Four Apple Store employees in Australia were fired when a聽women-rating 鈥済ame鈥 ring they had was discovered by fellow employees. In the wake of disturbing news聽of Trump鈥檚 comments on聽assaulting women, this news is disheartening, to say the least. Trump鈥檚 2005 comments recorded聽on a hot mic, which he later dismissed as 鈥渓ocker room talk,鈥 have been disparaged by professional athletes,聽and yesterday, the聽FLOTUS also gave a powerful speech (so good, if you haven鈥檛 watched it yet!) on the subject. It seems the聽only聽good thing that鈥檚 come of the situation is that it has people talking about sexual violence.

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The four Apple Store employees in Queensland, Australia were聽caught secretly photographing and rating women who came to the store. These women included customers and even fellow employees.聽According to聽Courier-Mail, an Apple staff member gave a statement saying that聽鈥渙ne person would take a photo and add it to [a group聽chat] and others would give the person or their butt or their boobs a rating out of 10.鈥 Disgusting.

Thankfully, the store fired the employees in question, and Apple鈥檚 HR has issued the following statement:聽鈥淲e are investigating a violation of Apple鈥檚 business conduct policy at our store in Carindale, where several employees have already been terminated as a result of our findings. Based on our investigation thus far, we have seen no evidence that customer data or photos were inappropriately transferred or that anyone was photographed by these former employees. We have met with our store team to let them know about the investigation and inform them about the steps Apple is taking to protect their privacy. Apple believes in treating everyone equally and with respect, and we do not tolerate behavior that goes against our values.鈥

While Donald聽Trump is at the forefront of this discussion regarding assault against women 鈥 and rightfully so, since he鈥檚 running for the office of the聽president 鈥 this recent Apple Store news聽is聽a sickening reminder that聽sexual violence against women is a pervasive problem worldwide.

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