injustice

Somalia Jails Alleged Rape Victim

A Somali woman who accused government security forces of rape was sentenced to one year in prison on Tuesday after the court ruled that her accusation was false. A journalist who had interviewed the woman but never published a story was also sentenced to one year in prison.

The Somali court ruled that the woman had not been raped based on the testimony of a midwife who performed a “finger test.” According to the Human Rights Watch, the so-called “finger test” is “an unscientific and degrading practice that has long been discredited because it is not a credible test of whether a woman has been raped.”

As I’ve said before, that test has got to go. It’s rooted in ignorant beliefs about female anatomy held over from the days when a woman’s only worth came from her monetary value as a bona fide virgin on the marriage market.

"Reporting to the Police Was Far More Traumatizing Than the Rape Itself"

Human Rights Watch released a report Thursday that found District of Columbia police had engaged in “callous, traumatizing treatment” of victims of sexual assault.

The 197-page investigation, “Capitol Offense: Police Mishandling of Sexual Assault Cases in the District of Columbia,” is based on the testimony of 150 sexual assault survivors, community groups, victims’ advocates, hospital staff, and university counselors, among others. HRW found a consistent pattern of police officers failing to file incident reports, which are required to proceed with an investigation, or classifying serious sexual assaults as lesser or other crimes. Police incident reports could not be found for 35.6 of percent people who, according to hospital records, had reported a sexual assault to the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.

Shocking and horrifying. No wonder we have a rape culture.

Raped, Then Fined for Drinking

Despite Dubai’s popularity as a tourist destination, the United Arab Emirates have some pretty draconian and misogynist laws:

A British woman who was allegedly kidnapped and gang raped by three men in Dubai has been prosecuted for drinking without a licence, throwing a spotlight on the United Arab Emirates’ archaic legal system, which rights groups say does not do enough to protect victims of sexual assault.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claims she was raped repeatedly by the three men who filmed the attack after they lured her into their car as she returned from a night out with friends.

After reporting her ordeal to the police, the 28-year-old found herself in the dock because she admitted she had been drinking earlier that night.

One thing I’ll never understand about the UN is why they allow flagrant rights violations from their member nations. New proposal: periodic human rights audits with imposed deadlines for implementing changes to oppressive policies or GET OUT.

I don’t actually know enough about international politics to have any idea whether this would work, but doesn’t it sound nice?

Via Dave McCall.

Finnish Police Finally Bring Down 9-Year-Old Girl Music Pirate

First, a watchdog group tried to extort a monetary settlement from her father, then they alerted the police, who came to her house with a search warrant and confiscated her Winnie-the-Pooh laptop, on which she had downloaded one pirated track that didn’t play.

Virtue triumphs again.

Child Abuser Continues as Judge

Giant Trigger Warning for Child Abuse/Domestic Violence

You might not want to watch this video of Texas Judge William Adams beating his 16-year-old daughter with a belt for downloading music and video games he didn’t approve. Just know that doing the above apparently does not disqualify him from public office:

On Sept. 4, the State Commission on Judicial Conduct issued a public warning against Adams. It questioned Adams’ suitability for his elected post but stopped short of recommending his removal.

After he waived his right to appeal the warning, his reinstatement was considered a formality.

Adams was not prosecuted for child abuse because the crime was seven years old when reported, meaning that the statute of limitations had run out. Why is the statute of limitations on child abuse so short in Texas?

Extraditing a Sex Slave

The Philippine government is requesting the extradition from the U.S. of Grace Grande, a querida—a kind of unwilling “kept” woman—to Philippine Congressman Patrick Antonio.

Queridas rarely fare well in the Philippines. In the end, they are abandoned, replaced by younger queridas, and become other men’s queridas. If they have daughters, it is likely they will become queridas as well. Dispensing with a querida is the man’s prerogative. Tales abound of queridas maimed, beaten up and/or killed when they choose to forgo the relationship.

How Team Obama Justifies the Killing of a 16-Year-Old American

It baffles me that more people—like roughly everyone—aren’t angry about this.

“biting, kicking, scratching, screeching, groaning or gesturing”

The Supreme Court of Connecticut has overturned the sexual assault conviction of a man who raped a cerebral palsy victim, saying that even though she has the mental competence of a three-year-old she should have been able to resist by one of the above actions.

Zack Beauchamp nicely breaks down several of the flaws in this argument, but he oddly misses the most fundamental one: that it puts the onus on victims to provide non-consent rather than on rapists to obtain consent.

Via Feministing.