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UK: Sexism, harassment are becoming part of daily life for young girls - study

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Girls as young as seven are experiencing sexual taunts from boys, according to Girlguiding UK. The charity says sexism and harassment are becoming a part of daily life for British girls.

Sexual taunts at a young age intensify into sexual harassment during girls' teenage years, the youth charity claims. Almost 60 percent of girls and young women aged 13 to 21 report sexual harassment at school or college.

Meanwhile, 20 percent experiencing unwanted touching, the Girls' Attitudes survey revealed. Under UK law, "inappropriate touching and groping" constitutes sexual assault.

More than 1,400 girls and young women aged between seven and 21 across the UK were polled. The study warns that such experiences are coming to be seen as just "a normal aspect of being a girl."

Of particular concern, more than half of the girls surveyed, aged between 11 and 16, said teachers had told them to ignore incidents of sexual harassment, or dismiss them as "banter."

In the older age group (13 to 21), 59 percent said they had faced some form of sexual harassment. Many don't talk about these incidents out of shame or fear of being bullied.

Comment: Unfortunately, too many young women who are sexually assaulted don't consider it a form of rape.They aren't supported by the authorities that are supposed to protect them, or the people they consider 'friends'. Sexual violence and rape are endemic on the planet with no end in sight. It's gotten so bad in India, people are taking matters into their own hands.

See also:

Ending India's rape culture

The University of Virginia's rape culture in the U.S.

Boat

'Functionally obsolete' draw bridge crashes down on mega yacht

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There was no party for a mega yacht called "RockStar" after a draw bridge unexpectedly came down on the passing vessel.

Chopper 4 was over the scene as the ship called the "Rockstar," was being towed from Fort Lauderdale to Miami.

The yacht, which costs a little more than quarter of a million dollars to charter for a week was waiting for a visit from the Coast Guard and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission before it could continue on.

The broad causeway that connects North Miami with Bay Harbor Islands and Bal Harbour is undergoing tests to make sure the locking mechanism works.

Assistant City Mananger J.C. Jimenez said the vessel was under tow when the tow company requested the bridge tender to raise both sides so it could pass.

As the ship passed through, the East side of the draw bridge suddenly started to slip and crashed down on the yacht, taking out part of the roof causing tens of thousands of dollars in damages.

Fifteen people were reported to be aboard the yacht with no injuries.

Incidentally, the broad causeway, which is about 60 years old, is about to undergo a $13-million dollar rehab project which includes replacing parts of the draw bridge mechanism because of past electrical problems.

The city has engineers are evaluating the causeway bridge and what to do next.

As of Tuesday evening, large vessels were still unable to go under the bridge. Vehicle traffic across the bridge was also restricted.

The FWC is investigating the cause of the incident.


Comment: Oh the irony: a decrepit bridge falling down on some ultra-rich's yacht. Sign from the universe perhaps?

Dollars

Tampa Christian-based homeless program forces impoverished to work for free

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Tom Atchison
Christian-based Florida homeless program catering to recovering alcoholics and drug addicts has been accused of providing work crews to businesses and local events, then keeping their pay without them ever seeing it in exchange for room and board.

In an investigation conducted by the Tampa Bay Times, New Beginnings CEO Tom Atchison is accused of exploiting residents staying in his residences by farming them out as unpaid labor, including working concessions at Tampa Bay Rays, Lightning, and Bucs games, the Daytona 500 and the Florida State Fair.

Workers who put in a day of work are unaware of how much they are being paid for their labor since their paychecks go straight to Atchison and the shelter.

Atchison, who claims to have a doctorate in theology he earned from a now defunct online school, is currently applying to run Hillsborough County's new homeless shelter with a contract worth millions of public dollars.

For residents who are able to pay, New Beginnings charges $150 a week, or $600 a month, which covers rent and three meals per day.

