Help for teens at risk of being trafficked
Campaign targets northern communities
by Larry Kusch, 03/15/2014
They prey on young teens, promising them an exciting life in the city. The people who exploit children are only thinking about the money they can make by trafficking them. Diane Redsky and Chief Derek Nepinak (left) say predators target girls from northern communities.
It's estimated traffickers can make up to $280,000 per year for every woman and girl they force into prostitution. The ugly reality is girls under 18 fetch more money than adults. In Western Canada, 80 per cent of the people trafficked are indigenous women and children. ...
Colleges Would Rather Save Their Own Asses Than Stop Rape Jezebel, April 2014
If the recent spate of federal suits filed against college administrations for mishandling sexual assault reports has taught us anything, it's that many institutions of higher learning are woefully under-equipped and inept when it comes instituting, and then effectively wielding, an effective sexual assault and harassment policy.
Through Title IX and the Clery Act, students are capable of holding college administrations responsible for these failures — which is, of course, a great thing. However, very troublingly, some colleges with inadequate sexual assault policies are more concerned about the PR crisis that would come from a highly-publicized sexual assault fuck-up than about their students' physical, mental and emotional safety. ...
AFTERMATH OF MURDER
24 Hours, April 8, 2014
As a child, Ernie Crey would change his little sister Dawn’s diapers and feed her pabulum. Dawn was a member of what Crey said was a close family until they were split up. Later in life, she ended up living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside....
Crey is known for speaking out about how the Pickton case was handled and again reiterated that law enforcement must recognize and rectify the mistakes that allowed Pickton to continue his murders.
Crey also works with Alive, an organization that helps women in the Downtown Eastside, though he said it hasn’t helped him be at peace with what happened to his sister.
In Egypt, A Movement To Place Women In The Public Eye
Women on Walls is a graffiti campaign designed to educate Egyptians about the difficulties faced by the country’s female population. by Sheera Frenkel BuzzFeed Staff, April 3, 2014
Women on Walls just completed its most recent project in Cairo. The group of more than 60 artists tackles subjects ranging from sexual harassment to female genital mutilation....
Surviving acid attacks in India
Sindhuja P, 31-March 2014
My vagina was burnt, the pain never subsides; he flung the toilet acid at me, focusing on my private parts and abdomen.” Reshma had broken down, recollecting the barbaric manner in which her husband had hurled acid at her.
Reshma was married to her husband for more than 15 years and had borne 5 daughters consecutively. She silently suffered domestic violence all of these years, but spoke up refusing to get a sex determination test done for the 6th child she was pregnant with. Infuriated by the refusal, her husband tossed the acid at her and locked her in for 3 days without any treatment. Much later, with the support of locals and NGOs she had logged a complaint. ...
Marvel to honour memory of Rehtaeh Parsons
CTV News, April 4, 2014
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Red Light Green Light
by Julia Cheung, February 2014
One movie turned Michelle Brock’s life upside-down.
It was 2006, and she was at a conference in Atlanta, Georgia, where the organizers were giving away a few hundred tickets to pre-screen a film. Of the 10,000 people in the audience, Brock and her team won six tickets. They saw the film. “Michelle didn’t speak for a few days after,” says her husband, Jared Brock.
The film was Trade, a movie on sex trafficking and the modern-day slave industry. Michelle was rattled to her core. She had witnessed injustice and poverty growing up in Africa, but she physically recoiled against what she calls “a multi-billion dollar industry of rape for pay.” ...
Teen spirit: the fifth-wave feminists
Kira Cochrane talks to the young people determined to make a change
It is still sometimes asserted, quite confidently, that teenagers aren't interested in feminism – but the idea has never seemed more laughable. Over the last few years, teenagers and twentysomethings across the UK have been organising, setting up hundreds of feminist groups in schools, universities and online, running campaigns against female genital mutilation and the detention of asylum seekers, while also petitioning for better sex education. This generation is determined to change the world, and they're both intellectually curious, and exceptionally practical. ...
Angelina Jolie, UK's Hague praise Bosnia for including rape prevention in military training
by Sabina Niksic, The Associated Press March 28, 2014
UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague pose for photographers upon their arrival for a meeting with the Bosnian Presidency in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on Friday March 28, 2014. British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Hollywood star Angelina Jolie addressed a conference organized in Sarajevo by Bosnia's Defense Ministry on sexual violence in conflict. (AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic)
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina - Bosnia's decision to include preventing sexual violence in military training is "groundbreaking" and should become the standard for U.N. peacekeeping missions, British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Angelina Jolie said Friday.
"Warzone rape has been a taboo subject in all countries. You are helping to break down those taboos and redefining soldiering in the 21st century," Jolie said as the two addressed a conference on sexual violence in war organized in Sarajevo by Bosnia's Defence Ministry. ...
Queen's student attacked after threats over feminist activities
The Canadian Press, Mar 27, 2014
A Queen's University student says she was attacked by a stranger after receiving threatening emails over her support for feminist activities on campus.
Danielle d'Entremont posted a picture of her swollen face on Facebook saying she walked out of her house in Kingston, Ont., late on Wednesday night and "got attacked by a stranger."
She said she was punched in the face multiple times and lost half a tooth.
While d'Entremont notes that she isn't sure if the attack is directly related to her feminist activities, she said her assailant was a man who knew her name. ...
New anti-prostitution laws urged to target men who buy sex
Former sex-trade worker, Evangelical Fellowship of Canada say johns fuel sex trade, not workers
CBC News Posted: Mar 25, 2014
As the federal government reviews three anti-prostitution laws struck down by the Supreme Court, some people want the new laws to target men who pay for sex, making the buying of sex illegal.
