70 Abuse of Women News Articles
from 3rd Quarter of 2017
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9-29-17 No means yes
No means yes
A married Bollywood director had his rape conviction overturned this week after the Delhi High Court ruled that “a feeble ‘no’” could imply consent to sex. Mahmood Farooqui, co-director of the 2010 hit film Peepli Live, was sentenced to seven years in prison last year for raping an American graduate student in his home. “Where there is an assumed consent,” Judge Ashutosh Kumar said of his decision to throw out the earlier verdict, “it matters not if one of the partners to the act is a bit hesitant.” He said consent was assumed because the two had previously kissed. Lawyers for the Columbia University graduate student, who was studying in India on a Fulbright scholarship when the 2015 encounter occurred, said she had repeatedly said no and tried to fight off Farooqui.
9-27-17 America is still treating college sexual assault victims like they're stupid
America is still treating college sexual assault victims like they're stupid
Almost exactly three years ago, a sophomore, Hannah Graham, disappeared from the University of Virginia. In the weeks following her disappearance, Camille Paglia decided to weigh in at Time. College women were naïve about the world; they didn't understand evil or violence. "The price of women's modern freedoms," she wrote, "is personal responsibility for vigilance and self-defense." Paglia's article represents the extreme end of a genre you could call "Real Talk, Ladies!" It tells college-aged women not to drink, to scrutinize their actions for possible sexual overtones, and not to trust their friends. It often appears in venues where it's hard to imagine college students reading it. (Who, exactly, are the college freshmen looking for "straight talk" from The Wall Street Journal?) Any ugly consequences are as natural as gravity — yes, you can have a drink or go to a party, but if you do, you've opened yourself up to the consequences. So don't come crying to me when you're raped. College activists made campus sexual assault a national issue, but I'm not sure that's why the issue stayed there. In the weird world of the American opinion page, the university has come to stand for "community." If we want to talk about threats to freedom of speech, we don't pick the legislation in North Carolina making it legal to hit protesters with your car, but an op-ed in a student paper. And when we want to talk about sexual assault — whether we're picking up Laura Kipnis's Unwanted Advances ("listen up, ladies!") or Vanessa Grigoriadis's Blurred Lines ("I'm listening, ladies") — we talk about campuses, even though women on college campuses aren't more at risk than their peers. So college sexual assault stands in for sexual assault generally, even though any reform of Title IX itself will only affect a small part of the population.
9-23-17 Popular Indian guru arrested over alleged rape of law student
Popular Indian guru arrested over alleged rape of law student
A popular spiritual guru has been arrested in India for the alleged rape of a 21-year-old woman, Indian media report. Falahari Maharaj is accused of raping the law student at his ashram in Alwar, a village in Rajasthan state. The self-styled "godman" faces 10 years in prison if convicted. Last month controversial Indian guru Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was sentenced to 20 years in prison for raping two female followers. Mr Maharaj was arrested on Saturday and taken to a hospital in Alwar to undergo a medical examination, police say. The woman, who is studying law in Jaipur, filed a complaint on 11 September alleging the attack had taken place on 7 August. Her report states that she visited Mr Maharaj's ashram in Alwar to donate money at her parents' request. She was, she says, raped after she agreed to stay overnight at the property, the Hindu newspaper reports. Mr Maharaj, she says, warned her against reporting the attack. However, she adds, she gained the courage to approach the police after the conviction of Ram Rahim Singh, who was found guilty of raping two followers between 1999 and 2002 in northern Haryana state.
9-22-17 Obama-era campus sex assault rules rescinded
Obama-era campus sex assault rules rescinded
The Trump administration has overturned rules introduced under President Barack Obama for handling university sex assault allegations. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the previous administration's guidance was unfairly tilted against the accused. Mrs DeVos said campuses would continue to confront such "horrific crimes". But she added: "The process also must be fair and impartial, giving everyone more confidence in its outcomes." The new interim instructions will allow universities to decide the standard of evidence to be used when handling complaints. The DeVos guidelines introduce the higher standard of proof option that there must be "clear and convincing evidence" in campus sex assault cases. Under President Obama, universities were able to judge students based on a preponderance of evidence, instead of guilt being proved beyond a reasonable doubt as in criminal cases. His administration's 2011 and 2014 college sexual misconduct policies also required colleges to investigate complaints even if there was a separate criminal inquiry. (Webmaster's comment: Trump ensures that male brutes can rape more and get away with it!)
9-22-17 March against murder
March against murder
Thousands of women demonstrated against FEMICIDE in cities across Mexico this week following the murder of a 19-year-old university student. The body of Mara Fernanda Castilla was discovered in a ditch some 50 miles outside of Mexico City; police believe she was sexually assaulted and strangled by a driver from the taxi app Cabify. She had used the service in the early hours of Sept. 8, but never reached her destination. The driver has been arrested. Chanting “Machismo must die,” the protesters demanded a stronger government response to an epidemic of violence against women. The government estimates that seven women are murdered every day; few of those murders result in a conviction.
9-21-17 Melania Trump mocked online after anti-bullying speech
Melania Trump mocked online after anti-bullying speech
Melania Trump has found herself being relentlessly mocked online - after giving a speech on the dangers of cyber-bullying. The US First Lady had set out combating cyber-bullying as one of her main priorities before entering the White House - although she is not believed to have set up a defined programme as yet. Wednesday's speech to the spouses of dozens of world leaders during the UN General Assembly was another chance to set out her agenda and focus for the next few years. "No child should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened, terrorised, bullied, isolated or afraid, with nowhere to turn," she said, urging others to heed her call for action. "We must teach each child the values of empathy and communication that are at the core of the kindness, mindfulness, integrity and leadership which can only be taught by example," Mrs Trump said, raising more than a few eyebrows in the process, given her husband's online behaviour. Donald Trump has been accused of using his own social media accounts to bully a vast array of people. Most recently, he retweeted a GIF (an animated image) of himself hitting a golf ball at his former opponent Hillary Clinton, causing her to fall over.
9-21-17 Canada MP sorry for Catherine McKenna 'climate Barbie' remark
Canada MP sorry for Catherine McKenna 'climate Barbie' remark
A Canadian Conservative MP has apologised after referring to environment minister Catherine McKenna as "climate Barbie". Gerry Ritz made the comment on Twitter during an online exchange over a climate-change report. The tweet provoked a furious response from Liberal MPs and others, and was later deleted. Mr Ritz apologised, saying his comments were "not reflective of the role the minister plays." He had taken to Twitter following a report about targets set out in the Paris climate-change accord not being met by major industrialised nations. In a reply to other Twitter users, he had written: "Has anyone told our climate Barbie!" Mrs McKenna fired back: "Do you use that sexist language about your daughter, mother, sister?" "We need more women in politics. Your sexist comments won't stop us," she added. In parliament, House leader Bardish Chagger said there was "no room for that kind of ignorance in Canadian politics". "Sexism is unacceptable," echoed Heritage Minister Melanie Joly. (Webmaster's comment: Right-Wingers, Conservatives and Republicans are all the same. Global Warming Deniers and Anti-Women!)
9-15-17 Campus rape: Presumed guilty?
Campus rape: Presumed guilty?
In 2016, a University of Massachusetts student was forced to leave school following an evening with a fellow junior. She performed oral sex on him; at the end of the night, they exchanged phone numbers. It was only later that she decided, based on “training” she’d received, that she had been sexually assaulted. The way this case was handled by college administrators “may seem perverse,” said Emily Yoffe in The Atlantic. But that approach was mandated by Obama-era campus sexual assault guidelines—which vaguely defined assault as any “unwelcome” contact, lowered the standard of proof against accused students, and stripped them of basic constitutional protections including access to evidence and the right to cross-examine witnesses. The result, said NationalReview.com in an editorial, was “a vast, morally outrageous, and oppressive system of kangaroo courts” that essentially presumed male students guilty in any ambiguous situation. Thankfully, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos last week announced she would rewrite those rules—arguing they do “a disservice to everyone involved.” “This is exactly what survivors, their advocates, and supporters of women’s rights have feared since Inauguration Day,” said Renée Graham in The Boston Globe. DeVos is worried about “the rights of the accused” but failed to mention that “only 2 to 10 percent of rape allegations are false,” according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. Until the Obama administration intervened, most victims were extremely unlikely to see their attackers punished for their brutal crimes. DeVos’ rollback “should come as no surprise,” said Dana Bolger and Alexandra Brodsky in The Washington Post. After all, she works for “a president who has bragged about sexually assaulting women”—and getting away with it.
