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for July 2018
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7-30-18 Missing person: 'My sister just vanished 30 years ago'
Rochelle Ihm disappeared in 1986 after a social gathering and hasn't been seen since. She is one of at least 90,000 missing persons in the US. In Arizona, the numbers are especially stark.

7-30-18 Retroactive jealousy: Obsessed with my partner’s past
Zachary Stockill's obsessive thoughts about his partner's previous sexual experiences led to the collapse of his first serious relationship. It took time for him to discover that his problem had a name - and that thousands of other people also suffer from it. I was in my early 20s and, for the first time, I was in love. One evening my girlfriend and I did what a lot of new couples do at the beginning of a relationship - we started talking about our pasts. The conversation moved on to previous relationships we'd both had. A switch flicked in my brain. There was absolutely nothing she said that was out of the ordinary, no details that were particularly unusual, shocking or even titillating. But something changed. Her romantic history was suddenly all I could think about. But when she spoke about her earlier life an emotion I'd never experienced began to take over. Most of us have an impression of what "normal" jealousy looks like. Maybe feeling a pang when you see your partner attract the attention of someone in a bar or perking up when a colleague's name starts cropping up more often in conversation. Most people don't like the idea of imagining their partner with someone else, such as an ex, but what I was feeling was entirely different. My romantic history was, shall we say, more "colourful" than hers, but the thought she had been intimate with anyone other than me started plaguing me. I didn't know the name of it then but what I had is sometimes called "retroactive jealousy". I'd learn much more about it in the years that followed. I started playing mental movies in my head of her in situations with her ex and imagine them as if was happening in real time, right in front of me. It was as if she was cheating on me. Her past suddenly became my present. I'd latch on to some trivial detail and paint a hugely vivid picture around it. I would add details and turn insignificant events into full-blown scenarios in my mind. If we went out to eat I'd wonder if she and her previous partner had been to the same restaurant. We'd walk by a hotel and suddenly I'd wonder if they had made love there. Her previous relationships were the first thing I thought about in the morning and the last thing at night. People suffering from retroactive jealousy get caught in a loop of obsessive thoughts, painful emotions, inconsiderate and irrational actions, and subsequent self-loathing. From what I've read, it appears that many psychologists believe it falls within the spectrum of obsessive compulsive disorders. In these internet forums I found some sympathetic voices, but the vast majority of rhetoric felt toxic - there are a lot of men online who really don't like women. There were several who would justify their jealous behaviour and use the forums to demean women. And that was confusing. This was the first place that people had some understanding of what I was going through, but there was a tremendous amount of misogyny and negativity.

7-30-18 France shocked by video of woman being slapped by harasser
A French student has spoken out after she was harassed by a man in a Paris street and then hit in the face when she told him to stop. Marie Laguerre shared CCTV video of the man slapping her outside a cafe in the north-east of the capital. The video has gone viral and coincides with a government push to impose on-the-spot fines for street harassment. "The first fines should be handed out this autumn," said Equalities Minister Marlène Schiappa. Offenders will have to pay between €90 (£80; $105) and €750 under a package of measures that was backed by French MPs in May and is set to complete its passage through parliament this week. The initiative has resonated among French women as the #MeToo movement and its French equivalent #BalanceTonPorc ("rat on your pig") have gathered pace. 'I can't keep quiet and we mustn't stay silent' Ms Laguerre, 22, explained what happened in an interview on French radio on Monday. She had been returning home from work last Tuesday in the 19th district of Paris when a man started making obscene and degrading comments and "noises with sexual connotations" "It wasn't the first time - that day, that week, or that month, It had been building up. I got angry and said 'shut up'. I didn't think he'd hear, but he did," she told French TV. At that point the man became angry and threw an ashtray, missing her by inches, she added. After exchanging insults, the man walked towards her and was captured striking her on the cafe's video. "I know he's going to hit me. I could have run off but there was no question of that. I wasn't going to look down and certainly wasn't going to apologise," she said. He hit her forcefully on the cheek and continued shouting at her.

