The horrifying crimes of Joseph Fritzl shocked Austria and the world. Recently two essays explored Austrian literature in an attempt to understand what cultural conditions could foster such monstrosity. Nicholas Spice, in Up from the Cellar
, explores the work of Nobel Prize laureate Elfriede Jelinek and her dissection of male violence. Ritchie Robertson searches for antecedents in Josef Fritzl's fictive forebears
. [via The New Yorker's Book Bench]
Joanna Connors, a theatre critic, was raped on an empty stage.
She tells her story in vivid, lucid detail-- then traces her rapist's twisted family history
. One of the best pieces of journalism-- or writing, for that matter-- I've read for ages. Lots of resources for survivors
and their families, as well.
Performance Artist Killed on Peace Trip. Pippa Bacca
, performance artist, and friend wearing white wedding dresses, planned to hitchhike from Italy to the Balkans to the Middle East to send a message of peace and “marriage between different peoples and nations.” After three weeks on the road, Pippa Bacca was killed by a driver who offered her a ride. Her naked body was found and local authorities said Ms. Bacca had been raped and strangled.
Nearly 60,000* American children (mostly girls) are abducted by strangers each year. After seeing a security video
documenting a young girl's abduction, 15-year-old Dallas Jessup convinced her Filipino street fighting instructor to work with her on a school project and together they developed a method intended to teach young girls how to avoid Carla Brucia
's fate. The resulting 47 minute video, Just Yell Fire
, is viewable free of charge and teaches easy self defense moves created to help a potential victim avoid abduction or date rape. If there's a girl you love and want to protect from harm, the tips in this video
may just save her life someday. [more inside]
The battle over Nandigram
continues (after the massacres
of March 14
), as a fresh spate of atrocities
have been reported.
Hooker raped & robbed by justice system.
Apparently, if you're a prostitute and you're gang-raped at gunpoint, that's not actually rape, but "theft of services". In Philadelphia, judge Teresa Carr Deni ruled exactly that in a case where a woman posted a Craigslist ad offering sex for money -- but when she met with her John, instead of the agreed upon exhange, he pulled a gun on her, raped her, then invited four other men to rape her as well. As if this weren't sad enough, a near-identical case -- with the same defendant
-- came up four days later, and the prosecutor decided not to even try it as to not put the woman through the misery of being so resoundly denied justice. Devolution is real, spuds.
about rape in the Eastern Congo, (nytimes, bugmenot here
) makes for hard and disturbing, yet important, reading. [more inside]
Hate crime, Rape
victim dies of shame
Judge bans the word "rape" from a rape trial.
Jeffre Cheuvront, a Nebraska judge, "granted a motion by defense attorneys barring the use of the words rape, sexual assault, victim, assailant, and sexual assault kit from the trial of Pamir Safi—accused of raping Tory Bowen in October 2004." This move follows some tightening of language during trials meant to avoid unnecessarily swaying jury members. But has it gone too far this time?
Scandalfilter: Former South Dakota legislator Ted Klaudt
is arrested for raping his own foster children, along with a legislative page
is organizing a 'National Day of Truthtelling
' in Durham, NC, on April 28, 2007. They argue that poor judgment does not justify rape, and are gathering women to tell their stories
. Their motto: "It is better to speak
The private war of women soldiers.
"Last year, Col. Janis Karpinski caused a stir by publicly reporting that in 2003, three female soldiers had died of dehydration in Iraq, which can get up to 126 degrees in the summer, because they refused to drink liquids late in the day. They were afraid of being raped by male soldiers if they walked to the latrines after dark."
The three-decade decline in teenage and young-adult rape accompanies huge drops in all crimes -- murder, assault, drug abuse and property -- committed by youth... Women's rapidly rising status and economic independence in the larger society fostered new attitudes and laws that rejected violence against women. That younger people growing up in this environment of greater gender equality should show the biggest decreases in rape, while older generations lag behind, is consistent with this explanation... Over the last 30 years, rape arrest rates have fallen by 80% among Californians under age 15, much larger than the 25% drop among residents age 40 and older.The decline of rape
So, kids today are
Human Rights Watch indepth report on male rape in US prisons.
"I've been sentenced for a D.U.I. offense. My 3rd one. When I first came to prison, I had no idea what to expect. Certainly none of this. I'm a tall white male, who unfortunately has a small amount of feminine characteristics. And very shy. These characteristics have got me raped so many times I have no more feelings physically. "
Last week a video was posted to YouTube and linked to by the Iraqslogger site.
The YouTube account ("Deathlyillington") is now defunct but the video survives and purports to show a former guard from Abu Ghraib talking about torture techniques employed at the American-run prison. The man recounts the gang rape of a female teenage detainee, in which one guard "pimped" the girl to others for $50 each. As he recalls, "I think at the end of the day he'd made like 500 bucks before she hung herself." The US Army's Criminal Investigation Department has now launched an investigation, but the question remains, is the video real, or is it a hoax along the lines of Jesse Macbeth
, the Daily Mirror fake torture photos
or the fake beheading video
. The video
contains few clues to the identity of the alleged soldier, who is shown in silhouette but seems potentially recognizable. A transcript
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.
