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30 Abuse of Women News Articles
from 3rd Quarter of 2015
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9-30-15 US 'kidnapper' arrested in Mexico after 24 years on run
US 'kidnapper' arrested in Mexico after 24 years on run
A man wanted on suspicion of kidnapping and torturing two women in Oregon has been arrested in Mexico after more than 24 years on the run. He and his brother kidnapped and abused two prostitutes, police say. His brother gave himself up to police in 2006 and was sentenced to 108 years in prison for kidnap, rape, sodomy and sexual abuse.
9-29-15 Chris Brown wants Australia visa 'to discuss domestic violence'
Chris Brown wants Australia visa 'to discuss domestic violence'
US singer Chris Brown says he wants to go to Australia to use his influence as an entertainer to raise awareness about domestic violence. "My life mistakes should be a wake up call for everyone. Showing the world that mistakes don't define you. Trying to prevent spousal abuse," he said. In 2009, Chris Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend, the pop star Rihanna. He has toured Australia twice since, but the government is under pressure to refuse him this time.
9-25-15 Saudi prince arrested at LA mansion for alleged sex crime
Saudi prince arrested at LA mansion for alleged sex crime
A Saudi Arabian prince has been arrested in Los Angeles for allegedly forcing a worker at a Beverly Hills mansion to perform a sex act on him. Los Angeles police said Majed Abdulaziz al-Saud, 28, was arrested on Wednesday and released the following day after posting a $300,000 (£197,000) bond. He is scheduled to appear in court on October 19 to face a charge of "forced oral copulation". Al-Saud does not have diplomatic immunity, police said.
9-23-15 Can a black dot on a victim's hand help tackle domestic violence?
Can a black dot on a victim's hand help tackle domestic violence?
The idea of a black dot on victims' hands, to help tackle domestic violence, has been widely spread on Facebook - but also heavily criticised. Now, its founder defends the idea. The idea behind the Black Dot campaign is this: victims of domestic violence can draw a black dot on their hand as a silent signal. Once it becomes widely enough understood, people who see the dot on their friends' hands can approach them and have a conversation about abuse. (Webmaster's comment: Unfortunately if an abuser sees it he may view you as a potential victim. This campaign has some distinct downsides so be careful and do this only in safe situations.)
9-14-15 The women vanishing without a trace
The women vanishing without a trace
Thousands of women and girls disappear in Mexico every year - many are never seen alive again. When one couple realised their daughter was missing, they knew they didn't have long to find her. A staggering 1,238 women and girls were reported missing in the state in 2011 and 2012 - the most recent figures available. Of these, 53% were girls under the age of 17. No-one knows how many have been found dead or alive, or are still missing. This is the most dangerous Mexican state to be a woman - at least 2,228 were murdered here in the past decade.
9-14-15 Vanessa Williams gets apology from Miss America
Vanessa Williams gets apology from Miss America
Organisers of the Miss America pageant have apologised to actress Vanessa Williams, 32 years after she was forced to hand back her title. Williams was the first black woman to be named Miss America in 1983 but resigned after a magazine published nude photos of her without her consent. "I want to apologise for anything that was said or done," said Miss America CEO Sam Haskell.
9-9-15 Kayla Mueller murdered by IS, says Yazidi former sex slave
Kayla Mueller murdered by IS, says Yazidi former sex slave
American hostage Kayla Mueller was murdered by the so-called Islamic State, and not killed in a coalition airstrike as IS claims. That is the testimony of a Yazidi woman who escaped after being held as a sex slave, one of thousands of women and girls enslaved by IS. Two Yazidi eyewitnesses have also told the BBC that Kayla was used by the IS leader himself as one of his personal sex slaves.
9-9-15 Saudi diplomat 'raped Nepali maids' in India
Saudi diplomat 'raped Nepali maids' in India
Police in India are investigating allegations that a Saudi Arabian diplomat raped two Nepali maids at his home near the capital Delhi. The women were rescued from the house in the suburb of Gurgaon on Monday after a tip-off from an NGO. They say they were held captive by his family and starved and sexually abused by them and other Saudi nationals. They have registered a case of rape, sodomy and illegal confinement against the official, without naming him.
