Students march for sexual assault awareness

first_imgUSC students rallied with other protesters in front of Los Angeles City Hall on the Thursday evening before the inauguration of President Donald Trump. The rally aimed to call attention to sexual assault and stand in solidarity with victims.After Access Hollywood tapes, in which the President-elect stated that he can “grab [women] by the p-ssy,” leaked in October 2016, victims and allies condemned the Trump’s behavior and worked to empower those who have experienced assault.“We’re angry, but first and foremost we want to make sure people know that there are others that are going to fight for their rights,” said Ellie McDaniel, a sophomore majoring in NGOs and social change. “Not everyone has these ideals that Trump has. Not everyone thinks ‘locker room banter’ is a joke. We’re here, [and] we’re going to keep fighting through his administration.”McDaniel works with “Not On My Campus,” an organization that shares sexual assault testimonials as a way to humanize the issue rather than overly politicize it. McDaniel said her organization also makes a distinction between inciting violence to fight violence and using civic engagement and public opinion to communicate concerns to the incoming administration.Fiona Lawson, a senior majoring in philosophy, politics and law, attended the rally and explained that those who accept Trump’s “political incorrectness” because they believe he will not act on his offensive statements do not understand the power words can have.“Words that incite violence aren’t just words … they have real meaning, [and] they are creating tangible consequences for people,” Lawson said. “It doesn’t matter if [Trump] believes the stuff he says or not — he is on the largest public platform there is. He is going to have real influence over the way people think.”Protesters expressed fear that a Trump administration could strip resources for women and survivors of sexual assault. Keyanna Celina, a keynote speaker, shared her story of abuse through the foster care system and shed light upon issues of intersectionality, highlighting her struggles as a black woman.“Black women typically are erased from feminism,” Celina said. “People can be racist and feminist.”She also emphasized the psychological hurdles marginalized groups could feel as a result of the unequal distribution of power in the fight for equality — and warned against its potential to further oppress these groups.“Black women are more vulnerable,” Celina said. “We are considered the ‘throw-away people,’ the people it is OK to rape. When you’re preying on someone, you’re not going to go to the person with the feminist movement at their feet, you go for the vulnerable black woman.”last_img read more

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Martelly’s family flee to neighboring DR

first_imgAs violent protests broke out in Haiti over the weekend, the family of former Haitian President Michel Martelly reportedly fled to the Dominican Republic. Listin Diario reported that the Martelly arrived in the Dominican Republic through the Maria Montez International Airport on Sunday afternoon, in a helicopter from Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital. The paper quoted a source as saying the group included Martelly’s wife, Angela Pierre Jean-Baptiste, and the ex-president’s children, Michel Yani, Bianka Christy J., Michael Alexandre, Michael Olivier, Olivia Michael, Kahlil Michel-Olivier and Melaika Michael Martelly. Th paper is also reporting that DR airport authorities, civil and military security, as well as the Customs Directorate have been put on high alert, as it is expected other important Haitian families, could flee to the DR given the rising violence in Haiti.last_img read more

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Spurs legend Allen backs Kane to beat his record 49-goal season

first_imgCLIVE ALLEN knows Harry Kane is coming close to grabbing his greatest scoring record.The former Tottenham striker will always be remembered for his breathtaking 49-goal campaign in 1986-87.5 Former Tottenham striker Clive Allen has stated it’s only a matter of time before Harry Kane breaks his record goalscoring seasonCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd5Spurs hitman Kane came up just short of that tally two seasons ago when he smashed in 41 goals for his club.But the England skipper already has seven in ten games for the Londoners this term — and Allen knows it might only be a matter of time before Kane takes his place in the Spurs history books.Allen smiled: “I hope not! But, yes, of course he can. He is capable of it and I’ll be the first one to shake his hand, because it would be a phenomenal feat.”Despite Allen’s goal glut that season, Tottenham fell just short on all fronts — third in the league, FA Cup runners-up and League Cup semi-finalists.Fast forward 32 years and Mauricio Pochettino’s team are in danger of being recalled as another side that did not provide the silverware their strike leader’s form deserved.Allen, 58, said: “From the day Harry came into the club he was a natural goalscorer who wanted to develop.“I saw a kid who was going to get the best out of himself.5 England skipper Kane is fourth on the list of Spurs’ all-time top goalscorersCredit: Alamy Live News“He worked out that, if you are going to score over a long period, you have to reinvent yourself all the time, find something different.“With Harry, it’s about looking to find that edge. If he scores one, he wants to get two. You can’t give that to people, it’s something you have to be born with.“When you look at striking records, you see the ones who have that in their make-up. Sergio Aguero is one. Harry has it, too.”After his playing career ended in 1995, former Three Lions forward Allen went on to coach Spurs — and it did not take long for him to lock horns with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.And there was so much bad blood that Allen had to be held back from punching the Frenchman by Tottenham keeper Carlo Cudicini in 2011.He recalled: “At Highbury in 2006 Arsene was furious we didn’t put the ball out of play after Emmanuel Eboue and Gilberto Silva ran into each other in the build-up to Robbie Keane scoring.5 Kane has already banged in seven goals in ten games for the North London club this seasonCredit: Reuters“Thierry Henry equalised for Arsenal and the game finished 1-1 — but that was just the beginning of it.“Chris Hughton and I went and had a chat with Arsene’s backroom staff.“They offered us a glass of wine, when all of a sudden the door slams open and in comes Arsene. ‘I’m not drinking with you,’ he said. ‘You are cheats’.“As I went past Arsene, I looked him in the eye. ‘Don’t call me a cheat,’ I said. ‘I was sitting eight rows back in the dugout. I didn’t cheat.’ ‘You are all cheats,’ he said.“From that point on, all I wanted to do was shake his hand as a winner.“In October 2011, Rafael van der Vaart and Kyle Walker scored as we won 2-1 at White Hart Lane.LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer5“I was wrong to do it but at full-time I jumped up and went straight to see him nose to nose. I stuck out my hand to shake but he just walked past me, because he’d lost.“I chased after him down the tunnel. ‘Come on Arsene,’ I shouted, ‘are you a man or a mouse? Shake my hand.’“He wouldn’t. At that point, I lost it. I was ready to punch him. Just as I went to swing for him, Carlo saved the day. He threw his arm over my shoulder and dragged me away.”Kane and Dunk clash as Brighton star appears to claim Spurs skipper tried to pull his ‘penis off’last_img read more

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