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23 Abuse of Women News Articles
for April 2018
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4-18-18 India journalist threatened over anti-rape cartoon
An Indian journalist and cartoonist who has received online threats over a cartoon that refers to recent incidents of rape says she will not back down. Swathi Vadlamudi's cartoon depicts a conversation between Hindu god Ram and his wife, Sita, to criticise right-wing support for the accused. In the cartoon, Sita tells Ram she is "glad" she was kidnapped by demon king Ravan and not her husband's followers. Ms Vadlamudi said the threats have only made her "stronger". The illustration has been shared by thousands on social media, but her use of the characters from the Hindu epic Ramayana in the cartoon has sparked controversy. Ms Vadlamudi told BBC Telugu's Prithvi Raj that drawing satirical cartoons was a hobby of hers. She said the illustration was meant to condemn two gruesome incidents of rape which made national headlines last week. An eight-year-old Muslim girl from Kathua district in Indian-administered Kashmir was brutally gang raped and murdered - outrage grew after two ministers from the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attended a rally in support of the accused men, who are Hindu. In another case, a 16-year-old girl attempted suicide outside a BJP lawmaker's house after alleging that he raped her.

4-18-18 German mass raids target forced prostitution gang
More than 100 people have been detained across Germany in raids against an organised crime gang involved in people trafficking and forced prostitution. Germans and Thais were among those held as police commandos targeted dozens of brothels and flats in 12 states. Women and transsexual victims were smuggled in on fake visas, police say. "Hundreds of women and men fell prey for years and across borders to the traffickers' inhuman, boundless greed," said Interior Minister Horst Seehofer. Seventeen suspects were believed to be at the heart of the crime gang. One house in the university town of Siegen was raided, where police detained a Thai woman, described in some German reports as the head of the traffickers. Once the victims had reached Germany from Thailand, they were put to work, moving around a network of brothels, police said. They were forced to pay back all the money they earned, ostensibly to pay back up to €36,000 (£31,000; £44,000) for their fraudulent visa into Europe's border-free Schengen zone.

4-17-18 Why India's rape crisis shows no signs of abating
The police in India are looking for the rapists of a girl who has no face, name, home or number. She was possibly between nine and 11 years old, and her mutilated corpse was found in a bush recently near a playground in western Gujarat state's bustling Surat city, known the world over for its diamond polishing industry. Her battered body bore 86 injury marks. The autopsy surgeon believes that the injuries "seem to have been caused over a period ranging from one week to a day prior to the recovery of the body". The police believe she was held captive, tortured and ravaged. More than 10 days after they found her body, they are clueless about her identity: they have trawled the list of some 8,000 missing children in the state and come up with nothing. "There was no sign of struggle at the spot where the body was found," the local police chief says. Putting up a struggle seems to be futile when rape is increasingly used as an instrument to assert power and intimidate the powerless in India. This is not surprising, many believe, in a hierarchical, patriarchal and increasingly polarised society, where hate is being used to divide people and harvest votes. An awful sex ratio imbalance - largely because of illegal sex-selection abortions - means it is a country full of men. The country sees 112 boys born for every 100 girls, which is against the natural sex ratio of 105 boys for every 100 girls. A preference for boys has meant that more than 63 million women are statistically "missing". Many believe such skewed ratios can contribute to increased crimes against women. The northern state of Haryana, which records the highest number of gang rapes in India, has the worst sex ratio in the country. In January alone, a 50-year-old man was held for mutilating a 10-year-old girl, a 15-year-old boy allegedly raped a three-and-a-half-year-old girl, a 20-year-old married women was raped by two men, a 24-year-old man was held for kidnapping and abducting a student and a minor's girl's brutalised body was found in the fields. And these were only the reported cases. In Indian-administered Kashmir, a poisonous cocktail of biology and bigotry led to the macabre rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim nomadic girl in January. She was kidnapped, kept captive in a Hindu temple, raped repeatedly and dumped in a forest. It was a warning to the minority Muslim nomads in the area to stop grazing their animals on Hindu owned land, in a restive part of the region, which is simmering with religious tensions.

