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A 14-Year-Old Was Reportedly Driven To Suicide After She Was Humiliated At Her Own School For Having Her Period

A 14-year-old Kenyan girl killed herself after being period shamed by a teacher when she did not have access to a pad. The tragedy has caused unrest in Kenya, unifying women Parliament members to end period stigma, causing parents to mobilize, and launching a formal investigation into the girl’s death. Period shame around the world is an oppressive force that undermines bodily autonomy, education, and personal freedoms for girls and nonbinary people by stigmatizing a basic body function.

According to the United Nations Population Fund report on Menstrual Health Management in East and Southern Africa, “Studies from Kenya find that schoolgirls engage in transactional sex to pay for menstrual products, particularly for the younger, uneducated, economically dependent girls.” 

In the United States, a survey of 1500 women and 500 men by THINX revealed that 58 percent of women felt a sense of embarrassment for simply being on their period and 42 percent said they had been explicitly period shamed.

While Kenya has recently taken steps to make sanitary napkins more accessible at schools, this structural failure has led to a tragic loss. 

Period shaming can have tragic consequences. 

A 14-year-old Kenyan girl started her period for the very first time while at middle school in Bomet County, Kenya. When she couldn’t obtain a pad, the girl began to bleed through her school uniform. Unable to concentrate, due to the incident, she asked for help. Then her teacher berated her in class, calling her “dirty” for staining her clothes. 

Forced to leave the classroom, she walked home. After telling her mother what happened, she said she was going to go fetch water, but instead, she killed herself. According to a local Kenyan newspaper Daily Nation, Konoin Sub-County Police Commander Alex Shikondi said that officers took the girl’s body to a nearby hospital. 

“When police arrived at the scene, they found the girl had committed suicide… and the body was moved to Kapkatet Hospital mortuary,” said Commander Alex Shikondi.

Parents want answers.

The girl’s mother, Beatrice Koech, spoke to Daily Nation about what happened. She claimed her daughter believed the female teacher would be an ally to her, and help her understand what was happening. Instead, her daughter was shamed in front of the classroom. 

“She had nothing to use as a pad,” Koech told the newspaper. “When the blood stained her clothes, she was told to leave the classroom and stand outside.”

Koech reported the incident to police, but after four days of inaction, parents stormed the school in protest. Parents wanted to know why the teacher shamed the 14-year-old. Police threw tear gas canisters at the parents who were blocking the road to the school. Officers arrested five demonstrators. The school was closed and students were sent home. 

Basic Education Act of 2017

Kenya passed the Basic Education of 2017, which makes access to menstrual napkins mandatory in public schools across the country. Pads in public schools are not a mere luxury, the necessary product is inaccessible to many in the region. Just last year, the capital of Kenya itself was hit with a tampon shortage when there was massive Kotex recall in Nairobi due to a malfunctioning batch.

When a person has their period and no sanitary napkins or tampons, they are more likely to stay home from school. This can have negative effects on girls’ and nonbinary folks’ education and self-esteem, often making children feel like a burden. 

“The cost of menstrual products may also contribute to the perception that daughters are economically burdensome,” according to the United Nations

School is often the only place where students can get pads, which is why the Basic Education Act is great. Nevertheless, many schools have still not implemented the program or have been skipped over. 

Kenyans want justice.

According to BuzzFeed, “An organization called One Dollar for Life, which makes and distributes reusable pads to girls across Kenya, has ramped up its outreach in light of the girl’s death last week. Program manager Brenda Birrell told BuzzFeed News via email that the group plans to hand out 1,000 reusable pad kits — which also contain information about self-defense, female biology, and feminine hygiene — over the next two months.”

Women members of Kenyan’s Parliament occupied the Ministry of Education to pressure a police investigation. After parents and lawmakers held their ground, the police finally launched a formal investigation into the girl’s death.

“What must she be going through in her life to have that be her reaction?” Megan White Mukuria, whose organization ZanaAfrica Foundation provides pads and reproductive education to girls, told BuzzFeed. 

“The reality for a lot of women can be very difficult. [Maybe] her cup has not been filled, and her rights have not been taught to her.”

