Police interview charity chief Nicola Murray after tweet ending referrals to Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre | Scotland | The Times

The founder of a charity supporting women who have suffered domestic violence has been interviewed by police after she was reported for hate crime after stressing its female-only services.

Nicola Murray was left “shocked and panicky” when detectives arrived at her door after an online announcement by Brodie’s Trust that it would no longer refer women to Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre (ERCC).

Talking to the officers, Murray, from Stanley, near Perth, was taken aback when she said they told her: “We need to speak to you to ascertain what your thinking was behind making your statement.”

Murray, 43, founded Brodie’s Trust in 2018 to support women from all over the world “who’ve suffered pregnancy loss through domestic violence or forced termination” by directing victims to local services for help.

She and a colleague determined its revised policy towards ERCC following statements by Mridul Wadhwa, the trans woman appointed its CEO last year, who claimed “bigoted” victims of sexual violence should expect to be “challenged on their prejudices”.

Source: Police interview charity chief Nicola Murray after tweet ending referrals to Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre | Scotland | The Times

Gender-neutral terms in medical literature: Inclusive language risks ‘dehumanising women’, top researchers argue

While well-intentioned, a trend to remove words including “women” and “mothers” from language used in maternity information risks dehumanising women, researchers say.

Governments and institutions are grappling with how to approach gender terminology. The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald can reveal that a Federal Health Department guide for pregnant and breastfeeding women regarding COVID-19 vaccination and its impact on pregnant women was edited last year to remove the term “women”, introducing errors into the scientific accuracy of the material in the process.

The source information compared disease severity of COVID in pregnant women with non-pregnant women, but when the department removed the word “women” it compared “pregnant people” with “non-pregnant people”, changing the meaning to incorrectly include men.

The department released three versions of the document, the last of which reinstated the word “women”. A spokesperson for the department said the updated guidance was published following clarification of advice from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation and was approved by the department.

A co-author of the new paper and former president of the Australian College of Midwives, Jenny Gamble, a midwifery professor at the UK-based Centre for Care Excellence for Coventry University and the university hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire, said sex-based language “is important due to sex-based oppression”.

“Confusing the idea of gender identity and the reality of sex risks adverse health consequences and deeper and more insidious discrimination against women,” she said. “Sex [a reproductive category], gender [a societal role], and gender identity [an inner sense of self] are not synonymous but are being treated as if they are.”

“Pregnancy, birth and early motherhood are fundamentally sexed issues, not gendered. Pregnant and birthing women and new mothers and their infants have unique vulnerabilities and also require protection.”

Researchers have lamented the exclusion of women from medical research for decades and researchers have campaigned for more biologically targeted research to understand the difference between the sexes.

Professor Gamble said the trend of erasing or redefining the term “women” had started to sweep the world and that “coming from Australia it seems that the way the UK has moved to erase the use of sexed language has been rapid and extreme”.

Source: Gender-neutral terms in medical literature: Inclusive language risks ‘dehumanising women’, top researchers argue

Apple adopts the latest emoji including a pregnant MAN | Daily Mail Online

  • Apple’s own designs for the 37 new emoji have been revealed by Emojipedia
  • It says ‘pregnant man’ and ‘pregnant person’ are more gender inclusive options

‘Since 2019, vendors have been making considerable efforts to offer all people emojis with three different gender variants – one “Man”, one “Woman”, and a non-gender-specifying “Person”,’ said Keith Broni at Emojipedia.

‘This latest Apple beta update continues this trend by adding two new gender neutral people emojis in the form of Person with Crown and Pregnant person, as well as adding a new Pregnant Man emoji.’

‘Men can be pregnant. This applies to the real world (e.g., trans men) and to fictional universes (e.g., Arnold Schwarzenegger in [1994 film] “Junior”.

‘People of any gender can be pregnant too. Now there are emojis to represent this.’

Guidelines to use the term ‘pregnant person’ instead of ‘pregnant woman’ – as issued by the British Medical Association in 2017, in an attempt to recognise trans and non-binary people – were at the time called ‘an insult to women’.

Source: Apple adopts the latest emoji including a pregnant MAN | Daily Mail Online

Ambulance Victoria paramedics allege rape, bullying and sexual assault at work

A human rights inquiry found 348 people were still experiencing unlawful conduct when surveyed and “this raises serious concerns about the harm that is being experienced by the organisation’s employees and first responders”.

Twelve Ambulance Victoria employees have reported rape or attempted rape or sexual assault at work, and two men have been referred to Victoria Police by the organisation for the alleged sexual assault of colleagues.

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission found more than half of employees (52.4 per cent) said they had been bullied, nearly half (47 per cent) said they had experienced discrimination and 33 reported pressure for sex or requests for sex acts at work.

While many stressed that most male paramedics supported gender equality, a “boys’ club” culture entrenched in some long-standing pockets of management had enabled unlawful behaviour, which several people said had caused them to have suicidal thoughts or plan how to take their lives.

