UK: Police are ordered to carry on believing anyone who makes an abuse claim is a victim

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'Detectives investigating historic sex crimes are still being trained to believe anyone who says they are a victim, despite being ordered to stop by a damning report into Scotland Yard's bungled VIP paedophile ring investigation.

Senior officers were issued with new rules just last month by the College of Policing, which say that anyone who makes abuse claims should automatically be considered a 'victim', with 'the intention that victims are believed'.

The advice ignores recommendations from retired High Court judge Sir Richard Henriques, who wrote a devastating report exposing how officers relentlessly pursued false claims of historic abuse by a fantasist known as 'Nick'.

Sir Richard's report on Scotland Yard's investigation, Operation Midland, advised that 'the instruction to believe a victim's account should cease'.'

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Appeals court upholds $130,000 judgment against Pomona College for railroading accused student

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'Lawyers for “John Doe” wanted Pomona College to pay at least $250,000 in attorney’s fees for repeatedly violating its own policies to find the accused student responsible for sexual assault.

They got about half that from Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mary Strobel, who said Pomona’s conduct was so egregious that she couldn’t “conclude that the factual scenario was unique and unlikely to recur.” (Pomona attempted to retry Doe with the same approach Strobel struck down.)

The private college appealed. The result? More money for Doe.

A California appeals court upheld the $130,000 judgment against Pomona in a ruling Thursday and awarded Doe “his costs on appeal,” concluding “there was no abuse of discretion” by Judge Strobel.'

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Why Rossview parents are being told they can't build a second baseball practice house

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'What started as an fundraising effort to give student athletes at Rossview High School more room for batting practice has turned into a dispute between parents and the school system over Title IX gender discrimination concerns and fair distribution of taxpayer money.
Once it became a standalone facility, legal issues arose. Under Title IX regulations, boys and girls must have equal access to athletic resources. So a baseball team can't have two indoor practice buildings when the softball team doesn't have one at all.

"If we were going to allow for a standalone facility it would need to be equally accessible for girls and boys," House told The Leaf-Chronicle. "I wanted them to be able to move forward but in a way that we don't put ourselves in a situation where we don't put ourselves at risk" of a Title IX lawsuit.'

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Uni student accused of false rape report going to trial

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'A Douglas County judge Thursday denied two motions to dismiss and suppress portions of the case against a KU student accused of falsely reporting a rape to Lawrence police.

The case, which was brought in January, will go to trial Oct. 28. The woman faces up to 23 months in prison for three felony counts of making a false report.

The woman’s attorneys say she is innocent and has been mistreated by the Lawrence Police Department and the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office after she reported being raped by a friend of her ex-boyfriend in September 2018.

District Attorney Charles Branson says she fabricated the story out of regret and to get back at her ex-boyfriend. Text messages the woman sent the night of the incident indicated to police that the sex had been consensual, according to court documents.'

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Doctor says donated sperm used to father at least 17 children, sues uni for $5.25 million

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'An Oregon doctor who says he discovered that his donated sperm was used to father at least 17 children in violation of an agreement that allowed for the creation of no more than five children filed a $5.25 million lawsuit Wednesday against Oregon Health & Science University.

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Federal Review Finds Immigrants Fraudulently Claim Domestic Abuse to Gain Citizenship

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'A federal program that grants immigrants a faster track to citizenship after filing a domestic abuse claim is vulnerable to fraud, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

In 2018, nearly 13,000 immigrants filed claims using a provision in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as a path to gain legal permanent residence in the United States. The program allows immigrant abuse victims to self-petition and removes the alleged abuser who sponsored them into the country from the process.

The report says fraud referrals involving VAWA self-petitions have more than quadrupled in the past five years.

"They're now using VAWA as a means by which to escape the two-year requirement to remain in the marital relationship without drawing any suspicion to themselves," said retired ICE Agent John Sampson, who told the News4 I-Team he was interviewed by GAO in conjunction with the report.'

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Model to stand trial for fraud in Neymar’s rape accusation

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'A Brazilian judge says the model who accused soccer superstar Neymar of rape will face trial on charges of fraud.

Another judge dropped serious charges that followed a decision to reject her rape complaint for lack of evidence.

Attorney Cosme Araujo said Sunday he will appeal the decision to charge Najila Trindade and her ex-husband with procedural fraud. The judge found evidence the model and ex-husband Estivens Alves tried to tamper with the investigation.

Trinidade had accused Neymar of raping her at a Paris hotel in May.'