A Recent Poll Says More Than Half Of Women Could Not Identify The Vagina On A Diagram

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A Recent Poll Says More Than Half Of Women Could Not Identify The Vagina On A Diagram

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Museums, by definition, are institutions that conserve collections of objects and artifacts of artistic, cultural, historical, or scientific significance. Of course, this significance is almost always influenced by a museum’s location—the Dalí Theatre-Museum surely belongs in the town of Figuieres, Spain, where Dalí lived and died, and the Blue House is the only place that could adequately capture the lives of Frida and Diego. It’s true that traveling exhibits can bring new knowledge to museums around the world, but a museum’s permanent installations are what really define its impact. As more than half the planet’s population possesses a vagina, the new Vagina Museum in London’s Camden Market is no exception. With its educational posters, sculptures, and feminist-focused gift shop, it boasts content of truly universal (and gynecological) importance.

Fueled by a goal to end stigma, support reproductive justice and promote public health initiatives, London’s Vagina Museum is the first of its kind.

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Unlike Reykjavik’s famous Phallological Museum—a space densely packed with nearly 300 penile specimens from local animals—the Vagina Museum focuses on disseminating information, rather than putting biological samples on display. Even so, visitors might expect the Vagina Museum to resemble a sex museum (which, no joke, exist all over the world, from New York to Amsterdam to Barcelona), showing examples of early pornography or ancient Stone Age dildos. But in lieu of tangible collections, the Vagina Museum is dominated by its first exhibition, Muff Busters: Vagina Myths and How to Fight Them, comprised mostly of informational panels that address and shatter long-held myths about vaginal health.

“The anatomy has such complex politics around it that we found it was best to first engage people through what they know, so we can teach them things they don’t know,” said Sarah Creed, the museum’s curator, to The New York Times. “We can talk about cold, hard facts all we want, but that’s not going to change people’s minds. It’s all about unpacking social constructs and changing perspective through engagement.”

While the space itself is quite small, Florence Schechter, the museum’s founder and director, takes advantage of the museum’s intimate atmosphere to fully realize this intention. A single room with exposed brick and wood floors, the museum feels comfortable and safe, inviting people—of all genders, sexes, and ages—to enter and learn about the nuances of the female anatomy (a subject that is still widely and unnecessarily taboo). To Schechter, this information is of particular importance to visitors who themselves possess this anatomy.


“According to a recent poll, more than half the women couldn’t identify the vagina on a diagram,” she said to The Daily Beast.

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3-D drawings and sculptures serve as original, customized extensions of the information on the posters, helping to distill and demonstrate the educational content hanging from the walls. Schechter emphasizes the necessity of these creative renderings, affirming that her museum is not rooted in the questionable, largely patriarchal tradition of “steal[ing] some stuff from Africa, put[ting] it in a building, and pretend[ing] it’s a really good thing”—to Schechter, the Vagina Museum is about connecting with its visitors in a way that is current and relevant, focusing instead on “sharing a particular story.”

With her plan to run two exhibitions per year, covering everything from human cervical health to reproduction in the animal kingdom, Schechter intends to take full advantage of this new brick-and-mortar space. On its very first day, the museum drew large, eager crowds, which seems to bode well for the museum’s future.

The Vagina Museum currently has a two-year lease on its Camden Market property, with plans to expand when the contract ends in 2021.

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“The ultimate goal is to build a permanent museum, but that takes a lot of time and resources. This is like our starter home,” Schechter told the New York Times. The Vagina Museum team has expressed surprise at the public’s positive reception, though they’ve also conceded that the internet has been difficult to navigate. 

“Algorithms are set to assume that anything with the word ‘vagina’ in it is adult content or porn,” said Development and Marketing Manager, Zoe Williams. “Our emails go to spam and our online ads get rejected, and it’s all because of stigma.” The hope is that by challenging this stigma with its educational approach, the museum—and other emergent institutions that are sure to crop up in its wake—will not continue to face this sort of issue in the future.

Fortunately, word of the Vagina Museum has spread organically, and people have continued to flock there in pursuit of knowledge, support, and camaraderie. 

“I would like people to leave the Vagina Museum knowing that there’s nothing to be ashamed of,” said Schechter. “I want to get rid of the stigma, so we can start making progress towards equal rights and protecting women around the world.”  

