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from 4th Quarter of 2015
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12-30-15 Bill Cosby charged with sexual assault
Bill Cosby charged with sexual assault
Prosecutors in Pennsylvania have filed the first sexual assault charges against US comedian Bill Cosby. Mr Cosby, 78, has been charged with aggravated indecent assault over an alleged incident in 2004 involving a former local university employee. He has previously said under oath he had a consensual sexual encounter with the woman. The case was re-opened after dozens of women alleged assault from Mr Cosby, dating back to the 1970s.
12-28-15 Japan and South Korea agree WW2 'comfort women' deal
Japan and South Korea agree WW2 'comfort women' deal
Japan and South Korea have agreed to settle the issue of "comfort women" forced to work in Japanese brothels during World War Two, in their first such deal since 1965. Japan has apologised and will pay 1bn yen ($8.3m, £5.6m) - the amount South Korea asked for - to fund victims. The issue has been the key cause for strained ties. South Korea has demanded stronger apologies and compensation. Only 46 former "comfort women" are still alive in South Korea. (Webmaster's comment:
1: They were SEX SLAVES!
2: Think about it! These women were gang-raped by the 10's of thousands.
3: The compensation is 70 years too late so only 46 gang-raped women out of 200,000 will get any justice.
4: Nobody will ever be punished.)
12-25-15 Japan reported to be proposing 'comfort women' solution
Japan reported to be proposing 'comfort women' solution
Japan is reported to have proposed setting up a government fund to resolve a longstanding disagreement with South Korea about sex slaves during World War Two. The "comfort women" were forced to work in Japanese military brothels. PM Shinzo Abe has instructed his foreign minister to sort out the issue during a visit to Seoul next week, Japanese media has reported. The issue has dogged relations with South Korea for decades. South Korea has previously maintained that Japanese apologies do not go far enough and has been critical of what it sees as Japan's reluctance to atone for its brutal wartime past. (Webmaster's comment: They were SEX SLAVES and not "Comfort Women!" Changing what they were called does not make what they were forced to endure anything other than forced gang-rape.)
12-22-15 India toughens law for juvenile crimes including rape
India toughens law for juvenile crimes including rape
The Indian parliament has passed a bill which allows juveniles between 16 and 18 years of age to be tried as adults for serious crimes like rape or murder. At present, those under 18 can be sentenced to a maximum of three years in a reform facility. The move to change the law gathered momentum after the youngest convict in the notorious 2012 Delhi gang rape was recently released from detention.
12-20-15 Delhi juvenile gang rapist freed amid protests
Delhi juvenile gang rapist freed amid protests
The youngest convict in the notorious 2012 Delhi gang rape case has been released from a correctional centre, his lawyer has told the BBC. Legal challenges failed to prevent the release. The victim's parents were among those detained later at a rally. The rapist, who cannot be named as he was a minor at the time of the crime, was sentenced to a maximum three years in a reform facility in August 2013. The rape and the subsequent death of the woman caused global outrage. Although the convict is now an adult, he was tried as a juvenile and has served the full sentence allowed. (Webmaster's comment: Arrest the victims, protect the rapist. Great country to live in.)
12-19-15 S.D. slowly clearing rape kit backlog
S.D. slowly clearing rape kit backlog
South Dakota's state crime lab is slowly clearing a backlog of untested sexual assault evidence kits that could help investigators connect dots to catch serial rapists. A USA TODAY Media Network investigation in July identified tens of thousands of sexual assault evidence kits across the country that had never been tested by DNA examiners. The Sioux Falls Police Department had been sitting on more than 350 untested rape kits, including 225 that it sent to the state crime lab in 2014.
12-16-15 US teen raped and killed maths teacher in school toilet
US teen raped and killed maths teacher in school toilet
A teenager in the US state of Massachusetts has been convicted of raping and killing his high school maths teacher. Philip Chism, 16, followed teacher Collean Ritzer into a school toilet where he strangled her, stabbed her 16 times and raped her two years ago. He was acquitted of a second rape, in which he used a tree branch against her in woodland where he dumped her body. Chism's defence team has claimed he is mentally ill and will appeal. They do not deny that he killed the teacher but insist he cannot be held responsible for his actions.
