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3-31-17 Women are, by definition, prey
Women are, by definition, prey
“There are two conflicting stories about sex on campus at the moment. The first story is all about license: hooking up, binge drinking, porn watching. My students are junior libertines; nothing sexual is alien to them. Layered on top of that is the other big story of the moment: Sex is dangerous; it can traumatize you for life. Rape is endemic and predators are everywhere. It’s not a happy combination. If rape is the norm, then male sexuality is by definition predatory; women are, by definition, prey.”

3-31-17 Rockville rape: Fueling the immigration debate
Rockville rape: Fueling the immigration debate
“When politicians and activists put the comfort of illegal aliens ahead of the security of Americans, something is fundamentally wrong,” said Derek Hunter in Yet that’s what seems to have happened at Rockville High School in Maryland, where protests have broken out after a 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped by two fellow students—both of them undocumented immigrants. Jose Montano, 17, and Henry Sanchez-Milian, 18, were among 150,000 unaccompanied minors who entered the country illegally during the last two years of the Obama administration. Both spent time in federal custody before being allowed to join relatives in Maryland—a state where liberals are pushing for “sanctuary” status. These men were placed in ninth grade alongside their much younger victim, and repaid “welcoming” school officials by allegedly dragging the girl into a school bathroom and taking turns assaulting her. As White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer put it, President Trump is cracking down on illegal immigration precisely “because of tragedies like this.”

3-31-17 Mexico City metro's 'penis seat' sparks debate
Mexico City metro's 'penis seat' sparks debate
When a new style of seat suddenly appeared on Mexico City's metro system, it was labelled as inappropriate, uncomfortable, humiliating and embarrassing. It was supposed to be. The seat, moulded to include a protruding penis and chest, was designed to highlight sexual harassment experienced by female passengers. The explanation next to the men-only label read: "It is uncomfortable to sit here, but that is nothing compared to the sexual violence that women suffer on their daily journeys." The seat is not a permanent fixture, but part of a campaign launched by UN Women and the Mexico City authorities called #NoEsDeHombres, which aimed to highlight sexual harassment on public transport. But the response has been mixed. Underneath a video of the stunt, which has been seen more than 700,000 times in the past 10 days, some viewers praised the idea, while others called it "sexist" and unfair to men.

3-31-17 Women aren't happy about a Donald Trump tweet supporting women
Women aren't happy about a Donald Trump tweet supporting women
On Thursday night the US president wrote: "Only by enlisting the full potential of women in our society will we be truly able to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain." The US president also said American women in every generation had shown grit, courage and devotion. The tweet sent out by Donald Trump now has more than 10,000 replies, 6,500 retweets as well as 27,000 likes. But Twitter users are pointing out some of Donald Trump's previous comments about women. One US publication has taken photos of people holding up signs with some quotes Donald Trump has made about women. (Webmaster's comment: The Groper President speaks.)

3-28-17 Florida man 'kills female roommate during hug goodbye'
Florida man 'kills female roommate during hug goodbye'
A Florida man is facing a murder charge after he admitted fatally stabbing his female roommate as she was saying goodbye to him, police say. Brooke Preston, 21, visited the West Palm Beach home on Friday night to pick up a few items after moving out. Randy Herman, 24, allegedly gave her a T-shirt and one last hug before he began stabbing her repeatedly. Ms Preston was planning to move back to Pennsylvania to be with her boyfriend, local media report. Her friends said she was not romantically involved with her alleged attacker, about whom she had expressed concerns. Ms Preston was at the property on the eve of her death, but had left because her roommate's behaviour made her uncomfortable, reports WPTV, a Palm Beach news station.

3-27-17 Singapore couple jailed for starving Philippine maid
Singapore couple jailed for starving Philippine maid
A Singaporean couple have been jailed for starving their domestic worker from the Philippines, in a case that has shocked the city-state. The woman lost 20kg (44 lbs) - about 40% of her body weight - while working for them, and was given only bread and instant noodles to eat. Her employers received jail sentences of three weeks and three months. Many Singaporeans hire live-in helpers from neighbouring countries, and abuse cases are not uncommon. In the latest case, Filipino domestic worker Thelma Oyasan Gawidan was starved over a period of 15 months, where her weight dropped from 49kg to 29kg. She testified in court that she was fed only small amounts of food twice a day, and her requests for more food were denied. She was also made to sleep in a storeroom, and allowed to shower only once or twice a week. Ms Gawidan said she was unable to seek help earlier as her employers had confiscated her mobile phone and passport. (Webmaster's comment: Her abusers should be jailed and starved till they both lose 40% of their weight. That would certainly be fair.)

3-25-17 Italy sex case dropped because woman 'did not scream'
Italy sex case dropped because woman 'did not scream'
Italy's justice minister has said he will investigate after a court acquitted a man of sexually assaulting a woman because she did not scream. The court in Turin ruled last month that the woman saying "enough" to her colleague who allegedly attacked her was not a strong enough reaction to prove she had been sexually assaulted. The alleged victim is now facing charges for slander, reports said. The ruling has caused outrage in the country. "Certainly, you cannot punish the personal reaction of a woman terrified by what is happening to her," said opposition MP Annagrazia Calabria. Justice Minister Andrea Orlando has asked ministry inspectors to begin looking into the case, which was examining incidents that took place in 2011, Ansa news agency reported. The alleged victim, who worked in hospitals in Turin, said the defendant had forced her into sexual acts and threatened to stop providing her with work if she did not comply, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported. Asked why she had not reacted to the alleged assault more strongly, she told the court: "Sometimes saying no is enough but maybe I did not use the force and violence that in reality I should have used, but that is because with people who are too strong, I just freeze." The woman had been a victim of repeated abuse as a child by her father, prosecutors said during the trial. Acquitting the defendant, the judge said the woman had not "betrayed the emotion that a violation of her person had to inspire in her", described her account as "unlikely" and said the assault "did not exist", Corriere della Sera said. (Webmaster's comment: It's the same old story of blaming the women. If she had screamed she would likely have suffered much more physical damage.)

