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8-31-18 Muslim teen to attacker: Because of you the world knows my story
A Canadian Muslim teen who was attacked by a man on a Vancouver train has said she "forgives" her attacker. Pierre Belzan, 47, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to two counts of assault against 18-year-old Noor Fadel. "Because of you, I grew, I forgave and I began changing the world one person at a time," Ms Fadel told her attacker in court. The story made international headlines last year when a Good Samaritan stepped in to stop the abuse. She was in court on Wednesday to face her attacker and read her victim-impact statement. "You missed out on meeting someone with a big heart like me," she read. "But it's up to you now; where you take your life from this very moment. In the end, because of you I felt so much pain and betrayal and hardships in my life. "Because of you, I grew, I forgave and I began changing the world one person at a time. Because of you, the world knows my story, my resilience. Because of you, the world knows I am going to be OK." Last December, Ms Fadel, who wears a hijab, was riding the train when she says Mr Belzan threatened to kill her and all Muslims, forced her face towards his crotch and hit her. Vancouver resident Jake Taylor intervened, pushed Mr Belzan away and later accompanied Ms Fadel to a station platform to await authorities. Ms Fadel said at the time that Mr Taylor was "once a stranger now a dear friend who stood up for me no matter for my appearance".

8-30-18 From catcalls to murder: What female joggers face on every run.
It happened to her during a jog on her college campus just after noon local time. The van's driver had both his hands outstretched, holding a phone sideways, pointed directly at her as he took photos. Meg Gibson stared the man down and his van sped off the Ohio State University grounds, tires squealing. "At first I didn't know what to do," the 29-year-old says. "But I thought about Mollie Tibbetts." On 21 August, 600 miles away, a young man had led police to the body of Mollie Tibbetts, 20, lying in a corn field, days after she too set off on a run. Later, he would tell police that he "got mad" when she threatened to call 911 for following her, but he "blocked" out what happened between talking to her and finding her dead in the trunk of his car. "When I saw two female students, I asked to use their phone," Ms Gibson says. "They told me they also had their pictures taken by the same middle-aged men in the van." When she called the local police department, she says she was told: "What do you want me to do? There's nothing to report." But when campus police arrived, she says, an officer told her : "You did the right thing." This summer's tragedy echoes that of August 2016, when the murders of three female joggers spanned just nine days. The slew of tragedies prompted the magazine Runner's World to conduct its first survey of harassment experienced by US women who run. The 2017 survey revealed that 43% of women experienced harassment while running - with the number rising to 58% for women under 30. Just 4% of men reported the same. Ms Hamilton recalls a huge response from male runners - a mix of support and scorn. Some called the claims ridiculous while others said women just needed to learn how to protect themselves. (Webmaster's comment: Malevolent males will defend their "right" to abuse and hurt women!)

8-27-18 Morocco shock at 'Khadija brutal rape ordeal'
Moroccans are expressing shock on social media at the details given by a 17-year-old of her rape ordeal. Moroccans are expressing shock on social media at the details given by a 17-year-old of her rape ordeal. In a TV interview last week, the young woman, being named as Khadija, said she was abducted by a gang in June, held for two months, sexually assaulted and tortured. She also showed scars, cigarette burns and tattoos on her body, which she said were given to her by her captors. Many women in Morocco are the victims of violence, human rights groups say. More than 20% of Moroccan women have been sexually abused at least once in their lives, Morocco's National Human Rights Council reported in 2015. In response to the TV interview, which has been posted on YouTube, thousands have signed an online petition calling for help for Khadija. People are also using the hashtag #JusticePourKhadija to describe their disgust and horror and calling on the authorities to take action. "I want justice for what they did to me," she told Moroccan station Chouf TV, the Huffington Post reports. "I tried to escape several times, but I was caught and beaten. They tortured me, they did not give me food or drink, and they did not even allow me to take a shower." Speaking with her head covered to disguise her identity, Khadija rolled up her sleeves to show multiple tattoos, including a swastika, that her captors had given her. At least three suspects have been arrested in connection with the allegations, AFP news agency reports. In 2014, Morocco's parliament amended an article of the penal code that allowed rapists of underage girls to avoid prosecution by marrying their victims.


8-24-18 #MeToo leader accused
Actress Asia Argento this week denied sexually assaulting a minor, despite revelations that she paid the accuser a $380,000 settlement. Argento became a leader of the #MeToo movement after accusing Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, but documents obtained by The New York Times describe her having sex with then-17-year-old Jimmy Bennett in 2013. Bennett played Argento’s son in the 2004 movie The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, a film Argento also directed. Argento later called him “my son, my love,” on Instagram, and Bennett would playfully call her “Momma.” She was 37 at the time of the alleged assault. Argento said Bennett “made an exorbitant request of money” after the Weinstein news broke, and her partner—the late TV personality Anthony Bourdain—urged her to settle. TMZ.com published a photo of a topless Bennett and Argento, along with text messages in which Argento tells a friend, “I had sex with him it felt weird.”

