Violence Against Refugees including Women and Children at the EU Border by Croatian Police Officers, Photojournalism at the heart of Sexual Harassment, and more feminist news.
Al-Jazeera is reporting sexual violence at the borders of the European Union -- Croatia, Serbia, and Bosnia. A volunteer group No Name Kitchen, with the mission to provide food and kitchen resources to cover, at least partially, the basic needs of all the refugees in Šid, Serbia, Velika Kladuša, Bosnia, and in Rome, and through the UNHCR has documented over 700 cases of violence at the border of Europe. To add insult to injustice, 5 of the 17 reported instances were of sexual violence, racism, and islamophobia against women done by Croatian local police officers. “Several victims said officers inappropriately touched their bodies, including their breasts and genitals, during these violent encounters,” Al-Jazeera reports. “They said the abuse happened in front of their children and husbands. The abusers were always in uniform.” None of the officers in the report have been punished or even condemned.
Twenty-seven new accusations of sexual harassment against Charlie Rose aren't stopping the former CBS newsman of hitting back. In fact, Deadline obtained the filing. In it, Rose attorneys argue that the three former CBS employees and plaintiffs: Katherine Brooks Harris, Sydney McNeal, and Yuqing “Chelsea” Wei, are only suing because of the cultural poignance of the #MeToo movement. “Tacitly recognizing the weakness of their factual allegations, Plaintiffs seek to bolster their threadbare and conclusory claims by exploiting the #MeToo Movement and bootstrapping the accusations of sexual harassment made by third parties against Rose in articles published by The Washington Post,” the motion says. “Plaintiffs are not alleged to have had any knowledge of a single one of those accusations set forth in the articles. These hearsay accusations do not and cannot supply the missing link to the legally deficient claims.” His attorneys are seeking dismissal of the suit.
Why do men like Charlie Rose – and quite possibly Matt Lauer – keep coming back? Les Moonves is set to exit CBS with a reported $100 million golden parachute; Louis CK returned to the stage on August 26; Morgan Freeman is set to return to The Story of God. Are these guys coming back too soon? And, further, why do these guys get to decide when they come back? “It is proving difficult to make criminal prosecutions stick against the alleged scoundrels whose careers were halted based on press articles that exposed appalling behavior,” reports Deadline. “Those charges were based on testimony of alleged victims, buttressed by the word of two or more friends to whom the victim confided. That is an impossibly low bar for the burden of proof required to put them behind bars, as many of those cases are pure he-said she-said, with no physical evidence for acts perpetrated long ago, many times beyond statute of limitation laws.”
"Photojournalism needs to face its #MeToo moment," by Kainaz Amaria is an article this week for Vox examining the resignation of famed photojournalist Antonin Kratochvil. “Kratochvil’s quiet resignation came on the heels of a bombshell report in the Columbia Journalism Review by Kristen Chick, in which several women accused him of groping and intimidating a number of female colleagues" Amaria writes. Kratochvil, who founded VII, denies the accusations. Chick’s article, 9578 words, interviews 50 women photojournalists on their stories of sexual harassment in the industry. The article states that "two well-known photographers—Antonin Kratochvil and Christian Rodriguez—engaged in serial harassment and that VII, a prestigious collective, and the Eddie Adams Workshop ignored complaints of harassment. Photojournalism in 2018 is undergoing a severe reckoning. It was reported at the end of January that Patrick Witty, a top editor at National Geographic, was investigated for sexual harassment. In November 2017, several women at National Geographic pressured the magazine’s human resources department to investigate Patrick Witty, then deputy director of photography, for allegedly abusing his power in the industry for years to get away with predatory sexual behavior toward female colleagues, freelance photographers, and peers in the field," AJ Chavar wrote for Vox January 31, 2018. Vox, incidentally, has been exceptional in covering the #MeToo movement.
It is not inconceivable that this midterm election cycle, the so-called second “Year of the Woman,” might see as many as 100 women elected to the House. "Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton didn't just launch the Women's March; it set off an avalanche of Democratic women running for Congress, many of them first-time candidates, ranging from former Navy helicopter pilots to former CIA officers,” NBC News reports. “Of the 254 non-incumbent Democratic nominees for the House, an unheard-of 50 percent are women, compared to 18 percent of Republicans.” 1992, the previous “Year of the Woman,” saw a record 11 women secure their party’s nominations for the Senate and 106 women battling for House seats.
Modern Love, the column about love and sex in The New York Times runs a sure to be talked about story this week about consent. A six-year age difference – she was 30, he 24 – proves to be a large learning curve. At 24 he is from a college consent culture, and she at 30 finds herself a bit unnerved at being asked for sexual consent at every sexual crossroad. In the end, it is something else other than this postmodern consideration between consenting adults that causes the end. “But in the days and weeks after, I was left thinking that our culture’s current approach to consent is too narrow. A culture of consent should be a culture of care for the other person, of seeing and honoring another’s humanity and finding ways to engage in sex while keeping our humanity intact. It should be a culture of making each other feel good, not bad,” the author concludes.