This week, Judy Trinh investigates Ottawa's human trafficking industry. Watch her stories on CBC TV at 6 and listen on CBC Radio One.
In Ottawa, police are now arresting johns — those who pay for sex — in their prostitution sweeps, instead of sex-trade workers. It’s an intentional change from years past that makes the streets safer, according to police. ...
Human traffickers going unpunished in Canada, experts say
by Holly Moore and Joanne Levasseur, CBC News Posted: Mar 25, 2014
Human trafficking can include forced prostitution and other sex-related work such as working for massage parlours and escort services, as well as forced labour.
After nearly a decade, a law designed to catch human traffickers who exploit vulnerable people has netted few charges and even fewer convictions in Canada, anti-trafficking advocates complain.
There have been 35 human trafficking convictions since new laws to combat the problem came into effect in 2005, according to Public Safety Canada’s latest report....
18 myths on prostitution: read and share EWL awareness raising tool!
12 February 2014, European Women's Lobby - EWL News
[Brussels, 27 January 2014] In the framework of its campaign ‘Together for a Europe free from prostitution’, and at the eve of a vote on a report on prostitution in the European Parliament, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) has developed a leaflet answering to the most frequent assumptions on prostitution. 18 myths are therefore looked at from a gender equality and women’s rights perspective. From “It is the oldest profession in the world” to “We must combat trafficking, but prostitution has nothing to do with it”, EWL leaflet wants to provide with human rights evidence based answers to the reality of prostitution and trafficking in women in Europe and in the world.
The leaflet also comprises a comparison of the Swedish and Dutch policies, after ten years of implementation, based on official reports and studies. The last page summarises the demands of the Brussels’ Call, which has been signed by more than 200 organisations from all over Europe and beyond. 54 MEPs have already signed it, from different countries and political groups.
You can download the leaflet here in English and here in French (Spanish, Italian and German coming soon).
Don’t hesitate to disseminate! Thanks.
Harper’s Orwellian “Fair Elections” Act Violates Canadian Constitution
by Obert Madondo, Canadian Progressive World
The Harper Conservatives’ Bill C-23, the so-called “Fair Elections” Act, violates Section 3 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
It’s clear the Conservatives are preparing to steal the 2015 federal election. Bill C-23 is part of their ongoing war on the politically-marginalized. It unequivocally proposes to disenfranchise non-Conservative voters and marginalized groups....
Robert Pickton victims' children to share $4.9M in compensation
Federal, provincial and municipal governments say 98 people eligible to receive $50K each
CBC News, Mar 18, 2014
Serial killer Robert Pickton was convicted on six counts of second-degree murder, but is suspected of killing dozens of women who went missing from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
As many as 98 children of the victims of serial killer Robert Pickton will be eligible for a share of a $4.9-million compensation fund.
The federal and B.C. governments, and the City of Vancouver, announced the money would amount to $50,000 each. ...
"In offering the compensation, the three funding partners are hopeful they will reach a settlement with the 13 litigants involved in an ongoing civil action related to the loss of their mothers," the province said in its statement.
Pickton lawsuit: B.C. to pay $50K per child
by David P. Ball, 24 hours Vancouver, March 16, 2014
The province and Vancouver are poised to settle their portion of a lawsuit with 13 children whose mothers' DNA was found on serial killer Robert Pickton's farm, 24 hours has learned. Each of the children will receive $50,000 plus legal costs.
In addition, sources from the victims’ families revealed the province also plans to announce a $50,000 compensation package for at least 80 other children of moms linked to the Pickton case.
“We're generally pleased with the settlement,” said Neil Chantler, one of three lawyers who launched the civil case. “Nobody is suggesting that $50,000 is adequate compensation for the loss of their mothers but this settlement is in accordance with the law in this province, and our clients are happy to put this behind them.” ...
‘They picked the WRONG girl'
SELENA ROSS STAFF REPORTER, March 15, 2014
When Hailey started getting into trouble, her parents decided to let her face the consequences.
Their daughter had been sweet and affectionate, with natural smarts.
At 13, she started rebelling. Then Paul and Stacey learned that Hailey’s friend’s mother was giving both girls drugs and drinks. Soon, Hailey wasn’t just a bit mischievous; “she was bad,” Paul said. She started racking up charges in youth court. ...
VIDEO: Maui Missing Women Rally
by Wendy Osher, March 12th, 2014
The Women Helping Women organization hosted a sign waving rally on Wednesday afternoon in an effort to maintain awareness of missing women cases on Maui. “There’s still two women that are missing. There’s very little information, and we really want the families to have some resolution,” said Stacey Moniz, executive director for Women Helping Women on Maui.
The rally was held during the afternoon rush hour beginning at 4 p.m. in front of the Queen Kaʻahumau Center in Kahului. Organizers say the event was aimed at raising awareness, empowering women and girls and seeking justice for women....
Please read and see more: http://mauinow.com/2014/03/12/video-maui-missing-women-rally/
From Anita Roberts of Safeteen:
CTV interview i did on Thursday - It's the opening story.
U.S. predator targets B.C. girl
A Utah man has been arrested at a Surrey hotel after flying to Canada to abuse a 12-year-old girl.
Two men found guilty in New York kidnap fetish case
by Jonathan Allen, (Reuters)
- A federal jury in New York found a mechanic and a former high-school librarian guilty on Friday of conspiring to kidnap women to satisfy their sexual fetishes for rape and murder that they had originally nursed online via Internet message boards.
Michael Van Hise, 23, and Christopher Asch, 61, were found guilty in U.S. District Court in Manhattan of planning to abduct Van Hise's wife, sister-in-law, and nieces in a case that hinged on whether it was possible to define the exact point at which fantasy slips into reality. ...