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4-17-18 India parents 'paid to sabotage daughter's rape trial'
An Indian teenager who was kidnapped and gang raped last year has accused her parents of accepting money from her alleged assailants in return for pressing her to change her statement. Delhi police said they had arrested her mother and are searching for her father, who they say is on the run. The news emerged after the girl went to a police station with 500,000 rupees (about $7,600; £5,300) that she said her parents accepted from the accused. She is now being cared for in a refuge. "We believe the accused made efforts to negotiate with the victim's parents by offering them money," Deputy Commissioner of Police MN Tiwari told the BBC. He said the girl had been aware of the negotiations and knew where her parents had hidden the money. "We will find out more only after we arrest the father." Police have registered a new case against the girl's parents and her alleged rapists. The original case was registered in September. Scrutiny of sexual violence has grown in India since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old student on a bus in the capital. The crime sparked days of protests and forced the government to introduce tougher anti-rape laws. However, reporting of sexual attacks against women and children across the country continues to rise. Last week there was fresh outrage after the rape, torture and murder of an eight-year-old girl near Kathua city in Indian-administered Kashmir.

4-17-18 R Kelly faces fresh sexual misconduct allegation
R Kelly is facing a fresh allegation of sexual misconduct, from a former partner who claims he "intentionally" infected her with an STD in Dallas. According to her lawyer, the unnamed woman was the victim of "unlawful restraint" during her 11-month relationship with the R&B singer. It is claimed that Kelly, 51, attempted to make the woman a member of the "sex cult" he is alleged to have run. The Dallas Police Department has said it is looking into the allegation. In a statement issued in advance of a press conference scheduled for Wednesday, lawyer Lee Merritt claims his client was 19 when she and Kelly began a sexual relationship. Mr Merritt goes on to accuse the singer of "predatory, controlling and abusive behaviour" and "furnishing alcohol and illegal drugs to a minor". Kelly, best known in the UK for hits including I Believe I Can Fly, has faced numerous accusations of sexual misconduct, making indecent images of children and other offences. Last year the singer - whose full name is Robert Kelly - denied allegations he was holding a number of young women in a so-called cult.

4-16-18 NYT and New Yorker win joint Pulitzer for Weinstein exposé
The New York Times and New Yorker magazine have won a joint Pulitzer Prize for their reporting on sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood. The reports brought down film mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct and rape. He says all sexual encounters were consensual. The investigations sparked the #MeToo movement, a broad pushback against sexual harassment in many industries. Pulitzers are the most prestigious honour in American journalism. The Pulitzer Prize Board also awards prizes in other literary and artistic categories. This year, rapper Kendrick Lamar becomes the first non-classical or jazz artist to be given the prize for music. The Washington Post won the investigative reporting prize for revealing decades-old allegations of sexual misconduct against Senate candidate Roy Moore of Alabama. The Republican former judge denied the accusations, but they factored heavily in the special election that the Democratic candidate Doug Jones went on to win. The New York Times also shared a second prize with The Washington Post for coverage of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. The biggest prize winners revealed on Monday reflected a recent reckoning in the US - and beyond - over the treatment of women by powerful men in the highest ranks of showbusiness, politics, technology and media.

4-14-18 Miami cheerleader 'bullied for being a virgin', complaint claims
A former cheerleader for the Miami Dolphins has filed a formal complaint against the team, claiming she was bullied due to her faith and virginity. Kristan Ann Ware, 27, says she quit the dance squad after a 2016 interview with the team director during which her sexual history was discussed. She is not the first cheerleader to complain of a hostile work environment. A former New Orleans Saints cheerleader claims that she was fired for a social media post of herself wearing lingerie. Ms Ware told the BBC her complaint, which was submitted to the Florida Commission on Human Relations on Wednesday, should not be misconstrued as an attack on the American football team. "I am not against them. I just want to make it a better place for the cheerleaders," she said in a telephone interview on Friday. Ms Ware quit the team after three years, claiming that an incident on a coach bus in London led to ongoing harassment. When her team played the New York Jets at Wembley Stadium in the fall of 2015, the dancers talked about their "sex playlist", Ms Ware says in her complaint. Ms Ware "was pushed to give her playlist," she claims, which prompted her to admit she was a virgin. "Kristan told her teammates that she was waiting until she was married because of her personal relationship with God," her lawyer Sara Blackwell states in the complaint. Later, during a yearly performance review in which dancers must reapply for their jobs, Ms Ware says the team director, Dorie Grogan, confronted her about the claim. "Let's talk about the fact that you're a virgin", she claims the director said. (Webmaster's comment: Whether or not a woman is a virgin and for what reason she is or is not is entirely her own business. Period!)

