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Women's Pain Goes Unheeded

When the woman first walked into Alexander Shestakov's counseling center, she told staffers she was depressed. But as questions followed, she broke down and told them how several men had gang-raped her in a car. The woman said she reported the assault to police, but all they wanted to know was why she was walking alone late at night. This story illustrates the problems faced by Russian women who are raped, beaten or abused at home, according to a report released Thursday by Human Rights Watch. The international organization's report, called ""Too Little, Too Late: State Response to Violence Against Women,"" was timed to send a message to Russian men as they prepare to pamper the women in their lives during this weekend's celebration of International Women's Day. The report documents the lack of laws protecting women, the absence of governmental programs directed at dealing with violence against them, and the hostility and ambivalence of the law enforcement agencies. ""The police don't believe them.

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