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«A l’université, il y a un inconfort à reconnaître qu’il peut y avoir du racisme»

«A l’université, il y a un inconfort à reconnaître qu’il peut y avoir du racisme»

On est en 2017. Rose, bac en poche, s’inscrit dans une école d’art et de design. L’année se déroule normalement, jusqu’au conseil de classe : «Les profs avec qui je discutais souvent à la fin des cours ont dit que j’étais bien intégrée dans la culture française, que je parlais sans faire de fautes… Ils croyaient que j’étais une étudiante internationale venue de Corée !» Aujourd’hui âgée de 20 ans, cette Parisienne qui a depuis changé de voie précise : «Au début de l’année, qu’on me prenne pour une Coréenne ne me dérangeait pas, mais à la fin… Ça m’a mise très mal à l’aise. J’étais dégoûtée de mes profs.» D’autant que Rose découvre la confusion en même temps que tous ses camarades, via Facebook, où le délégué de classe l’a relatée : «Je voyais les gens de la classe rigoler, mettre des émojis “sourire”. Pendant une semaine, ils m’ont fait des “blagues”… J’étais en colère, je les croyais ouverts, on était quand même dans une école d’art !»

Des vexations racistes, Rose est loin d’être la seule à en avoir vécu dans l’enseignement supérieur. A l’automne, des inscriptions antisémites ont été découvertes sur les murs de plusieurs universités d’Ile-de-France et à Grenoble. En octobre, une étudiante en médecine francilienne a porté plainte pour des injures antisémites de camarades, également soupçonnés d’avoir créé un classement des étudiants juifs de leur promotion en fonction de leur attachement supposé à la religion et à la communauté. En février, à Rennes, un professeur aurait tenu des propos racistes envers un étudiant ivoirien. Et fin avril, on apprenait que des étudiants noirs faisaient l’objet de moqueries et d’humiliations racistes de certains élèves de leur licence de sociologie à Metz.

«Il faut du temps»

D’après une enquête de l’Union nationale des étudiants de France (Unef) datée d’avril, plus de quatre étudiants sur dix perçus comme non blancs ont été victimes de racisme dans le cadre de leurs études. Pour un quart d’entre eux, cela émanait d’un enseignant, pour un autre quart d’un étudiant, le reste se répartissant entre les personnels de l’université et les intervenants extérieurs. En 2017, une enquête sur la perception des discriminations à l’université de Lorraine montrait que les discriminations en fonction de l’origine avaient été observées par le plus grand nombre d’étudiants parce qu’ils en avaient été victimes ou témoins, et que les discriminations contre les étudiants africains et les non-Blancs étaient perçues comme les plus graves.

Parmi les seules victimes, si «la discrimination la plus fréquente est liée au sexe», elle est suivie immédiatement par celles liées à l’origine, l’âge, puis la religion. «Les universités ont fait des progrès et développé une vraie compétence sur la prise en compte des violences sexuelles et sexistes, et les inégalités hommes-femmes, avec des campagnes d’affichage et des cellules d’écoute et d’accueil des victimes. On a un ministère qui, depuis plusieurs gouvernements, nous a mis sur les rails, observe Pascal Tisserant, maître de conférences en psychologie sociale et vice-président délégué à l’égalité-diversité de l’université de Lorraine. Mais concernant le racisme et l’antisémitisme, on reste un peu au stade du discours, sans feuille de route concrète.» En mars 2018, la ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, Frédérique Vidal, a signé une convention avec la Ligue internationale contre le racisme et l’antisémitisme (Licra) pour organiser des actions de prévention dans les facs, dans la lignée du plan national contre le racisme présenté par le Premier ministre, Edouard Philippe. Celui-ci prévoit notamment le renforcement du réseau de référents racisme-antisémitisme, mis en place dans les établissements d’enseignement supérieur par Najat Vallaud-Belkacem à la suite des attentats de 2015. Pascal Tisserant : «Je veux bien qu’on fasse des journées contre le racisme et l’antisémitisme, mais ce n’est pas ça qui va outiller les universités et les personnels. L’université de Lorraine, c’est 52 sites et 60 000 étudiants. Pour faire un vrai travail sur le sujet, il faut du personnel, du temps, des moyens.»

De fait, les référents doivent construire des politiques de prévention et des dispositifs d’accueil des victimes, en comptant plus sur l’engagement des équipes pédagogiques que sur une profusion de moyens. «Il y a vraiment de la bonne volonté, mais quand on est tout seul dans une université de 50 000 étudiants, on bricole, raconte un référent d’une autre université, qui préfère rester anonyme. On est dans la réaction alors que le travail que l’on fait suppose aussi de la sensibilisation, de la formation, de la prévention…» Pour lui, le «ministère fait de la com sur les initiatives des universités».