7-28-18 Les Moonves: CBS investigates report of 'misconduct'
US television network CBS says it is investigating reports detailing allegations of sexual misconduct by its top executive Les Moonves. The claims of unwanted kissing and touching have been published in the New Yorker magazine. In a statement, CBS said it was looking into the allegations and would "take appropriate action". Mr Moonves, 68, told the magazine that he "may have made some women uncomfortable" in the past. "Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely," he said. "But I always understood and respected... that 'no' means 'no,' and I have never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone's career." CBS' stock price dropped by 6% on Friday as reports of the New Yorker article trickled out. The exposé is by Ronan Farrow, who this year won a Pulitzer Prize for detailing assault accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Some of the alleged incidents are said to have occurred more than 20 years ago. In a statement, CBS said: "All allegations of personal misconduct are to be taken seriously. "The Independent Directors of CBS have committed to investigating claims that violate the Company's clear policies in that regard.

7-27-18 Raisman’s crusade against sexual assault
Aly Raisman is on a mission, said Mina Kimes in ESPN the Magazine. The three-time Olympic gold medalist has been traveling the country to demand justice for victims of sexual assault, after joining hundreds of women who accused Larry Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor, of abuse. “This is so much bigger than Larry Nassar,” says Raisman, 24. “So many people let us down.” Before Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison, Raisman addressed him in court. “This group of women you so heartlessly abused are now a force,” she said, “and you are nothing.” Raisman was first abused at 15, alone in a hotel room with Nassar, but didn’t realize the horror of what had happened until years later. “In gymnastics, you got a pat on the back if you were quiet and stayed in your lane.” In March, she launched an online course that trains adults to identify signs of assault. “There are so many people out there that are survivors, but there are few that have a voice. I know that I’m one of the few that are being heard, so I just want to do right by people,” she says. “I felt when I was younger that I was going to go to the Olympics, and now I feel that I’m going to help fix this.”

7-27-18 James Gunn
James Gunn was fired as writer and director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, after tweets from 2008 to 2012 resurfaced in which Gunn joked about pedophilia and rape. Disney’s decision to fire Gunn followed a campaign by conservative media personalities who said there was no difference between Gunn’s jokes and the racist tweet this May that got Roseanne Barr fired by Disney-owned ABC. Yet the decision to can Gunn outraged fans, with more than 200,000 signing an online petition urging Disney to rehire him. Gunn, who wrote and directed the first two Guardians movies, called his old tweets deliberately provocative and “wildly insensitive,” adding, “As I’ve developed as a person, so has my work and my humor.” (Webmaster's comment: Pedophilia and rape is NEVER a joking matter!)

7-25-18 Stanford sex attack: Brock Turner's lawyer launches appeal
A lawyer for a former US student convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman has launched an appeal to have the ruling overturned. Brock Turner was sentenced to six months in jail in 2016 for assaulting the woman outside a Stanford University fraternity house a year earlier. The sentencing judge was widely criticised for leniency and removed from office by voters in June. On Tuesday, his lawyer argued there had been insufficient evidence to convict. Turner, a champion swimmer, was found guilty of three felony charges. His lawyer Eric Multhaup told justices at a California appeals court that there was no evidence to prove at what point the woman became unconscious, US media report. He said the jury had had to "speculate" and had "filled in the blanks" to reach their conclusion. Mr Multhaup described his client's actions as "outercourse", meaning a sexual act while clothed, as opposed to intent to rape. Deputy Attorney General Alisha Carlile argued that there had been "ample" evidence for the convictions. The appeals court judges appeared sceptical of Mr Multhaup's arguments, the Associated Press news agency reported. They are expected to reach their decision within 90 days. Although prosecutors had sought a six-year term, Turner was sentenced to six months and released after serving only three. He was placed on the sex-offenders register for life. The case sparked a debate in the US about sexual assault and whether white men from wealthy backgrounds are treated more favourably by courts. Outrage at the sentencing was compounded by a letter from Turner's father saying his son's life would "never be the one that he dreamed about... a steep price to pay for 20 minutes of action (you mean 20 minutes of raping) out of his 20-plus years of life". The victim, who has remained anonymous, directly addressed Turner in court and made a moving impact statement that was widely read online. Judge Aaron Persky was later removed from his post by voters in Santa Clara County following a campaign to unseat him. (Webmaster's comment: This rapist is white and rich and he will get away with it!)

