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6-30-17 MSNBC's Scarborough and Brzezinski hit back at Trump tirade
MSNBC's Scarborough and Brzezinski hit back at Trump tirade
The MSNBC hosts say the White House demanded an apology for coverage, or the National Enquirer would run a story on them. Two TV presenters attacked on Twitter by President Donald Trump have accused him of lying and suggested the White House tried to blackmail them. The hosts of MSNBC Morning Joe said they were warned a tabloid would run a negative story on them unless they said sorry for their coverage of Mr Trump. Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough said Mr Trump's tweets were "vicious" and "frightening". The president called them "low IQ crazy Mika" and "Psycho Joe" on Thursday. He also referred to Ms Brzezinski as "bleeding badly from a facelift". The couple, who are engaged to be married, wrote a joint response in Friday's Washington Post accusing the president of an "unhealthy obsession" with them. They denied his claims they had spent three nights at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida last New Year's Eve, or that they had "insisted", as Mr Trump claimed, on spending time with him. Instead they said they turned down his invitation to attend his New Year's Eve party. They continued: "Putting aside Mr Trump's never-ending obsession with women's blood, Mika and her face were perfectly intact, as pictures from that night reveal. "And though it is no-one's business, the president's petulant personal attack against yet another woman's looks compels us to report that Mika has never had a face-lift." The TV presenters also said three White House officials had told them the National Enquirer would publish a negative article about them unless they apologised to Mr Trump for their scrutiny of him. (Webmaster's comment: Our President is One Sick Puppy!)

6-30-17 Terry Gobanga: 'I was gang-raped on my wedding day'
Terry Gobanga: 'I was gang-raped on my wedding day'
When Terry Gobanga - then Terry Apudo - didn't show up to her wedding, nobody could have guessed that she had been abducted, raped and left for dead by the roadside. It was the first of two tragedies to hit the young Nairobi pastor in quick succession. But she is a survivor. It was going to be a very big wedding. I was a pastor, so all our church members were coming, as well as all our relatives. My fiance, Harry, and I were very excited - we were getting married in All Saints Cathedral in Nairobi and I had rented a beautiful dress. But the night before the wedding I realised that I had some of Harry's clothes, including his cravat. He couldn't show up without a tie, so a friend who had stayed the night offered to take it to him first thing in the morning. We got up at dawn and I walked her to the bus station. As I was making my way back home, I walked past a guy sitting on the bonnet of a car - suddenly he grabbed me from behind and dumped me in the back seat. There were two more men inside, and they drove off. It all happened in a fraction of a second. A piece of cloth was stuffed in my mouth. I was kicking and hitting out and trying to scream. When I managed to push the gag out, I screamed: "It's my wedding day!" That was when I got the first blow. One of the men told me to "co-operate or you will die". The men took turns to rape me. I felt sure I was going to die, but I was still fighting for my life, so when one of the men took the gag out of my mouth I bit his manhood. He screamed in pain and one of them stabbed me in the stomach. Then they opened the door and threw me out of the moving car.

6-30-17 Human trafficking
Human trafficking
China reacted with anger this week after the U.S. listed it as one of the countries with the worst records on sex trafficking and forced labor. In this year’s assessment of global efforts to end human trafficking, the State Department said China has made almost no effort to curb the practice. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson cited China’s employment of tens of thousands of North Korean workers, whose salaries are paid not to them but to the regime of Kim Jong Un. He said North Korea earns hundreds of millions of dollars a year in hard currency from forced laborers working in China and Russia. Beijing criticized the report. “No country has the right to speak irresponsibly on China’s domestic affairs,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang.

6-29-17 Trump mocks TV host Mika Brzezinski's 'bleeding facelift'
Trump mocks TV host Mika Brzezinski's 'bleeding facelift'
US President Donald Trump has launched a stunning attack on a female news anchor's alleged plastic surgery. He said MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski was "bleeding badly from a face-lift" during a visit to his Florida golf resort Mar-a-Lago. In a Twitter salvo, Mr Trump also assailed Brzezinski's MSNBC co-presenter Joe Scarborough. They are both his occasional sparring partners and she this week accused him of developing a "dictatorship". "I heard poorly rated @Morning_Joe speaks badly of me (don't watch anymore)," Mr Trump tweeted on Thursday morning. He also accused "low I.Q. Crazy Mika" and "Psycho Joe" of "insisting on joining me" at Mar-a-Lago over three days at New Year's Eve. "She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!" he added. (Webmaster's comment: Our president continues to assualt women! He obviously hates women. A weak and emasculated man.)

6-29-17 Film exposes London's sex industry underworld
Film exposes London's sex industry underworld
In 2009, a Chinese woman called Anna killed herself near London's Heathrow Airport. Her friends later learned that she had been working as a prostitute in an illegal massage parlour. One of those friends, Jenny Lu, a Taiwanese art school graduate, began a journey to find out about her secret life. It resulted in Lu's first feature film, The Receptionist, which premieres in Taiwan on Friday and at the Edinburgh Film Festival in the UK next week. Some readers may find aspects of this story upsetting. "I met Anna in Chinatown at a dinner gathering. She looked really normal," recalls director Lu. "She came from a little village in China. She went to London because she wanted a better life. But she ended up living a double life that no-one knew about. "I felt really sad. How come no-one knew about this and no-one was able to help?" Through a mutual friend, Lu tracked down women who had worked with Anna at a massage parlour. They were immigrants from mainland China, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand. Other parlours employed women from well-off economies including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea or Japan. Like some of the women, Anna arrived in the UK on a fake marriage. (Webmaster's comment: As soon as this film is released on DVD I will provide the description and link on the Feminist website.)

6-29-17 South Africa: Charges over secret breast milk filming
South Africa: Charges over secret breast milk filming
A woman has taken a male colleague to court in South Africa, alleging he secretly filmed her as she expressed breast milk at her workplace. The man, who has been been suspended by the University of Cape Town, is alleged to have set up a live link in a private room at the institution on 13 June. The woman wrote in a blog she was angry that providing food for her baby was "sexualised in such a cowardly way". The man has been charged and further investigations are being carried out. "I'm disgusted that we live in a world where mothers, no matter how they choose to feed their children, are victimised for being vulnerable." There has been a global push for companies to provide special areas for women to breastfeed.

6-29-17 Nigeria: Ogoni widows sue Shell over military crackdown
Nigeria: Ogoni widows sue Shell over military crackdown
The widows of four men executed by Nigeria's military regime in 1995 are suing oil giant Shell for alleged complicity in a military crackdown. The civil case, filed in The Hague in the Netherlands, argues that the company provided support to the army, which ultimately led to the executions. Shell has repeatedly denied the claims. Ken Saro-Wiwa was the best known of the nine men executed. He led protests against the environmental damage caused by oil production in the Niger Delta. The latest case against Royal Dutch Shell has been filed by four of the wives of the men - political activists known as the Ogoni nine - and is supported by Amnesty International. The women are seeking an apology and unspecified compensation. (Webmaster's comment: Male driven U.S. corporations always support the ruling junta!)

6-28-17 Women need a rosy outlook? Then give us reason to be optimistic
Women need a rosy outlook? Then give us reason to be optimistic
Talking up the idea that women need to up their optimism to live longer is patronising in an age of stubborn gender inequality, says Lara Williams. Now we know and presumably we should be grateful: Women who remain “optimistic” have a reduced risk of heart and respiratory disease, cancer and stroke – and as a result, live longer. That’s the message from a recent US study of 70,000 female nurses. Those who identified as the most optimistic had a 31 per cent reduced risk of mortality compared with the least optimistic. This message may seem OK at first glance – who doesn’t want to live longer? But beyond the actual science, there is a problem. Why were women singled out, both as subjects for the study and as the recipients of this message? Why not determine whether people, irrespective of gender, could enjoy the health benefits of positivity? Was the gendering tied to an existing expectation for women to remain sanguine, amiable and upbeat? This exists on the same spectrum as men who feel compelled to shout “smile” at passing female strangers, should they not appear visibly cheered – there is a peculiar pressure on women to read as pleasant. The messaging around this research feels particularly hampered by these problems, insinuating an almost moral and personal imperative to be optimistic – aimed at just one half of society. In the Huffington Post, Richa Sood of US medical research group Mayo Clinic commented on the work: “Women have a lot of self-doubt… But if we could focus on ‘I tried my best, pat on the back, I will do better next time,’ that’s optimism, and we are caring for ourselves.” There is a lot to decode – from the flippancy of invoking “self-doubt” through to the patronising obligation to care for ourselves. It is reductive language. Unfortunately, the onus is being placed on women to remain optimistic at a time in which there is still huge gender inequality, in which women’s fundamental human rights are actively under threat.

6-27-17 Why are Indian women wearing cow masks?
Why are Indian women wearing cow masks?
A photography project which shows women wearing a cow mask and asks the politically explosive question - whether women are less important than cattle in India - has gone viral in the country and earned its 23-year-old photographer the ire of Hindu nationalist trolls. "I am perturbed by the fact that in my country, cows are considered more important than a woman, that it takes much longer for a woman who is raped or assaulted to get justice than for a cow which many Hindus consider a sacred animal," Delhi-based photographer Sujatro Ghosh told the BBC. India is often in the news for crimes against women and, according to government statistics, a rape is reported every 15 minutes. "These cases go on for years in the courts before the guilty are punished, whereas when a cow is slaughtered, Hindu extremist groups immediately go and kill or beat up whoever they suspect of slaughter." The project, he says, is "his way of protesting" against the growing influence of the vigilante cow protection groups that have become emboldened since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, came to power in the summer of 2014. "I've been concerned over the Dadri lynching [when a Muslim man was killed by a Hindu mob over rumours that he consumed and stored beef] and other similar religious attacks on Muslims by cow vigilantes," Ghosh said. (Webmaster's comment: One reported rape every 15 minutes is nothing, IN THE UNITED STATES THERE IS ONE RAPE REPORTED EVERY THREE MINUTES! India has 1.3 billion people and United States only has 320 million SO UNITED STATES HAS 20 TIMES THE RATE OF RAPES OF INDIA!)