Un «Sam» antiraciste

Depuis 2015, les référents travaillent à la prévention du racisme et de l’antisémitisme dans leurs établissements. Ce qui peut passer par des cours, comme à Lille – où «on va mettre en place un enseignement transversal sur l’histoire du racisme et sa déconstruction, et un autre sur l’antisémitisme», détaille Martine Benoît, enseignante-chercheuse -, ou en multipliant, comme à Lyon, «les entrées sur l’égalité hommes-femmes, les stéréotypes et le racisme dans les cours transversaux. On a aussi intégré des modules de ce type à l’ESPE où sont formés les enseignants», précise Philippe Liotard, sociologue et chargé de mission égalité-diversité à l’université Claude-Bernard.

Des modules à l’attention des personnels sont mis en place çà et là, mais ce n’est pas encore généralisé, selon Pascal Tisserant : «Il faudrait former toutes les équipes aux situations de discrimination, comme on l’a fait pour le harcèlement sexuel, où les personnels ont eu une journée obligatoire de formation.» Or les micro-agressions et les discriminations sont parfois le résultat d’une méconnaissance des règles par les agents de l’établissement eux-mêmes. En décembre 2016, quand deux femmes s’étaient vu imposer de passer une épreuve les oreilles dégagées, le Défenseur des droits avait dû rappeler que les étudiantes voilées pouvaient le rester pendant un examen. «C’est légitime pour lutter contre la fraude mais ça ne visait que les femmes porteuses du foulard, comme si elles avaient une propension plus forte à la triche. Les étudiantes aux cheveux longs, on ne leur avait rien demandé», explique Mariem Sabil, juriste au Collectif contre l’islamophobie en France (CCIF). Il arrive qu’une étudiante voilée se voit demander une photo tête nue pour sa carte d’étudiant, ce qui n’est pas obligatoire puisqu’il ne s’agit pas d’une pièce d’identité, détaille-t-elle encore.

Autre axe de travail : le tissu associatif étudiant. A l’Ecole des hautes études commerciales du Nord (Edhec), où une soixantaine d’associations sont présentes, «leurs présidents sont sensibilisés pour qu’il n’y ait pas de dimension raciste, sexiste ou homophobe dans leurs soirées et initiatives», explique-t-on. A l’Essec, grande école de commerce, Viviane de Beaufort, professeure de droit et référente égalité, planche sur l’élaboration d’une charte qui pourrait intégrer le règlement intérieur, à laquelle les étudiants seront sensibilisés pendant deux heures à chaque rentrée. Elle mise sur une coélaboration avec les premiers concernés : «En juin, on va former tous les présidents des associations pour qu’ils s’engagent à ne pas véhiculer de propos racistes ou sexistes sur leurs affiches, dans leurs vidéos… On examine leur activité, mais on essaie de le faire avec eux pour éviter d’être vus comme la police. Sans leur relais, on n’y arrivera pas.» Et la professeure ambitionne de convaincre les associations festives de désigner une sorte de «Sam» de l’antiracisme et de l’antisexisme : un étudiant-ressource en cas de dérapage en soirée, sur le modèle du copain qui ne boit pas pour s’assurer que tout le monde rentre entier.

«Dans le déni»

De nombreux établissements ont aussi créé une adresse mail pour alerter en cas de discrimination, de harcèlement sexuel, ou d’acte raciste, homophobe ou antisémite. Les victimes sont alors reçues et accompagnées si elles souhaitent porter plainte, et les auteurs présumés peuvent être convoqués devant un conseil de discipline, comme l’ont été deux des étudiants harceleurs de la promotion de sociologie à Metz. «Pour l’instant, on a eu sept cas de discrimination, dont deux de racisme. C’est le haut de l’iceberg. Beaucoup de victimes ou de témoins n’osent pas dénoncer», estime Viviane de Beaufort.

«Des collègues de Bordeaux avaient fait une étude : dans 50 % des cas, les victimes n’en parlaient pas autour d’elles», regrette Pascal Tisserant. A Lyon, Philippe Liotard abonde : «On a chaque année quelques cas d’insultes, d’injures ou de discriminations liées au port du foulard. Ça ne remonte pas forcément, parfois parce que les personnes ne connaissent pas le dispositif, ou alors parce que les étudiants règlent ça entre eux. Quand un enseignant fait des remarques racistes, il n’est pas non plus évident que ça remonte jusqu’à nous.»

Dans le cas de Rose, l’ancienne étudiante en arts, c’est ce qu’il s’est passé : «Il y a un tabou sur le racisme anti-asiatique, on pense qu’il y a plus grave. Je n’en ai parlé qu’à ma famille, parce que j’avais peur que les gens ne me prennent pas au sérieux.» Faire bouger de vieilles institutions n’est pas toujours aisé. «A l’université, il y a un inconfort à reconnaître qu’il peut aussi y avoir du racisme. Le premier réflexe, c’est de défendre l’institution», estime Pascal Tisserant. «J’ai fait face à beaucoup de résistance, raconte aussi Viviane de Beaufort. C’est aussi une question de génération : les filles du staff et les jeunes professeurs, hommes ou femmes, ont tout de suite été embarqués, mais pas mal d’autres cadres ne comprenaient pas. Ils disaient : “Mais de quoi tu parles ? Pourquoi tu soulèves le couvercle ?” Ils ont peur pour la réputation de l’école, sans se rendre compte que c’est pire d’être dans le déni. Or on forme les managers de demain, on a une responsabilité.»

