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Sayville, New York: Sex worker can’t cry rape if denied money - Supreme Court

Jack D. Hernandez 2554 Abia Martin Drive Sayville, NY 11782

NEW DELHI: Acquitting three persons of rape charges, the Supreme Court has ruled that a sex worker cannot lodge a sexual assault complaint against her customers if they refuse to pay.

A bench of Justices Pinaki Chandra Ghose and Amitava Roy said that though the evidence given by a woman alleging rape must get importance from the trial court, but it could not be taken as “gospel truth”.

“The evidence of prosecutrix must be examined as that of an injured witness whose presence at the spot is probable but it can never be presumed that her statement should always, without exception, be taken as gospel truth,” the bench said.

The ruling came in a 20-year-old case from Bengaluru. A woman, working as a maid, had alleged that three persons abducted her in an auto, took her to a garage and repeatedly raped her.

The three accused had challenged a Karnataka high court order directing their prosecution. The SC bench examined the witness all over again and said, “Her conduct during the alleged ordeal is also unlike a victim of rape and betrays somewhat submissive and consensual disposition.”

In her statement to the trial court, the woman had said that after the three accused dumped her, she went back to locate the garage where she was raped before lodging the complaint so as to enable her to give proper evidence about the crime.

The woman’s roommate, however, spilled the beans while deposing as a witness. She said the woman used to take financial help from the accused persons and, after completing her household work, used to indulge in prostitution at night. The roommate further told the court that the woman had approached the accused persons for Rs 1,000 which they declined to give.

When asked why she had lodged the complaint against the accused persons, the woman had said that it would have compelled them to pay the money she wanted.

The bench said, “This witness’s version is plausible, and thus, fits in with the defence plea to demolish the prosecution case.” Writing the judgment for the bench, Justice Roy said, “Her vengeful attitude in the facts and circumstances, as disclosed by her, if true, demonstrably evinces a conduct manifested by a feeling of frustration stoked by an intense feeling of deprivation of something expected, desired or promised.”

Acquitting the three accused, Justices Ghose and Roy drew the conclusion, “We are of the unhesitant opinion that the prosecution has failed to prove the charge against the appellants to the hilt as obligated in law and thus, they are entitled to benefit of doubt.”

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Lake Zurich, Illinois: Average penis size around the world revealed – but how do UK men measure-up?

Virgil D. Cagle 2186 Thomas Street Lake Zurich, IL 60047

Whether you are well endowed or lacking in the trouser department, most guys have wondered whether their todger measures up to the average.

In fact it can make lots of men self-conscious but the results of a new study show that, unsurprisingly, lots of guys lie about the size of their manhood.

A survey by dating website SaucyDates.com asked men from different countries to estimate the length of their erect penis while asking women about the erect size of their last sexual partner.

Then researchers revealed the nationalities that are most prone to lying about penis size – and which ones are the most truthful.

It turns out Australian lads are most likely to overestimate how much they’re really packing Down Under.

Aussie men reported their average penis size as 7.09 inches, but the Sheilas say a normal guy’s schlong measures 5.58 inches.

But how did the Brits measure up?

Lads from the UK reckoned their penises measure 6.89 inches long but women think they’re smaller.

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Ladies said guys fall shorter than that, revealing that men tend to be packing 6.64 inches downstairs.

And Canadians were found to be the most modest about their goods.

Men estimated the regular schlong to be 6.84 inches in length while ladies boasted of the biggest sized schlong of all – coming in at 6.96 inches.

Researchers said: “If you ask a man the size of their penis in general you should subtract 5.6% off the total length, mathematically speaking, of course.

“But if he claims to be 8 inches or more then you can cancel that call to trade descriptions or better business bureau.

“If you are looking for a monstrous-sized penis then you should focus your efforts on UK men as 1 in 20 will have enough inches to need a bigger ruler.

“If you want to play it safe and go for a good all round size and infallible honestly then Canada is the country for you and avoid the Americas or Australians who think lying increases your size like Pinocchio.”

