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Lesbian me too site lanched

https://www.lesbianmetoo.com/

There’s a myth within the mainstream heterosexual world, that somehow lesbians are tougher than other women, that as women free from men lesbians won’t be victims of sexual violence. This is, of course, a lie. A new website, Lesbian Me Too has been launched to redress this cultural blind-spot. It provides a platform for lesbians who have hitherto been pushed to the margins of the #MeToo movement, as Jo Bartosch reports.
Lesbian Me Too is the work of the group Get the L Out, a collective of lesbian feminist campaigners. Angela Wild, one of the group’s spokeswomen, tells me:

“The #LesbianMeToo project is a continuation of our previous work condemning the sexual violence done to lesbians in LGBT circles and the cotton ceiling. But it goes further than that to include all instances of sexual violence against lesbians from harassment to corrective rape.”

Harassment of lesbians does not just come from straight men, an emerging theme on the site is the entitlement some gay men seem to have toward women’s bodies.

Far from being a proud declaration of women’s attraction to women, it seems today ‘lesbian’ has been reduced to a pornographic search term. Indeed, over the past five years for each Google search for ‘lesbian pride’ there have been 213 for ‘lesbian porn.’ To too many men, the simple existence of women who love and live without men is an affront, and this marks lesbians out as targets for abuse. This is a clear thread throughout testimonies on the site, summed up by one contributor to Lesbian Me Too who reflects “my sexuality was treated as something to conquer.”

Continue reading at: https://lesbianandgaynews.com/2021/03/lesbianmetoo-the-lesbian-victims-of-sexual-violence-will-now-be-heard-reports-jo-bartosch/ (Source)

Visit the lesbian me too site: https://www.lesbianmetoo.com/

Equador: cousin and friend raped young lesbian “to cure her”

Image courtesy of Sarah Ward

September 2020:

Two young men allegedly took advantage of a woman’s intoxication to rape her. The Prosecutor’s Office has filed charges against both of them. One of those implicated, Xavier, is the victim’s cousin, someone to whom she trusted her most intimate secrets since they were children. When they were in school, Lily (name protected) told him that she was a lesbian.

She had anxiety and was always down. She attempted suicide several times until, eight months after the rape, she told her parents and they reported him.

The lawyer Johanna Orbe took over the case and indicated that at first it was difficult for them to verify the facts because after so long a medical examinarion of the victim would not indicate any signs of rape.

However, in the defendants’ version, they affirmed that they did have sex with her and admitted that they knew of her sexual orientation. This evidence and the psychological examination of the victim were sufficient for the Prosecutor’s Office to file charges against the two individuals for the crime of rape, last Thursday.
(Translated)

Dos jóvenes habrían aprovechado el estado de embriaguez de una mujer para violarla. La Fiscalía formuló cargos en contra de ambos . Uno de los implicados, Xavier, es primo de la víctima. Alguien a quien ella confiaba sus más íntimos secretos desde que eran niños. Cuando estaban en el colegio, Lily (nombre protegido) le contó que era lesbiana.

Ella tenía ansiedad y siempre estaba decaída. Trató de atentar contra su vida por varias ocasiones hasta que, luego de ocho meses de que sucedió el hecho, les contó a sus padres y ellos lo denunciaron.

La abogada Johanna Orbe se hizo cargo del caso e indicó que al principio se les hizo difícil comprobar la materialidad del hecho porque luego de tanto tiempo no se podía comprobar mediante un examen médico si hubo violación, porque no existirían rasgos en las partes íntimas de la mujer afectada.

Sin embargo, en la versión de los acusados, ellos afirmaron que sí tuvieron relaciones sexuales con ella y admitieron que sabían de su orientación. Esta evidencia y el examen psicológico de la víctima fueron suficientes para que la Fiscalía formulara cargos en contra de los dos individuos por el delito de violación, el pasado jueves.
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Continue reading at: https://www.extra.ec/noticia/actualidad/primo-habria-violado-mujer-norte-quito-41968.html (Source)

Blackmail and rape: Nigerian lesbian experiences of meeting each other online

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Chioma starts chatting with another lesbian, Blessing. She seems nice, reliable, the two young women begin to exchange intimate photos. And finally the day arrives when they will meet. Chioma is on the way to Blessing’s house when a man in military uniform approaches her: he says he is a colleague of Blessing’s father, that he knows she is homosexual and wants to take her to the police station, where they will arrest her and she will be sentenced to 14 years in prison. The threat is very realistic, Chioma is in a panic. She ends up following the stranger to a hotel, where he rapes her.

