Category Archives: Acts of Violence

Female genital cutting . . . in a U.S. hospital?

(Trigger warning) This post at Feministing — about a doctor who cuts young children with “abnormal” clitorises, and then tests their subsequent sensory perception with a vibrator (!) — is just incredibly disturbing.

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Where Will We Be? Another Hate Crime Murder Trial in New York

Two men now stand trial in Brooklyn for the 2008 deadly beating of José O. Sucuzhañay, an Ecuadorean immigrant.  The victim’s brother, Romel Sucuzhañay, was attacked also, but he not seriously injured.  The prosecution’s theory in the case?  That the … Continue reading

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SCOTUS rules in U.S. v. Stevens that law banning “crush porn” is unconstitutional infringement on free speech.

From the NYT: The Supreme Court, with only one dissenting vote, on Tuesday struck down a federal ban on videos that show graphic violence against animals. The ruling cheered free speech advocates, but it raised concerns that more animals will … Continue reading

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Invasion of Privacy: Court of Appeals of Texas Finds Trial Court Properly Excluded Evidence of Alleged Victim’s Prior Nonconsensual Sexual Acts Under Rape Shield Rule

Texas Rule of Evidence 412(a) provides that In a prosecution for sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault, or attempt to commit sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault, reputation or opinion evidence of the past sexual behavior of an alleged victim … Continue reading

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Special Commission’s Recommendations to City of Cleveland on Responding to Sexual Assault Victims

In response to the shocking murders of several women in Cleveland, Ohio (see here), that city’s mayor appointed a Special Commission on Missing Persons and Sex Crime Investigations.  That Committee has issued its final report  here. The Cleveland Plain Dealer … Continue reading

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“Maryland’s roadblock to helping victims of abuse”

WaPo article by Eileen King: The Maryland House Judiciary Committee has a reputation for being not only a place where good bills go to die but also where witnesses can expect little sympathy for having suffered from violent or sexual … Continue reading

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Georgia judge obstructs effort by Hustler to pornify photo of murdered hiker; Georgia law preventing distribution of certain crime scene photos has also been proposed.

From CNN: Photos of the nude and decapitated body of a murdered hiker, sought by a writer on assignment for Hustler magazine, will not be released, a judge in Georgia ordered Wednesday. The decision came as state lawmakers considered legislation … Continue reading

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The Rape Sieve Rule?: According to Dissent, Opinion Abrogates Every Rape Shield Statute in the Sixth Circuit

Some 35 years ago, the Michigan state legislature determined that a criminal defendant accused of rape may not introduce evidence about the victim’s past sexual behavior, because the victim’s past willingness is not relevant to the question of present consent. … Continue reading

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Nobel Women’s Initiative – Video Stream: International Tribunal on Crimes Against Women of Burma

HERE! More information here. “The Tribunal is a women-directed and women-centered justice and advocacy initiative. Judges will hear testimony from several women of Burma who will share their personal stories of surviving human rights violations and crimes under miliatry rule … Continue reading

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Egerman on “Avoiding Confrontation”

Mark Egerman (Staff Counsel, National Abortion Federation) has posted to SSRN his working paper, “Avoiding Confrontation,” a a feminist critique of evidence law.  Here is a portion of the abstract: This article takes seriously Justice Scalia’s facetious aside in Giles … Continue reading

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Women and Sexual Abuse in Prison

The March 11, 2010 edition of the New York Review of Books contains poweful essay by David Kaiser (Chairperson, Just Detention International) and Lovisa Sannow (Executive Director, Just Detention International).   In “The Rape of American Prisoners,” Kaiser and Sannow … Continue reading

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Words Hurt: Garfield on Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress

Leslie Yalof Garfield (Pace) previously blogged here about France’s consideration of a criminal ban on psychological or verbal abuse of a spouse or live-in partner.  See related news items here (BBC), here (Time Magazine) and here (NPR). Professor Garfield has … Continue reading

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Friedman and Norman on Maryland DV Protective Orders

Joshua L. Friedman (Attorney Advisor, U.S. Social Security Administration) and Gary C. Norman (Staff Attorney, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) have published their article, Protecting the Family Pet: The New Face of Maryland Domestic Violence Protective Orders, 40 U. … Continue reading

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Hazing Accusations at Rutgers New Brunswick

Six members of the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority at Rutgers-New Brunswick have been arrested and charged with aggravated hazing.  According to one local news source (here), the hazing consisted of paddling and restricting pledges’ food intake.  According to the New York … Continue reading

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A story about having the same conversation about pornography over and over with men.