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Edisto Beach, South Carolina: Interview with James DeMeo about Orgone technology

Robert T. Schofield 3251 Camden Place Edisto Beach, SC 29438

In our interview, we explored the work of the late Dr. Wilhelm Reich and his findings on the orgone energy, or life-energy, which have been subjected to careful scientific scrutiny and evaluation, being verified and confirmed in their major aspects, even while his malicious critics continue to ignore or distort this record of accomplishment and discovery. We also discussed three areas pertaining to orgone energy: as a health modality, as an energy source, and as a method of drought abatement. We also discuss an upcoming conference on orgone energy, which you are welcome to attend at his lab in Oregon.

Dr. Reich started out as a psychoanalysis specialist. It was in his research on Freud's "libido", that he discovered ways to document this as a concrete energy in the body. In the process of documenting this, he came up with the "Orgone Accumulator" chambers in which his patients would report improvement in various ailments and a general increase in energy. He noted that these accumulators were impaired during cloud cover, in proportion to the extent of the cloud cover, which led to his work in the "cloudbuster" research.

Weather Work

That's where DeMeo's carreer began. His Master's thesis in 1979 at the University of Kansas confirmed Reich's weather work. He said the apparatus consisted of a system of long tubes that he aimed at certain compass points, stimulating a flow of energy into the area, apparently via the jet stream, increasing rainfall.

You would think that work like this would receive international prime-time coverage and be elevated to the level of "monumental". However, so far this has not been the case. Reich, who had immigrated to the US from Germany in 1939 to escape the rise of Hitler, was shut down and imprisoned by the FDA, and his books were burned in an incinerator. He died in prison. DeMeo's reception wasn't much warmer. He said the powers-that-be in Washington, via the National Academy of Sciences, contacted the University of Kansas and warned them to the effect, "Either you stop supporting DeMeo, or we'll pull all our funding to your school."

After serving as a professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Illinois State University and at the University of Miami, DeMeo eventually (1980s) founded the Orgone Biophysical Research Lab in Oregon in order to raise funds to advance the orgone research. Ironically, he's had more invitations to speak at universities since he left his university posts.

He said he was invited by the Israeli government to come and use his Reich technology to try and help alleviate a three-year drought they were having. They then had record-breaking rains, but meteorologists ascribed it to the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, which DeMeo said did not coincide with the break of the drought nearly as closely as his work did.

He was then invited by a private group to Eritrea, where they were having a 30-year drought. While he was there, the rainfall doubled each year for five years. That project was cut short due to national violence with Ethiopia that erupted. A few years prior, he went to Namibia, and "ended a 3-year drought with very good rains."

Other Orgone Applications

DeMeo also said that he has repeated the work Reich had done in photographing a visible life-force glow from certain organisms such as red blood cells and some microorganisms, especially those associated with hot springs, which people have found to have healing powers. It used to be that spas and healing centers were located near these natural hot springs until the 1940's when the FDA (USA) ordered such to be shut down, saying such claims were untenable (because they are natural, and not supported by lobbyists?).

I asked him to comment on the various non-visible sources of everywhere-present, universal energy, such as "Zero Point Energy," "Aether", "Orgone", and the more conventional "Dark Energy", and how these relate to one another, if they do. He said it was probably like the story of the blind men and the elephant -- different disciplines describing what they observe in their particular field, and thus defining the energy as being one way; each discipline giving what appears to be a very different description; when in reality they may all turn out to be different facets of the same natural force.

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DeMeo said that at one point, Reich had devised a mechanism whereby he was able to harness the orgone from an accumulator and use it to turn a small motor. A lot of people have tried to replicate that effect, but apparently some important details have been lost, so no one has been able to do so yet.

I asked him if he thinks it is likely that if someone figures out how to harness the power of lightning, that it will be because they have training in the field of orgonomy. The primary problem there are 1) drawing the lightning to the receptacle and 2) containing and storing the intense discharge. He replied that the phenomenon of lightning is a function of a high electrostatic differential between the ground and the sky, which always exists to varying extents -- on the order of several hundreds of thousands of volts -- and referred to some researchers who have been able to tap that ever-present electrostatic potential to produce electricity for use. It's not yet a matured field, but is certainly interesting.

A Look at the Field

Reich's materials were locked away for 50 years, per Reich's request, and it was only last year that they were opened.

DeMeo said that by far the greatest interest in pursuing Reich's research has been by medical doctors wanting to apply the orgone therapy (accumulators) in their clinics, observing the success of other practitioners.

