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Catholic Church Orders School to Cover Pride Mural, Calling It 'Obscene'
A Catholic priest in Hackensack, N.J., ordered a charter school that leases the school grounds from his church to cover up a Pride mural in the school cafeteria, calling it “obscene” because it included an homage to Keith Haring’s interlocking male symbols. And the 16-year-old student at the Bergen Arts and Science Charter School in nearby Garfield who painted the mural took to Twitter to express her frustration.
“So ... my school’s owned by a Catholic Church and they want me to take down my Keith Haring mural that supports the LGBT community,” wrote the student (who did not want her name published), according to the North Jersey Record. “They think it’s inappropriate and wrong for a school setting. I’m heartbroken and I really never thought this could actually happen. Please help.”
Catholic university students blamed for homophobic attack in France
Anti-LGBTI violence still acceptable in many countries, new study shows
Texas Governor Risks His Laptop to Save Chick-fil-A’s Right to Be Homophobic
Leaked Records Reveal Tony Robbins Berated Abuse Victims, And Former Followers Accuse Him Of Sexual Advances
When Tony Robbins leaps onstage in arenas around the world, under strobe lights and pulsing speakers, he’s greeted by thousands of screaming fans. They clap with him, jump with him, and when he puffs his chest and lets out a primal roar, they roar with him too.
The world’s most famous self-help guru whips crowds into fits of euphoria few pop stars could dream of, but many of his fans are grappling with life’s most serious problems. Victims of sexual and physical abuse, along with people who struggle with addiction and have mental illnesses, pay thousands of dollars to see him on the promise he has the power to “transform your life” and “rewire your brain.”
At the core of Robbins’ teachings is the message that his followers should not see themselves as victims, and should instead view their pain as something they have the power to “destroy.” He claims to have revolutionized millions of lives with this philosophy, while building a multibillion-dollar business and working with celebrities from Donald Trump and Bill Clinton to Oprah and the Kardashians. Access to his most exclusive membership program has cost as much as $85,000 a year.
But behind that dazzling veneer, Robbins guards his empire with intense secrecy. Employees are bound by strict confidentiality agreements, and audiences who attend his multiday coaching camps must sign contracts forbidding them from recording what goes on inside.
Tony Robbins Was Filmed Using Racial Slurs
Four More Women Have Accused Tony Robbins Of Sexual Misconduct
Federal prison guard sexually assaulted 4 inmates in New York City, prosecutors say
A federal correctional officer was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly abusing his position to sexually assault female inmates over the course of six years, according to newly filed charges.
Colin Akparanta was charged with four counts of sexual abuse of a ward, four counts of abusive sexual contact and one count of deprivation of civil rights in connection to four women who were housed at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City between 2012 and 2018.
"Akparanta was a predator in uniform, exploiting his position to sexually abuse multiple inmates over a several-year period. No inmate in a Bureau of Prisons facility should fear sexual abuse at the hands of a correctional officer," said U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman in a statement.
Penn State professor with side job as Uber driver accused of kidnapping multiple women: Court records
Ex-police officer gets prison for paying teen girls for sex
Why Celebrities Are So Susceptible to Grifters
Human history is riddled with people whose limited credentials have not stopped them from successfully hawking miracle cures and religious salvation, but Grigori Rasputin stands out as a talented wellness grifter even now. After arriving in St. Petersburg in the early 1900s, Rasputin ego-massaged his way into the upper echelons of Russian society, charming the rich and influential to access ever-greater levels of power until he reached the ruling Romanovs, the family that had been in control of Russia for more than three centuries.
Most of what historians know about what Rasputin actually did to ingratiate himself—or what skills he actually had—has been passed down through mere rumor and legend. What’s clearer is that the Romanovs apparently considered Rasputin’s abilities so indispensable to the health of their son and the legitimacy of their government that he was allowed to run roughshod over their court and alienate the trust of the public, hastening the Bolshevik Revolution and the Romanovs’ deaths.
A Look At The Staggering Sexual Harassment Numbers In The Legal Profession
A new international survey reveals that sexual harassment in the legal profession is truly at epidemic proportions. The survey, with almost 7,000 respondents, was conducted by the International Bar Association and market research company Acritas and asked both lawyers and nonlawyers in the legal profession from 135 countries questions about sexual harassment and bullying within the industry. The results are disheartening, to say the least.
Over a third of women — 36.6 percent of women and 7.4 percent of men — say they’ve been victims of sexual harassment. When in comes to bullying nearly 1 in 2 women say they’ve been a target, compared with 1 in 3 men who say the same.
Above The Law
Furious mob tie a man and his female cousins to a tree, brutally thrash them with ropes and sticks and 'molest the two women' for helping him run off with a married woman in India
At least one in three Alaska villages has no local law enforcement. Sexual abuse runs rampant, public safety resources are scarce, and Gov. Mike Dunleavy wants to cut the budget.