La discrimination s’opère parfois à mi-chemin entre l’université et le monde du travail. A bientôt 24 ans, Marwan (le prénom a été changé), étudiant en droit dans le Nord, en a fait l’expérience lorsqu’il a cherché un stage de fin d’études. «J’ai cherché pendant des mois, rien ! Tandis que les “Français de souche” ont tous trouvé rapidement, à proximité de chez eux ou de la fac, on était six ou sept Noirs et Arabes dans la promo, et personne n’avait rien. Ça fout un coup au moral. Notre prof a fini par nous trouver des stages à tous, mais en Ile-de-France…»


Kim Hullot-Guiot

 

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US Catholic Church reports big rise in sex-abuse allegations

US Catholic Church reports big rise in sex-abuse allegations

NEW YORK (AP) — Quantifying its vast sex-abuse crisis, the U.S. Roman Catholic Church said Friday that allegations of child sex abuse by clerics more than doubled in its latest 12-month reporting period, and that its spending on victim compensation and child protection surged above $300 million.

During the period from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018, 1,385 adults came forward with 1,455 allegations of abuse, according to the annual report of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection. That was up from 693 allegations in the previous year. The report attributed much of the increase to a victim compensation program implemented in five dioceses in New York state.

According to the report, Catholic dioceses and religious orders spent $301.6 million during the reporting period on payments to victims, legal fees and child-protection efforts. That was up 14% from the previous year and double the amount spent in the 2014 fiscal year.

The number of allegations is likely to rise further during the current fiscal year, given that Catholic dioceses in New Jersey and Pennsylvania have started large compensation programs in the wake of a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report released in August. The grand jury identified more than 300 priests in six of the state’s dioceses who have been credibly accused of child sexual abuse committed over many decades.

Since then, attorneys general in numerous states have set up abuse hotlines and launched investigations, and a growing number of dioceses and Catholic religious orders have released names of priests accused of abuse.

“Victims are coming forward now because of real progress by secular authorities,” said the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. “Lawmakers are increasingly getting rid of archaic, predator-friendly laws and 16 attorneys general have launched investigations, so many victims are feeling hopeful.”

The advocacy group urged officials in every diocese to turn over sex abuse records to their state attorney general for investigation. The group also said church staff should be instructed to report suspected abuse to secular law enforcement before filing a report internally.

According to a survey included in the new annual report, more than 90% of the alleged abusers were already dead or removed from the ministry. Most of the reported abuse occurred between 1960 and 1990, with a peak in the 1970s.

Compilation of the annual report entails an audit of Catholic dioceses across the U.S. to assess their compliance with a 2002 charter outlining the church’s child-protection policies. Only one diocese, based in Lincoln, Nebraska, was found noncompliant due to lack of transparency in public communications about child sex abuse cases.

Members of the audit team made on-site visits to more than one-third of the 196 U.S. dioceses and found shortcomings in 14% of them that will warrant follow-up visits. Among the problems detected were poor record-keeping of background-check data, and allowing some clergy, staff and volunteers to have contact with children without undergoing training or background checks.

The findings were evidence of “complacency and lack of diligence on the part of some dioceses,” said a letter included in the report from Francesco Cesareo, who chairs a review board created by the bishops in 2002 to monitor sex abuse prevention efforts.

Referring to the Pennsylvania grand jury report, and the abuse allegations that led to the defrocking of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick , Cesareo said the events “have led to both frustration and anger among the faithful in the Church, a loss of the credibility of the hierarchy, and a questioning of the efficacy of the audit itself.”

The introductory section of the annual report said the McCarrick scandal and the grand jury report helped turn complacency into urgency, and it commended some of the steps taken in response.

“While it is unfortunate that it took such grave sins and crimes to spur action, as Catholics, we are grateful that God can bring good out of such evils,” the report said. “However, there remains work to be done.”

Specifically, the report urged new steps to address the accountability of bishops engaged in abuse or cover-ups, as well as increased involvement of lay experts in investigating abuse allegations.

Those issues are expected to be discussed at the bishops’ upcoming national meeting in Baltimore starting June 11.

 

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‘Good old boy network’ dominates FBI academy, discrimination lawsuit claims

‘Good old boy network’ dominates FBI academy, discrimination lawsuit claims

FILE PHOTO: FBI headquarters building in Washington, U.S., December 7, 2018. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo

(Reuters) – Sixteen women filed a lawsuit against the FBI on Wednesday, claiming sexual discrimination and accusing it of running “a good old boy network” in its training program.

Male instructors exposed the former recruits to a hostile work environment, sexual harassment and inappropriate jokes, according to the lawsuit, which was filed in federal district court in Washington.

Seven of the women still work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and some did not use their full names in the suit, fearing retaliation, according to a court filing.

According to the suit, the bureau’s instructors are mostly men and they penalized and dismissed female trainees at a significantly higher rate than male trainees.