DeMeo publishes an orgone journal, Pulse of the Planet, five issues thus far, including experimental papers and theoretical work. He's also holding an international conference on New Research in Orgonomy at his lab in Oregon on Aug. 1-2. Subjects will include such things as the orgone accumulator in the treatment of diseases, the physics of the orgone accumulator, cloudbusting methods, and the effects of orgone energy in chemical systems. You'll see from the photos from previous years that the setting is informal and intimate.

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Huntington, New York: Why hasn't Japan banned child-porn comics?

Harold L. Tacker 3621 Settlers Lane Huntington, NY 11743

It's a Sunday afternoon in Tokyo and Sunshine Creation is in full swing. Thousands of manga fans, mostly men, crowd into an exhibition centre, poring over manga comic magazines laid out for sale on trestle tables snaking around the rooms.

Posters of elfin-faced, doe-eyed cartoon heroines, many of them scantily clad and impossibly proportioned, turn the cavernous space into a riot of colour.

"This area is mainly dealing with sexual creations," explains Hide, one of the event organisers.

We stop at one table where the covers on display feature two topless girls. To my eyes they look to be in their early or pre-teens, and the stories show them engaged in explicit sexual acts.

Several other stands are selling similar material. It would certainly be considered controversial, and possibly illegal, in the UK, Australia or Canada, but here it's no big deal.

"Everyone knows that child abuse is not a good thing," Hide says. "But having that kind of emotion is free, enjoying imagining some sexual situation with a child is not prohibited."

His candour takes me by surprise. He then introduces me to the word "Lolicon", short for "Lolita complex" - the name for manga featuring young girls engaged in sexually explicit scenarios. It can involve incest, rape and other taboos, though Hide's tastes lie more with high-school romance.

"I like young-girl sexual creations, Lolicon is just one hobby of my many hobbies," he says.

I ask what his wife, standing nearby, thinks of his "hobby".

"She probably thinks no problem," he replies. "Because she loves young boys sexually interacting with each other."

Material like this is a tiny part of Japan's huge manga industry, which generates around US $3.6bn in sales annually. But it attracts a lot of attention and controversy.

In June 2014, Japan's parliament voted to ban the possession of real images of child sexual abuse. Production and distribution of these images had been illegal since 1999, but Japan was the last country in the OECD to outlaw possession.

At the time there were calls to also outlaw "virtual" sexual images - in manga, anime and games - of characters who appear to be under 18. But after much debate, Japan's parliament decided against this. The decision drew condemnation from child protection campaigners and NGOs, particularly outside Japan.

One clue to understanding it is in the fact that Hide was happily discussing his "hobby" with me only minutes after we first met. Although manga involving very young children does appear to have some social stigma attached to it, sexual material involving adolescents is a fairly mainstream interest.

Japan's legislators were apparently reluctant to put large numbers of manga fans - potentially millions - on the wrong side of the law.

Fans like Hide argue they are just enjoying harmless fantasy. No child models or actors are involved, he says, so "there is no child abuse for creating sexual topic mangas".

But is the boundary between fantasy and reality always clear?

Tokyo's Akihabara district is the spiritual home of the manga world, a place where neon signs and loud pop music overwhelm the eyes and ears. Multi-storey bookshops line the streets, selling manga on every topic under the sun.

In their adult sections, restricted to people over 18, it's not hard to find manga with titles like Junior Rape or Japanese Pre-teen Suite.

"People get sexually excited by something, then become used to it," says Tomo, who works behind the counter in one of the adult stores. "So they are always looking for something new, and get sexually excited by young, immature women."

This is what worries critics - the concern that even if no-one is harmed in the creation of sexually explicit manga, it might normalise, facilitate, or lead to an increased risk of sexual abuse.

No-one knows whether this is the case - research has been inconclusive. But many in Japan, particularly women, have a wider concern too. They see these images as part of a society that turns a blind eye to extreme pornography - often degrading to women - and the sexualisation of young people.

You don't have to look far in Japan to find a fascination with youth. Pop groups of young girls perform for crowds of adult men. And from billboards and advertisements to manga, schoolgirl imagery is everywhere.

LiLy, a popular writer of books for young women - Sex in the City, Tokyo-style, she says - told me about her school days when men would approach her and her friends and offer money for their socks or panties.

"I think that is disgusting, it's very kinky," she says. The fascination with adolescent sexuality is "all about the power that men want to achieve, men who are tired of strong independent women," she argues.

