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9-30-18 Kellyanne Conway: 'I'm a victim of sexual assault'
White House adviser Kellyanne Conway has revealed that she was sexually assaulted as a younger woman. "I'm a victim of sexual assault," she told CNN without giving details. Ms Conway, 51, has hinted previously that she was molested by Congressmen. The comment came as she was defending President Trump's embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is facing allegations of sexual assault. "I feel very empathetic... towards victims of sexual assault," she said. The Senate vote on Mr Kavanaugh's nomination was delayed dramatically this week when the president ordered further FBI background checks on his character. In an earlier confirmation hearing watched by millions in the US and around the world, Dr Christine Blasey Ford accused the judge of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers in the 1980s. The FBI is also investigating an allegation of historic sexual misconduct made by at least one other woman, Deborah Ramirez. It is not the first time that she has spoken of prior sexual assault. Ms Conway raised the issue in 2016 while managing Mr Trump's election campaign, passionately defending him when asked in an MSNBC interview about his record in dealing with women. "I would talk to some of the members of Congress out there," she said. "When I was younger and prettier, them rubbing up against girls, sticking their tongues down women's throats, uninvited, who didn't like it." In 2017, she described that interview as her "#MeToo moment", but said that "nobody cared" about it due to her political views. Ms Conway made her latest disclosure to CNN's Jake Tapper on his State of the Union news show, saying: "I feel very empathetic, frankly, towards victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment and rape." "I'm a victim of sexual assault. I don't expect Judge Kavanaugh, or Jake Tapper, or Jeff Flake, or anybody, to be held responsible for that. You have to be responsible for your own conduct," she added. "We do treat people differently who are either the victims or the perpetrators of this based on their politics now, based on their gender. That is a huge mistake."
9-30-18 Brett Kavanaugh: FBI contacts Deborah Ramirez for interview
The FBI has approached the second woman to accuse US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct as it begins a fresh inquiry into him. Deborah Ramirez accuses Judge Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her during a drinking game when they were students at Yale University in the 1980s. He has denied the allegation, describing it as a smear. President Donald Trump ordered a new investigation after the judge's first accuser testified to a Senate panel. The panel approved Judge Kavanaugh's nomination but asked for the further inquiry before the full Senate votes on his appointment to America's top court. Despite ordering the FBI investigation, President Trump has continued to defend his nominee Mr Kavanaugh, who denies all the allegations against him. On Saturday, Mr Trump said the FBI had "free rein" to investigate the judge. "They're going to do whatever they have to do, whatever it is they do. They'll be doing things that we have never even thought of. And hopefully at the conclusion everything will be fine," the president said. The Supreme Court has the final say on some of the most contentious matters in the US and appointments are for life. Judge Kavanaugh is expected to tilt the court in favour of conservatives. (Webmaster's comment: The Republicans don't care about his sexual predator past. Only that he votes against women and for the president Trump when on the Supreme court! And the FBI is given only 1 WEEK to find the truth about his sexual predator past!)
9-30-18 Cristiano Ronaldo denies rape claim as 'fake news'
Cristiano Ronaldo has dismissed as "fake news" accusations by a US woman who alleges she was raped by the Portuguese footballer in 2009. In an Instagram video, Ronaldo said: "They want to promote [themselves] by [using] my name. It's normal." Ronaldo's lawyers say they will sue Germany's Der Spiegel magazine, which originally reported the allegations. The magazine wrote that Kathryn Mayorga had claimed Ronaldo, 33, raped her in a hotel room in Las Vegas. Ms Mayorga, 34, is reported to have filed a rape report with Las Vegas police shortly after the alleged incident. In 2010, she reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with Ronaldo involving a $375,000 (£288,000) payment for agreeing never to go public with the allegations. Her lawyers are now seeking to declare the non-disclosure agreement void. In a statement, Ronaldo's lawyer Christian Schertz said "the reporting in Spiegel is blatantly illegal". He added that he had been instructed to seek compensation for "moral damages" over "probably one of the most serious violations of personal rights in recent years".
9-29-18 Donald J. Kavanaugh
It goes without saying that Donald J. Trump, a vulgarian, prevaricator, and partisan of the highest order, has degraded the presidency. That he has also debased the legislative branch to mealy mouthed assents to a bigoted base is beyond a shadow of a doubt. Now, with Brett Kavanaugh, Trump will discredit the judiciary too. The Supreme Court has certainly had at least one other justice with credible sexual harassment claims to his name, as well as others whose partisan leanings were pretty apparent. But it's never had a man like Brett Kavanaugh. He is a judge in the Trump mold. This was made abundantly clear by Kavanaugh's bizarre performance at Thursday's Senate hearing into the sexual asssault allegations brought by Christine Blasey Ford. Kavanaugh was incoherent, he was hyper partisan, and he was marked by a particular kind of rageful entitlement. The proceedings were so shocking that the Catholic magazine America: The Jesuit Review, which previously endorsed Kavanaugh for his judicial philosophy, called for his nomination to be withdrawn. That Kavanaugh would not be a judge of more traditional, or at least surface, equanimity was apparent from the get-go, when he opened his first confirmation hearing earlier this month with a bald-faced lie: "No president has ever consulted more widely or talked with more people from more backgrounds to seek input about a Supreme Court nomination." It was as patently ludicrous as Trump's recent address to the U.N., during which he drew laughter for stating: "In less than two years, my administration has accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country." Both statements deserve derisive guffaws, but in America, now, we're no longer in on the joke.
9-28-18 Kavanaugh hearing: A moment of reckoning for American women
Even before Christine Blasey Ford accused Supreme Court choice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, the nomination was said to be about women. Appointing Mr Kavanaugh would tip the court's balance in favour of Republicans. This sparked real fear amongst progressive women that landmark Roe v Wade decision that granted the right to abortion could be overturned. In 2016 the potential for the first majority conservative line-up on the court in decades brought reluctant Trump voters to the ballot box. Once Mr Kavanaugh denied Ms Ford's allegations, the hearings became a test of how far the Me Too movement has changed America. The BBC spoke to women before and after the extraordinary hearing to find out whether this is really about women's rights. Did listening to Dr Ford and Mr Kavanaugh change their minds about who and what to believe? Already suspicious of Mr Kavanaugh's social values, progressive women's opposition escalated when sexual assault claims emerged. Julia Peters, 33, has been attending protests in Washington DC for a week. "This isn't someone we can elect out. He will be in there for a lifetime, and we know he doesn't stand for our values," she said at Capitol Hill before the hearings began. Grace Perret, a college junior, is from New Orleans, Louisiana, one of the four US states with a "trigger law" that mean abortion would be banned automatically if Roe v Wade was overturned. "This would have devastating implications for poor women especially, who likely cannot afford to travel" to other states to seek abortions, she explained. The promise "we believe women" is core for Julia: "We are here to let Christine Blasey Ford know we believe her." There is anger at how quickly some on the right dismissed Dr Ford's allegations, which have caused great distress to her family. "The attempts by so many on the right to paint this as a co-ordinated political smear campaign is incredibly damaging to the anti-rape culture movement and to survivors everywhere," commented Ms Perret. (Webmaster's comment: Over 90% of the women claiming sexual assault DO NOT make the claims up. They live in constant fear of sexual assault by men all their lives. Even worse than that most men that are "decent" say nothing about the sexual assaults!)
9-28-18 Kavanaugh hearings: Who were the women confronting Jeff Flake?
It was a moment that spoke to millions across America. Two young women passionately confronted a senator in a lift. He was en route to vote yes and help clear the path for a man accused of sexual assault to assume one of the country's highest offices. "Look at me when I'm talking to you - what you're telling me is my assault doesn't matter," one woman shouted. "Thank you," a seemingly-embarrassed Senator Jeff Flake finally mumbled. Earlier the senator had said he planned to support Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh despite testimony on Thursday from his accuser Christine Blasey Ford, a professor of psychology in California. After a few minutes it was over. A moment in time encapsulating women's outrage about sexual violence. Video of it spread like wildfire on social media as thousands applauded their bravery. But no-one guessed what its impact might be. Hours later Senator Flake changed his mind as he faced the Senate Judiciary Committee. He made a final yes vote on the House floor conditional on an FBI investigation into the assault allegations made by Prof Ford. And, finally, the women who seemed to help reverse the senator's decision made themselves known. "I feel relieved that @JeffFlake seems to have heard my and @AnaMariaArchil2's voices in the Senate elevator today," tweeted Maria Gallagher on Friday afternoon. The 23-year-old from Westchester, New York had never told anyone about her assault before, according to the Daily Beast. Her mum called her after seeing her protest on television. "He wouldn't meet my eyes. It made me very angry. He kept saying thank you and I'm sorry and wasn't taking into account what his actions would be doing to millions of people and what this means for everyone," she told the website.(Webmaster's comment: The constant sexual assaults on women in this country is a travesty! Why don't MOST men never speak out against it? They are nothing but cowards and secretly jealous of those who get away with it!)
