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10-29-17 'Bloody hour': Israeli bar discount for women on period
In an initiative to show solidarity with menstruating women, a bar in Israel has decided to give them a 25% discount on drinks. The two women behind the idea in Jaffa say the "bloody hour" is a recognition that women on their period deserve "a favour". They hope the subject of menstruation will be more openly discussed, including by men. The discount will be given on the basis of trust. The owners of the Anna Loulou bar said that since women menstruated 25% of their lives, they deserved the discount at least for one night. "The whole idea is to give a discount, attention and a treat to someone, to say 'we recognize you, we're aware of the special situation you're in right now, and hey, we want to do you a favour'," Moran Barir told the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Ms Barir explained that the idea began at the bar itself when once she ordered wine and the bartender did not remember whether she was asking for red or white. "I told him simply 'Here's how you'll remember: I'm on my period, so bring me red'." The discount will apply on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. (Webmaster's comment: Most women in America are so sexually suppressed they would never be able to say that!)
10-29-17 Me too: I was sexually harassed at 11
Following the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, women have been sharing their stories of sexual harassment online using the hashtag #metoo. Here, Shaimaa Khalil writes about her first experience of harassment as a child growing up in Egypt. It was the first time I was sexually harassed but of course not the last. Some later incidents were much worse. But that day had a lasting effect. It informed the way I felt about walking the streets of Egypt and how I behaved in them. All my life I wanted the freedom to do things on my own, and here I was, confronted with the reality for Egyptian women - that with the freedom to be in the streets came harassment. My mother laid down some rules:
- It will happen. It's normal.
- Don't smile. Frown preferably.
- Walk fast. Don't linger.
- Wear long shirts that cover your behind.
- Do not bring attention to yourself in any way.
In the years to come, these rules would sometimes work, but often wouldn't. Sexual harassment would become a part of mine and my friends' lives. Our experiences varied from verbal harassment, to inappropriate touching, to groping, to having men try to rip our clothes off. The culprits were everyone from random men on the streets - shopkeepers, doormen- to teachers, co-workers and relatives. But we wouldn't dream of speaking up. As with all Egyptian women, we had to balance harassment on the streets against more restrictions at home. In 2013 a UN report said that 99% of the women it surveyed in Egypt had been sexually harassed. "We don't need a report," one of my friends laughed at the time. "Just come and live with us for a bit!" (Webmaster's comment: Women are fair game for male brutes the world over!)
10-28-17 Harvey Weinstein claims: Sopranos actress Sciorra alleges rape
Italian-American actress Annabella Sciorra, who starred in US TV series The Sopranos, has accused disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of rape. She told The New Yorker that Weinstein forced his way into her New York apartment and assaulted her in 1992. She alleges that he sexually harassed her in the subsequent years. In the article actress Daryl Hannah also says she was harassed by Weinstein. His spokeswoman again said the producer denies claims of non-consensual sex. On Thursday another actress, Natassia Malthe, accused the producer of raping her in a London hotel room in 2008. More than 50 women have now accused Harvey Weinstein of a range of allegations ranging from rape to sexual harassment. Ms Sciorra told the New Yorker's Ronan Farrow that the assault happened in 1992 after she had filmed The Night We Never Met, which Weinstein produced. The producer forced himself into her apartment in New York while she was getting ready for bed after he had dropped her off following a group dinner. She said Weinstein "pushed the door open" and refused to leave when asked, before shoving her onto the bed and raping her. "I struggled, but I had very little strength left in me," she said. "Like most of these women, I was so ashamed of what happened. And I fought. I fought. But still I was like, Why did I open that door?... I felt disgusting." (Webmaster's comment: Weinstein only went to a week of voluntary therapy and now he's "cured" and out looking for more women to rape! When are they going to arrest this male brute?)
10-28-17 HIV-positive Italian Valentino Talluto jailed for infecting 30 women
HIV-positive Italian Valentino Talluto jailed for infecting 30 women
An Italian man has been jailed for 24 years after intentionally infecting 30 women with HIV. Valentino Talluto is said to have had unprotected sex with at least 53 women after his HIV diagnosis in 2006, the youngest of whom was 14 at the relationship's start. The accountant, using the pseudonym "Hearty Style", went on social networks and dating sites to find his victims. On Friday, judges sentenced the 33-year-old to 24 years in prison. Talluto's defence lawyers had argued their client's actions were "imprudent, but not intentional". However, those who asked him to wear a condom were told he was either allergic, or had recently been tested for HIV, news agency AFP reported. When some of the women confronted him after discovering they were infected, he denied he was a carrier of the potentially deadly virus, which can lead to Aids. As a result of his actions, another four people contracted the virus on top of the women he directly infected: three men and one baby. (Webmaster's comment: 24 years is not enough! It should have been LIFE!)
10-27-17 Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan: 'It's time to rise'
Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan: 'It's time to rise'
. Rose McGowan makes her first public remarks since she accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of rape. The US actress spoke at the Women's Convention event in Detroit, Michigan. Weinstein denies any sexual assaults.
10-26-17 Canada's justice system lets sex assaults fall through the cracks
Canada's justice system lets sex assaults fall through the cracks
Sex assault remains one of the most under-reported crimes in Canada. But with only one out of every 10 sex assaults reported by Canadian police resulting in a conviction, is it any wonder that victims doubt justice will be served? When Jennelle Polok was sexually assaulted by an acquaintance three years ago, she says she hesitated before going to the police. "It was hard for me to wrap my head around - was this really crossing a line or did I just make this up I my head?" She kept playing back the night of her attack over and over again in her mind. How she had tried to leave when he got too close to her on the couch, how he had thrown her against the wall, and then onto the couch before taking off her underwear. "I just froze," she says. "It was like watching a movie taking place, where your floating above yourself. You can see every action that is passing, but you can't do anything about it." After a month, she said she had to come forward. "I just thought, I would never do this to somebody, this is wrong," the 31-year-old elementary school teacher told the BBC. Police eventually charged her alleged attacker with sexual assault, the case made its way through a preliminary hearing and finally, to court. After spending nearly two years in court proceedings, including five hours on the witness stand, Ms Polok heard the news - her rapist had been acquitted due to lack of evidence. "I felt happy that it had even made it to the final court," she says, her voice rising. "I should not have felt happy that it made it that far, I should have felt happy that he was convicted." Ms Polok's story is all too common, a new report from the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics revealed on Thursday. Over a six-year-period, only 20% of alleged sex assaults actually made it to court; 12% of sexual assaults reported by police led to a conviction; and only 7% led to jail time. The proportion of sex assaults that lead to the accused going to prison is probably even smaller, considering that previous studies have found that only a fraction of sexual assaults are ever reported to police. (Webmaster's comment: The same is obviously pretty much true in America, but we don't want to admit that do we?)
10-27-17 Harvey Weinstein out and ready to do more sexaul assaults
Harvey Weinstein out and ready to do more sexaul assaults
Harvey Weinstein doesn’t seem overly invested in his treatment for sex addiction. The disgraced Hollywood producer intended to check out of an Arizona rehab facility this week after completing a mere seven-day program for “various psychological issues,” in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal involving more than 50 women. Weinstein, 65, spent the week at a nearby hotel, attending sessions as an outpatient, and fellow patients say he was an absolute nightmare—falling asleep during sessions or taking calls on his banned cellphone. “When it was his turn to speak, he launched into a speech about how this is all a conspiracy against him,” a source told the New York Post. Weinstein has signed up for another month so that he can continue working on his anger and empathy issues, one of his psychologists told TMZ.com. So far, at least 58 women have accused Weinstein of sexual harassment, assault, or rape; some of those claims are now under investigation by the New York City, Los Angeles, and London police.
