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Dr. Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, treats victims of rape, tending to their physical and emotional needs. The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Mukwege and to Nadia Murad for their efforts to combat wartime sexual assault. Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Darold Bowden, 43, of Linden, N.C., was arrested on Tuesday in connection with six cold-case rape investigations. Fayetteville Police Department hide caption

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Deputy sergeant Mauwa Saleh is the coordinator of the seven Gender and Children desks in Zanzibar. These desks are staffed by police officers who have received training on how to interview victims and investigate reports of gender-based violence. Rebecca Grant for NPR hide caption

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Protesters chant "It's not abuse, it's rape!" after a nine-year prison sentence was given to five men accused of the multiple rape of a woman during Pamplona's San Fermin festival in 2016. Vincent West/REUTERS hide caption

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Khadire Tahiraj (left) runs the Center for Promotion of Women's Rights in the Drenas municipality in central Kosovo. The center cares for scores of wartime rape survivors, including Sana (right). Sana is not her real name; she chose it for herself because she doesn't want her family to know she was raped. "We are like orphans," Sana says. "And Kadire is like our mother." Joanna Kakissis/NPR hide caption

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In Kosovo, War Rape Survivors Can Now Receive Reparations. But Shame Endures For Many

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The bill would provide "adequate protection to certain vulnerable groups," says Mohamed Ahmed, director of the legal department of Somaliland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Aldo Pavan/Getty Images/Lonely Planet Image hide caption

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James Meadours (left), Debbie Robinson and Thomas Mangrum share their stories about sexual assault. Lizzie Chen for NPR; Claire Harbage and Meg Anderson/NPR hide caption

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In Their Own Words: People With Intellectual Disabilities Talk About Rape

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Lyons-Boswick goes to Veterans Courthouse in Newark to have a judge sign off on a warrant she needs to prosecute a sexual assault case. Cassandra Giraldo for NPR hide caption

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How Prosecutors Changed The Odds To Start Winning Some Of The Toughest Rape Cases

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Patricia (from left), Natalie and their mother, Rosemary, sit in their home in Northern California. Natalie, a woman with an intellectual disability, is unable to speak. She couldn't explain what was wrong and doctors couldn't figure out why she was in pain. Talia Herman for NPR hide caption

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'She Can't Tell Us What's Wrong'

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For Some With Intellectual Disabilities, Ending Abuse Starts With Sex Ed

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Pauline stands in her room after coming home from a day program for adults with intellectual disabilities. Michelle Gustafson for NPR hide caption

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The Sexual Assault Epidemic No One Talks About

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A candlelight vigil in 2013 marks the one-year anniversary of the death of a 23-year-old woman who was gang-raped on a bus in Delhi. Raj K. Raj/Hindustan Times via Getty Images hide caption

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