9-15-17 US boxer Mayweather criticised for defending Trump lewd comments
US boxer Mayweather criticised for defending Trump lewd comments
US boxer Floyd Mayweather has been criticised on social media for defending vulgar comments made by Donald Trump in 2005 about women. "He speaks like a real man spoke," Mayweather, who attended President Trump's inauguration, told the Hollywood Unlocked website. The comments sparked a backlash, with critics pointing to the boxer's convictions for domestic violence. Mr Trump apologised after taped remarks about groping women emerged last year. Using graphic language, Mr Trump is heard bragging about kissing women and grabbing them by the genitals, during a private conversation. Mayweather told Hollywood Unlocked that Mr Trump "didn't do nothing". "Real men speak like: 'Man, she had a fat ass. You see her ass? I had to squeeze her ass?" the boxer said. "So he's talking locker-room talk. Locker-room talk." Many on social media referred to the boxer's history of attacking women.
9-11-17 The Indian women eating with their families for the first time
The Indian women eating with their families for the first time
Meals have a way of bringing families together. As food is laid out, everyone gathers round the table, conversation flows and families bond. But traditionally, eating together has not been encouraged in India. Men and children are fed first and only then can women sit down to eat. But in millions of poor homes, this practice has had an unintended consequence - malnutrition among women. Now, however, campaigners are urging women to eat with their families instead of after them. And, they say, the results have been very encouraging. No-one knows when or where or how the practice started, but like every other symbol of patriarchy, it is deeply entrenched in people's psyche. As a child, in my home too, my mother, grandmother, aunts and cousin's wives would cook and serve, but they would always be the last to eat. In the pecking order, gods came first - once food was prepared, a small portion of all the dishes would be offered to them. In my Brahmin home, even the resident cow was fed before humans - when my grandfather sat down to eat, he would set aside bits of food from every dish onto a small thick round piece of bread that was placed on a leaf. He would eat only after one of us had fed that to the cow. This staggered eating sometimes caused minor friction at home - if men delayed mealtimes, it just meant that the women's wait to eat got longer. It didn't matter how hungry they were, they just had to wait. (Webmaster's comment: In America domestically abused women often suffer the same fate! The man eats first and the woman must serve him and wait for him to finish.)
9-9-17 Fox News 'parts ways' with Eric Bolling after investigation
Fox News 'parts ways' with Eric Bolling after investigation
US television network Fox News has announced it and a host accused of sending lewd messages to female co-workers have decided to "part ways amicably". Eric Bolling was suspended in August as the network investigated accusations of inappropriate picture messages. His lawyer described the claims at the time as "untrue and terribly unfair". It was the latest of several high-profile harassment cases at the conservative cable news outlet. The allegations first emerged on the Huffington Post, which cited 14 unnamed sources claiming Mr Bolling had sent unsolicited photos of male genitalia to at least two female colleagues at Fox Business and Fox News. After initially suspending Mr Bolling pending an investigation, Fox News announced his departure on Friday. "We thank Eric for his ten years of service to our loyal viewers and wish him the best of luck," the network said in a statement. They also confirmed they were cancelling his show, The Specialists. Mr Bolling's lawyer, Michael Bowe had previously told the Reuters news agency that he intended to co-operate with the investigation so Mr Bolling could "return to work as quickly as possible." (Webmaster's comment: What else would you expect from a right-wing news organization. It's a perfect refuge for white males who want to abuse women.)
9-8-17 Pope Francis addresses violence against women on Colombia visit
Pope Francis addresses violence against women on Colombia visit
Pope Francis has condemned "verbal and physical violence towards women" and called for "respect" while addressing large crowds on a visit to Colombia. The Argentine pontiff, the first Pope to visit the country in over three decades, said that the Bible celebrates women who are strong and influential. "How many women, in silence, have persevered alone?" he asked those gathered in the city of Villavicencio. The Pope is on a five-day trip to show support for the Colombia peace process. He was repeatedly interrupted by applause as he told listeners at a huge open-air mass on Friday that many communities "are still weighed down with patriarchal and chauvinistic customs". The Pope has received a warm welcome in Colombia, a majority Roman Catholic country. As the country prepares to reintegrate former members of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) back into society, the pontiff is urging reconciliation and forgiveness following decades of bloody civil war. The crowd in Villavicencio on Friday included thousands of victims of the fighting. During the homily, the pontiff beatified two priests killed during the conflict and warned those present that the peace process needed reconciliation in order to work.
9-7-17 US to overhaul university campus sexual assault policy
US to overhaul university campus sexual assault policy
The US education department is planning to rewrite Obama-era rules on sexual assault on university campuses, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says. She said any new guidance on sexual assault must take into account both the rights of victims and the accused. The move signals a shift in how universities enforce Title IX, the federal law barring discrimination in education based on gender. Current rules will remain in place until a full review is conducted. The Obama-era rules have sparked debate in recent years in how universities handle the use of Title IX in sexual assault cases. "The era of 'rule by letter' is over," Mrs DeVos said on Thursday, referring to the Obama administration guidance from six years ago. The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) sent a letter to school districts college and university administrators in 2011, pushing them to combat sexual harassment and sexual assault. The 19-page letter, which began with the words "dear colleague," contended that sexual violence falls under sexual harassment, which is prohibited under Title IX. It said the government would withhold federal funding from schools found to be mishandling sexual assault complaints. Women's rights advocates praised the move as a major step in combating sexual violence, but critics said it had violated the due process rights of the accused. During a speech at George Mason University in Virginia, Mrs DeVos called the Obama-era guidelines a "failed system" that had done a "disservice to everyone involved". "Instead of working with schools on behalf of students, the prior administration weaponised the Office for Civil Rights to work against schools and against students," she said. (Webmaster's comment: I suspect the new rules will make it easier to rape and get away with it. But we shall see.)
9-5-17 Indian couple fly to Florida to beat daughter-in-law
Indian couple fly to Florida to beat daughter-in-law
An Indian couple flew 8,000 miles (13,000km) to help "discipline" their daughter-in-law, police in Florida say. Jasbir Kalsi, 67, and his wife Bhupinder, 62, are said to have travelled from the Punjab region to Hillsborough County to help "counsel and discipline" son Devbir's wife. Silky Gaind was discovered battered and bruised by a police officer on Saturday after getting a message to her parents. Her in-laws and husband are now facing multiple charges, including battery. Her father-in-law, who had been visiting with his wife for about a month, also allegedly held a knife to her throat. Ms Gaind, 33, had been held for some time before deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff Office arrived at her door, local media reported. Even then, the family attempted to bar them from entering the house, forcing the officers to call for back up as Ms Gaind called on them to help her and her one-year-old daughter. At a court hearing on Sunday, Ms Gaind told a judge her 33-year-old husband had left her in fear for her life. "I am so scared, because last night he was telling me he was going to kill me if I call the police. He would kill me to death, you know? He told me it would take 10 minutes for police to come and before that he would kill me and then kill himself," she said, according to Bay News 9. (Webmaster's comment:The desire of many males to hurt women has no bounds and knows no limits.)
8-30-17 I survived a tsunami of online hate and now fight to help others
I survived a tsunami of online hate and now fight to help others
Zoë Quinn was subjected to death and rape threats in the Gamergate campaign and had private pictures posted. Now she wants to help others facing internet abuse. WHEN Zoë Quinn picks up, she sounds a little on edge. “My phone came up ‘No caller ID’, which always makes me feel a bit nervous,” she says. “You understand why I might be a little stand-offish at first.” Quinn is a games developer in the US who co-founded Crash Override Network, a group that helps those subjected to online abuse. She is better known as a key target in the storm of abuse dubbed “Gamergate” – one of the most sustained and coordinated hate campaigns the internet has ever seen. And she lived to tell the tale. Her new book, Crash Override, is both autobiography and manual for dealing with the hate wars raging online. The first thing Quinn tells me is that online abuse is worse than most people think. Four in 10 people in the US have been harassed online, according to a recent Pew survey. Twitter is notorious for people posting racial and misogynistic abuse, for example, but anywhere that provides a public forum lets people vent the worst they have to give. “YouTube is a dumpster fire even worse than Reddit, and Reddit is a goddam joke,” says Quinn. Reddit – one of the largest online discussion sites, branding itself the front page of the internet – is increasingly popular with white supremacists, she says. Don’t feed the trolls, people say. But it is useless advice when the internet wants to destroy you. Quinn has received so many death threats she has lost count. Her home address and phone number were posted online. She has had 5 am phone calls from strangers detailing how they plan to rape her. Her father was harassed. Dead animals have been put in her mailbox. Nude photos were stolen, plastered across the internet and sent to family, friends and colleagues.