6-26-17 Bill Cosby tour 'not about sex assault'
Bill Cosby tour 'not about sex assault'
Bill Cosby's publicity team have denied reports that his upcoming speaking tour is to educate young people about sexual assault allegations. A publicist told CNN the focus was on restoring the comic's legacy. Mr Cosby narrowly escaped a prison sentence this month when a sexual assault trial against him ended in a hung jury. The comic's team had previously said that young people need to know the law around assault. But on Sunday publicist Ebonee Benson told CNN the media was guilty of "sensationalism" over the allegations, and the tour. "The town hall meetings are not about sexual assault. I will repeat. These town hall meetings are not about sexual assault," she said. Prosecutors plan to retry the case against the former star of The Cosby Show in about four months.

6-22-17 Bill Cosby plans 'sexual assault education' speaking tour
Bill Cosby plans 'sexual assault education' speaking tour
Embattled comic Bill Cosby plans to embark on a town hall-style speaking tour to educate young people about sexual assault allegations. His spokespeople said on Thursday that due to changing laws, more young men will face sexual assault allegations. Mr Cosby narrowly escaped a prison sentence when a sexual assault trial against him ended in a hung jury. Prosecutors plan to retry the case. At least 50 other women accuse him of drugging and sexually assaulting them. Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt told WBRC-TV's Good Day Alabama that the comedian will begin his summer motivational speaking tour in Alabama as early as July. "This is bigger than Bill Cosby," Mr Wyatt said, adding "this issue can affect any young person, especially young athletes of today". "They need to know what they're facing when they're hanging out and partying, when they're doing certain things that they shouldn't be doing," he told the interviewer.

6-21-17 Congo peacekeepers to leave CAR amid sex abuse allegations
Congo peacekeepers to leave CAR amid sex abuse allegations
Congo-Brazzaville is to withdraw more than 600 troops serving as peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (CAR) following claims of sexual abuse, the UN says. A review of the Congolese deployment pointed to "systemic problems", a statement said. The UN peacekeeping force in the CAR has faced scores of allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation. Almost 13,000 people are serving as part of the mission, known as Minusca. French troops have also been accused of sex abuse in CAR. Charges were dropped against six French soldiers earlier this year, however another investigation remains open.

6-20-17 The wounded victims of Sri Lanka's child marriage law
The wounded victims of Sri Lanka's child marriage law
In Sri Lanka the legal marriage age is 18, but under a decades-old community law, much younger Muslim girls can get married. As calls grow for this law to be amended, BBC Sinhala's Saroj Pathirana meets one young girl forced to marry against her will. When Shafa* was 15, she was forced to get married. "While studying for exams, I fell in love with a boy," Shafa said, tears running down her cheeks. "My parents did not like it. They sent me to my uncle's place. While I was studying there, a regular visitor told my aunt and uncle that he wanted to marry me." Shafa, who comes from a Muslim family and lives in a remote village in Sri Lanka, refused. She wanted to marry the boy she loved, after completing her secondary school education. But despite her objections, her uncle and aunt arranged for her to marry their friend. Whenever she objected to the marriage, she was beaten. Her uncle and aunt even threatened to kill themselves if she did not listen to them. "I cut my arms as there was no other option," said Shafa, pulling up her sleeves to show the scars. "I also took some pills from my uncle's place. "While I was being treated in hospital, they bribed the doctors and took me - together with my saline bottle - to a private hospital. A few days later they forced me to marry that man."

6-19-17 Virginia Muslim girl found dead near mosque
Virginia Muslim girl found dead near mosque
Police in the US state of Virginia have found the remains believed to be of a 17-year-old Muslim girl who was assaulted near a mosque before disappearing. The teenager, identified as Nabra Hussein, was walking with friends when they got into a dispute with a driver in Herndon, police said. The man left the car and assaulted the girl, they said. She then disappeared. A 22-year-old suspect has been arrested and charged with murder. The reason for the attack was still unknown, but hate crime was one of the options being investigated, reports said. (Webmaster's comment: Notice that the cowardly white males that hate muslims in America usually only attack safe targets like women and children.)

6-16-17 Companies: Uber CEO takes leave amid scandals
Companies: Uber CEO takes leave amid scandals
Uber’s embattled founder and CEO Travis Kalanick took a leave of absence this week for an unspecified amount of time, said Mike Isaac in The New York Times. The decision followed the release of the results of a four-month investigation into Uber’s workplace culture led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. That report concluded the company “must repudiate its aggressive startup culture,” amid ongoing sexual harassment and discrimination scandals. Private-equity billionaire David Bonderman resigned from the board of directors, hours after he made a disparaging remark about women during an all-staff gathering.

6-15-17 Fin - the secret Facebook group of Nigerian women
Fin - the secret Facebook group of Nigerian women
It is one of Facebook's fastest growing communities and has become such a phenomenon that last week, Mark Zuckerberg asked to meet its founder. But what is Fin? Female IN or Fin is a "secret" Facebook group that has recently clocked up over a million members, largely from Nigeria. But it's a secret that founder Lola Omolola wants you to know all about - if you're a woman that is. Though it has a vaguely romantic air, secret is just Facebook terminology, Ms Omolola says. It means invitation-only - you need to know a member to get in. "It's a safe place, for a woman who has something to say," Ms Omolola explains. "You don't have to agree but it is her story, she can say it." The group is a sort of confessional space, where women share stories that they might be uncomfortable - or even afraid - to tell in person. It doesn't offer anonymity - members have to post under their real names. And the stories are stunning, although they remain strictly confidential. In the few days that I've been a Finster, I've read testimonies on domestic abuse, physical and emotional violence, child abuse and rape. One woman speaks about the moment she told her parents she was about to have a child as a single girl of 17, another about finally being accepted as a lesbian by her mother after many years. They are brave and intimate, telling of failed relationships or unconventional sexual preferences.

6-14-17 French equality minister Schiappa ridiculed for Paris no-go visit
French equality minister Schiappa ridiculed for Paris no-go visit
When France's new Sexual Equality Minister Marlène Schiappa visited an area of northern Paris notorious for women being harassed on the street, it seemed a good idea. That was until she publicised her under-cover trip on Twitter with photos designed to show there were no "no-go areas for women" in France. Critics accused her of staging the visit and playing down the problem. Her photos were quickly deleted and were blamed on a public relations slip. However, French media had already captured the pictures, which showed Ms Schiappa walking alone in a dress past a group of men on a central street in the north-eastern area of La Chapelle-Pajol. Accompanying the images was the message: "The Republic's laws protect women and apply every hour of the day and everywhere." Ms Schiappa is new to national politics and one of President Emmanuel Macron's rising stars from civil society. Before joining his centrist party, she was best known for setting up a network of working mothers and was deputy mayor of the city of Le Mans.

6-13-17 A woman’s world for South Sudanese refugees
A woman’s world for South Sudanese refugees
An estimated 86% of the more than 900,000 South Sudanese refugees in Uganda are women and children, says the UN. Massive numbers have streamed in since the brutal civil war at home reignited last July. The flight from violence and chaos, often without time to plan, has left many families separated. Mothers and children run alone. Husbands and fathers are either staying behind to work, fighting, missing or presumed dead. As a result, many women are leading their extended households and communities in Uganda's refugee settlements. With the support of each other, the authorities and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs), they are trying to build a life. They didn't plan it, but they now find themselves living in a woman's world. In many refugee settlements, women are working together to pool their skills and resources. Members of one of 120 mother-to-mother support groups set up by charity Action Against Hunger near Adjumani, northern Uganda, have established a new kitchen garden outside the settlement of Mungula. In each group, the NGO trains an elected lead mother to teach the others about nutrition, infant feeding, hygiene and staying healthy. Agnes Namadi, 29, explains she has learned about the importance of avoiding illness and malnutrition, and adds: "When you eat cassava it gives you energy and these greens and mangos can give you vitamins." (Webmaster's comment: Someone has to focus on living, the men are too busy fighting and killing each other!)

6-12-17 Proposed ban on Zumba dance classes in Iran criticised
Proposed ban on Zumba dance classes in Iran criticised
A call made by a local sports federation to ban Zumba dance classes across Iran has angered many online. The Iran Sport for All Federation penned a letter to Iran's Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports to ban activities, including Zumba, for contravening "Islamic ideology". The federation has the country's highest membership status in the Association for International Sport for All (Tafisa) that is based in Frankfurt. Founded in 1992, the Iran Sport For All Federation is a licensed regulatory authority for a range of sports and operates provincial branches and offices in state organisations. A Tafisa official told the BBC that the association does not have a say in political decisions made by the Iran federation. It added that decisions on Tafisa membership are taken by its board of directors. Many Iranian social media users criticised the proposed ban, using the Persian-language hashtag #Zumba. Iran Sport for All President Ali Majdara's letter, posted on the Iran's sports ministry website on 7 June, said the aim was to "develop athletics for everyone in the framework of supreme Islamic ideology and the Islamic Republic of Iran's sport structure". "Please issue a regulation to ban some activities, such as Zumba, which include rhythmic motions and dance and are unlawful in any shape and title," the letter continued.

