June 2, 2014

Misogyny Is Not Mental Illness

Posted in Current Events, hate crimes, Men's role in sexual assault, Popular Culture, privilege and oppression, Rape Culture, Uncategorized, Victim Blaming at 8:39 pm by sacetalks

Written by Cynthia

We can’t write the Isla Vista killer off as “just another crazy person”. First and foremost, this is a cruel disservice to people living with mental health disabilities, who are actually far more likely to be victims of violent crime than its perpetrators. Yes, Elliot Rodger saw a therapist. But, by his own admission, that’s not why he killed and injured people. He did so because he believed he was entitled to women’s bodies and was enraged that they didn’t see it his way.

What’s more, he expressed these ideas in multiple Internet forums where they went utterly unchallenged. Some of those forums are even devoted to promoting such hatred. They’re reinforcing a deeply toxic concept of manhood that hurts everyone involved.

Misogyny is the issue here, not mental illness. But it’s not just present on the forums Rodger haunted; as PZ Myers puts it, “[I]t’s not just MRAs and PUAs that spread that poison. Every politician and media blowhard who bargains away women’s rights, who dismisses efforts to correct economic inequities, or patronizingly decides that they must manage women’s lives for them, is polluting the atmosphere further.”

The #YesAllWomen hashtag on Twitter (so-called as a response to the frequent cry “Not all men” that often reframes issues of violence against women to be about men) showcases these issues, too, as people relate stories of misogynist violence and misogynists attempt to commandeer the tag by posting vitriol. Also on Twitter, Melissa McEwan sums up the problem with pointing at mental illness as the cause of this mass murder: “Dismissing violent misogynists as ‘crazy’ is a neat way of saying that violent misogyny is an individual problem, not a cultural one.” Indeed: if Elliot Rodger was sick, then society itself is sick.

What’s the cure? Continuing to challenge the idea that anyone is entitled to access another person’s body. Continuing to reinforce that women are not prizes earned by accumulating possessions or currying favour. Continuing to, as this mom did in this fantastic post, teach our children this lesson.

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October 18, 2012

Amanda Todd and the Degendered Language of Bullying

Posted in Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events, hate crimes, Myths, New Release, Popular Culture, privilege and oppression, Rape Culture, Victim Blaming at 11:01 pm by sacetalks

Ok, we need to talk about Amanda Todd. We need to talk about Amanda Todd and the misogyny and sexism that led to her death and we need to talk about the deficient language of degendered, deraced and depoliticized “bullying”. I know that I am not the first person to make these connections, but I think the incredibly tragic circumstances that led to Todd’s death need to be widely examined and recognized.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the specifics of this story here is a brief overview: Amanda Todd was a 15 year old girl from BC who recently committed suicide. The factors that led her to make the decision to take her own life are as follows: When Todd was in Grade 7, she was convinced by a man (who she believed to be a boy her own age) in a chat room to flash her breasts on webcam.  He persuaded her to do this by telling her that she was beautiful, perfect and stunning.

A year later, she received a Facebook message from this man in which he threatened to send the screen shot he took of her flashing to everyone she knew if she did not give him “a show”. This man knew personal information about her. He knew the names of her friends and family and what school she attended. Todd did not comply with this demand. This man followed through with his threat and circulated the photo. As a result of the circulation of this picture, Todd was ostracized at her school. She was severely slut-shamed and humiliated on a daily basis. She tried switching schools but the picture and slut-shaming followed her.

 At one point, she met a boy who convinced her that he liked her. Under this pretense, they had sex. The boy later revealed he was lying, he did not have romantic feelings towards Todd, and he made a joke out of Todd for believing him and having sex with him. A veritable lynch mob, including the boy, came together to further slut-shame Todd and even physically assaulted her. Following this event, Todd made her first attempt at suicide. The harassment continued unabated even after this. Last month, after two years of sexual harassment, abuse and isolation, she made a YouTube video telling her story and asked for understanding. Last Wednesday, she took her own life.

Since this story broke, there has been an international outcry against “bullying”. Widespread condolences have been sent to her family and renewed commitments to taking “bullying” seriously have been made by many school and government officials. However, there is very little mention of the sexism and misogyny that defines Todd’s story, and there is even less recognition of the systemic and structural causes of Todd’s torment. Her story is different from the everyday experience of girls and women by degree, not by kind. Saying Todd’s life was claimed by “bullying” obscures the real, concrete ways people experience oppression because of gender, race, sexual orientation and able-bodiedness. It also denies the many ways that these characteristics constrain and shape a person’s behavior, actions and life.

For instance, much of the news coverage focuses on the fact that once a girl has a nude picture on the web, that picture can never be taken back. Framing the issue like this suggests that the moral of the story is “girls, don’t put pictures of yourself on the internet because look what can happen”. This understanding of Todd’s story misses two key points: First of all, we cannot fairly hold girls accountable for behaving in ways that suggest their self worth is based on their desirability and sexuality without also taking responsibility for the fact that we as a society force this message down their throats. We do this with media, with advertising, with lingerie football, with cheerleaders, with Halloween costumes, with jokes, with off-hand comments, with fairy tales, with coloring books, and with Barbie dolls, to name just a few examples. Secondly, where is mention of the perpetrators in this “moral”? Why isn’t the moral of the story “don’t spread pornographic images of people around without their consent, and if you receive a pornographic image of someone without their consent, know that this person is being victimized by an abuser, delete the picture(s) immediately, and support the victim/survivor by letting them know that what has been done to them is wrong and is not their fault”. Isn’t that a clearer, more supportive and responsive message than vaguely telling people not to bully while still suggesting the situation was the victim’s fault?

