33 Abuse of Women News Articles
from 2nd Quarter of 2015
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6-22-15 Argentine women hit back at violence
Argentine women hit back at violence
Street protests are common in Latin America and, as an Argentine journalist, covering them has become somewhat routine. But the massive demonstration on 3 June calling for an end to gender-based violence was a completely new experience for me. For the first time, I found myself torn between the journalist who had to cover the event as an impartial witness, and the woman who felt compelled to join the protest. Never had I witnessed such a massive outcry against something that has always been a part of my culture: machismo.
6-13-15 Strauss-Kahn: Press sees 'fiasco' for justice system
Strauss-Kahn: Press sees 'fiasco' for justice system
France's press believes the acquittal of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of procuring prostitutes for sex parties is a stinging defeat for investigators, while still leaving the onetime presidential hopeful's image irreparably damaged. (Webmaster's comment: What a mess!)
6-11-15 UN peacekeepers 'barter goods for sex'
UN peacekeepers 'barter goods for sex'
UN peacekeepers regularly barter goods for sex with people in the countries the world body is meant to be helping, a draft UN report says. The document by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) says it has found that hundreds of women in Haiti and Liberia have been motivated by hunger and poverty to sell sex. They are paid with cash, jewellery, mobile phones and other items. The report says 480 sexual exploitation and abuse claims were made in 2008-13. One-third of the allegations involved children.
6-3-15 Hate crime: Colombia's new law punishing attacks on women
Hate crime: Colombia's new law punishing attacks on women
Lawmakers in Colombia passed a bill on Tuesday imposing tough sentences for hate crimes against women. Under the new law, those found guilty could face up to 50 years in jail. It imposes longer sentences on crimes where women are targeted specifically because of their gender, including psychological, physical and sexual attacks. (Webmaster's comment: What I like about this law is that it makes psychological abuse punishable by law. It makes controlling, domination, intimidation, and manipulation all illegal. We need a law like this in the United States. And if that was proposed here you would probably have half the male population out in force screaming their bloody heads off. Why would that be do you suppose? Hint: They Enjoy Bullying Women. But you'd hear all sorts of arguments about how we'd be losing our freedom and liberty. Losing our freedom and liberty? Losing their freedom and liberty to bully women is what they would mean. Being decent human beings is not on their agenda!)
6-1-15 Fighting back against helpline harassment
Fighting back against helpline harassment
A Facebook post uncovered a hidden world of sexual harassment by engineers and customer service operators in Brazil - and encouraged dozens to speak out about their own experiences. Ana Prado's Facebook post about harassment from a customer service representative prompted dozens to share their own stories.
5-29-15 Raped by traffickers, now begging with baby
Raped by traffickers, now begging with baby
The Malaysian jungle camps where traffickers raped and killed.
5-26-15 India marital rape victims' lonely battle for justice
India marital rape victims' lonely battle for justice
A government minister recently stirred a debate when he told the parliament that marital rape could not be criminalised in India as "marriages are sacrosanct" in the country. A 25-year-old is a victim of marital rape and is fighting a lonely battle for justice. "I was only a toy for him which he thought he could use differently every night. Whenever we had a fight, he would take it out on me in bed. There were times I pleaded with him to stay away because I was unwell, but he would not take a no for an answer, not even during my periods." In India, it is not a crime for a man to rape his wife. And many believe that marriage is a source of sexual satisfaction for men and, therefore, women must submit.
5-23-15 Sri Lanka women cricketers 'forced into sexual favours'
Sri Lanka women cricketers 'forced into sexual favours'
Members of Sri Lanka's women's cricket team were forced to perform sexual favours to keep their places in the team, the sports ministry has said. The ministry said evidence of sexual harassment was uncovered in an investigation begun last year. It was launched following reports a player had been dropped for refusing to have sex with cricketing officials.
5-22-15 US embassy worker in London accused of 'sextortion'
US embassy worker in London accused of 'sextortion'
A worker at the US embassy in London is accused of cyberstalking hundreds of women, threatening to post their private photos unless they met his demands. Prosecutors say Mr Ford hacked accounts of women to obtain sexually explicit images of them. Mr Ford threatened his victims with the stolen images, demanding that they shoot videos of other women undressing, prosecutors said.
5-19-15 Chinese man 'with 17 girlfriends' arrested for fraud
Chinese man 'with 17 girlfriends' arrested for fraud
A Chinese man who was caught cheating on 17 girlfriends at once has been arrested for fraud. The man from Hunan province made headlines last month when all 17 women discovered each other when they rushed to his hospital bedside. The allegation of fraud relates to sums of money which he regularly took from the deceived women, according to the South China Morning Post.
5-19-15 Bob Hewitt gets bail over child rape in South Africa
Bob Hewitt gets bail over child rape in South Africa
Former tennis star Bob Hewitt has been granted bail by a South African court, after receiving a six-year prison sentence for raping underage girls. Victims reacted angrily to the judge's decision in the Pretoria High Court to extend bail pending an appeal hearing on 19 June.