9-28-18 When teens don’t receive mercy
Thanks to “law and order” legislation championed by Republicans, “juvenile drug offenders are routinely tried as adults,” said Eric Levitz. Teens who send naked pictures of themselves or friends can be charged with child pornography and forced to spend the rest of their lives on the registry of sex offenders. The Trump administration has called for the death penalty for alleged teen rapists, with the president frequently referring to teen gang members as “animals.” But since Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault as a 17-year-old, “the Right’s thinking on juvenile justice appears to have radically changed.” Many of Kavanaugh’s defenders are arguing that even if the allegations of attempted sexual assault are true, it would be unfair to hold some alcohol-fueled bad behavior from his high school years against him in later life. Why does such leniency only apply to the white and privileged? African-American teens are often arrested and sent to prison for crimes far less serious than attempted rape. When Trayvon Martin, 17, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in 2012, thereby being denied all chances to have a later life, many conservatives said it was Martin’s fault for looking and acting like “a thug.” In our society, “law and order”—like mercy—still does not apply equally to everyone.
9-28-18 Supreme Court: Echoes of Anita Hill
“It feels like 1991 all over again,” said Anna North in Vox.com. Nearly three decades after Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill stepped forward to accuse Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment, another Supreme Court nominee is facing allegations from women that could keep him off the bench. Much like Brett Kavanaugh, Thomas appeared to be a lock for confirmation until a leaked FBI report revealed that Hill had alleged Thomas made unwanted advances while she was working for him. Hearings were reopened, and Hill testified that Thomas frequently subjected her to comments about his sexual prowess and pornography habits, at one point asking her who’d put pubic hair on a can of Coca-Cola. Thomas adamantly denied the allegations, calling the hearings a “high-tech lynching.” The details of the Thomas and Kavanaugh cases may be different, “but the basic outline is eerily similar.” “We haven’t forgotten our history,” said Maureen Dowd in The New York Times, “but we still seem doomed to repeat it.” Women still have to defensively explain why they do not always report sexual harassment and assaults, while watching an “all-white-male chorus” of Republican senators—two of whom tormented Hill 27 years ago—suggest that Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford is a “loony fantasist.” Sadly, the Senate “still lacks proper procedures to deal with accusations against a nominee,” said Moira Donegan in NewYorker.com. Democrat Joe Biden infamously refused to call multiple witnesses who would have corroborated Hill’s testimony. This time, Republicans are rushing Kavanaugh’s confirmation through without an FBI investigation of several allegations.
9-28-18 Sexual assault: Why women don’t report
President Trump tweeted last week that if Brett Kavanaugh really assaulted Christine Blasey Ford in 1982, why weren’t charges “immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities”? Like so many other women, “I can tell you why,” said Leslie Marshall in FoxNews.com. On my 18th birthday, as a college freshman, I was the victim of an attack “quite similar” to the one Blasey describes, and I kept silent. Why? “In a word…fear.” Fear of retaliation from my attacker, or ostracism by my peers. Fear of having my name “dragged through the mud” by defense lawyers. Fear, above all, of being disbelieved and blamed for my own assault. “It took me 30 years to tell anyone” about being sexually assaulted as a teenager, said actress Alyssa Milano in Vox.com, but Trump’s chilling comment has compelled me to speak up. In a necessary sequel to last year’s #MeToo movement, I and more than 700,000 victims of sexual harassment and abuse took to social media last week, using the hashtag #WhyIDidn’tReport to explain why so many of us have carried “the burden of being a survivor” in silence. Among the legion who’ve come forward: author Diane Chamberlain, actress and TV host Padma Lakshmi, actress Lili Reinhart, actress Ashley Judd, and Ronald Reagan’s daughter Patti Davis. What police and juries often don’t understand, said Amelia McDonnell-Parry in Rolling Stone, is that women who are assaulted sometimes don’t have clear, specific memories of the event. At times of great trauma, the brain enters “survival mode,” etching a few sensory details indelibly into memory, while screening out peripheral details like time and place. That was my experience, said Patti Davis in The Washington Post. Forty years after a music executive raped me in his office, I can vividly recall the smell of his breath—“coffee and stale bread”—but I couldn’t tell you, or a jury, what month it happened or what he said to me before or afterward. The message of #WhyIDidn’tReport isn’t that all allegations are automatically true, said Rachel Sklar in CNN.com. Our goal is to show our country “how shockingly, terribly normal it is for women and men to be sexually assaulted.” We’re asking that instead of “reflexively disbelieving” women with claims of assault, people treat “their stories seriously on the way to seeking the truth.” That’s an entirely fair request, said William Galston in The Wall Street Journal. Because of the fearful silence of victims, most men had no idea of the scale of the sexual abuse in our supposedly civilized society. We should seize this moment, and start creating a culture in which “the survivors of harassment and abuse feel safer and freer to tell their stories,” so that men can no longer assault women with impunity.
9-28-18 Christine Blasey Ford's testimony through the eyes of a survivor
Reactions to the testimony by Dr Christine Blasey Ford have split. Some see her as a hero, others as a political pawn. What writer Liz Spikol saw was a fellow sexual assault survivor describing the worst day of her life. I was raped at 17. (Webmaster's comment: 8.5 million girls 17 or younger have been raped! But hardly anyone says a word!)Most days now, I only think about it once or twice. But some days are harder. Days like yesterday, when Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, testified in Washington, DC. I was at work, in an ice-cold conference room, sitting alone, watching Ford on one screen while I worked on another. I could barely breathe watching as she struggled to maintain her composure in an antagonistic environment where she was expected to re-live one of the hardest days of her life. While Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley dithered about procedure, and Democrats indulged in personal grandstanding that ate up precious minutes, I was watching her. It pained me to see her obvious anxiety. The way she'd tilt her head sometimes like it was too heavy for her neck. The way she eked out a smile and was carefully solicitous, like a good girl should be. Maybe other people saw a woman answering questions. I saw struggle, pain, a tightrope walk. I know that walk, too. To give you some context, I was a happy kid before it happened. I grew up in a two-parent home in my beloved hometown of Philadelphia, went to schools I loved, won a slew of academic awards and spoke at my high school graduation. I went to the prom with my extremely nice long-time boyfriend, who lived around the corner. I got into my first-choice college and was headed there with my best friend. We were about to begin the rest of our lives. Then I went to the Dominican Republic for a language-immersion programme and moved in with a local family. A few weeks after I got there, one of the men in the house raped me. Afterwards, he was apologetic. "You raped me," I said to him. "I know," he said. "I'm sorry." Still, I was overwhelmed with shame and a feeling that I had done something terrible, something unforgivable. I felt dirty and broken. I told only one person, a fellow American classmate. He wanted to tell our teachers but I swore him to secrecy. I didn't want them to know I was so bad. What followed was a spiral of shame and nightmares and hallucinations and rages. When I returned to the US, the PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) got worse. My parents didn't understand what happened. They'd put their somewhat goofy, chatty, cheerful child on a plane and got back a sullen teenager who barely spoke. I spent my 20s in and out of psychiatric hospitals, on dozens of medications. My mental illness came to define me. I was unable to work, and living off of Social Security disability. Slowly, gradually, I crawled out of my hole. It took years of work but I did eventually recover. I live a full life now, with gainful employment and a very cute dog. But the trauma is still with me in so many ways. The rape changed my life entirely. It's the stone in your shoe you can never remove. Although I wrote a column for 10 years about mental health, I've only recently spoken publicly about the event that triggered my years in the wilderness. I wrote about it once in 2003 and then, after #MeToo, I felt emboldened and obliged to come forward again. It has seemed a matter of urgency to explain why women don't always report immediately. I'm trying to get out there so people understand the survivor perspective better.