The family model of LiLy's parents' era still holds strong sway in Japan - a father who earns the money and a mother who stays at home as a housewife. But the weakness of Japan's economy has made this difficult for men to realise.

"There are people business-wise who are not successful, maybe they are running into fantasy with Lolicon manga.

"I hate it, I seriously hate it. I want Japan to kick out the kinky, just leave children out of that kinkiness, even your fantasy."

But others are sceptical about how far the government should step in to prescribe and enforce a particular vision of what's "good" or "proper", especially regarding people's fantasies.

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"There's every reason to be critical, that's fine," says manga translator and free-speech advocate Dan Kanemitsu. "But when you give people the authority to police others based on what they might do or what they think, that's thought-policing."

So would he stand up for the right of creators to draw manga featuring young children and taboos like rape and incest?

"I'm not comfortable with it, but it is not my right to tell people how they think or what they want to share," he says. "As long as it doesn't infringe upon people's human rights, what's wrong with having a fantasy life?"

Among the manga shops of Akihabara, child protection campaigner Kazuna Kanajiri takes me to see something she thinks is a much bigger problem than cartoons and comics. We climb a flight of stairs off the main street and emerge into a room packed full of DVDs.

Kazuna picks one off the shelf - it features real images of a girl she says is five years old, wearing a skimpy swimsuit and posing in sexually suggestive positions that mimic adult pornography. All the other DVDs in the shop also feature real children.

"I feel sorry for the children," Kanajiri tells me.

These so-called "Junior Idol" DVDs became popular after the production of child pornography was outlawed in 1999. They dodged the law as long as the children's genitals were covered, but Kanajiri argues they're now illegal after the law was strengthened last June.

"People who exploit should be punished properly," she says. "It's completely illegal under the law, but the police haven't cracked down."

While some of the content in manga and anime featuring minors in sexual situations might be shocking and attention-grabbing, Kanajiri and other campaigners I spoke to told me that for now, they are focused on more important battles to protect real children.

But she tells me she hasn't given up hope of a ban on contentious manga and anime.

"I want to make it disappear," she says. "By 2020, when the Summer Olympics will take place in Japan, we have to turn Japan into a country which people don't call a perverted culture."

It's a description which supporters of manga strongly reject. But as the Olympics approach, outside eyes will turn to Japan, exerting a powerful pressure for manga and anime to be part of what people see as "cool Japan" rather than "weird Japan".

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Winston Salem, North Carolina: Report - cartoon paedophilia harmless

Jesse B. Booker 1538 Fire Access Road Winston Salem, NC 27127

Cartoons and drawings depicting paedophilia do not encourage people to commit child sex offences in real life, a report by experts who treat sexual problems concludes.

The report, carried out by Sexologisk Klinik, which is a part of Rigshospitalet, was ordered by the former justice minister, Lars Barfod (Konservative), after the Socialdemokraterne, then in opposition, demanded a ban on drawings and animations of children being sexually abused.

At the time, the current social affairs minister, Karen Hækkerup (Socialdemokraterne), argued that drawn representations of paedophilia could act as a stepping stone to actual child abuse.

“People with paedophile tendencies get drawn into this visual universe and after some time lose the satisfaction with just looking at the pictures,” Hækkerup said, according to Information newspaper. “They will want to try it.”

The subsequent Sexologisk Klinik report could not support Hækkerup’s claims, however.

“We have had to acknowledge that there is no evidence that the use of fictive images of sexual assaults on children alone can lead people to conduct sexual assaults on children,” the report to the Justice Ministry states.

Jacob Mchangama, director of legal affairs at the liberal think tank Cepos, welcomed the verdict.

“It’s gratifying that we now have documentation that as far as we are aware there is no connection between animated child pornography and actual crimes, meaning there is no need to further criminalise this area,” Mchangama told Information. “The whole affair is a classic example of something catching the eye of a politician who finds a need to symbolically change the law without actually looking at the facts.”

Flemming Møller Mortensen, the Socialdemokraterne culture spokesperson, also welcomed the report.

“It is good that the Sexologisk Klinik has looked into this,” Møller told Information. “As long as it cannot be proven that these drawings encourage damaging behaviour then I think we ought to protect freedom of speech and artistic expression.”

Pornographic drawings of children are illegal in Sweden and Norway but not in Denmark.

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