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10 January 2018
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Dark Overlord
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Sorry if i came off that way, that’s not what i was trying to say. Rape is a horrific crime but people often undermine how bad false rape accusations are. Sure only 2-8% of reported rapes are false but of that small percentage there are innocent men that got in trouble for something they didn’t even do, some of them even spending time in prison for it.

Imagine being a 40 year old man with a wife and 2 kids and the cops come out of nowhere while you’re having breakfast because a coworker said you raped her last night at a house party that you weren’t even at because she doesn’t like you. You spend the night in a jail cell and after you bail yourself out you realize you lost your job and your wife and kids leave you. A year later when your trial happens you hire a lawyer and prove your innocence and don’t have to go to jail but you’re still single and jobless because of it and your life is ruined.

Sadly, some people like to brush false rape accusations off like as if they’re no big deal but that’s not true, even if only 2% of rapes are false those men don’t deserve to have their lives ruined because someone decided to make a false rape accusation against them.

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11 January 2018
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Rape victims deal with victory blaming all the time.

Even going to court for a rape victim is incredibly difficult because of that false victim mindset.

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11 January 2018
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Dark Overlord said
While i agree that we should get rid of the social taboos, unwritten rules and expectations that hinder progress in so many ways as well as the reason why men are more likely to have higher positions is because of the way men and women are raised, how can it be discrimination if we’re not discriminating. Sure, we’re not encouraging women to become CEO as much as we should but we’re not stopping them either, there’s nothing preventing a woman from becoming CEO of a multi million dollar organization except the same exact things that would prevent a man from doing so. I can’t think of a better example of a successful high paying woman than Oprah Winfrey, a black woman who’s also a multi billionaire.  

Because it’s not discrimination in the legal, systematic sense. The social expectations etc ARE the discrimination.

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11 January 2018
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Something concerning right now is the lack of trustworthyness in social media news outlets combined with the movement in Hollywood to finally stand behind victims of sexual assault. One word and the person’s career is over. 

The only problem is that the legal process heavily convoluted and occasionally unjust on either side. If not for the increase in media attention given to sexual assault victims (in Hollywood primarily, that is another issue in itself that people start giving a shit when it happens to celebrities) many active abusers would still have power, and silence on the issue would continue to be encouraged through non disclosure agreements. 

so how does this get fixed?

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11 January 2018
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sir walter raleigh said
Something concerning right now is the lack of trustworthyness in social media news outlets combined with the movement in Hollywood to finally stand behind victims of sexual assault. One word and the person’s career is over. 

The only problem is that the legal process heavily convoluted and occasionally unjust on either side. If not for the increase in media attention given to sexual assault victims (in Hollywood primarily, that is another issue in itself that people start giving a shit when it happens to celebrities) many active abusers would still have power, and silence on the issue would continue to be encouraged through non disclosure agreements. 

so how does this get fixed?  

I think that as long as even one assaulter is brought to justice then this whole thing is worth it. That being said, I hate this trial by media – I don’t think punishments should be handed out without any actual proof or anything. Innocent until proven guilty should always stand for the sake of our democracy.

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11 January 2018
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QuarryMan said

I think that as long as even one assaulter is brought to justice then this whole thing is worth it. That being said, I hate this trial by media – I don’t think punishments should be handed out without any actual proof or anything. Innocent until proven guilty should always stand for the sake of our democracy.  

I agree on this, I thought it was kind of weird when people lost their jobs and got their reputation ruined on just allegations. I’m not saying they didn’t do anything wrong, or that the women that accused them were lying, but this is America after all, what happened to innocent until proven  guilty?

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11 January 2018
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This isn’t just America, and it should be noted that America has some of the weakest laws on sex crimes among the leading democracies, in that many States include sex crimes among those crimes governed by the statute of limitations, meaning that someone like Bill Cosby cannot be charged with many of accusations against him.

The majority of countries do not put a time limit on sex crimes, especially those involving minors. It is sad that the US removes the chances of justice for so many, and doesn’t recognise how long it may take a victim of sexual abuse to face what has happened to them.

On the issue of equal pay for the same work, a situation has arisen in the UK on it with the decision of respected journalist Carrie Gracie to stand down from her role as the BBC’s China Editor, though she hasn’t quit the BBC which she has been with for 30 years.

In the open letter she released about her decision, she stated:

Mine is just one story of inequality among many, but I hope it will help you understand why I feel obliged to speak out.

I am a China specialist, fluent in Mandarin and with nearly three decades of reporting the story. Four years ago, the BBC urged me to take the newly created post of China editor.

I knew the job would demand sacrifices and resilience. I would have to work 5,000 miles from my teenage children, and in a heavily censored one-party state I would face surveillance, police harassment and official intimidation.