6-12-17 South African girl on murder charge for killing 'would-be rapist'
South African girl on murder charge for killing 'would-be rapist'
A 17-year-old girl, who handed herself in to South African police, is expected to appear in court, accused of murder, after killing a man who allegedly tried to rape her. "She was on her way to a local tavern when she was allegedly attacked by the deceased and fought back," police said. The young woman stabbed the 21-year-old man, after overpowering him during a struggle, police say. South Africa has one of the highest incidences of rape in the world. There has been a recent spate of killings of women in the country, which has sparked national outrage. (Webmaster's comment: Every woman has the right to defend herself from rape, including killing her attacker to prevent the rape. Rape is the same as physical assault which one has the right to prevent by killing one's attacker if need be.)

6-12-17 Kala Brown: Freed from storage container
(Webmaster's comment: )">Kala Brown: Freed from storage container
Kala Brown had been chained up in a metal storage container in South Carolina by Todd Kohlhepp. Authorities have now released footage showing the moment she was released. Kohlhepp has been jailed for the kidnap and rape of Kala Brown, and for a string of murders.

6-9-17 Uber fires 20 after harassment probe
Uber fires 20 after harassment probe
“The housecleaning at Uber is just getting underway,” said Eric Newcomer in Bloomberg.com. The ride-hailing service fired 20 people this week after an internal investigation into allegations of widespread sexual harassment and discrimination at the company. Uber didn’t say which employees were let go, but some are said to be senior executives. Apart from the firings, 31 employees were placed in counseling or additional training, while seven received written warnings after law firm Perkins Coie reviewed 215 complaints. Uber is also preparing to release the results of a separate, broader investigation into the company’s culture by former Attorney General Eric Holder.

6-8-17 Uber 'obtained rape victim's medical records'
Uber 'obtained rape victim's medical records'
An Uber executive obtained the medical records of a woman who said she was raped by a driver of the taxi-app firm in India, according to a report. Eric Alexander, who ran Uber's business in Asia, is said to have shared the records with the company's chief executive, Travis Kalanick, over a year ago. Uber confirmed to the BBC that Mr Alexander no longer worked at the firm - but offered no further comment. Technology news site Recode said Mr Alexander was fired only after the publication contacted the company about the story. It said as well as Mr Kalanick, the records were seen by the company's senior vice president, Emil Michael. Recode's report detailed how Uber was reportedly considering the prospect that the rape claim was concocted by rival Indian ride-sharing company, Ola, as part of a smear campaign. On Thursday, Ola told the BBC's Shilpa Kannan the allegations were "despicable". "It is a shame that the privacy and morals of a woman have to be questioned in an attempt to trivialise a horrific crime," a spokesman for Ola said in an email.

6-7-17 Outrage after rapist jailed with victim
Outrage after rapist jailed with victim
Canadian officials have expressed outrage over the case of a homeless woman who was jailed after being raped and kept in prison with her attacker. The indigenous woman, who is not being named, was brutally attacked in an Edmonton apartment in 2014. She went to police but was jailed for not answering questions, and forced to testify while wearing leg shackles. Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley has apologised to the woman's family and ordered an investigation. "The facts of this case are disturbing and tragic, and when you add in the treatment of the victim in the system, they are almost incomprehensible," said Mrs Ganley, adding that "both policies and people failed in this case". The woman had been kept in a holding cell next to her attacker for five days and transported to court with him, in the same van, CBC News was the first to report. "I'm the victim and look at me, I'm in shackles," she told Alberta court Judge Raymond Bodnarek in 2015.

6-7-17 Uber fires 20 staff after harassment investigation
Uber fires 20 staff after harassment investigation
Uber has fired more than 20 people, and is taking other actions against staff, after a harassment investigation. The taxi-app firm said the sackings related to sexual harassment, bullying and issues about poor company culture. Uber has been under fire over its treatment of women staff since a former employee wrote a scathing blog post about her experience. It led to two investigations and the uncovering of 215 complaints about harassment and other allegations. Uber has struggled with a series of controversies in recent months, including a backlash over aggressive corporate tactics and a lawsuit from Google-owner Alphabet over allegedly stolen technology for self-driving cars. Several high-placed executives resigned amid the turbulence, including a former head of engineering, who had failed to disclose harassment complaints at his former employer.

6-7-17 Pennsylvania groom 'choked bride' in wedding gifts row
Pennsylvania groom 'choked bride' in wedding gifts row
A Pennsylvania man has been accused of attacking his bride after they fought over money only hours after their wedding ceremony. John Delozier, of Johnstown, is charged with assault, strangulation and harassment. According to a police report, the 31-year-old suspect accused his wife of only caring about money just before the attack last Saturday. The victim had suggested saving some of the money they were given as gifts. Mr Delozier initially fled the scene, but was arrested and is awaiting trial at the Cambria County Prison.

6-7-17 Cosby trial: Andrea Constand 'frozen in sex attack'
Cosby trial: Andrea Constand 'frozen in sex attack'
The woman at the centre of Bill Cosby's sex assault trial testified she was "frozen" after the US comedian drugged and molested her at his home in 2004. Andrea Constand, 44, shared her account publicly for the first time on the second day of Mr Cosby's trial. "In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen", she said. She said Mr Cosby gave her pills he claimed were herbal to help her relieve stress over a possible career change. "They're your friends," she recalled him saying when he handed her the pills. "They'll take the edge off."

6-6-17 Bill Cosby 'used power and fame to prey on woman'
Bill Cosby 'used power and fame to prey on woman'
A witness in the Bill Cosby sex assault trial has told the court he drugged and sexually abused her in 1998. It is the same method he is said to have used in the alleged 2004 attack on Andrea Constand he is on trial for. Mr Cosby, 79, denies the charge. His lawyer says she agreed to sex and has changed her story to investigators. Dozens of women say Mr Cosby assaulted them, but statutes of limitation rules mean he is on trial for only one allegation.

6-6-17 MMA fighter War Machine gets life for assaulting ex girlfriend
MMA fighter War Machine gets life for assaulting ex girlfriend
A US mixed-martial arts combatant known as War Machine has been jailed for life for kidnapping, and sexually assaulting his former girlfriend in 2014. Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver was found guilty in March of attacking Christy Mack and her friend Corey Thomas after accusing them of having an affair. Ms Mack suffered a fractured eye socket and nose, broken ribs and lost teeth. In a statement to the court Koppenhaver expressed remorse, attributing the attack to anxiety and depression. He compared himself to former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, who killed himself in prison earlier this year while serving a life sentence for murder.

6-6-17 Loujain al-Hathloul: Saudi women's driving activist arrested
Loujain al-Hathloul: Saudi women's driving activist arrested
A Saudi rights activist who was detained for 73 days for flouting the country's ban on female drivers has been arrested again. Loujain al-Hathloul was picked up at King Fahd International Airport in Dammam on 4 June, the human rights group Amnesty International says. It says Ms Hathloul has been denied access to a lawyer or her family. Ms Hathloul was arrested in 2014 when she tried to drive into Saudi Arabia from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Saudi Arabia is the only country in the world that forbids women from driving. Authorities have not disclosed the reason for Ms Hathloul's latest arrest. She is expected to be taken to Riyadh later on Tuesday, to be interrogated by prosecutors. (Webmaster's comment: And this is the country that Trump most supports in the Middle East, a record holder for human rights abuses!)

5-31-17 Public hearings begin in missing and murdered indigenous women inquiry
Public hearings begin in missing and murdered indigenous women inquiry
Canada's inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women is hearing from its first witnesses. Some 40 participants are registered for three days of public hearings in Whitehorse in Canada's Yukon territory. The inquiry is focusing on the systemic causes of violence against indigenous women as well as on prevention. A number of families have come out in recent weeks expressing concerns over the inquiry's delays and lack of transparency. Chief commissioner Marion Buller said the inquiry is listening for both details from families about lost loved ones as well as any patterns or trends that emerge from all the stories. On Tuesday, the inquiry heard the first of many harrowing and tearful testimonies from families who have lost relatives to violence.

5-31-17 Viewpoint: Why death penalty is not the answer to sexual violence in India
Viewpoint: Why death penalty is not the answer to sexual violence in India
The death penalty is a distraction from the real measures that India needs to take to protect women's rights to safety, writes Gopika Bashi of Amnesty International. Earlier this month in the Rohtak district of India's northern state of Haryana, two men were arrested after the body of a young Dalit woman who had been gang-raped and murdered was found in an empty field. A team from the National Commission for Women which visited the area demanded the death penalty for the accused, citing the brutality of the crime. Just a few days earlier, the Supreme Court had upheld the death sentences of four men convicted of the brutal gang-rape and murder of a young woman in Delhi in December 2012. Several political parties and media stations celebrated the verdict. But what's been lost in the din is the futility and unfairness of imposing the death penalty in cases involving violence against women. The Delhi gang-rape sparked nationwide protests and led to landmark reforms to India's sexual violence laws in 2013. The reforms expanded the definition of rape and criminalised acts including stalking, voyeurism and acid attacks. It also introduced the death penalty in cases of rape leading to the victim's death or her being left in a "persistent vegetative state", and rape by repeat offenders. Convictions in cases of sexual violence, however, continue to be rare. More than 34,000 rapes were reported in 2015, but the conviction rate was only 21.3%. The use of the death penalty in India has been flawed and arbitrary. (Webmaster's comment: Out of every 310 reported rapes in America only 7 rapists will be convicted. In America men will protect their right to rape and blame the woman for it!)