By Sam Berg, excerpted from here: Published in Rain and Thunder: A Radical Feminist Journal of Discussion and Activism Winter 2010, Issue #45 “Hi: I’m a writer at The Oregonian in Portland, working on a story about the sex culture … Continue reading

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“For those who buy and sell children for sex and cheap labor, Haiti is ripe with opportunity.”

That is the second sentence in this short essay in The Atlantic. Here is an excerpt: In Haiti … human trafficking is a problem at the best of times. Even without the pandemonium unleashed by a 7.0 earthquake, an estimated … Continue reading

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Killing an Abortion Doctor Might Be Voluntary Manslaughter, Not Murder

That is, according to the Kansas judge presiding over the trial of Dr. George Tiller’s murder.   Apparently, murdering someone in cold-blood for performing a lawful medical procedure for women who seek it might be a form of “deadly force … Continue reading

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Advocate for battered women named first “CNN Hero” of 2010

Upon being named the first “CNN Hero” of 2010, Wynona Ward, the founder of Have Justice Will Travel, said:”I think it’s wonderful to get the exposure for our program, but it’s even more important that people realize domestic violence is … Continue reading

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Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

From here: According to the U.S. Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report, some 800,000 persons are victims of trafficking each year, seven times more than in 1960. The victims are mostly woman and children who are often used as … Continue reading

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Words Hurt: France Contemplates Prohibition on Psychological and Verbal Abuse of Domestic Partner

The BBC reports here that the French parliament is considering criminal penalties against those who psychologically or verbally abuse their spouse or live-in partner.  The BBC article highlights the French-language TV ad below, which portrays a man verbally abusing his … Continue reading

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Jeannie Suk Publishes Book on Intersection of Domestic Violence and Privacy Law

From my mailbox, an announcement that Jeannie Suk, an assistant professor at Harvard Law School, has published At Home in the Law: How the Domestic Violence Revolution Is Transforming Privacy (Yale University Press). Here’s a description of the book from … Continue reading

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“Men who buy sex: Who they buy and what they know”

“Men who buy sex: Who they buy and what they know,” is a research study of 103 men who describe their use of trafficked and non-trafficked women in prostitution, and their awareness of coercion and violence, prepared by Melissa Farley, … Continue reading

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More Commentary on Ciudad Juarez Case

Earlier this week, Feminist Law Prof Caroline Bettinger-Lopez (Columbia) summarized the Ciudad Juarez case (see here and here) for members of the  Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers’ Network.    Here is Professor Bettinger-Lopez’s e-mail (reprinted with permission): Dear BHRH Network … Continue reading

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New Report About Sexual Trafficking of American Indian Women and Girls in Minnesota

From here. Via. … Despite Minnesota’s significant efforts to identify sex trafficking victims and meet their needs, to our knowledge there had never been any sort of summary report produced in either Minnesota or the U.S. regarding the commercial sexual … Continue reading

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On Domestic Violence

There is a very powerful, though difficult to read, post here, which frames this documentary. –Ann Bartow

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Major Human Rights Victory in Inter-American Court of Human Rights

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled today (decision  here) that Mexico violated basic human rights by failing to investigate the disappearance and murders of several women over a 15-year period.  Pro bono counsel  M.C. Sungaila, Esq. at  Horvitz & … Continue reading

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Did you know that December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada? Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women.

More information here. –Ann Bartow

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Trudy was murdered by an evil male law professor.

If you don’t know what I am talking about, it’s your loss. A cautionary tale, might I add. –Ann Bartow

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Vani K. Borooah, Quy Toan Do, Sriya Iyer, and Shareen Joshi – “Missing Women and India’s Religious Demography”

Abstract: The authors use recent data from the 2006 National Family Health Survey of India to explore the relationship between religion and demographic behavior. They find that fertility and mortality vary not only between religious groups, but also across caste … Continue reading

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I’m completely dumbfounded.

By this. WARNING: Really horrible, proceed with caution. NB: Haven’t done any research to confirm the site’s legitimacy or the accuracy of the info, so caveat link clicker. –Ann Bartow

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“Criminologist helped get sex slave out of prison”

From this article: … [Maria] Suarez’s horrifying experience : imprisoned from the age of 16 for five years in the home of a 67-year-old Azusa man who repeatedly raped her : reveals how she slipped through several cracks. It also … Continue reading

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Carnival Against Sexual Violence 82

At Abyss2hope.

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“The gunman and the dead woman apparently had a “relationship,” Tualatin Police Chief Kent Barker said.”

Yet another man murders yet another woman.

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Yes the violence used by this soccer player is chilling, but her gender is what some find the most shocking.

