Global Quickies: Victim Blaming in Mexico, Groping ‘Prank’ in Italy, and a Scout Confronting a Neo-Nazi

“Thousands of women in Mexico have reacted with outrage on social media after the Office of the Public Prosecutor tweeted that the lifestyle of a young woman was to blame for her murder. In the blacklash women have been tweeting about how they would be accused of being responsible for their murders if the spotlight was turned on the way they lived their lives rather than the prosecutor putting the focus on the actions of the killer.”

“An organization campaigning against sexual violence is calling for Italy’s politicians to introduce comprehensive ethical guidelines for media, after a ‘prank’ shown on an Italian talent show attracted criticism. […]The prank – which involved a backing dancer groping Italian singer Emma Marrone during show rehearsals – was broadcast on Monday on Italy’s Canale 5.”

“A Roman Catholic nun from Japan has been arrested and charged on suspicion of helping priests sexually abuse children at a school for youths with hearing disabilities in Argentina, authorities said.”

“The Interior Minister has come under fire for his statements explaining what Germany’s ‘Leitkultur’, or “guiding culture”, should be amid discussions of immigration and integration. Here’s a taste of how his critics have responded.”

Denmark gives two-year ban to 6 foreign religious ‘hate preachers’. The list includes five Islamic preachers and US pastor Terry Jones and is aimed at preventing hate speech and protecting public order. Defiance of the ban could lead to a three-year jail term.”

Hypnosis and holy water: Russian ‘cures’ for gay people. Controversial “treatments” by psychotherapists and preachers are being offered to gay people in Russia. BBC Russian heard accounts of so-called cures, after it emerged that gay men were being persecuted in Chechnya, a mainly Muslim republic in southern Russia.”

“Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari has been banned for one game after he protested against racist abuse. He was booked for dissent after asking the referee to stop Sunday’s Serie A match against Cagliari, claiming he was being racially abused.”

“Local police in the Madrid suburb of Fuenlabrada have taken a case to the public prosecutor, after security staff from a shopping mall allegedly harassed members of the public on the site who were homosexual, Gypsies, sub-Saharan Africans or Moroccans.”

“A Czech Scout has been praised after she confronted a neo-Nazi at a rally in Brno. A widely shared photograph shows 16-year-old Lucie Myslíková standing up to a rightwing demonstrator as he gestures angrily. Lucie was one of a number of Scouts who joined counter-protesters at a May Day rally held by neo-Nazis on Monday in Czech Republic’s second-biggest city.”

A 10-year-old boy has been killed and five other people wounded after a mob attacked a police station in an attempt to lynch a Hindu man charged with blasphemy in south-west Pakistan, officials said. It was the third major vigilante attack linked to accusations of insulting Islam in less than a month, as law enforcement agencies struggle to deal with a surge in violence.”

Featured image: Things they will say #IfTheyKillMe (She drank, she was weird, lived alone, was a lesbian…) by Hago Dibujitos


Born and raised in Mexico City, Daniela has finally decided to abdicate her post as an armchair skeptic and start doing some skeptical activism. She is currently living in Spain after having lived in the US, Brazil and Italy. You can also find her blogging in Spanish at esceptica.org.

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