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20 Abuse of Women News Articles
for March of 2017
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3-31-17 Women are, by definition, prey
Women are, by definition, prey
“There are two conflicting stories about sex on campus at the moment. The first story is all about license: hooking up, binge drinking, porn watching. My students are junior libertines; nothing sexual is alien to them. Layered on top of that is the other big story of the moment: Sex is dangerous; it can traumatize you for life. Rape is endemic and predators are everywhere. It’s not a happy combination. If rape is the norm, then male sexuality is by definition predatory; women are, by definition, prey.”

3-31-17 Rockville rape: Fueling the immigration debate
Rockville rape: Fueling the immigration debate
“When politicians and activists put the comfort of illegal aliens ahead of the security of Americans, something is fundamentally wrong,” said Derek Hunter in Yet that’s what seems to have happened at Rockville High School in Maryland, where protests have broken out after a 14-year-old girl was allegedly raped by two fellow students—both of them undocumented immigrants. Jose Montano, 17, and Henry Sanchez-Milian, 18, were among 150,000 unaccompanied minors who entered the country illegally during the last two years of the Obama administration. Both spent time in federal custody before being allowed to join relatives in Maryland—a state where liberals are pushing for “sanctuary” status. These men were placed in ninth grade alongside their much younger victim, and repaid “welcoming” school officials by allegedly dragging the girl into a school bathroom and taking turns assaulting her. As White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer put it, President Trump is cracking down on illegal immigration precisely “because of tragedies like this.”

3-31-17 Mexico City metro's 'penis seat' sparks debate
Mexico City metro's 'penis seat' sparks debate
When a new style of seat suddenly appeared on Mexico City's metro system, it was labelled as inappropriate, uncomfortable, humiliating and embarrassing. It was supposed to be. The seat, moulded to include a protruding penis and chest, was designed to highlight sexual harassment experienced by female passengers. The explanation next to the men-only label read: "It is uncomfortable to sit here, but that is nothing compared to the sexual violence that women suffer on their daily journeys." The seat is not a permanent fixture, but part of a campaign launched by UN Women and the Mexico City authorities called #NoEsDeHombres, which aimed to highlight sexual harassment on public transport. But the response has been mixed. Underneath a video of the stunt, which has been seen more than 700,000 times in the past 10 days, some viewers praised the idea, while others called it "sexist" and unfair to men.

3-31-17 Women aren't happy about a Donald Trump tweet supporting women
Women aren't happy about a Donald Trump tweet supporting women
On Thursday night the US president wrote: "Only by enlisting the full potential of women in our society will we be truly able to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain." The US president also said American women in every generation had shown grit, courage and devotion. The tweet sent out by Donald Trump now has more than 10,000 replies, 6,500 retweets as well as 27,000 likes. But Twitter users are pointing out some of Donald Trump's previous comments about women. One US publication has taken photos of people holding up signs with some quotes Donald Trump has made about women. (Webmaster's comment: The Groper President speaks.)

3-28-17 Florida man 'kills female roommate during hug goodbye'
Florida man 'kills female roommate during hug goodbye'
A Florida man is facing a murder charge after he admitted fatally stabbing his female roommate as she was saying goodbye to him, police say. Brooke Preston, 21, visited the West Palm Beach home on Friday night to pick up a few items after moving out. Randy Herman, 24, allegedly gave her a T-shirt and one last hug before he began stabbing her repeatedly. Ms Preston was planning to move back to Pennsylvania to be with her boyfriend, local media report. Her friends said she was not romantically involved with her alleged attacker, about whom she had expressed concerns. Ms Preston was at the property on the eve of her death, but had left because her roommate's behaviour made her uncomfortable, reports WPTV, a Palm Beach news station.

3-27-17 Singapore couple jailed for starving Philippine maid
Singapore couple jailed for starving Philippine maid
A Singaporean couple have been jailed for starving their domestic worker from the Philippines, in a case that has shocked the city-state. The woman lost 20kg (44 lbs) - about 40% of her body weight - while working for them, and was given only bread and instant noodles to eat. Her employers received jail sentences of three weeks and three months. Many Singaporeans hire live-in helpers from neighbouring countries, and abuse cases are not uncommon. In the latest case, Filipino domestic worker Thelma Oyasan Gawidan was starved over a period of 15 months, where her weight dropped from 49kg to 29kg. She testified in court that she was fed only small amounts of food twice a day, and her requests for more food were denied. She was also made to sleep in a storeroom, and allowed to shower only once or twice a week. Ms Gawidan said she was unable to seek help earlier as her employers had confiscated her mobile phone and passport. (Webmaster's comment: Her abusers should be jailed and starved till they both lose 40% of their weight. That would certainly be fair.)

