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Nigerian Girls Raped By Boko Haram Are Now Raped By Nigerian Security Forces 'Protecting' Them

Falmata, 14, was abducted and raped repeatedly by Boko Haram fighters. Her trauma then continued in a camp for victims of the war. CreditAdam Ferguson for The New York Times

Falmata, 14, was abducted and raped repeatedly by Boko Haram fighters. Her trauma then continued in a camp for victims of the war. CreditAdam Ferguson for The New York Times

While my self-appointed Grade A feminist friends (note that I have been demoted) obsess with the injustice against the wonderful supporter of women Sen. Al Franken, who resigned yesterday, my own focus today is the dreadful lives of these poor Nigerian girls. (And beating Roy Moore in Alabama) First these innocent young girls were kidnapped from their schools and raped repeatedly for three years by Boko Haram terrorists. Many have babies. And now, having escaped to a Nigerian camp where they are supposed to be safe, these girls are being raped by the men who are supposed to protect them.

Al Franken is a fine, fine, fine man. But I object to him becoming the face of women's rights injustice against men, when women of every age are suffering around the world -- and here in America -- because we do not have body autonomy of ANY KIND. Life is not 'fair' for billions of people around the world. And it's not "fair" at all for these young women.

The ongoing story of these Nigerian girls is so very sad. And I don't know where it will end, and how we can help them grow and flourish when this nightmare is over. If ever. How do they ever believe in humanity again, after all this suffering!!! via The New York Times

Atlanta Mayor's Race Between Bottoms & Norwood Moves To Recount With Bottoms Leading By 800 Votes

Keisha Lance Bottoms at an election night watch party in Atlanta early Wednesday. Ms. Bottoms declared victory after a close mayoral race on Tuesday, but her opponent, Mary Norwood, said she would request a recount. CreditJohn Bazemore/Associated Press

Keisha Lance Bottoms at an election night watch party in Atlanta early Wednesday. Ms. Bottoms declared victory after a close mayoral race on Tuesday, but her opponent, Mary Norwood, said she would request a recount. CreditJohn Bazemore/Associated Press

For the second time in eight years, the leadership Atlanta, the South’s most influential city, is settling into a recount, writes The New York Times. 

Fewer than 800 votes separated Atlanta’s two candidates for mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood, after officials tallied more than 92,000 ballots that were cast in Tuesday's  runoff election. Ms. Norwood, seeking to become Atlanta’s first white mayor in more than 40 years, said she would ask for a recount once provisional and absentee ballots were counted this week.

Ms. Bottoms and her allies would not cede the moment of jubilation, declaring victory on Wednesday.

“This has been a very, very, very long campaign, but as we look ahead toward the future, I look forward to engaging with each of you, making sure that our city continues to move forward,” said Ms. Bottoms, who is a member of the City Council from Southwest Atlanta. “And for those who did not support me, I look forward to working with you as well because this is still a city for all of us.”

This is Ms. Norwood's second recount. In 2009, she sought a recount after trailing Kasim Reed, ultimately losing the race by 714 votes. A single vote changed in the final tally.

In a mayoral race that is formally nonpartisan, Bottoms made her political allegiance plain: She is a Democrat whose beliefs aligned with those of a growing city known as something of a Southern bastion for liberal politics. Norwood ran as an Independent, with Democrats insisting that she is a Republican who quietly embraced Karen Handel in the bitterly contested win against Jon Ossoff. The Times notes that policy differences between the two candidates were minimal. 

Six Democratic Women Senators Call On Franken To Resign Immediately

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In statements Wednesday, six of Franken's female Democratic colleagues — Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire, Patty Murray of Washington and Kamala Harris of California — pushed for him to step down. Murray is the third-ranking Senate Democrat and the highest ranking woman.

We wrote last week that the new accusation from a veteran was totally backing the women into a corner, especially Sen. Gillibrand. I called on Franken to resign that day, because no one person deserves center stage. That may sound unfair, but women have dealt with false accusations for years -- and we know the probability of false accusations varies from 2-8%. When a group of women come forward -- several of them Democrats -- the probability of false accusations dwindles to near zero. 

Gilliband said: “I have been shocked and disappointed to learn over the last few weeks that a colleague I am fond of personally has engaged in behavior towards women that is unacceptable,” Gillibrand wrote on Facebook of the allegations that Franken groped and forcibly kissed several women. “While Senator Franken is entitled to have the Ethics Committee conclude its review, I believe it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn’t acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve.”

A new accuser has come forth this am, claiming that Franken tried to forcibly kiss her in 2006.

Presently, two Democratic male senators -- Bob Casey of Pa and Sherrod Brown of Oh -- have joined the women, along with DNC Chair Tom Perez.