Category Archives: Acts of Violence
See e.g. this. Between March 10th and April 7th, this newspaper reports that mass shootings have claim 57 lives. Given the limits placed on the count, “mass” and “shootings,” the number almost certainly underestimates the number of people who were … Continue reading
Abstract: Despite concerted efforts to combat human trafficking, the trade in persons persists and, in fact, continues to grow. This article suggests that a central reason for the limited success in preventing human trafficking is the dominant conception of the … Continue reading
Via I Blame the Patriarchy, I found the blog Suicide Food, which tracks “depiction[s] of animals that act as though they wish to be consumed.” Images like this: and this: That second one makes me think about terminating the “baconpheffer” … Continue reading
“In fiscal 2008, the department received a total of 2,908 reports of sexual assault involving service members, representing an eight percent increase from fiscal 2007.”
Quote pulled from this DOD press release, which provides an overview of this DOD report. Excerpt from Executive Summary below: – Aggregate Report of Sexual Assault Incidents: In FY08 there were 2,908 reports of sexual assault involving Military Service members: … Continue reading
From Time magazine: She goes by Hinda, but that’s not her real name. That’s what she’s called by the many Iraqi sex traffickers and pimps who contact her several times a week from across the country. They think she is … Continue reading
SHATTERED LIVES Immediate medical care vital for sexual violence victims MÃ©decins Sans FrontiÃ¨res is an international humanitarian organisation that brings emergency medical care to populations in over 60 countries. Through this report, MÃ©decins Sans FrontiÃ¨res (MSF) shares its experience in … Continue reading
FIRST ANNUAL INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING October 29-31, 2009 University of Nebraska – Lincoln
FIRST ANNUAL INTERDISCIPLINARY CONFERENCE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING: “WHAT WE KNOW AND WHAT WE NEED TO KNOW” The purpose of this conference is to bring together researchers from many disciplines, as well as government and non-governmental agencies who have responsibility for … Continue reading
From the FLP mailbox, a press release from the National Network to End Domestic Violence, exerpted here: Advocates against domestic violence today applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision to uphold the federal Lautenberg Amendment that bans convicted domestic violence … Continue reading
Today the William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law hosts its symposium, “From the Courtroom to the Mother’s Womb: Protecting Women’s Privacy in the Most Important Places.” Here’s the run-down from the morning’s program: Ann Bartow (South Carolina) … Continue reading
Talent Show: Bulletin Board: Kitchen: The Ad Council seems to believe most cyberbullies are women, and all the victims are. –Ann Bartow
“US authorities have rescued nearly 50 child prostitutes – some as young as 13 – in a nationwide operation against the trafficking of children for sex.”
The BBC News reports: More than 570 suspects were arrested during the action, which took place over three nights. FBI agents and local police forces were involved in the operations which spanned some 29 cities. Officials say a 16-year-old girl … Continue reading
This announcement from Feminist Law Prof Suzanne Kim: On March 6, 2009, the Women’s Rights Law Reporter, the nation’s first legal journal devoted to gender rights, will hold a symposium exploring the intersections of gender and terrorism entitled “The Gender … Continue reading
Read this Op-Ed by Anber Raz of Equality Now in The Independent. Below is an excerpt: More than 100 schools for girls have been torched or blasted by militants in the Swat valley and other tribal areas, where it is … Continue reading
About 79 percent of human trafficking involves sex slavery while 18 percent covers forced or bonded labor, forced marriages and organ removal.
So says the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in a new report that is available here. A press release providing an overview of the report can be found here.
Julie Stubbs and Julia Tolmie, “Battered Women Charged with Homicide: Advancing the Interests of Indigenous Women”
Abstract: This article examines legal responses to women charged with a homicide offence arising from killing an abusive partner and reviews Australian cases over the period 1991-2007. We focus on cases involving Indigenous women due to their very substantial over-representation … Continue reading
From Women’s eNews: When Egypt’s new parliament convenes in early February, some members will be proposing a law to strengthen penalties against sexual offenders by increasing jail time and fines. The bill will also put more pressure on police to … Continue reading
Law prof Suzanne Goldberg has a short article here explaining: A case recently filed in the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), M. v the United Kingdom, shows just how vigorous and heinous the slave trade continues to be. But … Continue reading
What Kind of Rule?: Rape Shield Ruling by the Court of Appeals of Minnesota Raises Question, What Kind of Rule is the Rape Shield Rule?
The recent opinion of the Court of Appeals of Minnesota in State v. Bauer, 2009 WL 112842 (Minn.App. 2009), raises an essential question: What kind of rule is the Rape Shield Rule? And I think that Minnesota courts … Continue reading
In her confirmation hearing last week Hilary Clinton was asked by Barbara Boxer to talk about how she plans to use the office of the Secretary of State to better the”status of women in the world.”She was particularly interested in … Continue reading
From Politifact: PolitiFact has compiled about 500 promises that Barack Obama made during the campaign and is tracking their progress on our Obameter. We rate their status as No Action, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is … Continue reading
Benson on”Failure to Arrest: A Pilot Study of Police Response to Domestic Violence in Rural Illinois”
Sara Benson (Illinois) has posted to SSRN her working paper entitled”Failure to Arrest: A Pilot Study of Police Response to Domestic Violence in Rural Illinois.” It is a qualitative research study conducted in rural Illinois regarding police … Continue reading
Guatamalan girl testifies in federal court about being duped into coming to the U.S., forced to sell herself and kept captive.