7-25-18 Nxivm sex cult case: Seagram heiress among four women arrested
A liquor heiress is facing charges of funding a suspected US sex cult whose recruits were allegedly branded with the initials of its founder. Seagram scion Clare Bronfman, 39, is accused of using her fortune to help finance Nxivm's operations. Investigators say the organisation is a sex-trafficking operation disguised as a mentoring group. Six people have now been charged as part of the inquiry, including 35-year-old Smallville actress Allison Mack. Ms Bronfman's lawyer said her client "did nothing wrong". On its website Nxivm (pronounced nexium) describes itself as a "community guided by humanitarian principles that seek to empower people and answer important questions about what it means to be human". Based in Albany in upstate New York, the group was founded as Executive Success Programs in 1998 and says it has worked with more than 16,000 people. Members of the group are reported to include the son of a former Mexican president and Hollywood actresses. system within the group. Female members were expected to have sex with him and were branded with his initials, say former members. According to the group's website, it has suspended enrolment and events because of the "extraordinary circumstances facing the company at this time". Ms Bronfman, the daughter of late billionaire philanthropist and Seagram head Edgar Bronfman, was arrested on Tuesday along with three others on charges of racketeering conspiracy, US prosecutors say. Court documents allege Ms Bronfman, a member of Nxivm's executive board, was involved in the identity theft of at least two women - including a deceased sexual partner of Mr Raniere. She is also accused of encouraging and assisting in an alleged Nxivm victim's illegal entry into the US.

7-24-18 Man arrested in 'vicious' California Bart train stabbing
A man has been arrested for fatally stabbing a woman and wounding another on a California train, in what appeared to be a random attack, officials say. Nia Wilson, 18, was killed after she and her sister were both stabbed in the neck while changing trains on Sunday night in Oakland. Police say John Lee Cowell, 27, struck the women in a way "more reminiscent of a prison yard assault", then fled. Wilson's death is the third linked to the Bay Area rail in less than a week. In a statement, the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (Bart) said Cowell was arrested on Monday night onboard another train after an anonymous tipster called police. Bart police chief Carlos Rojas said in a news conference that CCTV footage shows that the women did not interact with Cowell as they rode the train together to the city's MacArthur Station. "It basically happened at the snap of the fingers, at the drop of the pin," he said, adding that the attack was "the most vicious" he had seen in his nearly 30-year police career. "It's more reminiscent of a prison yard assault," Chief Rojas said. "They do their attack so quickly that before anybody can really react, the person takes off running." After the attack, surveillance cameras captured the attacker shedding his clothes in a nearby Bart car park. The knife was later discovered at a construction site. Police have yet to establish a motive for the attack. Officials said it was unclear if race played a role in the shooting. Cowell is white and the women he is accused of stabbing are black. Cowell - who police described as having a "violent past" - has previously been convicted of second-degree robbery, battery, being under the influence of a controlled substance, vandalism and petty theft.

7-24-18 Dan Harmon: Community and Rick and Morty creator sorry for rape skit
The creator of US sitcom Community has apologised after a "distasteful" video from 2009 in which he pretends to rape a baby doll surfaced online. Dan Harmon, who also co-created animated series Rick and Morty, said he had wanted "to parody the series Dexter and only succeeded in offending". He said in a statement: "Nobody should ever have to see what you saw and for that, I sincerely apologise." Adult Swim, which airs Rick and Morty, said Harmon had shown "poor judgement". Its statement continued: "Dan recognised his mistake at the time and has apologised. "He understands there is no place for this type of content here at Adult Swim." In the video, intended as the pilot for a series called Daryl, Harmon is seen breaking into a house and simulating rape on an infant doll. "I quickly realised the content was way too distasteful and took the video down immediately," he said. (Webmaster's comment: How anyone could consider rape in a comedy skit is unbelievable! It just shows how far some American males have gone in their hatred of women!)