4-14-18 Why did India wake up so late to a child rape and murder?
A bright looking eight-year old girl belonging to a Muslim nomadic tribe in Indian-administered Kashmir goes missing in the new year. On 17 January, her battered body is recovered from a forest in Kathua district. Through February, police arrest eight men, including a retired government official, four policemen and a juvenile, in connection with the gang rape and murder of the girl. There are protests in the summer capital, Srinagar, demanding a special probe into the incident. The crime exposed the fault lines between the Hindu-majority Jammu and the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley in a sharply divided state. The incident is covered promptly and prominently by the local media in the Muslim-dominated valley. So why does this story from Kathua make it to national news networks only in mid-April? Why does it evoke delayed outrage and anger? Why does this happen only after Hindu right-wing groups protest the arrest of the accused, who also belong to a Hindu community? Why are the eventual protests in Delhi - including a midnight march by chief opposition leader Rahul Gandhi - milder than the ones after a similarly brutal gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi in 2012? The responses tell us something about modern India. The media in Delhi, many believe, exerts a disproportionate and undeserved influence over shaping the "national narrative". And large sections of this media have been partisan and selective when it comes to reporting on Kashmir, one of the world's most heavily militarised regions.

4-13-18 Hotel auditions should be banned, acting union says
Acting auditions should no longer take place in hotel rooms or homes, the leading US actors' union has said. Sag-Aftra, which organises the Screen Actors Guild Awards, has called for an end to the practice "to help protect members from potential harassment". Such auditions have "allowed predators to exploit performers behind closed doors", Sag's Gabrielle Carteris said. The announcement comes in the wake of a slew of sexual harassment allegations against high-profile Hollywood figures. Disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein has been accused of harassing and abusing dozens of young actresses, models and employees. Many of the alleged incidents are said to have taken place in hotel rooms. Weinstein has denied all allegations of "non-consensual sexual conduct". Sag-Aftra's new Guideline No 1 forms part of a "Four Pillars of Change initiative" to tackle harassment in the workplace. UK actors' union Equity released its own report into sexual harassment last month.

4-13-18 Thai women reject Songkran advice with 'don't tell me how to dress' campaign
When a Thai government official told women to dress carefully to prevent harassment at the Songkran festival, it brought back painful memories for model Cindy Sirinya Bishop. The Thai-American was just 17 when she was sexually harassed at the New Year celebrations. Dressed in a loose black t-shirt and three-quarter shorts, Ms Bishop found herself cornered by five men after she was separated from her friends. "They surrounded me and tried touching me. I just ran and managed to get away from them. I haven't been to Songkran since," Ms Bishop told the BBC. The three-day festival, which begins on Friday, is marked by the pouring of water to symbolise washing away misfortune from the previous year. Last month Sutthipong Chulcharoen, Thailand's director general of the department of local administration, encouraged women to dress appropriately to prevent sex crimes during the water festival. In response, Ms Bishop posted some clips on Instagram - along with the hashtags #DontTellMeHowToDress and #TellMenToRespect - and found plenty of people shared her dismay. The 39-year-old said the hashtags were "targeting the idea that women are to blame for sexual harassment".

4-13-18 India outrage spreads over rape of eight-year-old girl
The brutal gang rape and murder of an eight-year old girl has sparked outrage and anger across India. The body of Asifa Bano, who belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe, was found in a forest on 17 January near Kathua city of Indian-administered Kashmir. The story made headlines this week when Hindu right-wing groups protested over the arrest of eight Hindu men. The case has become a religious flashpoint in an already polarised Indian region. The men the police have arrested include a retired government official, four police officers and a minor - all of them belong to a local Hindu community that has been involved in a land dispute with the Muslim nomads. Outrage grew after two ministers from the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) attended a rally in support of the accused men. Anger not only over the grisly murder but also the support for the accused quickly gathered momentum on Twitter with the hashtags #Kathua and #justiceforAsifa trending since Thursday. Some people on Twitter have also compared Asifa's death with the brutal gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi, which led to huge protests and changes in India's rape laws.