Some of the litigants accused the instructors of making inappropriate jokes and making multiple sexual advances on at least one of the female trainees.

The lawsuit asked that the bureau review its training evaluation process, pay $300,000 to each of the women for emotional stress, and that it hire more female instructors.

“While we are unable to comment on litigation, the FBI is committed to fostering a work environment where all of our employees are valued and respected,” the FBI said in a statement. “Diversity is one of our core values, and to effectively accomplish our mission of protecting the American people we need people of different genders, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.”

Women are a minority in the FBI, according to statistics provided by the bureau. Women make just 20% of agents, and 32% of people in its basic field training course for agents in 2019.

Reporting by Rich McKay in Atlanta; Editing by Nick Macfie and Susan Thomas

 

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Army veteran who slapped woman on bottom is cleared of sexual assault

Army veteran who slapped woman on bottom is cleared of sexual assault

Army veteran, 58, who slapped ex-servicewoman’s bottom at Royal Navy charity fundraiser after downing up to six glasses of wine and laughed it off as ‘banter’ is cleared of sexual assault

  • Mark Forsyth, 58, slapped the woman during event at Admiralty House
  • He admitted common assault but told the jury he had no memory of the incident
  • ‘That slap has cost you £1,000’ judge at Southwark Crown Court told him during sentencing

By William Cole For Mailonline

Published: 17:44 BST, 30 May 2019 | Updated: 18:29 BST, 30 May 2019

Mark Forsyth, 58, denied sexual assault and instead admitted common assault, after successfully arguing there was no sexual motive behind the slap

A former Tory mayor who gave a woman a ‘comradely’ slap on the bottom at a Royal Navy charity fundraiser was today cleared of sexual assault.

Mark Forsyth, 58, admitted touching the woman during an event at Admiralty House in Whitehall on February 2 last year, but told jurors he had no memory of the incident.

He denied sexual assault and instead admitted common assault, after successfully arguing there was no sexual motive behind the slap.

Forsyth told Southwark Crown Court he had five or six glasses of wine at the event and was ‘a bit happy.’

As the event ended, the former mayor approached the woman to give back his name tag.

‘She was collecting name badges and so I went to give her my badge and thank her for a good evening,’ said Forsyth.

‘I don’t recall much apart from thanking her for the evening and being very pleased and that was about it really.’

Asked if he remembered slapping her bottom he said: ‘No I don’t but I don’t dispute that. I am happy to accept.

‘I accepted that it was common assault, there was no sexual intent.’

The ‘slap on the bottom’ happened after a Royal Navy charity fundraiser at Admiralty House in central London

Forsyth said the incident had been ‘prattish behaviour’ and claimed the slap had been too hard to be sexual.

He described the incident as ‘military style banter’ in his statement when he was first questioned by police.

Prosecutor Paul Casey read the statement which said: ‘The defendant accepts that as he was saying goodbye he slapped her on the bottom and attempted to give her a hug.

‘He thought he was engaging in military style banter and was being comradely.’

Forsyth, the former Conservative mayor for Bradley Stoke near Bristol, spent 23 years in the British army, including postings in Cyprus and Bosnia.

The jury of six men and six women took five hours and 50 minutes to clear Forsyth of sexual assault and instead convict him of common assault.

Judge Martin Griffith told Forsyth: ‘There is no doubt at all that this was out of character but it was utterly disgraceful in the 21st century.

Forsyth, pictured outside court later told police he often gave female friends a ‘slap on the bottom’

‘I have no idea why, well, I have some idea, why you are standing here in this dock after years in the army and those years working in defence.

‘In drink at this event and for some reason which I do not understand, you hit that young lady.

‘I can only think it was the drink. It was a bulling thing to do for which you should be very ashamed.

‘She was vulnerable and you took advantage of that.

‘I can’t ever think you would have struck a male soldier or marine in that way because I can only believe that you would end up going to the dentist due to his reaction.

‘Don’t drink so much at events and if you do, hit a man who might hit you back.’

He was given a fine of £750 and was further ordered to pay compensation of £250.

‘That comes up to £1,000. That slap has cost you £1,000,’ Judge Griffith said.

Forsyth, of Frampton Cotterell, Bristol, was cleared of one count of sexual assault but admitted one count of common assault.

 

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Can smouldering Faf du Plessis sex up South Africa’s World Cup chances?

Can smouldering Faf du Plessis sex up South Africa’s World Cup chances?
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  • Osman Samiuddin at The Oval

Faf du Plessis is sexy as hell. Try and deny it. If that’s a bit too in your face, let’s put this another way: he’s the kind of guy some of us want to be like and the kind of guy some of us want to be with. ‘Charismatic’ works, ‘magnetic’ maybe even more so, because there’s no escaping that he has this intrinsic pull that is the gift, sadly, of only a chosen few.

Another land, another industry, who knows? A younger, leaner Joaquim Pheonix might’ve aspired to look like Faf, and at the very least auditioned to be his stunt double. Listen to that deep drawl and then imagine a slow, dirty beat synced to it in the background. Turn that gold up.