9-6-15 Argentine man 'kept wife and son locked up for years'
Argentine man 'kept wife and son locked up for years'
Police in Argentina have charged a man they say kept his wife and adult son locked up in a cell for several years with unlawful imprisonment. They say the filthy room at the back of Edgardo Oviedo's home in the coastal city of Mar del Plata had an iron door, locked from the outside. It had plates of dog food they believe was given to the woman and her son.
9-3-15 US man loses job offer after sending naked selfies to boss
US man loses job offer after sending naked selfies to boss
A Chicago area man has lost a job offer after he accidentally sent nude pictures of himself to a manager. Police say the unnamed man sent two nude photographs between 11-13 August to the human resources manager before phoning her. The female manager for the unidentified St Charles company received the texts while at home and contacted police. Police spoke to the man, who admitted to sending the texts, but said that the images were intended for someone else.
8-30-15 Chrissie Hynde under fire for rape remarks
Chrissie Hynde under fire for rape remarks
Singer Chrissie Hynde has come under fire for suggesting it can be a woman's fault if she is raped. "You know if you don't want to entice a rapist, don't wear high heels so you can't run from him," she said, in an interview in the Sunday Times. The Pretenders singer, 63, said she takes "full responsibility" after she was sexually assaulted aged 21 in Ohio. "If I'm walking around in my underwear and I'm drunk. Who else's fault can it be?" Hynde told Krissi Murison. (Webmaster's comment: IT IS NEVER THE WOMAN'S FAULT! A woman should be able to be passed out, totally naked, and still be perfectly safe from being raped in any situation. She may get raped, BUT IT IS NOT HER FAULT! The human male needs to control his primitive drive to breed, and he can if he wants to. But in our culture it's just too easy to for him to blame the women and rape her. Rape is a violent act of aggression against another human being regardless of the circumstances. It is never justified. Men and women both need to stop supporting excuses for acts of aggression. Unfortunately men have self-servingly convinced many women that women are at fault. What's so pathetic is that so many women have bought that they are at fault. See Societal Attitudes Supporting Rape on our Abuse and Rape Statistics page.)
8-26-15 Why Indian women must shun sex to claim alimony
Why Indian women must shun sex to claim alimony
A court in southern India recently ruled that a woman divorced for being adulterous could not claim maintenance from her ex-husband. The ruling by Justice S Nagamuthu of the Madras high court may be legally sound, but the language of the judgement is worrying women's activists. But the ruling also has wider implications - since the judge, in his order, goes on to insist that even after a divorce is granted a woman must continue to shun sex if she is to retain her right to maintenance. (Webmaster's comment: It's the same old philosophy. Punish the woman, protect the man. In India they don't even pretend to do otherwise.)
8-21-15 Nelson Mandela grandson charged with raping girl of 15
Nelson Mandela grandson charged with raping girl of 15
One of Nelson Mandela's grandsons has been charged with raping a 15-year-old girl in South Africa. The 24-year-old, who cannot be named until he enters his plea, is accused of raping the teenager in the toilets of a restaurant in Johannesburg. Earlier in the week, the family of the alleged victim said that Mr Mandela's ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, had sent her bodyguard to dissuade them from pressing charges.
8-18-15 Struggling with sexism in Latin America
Struggling with sexism in Latin America
I have one particularly large wrinkle between my eyebrows I put down to scowling while living in Mexico in my 20s, trying to ward off the hisses and catcalls in the street.
8-17-15 Into The Wild actor Emile Hirsch pleads guilty to assault
Into The Wild actor Emile Hirsch pleads guilty to assault
US actor Emile Hirsch has pleaded guilty to assaulting a female film executive during the Sundance Film Festival in Utah in January. The Into The Wild and Milk star was given a 15-day jail term and 50 hours of community service as part of a plea deal agreed with the prosecutors. He was also fined $4,750 (£3,048). The plea deal agreed on Monday means Hirsch managed to avoid the maximum jail sentence of five years. He was told the charges would be dropped from his record if he completed his sentence. (Webmaster's comment: This is nothing, this is a slap on his wrist, it certainly is not punishment!)
