In Greece, a wildfire of ‘Me Too’ allegations singes the cabinet

Athens, Greece – The Greek MeToo movement lit by Olympian Sofia Bekatorou is becoming a wildfire that now burns uncomfortably close to the government. Culture minister Lina Mendoni faces opposition calls to resign after two men accused the National Theatre director she appointed of raping them when they were barely adults. Opposition leader Alexis Tsipras […]

French actor Gerard Depardieu charged with rape, old case revived

Film star was not detained when he was handed the preliminary charges on December 16. The Paris prosecutor’s office said on Tuesday that French actor Gerard Depardieu was charged last December with rape and sexual assault after authorities revived a 2018 investigation that was initially dropped. The office told the Associated Press news agency that […]

Former US priest on trial for sex abuse in East Timor

American clergyman accused of abusing children younger than 14 in a home for disadvantaged youth that he founded and ran. The trial of a defrocked American priest charged with sexually abusing young girls at his shelter for orphans and children from impoverished families in East Timor has begun on Tuesday. Richard Daschbach, 84, a former […]

Indian ex-minister loses high-profile #MeToo defamation case

Journalist Priya Ramani acquitted in the defamation case filed by former minister MJ Akbar. A former minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet has lost a defamation suit he filed against journalist Priya Ramani, who had accused him of sexual harassment in the most high-profile case in India’s #MeToo movement, according to her lawyer. In […]

In Greece, an Olympian leads the ‘Me Too’ movement

Athens, Greece – For 20 years, Greek Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou’s rape quietly smouldered. But despite struggling constantly with her experience, during that time she became one of the most decorated athletes in Greek history, had two children and completed a degree in psychology. “I couldn’t reconcile it with my character. I couldn’t forgive […]

Jeffrey Epstein victims’ fund abruptly suspends payments

A fund set up to provide money to scores of women who say they were abused by financier Jeffrey Epstein when they were as young as 14 has abruptly suspended payouts over uncertain funding – an action the Virgin Islands attorney general blamed Thursday on Epstein’s estate as she moved to freeze its assets. The […]

Her day in court: Woman crowdfunds sexual assault case

A young woman raised money to bring her case of sexual assault against a former policeman in a first for Malaysia. A Mongolian woman has raised thousands of dollars in crowdfunding to mount a sexual assault case against a former policeman in a first for Malaysia, her lawyer said on Wednesday. Women’s rights groups have followed the case closely, saying victims of assault should […]

H&M probes abuse at Indian factory after death of woman worker

More than a dozen workers at an H&M supplier’s factory in southern India have spoken out about harassment following the death of a 20-year-old female employee, a labour rights group said. Fashion retailer H&M said on Tuesday that it would investigate reports of sexual harassment at a supplier’s factory in southern India following the death […]

Israel extradites woman wanted for sex crimes to Australia

Malka Leifer faces 74 charges of child sex abuse that she allegedly committed during her stint as teacher in Melbourne. Israeli authorities have extradited a woman wanted on 74 charges of child sex abuse in Australia, following a six-year legal battle that had strained relations between the two governments. Malka Leifer, who is wanted on […]

”We believe you’ Macron tells victims of childhood sexual abuse

French leader says country needs to better protect children as victims share testimonies of abuse on social media. French President Emmanuel Macron said that France will tighten its laws on child sexual abuse, after the publication of a book accusing a top French political commentator of abusing his stepson and a massive social media campaign […]

Pakistan top court moves to hear #MeToo case against singer Zafar

Activists and lawyers have hailed a recent move by Pakistan’s top court to hear on merit a high-profile sexual harassment case that launched the country’s #MeToo movement, caused a stir on social media, and polarised public opinion. Earlier this week, the Supreme Court agreed to deliberate on whether prominent singer and actress Meesha Shafi’s allegations […]

Egyptian man jailed for 3 years for sexual assault in #MeToo case

Ex-student’s conviction for harassing two women is the first in a case that sparked #MeToo movement in Arab world’s most populous country. An Egyptian court has sentenced a former student to three years in prison for sexually harassing two young women, in a case that sparked outrage on social media under the #MeToo hashtag. The […]

Ghislaine Maxwell denied bail in sex abuse case

US judge rejects $28.5m bail package for Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend, who was arrested in July. A US judge on Monday denied bail to Ghislaine Maxwell, citing the risk the British socialite might flee from charges she assisted in the late financier Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking of girls. US District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan said […]

Bangladesh director arrested after film shows police in bad light

Anonno Mamun arrested along with actor Shaheen Mridha for their portrayal of police attitudes towards rape victims. A Bangladeshi film director has been arrested and charged after a scene depicting police harshly interrogating a rape victim and highlighting attitudes towards violence against women sparked the ire of the force. The first half of Nabab LLB, […]

Kenya’s sexual violence survivors get justice, though imperfect

The women gathered around the table as they had done so many times before, united by their shared trauma and wounds. But this time, it was different. This was the moment these survivors of sexual violence had waited for, a wait of 13 years. Two bowed their heads and clasped their hands in prayer. Moments […]

Lebanon passes landmark sexual harassment law

Beirut, Lebanon – Lebanon’s Parliament has endorsed a landmark law criminalising sexual harassment that could see the most flagrant perpetrators spend up to four years in prison and pay fines up to 50 times the minimum wage. “It’s a very good law that should serve as a deterrent,” said Danielle Hoyek, a lawyer with gender […]

US Army fires, suspends 14 soldiers over violence at base

Texas base Fort Hood has seen murders, harassment, sexual assault and alleged prostitution rings, triggering an investigation. The United States Army on Tuesday said it had fired or suspended 14 officers and enlisted soldiers at the controversy-laden base at Fort Hood, Texas, and ordered policy changes to address chronic leadership failures that contributed to a […]

Bill Cosby sex assault conviction appeal goes to state top court

Pennsylvania’s highest court questioned Tuesday whether Bill Cosby’s alleged history of intoxicating and sexually assaulting young women amounted to a signature crime pattern, given studies that show as many as half of all sexual assaults involve drugs or alcohol. Cosby, 83, hopes to overturn his 2018 sex assault conviction because the judge let prosecutors call […]

Leader of S Korea ‘sextortion’ ring jailed for 40 years

The discovery in March of the Nth Room, which operated on the encrypted Telegram platform, shocked the country. A Seoul court on Thursday sentenced the ringleader of the Nth Room – one of the biggest online sex trafficking rings ever discovered in South Korea – to 40 years in prison, falling short of the life […]