Delhi high court upholds death for 4 in December 16 gang-rape
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times New Delhi, March 13, 2014
The Delhi High Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence awarded to the four convicts in the brutal gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old woman on December 16, 2012, which triggered countrywide outrage.
A bench of justices Reva Khetrapal and Pratibha Rani confirmed the sentence of Mukesh Singh, 26, Akshay Thakur, 28, Pawan Gupta, 19, and Vinay Sharma, 20, saying their crime falls in the rarest-of-the rare category, which warrants death penalty.
"Death reference is accepted. Death sentence awarded by the trial court is affirmed. The appeals of the convicts are dismissed," the bench said. ...
How Canada keeps some immigrant women in their place
By: Lorne Waldman Audrey Macklin, Mar 07 2014
Immigration Minister Chris Alexander will be speaking to the Canadian Club on the eve of International Women’s Day about what his government does to support immigrant women. His speech should be short.
About every six days, a woman in Canada – citizen, non-citizen, aboriginal, non-aboriginal – is killed by her intimate partner. A government that cares about women would want to protect them from domestic violence, right? Yet, consider this recent example:
A young woman is in a relationship with a Canadian citizen. They marry, and shortly thereafter she has a child. Her husband sponsors her application to remain in Canada. The sponsorship is approved but just before she is issued her permanent resident visa she flees the matrimonial home, a victim of domestic abuse. Shortly thereafter, she is called into an immigration office and she advises them of her circumstances. How do immigration officials respond? They arrest the woman, and tell he that she will be deported because the husband has cancelled the sponsorship. Fortunately, just before officials carried out the deportation order, a judge stopped it out of concern for her child. ...
What will it take to protect our children from cyber bullying?
by David Cook, 16/08/2013
Another teenage life has been lost due to cyber bullying. Hannah Smith, 14, from Lutterworth, Leicestershire was found hanged in her home on Friday 2nd August 2013 after having received abusive messages, such as ‘drink bleach’ and ‘go die’ on popular social media site Ask.fm. Hannah, who was a member of the Latvia-based website, was found in her bedroom by her 16 year old sister after being subjected to cruel taunts through the social media site.
David Smith, father of Hannah recently asked “How many more teenagers will kill themselves because of online abuse before something is done? These sick people are just able to go online and hide behind a mask of anonymity while they abuse vulnerable teenagers.”...
Three to be charged after Mohawk protesters occupy Ontario train tracks
Blockade near Belleville over missing women
The Canadian Press, March 8, 2014
NAPANEE, Ont. -- Police say three people will be charged after Mohawk protesters calling for an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women occupied CN Rail tracks in eastern Ontario.
Provincial police say demonstrators moved onto the tracks Saturday morning in Napanee, east of Belleville, leading to CN issuing a stop order for all trains. ...
Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/three-to-be-charged-after-mohawk-protesters-occupy-ontario-train-tracks-1.1720444#ixzz2vPD4QAa5
Seeking justice for Canada's murdered women
Hundreds of aboriginal women have been murdered or are missing, prompting calls for a national public inquiry.
by Megan O'Toole, 06 Mar 2014
Buried under more than a foot of freshly fallen snow, the frozen body of Loretta Saunders, a pregnant Inuit student from the eastern Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, was found by police last week.
The 26-year-old - who was reportedly writing her thesis on missing and murdered aboriginal women - herself became one of the hundreds of indigenous Canadian women targeted in recent years. Several high-profile cases, including the grisly Robert Pickton murders in British Columbia and a string of disappearances along the province's so-called Highway of Tears, have focused public attention on the issue and spurred federal political intervention. ...
Marissa Alexander Now Faces 60 Years in Prison for Firing a Warning Shot in Self Defense
by Steven Hsieh on March 3, 2014
Florida State Attorney Angela Corey will seek to triple Marissa Alexander’s original prison sentence from twenty to sixty years, effectively a life sentence for the 33-year-old woman, when her case is retried this July, The Florida Times-Union reports. ...
Ottawa vigil to honour Loretta Saunders and missing native women
by JANE TABER
HALIFAX — The Globe and Mail, Mar. 02 2014
Loretta Saunders, the Inuk university student writing her thesis on missing and murdered aboriginal women, was killed on the same day native women delivered a petition to Parliament, signed by more than 23,000 Canadians, demanding a national inquiry into the issue.
That connection haunts Cheryl Maloney, a native leader in Nova Scotia – and it has also compelled her to act.
Ms. Maloney, the president of the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association, is organizing a vigil on Parliament Hill at noon on March 5 to honour Ms. Saunders and other missing and murdered indigenous women. Delilah Saunders-Terriak, Ms. Saunders’s younger sister, has also called out for vigils to be organized across the country this month – and is receiving offers of help....
Ottawa eyes Nordic model for prostitution legislation
by Carlito Pablo on Feb 26, 2014
The federal government is soliciting public opinion about the sale and purchase of sex by adults.
Although its online consultation is hardly over, Ottawa is seen to favour the so-called Nordic model used in Sweden, Norway, and Iceland.
Vancouver lawyers Elin Sigurdson and Georgialee Lang agree that the Conservative government looks keen on going after buyers of sex and pimps, not the prostitutes....
Italy’s ugliest statues
The View from Rome, What's Happening in Italy in English
by di Kay Wallace, Feb. 20, 2014
Italy is justly proud of the fact that it has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other nation. No other country has as many impressive statues and gorgeous fountains as those on display in the glorious piazzas of the country’s many historic cities. ...