8-30-17 Mexican women are facing vicious cyberattacks
Mexican women are facing vicious cyberattacks
Online harassment and stalkers are far too common for many women in Mexico. Indira Cornelio stands before two dozen women crowded into a downtown Mexico City community center. She has a question for them. "How many of you have had to purge your Facebook page?" she asks. "You know, deleting photos, unfriending people you don't know." After a pause, almost every woman's hand up goes up. Nervous laughter spreads across the room. On a rainy Thursday afternoon, the Facebook Anonymous workshop, organized by the Ciberseguras ("Cyber-secure women") collective, is packed. The workshop opens with the attendees, women in their 20s and 30s, sharing personal experiences with the social network. Ciberseguras began hosting women-only online security workshops in 2016 to have a safe space to discuss and address digital violence. Today, the participants share experiences of online harassment, stalkers, and losing control over their personal information online. Every participant has a chance to speak, and every question, no matter how small, gets addressed. "We are not interested in scaring people about digital security. There are already so many fears women face in Mexico," says Cornelio, who works for the Mexico City nonprofit SocialTIC. "What we do is share information that will help break down those fears." In July, The New York Times reported that the Mexican government uses Pegasus spyware technology to monitor activists and journalists. While state-sponsored hacking grabs headlines, Ciberseguras has found that women face online abuse on many fronts. "Women who defend rural territories here in Mexico get threats from the narcos," Cornelio says. "The government monitors people digitally. And lastly, we see a lot of women who are targeted by their former partners."
8-29-17 India rapist guru: Judge calls Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh 'wild beast
India rapist guru: Judge calls Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh 'wild beast
A judge who sentenced a controversial Indian guru convicted of rape to 20 years in prison called him a "wild beast" who deserved no leniency. Judge Jagdeep Singh said in his order that Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's assault of his disciples was "custodial rape" and he "deserved maximum punishment". The self-styled holy man was found guilty of sexually assaulting two female followers from 1999 to 2002. Prosecutors had called for a life sentence. A lawyer for the victims said "40-50 women" had come forward with allegations of rape and they would be seeking further investigation in the case. Apart from the rape charges against him, Ram Rahim Singh denies charges of murder in two cases due to be heard next month. (Webmaster's comment: Excellent description of a rapist!)
Who is Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh?
- Controversial leader of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect, which claims to have 60 million followers around the world
- Took over the sect - which describes itself as "a non-profit social welfare and spiritual organisation" - when he was 23
- Performs at rock concerts, acts in films and even has his own line of food products
- Known as "rockstar baba" and "guru of bling" because of his shiny, colourful clothes
- Has been accused of mocking Sikh and Hindu figures
- Has been investigated for murder and rape, charges he denies
- Has been accused of forcing followers to undergo castration to "get closer to god"
8-28-17 India rape victim, 13, seeks court approval for abortion
India rape victim, 13, seeks court approval for abortion
The parents of a pregnant 13-year-old rape victim from the Indian city of Mumbai have gone to the Supreme Court seeking permission to abort her baby. The girl is 30 weeks pregnant. Indian law allows terminations after 20 weeks only if the mother's life is in danger. The pregnancy was discovered after her parents took her to a doctor to seek treatment for obesity. The girl alleges she was raped by her father's colleague, who has been arrested. Her case comes just days after a 10-year-old, also a rape victim, gave birth to a baby girl in the northern city of Chandigarh. Her plight made global headlines after the court turned down her request for abortion on the grounds that she was too far into her pregnancy. In May, a similar case was reported from the northern town of Haryana where a 10-year-old, allegedly raped by her stepfather, was allowed to abort. None of the girls can be named for legal reasons. (Webmaster's comment: Just like in America. It's mostly family members and their friends who rape the children.)
8-28-17 India guru rape: Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh jailed for 10 years
India guru rape: Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh jailed for 10 years
A controversial Indian godman convicted of rape on Friday has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Indian media reported that Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's followers had set a vehicle on fire just ahead of sentencing. Violence after Friday's verdict in Panchkula in northern Haryana state had killed some 38 people. The self-styled holy man was found guilty of sexually assaulting two female followers. Singh's legal team has already said it will appeal against the verdict in the Punjab and Haryana high court. Media reports said that prosecutors would be asking for a harsher sentence. They had called for a life term. A lawyer for the victims said 50 women had come forward with allegations of rape and they would be seeking further investigation in the case. "We believe there are at least 48 more victims who were sexually abused and who may have been killed or are too scared to come out and testify against Ram Rahim," lawyer Utsav Singh Bains told AFP. Ram Rahim Singh denies charges of murder in two cases due to be heard next month. Police say they have been given "shoot on sight" orders in case of trouble.
8-27-17 India guru rape: Followers start to leave Ram Rahim's HQ
India guru rape: Followers start to leave Ram Rahim's HQ
Followers of a controversial Indian guru have started to withdraw from his 1,000-acre compound in Sirsa, Haryana, after a tense stand-off with soldiers. Tens of thousands are still believed to be inside the headquarters of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect. Some 36 people died and hundreds were injured in riots on Friday after their leader, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, was convicted of raping two disciples. Authorities fear more bloodshed could follow when he is sentenced on Monday. Police arrested some 2,500 of the guru's devotees after 200,000 flocked to the town of Panchkula to hear the verdict. Some smashed cars and set media vans alight, insisting he was innocent. (Webmaster's comment: Rape seems to be an accepted privilege of religious leaders in India, even including the rape of children. Watch the movie "Maya" from our Child Abuse Movies list.)
8-26-17 India guru rape: Troops patrol city after Ram Rahim Singh verdict
India guru rape: Troops patrol city after Ram Rahim Singh verdict
Hundreds of troops are patrolling the northern Indian city of Panchkula after the rape conviction of a religious leader sparked deadly clashes. At least 30 people were killed on Friday during protests after the ruling against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh. They were believed to be followers of the self-styled guru, many of them killed by gunfire. Singh was found guilty of raping two women at the headquarters of his sect, the Dera Sacha Sauda, in 2002. Security forces were deployed to prevent further bloodshed after angry supporters rampaged through Panchkula, near Chandigarh. The state government in Haryana has ordered a search of all centres there that belong to Singh's followers. Officials said security personnel would seize any weapons they found. Troops have approached the sect's headquarters near the town of Sirsa, and are trying to establish contact with those inside, local reports say. (Webmaster's comment: Violence in support of a rapist. That must make the women in India feel real safe.)
8-25-17 Jihadist murders women
Jihadist murders women
Two women were stabbed to death last week and eight other people wounded—six of them women—in what police are treating as Finland’s first instance of jihadist terrorism. Police shot and wounded the suspected attacker, an 18-year-old Moroccan national who identified himself as Abderrahman Mechkah, who is now in custody. The suspect arrived in Finland in 2016 as an asylum seeker, and police said they received a tip earlier this year that Mechkah had been radicalized. Authorities said the information was too vague to act on. Six other people have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in planning the attack, which police said appeared to have deliberately targeted women. “We have feared this,” said Prime Minister Juha Sipila. “We are not an island anymore.”
8-25-17 India guru rape case: 12 die in unrest as Ram Rahim Singh convicted
India guru rape case: 12 die in unrest as Ram Rahim Singh convicted
At least 12 people have been killed in violent protests over the rape conviction of a popular religious leader in north India. The victims are believed to be Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's followers. Angry supporters are rampaging through Panchkula town, near Chandigarh. Reports of widespread vandalism are coming in. At least two railway stations have been set on fire. About 2,500 of Singh's followers have been arrested, police said. Earlier, followers smashed cars and set media vans alight. The latest death toll was reported by Indian media and Associated Press, quoting the chief medical officer of Panchkula's hospital. Singh, who claims to have millions of disciples, was found guilty of raping two women at the headquarters of his sect, known as Dera Sacha Sauda, in 2002. More than 200,000 of his followers had flocked to the Chandigarh area ahead of Friday's verdict. Thousands of army, police and paramilitary forces have been deployed. They fired tear-gas canisters and water cannon into the crowd to try to restore control, says the BBC's Ravinder Singh Robin in Panchkula. However, the region's police chief BS Sandhu said the violence was now under control. (Webmaster's comment: Violence in Support of Rape in the most backward country on the face of the planet! This kind of violence coming to America soon!)
8-24-17 India teen's hand cut off in dispute over mobile charger
India teen's hand cut off in dispute over mobile charger
A teenage girl in northern India is in critical condition after a sword-wielding man cut off one of her hands, allegedly because of a dispute over a mobile phone charger. The girl also received multiple stab wounds in the attack at a busy marketplace in Uttar Pradesh state. Passersby overpowered the attacker and handed him over to the police. Witnesses say the two had been arguing when the man assaulted her. Police have arrested the man. Police officials told BBC Hindi that the victim's family had complained that the man had also been stalking her. Her uncle, Sushil Kumar Trivedi, told BBC Hindi that she was walking to his house along with her mother to charge her phone when the attack took place. There have been waves of protests in India over the harassment and assault of women.