Men face jail for rape if women are 'too drunk' to consent in bed to boost convictions.
Men who have sex with drunken women will be at risk of being convicted of rape under new laws to be considered by ministers. The legal shake-up would mean a woman would be considered incapable of giving consent to sex if she had been drinking heavily.
The Duke lacrosse rape case
hurtled toward perhaps sinister motives last week with testimony from the head of the private DNA lab prosecutor Nifong hired to test the rape kit samples taken from the accuser. Brian Meehan revealed that not only had his lab found DNA samples from five unknown men, none of whom were Duke lacrosse players, Meehan had also agreed with Nifong not to put that info in the DNA Security's final report. Were it not for the fact that the three defendants have counsel capable of pouring over thousands of pages of technical documents, this vital, exculpatory evidence would have gone unnoticed.
Previous opinions in MeFi
"More Vicious than Rape."
Thousands of Congolese girls and women, among the hundreds of thousands of rape cases, who have been deliberately harmed following their rape in a particular way with a brutality that staggers the mind. [more inside]
My Rapist One day several years ago, I opened up my hometown newspaper and found a picture of my rapist on the Engagements page.
Sheikh Hilali, the mufti of Australia, has raised more than a few eyebrows when he declared that rape-victims are to blame
for tempting men: "If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside on the street, or in the garden or in the park and the cats come and eat it -- whose fault is it? The cats or the uncovered meat?" Needless to say, the mufti doesn't think the cats are to blame. Australians (including their PM) are not amused and call for the mufti to step down
. Even many Islamic women
think it's the mufti, and not the meat, that stinks. Others argue that at least the mufti (quickly christened the "rape cleric
" by some news outlets) will force Muslims to fess up and take a stand
on whether they really think that women are Satan's agents who incite rape with immodest dress.
The Sheikh himself found it wisest to go on a "self-imposed holiday
" to join the Hajj in Mecca, possibly to pray for attire with larger surface area, and left with the disingenuous remark that he might step down
if someone could "prove" what his *real* intentions were when he made his controversial comments.
Answer Me! the first three, The Rape Issue, The Rape Board Game (includes Rape Dice), and Chocolate Impulse (Goad's hoax fanzine) Jim Goad
has been called "The Most Dangerous Man in Publishing" by Penthouse magazine
, as he's been writing some of America's most essential reading material in the past 10 years, including the rare white slavery document Redneck Manifesto
and the powerful prison industry analysis of Shit Magnet
. Answer Me! rereleased boxed set includes all the essential pieces for a collection that is worth getting for the investment value alone even if you arent a fan. Dig in !
On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives' Committee on International Relations adopted a bipartisan resolution
to ask the Japanese government to formally apologize for sexually enslaving up to 200,000 "comfort women
" in Imperial brothels during its colonial occupation of Asia from 1932 through the end of World War II
. Many were tortured and raped, and only about 30% survived WWII.
Japan has stated repeatedly that even though the brothels were established by military policy, the imperial government was not directly involved in operating them
. Taking responsibility would be an admission that they committed war crimes -- slavery and trafficking in women and children -- and could give victims a legal basis to sue for reparations
. H Res. 759
does not ask Japan to provide reparations, but it does push them to unambiguously acknowledge what happened and educate future generations, (full text
) rather than continue the current practice of denying what really happened. Previously on MeFi.
Joe Francis Gone Wild:
Claire Hoffman, L.A. Times adult entertainment correspondent, rides along with Girls Gone Wild
(Slate, SFW) producer Joe Francis on an expedition to a Chicago nightclub. Hoffman claims that over the course of the night, Francis pinned her against the hood of a car. A woman who agreed to be filmed in the crew's bus claims that Fancis had non-consensual sex with her. Reposted with safer language.
Five U.S. Army soldiers are being investigated for allegedly raping a young woman, then killing her and three members of her family in Iraq, a U.S. military official told The Associated Press on Friday... The killings appeared to have been a "crime of opportunity," the official said. The soldiers had not been attacked by insurgents but had noticed the woman on previous patrols. U.S. Troops Accused of Killing Iraq FamilyA brief look at the 3rd Brigade, 502nd Infantry Unit, 101st Airborne...
formerly 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment - 101st Airborne Division
see also AP Embed Gets Scoop on Latest Alleged U.S. Atrocity in Iraq
causes rape. Or, maybe not.
An advertising campaign in the UK
warns men that they must seek a woman's consent before engaging in sex
. The initiative is designed to combat the low conviction rate for rape
but will it criminalise a generation of young men?
Newsfilter: $1000 fine for linking?
The law vs. vigilante justice vs. inadvertent legal ramifications of vigilante justice. [MI]
I have been struggling with my outrage over this story (the details of what seems very likely to have happened and the terrible, horrible one offs comments that I've read about in response to it) for over a week now. It seems odd that no one has posted the story on MeFi, given its implications on class, race, race relations in an integrated southern city, elite educational institutions, frat boy mayhem (to an extreme), and when no means no and it doesn't matter who is saying it. One thing's for sure, this story keeps getting worse.