The program's CEO calls the labor "work therapy," but advocates for the homeless and labor lawyers say it is exploitative, calling it "indentured servitude."

Comment: Another pathological using religion to present himself as a hero only to exploit and feed on humanity. What a sicko!

Camcorder

Eyewitness releases video recorded right after shooting of Michael Brown

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Officer Darren Wilson was caught on cellphone footage looking at Michael Brown's lifeless body after he fired six shots at the unarmed teen on a Ferguson, Missouri street on August 9
A woman who claims she saw a police officer shoot dead Michael Brown has released video of his lifeless body in the street as the cop who killed him paces back and forth.

Piaget Crenshaw lives in an apartment with a balcony overlooking the street in Ferguson, Missouri where the 18-year-old was killed on August 9.

She said today that she waited until now to release the video as she feared for her safety and the officer's name had not been released.

On the cellphone footage, Ms Crenshaw can be heard saying: 'God bless his soul, police shot this boy outside my apartment.'

She told CNN today that she had recorded the incident because she believed that something was wrong.

'From it all initially happening, I knew this was not right,' Miss Crenshaw said.

'I knew the police shouldn't have been chasing this boy and firing at the same time. And the fact he got shot in his face, something clicked in me and I thought someone else should see this so I recorded.'

Comment: Obama is lying as always. The militarization of American cops is an ongoing project of the government, and the Ferguson shooting is just another example of a trigger-happy cop at work, as trained. Obama and his government want total control of the population via the militarized police. Consider what this Iraq vet had to say:

Iraq Vet: Ferguson cops have better weaponry, armor than we carried in combat

Camcorder

SOTT EXCLUSIVE: Updates from Ukraine and Novorussia: Poroshenko shipped arms to rebels, Givi promises a surprise


Donetsk International Airport: before.
After months of operations at the Donetsk airport, Lieutenant Colonel "Givi" (call-sign) of the Novorussian Armed Forces and his battalion "Somali" are apparently on a break, resting from the constant fighting taking place there. The airport itself is an interesting topic. Once a modern international hub (rebuilt in 2012 for around USD $875 million), it is now a steaming pile of rubble.
Donetsk airport

After.
Why the stubborn focus on the airport from Kiev, where Ukrainian forces have been holed up for months, surrounded on all sides by the NAF? That's a whole other topic from the updates I want to give today, so I'll just mention a couple of points. Rumor has it that, holed up with the Ukrainians (including Right Sector thugs), there were or are also foreign mercenaries, including Poles. As Poland is a NATO member, this would be bad press if it came to light, to say the least, which may explain why they have consistently refused offers to surrender and have safe passage back to Ukraine.
Che Guevara

Democratic representatives make 'hands up, don't shoot' motion on House floor


New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries makes the 'hands up don't shoot' gesture on the House floor on Monday night as he kicked off an hour of Congressional Black Caucus speeches on the shooting of Ferguson, Missouri, resident Michael Brown.

'Hands up, don't shoot.'

Those were the first words out of Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries mouth last night as he and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus took over the House floor for an hour to discuss the August shooting of 18-year-old Ferguson, Missouri, resident Michael Brown.

"It's a rallying cry of people all across America who are fed up with police violence," the New York representative said as he kicked off the speeches.

"In community, after community, after community, fed up with police violence in Ferguson, in Brooklyn, in Cleveland, in Oakland, in cities and counties and rural communities all across America."

Rep. Jeffries led the charge on behalf of the African-American lawmakers, explaining that they wanted to set aside time to consider what recent events in Ferguson "say about where we are and where we need to go."

"People are fed up all across America because of the injustice involved, continuing to see young, unarmed African-American men killed as a result of a gunshot fired by a law enforcement officer," he said in his opening remarks.

"People in America are fed up with a broken criminal justice system that continues to fail to deliver accountability when law enforcement officers engage in the excessive use of police force.