7-21-18 India scraps tampon tax after campaign
India has scrapped its 12% tax on all sanitary products following months of campaigning by activists. The announcement comes a year after the government introduced the tax, known as GST, on all goods - including the 12% duty on menstrual hygiene products. Campaigners argued the tax would make them even more unaffordable in a country where an estimated four out of five women and girls already have no access to items like sanitary pads. The news was welcomed by campaigners. Surbhi Singh, founder of Sachhi Saheli, a menstrual health awareness charity, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation: "This was a most-awaited and necessary step to help girls and women to stay in school, their jobs, to practise proper menstrual hygiene. "This will help them to grow, to show their true potential." Periods are one of the leading reasons why girls drop out of education in India, while many others are forced to stay at home because they can't access sanitary products. Some women use cloth or rags - which, if not clean, can increase the risk of infections. So when the government branded tampons and sanitary pads a luxury item, with a 12% tax, it sparked an immediate campaign to get the measure revoked, including court challenges and petitions - one of which got more than 400,000 signatures. It was known as Lahu ka Lagaan in Hindi, which translates as "blood tax".

7-20-18 Viagra “the worst thing to happen to women”
The male ego, after fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, 71, called Viagra “the worst thing to happen to women” in recent years. Until ED drugs came along, she said, there was “a certain fairness” in how age treated the sexes.

7-19-18 India Netflix actor Rajshri Deshpande 'disgusted by porn star label'
An Indian actress has said she felt "disgusted" after her sex scene in a Netflix series went viral as a "porn clip". The 30-second video clip from Sacred Games shows consensual sex between a gangster and his wife, played by Rajshri Deshpande. She said people need to be careful before sharing out-of-context material. The series, featuring a number of prominent Bollywood stars, is Netflix's first original drama in India. Deshpande has been called a "porn star" on social media and some users told her that she should be ashamed of the scene. "Why should I be ashamed? I have complete faith in my character and the importance of that scene to the story," she told the BBC's Divya Arya. "My intention was right. I haven't done any wrong," she added. The video clip has been widely shared on the messaging app, WhatsApp, and has been uploaded by multiple users on YouTube. Ms Deshpande has asked people to be more responsible on social media. "If you get a message like this, you need to think about what you should do with it," she said.

7-13-18 Trump’s #MeToo message
“Heads up, women; there’s something Donald Trump wants you to know,” said Frida Ghitis. The #MeToo movement that’s finally called to account men who harass and assault women? The president thinks it’s a joke. Trump last week named as his new chief of communications Bill Shine, who was forced out as a Fox News executive after presiding over an empire that was “a nest of sexual harassment, denigration, and abuse of women.” Under Shine, CEO Roger Ailes and prime-time star Bill O’Reilly abused large numbers of female staffers, and lawsuits forced Fox to pay out tens of millions to the victims. Though Shine was not personally accused of harassment, he’s been named in several lawsuits, and it’s hard to believe he “was not well aware of the dark doings in the offices of the powerful.” Shine “will be right at home” working for Trump, who has been accused by more than 15 women of groping and harassing them. As if this president’s contempt for women hadn’t been clear enough, he used a rally in Montana last week to mock what he called “the Me Too generation,” sarcastically saying he’s now required to be “gentle” in dealing with female critics. Mr. President, women hear your message loud and clear.

7-13-18 Breastfeeding clash
The U.S. threatened Ecuador with painful repercussions if it didn’t withdraw a resolution promoting breastfeeding at the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly this spring, The New York Times reported this week. Citing decades of research, the resolution said that countries should try to limit the inaccurate or misleading marketing of baby formula. But in an apparent attempt to aid the $70 billion infant formula industry, the U.S. delegation told the Ecuadoreans to drop the resolution or face punishing trade measures and withdrawal of military aid, and Ecuador folded. “What happened was tantamount to blackmail, with the U.S. holding the world hostage,” said Patti Rundall of the nonprofit Baby Milk Action. Russia later put forth a nearly identical resolution that passed with no U.S. opposition.

