Sexual Violence: A Global Pandemic/ 24th to 30th March 2018

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Posted April 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 news from 24th to 30th March 2018.

 

 

 

1. A 70-year-old former dean at Michigan State University charged with sexual misconduct 

 

The charges upon former supervisor of physician Larry Nassar, who has been sentenced to prison for sexually abusing female gymnasts, emerged after the investigators received a tip during the probe at the center of the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal.

 

Strampel has been accused for fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, making sexually suggestive comments on four female medical students, seeking sexual favours from the students in return of a free vacation and academic benefits, and receiving pornographic images of women “through threats and manipulation,” court documented.

 

 

 

2. “The Ren & Stimpy Show” maker John Kricfalusi accused of sexually harassing two women 

 

Robyn Byrd claims when she was 16, Kricfalusi molested her in his apartment at Los Angeles, gave her PTSD and pulled her into an abusive relationship. Kricfalusi’s attorney dismissed Byrd’s claims as the result of mental illness.

 

Also, Katie Rice, alleged that while she was a minor Kricfalusi sent ‘flirty letters’ to her and masturbated while the two were on the phone together. She claims, he continued to sexually harass her when she started working for him in 2000. Child porn has been found on his computer by her, including the photo of a 10-year-old naked girl.

 

 

 

3. A 36-year-old put behind the bars for sex crime

 

Devyn John Bockwitz received jail time for allegedly responding to an advertisement posted by local law enforcement on a social media platform. He is claimed to have sex-related conversation over text message with the poster, who is asserted to be a 15-year-old girl. Bockwitz was arrested when he arranged to meet in Bemidgi and have sex with a person he thought was a child.

 

 

 

4. The “American Idol” host accused of sexual harassment by his former personal stylist. 

 

Suzie Hardy, the former “E! News” stylist has laid charges against her earlier employer Ryan Seacrest of sexual assault and harassment. She contacted the LAPD and filed a police report and seeks real investigation, which was systematically flushed in earlier attempts.

 

“#MeToo” movement empowered her to come forward with the truth and has engulfed powerful men across society in harassment and abuse allegations.

 

 

 

5. A trans woman allegedly harassed by an NYPD officer 

 

Melanie Legend has claimed that during a traffic stop in April, 2016 DiCecco, an officer named “Cop of the Month” in 2012 for making a number of arrests, allegedly strip-searched her in the public. It is claimed, he put thumb in Legend’s waistband, brought her pants down on the road and made comments upon her name and body.

 

DiCecco is accused, in all, of abuse of authority, courtesy and using offensive language.

This article was first published on Safecity, as a part of the blogging team by Dimpey Tehlan

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Jill Langhus
Apr 05, 2018
Apr 05, 2018

Hi Safecity. Thanks for sharing these news snippets, too, to bring more awareness to harassment. I'm seeing a trend of teachers abusing their power...very disturbing. I feel like I'm fortunate to not have had any incidents of this nature during my academic career, but that does make up for all the women that have had incidents. These people in "authority" should be stellar citizens and role models with upstanding morals and ethics; anything less is abusing their privilege of position.

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Apr 11, 2018
Apr 11, 2018

Hi,

Thank you for reading our piece and sharing your thoughts.

Regards,
Safecity

Jill Langhus
Apr 12, 2018
Apr 12, 2018

You're welcome:)

Urmila Chanam
Apr 06, 2018
Apr 06, 2018

Dear Safecity,

Sexual violence is the scariest experience for any girl or woman but now even boys an children are at equal risk. It is such a deformed world we now live in. Thanks for working on raising awareness on sexual violence especially on how to escape it, how to report it, why its important to seek justice through law and so on. Wish you all the best. Keep writing and keep sharing.

Love and prayers,
Urmila Chanam,
India,
urmila.chanam@gmail.com

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Apr 11, 2018
Apr 11, 2018

Hi Urmila,

Thank you for reading our piece and sharing your thoughts.
Thank you for your kind words.

Regards,
Safecity

Alyssa Tolva
Apr 06, 2018
Apr 06, 2018

Thank you for sharing these news stories. It is so important that we do not allow them to be brushed away or told differently with alternative facts. Harassers need to be called out, even if it was from the past. They cannot get away with what they have done and we need to ensure that it does not happen again.

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Apr 11, 2018
Apr 11, 2018

Hi Alyssa,

Thank you for reading our piece and sharing your thoughts.

Regards,
Safecity