“Retired activist” Puts Case Against Amnesty International to WILPF for Human Rights Week

Australian feminist, environmental activist and whistleblower Isla MacGregor gave a compelling case against Amnesty International’s “Sex Work policy” at the Women’s International League For Peace and Freedom (WILPF)  forum in Hobart.

(ed: this is from 2015 but still relevant now)

Source: “Retired activist” Puts Case Against Amnesty International to WILPF for Human Rights Week | eachone

Opinion: Buyers of sex are getting more violent, increasingly influenced by what they see in porn

There is a whole generation of violent porn-watchers and they are seeking more and more extreme things from the women in prostitution, writes a Ruhama caseworker.

Source: Opinion: Buyers of sex are getting more violent, increasingly influenced by what they see in porn

Dozens of paedophiles allowed to work with CHILDREN after winning appeals in Victoria

The Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal has ruled in favour of more than 12 paedophiles, rapists and sex offenders in the last five years, allowing them to work with children.

A man who was groomed and abused by one of the paedophiles told the ABC allowing the man to work with children was a huge risk.

‘He shouldn’t be allowed to have a working with children permit, simply because he’s been convicted of paedophilia,’ he said.

‘It’s like putting the kid in the candy store and walking out and all the jars are open.’

Child protection organisation Bravehearts’ founder Hetty Johnson slammed the VCAT decisions, and said paedophiles should never be able to work with children.

Source: Dozens of paedophiles allowed to work with CHILDREN after winning appeals in Victoria | Daily Mail Online

7 reasons why I don’t support police checking victims’ mobile phones in sexual violence cases

I have a good mind to just write the words:

BECAUSE IT IS VICTIM BLAMING

And then end the blog, to be honest with you.

I have worked in sexual violence for 10 years and this practice is nothing new. Today it hit the headlines that police would be using consent forms to ask victims of rape and sexual violence to hand over their mobile phones to check up to 7 years of evidence, media, messages, internet history and call logs when they report rape or sexual violence.

Media outlets have also reported that police have refused to take rape and sexual violence reports where the woman has refused to hand over her phone – resulting in viable cases being ignored and not investigated because the woman refused to give access to her data.

Source: 7 reasons why I don’t support police checking victims’ mobile phones in sexual violence cases

Is Sex by Deception a Form of Rape?

Laws are seeking to elucidate the problem of “rape by fraud.”

Ms. Short, 70, wants a universal law stating that consent is “freely given, knowledgeable, and informed agreement.” This may sound obvious, but it’s actually not, because there’s no universal definition of consent in the United States. Each state defines it differently, if it defines it at all.

“Most people think all types of agreement are consent,” said Ms. Short, who has written three books and done a TedX Talk on the subject. “They’re not.” While Ms. Short does not equate trickery to obtain sex with violent rape, she does believe it should be a Class D or E felony, with jail sentences of one to four years and a fine of $10,000.

Ms. Short says there is a clear distinction between consent and assent. “Consent means ‘freely given, knowledgeable and informed agreement.’ Assent means ‘agreement on the face of it.’ So, when someone tells you a lie, you can be agreeing on the face of it but you’re not knowledgeable or informed. You can assent and agree, but that doesn’t mean you’re consenting.”

Some worry that legislating deception is a slippery slope, because where do you draw the line? Is it deception if a woman dates two men concurrently and they don’t know about each other? Or what if you inject Botox into your crow’s feet and say you are younger than you are, or say “I love you” in order to have sex, but don’t mean it? In 2014, a sexual assault by fraud bill was introduced in New Jersey after a woman was impregnated by a man who falsely claimed to be a British spy. The bill went nowhere.

Ms. Short is hopeful that the bill will pass. “No one should be tricked, deceived, coerced, violently overwhelmed, drugged or intoxicated into sexual conduct,” she said. “Everyone has the right to determine who they engage with sexually based on both knowledge of the action and clear and informed knowledge of the actor.”

Source: Is Sex by Deception a Form of Rape? – The New York Times

Space International | Open invitation to the Director of Amnesty International UK to ‘Women of Colour Against the Sex Trade’ event

We, the undersigned, are Women of Colour from Britain, the United States, Canada, South Africa, Holland and Australia. We are visiting London in February to take part in the ‘Women of Colour Against the Sex Trade’ event due to take place there on Thursday, February 21st.

We write to you to invite you to come and hear us speak, as we will be discussing the harm and damage done to our communities by the global sex trade. It is hoped that by hearing us you will rethink Amnesty’s policy of 2015, which endorses the “all aspects” of the sex trade and urges governments worldwide to adopt laws and policies that endorse the full decriminalization of the sex trade, including pimps, brothel owners and buyers of sexual access, predominantly to female bodies.

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Nusrat Rafi burned to death for reporting sexual abuse

A schoolgirl was burned to death in Bangladesh on the orders of her headteacher after she reported him for sexually harassing her, police said on Friday.

The death of 19-year-old Nusrat Jahan Rafi last week sparked protests across the south Asian nation, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina promising to prosecute all those involved.

Rafi was lured to the rooftop of the religious school she attended where her attackers asked her to withdraw the sexual harassment complaint she had filed with police.

When she refused, she was doused in kerosene and set on fire. On April 10, she died from the burns, which covered 80 percent of her body.

Source: Nusrat Rafi burned to death for reporting sexual abuse: Police | News | Al Jazeera

Man angry about virginity pleads guilty to threatening women

A man has pleaded guilty to a felony terroristic threat charge after authorities said he threating to target women in a mass shooting because he couldn’t get a girlfriend.

Police said Cleary wrote on Facebook he was planning to become a mass shooter because he was still a virgin and wanted to kill as many women as possible.

He was arrested during a trip to Provo, Utah, on January 19, the same day women’s marches were held around the country. Colorado authorities have said he was on probation after stalking and threatening women there.

Source: Man angry about virginity pleads guilty to threatening women

Richard Pithouse: ‘Buyer’s remorse’ magistrate centre of another complaint

A controversial magistrate under investigation after suggesting a rape complainant had “buyer’s remorse” is again the subject of a grievance lodged with the judicial watchdog after a lawyer was trolled online.

Mr Pithouse made headlines last year after revelations about his comments in VOCAT, including the suggestion Penny had “put herself in that position” and the phrase: “you can’t profit from your own malfeasance”.

Penny’s lawyer had argued she had been unable to consent to sex because she was intoxicated.

In Penny’s case, the prosecution decided there was not enough evidence, but she was given the option to go to the victims’ tribunal instead.

Penny said her experience at VOCAT had left her “broken”.

Source: Richard Pithouse: ‘Buyer’s remorse’ magistrate centre of another complaint