4-12-18 US model 'wanted to punch' Bill Cosby after alleged rape
Former US model Janice Dickinson has confronted comedian Bill Cosby in court, alleging he drugged and raped her in a hotel room in 1982. She "wanted to punch him in the face" after the alleged attack and was left in physical pain, she told the court. Mr Cosby is facing a second trial on allegations he drugged and sexually assaulted a former colleague, and has been accused by more than 50 women. The judge has allowed five women to take the stand during the retrial. Mr Cosby, 80, is only criminally accused of assaulting one woman - former Temple university employee Andrea Constand - due to statute of limitation laws. But Judge Steven O'Neill has ruled that five other accusers can serve as "prior bad acts" witnesses, which the prosecution says will establish a pattern of misconduct. "I wanted to hit him, wanted to punch him in the face," Ms Dickinson, 63, told the courtroom in Norristown, Pennsylvania. "I felt anger, was humiliated, disgusted, ashamed." Ms Dickinson, who was 27 at the time, said she had flown from Bali to meet the famous comedian at a hotel room in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, after he promised to help with her acting and singing aspirations. The former reality television star testified Mr Cosby offered her a blue pill that he said would help with discomfort from menstrual cramps. "He smelled like cigars and espresso and his body odour," she said. "I couldn't move, I felt like I was rendered motionless." "Here was America's dad on top of me, happily married man with five children and how very, very wrong it was," she said. She said she confronted the comedian the next day about the incident and asked him why he did it. He allegedly responded: "You're crazy," she said. Ms Dickinson said she did not go to police because she thought it would destroy her career.

4-12-18 Missouri governor accused of sexually abusing woman
A woman who had an affair with Missouri governor Eric Greitens says he "coerced" her into sex, according to a state committee report. The bipartisan report, released on Wednesday, details graphic allegations against the governor. Mr Greitens called the investigation a "political witch hunt" and refused to testify to the committee. Missouri attorney general Josh Hawley, a fellow Republican, has joined calls for him to resign. Mr Greitens is separately charged with invasion of privacy and is scheduled to stand trial in May. The governor allegedly tried to blackmail the woman with nude photos of her to prevent word of the affair spreading. He denies the allegation. The report was published in full by the Associated Press, with a warning of graphic content on the front page. It was compiled by the state legislature after a cross-party investigation. In the report, the unnamed woman testifies she had multiple sexual encounters with Mr Greitens in 2015, before his election. Some, she says, were not consensual. She repeats her earlier allegation that, during their first encounter, the governor took a photo of her bound and blindfolded in his basement without her permission and threatened to release it if she ever mentioned his name. The woman then says she felt "coerced" into giving the governor oral sex. As she lay on the floor "uncontrollably crying", the governor allegedly pulled out his penis and put it near her face. "I felt as though that would allow me to leave," she testified. The woman says that after this incident, the governor apologised for his behaviour and deleted the photo. She then entered into a consensual affair with him.

4-12-18 Kevin Spacey: LA prosecutors consider sexual assault charge
Prosecutors in Los Angeles are reviewing a historical sexual assault accusation against actor Kevin Spacey, officials have confirmed. Police have filed evidence about an allegation involving an incident with a man in West Hollywood in 1992. More than 30 men have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against the Oscar-winning actor in recent months. A spokeswoman for Mr Spacey, 58, has declined to comment. The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said on Wednesday it began investigating the case in December, and presented it to the Los Angeles District Attorney office for review earlier this month. No details of the allegation have been released. It is unclear if California's statute of limitations on prosecuting criminal sexual assault, which is normally 10 years, would apply. Kevin Spacey first became embroiled in controversy last November when actor Anthony Rapp accused him of a sexual advance in 1986 when he was 14 and Mr Spacey was 26. Mr Spacey claimed to have no memory of the events, but publicly apologised. He has since issued an "absolute" denial of the other allegations that later emerged. Police in London are investigating three criminal cases against him. The Old Vic theatre in London, where he was artistic director, has said it's received 20 complaints of inappropriate behaviour against him.

4-10-18 Domestic violence: How photos are helping victims love themselves again
Confident, relaxed and hopeful women smile happily for the camera. At first glance, the portraits could be depicting ordinary women from anywhere around the world. But Dasha Buben's photographs tell a different story. The subjects of the photos are the survivors of domestic abuse in Belarus, where according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), three out of four Belarusians - both men and women - have experienced some form of violence at home. Alina was one of them. "I felt like I was a sexless body, that only exists to be beaten," says the 22-year-old. In the past, she was forced to spend hours roaming the streets near her home to escape attacks by her younger brother. "As a child, I had a traumatic brain injury and my brother used to repeat: 'what a shame you didn't die then'," says Alina. "My mother would always stand up for my him. I was afraid he would hurt or kill me... Eventually I started hurting myself with a blade." But one night in January last year, Alina did not return home. Instead she sought refuge at Radislava - a non-government organisation that provides temporary shelter to the victims of domestic abuse. It was there that she got involved with the photo project I Survived. The programme was set up by photographer Dasha Buben, who worked with a hairdresser and a make-up artist to try to help the victims of domestic abuse regain their self-confidence and feel stronger through a series of portraits. "I wanted to show that there is a solution," says Dasha, a former editor of photography at a local magazine. "To make women love themselves by looking at photographs, but also making them look as natural as possible."

