio Internacional Feminista conversó esta mañana con Cipriana Jurado, activista de amplia trayectoria, quien a movilizado acciones tanto en México como en EEUU. Ella  se refirió a los objetivos del tribunal, a su caracter moral y a la violencia que se mantiene en el país, algunos de sus responsables y sus esperanzas por que cese la inseguridad que afecta a las poblaciones más vulnerables. 

 

    http://www.fire.or.cr/images/stories/radio_here.gifPara escuchar a CIPRIANA JURADO     Leer más...

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Boulder, CO, Sept. 26, 2014, Boulder Police detective arrested on charges he warned a sex crimes suspect that police were preparing to arrest him http://ow.ly/BZTc8 
 
Galveston, TX, Sept. 24, 2014, now former police officer sentenced to 40 yrs prison for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl http://ow.ly/BZSdu 
 
Pickens, SC, Sept. 26, 2014, officer fired amid a domestic investigation and his arrest http://ow.ly/BZmx5 
 
Janesville, WI, Sept. 26, 2014, officer arrested. being charged with misdemeanor battery and domestic violence http://ow.ly/BYTg6 
 
Update: LA, CA, Sept. 25, 2014, woman punched repeatedly by officer on side of highway to receive $1.5M as part of settlement http://ow.ly/BYDK9 
 
Greece, NY, Sept 24, 2014, now former police officer charged in federal court with possession of child pornography http://ow.ly/BVa6n 
 
New York, New York, September 26, 2014 @ 1:05 PM by Tim Lynch, 
The NYPD says its internal affairs division is investigating after a video was posted over the weekend that appeared to show officers push a pregnant woman to the ground when she tried to intervene as her son was being taken into custody. The video, which the woman’s attorneys say was captured on Fifth Avenue at 41st Street in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park at around 2:15 a.m. Sunday, shows an officer who was trying to arrest another suspect grabbing Sandra Amezquita, who is five months pregnant, before pushing her belly-first onto the ground and then hopping atop her back.
 
Hamilton Co, Tennessee: Sept. 24, 2014, A now-former deputy sheriff was indicted by a federal grand jury for sexually assaulting a woman while he was on duty. http://ow.ly/BShhc
 
Bossier Parish, Louisiana: Sept. 23, 2014, A deputy was fired after his arrest on a domestic violence charge. http://ow.ly/BSrzL
 
Johnson City, Tennessee:, Sept. 20,2104, A state trooper resigned from the department in lieu of termination following an internal investigation into an arrest on domestic assault charges. http://ow.ly/BPqhN
 
Newport, Tennessee: Sept. 22, 2014, A police officer was arrested on charges of domestic assault with no bodily injury or physical violence. http://ow.ly/BOwYy
 
Chicopee, Massachusetts: Sept. 22, 2014, A police officer will lose his job in connection with his alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. The mayor announced he decided to terminate the officer following a discipline hearing in connection to a restraining order taken out on him by the girl’s parents. http://ow.ly/BOw9v
 
Greenville County, South Carolina: Sept. 19, 2014, A state trooper was arrested and charged after he assaulted his wife. The victim had visible injuries so the officer was charged with criminal domestic violence. http://ow.ly/BMPuu
 
Update: Louisville, Kentucky (First reported 09-17-14): A not guilty plea was entered for a police officer charged with domestic violence. He is accused of hitting his girlfriend with his car. http://ow.ly/BH4IT

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Students found guilty of sexual assault can rest assured there's a good chance they won’t be kicked out of school. If they want someone to thank, they might send their praise to the Association for Student Conduct Administration for telling universities across the nation not to be "punitive" when handling campus rape.

Intense focus on sexual assault by college activists, members of Congress and the Obama administration was a catalyst this year to prompt multiple piecesof federal legislation and a White House task force to address how universities deal with campus rape.

But who should be punishing students found guilty of sex assault, and how they should be punished, remains a grey area.

Since lawmakers haven’t stepped up to offer definitive guidance, trade groups and consultants have filled the void. The result: Not even a third of college students found guilty of sexual assault are kicked out of school, according to a new Huffington Post analysis.

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Repeat Rape and Multiple Offending, Among Undetected Rapists, by David Lisack

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For anyone working to promote police reform, on whichever aspect, from excessive force, to biased policing, to disregard for crimes against women, the police recruiting videos linked below can be a big help in driving your points home. In just minutes of viewing, the Antioch, California recruiting video on the one hand, and the Peel Regional recruiting video on the other, deliver in stunning contrast two strikingly different policing philosophies, leaving little doubt which kind of policing serves best. The videos also make clear that the nature of police recruitment itself is a root cause of the problems as well as a key and overlooked arena for solutions.
 