9-28-18 Field’s sexual-abuse exorcism
Sally Field spent years concealing the torment created by sexual abuse, said Dave Itzkoff in The New York Times. She never let on about that suffering while winning three Emmys and two Oscars and starring in films like Norma Rae and Forrest Gump. “I didn’t know I had a voice,” she says. Only after being cast in 2012’s Lincoln did she reveal to her mother, who was dying of cancer, that her stepfather repeatedly sexually abused her until she was 14. “Something was growing in me, this urgency that felt gangrenous,” says Field, 71. “I could hardly breathe.” She poured those emotions into a new memoir, In Pieces, which details her abuse and her troubled teen years. She also describes her romance with Burt Reynolds, with whom she starred in Smokey and the Bandit and Hooper. Looking back, she thinks that her “complicated and hurtful” relationship with the swaggering and controlling Reynolds was about “exorcising something” from her childhood trauma. Reynolds died last month, and Field says she’s partly relieved. “This would hurt him. I felt glad he wasn’t going to have to defend himself or lash out, which he probably would have.” Confronting her demons may bring Field comfort, but “outrage has to come first. It can’t just be quieted and go away.”
9-28-18 NorCal Rapist charged
Authorities arrested a man believed to be the so-called NorCal Rapist last week, the latest high-profile criminal caught by using a genealogy website. Roy Charles Waller, a 58-year-old safety specialist at the University of California, Berkeley, is accused of raping at least 11 women between 1991 and 2006. Investigators entered DNA found at crime scenes into the website GEDmatch, which came close to matching another user of the site. Detectives then constructed a family tree that led to Waller, whose age and weight matched descriptions of the rapist. DNA from a trash bin outside his house matched evidence collected in 2006. A similar investigation led to the April arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo, the alleged Golden State Killer who committed at least 13 murders and 50 rapes from 1974 to 1986. While family DNA has led to crime-fighting breakthroughs, its forensic use has also raised questions about privacy.
9-28-18 Cosby incarcerated
Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison this week for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004. Cosby, 81, was categorized as a sexually violent predator and ordered to begin his sentence immediately. More than 60 women have accused the legendary stand-up comedian and Cosby Show star of sexual misconduct. In her victim impact statement, Constand said Cosby “took my beautiful, healthy, young spirit and crushed it.” Cosby assaulted Constand when she was 30, after she took a job at Temple University, his alma mater. “Now, almost 15 years later,” she said, “I’m a middle-aged woman who’s been stuck in a holding pattern for most of her adult life, unable to heal fully or to move forward.” Cosby, who is legally blind, will be housed near the infirmary in a maximum security prison.
9-28-18 Modern Family star Sarah Hyland shares assault story
Modern Family actress Sarah Hyland and Cougar Town's Busy Philipps have revealed they were sexually assaulted in high school. They are among the women who decided to speak out in the wake of Christine Blasey Ford's testimony against US politician Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday. That Senate hearing spurred others to reveal details of their own ordeals. "I hoped it was a dream but my ripped tights in the morning proved otherwise," Hyland wrote on Twitter. "I thought no-one would believe me. I didn't want to be called dramatic," she continued, using the #WhyIDidntReport hashtag. In her testimony, Dr Blasey Ford accused Mr Kavanaugh, who has been nominated for a vacant post on the US Supreme Court by Donald Trump, of trying to force himself on her at a party in the 1980s. He angrily denied he had assaulted her or anyone. In a message about her own experience, Busy Philipps, who has also starred in Dawson's Creek and ER, revealed on Instagram that she was raped when she was 14. She shared a school photo and wrote: "This is me at 14. The age I was raped. It's taken me 25 years to say those words. "I'm scared to post this. I can't imagine what Dr Ford is feeling right now." Insatiable's Alyssa Milano was spotted at the hearing as a guest of California Senator Dianne Feinstein and was tweeting live from the Senate floor. Standing with politician Carolyn Maloney, she told CNN: "We're to support her and "This can't be an easy day for her." Model and actress Cara Delevingne was among the others writing on Thursday using #WhyIDidntReport: "I felt ashamed of what happened and didn't want to publicly ruin someone's life, even though they privately ruined mine." Tony Award-winning actress Karen Olivo added her voice: "He was 23 and rich. I was 15 and poor. He was white. I was brown. His father was a well-known lawyer. My father was an artist. #WhyIDidntReport"
9-27-18 Christine Blasey Ford: Kavanaugh sex attack changed my life
A woman has testified that the man nominated for a vacant post on the US Supreme Court by Donald Trump carried out a sexual assault 36 years ago that "drastically" affected her life. Christine Blasey Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Brett Kavanaugh's attack on her had left her "afraid and ashamed". Mr Kavanaugh has denied allegations by Ms Ford, along with those of a number of other women. He is also due to testify. The nine-member Supreme Court plays a vital role in US political life, as it has the final say on US law. This includes highly contentious social issues, such as abortion, and challenges to government policy. President Trump has called the hearing an "important day in the history of our country". No-one had heard from 51-year-old Professor Ford publicly previously since the allegations arose. After addresses by the leading Republican and Democrat members, Prof Ford delivered her opening statement, at times close to tears. In her prepared testimony, Prof Ford said: "I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school." She alleged Mr Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge had locked her in a bedroom during a small gathering at a house in a Washington DC suburb in the summer of 1982. She said Mr Kavanaugh tried to remove her clothing, pinned her to a bed and groped her, when she was 15 and he was 17. Both men were "drunkenly laughing", she said. She added: "Brett's assault on me drastically altered my life. For a very long time, I was too afraid and ashamed to tell anyone the details." Under questioning by a Democratic senator, she said her most vivid memory was "the laughter between the two and their having fun at my expense". She added that "they were laughing with each other - two friends having a really good time with one another". In an answer to another Democratic senator's question about claims of mistaken identity, Prof Ford said she was "100%" certain it was Mr Kavanaugh who had assaulted her. (Webmaster's comment: Her testimony won't change a thing. Sexual predation is now supported by Republicans since the sexual predator Trump was elected.)
9-27-18 China #MeToo: Why one woman is being sued by the TV star she accused
Just a few months ago, China was hit by a string of #MeToo accusations that emerged from arenas as diverse as temples, universities and television talk shows. Now, one case is set to go before China's civil courts but it is the accuser, not the accused, who is having to defend herself. In July, China's entertainment world was faced with the allegation that one of the country's biggest and most beloved TV stars had forcibly groped and kissed an intern after she took a basket of fruit to his room. Zhu Jun, known for hosting national television extravaganzas such as the Spring Festival Gala, immediately denied the accusation and proceeded to sue her for damaging his reputation and mental wellbeing. The woman, known by her online moniker Xianzi, was finally told on Tuesday that the case will be heard in Beijing's Haidian district court. She has now filed a countersuit and intends to fight the case, thus setting up China's first #MeToo confrontation in court. The case is a telling insight into how China is negotiating the #MeToo phenomenon that has swept the world and seen dozens of high-profile figures being publicly shamed for alleged sexual misconduct. When 25-year-old Xianzi posted her 3,000-word account on WeChat, she wasn't expecting a huge amount of attention. But when her friend Xu Chao re-posted it on China's biggest social media site Sina Weibo - it immediately began to go viral. Xu Chao is now also being sued by Zhu Jun - who also demands compensation and a public apology from her, arguing that the situation has caused him great distress. The alleged incident is said to have taken place four years ago, but in her account Xianzi alleges that the police told her to drop the accusation because Mr Zhu was a prominent TV host and his "positive impact" on society should make her think twice. She also alleges that the authorities went as far as contacting her parents and said she should keep quiet for their sake. Soon after she came forward, Xianzi claimed to have received several threatening phone calls: "Believe it or not, I'll get to your Mum," a deep male voice said in a voice recording she posted later on Weibo. (Webmaster's comment: It's now become blame the woman and threaten her family and life.)
9-26-18 Bill Cosby sentenced to state prison for sexual assault
A judge in Pennsylvania has jailed US comedian Bill Cosby for three to 10 years for sexual assault. Cosby, 81, was also categorised as a sexually violent predator, meaning he must undergo counselling for life and be listed on the sex offender registry. The actor declined to make a statement when offered the opportunity. At a retrial in April, Cosby was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault for drugging and molesting Andrea Constand in 2004. Cosby's request for bail pending appeal was denied. He was also fined $25,000 (£19,000) plus the prosecution costs. After the sentencing, he was led away in handcuffs from the courtroom. He was then driven to Montgomery County Correctional Facility. Cosby's attorney had asked for his sentence to be restricted to house arrest, saying he was too frail for prison. The actor had been under house arrest since April. "This was a serious crime," Judge Steven O'Neill was quoted as saying by CNN after pronouncing the sentence in the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown. (Webmaster's comment: But how is 3 years a serious sentence for all the times he raped women?)