What has any of this to do with anything? Nothing, it could be argued, except that, as we’re in that time of our lives again when South Africa and captains of South Africa come into sharp view, it does feel relevant. Not least because in sport-speak, these traits might translate as leaderly. The guy other guys play for, fight for, live for, die with, learn from, are inspired by, want to be like. And because he’s now in that space where at the other end there is only the dark, or the light and no dimmers.

It’s not as if he is unused to this, or has been hiding from public view. South Africa are not the Big Three but they play in enough big bilateral series for du Plessis to be a big name, the biggest in South Africa. But there remains an accidental, almost hidden element to how he has emerged into this moment, ahead of his first game as South Africa captain at a World Cup.

It could’ve gone so many ways. He could’ve been a rugby player. He could’ve said yes to a Kolpak deal. He could’ve been lost in the dazzle of best friend, schoolmate, contemporary, team-mate and full-time genius AB de Villiers. He could’ve lost himself trying to be one of the men to fill the giant-sized boots of Graeme Smith. It hasn’t gone any of those ways, which, by itself, is a mighty achievement.

But this is the World Cup and he is South Africa’s captain. That’s a different kind of public stare. This one burns. There’s no escaping it. Du Plessis has been to two World Cups but with Smith and then AB, and men like Dale Steyn and Hashim Amla, he was always part of the peripheral vision: one of the guys to look out for beyond those guys.

Lucky for him, captaincy is his thing. Not in the Mike Brearley way that it is his only thing, which is often how it can sound, but in the way that he has always wanted to be a captain because that is where the game is played out. “He was always a natural leader, always involved behind the scene as well,” his old school coach Deon Botes told the Indian Express recently. “Talking to his players, taking care of their weaknesses and insecurities.”

His most enjoyable moments as a cricketer, du Plessis said on Wednesday, are when he is captaining sides and especially this one. “I’m just excited that it’s another opportunity for me to go and do that. You know, get my brain nice and active on the field and tactically thinking about the game all the time. I just feel that puts me in the space that I want to be playing cricket.”

That space is what we, looking in, struggle to define, let alone quantify, residing as it does in that unknowable space inside the mind and gut of athletes, in the millions of little life experiences that have shaped them away from the public glare.

We’re often lucky enough to sense it. A little word to turn around a bowling spell, a decision to bat first when convention says otherwise, an unexpected declaration, managing and massaging an attack missing key strikers, moving a batsman up the order, not to mention a thousand tinkers a day here and there – this is the measure of du Plessis’ captaincy.

As are – sometimes overlooked in the captaincy love he does get – runs. As a batsman, he averages 11 runs more when captain, and scores nearly eight runs more per 100 balls. That jump holds true across formats. It is incredible, maybe not big four incredible, or even big six incredible (if you add de Villiers and David Warner to Virat Kohli, Steven Smith, Joe Root and Kane Williamson) but it’s incredible still. No one thinks to rank him among the modern greats of batting, and to be honest, that doesn’t feel like a gross injustice. But there’s not that many all-format batsmen out there with his range, able to bat all day to save a Test, to jumpstart a 50-over innings, or to be an intrinsic part of a wildly successful T20 franchise.

So, when he says as he did on Wednesday, that captaining his first game at a World Cup won’t really change the way he approaches captaincy, or the way he is, don’t believe him. It’ll probably make him even better.

And so, for all those unpractised surfer-cool vibes he gives off, for all the wisdom in how he understands now that he “wants to win cricket games” but doesn’t “need to win them”, know that inside of him must be something far less inert, some wheels forever turning away from prying eyes, something harder; a bit of the mongrel maybe. You can see him eventually becoming statesmanly, a voice on the game, in the way Smith is and de Villiers isn’t. But remember also that he was twice caught out for ball-tampering. He is, thankfully, a rich tapestry.

It isn’t darkness that awaits always, of course. Smith’s leadership was so successful that the two World Cup fails under him only get talked about every four years in between boatloads of respect. And de Villiers’ legend now straddles galaxies far beyond a mere World Cup blowout. Faf? If there is light at the end, we’re going to be changing the conversation about him be sure of that much.

If not?

“Hopefully I’m still cool,” he joked when asked about how he has changed over the years. You are, Faf, you are. And much, much more besides.

 

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Teacher accused of sex with girl ‘told her

Teacher accused of sex with girl ‘told her

Former high school teacher, 29, accused of having sex with a 14-year-old pupil told her ‘I’m not a Jimmy Savile’, court hears

  • Ryan Fisher is alleged to have had an 18-month relationship with the teenager
  • Prosecutors claim he had sex with the girl at his home in Scotland and in his car 
  • She called his alleged advances – which he denies – ‘very, very uncomfortable’

By Tim Stickings For Mailonline

Published: 18:34 BST, 29 May 2019 | Updated: 18:34 BST, 29 May 2019

A former high school teacher accused of having sex with a 14-year-old pupil told her ‘I’m not a Jimmy Savile’, a court heard.