8-22-17 Triple talaq: India court bans Islamic instant divorce
Triple talaq: India court bans Islamic instant divorce
India's top court has ruled the practice of instant divorce in Islam unconstitutional, marking a major victory for women's rights activists. In a 3-2 majority verdict, the court called the practice "un-Islamic". India is one of a handful of countries where a Muslim man can divorce his wife in minutes by saying the word talaq (divorce) three times. The landmark court decision came in response to petitions challenging the so-called "triple talaq" custom. The cases were filed by five Muslim women who had been divorced in this way and two rights groups. Women's rights campaigners have hailed the court's decision as a historic win. There have been cases in which Muslim men in India have divorced their wives by issuing the so-called triple talaq by letter, telephone and, increasingly, by text message, WhatsApp and Skype. A number of these cases made their way to the courts as women contested the custom. Triple talaq divorce has no mention in Sharia Islamic law or the Koran, even though the practice has existed for decades. Islamic scholars say the Koran clearly spells out how to issue a divorce - it has to be spread over three months, allowing a couple time for reflection and reconciliation. Most Islamic countries, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, have banned triple talaq, but the custom has continued in India, which does not have a uniform set of laws on marriage and divorce that apply to every citizen.
8-21-17 The online abuse hurled at Malaysia's Muslim women
The online abuse hurled at Malaysia's Muslim women
When a 15-year-old Malaysian girl voiced her dream of becoming the country's first female prime minister on Twitter earlier this year, she was roundly abused online for not donning the hijab. Surekha Ragavan asks if Malay Muslim women encounter more rage on social media. It's no secret that women everywhere are vulnerable to abuse online. In Malaysia, women of all races face abuse, but activists say Muslim women are particularly targeted because of certain societal expectations. "We are seeing a trend where Muslim women [particularly Malay-Muslims] are targeted in a different way, especially when it comes to how they present themselves," says Juana Jaafar, a women's rights advocate who followed the case of the 15-year-old girl. Ms Jaafar says the attacks became so brutal for the girl, she was forced to delete her account and seek help offline. "Certainly if you have a Malay name, you become immediately visible." So what could be uniquely at play here? Well, in many conservative communities here, the "jaga tepi kain" culture, or the culture of minding your neighbour's business, is commonplace. This idea of "airing one's dirty laundry in public" has noticeably seeped into online spaces as well, encouraged in part by thriving Malay language tabloid and gossip sites. But it's more a cultural issue than a religious one. Ms Jaafar said, "The religion doesn't encourage the ["jaga tepi kain"] behaviour. There are hadiths that talk about respecting privacy."
8-19-17 Finland killings: Knifeman 'targeted women in Turku terror attack'
Finland killings: Knifeman 'targeted women in Turku terror attack'
Police in Finland say a knifeman who killed two people in the south-western city of Turku on Friday appeared to choose women as targets. They are treating the attack as a terrorist incident. The suspect, arrested after being shot by police, is an 18-year-old Moroccan. Four other Moroccans have been held. The two women stabbed to death were both Finnish. Eight people were also injured, among them a Briton, a Swede and an Italian. The ages of the casualties ranged from 15 to 67, police said, but gave no more details. PM Juha Sipila told a press conference that Finland had experienced a terror attack for the first time. (Webmaster's comment: Notice that hate crimes are usually against women because they are the physically weaker sex thus of less danger to the attacker. The MEN that do these attacks are the worst of cowards! The world should fast-track trial these EVIL creatures and publicly execute them in the center of town by hanging them with a short rope!)
8-18-17 Indian rape victim, 10, and her baby 'doing fine'
Indian rape victim, 10, and her baby 'doing fine'
A 10-year-old Indian rape victim and the baby girl she gave birth to are doing fine, her doctor told the BBC. Dr Dasari Harish said her surgery was initially scheduled for Monday, but it was moved to Thursday morning after she developed high blood pressure. The girl was denied permission to abort by the Supreme Court last month. Her story made headlines in India. But she is not aware she has given birth. She was told she had a big stone in her stomach which caused the bulge. The girl alleges she was raped by her uncle, who has been arrested. Her pregnancy was discovered in mid-July when she complained of stomach ache and her parents took her to hospital.
8-17-17 Texas: Video of invasive search shows 'rape by cop', says lawyer
Texas: Video of invasive search shows 'rape by cop', says lawyer
The lawyer for a black woman in the US state of Texas has released a police video which he says shows that she was subjected to an invasive search that amounts to "rape by cop". In 2015, Charnesia Corley, then 20 years old, had her vagina forcibly searched for drugs after being stopped by police, lawyer Samuel Cammack said. Charges against two officers have been dropped. A federal lawsuit is ongoing. The lawyer wants an independent prosecutor to investigate the case. Police officers had accused Ms Corley, then a college student who had been stopped for allegedly driving through a stop sign, of carrying marijuana. The incident happened at night on 20 June 2015 in a Texaco car park in Houston. The dashcam footage - released by Mr Cammack after the charges against two Harris County deputies were dropped earlier this month - shows her handcuffed while two officers look inside the vehicle. She is then searched, but the view of the camera is obstructed by the open rear-passenger door. Ms Corley is put on the ground, with no clothes below the waist, while a female officer shines a flashlight in her pubic area, in an operation that lasts 11 minutes. The footage does not show the alleged penetration. Ms Corley is then allowed to stand and cover her body. (Webmaster's comment: IT'S UNBELIEVABLE WHAT POLICE PIGS CAN GET AWAY WITH!)
8-17-17 Indian rape victim, 10, gives birth by Caesarean section
Indian rape victim, 10, gives birth by Caesarean section
India has a grim record of sexual assaults on children, with more than 10,000 raped in 2015. A 10-year-old rape victim who was denied permission for an abortion by the Indian Supreme Court last month has given birth to a baby girl. The girl is not aware that she has given birth. During her pregnancy she was told her bulge was because she had a big stone in her stomach. The baby weighing 2.5kg (5.5lb) was delivered by Caesarean section in Chandigarh at 09:22 (03:52 GMT). Both the mother and the newborn are doing fine, an official told the BBC. The girl alleges she was raped several times in the past seven months by her uncle, who has been arrested. Her pregnancy was discovered in mid-July when she complained of stomach ache and her parents took her to hospital. A local court in Chandigarh turned down the abortion plea on the grounds that she was too far into her pregnancy after a doctors' panel said that termination of the pregnancy would be "too risky". Later, the Supreme Court also refused to allow an abortion for her on similar grounds. (Webmaster's comment: AT LEAST 7.2 MILLION CHILDREN, BOTH GIRLS AND BOYS, ARE RAPED IN THE UNITED STATES EVERY YEAR, MOSTLY BY FAMILY MEMBERS. UNITED STATES IS THE CHILD RAPE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!)
8-15-17 Taylor Swift sexual assault case: Why is it significant?
Taylor Swift sexual assault case: Why is it significant?
US pop singer Taylor Swift has won a civil case against an ex-DJ who she said grabbed her bottom after putting his hand under her skirt during a pre-concert photo opportunity in 2013. The case has grabbed headlines for the star's bold testimony in court, and emphasis that she wanted to fight the case not just for herself but for all women who are victimised. Here are four reasons why it's significant.
- It highlighted the underreporting of sexual assault
- She refused to back down: Gutsy testimony praised
- It's being seen as a bigger victory: Dealing with groping in the office
- In this case the celebrity was the alleged victim, not the alleged perpetrator
8-16-17 Italy teenager's harassment account goes viral
Italy teenager's harassment account goes viral
An Italian teenager's account of being sexually harassed has gone viral after she described feeling "lucky for not being raped". Anita Fallani, 18, from the northern town of Scandicci, said she was returning home at night when an unknown man started asking her questions. She ignored him, but he kept following her. Ms Fallani wrote: "I wonder why I don't have the same freedom as a male." Her words have been reported in Italian media and shared thousands of times. Ms Fallani - who is the daughter of the mayor of the Tuscany town - described being targeted by the man while she waited for a tram after a night out with a friend. "You see me and you think you should start bothering me. I've never seen you, I have no idea who you are, but it doesn't stop you. 'Good evening miss, how are you? What's your name? Why don't you answer?'," she wrote, recalling what he said. She said she ignored his questions and, after boarding the tram, put her headphones on, hoping that the man would stop bothering her. But later, when she got off, he followed her. "I feel like crying. I feel lonely and I don't know what to do."