3-25-17 Italy sex case dropped because woman 'did not scream'
Italy sex case dropped because woman 'did not scream'
Italy's justice minister has said he will investigate after a court acquitted a man of sexually assaulting a woman because she did not scream. The court in Turin ruled last month that the woman saying "enough" to her colleague who allegedly attacked her was not a strong enough reaction to prove she had been sexually assaulted. The alleged victim is now facing charges for slander, reports said. The ruling has caused outrage in the country. "Certainly, you cannot punish the personal reaction of a woman terrified by what is happening to her," said opposition MP Annagrazia Calabria. Justice Minister Andrea Orlando has asked ministry inspectors to begin looking into the case, which was examining incidents that took place in 2011, Ansa news agency reported. The alleged victim, who worked in hospitals in Turin, said the defendant had forced her into sexual acts and threatened to stop providing her with work if she did not comply, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported. Asked why she had not reacted to the alleged assault more strongly, she told the court: "Sometimes saying no is enough but maybe I did not use the force and violence that in reality I should have used, but that is because with people who are too strong, I just freeze." The woman had been a victim of repeated abuse as a child by her father, prosecutors said during the trial. Acquitting the defendant, the judge said the woman had not "betrayed the emotion that a violation of her person had to inspire in her", described her account as "unlikely" and said the assault "did not exist", Corriere della Sera said. (Webmaster's comment: It's the same old story of blaming the women. If she had screamed she would likely have suffered much more physical damage.)

3-23-17 Spain's female bodyguards who protect abused women
Spain's female bodyguards who protect abused women
The female bodyguards who protect abused women. When Ana reported her male former partner for an assault at her home in Spain she thought she would be protected. In fact she ended up living as a prisoner alone in her own house, afraid to go out in case she was confronted by her aggressor once more. "I was living in terror. The only thing the police gave me was a special kind of telephone to call if he turned up. But I didn't feel safe." Ana went online to contact women's support groups and was put in touch with Carolina, a former police bodyguard now using her skills and training to keep women safe from violent men. Carolina had guarded public figures in the years before Basque separatist group Eta declared a halt to its bombing and assassination campaign in 2011. She launched private association Edemm in response to cases just like Ana's. Women who had gone to the police but were left unprotected by the judicial system. Some were murdered by husbands or former partners. (Webmaster's comment: Women are under assault by men worldwide!)

3-23-17 South Africa police warn of taxi rape gang in Johannesburg
South Africa police warn of taxi rape gang in Johannesburg
A boy of 10 was forced to lie face down while his mother was subjected to a four-hour rape ordeal in a Johannesburg taxi, reports from South Africa say. He and his mother were allegedly tricked into boarding the minibus taxi before she was assaulted and ordered to hand over her bank card and PIN number by the three armed occupants. It is thought to be the latest in a string of attacks by the gang. The first reports of the "rape taxi" were made a year ago.

3-22-17 Maryland high school rape case sparks immigration row
Maryland high school rape case sparks immigration row
An alleged rape at a US high school has sparked a row over immigration that has reached all the way to the White House. Two Central American-born students are in custody after a 14-year-old girl was attacked last week at Rockville High School in Maryland, police say. The White House said "tragedies like this" had motivated President Trump's illegal immigration "crackdown". On Tuesday night, protesters gathered outside the school, some expressing concern about undocumented immigrants. Henry Sanchez, 18, and Jose Montano, 17, were charged in the alleged assault, which the victim said took place in a boy's toilet at the beginning of the school day last Thursday.

3-22-17 Facebook Live victim 'afraid to go home'
Facebook Live victim 'afraid to go home'
A teenage girl who police say was raped during a Facebook Live broadcast is too scared to return to her Chicago home, her mother has said. The 15-year-old, who is currently staying with relatives, has been subject to an online and in-person harassment campaign. People on Facebook have threatened "they are going to get" her daughter, the 32-year-old woman told US media. The BBC is not identifying the mother in order to protect the girl's privacy. Around 40 people were said to have been watching the livestream but nobody reported the incident to police. The girl has been afraid to return to the Lawndale neighbourhood where she lives. Her mother says local children have been ringing her doorbell looking for the girl. "This is just disturbing and to think the kids think it is funny," she said, adding that she now wants to leave the crime-plagued west Chicago neighbourhood. "I can't stay here," she said on Wednesday after being reunited with her daughter.