Ryan Fisher, 29, is alleged to have had an 18-month relationship with the teenager during his time at a school in South Ayrshire, Scotland. 

Prosecutors also claim that Fisher, who denies three charges, sent her explicit messages on Skype and had sex with her at his home, in his car and in wasteland near a rugby club. 

The girl said the alleged advances, between October 2013 and March 2015, made her feel ‘very, very uncomfortable’.   

Giving evidence, the girl said Fisher had made numerous sexual advances and asked her to meet up with him in the early hours to go for drives in his car.

A former high school teacher accused of having sex with a 14-year-old pupil told her ‘I’m not a Jimmy Savile’, Ayr Sheriff Court (file photo) has heard 

During the summer of 2014, the pair frequently communicated via Skype and used code words on Snapchat to arrange meet ups, where Fisher would pick the teenager up in his car, it is alleged. 

The girl’s laptop was handed to police after her mother found out about the alleged communications, Ayr Sheriff Court heard.  

Messages from the device allegedly revealed explicit requests from Fisher for meetings in the early hours and repeated requests for sex.

In one message he allegedly said: ‘I’m not a Jimmy Savile hahah.’ 

Prosecutors say that messages sent on April 27, 2014 reveal a conversation between the pair about meeting up with underage girls.  

Fisher, of Troon, Ayrshire, allegedly said: ‘If it was like 20 years ago and I was single you could’ve got away with it.

‘But times have changed and you in a Jimmy Savile community.

‘Like for example, that MP who suggested lowering the age of consent, it made sense.

‘But instead of making a new system everybody was outraged. I mean in France and hundreds of other countries it’s 14 hahaha.’

He allegedly added: ‘You are the only exception I have ever and will ever make.’

Explaining to the court what he meant by ‘exception’, the girl said: ‘Because I was mentally mature I was the only girl underage he would have sexual relations with.’ 

The girl told the court how Fisher had made up the phrase ‘code 1’ which he asked her to message him on Snapchat if she wanted him to pick her up in his car.

Fisher had told her if she ever wanted a break from revision she just needed to message him that code, it is alleged.   

Messages from July 29, 2014 are alleged to show that Fisher wanted to take the teenager to a hotel overnight.

A message from Fisher allegedly said: ‘Can I suggest a crazy idea. Come with me for a night away to a hotel.’

Asked by the girl why, Fisher is claimed to have added: ‘To make sure you’re safe…and you know me. I’d probably f**k you all night.’ 

Fisher denies having unlawful sex, breaching a position of trust and sending an explicit communication for his sexual gratification.  

The trial before Sheriff Leslie continues.

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‘The Ugliness’: Ex-Scouts recount stories of abuse

‘The Ugliness’: Ex-Scouts recount stories of abuse

NEW YORK (AP) — Sharing their stories doesn’t come easily for these middle-aged men. At times, their eyes well up or their voices crack as they describe being sexually abused in the Boy Scouts and suffering from emotional damage long afterward.

Looking back, they all remember vividly how excited they were to become Scouts.

“I was real gung-ho about getting my badges — fishing and campfires and all of that,” said Darrell Jackson, now a 57-year-old New Yorker. “It was good at the beginning.”

Jackson, whose unit leader was convicted of sodomy and imprisoned for about 18 months, is among hundreds of men across the U.S. who have recently contacted lawyers for help suing the Boy Scouts of America for sex abuse they say they suffered at the hands of scout leaders.

Many of the men are from New York, which this year adjusted its restrictive statute-of-limitations law. The changes allow victims of long-ago abuse to sue for damages during a one-year window starting in August. New Jersey enacted a similar law this month. California is on track to follow suit.

Some of the lawyers told The Associated Press they have evidence that the BSA was inaccurate when the organization said in recent press statements that it had never “knowingly allowed a perpetrator to work with youth.”

The Boy Scouts acknowledge that sex-abuse litigation poses a financial threat and have not ruled out seeking bankruptcy protection.

Jackson joined a Cub Scout pack in Brooklyn in 1972 and the next year testified against his pack leader, Freddie Modica.

His initial fascination with the Boy Scouts was simple: He liked the uniforms. “It was like G.I. Joe dolls,” he recalled.

He soon learned that some boys in the unit were making visits to the pack leader’s home.

“They made it seem like it was a big thing — and I felt out of the loop,” Jackson said. “When I got a chance to go, I was like ‘OK.’”

The allure, Jackson recalled, was that the scoutmaster — while posing as a supportive father figure — let the boys engage in taboo pastimes such as smoking and drinking.

Jackson now refers to what ensued as “the ugliness” — repeated sexual molestation by the scoutmaster until Jackson summoned the nerve to tell his grandmother, who was raising him. Initially skeptical, she eventually went to police.

In the years after the trial, Jackson says, he was often mocked with anti-gay slurs. He responded at times with belligerence and mistrust.

“It caused me to go into crime, drugs, everything, just to block stuff out,” he said. “It basically messed up my life.”