9-26-18 South Africa anger after girl 'raped' in restaurant
South Africans have expressed outrage following the alleged rape of a seven-year-old girl in a restaurant toilet. A 20-year-old man allegedly followed her into the women's restroom before snatching her and raping her in the men's section, police said. The suspect was arrested at the scene and charged with rape and possessing drugs. He has been remanded in custody and has not yet been asked to plead. South Africa has one of the highest incidences of rape in the world. (Webmaster's comment: Their rape rate is 2.5 times that in America!) The police recorded 40,035 rapes in the 12 months leading to 31 March, an average of 110 each day, the fact-checking organisation Africa Check says. This is a slight increase on the previous year, which saw 39,828 recorded rapes. South Africa's children are not safe anywhere - that is the sentiment of many who have expressed anger and shock at the alleged rape of the seven-year-old girl in a local restaurant in the capital, Pretoria, on Saturday. She was at a family-friendly restaurant, had been playing without much care and yet violence found her even there. Crime is a pernicious problem in South Africa but nothing strikes at the core of the nation's psyche quite like the crimes that are committed against its children. Something is broken here. It has become a daily part of this nation's daily diet, waking up to the news of yet another crime, yet another victim and a justice system whose wheels many feel turn too slowly. The latest crime statistics are alarming by any measure. South Africa is a nation whose women and children are under siege, where they are forced to navigate the threat of rape daily - and the odds are not in their favour. The girl's alleged rape is one of two cases of sexual abuse currently making headlines in South Africa. In the second incident, a fake doctor allegedly raped a 17-year-old girl at a hospital in Eastern Cape province hours after giving birth‚ police spokesman Captain Dineo Koena said. "On Tuesday‚ a man came posing as a doctor. He asked her how she was doing following the birthing experience," he added. "She complained of heavy bleeding and he said he would check up on her. He then ordered her to undress and then he raped her‚" Capt Koena said.
9-26-18 Padma Lakshmi: TV host says why she kept silent on her alleged rape
US television host Padma Lakshmi has explained why she kept silent after allegedly being raped as a teenager. In a piece for the New York Times, Ms Lakshmi, 48, says she was raped by a man over 30 years ago. But she said she began to feel the alleged attack was her fault, and that she understands why women might not disclose sexual assaults. Her article was prompted by allegations surrounding Donald Trump's choice for the Supreme Court. The US president has cast doubt on two women who have accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. The allegations against Judge Kavanaugh, which he has repeatedly denied, date back to the 1980s. Christine Blasey Ford, his first accuser, is due to testify before a US Senate panel this week. Ms Lakshmi wrote: "President Trump tweeted that if what Dr Ford said was true, she would have filed a police report years ago." "But I understand why both women would keep this information to themselves for so many years without involving the police. For years, I did the same thing." The Top Chef host says she dated the man while still a teen. In her account, she said they went to his apartment where she fell asleep, and woke up with him on top of her. "I asked, 'What are you doing?' He said, 'It will only hurt for a while.' 'Please don't do this,' I screamed." He later drove her home, and Ms Lakshmi said she was in shock. "I didn't report it. Not to my mother, not to my friends and certainly not to the police." She explains how she started to feel it was her fault: "We had no language in the 1980s for date rape. I imagined that adults would say: 'What the hell were you doing in his apartment?'" (Webmaster's comment: Always blame the women for her rape!) Thirty-two years on, the TV personality says: "I have nothing to gain by talking about this." But she says, alluding to Mr Trump's implication that allegations not made immediately are less true or less severe: "We all have a lot to lose if we put a time limit on telling the truth about sexual assault." Her account won praise on social media.
9-25-18 Brett Kavanaugh: Trump doubts 'drunk' sex assault accuser
US President Donald Trump has cast doubt on a woman who accuses his Supreme Court nominee of misconduct as she was intoxicated and "messed up". "The second accuser has nothing," Mr Trump told reporters at the UN. "She admits that she was drunk." (Webmaster's comment: Always blame the women for her rape!) On Sunday, a former Yale classmate said Brett Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party in the 1980s. Judge Kavanaugh and another accuser from his high school years this week testify before a US Senate panel. The Senate Judiciary Committee has announced it will meet on whether to move forward with Judge Kavanaugh's nomination on Friday, a day after the panel hears from the Supreme Court pick and his first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. "The second accuser doesn't even know, she thinks maybe it could have been him, maybe not," Mr Trump said during a meeting at the UN in New York with the Colombia president on Tuesday. On Sunday, Deborah Ramirez, a Yale university classmate of Judge Kavanaugh, told the New Yorker that he had once exposed himself to her at a dormitory party. Ms Ramirez, 53, said she ended up touching his genitals while attempting to push him away. The article said Ms Ramirez acknowledges gaps in her memory caused by alcohol that night.
9-24-18 The shameful roar of the new masculinists
It once seemed like the #MeToo movement might achieve something extraordinary in our age of social fracturing and political polarization, and unite people across the lines of party and identity for genuine social reform. That hope is long gone now. You can see it in the furor over embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual assault against a fellow teenager when they were both in high school, and also by a woman who says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a party in the 1980s when they were both students at Yale University. What happened between Kavanaugh and his accusers is disputed, and may never be truly known. What is in less doubt, however, is that due in large part to outrageously cynical partisanship Kavanaugh has now supplanted undisputed serial offenders like Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer as the archetypical target of the #MeToo movement — with irreversible implications not just for #MeToo but for our political and sexual culture. The #MeToo movement is now conclusively coded in the public imagination as a weapon of the political left; as a result, opposing the reshuffling of the social-sexual equilibrium between men and women is now seen by conservatives as strategically essential; and, perhaps most ominously, this opposition has coalesced around an explicit assertion of men's interests and identity against those of women. Grumbling about a new Puritanism that threatens men's status and well-being has advanced from alt-right message boards to mainstream conservative publications, and now it is de rigeur in response to the Kavanaugh allegations. A representative sentiment was expressed by a Trump administration official explaining why the president would not back down from the nomination: "If somebody can be brought down by accusations like this, then you, me, every man certainly should be worried. We can all be accused of something." (Webmaster's comment: Men arguing for the Right To Rape!)
9-24-18 Brett Kavanaugh, Trump's court nominee, faces new sex allegation
A second woman has come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against President Donald Trump's US Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Deborah Ramirez, a Yale university classmate of the judge, told the New Yorker that Mr Kavanaugh had exposed his genitals at a dormitory party. The judge has denied both allegations, labelling the latest "a smear". The make-up of the nine-judge Supreme Court is crucial as it has the final say on often highly contentious laws. Before Judge Kavanaugh can take up the vacant seat, he has to be approved by the 21-strong Senate Judiciary Committee and then the whole Senate. Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the committee, called for the "immediate postponement of any further proceedings" relating to Judge Kavanaugh's nomination in an letter sent to the committee's Republican chairman on Sunday evening. Ms Ramirez alleges the incident occurred when she was a freshman at Yale University alongside Judge Kavanaugh during the 1983-4 academic year. She says they were both taking part in a drinking game at a dormitory party where people sat in a circle and selected others to drink. She says at one point, a plastic penis was pointed in her direction by one man, and later another exposed himself directly. "I remember a penis being in front of my face," she said. "I knew that's not what I wanted, even in that state of mind." Ms Ramirez said she was mocked and taunted when she remarked it wasn't real, and then ended up touching the genitals while attempting to push the man away. "I wasn't going to touch a penis until I was married," she said, referring to her devout Catholic upbringing. "I was embarrassed and ashamed and humiliated." She says she remembers Judge Kavanaugh standing to her right and laughing, pulling up his pants. (Webmaster's comment: Just the man we want on our Supreme Court.)
9-24-18 3D-printed gun pioneer bailed after sex assault charge
Cody Wilson has been released on bail in Houston, Texas, after being charged with the sexual assault of an under-age girl. His bail was posted at $150,000 (£114,000). Mr Wilson runs Defense Distributed, a campaign group that offers blueprints for creating 3D printed guns. He was deported back to the US from Taiwan on 22 September, having travelled there after a warrant was issued for his arrest. In August, a 16-year-old said she had been paid $500 (£380) to have sex with him at a hotel in Austin, Texas. The legal age of consent in the state is 17. Mr Wilson's lawyer Samy Khalil said: "We are glad that Cody is back in Texas again where we can work with him on his case. "That's our focus right now, representing our client and preparing his defence." Local TV news station Khou 11 broadcast footage of Mr Wilson leaving Harris County Jail. If found guilty, Mr Wilson faces up to 20 years in prison.