7-12-18 Mira Sorvino: Casting director gagged me with condom when I was 16
Mira Sorvino has said a casting director gagged her with a condom when she was aged 16. The actress was auditioning for a horror movie scene, and said in order to scare her, she was tied to a chair and her arm was bruised. "I was 16 years old, and then he gagged me," she said during a podcast for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. "At the end he takes the gag out of my mouth and he said 'sorry for the prophylactic'." She added: "So he had gagged me with a condom. It was so inappropriate and what the heck was a casting director doing with a condom in his pocket in an audition?" Oscar-winning Sorvino, 50, did not name the casting director. She said that audition was one of her first introductions into how the acting system works and explained that "when you're young, you don't question". "When you're young, you're like 'Oh, OK I've got to be tough, I've got to be down to really perform. "If that means they need me to go this extra mile... you see, many times we have awards given to people for giving particularly raw performances, in very brutal sexual scenes or things like that," she said. She also recalled another sexual harassment encounter with an unnamed director. Sorvino said it was one of many instances where she was harassed whilst auditioning, having been told by friends "you're going to absolutely have to have sex with all kinds of people to advance your career."

7-10-18 Trump denies US opposition to WHO breastfeeding resolution
US President Donald Trump has defended US efforts to reportedly undermine a World Health Organization (WHO) measure in support of breastfeeding. A New York Times report claimed US officials fought against language that all governments should "protect, promote and support breastfeeding". The report alleges that the US threatened countries over the resolution, which eventually passed. A government spokesperson called the reports "patently false" on Monday. On Twitter, Mr Trump "called out" the Times and said the "US strongly supports breastfeeding". According to the Times report on Sunday based on interviews with dozens of meeting participants, US negotiators in Geneva objected to the resolution encouraging breastfeeding around the world and allegedly resorted to intimidation tactics to bully other countries into dropping it. American officials allegedly sought to remove the language pushing for global government support of breastfeeding practices and attacked countries that were in favour of it. Ecuador had planned to introduce the bill, but according to the newspaper, backed out after they were threatened with punishing trade measures and the withdrawal of US military aid. Officials also reportedly threatened to cut US aid to the WHO - over $118m (£89m) this year, which amounts to roughly 15% of the organisation's annual budget. The resolution was passed when it was introduced by Russia, but the US did successfully strike out language calling for WHO support to nations trying to prevent "inappropriate promotion of foods for infants and young children", and added the phrase "evidence based" to certain provisions.

7-7-18 South Korean women protest in Seoul over hidden sex cameras
Tens of thousands of women gathered in Seoul on Saturday calling for a crackdown on spy cam pornography, in one of the country's biggest ever female-only protests. Perpetrators film or photograph women with hidden cameras in public spaces. Although distributing pornography is illegal in South Korea, the videos and pictures are shared widely online. Organisers say women live in constant fear of being photographed or filmed without their knowledge. Carrying placards and banners with messages like "My life is not your porn", the women were mostly teenagers or in their 20s - seen as the main victims of the hidden cameras. "Those men who film such videos! Those who upload them! Those who watch them! All of them should be punished sternly!" they chanted. The women covered their faces with masks, hats and sunglasses as instructed by the organisers. Demonstrators said around 55,000 women took part, although police put the figure at around 20,000. The recent protests began after police arrested a 25-year-old woman in May for secretly photographing a male colleague who posed nude for university art students. She then shared the picture online. Demonstrators believe police only acted so swiftly because it was a female perpetrator, and pointed to instances of police closing cases with female victims because they could not find the photographers or track them online, because they posted on foreign servers. While the law mandates a maximum five-year prison term or 10 million won ($8,970; £6,770) fine for creating sexual images, and a maximum seven year sentence and 30 million won ($26,900; £20,200) fine for distributing them for profit, protesters say many receive far lighter punishments.

