Sexual Violence: A Global Pandemic/ 3rd November to 10th November 2018

Safecity- Elsa D'Silva
Posted November 22, 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 3rd November to 10th November 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

1. Google forced to act against sexual harassment

 

A New York Times article revealed that Google had paid a senior executive, Andy Rubin, a $90 million exit package despite credible sexual harassment charges against him. Following this, more than 20,000 employees staged a walkout last week to protest against the company’s policies against sexual misconduct,

 

This forced Google to make changes in their policies for sexual misconduct, which perhaps is one of the biggest changes brought by the #MeToo Movement.

 

 

 

2. Facebook to follow Google

 

Following Google, Facebook employees will no longer require to resolve sexual harassment cases by arbitration. Companies like Microsoft, Uber and Lyft have also done the same in the past year. The process of arbitration takes away the right of victims to sue the perpetrator and silences them from going public.

 

 

 

3. A man fired over filing sexual harassment complaint

 

A kitchen worker as fired from Stella’s after he filed a sexual harassment complaint at work. Steven Bechard says, “I had my boss come up to me, behind me, and grab my hips and and start to pretend to have sex with me.” Bechard says this isn’t the first time his boss made sexual advances towards his employees. He allegedly catcalled his employees and ‘pinched their asses’.

 

When Bechard told his catering director, he was promised that the case would be brought up to the restaurant chain’s CEO. But four days later when he returned to work, he was fired without notice. 

 

 

 

4. BJP General Secretary resigns following allegations

 

BJP Uttarakhand General Secretary, Sanjay Kumar was accused of sexual harassment by a female BJP worker in Dehradun. She alleges that she was harassed for five years but her cry for help was ignored by other party leaders. Following the complaint, BJP ruling removed Kumar from the post. 

 

 

 

5. Accused Miss Earth sponsor speaks up

 

Amado Cruz, Miss Earth sponsor was accused of sexual harassment by three candidates. Cruz claims this is the biggest controversy in the Philippines-organized pageant in its 17-year history. He denies allegations and says that his involvement with Miss Earth was to only promote her with countries tourism. Former Miss Earth posted a picture and shared with the world her experience with sexual harassment on Instagram. 

 

Cruz to be consulting lawyers as to what steps to take in the future.

 

This article was first published on Safecity as a part of the blogging team by Sahab Batul. 

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Jill Langhus
Nov 22, 2018
Nov 22, 2018

Hi Safecity,

Thanks for sharing this inspiring news issue. There is definitely some good momentum with the sexual harassment policies going on. That's really good to know!

Harris Namutebi
Nov 22, 2018
Nov 22, 2018

Thanks for the positivity in addressing this.
Harris

ARREY- ECHI
Nov 22, 2018
Nov 22, 2018

Thank you for sharing this. It is great to know how women's collective momentum is bring about some of these changes.

Lisbeth
Nov 22, 2018
Nov 22, 2018

Thanks for sharing this interesting post.

Regards
Lisbeth

Adanna
Nov 23, 2018
Nov 23, 2018

Hi Safecity,

Thank you for sharing.

Cheers,
Adanna

Tamarack Verrall
Nov 25, 2018
Nov 25, 2018

Hi Elsa of SafeCity,
I am always glad to read your news reports. Every time a new business takes sexual assault seriously we are closer to our goal. Such important work you do.

Theresa Takafuma
Nov 26, 2018
Nov 26, 2018

Thanks for sharing the positive strides being made to get rid of the sexual harrassment. It surely gives us hope.

Warmest regards

Theresa

Jacqueline Namutaawe
Nov 27, 2018
Nov 27, 2018

It is good to note the momentum you know..sexual harrassment must go. It must be completely wiped out. Many thnaks for sharing the updates.

Urmila Chanam
Jan 13
Jan 13

Dear Safecity,
An excellent compilation of developments around sexual violence. I especially loved the learning on arbitration and how it works against victims. Keep writing.
Love and prayers,
Urmila Chanam,
urmila.chanam@gmail.com

Anita Shrestha
Oct 09
Oct 09

Dear
Great work