Category Archives: Acts of Violence

Research Resource: Gender Jurisprudence Collections at American University

Earlier this semester, the War Crimes Research Office and the Women and International Law Program at American University Washington College of Law announced the launch of the Gender Jurisprudence Collections (GJC).  Here is an excerpt from the school’s press release: … Continue reading

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Placing Topeka’s Possible Decriminalization of Misdemeanor Domestic Battery in Historical Context

After my previous post on the possibility of Topeka decriminalizing misdemeanor domestic battery, I decided to do some research to see if there is any historical precedent for such an action. It turns out that there is (sort of). In … Continue reading

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Topeka City Council to Vote on Measure to Decriminalize Misdemeanor Domestic Battery

Here are some excerpts from the article, Suspected domestic abusers go free as Topeka city, council officials bicker over funds: A bitter argument over money in Topeka, Kan., means that city and county authorities have neglected to prosecute or charge … Continue reading

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Does an Aggravating Factor Based on “a Difference in the Sexes of the Victim and the Defendant” Violate Equal Protection?

Following up on my previous post, here is another interesting case in a similar vein: State v. Wright, 563 S.E.2d 311 (S.C. 2002). In Wright, Todd Wright was convicted of criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. One of … Continue reading

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Does a Law Punishing More Severely a Male’s Assault of a Female Violate Equal Protection?

Eugene Volokh has an interesting post up over at The Volokh Conspiracy. The post discusses G.S. § 14-33(c)(2), which provides that Unless the conduct is covered under some other provision of law providing greater punishment, any person who commits any assault, … Continue reading

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Victim Blaming NYPD Style in Park Slope, Brooklyn

In the wake of several recent sexual assaults in Park Slope, Brooklyn, the NYPD has been handing out some advice to local residents: Note to women in the South Park Slope and surrounding Brooklyn: You might want to think twice … Continue reading

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Unimpeachable: 7th Circuit Finds Evidence That Sauna Was Used as Place Of Prostitution Inadmissible Under Rape Shield Rule

Like all states, Wisconsin has a rape shield rule. Under Wisconsin’s rule, WIS. STAT. Section 972.11(2)(b), in civil and criminal cases involving alleged sex crimes, any evidence concerning the complaining witness’s prior sexual conduct or opinions of the witness’s prior … Continue reading

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“Open Letter from Black Women to the SlutWalk”

Black Women’s Blueprint has posted to Facebook (here) and its blog (here) this “Open Letter from Black Women to the SlutWalk”: We the undersigned women of African descent and anti-violence advocates, activists, scholars, organizational and spiritual leaders wish to address … Continue reading

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A Private Matter?: Military Court Opinion Reveals Problem With Military Rape Shield Rule

Federal Rule of Evidence 412(a), the federal Rape Shield Rule, provides that evidence of an alleged victim’s sexual predisposition or other sexual behavior is inadmissible to establish her propensity to consent to sexual acts and her conformity with that propensity, … Continue reading

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Feminist Law Prof Carrie Bettinger-Lopez and Miami Human Rights Clinic Win Big Women’s Rights Case Before Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

From Froomkinland: U. Miami lawyers from our new Human Rights Clinic won a major moral victory for their client Jessica Lenahan (formerly formerly Jessica Gonzales) in a decision announcedtoday July 21, 2011 by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Jessica Lenahan (Gonzales) v. United … Continue reading

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Mészáros on “Young People Raping and Taping”

József Mészáros has posted to SSRN a working draft of his paper The New Pornographers: Neuroscience Justifies a Robust Regulatory Response to Young People Raping and Taping.  Here is the abstract: An increase in the occurrence of young men participating … Continue reading

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SlutWalk, Women, Talk! Taking Back Public Spaces

Some people are prone to draw a sharp line between sexually-tinged remarks and actual sexual assault. And yes, there is a huge difference. But such remarks are along the spectrum of harmful behaviors, and because they are too often deemed … Continue reading

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Forgiving Oneself Before Forgiving the Abuser: Healing and Domestic Violence

Justice without forgiveness?  Forgiveness without justice?  Considering these questions in the context of domestic violence, to my mind, at least, both questions focus on the ability of the so called “bad actor” to receive or achieve forgiveness.  But victims need … Continue reading

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Everything But The Girl: Northern District Of Indiana Opinion Sharpens Split Over Nature Of Affirmative Defense In Single-Instance Harassment Cases

An employer is subject to vicarious liability to a victimized employee for an actionable hostile environment created by a supervisor with immediate (or successively higher) authority over the employee. When no tangible employment action is taken, a defending employer may … Continue reading

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Are Up to 80% of All Men “Buyers of Sex”? Please Let the Answer Be No

From Newsweek, this article, “The John Next Door“: Men of all ages, races, religions, and backgrounds do it. Rich men do it, and poor men do it, in forms so varied and ubiquitous that they can be summoned at a … Continue reading

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Drawing Attention to Date Rape Drug Cases

In a column in today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. -Tony Infanti

