Category Archives: Acts of Violence
I wish I could label this an unbelievably tragic event, but it’s all too believable, unfortunately. Today, Dr. George Tiller was murdered while ushering at his church. If you don’t know of Dr. Tiller, he’s one of the modern … Continue reading
CFP: Conference on”Violence and Vulnerability”at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia on 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 greater or lesser degree, women and girls are subjected to physical, sexual and psychological abuse … Continue reading
” 10 Infants, Small Children Murdered by Fathers in Past Two Weeks? Not News, Really. Mom Murders Son? Headlines Everywhere.”
Heart notes: A quick perusal of Google yields 10 instances of fathers or stepfathers murdering their infants or young children within the last two weeks or so: link, link, link, link, link, link, link, link, link, link, link. Had I … Continue reading
“… authorize torture as a method of interrogation, and rape logically becomes part of the continuum of efforts to break down a prisoner’s self-esteem.”
Quote from here, in reference to this article, which notes: “Photographs of alleged prisoner abuse which Barack Obama is attempting to censor include images of apparent rape and sexual abuse …” Here is an excerpt: At least one picture shows … Continue reading
I blogged about the case previously here. Below is an excerpt from the Ninth Circuit’s holding in Barnes v. Yahoo at page 5316 that gives a quick overview of the facts: In accordance with Yahoo policy, Barnes mailed Yahoo a … Continue reading
“The report said that the level of emotional abuse of disadvantaged, neglected and abandoned children by religious and lay staff was “disturbing” and that the Catholic Church was aware long-term sex offenders were repeatedly abusing children.”
So says this article which provides an overview of a Irish Commission into Child Abuse report: The report, that runs to thousands of pages, outlined a harrowing account of the emotional, physical and sexual abuse inflicted on young people who … Continue reading
The House Subcommittee on Capital Market, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises Convenes An All Dude Witness List To Testify About Credit Ratings Agencies
Rep. Paul Kanjorski chairs the House Financial Service’s Committee‘s Subcommittee on Capital Market, Insurance and Government Sponsored Enterprises is holding a hearing on credit ratings agencies this afternoon. Here is the witness list (names link to pre-submitted statements): … Continue reading
“At least 84 Afghan girls were admitted to a hospital Tuesday for headaches and vomiting in the third apparent poison attack on a girls school in as many weeks, officials and doctors said.”
That’s a sentence from this frightening NYT article. Here’s another excerpt: Tuesday’s apparent attack is the third alleged poisoning at a girls’ school in less than three weeks. It comes one day after 61 schoolgirls and one teacher from … Continue reading
“This case stems from a dangerous, cruel, and highly indecent use of the internet for the apparent purpose of revenge.”
A unanimous three-judge panel in the Ninth Circuit held in Barnes v. Yahoo!, Inc. that a claim for promissory estoppel by an Internet harassment victim was not necessarily precluded by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. The … Continue reading
Justin-Jinich filed a harassment complaint on July 10, 2007 against the man now believed to be her murderer, asserting that he was calling her repeatedly and sent her insulting e-mails for at least a week.
South Carolina’s Attorney General Tries to Raise His Profile by Going After Craigslist and Persecuting Prostituted Women
Local newspaper account here, which reports: S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster told The State newspaper that to his knowledge, South Carolina is the first state to explore the possibility of criminal charges against CEO Jim Buckmaster and other top officers … Continue reading
CBC News Sunday interview with Victor Malarek about his book “The Johns, Sex for Sale and the Men Who Buy It”
From Democracy Now: The trial of a former soldier accused in the 2006 rape and murder of an Iraqi teenager and the killing of her family has begun. Steven Green is accused of being the ringleader in raping and killing … Continue reading
Lately, a fair amount of attention has been paid to the backlog of untested rape kits in Los Angeles County. See Nicholas Kristof’s column here. This announcement today that DNA had been used to link a suspect to multiple … Continue reading
A nervously jokey post at Jezebel brings up the topic of mass transit gropers and frotteurs. Here is an excerpt: The first time this ever happened to me – and it’s happened to every woman I know, although men are … Continue reading
“There is a difference between critique and seeking to shut my ass up because I’m not saying it the way you would, singing it the way you want to hear it sung or approaching a subject from the angle you want it to be approached from.”
Sentence pulled from this excellent post by Sharkfu at Feministing.
More about US v. Stevens, the Third Circuit decision that the federal law criminalizing the depiction of animal cruelty is an unconstitutional infringement on the First Amendment.
Previous post by Ruthann Robson here. The Oregon Animal Law blog noted that the ability to federalize the prosecution of animal cruelty cases has been effectively terminated with this ruling if it is followed by the other circuits. It probably … Continue reading
Compelling post by Historiann, which begins: Inside Higher Ed featured a story yesterday about universities that allow students to bring their guns to campus if they have concealed-carry permits, and states like Texas and Missouri where oh-so-brave state legistlators are … Continue reading
A 28-year-old University of Montana student plead guilty to cyberstalking for sending threatening e-mails to his former girlfriend. Jeffrey D. Grob pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Missoula on Thursday. He faces possible penalties of 5 years in prison, … Continue reading
From Law.com: Ropes & Gray partner Joan Lukey is no stranger to litigation battles. As one of The American Lawyer’s Star Laterals of 2008 — she joined Ropes in June after 34 years at crosstown Boston rival Wilmer Cutler Pickering … Continue reading
President Obama appointed Melanne Verveer as Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues: Melanne Verveer is Co-Founder, Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international nonprofit that invests in emerging women leaders â€“ pioneers of economic, political and social … Continue reading
In her NYTimes blog yesterday, Judith Warner described the cruel bullying that led to the suicide of 11-year old Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover. Warner depicts a brutal enforcement of gender/sexuality norms among boys but a much more liberal construction of gender … Continue reading
From the FLP mailbox: CONTACT: Media Education Foundation Dr. Chyng Sun (617)733-8091 | email: email@example.com The way filmmakers Chyng Sun and Miguel Picker see it, the cure for bad speech is more speech. That’s exactly why they’ve come up with … Continue reading
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.
Long and amazing post here at Like a Whisper.
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
Heart has the story here.
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