9-24-18 Bill Cosby faces sentencing over sex assault
Bill Cosby, the comedian once known as "America's Dad", faces the prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison over sexual assault charges. The two-day sentencing hearing at Montgomery County Courthouse in Pennsylvania starts on Monday. At a retrial in April, the 81-year-old actor was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault against ex-basketball player Andrea Constand in 2004. Ms Constand said she had viewed him as a "mentor" before he abused her. In June 2017, she described being given pills that left her "frozen" and unable to stop Cosby from assaulting her. "I wasn't able to fight it in any way," she told the court. "I wanted it to stop." On Monday, she tweeted a passage on containing anger from the New Testament. There is a wide range of possibilities for Cosby's sentence. He could receive a prison term of up to 10 years for each count - which legal commentators have said is unlikely to happen. Alternatively, all three counts may be merged into a single term of up to 10 years. There is no mandatory minimum for the convictions. That means Cosby could be sentenced to probation, or to continued house arrest. The 81-year-old has been free on $1 million bail, but has to wear a GPS monitoring device. He can only leave his home with prior permission, to meet his lawyers or get medical treatment. One key issue for the sentencing hearing is whether Cosby will be designated a "sexually violent predator". If that happens, he will be obliged to register as a sex offender for life, instead of for a shorter timeframe decided by a judge. Whatever the outcome, the sentencing marks an astonishing fall from grace for the comedian - the culmination of decades of sexual assault accusations from more than 60 women across the US.
9-23-18 #WhyIDidntReport: The hashtag supporting Christine Blasey Ford
President Trump inadvertently spawned a new and trending hashtag after questioning why Professor Christine Blasey Ford did not report her alleged sexual assault by his Supreme Court nominee when it happened 36 years ago. In one of a series of tweets on Friday, he said: "I have no doubt. that, if the attack on Dr Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed..." There was a swift response. Under the hashtag #WhyIDidntReport, thousands of women began recounting why it took them many years to talk about their attacks. By Sunday, there had been 675,000 tweets. Many spoke of feeling ashamed or powerless, of reporting their attacker but not being believed, of years of trauma trying to process what had happened to them or trying to forget about it. Celebrities also recounted their experiences. "I was sexually assaulted twice. Once as a teenager. I never filed a police report and it took me 30 years to tell my parents," actress and activist Alyssa Milano tweeted in response to Mr Trump. Ms Milano later wrote in a first person piece in Vox: "For me, speaking up meant reliving one of the worst moments of my life. It meant recognising my attacker's existence when I wanted nothing more than to forget that he was allowed to walk on this earth at all. "This is what every survivor goes through. Telling our stories means being vulnerable to public attacks and ridicule when our only "crime" was to be assaulted in the first place." (Webmaster's comment: Reporting their assaults means in many men's eyes they are sluts. It means death threats and beatings. They are risking thier lives to report their sexual assaults! So it no wonder they don't report them.)
9-23-18 Brett Kavanaugh: Judge accuser agrees to testify next week
The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has agreed to testify against him next week. Lawyers for Dr Christine Blasey Ford said she had accepted the Senate Judiciary Committee's request to appear before them to be questioned about the alleged attack at a party in 1982. A "tentative" deal has been reached for Thursday, US media report. Judge Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied the allegations. The allegations, which emerged in the US media last week, have delayed his confirmation to the Supreme Court. Dr Ford, a university professor, had originally been granted a deadline of Friday to agree to testify. This was later extended to Saturday by Senator Chuck Grassley, the leading Republican on the committee. Dr Ford's lawyer Debra Katz said in a letter to the committee on Saturday that her client had accepted the request but wanted to "continue our negotiations" on the details. She also criticised the process and said some of what the senators had been proposing was "fundamentally inconsistent with the Committee's promise of a fair, impartial investigation into her allegations" - but it was not clear to what she was referring. (Webmaster's comment: The rush to elected him is because the Republicans want him elected to our Supreme Court before the truth comes out! The truth will also be twisted so that she will be blamed for the assault. Anything but blame the man. He is never guilty.)
9-21-18 Sex assault claim clouds Kavanaugh nomination
Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court was thrown into jeopardy this week, after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were both high schoolers. In an interview with The Washington Post, Christine Blasey Ford, a research psychologist in Northern California, described how a “stumbling drunk” Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, cornered her in a bedroom during a house party in suburban Maryland in the summer of 1982. Kavanaugh was a 17-year-old student at the elite Georgetown Preparatory School at the time of the alleged incident; Blasey was 15. Blasey said that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and attempted to take off her clothes, holding his hand over her mouth to keep her from screaming. “I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Blasey, now 51, said. She wriggled free, she said, after Judge jumped on top of them, sending them tumbling. Kavanaugh, 53, adamantly denied the allegations, saying, “I did not do this back in high school or at any time.” Judge called the accusations “nuts,” adding, “I never saw Brett act that way.” (Webmaster's comment: The rush to get him elected is a rush to get it done before the truth comes out!)
9-21-18 Fast food: McDonald’s workers protest harassment
Hundreds of McDonald’s employees in 10 cities across the country went on strike this week, said Rachel Abrams in The New York Times. Employees rallied in cities such as Chicago, Kansas City, and St. Louis. At the St. Louis rally, workers chanted “Hold your burgers, hold your fries / Keep your hands off my thighs.” Staff called on the fast-food giant to protect employees from supervisors’ unwelcome advances and from retaliation against those who complain.
9-21-18 Brett Kavanaugh accuser sets out terms for testimony
The woman who accuses US Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault in 1982 has set out terms for her testifying before a Senate committee. Among the conditions, Christine Blasey Ford will not testify with Mr Kavanaugh in the room and wants him to testify first, her lawyer has said. It is unclear whether the committee will agree to all the terms. Judge Kavanaugh, 53, has repeatedly denied the allegations and has agreed to testify before the committee. It is the task of the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh before it passes to the full Senate for a vote. The choice of a new justice for the Supreme Court is pivotal, as it often gives the final word on highly contentious laws and its nine judges have an immense impact on US political life. What are the conditions? They were spelled out by Prof Ford's lawyer, Debra Katz, in a telephone call with the committee on Thursday. The six conditions are:
- Christine Blasey Ford will not testify with Mr Kavanaugh in the room
- Wants him to testify first
- There can be no appearance before next Thursday. The committee's chairman Chuck Grassley had called for written testimony by this Friday. Ms Katz rejected this and said a demand for Prof Ford to appear on Monday would be a "deal breaker"
- Questions to be posed preferably by senators and not outside counsel
- Mark Judge, who is reported to have been a witness to the alleged assault, should be subpoenaed to appear
- Agrees to a public hearing but wants limits on the media coverage
(Webmaster's comment: Bottom Line: The Republicans want to verbally attack her and intiminate her on camera. She is to be treated as the guilty person just like all sexually assaulted women are.)
9-21-18 Why people can take years to report sexual assaults
A sex assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which he denies, has some asking why the accuser waited decades to come forward. We don't know which of them is telling the truth. But two experts say such delays in reporting are common. Jim Hopper is a clinical psychologist and independent consultant, teaching associate in psychology, Harvard Medical School, and nationally recognised expert on psychological trauma. Vanessa Grigoriadis is the author of Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power and Consent on Campus.
9-20-18 Brett Kavanaugh: Sexual assault accuser 'needs more time'
The lawyer for a woman who accuses US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has said the Senate's "rush" to a hearing is "unnecessary". Lisa Banks says her client, Christine Blasey Ford, is willing to co-operate but wants a "full non-partisan investigation" ahead of her testimony. Prof Ford has been given until Friday to decide if she will testify. Judge Kavanaugh, 53, says the assault allegation, which dates back to his teenage years, is "completely false". President Donald Trump has again defended his nominee, saying it is very hard for him to imagine anything happened. Prof Ford and the Senate Judiciary Committee are engaged in a stand-off, and time is running out, the BBC's Gary O'Donoghue reports from Washington. The Republicans on the committee know they have to give her every opportunity to tell her story but they are adamant that this is not a matter for the FBI and that Democrats are using the case to simply stall the nomination process, our correspondent says. "Dr Ford was reluctantly thrust into the public spotlight only two days ago," Ms Banks said in a statement. "Fairness and respect for her situation dictate that she should have time to deal with this." The lawyer's statement repeats earlier reports of threats to Prof Ford and her family's safety, adding that she is "currently unable to go home". (Webmaster's comment: Kavanaugh's supporters have threatened to kill her and her family. Doesn't anyone realize how horrible that is? Is it any wonder she doesn't want to testify in a setting were some members support her being killed.)