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Gettin’ (Un)Lucky in Kentucky: Court of Appeals of Kentucky Finds Trial Court Erred in Excluding Evidence That Alleged Victim Was a “Crack Whore”

Assume that a defendant is on trial for sexually assaulting a victim. And, assume that the defendant’s defense is, essentially, that the alleged victim is a “crack whore.” Should the defendant be able to present evidence of the alleged victim’s … Continue reading

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Correlation is not Causation

Why, why, why do people continue to ignore this simple rule–including people who presumably know better but who invoke a correlation as a lazy rhetorical device? In The Atlantic this month, neuroscientist David Eagleman writes about biological bases for criminal … Continue reading

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Once a Bully, Always a Bully

From Reuters (here): U.S. scientists have found that boys who are bullies in the schoolyard are at increased risk of abusing their partner later in life. According to the study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, the … Continue reading

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Janell Hobson on Rihanna’s New Video

Over at the Ms. Magazine blog, Janell Hobson writes about the reaction to Rihanna’s video for her new song, “Man Down.”  Here is an excerpt from Professor Hobson’s commentary: While certain groups may be shocked at the image of yet … Continue reading

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Another Attack On Hotel Staff Member Results In Suspension Of Supervisor, Agreement To Provide “Panic Buttons”

The Hotel Pierre, site of another reported sexual attack on an employee, has suspended a housekeeping because that person apparently only entered the report into a logbook. A manager saw the report the next morning and called highers-up, who then … Continue reading

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“An estimated 100,000 to 300,000 American-born children are sold for sex each year. The escalating numbers have prompted national initiatives by the F.B.I. and other law enforcement agencies, and new or pending legislation in more than a dozen states, most recently Georgia, which enacted a toughened human trafficking law this month.”

That’s a sentence pulled from this NYT article.

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SlutWalks All Over the World

This article in the UK Guardian explains the recent history behind the SlutWalk, an in-the-streets form of women’s activism that also uses social networking sites to organize and mobilize: When a police officer from Toronto went on a routine visit … Continue reading

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Exception(al) Opinion: Supreme Court of Montana Opinion Might Mean Montana Has Broadest Abuse Exception to Court-Ordered Mediation

Mediation in child custody determinations is popular, partly due to the mediation principle of neutrality, which theoretically gives both parents an equal chance at a fair allocation of parenting time. However, not all divorce cases are appropriate for mediation. In severe cases of intimate partner violence there are … Continue reading

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Charges in the Tyler Clementi Case

From the Chronicle: A former freshman at Rutgers University at New Brunswick who allegedly used a hidden Web camera to broadcast his roommate’s sexual encounter with another man was indicted on Wednesday on 15 counts in a case that drew … Continue reading

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New Documentary on Women, War, Family and the Democratic Republic of Congo

Women Make Movies is distributing a new documentary film by Beth Davenport and Elizabeth Mandel.  Here is the description of “Pushing the Elephant“: In the late 1990s, Rose Mapendo lost her family and home to the violence that engulfed the … Continue reading

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Rodriguez and Elchahal, “Violence Against Women Still a Problem”

Miraisy Rodriguez (far left) and Farrah Elchahal (left), two great students in Professor Caroline Bettinger Lopez’s Human Rights Clinic at the University of Miami, published this op-ed in today’s Miami Herald: Eleven years ago, Jessica Lenahan’s three daughters were kidnapped and … Continue reading

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(Non)Consenting Adults: Illinois Opinion Finds Adultery Is Serious Provocation, Sexual Assault Is Not

I’m currently teaching 2nd degree murder in my Criminal Law class and was looking for a good Illinois case on the subject. In Illinois, a defendant who could otherwise be convicted of 1st degree murder can be convicted of 2nd … Continue reading

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There’s No Sex in Your Violence: Opinion Reveals Minnesota Only Allows Hostile Work Environment Claims Based On Sexual Harassment, Not Gender Discrimination

A female employee brings an action against a school district under the Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA), alleging hostile work environment based upon gender discrimination. The gravaman of her complaint is that her male supervisor made sexist statements about the … Continue reading

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If a Woman Fears for her Life, it’s not “Boyfriend Trouble”

Andrea Chang, a writer for the LA Times, reported here that some Target retail stores in urban centers employ social workers to provide advice upon request to store workers.  It’s an innovative employee benefit which Target says helps combat “absenteeism … Continue reading

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Teenage Girl’s Fingers Hacked with a Knife for Complaining About Teasing and Threats

From India Today (here), this awful news of a girl whose fingers were were cut by her would-be molesters. A teenaged Dalit girl was publicly molested and her fingers chopped off in Lucknow on Tuesday. The class XII student was … Continue reading

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Manliness, Part IV: Blind Leading the Blind

Recently, there have been two events in the news that, while happening in two quite different parts of the United States, bear telling similarities.  One concerns the vicious attacks by young and presumably heterosexual men against gay men in the … Continue reading

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Arundhati Roy, “Pity the nation that has to silence its writers for speaking their minds.”