But the nightmare has only just begun. Two months later the man contacts her again and threatens her: if she does not give him two million naira (almost 4400 euros), he will post her naked photos online and out her as a lesbian. Chioma doesn’t know what to do: she doesn’t have that much money and in any case she can’t live forever under the man’s threats, which obviously will never stop. And so she tells her family everything. She’s not safe now, but at least she doesn’t have to go through everything alone.
(Translated)

Chioma inizia a chattare con un’altra ragazza lesbica, Blessing. Sembra simpatica, affidabile, le due giovani iniziano a scambiarsi foto intime. E finalmente arriva il giorno in cui si conosceranno. Chioma è sulla strada della casa di Blessing quando un uomo in uniforme militare l’avvicina: dice di essere un collega del padre di Blessing, di sapere che è omosessuale e di volerla spogliare per trascinarla al commissariato, dopo l’arresteranno per poi farla condannare a 14 anni di carcere. La minaccia è molto realistica, Chioma è nel panico. Finisce per seguire lo sconosciuto in un albergo, dove lui la violenta.

Ma l’incubo è solo cominciato. Due mesi dopo l’uomo si fa risentire e la minaccia: se non gli dà due milioni di naira (quasi 4400 euro), pubblicherà le sue foto nuda online e la smaschererà in quanto lesbica. Chioma non sa cosa fare: non ha tutti quei soldi e comunque non può vivere per sempre sotto le minacce di quell’uomo, che ovviamente non cesseranno mai. E così racconta tutto alla famiglia. Ora non è al sicuro, ma almeno non deve affrontare tutto da sola.
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Continue reading at: https://www.ilgrandecolibri.com/ricatti-e-stupri-non-fermano-le-lesbiche-nigeriane-sul-web/ (Source)

Mexico: feminist groups demand justice for a victim of anti-lesbian sexual violence

September 2020:

After a 23-year old woman was sexually assaulted in her own home in the city of Cancun, feminist groups classified the act as a lesbophobic crime due to the victim’s sexual orientation.

According to the police report, the victim’s partner went shopping at a store, and upon returning found her unconscious in the bathroom and bleeding.

The feminists explained that Fabiola had filed other complaints for sexual violence, leading to their complaint that the authorities did not properly apply the security protocols and that protection measures did not prevent the repetition of the attacks against her.
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Continue reading at: https://www.poresto.net/quintana-roo/2020/9/9/colectivos-feministas-exigen-esclarecer-caso-de-abuso-sexual-de-una-mujer-en-cancun-8679.html (Source)

State sponsored lesbophobia in Equatorial Guinea

Homosexuality is a risky practice in Equatorial Guinea. In this African state, which was a Spanish colony for more than 80 years and in which the oldest dictator in the world, Teodoro Obiang, has ruled for more than four decades, there is a systematic persecution against the LGTBI community.

It not only occurs at the social level, but also involves state institutions. As is usual in this type of situation, the worst part is borne by women.

A recent report by Somos Parte del Mundo , the only LGTBQ group in the African country, reveals that these groups suffer “mistreatment, torture and prison with the complicity of the authorities. The document, which has received the name of State Homophobia in Equatorial Guinea, reports some of the most serious abuses, among which are “sexual violence, forced pregnancies, child sexual exploitation of minors and the high mortality of women and transgender people for causes that the state can solve”.

These persecutions are protected by the state thanks to decrees such as 94/2019 that defines homosexuality as “a disease, a criminal practice, a threat to social peace and public morals, a danger to society”, or law 16 / 1970, which goes back to the Franco-colonial heritage and classifies homosexuals as dangerous or antisocial social groups.

By virtue of these measures, which are very different from those that are increasingly being applied in more countries around the world and which have to do with sexual freedom and the existence of rights for these groups, the state legitimizes harassment, punishment and torture on two levels.

The first one serves as a warning and according to the report by We Are Part of the World, it occurs at the family level . The family or neighbors of the homosexual person are in charge of making it public with actions that can range from social rejection to beatings and rapes. Photographs of these humiliating moments are usually taken in order for the person to learn the supposed lesson.

