These tights are being marketed in China as a deterrent for unwanted sexual advances (perhaps they should be called Stockings for Stalkers?). Once again, potential victims are being asked to take responsibility for the lack of impulse control exhibited by others. Sigh.
While on many levels this is actually quite funny, the `solution`fails to recognise that harassment is not merely about beauty, it is about perceptions of public ownership and will most likely result in one form of unwanted attention being replaced by another.
- A woman who was raped by security forces has been charged by the government. for simulating a criminal offense and making a false accusation
- Those two charges carry a sentence of up to nine years.
- As Human Rights Watch reports, the woman gave an interview to the journalist about the alleged rape on Jan. 8; it wasn’t published, but the journo reported the crime two days later to police and was then detained by police.
- The group has called the charges politically motivated, and reports Somalian police have accused the journalist of helping to produce an al-Jazeera report on rape in Somalia
- al-Jazeera says he was not involved in their report
- These charges are likely politically motivated and stemming from within the state
- The NY Times did a piece in 2011 stating that young girls were being kidnapped and used as sex slaves to improve militia morale.
- The militia is out of money and substituting girls for wages.
- Those who refuse to marry a fighter are killed.
- There is one positive aspect, Sisters of Somalia, the country’s first rape crisis centre has been opened to support victims
A Canadian man who poked holes in his girlfriend’s condoms to get her pregnant will have to serve 18 months in jail. The man in question had been dating his partner for about nine months; the relationship wasn’t going well so he wanted to impregnate her in order to save their relationship. The woman became pregnant, had an abortion and then suffered a few weeks of complications. He was convicted of sexual assault a year ago and sentenced to 18 months behind bars, which he appealed. The case recently went to trial again and the court of appeal maintained the verdict. While reading online comments discussing this story, a common refrain was that some women have deceived their partners in the past by pretending to take birth control and then become pregnant, yet they have not been accused of sexual assault. Should consensual sex that has the agenda of creating a nonconsensual pregnancy be considered sexual assault?