8-22-18 Saudi Arabia 'seeks death penalty for woman activist'
Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor has reportedly sought the death penalty for five activists, including the female rights defender Israa al-Ghomgham. Human Rights Watch said they recently went on trial at a terrorism tribunal on charges including "participating in protests" in the restive Qatif region. It has been the scene of demonstrations by the minority Shia Muslim community. Ms Ghomgham is believed to be the first Saudi woman to possibly face the death penalty for rights-related work. HRW warned that it set "a dangerous precedent for other women activists currently behind bars" in the Gulf kingdom. At least 13 human rights defenders and women's rights activists have been arrested since mid-May, accused of activities deemed a risk to national security. Some have been released, but others remain detained without charge. HRW said Ms Ghomgham was an activist well known for participating in and documenting the mass protests that have taken place in Qatif since 2011. Members of the Shia community have taken to the streets to complain about the discrimination they say they face from the Sunni-led government. Ms Ghomgham and her husband were reportedly arrested in December 2015, and they have been held at Dammam's al-Mabahith prison ever since. The public prosecutor accused Ms Ghomgham and the other four activists of charges including "participating in protests in the Qatif region", "incitement to protest," "chanting slogans hostile to the regime", "attempting to inflame public opinion", "filming protests and publishing on social media", and "providing moral support to rioters", according to HRW. (Webmaster's comment: Why is America friends with this barbaric nation? OIL!)

8-22-18 Uber to pay $1.9m for sexual harassment claims
Uber is close to reaching a final settlement relating to several sexual harassment and discrimination claims. The firm will pay $1.9m (£1.5m) to 56 current and former workers who claim they were victims of sexual harassment, or about $34,000 each. They will also get nearly $11,000 each as part of a class action involving 485 people who claimed discrimination. The details on claimant numbers were contained in court documents first reported by Bloomberg. The payouts will be part of the ride-hailing company's total settlement of $10m agreed in March. The US-based class action case is being led by two Latina engineers who allege they were paid less than their white, Asian and male colleagues. The pair filed their legal claim against Uber in October 2017, claiming they suffered harassment and a hostile work environment due to their gender and ethnicity. However, before the payouts can be made the settlement needs to get court approval and members of the class action have a right to object. No one has objected and only two people have dropped out of the process. Uber said it agreed with the plaintiff's motion, and that the amounts it would have to pay out were "fair, reasonable, and adequate". Jahan Sagafi, a lawyer who negotiated the settlement on behalf of the employees, said his legal firm was "happy that the settlement approval process is progressing as planned". "So [once it is approved] we can pay class members for these discrimination and harassment claims and begin the three-year effort to monitor Uber's implementation of the HR improvements," he added.

8-22-18 Asia Argento: #MeToo figurehead denies sexual assault of minor
Italian actress Asia Argento, a leader of the #MeToo movement, has strongly denied an allegation of sexual assault. Legal documents seen by the New York Times were reported to show she paid former co-star Jimmy Bennett $380,000 (£298,000) after he accused her of sexually assaulting him when he was 17. In a statement, she says: "I have never had any sexual relationship with Bennett". The actress says she strongly denies the contents of the NYT article. Quoting documents exchanged between lawyers for Bennett and Argento, the paper details an incident alleged to have taken place in 2013 in a California hotel room when he had just turned 17 and she was 37. She is alleged to have performed oral sex before engaging in full intercourse with Bennett, a successful child actor and rock musician. The age of consent is 18 in California. Argento was one of the first to speak out against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 70 women. She is said by the NYT to have arranged the payment for Bennett "in the months that followed her revelations" about Mr Weinstein in October. The actress accuses Weinstein of sexual assault, which he denies. The documents say the alleged encounter traumatised Bennett and threatened his mental health and career, according to the New York Times. A lawyer for the actor, who played Argento's young son in a 2004 film, is also quoted as saying his client decided to sue Ms Argento after seeing her present herself as a victim of sexual assault.

