Victim group says UK’s revenge porn laws aren’t working

The UK’s move to treat revenge porn as a specific crime was supposed to catch perpetrators who’d otherwise slip through the cracks, but that doesn’t appear to have worked out in practice. The Revenge Porn helpline has collected police data showing that the number of related charges dropped 23 percent between the periods of 2015-2016 and 2018-2019 despite the number of investigations more than doubling over the same space of time. Just 158 people faced charges, the helpline said. The shortfall is pinned on both shortcomings in the law itself as well as a lack of understanding from police.

As revenge porn is treated like a communications crime rather than a sexual crime, victims aren’t guaranteed anonymity. They might be afraid to speak out knowing that the culprit might retaliate, and over a third of victims from the past year have decided against pursuing cases. Police, meanwhile, frequently don’t know how to handle the crime. A 2017 University of Suffolk study showed that 95 percent of officers hadn’t had any training on the subject.

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The Abortion Bans Sweeping the Country Make Billie Eilish’s ‘Ears Fucking Steam’

Billie Eilish is pretty much as livid about the Great American Dismantling of reproductive rights as you and I are, telling Variety at the ASCAP Pop Music Awards:

“Honestly, I can’t even look at my phone,” she told Variety. “I have no words for the bitches in the fucking White House.” But then she thought of some: “It’s so unbelievable. It makes me, like, red. It makes my ears fucking steam out of my head. Women should say, should do and feel and be exactly what they want. There should be nobody else telling them how to live their life, how to do shit. … It just makes me so mad that if I start talking about it, I won’t stop. Men should not make women’s choices — that’s all I have to say.”

Eilish is one of several celebrities publicly enraged by newly passed laws choking off abortion access in Alabama, Missouri, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Utah. Rihanna also posted an Instagram photo expressing her disgust at Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, and Travis Scott announced at Hangout Fest in Alabama this weekend that he’d be donating all the money made from his merch table to Planned Parenthood.

Remember, if your ears are also fucking steaming, here are some good organizations where you can donate.

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Missouri Republican Barry Hovis Says Some Rape Is Consensual

Republican legislator Barry Hovis is sorry mistakenly suggesting that some rape is consensual while explaining that eight weeks is plenty of time to discover pregnancy and make the decision to have an abortion.

He says he misspoke on the State House floor while lecturing on how rape works:

“Let’s just say someone goes out and they’re raped or they’re sexually assaulted one night after a college party — because most of my rapes were not the gentleman jumping out of the bushes that nobody had ever met,” Hovis said. “That was one or two times out of a hundred. Most of them were date rapes or consensual rapes, which were all terrible.”

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Ohio State’s Investigation Of Richard Strauss’s Sexual Abuse Finds Plenty Of Victims, But Few People To Blame

On Friday, Ohio State University released the findings of an independent law firm’s investigation into the sexual abuse committed by former university physician Richard Strauss. During his time at the school from 1978 until 1998, the investigation found that Strauss abused at least 177 male student-patients, many of them athletes, with acts that ranged from overt fondling to more subtle abuse under the guise of proper medical treatment. Complaints about Strauss were never elevated beyond the Athletic Department or the Student Health Center until 1996, after which the University took some disciplinary action but did not take away Strauss’s status as a tenured faculty member. Strauss died in 2005, while still Faculty Emeritus at OSU.

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Scale of police sexual abuse claims revealed | UK news | The Guardian

Nearly 1,500 accusations of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, exploitation of crime victims and child abuse, have been made against police officers in England and Wales over six years, the Observer can reveal.

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that 1,491 complaints were filed against police officers, special constables and police community support officers (PCSOs) across 33 forces in England and Wales between 2012 and 2017, or 2018 in the case of the Metropolitan Police in London, which took a year to respond to the FOI request by the Observer.

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Revenge porn laws ‘not working’, says victims group – BBC News

Laws covering so-called revenge porn are not fit for purpose and police still need more training, experts say.
Victims should receive anonymity and laws need to include threats to share images, according to Sophie Mortimer from the Revenge Porn helpline.
Figures from 19 forces in England and Wales revealed police investigations have doubled in the last four years but the number of charges has fallen.
The National Police Chiefs Council said forces take the crime “very seriously”.

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‘In our culture, you shut up and put up’ – BBC News

Male survivors of childhood sexual abuse within the black community are being let down by the government, the head of a group of MPs has said. BBC reporter Ben Hunte – who was sexually abused himself – hears from men who say their needs have been overlooked.
“I tried to bury it. I tried to move on, but it stays there,” says Chris – not his real name.
Chris was speaking after the publication of a government report looking into how adult survivors are supported in the UK.

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Gay Sex No Longer Punishable by Death in Brunei

Boycotts do, in fact, work, or at least one did. The Sultan of Brunei has agreed to rescind a law permitting gay sex to be punishable by death, thanks in part to a celebrity boycott of his luxury hotels.

Deadline reports that on Sunday, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah issued a moratorium on a brutal law that made homosexuality a crime punishable by death by stoning. The law, which went into effect on April 3, was part of Brunei’s new Syariah Penal Code Order, which also criminalized abortion, mandated the amputation of limbs for stealing, and made lesbian sex punishable by “40 lashes with a whip,” according to the Human Rights Watch.

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Rumsey Hall Latest Elite Private School to Disclose Allegations of Sexual Misconduct

Last week, the Rumsey Hall School, a coed K-9 boarding and day school in Connecticut, became the most recent private school to disclose the findings of a wide-ranging sexual misconduct investigation. In a letter sent to alumni, parents, and other affiliates, the school’s current leadership described corroborated allegations of abuse levied against three faculty members since the late 1960s.

In the most recent instance, the school admitted to paying confidential insurance settlements to three alumni based on allegations of “inappropriate contact” from one longtime faculty member and administrator. He remained at the school until 2000.

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