7-7-18 Woman behind Trudeau groping allegations stands by account
The woman who accused Canadian PM Justin Trudeau 18 years ago of groping her says she stands by her account. She released a statement on Friday to CBC News, her first public comment on the allegations that resurfaced over a month ago. She said the incident, described in August 2000 in an editorial in a local newspaper "did occur, as reported". Mr Trudeau has denied any wrongdoing, saying he is confident he did "not act inappropriately". The woman was a journalist at the time and covering an event attended by Mr Trudeau. The editorial and its allegations resurfaced after a blogger posted an image of the article on Twitter in June. The event in Creston, British Columbia, was held to raise money for an avalanche safety charity with which Mr Trudeau was involved. Days afterwards, an unsigned editorial appeared in a local paper, accusing him of "groping" a young female reporter. Mr Trudeau first responded to the nearly 20-year-old incident on 1 July when questioned by journalists. The prime minister said he did not recall any "negative interactions" at the event, though he said he remembered the day in Creston well. On Thursday, the prime minister offered a more detailed response. "I have been reflecting very carefully on what I remember," he said. "I feel I am confident I did not act inappropriately." Mr Trudeau said if he apologised at the time it was because he must have sensed the woman in question felt differently about their interaction. "The same interactions can be experienced very differently from one person to the next," he said. Published in the Creston Valley Advance newspaper, the piece accused Mr Trudeau of "inappropriately handling" the reporter, who felt "blatantly disrespected" by the actions, which were not described.

7-6-18 San Fermín bull festival begins under sexual abuse cloud
The world-famous San Fermín bull festival begins in northern Spain on Friday, despite protests calling for its cancellation over sexual violence. Five men sexually abused a woman at the festival in 2016, and thousands protested when they were sentenced on a lesser charge than rape in April. Some feminist groups have called on women to wear black and a purple scarf to the opening event, instead of the traditional white and red. Others have called for a total boycott. But local feminist activists in Pamplona, where the attack took place, have pushed back against the calls for protest. They have asked for their traditional festival to be respected, and said that protests were planned "without consensus, without any confirmation and without a clear goal", according to Spanish newspaper El Pais. The protests have been prompted by five men who were sentenced to nine years in prison for sexual abuse of a young festival attendee. Known as the "wolf pack" (La Manada), their case shocked the Spanish public - but the five men were recently released on bail, pending an appeal. In theory, that means they could be at the festival again this year - though there is no evidence to suggest any plan to attend. Animal rights protesters have also staged a protest over the running of the bulls, objecting to their killing in the bullring later in the day.

7-2-18 Harvey Weinstein faces new sex assault charges on third woman
Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein is facing fresh sexual assault charges. They involve a third woman in a case dating back to 2006, prosecutors say. The film producer, aged 66, faces life in prison over the charges - one count of criminal sexual act and two of predatory sexual assault. Mr Weinstein had already been charged with rape and other sexual crimes in May against two women. He pleaded not guilty to those charges. Also, he has previously said via his lawyer that he has never had non-consensual sex. The new charges are punishable by a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life imprisonment. "This indictment is the result of the extraordinary courage exhibited by the survivors who have come forward," Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement. "Our investigation continues." He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted of either of the first offences relating to the first two women. The identity of one of the women whose accusations prompted the charges has been confirmed by her lawyer. Lucia Evans, a former actress, had already publicly accused Mr Weinstein of carrying out a sexual assault in 2004. The former film producer has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than 70 women, and led to the #MeToo movement, which has seen hundreds of women accusing high-profile

