01.10.2011 § Leave a comment
So apparently, after many assaults against women in south park slope, cops have been walking around, “heavily patrolling” meaning, telling women their shorts or skirts are too short and they are asking to be attacked. WTF. We may not be wild for Slutwalk, but this needs a slut walk!! SOUTH SLOPE SLUT STORM.
20.08.2011 § Leave a comment
Michael Pena, 27, was charged in the 6:45 a.m. incident, which happened near the intersection of Park Terrace West and West 217th Street, just south of Baker Field.
Pena, drunk, encountered the 25-year-old woman, a Bronx school teacher, on the street and asked her directions for the No. 1 train, said police sources.
She smelled booze on Pena’s breath as the officer put his arm around her.
Then, according to sources, Pena opened up his jacket to show he was carrying a gun on his hip, and said, “You’re coming with me.”
The officer took the woman to the courtyard of a residential building, where two witnesses saw the assault take place.
This comes only months after two NYC pigs Franklin Mata and Kenneth Moreno were acquitted of entering a woman’s house with her and raping her in her bedroom – see previous post, and also the response some people took in putting up pictures of Moreno in his neighborhood reading “Police Rapist Kenneth Moreno is your neighbor” and “Police Rapist Kenneth Moreno lives in park slope”
01.07.2011 § Leave a comment
There has been much discussion around the feminist blogosphere about the resonance of Slutwalks among women of color. Andrea Plaid recently weighed in on the debate at Alternet. Ileana Jimenez of Feminist Teacher interviewed Gabriela Amancaya, one of the organizers of Mexico’s first Slutwalk in the capitol city, adding more vibrancy to the conversation about Slutwalks across nation and race.
Amancaya weighed in on the question of Slutwalks and women of color:
“We have to acknowledge our privilege in all cases, as there is no excuse. When we decided to hold a Marcha de las Putas in Mexico City, it was because we knew that machismo exists all over the world but within different contexts. In Mexico, the rates of gender-based violence are alarming, and while the intersections of race, class and ethnicity are different here than in the U.S., and while we recognize that raising our voices against the silence that has surrounded sexual abuse is still a privilege that not all people in our country have, it is important to break the silence around it wherever possible.”
From Feministing (In situ)
01.07.2011 § 1 Comment
From the Wall Street Journal:
Prosecutors are expected to reveal in court that the maid told them she had been the victim of a gang rape in her home country of Guinea, and later admitted that she had made the story up, a person familiar with the matter said.
The revelations about the witness also involve her interaction with a man jailed on drug charges with whom she was taped in a telephone call, one person familiar with the situation said. Prosecutors and defense lawyers met Thursday to discuss the issues.
The issues regarding the maid’s credibility were reported Thursday by The New York Times on its website.
The May 14 arrest of Mr. Strauss-Kahn, an international political figure, at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport as he prepared to depart on a flight for Paris, has generated headlines and debate around the world, cost him his job at the helm of the IMF and has apparently dashed his hopes for a run at the French presidency.
It has also fueled speculation in Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s home country of conspiracies against him driven by politics and profit.
Prosecutors had previously said in court that the maid, a 32-year-old immigrant, had immediately cried out to witnesses upon leaving the room, indicating the veracity of her story. Investigators also found DNA evidence from Mr. Strauss-Kahn at the scene, law enforcement sources have said.
But the defense lawyers had indicated they would argue the encounter was consensual, and hired investigators to scrutinize the woman’s credibility.
Full(y nauseating) article here.
29.06.2011 § Leave a comment
Walmart’s been all over the news this week, in response to the Supreme Court decision that its female employees cannot bring a class action lawsuit against sex discrimination. But as disturbing as Walmart’s record is on discriminating against women working in their stores, there’s another area for major concern that has received little media attention. I’m talking about factories that produces clothes for Walmart stores, where women are controlled through debt bondage and regularly raped.
Walmart’s not the only well-known brand putting tainted clothes from Classic Fashion factories in its stores (although it is the biggest buyer) — Macy’s, Target, Kohl’s, and Hanes all source from the same abusive Jordan factories. An Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights report chronicles a tale of 13 to 18.5 hour workdays, 6 to 7 days a week, for minimal pay and poor living quarters. Thousands of female workers, most immigrants from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, or India, face the threat of deportation if they lose or leave their jobs…
General manager Anil Santha is well known for forcing women to come to his hotel each week, where he rapes them. If they refuse or speak out, he gets them deported. One 21-year-old worker, “Latha,” was raped five or six times by Santha, who she describes as old enough to be her father: “I was in a deeply helpless position because he is such a high-ranking figure in the factory I couldn’t disobey him… I feel so exposed and shameful sharing what he did to me… the things that happened to me. And it wasn’t only me, there were three or four other girls there too. He did this to us in the presence of one another… What is tragic is that more and more girls arrive at the factory fresh and will continue to fall prey to this monster.”
After a massive strike last October, Santha was temporarily removed, but returned to his position within the month.
Charles Kernaghan, the report author, writes in the preface: “We were stunned at how these young Sri Lankan women had been raped and tortured, while sewing clothing for the largest retailer on the face of the earth, Wal-Mart, and for Hanes, the most popular label in the United States.” Walmart claims it inspects factories, but women reported that they always informed the managers beforehand, allowing them to select a few workers to lie about conditions. In their interviews, the women begged, again and again, for somebody to help them.
20.06.2011 § Leave a comment
…Covered in blood, she held the head high like a trophy, said police – her way of showing that she had delivered her own kind of justice to her attacker…
According to police officer Ram Bharose, the unnamed 35-year-old woman had sliced off the man’s head with a sickle she had been using to cut grass near her village.
‘She was getting grass for her cattle when the man came up from behind her and tried to sexually assault her,’ said Mr Bharose.
‘In a bid to save her dignity, she turned on him and during a struggle managed to chop off his head with the sickle.
‘We have no doubts about her story because she had bite marks on her neck and cheek when the man tried to take advantage of her sexually.’
So determined was the woman to show that she had beaten off her attacker, who she claimed had been stalking her for three months, that she decided to take his head immediately to the local market.
‘She put the head on parade,’ said Mr Bharose. ‘She walked right through all the crowds who were buying their vegetables, holding the head up high.
‘All her clothes were covered in blood, but as far as she was concerned that didn’t matter. She just wanted to make a point and she definitely succeeded in doing that.
‘Everybody scattered. It was a very terrifying sight.’ Mr Bharose said the woman had no regrets about her actions.
‘We have to follow the letter of the law and although she says she acted in self defence she will probably be charged with culpable homicide,’ said the police officer.
06.06.2011 § 1 Comment
Last week, former New York City cop Kenneth Moreno was acquitted of the rape of a 29-year-old woman, though he and his partner were convicted of misconduct and stripped of their jobs. This week, a tipster in the neighborhood noticed these posters on and around Moreno’s Brooklyn block.
The acquittal sparked widespread outrage, including at a protest outside the courthouse a week ago. Posters with Moreno’s face and “NYPD Rapist” quickly appeared in the alleged victim’s former neighborhood of the East Village. These, posted on 20th Street near 4th avenue and nearby blocks, hit closer to home. (The Morenos are listed, and their block also appeared in local tabloids.)