Despite receiving psychological counseling over the years, his marriage broke down. His childhood dreams of becoming an oceanographer faded. He cobbled together a career in home remodeling and maintenance.

Why sue the Boy Scouts? He says the organization should be held accountable, and he wants children to be safe.

“I don’t want nobody to go through what I went through,” he said.

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SCARS AND SHAME LASTED DECADES

Raymond Luna says he still has psychological scars from being abused as a scout in New York City in the 1970s.

“In my head, there’s still anger,” said Luna, 56, who now lives in Poughkeepsie, New York, and runs a fire-alarm installation company.

He recalls that the scoutmaster befriended many of the single moms — including his own — who had sons in the troop. Luna was among several boys who began visiting the scoutmaster’s house. He says that’s where the molestation took place.

He said he never reported the abuse to others.

“The shame was so big — like it was a secret,” he said. “During my teenage years up to when I was 33, I totally blocked it out.”

Even during a 26-year-marriage — which produced five children before ending in divorce — Luna says he never told his wife. He abused drugs and alcohol to keep the bad memories at bay and underwent years of therapy.

The counseling “helped me realize that I was a victim and not a participant,” he said.

Luna says he’s increasingly at peace. He has shared his full story with his current girlfriend. But he snapped to attention when he saw a TV ad seeking survivors of Boy Scout sex abuse to join in litigation. He and Jackson signed on with the same Seattle-based law firm.

After searching the internet for references to his former scoutmaster, he learned nothing about the man’s whereabouts but found him listed in a database of the Boy Scouts’ “ineligible volunteer” files, which list thousands of adults barred from scouting because of confirmed or suspected acts of molestation.

An expert hired by the Boy Scouts testified earlier this year that 7,819 suspected abusers were identified in the files, as well as 12,254 victims.

Luna’s former scoutmaster was placed in the files in 1964 after an arrest for abusing a 12-year-old boy, yet he rejoined New York City’s scouting ranks in the early 1970s. He remained a scoutmaster until 1975, roughly a year after Luna quit the organization in shame and anger, the paperwork showed.

“The BSA needs to know how much pain the abuse caused me and so many others,” Luna said.

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‘IT WASN’T THEIR FAULT’

Jason Amala, one of Jackson’s and Luna’s lawyers, said scout officials failed to take reasonable steps to protect the boys from the foreseeable harm of being sexually abused by scout leaders. The claims will seek unspecified compensatory damages for pain and suffering and punitive damages based on an allegation that the BSA intentionally concealed their knowledge of the danger.

“We get people who call us virtually every day who still think it’s their fault. And until the Scouts are fully transparent and accountable, you’re going to have that problem,” Amala said. “It wasn’t their fault — not their parents’ fault, not their moms’ fault. It was the Boy Scouts’ fault.”

The BSA has repeatedly apologized and says it now has policies to curtail abuse, including making mandatory criminal background checks for all staff and volunteers and requiring two or more adult leaders to be present with youth at all times during scouting activities.

“We believe victims, we support them,” said the BSA’s chief executive, Mike Surbaugh. “We encourage them to come forward.”

William Stevens, 50, came forward last year in Arkansas, filing a lawsuit alleging he was molested by his scoutmaster at least six times over a two-year period after joining the Scouts’ Webelos program shortly before his 10th birthday in 1978.

The BSA’s files show that the scoutmaster accused by Stevens, Samuel Otts, was caught sexually abusing a boy while a scoutmaster in Georgia in 1977. Yet Otts subsequently registered as a scout leader in Arkansas and remained active until 1980.

Rather than call police, the Scouts “allowed him to transfer and did nothing to warn the parents and scouts” in his new troop, said Peter Janci, one of Stevens’ lawyers.

Last year, an Arkansas judge ruled against Stevens, saying his lawsuit was precluded by the state’s statute of limitations. Janci hopes that ruling will be reconsidered if his legal team can prove the Boy Scouts made false claims about their abuse-prevention efforts.

The Boy Scouts say they report all suspected abusers in their database to law enforcement.

But Janci and his partner, Stephen Crew, say they have identified multiple cases in the Boy Scouts’ database in which adult volunteers implicated in child abuse were allowed to return to scouting assignments on a probationary basis.

Asked about the lawyers’ assertion, the BSA pointed to its current anti-abuse policies, but added, “We recognize, however, that there were moments in our organization’s history when certain cases were not handled the way they would be addressed today.”

Stevens went on to forge a successful life. He’s married, has a daughter and is human resources director for a Little Rock-based trucking company.

Yet his experience in the Scouts in Hot Springs, Arkansas, has haunted him.

“For the past 40 years, I’ve always felt like I was damaged goods,” he said. “I’ve lived with the shame and embarrassment and guilt because of the abuse I suffered. I pushed people away and didn’t let them get close to me.”

Only in 2016, Stevens says, did he come across an online database that included the Boy Scouts’ file about Otts and learn of the abuse that was documented in Georgia. Stevens reached out to Janci’s Oregon-based law firm and decided to go public with his story, speaking occasionally to small groups in abuse-recovery programs.

