One of the world's biggest gold miners will pay compensation to a group of women who were raped by security guards and police at the company's site in Papua New Guinea.
The 11 women had threatened to file a lawsuit against Barrick Gold in the United States but the parties have reached an out-of-court settlement.
"The women will receive compensation under the Porgera remedy framework, and a payment in connection with their participation in the mediation process," Barrick Gold said in a joint statement with human rights group Earth Rights International, who helped the women in the case.
Jane Doe 10, as she is known to protect her identity, was raped in 2010 when she was 14 years old and attending school in Porgera in the country's northern Enga province.
Her class had made string bags for police officers who had been brought to the region to boost security around the Porgera mine.
One day several officers approached her and offered to pay for their bags. They said they would take her to an ATM to withdraw the money.
I was the best student in my class. Because of the rape my future is ruined.
Jane Doe 10
Instead Jane Doe 10 said she was taken into the mine site where she alleges one of the armed policeman raped her.
"Because of the rape I am now suffering. I would have been somebody if I completed my education," she told the ABC's Pacific Beat program before the settlement was reached.
"I was the best student in my class. Because of the rape my future is ruined."
Another women, Jane Doe 4, was collecting firewood at the Porgera dump several years ago when she was surrounded by security guards from the mine.
"They hit me. They pushed me and I fell on some of the sharp rocks," she said.
"Two of the guards, they both took turns in raping me. I suffered very badly."
Rights group hopes settlement has a wider impact
Allegations of brutality have long swirled around the Porgera mine, even before Barrick acquired it in 2006.
The allegations came to a head in 2011 when a Human Rights Watch report documented six alleged cases of gang rape by the mine's security guards.
In response Barrick set up what it called a "remedial framework" to provide compensation to victims of brutality.
I hope that through this work ... indigenous peoples affected by oil, gas and mining projects are able to gain access to effective remedies.
Earth Rights International general counsel, Marco Simons
More than 130 women accepted payments of around $10,000, which required them to forego any future legal action.
But Jane Doe 10, Jane Doe 4 and nine other women rejected the offer as grossly inadequate.
They teamed up with lawyers from Earth Rights International and planned to file a lawsuit in Nevada, where Barrick has several mining operations.
After mediation the parties reached a confidential settlement.
"The women initially did not accept offers through the remedy framework that Barrick had set up but as part of the settlement they will return to the remedy framework to receive compensation," said Marco Simons, the general counsel with Earth Rights International.
"I can say that they are pleased with the results they are getting at this point."
The confidential nature of the settlement means the women and Earth Rights International are limited in what they can say publicly.
Mr Simons said he hoped the case would have a wide impact.
"Generally I hope that through this work and similar work being carried out by others that indigenous peoples around the world affected by oil, gas and mining projects are able to gain access to effective remedies," he said.
"We hope to prevent similar abuses in the future."