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US Senate tackles rape as weapon of war

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At 2 p.m. today, the Senate foreign relations committee holds a hearing called "Confronting Rape and Other Forms of Violence Against Women in Conflict Zones."

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) of California and Sen. Russ Feingold (D) of Wisconsin will preside over the hearing, which will include testimony from 2 panels of experts, including John Prendergast, co-founder of the Enough Project; and Eve Ensler, founder of the women's rights group V-Day who's best known for writing and starring in The Vagina Monologues.

The hearing focuses on two countries where rape has been used widely as a weapon of war: Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Congo's become known as the "rape capital of the world" where doctors and aid workers speak of the problem as an "epidemic." And, Sudan. Well, that's where the government-sponsored Arab janjaweed militia raped Darfuri women in order to dilute the bloodlines of non-Arabs.


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