12-15-15 Delhi gang rape: Second chance for teenage rapist?
Delhi gang rape: Second chance for teenage rapist?
Three years after the brutal gang rape - and subsequent death - of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student on a bus in the Indian capital, one of her rapists - a minor at the time of the crime - is set to be freed. But with public outrage growing over his release, he will be handed over to a charity for his protection and rehabilitation. (Webmaster's comment: He deserved much worst than 3 years for the rape and death of the victim. He was not a child. His sentence shows nothing but India's continued support of excuses for rape.)
12-12-15 Rape allegation puts spotlight on anonymous campus app Yeti
TRape allegation puts spotlight on anonymous campus app Yeti
The murky case of an alleged rape has put an anonymous video messaging app popular on university campuses in the spotlight. (Webmaster's comment: Only in America! Making rape a spectator sport. Why is anyone shocked at this? America leads the world in rapes. It's freedom and liberty, right?)
12-11-15 Oklahoma police officer guilty of raping women on his beat
Oklahoma police officer guilty of raping women on his beat
An Oklahoma City police officer has been convicted of raping and sexually assaulting black women in the poor area he worked in. Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, stopped the women while out on patrol, searched them and then forced himself upon them. Holtzclaw was convicted of assaults on eight victims, including a grandmother in her 50s and a 17-year-old. The jury recommended a prison term totalling 263 years. He is due to be sentenced in January. "Justice was done today, and a criminal wearing a uniform is going to prison now," Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said.
12-7-15 Why is no one talking about black women abused by police?
Why is no one talking about black women abused by police?
The case of former police officer Daniel Holtzclaw is just the latest example of this disturbing trend. Holtzclaw stands accused of sexually assaulting 13 black women between 2013 and 2014 during his daily patrols as an officer. One of his victims claims he drove her to a field and raped her after a traffic stop. Another woman testified during the 14th day of the trial that Holtzclaw forced himself on her inside of his squad car after he stopped her as she was walking away from her home. Some of the women have admitted to performing as sex workers and using illegal drugs, details they claim Holtzclaw threatened to blackmail them with if they decided to report his abuse. All of these accounts seem like classic cases of police brutality. The only difference is that the ex-cop used sexual violence instead of a gun or a chokehold. These disturbing allegations should evoke national outcries from every corner of American society; black people should be shutting down the streets exalting the victims' names with the same vigor as Eric Garner, Freddie Gray, and other black men whose lives were stolen by the hands of racially predatory police officers. Instead, much of the conversation over Holtzclaw's abuse has been led almost exclusively by black women on social media. Kirsten West Savali, of The Root, wrote that the dearth of media attention his victims are getting is tied solely to their race. "Imagine what the national response would be if a police officer sexually assaulted 12 white, middle-class women and one underage white girl while on duty," she said. "Pause for a moment and honestly, deeply think about that. I guarantee, this week would not have been the first time many people had heard Holtzclaw's name." (Webmaster's comment: No woman is truly free of abuse if any woman is not free of abuse! Women are only as free as the least free woman!)
12-5-15 Where women are killed by their own families
Where women are killed by their own families
Every year an estimated 66,000 women are murdered worldwide. One of the countries with the highest rate of violence against women is Guatemala - so why is it such a dangerous place to be female? "We are being killed by our fathers, brothers, stepfathers… the very people who are supposed to care for us," says Rebecca Lane, a feminist rapper in Guatemala City. "Most of us have to live violence in silence so when someone hits us or screams at us we just close our eyes and let go. We have to join other women and talk about it so we know this is not OK, this is not normal." When Lane was 15, she got involved with an older man who was not only controlling, but also physically and sexually abusive. "He knew what he was doing. He isolated me from my family and friends. I know what it is to live with violence from an early age," she says. The relationship lasted for three years. "The difference in Guatemala between the murder of a woman and of a man is that the woman is made to suffer before death, she is raped, mutilated and beaten," says the country's Attorney General Thelma Aldana. Aldana is trying to change attitudes towards victims who are often blamed for the abuse they receive. "A few years ago the police and forensic investigators would arrive on a crime scene and say, "Look how she is dressed - that is why they killed her [or] she was coming out of a disco at 1am - she was asking for it." (Webmaster's comment: Blaming the woman for a man's violence against her is the oldest excuse in the world. We even blame Eve for Adam's so-called sins. How sick is that?)
