Sexual Violence: A Global Pandemic

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Posted February 4, 2018 from India

Sexual violence is a global pandemic. One in three women experiences sexual or physical violence – most likely from their intimate partner, according to a report from the World Health Organization. There is an urgent need to increase sensitization regarding sexual violence and the awareness of consent and sexual violence amongst persons at large. In this series, we examine sexual violence and related issues that have come up in the news, on a weekly basis, published every Saturday. This is an attempt to improve awareness regarding incidents of sexual violence and related matters, so that we, as a society can take steps towards collective action to reduce its incidence. It is an effort to ensure that we acknowledge the rampant sexual violence that exists, lest we forget.

This issue looks at 27th January to 2nd February, 2018.

Hollywood manager accused of sexual harassmentHollywood managerVincent Cirrincionehas been accused of sexual harassment by nine women in a report from The Washington Post. Eight African American women and one Asian American woman alleged that Cirrincione made unwanted sexual advances toward them over a two-decade period. The manager formerly represented Halle Berry for 20 years and currently manages Taraji P. Henson.CEO keeps job despite accusationsThe CEO of theHumane Society of America, Wayne Pacelle, will keep his job leading one of the nation’s largest animal charities despite an internal investigation that identified sexual harassment complaints by three female subordinates and threats by major donors to cut their support. The decision to retain Pacelle by the board of directors, who reviewed the allegations during a seven-hour meeting, has led to the immediate resignation of seven board members in protest.Supreme Court dismisses PIL demanding sexual crimes be made gender neutral

TheSupreme Courton Friday dismissed a PIL demanding crimes such as rape, sexual harassment, outraging modesty, stalking, and voyeurism to be made gender neutral, saying it was Parliament to amend the law. “Legislations come as a response to social and collective cry. These sections are victim-oriented and Parliament has acknowledged a woman as the victim. We cannot ask Parliament to legislate,” a three-judge Bench headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra said.Actress allegedly harassedAmala Paul, actress, who is in Chennai, filed a police complaint on Wednesday claiming that she was asked for a ‘sexual favour’ by an unidentified man when she was rehearsing for her upcoming show. After filing the police complaint, the actor spoke to reporters saying that she felt very unsafe after the man’s advances. “When I had gone to do dance rehearsal, a man spoke to me unpleasantly, like he was conducting a trade. I was very shocked. I was very humiliated. That’s why I immediately came to complain to the police station. I’m going to Malaysia for an event. I went to dance practice for that event. While I was practising, he came inside. He spoke as though he was part of the event. He spoke to me like he was someone known at the event. He spoke to me personally when I was alone inside. That’s why I have complained. He has spoken like he was conducting a sexual trade, for a favour,” said Amala Paul.Malayalam Actress allegedly harassed on trainMalayalam actress,Sanusha Santoshhas revealed that she was sexually harassed on a train. As per reports, the actress was in a two-tier air-conditioned coach of the Maveli Express that follows the Mangaluru Central to Thiruvananthapuram route when the incident took place. Sanusha Santosh said that she was shocked to have opened her eyes and found a man rubbing his hand against her lips. The accused has been arrested.

Connect with us? In case you like this new series, hate it, or think there are stories that we should be covering but have missed out on, please email us at vanditamorarka@gmail.com. We look forward to your inputs and feedback!

(This article was first published on Safecity.Written by Nikunj Morarka)

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Jill Langhus
Feb 05, 2018
Feb 05, 2018

Hi Safecity. Thanks for sharing your latest issue on sexual violence. I think this series is great, albeit shocking, because it brings awareness and also unity on the global issue of sexual violence. To me the CEO of The Humane Society was the most disappointing/shocking because I didn't expect it. It's really poor that he's being supported in light of those allegations.

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Feb 09, 2018
Feb 09, 2018

Hi,

Thank you for reading our piece and sharing your thoughts. Thank you for your appreciation.

Regards,

Safecity

Jill Langhus
Feb 09, 2018
Feb 09, 2018

You're welcome.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Feb 08, 2018
Feb 08, 2018

Hello, Safecity. Kudos for keeping a record of sexual violence and coming up with a series. It is appalling that men in leadership gets away with their harassment on women. Society needs to be tougher in dealing with men who lack respect on women.

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Feb 09, 2018
Feb 09, 2018

Hi,

Thank you for reading our piece and sharing your thoughts. Thank you for your appreciation.

Regards,

Safecity

Jensine Larsen
Feb 11, 2018
Feb 11, 2018

It is a pandemic, and the voices must be made visible - thank you for doing all that you do!

Tarke Edith
Aug 21, 2018
Aug 21, 2018

Hi Safecity
Thank you for sharing this issue of sexual harassment sister it has been an important issue to talk about because it is too rampant our girls children are the victims .