5-31-17 Priyanka Chopra attacked for 'showing legs' to India PM Modi
Priyanka Chopra attacked for 'showing legs' to India PM Modi
Actress Priyanka Chopra's decision to wear a dress that showed her legs for a meeting with Indian PM Narendra Modi has been criticised by some social media users in India. Some Facebook users told her off for "disrespecting" the PM". The unapologetic actress responded by posting a picture of both her mother and her wearing short dresses, captioned "legs for the day". Other Indian actresses have also faced anger over their choice of attire. Deepika Padukone once publicly called out a leading Indian newspaper in 2014 for tweeting a picture of her cleavage. "YES! I am a Woman. I have breasts AND a cleavage! You got a problem!!??" Padukone tweeted to the paper. Many other actresses also came out in support of her.

5-30-17 South Sudan soldiers on trial over rape of aid workers
South Sudan soldiers on trial over rape of aid workers
Thirteen South Sudanese soldiers have gone on trial accused of raping foreign aid workers and murdering their local colleague. The incident in the capital, Juba, last July resulted in a UN report which accused UN peacekeepers of failing in their duty to protect civilians. It happened as rival forces in the civil war clashed in the city. The soldiers' lawyer said the allegations were untrue, Reuters news agency reports. The incident happened in a rebel-controlled area, he added. Peace efforts have failed to bring an end to the three-and-a-half-year-old conflict, which has seen forces loyal to President Salva Kiir fighting troops who back former Vice-President Riek Machar.

5-29-17 Three Indian men held over molestation viral video
Three Indian men held over molestation viral video
Indian police have arrested three men who allegedly molested two girls with their friends and posted a video of the incident on social media. It is not clear when the video was shot, but the location has been identified as Rampur district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. A officer told the BBC that police were trying to identify other suspects. He added that the police registered a case after the video went viral on social media. Rahul Srivastava, chief spokesperson of the state police, said police were confident that the other suspects would be arrested soon. At least four men can be seen groping and abusing the women in the video while nine others watch. The men continue to molest the women and laugh even as they plead to be allowed to go. Scrutiny of sexual violence in India has grown since the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student on a Delhi bus. But violent sexual attacks against women and children continue to be reported across the country.

5-29-17 Paris mayor may ban black feminist Nyansapo festival
Paris mayor may ban black feminist Nyansapo festival
The mayor of Paris has called for a black feminist festival in the city to be banned on the grounds that it excludes white people. At the Nyansapo Festival in July, billed as "blackfeminist", 80% of the venue will be reserved for black women. Black people of any gender will be allowed in another area, while a third area will be open to all. Anne Hidalgo tweeted that she reserved the right "to prosecute the organisers for discrimination". Some French anti-racism organisations have condemned the festival. SOS Racisme called it "an abomination" and said it "wallows in ethnic separation", while Licra, the International League against Racism and Antisemitism, said: "Rosa Parks would be turning in her grave." On Friday the regional head of the far-right National Front party had challenged Ms Hidalgo to explain the "blatantly racist" event.

5-26-17 Revenge pornography and “sextortion”
Revenge pornography and “sextortion”
Facebook investigated nearly 54,000 potential cases of revenge pornography and “sextortion” on the social media network in one month. The company disabled more than 14,000 accounts over such content; 33 of the cases involved children.

5-26-17 Weiner pleads guilty
Weiner pleads guilty
In a tearful appearance, disgraced former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner pleaded guilty last week to sexting a 15-year-old girl, saying he had destroyed his “life’s dream in public service.” Weiner, 52, was caught sending explicit messages and images to the North Carolina girl last year, while his estranged wife, Huma Abedin, was serving as a top aide to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. FBI agents seized Weiner’s laptop, where they found emails that prompted then–FBI Director James Comey to announce he had reopened the investigation into Clinton’s private server—roiling the 2016 campaign in its final days. In a deal with prosecutors, Weiner pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to one count of transmitting obscene material to a minor—a felony that carries up to 10 years in prison and will require him to register as a sex offender. As Weiner entered his plea, Abedin filed for divorce.

5-25-17 The feminists of post-Soviet Georgia
The feminists of post-Soviet Georgia
"It seemed the coolest, Berlin-style outfit," she told me later. Saturday nightlife was calling — Sophiko and her friend dove onto the crowded streets of Tbilisi, buzzing with foreign tourists. It was their decision what they would wear, how they would cut their hair, who they'd date and what they'd drink that night. The capital of post-Soviet Georgia has been taken over by a young and free generation of women, who are growing increasingly rebellious against all post-Soviet dogma. Walking on Tbilisi streets earlier this month, I recognized a radical change in the appearances of young Georgian women. When I began to report from Tbilisi in the late 1990s, feminism was still an exotic phenomenon — unacceptable in traditional Georgian families. Tbilisi women wore elegant black clothes, often with good but conservative taste. Just as in my favorite movie by Otar Iosseliani, Once Upon a Time There Was a Singing Blackbird, women continued to stick to traditionally long skirts, not revealing too much bare skin. Back then, nobody could imagine the freedom some young women celebrate these days. "The time when men dictated how women behave is long gone," my friend Timur said, admitting something not many men in the Caucasus region are ready to accept. The traditional pride of masculinity still runs deep in the region. "Although Georgian men often misperceive women as not being good leaders, managers or decisions makers, this is the moment when they have to wake up, as women are taking over the steering wheel in many Georgian families."

5-25-17 The sex slaves of al-Shabab
The sex slaves of al-Shabab
When Salama Ali started investigating the disappearance of two younger brothers last year she made an awful discovery - not only were radicalised young Kenyan men leaving to join the al-Shabab militants in neighbouring Somalia, but women were being seized and trafficked by the group as sex slaves. Salama's search for information about her brothers had to be carried out quietly and confidentially, as any hint of a connection with the al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab can arouse the suspicion of the security forces. So she met discreetly with other women in Mombasa and the surrounding area, sharing stories and seeking information about male relatives who had vanished. "We discovered there were lots of us," Salama says. But Salama also uncovered something very different - stories of women who had been taken to Somalia against their will. The women were both young and old, from Christian and Muslim communities, from Mombasa and other parts of Kenya's coastal region. They were usually promised high-paid work in another town or abroad, and then kidnapped. Last September Salama trained as a counsellor and set up a secret support group for returning women. Word spread and soon women began seeking her out and asking to join the group.

5-22-17 Female genital mutilation is illegal in the U.S. So why is it still happening?
Female genital mutilation is illegal in the U.S. So why is it still happening?
Adama tells me her story, the motivation for her fight, she pounds on her chest proudly. She has an enormous smile and a stylish shock of short hair. Adama is 23, originally from Gambia. When she was a little kid there, her mother told her: "You're going to go visit your aunt, and when you come back, we're going to take you to school." She was 7, and what happened was that her genitals were mutilated. Which is really common where Adama is from. In fact, when she went back to school, she found most of the girls in her school were also mutilated. Adama says she asked her mother, "Why did you take me to this woman ... to get mutilated?" And her mother said to her: "Well you know, when you are mutilated, you're able to control yourself, so that when you get married, your husband will find you a virgin." "It's ultimately about controlling female sexuality," says Dr. Deborah Ottenheimer, who works with FGM survivors. "There are a lot of medical side effects. Difficulty with menstrual periods afterwards, chronic vaginal infections. Also women tend to have difficulty with childbirth. They have a higher rate of complications with birth." About 200 million girls alive today have undergone genital mutilation. Half a million of them are in the U.S. New York has the highest number of cases among U.S. cities. A lot of those women came to the U.S. already mutilated, like Adama. In 1996 the U.S. passed a law criminalizing the practice, and also making it illegal to send a girl abroad to undergo the procedure. But recently, a doctor in Michigan became the first person in the country to be arrested on charges of performing mutilations.

5-22-17 Will I be next? South Africa women ask
Will I be next? South Africa women ask
A white coffin carries the remains of Karabo Mokoena. Her friends and family have gathered to say an untimely goodbye to their loved one. She was found dead, burnt beyond recognition and buried in a shallow grave in a deserted field, several days after she went missing. It is alleged that her boyfriend Sandile Mantsoe doused her body with acid and then set her alight when she threatened to leave him. Mr Mantsoe has been charged with murder and defeating the ends of justice but has not pleaded. The 22-year-old's death is the most recent case of femicide to have sparked public outrage. She was buried in Johannesburg's Soweto township.

5-20-17 South African men march against abuse of women and children
South African men march against abuse of women and children
Hundreds of protesters, most of them men, have marched in the South African capital, Pretoria, over rising levels of violence against women and children. One of the organisers, Kholofelo Masha, said men had to take collective responsibility for the increase in beatings, sex attacks and killings. South Africa has one of the highest rates of sexual violence in the world. Police figures showed that 64,000 cases were reported last year. A series of grisly murders of women and children has hit the headlines this year and President Jacob Zuma has described the situation as a crisis. The protesters on Saturday marched behind a woman symbolically dressed from head to toe in white. Some carried placards bearing the names of women killed by their partners. (Webmaster's comment: And why don't American men do the same thing? Male violence against women is at epidemic proportions in America. It's time decent men spoke out!)

5-20-17 Rape in India: Kerala woman castrates 'rapist holy man'
Rape in India: Kerala woman castrates 'rapist holy man'
A 23-year-old Indian woman has cut off the genitals of a Hindu religious teacher in the southern state of Kerala, claiming he raped her for years. Police said the suspect, named as Gangeshananda Theerthapada, would come to the woman's house to perform prayer rituals for her father's health. Her mother had hoped the self-styled holy man would ease the family's woes. Instead, her daughter claims he assaulted her at every opportunity. On Friday night, she grabbed a knife and attacked him when he allegedly tried to rape her, and then called the police herself. The alleged rapist was rushed to Thiruvananthapuram Medical College for emergency surgery. The hospital said in a statement: "A 54-year-old man from Kollam was admitted at 12.39am [19:09 GMT] to the hospital on Saturday. His penis had been cut (90%) and was hanging precariously. There was no way it could be stitched back. "Plastic surgeons who are urology experts in the hospital did emergency surgery to stop the blood loss and to enable him to pass urine."