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Libel Lawsuit Over University Rape Allegations Can Proceed

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'From Goldman v. Reddington (E.D.N.Y.), decided Friday by Judge Roslynn R. Mauskopf:

Plaintiff Alex Goldman filed this action, pursuant to this Court's diversity jurisdiction, alleging defamation and tortious interference with prospective economic advantage and business relations by defendant Catherine Reddington…. In 2017, Reddington and Goldman were both students at Syracuse University. Goldman was a civil engineering student, on track to graduate with a bachelor's degree in 2018 and a master's in Business Administration ("MBA") in 2019.'

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Russian alcohol consumption down 43%, WHO report says

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'Russian alcohol consumption decreased by 43% from 2003 to 2016, a World Health Organization (WHO) report says.

It attributed the decline to a series of alcohol-control measures implemented by the state, and a push towards healthy lifestyles.

The WHO said the drop in alcohol consumption was linked to a significant rise in life expectancy.

It noted that Russia had previously been considered one of the heaviest-drinking countries in the world.

"Alcohol consumption has long been recognised as one of the main driving factors of mortality in the Russian Federation, especially among men of working age," the report said.'

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Title IX Lawsuit Could Reshape Sexual Assault Investigations

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'A recent lawsuit alleging that Boston College violated a student’s fair process rights could force colleges and universities across New England to reevaluate how they investigate accusations of sexual assault.

In late August, federal Judge Douglas P. Woodlock ordered the University to allow a student-athlete—identified as “John Doe” in court documents—to enroll in courses this semester after finding that the University’s investigative model violated the principle of fundamental fairness. BC suspended Doe on June 18 after finding him responsible for sexual assault in violation of the University’s Student Sexual Misconduct Policy.

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Girl confesses her assault story was made up

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'The black high school student who accused three white male classmates of pinning her down and cutting off her dreadlocks has 'acknowledged' that she made the allegation up, according to her school.

Amari Allen, 12, claimed she was held down by three boys who cut her hair off at their $12,000-a-year school. She also gave a tearful interview about it afterwards and said they called her hair 'ugly' and 'nappy', a racist term that is used to derogatorily describe African American women's hair.

They also shared photos of her uneven hair after the alleged incident.

On Monday, however, the child's family issued a statement to it was false and to apologize to the boys.

Why the claims were fabricated remains unclear.

The family asked for forgiveness in their statement and said they had 'betrayed the wider community.'

'To those young boys and their parents, we sincerely apologize for the pain and anxiety these allegations have caused.'

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When Men Kill Themselves Over Unproven Allegations, Me Too Has Gone Too Far

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'Me Too started with a hashtag, then morphed into a trend of public humiliation, trial by media, and personal boycotts that altered the standards by which a person is judged. Initially the movement was used to take down chronic abusers of women who had been using their power and influence to silence complaints.

As the movement picked up steam, private sexual encounters became fair game. Many of the Me Too infractions that came to light aren’t criminal offenses, and much of the shaming has been against non-public figures. Those accused who are known in their field but not tabloid superstars experience being “Me Too’d” differently than the big names who started it all.

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"Millennial men need to man up"

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'Modern feminism spends a lot of time attacking toxic masculinity. And this attack, which often turns into an attack on traditional gender roles, is having serious consequences. It is leading to the churning out of insecure, non-competitive men, who can’t seem to manage basic life skills. It also means that trying to find an interesting person to connect with, let alone a life partner, is becoming more and more of a challenge with Generation Woke.

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More than a million teenage boys could miss out on cancer-preventing HPV vaccines, charity warns

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'A “missing generation” of more than a million teenage boys will not get potentially life-saving vaccinations, a charity has warned.

Boys aged 11 to 13 will be given the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine free of charge across the UK for the first time from September. Girls of the same age have received the vaccine since 2008.

But this leaves more than a million teenage boys in the school years above them unable to get the vaccine on the NHS, placing them at risk of HPV-related cancers, the Teenage Cancer Trust has warned.

“The vaccine should be made available for free on the NHS to all men and boys up to the age of 25 who want it, as it is for women and girls,” Kate Collins, the chief executive of the charity, said.'

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Why it makes medical – and mathematical – sense to finally vaccinate boys against the HPV virus

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'The public, perhaps aware only of HPV’s role in cervical cancer, seemed to accept the decision to only vaccinate females. Why would we waste money vaccinating boys if they don’t suffer from the headline HPV cancer?

On top of this, mathematical models into the impact of HPV vaccination suggested that by vaccinating a sufficiently high proportion of females, the prevalence of HPV-related diseases in males would also decline.

But imagine the outrage if a vaccination for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was given only to women for free, in the hope that men would be protected through women’s immunity.'

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