3-22-17 'Sex assault' streamed on Facebook Live
'Sex assault' streamed on Facebook Live
The alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl by five or six males was streamed on Facebook Live, according to Chicago Police. Around 40 people were said to have been watching the stream at one point but nobody reported the incident to police. A police spokesman said authorities first learned of what happened after the girl's mother approached the head of police as he was leaving a station. Detectives have questioned several people but no arrests have been made. The video has since been removed. The girl, who had been missing for a day, has now been found by detectives and reunited with her family. Her mother, whom the BBC is not naming, said her daughter appeared to be scared in the footage, adding "it's so disgusting". (Webmaster's comment: The Freedom and Liberty we give social media encourages violence against others!)

3-14-17 Teen suicide on the rise amongst Canadian girls
Teen suicide on the rise amongst Canadian girls
Suicide amongst young women is on the rise. When it comes to mental health, is gender the elephant in the room? In early 2016, five teenagers from Woodstock, Ontario killed themselves in just as many months, leaving not only their family but the community as a whole bewildered with grief. "Everyone was sitting on edge. For a while there, I think we all just sat there wondering when it was going to end," says Jenilee Ookcay, a community health worker. Across the country, suicide amongst teen girls and young women is on the rise, while male suicide in the same age group declines, according to data released by Statistics Canada on Thursday. Health experts have long been concerned with the prevalence of suicide amongst young men. It has been called a "silent epidemic" and for good reason. In 2013, men were three times as likely to kill themselves as women, the latest data shows. (Webmaster's comment: Women are being assaulted by men at every turn. They are raped as children, as young women, as grown women, beaten at the least excuse, denied choices when it comes to marriage, when it comes to having babies, treated like slaves at home and at work, taught to obey males in all things, and treated like breed stock. No wonder they commit suicide!)

3-11-17 Hounded and ridiculed for complaining of rape
Hounded and ridiculed for complaining of rape
When soldiers went searching for militants in Myanmar's Rakhine state last October, the result for members of the Rohingya minority was disastrous. Villages were burned, men were killed, women were sexually abused. And when one woman complained of rape, she was accused of lying by the office of the country's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and hounded by vengeful soldiers. Sitting cross-legged on the floor, 25-year-old Jamalida Begum tells me what happened in the days after her husband was shot dead in the village of Pyaung Pyaik, north-western Myanmar. Jamalida fled with her two children and watched from a distance as the army set houses in the village on fire. Satellite images confirm that at least 85 buildings were destroyed. Five days later she returned with some of her neighbours to find her belongings and home destroyed. They sheltered together in one of the few homes that had survived - but at dawn the next day the soldiers came back. "They chose 30 women. Half were young girls aged between 12 and 15," says Jamalida. The soldiers took them to the village school. "Then they chose four from among the 30," Jamalida says. "It was me and three teenage girls. Then we were separated. The army took me to the east of the school near the pond. Another seven soldiers took the other three girls to the hill to the south of the school. "They shouted at me to open my shirt and my thami (wrap-around skirt). When I refused they started beating me, grabbed my clothes and pushed me to the ground. Three soldiers raped and tortured me for an hour. Blood came out of my lower part and my legs got cramped. They punched me into the eyes saying I was staring at them. It turned my eyes red like fire coal. They left me bleeding and drove away in their Jeeps."

3-10-17 Judge who told complainant to 'keep your knees together' resigns
Judge who told complainant to 'keep your knees together' resigns
A Canadian judge who asked a sexual assault complainant why she could not "keep your knees together" is resigning. Alberta Federal Court Justice Robin Camp's decision came after a scathing Canadian Judicial Council review called for his removal. The review concluded he acted in a manner that seriously undermined public confidence in the judiciary. The federal justice minister has accepted his resignation. Mr Camp's comments made during a 2014 rape trial sparked outrage and drew sharp criticism from sexual assault victims and their advocates. The judge had tried to hold on to his position and told the Council he had undergone education and had apologised for his comments. The Council, which oversees the judiciary, found that Mr Camp's actions during the trial were "so manifestly and profoundly destructive of the concept of impartiality, integrity and independence of the judicial role that public confidence is sufficiently undermined to render the Judge incapable of executing the judicial office". It also found he spoke to the complainant in a manner "that was at times condescending, humiliating and disrespectful".