5-19-17 Ex-congressman Anthony Weiner pleads guilty to sexting
Ex-congressman Anthony Weiner pleads guilty to sexting
Former New York congressman Anthony Weiner has tearfully pleaded guilty to sending obscene material to a minor. He must register as a sex offender and faces a possible prison term for exchanging explicit texts with a 15-year-old girl last year. The 52-year-old's estranged wife, Huma Abedin, filed for divorce on Friday after seven years of marriage. Weiner quit Congress in 2011 over a sex scandal and was again exposed in his 2013 run for New York mayor. He was reportedly wearing his wedding band as he entered his plea on Friday morning at a Manhattan court. Weiner was released on bail, pending sentencing on 8 September. As part of his plea agreement, federal prosecutors said they would consider a term between 21-27 months "fair and appropriate". Weiner cried in court as he said: "I have a sickness, but I don't have an excuse." He acknowledged it was "morally wrong" and unlawful to have knowingly sent obscene messages between January and March last year to a North Carolina girl whom he knew to be 15 years old. (Webmaster's comment: Most of these people that cry in court are not crying because they feel bad about what they've done, they're crying because they got caught!)

5-19-17 Ex-congressman Anthony Weiner pleads guilty to sexting case
Ex-congressman Anthony Weiner pleads guilty to sexting case
Former New York congressman Anthony Weiner has pleaded guilty to sending obscene material to a minor. The charge stems from sexually charged text messages he exchanged with a 15-year-old girl last year. He stepped down from his congressional seat in 2011 over a series of sex scandals and was again exposed during his 2013 bid for New York City mayor. He may have to register as a sex offender and could face prison time. Mr Weiner entered his plea at a Manhattan court on Friday morning, according to local media. He could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison, though prosecutors are reportedly seeking two years. Mr Weiner again made headlines during last year's US presidential election.

5-15-17 I acted as a man to get work - until I was accused of rape
I acted as a man to get work - until I was accused of rape
Pili Hussein wanted to make her fortune prospecting for a precious stone that's said to be a thousand times rarer than diamonds, but since women weren't allowed down the mines she dressed up as man and fooled her male colleagues for almost a decade. Pili Hussein grew up in a large family in Tanzania. The daughter of a livestock keeper who had many large farms, Pili's father had six wives and she was one of 38 children. Although she was well looked after, in many ways, she doesn't look back on her upbringing fondly. "My father treated me like a boy and I was given livestock to take care of - I didn't like that life at all," she says. But her marriage was even more unhappy, and at the age of 31 Pili ran away from her abusive husband. In search of work she found herself in the small Tanzanian town of Mererani, in the foothills of Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro - the only place in the world where mining for a rare, violet-blue gemstone called tanzanite takes place. "I didn't go to school, so I didn't have many options," Pili says. "Women were not allowed in the mining area, so I entered bravely like a man, like a strong person. You take big trousers, you cut them into shorts and you appear like a man. That's what I did."

5-12-17 Should rapists receive the death penalty?
Should rapists receive the death penalty?
The Supreme Court’s judgment in a notorious gang-rape case “will put the fear of God into sexual predators,” said DNAIndia.com in an editorial. The “gut-wrenching, graphic details” of the crime are seared into our nation’s consciousness: In 2012, six drunken men brutally attacked a physiotherapy student on a moving bus, beating up her male friend and raping and violating her with a metal rod. The 23-year-old victim, Jyoti Singh, became known as Nirbhaya, or “Fearless,” because of her valiant efforts to fight off her attackers; she died of her injuries two weeks after the assault. One of the attackers committed suicide in police custody; another, a minor, was sentenced to three years in prison. The final four assailants were sentenced to death, a rare punishment here, and last week the Supreme Court upheld their sentences. They will hang: a suitable end for the criminals who awoke “a deep, seething rage” among Indian women. Why did this rape resonate so? asked Namita Bhandare in Livemint.com. Before 2012, poor women were raped every day in India, and the entire country did not rise up in outrage. Nirbhaya, though, was “an ideal victim” to arouse Indian sympathy. She was “the hardworking daughter of an airport loader who had sold his land in order to educate her,” an aspirational figure “India could and did empathize with.” That’s why the Nirbhaya case “remains a touchstone of almost mythical proportion.” Massive nationwide protests after Nirbhaya’s death led to new laws mandating tougher penalties for rape and special courts to fast-track cases.

5-12-17 Karabo Mokoena murder: Suspect appears in South Africa court
Karabo Mokoena murder: Suspect appears in South Africa court
The man believed to be the boyfriend of a 22-year-old woman whose killing has shocked South Africa has appeared in court in Johannesburg to face murder charges, local media report. Karabo Mokoena's mother wept as she arrived at the hearing. A widespread online campaign to find Mokoena was called off on Wednesday when her father confirmed her death. The case has sparked a fierce debate about the levels of violence faced by women in South Africa. Police are still waiting for DNA tests to confirm the identity of the body, which they said was "badly burned". The case has prompted an outpouring of anger and grief in South Africa, mostly by women who took to social media to share stories of abuse they had suffered at the hands of their partners. The suspect will remain in custody after the case was adjourned until 24 May, local Jacaranda News reports. The hashtags #RIPKarabo and #MenAreTrash have been trending across the country as women call for an end to violence against them. South Africa has among the highest rates in the world for the rape and murder of women. More than 40,000 cases of rape are reported every year, figures which are thought to only represent a fraction of actual attacks.

5-12-17 Al-Nahyan trial: UAE princesses accused of servant abuses
Al-Nahyan trial: UAE princesses accused of servant abuses
Eight Arab princesses are on trial in Brussels for trafficking and abusing servants during a stay there. Sheikha Hamda al-Nahyan and her seven daughters hired a floor of rooms at a luxury hotel over eight months in 2008. They brought with them from the United Arab Emirates a retinue of more than 20 servants whom they are accused of holding in conditions close to slavery. The plaintiffs say they were prevented from leaving the hotel and forced to eat the princesses' leftovers. The princesses are being tried in absentia along with an Indian butler. If found guilty, they could face hundreds of thousands of euros in damages and even a prison sentence - but rights activists say it is highly unlikely that the UAE would extradite them to serve time behind bars. Nonetheless, it would be "hugely significant" if one of the wealthiest families in the world was publicly linked with trafficking and slavery, says Nicholas McGeehan, an expert on migrant workers in the Gulf for Human Rights Watch. He argues that despite being abolished in law, domestic slavery continues in Gulf states - "perpetuated by ruling elites for whom it serves an important societal purpose in conferring status". He added: "It's top-down and tolerated."

5-11-17 Triple talaq: India top court reviews Islamic instant divorce
Triple talaq: India top court reviews Islamic instant divorce
India's Supreme Court has formally opened hearings into a number of petitions challenging the controversial practice of instant divorce in Islam. The court said it would examine whether the practice known as "triple talaq" was fundamental to the religion. India is one of a handful of countries in the world where a Muslim man can divorce his wife in minutes by saying the word talaq (divorce) three times. But activists say the practice is "discriminatory". Many Muslim groups have opposed the court's intervention in their religious matters, although the move has the backing of the current Indian government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The sensitive issue is being heard by a multi-faith bench made up of five judges - a Hindu, a Sikh, a Christian, a Zoroastrian and one Muslim. The bench has combined several petitions from Muslim women and rights groups into one to examine the issue. The Indian government has told the court that triple talaq is unconstitutional, against gender justice and the dignity of women.

5-10-17 Dan Heyman: US reporter arrested for shouting questions on healthcare
Dan Heyman: US reporter arrested for shouting questions on healthcare
A reporter was arrested on Tuesday night at the West Virginia Capitol for allegedly causing a disturbance by shouting questions to two Trump aides. Dan Heyman had asked Health Secretary Tom Price and White House adviser Kellyanne Conway about coverage under the Republican healthcare plan. The veteran health reporter wanted to know if domestic violence would be covered as a pre-existing condition. He later said he "was trying doing my job". He faces a fine and jail time. Mr Heyman, who works for the Public News Service, spoke to reporters after being released by police. He said that he had been following the Trump team's entourage through the capitol building while wearing his press badge and a shirt identifying his media outlet. "He didn't say anything," Mr Heyman told reporters about Mr Price's refusal to answer his question. "So I persisted," he added. (Webmaster's comment: The beginning of the shutdown of the freedom of the press! Hitler did this very same thing also!)

5-10-17 Women's protest hits Dutch website with ad boycott
Women's protest hits Dutch website with ad boycott
A Dutch shock blog has been hit by an advertising boycott, after a campaign launched by more than 140 women. TV journalists, columnists, politicians and a leading economist signed an open letter accusing GeenStijl of denigrating women and online intimidation, as well as racism and homophobia. They accused big brands such as Rabobank and the Efteling theme park as well as the Dutch ministry of defence of "paying the salaries of the most influential trolls on the internet". Now several advertisers have responded by pulling their ads, including the brewer Grolsch, the furniture store Ikea and the Dutch tax office. GeenStijl has been shock-blogging for 14 years and describes its stance as "tendentious, unfounded and gratuitously offensive".