The generic language of bullying cannot capture the structural and highly gendered reality of Todd’s story. Todd was not simply “bullied”. These were not acts of childish immaturity; there were behaviors and attitudes that were learned from the adult world.  Allow me to contextualize.  Todd’s story actually begins with 13 years of gendered conditioning and sexist cultural messages. She is then victimized by an online predator who uses this conditioning to his advantage. She is slut-shamed, victim-blamed and ostracized by her peers (who have also been raised in a culture steeped in systemic sexism) for being victimized. We know that this piece of Todd’s story is not unique because we know the challenges survivors face in a society that only focuses on the actions and behaviors of the victim without questioning those of the perpetrator. At some point during the next two years of torment, she is assaulted by a boy who lies to her and manipulates her with malicious intent. The fact that this episode is called sex rather than assault (because consent obtained through lying, manipulation or coercion is not valid consent!) in all of the news reports I have come across further demonstrates the systemic, culture-wide sexist attitudes that prevail. As a result of two years of sexual harassment, slut-shaming, victim-blaming, sexual assault and isolation, Amanda Todd chooses to take her own life.

Framing this story in terms of “bullying” glosses over the lived realities of gender-based violence. It makes it sound like this “bullying” could happen to anyone, but that’s not true. This particular story could not have happened to a boy or man. It also could not have happened if we lived in a culture that did not accept discrimination based on gender and that supported and believed survivors of sexual abuse and blamed only the perpetrators. We have to recognize the specific oppressions that people face because of their gender, race, sexual orientation and able-bodiedness and work hard to rid our individual attitudes and our cultural systems of these prejudices. We owe this to Amanda Todd.

– Stephanie

February 17, 2012

Apparently, I’m a tool

Posted in Current Events, Popular Culture, Rape Culture, Uncategorized at 10:51 pm by sacetalks

This past week I’ve been over-exposed to the rotten deal that’s handed to women in this world I live in.

In the USA this week, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) held a hearing on contraception and whether it should be covered by insurance. Who was at that hearing? A table full of men. While contraception is important to men, who typically pay the bills for contraception like birth control pills and IUDs? Women.

Foster Friess, the billionaire backer of Rick Santorum’s campaign (if you don’t pay attention to American politics, these would be two Republican men who are key players right now in the up-coming American federal election), insinuated that all those women who are angry about their exclusion from the above mentioned hearing should simply stop being sluts. Then they’d have free contraception! Right.

Chris Brown performed at the Grammy’s despite being a convicted offender of physical assault, giving the age-old message that if you’re an offender of violence against women, most people will forgive you in a heart-beat.

Fox News commentator Liz Trotta blamed feminists for the rise in reported sexual assaults within the US military, the rise in costs for supporting the survivors of those sexual assaults, and the overall decline of the American economy. Again, offenders of violence against women were given the message that it’s okay, don’t worry about what you’ve done, we’re going to blame the person you did something violent and horrendous to. No, wait, we’ll blame the feminists. You can sleep at night while the survivors of your decision to force sex struggle with nightmares and flashbacks.

If you’re reading this thinking, “But we live in Canada. Things are much better here.” They’re not. Sexual violence is a major problem in our military, we struggle with our own issues of reproductive justice, and everywhere violence against women is minimized, trivialized, and dismissed.

Today, I stumbled across a cartoon on the Facebook page of Sonic 102.9, a radio station in Edmonton. The cartoon depicts Elmer Fudd from Looney Tunes encountering a women taking a photo of herself. She’s posing with puckered lips. The next slide, he shoves a rifle into her face and shoots.

Where’s the funny?

Cartoons are supposed to be funny, right?

Anyway, this cartoon sparked a heated debate between those who found the cartoon depiction of a woman having her head blown off hilarious, and those who found it disturbing. It was swiftly removed from their page.

My position is that the cartoon trivializes violence against women, minimizes the real problem of violence against women in Canada, and reinforces the double-standard expectation for women to look attractive, but don’t be a try-hard.

But you know what, I’m a tool.

I forgot to mention men. Men experience violence too, actually more violence than women. My bad.

I’m also a tool, apparently, because I don’t laugh at every single picture, cartoon, comic, one-liner, online blog that was created to be a joke. Apparently, we are expected to find every joke we encounter funny, or else risk the threat of being a radical, over-sensitive, tool.

Seriously?