But nothing is more ill judged, misplaced and ugly than “Violata” (Raped) by artist Floriano Ippoliti, which stands on a roundabout outside a tunnel in Ancona. The statue was commissioned by the Equal Opportunities Commission of the Marche Region with the laudable intention of drawing attention to the scourge of violence against women, but ever since it was unveiled last March, there has been a constant campaign to have it removed....
London man charged with human trafficking
by Jennifer O'Brien, Randy Richmond, The London Free Press, February 19, 2014
Investigators cracking down on prostitution in Ontario believe a London man nabbed after a two-month probe was working in different parts of the province forcing women to sell sex.
They also believe the London man has a partner who’s still on the loose....
Annie Shields on Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation
Manufacturing Consent: Estelle B. Freedman's "Redefining Rape"
February 11th, 2014
IN SEPTEMBER 2011, the FBI released its 82nd annual Uniform Crime Report (UCR). Up to this point, the agency had only counted one very specific type of rape in the UCR: rapes of females by vaginal intercourse committed by males through the use of force. It did not count rape of men or boys. It did not count rapes of transgender people. It did not count assaults involving forced anal or oral sex. Frequently, it did not count rapes in which victims were unconscious or unable to consent because of physical or mental disabilities, or assaults in which drugs or alcohol were used to inhibit the victim’s capacity to resist....
Province urges feds to use Nordic model on sex trade
Targets pimps, johns rather than workers
by Mary Agnes Welch, 02/15/2014
"Manitoba is calling on the Harper government to adopt the "Nordic model" that cracks down on pimps and johns but not prostitutes.
In a letter sent this month to his federal counterpart, Manitoba Justice Minister Andrew Swan detailed his views on what Canada's new prostitution law should look like. Swan said the law should target the demand for sexual services while helping sex-trade workers get the addiction counselling, mental-health services and training they need to get off the streets."
Missing, murdered aboriginal women honoured in marches
Gladys Radek of Orillia among loved ones marking Valentine's with calls for justice for aboriginal women
by Angela Sterritt, CBC News, Feb 14, 2014
Gladys Radek holds a picture of niece Tamara Chipman close to her heart, something she has done every day since Chipman disappeared in 2005 along Highway 16 in northern British Columbia.
“It kind of hit too close to home for me, first of all because she is my niece, she is my brother's only natural child and she was also a young mother," Radek said from her home in Orillia, Ont....
Where Are the Women Who Will Raise Their Voices for Those Raped, Hit, and Attacked for Being Women?
Huffington Post, 11/02/2014
I've had enough. I've had enough of hearing about women across Britain being attacked and abused just because they are women. I'm sick of hearing that in 2014 not only is domestic violence still a concern for many women, but that it's actually on the rise. I'm fed up with being told that one in five British women will have to go through the horrific experience of sexual violence in their lifetime, or that every year another 85,000 women in England and Wales are raped...
This Friday, I'll be taking to the stage in Trafalgar Square, and shouting from the top of my lungs that we do not have to be fed up, that we do not have to accept this. At midday I'll be joining One Billion Rising, a global campaign that has made it its mission to end violence against women, and rising up for justice for women here in the UK and far further afield. ...
Online trolls are just “everyday sadists,” according to new paper
by Caitlin Dewey, February 12 2014
In yet another instance of science belatedly confirming what common sense has already told us, a new paper from researchers at three Canadian universities concludes that Internet trolls aren’t just mean — they’re sadists and psychopaths...
Why I March in the February 14th Women’s Memorial March Vancouver
by Lorelei Williams, February 11, 2014
I’m sure a lot of people can relate to this when I say a scary moment in a person’s life is when they lose a child for just a few minutes or even seconds. You and the child are together and then suddenly you aren’t. Your heart begins to race; you can even hear it beating in your head. Everything feels like it’s going in slow motion. You’re panicking, your head is pounding, you start to shake and feel like throwing up. Then, all of a sudden you see the child! You’re so relieved and everything is ok.
Long-term plan issued for UBC safety after sex assaults
by Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver, February 11, 2014
A report on improving safety at the University of B.C.’s Point Grey campus recommends better lighting, cameras at heavily travelled areas and better communication.
The campus working group was formed after a series of sex assaults — which RCMP suspect to be the work of one person — targeted young women on the way back to their residences at night over many months in 2013.
Christine O’Fallon of the Women Transforming Cities organization said it’s more effective to prevent crime than it is to punish it...
Six Reasons Why Dylan Farrow is Highly Credible
by Lisa Bloom, February 3, 2014
Woody Allen’s twenty-eight year old daughter, Dylan Farrow, has just written a powerful statement outlining the sexual abuse she says she endured by her father, Woody Allen, when she was seven years old. The famous director strongly denies the allegations, and claims that Dylan’s mother, Mia Farrow, is responsible for the false claims. A friend and filmmaker colleague has written a strong opinion piece defending Woody Allen. ...
Cited from: Lisa Bloom: Six Reasons Why Dylan Farrow is Highly Credible http://nakedlaw.avvo.com/crime/six-reasons-dylan-farrow-highly-credible.html#ixzz2sV9RS1aj
Hillary Clinton condemns violence against women in official visit to the Congo: calls sexual brutality 'crime against humanity'
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called widespread sexual violence against women in eastern Congo "a crime against humanity" during a visit to the region Tuesday where she met with displaced civilians at a UNHCR-run camp.
Arriving at the Mugunga I camp, Clinton was greeted by representatives of some 19,000 displaced people sheltered there and the UN agencies working at the site. ...
New prostitution bill expected 'well before' deadline, Peter MacKay says
Canada's anti-prostitution laws struck down last December by the Supreme Court
The Canadian Press, CBC, Feb 01, 2014
Justice Minister Peter MacKay says the government will introduce its new prostitution legislation well ahead of the December deadline.