5-8-17 Revenge porn: Image-based abuse hits 'one in five' Australians
Revenge porn: Image-based abuse hits 'one in five' Australians
One in five Australians has suffered image-based abuse, according to the nation's most comprehensive study on "revenge porn". The national survey of more than 4,200 people found that men and women were equally likely to be targeted. A fifth had had nude or sexual images taken without their permission, while 11% said images of them had been distributed without consent. The results showed abuse was even more rife than thought, researchers said. Men were more likely to be perpetrators, while women held greater fears for their own safety, according to the study by RMIT University and Monash University. The risk of victimisation was higher for minority groups including indigenous, disabled and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Australians.

5-6-17 Rape charges to be dropped in Maryland school case
Rape charges to be dropped in Maryland school case
Maryland prosecutors are expected to drop charges against two immigrant teenagers accused of raping a student in a secondary school toilet. Jose Montano, 17, and Henry Sanchez, 18, were charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in March. Prosecutors said they are dropping the case against Mr Montano on Friday and are expected to do the same for Mr Sanchez, according to his lawyer. The case drew national attention amidst a White House crackdown on immigration. Authorities said Mr Sanchez came to the US from Guatemala illegally while Mr Montano's lawyers said he came from El Salvador to live with relatives who are citizens. Following their arrest, the White House said "tragedies like this" had motivated President Donald Trump's actions on illegal immigration. But prosecutors said evidence, including video, interviews and the victim's text messages, does not support her claims.

5-5-17 India court upholds 2012 Delhi gang rapists' death penalty
India court upholds 2012 Delhi gang rapists' death penalty
India's Supreme Court has upheld the death sentences of four men convicted of the gang rape and murder of a student in Delhi. Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh were given the death penalty by a court in 2013. Rejecting their appeal, Justice R Banumathi said the men committed "a barbaric crime" that had "shaken society's conscience". The brutal gang rape led to nationwide outrage and and new anti-rape laws. The 23-year-old physiotherapy student was attacked on a bus that she had boarded with her male friend as they returned home from watching a film in December 2012. Her friend was also beaten up. Jyoti Singh - whose name was publicly revealed by her mother only in 2015 - died from injuries in a hospital 13 days later.

5-5-17 Wives get bats
Wives get bats
A top official in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh is handing out thousands of paddles to newlywed brides so they can beat their husbands if they drink. The 15-inch bats are usually used to beat dirt out of clothes or rugs, but Gopal Bhargava, the state’s minister for rural development, instructed the women to use them to punish their husbands should the men become drunk and abusive. Inscriptions on the paddles include “This bat is given to reform alcoholics” and “Police will not say anything.” Alcohol abuse is an increasing problem in rural parts of India, where, civic groups say, many men spend most of the family’s wages on booze. Five Indian states have banned liquor sales, and at least four more plan to do so.

5-5-17 Ivanka: Is the first daughter a feminist?
Ivanka: Is the first daughter a feminist?
Ivanka Trump can’t have it both ways, said Lizzie Crocker in TheDailyBeast?.com. Last week, the fashion executive and senior White House adviser learned that representing her father comes at a cost, during an appearance at the W20 Summit on female empowerment in Berlin. Flanked by true heavyweights, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and International Monetary Fund director Christine Lagarde, the first daughter served up an “empty-calorie word soup” about feminism, before defending President Trump as a “tremendous champion” of women’s rights. Ivanka was met with an embarrassing chorus of groans, boos, and hisses. Good, said Arwa Mahdawi in TheGuardian.com. America’s princess has some nerve talking about “women’s empowerment.” Unlike the impressive women on stage with her, Trump owes her entire success to her daddy, who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by at least 15 women. “Really, it’s time that she was booed off the world stage.”

5-4-17 'Unlock iPhone', says judge in US sextortion case
'Unlock iPhone', says judge in US sextortion case
A Florida judge has ruled that two defendants in a sextortion case must hand over the passwords to their mobile phones so officials can search them. Reality TV star Hencha Voigt and former boyfriend, Wesley Victor, are accused of threatening to release explicit images of social media star Julieanna Goddard unless she paid a ransom. The defendants said the ruling broke their constitutional rights. But Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Charles Johnson said he was following the law. "For me, this is like turning over a key to a safety deposit box," he said on Wednesday. Prosecutors allege that Ms Voigt and Mr Victor told Ms Goddard to pay them $18,000 (£14,000) within 24 hours, or they would release X-rated videos and photos of her.

5-2-17 A woman is on trial for laughing when a senator said Jeff Sessions treats 'all Americans equally'
A woman is on trial for laughing when a senator said Jeff Sessions treats 'all Americans equally'
A woman is on trial this week for laughing during Jeff Sessions' congressional confirmation hearing in January when Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) attested the attorney general nominee had a record of "treating all Americans equally under the law." Desiree Fairooz, 61, is accused of "disorderly and disruptive conduct" that was intended to "impede, disrupt, and disturb the orderly conduct" of the hearing, The Huffington Post reports. Fairooz is an activist associated with the group Code Pink, but she said she had not planned to disrupt the hearing. Writer Elizabeth Croydon dismissed Fairooz's charges on Twitter, claiming "if my hero Desiree Fairooz wanted to make a scene, she would have made a scene. Desiree just had an involuntary reaction to a bogus lie that was told bold-faced in front of the American people. Jefferson Sessions has a record of not treating every American equally." A rookie officer who had never worked at a congressional hearing or arrested someone before was responsible for arresting Fairooz. On Tuesday, an attorney asked the officer, Katherine Coronado, if Fairooz's laughter was "loud enough to draw your attention" or if it made people turn around. Coronado agreed it had, and said Fairooz had been laughing "very loudly."

5-1-17 Indian brides given bats to keep abusive husbands in check
Indian brides given bats to keep abusive husbands in check
Hundreds of brides at an Indian mass wedding have been given wooden bats and urged to use them as weapons if their husbands turn abusive. Messages such as "for use against drunkards" are written on the paddles, which measure about 40cm (15in) and are more traditionally used for laundry. Gopal Bhargava, a state minister in Madhya Pradesh, said he wanted to highlight the issue of domestic abuse. He told the women to try to reason with their husbands before using them. But if their spouses refuse to listen, they should let the paddles - known as mogri and usually used to beat dirt out of clothes - "do the talking", he said.

4-28-17 O’Reilly: Why the king of cable news was dethroned
O’Reilly: Why the king of cable news was dethroned
Just a month ago, Bill O’Reilly was sitting pretty, said Alex Wagner in TheAtlantic?.com. His Fox News show, The O’Reilly Factor, “was a conservative juggernaut, raking in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue each year.” With 4 million viewers a night, O’Reilly was the undisputed king of cable news. But last week, the king was summarily “ousted from his throne.” Fox News announced it was dropping its biggest star in the wake of a bombshell New York Times story that revealed O’Reilly, 67, and his employers paid out $13 million to five women who claimed the TV host sexually harassed them or verbally abused them between 2002 and 2016. On screen, O’Reilly was “abrasive and arrogant,” said Lili Loofbourow in TheWeek.com—a browbeating Irish Catholic who preached family values while launching sneering rants about liberal “snowflakes” and berating rape victims for wearing miniskirts. Offscreen, “the real man turned out to be quite a bit worse.” Female colleagues accused O’Reilly of subjecting them to “masturbatory phone calls” and high-pressure demands for sex. When Juliet Huddy, a frequent guest on his show, spurned his advances, O’Reilly set out to “professionally sabotage her,” and warned his former producer that if she complained, she’d “wish she’d never been born.” O’Reilly claimed he was the victim of a “smear campaign.” But when more than 80 companies pulled their ads from his show, Fox’s ruling Murdoch clan decided enough was enough. The “media giant” was out.

4-28-17 Ivanka booed
Ivanka booed
Attendees at a Berlin women’s summit booed and hissed at Ivanka Trump this week after she called her father a “tremendous champion of supporting families.” The event began with the German moderator asking Ivanka, an official adviser to President Trump, what her job was as first daughter: “Who are you representing, your father as president of the United States, the American people, or your business?” Ivanka, on a panel with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and IMF boss Christine Lagarde, said she was still learning the role. After praising President Trump’s support for paid maternity leave, eliciting boos from the crowd, Ivanka insisted that her father believed “in the potential of women—and their ability to do the job as well as any man.”

4-27-17 Biden: If she's drunk, it's rape
Biden: If she's drunk, it's rape
The former vice-president was speaking at a college campus event against sexual assault.

4-27-17 How Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale succumbed to the feminist curse
How Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale succumbed to the feminist curse
Why are we so afraid to call this a feminist story? Hulu's stunning adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel The Handmaid's Tale into a series starring Elizabeth Moss, Samira Wiley, and Alexis Bledel has — as a peculiar side effect — sparked an anxious nationwide referendum on what the word "feminist" means in a post-Trump world. While cast members like Wiley and Ann Dowd have matter-of-factly acknowledged that The Handmaid's Tale is a feminist text, others are flinching from the label. No no, it's a human story, they say — protecting their work from the onerous and unfair suggestion that a story about sexual slavery might have a sexual politics. There is no talking about this series without talking politics. This is The Handmaid's Curse. That defensive crouch from some involved parties stems, perhaps, from a fear that the word "feminism" risks condemning the show to failure. It might: To the extent that "feminist" = "Hillary" in the public mind, feminism failed, and everyone in marketing is very nervous about aligning too closely with a loser (lest they lose those precious millions who voted for a TV host accused of, and caught on tape bragging, about sexual assault). Look: The millions of protesters at the Women's March and the merits of reproductive choice are all fine and good, but it's prudent to be on the side of the winner. If one must cater to leftish notions of political correctness, the series deemed it wiser to opt for a clumsy form of racial diversity — even if this dilutes the original text's engagement with eugenics and white supremacy — while handwaving away the distasteful and exclusionary femaleness of women's rights.

