BOOK ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN. A collection of articles

on the hitherto taboo topic of domestic violence and rape

was launched at a press conference in Moscow on 28 August.

The book, "Who Defends Women," was compiled by members of

the Association of Women Journalists and funded by the group

Rule of Law in Russia. Editor Nadezhda Azhgikhina said that

it is the first book of its kind. There are some 14,000

rapes registered in Russia each year, but sociologists

estimate that more than 9 out of 10 cases of sexual assault

go unreported. -- Peter Rutland in Moscow


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