Third of women in survey ‘taken advantage of sexually’ while drunk or high
Sex slave driver, 57, is found guilty of keeping two Thai woman as prostitutes against their will
Father Catches Man Sexually Assaulting 13-Year-Old Son At Home
Why the Anti-Abortion Movement Stopped Making Allowances for Rape and Incest
Colorado police officer who pulled gun on black man picking up trash quits force
A white Colorado police officer caught on video pulling a gun on a black man who was picking up trash outside his home has resigned, officials said Thursday.
Boulder Police Officer John Smyly quit the police force after an investigation found he violated department policy when he drew his gun and attempted to detain 26-year-old Zayd Atkinson in March, according to officials and a police department internal affairs report.
"While the finding likely would have resulted in suspension or possibly termination, Officer Smyly resigned prior to the conclusion of the disciplinary process," a statement released by the City of Boulder on Thursday reads.
A police internal affairs report obtained by ABC News shows Smyly's decision to attempt to detain Atkinson "was not supported by reasonable suspicion that Mr. Atkinson was committing, had committed, or was about to commit a crime."
Nigerian police arrested 65 women in a raid. Some of the women say officers raped them
Suspect arrested in racist attack aboard New Jersey bus
Kicked out, spat on and abused, new UK shelter helps LGBT+ homeless
LONDON, May 15 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Apart from being spat on and urinated on when he slept rough in London for over a year, 52-year-old Chabahn had to contend with another daily threat: being abused and attacked for his sexuality.
Chabahn, who is gay but kept it hidden on the streets, said living with HIV was an additional burden that some mainstream shelters did not have the capacity to support him with.
"When it comes to being LGBT, the amount of discrimination on the street is rather high. There is no safety, you have to fend for yourself," said Chabahn, who declined to give his full name.
"You have to become a very good actor and you have to be someone that you are not."
YouTube star Riyadh Khalaf calls out LGBT bullying
The stunning toll of Boy Scout sex abuse: More than 12,200 reported victims
Sexual abuse survivors sue the Vatican over predatory U.S. priests
Catholic school music director sought sex with undercover cop posing as teen: affidavit
The Latest: Bishop says church was not trying to hide files
Chick-fil-A is about to get thrown off another college campus for being antigay
California Polytechnic State University’s faculty voted overwhelmingly to boot Chick-fil-A from campus.
The Academic Senate is the faculty’s governing body and represents 1300 faculty members at Cal Poly. Last Tuesday, the Academic Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution calling on the school to cut ties with Chick-fil-A, citing the corporation’s donations to anti-LGBTQ organizations.
The university’s “values statement includes language that identifies LGBTQ as a classification of individuals that we want to embrace in our diversity and inclusion model,” said Thomas Gutierrez, the vice chair of the Academic Senate who introduced the resolution.
‘Let’s go, keg stand!’: Fraternity under investigation after forcing puppy to drink beer
The small caramel-colored dog with floppy ears stands on a table and wags its tail. Then, a voice commands, “Go.”
In one swift movement, the man gripping the dog by its midsection lifts it up and turns it upside down over a silver keg.
“Let’s go, keg stand!” someone bellows as another man holds a black tap near the dog’s mouth. The now-squirming canine kicks its paws in the air. Suddenly, a stream of foamy liquid squirts from the tap, hitting the dog in its face.
A grinning bystander doubles over and covers his mouth. Someone else lets out a loud peal of laughter.
But the incident, which was captured on video and shared to social media over the weekend, wasn’t funny to the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or to Hofstra University administrators.
Teen Boy, 14, Shockingly Killed In Apparent Attack By Dogs In MA — Police Investigating
Another Puppy Found Inside a Plastic Bag in Coachella Valley Dumpster with Bad Burns Over Her Body
Man Killed Pet Dog Because 'Jesus Thought He Had Too Many'
How to curb unwanted behaviors in your dog
Thug, 21, bashed his border collie puppy Asha so badly she had to be put down just because she wet the bed -and waited two days for his Centrelink money before taking her to a vet
Teen Mom's Jenelle Evans' Sons Removed from Home After Husband Allegedly Shot Her Dog
Police Warn Public To Avoid Sex Offender Who Vowed To ‘Rape First Woman He Sees’
John Mark West, 38, was convicted in 1996 for raping a 4-year-old girl in his home, Hempstead County sheriff’s office confirmed on social media earlier this week.
West was arrested again last month on suspicion of disorderly conduct, and was transferred to hospital shortly afterwards for an evaluation.
As the sex offender was scheduled to be released from hospital on Monday (May 6), police took to Facebook to warn members of the public of threats West had made.
Man charged with sexually assaulting 3 teens at YMCA pool
Documentary about pedophile priests shakes up Poland
Married Gym Teacher Accused of Repeatedly Sexually Assaulting 14-Year-Old Boy
'Our community is safer now': Rape survivor targeted by former Liberal candidate responds
Utah teens in polygamous group travel to Colorado to marry their cousins
HOMOPHOBIC BULLYING RISES IN CHILDREN WHEN LGBT RIGHTS GET PUBLICLY DEBATED
Children endure from more homophobic bullying when LGBT rights are publicly debated, according to researchers.
