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Action Alert: Gather to support Nafissatou Diallo & all victims of sexual assault

August 18, 2011, 11:01 am — admin (Uncategorized)
The Alliance is co-sponsoring two public events planned around the August 23rd court hearing in the Dominque Strauss-Kahn sexual assault case.  We hope you will join us at both events to stand in solidarity with Nafissatou Diallo and all victims of sexual assault.

AUGUST 22, generic 2011

The Alliance is proud to co-sponsor a Press Conference with NYC Council Member Letitia James and other women’s advocacy organizations in support of Nafissatou Diallo

WHAT

Press Conference

WHEN

Monday, August 22 from 5 pm – 7 pm

WHERE

City Hall steps

With regard to the DSK case, the organizers and supporters have set the following goals:

  • Urge the Manhattan DA to look at the facts of the case, as well as the Mr. Strauss-Kahn’s history of conduct.
  • Cease leaking of information pertaining to the case.
  • Take into STRONG consideration Ms. Diallo’s medical report which includes testimony consistent with what the accuser told police, and which lists the cause of injuries as “rape”.

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AUGUST 23, 2011

Join the Connect the Dots Coalition and RALLY in support of Nafissatou Diallo

WHAT

Rally

WHEN

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.

WHERE

100 Centre Street

(We will line the front of the Criminal Courthouse holding signs and banners.)

RAISE YOUR VOICES to demand a continuance of the Manhattan criminal case against Dominque Straus-Kahn

Former International Monetary Fund chief Dominque Straus-Kahn was arrested and charged with the May 14, 2011 sexual assault of Ms. Diallo, a housekeeper at the Sofitel hotel. Ms. Diallo’s medical report is consistent with her account of the attack, and the NYC hospital that treated her lists the cause of her injuries as “assault” and “rape.”

A court hearing before Judge Michael Obus is set for late morning on August 23rd at the Criminal Courthouse at 100 Centre Street. Media reports from anonymous sources indicate the case may be dropped because of “credibility issues.” Make sure you are present to show your solidarity with Ms. Diallo and all sexual assault victims, and to protest the barbaric practice of victim-blaming.

Ms. Diallo deserves her day in court!

Connect the Dots is a coalition comprised of CONNECT, Crime Victims Treatment Center, Feministing, National Organization for Women (NOW-NYC), The Healing Center, New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault and Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN).

Ms. Blog: Great Article Reposted

May 9, 2011, 12:29 pm — admin (Uncategorized)

Yet another example of why words and number have real power in the fight to end sexual violence.  Every time we complain that we don’t have accurate data about violence in NYC, it’s because it means we’re not only glossing over and missing the life experience of survivors, we’re also going to funders, politicians and advocates with less than accurate information.
So, a little project demonstrating the power of numbers (courtesy of the Ms. Magazine Blog):