Not everything that’s created to be funny, is funny. Some jokes are just delivered poorly. Some jokes get old and lose their relevance. Some jokes are functions of a larger social system that is legitimized through the joke. For example, rape jokes. Rape jokes like, “It’s not rape… it’s surprise sex,” minimize and dismiss situations of actual rape for those perpetrating and those who have survived sexual violence. People, in real life, actually go into women’s rooms and start taking off the women’s clothes while they’re asleep. Men wake up after being passed out to men behind them, sexually assaulting them. They wake up to the shock and horror of sexual assault. It’s not surprise sex at all, and framing the statement, “It’s not rape…it’s surprise sex,” as a joke actually takes away the voice of those people who have been sexually assaulted while unconscious, asleep, passed out, or those who were shocked to discover that someone they know, love, and trust is willing to ignore the obvious: I (male/female/trans; young/old; drunk/sober; sexually experienced/never had sex) don’t want you to do that.

I take pride in the fact that I can think about the content I am exposed to online, and determine for myself whether it is actually funny, or in fact is a reflection of misogyny, racism, homophobia, ableism, fatphobia, etc.

If that makes me a tool, then I’m proud to be a tool.

But, I am sad that many people laugh at these jokes. Please, be a tool like me.

By Meagan Simon

 

May 13, 2011

Alien Sex

Posted in Myths, Popular Culture, Rape Culture at 9:45 pm by sacetalks

Sex sells music. That’s a fundamental truth you can take to the bank.

But, how does music sell sex? What does music tell its consumers about what is sexy? What does music tell its consumers about a man’s sexuality and a woman’s sexuality?

When I first heard Katy Perry’s song “E.T.” featuring Kanye West, I loved it. The beat hooked me along with Katy Perry’s digitally enhanced voice. Yet, when I finally paid attention to the lyrics and thought about what they meant, my love turned sour.

The first thing I noticed about the lyrics is the glorification of male sexual prowess. With such winning lines as, “Your touch magnetizing” and “Wanna feel your powers,” the listening audience understands that Katy Perry is addressing another person who has exceptional sexual skills. In Heteronormative World, where sex is always sold as heterosexual even when it’s not (re: Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl”), we can easily assume Katy is referring to a man. To the listening heterosexual male, this means him. Still, anyone could see themselves in the role if they wanted.

Male sexual performance is being sold as heterosexual, powerful and awesome! If Katy Perry and Kanye West say so, this is the kind of sexuality that all women (presumed heterosexual) expect from good male lovers. Boys, grab your, *ahem*, pens and take notes:

–          You should be so out of this world good in bed, you’re like an alien, k? Like, supernatural, extraterrestrial, so futuristically advanced your DNA makes you superior to other men and all women.  When you infect a woman with your loving, it’s actually poisonous to her primitive DNA and will cause immanent paralysis.

–          But, that’s okay. You’re supposed to stun and hopefully render your female lover unconscious with your powerful and dangerous laser. It’s so sexy she’ll sing about it!

–          A woman wants to be controlled. See, women love a dangerous man they can’t tell is an angel or a devil. It hypnotizes then into passivity. To be a good heterosexual male you have to take charge to the point of abduction, but pretend that you’re protecting her.

–          Also, tell the woman you’re infecting that you tell her what to do. If she protests, keep repeating, “I tell ya what to do, I tell ya what to do, what to do, what to do.”

(Modified from the lyrics to “E.T.”)

The song’s message: Men should perform their sexuality in terms of dominance, aggression and violence towards women. For those men who do not fit the above outline for heterosexuality, good luck “getting a girl.” For those men who do not think of themselves as heterosexual, well, you don’t apply.

People might get confused that Katy Perry is responsible for this messaging. We cannot blame one person for a song that condones and normalizes male sexual violence towards women. We can, however, hold accountable all participating members of the music economy and wider rape culture for fabricating a male heterosexuality that reaches its ideal performance in sexual violence.

Those responsible for Katy Perry’s “E.T.” also produce, market and sell female sexuality in addition to male heterosexuality. Waving a hypnotizing medallion back and forth, they suggest to female listeners, “you will choose to be an object for male heterosexuality and you’ll love it.” Despite the possibility that Katy Perry’s public relations people would spin this female sexuality as empowerment, it is first and foremost created for the male gaze according to the terms set by patriarchy. While heterosexual men and boys circle jerk to Katy Perry’s image, women are told that female heterosexuality is dressing provocatively to impress and attract heterosexual men. Be like Katy and you’ll get a boyfriend. In the song, female sexuality is predicated on and for the dominant male heterosexuality.

Don’t believe my analysis? Well, let’s look at the lyrics of “E.T.” one more time. Girls, if you want to learn from Katy and Kanye, hear are your tips to be a good, sexy female. Your tips come second because your sexuality comes second. Listen:

–          Your sexual pleasure is dependent on what your man can do for you. He’ll use his magic, bath his Ape in your Milk Way and probe you. You’ll love it so much you faint.

–          Look for a man that makes you afraid. It’s the dangerous ones that have the most magic in their touch

–          The only power you have in a sexual encounter with a man is to demand he perform. You can demand he kiss you, but you cannot be the one doing the kissing.

–          Sex for you is about a man taking something. You want this.

–          You want to be abducted. You want to be a victim of violence.

(Modified from the lyrics to “E.T.”)

At which point we come to the lyric that caused my feelings towards this song to spin feverishly towards anger. While the entire song sells heterosexual violent male dominance and female subjugation as fantastic/fun/sexy sexualities you’ll want to perform yourself, the particular line, “Wanna be a victim,” explicitly names it. It makes sexual assault sexy and reinforces the statement, “rape is a complement.” According to these lyrics, perfected male heterosexuality is achieved when a man becomes a rapist and perfected female heterosexuality is achieved when a woman becomes a rape victim… Anger, disgust, betrayal, shame, despair felt at this reinforced reality.