YouTube commenters are writing things like “I WOULD FUCK HER UP!!!!!…what a bitch!” and “Bitch. Kill her!” apparently without irony. A number of copies of this or related video clips are titled with references to “cat fights.” This NYT article … Continue reading

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“AIDS Is The No. 1 Cause Of Death, Disease For Women 15-44, Says WHO”

And how much do rape, pornography and prostitution contribute to the spread of AIDS? Wish there was some data on that, but not holding my breath. From the HuffPo: In its first study of women’s health around the globe, the … Continue reading

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When Invisible, Addicted and Ill Women Disappear: A Cry for Cleveland

I grew up 2-1/2 miles from the place in Cleveland, Ohio where the police found the decomposing bodies of 11 women.  The victims whose bodies have been identified so far are Nancy Cobbs, Tishana Culver, Telacia Fortson and Tonia Carmichael. … Continue reading

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Three teenaged boys gang rape a 15 year old girl and get probation.

The 15 year girl gets blamed for drinking alcohol, which somehow caused the boys to lock her in a bathroom and rape her, according to the judge. The boys are even permitted to return to their high school. According to … Continue reading

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“Fraternity Accused of Stealing 10,000 Student Newspapers to Cover Up Date Rape Story”

Amanda Hess has the story here. Sadly, as she notes, the fact that a student may have been drugged at a fraternity party so that members could rape her in and of itself wasn’t seen as a big deal by … Continue reading

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Don’t Be a Bystander

From the NY Times/AP (here): The police believe as many as a dozen people watched a 15-year-old girl being beaten and gang-raped outside her high school homecoming dance but did not report it. One man is in custody in connection … Continue reading

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“I don’t want to be (on the Internet), but I have to be there and it’s never going away, and that’s a scary thought,” she said.

Child porn victim seeks restitution VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Oct. 25 (UPI) — A U.S. woman filmed in a series of pornographic movies as a child says she is seeking restitution from anyone convicted of possessing them. The 20-year-old woman, whose … Continue reading

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Rape a Pre-existing Condition to Insurance Companies?

Well, not exactly, but pretty damn close.   And in one case, maybe so. Here’s the story from the Huffington Post. Basically, women who are raped who need medical treatment of some form, for possible HIV-contraction or post-traumatic stress disorder, … Continue reading

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“The FBI says killer truckers are abducting prostitutes and other women at truck stops, raping them and leaving their bodies along the nation’s highways.”

Below is a “Time Video” news report, which states there are 500 known victims.

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Guest Blogger Kate Blacker: Rape in Guinea

I am horrified by the recent events in Guinea.    I also find the world’s response  insufficient and disturbing.   The media seems to be differentiating this type of ‘gang rape’ and ‘rape in broad daylight’ from other ( less … Continue reading

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Something Here is Very Strange.

So, The Nation published an article called “The Crusade Against Sex Trafficking” by Noy Thrupkaew. This article focuses on one organization only, “the International Justice Mission, an evangelical Christian organization devoted to combating human rights abuses in the developing world.” … Continue reading

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Girls Educational and Mentoring Services’ (GEMS) mission is to empower young women, ages12-21, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential.

MESSAGE FROM HALLE BERRY October 1, 2009 Dear GEMS Friends, Being a girl isn’t easy. Today in New York City, a girl will flee an abusive home, only to be approached by a pimp-trafficker who will promise her love and … Continue reading

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More Polanski

From the HuffPo (incredibly enough): The Washington City Paper‘s Amanda Hess does a fine job in running down and refuting many of the extant arguments that carry a brief for Polanski. There’s the L.A. Times Patrick Goldstein’s “Polanski’s punishment is … Continue reading

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“The word”rape”has been disappeared from the English language”

That’s the title of this interesting post at Historiann. Below are the first two paragraphs: At least in the coverage of Roman Polanski’s arrest it has!   I keep hearing about how he was arrested in Switzerland this weekend on … Continue reading

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CFP: “International Efforts to Address Sexual Violence in Conflict and Post-Conflict Zones”

The Body of the Nation: International Efforts to Address Sexual Violence in Conflict and  Post-Conflict Zones Edited by Tonia St.Germain, J.D. and Susan Dewey, Ph.D. President Obama has vowed to put women’s issues at the core of American foreign policy. … Continue reading

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Sexual Assault Prevention Tips Guaranteed to Work!

Sexual Assault Prevention Tips Guaranteed to Work! 1. Don’t put drugs in people’s drinks in order to control their behavior. 2. When you see someone walking by themselves, leave them alone! 3. If you pull over to help someone with … Continue reading

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Rape Shield Redux: Supreme Court of Nevada Finds Rule 26 Applies Where Rape Shield Law Doesn’t

Back in July, I posted an entry about an opinion by the Supreme Court of Alabama permitting discovery regarding a civil plaintiff’s sexual history because Alabama’s rape shield rule only applies to criminal cases. In that post, I argued that, … Continue reading

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