‘United States Senator raped by military officer’


This August 2016 video from the USA says about itself:

12 Harrowing Stories About Military Sexual Assault

From the BBC today:

Senator Martha McSally: I was raped by Air Force superior officer

A US senator has revealed that she was raped by a superior officer while serving in the Air Force.

Senator Martha McSally, who was the first female US fighter pilot to fly in combat, was speaking at a hearing on sex assaults in the military.

The Arizona Republican said she did not report the rape as she felt ashamed and confused, and distrusted the system.

In 2017 almost 6,800 sexual assaults were reported across the US military, a 10% rise on the previous year.

Ms McSally, 52, was speaking on Wednesday during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services subcommittee featuring victims of sexual assault.

“Like you, I also am a military sexual assault survivor, but unlike so many brave survivors, I didn’t report being sexually assaulted. Like so many women and men, I didn’t trust the system at the time,” she said.

“I blamed myself. I was ashamed and confused,” she added. “The perpetrators abused their position of power in profound ways. In one case I was preyed upon and raped by a superior officer.”

Years later, Ms McSally said, she tried to share her experiences with senior officers but met with “wholly inadequate responses”.

“I almost separated from the Air Force at 18 years of service over my despair. Like many victims, I felt like the system was raping me all over again.” …

It is not the first time Ms McSally has spoken about being a survivor of sexual abuse.

Last year, while running for the Senate, she told the Wall Street Journal her high school athletic coach had pressured her into having sex with him when she was 17.

She has previously said she was sexually harassed while in the military.

SENATOR REVEALS RAPE Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), the first female Air Force fighter pilot to fly in combat, said she was raped by a superior officer. She made the disclosure during a Senate hearing on sexual assault in the military. [AP]

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Clerical rape survivors speak


This February 2018 video says about itself:

Megan Peterson Goes Public About Being Raped By A Priest

Priest Jeyapaul‘s survivor Megan Peterson goes public and speaks to Real Women Real Stories: Church ignores crimes against children, or worse, hides them. Megan Peterson was assaulted by priest Joseph Jeyapaul when she was 14 years old. The Vatican and its lack of respect for victims of sexual abuse continues.

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Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

“You do not know what happens to you.” The now 74-year-old Theo Bruyns was raped around the age of 12 in a seminary, an ecclesiastical school. He therefore filed a complaint against the Roman Catholic Church and the Pope last month.

“This has been going on for centuries“, says Bruyns in the De Dag podcast. “It is organized crime.” From the statement ‘Wir haben es nicht gewußt’ by Cardinal Simonis he also got the jitters. “Everyone has always known and the church gets away with it.”

News-hour reporter Marijn Duintjer Tebbens, who traveled with the Pope during the World Youth Days in Panama, thinks that Francis has underestimated the issue. “The will to tackle it is there, but it stumbles upon resistance within the walls of the Vatican.”

Nigerian women raped by army, Amnesty says


This Amnesty International video says about itself:

Nigeria: ‘They betrayed us’

24 May 2018

These brave women are taking on the Nigerian government by asking for justice for themselves and their families.

Thousands of women and girls who survived the brutal rule of the Boko Haram armed group have since been further abused by the Nigerian security forces who claim to be rescuing them.

Amnesty international’s latest report, “They betrayed us” reveals how the Nigerian military and Civilian Joint Task Force (Civilian JTF) – a militia who work alongside them – have separated women from their husbands and confined them in remote “satellite camps” where they have been raped, sometimes in exchange for food. Amnesty International has collected evidence that thousands of people have starved to death in the camps in Borno state, north-east Nigeria, since 2015.

Nigeria: “They betrayed us”: Women who survived Boko Haram raped, starved and detained in Nigeria; Amnesty International report here.

Racism, sexism at English university


This video, about crimes of the nazi occupation of then Poland, now Ukraine says about itself:

Rape of Jewish women and slaughter of over 6,000 Jews. Lviv 1941

16 May 2016

Description at beginning of film.

This city is known by three names. Lviv (Ukrainian); pronounced as L’vil.

Lwow (Polish) pronounced L’vuf. L’vof Russian. Also called Lemburg by the Germans.

The pogrom against the Jews there may be associated by either of these names so it can be confusing.

Actions like this also happened in Kaunas, Lithuania, mostly perpetrated by [pro-nazi] Lithuanians.

One of the first films showing Jews forced to run to trenches to be shot was filmed by an off duty German sailor here in 1941. …

Music: Krzysztof Penderecki. “The Dream of Jacob”.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Warwick University suspends 11 students over racist and misogynistic ‘jokes’

ELEVEN male students at Warwick University have been suspended pending a disciplinary investigation after screenshots of a group chat showed that they joked about rape and used racist and anti-semitic slurs.