The authors of the study published in the journal Pediatrics looked at the results of surveys completed between 2001 and 2014 by almost 5 million middle- and high-school students from about 5,000 California institutions. The team noted rates of homophobic bullying before and after the vote on Proposition 8, a statewide ballot initiative that asked voters to decide whether same-sex marriage should be banned, and whether only opposite-sex couples should be allowed to wed.
According to the researchers, the debate over Proposition 8, which voters approved in 2008 but a federal court ruled unconstitutional in 2010, “promulgated stigma” against homosexuals.
Among the questions the students were asked was: “During the past 12 months, how many times on school property were you harassed or bullied because you are gay or lesbian (or someone thought you were)?" They were also asked how often they were targeted because of their race, ethnicity or national origin; religion; or gender. Bullying was defined as students acting aggressively toward their peers.
Eight Arrested for Hacking LGBTQ Activists to Death
Eight members of a radical group with ties to al Qaeda have been charged with the murder of two LGBTQ activists in Bangladesh, several media outlets reported today.
Xulhaz Mannan, founder and publisher of Bangadesh’s first gay magazine, Roopbaan, and actor Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy were hacked to death at Mannan’s home in Dhaka, the nation’s capital and largest city, in April 2016. Ansar al Islam, the regional arm of al Qaeda, claimed credit for the attack. Its members gained access to his home by pretending they were delivering a package.
D.C. Police Investigate After LGBTQ Magazine Found Hanging by Noose
Porn deemed a public health crisis by Arizona politicians
Some legislators gave pornography a new title: public health crisis.
The Arizona State Senate voted Monday to declare pornography a public health crisis, but beyond stating such on their resolution, no further action is set to be taken.
The bill states that "pornography perpetuates a sexually toxic environment that damages all areas of our society," proceeding to list that "potential detrimental effects on pornography users include toxic sexual behaviors, emotional, mental and medical illnesses and difficulty forming or maintaining intimate relationships."
More Than 300 Catholic Clergy in New Jersey Have Been Accused of Sex Abuse, Report Says
Delaware man accused of raping woman after posing as ride-share driver, police say
Man filmed himself sexually assaulting 16-year-old several times, plotted to kill girl
U.S. Military Sees Dramatic Rise in Sexual Assaults
There were 20,500 reported sexual assaults in the military in 2018, according to a new Pentagon report, a 38% increase in the number of assaults since 2016. The results, as ABC News reports, represent “a setback for the U.S. military’s efforts to reduce sexual assault in the military.”
These numbers come from an anonymous survey the Pentagon conducts every two years. Respondents include Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine personnel. The survey defines assault as “rape, sexual assault, forcible sodomy, aggravated sexual contact, abusive sexual contact and attempts to commit those offenses,” according to ABC News.
Over 85% of the victims reported knowing the perpetrators.
With her or with him? How the sexual attack of an Indian actor inspired a powerful feminist movement
‘Monster’ abducted 4-year-old girl from bed, hid her in chest: cops
Harlem teacher accused of lewd conversations with 18 students
‘Winnie the Pooh’ voice star accused of rape and animal abuse
Airline Passenger Allegedly Kissed Woman, Spat On Her Chest During Flight
THE MORMON CHURCH HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF USING A VICTIMS’ HOTLINE TO HIDE CLAIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE
New Study Shows High Prevalence of Sexual Harassment and Assault, and Much of the Public Believes Survivors
Reston, VA, April 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A new study released today by UC San Diego’s Center for Gender Equity and Health (GEH) and the nonprofit organization Stop Street Harassment (SSH) shows that sexual harassment and assault are widespread problems in the United States. The other study partners are California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), Promundo and RALIANCE.
Released in the wake of the groundbreaking societal reckoning with sexual harassment and assault prompted by the #MeToo movement, the study’s major findings include:
While verbal comments are the most frequently experienced form of sexual harassment, an alarming number of people also have faced more severe forms. Among all female respondents, 49% had been purposely sexually touched (or groped), 27% had been followed, and 30% had been flashed. On the most extreme end, 23% of women (1 in 4) had survived sexual assault, as had 9% of men (1 in 10).
Women with disabilities and women who identify as lesbian or bisexual were more likely to report experiencing both sexual harassment and assault than women without disabilities and straight women, respectively. Among men, those in certain marginalized groups were also more likely to report experiencing sexual harassment and, especially, sexual assault; this includes men with disabilities, men living below the poverty line, and gay and bisexual men.
Young people and marginalized groups have also experienced sexual harassment more recently. Of those who experienced sexual harassment or assault, 18% of women and 16% of men experienced it most recently within the past six months. At least one-third of young women aged 18-24 (32%), Black women (35%) and lesbian or bisexual women (39%) reported sexual harassment in the past six months, the highest prevalence across demographics.