Speaking in Halifax, MacKay said Ottawa has already started to draft the legislation, but more consultations must happen with police and provincial governments. ...
Sasha Menu Courey's death casts light on U.S. campus sex assaults
University president wants review of school's handling of rape allegations
The Associated Press, Jan 29, 2014
The case of a former University of Missouri swimmer from Toronto who said she was raped in an episode that her parents say led to her suicide underscores the problems higher education institutions in the U.S. face in cracking down on sexual assaults.
The parents of Sasha Menu Courey say the university and its athletics department by now should have investigated her alleged off-campus rape by as many as three football players in February 2010.
University leaders say they didn't learn about the purported attack until after Menu Courey committed suicide 16 months later. They also said they followed the letter of the law because they didn't have specific knowledge of the attack and no victim to interview. ...
JULIE BINDEL: An abject inversion of its own principles
By Julie Bindel, Daily Mail, 24 January 2014
Since its foundation more than 50 years ago, Amnesty International has gained a formidable reputation as a global campaigner against oppression.
To people living under authoritarian rule, the organisation has rightly come to be seen as a symbol of hope and a force for freedom. As a left-leaning feminist, I have strongly supported Amnesty’s efforts to promote the human rights of women around the world.
But it is precisely because of this admiration that I am so dismayed by this new initiative, which runs counter to its entire ethos as a bulwark for people suffering abuse, exploitation and maltreatment. ...
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2544983/JULIE-BINDEL-An-abject-inversion-principles.html#ixzz2rTy1gn75
Woman in India tells police village head ordered her gang-raped
by Sumnima Udas and Lonzo Cook, CNN, January 23, 2014
New Delhi (CNN) -- A 20-year-old woman in India has alleged that she was gang-raped by a group of men this week after the head of a village ordered them to do so, police in West Bengal said on Thursday.
The incident allegedly took place Monday in a tribal village in a very remote part of West Bengal, in India's northeast, police spokesman Prasanta Chowdhury said.
Police have arrested 13 men for questioning in the case, and the alleged victim is undergoing medical treatment in a hospital, Chowdhury said. ...
Three women. Three deaths. One thing in common
by Antonia Zerbisias, The Star, Jan 19 2014
Three beautiful young women, who all died brutal deaths, all in Toronto, all within three months of each other in 2013.
First there was Cheyenne Santana Marie Fox, 20, who dropped from a 24th-floor condo balcony in north Toronto on the evening of April 24.
Then, Terra-Janine Gardner, 26, who was killed by a freight train near Yonge St. and Summerhill Ave., late on May 14.
Finally, Bella Laboucan-McLean, 25, who fell to her death from the 31st-floor of a CityPlace condo in the early morning hours of July 20. ...
Over 800 aboriginal women missing, murdered
by Craig and Marc Kielburger, Vancouver Sun, January 20, 2014
Half a skull, and an ankle bone - that's all that remains to tell us she ever lived. Nineteen years after a roadside souvenir vendor found her skull fragment in a ditch near Mission, and 11 years after police matched her skull's DNA with an ankle bone found on the farm of notorious serial killer Robert Pickton, she has yet to be identified. Without a name there will never be a family to notify. She will have no grave - just a box in a police evidence locker. ...
According to Pearce, what is most needed to solve cases of missing and murdered women, and protect others from becoming victims, is information. Canada is long overdue in setting up a national DNA database for missing persons and unidentified human remains, she says. Canadian police forces need to better share information with the public that could help break cases and find missing women. And many smaller Canadian police detachments need better training in handling missing persons cases, learning to spot the clues that point to foul play. ...
Sexual Rights are Human Rights
As part of our series of posts in honor of World Sexual Health Day (coming up on September 4th!) we’d like to take a moment to focus on sexual rights. What are sexual rights? Sexual rights are human rights related to sexuality, and they are absolutely essential to meeting sexual health needs. Sexual rights are often neglected or ignored, but they are an integral component of human rights, and it’s time to give them the attention they deserve. For a full explanation, check out Sexual rights: an IPPF declaration
The ten sexual rights are:
Article 1: Right to equality, equal protection of the law and freedom from all forms of discrimination based on sex, sexuality or gender
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and must enjoy the equal protection of the law against discrimination based on their sexuality, sex or gender. ...
Indigenous Women Against the Sex Industry continue de se battre pour l'abolition de la prostitution
by Indigenous Women Against the Sex Industry
20 décembre 2013 - En tant que femmes et filles autochtones qui ont subi des siècles de violence masculine et coloniale, la décision de la Cour suprême du Canada d'invalider les lois existantes sur la prostitution n'est pas une surprise. Nos histoires, nos lois et nos traditions ainsi que nos visions du monde ont été délibérément ignorées par la décision de la Cour suprême. Une fois de plus, non seulement nos voix, mais nos corps et nos vies ont été rejetés comme étant sans importance.
We are in a pivotal moment. We have the ability - and the responsibility - to change the course of history. We urge all those who seek justice, freedom, and equality to look beyond the decision rendered by the supreme court and to listen to the voices, experiences, and wisdom of Indigenous women and girls. Prostitution was not and is not a traditional practice among Indigenous peoples. We ask all those who seek justice, freedom, and equality to view prostitution as a colonial system and as a form of violence against women and girls that must be abolished.
In French and English: http://montreal.mediacoop.ca/fr/newsrelease/20486
B.C. police announce arrest in sex workers’ deaths
by Sunny Dhillon, Surrey, B.C., Globe and Mail, Jan. 06 2014
Police have made an arrest in the case of two sex workers who lived in the same building and were found dead two weeks apart – and authorities say they have linked the accused to the killing of a third person.