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Monday, September 29, 2014 

 11 am Pacific Time, 2pm Eastern Time

In partnership with the Ms. Foundation for Women, PreventConnect is pleased to announce the third year of the #PowerInPrevention: Ending Child Sexual Abuse Web Conference Series. With the continuation of an online community to support this movement to end child sexual abuse, #PowerInPrevention transcends from a hashtag statement to the possibility of cultural change.  This is the first web conference of the 2014-2015 series.

The intersections of vulnerability that occur for children are often most acute when they are apart of marginalized communities. Children of migrant farmworkers are commonly at the center of these intersections because of unique pressures on them and their families. In this web conference, speakers will discuss how they utilize popular education frameworks and principles based on Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed as the basis for their work organizing and mobilizing farm worker communities around child sexual abuse prevention work.

Hosts: Leona Smith Di Faustino,  Joan Tabachnick and  Cordelia Anderson

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the risk factors that contribute to child sexual abuse for children in migrant farm worker communities.
  • Understand how an anti-oppression framework can be utilized to prevent child sexual abuse.
  • Identifying opportunities for engaging adults in preventing child sexual abuse in migrant farm worker communities
Presenters:
  • Kimber J. Nicoletti MSW, Founder and Director ofMulticultural Efforts to End Sexual Assault (MESA) at Purdue University
  • Mily Treviño-Sauceda, co-founder of "Mujeres Mexicanas" (Mexican Women), in the Coachella Valley - a campesinas advocacy group

 

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Por el aborto libre, seguro y gratuito

Los colectivos de mujeres celebran el “fracaso” del proyecto de Gallardón, pero saben que no hay que distraerse

 

adrid, 25 sep. 14. AmecoPress. El presidente del Gobierno anunció el martes la retirada de la ley del aborto porque, según admitió, no ha recibido el consenso suficiente. Horas más tarde dimitía Gallardón, el principal artífice y defensor de una normativa que pretendía llevar a España a una situación previa a la transición y se alejaba de las legislaciones de los países europeos, incluso la de aquellos gobernados por la derecha más conservadora.

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Se esfumaba de este modo el fantasma del anteproyecto de Ley Orgánica de Protección del Concebido y los Derechos de la Embarazada. Y brotaba la alegría por las redes sociales, medios de comunicación y conversaciones cotidianas. Mujeres comprometidas en la lucha a favor del aborto libre como Begoña Piñero, presidenta de la tertulia feminista Les Comadres de Gijón –impulsora de la gran manifestación El Tren de la Libertad- recordaba que "la retirada de la reforma es una victoria de la sociedad civil". También desde la Asamblea Feminista de Madrid se mostraba la felicidad y se agradecía a “feministas y toda la gente que nos ha apoyado”, que desde el 20 de diciembre “no hemos parado” dando lugar a “cientos de imágenes, de videos, de lugares, de ciudades, de lucha por nuestro derecho a decidir”.

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28 Septiembre: Día de Acción Global por la despenalización del aborto

 

Con la alegría de la retirada de la Ley Gallardón, las mujeres saldrán a la calles del estado español para reivindicar Derechos Sexuales y Reproductivos para todas las mujeres del mundo

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Students at Calcutta's Jadavpur University have been protesting for the past fortnight at the sexual assault of a female student. A government-appointed panel has begun an inquiry, but the students, upset over the universities' decision to call in police against the protesters last week, say that is not enough

Photographer Ronny Sen went to find out why they are so angry.

SEE PHOTO ESSAY HERE

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El Consejo de los Derechos de Niñas, Niños y Adolescentes porteño brinda pautas para que los padres puedan prevenir sobre esta modalidad delictiva en la web

 

Cada vez es más común leer en las noticias casos de niños, niñas o adolescentes que han sido víctimas del grooming.

Este término hace referencia a las prácticas que lleva a cabo un adulto en la web con el objetivo de ganarse la confianza de un niño, niña o adolescente fingiendo empatía, cariño, etcétera, con un fin de satisfacción sexual. En concreto, lo que ese adulto busca es obtener imágenes del cuerpo desnudo de un niño o niña. Muchas veces, el grooming es el paso previo a un abuso sexual carnal.

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Research suggests that family violence is two to four times higher in the law-enforcement community than in the general population. So where's the public outrage?

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And there is another American profession that has a significantly more alarming problem with domestic abuse. I'd urge everyone who believes in zero tolerance for NFL employees caught beating their wives or girlfriends to direct as much attention—or ideally, even more attention—at police officers who assault their partners. Several studies have found that the romantic partners of police officers suffer domestic abuse at rates significantly higher than the general population. And while all partner abuse is unacceptable, it is especially problematic when domestic abusers are literally the people that battered and abused women are supposed to call for help.

If there's any job that domestic abuse should disqualify a person from holding, isn't it the one job that gives you a lethal weapon, trains you to stalk people without their noticing, and relies on your judgment and discretion to protect the abused against domestic abusers?