It would be nice if human rights violations like this got more media attention. From the LA Times: When Sandra agreed to make the perilous trek from her native Guatemala to the United States in 2006, she said, she was … Continue reading
Cinema Incubo: Tenth Circuit Finds In Dicta That Rape Shield Rule Applies At The Summary Judgment Stage In Former Projectionist’s Appeal
I remember going to Carmike Cinemas while attending college in Charlottesville and law school in Williamsburg. And the memories are not fond. Dimmed movie projector light bulbs. Sticky floors. Terrible sound. Cramped seating. Now, according … Continue reading
Here, at abyss2hope. Marcella Chester deserves so much credit for the attention she brings to this issue.
“Condemned men are buried in sand up to their waists, and women up to their necks, and are pelted with stones until they die or manage to escape. Under the law, a condemned person’s life is spared if he can free himself.”
That’s a sentence from this WaPo article about stonings in Iran. Men have a lot better odds of escaping, obviously, though it’s still horrifying. The article also reports: In his weekly news conference, the judicial spokesman also said that Esha … Continue reading
According to this blog: Two unidentified gunmen executed Mario Escobedo Salazar and his son Edgar Escobedo Anaya, also a lawyer, in their Juarez office on Tuesday, January 6. The double homicide comes nearly seven years after Chihuahua State Judicial Police … Continue reading
The Daily Beast has a post up entitled “Iran’s Hottest Porn Video.” It is written by a male university student who is “pseudonymous for his own safety.” In it he crows about how great it is that the hypocrisy of … Continue reading
From the publisher’s website: Every year, millions of women and children are abducted, deceived, seduced, or sold into forced prostitution, made to service hundreds if not thousands of men before being discarded. Generating huge profits for their exploiters, sex slaves … Continue reading
There Are Holocaust Deniers, There Are People Who Argue That Slavery Was Good For African-Americans And Many, Many Rape Victims Are Disbelieved.
So its no surprise that one response to Nicholas Kristof’s recent column in the NYT on sex trafficking was what he describes here in a follow up column as “skepticism.” He further responds to his critics here at his blog. … Continue reading
An article in the NYT entitled “Killings Prompt Efforts to Spot and Reduce Abuse of Teenagers in Dating” [Note on January 4th: That WAS the title when I blogged this yesterday, but this morning the title has been changed to … Continue reading
That’s the title of this post at Sociological Images. It asserts that readers: … ought be critical consumers of stories about sex trafficking, the moving of girls and women across national borders in order to force them into prostitution. … Continue reading
A Suspect But Not A Suspect Class: Court Denies Equal Protection Challenge To California’s Domestic Violence Character Evidence Rule
I would like to thank Ann Bartow for extending me the invitation to post here. I am in my second year at The John Marshall Law School, where I teach Evidence, Civil Procedure, and Criminal Procedure. I do … Continue reading
“Shocks fit well into the brothel business model because they cause agonizing pain and terrify the girls without damaging their looks or undermining their market value.”
That’s a quote from this Nicholas Kristof column in the NYT. The protagonist of the column was finally freed from the brothel in which she had been imprisoned by a police raid. There are many pimps who, under the guise … Continue reading
Teenaged girls told to “wield power over boyfriends, brothers, and friends who may be tempted to use a gun.”
Because according to this article in the Boston Globe entitled “Girl Power,” they might be responsible for male violence. Here’s an excerpt: Some criminal law specialists praised the effort as a unique way to combat the causes of violence and … Continue reading
Fitzgerald v. Barnstable School Committee: Does Title IX preempt an Equal Protection claim brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983?
At the ACS Blog Dina Lassow writes: The Fitzgerald case began in 2001, when Jackie, who was then in kindergarten, told her parents that one of the boys on the school bus was forcing her to lift her skirt, pull … Continue reading
This article refers to the trafficked, enslaved people as “child maids” and focuses on children trafficked from Africa.
“The National Crime Victimization Survey, based on projections from a national sample survey, says that at least 248,300 individuals were raped or sexually assaulted in 2007, up from 190,600 in 2005, the last year the survey was conducted.”
That’s a quote from Human Right’s Watch. The underlying DoJ survey is accessible here. The data shows that domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault increased more than any other violent crimes. With the exception of simple assault, which increased … Continue reading
How much ad revenue can various for profit blogs reap off the misery and misfortunes of a desperate and depressed law student?
A lot, apparently. I’m not going to link to any of them, because whether they are being disgustingly licentious or self-aggrandizingly professing great concern, at the end of the day they are all about the links and the clicks and … Continue reading
To follow up on the post here, a reader sent a link to this 1998 interview published at Nerve.com which of course includes the bondage photos. Below is an excerpt: Are you flattered by any and all of the … Continue reading
“A Crime Against Society” is the title of an article written by Ann Jones that appeared inthe 12/10/08 issue of The Nation. Below are the first two paragraphs: Late one afternoon seven years ago, in the village of Kamanyola in … Continue reading
In recent months I’ve read a number of posts at various feminist blogs discussing race and class issues with respect to wet nurses, nannies, maids, and natal surrogates. There seems to be a rough consensus that exploiting the bodies … Continue reading
William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 Passes House and Senate, But Offers Less Protection To Victims Compared with the 2007 House Version.
And the impetus for watering down the bill was of course Joe Biden, in collusion with Sam Brownback. The text of the 2008 version of the bill can be found here. The major changes in the 2008 version were in … Continue reading
That’s the title of this post at Jezebel, in which blogger Megan Carpentier writes fairly critically about a “charity porn” initiative to “Save African Orphans” that seems pretty appalling at every level. I’m a little uncomfortable with the tone of … Continue reading