10-26-17 Canadian judge calls sex assault victim 'overweight'
Canadian judge calls sex assault victim 'overweight'
A Canadian judge has come under fire for noting a sexual assault victim's weight and appearance in court. Quebec court Judge Jean-Paul Braun also suggested the victim was a "little flattered" by the attention she received from her alleged assailant. He made the comments while presiding over the trial of a taxi driver accused of assaulting a 17-year-old passenger. Provincial Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée called the comments unacceptable and has filed a complaint. The Journal de Montreal newspaper first reported on Judge Braun's recorded remarks made in court in May. Judge Braun eventually found the taxi driver, Carlo Figaro, 49, guilty of sexual assault. He is appealing the verdict. According to the victim's testimony, Figaro tried to kiss her, licked her face and groped her while she was a passenger in his vehicle. "You could say she's a little overweight, but she has a pretty face, huh?" the judge said of the victim during the trial, according to a recording obtained by the Journal de Montreal. He also spoke about the different degrees of consent required to kiss someone, saying it was "not the same" as the consent required to grab a person's rear end, the newspaper reported. The judge also reportedly mused the victim might have been flattered by the attention from the taxi driver because "it was perhaps the first time that he was interested in her". It is not the first time Mr Braun has come under scrutiny. He was criticised in 2013 for saying the case of a telecom technician who verbally harassed a 19-year-old and grabbed her breasts was not "the crime of the century". On Twitter, the head of the Quebec Bar Association, Paul-Matthieu Grondin, called Judge Braun's remarks "deplorable" and said they do not have a place in today's justice system. (Webmaster's comment: This judge should not just be disbarred he should be in prison!)
10-27-17 Yes, women are hunting predators
Yes, women are hunting predators
Woody Allen, of all people, last week worried aloud that the Harvey Weinstein revelations would lead to “a witch hunt” of men, said Lindy West. If male predators want to put it that way, fine. “I’m a witch, and I’m hunting you”—and so are legions of other women. In recent weeks, tens of thousands of women have used the social media hashtag #MeToo to share their own stories and “demonstrate the staggering breadth and ubiquity of sexual predation.” In the worlds of Hollywood, business, media, and Silicon Valley, women are coming forward to name the men who harassed or assaulted them—leaving some men “feeling hunted after millennia of treating women like prey.” Too bad. In a just world, rich, powerful men with a long history of forcing themselves on women would have faced consequences long ago. Until recently, men like Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, and Donald Trump, “our predator in chief,” got away with it. But we have found our voice and our strength in numbers. “The witches are coming.” We may not have institutional power or wealth, “but we have our stories, and we’re going to keep telling them.” (Webmaster's comment: Go get them! Nail them to the wall!)
10-27-17 George Bush Snr faces third accusation of groping
George Bush Snr faces third accusation of groping
A third woman has come forward to accuse former US President George HW Bush of groping her. British-born novelist Christina Baker Kline said Mr Bush Senior "squeezed my butt hard" during an April 2014 photo. Ms Kline said her husband was standing next to the former commander-in-chief when he grabbed her at a fundraiser in Houston, Texas. A female friend of the Bush family afterwards told her to be "discreet" about the incident. Heather Lind, an actress, was first to come forward this week and say the former president, who served in office from 1989 to 1993, had "touched me from behind" in 2014. Then another actress, Jordana Grolnick, told US website Deadspin that Mr Bush groped her in 2016 after announcing his favourite magician was "David Cop-a-Feel". Ms Kline - who was born in Cambridge, England, and raised in the US - told Slate magazine that he used the same line on her. She said that when she and her husband posed next to Mr Bush in his wheelchair, the former president told her: "You're beautiful." He asked if she was a writer and Ms Kline said she replied: "Yes." The Yale graduate wrote: "'You wanna know my favorite book?' he whispered. I had to lean close to hear him. "'Yes, what is it?' "By now the photographer was readying the shot. My husband stood on one side of the wheelchair, and I stood on the other. "President Bush put his arm around me, low on my back. His comic timing was impeccable. "'David Cop-a-feel,' he said, and squeezed my butt, hard, just as the photographer snapped the photo. Instinctively, I swiped his hand away." She said Mr Bush simply laughed at his joke "like a mischievous boy". (Webmaster's comment: Bush has lost it. He probably has alzheimers or some other form of dementia.)
10-27-17 O’Reilly: Buying another accuser’s silence
O’Reilly: Buying another accuser’s silence
Bill O’Reilly is still causing embarrassment for Fox News, said Emily Steel and Michael Schmidt in The New York Times. Although the network fired O’Reilly in April amid mounting sexual harassment allegations, new revelations show just how much the network was willing to tolerate before cutting ties with the top-rated cable star. Back in January, O’Reilly secretly agreed to pay $32 million out of his own pocket to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by former Fox legal analyst Lis Wiehl, including allegations of explicit emails and a “nonconsensual sexual relationship.” Despite knowing about the settlement, Rupert Murdoch and his sons, Lachlan and James, the top executives at 21st Century Fox, “made a business calculation” to stand by O’Reilly, giving him a four-year contract extension worth $25 million a year—adding a clause enabling them to fire him if any more sexual scandals became public. “Talk about corporate irresponsibility,” said Jennifer Rubin in The Washington Post. The Wiehl payout was at least the sixth agreement made by either O’Reilly or the company to settle harassment allegations—agreements involving tens of millions of dollars. Yet the Murdochs “did their best” to keep the public—and other women at Fox—in the dark about O’Reilly’s alleged predatory behavior. “Let the boycotts begin!” Incredibly, O’Reilly sees himself as a victim, said Paul Farhi, also in The Washington Post. He denies doing anything wrong to Wiehl and says reporting the settlement is “a malicious smear” that will hurt his children and keep him from returning to TV. In his podcast, he even blamed God for his public disgrace. “Yeah, I’m mad at Him,” O’Reilly said. “I wish I had more protection.”
10-27-17 Work culture: Fallout at Fidelity over harassment
Work culture: Fallout at Fidelity over harassment
Mutual fund giant Fidelity is grappling with a sexual harassment scandal, said Heather Long in The Washington Post. Two male managers were fired in recent weeks for allegedly “making sexually inappropriate comments” to junior female employees, and reports have surfaced about “a broader culture of sexism and bullying.” The developments are particularly “embarrassing” for the company, which manages $2.3 trillion and has 40,000 employees, because it has a reputation as a “woman-friendly Wall Street firm.” Women occupy a number of top leadership positions, including CEO and the president of personal investing.
10-26-17 Harvey Weinstein: Natassia Malthe accuses producer of rape
Harvey Weinstein: Natassia Malthe accuses producer of rape
Norwegian actress and model Natassia Malthe has accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her in a London hotel room after the 2008 Bafta awards ceremony. She told a press conference in New York she met Weinstein at an after party and felt pressured into telling him she was staying at the Sanderson Hotel. Malthe alleges Weinstein banged on her door, she let him in and he raped her. Weinstein has previously issued a statement saying he denies all allegations of non-consensual sex. Malthe, who has appeared in films including This Means War alongside Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hardy and Chris Pine, said she was asleep when she was awoken by Weinstein's "repeated pounding" on the door. She said she heard someone yelling: "Open the door Natassia Malthe, it's Harvey Weinstein." Malthe claimed when she opened the door, Weinstein implied sex would get her a role in an upcoming film and then began to masturbate in front of her. She said he then "pushed me back and forced himself onto me. It was not consensual. He did not use a condom". She added: "I was completely grossed out. I believe that I disassociated during the time that he was having sex with me. I laid still and closed my eyes and just wanted it to end. I was like a dead person. Afterwards I lay there in complete disgust." She said she received a script the next day and then returned to Los Angeles. Malthe said she was given the impression she had landed a role in the movie Nine, a film produced by Weinstein that would star Daniel Day-Lewis, Nicole Kidman and Dame Judi Dench. Malthe said Weinstein later asked her to meet him at the Beverly Hills Peninsula Hotel, telling her an assistant would be present. But Malthe said when she got there, he instead asked her to engage in a threesome with him and another woman. (Webmaster's comment: Why has this rapist not been arrested? Because he's a rich white male!)
10-25-17 Twitter is tightening its rules around online sexual harassment
Twitter is tightening its rules around online sexual harassment
The social media company is cracking down on non-consensual upskirt shots and letting the crowd police abuse, but some think the policies are inconsistent. RULES around online sexual harassment on Twitter are being tightened. Stronger sanctions await those who violate the terms, including bans for posting non-consensual nudity, such as “upskirt imagery, creep shots and hidden camera content”. The social media company will also allow users who spot abuse to report it – a step forward from previously only allowing the target of abuse to do so. In addition, Twitter plans to include hate symbols as part of its definition of “sensitive media”, which it provides warnings about. Since 2016, Twitter has shifted from allowing almost complete free speech to setting up a council that tries to curtail the worst offenders. But many have been unhappy with the results as Twitter is still populated by a small but unsavoury blend of neo-Nazis, Islamic State recruiters and propaganda-spreading bots. Twitter’s policies were also recently criticised when the firm suspended actor Rose McGowan’s account. McGowan was speaking out – albeit profanely – about producer Harvey Weinstein, who is facing numerous allegations of harassment and sexual assault over the past three decades, which he denies.