Why do we buy into songs with these kinds of lyrics? Because these oppressive lyrics reflect and reinforce the oppressive systems of heteronormativity, patriarchy and rape culture we and the song are already a part of. “E.T.” is just one of many moments in our lives where things are the way they are because that’s the way they are and the fact that I’m raising such a big stink about it is uncalled for.

Not only does sex sell music, music sells sex. People (men) in power (with money) are selling patriarchal, heteronormative sexuality by packaging it in the form of music. If a transgender  person, a gay person, or anyone who does not identify in terms of sexual and gender binaries, ends up buying the music, that’s a happy expansion of the market. The music industry produces male sexual violence and female sexual victimization for their listeners in an alluring package of bass, melody and semi-nudity.

Can I buy something else, please?

by Meagan Simon

“E.T.” by Katy Perry feat. Kanye West

[Kanye West]
I got a dirty mind
I got filthy ways
I’m tryna Bath my Ape in your Milky Way
I’m a legend, I’m irreverent
I be reverand
I be so fa-a-ar up, we don’t give a f-f-f-f-ck
Welcome to the danger zone
Step into the fantasy
You are not invited to the otherside of sanity
They calling me an alien
A big headed astronaut
Maybe it’s because your boy Yeezy get ass a lot

[Katy Perry]
You’re so hypnotizing
Could you be the devil
Could you be an angel

Your touch magnetizing
Feels like I am floating
Leaves my body glowing

They say be afraid
You’re not like the others
Futuristic lover
Different DNA
They don’t understand you

Your from a whole other world
A different dimension
You open my eyes
And I’m ready to go
Lead me into the light

Kiss me, ki-ki-kiss me
Infect me with your love and
Fill me with your poison

Take me, ta-ta-take me
Wanna be a victim
Ready for abduction

Boy, you’re an alien
Your touch so foreign
It’s supernatural
Extraterrestrial

Your so supersonic
Wanna feel your powers
Stun me with your lasers
Your kiss is cosmic
Every move is magic

Your from a whole other world
A different dimension
You open my eyes
And I’m ready to go
Lead me into the light

Kiss me, ki-ki-kiss me
Infect me with your love and
Fill me with your poison

Take me, ta-ta-take me
Wanna be a victim
Ready for abduction

Boy, you’re an alien
Your touch so foreign
It’s supernatural
Extraterrestrial

[Kanye West]
I know a bar out in Mars
Where they driving spaceships instead of cars
Cop a Prada spacesuit about the stars
Getting stupid ass straight out the jar
Pockets on Shrek, Rockets on deck
Tell me what’s next, alien sex
I’ma disrobe you, than I’mma probe you
See I abducted you, so I tell ya what to do
I tell ya what to do, what to do, what to do

[Katy Perry]
Kiss me, ki-ki-kiss me
Infect me with your love and
Fill me with your poison

Take me, ta-ta-take me
Wanna be a victim
Ready for abduction

Boy, you’re an alien
Your touch so foreign
It’s supernatural
Extraterrestrial

Extraterrestrial
Extraterrestrial

Boy, you’re an alien
Your touch so foreign
It’s supernatural
Extraterrestrial

April 8, 2011

Thinking Film

Posted in Intimate Partner Violence, movies, Popular Culture, privilege and oppression, Rape Culture at 10:00 pm by sacetalks

I remember growing up watching Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. I can’t remember what I thought about it then, a 5 or 10 or 13 year old child, with different and developing impressions about myself and the world around me. In all likelihood, I was probably fascinated with Gaston’s muscles and how many uncooked eggs he could swallow in one go. I also probably thought he was a jerk and it was wonderful that Belle ended up with the Beast/Prince in the end. It is unlikely that I would sit there in my youth analyzing my gendered relationship to Gaston, noting and reflecting on the perplexing discovery that I wanted his muscles for my female gendered body rather than wanting a muscleman wrapped around my body. And also, I probably never thought about why Belle and everyone else was white and what it meant for a young Belle to be forced to hide away in a Palace with a complete stranger in order to protect her father, eventually falling in love with her captor.

Like all Disney movies, people can view them and critique their depictions of sexual orientation, power, gender, body, race, desirability, etc., deconstructing how they create and sustain the dominant and normal roles for Western society. However, little children viewing them likely don’t have such a privilege to question and often, people don’t exercise that privilege even if they have it.

I’m a grown-up now with a grown-up education and grown-up privilege, so I get to question, criticize and make fun of the movies I watch. I did exactly that while watching a modern depiction of Beauty and the Beast, called Beastly. While it probably won’t gross $400 million in box office revenues like the Disney movie (it lack’s Disney’s musical flair), it too will make a profit by selling a story of love and captivity to young children and teens.

In Beastly, a powerful Witch changes a handsome young man’s body, a young man with the short-sighted impression that only beautiful people matter in the world, into a disfigured body with scars, metal, boils and cool tattoos (he gets to keep his muscles) to teach him the lesson that what really, truly matters is the beauty that we all have inside (and muscles). Kyle, the disfigured character, supposedly will learn that lesson by getting someone to say to him I love you.