12-4-15 Revenge porn website boss Hunter Moore jailed in US
Revenge porn website boss Hunter Moore jailed in US
A man who set up a revenge porn website called Is Anyone Up has been jailed. Hunter Moore - dubbed the revenge porn king - says he started the site after a "girl broke his heart". But the 29-year-old soon found it was making him huge amounts of money. Is Anyone Up posted nude photos which often included names and contact details. Many of the victims' photos were found by their family and friends. Some were subjected to harassment and even assaulted.
12-4-15 Maoist cult leader Aravindan Balakrishnan guilty of sex assaults
Maoist cult leader Aravindan Balakrishnan guilty of sex assaults
A Maoist cult leader who used violence, fear and sexual degradation to control women he held captive has been found guilty of a string of sex assaults. Aravindan Balakrishnan, 75, raped two followers and falsely imprisoned and mistreated his daughter for more than 30 years in a commune in South London. He told his followers he had God-like powers, Southwark Crown Court heard. He warned them a supernatural force called Jackie would cause natural disasters if he was ever disobeyed. (Webmaster's comment: Nuts!)
12-2-15 Life under ISIS: 'Today, I was punished for revealing my eyes
Life under ISIS: 'Today, I was punished for revealing my eyes
Her story starts in an initial post on an ISIS forum on Nov. 26, Vocativ discovered. "Today, I was punished for the first time for revealing my eyes," she wrote. "I was with a (female) friend of mine at the university, and one of the Islamic policemen, about 20 years old, told us to cover our eyes and put on an eye veil." Earlier this year, Vocativ found that the Islamic State launched a dress-code campaign in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which the terror group seized in the summer of 2014. The campaign focused on a style of the burqa — also mandated by the Taliban — which covers the entire body and face with a mesh screen covering for the eyes. The terror group has also imposed strict dress codes for women in other areas under its rule such as the capital of its so-called caliphate Raqqa.
12-2-15 100 Women: China's feminists undeterred by detentions
100 Women: China's feminists undeterred by detentions
The detentions came right before International Women's Day. Five women who all worked as activists for various feminist causes and had organised public events to raise awareness of a host of issues, from eradicating domestic violence to the need for more women's toilets in China. Few predicted the women would ever become targets of the authorities, since their causes seemed relatively unobjectionable. That is, until last March, when the women were planning a multi-city protest to call for an end to sexual harassment on public transport. The size of their networks and their determination to speak out in public appeared to unnerve the authorities. One by one, they were detained by police. The protests the women had planned were supposed to be peaceful; the treatment they endured in Chinese detention centres was not.
11-30-15 Porn star loses column over rape accusation
Porn star loses column over rape accusation
After an adult film star was accused of rape, the editor of an online magazine dedicated to pop culture and relationships has pulled his sex column. Over the weekend, adult film star Stoya tweeted accusations that her former partner, the adult film star James Deen, had sexually assaulted her. Since then, another adult film star made a similar accusation in the Daily Beast.
11-27-15 India schoolboys arrested for gang-raping classmate
India schoolboys arrested for gang-raping classmate
Four schoolboys in the western Indian city of Mumbai have been arrested for allegedly gang-raping their classmate. Police said the boys, reported to be between 15-16 years old, also recorded a video and circulated it on WhatsApp. The accused and the victim lived in the same area and used to go to each others' homes to study together. The boys were produced in court after which they were sent to a juvenile reform home, police said, adding that they were investigating further. The girl was first raped on 8 November and she was assaulted several times since then, Shashank Sandbhor, a senior police officer in the city's Malad police station, told BBC Hindi's Ashwin Aghor. "On 8 November, one of the accused telephoned the girl and invited her to his home, saying he needed help with his studies. Once she arrived, he and his friends gang-raped her," Mr Sandbhor said. "The boys threatened the girl that they would upload the video on social media and raped her on several occasions thereafter. At the same time, they uploaded the video on WhatsApp," he added.
