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  • 'Purely disgusting': How luxury yacht vacation for black travelers allegedly went adrift

    A North Carolina man touting himself as one of the captains in the burgeoning black travel community is being accused by a group of vacationers of failing to deliver on promises of a dream voyage on "super premium" yachts, asserting the reality was a bit of a "disgusting" nightmare. Reginald Cummings, the owner of Black Travel Movement, was also hit with a federal lawsuit late last month for allegedly skirting a $550,000 bill owed to the Maryland-based yacht company that provided the more than two dozen vessels that were used on the week-long Caribbean sojourn. The "Black Yacht Week" event had echoes of the Fyre Festival, a high-end excursion to the Bahamas that became a debacle with lack of food, water and toilets.

  • After I Was Raped I Found Out My Therapist’s Notes Could Be Used Against Me

    Warning: This article contains descriptions of traumatic events, including rape, which some readers might find upsettingLast year I went on a date with a guy who I had met a few times before. It nearly didn’t happen as I was on my period and feeling unwell with cramps. But he reassured me by text that he wasn’t interested in sex and just wanted to take me out so I went. Up until that point, this was funny and charming. I trusted him. Sadly, that night turned into the worst of my entire life. In my own bedroom, he pulled out my tampon and raped me. Hours later, my body was still in pain from shock. I couldn’t talk without bursting into tears, so I reported what had happened to the police. I, like so many women, knew reporting immediately gave me the best chance of getting any justice because that’s what we’re told. We know that we shouldn’t wash ourselves or, even go to the toilet but that we should report an assault as soon as possible. That day could not have been harder. I sat in a room with male police officers for hours and hours on end while they took every bit of DNA evidence you can imagine. It was 13 hours before I was allowed to see any family or friends. I remember at the end of the evening, when everything was done, a police officer asked if there was anything they could get for me, I replied with tears falling down my face “I just need a hug”. As up until that point no one was allowed to touch me. It was so isolating.  When everything was done, a police officer asked if there was anything they could get for me, I replied with tears falling down my face ‘I just need a hug’In the months to follow, things got worse. I was really struggling with my mental health. Once you report a sexual assault, your local Rape Crisis Centre gets in touch and you are put on a waiting list for therapy. I remember ringing and trying to chase up. I was told that because my case was still ongoing, the therapy I was entitled to was what’s known as “pretrial therapy.” I had heard this phrase before but I hadn’t really stopped to think about what it meant. Pretrial therapy is literally described as “limited counselling”. You are not allowed to talk about the incident or anything in your police notes. The reason for this is that if your case goes to court the defence can request your counselling notes and they can be used against you. I was so confused when I found this out. Why was I being told I couldn’t have therapy? Why, after I had been assaulted, was I only being offered pretrial counselling by rape crisis centres who were supposed to be there to help and support me?I started looking into the issue and found this was in the Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS) guidance notes. The rape crisis centres who work so hard, were just trying to protect me. To stop me getting help that, in the end, could harm me further. This all felt so wrong to me. Because I had reported what had happened to me I was not allowed proper mental health support. I have always been someone who speaks up about injustice, this time it was happening to me. So I decided to take action. I want to change the law so anyone who has been a victim of sexual assault or rape can get the proper therapy they deserve. That’s why I’m calling on Parliament to act. I have started the petition ‘Stop Counselling Notes Of Rape Survivors Being Used In Court.’ As soon as I shared it online it immediately became bigger than me. Within hours, I realised how many people this affected. I have received so many messages from others with similar stories. I have been saddened to hear from women who managed to get therapy, only to have their notes requested for court. I have also been heartbroken to hear from those who stopped having therapy to avoid that exact situation. Just last week the CPS released data showing the conviction rates are now at the lowest in a decade. This is even more heartbreaking, yet at the same time I am not surprised. I was constantly told by police my case was ‘positive’, meaning there was a good chance it would go to court. But, then the CPS dropped my case. No one disputed my version of events about what happened that night in my rented room. But, despite doing everything right, reporting the incident and then handing my phone over for months,having texts that said I didn’t want to have sex and him agreeing analysed, I knew it was my character that would be criticised and scrutinised. Since then, I have spent what feels like way too long lying in the bath. I have cried, felt devastated and tried to reconcile myself with the fact that the person who did this to me and derailed my life has got away with it. I have to do something. That’s why I’ve started the petition. Other survivors have tried before me but, unfortunately, they didn’t gain enough signatures. I need 10,000 signatures to get a response from the government. 20% of women in this country have experienced some form of sexual assault since the age of 16. This affects way more people than you realise.Please go to the Parliament website and add your signature to my campaign and help me change the law. The advice from the Met Police is to always report it if you have been the victim of rape or sexual assault, and there are many different ways you can do that.If you have experienced sexual violence of any kind and need help or support, please visit Rape Crisis or call 0808 802 9999. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?The Women Who Stay With Problematic MenE. Jean Carroll on Trump, Assault & AbstinenceWhy I Didn't Report It When I Was Raped

  • Elizabeth Hurley, 54, channels Daisy Duke in racy red bikini top, denim cut-offs: 'More gorgeous than any 25-year-old'

    The "hottest woman on the planet" is once again wowing fans with a sexy bikini photo shoot.

  • Trump Suggests That Congress Investigate Obama’s ‘Ridiculous Netflix Deal’

    President Donald Trump on Monday suggested that the House Judiciary Committee should redirect its efforts from questions about his own business operations and potential conflicts of interest to those of his predecessor, Barack Obama.“House Judiciary has given up on the Mueller Report, sadly for them after two years and $40,000,000 spent - ZERO COLLUSION, ZERO OBSTRUCTION. So they say, OK, lets look at everything else, and all of the deals that ‘Trump’ has done over his lifetime,” Trump tweeted. But it doesn’t….”“But it doesn’t…work that way. I have a better idea. Look at the Obama Book Deal, or the ridiculous Netflix deal. Then look at all the deals made by the Dems in Congress, the ‘Congressional Slush Fund,’ and lastly the IG Reports. Take a look at them. Those investigations would be over FAST!” he concluded.Also Read: Barack and Michelle Obama's Initial Netflix Slate Includes Nonfiction Series From 'Big Short' AuthorA White House representative did not immediately respond to request for comment on what aspect of Obama’s forthcoming book or his new Netflix partnership the president feels should be investigated.In addition, despite Trump’s assertion the House Judiciary Committee continues to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election. Last week the panel voted to seek former special counsel Robert Mueller’s most sensitive materials, including evidence and testimony from a grand jury, as part of its inquiry.A representative for the the former president and First Lady Michelle Obama did not immediately respond to a request for response.Last year, the Obamas announced a multiyear deal with Netflix to produce a diverse mix of content, including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries and features, under their Higher Ground Productions banner. The company’s first release, the documentary “American Factory,” began streaming last month.Read original story Trump Suggests That Congress Investigate Obama’s ‘Ridiculous Netflix Deal’ At TheWrap