8-21-18 Star Wars: Kelly Marie Tran 'won't be marginalised' by abuse
Star Wars actress Kelly Marie Tran has broken her silence after a barrage of sexist and racist abuse led her to delete her social media in June. The actress is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees and the first lead woman of colour in the franchise. Writing in the New York Times, Ms Tran says the abuse revived feelings she experienced growing up. The article addresses her feelings of cultural shame, racial stereotypes and society's narrow definitions of beauty. "Their words reinforced a narrative I had heard my whole life: that I was 'other', that I didn't belong, that I wasn't good enough, simply because I wasn't like them," Tran writes. "I believed those words, those stories, carefully crafted by a society that was built to uphold the power of one type of person - one sex, one skin tone, one existence." Tran also reveals she and her parents changed their first names after coming to the US so they would be easier for Americans to pronounce. The actress began to receive abuse after being cast as mechanic-turned-Resistance fighter Rose Tico in 2017's The Last Jedi. She writes that their comments "awakened something deep inside me - a feeling I thought I had grown out of. The same feeling I had when at nine, I stopped speaking Vietnamese altogether because I was tired of hearing other kids mock me." But the actress says she came to realise she had been brainwashed, and shared her hopes for the future. "I want to live in a world where children of colour don't spend their entire adolescence wishing to be white. I want to live in a world where women are not subjected to scrutiny for their appearance, or their actions, or their general existence. "I want to live in a world where people of all races, religions, socio-economic classes, sexual orientations, gender identities and abilities are seen as what they have always been: human beings."

8-21-18 Spain's 'wolf pack' sex attackers confronted at Seville pool
Members of the infamous "wolf pack" group convicted of sexual abuse in Spain have been forced to flee a swimming pool in Seville. The men were present in a group with others when they were angrily confronted by swimmers. The case involved five men sexually abusing an 18-year-old woman at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona in 2016. It became a national scandal in Spain - and the men were released a few months into their nine-year sentence. Their lawyers requested that the five be provisionally released pending the outcome of an appeal. The men are originally from Seville, where at least two were recognised by other bathers at the public pool in Palomares del Río on Saturday. Spanish newspaper El País said they had been attending a birthday celebration. Angry members of the public shouted at the men, forcing them to move to another part of the sports centre and stay there until it closed, Spanish media reported. Local mayor Juana Caballero issued a statement on Monday, saying: "We will not allow Palomares del Río to become a refuge for rapists or criminals". She said the local government would not permit anyone declared "persona non grata" to use public spaces and cause concern. The men are nicknamed after their Whatsapp group - titled La manada (the wolf pack) - in which they bragged about their actions and of the video recordings taken during the attack. They were acquitted of rape, which under Spanish law requires violence or intimidation to be used. Police said the victim was "passive or neutral", keeping her eyes closed during the attack. (Webmaster's comment: If she did not consent then it was Rape!)

8-21-18 Asia Argento: #MeToo figurehead 'accused of sexual assault'
A leading figure in the #MeToo movement has reportedly been accused of sexual assault involving a minor. Italian actress Asia Argento was one of the first to speak out against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. Legal documents (not seen by the BBC) show she paid a former co-star $380,000 (£298,000) after he alleged she had assaulted him in a hotel room in 2013, the New York Times reports. A lawyer for Ms Argento declined to comment on the allegations. The sheriff's department in Los Angeles county, where the alleged assault took place in 2013, have said they are trying to contact the alleged victim. Ms Argento's accuser, Jimmy Bennett, was 17 at the time. The age of consent in California is 18. Ms Argento would have been 37 at the time of the alleged encounter. She is said by the New York Times to have arranged the payment for Mr Bennett "in the months that followed her revelations" about Mr Weinstein in October. A lawyer for Mr Weinstein said the development had revealed "a stunning level of hypocrisy by Asia Argento". The documents say the encounter traumatised Mr Bennett and threatened his mental health and career, according to the New York Times. A lawyer for the actor, who played Ms Argento's young son in a 2004 film, is also quoted as saying his client decided to sue Ms Argento after seeing her present herself as a victim of sexual assault. (Webmaster's comment: Did he say No?)


8-17-18 Has #MeToo divided women?
It has been the most visible feminist social media movement of recent times, but has #MeToo also created division between women? Few could have predicted the impact of a single tweet by actor Alyssa Milano in October 2017. It came in the wake of dozens of allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who has pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual assault charges. Millions of women heeded Alyssa Milano's call, and thousands of stories were shared by women describing their experiences of sexual assaults and abuse online. The moment was soon hashtag-ised into the #MeToo movement, which encouraged women to speak about about sexual harassment and abuse. But as the allegations piled up against accused abusers and rapists, the phenomenon simultaneously exposed rifts and differences of opinion between women. There have been discussions about the aims of the movement: should it focus on workplace assaults, or be a much broader equality campaign? What tactics are useful? And what should happen when accusations turn out to be false? One potential generational divide reared its head early on, with some older feminists decrying what they saw as a focus on victimhood. In essence, they were telling their younger counterparts to toughen up and get shrewder about the intentions of men. In a much-discussed piece for The Atlantic, Caitlin Flanagan said women who were teenagers in the 1970s "were strong in a way that so many modern girls are weak." Megan McArdle, a columnist for the Washington Post says: "I think there are situations in which women have more power."