11-27-15 A porn star is suing Josh Duggar for $500,000.
A porn star is suing Josh Duggar for $500,000.
A porn star is suing Josh Duggar for $500,000, claiming the disgraced reality TV star assaulted her during rough sex. Ashley Stamm-Northup alleges that Duggar, whose evangelical Christian family was the center of the series 19 Kids and Counting, approached her at a Philadelphia strip club last March and paid her $1,500 to go back to his hotel for sex. Duggar then “physically assaulted her to the point of causing her physical and emotional injuries,” claims Stamm-Northup. Duggar, 27, has been receiving treatment for porn addiction at a Bible-based rehab center since August, when it emerged he had an account with adultery website Ashley Madison. Months before, he admitted to sexually molesting five young girls as a teen, including four of his sisters.
11-25-15 Gambia's Yahya Jammeh bans female genital mutilation
Gambia's Yahya Jammeh bans female genital mutilation
The Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh has banned female genital mutilation (FGM) saying it is not required in Islam. The announcement at a rally was met with a huge applause, AFP reports. Three-quarters of women in the mostly Muslim country have had the procedure, according to Unicef. In the procedure's most severe form, after removing the sensitive clitoris, the genitals are cut and stitched closed so that the woman cannot have or enjoy sex. FGM, also known as female circumcision, can be extremely painful, lead to tetanus, gangrene, HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C and effective sterilisation. The president's announcement said the ban was effective immediately. It is not clear when a law will be passed to allow the ban to be enforced. (Webmaster's comment: How about banning the men that support it too!)
11-23-15 Why are Indian women 'Happy to Bleed'?
Why are Indian women 'Happy to Bleed'?
After an Indian temple chief recently said he would allow women to enter the shrine only after a machine was invented to detect if they were "pure" - meaning that they weren't menstruating - outraged women have launched a #HappyToBleed campaign on Facebook to protest against the "sexist statement", writes the BBC's Geeta Pandey in Delhi. Menstruation is generally a taboo topic in India, something that is rarely talked about openly. But at the weekend, several photographs popped up on my Facebook page of young Indian women holding placards - some made up of sanitary napkins and tampons - with the slogan "Happy To Bleed".
11-13-15 Daniel Holtzclaw trial: Standing with 'imperfect' accusers
Daniel Holtzclaw trial: Standing with 'imperfect' accusers
The trial of Daniel Holtzclaw, a police officer accused of sexually assaulting more than a dozen poor, black women, has failed thus far to make a large impact on the national stage. Now one local group of activists is determined to fill the void. A little over a year ago, after multiple felony sexual battery and rape charges were filed against former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, the story made national headlines. The allegations were shocking - the uniformed officer allegedly sexually assaulted multiple women after stopping them in the course of his duties, targeting ones from a poorer, predominantly African-American part of the city. Over the course of the investigation, the number of accusers grew to 13. Holtzclaw currently faces 36 charges, including felony sexual battery, rape, forcible oral sodomy and stalking.
11-13-15 Why it’s open season on Dalits
Why it’s open season on Dalits
Since the Hindu nationalist government of Narendra Modi came to power last year, it has “fanned a climate of intolerance” against Dalits, the caste once known as Untouchables. In just a year, brutally violent crimes against Dalits, including lynchings and rapes, have soared 20 percent. Modi has written that Dalits voluntarily accept their lowly status as “bestowed upon them by the gods.” Expect more violence “unleashed by Hindutva terror.”
11-3-15 Do people understand what rape is?
Do people understand what rape is?
Do teenagers understand sex and consent? To find out, a group of 16-18-year-olds were shown a specially written drama about an incident to see if they could work out if it was consensual sex or whether a crime had been committed. Sex and consent is a much discussed issue at the moment and secondary schools are introducing sexual consent lessons.The world of sex and relationships is a difficult one for teenagers to navigate. To hear in their own words where the challenges lie, the BBC brought together 24 teenagers, 12 of each sex, to watch a drama set at a house party and debate whether rape had been committed.
