The truth about false assault accusations by women – BBC News

According to various academic studies over the past 20 years, only 2-10% of rape accusations are fake (Prof Ford’s lawyer says she believes this was attempted rape).
Two to 10% is too many, but it is not a big proportion of the total. Fake rape accusations get a lot of attention.
Both the Duke Lacrosse team case in 2006 and the alleged University of Virginia gang rape in 2014 were widely covered by the media. They were terrible miscarriages of justice – but they were not representative.

via The truth about false assault accusations by women – BBC News

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Desperate gay couple in deportation battle says judge ‘refused to recognise their legal marriage’ – i

It was 12 months before Benjamin’s mother passed away and his husband applied for an extension to his six-month visa on compassionate grounds but this was refused.

Now Benjamin’s father is battling lung cancer and Brian says he refuses to leave his husband who fell into a “deep, dark depression” after the bereavement.

via Desperate gay couple in deportation battle says judge ‘refused to recognise their legal marriage’ – i

Study: Women Wrote Only 21% of Reviews on 2015-17’s Top Films, POC Just 17% | Women and Hollywood

new study from Dr. Stacy L. Smith and the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative shows that, unfortunately, the severe underrepresentation of women critics and critics of color found in Annenberg’s recent “Critic’s Choice?” report as well as research from Dr. Martha M. Lauzen is no fluke. Those studies found that white men dominate the film criticism profession by examining reviews of the top 100 films of 2017 and films released in spring 2018, respectively. Conducted in partnership with Time’s Up, Annenberg’s latest report, “Critic’s Choice II,” examines reviews of the top 300 films from 2015-2017 and “reveals that the inequality we see among critics is not a one-time problem,” according to Smith. “These are stable patterns that demonstrate that the conversation surrounding films and their value is not an inclusive one.”

via Study: Women Wrote Only 21% of Reviews on 2015-17’s Top Films, POC Just 17% | Women and Hollywood

US Open 2018: Serena Williams’ claims of sexism backed by WTA – BBC Sport

Serena Williams’ claims of sexism in the US Open final have been backed by the governing body of women’s tennis.

WTA chief executive Steve Simon said the umpire showed Williams a different level of tolerance of Saturday’s outbursts than if she had been a man.

She got a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for calling the umpire a “thief” in the loss to Naomi Osaka.

The American said it was “sexist” to have been penalised a game.

via US Open 2018: Serena Williams’ claims of sexism backed by WTA – BBC Sport

When a house stops being a home – BBC News

Valerie, Rachel, Nancy and Victoria all suffered abuse at the hands of their partners.

They are among the estimated 1.9 million men and women who experienced domestic abuse in England and Wales in the year ending in March 2017. Abuse in all forms – mental and physical – can come from partners, siblings, parents or children.

These four women reflect on the experience of being unsafe in their own homes.

via When a house stops being a home – BBC News

Cécile Djunga: Belgian forecaster hits out at race insults – BBC News

Cécile Djunga has been presenting the weather on Belgian public TV for a year, and after being subjected to a stream of racist comments she has decided to fight back.
In a five-minute appeal on Facebook, Ms Djunga says one viewer rang into work to complain she was “too black and all people could see were my clothes”.
The video went viral, viewed by 700,000 people.
Her employer, RTBF, has given full backing to its presenter.
Its head, Jean-Paul Philippot, told Belgian radio on Thursday that Ms Djunga had passed on a string of messages she had received in recent months and had not reacted to them.
“There’s no place for this torrent of mud in Belgium,” he said. “Racism is a crime, punishable by law.”

via Cécile Djunga: Belgian forecaster hits out at race insults – BBC News

Transgender woman’s bank account frozen as she ‘sounded like man’ – BBC News

A transgender woman said she “felt humiliated” after a bank froze her account because she sounded like a man.
Sophia Reis, from Nottingham, was using Santander’s telephone banking service when a member of staff said she could not access her money.
The 46-year-old said a customer service adviser later told her the problem had arisen because of her voice.
Santander said it has a “duty to protect the security” of accounts but apologised for any offence caused.

via Transgender woman’s bank account frozen as she ‘sounded like man’ – BBC News

India court legalises gay sex in landmark ruling – BBC News

In a historic decision, India’s Supreme Court has ruled that gay sex is no longer a criminal offence.
The ruling overturns a 2013 judgement that upheld a colonial-era law, known as section 377, under which gay sex is categorised as an “unnatural offence”.
The court has now ruled discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a fundamental violation of rights.
Campaigners outside the court cheered and some broke down in tears as the ruling was handed down.
Although public opinion in India’s biggest cities has been in favour of scrapping the law, there remains strong opposition among religious groups and in conservative rural communities.

via India court legalises gay sex in landmark ruling – BBC News

UCLA Student Sues Campus Fraternities for Failing to Do More to Prevent Sexual Assault 

In 2017, a UCLA student filed a Title IX complaint against another student for sexually assaulting her and won. (Her attacker, Blake Lobato, was expelled.) She is now suing two fraternities and a student group representing the interests of other frats on campus in order to change “a culture of alcohol abuse and sexual transgression,” reports the LA Times.

The civil complaint (filed under Jane Doe) accuses fraternities, especially Zeta Beta Tau and Sigma Alpha Epsilon, with “[doing] little-to-nothing to protect their members and guests from harm.” It also accuses the SAE chapter at UCLA of failing to intervene on the night she was sexually assaulted by Lobato:

via UCLA Student Sues Campus Fraternities for Failing to Do More to Prevent Sexual Assault 

Make misogyny a hate crime, Stella Creasy urges – BBC News

A Labour MP is trying to change the law so that misogynistic behaviour is treated as a hate crime.
Stella Creasy wants to amend new legislation that bans taking unsolicited pictures under someone’s clothing.
Her changes would mean someone convicted of the crime could get a tougher sentence if it was “motivated by misogyny”.
MPs will consider the draft legislation on Wednesday.

via Make misogyny a hate crime, Stella Creasy urges – BBC News