Source: Ambulance Victoria paramedics allege rape, bullying and sexual assault at work

Serial killer Regina Arthurell charged after alleged sexual touching

Convicted serial killer Regina Arthurell has been charged with sexually touching a man in crisis accommodation in Sydney’s south-west.
Arthurell once known as Reginald but began transitioning after serving almost 24 years behind bars for the murder of her (sic) fiancee Venet Mulhall at Coonabarabran in 1995.
Last Thursday, a man, 55, went to police and told them that on several occasions he had been sexually touched by a woman he knew.
She (sic) was taken to Campbelltown Police Station, where she (sic) was charged with four counts of sexually touching another person without consent. She (sic) was refused bail and is due to appear at Campbelltown Local Court later today.
Arthurell, 75, was placed under an extended supervision order last year after a Supreme Court judge found it would put the community at risk to set her (sic) free.
“In light of the established pattern of fatal harm being repeatedly inflicted by the defendant that began approaching 50 years ago, for her (sic) to be completely at liberty in the community would simply be far too dangerous,” Justice Richard Button ruled.

Source: Serial killer Regina Arthurell charged after alleged sexual touching

Meta, Snap sued over social media ‘addicted’ girl’s suicide | Australasian Lawyer

Meta Platforms Inc. and Snap Inc. are to blame for the suicide of an 11-year-old who suffered from depression and sleep deprivation after becoming addicted to Instagram and Snapchat, the girl’s mother alleged in a lawsuit.

Instagram and Snapchat have deliberately designed algorithms that keep teens hooked onto their platforms and “promote problematic and excessive use that they know is indicative of addictive and self-destructive use,” according to the lawsuit in San Francisco federal court.

The complaint appears to be the first of its kind against Meta, formerly known as Facebook Inc., said attorney Matthew Bergman, who founded Social Media Victims Law Center in Seattle and represents Rodriguez’s mother.

The backlash against social media isn’t limited to the US. The father of a 14-year-old in the UK touched off a firestorm when he blamed her 2017 suicide partly on Instagram. The company told the BBC that it doesn’t allow content that promotes self-harm.

Source: Meta, Snap sued over social media ‘addicted’ girl’s suicide | Australasian Lawyer

California mom claims teachers manipulated child to change gender identity | Daily Mail Online

A California mother is taking legal action against a school district, claiming that two teachers secretly manipulated her 11-year-old daughter into believing she was a transgender boy.

Jessica Konen filed a legal claim against Spreckels Union School District last Wednesday – with that claim a likely precursor to a lawsuit. She alleges that Buena Vista Middle School teachers Lori Caldeira and Kelly Baraki ‘planted a seed’ in her daughter’s head that she was bisexual, then went on to convince the youngster that she was actually a transgender boy.

Konen also claims that Caldeira and Baraki – who ran the school’s ‘You Be You’ equality club – provided information for her daughter on how to bind her breasts to stop them developing. She says the school kept her in the dark about what was going on until a December 2019 meeting.

Source: California mom claims teachers manipulated child to change gender identity | Daily Mail Online

Toddler Rapist Now Award-Winning Trans Rights Activist

A convicted child sex offender is performing community outreach for an organization that advises incarcerated men on how to declare a transgender status and legally change their identification.

Xena Grandichelli, born Jeffrey Willsea, is a biological male who now identifies as a woman. In 1994, Grandichelli pleaded guilty to 11 counts of sexual abuse involving a 3 year-old girl and was designated a sexually violent offender. His sex offender registration categorizes him as a risk level 3, which denotes the highest recidivist risk and a threat to public safety. New York State law restricts level 3 sex offenders from being within 1,000 feet of a school.

Yet since his release from prison, Grandichelli has become a highly-regarded trans activist and has spoken at top-tier universities.

Notably, he has also partnered with the Sylvia Rivera Law Project (SRLP) and was designated as a Movement Building Team member. In a letter posted to the SRLP website, Grandichelli describes how team members from the organization actively worked to recruit him while he was still incarcerated for sexually abusing a child.

The SRLP has a pattern of overlooking the crimes of violent men who claim a transgender status. For instance, in 2014, the SRLP launched a petition to pressure New York’s Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) to remove child rapist and killer Synthia China Blast from isolated confinement.

Blast, whose birth name is Luis Morales, repeatedly raped and brutally tortured Ebony Nicole Williams, a 13-year-old girl from Harlem. According to researcher Diana Shaw, “While he was dressed in a skirt, 22-year-old Mr. Blast carried and disposed of the young girl’s mutilated body in a Bronx underpass, and set the body on fire,” then proceeded to brag about the killing to friends.

As with Synthia China Blast, SRLP representative Grandichelli’s crime has been obscured by his self-declared transgender status. By claiming a female identity, Grandichelli has been afforded a platform by two of the most prestigious universities in the nation, and in 2017, he was presented with a Community Hero award by the Anti-Violence Project.

Source: Toddler Rapist Now Award-Winning Trans Rights Activist

New Miniseries: “Maid” – Women’s Coalition News & Views

“Maid”, a new Netflix miniseries, has gone viral. It is a compelling drama about a young mother who finally leaves her increasingly violent boyfriend only to find herself in a Custody Crisis.

This series presents an opportunity for discussion about the discrimination women face in Family Court, and this column evaluates what it gets right and wrong.

Source: New Miniseries: “Maid” – Women’s Coalition News & Views

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