The Hindu, a daily paper in India, reports here that a crowd of up to 100 people assembled outside the home of writer Arundhati Roy, shouted anti-Roy slogans and attempted to break into her home.  The incident is reported to … Continue reading

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Rape as the Ivy League’s Latest “Joke”

A lucky few of our readers may have missed the story about the Yale fraternity pledges who picketed the campus Women’s Center chanting, “‘No’ means ‘yes.’  ‘Yes’ means anal.” Let’s not think that awful taste and misogyny are specialties of … Continue reading

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Because Violent, Sexual Pathologies Attract More Readers than Stories about the Murder of Two Women

Today’s Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald profiles the convicted criminal David Russell Williams, former colonel in the Canadian military (here).  The article focuses on Williams’s “sadistic sexual urges” and photographic evidence (reprinted with the article) showing Mr. Williams dressed in women’s … Continue reading

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Rape is Violence, not “Buyer’s Remorse”

Over at Politics Daily, correspondent Sandra Fish details the controversy surrounding Colorado GOP Senate candidate Ken Buck: [Buck], the Weld County [Colorado]district attorney, is facing criticism from a liberal group for not prosecuting an acquaintance-rape complaint five years ago, when he … Continue reading

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More Hazing Accusations Against Sigma Gamma Rho

This time, in California.  Here’s what the NY Times reports: In the San Jose State case . . . a former student at the university, charged in a civil lawsuit, filed Aug. 31, that over a three-week period in 2008 … Continue reading

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Accomplices in Hatred, Allies in Hope

I attended high school from 1984-1987 in suburban New York. I confronted daily harassment between each period, each class. An innumerable group of male students would yell “faggot” and other insults so loud that I could not hold conversations. I … Continue reading

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Manliness, Part II: What Is Courage?

As Bridget pointed out, in the news recently, we have seen a terrible episode involving young, presumably heterosexual, men who tortured gay men in the Bronx.  It is an appalling example of hypermasculinity where violent cruelty is its own reward.  … Continue reading

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“Survivors Speak: Essential Leadership in Combating Demand for Sex Trafficking and Commercial Sex”

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How to React to Violence and Intolerance?

Xavier Le Pichon writes in Ecce Homo of the 6th century B.C.E., an era that gave rise to Buddha, Lao Tzu, Confucius and the Second Isaiah: As humans increased their capacity of transformation of the world and consequently increased their power, … Continue reading

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Horrific Bias Crime in NY

From today’s New York Times: He was told there was a party at a brick house on Osborne Place, a quiet block set on a steep hill in the Bronx. He showed up last Sunday night as instructed, with plenty … Continue reading

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Reflections on What to Make of Tyler Clementi’s Death

Like many people, I’ve taken hard the recent suicides of so many gay teens, including Tyler Clementi.  I got choked up last Thursday afternoon in front of the University of Connecticut Law School faculty when I mentioned his death as … Continue reading

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Cell Phone Drive to Benefit Domestic Violence Victims

This year, Domestic Violence Awareness Month coincides with the ABA’s National pro bono week which occurs from October 24 through 30, 2010. The ABA’s Domestic Violence Commission is encouraging women’s bar and law student associations around the country to host … Continue reading

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Be an Affirming Teacher or Peer: No More Silence, No More Bullying, No More Discrimination

From a joint statement issued by GLSEN (Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network), PLFAG (Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) and The Trevor Project (crisis and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth): Recently, there has been heightened media attention surrounding the … Continue reading

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The Emotional Darkness of Hate: Suicide at Rutgers

Last week Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge.   The (Newark) Star-Leger reports here: Freshman Tyler Clementi was enrolled at Rutgers University for a little more than three weeks when he asked his roommate … Continue reading

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Robin Runge’s Upcoming Radio Appearance on “Domestic Violence and the Law: China vs. the U.S.A”

On Sunday, August 8, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. (Central), Feminist Law Prof Robin Runge (North Dakota) will appear on Prairie Public radio station’s “Why?” program talking about her work in China on violence against women.   Here’s the station’s official description of the … Continue reading

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Checked Baggage with a Murderous Message?

Most of us have had the experience of wondering which one of the ubiquitous and indistinguishable black suitcase is ours at the baggage claim.  However, this takes the need to make those bags easily identifiable to a new low. Novelty … Continue reading

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Northern District of California Permits Defendants to Interrogate Title IX Plaintiff About Whether She Consented to Teacher’s Sexual Behavior When She Was 15

A plaintiff claims that she was 15 years-old when she was subjected to sexual molestation by her then 38 year-old teacher at a charter school.  Accordingly, she brings a Section 1983 action (1) against the school and its director/principal for failure to train and … Continue reading

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Frances Criminalizes “Psychologial Violence”

France has passed a criminal ban on psychological or verbal abuse of a spouse or live-in partner. The New York Times reported:  The French Parliament gave final and unanimous approval on Tuesday to a law that makes “psychological violence” a … Continue reading

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