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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!)
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