3-6-17 Gloria Steinem opens up about embattled feminism in Trump's America
Gloria Steinem opens up about embattled feminism in Trump's America
Gloria Steinem loved Wonder Woman's truth-coaxing lasso. She slapped the comic-book character on the cover of the first issue of her feminist digest, Ms. Magazine. And to this day, she buys her bracelets in pairs as a nod to the Amazon princess' bullet-deflecting bangles. Gloria Steinem grew up idolizing Wonder Woman. The rest of us grew up idolizing Gloria Steinem. From her early days as a brazen journalist exposing the Playboy Club's sexist policies while working as an undercover bunny, to her "no more asking daddy" speech before a sea of pink pussy hats at the Women's March on Washington in January, Steinem has been the enduring icon of the feminist movement. Courageous and compassionate, tireless and unifying, stylish and funny, she is the original Nasty Woman — the one who taught us all, nevertheless, to persist. A Smith College grad, Steinem wrote for Esquire and Cosmopolitan in the early '60s, but it was her 1969 article "After Black Power, Women's Liberation" that launched her to fame as a feminist leader and activist. She campaigned for the Equal Rights Amendment, co-founded the National Women's Political Caucus, and has spoken out or written against female genital mutilation and pornography, and in favor of same-sex marriage and reproductive freedom. She has been arrested for protesting apartheid in South Africa, and received this country's Presidential Medal of Freedom. And in the pouty face of a new commander-in-chief who brags about grabbing women and vows to defund Planned Parenthood — and a Senate that silenced Elizabeth Warren mid-speech ("It was outrageous to interrupt her," Steinem says) — our fight is far from over.

3-4-17 Canada judge's 'a drunk can consent' ruling stirs debate
Canada judge's 'a drunk can consent' ruling stirs debate
A Canadian judge's finding that "clearly a drunk can consent", as he cleared a cab driver of sexual assault, has drawn legal criticism. Nova Scotia Justice Gregory Lenehan found Bassam al-Rawi not guilty of sexual assault on Wednesday. Police discovered Mr al-Rawi, 40, with an unconscious naked female passenger in his taxi in Halifax on 23 May 2015. The unnamed 26-year-old's blood-alcohol level was three times the legal limit, and she had urinated on herself. The woman got into Mr al-Rawi's cab at about 01:09 local time, the court heard. Police who were reportedly responding to separate incident in the area noticed her in the cab at 01:20. She was unconscious and naked from the chest down. Mr al-Rawi was also found semi-clothed. Her DNA was found on his person. In his ruling, Justice Lenehan said that just because the accuser was drunk it did not mean she was incapable of consent. "A person would be incapable of giving consent if she is unconscious or is so intoxicated by alcohol or drugs as to be incapable of understanding or perceiving the situation that presents itself," Justice Lenehan said, according to a transcript of his oral decision published in the National Post. "This does not mean, however, that an intoxicated person cannot give consent to sexual activity. Clearly, a drunk can consent."

3-3-17 Jane Fonda reveals rape and child abuse
Jane Fonda reveals rape and child abuse
Oscar-winning actress Jane Fonda has revealed she is a rape survivor and suffered sexual abuse as a child. In an interview with fellow Oscar winner Brie Larson for The Edit, the 79-year-old also said she had once lost a job because she refused her boss's sexual advances. The star added she thought being a young actress now was "terrifying" because of female sexualisation. "You have to get naked so much. There is even more emphasis on how you look." Fonda said she "felt diminished" growing up because the men in her life were "victims of a [patriarchal] belief system". She also said she had been "brought up with the disease to please". "To show you the extent to which a patriarchy takes a toll on females - I've been raped, I've been sexually abused as a child and I've been fired because I wouldn't sleep with my boss and I always thought it was my fault; that I didn't do or say the right thing. "I know young girls who've been raped and didn't even know it was rape. They think, 'It must have been because I said no the wrong way'. "One of the great things the women's movement has done is to make us realise that [rape and abuse is] not our fault. We were violated and it's not right."

3-3-17 Domestic Violence no reason for divorce
Domestic Violence no reason for divorce
A Mississippi lawmaker rejected a proposed bill to make domestic violence grounds for divorce. Rep. Andy Gipson, a Baptist minister who chairs a committee, argued that the state should be encouraging people to stay married, not “opening the floodgates” to more divorce. “If a person is abusive,” Gipson said, he needs to have “a change of heart.” (Webmaster's comment: So the women just has to stay married and take his rapes, beatings and bruises till he changes? This is just legalized evil!)

3-3-17 Women 'weaker, less intelligent' - Polish MEP Korwin-Mikke
Women 'weaker, less intelligent' - Polish MEP Korwin-Mikke
A Polish nationalist member of the European Parliament may be punished after he said women "must earn less than men because they are weaker, smaller and less intelligent". The parliament's president is investigating whether Janusz Korwin-Mikke broke the body's rules with his remarks to fellow MEPs. The rules ban defamatory, racist or xenophobic language or behaviour. A tweet shows Socialist MEP Iratxe Garcia-Perez scolding Mr Korwin-Mikke. Parliament President Antonio Tajani was urged by the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group to sanction the Polish MEP for his "shameful" comments.

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for March of 2017

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