Iran has introduced 2,000 new morality police units in reaction to what officials call an “increasing defiance” of the compulsory wearing of hijabs.
A pregnant Aboriginal woman was arrested and locked up because she was too sick to attend a court hearing where she was set to give evidence against her former partner.
Kearah Ronan, the 2017 Miss NAIDOC winner, has revealed how she was left crying and humiliated when she was forced to spend a night in Perth Watch House after she was arrested for “failing to obey a witness summons” even though she had informed the court she was unwell.
The 26-year-old, who is six months pregnant, also had to strip naked in front of two female police officers after her arrest. Ms Ronan is the maternal cousin of Ms Dhu, a 22-year-old Aboriginal woman who died in police custody in 2014 from domestic violence injuries after she was arrested for unpaid fines.
The woman who started France’s campaign to encourage women to expose their sexual harassers has appeared in court over allegations of defamation.
Sandra Muller is being sued by Eric Brion, who she named when she created the “#balancetonporc” hashtag.
The TV executive says he flirted with Ms Muller inappropriately on a single occasion, but his portrayal as a predator has ruined his career.
The principal of a boutique firm in northern NSW has been ordered to pay $170,000 in damages to a former employee over “relentless” sexual harassment, in what the Federal Circuit Court described as “a very grave example” of such harassment.
In his statement, Mr Hughes “attempted to put the blame for his behaviour” on Ms Hill being “flirty and coquettish” and said she wore “alluring dresses to the office”. Her counsel described this as “slut shaming”, a term the Court opted not to use, but instead described the claims as “utterly outrageous”.
“It is the mark of a bygone era where women, by their mere presence, were responsible for the reprehensible behaviour of men,” the Court responded.
The Federal Court of Australia has discharged an injunction preventing national firm Piper Alderman from convening a meeting to consider expelling Lexia Wilson from the partnership.
Speaking following the judgment, Ms Wilson’s counsel – Mills Oakley partner Malcolm Davis – told Lawyers Weekly that “Lexia has had an injunction from the Court for more than three months and today’s decision does not impact her ongoing complaints in the Australian Human Rights Commission or her intended claims against the partners for damages for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and defamation.”
The news follows this morning’s report from Lawyers Weekly that international plaintiff firm Slater & Gordon is being sued for unfair dismissal in the Federal Court of Australia.
Earlier this week, it was reported that national firm Hicksons Lawyers would “vigorously” defend a human rights application, pertaining to sex, brought against it by a former partner, and a sex discrimination suit was brought against the principal of Parramatta-based firm Dehsabzi Lawyers.
The National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS) Youth report released today by Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) and VicHealth has found nearly a third of young men aged 16-24 years believe many women who’ve said they’d been raped had instead led the man on and then had regrets.
Young people were also confused about the sharing of nude images, with over a quarter blaming the women for sending the image instead of her partner for sharing it without her consent.
Controlling behaviour in relationships was also an area of concern – particularly for young men – with one in five not understanding that using technology* to track their partner’s movements, such as logging into her social media accounts or installing spyware on her phone, is abusive behaviour.
The site contains folders of revenge porn, featuring women from every major UK town, county and city.
Revenge porn – the sharing of private sexual images without consent – became illegal in 2015 in England and Wales, and carries a maximum sentence of two years.
Mikala reported the site to police in Glasgow last week, but the revenge porn page is still live with all the pictures freely available to download.
Mikala says it’s ‘infuriating’ to hear people blaming victims of revenge porn, rather than the perpetrators and the people sharing the pictures.
She believes people who share revenge porn pictures should end up on the sex offenders’ register as it is a crime of a sexual nature.
‘But the police just don’t see it that way,’ she said. ‘The law needs to change so the people who do this don’t just get a slap on the wrist. ‘It’s much worse than that for the victims. I’ve spoken to so many people who’ve considering ending their lives because their lives have fallen apart.