10-25-17 Marilyn Manson parts ways with bassist Twiggy Ramirez, who's accused of rape
Marilyn Manson parts ways with bassist Twiggy Ramirez, who's accused of rape
Marilyn Manson has parted ways with his long-time bassist Twiggy Ramirez after he was accused of rape.. Jessicka Addams, former lead singer in the Florida band Jack Off Jill, claims the musician - whose real name Jeordie White - sexually assaulted her when they were in a relationship. Marilyn Manson took to Instagram to say the guitarist would be replaced on tour, adding: "This is a sad day." Twiggy Ramirez has yet to respond to the allegations. Jessicka wrote a lengthy post on Facebook on Friday in which she said Twiggy was verbally, physically and sexually abusive when they were together more than 20 years ago. She claimed she was raped by her then-boyfriend after an argument, adding: "He forced me on to the floor with his hand around my neck. I said 'no'. I said 'no'." Jessicka said she was warned by her band's record company that Jack Off Jill could be blacklisted by concert promoters and lose their record deal if she revealed her ordeal publicly.
10-25-17 George Bush Senior apology to Heather Lind after sex assault claim
George Bush Senior apology to Heather Lind after sex assault claim
Former US President George Bush Senior has apologised for any distress caused after an actress accused him of sexual assault. Heather Lind said the 93-year-old former president had "touched me from behind from his wheelchair" and told a "dirty joke" while posing for a photo. Ms Lind made the allegation on social network Instagram, in a post which has since been deleted. A spokesman for Mr Bush said the incident was an attempt at humour. "President Bush would never - under any circumstance - intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologises if his attempt at humour offended Ms Lind," a statement supplied to outlets including the Daily Mail and People magazine said. Both websites preserved the contents of Ms Lind's post before it was deleted. Mr Bush served one term as US president from 1989 to 1993, and is the father of George W Bush, who served two terms in the office between 2001 and 2009. He suffers from a form of Parkinson's disease. (Webmaster's comment: Gropping without permission is a crime. Being "sorry" doesn't cut it! LOCK HIM UP!)
10-25-17 Porn-makers challenge Patreon's crowdfunding ban
Porn-makers challenge Patreon's crowdfunding ban
Dozens of adult content creators have signed an open letter to Patreon challenging restrictions it has placed on the creation of pornography. The crowdfunding service updated its rules last week to explicitly ban the sale of pornographic content and provision of sexual services. It said at the time that it was clarifying an existing policy. But the firm has been accused of betraying some of its members who say their activity is not illegal. "We know people who would be homeless if it wasn't for making porn on Patreon - and it's not a small number," the letter states. "Your fuzzy position on 'adult content' versus 'porn' gives you the freedom to discriminate at will. "And it makes content creators live in fear of that discrimination, itself leading to self-censorship of important viewpoints." Patreon's chief executive has said he intends to issue a "thorough response" later this Wednesday. (Webmaster's comment: "Important Viewpoints" What a bunch of bullshit!)
10-24-17 Harvey Weinstein: British assistant 'paid £125k for silence'
Harvey Weinstein: British assistant 'paid £125k for silence'
A British former assistant of Harvey Weinstein says she was paid £125,000 ($165,200) to keep quiet after accusing the movie mogul of sexual harassment. Zelda Perkins told the Financial Times she signed a non-disclosure agreement in 1998 after making the accusations. She said he asked her to give him massages and tried to pull her into bed, but she "was made to feel ashamed for disclosing his behaviour". Weinstein has denied any allegations of non-consensual sex "unequivocally". The former assistant said she reported her allegations after a female colleague told her she had also been sexually harassed by the film producer. The two women subsequently sought damages and were awarded a sum of £250,000 ($330,500), split equally, but also signed a non-disclosure agreement, prohibiting them from discussing the allegations. By breaking the agreement, Ms Perkins could be liable to repay the settlement, and potentially pay damages and other legal fees stipulated in the contract. However, she told the Financial Times: "I want to publicly break my non-disclosure agreement. "Unless somebody does this there won't be a debate about how egregious these agreements are and the amount of duress that victims are put under." She claims that the film executive would ask her to massage him while he was in his underwear, when they were alone in hotel rooms. Her testimony is similar to that of a number of Hollywood actresses - Lupita Nyong'o and Gwyneth Paltrow both claimed Weinstein suggested a massage in his bedroom and hotel room respectively.
10-24-17 Fox News: Bill O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly clash over sex claims
Fox News: Bill O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly clash over sex claims
Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly has hit back at presenter Megyn Kelly's "incomprehensible" comments involving reports of sexual harassment at the news channel, US media report. Ms Kelly said Mr O'Reilly's suggestion that nobody had complained about his behaviour at Fox was "false". "I know because I complained," she said. Mr O'Reilly retorted: "I don't know why [Kelly] is doing what she's doing. I've helped her dramatically in her career." Mr O'Reilly has denied any wrongdoing. In an interview with radio host Glenn Beck on Monday, Mr O'Reilly said he had "never had a problem" with Ms Kelly. "When she was getting hammered earlier this year, I wrote a column sticking up for her," he said. Mr O'Reilly said that he was not going to "run and hide" from allegations of sexual harassment at the company, but added that he wanted the story to "go away because it's brutalising my family." On Monday, Ms Kelly used her NBC Today show to criticise Mr O'Reilly and Fox News over reports in the New York Times of a $32m (£24m) settlement paid to former Fox legal analyst Lis Wiehl to settle a sexual harassment case. "That is not a nuisance value settlement, that is a jaw-dropping figure," Ms Kelly said.
10-24-17 Sexual harassment: French MPs 'blacklisted' by women staff
Sexual harassment: French MPs 'blacklisted' by women staff
Female assistants working in the French parliament kept a verbal blacklist of MPs whom they regarded as sexual predators, an ex-assistant has said. The women warned each other about certain MPs over lunch or during coffee breaks, Marine Tondelier said. In the previous National Assembly she helped ex-minister and Green Party member Cécile Duflot. Ms Tondelier said certain MPs' names "circulated among us - we knew we shouldn't get in the lift with them". She now serves as a Greens councillor in Hénin-Beaumont, near Calais in northern France. "There was a risk of them fondling your bottom, a risk of trouble," she said on France 2 television. In comments to the news magazine L'Express she said "there was a blacklist of guys with whom you couldn't take risks". She said it was not a written list, but "informal advice exchanged in the canteen, in coffee breaks, in the evening". (Webmaster's comment: Male sexual predators are everywhere!)
10-23-17 Director James Toback accused of sexual harassment
Director James Toback accused of sexual harassment
Oscar-nominated Hollywood film-maker James Toback has been accused by nearly 40 women of sexual harassment. The Los Angeles Times said 31 of the women had spoken on the record about their experiences, which span the last 30 years. Toback has denied the allegations and said he had never met any of the women in question or, if he did, it "was for five minutes and have no recollection". The writer and director was nominated for best screenplay for 1991's Bugsy. The mobster film starred Warren Beatty and Annette Bening. He has also directed Robert Downey Jr in three films, including Black and White and The Pick-Up Artist. His latest film, The Private Life of a Modern Woman, premiered at the Venice Film Festival last month and stars Sienna Miller. The women interviewed by the LA Times have accused Toback, 72, of masturbating in front of them, rubbing himself up against them, asking inappropriate questions of a sexual nature and asking them to perform sexual acts. One said that after an alleged encounter, she "felt like a prostitute, an utter disappointment to myself, my parents, my friends", adding: "And I deserved not to tell anyone." Toback told the LA Times that for the past 22 years, it had been "biologically impossible" for him to engage in the behaviour described, saying he had diabetes and a heart condition that required medication. LA Times writer Glenn Whipp, who broke the story, tweeted that since the story was published on Sunday, the number of women who originally contacted him - 38 - had doubled.