9-20-18 3D-printed gun pioneer Cody Wilson charged with sexual assault
A Texas man who has played a central role in making 3D-printed weapons available has been charged with sexually assaulting an underage girl. A warrant was issued for Cody Wilson but he flew to Taiwan before he could be detained, police in Austin said. A 16-year-old girl alleged she was paid $500 (£380) to have sex with Mr Wilson at an Austin hotel, they said. Mr Wilson has been at the centre of a legal battle over publishing blueprints that instruct people on making a gun. Mr Wilson has not yet commented on the case and no lawyer has yet issued a statement. Austin Police Commander Troy Officer told a press briefing that a counsellor who had spoken to the girl informed police on 22 August that "that a juvenile female under the age of 17 had reported having sexual contact with a 30-year-old male". The legal age of consent in Texas is 17. Commander Officer said the girl met Mr Wilson through the sugardaddymeet.com website and had sex with him in a hotel on 15 August. Police confirmed the girl's story through "videotape and interviews", he said. The alleged crime is punishable by up to 20 years in prison. (Webmaster's comment: All these violence loving, gun loving, sexaul assault loving men are cut from the same cloth!)
9-19-18 Christine Blasey Ford: Kavanaugh accuser 'faces death threats'
The woman who accuses US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her will not testify to the Senate next week, her lawyer says. Christine Blasey Ford's attorney told CNN her client has been "deflecting death threats and harassment". Lawyer Lisa Banks said before her client goes to Congress, she wants an FBI investigation into Judge Kavanaugh. The nominee, who denies the claim, has met officials at the White House for a second day. Prof Ford, a psychology lecturer in California, has accused Judge Kavanaugh of drunkenly trying to remove her clothing in 1982 when they were both teenagers in a Washington DC suburb. She says he pinned her to a bed and clamped his hand over her mouth when she attempted to scream. Judge Kavanaugh, 53, has called the allegation "completely false". Prof Ford's legal team say they have written to the Senate Judiciary Committee declining its offer to testify. Her lawyer told CNN on Tuesday night: "It's premature to talk about a hearing on Monday because she [Prof Ford] has been dealing with the threats, the harassment and the safety of her family and that's what she's been focused on for the last couple of days." She said that since going public with her allegation in the Washington Post on Sunday, Prof Ford has been trying to work out where her family are going to sleep at night. The legal team's letter says that Prof Ford's family has been forced to move out of their home, her email has been hacked and she has been impersonated online. (Webmaster's comment: Death Threats for trying to tell the truth. The true nature of Kavanaugh's supporters is now apparent!)
9-19-18 French police investigate gang rape videos aired on Snapchat
French police are investigating what they say is the gang rape of a 19-year-old woman broadcast on social media. The victim was attacked by four men by a nightclub in the southern city of Toulouse, on Saturday night or Sunday morning, reports said. Videos of the incident, which appeared on Snapchat and Twitter on Monday, have been blocked by police after social media users reported it. Investigators have now identified the woman, who confirmed the attack. Prosecutors said there was no doubt that a crime was a committed. They were not yet sure if the victim had decided to file a report, but insisted "the investigation would take place whether there is a case or not." Police are now looking to identify at least four perpetrators, aged between 25 and 30, seen in the parking lot of a nightclub in Balma, a suburb east of Toulouse. According to media outlets that have watched the social media footage, the victim, who is visibly drunk, can be heard crying. Other voices, believed to be those of the attackers, clearly suggest they are taking part in sexual assault. Another clear voice warns the others: "Stop filming, it's a rape... it's a rape, it's a rape." The young woman, who is partly naked, is pulled by the hair, including by a suspect who repeatedly urges her to perform oral sex. Social media users were horrified by the images circulated online, and many reported them to the police's cyber crime division.
9-18-18 US surgeon and girlfriend suspected of multiple drug rapes
A California surgeon and his girlfriend have been charged with two sexual assaults, and investigators suspect there could be "hundreds" more victims. Grant William Robicheaux, 38, and Cerissa Laura Riley, 31, allegedly attacked two women they met at a bar and a restaurant in 2016. Prosecutors told the BBC "thousands and thousands" of videos of potential victims were on the defendants' phones. Investigators are trying to identify the women in the clips. At a news conference on Tuesday, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said the pair were suspected of using their "clean-cut" looks to lure targets into a false sense of security. "We believe the defendants used their good looks and charms to lower the inhibitions of their potential prey," he said, reports KTLA-TV. He added: "There are several videos where the women in the videos appear to be highly intoxicated beyond the ability to consent or resist and they are barely responsive to the defendants' sexual advances. "Based on this evidence we believe there might be many unidentified victims out there." Mr Robicheaux is an orthopaedic surgeon from Newport Beach, 45 miles (72km) south of Los Angeles. He once appeared on the Bravo cable network's reality TV show Online Dating Rituals of the American Male. Investigators say the pair worked "in tandem" to meet women at bars, drug them or coerce them to drink large amounts of alcohol, and then bring them back to Mr Robicheaux's apartment to be assaulted. Two women have alleged encounters with Mr Robicheaux and Ms Riley two years ago. The first said she met the pair at a restaurant on 10 April 2016 and was invited by them to a boat party. Once intoxicated, the 32-year-old was allegedly taken back to Mr Robicheaux's apartment and raped. She contacted Newport Beach police the following day and tested positive for a number of unspecified drugs, the prosecutor said. Both defendants are accused of rape by use of drugs in that case. On 2 October 2016, another woman said she woke up in Mr Robicheaux's apartment after a night of drinking, and screamed for help until his neighbours called police. That woman told police she had been drinking at a bar in Newport Beach with the couple until she lost consciousness. Both defendants are accused of sexual assault with intent to commit rape in that case. Investigators say they have recovered video of one of the two women being assaulted. Mr Robicheaux and Ms Riley are accused of possessing a large quantity of drugs, including GHB (considered a date-rape drug), psychedelic mushrooms, ecstasy and cocaine. Police said the illegal substances were found during a search of the surgeon's home in January 2018.
9-18-18 The truth about false assault accusations by women
Either Brett Kavanaugh or Christine Blasey Ford is lying. We don't know which one. Here's what we do know. According to various academic studies over the past 20 years, only 2-10% of rape accusations are fake (Prof Ford's lawyer says she believes this was attempted rape). Two to 10% is too many, but it is not a big proportion of the total. Fake rape accusations get a lot of attention. Both the Duke Lacrosse team case in 2006 and the alleged University of Virginia gang rape in 2014 were widely covered by the media. They were terrible miscarriages of justice - but they were not representative. False rape accusations very rarely lead to convictions or wrongful jail time. A useful article in Quartz by Sandra Newman points to research from the British Home Office showing that in the early 2000s, of the 216 cases that were classified as false allegations, only six led to an arrest. Of those, only two had charges brought against them and those two were found to be false. The idea that lots of men are going to prison because they've been falsely accused of rape isn't supported by the facts. Moreover, official figures suggest the number of rapes and sexual assaults which are never reported or prosecuted far outweighs the number of men convicted of rape because of fake accusations. Indeed it far outweighs the number of fake accusations, period. Figures from the US Bureau of Justice Statistics suggest only 35% of all sexual assaults are even reported to the police. It's also useful to look at what we know about the kind of people who make fake accusations to see if Prof Ford fits a pattern. According to Sandra Newman, every academic study on the issue finds that the most common type of fake accuser is actually a teenage girl trying to get out of trouble. Often it's her parents who report the "rape" attempt. The studies suggest the false accusation can often stem from something as absurd as finding an excuse for missing curfew. According to a 2017 report by the US National Institutes of Health, fake accusers "were primarily motivated by emotional gain. Most false allegations were used to cover up other behaviour such as adultery or skipping school". In many cases the fake accuser has a history of lying to authorities or committing fraud. She may well have a criminal record. (Webmaster's comment: It's all about blaming the woman so that men can continue to rape women!)
9-18-18 McDonald's workers strike over sexual harassment policy
Staff at McDonald's restaurants in 10 US cities will walk out on Tuesday over claims the fast food giant is not doing enough to prevent sexual harassment. The strike comes after 25 women filed complaints against the chain, alleging it failed to enforce company rules against abuse. The women said they were ignored after reporting incidents including groping, indecent exposure and lewd comments. McDonald's said there was "no place for harassment" at its restaurants. Organisers said the strike would target multiple restaurants in cities including Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami. It is thought several hundred staff will walk out. McDonald's has a company-wide sexual harassment policy but the protestors - who are backed by the Time's Up Legal Defense Fund - want to see improvements. They say procedures for responding to harassment complaints are inadequate and that all staff should undergo anti-harassment training. Since 2016, 25 McDonald's workers have filed complaints with the US National Labor Relations Board, alleging their reports of harassment were ignored, mocked or met with retaliation.