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team announced the arrest of Sarbjit Bains at a news conference at police headquarters on Monday. Mr. Bains, 32, is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Karen Nabors and Jill Lyons, and second-degree murder in the death of Amritpal Saran. ...
Organizer of missing-women memorial pleads guilty to fraud
Sean Kirkham, the man behind 'The Living Stones' memorial project, faces 10 counts of fraud, theft
CBC News, Oct 21, 2013
The man at the centre of an unfinished memorial project for murdered and missing native women has admitted to fraud in other matters. Sean Kirkham was in a Montreal courthouse on Monday where he pleaded guilty to 10 counts of fraud and theft. ...
West Bengal gang-rape victim was pregnant, says police
January 02, 2014
Kolkata: A murder case has been filed by the police against the two main accused in the gang-rape of the 16-year-old girl, who died due to burn injuries, even as doctors treating the teenager said she was pregnant at the time of her death.
The death of the girl has sparked outrage in the metropolis with the family of the victim alleging that they have been threatened to leave the state by the city police.
"We have filed a murder case against the two main accused on the basis of the final statement of the girl in which she had said that she was set on fire," Additional Commissioner of Police (Bidhannagar police) Anant said on Thursday ...
Lisa Harnum's fiancé convicted in Australia balcony murder
Man angry over Ontario woman's plan to return to Canada, court told
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Nov 28, 2013
An Australian man has been found guilty of murdering his Canadian fiancée by throwing her off a highrise balcony.
A judge delivered the verdict Wednesday against Simon Gittany, 40, before a packed Supreme Court in Sydney, which heard how Lisa Harnum, 30, plunged to her death from the couple's 15th-floor apartment in the city in July 2011.
Harnum's mother, Joan, from Ottawa, was in the court to hear the 4½-hour verdict. Lisa Harnum plunged to her death from her apartment balcony in the early morning hours of July 30, 2011.
She later told reporters the case is a "powerful wakeup call to young women and to parents, siblings and friends of young women, to be aware of the warning signs of a controlling relationship and to take a pro-active approach to assisting them." ...
What Surveillance Valley knows about you
by Yasha Levine, December 22, 2013
The dossiers are not restricted to generic market segmenting categories like “Young Literati” or “Shotguns and Pickups” or “Kids & Cul-de-Sacs,” but often contain the most private and intimate details about a person’s life, all of it packaged and sold over and over again to anyone willing to pay.
Take MEDbase200, a boutique for-profit intel outfit that specializes in selling health-related consumer data. Well, until last week, the company offered its clients a list of rape victims (or “rape sufferers,” as the company calls them) at the low price of $79.00 per thousand. The company claims to have segmented this data set into hundreds of different categories, including stuff like the ailments they suffer, prescription drugs they take and their ethnicity:
Lies of the Fathers (Rights Groups)
by Barry Goldstein, Dec. 2013
The United States Department of Justice offered some good news to long suffering protective mothers and their children when it announced grants to courts in Illinois, Delaware, Minnesota and Oregon to develop improved practices to protect battered women and their children. Incredibly, the abusers’ lobby objects to any possible reforms to promote children’s safety out of concern the improved practices might undermine the privilege of abusive fathers to maintain strict control over their victims. The National Parents Association, formerly Fathers and Families wrote a distorted article attacking the Office on Violence Against Women and the Battered Mothers Justice Project, which is one of the organizations working to help the courts create effective reforms. ...
Editorial: Sex trade ruling only serves to further commodify women
Calgary Herald December 20, 2013
The Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to strike down the nation’s prostitution laws is a sad and disappointing one. It doesn’t just open the door to even greater exploitation of women who are already marginalized and suffering, it swings the door wide open and invites all and sundry who wish to further abuse them to walk right on in. ...
Accused Revenge Porn Website Owner Arrested And Charged With 31 Felony Counts
by Rebecca Grant, Dec. 11, 2013
The alleged owner and operator of a revenge porn website was arrested in California yesterday and is charged with 31 felony counts of conspiracy, identity theft, and extortion.
27-year old Kevin Bollaert is currently being held in a San Diego County jail, following a six-month investigation by the California Attorney General’s eCrime unit into revenge porn websites. Bollaert is the suspected ringleader of revenge porn sites ugotposted.com and changemyreputation.com. ...
Read more: http://venturebeat.com/2013/12/11/accused-revenge-porn-site-owner-arrested-and-charged-with-31-felony-counts/#ixzz2nK5H5rrS
The fourth wave of feminism: meet the rebel women
The women's movement may have been in hiding through the 'ladette' years, but in 2013 it has come back with a vengeance. Introducing the new feminists taking the struggle to the web – and the streets
by Kira Cochrane, The Guardian, 10 December 2013
The campaign for women's liberation never went away, but this year a new swell built up and broke through. Since the early summer, I've been talking to feminist activists and writers for a short book, All The Rebel Women, and as I tried to keep up with the protests, marches and talks, my diary became a mess of clashing dates. The rush was such that in a single weekend in October, you could have attended a feminist freshers' fair in London, the North East Feminist Gathering in Newcastle, a Reclaim the Night march in Edinburgh, or a discussion between different generations of feminist activists at the British Library (this sold out in 48 hours, was moved to a room four times bigger, and sold out again). ...
Please read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/10/fourth-wave-feminism-rebel-women
Eve Ensler Statement in Response to the Open Letter by Lauren Chief Elk
May 06, 2013
Organizing globally to combat gender violence is an amazing, hard, flawed and sometimes impossible effort. Our movement is one that is based on deep respect for our sisters across class, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, ability and other markers of identity.
In my phone call with Lauren Chief Elk I believed I had clearly communicated that V-Day and I were deeply sorry for not knowing about the Women's Memorial Marches sooner. ...