10-23-17 How American women are left to rot in jail
How American women are left to rot in jail
When it comes to mass incarceration, men get most of the attention — and for obvious reasons. Men commit roughly 80 percent of violent crimes, and they make up over 90 percent of prisoners. However, by industrialized country standards, America's imprisonment of women is arguably even worse than it is for men — and as a new analysis from Aleks Kajstura at the Prison Policy Initiative shows, a great many of those women do not need to be behind bars. Kajstura did a lot of painstaking work to create a full picture of the state of women's incarceration in America. As usual with such studies, the underlying data is from several sources, and some of it is somewhat scanty or old — but America simply doesn't have rigorous, up-to-date information on all people under criminal supervision. Until data collection is overhauled, this is the best that can be done. Where this differs from the overall picture of Americans behind bars is in the much larger share of female prisoners in jails. Whereas the total prison population is roughly two-thirds in state prisons, women prisoners are about equally split between jails and prisons. (The Prison Policy Initiative has not yet done a male-only breakdown, but given that women are less than 10 percent of the total prison population, removing them from the overall chart would not change the result very much.) This matters because, as I have written before, a large majority of people in jails have not been convicted of a crime — they are either stuck in pre-trial detention, or simply can't afford bail. Fully 60 percent of women in jails have not been convicted of a crime — and due to the greater jail share of the total female incarcerated population, over a quarter of women behind bars have not been convicted.
10-22-17 Fox renewed Bill O'Reilly deal despite harassment suit
Fox renewed Bill O'Reilly deal despite harassment suit
Former Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly was handed a new contract in January, despite the network's parent company knowing he had recently settled a sexual harassment case. The $32m (£24m) settlement was paid to former Fox legal analyst Lis Wiehl, according to the New York Times. In a statement, parent company 21st Century Fox said was aware of the settlement, but not the sum, when it signed a $25m-a-year contract renewal. O'Reilly has denied any wrongdoing. He was forced to resign in April following a raft of sexual harassment allegations. The settlement with Wiehl - which was "extraordinarily large" for such cases, according to the Times - is one of six involving O'Reilly that are in the public domain, totalling $45m. Several of those suits also involved former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, who stepped down in 2016 amid accusations of harassment.
10-21-17 Tech pundit Scoble faces harassment claims
Tech pundit Scoble faces harassment claims
Renowned tech consultant and commentator Robert Scoble has apologised after multiple accusations of inappropriate behaviour towards women. In a post on Medium, journalist Quinn Norton accused Mr Scoble of groping her body at a technology conference in the early 2010s. Another woman, former colleague Michelle Greer, also said Mr Scoble made unwanted advances, touching her leg during a conference in February 2010. On Facebook, Mr Scoble said: "I know that apologies are not enough and that they don’t erase the wrongs of the past or the present.” He became a well-known figure in the technology business while working at Microsoft during the 2000s, where he wrote a blog discussing the latest technology. From here he moved on to other firms such as Fast Company, cloud provider RackSpace, and most recently UploadVR. UploadVR was sued earlier this year for gender discrimination - the case was settled out of court in September. As well as his consulting work, Mr Scoble regularly appears as a guest on media outlets, including BBC News. In his message on Facebook, Mr Scoble referenced his issues with alcoholism. "I have made many steps in my life to try to improve, including getting sober more than two years ago,” he wrote. "I have committed to making amends where appropriate and to living a life of transparency, integrity, and honesty. "I’m deeply sorry to the people I’ve caused pain to. I know I have behaved in ways that were inappropriate.” However, several women have since accused the 52-year-old of unacceptable behaviour after the point when he publicly announced he was giving up alcohol. (Webmaster's comment: "Deeply Sorry" doesn't cut it! 10 years in prison will!)
10-20-17 Canadian man found not guilty of raping wife
Canadian man found not guilty of raping wife
A Canadian man was found not guilty of rape because he believed he could have sex with his wife whenever he wanted. Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Smith ruled the prosecution failed to prove the accused man knew his behaviour was criminal. The judge did not dispute that non-consensual sex had taken place multiple times, the Ottawa Citizen reported. The man, from Gaza, was part of an arranged marriage with his wife, a Palestinian who grew up in Kuwait. "Marriage is not a shield for sexual assault," Judge Smith wrote in his decision, according to the newspaper. "However, the issue in this trial is whether, considering the whole of the evidence, the Crown has proven the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt." The judge found the prosecution did not prove beyond reasonable doubt that the man had criminal intent, known as "mens rea" in the law. Both the man and the wife testified that they thought a husband was legally entitled to have sex with his wife whenever he wanted. The wife said she had sex many times with her husband when she did not explicitly give her consent. But when they separated in January 2013, the woman learned that she she had the right to refuse sex with her husband. "He may have believed that he had a right to have sex with her as her husband, but Canadian sexual assault law is clear and was amended to include sexual assault against a spouse in 1983." She alleged that he had pulled her onto the couch, pulled down her pants and had sex with her despite pleading with him to stop at least three times. The judge said he found her to be a credible witness and rejected her husband's account, but said HE could not find the man guilty of a crime. (Webmaster's comment: Many men will ALWAYS stick together to excuse RAPE! Any excuse will do!)
10-20-17 Ben Affleck gropping breasts
Ben Affleck gropping breasts
Ben Affleck is embroiled in his own sexual harassment scandal after trying to distance himself from his old friend and mentor Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced Hollywood producer. Shortly after the Good Will Hunting star tweeted that he was “saddened and angry” about reports of Weinstein’s history of sexual abuse and harassment, another Twitter user uploaded a video of Affleck groping actress Hilarie Burton’s breasts during a 2003 episode of MTV’s TRL. When Affleck “sincerely” apologized for his behavior, makeup artist and blogger Annamarie Tendler asked for her own apology from Affleck, saying he “grabbed my ass at a Golden Globes party in 2014.” TV writer Jen Statsky tweeted that she was “also at this party, and multiple friends had this same exact experience.” Additional video footage also resurfaced of Affleck forcing a Canadian interviewer onto his lap and making comments about her breasts. Affleck hasn’t commented on the latest accusations.
10-20-17 Harvey Weinstein
“Harvey Weinstein may be the central-casting version of a Hollywood predator, but he was just one festering pustule in a diseased industry. I’ve grown up in this industry, surrounded by predatory behavior, and the idea of making people care about it seemed as distant an ambition as pulling the sun out of the sky. I want to believe that the intense wave of disgust at this sort of behavior will lead to real change. For that to happen, we need to look at ourselves. What have we been willing to accept, out of fear, helplessness, a sense that things can’t be changed? And what, now, will we do about it?”
10-20-17 Poll watch
In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal, 64% of Americans now consider sexual harassment in the workplace to be a “serious problem,” up from 47% in 2011. 79% of Democrats and 66% of independents say harassment is a serious problem. 42% of Republicans agree.
10-19-17 Canada producer leaves TV amid flurry of sexual abuse allegations
Canada producer leaves TV amid flurry of sexual abuse allegations
Canadian producer Gilbert Rozon has left several television productions amid accusations he sexually abused and harassed several women. Montreal police are investigating an incident that took place in Paris in 1994, Radio Canada reported. The 62-year-old resigned from his role as boss of the Just For Laughs comedy festival on Wednesday. French channel M6 also suspended its broadcast of "France's Got Talent", which features Mr Rozon as a judge. Mr Rozon issued a statement on Facebook shortly before a story by Montreal newspaper Le Devoir was published, detailing allegations of sexual abuse and sexual harassment from nine women spanning three decades. "Shaken by the allegations against me, I want to dedicate all my time to review the matter," Rozon wrote on Facebook. "To all those who I may have offended in my life, I'm sincerely sorry." In addition to leaving Just for Laughs, he also announced that he would be resigning from his role as commissioner of the Montreal 375th anniversary preparations. (Webmaster's comment: "Review the matter?" He belongs in prison!)
10-19-17 When does flirting become sexual harassment?
When does flirting become sexual harassment?
A proclamation of sexual attraction. A hand resting on the knee. A flirty text message. From the right person at the right time, they can make you feel great. But from the wrong person or at the wrong time, an innuendo-laden text becomes creepy and an unwanted touch can make you feel uncomfortable and ashamed. As the number of women making claims against Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein grows by the day, women around the world have spoken on social media about their experiences of sexual harassment under the #metoo Twitter hashtag. Weinstein wielded great power, able to make or break his alleged victims' careers, but harassment can be just as damaging away from work. In a global debate, the question of how we define sexual harassment is not altogether clear. And that line between flirtation and harassment is a very fine - and often blurred - one.
