Sexual assault has emerged as a critical concern for Haitian women in the aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake, but the government and international relief organizations are failing to provide services or protection, rights groups say. The United Nations deployed 100 female peacekeepers to contend with issues related to gender-based violence, but rights groups are calling on Haitian and international authorities to back trainings for Haitian police, increases to the number of female officers and more vigorous investigation of registered cases.

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