3-23-17 Spain's female bodyguards who protect abused women
Spain's female bodyguards who protect abused women
The female bodyguards who protect abused women. When Ana reported her male former partner for an assault at her home in Spain she thought she would be protected. In fact she ended up living as a prisoner alone in her own house, afraid to go out in case she was confronted by her aggressor once more. "I was living in terror. The only thing the police gave me was a special kind of telephone to call if he turned up. But I didn't feel safe." Ana went online to contact women's support groups and was put in touch with Carolina, a former police bodyguard now using her skills and training to keep women safe from violent men. Carolina had guarded public figures in the years before Basque separatist group Eta declared a halt to its bombing and assassination campaign in 2011. She launched private association Edemm in response to cases just like Ana's. Women who had gone to the police but were left unprotected by the judicial system. Some were murdered by husbands or former partners. (Webmaster's comment: Women are under assault by men worldwide!)

3-23-17 South Africa police warn of taxi rape gang in Johannesburg
South Africa police warn of taxi rape gang in Johannesburg
A boy of 10 was forced to lie face down while his mother was subjected to a four-hour rape ordeal in a Johannesburg taxi, reports from South Africa say. He and his mother were allegedly tricked into boarding the minibus taxi before she was assaulted and ordered to hand over her bank card and PIN number by the three armed occupants. It is thought to be the latest in a string of attacks by the gang. The first reports of the "rape taxi" were made a year ago.

3-22-17 Maryland high school rape case sparks immigration row
Maryland high school rape case sparks immigration row
An alleged rape at a US high school has sparked a row over immigration that has reached all the way to the White House. Two Central American-born students are in custody after a 14-year-old girl was attacked last week at Rockville High School in Maryland, police say. The White House said "tragedies like this" had motivated President Trump's illegal immigration "crackdown". On Tuesday night, protesters gathered outside the school, some expressing concern about undocumented immigrants. Henry Sanchez, 18, and Jose Montano, 17, were charged in the alleged assault, which the victim said took place in a boy's toilet at the beginning of the school day last Thursday.

3-22-17 Facebook Live victim 'afraid to go home'
Facebook Live victim 'afraid to go home'
A teenage girl who police say was raped during a Facebook Live broadcast is too scared to return to her Chicago home, her mother has said. The 15-year-old, who is currently staying with relatives, has been subject to an online and in-person harassment campaign. People on Facebook have threatened "they are going to get" her daughter, the 32-year-old woman told US media. The BBC is not identifying the mother in order to protect the girl's privacy. Around 40 people were said to have been watching the livestream but nobody reported the incident to police. The girl has been afraid to return to the Lawndale neighbourhood where she lives. Her mother says local children have been ringing her doorbell looking for the girl. "This is just disturbing and to think the kids think it is funny," she said, adding that she now wants to leave the crime-plagued west Chicago neighbourhood. "I can't stay here," she said on Wednesday after being reunited with her daughter.

3-22-17 'Sex assault' streamed on Facebook Live
'Sex assault' streamed on Facebook Live
The alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl by five or six males was streamed on Facebook Live, according to Chicago Police. Around 40 people were said to have been watching the stream at one point but nobody reported the incident to police. A police spokesman said authorities first learned of what happened after the girl's mother approached the head of police as he was leaving a station. Detectives have questioned several people but no arrests have been made. The video has since been removed. The girl, who had been missing for a day, has now been found by detectives and reunited with her family. Her mother, whom the BBC is not naming, said her daughter appeared to be scared in the footage, adding "it's so disgusting". (Webmaster's comment: The Freedom and Liberty we give social media encourages violence against others!)

3-14-17 Teen suicide on the rise amongst Canadian girls
Teen suicide on the rise amongst Canadian girls
Suicide amongst young women is on the rise. When it comes to mental health, is gender the elephant in the room? In early 2016, five teenagers from Woodstock, Ontario killed themselves in just as many months, leaving not only their family but the community as a whole bewildered with grief. "Everyone was sitting on edge. For a while there, I think we all just sat there wondering when it was going to end," says Jenilee Ookcay, a community health worker. Across the country, suicide amongst teen girls and young women is on the rise, while male suicide in the same age group declines, according to data released by Statistics Canada on Thursday. Health experts have long been concerned with the prevalence of suicide amongst young men. It has been called a "silent epidemic" and for good reason. In 2013, men were three times as likely to kill themselves as women, the latest data shows. (Webmaster's comment: Women are being assaulted by men at every turn. They are raped as children, as young women, as grown women, beaten at the least excuse, denied choices when it comes to marriage, when it comes to having babies, treated like slaves at home and at work, taught to obey males in all things, and treated like breed stock. No wonder they commit suicide!)

3-11-17 Hounded and ridiculed for complaining of rape
Hounded and ridiculed for complaining of rape
When soldiers went searching for militants in Myanmar's Rakhine state last October, the result for members of the Rohingya minority was disastrous. Villages were burned, men were killed, women were sexually abused. And when one woman complained of rape, she was accused of lying by the office of the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and hounded by vengeful soldiers. Sitting cross-legged on the floor, 25-year-old Jamalida Begum tells me what happened in the days after her husband was shot dead in the village of Pyaung Pyaik, north-western Myanmar. Jamalida fled with her two children and watched from a distance as the army set houses in the village on fire. Satellite images confirm that at least 85 buildings were destroyed. Five days later she returned with some of her neighbours to find her belongings and home destroyed. They sheltered together in one of the few homes that had survived - but at dawn the next day the soldiers came back. "They chose 30 women. Half were young girls aged between 12 and 15," says Jamalida. The soldiers took them to the village school. "Then they chose four from among the 30," Jamalida says. "It was me and three teenage girls. Then we were separated. The army took me to the east of the school near the pond. Another seven soldiers took the other three girls to the hill to the south of the school. "They shouted at me to open my shirt and my thami (wrap-around skirt). When I refused they started beating me, grabbed my clothes and pushed me to the ground. Three soldiers raped and tortured me for an hour. Blood came out of my lower part and my legs got cramped. They punched me into the eyes saying I was staring at them. It turned my eyes red like fire coal. They left me bleeding and drove away in their Jeeps."

3-10-17 Judge who told complainant to 'keep your knees together' resigns
Judge who told complainant to 'keep your knees together' resigns
A Canadian judge who asked a sexual assault complainant why she could not "keep your knees together" is resigning. Alberta Federal Court Justice Robin Camp's decision came after a scathing Canadian Judicial Council review called for his removal. The review concluded he acted in a manner that seriously undermined public confidence in the judiciary. The federal justice minister has accepted his resignation. Mr Camp's comments made during a 2014 rape trial sparked outrage and drew sharp criticism from sexual assault victims and their advocates. The judge had tried to hold on to his position and told the Council he had undergone education and had apologised for his comments. The Council, which oversees the judiciary, found that Mr Camp's actions during the trial were "so manifestly and profoundly destructive of the concept of impartiality, integrity and independence of the judicial role that public confidence is sufficiently undermined to render the Judge incapable of executing the judicial office". It also found he spoke to the complainant in a manner "that was at times condescending, humiliating and disrespectful".