7-2-18 India rape: A victim's two-year wait for justice
A woman is raped in India every 13 minutes, according to the country's crime statistics but convictions are few and far between. Here is how an investigation by BBC Hindi's Sarvapriya Sangwan led to the first arrest in a two-year-old rape case. Lalitha (name changed on request) is 16 years old but her life is unlike that of most girls her age. She has a one-and-half-year-old son. She became pregnant in 2016 after she was allegedly raped by a friend of her family. Born in a poor Dalit (formerly untouchable) family in a village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, she is the second of two daughters. Her father, an illiterate daily wage labourer, is a widower. The accused, a 55-year-old friend of her father, allegedly offered to take her to state capital Lucknow in early 2016 to apply for a government scheme that would help pay for her wedding. But he allegedly raped her at knife point during the trip. She did not say anything to her father when she returned home. It was only months later, when her pregnancy became visible and women in the neighbourhood questioned her, that she told them what she says happened. "I want him to be behind bars, that's all I want," Lalitha said. Her father lodged a police complaint on 24 June 2016, about six months after the alleged rape. But the accused was only arrested two years later - on 20 June 2018 - a day after BBC Hindi published its investigation into the delays in the case. Until the arrest, BBC Hindi found, no charges had been filed against the accused. The police said they had been awaiting the results of a DNA report. A police officer told me that 5,500 cases were pending in Lucknow alone because of delayed DNA reports. (Webmaster's comment: A woman is raped in the United States every 5-1/2 minutes according to FBI crime statistics!)

7-2-18 Australian senator Leyonhjelm criticised for 'sexist slurs'
Australian Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has called on a political opponent to resign for making "offensive and sexist slurs" towards her. Senator David Leyonhjelm made remarks about Ms Hanson-Young's private life in the Senate last week, and again in a television interview at the weekend. His comments have been condemned by other MPs and the public. Mr Leyonhjelm, from the minor Liberal Democrats party, has said he will not apologise. Mr Leyonhjelm first made the comments on Thursday, during a debate on curbing violence against women, a topic of much discussion since the recent killing of comedian Eurydice Dixon. Senators had been talking about whether restrictions on the importation of some weapons should be relaxed to help women protect themselves. Mr Leyonhjelm told Ms Hanson-Young - who opposed the motion - in the Senate chamber that she should "stop shagging men". She said he later swore at her in the Senate. Mr Leyonhjelm made a similar comment on Australia's Sky News channel on Sunday. Ms Hanson-Young responded by tweeting that she would not be "intimidated or bullied" and was "seeking legal advice". "It is a sad reflection on society that even in 2018, attacks like these occur to women after they have spoken out about sexism, sexual harassment and abuse in their workplace and daily lives," said Ms Hanson-Young, a member of the minor Greens party. On Sunday, Sky News apologised for airing Mr Leyonhjelm's comment and for repeating it in text on the screen. It added that an employee had been suspended.

7-1-18 Why female suicide in Afghanistan is so prevalent
"I didn't want to live any more. That's why I tried to kill myself with poison." Jamila (not her real name) attempted suicide after she felt abandoned and betrayed by her fiancé - who decided, after a six-year-engagement, that he no longer wanted to marry her because she was "not a young woman any more". Jamila is 18 - and her family arranged her engagement when she was just 12. She was taken to a hospital in Herat by her mother and treated for poisoning last month. Jamila is one of thousands of Afghan women who try to kill themselves every year. About 3,000 Afghans attempt to take their own lives every year, according to the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC). Herat province accounts for more than half of all cases nationwide. According to health officials in Herat, 1,800 people tried to kill themselves in 2017 alone, of whom 1,400 were women - and 35 succeeded in taking their own lives. The figure is almost twice as high as the year before, when some 1,000 suicide attempts were recorded. Globally, there are more male suicides than female suicides - but in Afghanistan it is estimated that 80% of suicide attempts are made by women. The AIHRC warns the number of attempted suicides could be even higher, "as many people in Afghanistan do not report suicide to authorities for a variety of reasons". Many people in religious rural areas keep suicide attempts within their families to themselves, as taking one's life is stigmatised and considered un-Islamic. There does not seem to be one single reason for Afghanistan's high female attempted suicide rate. Hawa Alam Nuristani of the AIHRC suggests reasons could "range from mental health problems and domestic violence, to forced marriages and many other social pressures that women are increasingly facing".

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