An important aspect of the story is how Kyle’s rich, white dad abandons him and pays for a Jamaican woman and a blind man to take care of him. While under their care, Kyle develops a sense of empathy, relating to their misfortunes through his misfortune. That’s what we’re supposed to think anyway, only he never thanks them for putting up with his rotten attitude and providing for his basic needs, never recognizes the strength and resiliency of an immigrant woman trying to bring her children to the United States or sees his role in creating a barrier for her. Nor does he acknowledge how the blind man is quite happy and lively being blind, never once suggesting in the movie that it is something he loathes or wants “fixed.” No, Kyle, along with the audience, are supposed to presume that blindness is always something one would rather not have. Kyle “saves” them from their problems by making a magical deal with the Witch to give the man sight and give the woman her children once he achieves his good looks. That’s right; they are saved only if he gets his too.

 Our part as audience is simply to think that he’s learned a lesson about beauty. (The only lesson I would learn is people are beautiful only if they’re loved. Sorry singles). We are not supposed to notice how he spent an entire year of his life taking for granted the services others provided for him, using their positions of marginalization for his own gain. We’re not supposed to notice that he only does something for them when he is able to maintain his own privilege. And anyway, this plot line supposed to remain marginal in our thoughts compared to the main focus of the movie – his acquisition of the love of a beautiful girl (who by the way he also saves, what a good white hero).

The love story goes as follows: After he has sulked around in his home for the first few months of his “ugly” life, he decides to risk going outside. At a party, he speaks with a girl named Liddy who he thinks could fall for him. She is depicted as a female who gives back to the community, gives food to the homeless on the street and was able to see the good “inside” Kyle while he was still a handsome misogynist before becoming ugly. In the movie, sexism is sexy and so is criminal harassment.

He begins to stalk her. One night, he sees her attempt to protect her father from a drug dealer with a gun. Kyle runs to her rescue, causing her to fall and be knocked unconscious. He hides her away temporarily in her room and goes back to her father who’s just shot the drug dealer. Kyle blackmails Liddy’s father by taking pictures of the crime and threatening to show them to the police if the father does not give Liddy to Kyle because he wants her for himself. Wait, I’m sorry, it’s rather because he wants to “protect” her from the dead drug dealer’s brother. I know. It’s complicated.

She reluctantly arrives at Kyle’s home, not knowing about the blackmail. Kyle lies to her about who he is and why she is there. He begins to buy her things, builds her a greenhouse, and takes her to a mansion cabin in order to make her like him.

Eventually, she finds out Kyle loves her and whispers she loves him too. In the end, she isn’t really bothered that the ugly man she fell in love with turns into the handsome, rich Kyle who can take her on all sorts of trips all over the world.

Is it just me, or does Kyle use a lot of coercion to get Liddy to say she loves him? Is it just me, or does it seem like this would be a much different story if the Witch made Kyle both poor and ugly?

As my friend kept telling me, just don’t think about it.

That’s what I’m supposed to do right? When I see love depicted as a man using coercion to acquire a woman’s love – just don’t think about it. When I see how he still maintains his positions of white, class and gender privilege despite being made “ugly” – just don’t think about it. When I see a woman depicted as being both a 21st century independent lady and one who is defined by her role to take care of and love beastly men – just don’t think about it. She’s simply the care-giver ideal of femininity.

I shudder at the thought of a 12 year old boy not thinking about it, watching Beastly and forming his ideas about what it means to be a man; or a 12 year old girl learning to define her romantic attractions towards men she loves in sight of their beastly behaviors and attitudes.

I sit here saying that I will not not think about it, dang nab it!  I will not allow coercion to hide away in an image of heterosexual romance nor will I sit in my movie theatre seat not knowing that I just paid $12.50 to watch this crap.

Because I can.

Because I can think. We all can think about how love, sex, gender, power, race, privilege, disability, class, etc are depicted in film even as we pay to see those films. Except, of course, those who do not have the privilege to develop the skills of criticism, or the money to pay.

by Meagan Simon

July 20, 2010

This week in the news (July 9 – 16, 2010)

Posted in Age of consent, Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (Rape Drugs), Intimate Partner Violence, Popular Culture, Rape Culture, Victim Blaming at 10:07 pm by sacetalks

Last week’s news post was delayed because of tech problems, but we’re back online now!

The following is a list of news articles and editorials on sexual assault in communities across the globe (over the past 7 days).  Many of the articles below may contain victim-blaming language, distortion of information which supports sexual assault myths, and/or triggering content.  What these articles do showcase is the prevalence of sexual assault (given that only a small percentage of the 1 in 10 sexual assaults in Canada which are reported receive media attention, several articles on sexual assault within one week indicate a huge number of assaults), what kinds of sexual assaults are reported and how rampant sexual assault myths are.  Please be aware that SACE does not support the content or delivery of any of the following news pieces.