3-6-17 Gloria Steinem opens up about embattled feminism in Trump's America
Gloria Steinem opens up about embattled feminism in Trump's America
Gloria Steinem loved Wonder Woman's truth-coaxing lasso. She slapped the comic-book character on the cover of the first issue of her feminist digest, Ms. Magazine. And to this day, she buys her bracelets in pairs as a nod to the Amazon princess' bullet-deflecting bangles. Gloria Steinem grew up idolizing Wonder Woman. The rest of us grew up idolizing Gloria Steinem. From her early days as a brazen journalist exposing the Playboy Club's sexist policies while working as an undercover bunny, to her "no more asking daddy" speech before a sea of pink pussy hats at the Women's March on Washington in January, Steinem has been the enduring icon of the feminist movement. Courageous and compassionate, tireless and unifying, stylish and funny, she is the original Nasty Woman — the one who taught us all, nevertheless, to persist. A Smith College grad, Steinem wrote for Esquire and Cosmopolitan in the early '60s, but it was her 1969 article "After Black Power, Women's Liberation" that launched her to fame as a feminist leader and activist. She campaigned for the Equal Rights Amendment, co-founded the National Women's Political Caucus, and has spoken out or written against female genital mutilation and pornography, and in favor of same-sex marriage and reproductive freedom. She has been arrested for protesting apartheid in South Africa, and received this country's Presidential Medal of Freedom. And in the pouty face of a new commander-in-chief who brags about grabbing women and vows to defund Planned Parenthood — and a Senate that silenced Elizabeth Warren mid-speech ("It was outrageous to interrupt her," Steinem says) — our fight is far from over.

3-4-17 Canada judge's 'a drunk can consent' ruling stirs debate
Canada judge's 'a drunk can consent' ruling stirs debate
A Canadian judge's finding that "clearly a drunk can consent", as he cleared a cab driver of sexual assault, has drawn legal criticism. Nova Scotia Justice Gregory Lenehan found Bassam al-Rawi not guilty of sexual assault on Wednesday. Police discovered Mr al-Rawi, 40, with an unconscious naked female passenger in his taxi in Halifax on 23 May 2015. The unnamed 26-year-old's blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit, and she had urinated on herself. The woman got into Mr al-Rawi's cab at about 01:09 local time, the court heard. Police who were reportedly responding to separate incident in the area noticed her in the cab at 01:20. She was unconscious and naked from the chest down. Mr al-Rawi was also found semi-clothed. Her DNA was found on his person. In his ruling, Justice Lenehan said that just because the accuser was drunk it did not mean she was incapable of consent. "A person would be incapable of giving consent if she is unconscious or is so intoxicated by alcohol or drugs as to be incapable of understanding or perceiving the situation that presents itself," Justice Lenehan said, according to a transcript of his oral decision published in the National Post. "This does not mean, however, that an intoxicated person cannot give consent to sexual activity. Clearly, a drunk can consent."

3-3-17 Jane Fonda reveals rape and child abuse
Jane Fonda reveals rape and child abuse
Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda has revealed she is a rape survivor and suffered sexual abuse as a child. In an interview with fellow Oscar winner Brie Larson for The Edit, the 79-year-old also said she had once lost a job because she refused her boss's sexual advances. The star added she thought being a young actress now was "terrifying" because of female sexualisation. "You have to get naked so much. There is even more emphasis on how you look." Fonda said she "felt diminished" growing up because the men in her life were "victims of a [patriarchal] belief system". She also said she had been "brought up with the disease to please". "To show you the extent to which a patriarchy takes a toll on females - I've been raped, I've been sexually abused as a child and I've been fired because I wouldn't sleep with my boss and I always thought it was my fault; that I didn't do or say the right thing. "I know young girls who've been raped and didn't even know it was rape. They think, 'It must have been because I said no the wrong way'. "One of the great things the women's movement has done is to make us realise that [rape and abuse is] not our fault. We were violated and it's not right."

3-3-17 Domestic Violence no reason for divorce
Domestic Violence no reason for divorce
A Mississippi lawmaker rejected a proposed bill to make domestic violence grounds for divorce. Rep. Andy Gipson, a Baptist minister who chairs a committee, argued that the state should be encouraging people to stay married, not “opening the floodgates” to more divorce. “If a person is abusive,” Gipson said, he needs to have “a change of heart.” (Webmaster's comment: So the women just has to stay married and take his rapes, beatings and bruises till he changes? This is just legalized evil!)

3-3-17 Women 'weaker, less intelligent' - Polish MEP Korwin-Mikke
Women 'weaker, less intelligent' - Polish MEP Korwin-Mikke
A Polish nationalist member of the European Parliament may be punished after he said women "must earn less than men because they are weaker, smaller and less intelligent". The parliament's president is investigating whether Janusz Korwin-Mikke broke the body's rules with his remarks to fellow MEPs. The rules ban defamatory, racist or xenophobic language or behaviour. A tweet shows Socialist MEP Iratxe Garcia-Perez scolding Mr Korwin-Mikke. Parliament President Antonio Tajani was urged by the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group to sanction the Polish MEP for his "shameful" comments.

2-27-17 Uproar as Canadian constable cleared of on-duty rape
Uproar as Canadian constable cleared of on-duty rape
A jury's decision to acquit a Canadian police officer of raping a woman after giving her a lift home has sparked uproar in a small coastal city. Protesters gathered on Monday outside court in St John's, Newfoundland, to demand the constable be fired. Pc Carl Douglas Snelgrove, 38, was cleared on Friday of raping a 21-year-old woman at her apartment while he was on duty on 21 December 2014. After the verdict, demonstrators threw eggs and coffee at the court. The married officer, who has served with Royal Newfoundland Constabulary for a decade, is expected to face disciplinary action. On Monday, hundreds of protestors gathered again outside court, holding signs that said "We believe her" and "Let's talk about consent". The prosecution had argued that the complainant was too drunk to consent to sex with the police officer, who was in uniform when he picked up her up outside a downtown bar. The complainant said she was too intoxicated to recall if she consented to sex.

