However a male Law student who visited recently was left unimpressed. “While I was there I was putting on the façade that I was enjoying myself. I have no intention of going back.”He said that he thought the trip “might be a laugh”, and was aware of the negative side of the sex industry, “but I didn’t really care. Now I’d say that I would look upon it less favourably because of my experiences.”When asked whether he could understand why women may feel threatened by the presence of a strip club in Oxford, he said, “Yes. It encourages women to be viewed as objects and therefore I’d imagine that things like rape and sexual assault would be more common.“But I think that within the Lodge itself it’s safely regulated and I wouldn’t think anything untoward happens there.”Yang commented that negative portrayals of female sexuality take the moral onus away from the abuser. “Terms like ‘slag’ are put-downs that implicitly suggest a mould for female sexuality that, if not conformed to, makes the woman in question a deviant. Sexual abuse is a reflection of what we believe.”The combination of alcohol and casual sex often involved in student relationships makes the issue of consent particularly relevant at Oxford. Many Oxford students asked had been in a situation where consent had not been clear.One male student said, “I woke up in the morning with a girl from another college in my bed. We couldn’t really remember anything from the night before. I’ve always wondered about what happened – if she had claimed I’d forced her to have sex, I would have had nothing to defend myself with.”Amnesty International research has shown that a ‘blame culture’ attitude exists over clothing, drinking, perceived promiscuity, and whether a woman has clearly said “no” to the man. 26% of those asked said that they thought a woman was partially or totally responsible for being raped if she was wearing sexy or revealing clothing.Around one in 12 people believed that a woman was totally responsible for being raped if she had had many sexual partners. 30% said that a woman was partially or totally responsible for being raped if she was drunk.More than four in ten student victims of serious sexual assault have told nobody about what has happened. Of the female students who did not report serious sexual assault to the police, 50% said it was because they felt ashamed or embarrassed, and 43% because thought they would be blamed for what happened.Yuan Yang said, “Welfare services such as Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre recognise that self-blame is prevalent among survivors of rape: “I didn’t say “no” loudly enough”; “I didn’t struggle hard enough”; “I shouldn’t have invited him to my room” and so on.“Challenging self-doubt is an important part of sexual violence rehabilitation, but it’s hard when victim blame, and sexual double standards, are such a prevalent theme of social discourse.”More than 13,000 rapes were reported to police last year, although the true figure is thought to be in excess of 50,000.Only 6% of cases reported to police end in conviction. 6 out of 7 people are unaware of this fact, and 98% underestimate the prevalence of sexual assault.Yang reassured students, “In Oxford, the police have been helpful in working alongside us in providing sexual abuse workshops to educate students about the prevalence and results of abuse; we do not have the same issues with lack of thoughtfulness from police officers as other parts of the country might.” A recent poll has shown that 1 in 7 women students have been the victim of serious sexual assault while at university or college, yet only a small minority have reported it.Only 10% told the police about the assault, and just 4% reported it to their institution, according to the data collected by the National Union of Students.60% of these attacks were carried out by fellow students. OUSU Women’s Officer Yuan Yang commented, “It makes it more difficult for the survivor to handle the experience of sexual violence if she is locked into a university system in which she must see them often.“It can be even worse if the abuser didn’t recognise the effect of their actions, or acts as if they don’t.”One Oxford student told of how she was assaulted last year. “I was at a house party last Trinity when a friend’s boyfriend pushed me up against the wall and pulled my knickers down without saying anything.“I was so shocked. I tried to push him away and told him to leave me alone but he didn’t. He kept kissing me and saying how good I looked that evening like that made it OK.“Somebody saw us and he let me go, but the story that got around was that I had seduced him somehow. I fully admit that I was drunk, but I in no way provoked him. I still see him sometimes. He was off his face and I don’t think he remembers it properly.”Currently, 1.3 in every 1,000 Oxford residents have officially been victims of crimes of a sexual nature, compared with only 0.9 nationwide.The recent controversy surrounding Thirst Lodge’s sex encounter venue licence raised fears within the University and the local community over women’s safety in Oxford. Studies in London, Nottingham and Scotland have shown that when clubs are granted lap dancing licences, there is an increase in violence, harassment, and sexual assault in the surrounding area.