8-15-17 Taylor Swift wins assault case against DJ
Taylor Swift wins assault case against DJ
Pop star Taylor Swift has won a sexual assault case against ex-radio DJ David Mueller, who she said had groped her at a 2013 concert. He assaulted her by grabbing her bottom beneath her skirt during a photo shoot, a jury in Denver, Colorado, found. She was awarded a symbolic $1 (77p) in damages that she had sought. Mr Mueller had originally tried to sue the pop star, saying that her claims had cost him his job. But that lawsuit was thrown out by a judge last week. On Monday, the jury also rejected similar claims Mueller had made against the singer's mother, Andrea Swift, and her radio liaison, Frank Bell. In a statement following the verdict, Ms Swift said: "I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this. "My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves." The assault took place during a Denver stopover on the singer's Red tour. (Webmaster's comment: Trump won't like this verdict. He also also bragged about sexaully groping women against their will.)
8-12-17 Taylor Swift assault case: Judge throws out DJ's lawsuit
Taylor Swift assault case: Judge throws out DJ's lawsuit
Pop star Taylor Swift has won a key victory in her court battle with ex-radio DJ David Mueller, who she claims groped her at a 2013 concert. Mr Mueller, 55, originally sued the pop star for $3m (£2.3m), saying she cost him his job. His claim was dismissed on Friday in a Denver court. US District Judge William Martinez ruled that Ms Swift was not liable, as Mr Mueller had not proved she set out to get him fired. The DJ made the same claims against the singer's mother Andrea Swift, and her radio liaison, Frank Bell. A jury will now decide if they are accountable for Mr Mueller's sacking. Ms Swift, 27, has countersued the DJ for allegedly groping her after she agreed to pose for a photo with him and his girlfriend. She is seeking a symbolic $1 in damages, which she has pledged to donate to charity. The ruling against Mr Mueller came on the fifth day of the trial. Ms Swift's ex-bodyguard gave evidence on Friday, backing her sex assault claims by testifying that he saw the DJ reach under her skirt. Greg Dent told the Colorado court he "did not see his hand touch her physically", but "saw his hand under her skirt". The alleged assault is said to have occurred in 2013 during a Denver stopover on the singer's Red tour. Mr Mueller, then a host on the radio station KYGO, had been invited to meet her before the show. Ms Swift complained to KYGO and the station fired Mr Mueller two days later.
8-11-17 Dallas Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott suspended over domestic abuse
Dallas Cowboys' Ezekiel Elliott suspended over domestic abuse
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended for six games after domestic violence incidents, the NFL announced. The move came after a yearlong league investigation into claims he abused his then-girlfriend in Ohio in 2016. Prosecutors decided not to charge Elliott, but the league's inquiry found substantial evidence showing physical confrontations with his ex-girlfriend. The 22-year-old footballer has three days to appeal the decision. According to a statement by the National Football League (NFL), Elliott will be suspended without pay for "violating the league's Personal Conduct Policy". According to ESPN, the suspension also voids the guarantees in his four-year - nearly $25m (£19.2) contract - with the Cowboys. He may also be forced to forfeit other payments received from the team including over $1m in signing bonus pay. The ruling also requires Elliott to be evaluated for counselling or treatment and to provide evidence that he has followed up on any recommendations made. The statement described the year-long "extensive investigation" by the league, in which they reviewed "thousands of text messages", spoke to medical experts, witnesses and the victim herself. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell consulted with a team of advisers, the statement says, adding that they were present along with Elliott's legal team when he was interviewed by league officials during a meeting on 26 June 2016 in New York City. (Webmaster's comment: Physical assault is A CRIME, and he should be arrested, charged, tried, convicted and IN PRISON!)
8-11-17 Taylor Swift wasn't backing down in court
Taylor Swift wasn't backing down in court
Taylor Swift has been praised for her "sharp, gutsy and satisfying" testimony over allegations of sexual assault. The pop star claims former radio DJ David Mueller groped her while posing for a photo at one of her concerts in 2013 - a charge which he denies. "Just like her expertly crafted lyrics, Taylor Swift was precise, self-assured and direct," said Billboard magazine. Speaking in court, Swift refused to back down or give ground to the DJ's lawyer. Asked if she was critical of her bodyguard, Swift replied: "I'm critical of your client sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my ass". She testified that her security team had seen Mueller "lift my skirt" but only a person on the floor "looking up my skirt" could have seen the entire act "and we didn't have anyone positioned there". Swift also rejected the accusation that she had misidentified Mueller, saying: "I'm not going to allow you or your client to say I am to blame." "He had a handful of my ass. It happened to me. I know it was him."
8-10-17 Nepal criminalises banishing menstruating women to huts
Nepal criminalises banishing menstruating women to huts
Lawmakers in Nepal have passed a law criminalising a practice that forces women from their homes during menstruation. Under the law anyone who makes a woman observe the custom faces a three-month jail sentence and a $30 (£23) fine. The practice, known as chhaupadi, has been in the spotlight recently after two women died while sleeping in sheds. Campaigners say the legislation must be properly enforced, but say behaviour also needs to change. Under the ancient Hindu practice, women who have their periods or who have just given birth are seen as impure or as bringers of bad luck, and can be forced to sleep in huts or cattle sheds.
8-9-17 Jennifer Lawrence 'blindsided' by nude photos leak
Jennifer Lawrence 'blindsided' by nude photos leak
Jennifer Lawrence has said the leaking of nude photos of her left her feeling "blindsided". Intimate images of the Oscar-winning actress were published online in 2014. She told Vogue: "I think people saw [the hacking] for what it was, which was a sex crime, but that feeling, I haven't been able to get rid of it. "Having your privacy violated constantly isn't a problem if you're perfect. But if you're human, it's terrifying." She added: "When my publicist calls me, I'm like, 'Oh, my God, what is it?' Even when it's nothing. I'm always waiting to get blindsided again. "It's scary when you feel the whole world judges you."
8-9-17 Norwegian singer gets death threats over black love interest in music video
Norwegian singer gets death threats over black love interest in music video
A Norwegian pop star says she's received death threats after using a black actor to play her love interest in a music video. Sophie Elise told Radio 1 Newsbeat: "There's been so much hate, it's the most brutal thing I've seen in my life." "The video was supposed to be about love. It just shows that it's 2017 but we haven't gone very far." The singer says she's afraid to leave her house. She's closed her Instagram over the unwanted attention. The 22-year-old also says she disabled the comments option on the YouTube post because of the abuse she was getting. Sophie Elise was recently signed by the Universal Music Group. That makes her label mates with Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Kanye West. The video for her latest single, All Your Friends has more than 250,000 views. Although they've now been removed the comments included death threats as well as racist and sexist abuse. (Webmaster's comment: The abuse of women never stops. It's especially bad in the United States but it's also worldwide.)
8-9-17 #AintNoCinderella: Why Indian women are posting midnight photos
#AintNoCinderella: Why Indian women are posting midnight photos
Women in India have been posting photographs of themselves enjoying a night out on social media in response to a politician who said a woman who was chased in her car by two men "should not have gone out so late at night". Varnika Kundu, who works as a DJ in the northern city of Chandigarh, was returning home on Friday night when she was allegedly chased by the men, one of whom was Vikas Barala, the son of a prominent politician from India's governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). On Wednesday, Mr Barala was arrested - police say he stands accused of "stalking, drink-driving and attempt to kidnap". Ms Kundu said she was "chased and almost kidnapped" and that she was "not lying raped and murdered in a ditch somewhere" only because police quickly responded to her distress call and rescued her. After she wrote a Facebook post about her ordeal which went viral, senior BJP politician in Haryana state Ramveer Bhatti blamed Ms Kundu for what happened to her. "The girl should not have gone out at 12 in the night," he told the CNN-News18 television channel. "Why was she driving so late in the night? The atmosphere is not right. We need to take care of ourselves." Mr Bhatti then went on to tell The Times of India that "parents must take care of their children. They shouldn't allow them to roam at night. Children should come home on time, why stay out at night?" This "victim shaming" didn't go down well, and soon women began posting photos of themselves out at night under the hashtag #AintNoCinderella.
8-8-17 Taylor Swift 'certain' she was groped by DJ, court hears
Taylor Swift 'certain' she was groped by DJ, court hears
Pop star Taylor Swift is "absolutely certain" she was groped by a Colorado radio DJ, a court has heard. Ms Swift, 27, accuses broadcaster David Mueller of slipping his hand under her dress while they posed backstage together at one of her 2013 concerts. Her lawyer said in his opening statement at the court in Denver, Colorado, that Mr Mueller had "grabbed her rear end". Mr Mueller sued the singer in September 2015, calling her allegation false. He said she had cost him his $150,000-a-year job as a host at country station KYGO-FM. Ms Swift - who was in court on Tuesday - countersued a month later, saying what occurred at the city's Pepsi Center was assault and battery. On Tuesday, jurors were shown a photograph of the alleged assault at a VIP room meet-and-great before the gig on 2 June 2013. In the picture, Mr Mueller and his then-girlfriend, Shannon Melcher, stand with Ms Swift in the middle. All are smiling, and Mr Mueller's right hand is hidden behind the Shake it Off singer. Mr Mueller's lawyer, Gabriel McFarland, said in his opening statement the image shows his client's hand "is not underneath Miss Swift's skirt, and her skirt is not rumpled in any fashion". (Webmaster's comment: Trump empowered groping by bragging about his groping.)