5-18-15 Egyptian authorities using sexual violence on 'massive scale'
Egyptian authorities using sexual violence on 'massive scale'
Egyptian security forces are using sexual violence against detainees on a massive scale, according to the International Federation for Human Rights. A report by the organisation suggests men, women and children are being abused "to eliminate public protest". Many are subjected to virginity tests, rape and gang rape after arrest.
5-18-15 Former tennis star Bob Hewitt jailed for rape
Former tennis star Bob Hewitt jailed for rape
Former Grand Slam tennis star Bob Hewitt has been jailed for six years by a South African court for raping underage girls. Hewitt, 75, was found guilty in March of two counts of rape and one of sexual assault on girls he was coaching in the 1980s and 1990s.
5-18-15 Aruna Shanbaug: Brain-damaged India nurse dies 42 years after rape
Aruna Shanbaug: Brain-damaged India nurse dies 42 years after rape
An Indian nurse who spent 42 years in a persistent vegetative state after being raped and strangled has died. Aruna Shanbaug was 25 years old when she was brutally raped. Aruna Shanbaug was left with severe brain damage and paralysed after the 1973 attack by a ward attendant in the Mumbai hospital where she worked.
5-18-15 India 'fightback' sisters: Has the fight gone out of them?
India 'fightback' sisters: Has the fight gone out of them?
Six months after two Indian sisters made headlines when a video showing them fight three alleged molesters on a bus went viral, there is still no clarity on what happened that afternoon and there remain many unanswered questions.
5-17-15 A champion at beating up women
A champion at beating up women
TheAtlantic.com Boxer Floyd Mayweather, already the highest-paid athlete on the planet, made at least $180 million from a single fight last weekend. But why, asked Megan Garber, hasn’t the evidence that he committed at least seven brutal physical assaults on five different women "diminished his reputation, his wealth, or his fame?"
5-13-15 The sport reporter and the obscene ranter who lost his job
The sport reporter and the obscene ranter who lost his job
When a football fan in Toronto shouted obscenities at a TV reporter, she stopped to confront him - and another man appearing in the video has lost his job. Instead of ignoring the outburst and continuing her interview, Hunt went after a group of men after one of them jumped in front of her camera and shouted an obscene phrase. (Webmaster's comment: Stand up to male brutes and male bullies every chance you get!)
5-12-15 Where rape is legal in marriage
Where rape is legal in marriage
Millions of girls here are married “at a very young age” to a man they barely know, on whom they will be entirely dependent economically. Studies show that the vast majority of wives have been raped by their husbands, yet “an insidious culture of silence” prevents them from acknowledging the abuse.
4-28-15 The mothers being criminalised in El Salvador
The mothers being criminalised in El Salvador
Twenty-five-year old Carmen Guadalupe Vasquez Aldana laughs when she tells me she does not want to leave it too late to become a mother. At the age of 17, Ms Vazquez was raped by the neighbour of the family which she worked for as a maid. (Webmaster's comment: The baby died naturally during birth and she was sentenced to 30 years for murder.)
4-27-15 Cleveland kidnapper: Women speak about ordeal
Cleveland kidnapper: Women speak about ordeal
Two years ago three young women who had been missing for a decade escaped from a house on a residential street in Cleveland, Ohio. They had been feared dead, but were being held captive not far from where they were last seen. Their captor Ariel Castro subjected the women to repeated rapes and other abuse.
4-24-15 China court gives reprieve to death row abuse victim
China court gives reprieve to death row abuse victim
A Chinese court has given a two-year reprieve to a woman sentenced to death for murdering her abusive husband. Li Yan, 44, was sentenced in 2011, but in a surprise move, a court in Sichuan province ordered a retrial last June. Evidence showed her husband had sexually and physically abused her, burning her with cigarettes and cutting off part of a finger. Correspondents say it could signal a shift in China's approach to dealing with domestic violence. (Webmaster's comment: It never ceases to sicken me, this never-ending hatred and butality of some men against women, there seems to be no limits and it just never stops. This has got to be IN THEIR GENETICS!)
4-24-15 Germany Tugce Albayrak death: Defendant sobs in court
Germany Tugce Albayrak death: Defendant sobs in court
The 18-year-old accused of causing the death of student teacher Tugce Albayrak in 2014 has cried at his trial in Darmstadt as he admitted hitting her. The young woman was attacked in the car park of a fast food outlet after she had defended two teenage girls who were reportedly being harassed. She fell into a coma and died of her injuries on her 23rd birthday. Tugce Albayrak was praised for her "civil courage" for intervening in the dispute. (Webmaster's Comment: Oh, he's so sorry! But what good is that? She's still DEAD!)