8-15-15 Islamic State leader Baghdadi 'raped Kayla Mueller'
Islamic State leader Baghdadi 'raped Kayla Mueller'
An American aid worker who was killed while being held hostage by Islamic State (IS) militants, was sexually abused by the group's leader, US officials told ABC news. Kayla Mueller, 26, was repeatedly raped by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Her family were informed of the abuse in June.
8-4-15 Japan revisionists deny WW2 sex slave atrocities
Japan revisionists deny WW2 sex slave atrocities
Seventy years after the end of World War Two, the voices of revisionism in Japan are growing stronger and moving into the mainstream, particularly on the issue of comfort women, who were women forced to be sex slaves for Japanese soldiers during the war. Mr Tamogami is well-educated, knowledgeable and, when I meet him, exquisitely polite. The former chief of staff of Japan's air force believes in a version of Japanese history that is deeply at odds with much of the rest of the world. But it is increasingly popular among young Japanese, tired of being told they must keep apologising to China and Korea. (Webmaster's comment: None of us like to be reminded of the ugly behavior of the our past generations, but we must acknowledge the truth of an ugly past or we are likely to repeat it.)
8-1-15 AFL racism row: Goodes backed by #IstandwithAdam campaign
AFL racism row: Goodes backed by #IstandwithAdam campaign
Social media users have been rallying around Aussie Rules footballer Adam Goodes, after he became embroiled in a racism row with fans. But it wasn't just a racism row. He also spoke out against violence against women. "What an amazing example to us all. Standing up against racism and violence against women." (Webmaster's comment: Adam Goodes said "I am committed to helping uncover Australia's dark secret. That secret is the true and shocking extend of men's violence against women in Australia where at least one woman is killed every week by a by a current or former partner." Good thing he doesn't live in America because in America more than 3 women are murdered by their husbands or boy friends EVERY DAY. American males lead the world in violence against women.)
7-30-15 Rolling Stone to face false campus rape article lawsuit
Rolling Stone to face false campus rape article lawsuit
Three members of a University of Virginia fraternity profiled in a debunked Rolling Stone article about gang rape are suing the magazine. Protesters targeted the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity following the article's publication. A lawyer for George Elias IV, Ross Fowler and Stephen Hadford said the men had suffered "vicious and hurtful" attacks because of the false piece. The graduates filed a defamation suit in New York on Wednesday.
7-28-15 Human trafficking: The lives bought and sold
Human trafficking: The lives bought and sold
Lives for sale: Four women on how they were duped by traffickers. Millions of men, women and children around the world are currently victims of human trafficking - bought and sold as commodities into prostitution and forced labour. This trade in people criss-crosses the globe - and it is a lucrative business. The International Labour Office estimates that forced labour generates $150bn (£96bn) in illegal profits every year. Two thirds ($99bn; £63bn) comes from sexual exploitation.
7-27-15 Sex worker in West Virginia shoots dead 'serial killer'
Sex worker in West Virginia shoots dead 'serial killer'
A woman working as a prostitute may have put an end to a nationwide killing spree after she shot and killed a man in self-defence, police say. She told police that Neal Falls, 45, had answered her online escort ad, but the encounter turned violent after he arrived at her West Virginia home. During a struggle, the woman got hold of Falls' gun and shot him. A "kill list" was found in his pocket, leading police to believe that he was targeting local sex workers.
