Sexual Violence: A Global Pandemic
Written by Sabah Batul
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 22nd December to 29th December 2018.
1. Kevin Spacey assaults again?
Kevin Spacey, former star of House of Cards was exposed for sexually assaulting a minor last year. Now he is facing charges of assaulting a former Boston news anchor’s son. The child’s mother alleges that Spacey gave him a few drinks before putting his hands in his pants and grabbing his genitals.
2. India and sexual assault
Six years after the infamous Delhi rape case of Jyoti Singh is the rape case of a three-year-old girl. The girl was raped by her neighbour and has disgusted the whole country. She is currently hospitalized but the question is what is India doing to protect their daughters?
3. People intervene
Clifton beachgoers intervened and stopped a sexual assault in progress. They already looking into the claims that two teenagers were raped on the beach on 22nd December. South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson Brigadier Novela Potelwa said “The victim and her family refused to open a case against the suspect, who is known to them,” .
4. Man arrested for sexual assault
A 25-year-old man was identified by a woman on Manor Drive, Pacifica as a sexual offender. District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said, “Castro grabbed the woman, groping her breasts and between her legs as she screamed and struggled”. He later told the officers that he thought the woman was his wife and was attempting to do a youtube prank.
5. Missouri University on sexual harassment
Missouri university says that a man can be a sex offender if he asks the woman out on a date and he is larger than the woman and makes the woman feel uncomfortable. This started when Jeremy Rowles asked dance instructor Annalise Breaux on a date, and now Rowles says he is a victim of racial and sexual discrimination.
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