“That was the most difficult thing I’ve done in my life,” Stevens said, “but also the most rewarding.”

 

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Analverkehr: Analsex, der Freude bereitet

Analverkehr: Analsex, der Freude bereitet

Mit der richtigen Stellung, Gleitmittel und Geduld lässt sich schmerzfrei Analsex haben. Was genau zu beachten und ob Abführmittel nötig ist, klären wir im Sexpodcast.

Wie bereite ich mich auf Analsex vor, braucht es Abführmittel? Wie stelle ich sicher, dass es dem Partner oder der Partnerin nicht wehtut? Welche Stellungen sind empfehlenswert? In dieser zweiten Folge zum Thema Analsex wird es äußerst konkret. Die Sexualtherapeutin Melanie Büttner liefert Tipps für entspannten Analverkehr. Im Gespräch mit der Wissenschaftsredakteurin Alina Schadwinkel erklärt sie beispielsweise, inwiefern die Beckenschaukel eine empfehlenswerte Übung ist, wie entscheidend Gleitmittel sowie Zeit sind und warum es Stunden dauern kann, bis Partnerin und Partner wirklich bereit für Analsex sind.

Die aktuelle Folge können Sie zu Beginn des Artikels direkt hören.

In der ersten Folge haben Schadwinkel und Büttner bereits darüber gesprochen, was beim Analverkehr eigentlich für Erregung und Lust sorgt – ist er wirklich besser, weil er enger ist? Auch ging es darum, wie spezielle Sextoys für größtmöglichen Spaß sorgen und was zu tun ist, wenn doch mal was schiefgeht.

Noch ein wichtiger Hinweis: Die Informationen dieser Folge sind mit großer Sorgfalt zusammengestellt. Sie ersetzen aber keineswegs ein persönliches ärztliches Gespräch. Wer gesundheitliche Fragen rund um das Thema Analsex hat, geht unbedingt zu dem Arzt oder der Ärztin des Vertrauens. Falls etwas schiefgeht, beispielsweise doch zu heftig gestoßen wurde und die Schmerzen nicht aufhören, dann suchen Sie bitte ebenfalls einen Arzt auf oder gehen Sie in die Notaufnahme.

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​Tinder lanceert speciale ‘Festival Mode’ voor festivalgangers deze zomer

​Tinder lanceert speciale ‘Festival Mode’ voor festivalgangers deze zomer

Tinder komt met een nieuwe functie genaamd ‘Festival Mode’ speciaal voor het festivalseizoen deze zomer. De functie zal beschikbaar zijn voor alle gebruikers. Heb je een aantal festivals op de planning staan, maar nog niemand gevonden om mee te gaan? Dat is precies waar deze functie voor gemaakt is. Of je nu op zoek bent naar een festival hook-up of een groep gelijkgestemden om samen mee op te trekken, volgens Tinder is de ‘Festival Mode’ hier het perfecte middel voor.

Festival Mode en Badges

Allereerst vraagt de app je een selectie te maken uit de beschikbare festivals. Wanneer je hebt aangegeven welke je zal bezoeken, wordt er een zogeheten ‘badge’ getoond op je profiel, die aan andere gebruikers signaleert dat jij naar desbetreffend festival gaat. Je krijgt de mogelijkheid om met elkaar te chatten en elkaar te leren kennen nog voordat het festival is begonnen.

Nieuwe strategie

De komst van de functie sluit aan op de nieuwe strategie van het bedrijf. Sinds de overname van de dating app Hinge, ziet het bedrijf Tinder niet meer als een app voor singles op zoek naar een serieuze relatie. Natuurlijk sluit het bedrijf een succesvolle liefdesrelatie niet uit, maar de algemene focus zal zijn op jonge gebruikers die nog niet willen ‘settelen’.

Het is geen geheim dat Tinder een must-have app is voor singles op muziekfestivals overal op de wereld. We zien een consistente piek op het gebied van Tindergebruik wanneer tienduizenden muziekfans samenkomen. Daarom wilden we een nieuwe ervaring creëren die het festivalgangers gemakkelijker maakt om met elkaar in contact te komen, ook wanneer ze nog niet op het festivalterrein zijn,aldus Jenny Campbell (CMO van Tinder) in een statement over de lancering.

De festivals die mee doen

Op het moment doen alleen nog grote festivals in de Verenigde Staten en het Verenigd Koninkrijk mee:

  • EDC Las Vegas (VS): 17 mei
  • Hangout Music Fest (VS): 17 mei
  • All Points East (VK): 24 mei
  • Governors Ball (VS): 31 mei
  • Parklife (VK): 8 juni
  • Bonnaroo (VS): 13 juni
  • Firefly (VS): 21 juni
  • British Summer Time (VK): 5 juli
  • Lovebox (VK): 12 juli
  • Faster Horses (VS): 19 juli
  • Hard Summer (VS): 3 augustus
  • EDC Orlando (VS): 9 november

Zou jij de Festival Mode functie uitproberen? Is het een swipe naar links of rechts waard?

Photo by Aranxa Esteve on Unsplash

 

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