9-18-18 Kavanaugh and accuser to testify in Senate
The Senate has scheduled a public hearing on a sex assault claim against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh for next week. Judge Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who says he attacked her more than three decades ago, will both be able to testify. US President Donald Trump said earlier he expected "a little delay" to confirming his nominee. Judge Kavanaugh, 53, says the allegation is "completely false". He denies he was even at the 1982 high school party in question where his accuser, now a psychology professor in California, says he tried to rape her as his friend watched. The claim has jeopardised Judge Kavanaugh's formerly all-but certain-nomination for a lifetime job on the Supreme Court. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley confirmed next Monday's hearing in a statement. "As I said earlier, anyone who comes forward as Dr Ford has done deserves to be heard," said the Iowa Republican. Mr Grassley had earlier stopped short of calling for a public hearing, or for delaying the committee's vote on the nominee. The judge last week finished four days of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and a vote on his confirmation had been planned for Thursday of this week. But Democrats demanded a delay in the vote in order to let the FBI investigate. Mr Grassley said the standard procedure would be for committee members to conduct telephone calls with both witnesses about their forthcoming testimony. But in a statement, the panel's Democrats refused to join in any phone call with Judge Kavanaugh.
9-17-18 Brett Kavanaugh: Republican senators call for vote delay
A number of Republicans have said the vote on US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, should be paused while allegations of sexual assault are properly heard. It comes after Christine Blasey Ford accused Mr Kavanaugh of attacking her in the early 1980s. Mr Kavanaugh denies the allegation, which emerged days before the Senate Judiciary Committee votes on the post. Prof Ford is willing to testify before the committee, her lawyer has said. And White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said Prof Ford should "not be insulted or ignored" and should testify under oath, although that would be up to the committee to decide. The Supreme Court is often the final word on highly contentious laws and its nine judges have an immense impact on US political life. If chosen for the lifetime appointment, Mr Kavanaugh would be expected to tilt the court's balance to the right. (Webmaster's comment: Their will be more accusations. A sexual predator cannot change its spots!)
9-14-18 Brett Kavanaugh denies sexual misconduct in high school
US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has denied an allegation of sexual misconduct during his high-school days. Reports say an unidentified woman claimed in a letter to Democrats that Mr Kavanaugh tried to force himself on her at a party in the early 1980s. Senate Democrats on Thursday disclosed that they had referred a complaint to federal investigators. The judge faces a confirmation vote to join the Supreme Court next week. In a statement on Friday, the appeals court judge said: "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time." The alleged incident took place when Mr Kavanaugh was a minor and student at Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland. The woman - who asked not to be identified - was also a minor and a student at a nearby high school. Her letter alleges the now judge held her down and covered her mouth with his hand. They were in a room with a classmate of Mr Kavanaugh's, and both boys had been drinking, before turning up the music to muffle her sound of protests, she alleges. The woman was able to free herself, the New Yorker said. Although the alleged incident was decades ago, the woman said the memory had caused ongoing distress and she had sought psychological treatment. (Webmaster's comment: Republicans don't care about this. Sexual assault is a job perk to them!)
9-14-18 Media: Did CBS act too slowly on Moonves charges?
CBS boss Les Moonves had won so many battles, he thought he could even survive #MeToo, said John Koblin in The New York Times. Having taken CBS from last place in the ratings to the top with shows such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and, yes, Survivor, Moonves made himself into “perhaps the most powerful television executive of the last two decades.” When the first detailed allegations of sexual harassment against him were raised last month by New Yorker reporter Ronan Farrow, Moonves was convinced he would avoid the fate of #MeToo villains Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, and Charlie Rose. He stepped right back into the public eye, dining with his wife, the CBS host Julie Chen, at Nobu Malibu, a hot spot for Hollywood executives. But last week, six more women accused Moonves of sexual assaults, “physical violence, and intimidation,” said Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker. The women said that when they tried to escape Moonves, he retaliated, growing “cold as ice, hostile, nasty,” and sabotaging their careers.
9-14-18 Gerard Depardieu
Gerard Depardieu was spotted this week at a military parade in Pyongyang, just weeks after the acclaimed French actor was accused of raping a 22-year-old actress. Depardieu, 69, wore sunglasses and a hat to the event, which honored the 70th anniversary of North Korea’s founding. It had been revealed only a few days earlier that French prosecutors are investigating allegations that Depardieu twice sexually assaulted the actress at his Paris mansion. Depardieu, who denies the charges, is close with the actress’ father and had “taken her under his wing,” a source told The Daily Telegraph (U.K.).
9-13-18 Betsy DeVos is absolutely right about campus sexual assault rules
To push an issue, a leader usually needs to have integrity or street cred. Abraham Lincoln had the first when he led the country out of slavery. Richard Nixon, a security hawk, had the second when he made peace with China. President Donald Trump admittedly has neither when it comes to women's issues. So his administration is hardly in any moral position to revamp the rules governing sexual assault on college campuses that President Barack Obama, a paragon of propriety, put in place. Yet Obama's rules were so overzealous and draconian that civil libertarians who care about the rights of the accused should welcome Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' proposed reforms. In 2011, the Obama administration sent a "Dear Colleague" letter to colleges that receive federal funds — which is literally all of them but one — laying out the blueprint they needed to follow in sexual assault cases to avoid running afoul of federal Title IX rules that bar sexual discrimination in higher education. Although the administration didn't say it in so many words, the clear implication was that if colleges failed to comply, they would lose their federal dollars. The impetus behind the guidance was the (indisputably correct) notion that scandal-averse campus authorities have a powerful incentive to disbelieve victims and brush assault claims under the rug. Michigan State University's handling of Larry Nassar, the physician who molested female athletes for decades before his victims were finally heard, is ample proof of that. Still, the Obama rules swung the pendulum too much in the opposite direction, wrecking basic notions of justice, equity, and fairness. It basically set up sexually inexperienced students to be treated like Nassar-style predators — especially minority men.
9-11-18 Serena Williams and the trope of the 'angry black woman'
Mammies, jezebels, Sapphires. Black women in America have long been dogged by negative stereotypes, rooted in a history of racism and slavery. In the aftermath of Serena Williams' controversial US Open loss, it's the trope of the "angry black woman" that has once again re-emerged. "As it was unfolding I could tell this was not going to turn out well," says law professor Trina Jones. "I knew it was going to be a trainwreck." In addition to being a long-time tennis fan, Prof Jones has studied racial stereotyping and how it plays into the lives of African-American women. "Black women are not supposed to push back and when they do, they're deemed to be domineering. Aggressive. Threatening. Loud." Similar words have been levelled at Serena Williams more than once, as well as former First Lady Michelle Obama and top Democrat Maxine Waters in recent years. Williams has been docked before for her behaviour on the court - in 2009, she was fined $82,500 for an angry outburst - though she is far from the only player to face punishment for similar conduct. Prof Jones says some have compared the referee's calls to speeding tickets: many people speed and sometimes a few are caught. But that analogy, she says, misses the point that African Americans are disproportionately pulled aside. In the case of Williams, she was first dinged on a coaching violation that happens often but is rarely called out as the player's fault. "Why would a black woman in a championship match therefore be called on it?" Prof Jones says, adding that an attack on one's integrity is only natural to be angry about. "[Williams] is outraged because she knows the context." (Webmaster's comment: Black women are not allowed to challenge the supremacy of the white male! After all white males raped them for years with impunity! And often still do!)
9-10-18 Les Moonves resigns from CBS after sexual misconduct allegations
The head of US media giant CBS, Les Moonves, has resigned with immediate effect following allegations of sexual misconduct. CBS had been investigating Mr Moonves since allegations appeared in the New Yorker in July - and fresh accusations from six more women appeared on Sunday. Mr Moonves, 68, denies the allegations, calling the latest "appalling". In a statement CBS said a $20m (£15.4m) would be paid immediately in support of the #MeToo movement. It said one or more organisations that supported #MeToo and female workplace equality stood to benefit, but did not specify which. The donation has been deducted from any severance benefits that may be due to Mr Moonves - the amount of which is pending the results of an ongoing independent investigation into his conduct. Under his leadership, CBS has been the most-watched network in the US. He developed hits like CSI and The Big Bang Theory, while his $69.3m (£53m) earnings in 2017 made him one of the highest paid chief executives in the world. Mr Moonves' tenure at the top of CBS, which he joined in 1995, has been marked by a power struggle with Shari Redstone who, through her family's business National Amusements, is the controlling shareholder in both CBS and the media conglomerate, Viacom. Ms Redstone and Mr Moonves had been engaged in a court battle as he tried to thwart her plan to merge CBS and Viacom. But the announcement of Mr Moonves' departure came at the same time as CBS said it was ending legal action against National Amusements. For its part, National Amusements said it would not seek a merger between the two companies for the next two years. (Webmaster's comment: I'm a man and I like women. I'd like to like men too but so many of them make it so damn difficult!)