Hellen Kimanzi
Aug 21, 2018
Aug 21, 2018

Hello Safecity
Thank you for sharing this tough issue of sexual harassment. It is something that women and innocent girls go through everyday all over the world. It is surprising how the so called "big fish" get away with such cases.

Beth Lacey
Aug 22, 2018
Aug 22, 2018

Such tragedies! Please keep up your good work.
Beth

Sophie Ngassa
Aug 22, 2018
Aug 22, 2018

Hello Safecity, Yes! This global issue needs to be addressed accordingly. Thanks for the relevant info about sexual violence.

sarah_2
Aug 23, 2018
Aug 23, 2018

Hi safecity,
Thank you for sharing..
Is so pathetic

Adanna
Aug 23, 2018
Aug 23, 2018

Hello Safecity,

Thank you for the work you do on improving awareness on incidents of sexual violence and related matters.

Keep up the good work!

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 23, 2018
Aug 23, 2018

Hi SafeCity,

Thank you for stating that this sexual violence is a global pandemic. We are finally raising our voices in numbers that cannot be dismissed, and so importantly, that give women the message that this continues as a societal means to control us, and that none of this is our fault. We have been saying this for a very long time. That this violence continues, points to how determined the government systems in place want women to be controlled. Telling our stories, as you have done here, shows this control for what it is. Realizing that this is global creates a critical consciousness that can then fuel our rightful fury, and turn that fury into determined action with each other.
Thank you for all your wonderful work.

With love in sisterhood,
Tam

Jacqueline Namutaawe
Aug 23, 2018
Aug 23, 2018

Sexual assault in its various forms is terribly wrong and whereas we the females are the biggest victims ofcourse it hurts. We will end this through powerful writeups and insights like these. Thanks

Sharon Makunura
Aug 24, 2018
Aug 24, 2018

Women should have a voice. Thank you for sharing.

Rosylyne Nabaala
Aug 25, 2018
Aug 25, 2018

Together we can stop sexual abuse in our community and let's continue to empower the vulnerable eg, children, women and the old one. Thank you for sharing and let's fight the good fight.

Ngala Nadege
Aug 25, 2018
Aug 25, 2018

Hello Safecity !! Its really feels good and bad at the same time while reading because it create awareness and togetherness as far as sexual violence is concerned.

Jafreen Alamgir
Aug 26, 2018
Aug 26, 2018

Hello Safecity. Glad to voice the issue of harassment. Hope someday soon, things will definitely work out to make public space much more safer for women.

Stephanie Mah
Aug 26, 2018
Aug 26, 2018

Hi Safecity,
You are right, only true sensitization that awareness can be created. Thanks for sharing.

SanPatagonia
Aug 26, 2018
Aug 26, 2018

Hi there... You're so right in pointing out this is a pandemic and we have a responsibility in raising awareness. Telling the stories helps other sisters to tell their own and report them to Police and Justice. A few months ago, in my country there was a social media campaign about abuse and femicides, and hundreds of women were part of a collective # telling their own story or the one of a woman who had been murdered and didn't have a voice of her own anymore. It was hearbreaking... and yet so full of power.
Thanks for sharing this article that's part of that collective voice rising.
Stay strong!

Olubee
Aug 28, 2018
Aug 28, 2018

Sexual violence is commom everywhere in the world.In Nigeria,its is a common thing and the law is become very strict on sexual abuse offenders.Thanks for sharing this,we look forward to the next series.

Much love

Obisakin Busayo
Aug 30, 2018
Aug 30, 2018

Thank you Safecity for sharing this updates! The reason why sexual violence keep thriving in the world is because justice are always perverted and I think it is time for us to raise our voices louder for justice for victims of sexual violence. Appreciate the great work you are doing my sister
Love
Busayo

Mwaka
Sep 03, 2018
Sep 03, 2018

Thanks for sharing such an important topic. It is an eye opener and much need to be done to cab such horrifying incidences of sexual violence.

SIMON MUREU
Sep 05, 2018
Sep 05, 2018

you should always take courage no matter what

Jane Frances Mufua
Sep 06, 2018
Sep 06, 2018

Thanks for sharing this story. GBV is not only a global phenomenon but cuts across all classes of women. At least I am happy that this women are speaking out. To stop this evil, we have to keep shouting at the top of our voices that it is wrong.

Ngwa Damaris
Sep 07, 2018
Sep 07, 2018

This is so sad!!! I will join in singing the song against sexual violence too. We must be heard!!!!

Sister Zeph
Sep 25, 2018
Sep 25, 2018

My dear Thank you for writing this piece and discussing the issue which all of us have to face in different ways. but most of the women keep silent they think speaking about sexual violence will reduce their respect in the society but this is a time to speak so we can save each other

leila Kigha
Nov 13, 2018
Nov 13, 2018

Sexual harassement is indeed a global pandemic.
Keep shinning your light and sharing your message.
Together one person , one community at a time we are making the difference.

Thank you for sharing Safecity