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Cyberflashing: Sending unwanted graphic nudes 'should be a standalone crime'

By Rick Kelsey
Newsbeat reporter

1 day ago

Sending unwanted graphic nude images to people without their consent should be a standalone crime, according to one of the UK's biggest dating apps.

In some cases perpetrators can be prosecuted for "cyberflashing" under voyeurism or sex offence laws.

But Bumble's campaign says making it a standalone offence would do more to stop people sending such content.

The Ministry of Justice has told Radio 1 Newsbeat that it's reviewing the law to reflect emerging crimes.

'No warning'

Renée Butler, 21, from Bristol, was cyberflashed by a friend of a friend.

She told Newsbeat it left her feeling violated.

"I wasn't replying to his messages... he sent me a video of him exposing himself on Instagram."

Renée, who works in insurance, decided against reporting the man to police but messaged his parents and sister on Facebook to tell them what happened.

She says she wouldn't have opened the message if she'd known what was in it.

"There was no warning, nothing, I didn't know what it was."

Some apps and sites blur incoming picture messages to protect users - but not all.

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A hospital worker has admitted murdering two women in 1987, and sexually abusing at least 100 female corpses, including children.

David Fuller, 67, of Heathfield, East Sussex, attacked Wendy Knell and Caroline Pierce in Tunbridge Wells.

On the fourth day of his murder trial at Maidstone Crown Court, Fuller changed his plea to guilty.

He previously admitted sexually abusing bodies in two Kent hospital morgues over 12 years.

Fuller had earlier admitted to killing the womensubject to "diminished responsibility", but denied murder.

Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb directed the jury to find him guilty on both counts of murder, after he was rearraigned.

Fuller previously admitted sexually abusing bodies in two Kent hospital morgues over 12 years.

Ahead of the trial he had pleaded guilty to 51 offences, including 44 charges relating to 78 identified victims in the two mortuaries where he worked as an electrician.

Ms Knell's family said in a statement that "it's good knowing he will not be in a position to hurt or cause any more pain".

A date for sentencing has yet to be set.

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On 10/17/2021 at 1:22 PM, Premi5 said:


Apparently, it's the next big thing. What is the metaverse?

13 hours ago
A woman wears augmented reality glasses in a dark room with white dotted lights in the backgroundIMAGE SOURCE,GETTY IMAGES

The metaverse is a concept being talked about as the next big thing by tech companies, marketers, and analysts.

It's attracting attention - and money - from some of of tech's biggest names, such as Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Epic Games' Tim Sweeney.

What is the metaverse?

To the outsider, it may look like a souped-up version of Virtual Reality (VR) - but some people think the metaverse could be the future of the internet.

In fact, the belief is that it could be to VR what the modern smartphone is to the first clunky mobile phones of the 1980s.

Instead of being on a computer, in the metaverse you might use a headset to enter a virtual world connecting all sorts of digital environments.

Unlike current VR, which is mostly used for gaming, this virtual world could be used for practically anything - work, play, concerts, cinema trips - or just hanging out.

Most people envision that you would have a 3D avatar - a representation of yourself - as you use it.

But because it's still just an idea, there's no single agreed definition of the metaverse.

Why is it suddenly a big thing?

Hype about digital worlds and augmented reality pops up every few years, but usually dies away.

However, there is a huge amount of excitement about the metaverse among wealthy investors and big tech firms, and no-one wants to be left behind if it turns out to be the future of the internet.

There's also a feeling that for the first time, the technology is nearly there, with advancements in VR gaming and connectivity coming close to what might be needed.

Why is Facebook involved?

It's invested heavily in virtual reality through its Oculus headsets, making them cheaper than rivals - perhaps even at a loss, according to some analysts.

It's also building VR apps for social hangouts and for the workplace, including ones that interact with the real world.

A red-haired woman wears the Oculus Quest 2 headset in white, holding two controllersIMAGE SOURCE,OCULUS
Image caption,The Oculus Quest 2 is one of the most recent VR headsets

Despite its history of buying up rivals, Facebook claims the metaverse "won't be built overnight by a single company" and has promised to collaborate.

It has recently invested $50m (£36.3m) in funding non-profit groups to help "build the metaverse responsibly".

