Tag Archives: sexual violence

SF businesses continue to weigh their involvement with Four Barrel

Last Thursday, Grand Coffee owner Nabeel Silmi purchased an order of 60 pounds of roasted coffee from Four Barrel. A day later, the Chronicle reported that Four Barrel’s owner, Jeremy Tooker, was being accused of sexual harassment by eight women in a lawsuit filed the same day. Now, after seven years of doing business with the coffee roaster, Silmi says...

SF Four Barrel suspends business following sexual harassment allegations against founder

Four Barrel Coffee suspended business this weekend following sexual harassment allegations by eight women against the coffee company’s owner, Jeremy Tooker, that were revealed Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, the Valencia store sat locked and dormant with a note taped to its door: “We are closed today, taking care of each other,” the note reads. “You’ll hear from us soon.”...

Four Barrel sexual harassment allegations spook some customers and employees

On Friday afternoon a pall had been cast over Four Barrel Coffee, where employees and customers expressed varying degrees of disappointment and wariness upon hearing that former employees of the coffee roaster had accused its founder of sexual assault. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the story Friday afternoon. The lawsuit, filed Friday in San Francisco Superior Court, alleges that...

12th Annual Walk Against Rape returns to the Mission this Saturday

April is sexual assault awareness month, and for the 12th consecutive year, community members will be gathering at the Women’s Building at 3543 18th St. this Saturday to raise awareness of rape and sexual violence. The annual Walk Against Rape is organized by San Francisco Women Against Rape, a volunteer-based rape counseling center that provides crisis services including a 24-hour hotline and medical, legal...
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Suspect Convicted in Mission District Sexual Assault

A jury has found a 39-year-old man guilty of sexually assaulting an unconscious person, the District Attorney announced today. The assault took place at the defendant’s apartment near 22nd Street, after the two met at Revolution Café at 9 p.m. on April 14 along with two others. The group left after the café closed at midnight and went to the defendant’s apartment half a block away, where the victim lost consciousness,...

Human Trafficker Found Guilty of Pimping Minors in SF

The District Attorney’s office announced Thursday that Jamar Geeter, 28, was found guilty of 16 felonies on Wednesday including human trafficking, rape and pimping. Two minors who were trafficked into prostitution in 2014 and 2015 –at times forced to solicit customers on Capp Street in the Mission – have ended a year-long human investigation by testifying against the man who raped and trafficked them. Geeter will be sentenced...

Mission Women Join One Billion Rising Against Gender Based Violence

Women and girls from Mission nonprofits met at the Women’s Building Friday evening to join in the international movement “One Billion Rising,” and to accept a proclamation honoring local organizations from state senator Mark Leno.   The name “One Billion Rising” is drawn from the statistic that one in three women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime, an estimate...

Another Porn Actress Alleges Abuse by James Deen at SF Mission’s Kink Building

A second porn actress alleges that she was sexually assaulted by co-star and porn celebrity James Deen at the Mission’s Kink Castle, and accused the BDSM porn studio of deleting her complaint about the incident from a online Kink.com forum. Yesterday, Nicki Blue joined the ranks of now eight women who have publicly accused Deen of purposely violating the boundaries of his female costars – some of these violations, the women say,  include sexual assault, physical violence and...

SF Mission’s Kink Cuts Ties with Performer Accused of Rape

Following allegations by three different adult performers accusing James Deen of sexual assault, one of which allegedly occurred at Mission-based porn producer Kink.com, the company decided this morning to end its professional relationship with the porn star. “We are ending our relationship with Deen – obviously, consent is key for us,” said Michael Stabile, a spokesperson for the fetish video studio, located inside of the the...

Sex Crimes Omitted in SF Reports to the Media

This is the second part of a two-part series exploring what happens after victims of sexual battery report an incident to police. You can read Part 1 here. Margot Kenney was followed to her home by a stranger and groped. The man fled when she shouted and fought back. Jennifer Tickes was snatched from a Mission street one morning last...

Sexual Battery Victims Frustrated At Police Response

After Margot Kenney was followed to her home and groped last year, she immediately called the police. And then, she waited. It took weeks, she said, to finally hear from the investigator assigned to her case. When he spoke with her, she offered suggestions of where to look for video footage. Weeks later, he still had not collected new footage or...

Women Fed Up With Assaults, Fight Back, Speak Out

Two women were sexually assaulted this weekend, within two blocks and about an hour of one another. Their cases are exceptions in the narrative of sexual assault: Both women were accosted from behind by strangers with whom they had had no contact before. But more importantly, both women chose to speak out about their experience. Margot Kenney, the first of...

Harassment on Muni and BART? Oh Yes

BART and Muni records of catcalling, groping, rape and other types of sexual harassment on stations and vehicles indicate that this public nuisance is rare. Only 12 incidents have been recorded in the past two years. BART’s numbers are even more impressive, with no incidents whatsoever in the Mission since 2012, and only 20 incidents in all of San Francisco....

An Immigrant Woman’s Nightmare Journey Into Post-Traumatic Stress

Cristina often found herself wandering the streets of the Mission District for hours, without direction, contemplating suicide. “I just wanted to be alone,” she said — so much so that when she saw her son or husband looking for her, she would hide in the bushes. Doing that brought back memories of the year before, when she jumped into some...

Girlfriend Calls Dozier Her “Knight in Shining Armor”

The evidence portion of the trial of Frederick Dozier Jr. ended today with Tanisha Carthen, Dozier’s girlfriend of eight years, called to the stand to testify in his defense. Dozier, 32, is charged with sexually assaulting three women along the 24th Street corridor last year. Carthen was the last witness called by Greg Goldman, Dozier’s public defender. When asked to...