A Mother Discovered Videos Of Her Missing 15-Year-Old Daughter On The Adult Site PornHub

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A Mother Discovered Videos Of Her Missing 15-Year-Old Daughter On The Adult Site PornHub

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A Florida man was arrested following a mother’s discovery of videos that show him and her 15-year-old daughter, who had been missing for a year, engaging in sexual acts, police say. 

According to NBC, 30-year-old Christopher Johnson was taken into police custody and charged with lewd and lascivious battery of a child under 16. Authorities also found the girl with him in the car where Johnson was apprehended. The girl was reported missing in December 2018 after leaving her home in Sunrise, Florida at around 3 AM. 

Police were unable to track down the girl until her mother contacted authorities with a tip after discovering sexually explicit images and videoes of the missing teen on Porhub, SnapChat and Periscope. 

The teen was spotted two months after she was missing, but the lead went nowhere.

The girl was seen at a convenience store with two men according to a tip police received in February. Surveillance video showed the teenager covering her face and after realizing the store clerk recognized her. The clerk told police that she and the two men left in a black Dodge Challenger. However, without the license plate they couldn’t find the vehicle. 

Only now did authorities discover that one of the two men at the store with her was Johnson. 

The girl’s mother sends in a second tip to the police.  

A Davie Police affidavit indicated the mother contacted authorities on September 3 regarding the discovery of images of her daughter. In the videos, the teen performs sexual acts with two adult males. Around 58 videos of the 15-year-old girl were shared online. 

During the investigation, police determined that Johnson was one of the males involved in the videos. 

Police track down Christopher Johnson.

After getting a license plate for the black Dodge Challenger when it was spotted at a different store in the area, police were able to trace it back to Johnson. Authorities began to keep Johnson’s apartment under close surveillance before making the arrest. 

“Surveillance was conducted on this address by several detectives,” the police department said. 

Police then apprehended Johnson when she and the girl were getting into the car. Johnson denied having sex with the girl. However, according to FOX 32,  Detective Adam Granit wrote in his police report, “the victim stated that she got pregnant from the defendant and he took her to the clinic to have an abortion.”

According to NBC, during a search of Johnson’s apartment detectives uncovered paperwork from an abortion clinic. The girl, whose identity is anonymous because she is a minor, told authorities that all of the sexual videos were filmed on her cellphone in Johnson’s apartment. She also told police that Johnson got her pregnant and took her to an abortion clinic to terminate the pregnancy. 

Johnson is being held on a $75,000 in Broward Main Jail in Fort Lauderdale. 

Many of the women in crowdsourced pornography websites are sex trafficked. 

According to Fight The New Drug, the United States is a major source of sex trafficking in the world. Anyone who watches pornography on a website with user-generated content has probably seen a victim of sex trafficking. 

“Sometimes, pornographic images and videos are fringe “products” from victims being sold for sex. Sometimes, recruiters specifically use force, fraud, or coercion to ensnare vulnerable or unsuspecting people into performing sex acts on camera.” 

According to Rescue:Freedom, in the nine countries surveyed, 49 percent of sexually exploited women say pornographic videos of them were made while they were being sold for sex.

Just this month the owners of the website GirlsDoPorn were charged with sex trafficking by the FBI after discovering the men tricked women into appearing in pornographic videos. The website made $17 million off of the scheme. Many of the victims’ videos were also discovered on PornHub. 

The owners used a bait and switch method of promising college students they would do modeling only form them to discover the modeling gig was pornography. 

“They agreed to participate anyway, federal authorities claim in court documents, because of a promise that the videos were being created exclusively for private collectors or DVDs sold abroad and would never be posted online,” according to the Washington Post.

“The women say they were horrified to find out their shoots were online; many were harassed or ostracized as a result. At least one was disowned by her family, according to the FBI.”

However, the FBI discovered that it was a lie. Moreover, the women were often coerced threatened with legal action if they didn’t perform sexual acts, were prevented from leaving the shoots, and sometimes forcibly sexual assaulted.  Thus, one mother’s discovery highlights a damning truth about pornographic websites.