10-19-17 Speaking up against sexual abuse is hard – #MeToo changes that
Speaking up against sexual abuse is hard – #MeToo changes that
Psychology makes us swift to blame those who experience sexual harassment, but the #MeToo movement could be making it easier to speak up, says Nichola Raihani. In the wake of the scandal over a series of sexual assault allegations that have been hurled at the media mogul Harvey Weinstein, an online movement has begun. Millions of women are sharing their stories of sexual harassment and abuse using the hashtag #MeToo, which rose to prominence after a tweet by actor Alyssa Milano. Scrolling through Twitter or Facebook, it is striking just how many of my colleagues and friends say they have been sexually abused or harassed. If the scale of the problem is this huge, why has no one said anything until now? Indeed, why have I kept quiet myself? Insights from psychology and evolutionary biology offer clues as to why people might not tell others when bad things happen to them. A cruel quirk of human psychology is that we are largely unsympathetic to victims if we can find a way to blame them for their own misfortune, even when it makes no sense to do so. In fact, perceiving that the victim is in some way at fault can provoke anger rather than sympathy. And it doesn’t take a lot for us to attribute blame. In the case of sexual abuse, the accusations are all too familiar. She was wearing a short skirt. She went to his room. She was drinking. The more people know about the circumstances, the more likely they are to tell themselves that things could have been different if only the victim had looked or acted differently. (Webmaster's comment: Blaming the victim is wrong, but making poor choices increases women's risks.)
10-19-17 SA football boss Danny Jordaan 'raped singer Jennifer Ferguson'
SA football boss Danny Jordaan 'raped singer Jennifer Ferguson'
South African singer and ex-MP Jennifer Ferguson has accused the country's football boss Danny Jordaan, 66, of raping her nearly 24 years ago. He "overpowered" her and "painfully" raped her in a hotel in Port Elizabeth city, she has alleged in a blog. Mr Jordaan, who organised the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, has not yet responded to a request for comment. Now living in Sweden, Ms Ferguson said she had been moved by the #MeToo campaign on social media to speak out. She said the attack took place when she was "high and happy" following her unexpected nomination by Nelson Mandela's African National Congress (ANC) party to serve in South Africa's first democratically elected parliament in 1994. Mr Jordaan, a prominent member of the ANC and president of the South African Football Association, came to her hotel suite after she had given a performance at a dinner. "He overpowered me and painfully raped me. It must have been over in about 20 seconds although it felt like a lifetime," she alleged. "He left immediately without saying a word."
10-19-17 Against sex
Nearly two weeks after the publication of stories in The New York Times and the The New Yorker on Harvey Weinstein's use of his vast fortune to silence numerous women who had accused him of sexual assault, we are still consumed with the millionaire film producer and other cases involving alleged abusers in Hollywood and the music industry. An exhaustive list of all the women and men in the world of entertainment who have come forward to report everything from unwanted advances to groping and forced kissing to drugging and rape would require a lengthy column in itself. These revelations are unsettling, but the conversations they inspire — about how and why all of this was possible — are a good thing. It would be better to have no films or television programs or albums or singles — no entertainment at all — than to sit back and enjoy knowing that all of this is only possible thanks to the systematic exploitation of vulnerable people by lawyered-up sexual predators. What no one seems willing to admit, however, is that part of the problem is also our all-consuming cultural obsession with "sex." I employ quotation marks because there is, in fact, no such thing. Sex as a catch-all noun that refers not only to what used to be thought of as "the marital act" but to any feelings or actions motivated by lust is an invention of late 19th-century psychologists. As that brilliant historian and renowned pervert Michel Foucault shows us in his monumental History of Sex, it is as dated and redolent of its era — when prostitutes were treated as subhuman and same-sex attraction was considered a disease indicative of criminality — as phrenology. Why are we still trying to make sense of the world with the help of this dated cultural framework?
10-18-17 Self-harming has risen dramatically among UK teenage girls
Self-harming has risen dramatically among UK teenage girls
In every 10,000 teenage girls in the UK, more than 37 have self-harmed. The large rise in rates of self-harming may be due to stress or mental health problems. In every 10,000 teenage girls in the UK, more than 37 have self-harmed. That’s according to an analysis of data from 647 general practices across the country. The study found that, between 2011 and 2014, there was a 68 per cent increase in reports of self-harm among girls aged 13 to 16. The rate of self-harm in 2014 was 37.4 out of every 10,000 girls, aged 10 to 19. But among 13-to-16-year-olds, this rose to 77 girls in every 10,000. In boys aged 10 to 19, the self-harm rate in 2014 was 12.3 per 10,000 boys. “We can’t really explain this possible rapid increase in self-harm among girls. It could reflect better awareness or recording of self-harm in primary care,” says Nav Kapur, at the University of Manchester, UK. “But it could also be a result of increasing stress and higher levels of psychological problems in young people.” There is some evidence that mental health disorders are becoming more common in this age group, says Kapur.
10-18-17 US girl banned from First Communion ceremony for wearing suit
US girl banned from First Communion ceremony for wearing suit
Cady Mansell, a nine-year-old from Indiana, was banned from her First Communion ceremony because she wanted to wear a white suit. Cady's mom shared their story on Facebook. Now she tells the BBC why they've moved churches. (Webmaster's comment: The Catholic church wants to control your life and you must obey. Even the clothes you wear can not be your choice.)
10-18-17 Weinstein and the women who 'benefited'
Weinstein and the women who 'benefited'
Sexual assault is never a mutually beneficial business transaction. There's an awkward question orbiting the Harvey Weinstein scandal: Who benefited? Who prospered thanks to the culture of silence surrounding years of rumors of sexual assault? Recently, a person I was talking about the case with suggested that Weinstein's alleged targets — the ones who didn't report, the ones who failed to pit their 19-year-old no-names against his brand in lights — were just as culpable as the bystanders who enabled him and knew. I was, I confess, unprepared for this argument. These women had a choice, this person felt. And they made it. They chose to benefit instead of disclose. The point he — an ultra-capitalist — was trying to make was that sex and power are transactional. It's a big world, after all, and there must be some people for whom being raped, or pressured to watch a man masturbate into a potted plant, is the acceptable price of doing business. I find this line of thinking so astonishing I don't often take the trouble to respond. It feels like trolling. It seems steeped in bad faith. It does what capitalist arguments so often do, which is insist there's a choice (or a contract) when none exists. It presumes, further, that male and female artists in Hollywood face similar hurdles that just express a little differently. It's the kind of thinking that says things like women have an advantage men don't: sex! I want to slow down and think this through, because we're at a cultural crux and it seems to me important to be extremely careful; to think rigorously about what happened with Weinstein, and whether his alleged victims were indeed partly to blame — not just for their own harassment, but for everyone who came after, because they benefited. (Webmaster's comment: Many men will use any excuse, any lie, any made-up reason to justify the sexual abuse and rape of women!)
10-18-17 Jennifer Lawrence: I was placed in 'nude line-up'
Jennifer Lawrence: I was placed in 'nude line-up'
Jennifer Lawrence has said she was made to stand in a nude line-up and told to lose weight by film producers at the start of her career. Speaking at Elle's Women in Hollywood event, the 27-year-old said she felt she didn't have any power in the situation as an unknown actress. She said she found that fame protected her from assault as her career went on. "I will lend my voice to any boy, girl, man or woman who doesn't feel like they can protect themselves", she added. The actress, who won an Oscar in 2013 for her role in Silver Linings Playbook, told the audience about auditioning for a film and being asked by a female producer to stand in a nude line-up. She described the experience as "degrading and humiliating", as she was put next to girls she says were thinner than her. "When I was much younger and starting out, I was told by producers of a film to lose 15 pounds in two weeks. "One girl before me had already been fired for not losing the weight fast enough," she told an audience including Kristen Stewart, Margot Robbie and Ashley Greene. "During this time a female producer had me do a nude line-up with about five women who were much, much, thinner than me. We all stood side by side with only tape on covering our privates." Lawrence said the producer then told her she should "use the naked photos" of herself as "inspiration" for her diet.