2-24-17 Uber harassment scandal
Uber harassment scandal
Uber has hired former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to head the company’s “urgent” investigation into allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination, laid out this week in a shocking blog by a former female employee. In the viral post, titled “Reflecting on One Very, Very Strange Year at Uber,” former engineer Susan Fowler describes the ride-sharing app company as “an organization in complete, unrelenting chaos.” Fowler said that she was propositioned for sex by her manager on her first day on the job, and that when she went to HR with her complaint, she was told the man in question wouldn’t be punished because it was his first offense—only to find out from other female engineers that they, too, had complained about his behavior. Fowler also said she was repeatedly blocked from career advancement. Board member Arianna Huffington will also assist Holder with the investigation.

2-24-17 Fox News is wrong about migrants
Fox News is wrong about migrants
Fox News fed Donald Trump a festering pile of lies about Sweden, said Gustaf Tronarp. During a campaign-style rally in Florida last week, Trump mentioned what happened “last night in Sweden” as he recited a list of terrorist attacks in Europe that he blamed on Muslim migrants. We Swedes were mystified, because precisely nothing had happened in Sweden. Turns out the president had watched a Tucker Carlson segment on Fox News the previous night about the supposed soaring crime rate in Sweden since we began accepting migrants on a large scale in 2011. The segment, based on a sensationalist documentary by a right-wing filmmaker, was “full of sweeping claims, exaggerations, and outright falsehoods.” The show claimed that gun violence and rape have increased, when actually those violent crimes, like all violent crime in Sweden, occur at about the same rate as in 2005—and at a much lower one, by the way, than in the U.S. Homicides here are still all but unheard of. In fact, the biggest surge in lawlessness associated with asylum seekers has been a rise in attacks on refugee centers by right-wing vigilantes. Fox News, like the rest of the U.S. and U.K. right-wing press, wants to paint Sweden as menaced by criminal migrants because it fits with their xenophobic agenda. But that story just doesn’t fit the facts.

2-23-17 Reality Check: Is Malmo the 'rape capital' of Europe?
Reality Check: Is Malmo the 'rape capital' of Europe?
The claim: Many young male migrants arrived in Sweden over the past few years, when the country accepted unprecedented numbers of refugees, and there has been a huge rise in sexual crime in Sweden especially in the southern port city of Malmo. Reality Check verdict: Malmo, along with other urban centres in Sweden, has one of the highest levels of reported rapes in proportion to population in the EU, mainly due to the strictness of Swedish laws and how rape is recorded in the country. The rate of reported rapes in Malmo has not dramatically risen in recent years and has in fact declined from its peak in 2010, before the recent large increases in refugees. It is not possible to connect crimes to the ethnicity of the perpetrators as such data is not published. Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage made this claim on LBC radio on Monday 20 February, when he discussed the recent comments by US President Donald Trump about terrorism in Sweden. Mr Farage said there had been no specific terrorist attacks in Sweden since large numbers of refugees arrived there, but, instead, he claimed Sweden had seen a dramatic rise in sexual crime and its southern port city of Malmo - the third largest city in the country - had become Europe's and possibly the world's "rape capital". So, has there been a big rise in sexual crime in Sweden and have the numbers of rapes increased in Malmo since Sweden took in an unprecedented numbers of refugees?

2-21-17 I let myself be taken captive — because I didn't want to be rude
I let myself be taken captive — because I didn't want to be rude
"I am so sorry Mum. In case I am dead and you find this, it was a guy in a white car. The side mirror and the inside of the passenger seat door are broken. I made a mistake. Woops, sorry. Lots of love xxx" Finding this note between the pages of my travel journal, scribbled on a torn piece of paper, gave me chills. I had written it months earlier, partly to try to make myself laugh, and partly because I thought it might be useful. I'd written it while sitting on a stranger's bed in Northern Iran, having been locked in his room against my will for several hours. Earlier that day, I'd been in the back of a battered Toyota Corolla sharing a cab ride with two giggly young girls, their colorful veils pushed back to reveal elaborate hairstyles, and an older man ith deep wrinkles and hooded, inquisitive eyes. Two stout, conservatively dressed middle-aged women shared the front seat, and every so often they would crane their neck to steal a glance at me. I smiled and turned my gaze out the window, resting my head on the glass as I watched the lush, thickly forested foothills of the Caspian coast pass by. One by one the passengers filed out, and then I was alone with the driver. He was young, maybe in his mid-20s, with a thick crop of dark hair and a V-neck white t-shirt that looked several sizes too small. He stared at me through the rearview mirror. "Let's have chai, he said, his wide eyes and giddy smile betraying his excitement. (Webmaster's comment: Women are taught to always be nice no matter what is done to them! It leads to their horrible mistreatment!)

2-21-17 Former US law chief leads Uber probe
Former US law chief leads Uber probe
On Sunday we learned that Uber was going to conduct an investigation into claims of serious sexual harassment, following a scathing blog post from a former employee. On Monday Uber boss Travis Kalanick sent an email to his employees with more information about the probe - and further plans the company has to address the issue. “It’s been a tough 24 hours,” he began, adding that the company was “hurting”. The investigation will be lead by former US attorney general Eric Holder, who served under President Obama between 2009 and 2015, and Tammy Albarran - both partners at law firm Covington and Burling. Arianna Huffington, best known for being the founder of the Huffington Post, will also help carry out the review. Ms Huffington has been on Uber’s board since April last year. Also conducting the review will be Uber’s new head of human resources, Liane Hornsey, and Angela Padilla, Uber’s associate general counsel. (Webmaster's comment: Looks like many men are still being sexual brutes, but this time feeling more empowered by the new political climate.)

Percent of women who experienced Sexual Harassment in the valley!

Percent of women who experienced Sexual Harassment in the valley!

2-21-17 Milo Yiannopoulos dropped over paedophilia comments
Milo Yiannopoulos dropped over paedophilia comments
Ultra-conservative writer Milo Yiannopoulos will no longer speak at a US conservative conference and his book deal has been cancelled after videos surfaced in which he appeared to condone paedophilia. The footage showed him discussing the merits of gay relationships between adults and boys as young as 13. On Facebook, Mr Yiannopoulos denied ever endorsing paedophilia. He said one video had been edited to give a misleading impression. However, the American Conservative Union, which runs the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) where President Trump is due to speak on Friday, said the apology was not enough. "We urge him to immediately further address these disturbing comments," Matt Schlapp said in a statement. Book publisher Simon & Schuster said it had cancelled the publication of Mr Yiannopoulos's book Dangerous, which was due out in June, after "careful consideration". In the footage, Mr Yiannopoulos - a passionate supporter of Donald Trump and an editor at right-wing website Breitbart - seems to suggest the determining factor for paedophilia is whether the younger partner has gone through puberty. However at another point in the video he says the US age of consent, which is 16 to 18 years old depending on location, is "about right".

