Author Archives: Hope To Heal

More than 600 Pakistani girls ‘sold as brides’ to China

At least 629 girls and women sold to Chinese men in a period of two years, AP reports quoting Pakistani investigators. More than 600 poor Pakistani girls and women were sold as brides to Chinese men over a period of nearly two years, according to investigations by authorities in the South Asian nation of 200 million people. A list […]

The Syrian women and girls sold into sexual slavery in Lebanon

Syria’s refugee crisis has shone a light on sex trafficking in Lebanon, where victims are often treated as criminals. by Daniela Sala Beirut, Lebanon – “How do I know most of the women working as prostitutes are controlled?” asked Paul, a volunteer for the Jesuits, a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church, before answering his own […]

“This is a victory”: sexual-assault survivors react to the Weinstein verdict

He may have been convicted of two crimes, but it isn’t really enough. by Danielle Campoamor  VIA ISTOCK On Monday, Harvey Weinstein was found guilty of rape in the third degree and criminal sexual activity in the first degree. But he was also acquitted on the most serious accusations levied against him—predatory sexual assault and first-degree rape, both […]

Why so many women walked out of the ‘French Oscars’

Portrait Of A Lady star Adèle Haenel was one of several actresses to leave during the awards ceremony after the best director was announced. BY JESSICA RAPANA FEB 29, 2020 STEPHANE CARDINALE – CORBISGETTY IMAGES Several actresses walked out of the César awards in Paris last night after Roman Polanski, who was convicted of the statutory rape of […]


Timothy Omotoso, Lusanda Sulani and Zukiswa Sitho face a string of charges including rape, human trafficking and racketeering. CAPE TOWN – Following repeated delays, the State has called its first witness in the trial of a pastor and two women accused of a litany of crimes. The entire matter had to start afresh after the […]

Harvey Weinstein found guilty of rape in watershed case

Harvey Weinstein has been found guilty of sexual assaults, including rape, capping a stunning downfall for the former Hollywood mogul and a victory for the #MeToo movement. Weinstein, 67, was convicted in New York City of third-degree rape and first-degree criminal sexual act. He was cleared of the most serious count of predatory sexual assault […]

Five men nabbed for child pornography in Gauteng appear in court

Five men arrested by the Gauteng police for the possession of explicit child abuse material have all appeared in court. In an operation code-named “Moonlight”, police officials, working with the US Department of Homeland Security, apprehended the alleged sexual predators in Pretoria and Kempton Park over the past week. Joanne Joseph spoke to colonel Brenda […]

‘No girl is safe’: The mothers ironing their daughters’ breasts

Cameroonian girls are enduring a painful daily procedure with long lasting physical and psychological consequences. by Philip Obaji Jr. Ogoja, Nigeria – For most children, their birthday is a time of celebration. But that was not the case for Mirabel when she turned 10.  For Mirabel, a Cameroonian refugee living in Nigeria, turning 10 marked the […]