I accepted the challenges while stressing to my bosses that I must be paid equally with my male peers. Like many other BBC women, I had long suspected that I was routinely paid less, and at this point in my career, I was determined not to let it happen again. Believing that I had secured pay parity with men in equivalent roles, I set off for Beijing.

In the past four years, the BBC has had four international editors – two men and two women. The Equality Act 2010 states that men and women doing equal work must receive equal pay. But last July I learned that in the previous financial year, the two men earned at least 50% more than the two women.

Despite the BBC’s public insistence that my appointment demonstrated its commitment to gender equality, and despite my own insistence that equality was a condition of taking up the post, my managers had yet again judged that women’s work was worth much less than men’s.

My bewilderment turned to dismay when I heard the BBC complain of being forced to make these pay disclosures. Without them, I and many other BBC women would never have learned the truth.

I told my bosses the only acceptable resolution would be for all the international editors to be paid the same amount. The right amount would be for them to decide, and I made clear I wasn’t seeking a pay rise, just equal pay. Instead the BBC offered me a big pay rise which remained far short of equality. It said there were differences between roles which justified the pay gap, but it has refused to explain these differences. Since turning down an unequal pay rise, I have been subjected to a dismayingly incompetent and undermining grievance process which still has no outcome.

Enough is enough. The rise of China is one of the biggest stories of our time and one of the hardest to tell. I cannot do it justice while battling my bosses and a byzantine complaints process. Last week I left my role as China editor and will now return to my former post in the TV newsroom where I expect to be paid equally.

For BBC women this is not just a matter of one year’s salary or two. Taking into account disadvantageous contracts and pension entitlements, it is a gulf that will last a lifetime. Many of the women affected are not highly paid “stars” but hard-working producers on modest salaries. Often women from ethnic minorities suffer wider pay gaps than the rest.

This is not the gender pay gap that the BBC admits to. It is not men earning more because they do more of the jobs which pay better. It is men earning more in the same jobs or jobs of equal value. It is pay discrimination and it is illegal.

The BBC had four international editors – America (Jon Sopel), Middle East (Jeremy Bowen), Europe (Katya Adler) and China.

I would consider the most difficult of those briefs the Middle East and China because of the threat of violence and the repression of journalism in those areas. Yet the highest paid international editor, Jon Sopel, she discovered is on between £200-250,000 a year, while Jeremy Bowen is on between £150-199,000. This was revealed last year when the BBC had to, by pay bands, reveal those paid over £150,000 a year.

Ms. Gracie, being paid £135,000, did not make the list – despite the BBC having assured her about pay equality with her male colleagues in order to get her to accept the post.

And here is the real irony, returning to the newsroom has seen her receive an additional £10,000. Her pay is better as a newsroom journalist and presenter than it was as China editor.

An extremely talented journalist with a long association with China, a Mandarin speaker, and about the best-qualified BBC lifer to fulfil the role of China editor, feels the need to resign from her post because the BBC refused to pay her the same as her male colleagues for taking on an equivalent role.

The straight gender pay gap can often be misleading. For instance, an airline might have a gender pay gap because the majority of pilots (a high paid position) are male, while the majority of cabin crew (lower paid) are female. This case is not about the gender pay gap.

This is about equal pay, and too many organisations believe they can get away with ignoring the law.

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12 January 2018
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Thanks for sharing that, that’s the first example I’ve ever heard about that genuinely involves a wage gap although she would’ve made more had she accepted the raise instead of going back to her old job. One interesting thing to point out though is that there is a bigger gap between the 2 males than Jeremy and Carrie.

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12 January 2018
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False rape accusations don’t mean that the woman in question wasn’t raped. Means in a lot of cases that she made a mistake in a highly stressful situation.

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12 January 2018
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@Dark Overlord said
Thanks for sharing that, that’s the first example I’ve ever heard about that genuinely involves a wage gap although she would’ve made more had she accepted the raise instead of going back to her old job. One interesting thing to point out though is that there is a bigger gap between the 2 males than Jeremy and Carrie.  

Afraid there’s no evidence of that as we only know the pay bands that Mr. Sopel and Mr. Bowen fall into, not their actual pay. Jeremy, falling into the £150-199,000 pay band, could be earning as much as £199,000; while Jon, falling into the £200-250,000 pay band, could be earning £200,000.

We have no idea of the pay gap between the two, though by commenting that her two male colleagues earnt at least 50% more than herself and Ms. Adler, and we know her pay was £135,000, would indicate that Mr. Bowen’s wage is around £60-64,000 more than Ms. Gracie was receiving, which would put him very near the top of his pay band, and that would mean the pay gap between himself and Mr. Sopel could be around £50,000, but equally the gap between them may be as little as £1000.

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