Category Archives: Acts of Violence
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’Ã‰cole Polytechnique de MontrÃ©al. They died because they were women.
More information here. –Ann Bartow
If you don’t know what I am talking about, it’s your loss. A cautionary tale, might I add. –Ann Bartow
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
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
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
“The gunman and the dead woman apparently had a “relationship,” Tualatin Police Chief Kent Barker said.”
Yet another man murders yet another woman.
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 FUCKï»¿ HER UP!!!!!…what a bitch!” and “Bitch.ï»¿ 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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
“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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Check out this settlement: Mid-Trial Settlement for Derogatory Comments by Shock Jocks- $1,000,000.00 Settlement: $1,000,000.00 after three days of trial Caption: Athena Anddrinkopoulis v. Defendant (No Response) Judge: Hon. John Egan, JSC Date of Settlement: 12/6/07 Plaintiff’s Attorney: Daniel Centi, … Continue reading
The Associated Press has recently made a lot of noise about “enforcing” its copyrights on the Internet. Conveniently enough, making bloggers afraid to copy portions of AP articles into posts allows the AP to evade criticism for its unbelievably bad … Continue reading
Read this chilling New Yorker article about Cameron Todd Willingham to understand why this is a very real possibility. I do have to quibble with the description by one expert of a very questionable theory about arson propounded by two … Continue reading
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Dan Kahan, “Culture, Cognition, and Consent: Who Perceives What, and Why, in ‘Acquaintance Rape’ Cases” – A Request for Input
Prof. Dan Kahan has written a paper that reports the results of an experimental study of perceptions of consent and other facts in a hypothetical date rape case (patterned closely on Commonwealth v. Berkowitz [court stated that the legislature intended … Continue reading
When I was a kid I used to watch “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” with some regularity, and learned that tranquilizer darts could stop large angry charging animals (lions, elephants, hippos) as well as much smaller critters very quickly in … Continue reading
Two Wrongs Don’t Make it Right: Court of Appeals of Mississippi Drags Feet on Recognizing Combined Race-Gender Groups as Groups Deserving Discrete Protection Under Batson
In Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S.79 (1986), the Supreme Court declared that racial discrimination through the use of peremptory challenges is prohibited. In J.E.B. v. Alabama ex rel. T.B., 511 U.S. 127 (1994), the Court found that gender discrimination through … Continue reading
That’s a line from this post by Amanda Hess entitled Rape Prevention Tips From Rapists: Stay Inside Or Die A Horrible Death. Here’s a short excerpt: It’s not difficult to parse the real message in this advice:If you don’t want … Continue reading
That’s the headline from this blog post, which reports that Texas State District Judge Kevin Fine, elected as a Democrat, is alleged to have told a rape victim in his court that he didn’t believe she was raped because she … Continue reading
Why doesn’t the media talk more about the fact that Laura Ling and Euna Lee were investigating sex trafficking?
Wouldn’t you think the media would be a little more invested in figuring out why Ling and Lee were considered threats by North Korea? It’s because they were investigating sex trafficking for Current TV, as only briefly noted in this … Continue reading
Women are supposed to be sexually available to men, that’s our assigned role; if we are hot, we are supposed to put out since we are signaling we want sex, and if we are not hot, we are supposed to be so grateful for male attention we do anything the attending dood wants. Otherwise, death to us…
Some links and post excerpts about the Sodini murders: Anna N. at Jezebel: Sodini was clearly disturbed, but his bilious diary displays an extreme version of a type of grievance misogyny that is all too common. His conviction that all … Continue reading
The abstract: In 2005, Jessica Lenahan (formerly Gonzales) initiated the first international legal action against the United States for violating the human rights of a domestic violence victim. Ms. Lenahan’s petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Jessica Gonzales … Continue reading
The first two sentences from this NYT article report: Tortured by loneliness and his lack of success with women, George Sodini developed a plan to get even. On Tuesday night, he executed it, opening fire in a fitness center here … Continue reading
The Road to Hell is Paved With (Allegedly) Good Intentions: Supreme Court of Alabama Opinion Raises Important Rape Shield Questions
We are not unmindful of the very personal nature of the information sought from Carlisle regarding her past conduct. Nor do we intend to suggest that a plaintiff with a promiscuous past could not feel the same shame and humiliation … Continue reading
CALL FOR PAPERS: Conference on”Violence and Vulnerability” Emory University, Atlanta Georgia – November 12-14, 2009 “Violence against women both violates and impairs or nullifies the enjoyment by women of their human rights and fundamental freedoms… In all societies, to a … Continue reading
From the Feminist Daily News: The US 1st Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Massachusetts law on Friday, allowing a 35-foot safety buffer zone between protesters and abortion clinic entrances. The law, established in 2007, protects clinic patients and staff … Continue reading
California’s Rejection of the Reasonable Battered Woman Standard: Is it Based Upon an Objectionable and Offensive Straw Man?
In its recent opinion in Jefferson v. Kernan, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California referenced the opinion of the California Supreme Court in People v. Humphrey, 921 P.2d 1 (Cal. 1996). In Humphrey, a wife … Continue reading
That’s the title of this essay at Celie’s Revenge about a very misogynist song. Here is an excerpt from the introduction: As a female listener, one willing to allow herself to really hear this song’s words and take them to … Continue reading
Eridania Rodriguez died at work. The 46-year old woman was killed on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 during her evening custodial shift at 2 Rector Street in Lower Manhattan. Her body was found Saturday stuffed into an air duct. Her hands … Continue reading
This case arose out of an e-mail exchange between a student and his professor. Here is an excerpt from the recent decision by the Nebraska Court of Appeals: … The trial court found, summarized, that while there was initially some … Continue reading
Feminist Law Prof Caroline Bettinger-LÃ³pez, Deputy Director of the Human Rights Institute at Columbia Law School, seeks signatories to an amicus brief to be filed in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in a case against Mexico involving the disappearance … Continue reading
Can anyone out there explain the constitutionality of the Chris Brown plea deal? Brown pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault based upon his attack of Rihanna, and he got five years of probation and community labor. The judge … Continue reading
Yesterday security guard Stephen T. Johns was killed at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. The suspected shooter was James W. von Brunn, an 88 year-old man. According to news reports (e.g., here): Von Brunn is said … Continue reading