2-21-17 Children's sex book causes stir in Indonesia
Children's sex book causes stir in Indonesia
A children's book is at the centre of a controversy in Indonesia because it teaches children about masturbation. A photo of the book - I Learn to Control Myself, written by Fita Chakra - has spread across social media since Monday, sparking a discussion online about sexual education and igniting parents' anger. "Moms, please be careful when you buy a book for your kids. Check and re-check its content," wrote one user on Facebook. Another said: "If this book is about sex education, why is the description about it so detailed?" One page of the book, which has been widely shared online, depicts a cartoon boy lying on a bed. He is saying: "I cross my legs around a bolster tightly. For fun, I move my body up and down. Oh... it feels good. My heart is pounding, but I am happy." In another screenshot the child says: "I found a new play for fun. Sometimes, I put my hand inside my pants. I repeat, again and again." In a Muslim majority nation like Indonesia, casual conversations about sex among adults are considered taboo, let alone discussions between parents and children. But there is a growing awareness about the importance of sex education for children, in part to prevent them from being sexually abused. Despite this, the Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) has said I Learn to Control Myself is harmful for children and could lead to "sexual deviance"

2-4-17 UN condemns 'devastating' Rohingya abuse in Myanmar
UN condemns 'devastating' Rohingya abuse in Myanmar
The UN has accused security forces in Myanmar of committing serious human rights abuses, including gang-rape, savage beatings and child killing. It made the allegations in a damning report compiled after interviews with more than 200 Rohingya refugees who fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh. One mother recounted how her five-year-old daughter was murdered while trying to protect her from rape. She said a man "took out a long knife and killed her by slitting her throat". In another case, an eight-month-old baby was reportedly killed while five security officers gang-raped his mother. An estimated 65,000 members of the Muslim minority community have fled to Bangladesh since violence broke out in Myanmar - also known as Burma - last October.

2-1-17 What Trump’s US Supreme Court pick means for women’s health
What Trump’s US Supreme Court pick means for women’s health
Neil Gorsuch, nominated to the vacancy on America's highest court, has a record of hostility to reproductive rights, says Christina Cauterucci. Neil Gorsuch (pictured), US president Donald Trump’s nominee for the vacancy on the country’s Supreme Court, is a consistently conservative judge who would enter the court at a critical moment for reproductive rights. Though Gorsuch, a federal judge on the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals, has never ruled on an abortion rights case, his record shows him to be hostile to women’s healthcare and willing to give broad leeway to institutions that want to discriminate against them. Women will be affected by every decision that comes out of the next iteration of the Supreme Court, of course, whether the cases deal with voting rights, labour issues, immigrant rights, civil liberties, criminal justice or any other area of law. Because women make less money than men, shoulder the bulk of home and family responsibilities, and have less access to traditional spheres of power, they are in fact particularly dependent on legal protections, and they will likely be disproportionately impacted by any harm that comes from the court’s decisions. Nowhere is that clearer than in the field of public health. Anti-abortion advocates believe Trump and his pick will lead their fight to overturn the 1973 landmark Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, a strong, if imperfect, safeguard of abortion rights. A recent report from the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York found that 22 states would be likely to roll back abortion rights immediately if Roe were overturned. (Webmaster's comment: The current leaders in office are opposed to all civil rights except for those of white male supremacists.)

2-1-17 Afghan woman's ears cut off by husband
Afghan woman's ears cut off by husband
A 23-year-old Afghan woman has described to the BBC how her husband tied her up and cut off both her ears in a domestic violence attack in the northern province of Balkh. The woman - Zarina - is now in a stable but traumatised condition in hospital. "I haven't committed any sin," she said. "I don't know why my husband did this to me." The woman's husband is on the run in Kashinda district following the attack, police have told local media. Zarina told Pajhwok news that the unprovoked attack took place after her husband suddenly woke her up. She told the BBC that she got married at the age of 13 and that "relations with her husband were not good". (Webmaster's comment:The same sort of thing happened here in South Dakota but the husband cut off her nipples.)

1-31-17 Russia domestic violence: One woman's narrow escape
Russia domestic violence: One woman's narrow escape
In Russia, it is estimated that more than 600 women are killed in the home every month. So why is parliament expected to pass a law that reduces the penalty for domestic abuse? (Webmaster's comment: It's so much better in the United States. Only 100 per month!)

1-28-17 A murder shocks Iceland and dents women's sense of safety
A murder shocks Iceland and dents women's sense of safety
Iceland is united in grief. The body of a young woman, Birna Brjansdottir, was found washed up on a desolate, cold beach last weekend. Birna, 20, had been reported missing over a week before. Such murder cases are rare in a country with one of the world's lowest crime rates and a population of 330,000 people. No-one I have spoken to has been untouched by the events that unfolded from such an everyday event as a young woman walking home from a night out partying, along a crowded, well-lit street. For some, the case has sinister echoes of a dark plot from a Nordic noir TV drama. I and almost every one of my female friends have walked up that very same street from that very same bar, at that hour of night, and we have always felt safe. Most of my friends even told me that at some point they had caught a lift from strangers for short distances. Some use an underground Uber-like service called "Skutlarar"- a Facebook group where people offer or ask for lifts from strangers driving around town, for a lower price than official taxis. A close friend once told me she had got a lift from a tourist last summer, from a party near the harbour at Grandi. "I was so tired, and I couldn't find a taxi," she explained. That might sound crazy but that is how safe women in Reykjavik usually feel.

1-25-17 Nebraska legislator quits over tweet mocking Women's March
Nebraska legislator quits over tweet mocking Women's March
A Nebraska state senator has resigned amid a political row sparked by a photo he posted on Twitter mocking women protesting against Donald Trump. Bill Kintner retweeted a post implying that three female protesters were too unattractive to be sexually assaulted. The tweet drew criticism from other lawmakers, who threatened to submit legislation to boot him out of office. Hundreds of thousands of protesters around the world took to the street on Saturday, supporting a range of causes. Mr Kintner retweeted a comment Sunday by conservative radio personality Larry Elder that mocked female protesters. Mr Elder had posted a photo of three women holding signs apparently referring to Mr Trump's taped boast about grabbing women by the genitalia. The radio host had commented: "Ladies, I think you're safe."

