After our Abuse of Faith investigation, more than 350 people called or emailed to share information about other criminal cases as well as abuse that remains unpunished. With their help, we have added 45 more criminal cases involving Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers to our searchable, online database.
They called it the épuration sauvage, the wild purge, because it was spontaneous and unofficial. But, yes, it was savage, too. In the weeks and months following the D-Day landings of June 6, 1944, Allied troops and the resistance swept across France liberating towns and villages, and unleashing a flood of collective euphoria, relief and hope. And then the punishments began.
The victims were among the most vulnerable members of the community: Women. Accused of “horizontal collaboration” — sleeping with the enemy — they were targeted by vigilantes and publicly humiliated. Their heads were shaved, they were stripped half-naked, smeared with tar, paraded through towns and taunted, stoned, kicked, beaten, spat upon and sometimes even killed.
Shortly before women were allowed to drive last June, the government rearrested Hathloul, along with other women’s rights activists who had fought for the right the government was about to grant.
“She said she had been held in solitary confinement, beaten, waterboarded, given electric shocks, sexually harassed and threatened with rape and murder,” her sister, Alia al-Hathloul, who lives in Belgium, wrote in a searing Op-Ed in The Times this month, recounting what Loujain had told their parents when they saw her. “My parents then saw that her thighs were blackened by bruises.”
Saudi Arabia will never live up to its potential as long as it treats women as second-class citizens. What’s at stake is not only justice but also stability, economic development and peace in the region.
Thus I urge the Nobel Peace Prize committee to consider selecting Hathloul this year.
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.
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)
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.’