8-8-17 Diplomats may be using their immunity to abuse domestic workers
Diplomats may be using their immunity to abuse domestic workers
This woman says she was trafficked by a diplomat. And she's not alone. A half-hour outside of Washington, D.C., there's a six-bedroom townhouse with a white portico. It was the house of Jane Kambalame, a diplomat in the United States from Malawi. Her job was to advocate for Malawian citizens. But there was one Malawian who didn't get Kambalame's help: Kambalame's maid, Fainess Lipenga. For three years, Lipenga was treated almost like a slave. "My life was miserable," Lipenga says. She was forced to work 16 hours a day, seven days a week. She was paid less than 50 cents an hour. Kambalame disputes those allegations. Diplomats in the United States have long taken advantage of visa laws and diplomatic immunity to exploit their domestic workers. A 2008 GAO report found 42 cases, between 2000 and 2008, of alleged abuse of domestic workers of diplomats and employees of foreign organizations in the U.S. But the report noted the actual amount of abuse was probably much higher because it often goes unreported. Lipenga started working for Kambalame back in Malawi. Lipenga says at that point, things were fine. Kambalame was a good boss. "It was a beautiful family. First class. There were no red flags," Lipenga recalls. But once they arrived in the United States, Lipenga says it was like everything changed overnight. Kambalame took away Lipenga's passport and locked her in the house. "She listened on the phone whenever I talked to my family and would disconnect it when she left the house." Lipenga was forced to sleep on the basement floor, and she wasn't allowed to use the family's soap or shampoo because she was told she'd "contaminate" them.
8-8-17 Taylor Swift groping trial: What you need to know
Taylor Swift groping trial: What you need to know
Taylor Swift has appeared in court in Denver, where she is accusing a radio DJ of groping her during a photo shoot. The pop star sat next to her lawyers as they began the process of selecting a jury for the trial, where she is expected to testify. Swift, 27, says that broadcaster David Mueller slipped his hand under her dress while they posed together at one of her concerts in 2013. Mueller sued first, saying that Swift's allegation cost him his job. Swift countersued one month later, describing the groping incident as "completely intentional". (Webmaster's comment: Mueller probably felt empowered by Trump's example of sexual groping.)
8-7-17 South Africa minister Mduduzi Manana sorry for nightclub 'assault'
South Africa minister Mduduzi Manana sorry for nightclub 'assault'
South Africa's Deputy Education Minister Mduduzi Manana has been accused of hitting a woman during a row at a nightclub. Mr Manana has apologised for the "shameful incident" saying that even though he was provoked, he "should have exercised restraint". Women's minister Susan Shabangu said she received the news of the alleged assault "with great shock". South Africa has one of the highest rates of sexual violence in the world. Police figures showed that 64,000 cases were reported last year. A police spokesman confirmed to Agence France-Presse that they were investigating the alleged incident, which took place in the early hours of Sunday morning.
8-6-17 Fox News host Eric Bolling suspended over 'lewd messages'
Fox News host Eric Bolling suspended over 'lewd messages'
US television network Fox News has suspended one of its presenters after he was accused of sending lewd photographs to three female co-workers. Eric Bolling, a long-time host at the network, allegedly sent the messages on separate occasions several years ago. His lawyer described the claims as "untrue and terribly unfair". Fox News said an investigation was under way. The conservative cable news outlet has been hit by several high-profile harassment cases recently. Citing 14 unnamed sources, the Huffington Post, a politically liberal news site, reports that Mr Bolling sent unsolicited photos of male genitalia by text message to at least two colleagues at Fox Business and one at Fox News. "Eric Bolling has been suspended pending the results of an investigation, which is currently under way," a Fox News spokesperson said. Mr Bolling's lawyer, Michael Bowe, told Reuters news agency: "The anonymous, uncorroborated claims are untrue and terribly unfair. "We intend to fully co-operate with the investigation so that it can be concluded and Eric can return to work as quickly as possible." (Webmaster's comment: Fox news seems to be a cesspool of sexual predators.)
8-4-17 Rapists’ loophole closed
Rapists’ loophole closed
Women’s rights activists celebrated in Jordan this week after the country’s parliament repealed a law allowing rapists to escape prison by marrying their victims. The law was intended to minimize the social stigma attached to rape victims, but it sentenced victims to a lifetime with their abusers, and many ended up committing suicide. No girl should be “presented as a gift” to her rapist, said Jordanian lawmaker Wafa Bani Mustafa. Jordan is just the latest Arab country to repeal such a law, following Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia. A campaign is underway in Lebanon to abolish a similar law.
8-1-17 Jordan MPs vote to scrap rape law loophole
Jordan MPs vote to scrap rape law loophole
Jordanian MPs have voted to scrap a law enabling rapists to avoid punishment if they marry their victim. The lower house backed the removal of a controversial clause known as Article 308. Rights activists have long campaigned to abolish the provision, whose proponents argued protected victims from the social stigma of rape. The decision must still be approved by Jordan's upper house and ratified by the king before it takes effect. Jordan is one of a declining handful of countries in the region with such loopholes in its penal code. Last week Tunisia revoked a similar provision for rapists there, while Lebanon is also considering following suite.
8-1-17 Half of all Australian university students 'harassed'
Half of all Australian university students 'harassed'
More than half of university students in Australia were sexually harassed at least once in 2016, according to a national survey. The Australian Human Rights Commission report also found that almost 7% of students were sexually assaulted on at least one occasion in 2015 or 2016. Women at university were more likely than men to be assaulted or harassed, the commission found. The milestone study is said to be the largest of its kind in Australia. Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins said the report painted a "disturbing" picture of university life. "It is confronting to learn that sexual assault and sexual harassment are a common part of these students' experiences in their academic, their social and their residential life," she said. "Sadly, the impacts of these experiences have devastating impacts and it can be life-changing, affecting health, studies and future careers." The study of 39 universities and 31,000 students found that sexual assault and harassment had occurred in varying degrees in all university settings. It defined sexual assault as being "when a person is forced, coerced or tricked into sexual acts against their will or without consent, including when they have withdrawn their consent". Unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, such as inappropriate leering or comments, constituted sexual harassment. "One in five of those who were sexually assaulted said that this occurred at a university or residence social event," said Ms Jenkins. "We found that college settings are a particular area of concern, particularly for women who were four times as likely as men to have been sexually assaulted in this setting." (Webmaster's comment: Women are under assault everywhere!)
7-31-17 Understanding the emotions of psychopaths
Understanding the emotions of psychopaths
Psychopaths have long captured the imagination. The names of famous psychopaths, such as Jeffrey Dahmer and Ted Bundy, evoke a morbid curiosity. The crimes committed by these men are so vicious, so unfathomably cruel, that it's impossible to imagine how someone could do such a thing. The severed heads kept as mementos in Bundy's apartment or the partially eaten body parts stowed away in Dahmer's refrigerator are the result of simply inexplicable personalities. So it makes sense that the psychopath is often portrayed as cold-blooded and fearless, and, most of all, as a predator incapable of human emotion. However, research is growing to suggest that this might not be totally accurate. There is now substantial evidence that psychopaths can in fact experience emotions — but only under the right circumstances. And they can display normal emotional responses — when the emotion is part of their goal, or when they are invited to respond to perceptually simple basic shapes or single objects. Yet their reactions to the same stimuli are deficient when their attention is focused on an alternative goal or to a complex situation. This means that, while psychopaths are capable of experiencing and displaying emotions in some situations, what confounds them is complexity.
7-31-17 How to stop being a pushover and get your life back
How to stop being a pushover and get your life back
someone consistently taking advantage of you? Your romantic partner or your boss? Do you rush around trying to do things for them but they never seem to have your back? Or is keeping up with their mood swings and meltdowns a 24/7 job? Do you find yourself doing more and more but getting less and less? And when you try to talk to them about it in a reasonable way, do they fly off the handle or burst into tears — and nothing ever changes? You might be a "caretaker" to someone with narcissistic or borderline traits. And that's a really bad place to be. But there are things you can do to improve the situation. Psychotherapist Margalis Fjelstad brings some solid answers in her book: Stop Caretaking the Borderline or Narcissist: How to End the Drama and Get On with Life. Narcissistic Personality Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder are serious mental health issues — not stuff you want to casually diagnose without a P and H and D after your name. But people who exhibit enough of the characteristics of those problems can mess up your life, even at subclinical levels. So let's learn the basics about these difficult folks and then find out how to stop being a pushover when you deal with them.