If these methods do not work, a second phase is applied in which the security forces intervene. An arrest occurs and the jail term can last from a few hours to several months. Of course, physical violence is very present and the normal thing is that there are more beatings and scenes of sexual violence.

Worse for women
When it involves women, it is exacerbated : they are forced to become pregnant in order to cure themselves of homosexuality, as the writer Trifonia Melibea Obono reveals in her book ‘I did not want to be a mother’ . The researcher delves into the life stories of lesbian, trans and bisexual women in Equatorial Guinea and says that this punishment occurs several times until they are supposedly healed.
(Translated)

La homosexualidad es una práctica de riesgo en Guinea Ecuatorial. En este estado africano, que fue colonia española durante más de 80 años y en el que gobierna desde hace más de cuatro décadas el dictador más longevo del mundo, Teodoro Obiang, existe una persecución sistemática contra el colectivo LGTBI.

No solo se produce a nivel social, sino que implica además a las instituciones estatales. Como suele ser habitual en este tipo de situaciones, la peor parte se la llevan las mujeres.

Un informe reciente de Somos Parte del Mundo, único grupo LGTBQ del país africano, revela que estos colectivos sufren “maltratos, torturas y prisión con la complicidad de las autoridades”. El documento, que ha recibido el nombre de Homofobia de Estado en Guinea Ecuatorial, reporta algunos de los abusos más graves, entre los que se encuentran “la violencia sexual, los embarazos forzados, la explotación sexual infantil a menores y la alta mortalidad de las personas transexuales por causas que el estado puede solventar”.

Estas persecuciones están amparadas por el estado gracias a decretos como el 94/2019 que define la homosexualidad como “una enfermedad, una práctica delictiva, una amenaza para la paz social y la moral pública, un peligro para la sociedad”, o la ley 16/1970, que se remonta a la herencia franquista colonial y que clasifica a los homosexuales como grupos sociales peligrosos o antisociales.

En virtud de estas medidas, muy diferentes a las que cada vez se aplican en más países del mundo y que tienen que ver con la libertad sexual y con la existencia de derechos para estos colectivos, el estado legitima el acoso, los castigos y la tortura en dos niveles.

El primero de ellos sirve a modo de advertencia y según el informe de Somos Parte del Mundo se produce a nivel familiar. La familia o los vecinos de la persona homosexual se encargan de hacerlo público con acciones que pueden ir desde el repudio social hasta palizas y violaciones. Normalmente se toman fotografías de estos momentos humillantes con el objetivo de que la persona aprenda la supuesta lección.

Si estos métodos no dan resultado se aplica una segunda fase en la que intervienen las fuerzas de seguridad. Se produce una detención y la pena de cárcel puede durar desde unas pocas horas hasta varios meses. Por supuesto, la violencia física está muy presente y lo normal es que se produzcan más palizas y escenas de violencia sexual.

Peor para las mujeres
Si se trata de mujeres se produce un agravante: son obligadas a quedarse embarazadas con el objetivo de que se curen de la homosexualidad, tal y como revela la escritora Trifonia Melibea Obono en su libro ‘Yo no quería ser madre’. La investigadora ahonda en las historias de vida de mujeres lesbianas, trans y bisexuales de Guinea Ecuatorial y cuenta que este castigo se produce varias veces hasta que supuestamente sanan.
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Continue reading at: https://es-us.deportes.yahoo.com/noticias/guinea-ecuatorial-persecucion-colectivos-homosexuales-teodoro-obiang-lesbofobia-mujeres-obligadas-embarazo-144313283.html (Source)

Brazil: Man accused of raping 13 year old lesbian daughter in front of grandfather

The Civil Police of Salto (SP) is interviewing witnesses to investigate the incident in which a man is suspected of raping his 13-year-old daughter in front of her grandfather on Saturday (29 August). Cell phones of those involved were also apprehended for analysis.

The mother told G1 [the media outlet]  that the assault occurred after they discovered the girl was a lesbian.
(Translated)

Polícia Civil de Salto (SP) está ouvindo testemunhas para investigar o homem suspeito de estuprar a filha de 13 anos na frente do avô dela, no sábado (29). Celulares dos envolvidos também foram apreendidos para serem analisados.

A mãe contou ao G1 que a agressão teria ocorrido depois que eles descobriram que a menina era lésbica.
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