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Misogyny and the discrimination and abuse of women in the US and around the world
Maybe the be-all-end-all piece on Larry Nassar:

Quote:It has by the fall of 2018 become commonplace to describe the 499 known victims of Larry Nassar as “breaking their silence,” though in fact they were never, as a group, particularly silent. Over the course of at least 20 years of consistent abuse, women and girls reported to every proximate authority. They told their parents. They told gymnastics coaches, running coaches, softball coaches. They told Michigan State University police and Meridian Township police. They told physicians and psychologists. They told university administrators. They told, repeatedly, USA Gymnastics. They told one another. Athletes were interviewed, reports were written up, charges recommended. The story of Larry Nassar is not a story of silence. The story of Larry Nassar is that of an edifice of trust so resilient, so impermeable to common sense, that it endured for decades against the allegations of so many women.

If this is a story of institutional failure, it is also a story of astonishing individual ingenuity. Larry Nassar was good at this. His continued success depended on deceiving parents, fellow doctors, elite coaches, Olympic gatekeepers, athletes, and, with some regularity, law enforcement. Before getting caught, he managed to abuse women and girls whose names you know — Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney — and hundreds whose names you don’t.

As of November 5, it looks likely that Nassar has destroyed the sport’s governing body, USA Gymnastics. In an open letter citing the “struggle to change its culture,” the U.S. Olympic Committee began the process of decertifying USAG, which withheld knowledge about Nassar from its members for over a year and whose former president was recently arrested by U.S. Marshals for disappearing Nassar-related documents. The organization is being sued by hundreds of accusers represented by “37 or 38” law firms, according to the lawyer charged with organizing them; it’s hard to keep count.

Nassar has pleaded guilty in three separate trials and been sentenced to a collective minimum of 100 years. Michigan State University has settled with 332 women for half a billion dollars. Karolyi Ranch, the dated, isolated training camp where Olympians were required to see Nassar, has been shut down. Yet strangely little has been said about the man, his strategies, his undeniable and persistent success in serving his own needs. One can read news reports for hours about athletes and judicial process and, inescapably, the triumph of “finding a voice” without being informed of what, precisely, this man had done to any of the athletes whose voices required finding. News broadcasts are hard to parse: a dozen medal-winning gymnasts, of three different generations, “speaking out” about what was typically and unspecifically called “abuse” but that many of them had understood to be “treatment.” There are logistical questions. How had he molested girls who were never alone with him? What, precisely, motivated coaches and administrators to protect him — at great risk to themselves? With what rhetorical magic had he argued himself out of complaint after complaint?
The CEO of Noble Network of Charter Schools, which runs 17 charter high schools and one middle school in Chicago, has stepped down because he is being investigated folliwing inappropriate behavior toward young female alumnae:

Quote:The outgoing head of Chicago’s largest and top-performing charter school network is being investigated following allegations of inappropriate behavior toward young female alumnae, WBEZ has learned.

In a statement, Mike Milkie acknowledged he “acted inappropriately toward adult women affiliated with Noble.” He said that is why he announced his retirement last week as CEO of Noble Network of Charter Schools.

“This is why I am rightly no longer CEO,” Milkie said. “ I am very sorry and apologize first to those impacted by my inappropriate interactions. I also apologize to my family and to my friends. I let you down. Finally, I apologize to the students, alumni, families, and supporters of Noble. I let you down, too.”   

Noble runs 17 charter high schools and one middle school that serve more than 12,000 students. Many Noble campuses are high performing and viewed as models of success. The charter network is also a darling of the city’s rich and powerful, with campuses bearing such names as Rauner, Pritzker and Chicago Bulls.
The underwear a teenager was wearing during an alleged rape was used during the court case in Ireland: "You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.”

Quote:Protests have taken place in Ireland after the underwear a teenager was wearing was cited in the trial of a man accused of raping her.

In the course of the trial, defence lawyer Elizabeth O’Connell held up a pair of the 17-year-old’s underwear in court, and asked: “You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.”

A 27-year-old man was found not guilty of raping the teenager earlier this month.

O’Connell’s comments, as reported by the Irish Examiner and others, provoked immediate criticism, with Dublin Rape Crisis Centre calling for legal reforms over the remarks — but Rape Crisis said it was not questioning the verdict of the case.