A map of sex offenders in YOUR neighborhood.
People can change, and mistakes can be redeemed, but then again, looking at map of colored dots in my own neighborhood kind of gives me the creeps.
Today Matthew Koso, 23, was sentenced to 18-30 months in a Nebraska state prison for having consensual sex with his wife, Crystal, 15, notwithstanding the fact that their marriage was legally celebrated in neighboring Kansas. In the photo gallery
you can view pictures of the victim
of this crime
as well as the state's key piece of evidence,
who will be without a father for the next year and a half or so. (Previous Mefi thread here.
Today's links via How Appealing.
Can you score your way out of disgrace?
Kobe Bryant's 81 points tonight were the second most points ever scored by a single player in the 59 year history of the NBA, and the most scored since Wilt Chamberlain's 100 point night 44 years ago
(when the league was much whiter than it is today). With a new campaign
from one time sponsor Nike and sports writers increasingly touting Bryant as a leading MVP candidate, two of the three elements of modern sports superstardom (sponsorship, good press) have returned to Kobe since the rape allegations that threatened to end his career. Will the final piece of the puzzle (public sympathy) be next?
4 out of 5 non-Christians agree: rape rocks the box!
"There may be a genuine moral argument against rape to be made outside of the Judeo-Christian ethic, but I have yet to hear it.
" Well? Let's hear it
Twice a victim.
A 17-year-old girl in Beaverton, Oregon accused her then-boyfriend, 18, of raping her along with two of his friends. Not only was the case dismissed, but prosecutors then decided to charge the girl with filing a false report; she was found guilty this week: included in the judge's reasoning were such things as "she did not act traumatized" to his satisfaction, and "the woman's false accusations were serious enough to lead to charges." Several bloggers have touched on this story and its potential impact, including Kevin Drum
, Shakespeare's Sister
, and Kevin Hayden
, who knows the victim personally.
Diagnosis or job description? UK tabloids
sometimes lead people to believe that all journalists are the scum of the earth
. That's obviously not true, but one journalist who actually fits the bill seems to be ex-Woman's Wear Daily staffer, Peter Braunstein
. On halloween, he dressed up as a fireman
, called around at the apartment of a friend of his ex-wife and repeatedly drugged and raped her.
Normally, this would just be another tawdry true crime
, but like most writers, he's ended up leaving his mark all over the net
the Pakistani woman raped by village order, is now in Madison, Wisconsin, at the invitation of Glamour Magazine, to receive an award honoring her struggle for women's rights. Nicholas Kristof, of the New York Times, broke her story to the world, calling her "one of the gutsiest people on Earth."
She is in the United States despite an attempt by President Pervez Musharraf to bar her from traveling,
because the visit might tarnish the country's image. Her "crime" was previously discussed on MetaFilter.
Rape rumors false?
No word on turnstyle jumping or wearing of heavy coats . . .
Rapex, the anti-rape female condom
The invention of a South African woman, the rapex anti-rape female condom (worn like a tampon) has sharp barbs in it that lock into the rapist's penis and need to be removed surgically which makes it pretty easy to notify the police. Opponents are, understandably, concerned about an escalation of violence against the rape victim.
Rape statistics are sobering
with some estimates that women, children
and even babies
are raped every 26 seconds
in South Africa though Thabo Mbeki, the president of South Africa, has refuted
the findings. Virgins are highly sought for rape as there is an urban myth that sex with a virgin will cure HIV/AIDS
Should a rapist be given a harsher sentence if his victim dies as a result of the rape?
A Campobello, South Carolina teen has been accused of a rape in his neighborhood. Now the victim has died, possibly because of injuries to her internal organs. And the charges are being upgraded, but prosecutors aren't looking for the death penalty.
Cruelty isn't just an American phenomenon-- a Danish caretaker has eaten some of his charges
and the law can't touch him.
Raped, Kidnapped and Silenced.
"Indeed, on Friday, just as all this was happening, President Bush received Pakistan's foreign minister
in the White House and praised President Musharraf's "bold leadership."" [an update to a previous MeFi thread
Five years ago, Robert Lilly, a distinguished American sociologist, prepared a book based on military archives. Taken by Force is a study of the rapes committed by American soldiers in Europe between 1942 and 1945. He submitted his manuscript in 2001. But after September 11, its US publisher suppressed it, and it first appeared in 2003 in a French translation. We know from Anthony Beevor about the sexual violence unleashed by the Red Army, but we prefer not to know about mass rape committed by American and British troops. Lilly suggests a minimum of 10,000 American rapes. Contemporaries described a much wider scale of unpunished sex crime. Time Magazine reported in September 1945: "Our own army and the British army along with ours have done their share of looting and raping ... we too are considered an army of rapists." An Ethical Blank Cheque
How Good Was The Good War ?
And from the Eastern Front: Uncensored Memories From Alfredo Perez's Political Theory Daily Review