Cas found the rules for athletes with DSD, like Semenya, were discriminatory – but that the discrimination was “necessary, reasonable and proportionate” to protect “the integrity of female athletics”. But, in making the ruling on Wednesday, Cas said it had “serious concerns as to the future practical application” of the regulations.Semenya, a multiple Olympic, World and Commonwealth champion, said she believed the IAAF “had always targeted me specifically”. “We are reeling in shock at how a body held in high esteem like Cas can endorse discrimination without flinching,” said ASA in a statement on Wednesday.“For Cas does not only condone discrimination but also goes to lengths to justify it, only undermines the integrity that this body is entrusted with. “We are deeply disappointed and profoundly shocked.” Semenya is still eligible to compete at the Diamond League meet in Doha on Friday and can make an appeal against the Cas ruling to the Swiss Tribunal Courts within the next 30 days.ASA said it was “encouraged to take the matter further” because of some of the observations raised by Cas in the ruling.“ASA was confident of a favourable outcome given the human rights, medico-legal and scientific arguments and evidence that we believe invalidated the regulations,” it added.“It is these facts that have left ASA shocked that Cas rejected these compelling factors in favour of the IAAF.“ASA reiterates that this may not be the end of the matter.”The rules, applying to women in track events from 400m up to the mile, require athletes to keep their testosterone levels below a prescribed amount “for at least six months prior to competing”.However, 100m, 200m and 100m hurdles are exempt, as are races longer than one mile and field events.Female athletes affected must take medication for six months before they can compete, and then maintain a lower testosterone level.The rules were intended to be brought in on 1 November 2018, but the legal challenge from Semenya and Athletics South Africa caused that to be delayed until 26 March.The United Nations Human Rights Council has called the plans “unnecessary, harmful and humiliating” and South Africa’s sports minister called them a “human rights violation”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Athletics South Africa (ASA) says it is “reeling in shock” after Olympic 800m champion Caster Semenya lost a landmark case against athletics’ governing body. The South African, 28, challenged new IAAF rules which attempt to restrict testosterone levels in female runners.Athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD) must now take medication to compete in some track events or change to another distance. ASA said the decision “goes to lengths to justify” discrimination.Semenya had challenged the IAAF’s new rules at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) but on Wednesday it announced it had rejected the appeal. “We believe their decision is disgraceful,” ASA added. And it said by justifying discrimination, Cas had “seen it fit to open the wounds of apartheid” – the South African political system which enforced white rule and racial segregation until 1991 – which it pointed out was “condemned by the whole world as a crime against humanity”.
Mirza Teletović played another fantastic match and scored 10 points in 22 minutes of play. He had 4 jumps, three assists and one blockage, and that made him the player of the match. He helped Brooklyn Nets to win the match.”Mirza stayed patient; he was in a very difficult position at the season’s start. Now he’s getting more minutes, and you can see that he can contribute to the team. He’s an important member of this team and we need him”, said Deron Williams, Teletović’s teammate.
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Pedro Alvarez right, celebrates with third base coach Nick Leyva after hitting a solo home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs in Chicago, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Chicago won 7-5. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)CHICAGO (AP) – Russell Martin struggled to recall the last time he witnessed such wacky production from his team’s offense.The Pittsburgh Pirates hit five home runs against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night, including two home runs each from Martin and Pedro Alvarez. The problem was Pittsburgh finished with only one other hit and never had a runner in scoring position during a 7-5 loss to the Cubs.“You can chalk that one up to Wrigley Field because a lot of crazy things can happen here,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “At the end of the day, the hole was dug a little deeper than we were able to climb out of.”For the second time in less than a week, Cubs starting pitcher Jason Hammel puzzled the Pirates.Signed to a one-year, $6 million contract over the offseason, Hammel (2-0) won his Cubs debut when he beat the Pirates in Pittsburgh. He got off to another good start in this one, retiring the first 12 batters until Alvarez’s first homer of the game tied it to start the fifth.“I got my first taste of Wrigley,” Hammel said. “I hope they’re much kinder next time. When the wind’s howling out, you’ve got to keep the ball down. Made three mistakes today and they all left the yard, so I think a couple of those are outs in other ballparks, but still nonetheless, got to keep the ball down.”Hammel allowed three runs and three hits – all solo homers – while striking out six. Mike Olt and Junior Lake hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth against Wandy Rodriguez (0-2).