4-9-18 Backpage.com sex advert website seized by FBI
The US authorities have taken control of a classified adverts website accused of involvement in sex trafficking. A notice was posted on Backpage.com's various international front pages late last week to inform visitors. The site had previously shut down the adult section of its US site, but critics had alleged that prostitution ads had simply moved to other pages. The UK edition had carried dozens of sex service ads at the time of its closure, according to Reuters. An investigation by the news agency's philanthropic foundation had suggested that as many as one in 20 of the relevant posts on Backpage.co.uk could have involved slavery victims. One charity said the move only partially addressed the problem. "Whilst efforts to close websites such as Backpage are welcome, they are a small part of a wider, complex system of sexual exploitation operating in the UK and beyond," Josephine Knowles, co-director of Beyond the Streets, told the BBC. "A strategic approach which tackles prevention of demand and support for those wanting to exit and find genuine alternatives is desperately needed for long-term change." The US media has also reported that Backpage's co-founder Michael Lacey was arrested last week and his home raided. Details of the charges against him have been sealed by an Arizona court, his lawyer was quoted as saying. No-one else at Backpage has provided comment. The Californian authorities had previously attempted to close Dallas-based Backpage.com in 2016, when the state prosecuted the business's chief executive and two ex-owners - including Mr Lacey - over claims they had committed pimping offences and generated millions of dollars by hosting sex trade ads.

4-5-18 US tax agent 'raped intern at gunpoint'
A Boston tax agent accused of handcuffing a young intern in his car, putting a gun in her mouth and raping her last summer has pleaded not guilty. Prosecutors claim James Clarke invited a 21-year-old woman for drinks and bought her "enough drinks to intoxicate her" before the alleged assault. The 44-year-old's lawyer told the court during his arraignment on Thursday that the incident was consensual. He was released without a bail payment pending his next court appearance. Mr Clarke, an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) agent in the criminal investigations office in Boston, pleaded not guilty in Suffolk Superior Court to aggravated rape, rape, indecent assault and battery, strangulation, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. The tax agent allegedly went for drinks after work with the young woman on 26 July, 2017 before taking her to his government-issued car, prosecutors say. He then allegedly "handcuffed the 21-year-old victim while parked in his IRS-owned vehicle in the Government Center garage, assaulted her with his service firearm, and subjected her to sexual acts against her will", said Jake Wark, a spokesman for the district attorney's office. "One additional assaultive act occurred in the car outside South Station after Clarke had driven the victim there," Mr Wark's statement said. The woman was left at South Station, where she called police and was taken to hospital.

4-5-18 Rape victim dies in childbirth
A 14-year-old Paraguayan girl who had become pregnant as a result of being raped died giving birth last week, in a case that has highlighted the country’s high levels of sexual violence and fueled debate about its strict abortion laws. Abortions are illegal in Paraguay unless the pregnancy poses a threat to the mother’s life. The girl had been hospitalized for 20 days before she went into labor because of pregnancy complications. She suffered an embolism and three cardiac arrests during an emergency caesarean section; the baby boy survived. “The body of a minor is not prepared for a pregnancy,” said the hospital director, Dr. Hernan Martinez. A 37-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the rape.

4-5-18 Bribery attempt?
Days after a woman accused then–Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexual misconduct, two of Moore’s supporters offered $10,000 to her attorney if he agreed to discredit her claims, The Washington Post reported last week. Last November, in the middle of Moore’s special election campaign, Leigh Corfman accused the Republican candidate of touching her sexually when she was 14 and he was a 32-year-old assistant district attorney. Soon after, Gary Lantrip and Bert Davi, business partners who had recently attended a private fundraiser for Moore, approached Corfman’s lawyer and offered him money as well as a potential meeting with Breitbart News chief Steve Bannon to say he didn’t believe her allegations. “All they want to do is cloud something,” Lantrip was recorded saying during one phone call, referring to Bannon and Moore. Davi said Bannon had no knowledge of any offer; Lantrip declined to comment.