8-15-18 Why single Nigerian women battle to rent homes
Many landlords in Nigeria suspect single women of being prostitutes, making it difficult for them to rent apartments. A successful career woman, Olufunmilola Ogungbile, 30, never thought that she would be sleeping on a friend's couch after five months of apartment-hunting in Abeokuta city in south-western Nigeria. She had moved from Lagos after securing a good job with the Ogun state government as a project administrator. Despite being financially independent, she struggled to find an apartment in middle and upmarket areas because she was single. "The first question the landlord would ask me is if I'm married?" Ms Ogungbile said, "I'd say 'No', and they'd follow with, 'Why not'?" She was often left puzzled. "What does my marital status have to do with me getting a place to live in?" Ms Ogungbile said the discrimination was widespread. "Ninety-nine per cent of the landlords I met did not want to rent to me because I am a single woman," she told the BBC. "Most landlords and agents would tell me, 'Can you bring your boyfriend or your husband?' In these kinds of apartments, we don't like boys coming in. We just want decent people." Ms Ogungbile believes the hurdles she faced are down to cultural expectations - marriage is a benchmark used to measure decency. "In this part of the world, if you are not married then you are a prostitute," she added.

8-14-18 'I took on my abusive boss and won'
Gloria Kente had been working for the family for three years when her employer's boyfriend began hurling racial abuse at her. Although her life was far from perfect, until that point she made ends meet with the little wage she received and the love she had for her employer's kids. Ms Kente was then working as a domestic worker in a gated community complex in a part of Cape Town where the average property goes for 1.5m rand ($108,000; £85,000) - more than 70 times the annual wage of someone living in Khayelitsha, the township she called home. Not that she was in Khayelitsha much. It took more than two hours to reach work each day, forcing her to leave her children and grandchildren behind from Monday to Friday each week while she lived with her employer. For more than one million domestic workers in South Africa, this routine is not uncommon and, in fact, is often an expectation. But the separation made it all the harder when the abuse started. At first, it was verbal insults: "fat, lazy" and the "k word" - an offensive and illegal derogatory term used to denigrate black people, rarely spoken out loud in South Africa. It can be argued that the country's domestic workers form the backbone of the country, keeping the home going and looking after the children. Kyla Mills is one of thousands of South Africans whose domestic worker literally felt like part of the family - so much so that she considers the woman she knew as "Ma Lina" to be a second mother. "Ma Lina fed me, bathed me and tucked me into bed many times," she says. And yet abuse - and low pay - remains rife across the nation.


8-13-18 US Democrat Keith Ellison denies domestic abuse allegations
Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison has denied claims of domestic abuse days before his primary election for state attorney general. His former girlfriend Karen Monahan and her son allege Mr Ellison once dragged her off a bed while screaming obscenities at her. They claim there is also video footage of the incident, which Mr Ellison denied in a statement on Sunday. He is a front-runner for the Democratic Minnesota attorney general candidacy. "Karen and I were in a long-term relationship which ended in 2016, and I still care deeply for her well-being," Mr Ellison said in a statement on Sunday. "This video does not exist because I have never behaved in this way, and any characterisation otherwise is false." The Minnesota lawmaker is a top figure in the Democratic party. Last year, he became deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Ms Monahan shared her own statement with Fox 9 on Sunday, calling violence "an American tradition". She said the alleged dragging incident occurred in 2016. "I am a #METOO survivor," she wrote. "After several years of being in a relationship with Keith Ellison, it became clear, I had survived narcissist abuse." She alleges that Mr Ellison threatened and intimidated her when she mentioned sharing her experiences with him in a memoir. Ms Monahan also said she told Mr Ellison to seek help for his behaviours. "I told him time and time again, I didn't want to share my story publicly, it was more important for healing and restoration to occur with this situation. I told him not only he deserved it, but his family and constituents deserve it as well. "But no matter how many times I offered, he wouldn't take me up on it."