Edmonton

Alberta

Accused in sex assault thought man was awake

Field trip sex was consensual, college teacher testifies

Man charged with sexual assault

Canada

Attempted murder charges for man arrested in vicious cemetery sex assault

Halifax police seek possible witness in sex assault

Sketch released of Burnaby sex-assault suspect

Sexual assault suspect denies charges

Trucker sought in sex assault, kidnapping case

St. Catharines man faces numerous sexual assault charges

Aggravated sexual assault suspect deported despite investigation

A trauma made worse

Women gather to decry hospitals’ lax standards for sexual assault staff

Man, 29, faces more sex assault charges in Waterloo

NL man convicted of sexual assault on salesman

Questions about how Regina police handled sexual assault and kidnapping case

Czapnik accused to appear on sex assault charges

Man wanted for assault on Oshawa sex worker

Arrest made in Vancouver sexual assault

Home invasion and sexual assault

Pal alerts Crime Stoppers

Police fear more victims

Jail counsellor coerced female inmate into sex

Man wanted in Copper Street sexual assault case located

Millbrook man receives house arrest for sexual assault from late ’60s

Sex offender’s bail hearing adjourned for one week

Murderer and rapist gets life sentence

Sexual assault suspect sought

Dangerous sex offender may be hiding in Toronto

Date set for trial

Poon released

QW man jailed two years

On paper, there are many risks to public security

Sex offender back in custody, faces more charges

Police seek dangerous sex offender

Bail hearing Tuesday for man facing sex assaults

UCDSB Apologizes to Abuse Victims

Man faces 15 years after guilty plea for molesting girls

Man, 29, found guilty of using Net to lure 2 girls

Pedophile pornographer apologizes

Pickering man accused of assaulting women at party

Gangster chooses 10-year sentence

Couple deserves 10 years for ‘heinous crime,’ Crown says

Sex offence sentences raised by PEI judge

Repeat violent offender faces new charge

Senior faces Internet luring charges

Man wanted for impersonating a police officer

Suspect wanted by regional police arrested in Ottawa

Man groped mentally disabled women

Rozon’s mayoralty musings are no laughing matter

Sex offender admits obscene call

Law firm seeks damages for man who took rap for Bernardo crime

Sex offender Baker granted early day parole

International

Russian pianist Pletnev says Thai sexual assault charge ‘a trivial scandal

Justice denied

Florida Day Care Assault Raises Questions About Inspections

Olympic cyclist sentenced for underage sex

Deaf inmate seeking exoneration in Texas says print matching sex offender proves his innocence

Malaysia gov’t minister visits Borneo tribe after fresh claims of girls raped by loggers

April 9, 2010

This week in the news (April 2 – 9, 2010)

Posted in Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (Rape Drugs), Intimate Partner Violence, Popular Culture, Victim Blaming at 8:43 pm by sacetalks

The following is a list of news articles and editorials on sexual assault in communities across the globe (over the past 7 days).  Many of the articles below may contain victim-blaming language, distortion of information which supports sexual assault myths, and/or triggering content.  What these articles do showcase is the prevalence of sexual assault (given that only a small percentage of the 1 in 10 sexual assaults in Canada which are reported receive media attention, several articles on sexual assault within one week indicate a huge number of assaults), what kinds of sexual assaults are reported and how rampant sexual assault myths are.  Please be aware that SACE does not support the content or delivery of any of the following news pieces.

Edmonton

Edmonton man accused of sexual assault at Halifax hotel

Edmonton man appears in Halifax court on sex assault charge

New trial ordered for Briscoe

Nina Courtepatte’s mother looks ahead

New trial ordered in Courtepatte killing

Dance school suspends teacher facing sex assault charges

Horrors persist for girl’s family

Alberta

Calgary psychiatrist vows to fight sexual assault allegations against him

Years of cases reviewed after Dr. Levin charged with sex assault

Sexual Assault Centres of Alberta react to sex offender pardon

School assault case rescheduled

Relationship with teen nets charges

Remand guard cleared of sex charges

Canada

Sheldon Kennedy shocked over coach’s pardon

Sex offenders pardoned almost as often as other criminals

Police release drawing of sexual assault suspect

Toronto police searching for suspect in sexual assault at Jane and Finch

Niagara man charged with sexual assault

UPDATE: Sketch released of suspect in Burnaby sexual assault

Child describes sexual assault on tape

BC man charged with two sexual assaults

Man charged in sexual assault of Manitoba girl

Seward gets 5 years in prison for sexual assaults

Sexual assault has Edmonds area on alert

Envision offers information during Sexual Assault Awareness Week

Tip leads to quick arrest of suspect in sexual assault

Charge laid in 2001 sexual assault

Former Trenton councillor acquitted of sexual assault

Trial date set in sexual assault case

More charges in NL Internet luring case

Oshawa man facing sexual assault charges

Police wrap up sexual assault investigation

Police hunt man in Burnaby sex assault

Sexual Assault Arrest March 30, 2010

Sex offender says he has a ‘sickness’

Man, 79, gets probation for kissing girl, 17

Dad gets 10 years in prison for incest

Spurned ex stabbed, raped woman

Pregnant, mentally disabled prostitute’s consent at centre of sex trial

Tale of sex workers one of ‘survival’