4-5-18 Nassar’s boss arrested
. A former Michigan State University dean who was the boss of disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was arrested this week on his own charges of criminal sexual conduct. William Strampel, 70, who as dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine oversaw the clinic where Nassar worked, is accused of groping two students’ buttocks, of soliciting nude photos from at least one other, and of using his office to “harass…and sexually assault female students.” About 50 photos of female genitalia and “selfies” of MSU students were found on his work computer, as well as a video of Nassar performing a pelvic “treatment” on a student. Strampel also faces two misdemeanor charges for failing to enforce exam-room restrictions on Nassar that were imposed after a patient in 2014 accused the now-imprisoned doctor of molesting her. Strampel has been released on $25,000 bail.

4-5-18 Stormy’s claim that she was threatened
Adult film actress Stephanie Clifford told her story about her alleged affair with President Trump this week, telling CBS’s 60 Minutes that she was once threatened with harm if she ever spoke out about the relationship. Clifford, who performs under the name Stormy Daniels, told Anderson Cooper that she had unprotected sex with Trump once, after meeting him at a 2006 golf tournament. Five years later, shortly after giving an unprinted interview to Bauer Publishing about the alleged affair, the porn star was in a Las Vegas parking lot with her infant daughter when “a guy walked up on me and said to me, ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story,’” said Clifford, 39. “Then [he] looked at my daughter and said, ‘That’s a beautiful little girl. It’d be shame if something happened to her mom.’” When interest in her story resumed during the 2016 presidential campaign, Clifford said, she felt pressured into signing a nondisclosure agreement in exchange for a $130,000 payment from Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen. Cohen said he paid Clifford out of his own pocket, and both he and the White House deny her allegations of an affair. Clifford declined to tell 60 Minutes whether she had evidence of a relationship with Trump, but her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, suggested she did, tweeting a photo of a CD or DVD with the caption, “If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words is this worth?” Avenatti has welcomed a legal battle with Trump, filing a motion in federal court to question the president and Cohen under oath about the alleged affair.

4-5-18 The ‘Mistress Whisperer’
Herman Weisberg is the guy who married rich men call after they end an affair, said Barbara McMahon in The Times (U.K.). The former New York detective, known as “the Mistress Whisperer,” steps in when the spurned women threaten to expose, humiliate, or blackmail their former lovers. “The men who come to me are like ticking time bombs,” Weisberg says. “They think their world’s about to crash down around their shoulders.” He’s often amazed at how reckless his clients have been and how much evidence they’ve left. Some of their mistresses have explicit photos, videos, and texts; others will “say, ‘I know where you work, I know where your wife works. How bad it is going to be when I tell your wife we’ve had sex in her house, or we’ve had sex in the car and the baby seat was in the back?’” Weisberg says he doesn’t use threats other than to warn, “You’re about to commit a crime.” Blackmail, he says, is a felony punishable by jail time. His secret, he says, is that he speaks sympathetically to the women—and sometimes, the men—who want revenge and convinces them that a war will only deepen the pain. “When affairs go bad they go really bad, and my job is to make sure everyone walks away intact.”

4-5-18 Family sues doctor who 'used his sperm' to impregnate patient
A US woman is suing her parents' former fertility doctor after claiming her DNA test results showed he secretly used his own sperm to help conceive her. Kelli Rowlette sent a DNA sample to genealogy website Ancestry.com, and was surprised to receive results that did not match her to her father. The 36-year-old thought the test was flawed before discovering the match was the doctor who delivered her. Her parents consulted the Idaho fertility doctor before her birth. Ms Rowlette's lawsuit accuses now-retired obstetrician gynaecologist Gerald Mortimer of fraud, medical negligence, battery, emotional distress and breach of contract. According to the lawsuit, Ms Rowlette was never told that her now-divorced parents ever had trouble conceiving her until she confronted them with the results of her DNA exam. In the early 1980s Ms Rowlette's parents - Sally Ashby and Howard Fowler - had been married and living in Idaho Falls near the Wyoming border. Due to her father's low sperm count and her mother's uterine condition, Ms Rowlette's parents elected to undergo a medical procedure in which her mother would be artificially inseminated with both sperm from her husband and a donor. The couple had specified to Dr Mortimer that the donor be a current university student who was taller than 6ft (1.8m) with brown hair and blue eyes. But for about three months, the reproductive specialist allegedly inseminated her mother with his own semen, according to court documents.

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