9-10-18 Miss America 2019: Miss Michigan criticises Flint water crisis
A contestant in Sunday's Miss America competition has been commended on social media for using her brief introduction to draw attention to the Flint water crisis. Instead of speaking about herself, Miss Michigan said she was "from the state with 84% of the US fresh water but none for its residents to drink". A deadly water crisis, due to lead piping, has plagued Flint since 2014. Local residents are still advised to only drink filtered and bottled water. It is thought that nearly 100,000 residents of the poor, mostly black city were exposed to high levels of lead. The contamination has been blamed for at least 12 deaths. While water tests are improving, full replacement of the pipes is not expected to be completed until 2020. On Twitter, people applauded Emily Sioma's comments, calling her a "badass woman" and saying she should have won for speaking out. As a survivor of sexual assault, Ms Sioma has already used her public platform to bring attention to violence against women. (Webmaster's comment: The assault of women by men is never ending, but they are the only ones who have the courage to speak out against the evil decisions by MANY men in our society. Where are the GOOD MEN?)
9-8-18 Women in Myanmar are using Facebook to find their voice
In a country where violence against women is an epidemic, technology helps them band together and fight for their rights. Facebook is Myanmar's main digital communication platform. In recent months, U.N. investigators, U.S. senators, and Myanmar civil society leaders have blamed Facebook for fueling ethnic tension and violence against Myanmar's Muslim minority, including the Rohingya. But many women in Myanmar are also using the platform to organize and amplify their voices as they call on Parliament to issue harsher punishments for rapists. That includes women like 21-year-old Thet Thet Wai. At a small gym in downtown Yangon on a summer day, Thet Wai bench presses nearly double her body weight. Thet Wai is tiny, but she's strong. She wears a sports bra, spandex tights, and bright red lipstick. "I'm going against what Myanmar culture tells me is the way a woman is supposed to be," Thet Wai said. A Myanmar woman, she says, is supposed to stay inside, keep her opinions to herself, and wear modest clothes. But when Thet Wai is lifting weights, she feels strong. "At home, I feel very oppressed as a woman, and sometimes I start to internalize and think that I'm weak. So, when I'm lifting weights, it's one of the only times I feel strong," said Thet Wai. A few months after she joined the gym, Thet Wai quit her public relations job to train full time for Myanmar's female bodybuilding competition. She walked away from that competition in third place, with a glass trophy. Afterward, she started getting a lot of attention from other Myanmar women on the internet. In a matter of weeks, Thet Wai got some 20,000 new followers on Facebook, where she started uploading videos of herself lifting, squatting, and showing off her abs. (Thet Wai's personal page has since been deactivated.) She wasn't just interested in her own posts, though. She started paying more attention to things others were posting. And what she saw was shocking: picture after picture of maimed and bloody women who were victims of assault. A recent Myanmar government report says the number of rape cases in Myanmar increased by nearly 30 percent from 2016-2017. Hnin Yee Aye, a spokesperson for a group called the Women's Protection Organization blames a "lack of law enforcement, freeing rapists from prison after a short time, and occasional government amnesties for rapists," she said in a Myanmar Times story. One day in February, Thet Wai checked her news feed to see countless posts about a young girl who was raped, beaten, and found dead in a banana plantation outside Mandalay. This case became part of a national conversation about harsher punishments for rapists. "From what I've seen, the majority of these people are repeat offenders, and they'll do it again. The reason I want to have the [death] penalty is not just to punish the person who's doing this crime, but to make sure other men who might do this are too scared to do it," she said. Thet Wai was horrified by the story. She signed a petition circulating on Facebook calling on Parliament to issue the death sentence for rapists.
9-7-18 Louis C.K.: Too soon for a return?
“Louis C.K. could not have chosen a worse possible way to stage a comeback,” said Dana Schwartz in EW.com. The superstar comic had been in seclusion since admitting to multiple incidents of masturbating in front of horrified female comedians in dressing rooms and other private settings. Just nine months after his misconduct came to light as a result of the #MeToo movement, C.K. re-emerged for a surprise set at a New York comedy club before a “possibly unwilling audience.” By forcing people “to watch him perform,” C.K. only proved he’s “completely oblivious” to what he did wrong in the first place. C.K.’s victims endured more than just humiliation, said Rebecca Traister in TheCut.com. His handlers threatened to destroy their livelihoods “when they dared to reveal what he had done.” They’re hardly alone. Many women’s careers were ruined because of the aggressive predations of Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose, who were shielded for years by circles of enablers. Now all these creeps are planning comebacks. Do any of them “have such unique talents that we cannot live without them”?
9-6-18 Dancer sues New York City Ballet over nude photos
A 19-year-old ballerina is suing the New York City Ballet (NYCB) and a former principal dancer for sexually exploiting female dancers. Alexandra Waterbury alleges that Chase Finlay, who resigned last month, shared explicit photos and videos of her with other dancers, without her consent. She claims the "fraternity culture" allowed male dancers to exploit women. NYCB has denied the allegations. A lawyer for Mr Finlay said the complaint consisted of allegations, not facts. Ms Waterbury, who dated Mr Finlay for a year, says he took photos and videos of her without her knowledge while they were in a relationship, according to the lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Manhattan. According to the lawsuit, Mr Finlay shared this content with two other dancers and personnel at NYC Ballet - in text threads allegedly full of misogynistic language. Ms Waterbury's lawsuit claims that though the photos were not taken at NYCB, the company's culture "emboldens [male dancers] to disregard the law and violate the basic rights of women". She alleges these men "could do whatever they wanted to women, whenever they wanted to do so" as long as it happened in New York City, "where it could be controlled by executives and management". The lawsuit claims that two principals from the ballet, Amar Ramasar and Zachary Catazaro, were sent and received photos from Chase Finlay and were suspended from the ballet. Mr Finlay's lawyer told PIX 11 News that Ms Waterbury's "complaint is nothing more than a mass of allegations that ought not to be taken as fact". In a statement, NYCB said it "vehemently denies the allegations that the Company has condoned, encouraged, or fostered the kind of activity that Mr Finlay and the others named have participated in".
9-3-18 LGBT rights: Malaysia women caned for attempting to have lesbian sex
Two Malaysian women convicted of attempting to have lesbian sex in a car have been caned in a religious court. The Muslim women, aged 22 and 32, were each caned six times in the Sharia High Court in the state of Terengganu. According to an official, this is the state's first conviction for same-sex relations and its first public caning. Human rights activists reacted with outrage. Homosexual activity is illegal under both secular and religious laws. The caning was witnessed by more than 100 people, according to local news outlet The Star. Malaysian rights group Women's Aid Organisation told Reuters news agency it was "appalled by this grave violation of human rights". A member of the Terengganu state executive council, Satiful Bahri Mamat, defended the punishment, telling the agency it had not been intended to "torture or injure" and had been carried out in public to "serve as a lesson to society".
9-1-18 Aretha Franklin bishop sorry after 'groping' Ariana Grande
The bishop who led Aretha Franklin's funeral has apologised to Ariana Grande after being accused of groping her on stage. Images show Bishop Charles H Ellis III holding Ariana high above her waist, with his fingers squeezed around the side of the singer's chest. "It would never be my intention to touch any woman's breast," he told the Associated Press. "Maybe I crossed the border, maybe I was too friendly or familiar." He added: "But again, I apologise." The preacher said he hugged all artists, male or female, during the ceremony commemorating the Queen of Soul. But viewers began posting images from the service when Ariana got up to sing Aretha's song (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman. Many people felt that Bishop Ellis's hand was inappropriately high on the 25-year-old's body as he spoke to her - saying that she looked uncomfortable with the contact. It came as others on social media had been criticising Ariana for what she was wearing to the church service, saying her dress was too short. Some people said that the focus being on Ariana, rather than the bishop, was misogynistic. And argued that the pastor's embrace deserved greater attention than it was getting. (Webmaster's comment: "Copping a feel" is sexual assault! He should arrested, charged, tried and in prison! Let's stop treating "Copping a feel" as something men can simply be "sorry" for! Call them out and nail them to the wall!)