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14 Abuse of Women News Articles
for September 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 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.)

14 Abuse of Women News Articles
for September of 2017

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