10-17-17 Australia launches revenge porn reporting tool
Australia launches revenge porn reporting tool
Australia has set up the first national reporting tool to help victims of revenge porn. Revenge porn, or image-based abuse, is the sharing of explicit images without consent. The online portal provides advice on getting the images removed, reporting the abuse to authorities and pursuing legal action. The country's eSafety commissioner said 20% of Australians aged between 16 and 49 have experienced image-based abuse. Young women and indigenous Australians were more likely to be victims. The same research found that 76% of victims took no action, often because they didn't know what to do. In a statement, communications minister Mitch Fifield said the $4.8m (£2.8m) portal was "world-first", although the Californian government provides a similar service and non-government organisations elsewhere provide similar resources. Mr Fifield also said the government is considering introducing civil penalties for perpetrators or websites that distribute revenge porn. There are already specific laws against revenge porn in all but three Australian states and territories, and telecommunications laws have also been used to prosecute offenders. Revenge porn is illegal in the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Japan, and in most US states. (Webmaster's comment: These are deliberate acts meant to do harm. The prepetrators should get 5 year prison sentences!)
10-17-17 The Hollywood women tackling sexual harassment
The Hollywood women tackling sexual harassment
Actresses Margot Robbie and Lake Bell, alongside producer Kathleen Kennedy have spoken out. They hope the claims against producer Harvey Weinstein will lead to changes in the film industry.
10-16-17 'My #MeToo experience is sadly typical'
'My #MeToo experience is sadly typical'
The social media conversation around hashtag #MeToo highlights how widespread sexual harassment is. The BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan shares her personal story. I must have been about 25 years old. We were in an Italian restaurant in New York, just after we'd finished working on a story. I was an ambitious producer who'd just been in Manhattan for the Republican convention. Most of the team had gone but a colleague and I were the last two left and we were having dinner. We'd gone to the East Village and in a dimly lit Italian restaurant, I made small talk about George W Bush and John Kerry. Then he said it. "I'm unbelievably sexually attracted to you. I can't stop thinking about you." I dropped my fork and it bounced on the plate, the spaghetti still woven around it. This was a colleague twice my age, well-respected and with a girlfriend. I had experienced sexism in the workplace before, but not in such an overt way. I can't even remember what I said - but it was something all too polite, as I tried to change the conversation. He continued talking about how beautiful I was, as I ate the pasta as fast I could. I wasn't sure at the time if he'd said anything that I could reasonably complain about, but I remember feeling disgusted and uncomfortable about it. I now know it was utterly unacceptable, and is just another reminder of how some men in the workplace use their power to manipulate, harass and even abuse women.
10-16-17 France minister Schiappa plans anti-street harassment law
France minister Schiappa plans anti-street harassment law
France's gender equality minister has set out plans for a new law cracking down on sexual violence and harassment. Marlène Schiappa's proposals include on-the-spot fines for catcalling and lecherous behaviour in public. The mounting sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein have revived debate about male predation in France. President Emmanuel Macron said on Sunday he would be stripping the Hollywood producer of the prestigious Legion D'Honneur award. During his first in-depth television interview, Mr Macron also said his government would take steps to better define acts of sexual violence under the law. Under Ms Schiappa's plans announced on Monday, a taskforce of politicians will work with police and magistrates to establish what sort of behaviour constitutes sexual harassment. "The idea is that society as a whole redefines what it is acceptable or not," she told La Croix newspaper. Street harassment and catcalling are already illegal in some countries including Portugal and Argentina. (Webmaster's comment: But not in America. Many of our males need to express their disrespect and hatred of women! They still believe women are their property!)
10-15-17 Harvey Weinstein: More women accuse Hollywood producer of rape
Harvey Weinstein: More women accuse Hollywood producer of rape
Two more women have accused Harvey Weinstein of raping them as the top Hollywood producer finds himself increasingly shunned by his peers. British actress Lysette Anthony says he attacked her at her London home in the late 1980s while another, unidentified woman says she was raped in 1992. The organisation behind the Oscars has voted to expel Weinstein and his own brother called him "sick and depraved". Weinstein, 65, insists sexual relations he had were consensual. Police in London are investigating an allegation against Weinstein who is also being investigated by police in New York. More than two dozen women - among them actresses Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow and Rose McGowan - have made a number of accusations against him including rape and sexual assault. Weinstein has been a huge figure in the film world, where his productions received more than 300 Oscar nominations and won 81. Lysette Anthony told The Sunday Times she had reported an attack by Weinstein to the London Metropolitan Police. The actress, who stars in the British TV soap Hollyoaks, said she had met the producer when she starred in 1982 sci-fi film Krull and the alleged assault had come a few years later. It was a "pathetic, revolting" attack, she said, that had left her "disgusted and embarrassed". The Metropolitan Police said it was passed an allegation of sexual assault, without giving details. Separately an unidentified woman told the Mail On Sunday newspaper she had been raped by Weinstein in 1992 when she was working at his film company offices in West London. (Webmaster's comment: Weinstein's been raping women for 35 years and getting away with it. It would only be just that he spends the next 35 years in prison!)
10-15-17 100 Women: Why we need to talk about street harassment
100 Women: Why we need to talk about street harassment
Most women and girls have experienced some form of street harassment, and in many cases this behaviour goes unreported. But what exactly do we mean when we talk about harassment? (Webmaster's comment: It seems like half the men in the world are sick sexual perverts!)
10-14-17 Exploring the casting couch culture of LA
Exploring the casting couch culture of LA
The casting couch may seem like a relic of the golden age of Hollywood - but women here say sexual harassment is rife and that exploitation is a price you pay for being part of the industry. News that at least 30 women have accused Weinstein of sexually assaulting them - four alleging rape - has been met with sadness and outrage in Tinseltown. But no one seems that surprised and many expect other powerful men will be exposed. "I think everyone is shocked - not surprised," says actress Rita Moreno at a Women in TV gala in Beverly Hills. Ms Moreno, now 85, urged women to tell their stories. She says she was aggressively pursued by the head of a studio when she was 19. "It was frightening and scary." Mr Weinstein's Oscar for Shakespeare in Love has been tarnished by reports of lewd abuses of his immense power. But women in Hollywood say sexual harassment is common - for actresses and for women behind the scenes on film and TV sets. But a culture of pervasive sexism emerged. Some are stories of producers soliciting casual sex in exchange for jobs. Most stories involved daily ridicule and disrespect. "The casting couch is still a major issue in Hollywood many women are being victimised and are being asked for sexual favours in order to get a job, to keep a job or to be promoted," says attorney Gloria Allred who represents women making complaints against Weinstein. Ms Allred says she has women calling her with stories about other powerful Hollywood players. The organisation Women in Film has been inundated with calls after they set up a hotline for victims to report abuse this week. (Webmaster's comment: The rape and sexual abuse culture is alive and well in America! It is everywhere where men have any power, not just in Hollywood.)
10-13-17 Sex addiction isn’t an illness, treating it as one is a bad idea
Sex addiction isn’t an illness, treating it as one is a bad idea
Harvey Weinstein is being treated for sex addiction, but many health professionals say it isn't a real illness and addiction-style therapy doesn't help. I’m not bad – I’m ill. In essence, that is the defence of disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, with his decision to seek treatment for sex addiction after the recent string of allegations about his appalling behaviour towards women. Weinstein isn’t the first to go down this route. The idea of sex addiction has been around for four decades and there are many offering such therapy, particularly in the US. But the film producer’s reported behaviour was so extreme it is triggering renewed scepticism about the very idea of sex addiction. “This latest example demonstrates the degree to which the concept has ‘jumped the shark’,” says David Ley, a clinical psychologist in New Mexico who wrote a book called The Myth of Sex Addiction. “It has become so overused and misused, it’s a meaningless excuse.” Although the term is commonly employed by the media and public, the concept is highly controversial among professionals. It was rejected by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists in a 2016 position statement. And when US psychiatrists updated their industry’s key textbook in 2013, they considered and dismissed including it as a new diagnosis. (Webmaster's comment: 20 years in prison will absolutely cure his problem! His getting a "cure" is just a scam to help him avoid going to prison. Rapists like him only understand punishment and he deserves a lot of it!)