8-11-18 6ix9ine: Rapper faces prison and sex offender registry
Tekashi 6ix9ine could face prison time for the sexual exploitation of a child, as well as new assault charges. The Manhattan District Attorney's office claims the rapper violated his 2015 plea deal by re-offending twice. It's been recommended that the 22-year-old be tried as an adult and sentenced to up to three years in prison. The office has also asked for him to be registered under the Sexual Offender Registration Act, according to documents seen by Newsbeat. 6ix9ine, real name Daniel Hernandez, originally pleaded guilty in October 2015 to using a child in a sexual performance when he was 18. In a video, posted online, a 13-year-old girl was seen engaging in oral intercourse while Tekashi stood behind her. Under the conditions of a plea deal over the original crime he agreed not to commit another offence for two years so that he wouldn't have to register as a sex offender. However, if he breached that plea deal he was told he could face up to three years in prison. The hip hop star has since been arrested twice for allegedly choking a 16-year-old in a shopping centre in Houston earlier this year. In May he was also arrested for driving without a licence, assaulting a police officer and obstructing governmental administration. She also stated that the star's behaviour undermines any argument that he should be "relieved" of a criminal record and recommended adult sentencing, even though committing the sexual offence at 18 makes him eligible for "youthful offender treatment".

8-10-18 Catcall ban
French legislators have passed a new law banning the harassment of women on the street. Catcallers and people who make sexist comments in public places will soon be hit with fines of up to $875, while those who film up women’s skirts can be fined $17,000. First proposed a year ago, the law was passed just days after a video went viral of a man punching a young woman on a Paris street after she told him to quit harassing her. Some women think the new law will do little good. “It’s a joke,” said the woman in the video, Marie Laguerre. “It means having police officers on every street.” The law also sets the age of consent at 15, after an outcry over a case last year in which a 28-year-old man was not charged with rape for having sex with an 11-year-old because the girl did not explicitly say no.

8-10-18 Casey Affleck sorry for 'unprofessional' behaviour on film set
Actor Casey Affleck has apologised for the "unprofessional environment" on the set of his 2010 film I'm Still Here. "I behaved in a way, and I allowed others to behave in a way that was really unprofessional, and I'm sorry," he told the Associated Press. The Oscar winner was sued by two female crew members who accused him of sexual harassment while working on the mockumentary film, which he directed. Affleck denied the allegations and the lawsuits were settled out of court. "That I was ever involved in a conflict that resulted in a lawsuit is something that I really regret," he said. "I had never had any complaints like that made about me before in my life and it was really embarrassing, and I didn't know how to handle it, and I didn't agree with everything, the way I was being described and the things that were said about me," Affleck said. "But I wanted to try to make it right, and so we made it right in the way that was asked at the time." Affleck was also a producer on I'm Still Here, in which actor Joaquin Phoenix was seen pretending to launch a musical alter-ego. He said that meant "the buck had to stop" with him and that he had "to accept responsibility" for what took place on the set. Affleck's accusers, producer Amanda White and director of photography Magdalena Gorka, alleged that they were repeatedly subjected to sexual innuendoes and unwanted advances.

8-10-18 Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich held for 'prostitute assault'
Tour de France-winning cyclist Jan Ullrich has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a prostitute in Frankfurt. "He is in police custody," a police spokesman told AFP news agency, adding that the German national "was under the influence of alcohol and drugs". The 44-year-old won the race in 1997. He was also arrested the previous Friday in Majorca after reportedly jumping over a neighbour's fence and making threats. Mr Ullrich said he was only trying to talk to his neighbour. The neighbour was revealed to be German actor and director Til Schweiger, who starred in Quentin Tarrantino's Inglourious Basterds. He told local media he would not be pressing charges against his former "good friend", but a restraining order was issued. The latest incident happened in a luxury hotel. Police said he argued with an "escort lady" and "physically attacked and injured her".

8-9-18 Willow Creek: Church leaders quit over sexual misconduct scandal
The leaders at one of the biggest megachurches in the US have quit over a sexual misconduct scandal that has already claimed its founder. A statement from elders at the Willow Creek church said a "new start" was needed, and that they should have handled the allegations better. Bill Hybels stepped down earlier this year after accusations of inappropriate conduct emerged. He has denied the allegations but said he had become a distraction. With more than 25,000 members and locations in Chicago, Willow Creek is thought to be the fifth largest megachurch in the US. Megachurches are defined as congregations with regular weekly attendance of at least 2,000 persons. Several women have come forward with accusations against Mr Hybels dating back to the 1990s. Earlier this year, the Chicago Tribune and Christianity Today both detailed allegations that he had made unwanted advances and suggestive comments to church members. Church leaders were reportedly told four years ago that Mr Hybels was having an affair with one woman and was accused of harassment by others. An internal investigation cleared him of wrongdoing. But in April, after the allegations went public, Mr Hybels said he would step down, months ahead of his planned retirement date in October this year. His announcement brought gasps from his congregation. New allegations emerged over the weekend, with a former assistant alleging he groped her repeatedly. The latest claims prompted the resignation of one of Mr Hybels' successors Steve Carter, who quit over the church's handling of the misconduct allegations. It appears the rest of the church leaders also felt compelled to act.