“When’s he down he’s got good movement on his fastball,” Martin said of Hammel. “The bottom line is he’s making pitches. That’s really all it is. Obviously we’re not taking advantage of every opportunity, but he’s doing a good job you’ve got to give him some credit.”Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo’s four hits tied a career high, and it was his career-best fourth straight multihit game.Alvarez and Martin each got their second homer in the ninth off Pedro Strop, and Travis Snider also went deep. It was Alvarez’s second multihomer game of the season and ninth of his career, and it the eighth of Martin’s career.Chicago’s Emilio Bonifacio, who entered leading the majors with 17 hits and a .515 batting average, was 2 for 5 with two runs scored for an offense that has scored 21 runs in its last three games after getting eight in its first five.Rodriguez, whom Hammel beat April 3, took his second loss against the Cubs. He went five innings, giving up four runs and nine hits, keeping the Pirates from clinching their third straight series win to start the season, something they haven’t done since 1992. Rodriguez missed most of 2013 with a left forearm injury and Hurdle called his performance an “optimistic outing.”“You’ve got to remember how long he’s been away from the mound,” Hurdle said. “He feels healthy. The first pitch strikes were good. A little more consistency and location, just execution at times.”Rodriguez fell behind early when Justin Ruggiano’s first-inning double drove in Bonifacio, who had his sixth multihit game in eight this season.Pittsburgh tied it in the fifth when Alvarez hit his third homer of the season. On a 1-2 count, Alvarez launched a drive into the bleachers in left field, aided by a wind that was steadily blowing out all night.The Cubs took the lead in the bottom of the inning with two homers and three runs. Olt, whose only hit of the season had been a homer against Rodriguez in the teams’ first meeting, took the first pitch he saw and hit it into the basket in left for a two-run homer that made it 3-1.Lake then gave the Cubs their first back-to-back homers of the year when he ripped a 2-0 pitch out of the stadium and onto Waveland Ave.The Cubs blew the game open in the sixth, scoring three more times to take a 7-1 lead. Their third run came when Lake was originally called out at first on a double-play grounder, but Cubs manager Rick Renteria challenged the call by umpire Mark Carlson, getting it overturned and allowing Rizzo to score.In the seventh, Snider and Martin hit their solo home runs off Hammel, who was replaced by Hector Rondon to start the eighth.NOTES: Hurdle said C Chris Stewart (arthroscopic surgery on his right knee) is coming along as he rehabilitates. Hurdle said Stewart is working on getting at-bats and catching five-inning games as part of his version of spring training. … Pirates LHP Jeff Locke (right oblique) went six innings and allowed two runs and five hits while striking out 10 and walking one in a rehab outing at Single-A Bradenton.
Facebook204Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Puget Sound Recovery CaucusTomorrow, June 22, the Puget Sound Recovery Caucus, led by U.S. Representatives Denny Heck (WA-10) and Derek Kilmer (WA-06) will introduce a resolution before the United States Congress declaring June 2018 “National Orca Protection Month,” to honor the iconic endangered whales.The designation spotlights the Southern Resident orca population found in the waters of the Pacific Northwest and draws attention to the extreme danger they are in.“In one year, our Southern Resident orca population has dropped from 78 to 75 orcas, the lowest number in more than 30 years with no signs of healthy orca calves being born,” Heck said.“At this rate, we are at serious risk of no longer having this iconic species as a part of our Pacific Northwest identity. This resolution would affirm that saving orcas is a priority of the Congress and of the United States. I urge my colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass this resolution and recognize in order to save the orcas, we need to save the salmon, and to save the salmon, we must save Puget Sound.”“The Southern Resident population is in peril,” said Kilmer. “Congress must take action now. This resolution represents our commitment to preserving this iconic species and the role orca play in our region’s identity for future generations.”The Endangered Species Act lists Southern Resident orcas and several Chinook salmon stocks in Washington as endangered. The Puget Sound Recovery Caucus introduced a resolution to designate June as National Orca Protection Month in 2016 and 2017. Puget Sound is home to 75 Southern Resident orcas in the J, K, and L pods.On April 18, 2018, the Seattle Times reported that Southern Resident orca inbreeding could devastate the population, and on June 17, 2018, the Seattle Times reported another orca death brings the population down to 75, the lowest in 34 years.. A study released on October 11, 2017, found that reduced acoustic disturbance and increased Chinook salmon populations could help the Southern Resident orca population grow by 2.3 percent.Heck and Kilmer are co-founders of the Congressional Puget Sound Recovery Caucus, which seeks to bring greater federal support for Puget Sound clean-up efforts.A draft of the resolution is attached and can be found online.Featured photo credit: Chris Hamilton