Three formal complaints were made to the university, with dozens of screenshots of the alleged remarks provided as evidence.

The screenshots from Facebook showed one chat member wrote: “Rape her friends too,” with another replying: “Sometimes it’s fun to just go wild and rape 100 girls.”

The conversation continued with: “Rape the whole flat to teach them all (a) lesson.”

Another message read: “What do we do with girls? RAAAAAAAAAPE.”

At one point, a user wrote: “Rape her in the street while everybody watches,” with another responding it “wouldn’t even be unfair.”

One chat participant then said: “Even the pakis?”

Further remarks included: “love Hitler, hate niggas and jews and Corbyn.”

Discussing racism, one user said: “Yeah racism is frowned upon at Warwick? Fucking bull.”

Others replied “EDL!” and “racism is class.”

The University of Warwick – a member of the elite Russell Group of universities – is ranked 11th in the UK, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018.

A University of Warwick student union spokeswoman said: “The SU condemns the content of these messages, together with all forms of sexism, racism, anti-semitism, ableism and threats of violence, in the strongest possible terms.

“The SU has been supporting the victims and will continue to do so.

“We are also proactively co-operating with the university’s ongoing investigation and hope to see a conclusion as swiftly as possible.”

British Conservative accused of rape


This video from Britain says about itself:

Conservative MP’s chief of staff ‘raped woman’

12 December 2017

Tory MP’s chief of staff, 24, ‘called Parliamentary worker in her 20s a b***h as he repeatedly raped her in his boss’s office her before she fled shaking and crying through corridors of Westminster’.

A Conservative MP’s chief of staff raped a woman in his boss’s office after calling her a ‘b***h’ when she rebuffed his advances, a court has heard.

By Lamiat Sabin in Britain:

Tory MP’s chief of staff raped woman in parliamentary office, court hears

Wednesday 13th December 2017

Craig Mackinlay‘s aide Samuel Armstrong stands accused

TORY MP Craig Mackinlay’s chief of staff raped a woman twice in his boss’s parliamentary office after repeatedly calling her a “bitch” when she rejected his advances, a court heard yesterday.

Samuel Armstrong, 24, is alleged to have attacked the woman, who was working for him as an intern, after drinking with her in the Palace of Westminster.

The South Thanet MP’s aide is said to have taken advantage of his victim, who is in her twenties, when she fell asleep.

The court heard that the pair had been drinking in the Sports and Social Bar within the Houses of Parliament with two other people.

Later in the night, Mr Armstrong and the woman then went to Mr Mackinlay’s office, in the Norman Shaw building, where he played jazz music on a laptop.

They sat and talked on a three-seater sofa, where she fell asleep, jurors heard. He then began kissing and touching the woman before asking her back to his flat.

But when she said “no” several times, Mr Armstrong repeatedly called her a “bitch” before taking off her clothes and assaulting her.

Prosecutor Mark Heywood QC said the woman asked: “What are you doing?” To which Mr Armstrong allegedly replied: “This is what you want.”

Mr Heywood said he raped her twice, adding: “In doing so, he abused his role and his position.

“She, in distress, walked and ran through the corridors of Westminster, eventually finding and telling cleaning staff what had happened.

“He went out another way, using his pass and sending her messages, one of which suggested that he was concerned and that she contact him if she had ‘any issues’”.

Mr Armstrong, from Danbury in Essex, denies two counts of rape, one of sexual assault and one of assault by penetration on October 14 last year.

The court heard that the woman suffered a number of bruises and abrasions to her genitals, arms and mouth, which were consistent with, but do not prove, the allegations.

Mr Armstrong worked as a volunteer activist for the Conservative Party while at university before joining Mr Mackinlay’s staff when he was elected in 2015.

He was arrested at 5.39am on October 14 2016. …

The trial, which is expected to take two weeks, continues.

TORY aide Sam Armstrong, who is accused of raping a woman in his boss’s Westminster office has a “potentially huge” motivation to lie, a court heard yesterday: here.

Televangelist accused of human trafficking, rape


This video from the USA says about itself:

Televangelists: God Says We Need Another Private Jet!

16 January 2016

There’s an insane phenomenon called “prosperity gospel” where preachers tell their audiences to send them tons of money so they can live lives of luxury/private jets. Cenk Uygur, host of the The Young Turks, breaks it down.

“If you’ve ever wondered why some Christian preachers must hopscotch the globe in fancy private jets, it’s in part so that they don’t have to get on commercial planes with the “demon” common folk.