Former military commander accused of murders on hunger strike: report

Man who posed as stripper appeals verdict

Third pupil recalls touching

Vancouver Island man gets five years for violent sex assaults

Gunshots fired at BC sex offender’s home

Male charged after domestic dispute

Grieving parent worries sex offender up to old tricks

Girls say they were groped by teacher

Judge hears pre-trial motions

Family seeking answers about random nature of Jessica Lloyd’s death

DNA test pegs serial sex offender for 1994 attack

Life Sentence For Man Who Raped 76-Year-Old Woman

Nephew tells judge about interactions with accused uncle

Family grateful for help

Diocese preparing to sell assets to help compensate victims of sexual assault

Former coach accused of Internet luring

Victims’ groups appalled at outcome of sex assault cases

Vannatter Back in Court

Event will repair the tear in our community fabric

Violence against kids excites serial pedophile

Teen sexually assaulted on Welland Canal trail

Three girls assaulted since January on west side

Guilty pleas in international child porn case

Defences for sex abuse are unacceptable, but solutions remain elusive

Hot-tub sex assailant facing another charge involving minor

School assault triggers mother’s fear

Police Identify Child Pornography Suspects

Stephen Lewis on gender inequality

Longford pleads guilty

International

5 charged with raping 7-year-old in NJ

Australia rugby league star Stewart to face sexual assault charges in September

Vacationer says she was drugged, raped in Dominican

Wisconsin district attorney threatens to charge teachers over sex-ed classes

Fake group sex ad leads to sex assault

Department of Justice Observes April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month

DA to announce Roethlisberger decision Monday

Trial starts in US for evangelist accused of killing wife, keeping her body in freezer

Fiona can depose via video conference in Scarlett case: CBI

Disgusting game

Roman Polanski attorneys say prolonged case is assault on Calif. justice system

Father gets stiffer sentence for punching daughter’s sex attacker

February 2, 2010

This week in the news (January 23-29, 2010)

Posted in Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (Rape Drugs), News Release, Popular Culture, Rape Culture at 5:26 pm by sacetalks

The following is a list of news articles and editorials on sexual assault in communities across the globe (over the past 7 days).  Many of the articles below may contain victim-blaming language, distortion of information which supports sexual assault myths, and/or triggering content.  What these articles do showcase is the prevalence of sexual assault (given that only a small percentage of the 1 in 10 sexual assaults in Canada which are reported receive media attention, several articles on sexual assault within one week indicate a huge number of assaults), what kinds of sexual assaults are reported and how rampant sexual assault myths are.  Please be aware that SACE does not support the content or delivery of any of the following news pieces.

Edmonton

Edmonton rapist convicted on 14 charges

Housing for worst offenders proposed

Long-term offender sent back to jail

Police make one arrest following sexual touching incidents

Man charged in alleged groping

killer can’t control urges, court told

Closing arguments presented at Svekla dangerous offender hearing

Alberta

Calgary police investigate sexual assaults

Canada

Former Inuit leader convicted of sexual assault

Toronto Police searching for sexual assault suspect

Lower Mainland police join forces in plea to child sexual predator

Brock goalie charged in sexual assaults

Police looking for man in alleged sexual assault of teen on bus in Waterloo

City man charged with sexual assault

West side man pleads guilty to three charges of sexual assault

Senior gets 15 months for sex attack on girl

Keith Perry, 39, charged with sexual assault

Police seek other sex-assault victims

Man charged after December sexual assault, stabbing

Former pastor found guilty of indecent assault

First Avenue man charged with sexual assault

On illness and incarceration

Police Investigating A Sexual Assault

Mother webcast sex acts with toddler

Boy says man assaulted him

International

Andy Dick Arrested for Sexual Abuse

December 11, 2009

This week in the news (Dec.11, 2009)

Posted in Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (Rape Drugs), Intimate Partner Violence, Men's role in sexual assault, Popular Culture, Rape Culture, Victim Blaming at 8:38 pm by sacetalks

The following is a list of news articles and editorials on sexual assault in communities across the globe (over the past 7 days).  Many of the articles below may contain victim-blaming language, distortion of information which supports sexual assault myths, and/or triggering content.  What these articles do showcase is the prevalence of sexual assault (given that only a small percentage of the 1 in 10 sexual assaults in Canada which are reported receive media attention, several articles on sexual assault within one week indicate a huge number of assaults), what kinds of sexual assaults are reported and how rampant sexual assault myths are.  Please be aware that SACE does not support the content or delivery of any of the following news pieces.

Edmonton

Jury mulls instructor’s fate
Instructor victim of hysteria: lawyer

Massaging students common, taekwondo instructor tells Edmonton

 
Alberta

Female player sex abuse claimed
ONLINE DANGER: Calgary girls, 13 and 14, sexually assaulted
2-year jail term for sex assault on girl

Canada

Man pleads guilty to molesting children
Sexual assault at Surrey hospital leads to debate over mixed-sex rooms
Friends defend North Vancouver coach accused of sexual assault
Man facing child sex assault charges seeks bail
Sexual assault charges
Cops release sketch of suspect in West End sexual assault
NB man’s sexual assault trial delayed
Senior teacher, 68, accused of sex assault on young woman
Toronto teacher charged with sexual assault
Easing trauma of sexual abuse