But it thinks the true metaverse idea will take another 10 to 15 years.

Who else is interested in the metaverse?

Mr Sweeney, the head of Epic Games (which makes Fortnite), has long spoken about his metaverse aspirations.

Online multiplayer games have had shared interactive worlds going back decades. They are not the metaverse, but have some ideas in common.

In recent years Fortnite expanded its product, hosting concerts, brand events, and more inside its own digital world. That impressed many with what was possible - and thrust Mr Sweeney's vision of the metaverse into the spotlight.

Other games are getting closer to a metaverse idea, too. Roblox, for example, is a platform for thousands of individual games connected to the larger ecosystem.

Meanwhile, Unity, a 3D development platform, is investing in "digital twins" - digital copies of the real world - and the graphics company Nvidia is building its "Omniverse", which it describes as a platform for connecting 3D virtual worlds.

So is it all about games?

No. Even though there are so many ideas about what the metaverse might be, most visions see social human interaction as the core.

Facebook, for example, has been experimenting with a VR meetings app called Workplace, and a social space called Horizons, both of which use their virtual avatar systems.

Virtual avatars at a meeting in Facebook WorkplaceIMAGE SOURCE,REUTERS
Image caption,Facebook workplace imagines VR meetings in which people can still use their real-world computers at the same time

Another VR app, VRChat, is entirely focused around hanging out online and chatting - with no goal or purpose other than exploring environments and meeting people.

Other applications may be waiting out there, ready to be discovered.

Mr Sweeney recently told the Washington Post that he envisions a world where a car manufacturer trying to advertise a new model is "going to drop their car into the world in real time and you'll be able to drive it around".

Perhaps when you go online shopping, you'll try on digital clothes first, and then order them to arrive in the real world.

Does the technology exist yet?

VR has come a long way in recent years, with high-end headsets which can trick the human eye into seeing in 3D as the player moves around a virtual world. It has become more mainstream, too - the Oculus Quest 2 VR gaming headset was a popular Christmas gift in 2020.

The explosion of interest in NFTs, which may provide a way to reliably track ownership of digital goods, could point to how a virtual economy would work.

And more advanced digital worlds will need better, more consistent, and more mobile connectivity - something that might be solved with the rollout of 5G.

For now, though, everything is in the early stages. The evolution of the metaverse - if it happens at all - will be fought among tech giants for the next decade, or maybe even longer.

"In Hebrew, *Meta* means *Dead*



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Fury as Amazon plans to list incontinence-treating pelvic floor wands and Kegel weights as SEX TOYS

  • Pelvic devices are used to treat pain, prolapse, incontinence, and improve sex
  • 'Wands' and Kegel weights could be branded sex toys under the Amazon change
  • One in three people are said to suffer a pelvic floor issue sometime in their life 
  • Amazon calling the gadgets sex toys could put some off using them, experts say


PUBLISHED: 11:02, 5 November 2021 | UPDATED: 11:26, 5 November 2021


Amazon is planning to list pelvic floor wands, Kegel weights and similar devices women use to treat incontinence as sex toys, it emerged today.

Charities have slammed the online giant's move as 'absurd' and 'insulting', saying it could put thousands off seeking help for the common problem.

Manufacturers say they have been told Amazon will group pelvic floor gadgets in the same category as dildos and sex dolls from November 15, limiting them to its 'adults only' section.   

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Roberts Buncis murder: Marcel Grzeszcz, 15, sentenced for killing

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Roberts Buncis, pictured with his fatherIMAGE SOURCE,FAMILY PHOTO
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Roberts Buncis, pictured with his father Edgars, was found dead in the Fishtoft area of Boston in December

A teenage boy who killed his 12-year-old friend in a frenzied attack after luring him to a woodland has been sentenced for murder.

Roberts Buncis was stabbed more than 70 times in the "brutal and prolonged" assault in Boston, Lincolnshire, just days before his 13th birthday.

Jurors at Lincoln Crown Court heard Roberts' wounds were "consistent with an attempt to remove the head".

Marcel Grzeszcz, 15, was ordered to serve a minimum term of 17 years.

Jurors took less than two hours to convict Grzeszcz, who was 14 at the time of the attack in the Fishtoft area on 12 December 2020.

