Sexual Violence: A Global Pandemic/13th to 19th May 2018

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Posted May 29, 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 13th to 19th May 2018.

 

1) A 34-year old step-father found guilty for attempted child molestation and confinement

 

Robert D. Coleman, a 34-year old, was found guilty of attempting child molestation and confinement of his step-daughters, by a panel of 12 members at the Madison County Circuit Court. The next hearing has been scheduled for June 12, till then he will be held behind bars without bond. Four other accusations were applied by the victims, for which the jury did not deem the convict guilty.

 

2) Thirty four bishops offered resignations in the wake of child sex scandal and cover-up.

 

Thirty one serving bishops and three retiring bishops from Chile signed a resignation letter in light of the child sex abuse scandals. The mass resignation appears to be an acknowledgement that the Chilean church is accepting responsibility for wrongdoing. While Pope Francis had earlier dismissed the allegations, he has now apologized — both for his remarks and for the church’s inaction more generally — and has met with survivors of Karadima’s abuse.

 

3) Victims’ protection at stake: Mumbai Court and Jain Committee protect the accused instead

 

Two male caretakers of a hostel of Jain Mandir were accused of sexually assaulting two minors residing in the same hostel. However, when they were arrested following the accusations, the members of Jain management committee threatened the two victims to remain mum and moreover, filed an Anticipatory Bail Application (ABA), following which the accused were provided an interim bail by Bombay High Court.

 

4) University of Saskatchewan punishes volleyball coach for supporting sexual assault assailant

 

Brian Gavlas, Huskies volleyball coach of the University of Saskatchewan, was fired by the university on the account of recruiting a sexual assault assailant, who was currently on bail and bore charges of sexual assault. As per the coach’s account, being in such a position, he stated that, people like him had to give opportunity for growth and improvement to the teenagers.

 

5) Sexual assault convict’s imprisonment decision being reviewed by High Court judge

 

Christopher Davidson, a 21 year old, former student of Dalhousie University, was found guilty of sexual assault and unlawful confinement of a fellow female student in the campus dormitory in 2015. The victim reported entering the room willfully, but indulgence into sexual intercourse without her consent. The Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge Glen McDougall reserved his decision following the victim’s statement and the lawyer’s factual presentations.

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

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Jill Langhus
May 30, 2018
May 30, 2018

Hi Safecity. Thanks for sharing your headlines for the week. I thought Pope Francis was supposed to be this amazing, more open-minded leader/role model? Ga:-( Didn't know this....

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Apr 17, 2019
Apr 17, 2019

Dear Jill,
He is. The cases of child sexual abuse were covered up. When the truth came out later, he apologised on behalf of the Church.

Jill Langhus
Apr 18, 2019
Apr 18, 2019

Hello Elsa,

That's annoying, to say the least:-( I see.

Hope you're doing well, and having a good week!?

Nnenna Hannah okoh-Metu
Mar 24, 2019
Mar 24, 2019

Keep up the good work

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Apr 17, 2019
Apr 17, 2019

Thank you!

Paulina Nayra
Apr 17, 2019
Apr 17, 2019

Hi Elsa... I hope the allegations that Pope Francis destroyed evidences of sexual violence in the church is not true. Unfortunately, we still live in patriarchal society where women victims are often blamed for the sexual abuse. Women all over the world unite. We should work hand-in-hand to press government to act decisively and objectively.

Huggs from the Philippines,
Paulina

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Apr 17, 2019
Apr 17, 2019

Dear Paulina,
These allegations were not true. Our apologies for wording the news wrong. It was the other priests and bishops that destroyed evidence. Once the truth was discovered, Pope Francis apologised on behalf of the church and held the priests accountable.

Paulina Nayra
Apr 19, 2019
Apr 19, 2019

Oh thanks for correcting this. Our Pope is a compassionate leader of the church. And those priests who burned the evidence should be made accountable for their misdeeds.

ARREY- ECHI
Apr 29, 2019
Apr 29, 2019

Dear SafeCity,
Thank you for these highlights.
Point three is heartbreaking, to think the accused is protected and the victims threatened.
Keep going.

Mikaela Kate
May 25, 2019
May 25, 2019

Elsa, thank you. Say their names..bring the violence to the front so we can make our own decisions about what to do about sexual violence on our own streets, in our own lives. I commend you for standing tall for women who havent found their voices yet. You are the open door for them thank you