Flowers, candles and messages left by mourners adorn a tree near the spot where Maria L., a 19-year-old medical student, was raped and murdered in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany. Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images
Activists from the Lebanese NGO Abaad (Dimensions), a resource centre for gender equality protest in downtown Beirut against article 522 in the Lebanese penal code. The article shields rapists from prosecution on the condition that they marry their victim, a phenomenon that is still practised in the country, especially among conservative families whose chief aim is to preserve the family’s so-called “honour.” Photo Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty
A group of people walk next to an installation by NGO Rio de Paz that shows pictures of models representing female victims of sexual attacks and 420 underpants that represent the 420 Brazilian women raped in the country every 72 hours, outside the Sao Paulo Arts Museum in Sao Paulo, Brazil
An activist poses for picture in front a photo from Brazilian photographer Marcio Freitas, during a protest by non-governmental organization Rio de Paz (Rio of Peace) against rape and violence against women on Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters are stopped from moving towards the office of Akhilesh Yadav, the chief minister of the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, during a protest against the recent rape and hanging of two girls in Lucknow
A policeman yawns as he sits with his colleagues outside a court where the case of the gang-rape of a photojournalist was heard in Mumbai. Four men were found guilty on Thursday of the gang-rape of a photojournalist last year in Mumbai, an attack that sparked street protests in the city and raised fresh questions about attitudes to women in the world’s largest democracy. The four men convicted of gang-rape are due to be sentenced on Friday, prosecution lawyer Ujjwal Nikam told reporters outside the Mumbai court where the case was heard.
Villagers sit near the area where a woman was gang-raped at Birbhum district in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal on Friday. India’s Supreme Court on Friday ordered an investigation into the gang rape of a 20-year-old woman from an eastern tribal region by 13 men on the orders of a village court, a case that has sparked protests demanding swift justice.
Ariel Castro (R), Pedro Castro (C) and Onil Castro appear in court in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday. Ariel Castro, 52, a veteran school bus driver was fired from his job last autumn, was formally charged with kidnapping and raping the three women, who were rescued from his house on Monday.
Indian students stage a protest in New Delhi, India, demanding stringent punishment for rapists. A second suspect was arrested on Monday after the rape of a five-year-old girl, who New Delhi police said was left for dead in a locked room. The case has brought a fresh wave of protests against how Indian authorities handle sex crimes.