8-9-18 Stanford sex attack: Brock Turner loses assault appeal
An appeals court has rejected an attempt by former US college student Brock Turner to have his sexual assault and attempted rape felonies overturned. His case garnered national attention in 2016 after the former star swimmer was sentenced to just six months in jail. A three-judge panel in a San Jose, California court ruled Wednesday that arguments put forward by Turner's lawyer for a new trial lacked merit. The ruling means the 22-year-old will remain on the sex-offenders register. Turner was originally arrested in 2015 after two students witnessed him assaulting an unconscious woman outside a Stanford University fraternity house party. In 2016 a jury found him guilty of three charges: sexually assaulting an intoxicated victim, sexually assaulting an unconscious victim and attempting to rape her. Although prosecutors had sought a six-year term for his crimes, Turner was sentenced to six months and released after serving three. The case judge, Aaron Persky, was widely criticised for leniency and removed from office by voters earlier this year after a recall campaign. (Webmaster's comment: He should have gotten 10 years, not 3 months!)

8-9-18 New Zealand man admits secretly filming 34 women in shower
A New Zealand man has pleaded guilty to filming 34 women at his guesthouse with covert cameras in shampoo bottles. The man from Hawke's Bay, North Island - who has not been named to protect his wife - made 219 secret recordings from December 2017 to February 2018. He also admitted posting the videos to a porn site, some with descriptions. Most of the victims were under 30 and the disguised cameras were placed to film between their shoulders and knees, though faces often came into view. It is not known if the disguised shampoo bottles were homemade devices or bought online. The women - who stayed between one night and two weeks - were tracked down by police and said in a statement they felt shocked, ashamed, angered and degraded by the man's actions. When the man was arrested in February, he told police he had "done it for the thrill and risk of being caught", news outlet Stuff said. After arranging when the women would use the shower facilities at the homestay he ran, the man would activate the cameras through a remote-control device, the Hastings District Court was told. He would later remove the shampoo bottles and download the videos onto his computer at night. Videos were then posted on a porn site, where the man urged viewers to leave positive comments to encourage him to make more recordings. He shared some of the victims' ethnicities and professions, and also added details about the acts he would like to perform on them and how he had violated their privacy without them knowing.

8-8-18 USC president steps down amid gynaecology sex abuse scandal
The president of the University of Southern California (USC) has stepped down, months after he agreed to, over a scandal involving a school doctor. CL Max Nikias is now President Emeritus of USC as the university faces lawsuits over the alleged actions of a former campus gynaecologist. The lawsuits accuse George Tyndall, who worked at a university clinic for 30 years, of sexual misconduct, including groping and improper examinations. Mr Tyndall has denied any wrongdoing. USC Board of Trustees Chairman Rick Caruso said in a statement on Tuesday that Mr Nikias had stepped down, effective immediately, but would "continue to assist with the transition of the incoming president". As the university looks for a replacement president, board member Wanda Austin - former CEO of the Aerospace Corporation - has been named interim president. She is the first female and first African American appointed to serve in the role. Ms Austin was also the first female and African American president at the Aerospace Corp. Regarding the scandals around Mr Tyndall, the chairman said that "the behaviour and environment that allowed it to persist are inexcusable and will no longer be tolerated". "The Board and I are committed to an ambitious, aggressive agenda for change. As I have said previously, it is evident that the recent crises have resulted from systemic and cultural failures." Mr Nikias had announced his resignation in May, but remained in his role. More than 670 concerned faculty members who believed Mr Nikias did not intend to step down signed a petition to ensure his departure, the Washington Post reported.

8-8-18 'I was kidnapped in London and trafficked for sex'
Anna came to London from Romania intending to study, but first she needed to earn some money. She took temporary jobs - waitressing, cleaning, maths tutoring. Then one day in March 2011 she was snatched off the street, flown to Ireland and put through nine months of hell. Anna was nearly home. There was just enough time to nip inside and eat lunch before leaving for her next cleaning job. She was wearing headphones and listening to Beyoncé singing I Was Here as she walked down the street in Wood Green, north London. She was just a few doors away. She reached into her bag to pull out her keys when suddenly someone grabbed her by the neck from behind, covered her mouth, and dragged into the back of a dark red car. There were three of them, two men and a woman. They were slapping her, punching her, and screaming threats in Romanian. Her ears were ringing. The woman in the passenger seat grabbed her bag and pulled the glasses from her face. If she didn't do what they told her, they shouted, her family in Romania would be killed. "I didn't know what was happening or where they were taking me," Anna says. "I was imagining everything - from organ harvesting or prostitution, to being killed, to God knows what." The woman was going through her bag, looking in her wallet, scrolling through the recent calls and Facebook friends on her phone, looking at her papers. Her passport was there - she carried it everywhere after her previous one was stolen from her room. Anna could see there was no point trying to escape from the car, but when they arrived at an airport and she was left alone with just one of the men, she began to wonder if this was her chance. Could she appeal to airport staff for help? "It's hard to scream when you feel so threatened," she says. "They had my papers, they knew where my mum was, they knew everything about me." It was a risk she couldn't bring herself to take.