1-25-17 Domestic violence: Russia MPs back law cutting penalty
Domestic violence: Russia MPs back law cutting penalty
A Russian bill to decriminalise some forms of domestic violence has moved a step closer to becoming law. The lower house of parliament, the Duma, overwhelming approved the proposal after a second reading. First time offenders who cause less serious injuries could face fines or community service rather than prison, under the plans. But campaigners said the bill would mean the "exoneration of tyrants in the home". MPs voted 358 to two in favour of the proposals, with one abstention. The bill, dubbed the "slapping law" by some Russian media outlets, will now have a third reading. It will also need the approval of the upper house and President Vladimir Putin before becoming law. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said it was important to distinguish between "family relations" and repeated incidents of violence. (Webmaster's comment: America will have its own version of this law soon. After all the Bible says the man is the master of his house! The Christian Evangelists, Fundamentalists, and Trump supporters will love it!)

1-23-17 Facebook Live 'broadcasts gang rape' of woman in Sweden
Facebook Live 'broadcasts gang rape' of woman in Sweden
Three men were arrested on suspicion of rape in Sweden on Sunday, following reports of an assault against a woman being live-streamed on Facebook. Police in Uppsala were contacted in the morning by a woman who said she had seen a gang rape broadcast in a closed group on the site. "You have been raped," one of the men said at the end of the video and then laughed, according to the viewer. Police later confirmed they, and "many" others, had seen the footage. The Facebook group is said to have several thousand members. Police confirmed that they had found three men, aged between 19 and 25, and one woman at a local apartment. The men were arrested on the spot. Josefine Lundgren, 21, called the police when she saw the video. Speaking to Swedish tabloid Expressen, she said she saw one of the men tear the woman's clothes off and lie on top of her. She also said one of the men had a gun. Facebook Live shows a count of other people simultaneously watching the broadcast and Ms Lungren said she could see 60 other people viewing. "Three against one hahaha," one of the viewers wrote in the comments section underneath the video, she said.

1-23-17 Why the Women's March on Washington was the perfect way to needle Donald Trump
Why the Women's March on Washington was the perfect way to needle Donald Trump
Protests invite generalizations, and I was about to irresponsibly philosophize about what Saturday's historic Women's March means — specifically, what it teaches us about American self-portraiture — when I stumbled on this photograph of the new president and his wife. Surrounded by a truly unreasonable number of roses at the inaugural luncheon on Jan. 20 — a day that ought to have brought them some joy — they look the very picture of unhappiness. This is Adam and Eve sulking outside of Eden. This is every marriage gone wrong, every midlife crisis, every spiritual void that leads a soul to snatch something they'll wake up in the night regretting. So I stopped short, because that image with its blue dress and red tie crystallized so much of what happened in America this weekend. It provoked the crowds of people in red hats who gathered in Washington, D.C., one day and the crowds of people in pink hats who gathered there — and all over the country and the world — the next. Is there anything true worth saying about a country that produced both those spectacles and this portrait of a man and a woman caught off guard, slathered in wealth, their misery on exhausted display in a rare moment when they forgot about the cameras? There is. The Trumps may not be "relatable" in the strictest sense — their gold-encrusted habitat was always intended to alienate and impress — but that photograph captures, in its own small way, the country they now represent: divided, afflicted by comfort, addicted to outrage, bitterly convinced they've been wronged. They are, above all, camera-conscious and camera-ready. (Webmaster's comment: This is just like the Vietnam war. It's just the beginning. He's not going to be able to make a single misstep without generating mass protests.)

1-21-17 Donald Trump protests attract millions across US and world
Donald Trump protests attract millions across US and world
Millions of protesters have taken to the streets of cities in the US and around the globe to rally against the new US President Donald Trump. Larger numbers of demonstrators than expected turned out for more than 600 rallies worldwide. The aim was principally to highlight women's rights, which activists believe to be under threat from the new administration. The biggest US rally was in the capital Washington, which city officials estimated to be more than 500,000-strong. This far exceeded the 200,000 that had originally been expected by organisers of the Women's March on Washington. By most estimates, it also surpassed the crowd at Friday's presidential inauguration. The protesters in the nation's capital heard speeches from Scarlett Johansson, Ugly Betty star America Ferrera, Ashley Judd, Gloria Steinem and Michael Moore among others. A planned march to the White House proved impossible as the entire route was filled with demonstrators. Interim DC Police Chief Peter Newsham told Associated Press: "The crowd stretches so far that there's no room left to march."

1-21-17 Trump inauguration: Two Americas in 24 hours
Trump inauguration: Two Americas in 24 hours
In the space of 24 hours, Washington was the scene of two Americas. President Trump's supporters came feeling they've just taken their country back. The protesters on the women's march feel they have just lost theirs. It is that stark. The mood at the march was determinedly cheerful, there were men, children and lots and lots of women. Grandmothers teaching their granddaughters the political ropes. But the underlying message was clear - liberal America has just been shoved out of power. These marches were enormous and they came out in cities across the country to repudiate not just Donald Trump, but his whole world view. They didn't just protest about women's issues, there were also signs addressing his positions on climate change, healthcare and Muslims. The polls show us that Mr Trump is the most unpopular new president in American history.

1-21-17 Donald Trump protests: Washington leads global rallies
Donald Trump protests: Washington leads global rallies
Hundreds of thousands are gathering for a "Women's March on Washington", part of a global day of protests against new US President Donald Trump. The rally is one of more than 600 expected worldwide on the president's first full day in office. The aim is to highlight women's rights, which protesters believe to be under threat from the new administration. Mr Trump has taken his first steps, signing an executive order targeting his predecessor's health care scheme. On Saturday morning, protesters swarmed streets and metro stations in the US capital, heading for the National Mall, where speeches have started ahead of an afternoon march to the White House. Organisers had originally sought a permit for 200,000 people but say they now expect as many as half a million, possibly dwarfing Friday's inauguration crowd, the Washington Post reported. Celebrities such as Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Schumer, Ugly Betty star America Ferrera, Patricia Arquette and Michael Moore are expected to attend. (Webmaster's comment: Standing up to the sexual predator!)

