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Cyberflashing should be new criminal offence, review suggests

The Guardian

Unsolicited sending of obscene images should be made illegal through the creation of a new offence of cyberflashing, a UK government-commissioned review recommended.

The Law Commission said that while the Sexual Offences Act criminalised exposure of genitals it was not sufficiently clear whether that covered images or video recordings.

In a report, published on Wednesday, the commission said: “Cyberflashing can cause serious harm. It is often experienced as a form of sexual harassment, involving coercive sexual intrusion by men into women’s everyday lives.”

British Transport Police recorded 66 reports of unsolicited photographs sent – through means such as the filesharing service AirDrop – in 2019, up from three in 2016. The commission described this increase as dramatic but likely to represent the tip of the iceberg.

It’s Time To Get Rid Of Hate Crime Laws


According the FBI, hate crimes are criminal acts “in which the perpetrators acted based on a bias against the victim’s race, color, religion, or national origin . . . [as well as more recently added characteristics such as] actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or gender.” Also, states can add whatever other characteristics they want to the list of protected categories in their own laws. Of course crimes such as assault and vandalism are already punishable, but if a person does these things as a result of hateful bias, they get an enhanced sentence.

These laws have always been unnecessary. The categories they use come from laws such as employment discrimination laws. Normally, an employer can refuse to hire someone for any reason, even something petty like the fact that they root for different sports teams. So laws have to list certain reasons, such as race and gender discrimination, that employers can’t use in employment decisions.

But such lists are not needed for criminal laws because the law makes it illegal to assault anybody or vandalize anybody’s property. Adding enhanced penalties for hate crimes assumes that it is especially bad to, say, hit somebody because you don’t like their race, religion, sexuality etc.

'It shouldn't be like this down here' | Old Sacramento business owners speak out on recent gun violence

ABC News10

fter a weekend of deadly gun violence in Old Sacramento, Mayor Darrell Steinberg on Wednesday met with concerned business owners in the popular tourist destination to hear their frustrations and ideas to stem violent crime happening there.

"It’s a Catch-22 because you want more attractions, and on the other hand, we want to know what’s attracting some trouble and address that," Steinberg told ABC10.

On Friday night, two people were shot and killed in the district and four others were hurt. It follows other incidents, including a man who was shot in January.

"It's personal because it's family and this is not just somewhere we go to clock in," said Troy Carlson, who owns Stage Nine Entertainment Store on Front Street -- a 30-year institution in Old Sacramento.

Credit: Public Safety News Two people were killed Friday night in a shooting in Old Sacramento. Stage Nine was crowded with shoppers Wednesday afternoon; families and couples enjoying a day out in the California Gold Rush setting.

Where merchants once sold hardtack, flour, pots, and pans, Old Sacramento is now the place for memorabilia, outdoor dining, and music.

"You know, I think a place like this should be a lot more about peace, love, and creativity," said musician Otis Wynn. "As opposed to, 'We're coming down here and shooting each other.'"

Steinberg said Old Sacramento needs a robust law enforcement presence, and potentially to rethink attractions like the Ferris wheel or even a youth curfew

where large groups of young people spend time hanging out.

But the purpose of the Wednesday meeting was to hear concerns from business owners, like Troy Carlson.

"Everybody seems to be on the same page," Carlson said. "We just want to have an action plan."

Harvey Weinstein pleads not guilty to LA sexual assault charges


He appeared in court in a wheelchair after being extradited from New York, where he is serving a 23-year jail sentence for similar crimes.

The 69-year-old faces 11 counts of sexual assault in California relating to alleged incidents with five women.

He maintains his innocence and has said any sexual activity was consensual.

The incidents are said to have occurred in hotels in Beverly Hills and Los Angeles between 2004 and 2013.

The charges include forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, sexual battery by restraint, and sexual penetration by use of force.

If convicted, Weinstein could face a maximum sentence of 140 years.

Wearing brown prison overalls and a face mask, Weinstein only spoke only to say "thank you" to Judge Sergio Tapia after she wished him "good luck".

His lawyer said the charges were not credible.

"They are baseless, they are from long, long ago, they are uncorroborated," Mark Werksman said after the hearing.

Weinstein is appealing against last year's conviction in New York.

More than 80 women have accused him of sexual misconduct, and some of the accusations date back several decades.

Allegations reported in 2017 contributed to the rise of the #MeToo movement, which encouraged people to share experiences of sexual harassment and assault.

However, very few of the allegations have led to criminal charges.

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