8-6-18 Did we really evolve domestic violence? We don’t know yet
A study suggests men in some societies who are violent to their partners may have more children – but that doesn’t mean that evolution favours domestic violence. Why is domestic violence so horrifyingly common around the world? According to a study out today, men who are violent towards their partners have more children in societies without birth control. This implies that evolution favours domestic violence – but can that really be true? We have been here before. Some evolutionary psychologists have long argued that domestic violence is a behaviour that has evolved because it benefits males. However, the claim is usually that the reason for the violence is to ensure that women are faithful. The new study suggests the key factor is instead the number of children. The researchers studied the Tsimane people of Bolivia, who have a pre-industrial culture with no access to contraception. Shockingly, 85 per cent of women reported violent incidents. The team found that women were more likely to give birth in a year in which their partner was violent towards them. While the team did not explore the reasons for this, the implication is that men have evolved to use violence, or the threat of violence, to force their partners to have sex with them – that is, to rape them. “Intimate partner violence may persist as an evolutionary strategy to enhance male fitness,” writes Elizabeth Pillsworth of California State University in an accompanying perspective piece. This is an idea both sexes will find repulsive, for many reasons. One fear is that some abusive men might wrongly seize upon research like this as a defence – “evolution made me do it”. There is reason to worry: in 2009 a judge in Italy cut the sentence of a man convicted of murder after learning he had gene variants linked to violent tendencies. (Webmaster's comment: Males have a large brain capable of controlling their bulit-in drives. If they don't lock them up and throw away the key. Protecting us from male brutes is more improtant than giving them the right to physically hurt others and get away with it.)

8-6-18 Jordan Peterson on the 'backlash against masculinity'
The Canadian psychologist Jordan B Peterson says there is a "backlash" against masculinity and "a sense there is something toxic about masculinity". He told Hardtalk's Stephen Sackur: "There are biological differences between men and women that express themselves in temperament and in occupational choice and that any attempt to enforce equality of outcomes is unwarranted and ill advised as a consequence." Mr Peterson is a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto and author of 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote for Chaos. (Webmaster's comment: It's not masculinity that women object to, it's male brutes who use force against women and males who are biased against women!)

8-6-18 Let's ban catcalling
In these crude and dispiriting times, it's always worth celebrating when a rare blow for decency is struck anywhere by anyone. Following fast upon their recent triumph on behalf of children's welfare over the international smartphone lobby, French legislators have just approved a package of laws that make it a crime for louts to harass women in the street with catcalling and lewd comments. Le jour de gloire est arrivé! This bill was passed following a lengthy campaign by the government of President Emmanuel Macron, partly in response to a video seen by millions in which a woman has an ash tray thrown at her head after telling a catcaller to piss off. It's wonderful to think there is still at least one country in which the head of state advocates on behalf of such popular causes as decency and good manners and against boorishness and obscenity. I have not always had uniformly kind things to say about our NATO allies, but here I think the case can safely be made that Macron is, with the obvious exception of His Majesty Hans Adams II, the most interesting European leader now living. How long till he asks Pope Francis for a concordat, I wonder? America should follow the lead of her oldest ally here. It's difficult, of course, with our 50 states and countless municipalities to imagine how we could get something passed uniformly. Even the Koch brothers cannot convince all of our (mostly Republican-controlled) state legislatures to pass uniform laws for the purpose of their own enrichment. To address this problem at the federal level would mean making the harassment of women the business of the FBI and the United States Marshals Service.