4-26-17 Meeting an organ trafficker who preys on Syrian refugees
Meeting an organ trafficker who preys on Syrian refugees
There's a glint of pride in Abu Jaafar's eyes as he explains what he does for a living. He used to work as a security guard in a pub but then he met a group which trades in organs. His job is to find people desperate enough to give up parts of their body for money, and the influx of refugees from Syria to Lebanon has created many opportunities. "I do exploit people," he says, though he points out that many could easily have died at home in Syria, and that giving up an organ is nothing by comparison to the horrors they have already experienced. "I'm exploiting them," he says, "and they're benefitting." His base is a small coffee shop in one of the crowded suburbs of southern Beirut, a dilapidated building covered by a plastic tarpaulin. At the back, a room behind a rusty partition is stuffed with old furniture and has budgerigars singing in cages in each corner. From here he has arranged the sale of organs from about 30 refugees in the last three years, he says. "They usually ask for kidneys, yet I can still find and facilitate other organs", he says. "They once asked for an eye, and I was able to acquire a client willing to sell his eye. "I took a picture of the eye and sent it to the guys by Whatsapp for confirmation. I then delivered the client."

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4-25-17 Ivanka Trump forced to defend father at G20 women's summit
Ivanka Trump forced to defend father at G20 women's summit
Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka was met with groans as she defended her father's attitude towards women at the G20 women's summit in Berlin. The First Daughter was taking part in a panel discussion about female entrepreneurs alongside German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and IMF chief Christine Lagarde.But the audience bristled at her praise for the US president. The event is part of the G20 women's summit. An audible groan went up as she told the room her father was a "tremendous champion of supporting families and enabling them to thrive". Mr Trump has been criticised over his attitude to women, especially after a tape of him making obscene remarks was released during the presidential campaign. (Webmaster's comment: It's tough when your Daddy is a Sexual Predator!)

4-24-17 Article 308: Jordan scraps marriage loophole for rapists
Article 308: Jordan scraps marriage loophole for rapists
A law which protected rapists from punishment if they married their victims has been scrapped in Jordan. The Jordanian cabinet revoked Article 308 on Sunday, after years of campaigning by women's activists, as well as Muslim and Christian scholars and others. The law had meant rapists could avoid a jail term in return for marrying their victim for at least three years. Its supporters said the law protected a victim's honour and reputation. But last year, it was amended so a rapist could only marry his victim if she was aged between 15 and 18 and the attack was believed to have been consensual. Then in February, a royal committee suggested the law should be scrapped in its entirety. At the time, the move was welcomed by activist Lailla Naffa as a "dream that has come true," according to the Jordan Times.

4-22-17 Lebanon rape law: Wedding dresses hang in Beirut sea front protest
Lebanon rape law: Wedding dresses hang in Beirut sea front protest
Activists campaigning to change Lebanon's law on rape have staged a macabre protest on Beirut's famous sea front. What appeared to be more than 30 white wedding dresses were hung from nooses, strung up between the palm trees. Lebanese law currently allows a rapist to be exonerated if he marries his victim. The activists are pressing to have the legislation abolished at an upcoming session of parliament. Minister for Women's Affairs Jean Oghassabian described the article as being "from the stone age". "There are 31 days in a month and every single day, a woman may be raped and forced to marry her rapist," said Alia Awada from the non-governmental organisation Abaad. A proposal to scrap Article 522 of the penal code, which deals with rape, assault, kidnapping and forced marriage, was introduced last year and approved by a parliamentary committee in February.

4-21-17 How Brexit could hurt women
How Brexit could hurt women
British women could lose many of their rights after the U.K. leaves the European Union, said Sophie Walker. Prime Minister Theresa May says the “mass rewriting of our country’s laws post-Brexit” is “too time-consuming to allow for input from opposition parties”—so she will just let her ministers do it, with no input from Parliament. Many of the legal protections British women enjoy today were imposed by the EU but opposed by lawmakers from May’s Conservative Party, and so could soon be swept aside. These include regulations governing maternity leave, as well as laws that safeguard the rights of part-time workers, who are predominantly women. A post-Brexit rollback of employment rights will disproportionately affect women, because they are more likely to take time off to care for young children or elderly parents. The Conservatives have a poor track record here. Since the party took power in 2010 under then–Prime Minister David Cameron, women have shouldered nearly all welfare cuts. And even though our prime minister is now a woman who “talks a lot about violence against women,” she nevertheless slashed the budget for survivors’ services. Brexit was supposed to be “about taking back control and protecting our own.” Shouldn’t that include women?

4-19-17 Utah judge under fire for calling convicted rapist a 'good man'
Utah judge under fire for calling convicted rapist a 'good man'
A judge in Utah who labelled a convicted rapist a "good man" has received a barrage of complaints. Judge Thomas Low made the remarks at the sentencing hearing of Keith Robert Vallejo after a jury convicted him of sexual abuse and object rape. "The court has no doubt that Mr Vallejo is an extraordinarily good man... but great men sometimes do bad things", Mr Low said. The victim and civil rights groups have said they will file formal complaints. Vallejo, a former Mormon bishop, was convicted of 10 counts of forcible sexual abuse and one of count of object rape, involving two victims. In the controversial sentencing hearing, Judge Low said: "I want to make it clear that the court agrees with the verdict. I think the jury got it right." In an emotional set of remarks punctuated by long pauses, Judge Low said that the letters written on behalf of Vallejo "were extraordinarily moving". He sentenced Vallejo to a minimum of 15 years, and up to life, with sentences to run concurrently.

4-14-17 O’Reilly: A defining moment for Fox News
O’Reilly: A defining moment for Fox News
Fox News has a Bill O’Reilly dilemma, said Brian Rosenwald in USNews.com. After The New York Times revealed the network and its marquee host had paid $13 million to five women who’d made sexual harassment claims against him, “a torrent of blue-chip advertisers” fled The O’Reilly Factor—some 50 so far. “It’s a defining moment” for Fox, said Sharon Waxman in TheWrap?.com. Axing O’Reilly “means slicing the heart out of the Fox News body politic.” A pugnacious right-winger with “the paternal air of authority, O’Reilly is the brand,” generating a whopping $446 million in revenue since 2014 alone. Yet keeping him—especially when the network vowed a culture change after CEO Roger Ailes’ ouster last year—would prove that “Fox will tolerate sexual harassment within its highest ranks.” (Webmaster's comment: O’Reilly is Trump's soul-mate!)

4-7-17 Bill O’Reilly and Fox News have shelled out more than $13 million
Bill O’Reilly and Fox News have shelled out more than $13 million
Bill O’Reilly and Fox News have shelled out more than $13 million to settle cases with five women who accused the star anchor of making sexual comments and advances, The New York Times reports. O’Reilly, 67, has denied the allegations, but personally paid out $10 million “to put to rest any controversies,” he said, and “to spare my children” embarrassing publicity. Over a 15-year span, the lawsuits claim, O’Reilly offered selected female staffers career counseling and advancement, then pursued them sexually; plaintiffs said they feared retribution if they refused him. Two of the five settlements were previously reported. Newly revealed payouts went to junior producer Rebecca Witlieb; former host Rebecca Gomez Diamond, who reportedly taped phone conversations with O’Reilly in 2011; and another ex-host, Laurie Dhue, who was awarded $1 million after claiming sexual harassment. At least 22 companies, including BMW, Lexus, Bayer, and Allstate, announced they were canceling ads on O’Reilly’s show in light of the harassment scandal.

4-7-17 The domestic violence victim who inspired ‘The Burning Bed’
The domestic violence victim who inspired ‘The Burning Bed’
On the night of March 9, 1977, Francine Hughes reached her breaking point. Earlier that day, her ex-husband James had beaten her, threatened her with a knife in front of their children, and ordered her to have sex with him—abusive behavior that had become routine over the past 13 years. But this time, she struck back. After James went to sleep, she poured gasoline on his bed and set it alight. “Only then,” she said, “did it hit me. ‘My God, what are you doing!’” She grabbed her children, drove to a county jail, and turned herself in. Hughes was charged with first-degree murder, but a jury found her not guilty by reason of temporary insanity. The high-profile case would inspire a best-selling book, The Burning Bed, and a 1984 TV movie of the same name starring Farrah Fawcett, bringing national attention to the issue of domestic violence. Born in Stockbridge, Mich., Hughes left high school at 16 to marry James, said The Washington Post. “The abuse began on their honeymoon, she recounted, when her husband accused her of dressing too revealingly and tore off her clothing.” The couple divorced in 1971, but James continued to live with her and their four children, and doled out regular beatings.

4-6-17 Would Fox News ever dump Bill O'Reilly?
Would Fox News ever dump Bill O'Reilly?
Bill O'Reilly, host of the eponymous The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News, has held the top spot in cable news for 15 consecutive years. Averaging 3.29 million viewers a night, O'Reilly easily scored first place in cable news show viewership last year, crushing 8 p.m. rivals Anderson Cooper (in 17th place with 1.14 million viewers on CNN) and Chris Hayes (in 19th with 1.07 million viewers on MSNBC). But is the king about to be cast from his throne? Over the weekend, The New York Times published a bombshell report: Since 2002, Fox News has paid a whopping $13 million to settle several claims that O'Reilly sexually harassed and threatened the careers of multiple women. As of Thursday morning, more than 40 companies had pulled their ads from O'Reilly's show, Axios reported. The exodus includes such big names as Mitsubishi, Lexus, BMW, Hyundai, Credit Karma, T. Rowe Price, Allstate, and Mercedes-Benz. In their public explanations, many of the companies cited the allegations against O'Reilly as inconsistent with their values. (Meanwhile, President Trump defended O'Reilly: "I don't think Bill did anything wrong.") In the past, O'Reilly has said the sexual harassment allegations against him have no merit, and that he and Fox News are being targeted because of his fame. But O'Reilly did not respond to the latest story on either his Monday or Tuesday night broadcasts, and his spokesman declined to comment to the Times. All this should be enough to make the brass at Fox News nervous: Advertising revenue is the economic lifeblood of most any cable show. Freakouts by advertisers ended the runs of radio host Don Imus at NBCUniversal and of Glenn Beck at Fox News. (Webmaster's comment: O'Reilly & Trump: The sexual predators are circling their wagons!)