Comment: See also:

HAL9000

Massive power outage leaves most of Detroit, Michigan in the dark

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A view of Downtown Detroit
A massive power outage in Detroit, Michigan on Tuesday morning is leaving much of the Motor City in the dark.

Spokespeople for the city and DTE Energy confirmed at around 11:00 a.m. local time on Tuesday that most of Detroit's municipal grid is offline, preventing power from being delivered to police stations, schools, traffic lights and other city-run facilities and services.

Municipal buildings were being evacuated, WXYZ Radio anchor Alicia Smith tweeted early Tuesday, although eyewitnesses on the ground told her shortly after 11 a.m. that people were reportedly becoming stuck in elevators.

According to Smith, a spokesperson for the city of Detroit confirmed that most of the municipal power grid was down. Residential structures are apparently unaffected, and some of the emergency facilities - like fire stations - have back-up generators, a local Fox News affiliate reported.

Comment: Somewhat symbolic that the municipal electrical grid has shut down, considering that the City has been conducting economic shock therapy on its residents by cutting off their water.

Che Guevara

#HandsUpWalkOut rallies spread across U.S. in wake of rigged Ferguson decision

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Thousands of people across the United States walked out of work and classrooms for a nationwide day of action dubbed 'Hands Up, Walk Out!' The protest comes after a grand jury declined to indict an officer for killing a black teenager.

The organizers - driven primarily by young people - spread the word online via the hashtag #HandsUpWalkOut, asking people to walk out in solidarity with those affected by police violence in Ferguson, Missouri, and around the country.

The walkouts occurred simultaneously at 12 p.m. CST and referenced the 'Hands Up! Don't Shoot!' chant that has been used as a rallying cry all over the US ever since African American teenager Michael Brown, 18, was fatally shot by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9.


Comment: See also:

Prosecutor in Ferguson case deliberately misled jurors to ensure Wilson acquittal

Nationwide protests against police brutality in AmeriKKKa: Wilson gets away with murder, Anonymous: #HoodsOff "The war is on!"

Sheriff

Road-raging off-duty Houston Texas cop shoots woman in the head

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A Houston woman was shot in the head by an off-duty police officer after she honked at him for cutting her off, KHOU 11 reports.The victim - who did not wish to be identified for fear of retaliation - said that she was driving on the 610 Loop when Kenneth Caplan cut her off.

"He was about to hit me," she said, "so I switched to the other lane, got in front of him and cut him off. I guess that pissed him off," because he pulled alongside her, rolled down his window and opened fire.

"He was aiming at me and I thought he was going to cuss me out. I just started crying because I knew I was going to die," the victim said. "I wanted to call my mom to tell her 'I love you.'"

Comment: Of course his precinct condemned his actions; he was off duty! Had Caplan been on active patrol, you can bet they would've concocted some story and stood behind him until his name was cleared and the charges dropped.

Heart - Black

Psychopathic doctor who sexually abused child cancer patients jailed for 22 years

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A Cambridge doctor who admitted to serial sexual abuse of dozens of young cancer patients has been sentenced to 22 years in prison.

Myles Bradbury, who worked at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, admitted to 25 offences including sexual assault, voyeurism and possession of over 16,000 images of children.

The 41-year-old blood cancer specialist further admitted to the abuse of 18 young patients in his care between 2009 and 2013.

Bradbury was arrested in 2013 after Canadian Authorities informed the UK's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) that Bradbury had bought a DVD containing indecent images of children.

The judge told Bradbury that his behaviour was a "gross and grotesque breach of trust," saying he had never before seen such a flagrant abuse of the trust placed in a medical figure.

Some of the doctor's victims suffered from rare and life-threatening diseases such as leukaemia and haemophilia.

Judge Gareth Hawkesworth said "in many years on the bench, I've never come across a more culpable or grave course of sexual criminality which has involved such a gross and grotesque breach and betrayal of your Hippocratic Oath and trust reposed in you by your patients."
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