10-13-17 Harvey Weinstein: US actress Rose McGowan makes rape allegation
Harvey Weinstein: US actress Rose McGowan makes rape allegation
The scandal deluging Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has deepened after US actress Rose McGowan publicly accused him of raping her. In a series of tweets, McGowan also accused Amazon Studio chief Roy Price of having ignored her when she made the allegation earlier. Amazon has put Price - himself accused on Thursday of sexually harassing a female producer - on leave of absence. Weinstein denies any sexual assaults. There was no comment from Price. Police forces in the US and UK police have launched investigations into sexual assault allegations against Weinstein: The New York Police Department is looking into an allegation dating from 2004 and reviewing whether there are any additional complaints, London's Met Police has received an allegation of sexual assault in the London area in the 1980s. Addressing Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos on Twitter, McGowan criticised the company for doing business with Weinstein. "I told the head of your studio that HW raped me," she wrote. "Over & over I said it. He said it hadn't been proven. I said I was the proof." Price was separately accused by Isa Hackett, a producer on one of Amazon's shows, of having lewdly propositioned her in a taxi and at a corporate dinner in 2015, the Hollywood Reporter writes.(Webmaster's comment: Weinstein and those who covered up for him do not belong in therapy, THEY BELONG IN PRISON!)
10-13-17 Weinstein: Why Hollywood liberals were silent
Weinstein: Why Hollywood liberals were silent
When Fox News’ CEO, the late Roger Ailes, and host Bill O’Reilly were revealed as serial sexual harassers, virtue-signaling liberals were indignant—and triumphant, said Alexandra DeSanctis in NationalReview.com. Now it turns out the twin liberal bastions of Hollywood and the media were actively ignoring monstrous abuse of women by one of their own. Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein, 65, was fired this week by his own company after The New York Times and The New Yorker detailed three decades’ worth of harassment and sexual abuse allegations against him by a host of young actresses and subordinates, including Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Angelina Jolie. In the liberal circles in which Weinstein traveled, his “twisted inclinations” were an open secret—but were ignored. Apparently, many people on the Left “value political loyalty more than they cherish principle.” Now Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and other Democrats are belatedly condemning Weinstein, said WeeklyStandard.com in an editorial. But every member of the liberal establishment, from Washington to New York to Hollywood, should have to answer the question “What did they know about their friend Harvey, and when did they know it?” Sorry, said Benjamin Hart in NYMag.com, but Republicans “have less-than-zero credibility on this issue.” Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the Access Hollywood tape on which presidential nominee Donald Trump had bragged of getting away with grabbing women’s private parts because he was “a star”—a claim many women came forth to say was true. Did Republicans condemn Trump? Some did, for a day or two. But then the party rallied around its candidate, and Trump is now “the most powerful man on earth.” Do Republicans really want to play this game? asked Tina Brown in NYTimes.com. Weinstein has just been fired in disgrace. What do they propose we do with “the serial sexual harasser in the White House?”
10-13-17 A matter for the legislature
A matter for the legislature
Indiana’s Supreme Court has ruled that it’s illegal for adults to send sexual text messages to 16-year-olds, even though it’s legal to have sex with them. In its 5-0 ruling, the court reinstated charges against a 40-year-old man who sexted a 16-year-old girl, but acknowledged that Indiana’s sexting laws are “inconsistent” with its low age of consent. The discrepancy, the court said, was “a matter for the legislature.”
10-12-17 Harvey Weinstein 'hopes for second chance'
Harvey Weinstein 'hopes for second chance'
Harvey Weinstein has said "we all make mistakes - second chance I hope", as more women have come forward to accuse him of sexual misconduct. He told TMZ: "Guys I'm not doing ok but I'm trying; I've got to get help. I'm hanging in - I'm trying my best." Weinstein's spokeswoman has said: "Any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied". Police in New York told the BBC they were "investigating an allegation of sex assault from 2004". A spokesperson said: "NYPD is conducting a review to determine if there are any additional complaints relating to the Harvey Weinstein matter. No filed complaints have been identified as of this time." The statement ended by urging anyone with "information pertaining to this matter to call the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS". TMZ have reported he was heading to Arizona to a treatment facility. As he departed in a car, he made a plea for fair treatment from reporters, saying: "I've always been loyal to you guys... I've been a good guy." British actress and model Cara Delevingne is one of the latest to accuse him of inappropriate behaviour. In a statement, she said he tried to kiss her as she tried to leave a hotel room. (Webmaster's comment: This slob is only sorry he got exposed and the truth is out. A very long prison sentence is what he needs.)
10-12-17 The sexual predators everyone still worships
The sexual predators everyone still worships
Thanks to Harvey Weinstein, we have found ourselves in an oddly reflective cultural moment. But most of us have yet to grasp upon how far-reaching it really is. What began a few years ago with discussions about rape on college campuses has continued apace with not especially shocking revelations about Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly of Fox News, both of whom reportedly spent scores of millions of dollars on hush money for women who had accused them of sexual harassment. The discussion continues following a recent New York Times report about Weinstein's alleged use of his vast fortune to silence women accusing him of sexual assault. What will happen to Weinstein? If even one or two of the accusations reported by the Times and in a follow-up piece by Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker can be proved — and let's face it: One of them has audio behind it, which I would not recommend to weak stomachs — then Weinstein should go to prison, along with the many associates, hangers-on, fixers, and yes men who stage-managed his alleged decades-long sexual assault tour. But this will not — cannot — end with Weinstein. We already know this. Since the publication of the Times piece, Hilarie Burton has come forward with a story about being groped by Ben Affleck during a television program; the Gigi star has not denied it. Terry Crews has rather bravely recounted the time he was molested by a Hollywood executive in the presence of his own wife. The legacy of criminal sexual assault — of unwanted advances, touching, groping, molestation, and rape — in the entertainment world is easier to come to grips with when its face is that of a fat behind-the-scenes money man or a dated, unfunny comedian like Bill Cosby. What do we do about predators we actually think are cool? (Webmaster's comment: Lock them up and throw away the key!)
10-11-17 India Supreme Court rules sex with child bride is rape
India Supreme Court rules sex with child bride is rape
India's Supreme Court has struck down a legal clause that permits men to have sex with their underage wives. The clause, which was part of India's law on rape, said intercourse between a man and his wife was permissible as long as she was over 15 years of age. The legal age of consent and marriage in India is 18 but marital rape is not considered an offence. The verdict has been hailed by women's rights activists but correspondents say the order will be difficult to enforce. The judgement said that girls under 18 would be able to charge their husbands with rape, as long as they complained within one year of being forced to have sexual relations. "This is a landmark judgement that corrects a historical wrong against girls. How could marriage be used as a criterion to discriminate against girls?" Vikram Srivastava, the founder of Independent Thought, one of the main petitioners in the case, told the BBC. However, the BBC's Geeta Pandey in Delhi says that while welcome, the order will be difficult to implement in a country where child marriage is still rampant. "Courts and police cannot monitor people's bedrooms and a minor girl who is already married, almost always with the consent of her parents, will not usually have the courage to go to the police or court and file a case against her husband," our correspondent says. India's government says the practice of child marriage is "an obstacle to nearly every developmental goal: eradicating poverty and hunger; achieving universal primary education; promoting gender equality; protecting children's lives; and improving women's health".
10-11-17 Sebastian Gorka: 'Pence rule on women would prevent abuse'
Sebastian Gorka: 'Pence rule on women would prevent abuse'
Former White House adviser Sebastian Gorka has weighed in on the sexual harassment and abuse allegations enveloping the US film producer Harvey Weinstein. The influential Hollywood producer is accused of sexual harassment and rape. He denies any allegations of non-consensual sex. Mr Gorka suggested Vice President Mike Pence's own rules about meeting with the opposite sex could prevent women from being abused. A fierce debate raged online earlier this year after reports emerged of the vice president's refusal to dine one-on-one with any woman who is not his wife. "Think," Mr Gorka tweeted. "If Weinstein had obeyed Vice President Pence's rules for meeting with the opposite sex, none of those poor women would ever have been abused." His comments were shared widely, attracting thousands of likes and retweets on Twitter. (Webmaster's comment: So let's lock women up and only let them out when they are with their husbands. The ancient Greeks did this and passed the practice on to the Muslim religion. The Greek women also had to cover themselves with full body clothing in public and that was also passed on to the Muslim religion. So much for the "freedom" of the Greeks. It was a male only freedom. The Greeks also owned many Slaves who could be abused at the owner's leisure, just like we had in the United States 2000 years later.)