Shoes tell tragic stories
Memorial raises awareness about violence against women
by Laura Walz | firstname.lastname@example.org, November 26, 2013
A display of shoes will again this year make a powerful statement about the ongoing issue of violence against women and girls.
Two Powell River women have organized a second annual shoe memorial to mark Friday, December 6, Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, the day is the anniversary of the murders of 14 women who were killed in 1989 at l’École Polytechnique in Montreal. ...
France wants to fight prostitution and sex trafficking with fines for those who buy sex
By Sylvie Corbet, The Associated Press November 26, 2013
France wants to fight prostitution and sex trafficking with fines for those who buy sex
PARIS - France's government is pushing one of Europe's toughest laws against prostitution and sex trafficking, and other countries are watching closely. Advocates hope that a draft French law going to parliament Wednesday will help change long-held attitudes toward the world's oldest profession — by punishing the customer and protecting the prostitute.
The bill, however, is facing resistance in a country with a libertine reputation and a Mediterranean macho streak, and has prompted petitions defending those who buy sex. Signatories include screen icon Catherine Deneuve —who played a prostitute in the cult film "Belle de Jour" — and crooner Charles Aznavour.
Prostitution is currently legal in France, but brothels, pimping and soliciting in public are illegal. ...
The Other Steubenville Rape Case That Nobody's Talking About
by Kate Dries on Jezebel, November 26, 2013
On Monday, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that four Steubenville school officials were being indicted for their role in covering up the now infamous rape of a 16-year-old girl in August 2012 by two high school football players. But they've actually also been charged for doing the same with a similar case involving a 14-year-old that has barely been publicized until now. ...
Typhoon Haiyan: 'We are failing thousands of girls at risk of rape or trafficking,' says Justine Greening
As the international relief effort in the Philippines gets under way, UK development secretary Justine Greening says not enough is being done to protect women and girls from the threat of rape, violence, forced marriage and trafficking.
By Louisa Peacock, Telegraph UK, Deputy Women's Editor, 13 Nov 2013
Just surviving in the aftermath of a major disaster like Typhoon Haiyan can be testing enough.
But amid the large scale devastation and rush to get international aid to those who need it the most – hampered so far by severe rain and damaged infrastructure – there is one other, sadly inevitable, problem that is much less talked about. And it has the British Government deeply worried.
"We are concerned about the safety of women and girls in the Philippines," an aide to Justine Greening, Britain's international development secretary, who is helping to coordinate the UK's response to the crisis, said last night. ...
ONU: les pays musulmans acceptent une déclaration "historique" sur les violences contre les femmes
Par Sylvie Johnsson, 16 Mars 2013
A l'issue de près de deux semaines de négociations à New York entre les 193 Etats membres de l'ONU, l'Iran, la Libye, le Soudan et d'autres pays musulmans ainsi que le Vatican ont accepté d'adopter un texte affirmant que la violence contre les femmes et les filles ne pouvait se justifier "par aucune coutume, tradition ou considération religieuse".
Des applaudissements et des cris de joie ont salué l'annonce de l'adoption de ce texte tard vendredi soir au siège de l'ONU à New York où se tenait la 57e session annuelle de la Commission sur le statut de la femme. Michelle Bachelet, directrice exécutive de ONU Femmes, a qualifié la réunion d'"historique".
Dans ce texte, la Commission "demande instamment aux Etats de condamner avec force toutes formes de violence contre les femmes et les filles et de s'abstenir d'invoquer toute coutume, tradition ou considération religieuse pour se soustraire à leur obligation de mettre fin" à cette violence".
Elle invite aussi les Etats à "accorder une attention particulière à l'abolition des pratiques et des lois discriminatrices envers les femmes et les filles ou qui perpétuent ou considèrent comme acceptable la violence exercée à leur égard".
Alberta Mountie admits he mishandled 911 call from woman killed by boyfriend
By Chris Purdy, The Canadian Press November 19, 2013
EDMONTON - An RCMP officer admits he should have handled differently the case of a northern Alberta woman who called 911 before she was stabbed to death by her boyfriend.
Const. Devon Bateman told a fatality inquiry Tuesday that mistakes and misunderstandings started with the operator who took an emergency call from Brenda Moreside in High Prairie in February 2005. ...
Young teenage girl captures father's sex abuse on webcam
By Lesley Lanir, Digital Journal, Nov 5, 2013
Florensac - A 14-year-old girl from the French town of Florensac, allegedly sexually abused for months, used a webcam to secretly videotape one of her father's sexual attacks in order to record evidence of the assault.
The Sextortion of Amanda Todd
BROADCAST DATE : Nov 15, 2013
A year after her death, most people remember Amanda Todd from her YouTube video, holding up hand-written pages describing how one mistake in front of a webcam led to her torment by bullies at school and online. But beyond that viral video, the fifth estate reveals a more complex and disturbing story about what happened to the B.C. teenager driven to suicide in October 2012 – not just bullying, but the deliberate sexual extortion of a 15-year-old girl by online predators. Host Mark Kelley goes deep into Amanda’s world, with never-before-seen videos and web chats from two personal laptops that her family shared with the fifth estate. With in-depth interviews from her mother, father and friends, Kelley reveals the untold story of The Sextortion of Amanda Todd. ...
What The Company Marketing ‘Anti-Rape Underwear’ Gets Wrong About Rape
By Tara Culp-Ressler, November 5, 2013
A company named AR Wear is making waves by marketing “a clothing line offering wearable protection for when things go wrong.” The line includes several different types of underwear and shorts that are intended to be difficult for a sexual predator to remove, and the founders explain that could help women feel safer when they’re “going out on a blind date, taking an evening run, ‘clubbing,’ traveling in unfamiliar countries, and any other activity that might make one anxious about the possibility of an assault.” AR Wear has currently raised about half of its $50,000 fundraising goal on the crowdfunding site IndieGoGo.