7-27-15 Bill Cosby: 35 of his accusers speak to New York magazine
Bill Cosby: 35 of his accusers speak to New York magazine
Thirty-five of the women who have accused Bill Cosby of rape or sexual assault have been photographed and interviewed by New York Magazine. The striking cover story features women aged from their 20s to 80, and include supermodels Beverley Johnson and Janice Dickinson, waitresses and journalists. Barbara Bowman told the magazine: "I felt like a prisoner; I felt like I was kidnapped and hiding in plain sight." She continued: "I could have walked down any street in Manhattan at any time and said: 'I'm being raped and drugged by Bill Cosby,' but who the hell would have believed me? Nobody, nobody."
7-18-15 Cambodian tycoon Sok Bun charged over SaSa assault
Cambodian tycoon Sok Bun charged over SaSa assault
A Cambodian property tycoon accused of assaulting a well-known actress has appeared in court after she posted a video of the attack online. Violence against women is commonplace in Cambodia but public exposure of this attack has sparked outrage.
7-16-15 Sandra Bland's death sparks online demand for answers
Sandra Bland's death sparks online demand for answers
A 28-year-old woman found dead after spending the weekend in a Texas jail cell has raised more questions about how black Americans are treated by police. Sandra Bland was pulled over by Texas authorities the night of Friday 10 July for an improper lane change, then arrested on charges of assaulting a public servant. After spending the weekend in jail, she was discovered dead on Monday morning from what appears to be self-inflicted asphyxiation - suicide by hanging. "Who goes on a job interview, gets hired, and commits suicide in a jail cell after being arrested for a routine traffic stop?"
7-14-15 Raped, beaten and sold: Yazidi women tell of IS abuse
Raped, beaten and sold: Yazidi women tell of IS abuse
Three young Yazidi women have escaped from sex slavery in the hands of the Islamic State (IS) group and travelled to London, where they told their horrific stories.
7-12-15 Should you go online with allegations of domestic violence?
Should you go online with allegations of domestic violence?
A shocking video by a woman with a black eye went viral this week - but is taking to social media with abuse allegations always the right thing to do? Hillary Adams' family was thrust into the spotlight when she posted a video of her father beating her with a belt. Three years later, she says she has no regrets. (Webmaster's comment: As long as you have real proof of the abuse go for it if you want. But if you make it up then you would be the abuser and subject to libel laws.)
7-7-15 De'Andre Johnson cut from Florida football team for hitting woman
De'Andre Johnson cut from Florida football team for hitting woman
A promising football player at Florida State University has been kicked off the team after a video showed him punching a woman in a bar.He was charged with misdemeanour battery after the incident on 24 June at a Tallahassee bar. The 21-year-old woman suffered bruising and swelling to her face, police said.
7-3-15 China firm 'plans to punish unapproved staff pregnancies'
China firm 'plans to punish unapproved staff pregnancies'
A Chinese firm reportedly plans to ask its staff to seek approval before they get pregnant, provoking scorn in the state-run press and on social media. The firm was apparently worried that too many babies may be born to its staff at the same time. Workers at a finance firm in Henan province were said to have been told they must apply for a "place on the birth-planning schedule" - and only if they had been employed for over a year. Those who became pregnant without approval may be penalised. A commentator in the state-run China Youth Daily said the company regarded its workers as "tools on the production line" rather than human beings.
7-2-15 Afghan court quashes Farkhunda mob killing death sentences
Afghan court quashes Farkhunda mob killing death sentences
An Afghan appeals court has quashed death sentences imposed on four men for their part in the mob killing of a young woman in Kabul in March. Farkhunda Malikzada was attacked at an Islamic shrine after being falsely accused of burning a copy of the Koran. She was stoned to death, her body was run over by a car and set on fire.
7-2-15 Mexico police charged with torturing 3 women Tlatlaya witnesses
Mexico police charged with torturing 3 women Tlatlaya witnesses
Authorities in Mexico have charged seven police officers with torturing three women who witnessed a deadly incident in the town of Tlatlaya. In 2014 soldiers opened fire on a group of people in a warehouse in the town, in Mexico state, killing 22. The women claim the officers tortured them to force them to back the army's version of what happened in Tlatlaya. The soldiers had said those killed died in a shoot-out, but an investigation concluded many were executed.