11-3-15 India Uber driver given life term for Delhi rape
India Uber driver given life term for Delhi rape
An Indian court has sentenced an Uber taxi driver to life imprisonment after he was found guilty of raping a female passenger last year in Delhi. Shiv Kumar Yadav was also convicted of criminal intimidation and kidnapping. The 26-year-old woman was taken to a secluded area and raped after booking a journey home with Uber in December.
11-2-15 Japan and Korea to step up talks on 'comfort women'
Japan and Korea to step up talks on 'comfort women'
Japan and South Korea have agreed to speed up talks to resolve a row about Korean women forced to work in Japanese brothels during World War Two. The issue of so-called "comfort women" has hampered ties in recent years. Up to 200,000 women are estimated to have been sexually enslaved by Japan during WW2, many of them Korean. Other women came from China, the Philippines, Indonesia and Taiwan. Japan has apologised in the past for the "pain and suffering" of the women, but South Korea wants a stronger apology and compensation for victims.
11-1-15 The on-air 'groping' that got Mexico talking
The on-air 'groping' that got Mexico talking
A viral video of alleged groping on Mexican TV didn't just spark a national debate about sexism - now, a prominent senator has told the BBC she wants a government investigation. The scene played out between a male presenter and his female co-host. First, he tried to lift up her skirt. Then his advances escalated over the course of several minutes of airtime. She fended him off with a smile while trying to read comments from viewers, but he continued trying to touch her, dropping sexually charged comments before eventually groping her breast. She stormed off of the set, shouting "I can't work like this!" and her co-presenter turned to the camera, telling the audience: "Excuse me, but my colleague is a bit hormonal."
10-28-15 Rape and cannibalism in South Sudan, African Union says
Rape and cannibalism in South Sudan, African Union says
The African Union (AU) has accused government and rebel forces in South Sudan of extreme violence since the conflict erupted at the end of 2013. A commission of inquiry found evidence of killings, torture, mutilations and rape, mostly against civilians, as well as episodes of forced cannibalism.
10-27-15 West Midlands police officers abusive message on mobile
West Midlands police officers abusive message on mobile
Two West Midlands police officers have apologised to an alleged crime victim after leaving an abusive message on her mobile phone. The officers had failed inadvertently to disconnect a call to the Alex Faragher's phone. They can be heard referring to her as a "bitch" and a "slag". (Webmaster's comment: And how does a women get treated fairly by pigs such as these in the police force.)
10-25-15 Raped, pregnant and afraid of being jailed
Raped, pregnant and afraid of being jailed
Pregnant and alone. Where victims of rape risk getting sent to prison. In the United Arab Emirates, migrant women are routinely jailed for having sex outside marriage. Desperate to leave the country, one Filipina maid who was raped found a dramatic way to escape.
10-24-15 What's the point of sexual consent classes?
What's the point of sexual consent classes?
Do young people really need a class to learn about sexual consent? George Lawlor doesn't think so. He's a 19-year-old second year student studying politics and sociology at the University of Warwick. "It's just that I feel if you need to be taught what consent is and what consent isn't, then you don't have respect for other human beings." But how clear-cut is consent, particularly in the kinds of social situations involving drink and drugs in which university students often find themselves? (Webmaster's comment: Given the study that showed, "43% of college-aged men admitted to using coercive behavior to have sex, including ignoring a woman's protest, using physical aggression, and forcing intercourse", I'd say that sexual consent classes should be mandatory for all college students in America.)
10-22-15 Violinist highlights a decade of online abuse
Violinist highlights a decade of online abuse
Mia Matsumiya, a violinist based in Los Angeles, has taken a stand against sexual harassment and abuse online by posting screenshots of offensive messages she's received over the past decade. She is using Instagram to highlight the violence, aggression and volume of inappropriate messages she has received, and hopes it will shine a light on online abuse of women. (Webmaster's comment: The abuse of women just never stops does it. The ugly statistics regarding American male behavior listed on the page Abusive and Violent American Males is constantly being confirmed by the daily news reports. It really is as bad as I've listed. All decent men should be speaking out against it.)
