Last December, UN Women, the agency responsible for women’s empowerment and equality, published a low-key statement mentioning that an investigation had been opened into an unnamed official. The Newsweek report [LINK] now claims that the man is India-born Ravi Karkara, who worked as senior adviser to the former deputy executive director of UN Women, Lakshmi Puri, until recently.
Karkara remains on leave while collecting full pay. Meanwhile, several officials have been putting pressure on the organization to complete the probe and reform its internal practices.
According to Newsweek, which spoke to several lawyers and activists familiar with the case, as well as to one of the alleged victims, “the sexual misconduct accusations against Karkara include touching or grabbing a subordinate’s genitals in a hotel room, using work devices to send pornography and follow-up questions to male subordinates, creating a climate of sexual innuendo and obscene gestures in the workplace, and using his position and access as leverage to initiate sexual encounters.” They concern “at least seven or eight men” who have admitted being subject of unsolicited attention. read more…
Roberts’ crime was exposed after the arrest of a fellow pedophile, lawyer John Guess, led detectives to their colleague. The pair planned to jointly abuse children and share footage of their crimes, Cardiff Crown Court heard.
The now ex-police officer admitted to a litany of charges that included rape, sexual assault of a child, as well as possession and distribution of indecent images of children.
In court, the mother of Roberts’ victim said: “I can never forget the knock on my door and my whole world just falling apart. It was just like being hit by a bus. We will always have to live with the consequences.”
Upon handing Roberts his sentence, Judge Recorder of Cardiff Eleri Rees QC stated: “The victim was particularly vulnerable because of her extremely young age. She was helpless to defend herself although the footage indicates she was awake and in real discomfort.”
Guess, 43, Roberts’ accomplice and a lawyer for the Welsh government, was jailed for 26 years for sex crimes against children.
The investigation has also led to arrests overseas. read more…
Schneiderman, who became a star proponent of the #MeToo movement after filing a civil-rights lawsuit against Weinstein, now may see the tables turned on himself, after four women who spoke to The New Yorker accused him of “nonconsensual physical violence.”
Two of the women preferred to stay anonymous while two others, Michelle Manning Barish and Tanya Selvaratnam, came forward with their stories of alleged abuse by Schneiderman, providing the magazine with disturbing details of their relationship with the AG.
Each of the named women, who separately had dated Schneiderman from 2013 to 2015 and from 2016 to 2017 respectively, claimed that he repeatedly “assaulted” them by hitting them, including slapping them across their faces. read more…