8-3-18 #MeToo: Now it’s CBS chief Moonves
When the #MeToo movement began bringing down powerful and wealthy men, said Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker, CBS chief Les Moonves fashioned himself as a champion of women. “One of the most powerful media executives in America,” Moonves founded a national commission, chaired by Anita Hill, dedicated to fighting sexual harassment. But his “private actions belie his public statements.” Six women who have had professional dealings with Moonves over a 20-year period say that he sexually harassed them, including “forcible touching or kissing during business meetings.” That includes actress Illeana Douglas, who described how Moonves asked her for sex during a business meeting, pinned her to a couch, pulled up her skirt, and forcibly kissed her. All of the accusers say Moonves damaged their careers in retaliation for rejecting his advances. “He has gotten away with it for decades,” says writer Janet Jones, one of the accusers. “And it’s just not OK.” Moonves’ response to the allegations followed a familiar pattern, said Christina Cauterucci in Slate.com. He admitted that he’d made advances that may have made some women uncomfortable, but insisted that “I always understood and respected—and abided by the principle—that ‘no’ means ‘no.’” Conveniently, that standard means that “any sexual indignity may be ethically visited upon someone until the exact moment she utters a clear and convincing ‘no.’” Moonves was supposed to be one of the “good guys,” said Monica Hesse in The Washington Post. The sad thing is, he still thinks he is, and that in pressing subordinates for sex, he was just playing by the “rules.” What that tells us is that “we’re no longer talking about a bad guy—we’re talking about a bad society.”

8-3-18 Sexaul Harrassment has consequences
At least 24 candidates have ended their campaigns or re-election bids so far this year after allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct became public, including 13 Democrats and 11 Republicans. Eight of the candidates were running at the federal level, while 16 were seeking state offices.

8-3-18 Kimberly Guilfoyle
Kimberly Guilfoyle was forced out of Fox News after an internal investigation found evidence of misconduct, including showing colleagues photos of penises, HuffingtonPost.com reports. A co-host on The Five, Guilfoyle, 49, presented her departure last month as a mutual decision and expressed eagerness to campaign alongside her new boyfriend, Donald Trump Jr., ahead of the midterm elections. But an internal Fox investigation found that Guilfoyle showed colleagues photos of male genitalia, volunteered details at work about her sex life, and emotionally abused hair and makeup artists, said HuffingtonPost.com. She also allegedly pressured colleagues to defend former Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, who was publicly accused of sexual harassment in 2016 and eventually resigned. Guilfoyle’s attorney said the misconduct allegations came from “disgruntled and self-interested employees” at Fox.

8-2-18 High-ranking Chinese monk accused of sexually harassing nuns
A high-ranking Chinese monk has denied accusations he sexually harassed nuns and coerced them into sex by "controlling their minds". Abbot Xuecheng's alleged actions were detailed in a report sent to government officials by two monks from Longquan temple where he is based. The temple, in Beijing, has accused the monks of "distorting facts". Xuecheng is the latest public figure to be accused of sexual misconduct as part of a growing #MeToo movement in China. He is the head of the Buddhist Association of China, the youngest person to ever hold the position, and a political adviser to the government. The abbot also has more than a million followers on Chinese social network Weibo. The temple said in a statement posted on Weibo (in Chinese) that it would call for an investigation team to be set up, but stressed Xuechang's denial of the charges. It said the "fabricated evidence" had "illegal intentions to maliciously frame Abbot Xuecheng". The report written by two monks at Longquang temple, Xianjia and Xianqi, accuses Abbot Xuecheng of sending illicit messages to the nuns and coercing them into sexual relations. The report alleges that six nuns were targeted - four gave in to his requests. It also accuses the abbot of using text messages to "mind-control" the nuns by claiming that sex was part of their study of Buddhist doctrines. The 95-page document, which was leaked online, also said one of the nuns had filed a police report in June alleging Xuecheng had sexually assaulted her. According to the monks, they began investigations into Xuecheng's actions after a nun who stayed in Beijing in December 2017 showed them sexual messages sent from the abbot.

8-2-18 Illinois lawmaker Nick Sauer quits after 'catfishing' claim
An Illinois state representative has resigned following allegations he used photos of his ex-girlfriend to "catfish other men". Republican Nick Sauer allegedly used the photos on a fake Instagram account to lure men into "graphic conversations of a sexual nature". His former girlfriend Kate Kelly made the allegations in a formal complaint. Catfishing refers to creating fake personas to trick others into bogus online conversations. Mr Sauer said in a statement his duties would be affected "by the distraction of addressing these allegations. "After speaking with my family, I feel it best to step away from my public responsibilities," the first term lawmaker said. Illinois house Republican leader Jim Durkin called the allegations "troubling", saying the "proper authorities" should be allowed to investigate. Publishing private sexual images without consent is a crime in the state of Illinois. Ms Kelly filed the complaint with the Office of the Legislative Inspector General on Wednesday, according to reports on US news website Politico. The article says that Ms Kelly has also filed a report with the Chicago Police Department. Speaking to the website, Ms Kelly said she and Mr Sauer, both unmarried, met on the dating app Tinder in 2016 but broke up earlier this year when she discovered he had been seeing other women.


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