4-13-15 China frees three detained women's rights activists
China frees three detained women's rights activists
Chinese police have freed three women's rights activists who were held for more than a month, in a case that sparked an international outcry. The women, who were detained shortly before International Women's Day on 8 March, had planned protests against sexual harassment on public transport.
4-10-15 'I was trafficked into UK prostitution'
'I was trafficked into UK prostitution'
Nearly 800 women and girls working in the sex trade were identified as the victims of human trafficking last year, according to National Crime Agency figures seen by the Victoria Derbyshire programme. Organisations working with victims, including the Poppy Project, say the figure underestimates the scale of the problem and has been rising sharply in recent years.
4-9-15 Feminist Initiative shakes up politics in Sweden and Norway
Feminist Initiative shakes up politics in Sweden and Norway
Feminism has been enjoying a popular resurgence in much of Europe - but in Sweden and Norway it is becoming a political force. What does the growth of a feminist party in both countries mean for mainstream politics and the fight for equality? (Webmaster's comment: And what's happening in America? Women live in fear! Male Pedophiles, male AND female Sexual Predators, women who cut themselves to relieve their emotional pain and stress, and women who actually believe they deserve sexual and physical abuse, all dominate the scene. They gang up in social media and attack all those that would help abused women. They can't help themselves. Their right to abuse and to be abused is at stake! Decent women and men in America need to take a stand against those with these mental illnesses and deviant aberrations, and follow the European example. It can be done!)
4-9-15 Red River Women
Red River Women
On the trail of the murdered and missing - why have so many of Winnipeg's Aboriginal women and girls been killed?
4-7-15 Amnesty International: Afghan government failing women
Amnesty International: Afghan government failing women
Amnesty International has said the Afghan government is not doing enough to support those who stand up for women's rights in the country. A new report into violence and intimidation against prominent women across the country said the vast majority of cases were simply not investigated.
4-6-15 Fraternity in campus 'rape' story to sue Rolling Stone
Fraternity in campus 'rape' story to sue Rolling Stone
The fraternity at the centre of a discredited Rolling Stone article about a campus rape has threatened to sue the magazine for its "reckless" reporting. The move comes after an independent review concluded the magazine failed to follow basic journalistic safeguards before publishing.
4-6-15 'Revenge porn' site owner faces lengthy jail term
'Revenge porn' site owner faces lengthy jail term
The operator of a revenge porn website has been sentenced to 18 years in jail in America. Kevin Bollaert of San Diego created the UGotPosted.com website that let people post explicit pictures of their former partners. Pictures were posted without victims' consent and Bollaert charged up to $350 (£235) to get photos removed. Eight women testified in court in San Diego about the harassment they had suffered as a result of images being uploaded to Bollaert's website by their former partners.
4-6-15 Rolling Stone retracts Virginia campus rape article
Rolling Stone retracts Virginia campus rape article
Rolling Stone has apologised and officially retracted an article about rape on the campus of a US university following an independent review.
4-2-15 India's Badaun: Police investigate 'rape of two girls'
India's Badaun: Police investigate 'rape of two girls'
Police in India's Uttar Pradesh state are investigating the alleged kidnap and gang rape of two girls at gunpoint. Relatives say the cousins were raped by men from a neighbouring village in Badaun district late on Tuesday. The girls, said to be 12 or 13, have been examined and medical reports are awaited. Five men have been detained.
4-2-15 Six arrested over Canada prostitution ring
Six arrested over Canada prostitution ring
Six people have been arrested in Canada on suspicion of running a prostitution ring, which smuggled nearly 500 women in to the country, according to police. The majority of the alleged victims are from China and South Korea, the police say. They believe the women were brought to Canada by a criminal gang and were forced into prostitution in a number of cities, including Montreal and Toronto.
4-1-15 Saving girls from the 'cutting season'
Saving girls from the 'cutting season'
Girls in parts of Tanzania are often forced to undergo female genital mutilation, even though the practice is illegal. Faced with FGM, many had nowhere to turn - until now. A safe house has opened in the north of the country to offer protection when they need it most. Girls as young as 10 have found refuge in the safe house. Veronica is 14. She is one of 134 girls to find refuge at the safe house in Mugumu during the six-week-long "cutting season", that traditionally occurs every two years in Serengeti District. All of them have stories about the pressure put on them by family to undergo FGM, a traditional pre-requisite to marriage amongst the Kurya people who live in the area. "My parents said I should be cut because I'd finished primary education and reached maturity. They wanted me to marry. I told them I didn't want to. That infuriated my dad." "My father started beating me, and that's when I decided to run away. He said I should have FGM so I'd get a bigger dowry. The five cows he would get would be sold to pay for my younger brother's boarding school." (Webmaster's comment: FGM: A horror story that just won't quit! They often die from this male desired mutilation.)
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33 Abuse of Women News Articles
from 2nd Quarter of 2015
Abuse of Women News Articles from 2015 1st Quarter