Nightmare in Maryville
- The Kansas City Star investigates the backlash against the victims family after rape charges were brought (and dropped) against local atheletes. The pattern of victim blaming and local indiference have brought comparisons
to the Steubenville, Ohio case (previously
) and anger on the internet
. Meanwhile the Grand Jury investigation into Steubenville has brought it's first charges against an adult involved with the cover-up
On Tuesday, a court in India convicted four
men of "rape, unnatural sex, murder, conspiracy and destruction of evidence" after they brutally gang-raped a woman on a bus in Delhi last December. The woman died two weeks later in a Singapore hospital. When news broke, it sparked protests (previously)
and raised awareness worldwide about the plight of many women in India. Now that the verdict is in, the Guardian analyzes the incident to see how "the nation's surge to superpower status has left millions behind struggling on the margins." (Links in this post contain descriptions of rape and assault which some may find disturbing.) [more inside]
* gang rape of a student in Delhi on December
15 has ignited
the country. Youth and students from various cities raised their
a safer society for women
and an end
to violence in every form*
. From the capital*
city of Delhi
to Hyderabad and Guwahati, protesters turned up in large numbers to register their protest." (text via The Hindu's slideshow
) Women protesters were also
sexually harassed during these protests.
*may contain triggers
The usual rape prevention campaigns often focus on the victims and what they can do to minimise the risk of being attacked (as discussed previously
) but in Scotland they're now doing things differently
. [more inside]
In July 2007, NPR published a two part series
(direct links: 1
) about a four year old uninvestigated rape case at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation
. Sparked in part by a 2006 report (pdf)
from Amnesty International that included a startling statistic: "One in three Native American women will be raped in her lifetime,"
NPR's investigation led to the reopening of the case and Congressional hearings
. In February 2011, Harper's published an update of sorts: Tiny Little Laws: A Plague of Sexual Violence in Indian Country (Via)
Women Jailed and refused contraceptive after reporting rape.
A woman visiting the Tampa area for Gasparilla was thrown in jail after being accused of failing to pay restitution for a 2003 theft arrest. The Tampa jail refused to provide the woman with a second dose of the morning after pill because of the religious beliefs of an employee.
and equal treatment "under the law." (pun anyone?)
Outraged prosecutors said Thursday that they will appeal the sentence given to Edwin "Ed" Mann, a former Orlando Police Department sex-crimes detective, for having a sexual affair with a 14-year-old girl who had earlier dated his son.
Mann, a former leader in Cops for Christ, pleaded guilty last week to four felony charges resulting from an ongoing sexual relationship he had with the girl two years ago when he was a sex-crimes detective.
Do you think being "religious" and policeman merits special treatment from a judge?
Fatima Polattas filed charges against Turkish police for raping her while she was in their custody; she's now facing charges
for insulting the security forces and her country's moral integrity for talking about what happened to her, and could spend up to six years behind bars. This is easily the most disturbing thing I've read all day.