It’s fairly clear that AR Wear’s founders have the best of intentions. In a press release about the crowdfunding campaign, they explain that they want to help women reclaim control over what happens to their bodies. And on their IndieGoGo site, they note that as long as sexual predators are still out there, it’s important to protect women from them.
Nonetheless, their effort has been widely criticized, derided as a new type of chastity belt for the “modern rape victim.” That’s not because people are opposed to preventing rape, of course — it’s because AR Wear seems to be missing a few crucial points about the reality of sexual assault. Here’s what the campaign gets wrong: ...
New Zealand Teen Rape Club Is The Worst Thing You'll Read About Today
by Erin Gloria Ryan, Jezebel, 11/05/13
For the last two years or so, a group of West Auckland teen boys calling themselves the "Roast Busters" have gotten their jollies picking up sometimes-underage girls, feeding them alcohol, and then, once they're too intoxicated to fend off their advances, gang raping them. ...
Family of Kidnapped Louisiana Woman Kills Abductor in Daring Rescue
by ALEXIS SHAW, Nov. 9, 2013
The family of a kidnapped Louisiana mother tracked down and killed the father of her child in the abandoned house where he was allegedly holding her prisoner, authorities said.
Bethany Arceneaux, 29, of Duson, La., was abducted in the parking lot of a daycare where she was picking up her 2-year-old at approximately 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Department Captain Kip Judice told ABCNews.com. ...
Black Woman Shot to Death for Asking for Help in a White Neighborhood
Last Saturday morning at around 2:30am 19-year-old Renisha McBride got into a car accident in Dearborn Heights, a predominately white Detroit suburb. Because her cell phone battery was dead, she went to nearby home for assistance. That might seem like the reasonable and understandable thing to do, but it was the biggest mistake of McBride's short life....
Swedish cinemas take aim at gender bias with Bechdel test rating
Movies need to pass test that gauges the active presence of women on screen in bid to promote gender equality
Associated Press in Stockholm, theguardian.com, 6 November 2013
You expect movie ratings to tell you whether a film contains nudity, sex, profanity or violence. Now cinemas in Sweden are introducing a new rating to highlight gender bias, or rather the absence of it.
To get an A rating, a movie must pass the so-called Bechdel test, which means it must have at least two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man. ...
Jerry Brown OKs freedom for woman imprisoned at 16 for killing pimp
The case of former child prostitute Sara Kruzan, now 35, helped get law passed in California against locking up juveniles for life.
By Paige St. John, October 26, 2013
SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown has decided to allow freedom for a woman whose punishment for killing her pimp became a call to arms against the practice of locking up juveniles for life.
Sara Kruzan, 35, was incarcerated at 16 after she killed the man she contended had groomed her since age 11 to work for him as a child prostitute. She was sentenced to life without parole for her crime, and her case became a high-profile example used by lawmakers and advocates for juvenile offenders seeking to soften such harsh sentences. ...
Saudi women’s driving protest kicks off with video
Associated Press, October 26th, 2013
A Saudi Arabian woman drives a car as part of a campaign to defy Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in this June 2011 file image made from video released by Change.org. AP
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—Activists have posted a video of a woman in Saudi Arabia driving a car, as their campaign urging women in the ultraconservative kingdom to defy a ban on getting behind the wheel kicks off.
A video posted Saturday on the official Arabic YouTube account of the driving campaign shows a woman identified as May Al Sawyan driving in Riyadh. She wears sunglasses and her hair is covered by the traditional black headscarf worn by Saudi women, but her face is otherwise visible.
In the run-up to the campaign, police warned that anyone disturbing public order would be dealt with forcefully. Ultraconservative clerics and have also warned against defying the country’s driving ban on women.
The campaign for women to drive is a rare show of defiance in the kingdom.
Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/514695/saudi-womens-driving-protest-kicks-off-with-video#ixzz2isY9KyYH
Are women-only SkyTrain cars the answer to sexual harassment on transit?
The real solution is for men to stop sexually assaulting and harassing women, activists say
by Stephen Hui, Oct 25, 2013
Women-only subway cars have been introduced in cities around the world as a way to counter groping and sexual harassment.
Adding women-only cars to the SkyTrain would send a clear message to men that they bear responsibility for sexual harassment and assault, according to a Vancouver women’s rights activist. ...
Responding to the Third Reported Stranger Sexual Assault on Campus
by Women's Centre at UBC, October 19, 2013
In light of the Women’s Centre re-launching this year (you may have noticed that we’ve decided to change the “y” in our name back to the traditional spelling of ‘women’), its coordinators would like to express deep sadness and anger at yet another stranger assault having occurred on campus, when the woman in question was walking alone at night. We are also disappointed to read the familiar refrain that the RCMP has dutifully issued, which cautions the public to be more vigilant while walking out late at night. ...
Dunblane: How UK school massacre led to tighter gun control
by Peter Wilkinson, CNN, January 30, 2013
London (CNN) -- The deaths of 16 children aged five and six together with their teacher in the Scottish town of Dunblane in 1996 was one of Britain's worst incidents of gun-related violence. The massacre stunned the country, but what did the UK do to try to prevent such a tragedy happening again? ...
Missing women memorial leaves trail of unpaid debts - Organizer facing unrelated criminal charges
CBC News, Oct 17, 2013
Missing women memorial stalled
A CBC News investigation has learned that a project to commemorate murdered and missing women in B.C. has stalled, while the man behind the effort has a criminal history and