10-10-17 India rape: Child's baby 'was fathered by second uncle'
India rape: Child's baby 'was fathered by second uncle'
A 10-year-old Indian rape victim, who gave birth to a baby girl in August, had been made pregnant by one of her uncles, police say. Police are filing charges against the suspect - who is the second uncle of the girl's to be accused of raping her. The first uncle has already been held and charged with raping the girl. But police began looking for a second suspect after forensic tests revealed that the baby's DNA samples did not match those of the first accused. Chandigarh senior superintendent of police Neelambari Vijay told the BBC that police were now rushing to also file charges against the second uncle - who is the younger brother of the first uncle. "It's true the Baby's DNA sample has matched that of the [second] uncle," she said. The next hearing in the case will be held at a local court later on Tuesday. The first uncle will remain in custody as he is believed to have also abused the child. (Webmaster's comment: Just like often happens in the United States. Every adult male in the family was using a 9-10 year-old child as something they could rape at their leisure.)
10-9-17 How can US rapist win joint custody of victim's child?
How can US rapist win joint custody of victim's child?
The case of a Michigan man awarded joint legal custody of a child whose mother he sexually assaulted when she was 12 has provoked outrage. Many are incredulous that Christopher Mirasolo, 27, could be granted parental rights after a DNA test established his paternity. The victim's lawyer said the case was set in motion after her client received child support from the state. The case is thought to be the first of its kind in Michigan and maybe the US. Attorney Rebecca Kiessling filed objections on Friday after Judge Gregory Ross ruled that Mirasolo had parental rights to the boy, who is now eight years old, reports the Detroit News. Judge Ross also provided Mirasolo with the victim's home address. The woman, who now lives in Florida, has been told to move back to Michigan. Judge Ross also ordered Mirasolo's name to be added to the birth certificate without the mother's consent, her attorney added. (Webmaster's comment: In the United States the male owns the results of his sexual actions. It doesnt' matter if he raped her, it is still his child and she is only the breed stock that he used!)
10-9-17 Harvey Weinstein sacked after sexual harassment claims
Harvey Weinstein sacked after sexual harassment claims
Harvey Weinstein, the Oscar-winning film producer accused of sexually harassing female employees, has been fired by the board of his company. One of the biggest producers in Hollywood, Mr Weinstein was behind films including Shakespeare in Love, The King's Speech and Pulp Fiction. The Weinstein Company directors said that "in light of new information about misconduct" his employment had been terminated "effective immediately". Mr Weinstein had been informed. His sudden departure comes after the New York Times published a report last week about sexual harassment claims dating back nearly three decades. The 65-year-old apologised and said he planned to take a leave of absence. "The way I've behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologise for it," Mr Weinstein said. However, he later disputed the report, which said he had reached at least eight settlements with women, and vowed to take legal action.
10-8-17 Rapper Nelly arrested over alleged tour bus rape
Rapper Nelly arrested over alleged tour bus rape
Rapper Nelly has been arrested after a woman accused him of raping her on his tour bus following a concert near Seattle. Police in Auburn said they arrested the artist after a woman called emergency services at 03:48 (10:48 GMT) to report a sex assault. The singer strongly denies the allegations and has now been released. "I have not been charged... therefore no bail was required," he tweeted. "I was released, pending further investigation." The singer tweeted that he was "beyond shocked that I have been targeted with this false allegation". "I am completely innocent," he said. "I am confident that once the facts are looked at, it will be very clear that I am the victim of a false allegation."
10-7-17 Kashmir 'mass rape' survivors fight for justice
Kashmir 'mass rape' survivors fight for justice
More than 26 years ago, Indian soldiers allegedly raped more than 30 women in the Kashmiri villages of Kunan and Poshpora. Those who survived the attack are still fighting for justice, as Aliya Nazki from BBC Urdu reports. It was 23 February 1991. The people of Kunan, a tiny village in Indian administered Kashmir's Kupwara district, were retiring for the night after a cold winter day. Zooni and Zarina (not their real names) were also getting ready to go to bed when they heard a series of loud knocks on the door. At the time, India had started a large scale military operation in an attempt to control a popular armed insurgency against Indian rule in Kashmir. So-called "cordon and search" operations, locally called "crackdowns", were becoming routine and still persist to this day. In the 1990s, this would entail Indian security forces isolating an area, getting all the men out, and then searching the houses. The men would be paraded in front of an informer - and suspected militants or those deemed sympathisers would be picked up and taken away. When Zooni and Zareena saw soldiers on their doorstep that night, they thought it was the beginning of another of these so-called crackdowns. The men were taken away, and the soldiers came in, as was the established practice. But remembering that day makes their eyes fill with tears even now. "We were getting ready for bed when the soldiers came. They took the men away. Some started drinking alcohol. I was holding my two-year-old daughter in my arms when they tried to grab me. "I resisted, and in the scuffle she fell out of my arms, and out of the window. She was crippled for life. "Three soldiers grabbed me, tore my pheran, my shirt - I don't even know what all happened after that. There were five of them. I still remember their faces."
10-6-17 Model Arvida Byström gets rape threats after an advert featured her hairy legs
Model Arvida Byström gets rape threats after an advert featured her hairy legs
Swedish model, Arvida Byström, says she's received rape threats after posing for an advert with hairy legs. The 26-year-old featured in an Adidas campaign promoting a new brand of trainers. She received dozens of abusive messages after the advert was released on YouTube. In an Instagram post, which is getting more and more attention, she says she was also threatened with rape in direct messages on social media. She said: "My photo from the @adidasoriginals superstar campaign got a lot of nasty comments last week. "Me being such an abled, white, cis body with its only nonconforming feature being a lil leg hair. "Literally I've been getting rape threats in my DM inbox." As well as being a model, Arvida is a photographer and is well known for posing with her body hair on show. Adidas says she "questions femininity and gender standards using so-called 'girly' aesthetics". (Webmaster's comment: Unbelievable! The male brutes of the world will attack anything. She doesn't shave her armpits either. Much of Europe considers that very sexy.)
10-5-17 The student taking selfies with the men who whistle and ask for sex
The student taking selfies with the men who whistle and ask for sex
Student Noa Jansma has been taking selfies and posting them on Instagram with every man who harasses her in the street. The 20-year-old from Amsterdam decided to do it as a month long project. Noa told Newsbeat the treatment she's received ranges from wolf-whistling, being asked for sex and being physically stopped in the street. "I just never knew what to do if someone catcalled me. If I went against it, the situation just escalated, and it would give me a real fright." She says she didn't want to just ignore it because it "felt weird" that the men could get away with saying whatever they wanted without consequence. So Noa started asking them for a selfies. She says many were "proud" to have been asked for a picture. She didn't tell them what it was for, unless they asked. Only one of them did - but still went ahead with the photo. Noa says her male friends had no idea what she and her female friends had to put up with. "I found this so weird that for half of humanity this is a daily life issue, while for the other half, they don't even know this. "So that's how I came up with the idea - to just show it actually." (Webmaster's comment: Fithy male brutes just never stop. Probably because nobody ever wants to sleep with them and they know noone could ever love them.)
10-4-17 ‘Don’t brand me’: The Indian women saying no to forced tattoos
‘Don’t brand me’: The Indian women saying no to forced tattoos
In India, and across the world, getting a tattoo is nowadays seen as a sign of independence and rebellion. Many young people get inked to showcase their identity, what makes them distinctive and who they are. But for me, a decision to not get a tattoo was my version of rebellion, an assertion of my hard-fought independence. It was my way of saying: "I will not toe the line." I grew up thinking of tattoos, along with nose and ear piercings, as symbols of the subjugation of women. That's because my mother has a couple of tattoos. And my grandmother had more than a couple. And they told me they had no choice in the matter. In many rural communities in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, where my family comes from, it's mandatory for married women to have tattoos, locally known as Godna. "My family told me that if I didn't have a tattoo, no-one in my matrimonial home would drink water or take food offered by me. I'd be considered impure, an untouchable," my mother told me recently. My father, of course, didn't need to get one because, as mum says, "he was a boy". She was a child bride, not even 11 at the time of her wedding in the 1940s. A few weeks after the ceremony, an elderly woman who lived in the neighbourhood was called to the house to brand her.