Sexual Violence: A Global Pandemic/ 31st March to 6th April 2018

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Posted April 10, 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 31st March to 6th April 2018.

1. High school student arrested for molesting a minor student on school premises

Curtis Bell, a 17-year-old high school student from South Cobb, Georgia, allegedly molested a 14-year-old girl after dragging her to one of the rooms within the school. Arrested on the day of crime itself, he is facing sexual charges, along with misdemeanour charges of child molestation and cajoling a child. Curtis was released the next day after posting a $27,720 bond

2. Old man caught for the 4th time sexually harassing women on the subway

Conrado Aleman, an 82-year-old serial sexual harasser on the subway was caught indecently grinding his genitals on a woman’s backside. After assaulting four women in two years, Aleman claims to not be guilty by reason of being an impotent. His attorney tried to use his alleged mental illnesses as argument. However, Aleman is facing non-consent touching and sexual abuse charges.  

3. New York Special Division to be reviewed

The New York Police Department (NYPD) announced an analysis of the sex crime section’s leadership under the command of Deputy Chief Michael Osgood. Osgood’s contribution to Trump’s election campaign weeks after his controversial video tape degrading women entered limelight, has stirred questions of trust amid advocate groups. Though Commissioner James O’Neill mentioned that the Special Division’s Commander and the investigators need to keep the victims assured of justice.

4. Alleged rapist auto-driver turns out to be a history-sheeter

An auto-driver in Navi Mumbai has been running from the law after being accused of raping a 16-year-old. Identified as Satyajit Kisan Dilpak, he was last seen at his homeplace in Solapur. He has a track record of crimes dating back to 2013, involving molestation in Solapur, chain snatching in Osmanabad and many more.

5. Faraway family of the royalty accused of rape of minor

David Mathews, Pippa Middleton’s father-in-law was put into police confinement at the Paris Orly airport on claims of sexually assaulting a child during a vacation between 1998 and 1999 in France.

David Mathews, was kept under the custody from Tuesday and only relieved Friday on bail. Reported by the victim’s relative in 2017, David has been indicted with “rape of a minor by a person with authority over his victim,” as reported by AFP and the case is being managed by France’s Juvenile Protection Brigade. A family spokesperson has denied the allegations.

This article was first published on Safecity as a part of the blogging team by Shaziya Shaikh 

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Beth Lacey
Apr 10, 2018
Apr 10, 2018

Such horrific acts. Awareness must continue to be raised.

Tamarack Verrall
Apr 10, 2018
Apr 10, 2018

Hi Safecity,
The more these acts of violence are published, the closer we are to it being recognized as a global crisis being allowed to continue as a way to suppress, silence and control women. As our voices grow louder and as we join together we are creating a new level of awareness in which it is impossible to explain away or ignore what is happening. Your reporting also reinforces that every story is important.

sarah ann
Apr 10, 2018
Apr 10, 2018

Thank you for reporting this unacceptable behavior out, each update is another thread in the narrative for needed change. Until these incidents no longer exist, keep sharing, and keep turning up the volume of awareness.

SIMON MUREU
Apr 10, 2018
Apr 10, 2018

And yesterday a baby girl was raped and murdred,her body hidden under bed.THE man who did it stoned to death by mob

Ngwa Damaris
Apr 11, 2018
Apr 11, 2018

Satanic acts!!!!! Thanks for updating and informing us.This gives more reason to fight more against sexual violence

leila Kigha
Apr 11, 2018
Apr 11, 2018

SUch unacceptable behaviour. Thank you for shinning the light on this safecity.
We can be The change we desire to see.

Anjana Vaidya
Apr 11, 2018
Apr 11, 2018

It's so pity that even infant to old aged women are facing sexual violence in our society, which is extremely unacceptable. A survivor not only violated physically at once but it became a lifelong painful suffering. We have to work for justice and make easy access to the immediate support system for survivors (health, legal and social security) and there must be a very hard punishment for the perpetrators. I am completely fed up, very angry and feel helpless every day, while I read these kinds of news happening rampantly in my country too.

Clodine Mbuli Shei
Apr 12, 2018
Apr 12, 2018

Dear Safecity,
The list goes on and on. The cases are so numerous and the uncovered ones even more. Awareness raising is key. We need no relent our efforts. Thank you

Sister Zeph
Apr 16, 2018
Apr 16, 2018

This is a very sad reality my dear thanks to you for posting them here so that we all can see what is happening in our world, thank you very much

Rahmana Karuna
May 24, 2018
May 24, 2018

i hope the tide is turning with #metoo and consent workshops are growing . oregon does nothing to under 16yo boys. at least in my town. grrrrrr. so many stories i heard as the local county birth control practitioner. too many. way to many. thank you for bringing attention to this nightmare.

chimdirimebere
May 30, 2018
May 30, 2018

Hi Safecity,
We all need to raise our voices as high as it can go to let people know that rape take place even in our homes, schools, hospitals, among our caregivers, our children's lesson teachers etc. Please we need to take this menace very seriously.

Thank for sharing this piece with us.

Chimdirimbere Harriet Okoro

Damilola Fasoranti
Jul 28, 2018
Jul 28, 2018

Every day we hear about this act and it is saddening and somehow it is hard to see progress as we are all striving to raise awareness about these things.

Nonetheless, we must speak up, educate, retrain the mind and be vigilant at the troubling times. Thank you, Safecity for sharing about this.

Mauwa Brigitte
Aug 07, 2018
Aug 07, 2018

Gracias por tu historia tan conmovedora.

La violencia sexual debe ser reportada a las autoridades del país para encontrar una solución duradera para todas las mujeres y niñas. ¿Alguna vez oyó hablar de la Resolución 1325 y 1820 en el Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU? Todos sus actores deben ser castigados por la ley.

Nnenna Hannah okoh-Metu
Aug 22, 2018
Aug 22, 2018

Its really sad,i was once a victim,i feel so saddened by this scourge

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