1-20-17 Trump lawsuit
Trump lawsuit
A former contestant on The Apprentice who had previously accused President Donald Trump of sexual harassment filed a defamation lawsuit against him this week, three days before his inauguration. Summer Zervos, who starred on Trump’s reality TV show in 2006, was one of more than a dozen women to accuse Trump of sexual assault during the presidential campaign after an audiotape emerged of Trump bragging about groping women. Zervos said that Trump assaulted her during a 2007 business meeting at the Beverly Hills Hotel—kissing her on the lips, groping her breasts, and thrusting his genitals at her. During the campaign, Trump vehemently denied the allegations, calling Zervos and the other women liars and referring to Zervos’ allegations as “fiction.” Zervos said she would immediately dismiss her case against Trump if he “acknowledged that I told the truth about him.”

1-20-17 Go ahead, beat your wife
Go ahead, beat your wife
Russia is in the process of lifting criminal penalties for hitting family members. The country implemented its first ban on domestic violence last year, when the law on battery was amended to include a jail term of up to two years for people found guilty of striking a spouse or child. Arch-conservative lawmaker Yelena Mizulina—who previously drafted Russia’s notorious ban on “gay propaganda”—said the amendment was a “baseless intervention into family affairs” that meant mothers and fathers could be arrested for causing just “a scratch.” She has proposed a new law that would decriminalize some domestic violence. Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his blessing to the idea at his annual press conference recently, which means it is sure to pass. (Webmaster's comment: Empowered by the new political climate also coming soon to America.)

1-18-17 Trump sued for defamation by former Apprentice Summer Zervos
Trump sued for defamation by former Apprentice Summer Zervos
A former Apprentice contestant who accuses US President-elect Donald Trump of sexual assault has filed a defamation lawsuit against him. Summer Zervos, who alleges Mr Trump forced himself on her in 2007, said he lied to the nation about his behaviour. The lawsuit, which Ms Zervos announced at a news conference, alleges Mr Trump is a "liar and misogynist" who "debased and denigrated" her. The news came just three days before Mr Trump is sworn in as president. (Webmaster's comment: Just what we needed. A sexual predator as President. And so many women are so used to being abused in America they see this as just normal and excusable male behavior and even voted for him.)

1-17-17 Pakistan singer Atif Aslam stops show to rescue harassed girl
Pakistan singer Atif Aslam stops show to rescue harassed girl
A Pakistani singer has been praised after stopping his concert mid-song to rescue a girl from the audience who was allegedly being harassed. A video of Atif Aslam interrupting his live performance in Karachi on Saturday has been shared thousands of times. The popular singer told the alleged harassers: "Have you ever seen a girl? She could be your mother or a sister." Pakistani media said the venue was overcrowded and that several girls reported being harassed. Aslam, who is also a film actor, called security after seeing the alleged attack. A video posted on Twitter shows the guards pulling the girl by the arms from the crowd and taking her to the stage.

1-17-17 Outrage over Somali gang-rape video
Outrage over Somali gang-rape video
The gang rape of a 16-year-old girl has caused outrage in Somalia after pictures and a video of the incident began circulating on social media. Campaigners have set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to help the girl and her family have had to flee their home "for fear of being ostracised". She remains in hospital a month after the rape by six teenage boys took place in Galdogob, near the Ethiopian border. The area commissioner told the BBC the rapists would be brought to justice. District Commissioner Ayanle Farah Mohamed said the girl was being treated by doctors in Puntland province and the authorities were "very much saddened by the incident".

1-13-17 Sexual harassment star anchor Bill O’Reilly
Sexual harassment star anchor Bill O’Reilly
Fox News last year secretly settled a sexual harassment claim against star anchor Bill O’Reilly, 67, weeks after chairman Roger Ailes’ ouster over a similar scandal. A letter from attorneys for newscaster Juliet Huddy, 47, alleges O’Reilly pursued a sexual relationship and tried to derail her career when she rejected him. She was a regular on O’Reilly’s evening show in 2011, the letter claims, when he began physical and verbal harassment, including “highly inappropriate and sexual’’ late-night phone calls during which it seemed he was masturbating, Huddy says. Fox reportedly paid six figures for Huddy’s silence and agreement not to sue. O’Reilly’s lawyer says “there is absolutely no basis” for her claims. In 2005, O’Reilly settled a harassment lawsuit by a former producer who said he made sexual phone calls to her.

1-13-17 It’s wrong to pardon this murderer
It’s wrong to pardon this murderer
Franc¸ois Hollande has made yet another terrible decision, said Robert Redeker, only this time the public and the media are applauding him for it. The French president recently granted a pardon to Jacqueline Sauvage, a woman serving 10 years in prison for murdering her husband. She’d endured 47 years of horrific abuse at the hands of her alcoholic husband, who also raped her and their three daughters and abused their son. In 2012, the day after their son hanged himself, Sauvage, who is now 69, shot her husband three times in the back with his own rifle. The judges convicted her of murder in 2014, and the sentence was upheld on appeal in December. It was the legally correct decision, but to satisfy an outraged public, Hollande overturned the judges’ verdict by resorting to a seldom-used presidential pardon. Where does this end? Will the president now pardon the tobacconist Luc Fournié, 59, who shot dead a 17-year-old robber? No one is shedding tears for Fournié—the young delinquent he killed is being treated as the real victim “in spite of all reality and common sense—yet he, too, could claim extreme provocation. The key point is that it’s not the public’s business to decide which crimes committed in self-defense are good and which are bad. That is precisely why we have the law and legal professionals in the first place.

1-12-17 Russia: Anger at move to soften domestic violence law
Russia: Anger at move to soften domestic violence law
A bill to decriminalise some forms of domestic violence has passed its first reading in Russia's Duma, sparking anger among women's rights advocates. The legislation would define first assaults which cause less serious injuries as administrative - rather than criminal - offences. MP Yelena Mizulina, who introduced the bill, says people should not be jailed and labelled a criminal "for a slap". But critics say it will set back efforts to tackle an endemic problem. On Wednesday, some 368 lawmakers voted in favour of what has been dubbed the "slapping law" by some Russian media outlets. One deputy voted against the plans, another abstained. (Webmaster's comment: This change in the law will be in America next under Trump's administrator's guidance. The outright hatred of women is here!)