  1. The FBI’s definition of “forcible rape” in their Uniform Crime Report (UCR): “The carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.” [PDF]
  2. What that definition leaves out: anal, oral and statutory rape; incest; rape with an object, finger or fist; rape of men
  3. Number of men raped in any year, according to the UCR: 0 [PDF]
  4. Estimated number of men actually raped each year, according to the Dept. of Justice: 93,000 [PDF]
  5. Number of women raped in 2007 under the UCR definition: 91,874
  6. Number of sexual assaults in 2007–which includes rapes the FBI leaves out–according to the National Crime Victimization Survey: 248,300
  7. Dept. of Justice estimate of how many women are actually raped each year: 300,000 [PDF]
  8. Number of arrests for rape in 2007 (UCR): 23,307
  9. Percentage of rapes that result in incarceration: 0.35 percent [PDF]
  10. Number of murders/manslaughters in 2007 (UCR): 17,157
  11. Number of arrests for murder/manslaughter in 2007 (UCR): 13,480
  12. Percentage of murders that result in incarceration: 20 percent or more [PDF]
  13. Average number of rapes to every murder committed annually: 5 to 1
  14. Two of the top five cities in the U.S. with the most “unfounded” (i.e., false or baseless reports, according to police) rapes: New Orleans and Baltimore
  15. Percentage of rape reports deemed “unfounded” by New Orleans police in 2008: 60 percent
  16. Percentage of rape reports deemed “unfounded” by Baltimore police in 2009: 32 percent
  17. Percentage of actual estimated false rape reports in any given year according to research studies: 2-8 percent
  18. Percentage of rape reports deemed “unfounded” by the FBI in 2006: 5 percent
  19. How Baltimore police once explained their “unfounded” rape rate: “One of the things we know is that victims do lie.”
  20. Percentage of rape reports deemed “unfounded” (i.e. falsely reported) by Philadelphia police in 1983: 52 percent
  21. The year Philadelphia was forced to clean up its rape reporting practices: 1999
  22. Percentage of rape reports deemed unfounded in Philadelphia in 2007: 10 percent
  23. What a Philadelphia police officer once called his city’s sex crimes unit: “The lying bitches unit.”
  24. “Reasons” women lie about rape, according to Philadelphia’s police department in 1984: revenge; free abortion; covering up truancy, pregnancy, infidelity, lost money, sexual precocity.
  25. Number of people who have signed a letter urging the FBI to change its definition of rape: 2,019 (and counting)

About the Wikileaks/Michael Moore Fiasco

December 20, 2010, 1:42 pm — admin (Uncategorized)

For those of you unfamiliar with the ongoing Wikileaks (and now) Michael Moore rape accusation/conspiracy theory case, I’m re-posting a great overview created by a blogger (Miranda) on womensglib.

1. Julian Assange, editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, has been accused of raping two Swedish women on different occasions. These two women have an apparently awesome lawyer, Claes Borgström, who says things like: “[my clients] are victims of a crime, but they are looked upon as the perpetrators and that is very unfortunate.” Assange has a lawyer, Mark Stephens, who says things like: “The honeytrap has been sprung. Dark forces are at work. After what we’ve seen so far you can reasonably conclude this is part of a greater plan.” Because of these accusations, Assange has been arrested and held in a London jail. But he has been released on bail and appears dedicated to avoiding fair and rigorous prosecution for these alleged rapes.

2. Keith Olbermann talks about Assange’s legal troubles on his show. Olbermann invites Michael Moore to comment on Assange’s legal troubles on his show, specifically why Moore chose to donate $20,000 to Assange’s bail. Moore tells us that he donated such a sum because he believes WikiLeaks’ works is essential for a “free and open society,” because supporting WikiLeaks is “an act of patriotism.” Oh, and because the rape allegations are “a lie and a smear,” “all a bunch of hooey.” Oh, and also: because the allegations of rape are actually allegations that “his condom broke during consensual sex, which is not a crime.” Not a crime, true. Also not the accusation. (But here’s the thing: respecting WikiLeaks as a mechanism for ensuring “a free and open society” does not prevent us from getting to the bottom of the accusations against Assange. We can admire the principles of an organization while still questioning the ethics of their frontman. Really. We are old enough to walk and chew gum, here.)

Really, what more can add to this overview?

Not much!

One more thing I’ll leave you with from the post at womensglib:

But what I really want to emphasize is this:  Olbermann and Moore have a really incredible opportunity right in front of them, an opportunity begging to be taken. They have the opportunity to apologize. Because being a good progressive? Is all about [messing] up.

The bloggers at womensglib and progressives across the country have been taking part in a twitter campaign. If you want to take part, send a message to @MMFlint and/or  @KeithOlbermann and tell them why you think it’s important that public figures and members of the media refuse to obfuscate this issue.  Having consent before/during/at all points during a sexual encounter is a big deal. Acting as if non-consensual sex is “a bunch of hooey”  is incredibly demeaning and dangerous.  Survivors of sexual assault deserve more respect, and potential rapists deserve to receive a fair trial as guaranteed by law. Right now, I don’t see much of that respect, but I do see a man having to address his possible crimes with just legal repercussions.

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