Posts Tagged ‘rape’

A Rape Allegation


(Atlantic Culture) – Megan Garber:

On the selective accountabilities of the Trump hearings …

Donald Trump, currently accused of bribery, has also been accused of rape. He has been accused of other forms of sexual misconduct as well, by more than 20 women, their allegations ranging from kissing to groping and grabbing, all against their will. If you include allegations of nonphysical forms of sexual harassment, the number of accusers grows even larger. …

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An Epidemic of Disbelief


(Atlantic) – Barbara Bradley Hagerty:

What new research reveals about sexual predators, and why police fail to catch them …

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God’s Defence Against the Rape Charge


(Vridar) – Neil Godfrey:

I can’t resist a little bit of fun with Christian responses to psychologist Eric Sprankle’s ribbing of the Virgin Mary story:

“The virgin birth story is about an all-knowing, all-powerful deity impregnating a human teen. There is no definition of consent that would include that scenario. Happy Holidays.”

He added:

“The biblical god regularly punished disobedience. The power difference (deity vs mortal) and the potential for violence for saying ‘no’ negates her ‘yes.’ To put someone in this position is an unethical abuse of power at best and grossly predatory at worst.”

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Leonardo da Vinci: Annunciation

My Rapist Apologized


(Atlantic Ideas) – Deborah Copaken:

The Kavanaugh allegations led me to reach out to the man who had assaulted me decades before. …

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Kavanaugh Bears the Burden of Proof


(Atlantic Ideas) – Benjamin Wittes:

The manner in which Senate Republicans and Brett Kavanaugh’s supposed allies are championing the judge’s innocence should sting as the ultimate humiliation. They apparently don’t have sufficient confidence in the nominee to let a routine investigation take place before holding a hearing. They apparently don’t believe in him enough to make minor accommodations on the date of a hearing to a woman who is receiving death threats. …

The question isn’t whether he can win confirmation – it’s whether he can defend against the charge he faces in a manner that is both persuasive and honorable. …

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Vatican warned Irish bishops not to report child abuse


(Yahoo! News) – The letter is of huge international significance, because it shows that the Vatican’s intention is to prevent reporting of abuse to criminal authorities. And if that instruction applied here, it applied everywhere …

PZ Myers: Oops, I think that letter was supposed to be burned

The Guardian: In 2010 … Pope Benedict XVI faulted bishops for not following canon law and offered no explicit endorsement of child-protection efforts by the Irish church or state …

Next on the docket: Nun-rapers


(Pharyngula) – PZ Myers:

The stories just get worse and worse. The Catholic priesthood hasn’t just been abusing children in various places, but also has a history of abuse of women, especially in Africa and India. …

Catholic child abuse and the Pope: links update


(New Humanist) – As I seem to be constantly coming across new pieces on the Catholic child abuse cover-up, the question of the Pope’s involvement, and the idea of mounting a legal challenge when he comes to the UK, here’s a round-up …

Put the pope in the dock


(The Guardian::liberty central) – Geoffrey Robertson:

Legal immunity cannot hold. The Vatican should feel the full weight of international law. …

Richard Dawkins: Ratzinger is the perfect pope

Christopher Hitchens: The Pope Is Not Above the Law – The crimes within the Catholic Church demand justice.

Christopher Hitchens: Catholic Church Wants ‘Wiggle Room’ For Rape And Torture Of Children

Christopher Hitchens: The Great Catholic Cover-Up – The pope’s entire career has the stench of evil about it.

Richard Dawkins:  I did NOT say “I will arrest Pope Benedict XVI”

Church admits abuse victims came second


(The Local) – The head of Germany’s Catholics has admitted in a Good Friday message that victims of child abuse had been inadequately cared for because of the Church’s effort to protect its reputation. …