Boy testifies at sex assault trial
Sexual assault case can be reopened: Supreme Court
Police believe sexual assault didn’t happen
Peel haven for abused women struggles to survive
Nurse works despite abuse charges
Historical sexual assault investigation in Elliot Lake leads to additional charges
Sexual predator released in Whitby neighbourhood
Mentally challenged man alleges sex assault, police charge Newmarket, Ont., man

 
International
Child abuse crisis to spark Irish Church shakeup
Arrest Warrant out for Steven Isaac Cruickshank for sexual assault
Wylie High football coach charged with sexual assault of a child 10:38 AM CT
Police Report Details Rod Jetton’s Brutal Sexual Assault On “Friend”
Sex abuse kung fu teacher jailed
Va. Beach police looking for sexual assault suspect
Lakewood man faces 19 counts of sexual assault
Car Alarm Leads Lauderdale Burglary to Escalate to Sexual Assault
Woman recounts alleged beating, sexual assault
Sex assault investigation
Suspect in custody for sexual assault at UMSL
Beach police investigate sexual assault in Magic Hollow
Boy, 12, in sexual assaults probe
Woman admits to false report on sexual assault
Report: Husband posts bail for boy scout leader charged with sexual assault of
Clayton man guilty in sexual assault case
Senior admits assaulting girl, 11
Elgin man gets 40 years for sexual assault of boys
Assault suspect had phone belonging to SMU student, police say
Centre’s role vital in dangerous times
Alexander sentenced to life in prison for sexual assault
TPD seeking suspect in attempted sexual assault
Report: College Sexual Assaults On The Rise; Students Still Feel Safe
Sexual assault suspect on leave from Franklin County 911 center job
Man arrested in sexual assault in Mooresville
Woman accuses step-father of sexual assault
Youth is charged with sexual assault
Anchorage man arrested for serial rape of homeless men
Man charged with sexual assault on bicyclist
No charges in alleged sex assault due to statue of limitations
Police Arrest Suspect In Brutal Rape, Kidnapping OF 91-Year-Old Woman
Former Niagara teacher charged in sexual assault
Man is nabbed on sexual assault charges
Would This 19-Year-Old Texan Have Survived His Brutal Sexual Assault Without
Man arrested in connection with sexual assault scheme
Kung Fu instructor who assaulted girls jailed for 18 months at Liverpool crown

November 13, 2009

This week in the news (November 13, 2009)

Posted in Child Sexual Abuse, Current Events, Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (Rape Drugs), Intimate Partner Violence, Men's role in sexual assault, Popular Culture, Rape Culture at 7:09 pm by sacetalks

The following is a list of news articles and editorials on sexual assault in communities across the globe (over the past 7 days).  Many of the articles below may contain victim-blaming language, distortion of information which supports sexual assault myths, and/or triggering content.  What these articles do showcase is the prevalence of sexual assault (given that only a small percentage of the 1 in 10 sexual assaults in Canada which are reported receive media attention, several articles on sexual assault within one week indicate a huge number of assaults), what kinds of sexual assaults are reported and how rampant sexual assault myths are.  Please be aware that SACE does not support the content or delivery of any of the following news pieces.

Edmonton

Sex offender’s sentencing postponed

Alberta

Crown seeks life for Alberta rapist who posed as Mountie

Befriending Red Deer rapist kept kidnapped teen alive

Man won’t have to return to Regina jail after being accidentally released

Fugitive Calgary rapist likely being hid, say police

Canada

`Sexsomniac’ man deemed no threat

Catholic priest released on bail one day after sentencing for sexual abuse

Burnt Church man charged with sexual assault, confinement

RCMP identify suspect in sex assaults

BC RCMP search for man wanted for two sexual assaults and suspected of others

Police release image of sexual assault suspect

NWT ex-MLA not guilty of sexual assault

Police chief appalled by charges

Ashbury College sued over alleged sex assault

Woman kidnapped, assaulted: Cops

Man faces sexual assault charges

Prosecutor ‘relieved’ at decision

Rookie officer acquitted in sex assault

Sexual assault’s silencing power

Teacher suspended for sending love letters to student

Sexual assault arrest

Sarnia, Ont., police officer arrested and charged with sexual assault

Sturgeon Falls man charged with sexual assault

David Barber to Michael Coren: ‘If you’re right, we’re in big trouble’

Napanee trial set for man arrested after DNA evidence used

Repeat sex offender facing another sex-related trial in Nova Scotia

City man released on undertaking in sexual interference case

Woman assaulted at McArthur

Risk to women on loose

Psychiatric review continues for accused rapist

Abuse victims get support, advice -and a safety alarm

Man arrested on sex assault charges

Long-term sex offender released

Regina man in court facing child pornography charges

Site helps abused kids

Cournoyer suspect has dark past

International

Group Documents Sexual Assaults in Iran Postelection Crackdown

Texas polygamist gets 10 years for sexual assault

Sex abuse by women reports on rise

Slideshow: Mohler men charged with child rape in court

Student alleges sexual abuse by priest in Kerala school

Guest columnist Save sexual-assault center’s funding to help girls like me

Teacher convicted of sex attacks at anti-rape classes

Law on sexual assault on students strengthened

‘Precious’: Searing look at despair, resilience

University appalled at its students’ pro-rape Facebook site

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