What's a narcissist? What's a borderline?
- An increased sense of importance
- Preoccupations with fantasies of success, wealth, beauty, and talent
- A strong sense of being unique and special
- A sense of entitlement to being treated better than others
- Exploitation of others
- Unwilling or unable to notice or understand other's feelings
- Envy and arrogance
You're probably a "caretaker"
- Leave. Now: Narcissists and borderlines are unlikely to change. So it's not a bad idea to change how often you see them to "never."
- Quit trying to change them and start changing yourself: It's on you if you want this to get better.
- Stop talking, start doing: Talk is very cheap. Always know what you will do if they don't comply.
- Establish boundaries: I'm not explaining this one. I'm at my limit. You're not the boss of me.
- Rebuild your life: I'm not explaining this one either. I'm going to the gym.
- Picking people with the qualities you value
- Identifying the good qualities and the shortcomings of the person
- Being aware of how much you each talk and share about yourselves
- Observing how the two of you decide what to do and where to go
- Observing whether this person has good boundaries without being too distant
- Ask the other person to do something that is inconvenient
- Reschedule a get together
- Identify something that you find uncomfortable about this new friend and let him or her know
7-30-17 Bangladesh police arrest four in 'shaved heads' student rape case
Bangladesh police arrest four in 'shaved heads' student rape case
Four men have been arrested in Bangladesh over the alleged rape of a student, after pictures of her with a shaved head were shared online. Police said Tufan Sarker, a unionist linked to the governing Awami League party, was among those detained. A manhunt is underway for Mr Sarker's wife, Asha Khatun, who is accused of beating the 16-year-old and her mother and shaving their heads. The photos caused outrage in Bangladesh and authorities were urged to act fast. Mr Sarker, 25, was charged on Friday by police from the Bogra district with raping the girl and threatening to kill her, officials said. "He threatened to kill her and her mother if she would dare to talk to anyone about the incident," local police spokesman Sonaton Chakroborty told AFP news agency.
7-28-17 Congressman threatens women
Congressman threatens women
A Republican congressman blamed “female senators from the Northeast” for his party’s struggles to repeal Obamacare, and said he wished he could challenge them to a duel. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) said that if three female Republican senators were men, he would ask them to “step outside and settle this Aaron Burr–style,” a reference to the gun duel that killed Alexander Hamilton.
7-28-17 Man killed wife on cruise ship for 'laughing' at him
Man killed wife on cruise ship for 'laughing' at him
A man suspected of killing his wife while on a cruise ship in the US state of Alaska did so because "she would not stop laughing" at him, a witness says. Kenneth Manzanares has been charged with the murder of his 39-year-old wife, whose body was found with severe head wounds in their cabin. He was detained after security agents found blood on his hands and clothes, court documents said. Mr Manzanares' court-appointed public defender has not commented. The victim has been identified by US media as Kristy Manzanares, from Utah. A witness who entered the couple's cabin before the security agents said he saw the 39-year-old suspect dragging the victim's body to the balcony, the documents said. The witness then grabbed the woman's ankles and pulled her back in. When he asked Mr Manzanares what had happened, the man allegedly said: "She would not stop laughing at me."
7-28-17 Campus rape: A presumption of guilt?
Campus rape: A presumption of guilt?
“No one wants to see someone wrongfully accused and punished,” said Rekha Basu in The Des Moines Register. But the Trump administration, led by our groper in chief, is about to undo all the hard-won progress we’ve made on campus rape in recent years. Before the Title IX guidelines, allegations were all too often ignored, and 80 percent of victims were afraid to report attacks. “The highest estimate of false reports,” by contrast, is just “8 percent,” said Lauren Duca in TeenVogue.com. Yet the Trump administration wants to “do more to protect the rights of alleged rapists.” No surprise there, given that this president is “a self-identified predator” who boasted on videotape that he sees “women as objects to be gawked at and grabbed.”
7-25-17 Spanish deal to tackle gender-based violence
Spanish deal to tackle gender-based violence
Spain's political parties are celebrating a "historic" €1bn (£895m; $1.2bn) five-year programme to tackle gender-based violence. The measures include providing victims of abuse with six months' unconditional unemployment benefit to give them a new start, and outlawing imprisoned abusers from being visited by their children. The agreement was reached after six months and 66 expert hearings. Reports say 870 women died from gender-based violence between 2003 and 2016. (Webmaster's comment: Over 15,000 American women have been murdered by their husbands of boyfriends between 2003 and 2016!) So far in 2017, at least 31 women have died along with six minors. (Webmaster's comment: So far over 600 American women have been murdered by husbands and boyfriends in 2017.) Sixteen minors have been orphaned. Spanish politicians have pursued successive programmes to address the issue since 1997, when 60-year-old Ana Orantes was beaten, thrown over a balcony and then burned to death by her ex-husband after repeatedly complaining to authorities about his violent behaviour. She had been forced to divide her home with her husband on the order of a divorce court. Among the 200 measures that received parliamentary endorsement late on Monday are:
- The status of victim will be extended to women who have not yet filed a criminal complaint, to allow them to access safeguards and assistance
- Mechanisms for identifying victims of gender-based violence will be established in hospital emergency rooms and primary care
- Children orphaned by gender-based violence will have priority access to state benefits including educational support. Their guardians (excluding the abuser) will receive tax benefits and priority access to housing
- Tougher sanctions for gender-based crimes committed on the internet
- School curriculums to include lessons to tackle sexism and raise awareness of the feminist movement
(Webmaster's comment: We need to do the same things in American! Over 17 times as many women die from gender-based violence in America as in Spain!)
7-13-17 Qatar Airways CEO sorry for calling US air hostesses 'grandmothers'
Qatar Airways CEO sorry for calling US air hostesses 'grandmothers'
The chief executive of Qatar Airways has apologised for comments he made about flight attendants that were condemned as both sexist and ageist. In a speech at a dinner in Ireland last week, Akbar Al Baker said US airlines were "crap" and their passengers were "always being served by grandmothers". He also boasted that "the average age of my cabin crew is only 26". On Wednesday, Mr Al Baker said the "careless" remarks did not reflect his "true sentiments about cabin crew". "Competition among air carriers is robust. This is healthy, especially for our passengers, but our competition must remain respectful," he wrote in a letter to the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA), a US trade union that has some 50,000 members from 20 airlines. "For the cabin crew serving aboard all air carriers, professionalism, skill and dedication are the qualities that matter. I was wrong to imply that other factors, like age, are relevant," he added. The AFA's president, Sara Nelson, said she accepted the apology. (Webmaster's comment: Another businessman emmulating Trump!)
7-11-17 Tech boss attacks 'whiners' in angry email
Tech boss attacks 'whiners' in angry email
The co-founder of a Silicon Valley investment firm said it is "not my job to make you all feel good" in a long email to staff and investors. Jonathan Teo from Binary Capital was responding to negative press coverage about the firm following allegations of sexual harassment by his co-founder Justin Caldbeck. He added that he was "tired and indignant", and raged against "whiners" who demanded his attention. Mr Teo has already offered to resign. He did so after Mr Caldbeck left the firm in June. "I'm incredibly sorry," Mr Caldbeck tweeted when the news broke last month. Mr Caldbeck's actions were one of several sexism scandals to rock Silicon Valley in recent months. They include a damning report into the work culture inside ride-hailing firm Uber, and the resignation of venture capitalist Dave McClure, who admitted "inexcusable behaviour" towards "multiple women".