Greszcz, who can be named in reports for the first time after anonymity restrictions were lifted, persuaded Roberts to meet by offering him £50 to sell cannabis.

During the trial he insisted he had acted in self-defence and had "lost control" when Roberts, whom he accused of bringing a knife to the scene, tried to stab him.

Prosecutor Mary Loram QC told the court there was no evidence Roberts had been armed, and the attack showed a "significant degree of pre-meditation and planning".

The number of injuries and significant suffering suggested Robert's death was "more a than a simple stabbing," she said.

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Marcel Grzeszcz, who can now be identified after reporting restrictions were lifted, will be detained for at least 17 years

Mr Justice Baker, sentencing, rejected Grzeszcz's claim about the knife and said he had not yet shown "any true remorse".

During the "savage and brutal attack" on Roberts, he said, the defendant had made "a determined effort to remove his head before leaving his body for others to find".

After the killing, the judge said, Grzeszcz made attempts to conceal the crime and dispose of evidence by burning his clothing and sending messages claiming he never met Roberts on the night he was killed.

The judge warned Grzeszcz he may never be released.

Police car in Woodthorpe Avenue
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Roberts Buncis was found dead in woodland in the Fishtoft area of Boston, Lincolnshire

In a statement read to the court, Roberts' father Edgars Buncis said he felt "empty" after his son's murder.

"This is all wrong. No father should have to bury his son," he said.

"Nothing is a reason for this. I have lost my destination, and my purpose. My life is in a cemetery."

Speaking after the sentencing, Det Ch Insp Richard Myszczyszyn said the "utterly senseless" killing would be "remembered by officers and staff as one of the worst and saddest cases we have ever dealt with".

"The level of violence, and that it involved children, makes it almost incomprehensible," he said.

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Married lesbian couple launch discrimination action against NHS



Exclusive: Social media stars ‘Wegan’ say branch of NHS’s fertility sector in England discriminates against LGBT+ families


Megan (left) and Whitney Bacon-Evans launched a legal action against the NHS’s Frimley clinical commissioning group.Megan (left) and Whitney Bacon-Evans launched a legal action against the NHS’s Frimley clinical commissioning group.

Alice Hutton
Sun 7 Nov 2021 15.12 GMT


A married lesbian couple are launching a landmark legal test case against a branch of the NHS fertility sector in England, claiming it discriminates against LGBT+ families.

Influencers Megan Bacon-Evans, 34, and her wife Whitney, 33, from Windsor in Berkshire, have accused their clinical commissioning group (CCG), Frimley, of penalising them financially because of their sexuality.


The couple, known to their 220,000 followers across YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok as “Wegan”, shot to fame as bloggers and LGBT+ role models in 2009, featuring on the BBC’s Britain’s Relationship Secrets documentary and the reality bridal show Say Yes to the Dress.

They started a petition for equal treatment in November last year after being “shocked and devastated” at the barriers to starting their family under the current rules, which are often dubbed a “gay tax”.......

On Monday, the campaigning legal firm Leigh Day, backed by Stonewall UK and the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), will apply for a judicial review on behalf of the couple claiming discrimination under the Equality Act and articles eight and 14 of the European convention on human rights, in what could become a major test of the NHS’s treatment of LGBT+ families.

If permission is granted, the case could be heard as soon as January in the high court’s administrative division.

The couple, who have been married for four years, have so far spent £8,000 on donor sperm and mandatory pre-insemination tests. They have also launched a £10,000 fundraiser to cover potential legal fees, and called for support from the LGBT+ community.

Megan Bacon-Evans said: “We’re doing this for every LGBT+ couple who had to give up on their hopes and dreams of creating a family. It’s time for discrimination to end and for there to be equal treatment with heterosexual couples in the healthcare system.”

Anna Dews, of Leigh Day, told the Guardian that if the review was successful it could set a “powerful” precedent to challenge similar “unlawful” policies across the UK.

“Fertility equality” campaigners claim healthcare policies penalise individuals from LGBT+ and low-income backgrounds, forcing many into debt or dangerous, unregulated online deals with men, risking sexual assault, disease and custody battles.

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