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When Is Twitter Going to Crack Down on White People Calling Black People by @ClaireShrugged ‘N*gg*r’?

“N*gg*r.”

That is what he called me. He did not question my ideas. He did not challenge the subject of my tweets. He simply looked at the color of my skin and decided that I had no right to speak as a result of it.

As anyone with a functioning pair of eyes in their head will be able to tell you after seeing my profile picture, I am Black. As is the case with day-to-day life, this results in a degree of discrimination online—on Twitter that is amplified as people decide that, free from consequences, they will send whatever abuse they please in my direction. He was not the first to call me “n*gg*r,” and wasn’t the last either. It happened again 20 minutes later. This abuse goes on, ignored by the powers that be. And so I decided to take a stand and report it to Twitter.

High court rules in favour of rape victim who retracted accusation under duress by Helen Pidd

A domestic violence victim who was jailed for retracting an allegation of rape, which was actually true, will have her compensation increased after an appeal judge ruled she had been unfairly punished for failing to fully cooperate with police.

The woman, known by the pseudonym Sarah, was sentenced to eight months in prison in 2010 for perverting the course of justice, but she was released on appeal after serving two weeks.

Ordering her early release, the most senior judge in England and Wales accepted that her husband had raped her in November 2009, after years of domestic violence. The lord chief justice acknowledged that she subsequently tried to retract the allegation after coming under pressure from her husband, only to change her mind again when the case against him was dropped, and she was subsequently charged with perverting the course of justice.

Prominent feminist writer drops off social media after rape threat against her 5-year-old daughter - Jessica Valenti

A prominent feminist writer and columnist said she is being forced to abandon social media after receiving rape and death threats against her 5-year-old daughter.

On Twitter, popular writer Jessica Valenti wrote: “This morning I woke up to a rape and death threat directed at my 5 year old daughter. That this is part of my work life is unacceptable.”

Valenti, author of 2007’s Full Frontal Feminism and co-author of Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and A World Without Rape in 2008, becomes the latest in an increasingly long line of women who have been harassed and threatened online by anonymous stalkers from SNL cast member Leslie Jones to Gamergate targets Anita Sarkeesian, Briana Wu and Zoe Quinn.

There’s only one way to fix this child abuse debacle – listen to the victims | Deborah Orr

Dame Lowell Goddard, brought in to head the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse hasn’t said much about why she has resigned, but criticism has appeared in the media of the amount of time she had spent abroad or on holiday. Maybe she’s unfeasibly thin-skinned. Perhaps she has been looking for some time for a plausible reason to bolt. MPs who yesterday demanded an explanation may get to the truth.

Still, a year is good going for the New Zealander. The first appointee, Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, lasted less than a week. The second, Fiona Woolf, didn’t quite make two months. Butler-Sloss resigned because it emerged that her brother, Michael Havers, had been attorney general during failed investigations three decades ago. Woolf resigned because she had social links to the family of Leon Brittan, whose own role at various times would necessarily be part of the investigation.

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