Women sue over forced cavity searches for visitors to Rikers Island

Procedure at New York's Rikers Island prison is for visitors to be subjected to a pat-down search, but women who visit their loved ones are suing the New York Department of Corrections because guards there subject them to illegal, violent, humiliating strip and cavity searches, sometimes holding them down while forcibly penetrating them with their fingers. Read the rest

Turkish dictator fires 15,000 more public workers, shuts down 375 more NGOs and 9 more news outlets

Turkish dictator Recep Tayyip Erdogan continues his massive, authoritarian purge of his country's public institutions, news media and civil society groups with a fresh wave of public-sector firings, bringing the total number of jettisoned public servants to 100,000. Read the rest

Montana judge unrepentant after sentencing man to 60 days for repeatedly raping his own 12 year old daughter

District Judge John McKeon sentenced an unnamed man to 60 days in prison plus a suspended 30-year prison sentence (which he will avoid if he completes a sex-offender treatment program and other parole conditions) after the man pleaded guilty to repeatedly raping his own daughter, who was 12 years old at the time. Read the rest

VERIFIED Mark Zuckerberg defends Facebook's association with Peter Thiel

Update: According to The Verge, Facebook has verified the authenticity of the screenshot below.

In what appears to be an internal Facebook post, Zuckerberg defends his company's ongoing association with Peter Thiel -- Facebook investor/board member and major donor to white-supremacist/pro-rape presidential candidate Donald Trump. Read the rest

On 'ET,' host Nancy O'Dell addresses Donald Trump's sexual assault boasts

“There is no room for objectification of women, or anyone for that matter — not even in the locker room,” Nancy O’Dell says on "Entertainment Tonight."

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Trump apologizes for boasting about groping women, says he'll be talking about Bill Clinton more now

A day after hot-mic audio emerged of millionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump boasting of groping and forcing himself on women, he has promised to be "a better man." In a taped statement about his taped statements, Trump apologizes for the words he used, if not the actions they describe.

Transcript:

I’ve never said I’m a perfect person nor pretended to be someone that I’m not. I’ve said and done things I regret, and the words released today on this more-than-a-decade-old video are one of them.

Anyone who knows me knows these words don’t reflect who I am. I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.

I’ve traveled the country talking about change for America, but my travels have also changed me. I’ve spent time with grieving mothers who’ve lost their children, laid-off workers whose jobs have gone to other countries, and people from all walks of life who just want a better future. I have gotten to know the great people of our country, and I’ve been humbled by the faith they placed in me.

I pledge to be a better man tomorrow and will never, ever let you down.

Let’s be honest: We’re living in the real world. This is nothing more than a distraction from the important issues we are facing today. We are losing our jobs; we are less safe than we were eight years ago; and Washington is totally broken. Hillary Clinton and her kind have run our country into the ground.

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"Grab them by the pussy!" Trump was caught on hot mic boasting about what he did to women

Millionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump was caught on a hot mic discussing things he enjoys. The WaPo obtained a recording it describes as "lewd" but mostly consists of boasts of pursuing and forcing himself on women.

I moved on her like a bitch, but I couldn’t get there. And she was married.”

“I did try and fuck her. She was married.”

“Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.”

“Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.”

His campaign has released a statement saying it's just banter.

This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago. Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course - not even close. I apologize if anyone was offended.

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Here's how toxic masculinity feeds rape culture

In this three-minute video, MTV News senior national correspondent Jamil Smith explores the ways toxic masculinity perpetuates rape culture.

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Stanford rapist Brock Turner: “I've been shattered by the party culture”

In a pre-sentencing letter to the judge released today by the New York Times, convicted rapist Brock Turner fails to own any responsibility for raping an unconscious woman behind a trash dumpster on Jan. 17, 2015. Turner's plea letter reads like a laundry list of white male privilege lost. It touched the white male judge in all the right places. Turner begs for leniency in his letter, and he got it.

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New rideshare service bets women are ready to leave Uber's sleazy, rape-friendly service

Chariot for Women is a new woman-only rideshare service launched by a former Uber driver who had a bad run-in with a hulking drunk dude that made him realize how scary things must be for woman riders and drivers both. Read the rest

Prep school sex offender jailed after violating bail conditions

Owen Labrie received a light one-year jail sentence after sexually assaulting an underage girl at his New England prep school. While his victim was subjected to scorn and disbelief from peers and the media, Labrie was coddled every step of the way, turning down a plea deal that would have seen him out in weeks and being mythologized in a pretentious Vanity Fair profile. But now he's going to serve his sentence early, because he just can't follow the rules while he appeals his verdict.

A judge in Merrimack County Superior Court said Owen Labrie would begin his one-year jail sentence immediately.

"You are unlikely to abide by any conditions," Judge Larry Smukler said. "I don't relax conditions because you can't comply with them."…

Smukler, in sentencing him in October and permitting him to remain free on bail pending appeal, told Labrie he would be "exceedingly foolish" to violate his bail conditions.

Labrie's light sentence hinged, as Vice put it, on the fact his underage victim didn't "clearly express her lack of consent." Jurors failed to convict him of felony rape, instead applying a 90s-era computer grooming law in what was described as a "bizarre" verdict.

Those sympathetic to Labrie point to the felony computer charge, arguing it was never meant to be applied to texting teenagers. Had Labrie reached out to the girl via phone, he would have been spared a lifetime on the sexual offender registry. Then again, these were no ordinary messages: Labrie and his peers shared email templates and strategies for scoring with younger girls; Labrie even had a list of potential targets, with the girl at the top, in capital letters.
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Match.com serial rapist gets life in prison

A sexual predator in the UK who raped five women and attacked two more after meeting them on Match.com has received a sentence of life in prison.

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Chrissie Hynde blames self for being raped

The Pretenders singer, 63, told the Sunday Times that women who dress immodestly and get raped are at fault, and should take responsibility for "putting it out." Read the rest

Male council in India orders sisters to be raped because their brother eloped with a married woman

An all-male council in India has ordered that two sisters, ages 15 and 23, be raped and paraded in public with blackened faces because their brother eloped with a married woman.

Amnesty International has launched a petition but they've been told that the "decision is final."

“Nothing could justify this abhorrent punishment,” the Amnesty petition reads. “It’s not fair. It’s not right. And it’s against the law. Demand that the local authorities intervene immediately.”

Village councils in northern India, known as khap panchayats, are generally comprised of senior male members of the community’s high castes. Although the councils have been declared illegal by the courts, their edicts are still observed in many parts of rural India.

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Self-defense umbrella given out to women in India

Rape is the fourth most common crime against women in India. Married women, living alone, face a greater risk of being attacked when they go to collect remittances from their husbands who work abroad. In an effort to protect these women—and thereby further its business—Vodafone will send "self-defense umbrellas" to recipients of money sent with their M-Pesa mobile money transfer service.

There isn't a hidden sword or taser, unfortunately. Instead it comes with pictorial references of self-defense techniques and how they can be used to fight off an attacker.

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The Jackie Fox rape disclosure shows we still have a lot to learn

Ignorance about rape can tragically mute any instinct to protect or tell

Fake TSA screener infiltrates SFO checkpoint, gropes women

He was allegedly drunk, and had at least two victims before SFO's crackerjack private aviation security outfit, Covenant, noticed (they're the same ones who smashed my brand new camera some years ago and refused to take responsibility for it). Read the rest

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