Preachers from the so-called “prosperity gospel” movement, Kenneth Copeland and Jesse Duplantis, tried to explain their controversial need for their followers to give up their hard-earned dollars so they can fly in luxury in an interview posted Wednesday.

Copeland then pointed out he could “scratch my flying itch” by riding around in his single-engine, open-cockpit plane.

“But we’re in soul business here,” he said. “We got a dying world around us. We got a dying nation around us. And we can’t even get there on an airline.””

Read more here.

From eNCA in South Africa:

Two women held for human trafficking

Wednesday 22 November 2017 – 6:24pm

PORT ELIZABETH – Two women have been arrested for allegedly recruiting girls for a Durban-based televangelist who stands accused of human trafficking and rape.

Some of the alleged victims are girls as young as 13.

The duo, aged 28 and 36, are alleged to have recruited the girls during church crusades around the country.

At the first bail hearing for the disgraced pastor, the Hawks chief investigating officer said recruiters would target vulnerable girls from poor homes with no father figures.

The women are expected to appear in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate’s court on Friday.

A teacher at St Paul’s girls’ school, a prestigious private school in west London which has been at the centre of historical sexual abuse allegations, has resigned after being implicated in some of the claims: here.

British government jails raped African women


One Day Withous Us in Britain

By Elizabeth Tswana and Anna Cross in England:

Victims of rape treated with suspicion and scorn

Friday 17th February 2017

A Ugandan refugee and gang rape victim, Erioth Mwesigwa escaped to Britain. But the government locked her up in Yarl’s Wood. Elizabeth Tswana and Anna Cross tell her harrowing story

WE ARE the All African Women’s Group, a self-help group of women seeking asylum, based at the Crossroads Women’s Centre in London.

Once a fortnight, 90 to 100 women from different countries come together to discuss our legal cases, share experiences and support each other.

One of our members, Erioth Mwesigwa, a 59-year-old woman who suffered multiple gang rape by soldiers in Uganda, has been detained at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre.

Erioth has helped other women with their legal cases, spoken at public events and regularly attends our fortnightly meetings. Last Friday, guards came to her room in detention to take her to the airport but Erioth bravely refused to go.

Now the High Court has refused her claim and told her she has to go back to Uganda to appeal.

We cannot allow this. Erioth won’t survive and we refuse to allow anyone to be sent back to their death.

Erioth was targeted by soldiers because her husband was suspected of opposing former Ugandan president Milton Obote.

A family member who hid her in his house after she escaped from prison was subsequently killed.

She spent years in hiding in Uganda before she finally managed to escape to Britain and meet with her (now ex-) husband and family, who had already been granted refugee status. However, when Erioth asked for the same, she was refused.

Many of us in the All African Women’s Group are victims of rape and other torture.

We too have been in detention and threatened with removal.

A few of our members have been sent back to their country of origin and have suffered further rape and abuse.

It is the actions of governments like the British that fuel wars in Africa that make us flee in the first place.

We are forced to be refugees. Yet when we come here to get safety we are treated like beggars and scroungers.

The Home Office has accepted that Erioth is a victim of rape but they still want to deport her because the rape happened a long time ago.

We hear on the news every day how victims of abuse in this country have come out after so many years and are still scarred and traumatised.

Who would dare say to them that they should just get over it?

Erioth is clearly still very badly affected by what happened to her and has never had the support she needed to recover until she met us.

We have been in touch with Erioth every day since she was detained.

She said to us: “When I was in Uganda I had to spend all those years in hiding and fear that one day I will be found by the soldiers again.

“After all that, I have finally found a place where I feel safe with people who care about me. It has given me hope for my life. I do not have anyone who I can return to in Uganda. Here I have my family and friends who look after me.”

Women Against Rape, which is also supporting Erioth, has shown that 88 per cent of victims of rape and sexual violence are disbelieved when they claim asylum.

Even though it is well known that in some countries rape is widespread and used as a way of waging war on the community, when we arrive in Britain and say we have been raped, we are treated with suspicion and forced to prove in every little detail what we have been through.

We believe that Erioth should be able to stay in here and remain a part of our group.

Please join our protest and write to the Home Secretary to demand that Erioth is released from detention and given the right to stay.

Elizabeth Tswana and Anna Cross are member of the campaigning All African Women’s Group. You can join the protest against Erioth’s detention and removal as part of the One Day Without Us event on Monday February 20 outside the Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, Westminster, SW1P 4DF, from 4.30pm to 5.30pm. For more information on the One Day Without Us visit 1daywithoutus.org.