4-6-17 Trump defends Fox host Bill O'Reilly amid sex claims
Trump defends Fox host Bill O'Reilly amid sex claims
President Donald Trump has defended embattled Fox News host Bill O'Reilly amid reports of settlements with five women who sued him for harassment. "I think he's a person I know well - he is a good person," Mr Trump told the New York Times on Wednesday from the White House, surrounded by his aides. "I think he shouldn't have settled; personally I think he shouldn't have settled," the president added. Dozens of advertisers have pulled commercials from The O'Reilly Factor. "I don't think Bill did anything wrong," Mr Trump told the New York Times, adding that "he should have taken it all the way" to court. (Webmaster's comment: One sexual predator supporting another!)

4-6-17 Facebook revenge porn to be blocked from reposts
Facebook revenge porn to be blocked from reposts
Facebook is taking fresh action to prevent so-called revenge porn from being spread across its platforms. The social network is making it impossible to repost or share intimate images of people thought to have been uploaded without their permission once they have been identified as such and removed. The measure is being rolled out across Facebook, Messenger and Instagram but not WhatsApp. Campaigners welcomed the development. "It's a huge step forward," said Laura Higgins, founder of the UK's Revenge Porn Helpline. "Quite often these images are posted on social media as part of a domestic situation in which someone is trying to get at their target and their nearest and dearest. "One of the greatest challenges is to stop people re-uploading the content." (Webmaster's comment: All those initiating or spreading Revenge Porn should be arrested and convicted and imprisoned for hate crimes! Let's be honest. These are all evil little shits!)

4-5-17 Facebook will use photo-matching tech to take down revenge porn
Facebook will use photo-matching tech to take down revenge porn
Sharing private sexual images without consent is illegal in many places. Facebook has announced new tools to stop so-called revenge porn images spreading. Facebook is to use photo-matching technology as part of new tools to prevent the spread of revenge porn on its platforms. Antigone Davis, Facebook’s head of global safety, said the social media site will use the technology to increase security for users across its different apps. “This is part of our ongoing effort to help build a safe community on and off Facebook,” she said. As part of the new tools, “specially trained representatives” from the site’s community operations team will review images that are reported to them and remove them, and will in most cases suspend the account that shared the image. “We then use photo-matching technologies to help thwart further attempts to share the image on Facebook, Messenger and Instagram,” said Davis. “If someone tries to share the image after it’s been reported and removed, we will alert them that it violates our policies and that we have stopped their attempt to share it.” Revenge porn is the sharing of private sexual images without the subject’s consent. It was made an offence in England and Wales in April 2015, and according to the most recent Violence Against Women and Girls report, 206 people were prosecuted for such offences in the law’s first year. Other countries have also introduced laws to deal with revenge porn.

4-4-17 Second teenager arrest for 'Facebook live assault'
Second teenager arrest for 'Facebook live assault'
A second teenager is in custody in Chicago for an alleged sexual assault that was streamed live on Facebook. The 15-year-old suspect's mother drove him to the police station on Monday afternoon, a police spokesman said. A 14-year-old boy has already been arrested over the alleged assault, in which a girl was attacked by up to six men with 40 people viewing it online. Each faces charges of criminal sexual assault and the manufacturing and disseminating of child pornography. Neither of the suspects nor the victim has been named due to their ages. The girl was allegedly assaulted by five or six males last month. She and her family have had to move home after facing a barrage of online and in-person harassment, police say, and the alleged victim has been unable to return to school. "The young men responsible should be ashamed of themselves," said police chief Eddie Johnson. "They've humiliated themselves, humiliated their families, and now they're going to be held accountable for what they did."

4-4-17 Mercedes, BMW, and Hyundai dump O'Reilly Factor amid lawsuits
Mercedes, BMW, and Hyundai dump O'Reilly Factor amid lawsuits
Three advertisers have pulled commercials from Fox News' most popular show because of sexual harassment claims against its host, Bill O'Reilly. Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, and BMW have each pulled advertising following the "disturbing" allegations. The New York Times reported on Saturday that settlements of $13m (£10.4m) were reached with five women who accused him of inappropriate behaviour. The network now faces lawsuits alleging both racial and sexual discrimination. A Fox News contributor sued on Monday, alleging sexual harassment by its ousted former chairman, Roger Ailes. Adding to the network's legal woes, a third African-American employee joined a racial discrimination lawsuit on Tuesday. Monica Douglas, a Fox News accounts manager, alleges former executive Judy Slater repeatedly made racist comments and expressed "an unwillingness to even be near black people". Ms Douglas said in her court filing that she first complained about Ms Slater in 2014, but "nothing was done".

4-4-17 Former Bush speechwriter slams Fox News, Bill O'Reilly as 'a quick dip in a sewage treatment pond'
Former Bush speechwriter slams Fox News, Bill O'Reilly as 'a quick dip in a sewage treatment pond'
Michael Gerson, a former speechwriter for President George W. Bush and one of the conservative columnists at The Washington Post, wasn't a big fan of President Trump during the presidential campaign. But on Monday night, he published an op-ed in The Post that took aim at even riskier subjects for a conservative pundit: Fox News, its top star, and its anti-feminist culture. "Reading the accumulated sexual harassment accusations against Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and former network executive Roger Ailes is like a quick dip in a sewage treatment pond," he writes. "After even a brief exposure, the stench stays with you for days." The dozens of accusations against O'Reilly and Ailes "could be a grand, elaborate calumny," Gerson acknowledges, though "it is hard to dismiss the women, as the accused have done, as unbalanced, dishonest, or disgruntled." He had praise for some Fox News personalities — Bret Baier, Chris Wallace, and Dana Perino — and the network's history as "an alternative to leftward-slanting media, and a place where the worst sorts of political correctness have been exposed." But he also hit Fox News where it hurts.

4-2-17 Facebook Live 'sex assault': Boy, 14, arrested in Chicago
Facebook Live 'sex assault': Boy, 14, arrested in Chicago
A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in Chicago in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl that was streamed on Facebook Live. The boy faces charges of aggravated criminal assault and manufacturing and disseminating child pornography. He was not named because of his age. The girl was allegedly assaulted by five or six males last month. Around 40 people were said to have been watching the stream at one point but nobody reported the incident to police. A teenager had alerted a relative of the girl's, Reginald King, to the assault. "There were adults who saw this. None of them had the wherewithal to say, 'Hey, I gotta call someone'," Mr King said.The girl had been dropped off near her home after attending church with her family on 19 March. She then disappeared and was found on 21 March after the alleged assault was filmed. She was reunited with her mother but the family has had to be relocated as it suffered threats and taunts. Police expect to make further arrests.

4-2-17 The Afghan restaurant run by domestic abuse survivors
The Afghan restaurant run by domestic abuse survivors
Afghanistan has been labelled one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman. One study suggested 87% of women in the country experience some form of domestic violence. Sodaba Haidare visited one place in the capital Kabul that offers hope to women escaping abuse. Aryan's shift in the kitchen has come to an end. She removes her apron and hat. Glimpses of her personality are revealed - she's wearing a colourful tunic over her black jeans, and she he has a mole exactly between her eyebrows - as if someone planted it in the perfect position. She places a glass of fresh lemon juice on the table sits down across from me. Aryan is strikingly beautiful and moves with confidence. Yet it's hard to believe we are the same age. She is 24 but has the look of a much older woman. It's because of the years of abuse she endured at the hands of her violent husband. She was only 16 when her parents arranged her marriage to a man she'd never met. Soon after the wedding, her husband and mother-in-law started beating her. She stuck it out, hoping things would get better with time. But they got worse. By the time she realised she was in an abusive relationship, she already had three children.

4-2-17 Fox News' Bill O'Reilly in harassment allegations
Fox News' Bill O'Reilly in harassment allegations
The host of Fox News' most popular show has said his position makes him "vulnerable to lawsuits" after it emerged at least five women have accused him of harassment. Bill O'Reilly released the statement after the New York Times reported he and his employer had paid the women a total of $13m (£10.3m). In return, they paper says, they did not take their cases to court. 21st Century Fox says Mr O'Reilly, 67, denies wrongdoing. In a statement published on his website, The O'Reilly Factor host said he was "vulnerable to lawsuits from individuals who want me to pay them to avoid negative publicity". Mr O'Reilly added that "no-one has ever filed a complaint about me with the human resources department", and says he "put to rest any controversies to spare my children".

4-1-17 Bill O'Reilly and Fox News paid millions to settle harassment accusations
Bill O'Reilly and Fox News paid millions to settle harassment accusations
Fox News and Bill O’Reilly paid around $13 million to settle sexual harassment and verbal abuse accusations made by five women since 2002, The New York Times reported Saturday. Two of the five settlements were previously reported, but the other three had not come to light in the past. All five women either worked for or appeared as guests on O'Reilly's show.

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