1-10-17 How myths and stereotypes colour rape sentencing in India
How myths and stereotypes colour rape sentencing in India
India's Supreme Court once gave an array of curious reasons about why an Indian woman would not make a false rape claim. In a 1983 judgement, the top court said that western and Indian women were vastly different. In the West, the judges said a woman may level a false allegation of sexual molestation against a man because she may be a "gold digger", suffering from neurosis, hold grudges against men, want to gain notoriety, be jealous and so on. "By and large these factors are not relevant in India," the judges said. The court said an Indian woman in the "tradition bound, non-permissive society" would not lie about being sexually assaulted because such an allegation would lead to her being socially ostracised, "risk losing the love and respect" of her husband and relatives, and if unmarried she would fear the rape might hamper her prospects of getting married. Mrinal Satish, a doctorate from Yale Law School who teaches at Delhi's National Law University, studied this and some 800 other judgements in all courts and found that myths and stereotypes often informed rape sentencing in India. "Rape myths are highly detrimental to rape victims. They are prejudicial, stereotyped or false beliefs about rape, rape victims and rapists," Dr Satish says in his latest work on reforming rape sentencing in India. For one, Indian courts, according to law scholars like Ratna Kapur, have for long viewed the typical rape victim as "chaste, pure, monogamous, honourable and confined to the domestic sphere". She would generally be a "virgin or a loyal wife". (Webmaster's comment: In America the male dominated justice system protects the man and blames the woman for the rape. She's the the one at fault. "She should have kept her knees closed.")

1-9-17 Indian YouTuber in trouble over 'prank' kissing
Indian YouTuber in trouble over 'prank' kissing
Indian YouTuber Sumit Verma is in trouble after posting a video in which he randomly walks up to women in public places, kisses them and runs away. The Delhi police are now investigating the video and have urged "his victims" to file a complaint. He apologised and deleted his "prank video" after severe public backlash. Mr Verma posted the video even as reports of mass molestation in the southern city of Bangalore on New Year's Eve caused anger in India.

1-8-17 S Korea monk self immolates in WW2 Japan sex slavery protest
S Korea monk self immolates in WW2 Japan sex slavery protest
A Buddhist monk is critically ill after setting himself on fire in protest at South Korea's deal with Japan over its sexual enslavement of Korean women during World War Two. The 64-year-old man suffered third-degree burns and remains unconscious in hospital, officials say. He set himself alight during a protest on Saturday calling for the removal of President Park Geun-hye. The march in Seoul marks the 11th week of rallies against Ms Park. The monk, who is being treated at Seoul National University Hospital, left a note urging the authorities to arrest Ms Park for committing "treason" over a reparation deal agreed with Japan in 2015, police said. South Korea has long called for reparations for the nation's "comfort women", who were forced to work in Japanese wartime military brothels. An agreement was reached between the two nations in 2015 that Japan's reparations - compensation and an apology - would "finally and irreversibly" resolve the issue. But critics have said the deal does not go far enough in holding Japan responsible for wartime abuses. (Webmaster's comment: Unlike Germany, Japan has never admitted it's war crimes.)

1-6-17 Japan recalls Korean envoy over 'comfort women' statue
Japan recalls Korean envoy over 'comfort women' statue
Japan has temporarily withdrawn its ambassador to South Korea, amid an escalating row over a statue representing wartime sex slaves. The statue was installed by activists outside the Japanese consulate in the South Korean city of Busan last month. South Korea has long called for reparations for "comfort women", who were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War Two. Japan says the statue violates a previous agreement on the issue. The 1.5m-tall (5ft) bronze statue depicts a young, barefoot woman sitting in a chair. It has become a symbol of hardships faced by the women and the perceived lack of adequate apology and compensation from Japan. Many of the estimated 200,000 women forced to be wartime sex slaves were Korean. Others came from China, the Philippines, Indonesia and Taiwan. It is a perennial issue that has dogged relations with Japan. The matter has only escalated with each passing year as many of the survivors are old and dying. About 46 survivors are thought to remain in South Korea.

1-5-17 'No evidence' of New Year mass sex attacks in Bangalore: Police
'No evidence' of New Year mass sex attacks in Bangalore: Police
The police commissioner of the southern Indian city of Bangalore says there is no evidence to prove allegations of mass molestation took place on New Year's Eve in the centre of the city. Praveen Sood told the BBC that police officers had reviewed footage from almost 70 CCTV cameras. But he said police were looking into isolated incidents in other parts of the city that night. A number of women have told the media they were assaulted by groups of men. Some have described being surrounded by unruly mobs, and being groped and harassed. (Webmaster's comment: Of course: Male police protecting men as they are prone to do.)

1-4-17 Krishna Poonia: Athlete hailed for saving girls from molestation
Krishna Poonia: Athlete hailed for saving girls from molestation
Indian Olympian Krishna Poonia has called recent reports of sexual assaults in Bangalore "sickening", and described preventing a similar attack. She told the BBC she was in Rajasthan's Churu district on 1 January when she spotted three men trying to molest two teenage girls at a railway crossing. "I chased and caught of one of them, and then helped the girls file a complaint," she said. She added the incident showed that women were not safe even in busy areas. "I was shocked and horrified when I saw these men trying to molest the girls in front of so many people at a busy railway crossing. Nobody did anything until I got out of the car and chased them myself," she said. "The girls were traumatised and shaken after the incident. "The girls didn't even want to file a complaint because they were worried that their families would stop them from going out if the incident became public," she said. The athlete said however, that she was glad that "at least one family decided to file a case".

1-4-17 Taking on India’s ‘Super Cop’ after he sexually assaulted me
Taking on India’s ‘Super Cop’ after he sexually assaulted me
In 1988, Rupan Deol Bajaj was groped at an official party in India. The case divided the country but after 17 years her attacker was finally convicted.

1-3-17 India outrage after minister blames 'Western dress' for groping
India outrage after minister blames 'Western dress' for groping
An Indian minister who said groping at New Year celebrations in Bangalore was caused by women dressing "like Westerners" has caused outrage. Reports have emerged on local and social media of women being molested during festivities on Saturday night. A Bangalore newspaper published photos of women crying and complaining that they had been groped by crowds of men. Police say they have received no complaints but are scanning security footage for evidence of molestation. As local media published images of distraught women seeking police help, Karnataka State Home Minister G Parameshwara blamed young people for "copying the Westerners, not only in their mindset, but even in their dressing". "These kind of things do happen," he said. (Webmaster's comment: The new U.S. President gropes women and brags about it so why not!)

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