7-10-17 'Comfort women': Researchers claim first known film
'Comfort women': Researchers claim first known film
South Korea has released what it says is the first known footage of "comfort women" forced to work as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during World War Two. Filmed by US troops in China, the clip was found by government-funded researchers at Seoul National University in US archives. The 18-second clip shows several women lined up talking to a Chinese soldier. South Korean activists estimate 200,000 women were forced into brothels for Japan's military. They are believed to have been mainly from Korea, but also from China, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Taiwan. Until now, the only records of women forced into sexual slavery by the Japanese military during World War Two had been photographs and survivor testimonials. (Webmaster's comment: The Japanese provided Japanese comfort women for US soldiers stationed in Japan after WWII. The US soldiers were lined up for blocks to get into the brothels. The woman serviced up to 60 US soldiers per day. American Troops Used Comfort Women)
7-7-17 Thunder Bay police under fire for indigenous deaths
Thunder Bay police under fire for indigenous deaths
The death of an indigenous woman in Thunder Bay is the latest in a series of violent incidents affecting the local indigenous community. As the police ponder whether to charge her assailant with murder, many are wondering if the force has what it takes to pursue justice for all. Now her family and the indigenous community want to see Bushby's charges upgraded, and the driver and other passengers in the car charged as well. "I want them to be in jail and feel the same kind of pain I've been feeling," she says. But a number of external reviews of the Thunder Bay Police Service, as well as decades of racially-motivated violence, have left many with considerable doubt. "At this point in time, we don't have the faith in the Thunder Bay police to be able to conduct a proper investigation and a fair investigation," says Anna Betty Achneepineskum, the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief. Attacks like the one that killed Kentner are all too commonplace in Thunder Bay, says her childhood friend Deanne Hupfield. The city of about 100,000 is one of the last urban outposts on the way to Ontario's vast north, which is mostly inhabited by indigenous people on reserves. In 2011, 10% of the city's population had Aboriginal identity, compared to about 4% across the country. Hupfield says throwing things at indigenous women "is a normal thing here". "It happened to me growing up. It happened to my mom, my sisters and my friends." She says people would yell racial and sexual epithets and chuck beer cans, water bottles or trash at them.
7-7-17 Fox host Charles Payne suspended amid harassment claim
Fox host Charles Payne suspended amid harassment claim
A Fox Business Network presenter has been suspended amid reports of a sexual harassment allegation - the latest such claim to hit the cable giant. An analyst says the channel sidelined her after she ended an extramarital affair with Making Money host Charles Payne, the Los Angeles Times reports. Mr Payne said on Twitter the story is "an ugly lie I vehemently deny to my core". Fox has been embroiled in a sexual harassment scandal for a year. The cable news network said in a statement: "We take issues of this nature extremely seriously and have a zero tolerance policy for any professional misconduct. "This matter is being thoroughly investigated and we are taking all of the appropriate steps to reach a resolution in a timely manner."
7-7-17 Teenager jailed in El Salvador after toilet stillbirth
Teenager jailed in El Salvador after toilet stillbirth
A teenager in El Salvador has been sentenced to 30 years in jail for aggravated homicide after delivering a stillborn baby in a toilet. Prosecutors argued Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez Cruz had avoided antenatal care, tantamount to killing the child. Her lawyers said she did not know she was pregnant and no crime had occurred. They said the pregnancy was as a result of repeated rapes she did not report. The Central American country completely bans abortion in all circumstances. Dozens of women have been imprisoned for the deaths of their foetuses in cases where they said they had suffered miscarriages or stillbirths. In April last year, Ms Hernandez gave birth in the latrine of her home in a small rural community. She lost consciousness after losing large amounts of blood. When her mother took her to hospital, leaving the baby's remains behind, Ms Hernandez was detained on suspicion of procuring an abortion. Eleven days later she had an initial court hearing and she has been in custody since.
7-6-17 Cheryl Yeoh: 'It was sexual harassment at the highest level'
Cheryl Yeoh: 'It was sexual harassment at the highest level'
Tech entrepreneur Cheryl Yeoh's account of sexual harassment by a leading Silicon Valley investor is the latest discrimination scandal to rock the tech industry. Dave McClure resigned from 500 Startups, the firm he co-founded, following claims made by another woman - which encouraged Ms Yeoh to publish her own story online. In her first interview, Cheryl Yeoh explains why she decided to talk publicly about the incident, which took place in 2014, and what she thinks needs to change. How do you feel about what happened now? "I was obviously angry and hurt but also surprised that I felt like it wasn't a rare thing, it was considered normal in the start-up world, the tech world. "Now I realise that's not OK and that's part of the problem. That's why we need to speak up about it and have a conversation around how do we change this dynamic, how do we change the narrative?" You thought that it was "normal" for someone in your flat to brainstorm ideas to try to sleep with you? "My issue is, it wasn't even me inviting him. It was him and a few other business partners who wanted to come over to brainstorm, and in the start-up world it's not uncommon to have after business hours brainstorm sessions. "A lot deals are made after office hours, it's definitely not uncommon at all. "What I was shocked about was how bold he was to message me after that and, prior to that, he had asked me to come to his hotel room through text. It's shocking how bold they are that they wouldn't be afraid of consequences." (Webmaster's comment: Welcome to America. Home of the free-ranging Sexual Pedators!)
7-5-17 Sweden to hold 'man-free' music festival
Sweden to hold 'man-free' music festival
Swedish comedian Emma Knyckare is organising a "man-free" music festival in her home country in response to rape and sexual assault claims at festivals. She suggested the idea after reports of a number of sexual offences at Sweden's biggest music festival Bravalla, which has now been cancelled for next year. "What do you think about putting together a really cool festival where only non-men are welcome?" she tweeted. She said it would take place "until all men have learned how to behave". A day after her initial tweet, she confirmed plans for the event to go ahead, saying: "Sweden's first man-free rock festival will see the light next summer. "In the coming days I'll bring together a solid group of talented organisers and project leaders to form the festival organisers, then you'll hear from everyone again when it's time to move forward." Knyckare, who is also a radio host, denied that banning men from her festival was unfair. She told Sweden's Aftonbladet: "Since it seems to be OK to discriminate against women all the time, maybe it's OK to shut out men for three days? I would not exactly call it an abuse not to come to the festival." (Webmaster's comment: All men will not learn how to behave until all the decent men stand up against and condemn all the indecent ones!)
7-4-17 ‘I’m a creep’: Tech boss Dave McClure resigns after harassment claims
‘I’m a creep’: Tech boss Dave McClure resigns after harassment claims
The founder of Silicon Valley-based venture capitalist firm 500 Startups has resigned following sexual harassment claims by several women. Dave McClure announced his resignation in a blog entitled: "I'm a creep. I'm sorry." Entrepreneur Sarah Kunst had claimed in the New York Times that Mr McClure sent inappropriate messages after discussing a potential job offer with her. Mr McClure apologised directly to her for his behaviour in his post. He also admitted that he had behaved inappropriately towards other women. "I made advances towards multiple women in work-related situations, where it was clearly inappropriate," wrote Mr McClure. "I put people in compromising and inappropriate situations, and I selfishly took advantage of those situations where I should have known better. My behaviour was inexcusable and wrong." After the article, tech entrepreneur Cheryl Yeoh also published claims of an assault in her apartment and claimed there were "dozens" of women who had been sexually harassed by him. She said she had invited Mr McClure and some other investors back to her home to brainstorm new ideas in 2014. He was the last to leave. "He pushed himself on to me to the point where I was backed into a corner, made contact to kiss me, and said something along the lines of, 'Just one night, please just this one time,'" she wrote. (Webmaster's comment: Another sexual predator following in the footsteps of Trump! It's amazing how many of these sexual predators are so sorry after they get caught. They are not sorry about what they did. Only sorry that they got caught!)
7-3-17 Brent Christensen in court for Illinois kidnap of Yingying Zhang
Brent Christensen in court for Illinois kidnap of Yingying Zhang
A former PhD student has appeared in court in the US state of Illinois charged with kidnapping a Chinese student, who remains missing. Hundreds of people gathered outside court in the city of Urbana as Brent Christensen, 28, was arraigned in a nine-minute hearing on Monday morning. He was arrested on Friday in connection with last month's disappearance of Yingying Zhang. Ms Zhang, 26, has not been found, and authorities say she is presumed dead. Surveillance video filmed her climbing into a black Saturn Astra car on 9 June at the University of Illinois campus. Investigators say Mr Christensen was behind the wheel. The video shows Ms Zhang - who had been in the US barely two months and was late to sign a lease for an apartment - speaking to the driver before getting into the car.
7-3-17 Swedish music festival is cancelled in 2018 after rape and sexual assault claims
Swedish music festival is cancelled in 2018 after rape and sexual assault claims
Sweden's biggest music festival is being cancelled in 2018 after one rape and multiple reports of sexual assault at this year's event. Bravalla was headlined by System of a Down, Linkin Park, Alesso and The Killers at the weekend. But police in the Swedish town of Norrkoping say they received 11 reports of sexual assault this year. Officers say the rape victim was attacked while Swedish group Håkan Hellström performed on Friday night. Organisers have released a statement announcing that next year's event won't be taking place. There were also numerous sexual abuse claims made during and after last year's festival with five reports of rape made to police. Mumford and Sons said they wanted guarantees about women's safety following their headline slot in 2016. "We won't play at this festival again until we've had assurances from the police and organisers that they're doing something to combat what appears to be a disgustingly high rate of reported sexual violence."
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