“These kind of mythologies and stereotypes around rape come up again and again in court cases, because the defence to rape is that the sex was consensual,” Rape Crisis chief executive Noeline Blackwell told the Irish Independent newspaper. “So anything the defendant can do to suggest there was consent will be used.”
An 18-year-old said she was raped while in police custody. The officers say she consented:

Quote:Anna was sitting in the parked car with two friends when a charcoal gray van pulled up and flashlight beams momentarily blinded her. The 18-year-old had grown up in south Brooklyn and spent many Friday nights like this driving around the city with friends, looking for places to hang out away from home. On this night, though, September 15, 2017, sometime between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., she crossed paths with the cops.

There were two of them, both plainclothes detectives over 6 feet tall and powerfully built, flashing their badges and asking questions. There was weed in the front cupholder, and soon the detectives ordered the three occupants out of the car. As Anna later recalled, the detectives handcuffed her and told her friends, both young men, they were free to go. Then, she said they led her — a slender woman just over 5 feet tall — into the back of the unmarked police van with tinted windows.

Inside, Anna said the detectives took turns raping her in the backseat as the van cruised the dark streets and as she sat handcuffed, crying and repeatedly telling them “No.” Between assaults, she said, the van pulled over so the cops could switch drivers. Less than an hour later, a few minutes’ drive from where it all began, the detectives dropped Anna off on the side of the road, a quarter-mile from a police station, surveillance footage shows. She stood on the sidewalk, her arms wrapped around her chest, looking up and down the dimly lit street and pacing slowly before borrowing a cell phone from a passerby to call a friend.

The cops made no arrest, issued no citation, filed no paperwork about the stop. Hours later, Anna and her mother went to a hospital, where Anna told nurses two detectives had sexually assaulted her, according to hospital records. Semen collected in Anna’s rape kit matched the DNA of detectives Eddie Martins, 37, and Richard Hall, 33, of the Brooklyn South narcotics unit. Both have since resigned from the force and been charged with rape.

Anna assumed it was a simple case: Two cops had sex with a woman in their custody in the middle of their shift.

When a Facebook friend questioned whether there was enough evidence to dispute the officers’ claim that the sex was consensual, Anna wrote back, “Listen man it doesn't fucking matter they’re on duty police officers its a fucking violation these are the people we call for help not to get fucked.”

But Anna didn’t know that in New York, there is no law specifically stating that it is illegal for police officers or sheriff’s deputies in the field to have sex with someone in their custody. It is one of 35 states where armed law enforcement officers can evade sexual assault charges by claiming that such an encounter — from groping to intercourse — was consensual, according to a BuzzFeed News review of every state legal code.

Anna's case has shed light on the issue of 35 states not having laws on the books that prevent officers from having sex with people in their custody:

Quote:Anna’s case has brought new attention to this legal loophole. On October 26, 2017, New York City Council member Mark Treyger announced that the teen’s story had inspired him to propose a bill to make it illegal for police officers to have sex with anyone in their custody. “Our laws regarding sexual consent must be brought into line with basic common sense, empathy, and human decency,” he wrote in a post on Medium, calling on state lawmakers to pass similar legislation. New York City’s two biggest police unions both declined to state whether or not they support the proposal.

Anna hadn’t considered that her story had the potential to spur changes to the law. Her aim when she went public about her case was simply “to encourage other victims to come forward,” she told me after a recent court appearance. “Police aren’t supposed to be doing this.” Seeing her story “blowing up,” as she put it, has left her optimistic that more officers will be held accountable for sexual abuse. She believes that people are listening to her and will listen to others who have similar allegations. “All it took was one voice.”
"It was consent."

That's their excuse? Holy fucking shit.

Also, the fact that apparently it's not illegal for cops to have sex with someone in custody so fucked.

This happens because we grant these fuckers basically immunity: Cops won't turn on their own kind, and people need to believe that the cops are infallible because it makes us feel safe. And no way there weren't other victims.
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(9 hours ago)ska oreo Wrote: "It was consent."

That's their excuse? Holy fucking shit.

Also, the fact that apparently it's not illegal for cops to have sex with someone in custody so fucked.

This happens because we grant these fuckers basically immunity: Cops won't turn on their own kind, and people need to believe that the cops are infallible because it makes us feel safe. And no way there weren't other victims.

Oh yeah especially the way they did it. The victim list on this crew must be huge.
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