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In the News: April 15-21

Women given tents instead of accommodation when leaving London prison, inspection reveals by Rachael Pells

The revelation that women leaving a west London prison were given tents instead of housing has been described as "staggering" by Government ministers and raised alarm among housing charity groups.

A prison watchdog revealed sleeping bags had also been handed out to a number of ex-offenders from HMP Bronzefield amid a shortage of available housing. ...

 The Legacy Of The Kobe Bryant Rape Case by  LINDSAY GIBBS

On June 30, 2003, Kobe Bryant arrived at the Cordillera Lodge and Spa in Edwards, Colorado. After a frustrating season that saw the Los Angeles Lakers fail to win a fourth straight championship, Bryant was in town for an operation on his knee.

A 19-year-old concierge at the hotel showed the superstar and his security team to their rooms, and caught his eye. Bryant, a new father of a six-month-old daughter, made small talk with the blonde, and once they arrived at his room, he took her aside and requested that she come back later to give him a private tour of the hotel. She obliged, and after the tour and mild flirtations, Bryant invited her into his hotel room.  ...

Human trafficking report: Victims reveal devastating impact of abuse with 80 per cent suffering mental health problems

“If I don’t go ahead with it, I’ll be dead.”

With those chilling words, a victim of human trafficking explained to a nurse in a British hospital why she could not seek help and had to go ahead with an abortion arranged for her by a criminal gang.

The young woman later managed to escape life as a domestic slave in the UK and spoke to researchers carrying out one of the largest ever studies into the health of trafficking survivors.

The findings of the report, commissioned by the Department of Health, were stark: nearly 80 per cent of the women were still suffering from post-traumatic stress, severe depression or anxiety an average of 16 months after they were freed. ...

Football doesn't cause domestic abuse, men do by Marsha Scott

At Scottish Women’s Aid (SWA), we have long been aware of the rise in police-recorded domestic abuse around Old Firm games, and we welcome Police Scotland’s commitment to proactive policing and to preventing crime. We have some significant anxiety, however, about the current initiative in Glasgow and about the messages coming from both police and media about domestic abuse and its relationship to football. A focus on police-reported “incidents” at one point in time misrepresents domestic abuse as we define it in Scotland, as offenders perpetrate it, and as women and children experience it. ....

Tiny proportion of stalking cases recorded by police, data suggests by Kate Lyons

Only a tiny proportion of all stalking cases are recorded by police, figures have suggested, leading to calls for more training for police to recognise the crime and provide support to victims.

There were 7,706 cases of stalking recorded between 1 April 2013 and 4 February 2016 by all police forces in England and Wales, according to a large-scale freedom of information (FOI) request by the charity the Suzy Lamplugh trust.

However, 4.9% of women and 2.4% of men aged 16 to 59, or 1.1 million people, said they have experienced stalking over a period of one year, according to the British Crime Survey 2015. This suggests that a tiny fraction of all cases of stalking were either reported to police, or recorded as stalking when after being reported. ...

This is how a lifetime of potentially dangerous situations affects every woman. by Gretchen Kelly

Whenever I speak about or write about women’s issues — dress codes, rape culture, and sexism — there’s this thing that happens. People ask: Are things really that bad?

Aren’t you being overly sensitive?

Every. Single. Time.

And every single time, I get frustrated. Why don’t they get it?

I think I’ve figured out why.

Some of them don’t know. They don’t know about de-escalation. Minimizing. Quietly acquiescing.

Hell, even though women live it, we aren’t always aware of it. But we’ve all done it. ...

Why elderly deaths from abuse are part of wider pattern of violence against women by Hannah Bows

It is a commonly cited statistic that on average two women are killed every week by a partner or ex-partner. However it is perhaps less well known that a significant proportion of these women are aged over 60.

At the beginning of April, 79-year-old Norma Bell, was found dead at her home in Hartlepool. Her home had been burned out and her handbag, along with hundreds of pounds in cash were missing.

Unfortunately, Norma’s death is not a rarity: there have been a number of murders involving an elderly woman victim (sometimes referred to as “eldercide”) reported in the national news since the start of the year. In fact, there have even been dedicated journal editions examining elderly homicide, such is the prevalence of these shocking crimes. ...


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