Jimmy Carter Makes Ending Violence Against Women His Priority


Abuse against women isn't just a problem in developing countries, says former President Jimmy Carter.

The man who recently made headlines for citing snail mail as the way he avoids the National Security Agency's monitoring of his e-mails, also has a lot to say about gender equality. Carter is issuing a call to action to end the abuse and subjugation of women.

The outspoken former U.S. president calls it the "worst and most pervasive and unaddressed human rights violation on Earth." Carter issued his strong statements about gender equality in a recent interview.

Carter is on a media tour, discussing his new book, "A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power."

In an interview with HuffPost Live, he called the abuses against women and girls around the world the "most horrible" human rights violation happening today, and turned his attention toward problems dealing with sexual assaults at college and in the military.

"For instance, two of the most, I guess, revered institutions in America would be the university system, which is superb, and also our military," Carter said. "And sexual abuse, sexual assaults take place more on university campuses than anywhere else in America."

According to Carter, it's a problem that often goes unaddressed by university administrators.

"They don't want to bring discredit or criticism to the universities to have an increase in reported abuses," Carter explained. "What develops on college campuses is serial rapists who know that on a college campus they can get away with it, and they do."
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