10-21-15 Students report sexual harassment - survey
Students report sexual harassment - survey
A significant minority of students (17%) were victims of some sort of sexual harassment during their first week of term, a survey in the UK suggests. Many students said they were not aware of the procedure to report these incidents. Sexual comments, wolf-whistling when students walked into lectures, heckling in nightclub queues and jokes about rape were all cited as examples. Universities UK said sexual harassment had "no place" on a university campus. Students who took part in the survey said the majority (59%) of these incidents of harassment had happened at social events or nightclubs, while a third (33%) had happened in university halls of residence. It also found two-thirds (66%) stated they were not aware of the procedure to report these incidents and 12% felt they would not be taken seriously if they did.
10-20-15 Saudi prince avoids charges over alleged sex assaults in LA
Saudi prince avoids charges over alleged sex assaults in LA
Los Angeles prosecutors say they will not press charges against a Saudi prince accused of sexual assault. Majed Abdulaziz Al-Saud, 28, was arrested last month on suspicion of forced oral copulation with a worker at his Beverly Hills mansion. But prosecutors say they do not have enough evidence against Mr Al-Saud. Jane Robison, a spokesperson for the city attorney's office, said. There were four alleged victims and one did not co-operate with authorities, Ms Robison added. Police were called to Mr Al-Saud's estate after a neighbour saw a bloodied woman calling for help and trying to climb over a wall. Two days later, three women who worked as servants at the mansion sued Mr Saud, alleging sexual battery, false imprisonment and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
10-20-15 India Uber driver guilty of rape
India Uber driver guilty of rape
An Indian court has found an Uber taxi driver guilty of raping a female passenger last year in Delhi. Shiv Kumar Yadav has also been convicted of criminal intimidation and kidnapping. He had pleaded not guilty. A 26-year-old woman was taken to a secluded area and raped after booking a journey home with Uber in December. Delhi later banned Uber and several other web-based taxi firms, accusing them of failing to carry out adequate driver checks.
10-13-15 China cabin crew 'industry ritual' sparks online outrage
China cabin crew 'industry ritual' sparks online outrage
Photos of female cabin crew lying in the overhead luggage compartments on board a Chinese airline have gone viral on social media. The images, which were uploaded on the popular chat app WeChat, have been called bullying by netizens. The post said cabin crew were "forced into lockers by security staff upon completing 30 to 50 hours of service" as part of an "industry ritual".
10-12-15 Top exoplanet hunter keeps job despite serial sexual harassment
Top exoplanet hunter keeps job despite serial sexual harassment
Astronomer Geoff Marcy of the University of California, Berkeley, has been found to have violated his institution's sexual harassment policy during a series of incidents. But some in the astronomy community feel that Marcy has not been sufficiently sanctioned for his behaviour. “Geoff’s inappropriate actions toward and around women in astronomy is one of the biggest ‘open secrets’ at any exoplanets or AAS [American Astronomical Society] meeting,” said John Johnson of Harvard University, a former student of Marcy’s, in a blog post about his actions. “‘Underground’ networks of women pass information about Geoff to junior scientists in an attempt to keep them safe.”
10-6-15 How common is sexual violence in the humanitarian aid community?
How common is sexual violence in the humanitarian aid community?
Aid work is often about promoting an end to sexual abuse – but surveys suggest aid workers themselves experience such abuse more often than official figures imply. Who helps the helpers? Humanitarian aid work often promotes gender equality and an end to sexual abuse – but some organisations say that many aid workers are themselves subject to sexual violence. Several studies and projects now aim to uncover the extent of the problem and help those affected. Sexual violence in the humanitarian aid community has been a problem for decades, says Alicia Jones at the Headington Institute in Pasadena, California – but it is rarely discussed. “I think most survivors fear the scrutiny that will be applied to them. Many fear that they will be blamed at least in part for what happened,” she says. “The cultural stigma around this issue still exists in every country, and in some cases reporting to local authorities may be unsafe.” Some 10 per cent of the 1439 aid workers that the Headington Institute surveyed reported being forced into unwanted sexual contact. Three-quarters of those reporting an incident were female. When the Headington researchers examined a sub-set of 1108 aid workers from 37 countries, they found that four in 10 had experienced two or more unwanted incidents.