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“I left once without my pet, but I had to go back because I worried so much about
her and missed her. Then I found a way to take my pet with me and I left for
good.“

Developed by the Animal Welfare Institute, this Technical Assistance Guidance explores ways that victim advocates can assist survivors of domestic violence and their pets when seeking safety and refuge from abuse. 

View Full Resource: PDF PDF

Abusers threaten, injure, and at times kill pets in order to control their victims and to create an environment of fear within the home. The close relationship that battered women and their children feel toward their companion animals complicates their willingness to leave a violent situation, potentially putting their pets at risk of violence or death. Developed by the Animal Welfare Institute, this Technical Assistance Guidance explores ways that victim advocates can assist survivors of domestic violence and their pets when seeking safety and refuge from abuse. Readers may also be interested in the DVAM Campaign, National Sheltering Animals and Families Together (SAF-T) Day, and media talking points form, How and why are domestic violence and animal abuse related?

 

     

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      “Las leyes como las mujeres se hicieron para violarlas” dijo en tono socarrón el ex diputado chiapaneco (PRI) Alejandro García Ruiz. Lo dijo en un programa radiofónico que él co-conduce con el empresario Edmundo Olvera.
       
      La gente reaccionó durante el fin de semana en redes sociales insultando al político y regañándole. Lo sorprendente es que gran cantidad de comentarios en contra del sujeto recomendaban que a su esposa e hija (en el supuesto de que esté casado y sea padre de una o varias niñas) las deberían de violar para ver si repite su comentario misógino. Otros, en general hombres, dijeron que seguramente el comentarista nació como producto de una violación y de allí su imbecilidad. Parece que no entendieron nada: misoginia no se combate con misoginia.
       
      No es la primera ni será la última vez que un político hace mofa de la violencia contra las mujeres, que utiliza la violencia sexual como ejemplo de algo normalizado que persistirá y a lo que debemos acostumbrarnos. Tampoco será la última vez que un legislador reconozca cínicamente que las leyes han sido creadas para quebrantarlas.

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      When she was 17, Christina Quintanilla miscarried her seven-month-old fetus. After an anonymous hospital worker accused her of abortion, she faced up to 50 years in prison. The laws surrounding abortion in El Salvador are among the most restrictive in the world.

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      Abstract: The myth ‘cry wolf’ continues to pose particular problems for campaigners, policy makers and practitioners. This paper subjects this myth, and the way in which it has been debated, to critical scrutiny with a view to suggesting an alternative and better way of challenging the presumption both in theory and in practice that women ‘cry wolf’. In reflecting on lessons learned that presume believability in establishing rapport from the treatment of children in sexual offence cases the paper suggests that such practices can maximise efficacy in the treatment of women in cases of rape. It concludes that by leaving accusatory language behind, complainants, practitioners and judicial parties may experience more successful pathways to truth.

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      Police Investigation of Rapes - Roadblocks and Solutions, scroll down linked page for study abstract and link to full document.

      From the National Institute of Justice study abstract:

       

      "Still, the findings from administering the rape scale to the officers indicate that despite many years of training, a large number of police officers still hold attitudes and opinions that undermine their ability to treat rape victims well. The officers were almost unanimously opposed to changing to a system of investigation and case processing that gives priority to protecting victims." ........

      "Among the police officers in this study, there was virtually no interest in and some strong resistance to examining innovative and improved ways of investigating and managing rape cases. The dominant theme in current investigative techniques is the presumption that victims are lying and the initial job of the investigators is to expose it." (emphasis ours)

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      General session: Violence against women | Family violence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          • Ambassador Carmen Moreno Toscano, Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission of Women, Organization of American States
       
      • Margarita Guille, Red InterAmericana de Refugios y Centros para Mujeres, Mexico
       
      • Deborah D. Tucker, National Center on Domestic and 
      Sexual Violence, USA
       
      • Chair/Moderador: Aixa Alvarado Gurany, Directora de 
      Orientación, Protección y Apoyo a Víctimas de Delitos 
      y Testigos, Centro de Justicia Familiar de Nuevo León 
      Monterrey

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      Women across America who are seeking abortions are accidentally booking appointments at crisis pregnancy centers — pro-life, government-funded religious centers that don't provide abortions, but instead try to talk women out of terminating their pregnancies. VICE News investigated the misleading practices used by crisis pregnancy centers to draw in women with unplanned pregnancies, and the misinformation that is spread to discourage them from pursuing abortions.

       

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      On the night of April 14, 2014, hundreds of schoolgirls at the Chibok boarding school in northeastern Nigeria awoke to the sound of gunfire. They saw men in camouflage approaching and thought soldiers were coming to save them from a militant attack, according to survivors' accounts.

      Instead, more than 270 of the schoolgirls found themselves in the clutches of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram. Their abduction sparked global outrage and a huge campaign calling for their rescue, partly propelled by the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.

      Sunday marks five months since the girls were kidnapped. Here's what has happened since.

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