Super creepy former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is facing sexual harassment and assault charges from three women who were allegedly victimized by him. Filner resigned in August after 18 women, including his employees, came forward with allegations that he had touched them without their consent. The AP is now reporting that the California Attorney General will charge Filner with two counts of battery (misdemeanors) and false imprisonment by violence, fraud, menace or deceit (felony), which are filed by three female victims being identified as Jane Does. Filner admitted to “”intimidation” of women, but denied committing any sexual harassment or sexual assault. He initially refused to resign after the allegations and notably entered two weeks of “counseling,” then left after just one week. [AP; UT San Diego] [Image via Getty]
So much respect is going out right now from me to Daisy Coleman, the 14-year-old girl in Maryville, Missouri teen who has come forward about her mistreatment by the justice system after she was raped by a student athlete — who also happened to be the grandson of a local politician. Last night Daisy and her mother, Melinda Coleman, spoke to CNN’s Erin Burnett about her rape by football player Matthew Barnett, who had all charges dismissed against him. Most recently he has been attending the University of Central Missouri. Meanwhile, the Coleman family has been run out of town — the mom, Melinda Coleman, was fired from her job; their house was set on fire — for daring to demand justice for Daisy.
Amelia blogged about this horrible story yesterday. You can read the full story of Daisy Coleman’s assault at the Kansas City Star, which broke the story this weekend. Here’s the short-ish version. The Coleman family had moved several years earlier to Maryville, a small, tight-knit farming down. In January 2012, Daisy, 14, and her anonymous friend, 13, were having a sleepover and drinking in her bedroom. Around 1am, they snuck out of the house to go hang out with some senior and junior boys from the football and wrestling teams, who gave the girls a lot more alcohol. After this point, as Daisy tells CNN, she remembers nothing that happened the rest of the night. Keep reading »
A sophomore at Emerson College in Boston said the school discouraged her from reporting her off-campus sexual assault by a fellow student and took months to conduct their own investigation, which ultimately concluded in the alleged assailant being found “not responsible.” Sarah Tedesco filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights last week.
According to Huffington Post, Tedesco was sexually assaulted off the Emerson campus on October 12, 2012, by two people, including a fellow Emerson student who lived in her residence hall. In an article published in February 2013 for Isis Magazine, an Emerson feminist online magazine, Tedesco wrote about the specifics of her rape: Keep reading »
“Well, get this. This girl from Jersey City has a knife in her boot. I pulled it out and said, ‘I’ll cut your dick off.’ You know what he did? He laughed at me.”
“Lost”‘s Michelle Rodriguez opened up to Entertainment Weekly about when she was 22 and a producer “pinned her against the wall and grabbed her between the legs.” Sadly, this kind of sexual abuse — particularly in the form of ‘casting couch’ perviness — is all too common for women in Hollywood. But after pulling a knife on him, that producer never bothered Rodriguez again.
Rodriguez also revealed for the first time publicly that she’s bisexual: Keep reading »
“For me, some old guy molested me. In the experience of life, you understand that this is really not an uncommon thing and lots of more awful things happen to people. Other people get through it. But the trauma of the police, the publicity, the media, to have everyone say I was lying and to have my whole family involved, I felt a little responsible. We couldn’t leave the house, my phone wouldn’t stop ringing. That 10 minutes of my life with him, I didn’t get to look back on it that much because I had worse things to deal with every day.”
That’s Samantha Gailey Geimer on BitchMagazine.com discussing her new book, The Girl: A Life In The Shadow Of Roman Polanski. The memoir, which was just published, described the incident when she was 13 during which the world-famous director gave her alcohol and quaaludes and then raped her vaginally, anally and orally. In this interview, Geimer explains how the actual rape itself was relatively small compared to the repeated harassment of her and her family by the media — she was accused of being a liar; her mother was accused of trying to shake down Polanski for money — and the pressure of performing the role of the traumatized victim to the media. Keep reading »
Good news, Montana parents! I know you were worried that Stacey Dean Rambold was stuck behind bars instead of in the classroom at Billings High School, where he liked to teach/repeatedly rape his 14-year-old female student. But after serving only 30 days in prison, the 54-year-old is free to prey on your other 9th grade daughters who seem “older” than their “chronological age” and “as much in control of the situation,” as his sentencing judge put it. But hopefully your daughters won’t commit suicide as the rape case makes its way through the courts, like Rambold’s victim did. [NPR] [CBS News]
A court in India found four men guilty of the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old New Delhi woman on December 16 last year. The victim, whose father identified her publicly as a medical student named Jyoti Singh Pandey, was attacked with a male friend on a moving bus and sexually assaulted with a metal rod. She was so badly injured that she had to be flown to Singapore to have her intestines removed. She eventually succumbed to her injuries. Singh Pandey’s murder was one of the first high-profile sexual assaults and murders of women and girls in India, which led to the country enacting tougher laws to punish rapists and hold police accountable for ignoring sexualized violence.
Her four attackers were convicted on 11 counts of rape and murder. (A fifth attacker committed suicide in prison and a sixth was under age 18 at the time of the gang rape and was sentenced to three years in a reformatory.) Their sentencing, which includes the possibility of hanging, will be handed down tomorrow. Singh Pandey’s family is pushing for the death penalty. [Toronto Star] [Photo of gavel via Shutterstock]