Womens Justice Center

News Round-up ~ Resumen de noticias


The late Saudi King Abdullah has been lionized by politicians around the world. En route to the World Economic Forum in Davos, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry hailed Abdullah as “a man of wisdom and vision” and a “revered leader.” Similar statements were made by other Western leaders.

Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, even hailed the monarch as “a strong advocate for women.”

That last eulogy ought to furrow brows. After all, when it comes to gender rights, Saudi Arabia’s absolute monarchy is one of the most heavily criticized regimes in the world. Its draconian religious laws place limitations on everything from the clothes women can wear to the means by which they travel outside their homes. Controversially, women are still banned from driving in the country.

Lagarde did qualify her comment, saying Abdullah was a reformer “in a very discreet way,” credited with initiating a number of measures aimed at it giving women a bigger stake in the country’s economic and political life. But the change is very gradual, stymied by traditionalists who still hold sway in the country’s courts. Abdullah’s reforms, writes one commentator, have “all the substance of a Potemkin village, a flimsy structure to impress foreign opinion.”


Closer to home, moreover, there are a few women related to the late monarch who may object to the praise being heaped upon him. Abdullah, like other Saudi royals, had numerous wives — at least seven, and perhaps as many as 30. He had at least 15 daughters. Four of them, according to news reports, live under house arrest.


SEE ALSO: Obama pays respects to Saudis, defends ties to kingdom

AND SEE ALSO: Eleven things women in Saudi Arabia can't do

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NOTE: The discussion doesn't begin until minute 27. So move the metering dot (at the bottom left of the video frame) to 27 minutes to start.

Rights4Girls and the McCain Institute would like to invite you to a discussion about combating child sex trafficking in the United States. We will discuss current legislation and new technology trends that aim to prevent trafficking. According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, at least 100,000 American children are victims of child sex trafficking each year. These girls are abducted or lured by pimps and traffickers at bus shelters, outside schools and through social media. This year, Congress has an opportunity to protect our vulnerable children. We hope that you can join us on Thursday, January 8 to discuss how we can work together to accomplish that goal.

For More Information on this Event See... Members Of Congress Join Rights4Girls And The McCain Institute To Combat Child Sex Trafficking


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No podemos delegar toda la salida a la violencia de género en la denuncia de las víctimas, mucho más si aumentan las mujeres asesinadas que habían acusado previamente a su asesino

Madrid, 22 ene. 15. AmecoPress. Mientras las instituciones difunden el mensaje de que para salir del infierno de la violencia de género es imprescindible la denuncia, aumenta el número de asesinadas que había denunciado previamente a su agresor. En 2014 fallecieron 53 mujeres, 17 de las cuales habían acusado a su asesino, seis más que en 2013. También crecieron las víctimas que habían retirado la denuncia, pasando de 1 a 3 en el último año.


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Amidst the continuous struggle for women's rights and social justice globally, it is important that we keep our collective hopes alive for a better world. With this in mind, AWID spoke to a number of feminists and women's rights activists from around the world about their hopes, dreams and aspirations for 2015. Read theirs, and tell us what your hopes, dreams and aspirations for this year are.
Cristina Palabay, 35 | Philippines | Secretary General of Karapatan: Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights. | @TinayPalabay
“In 2015, I hope that all women political prisoners will be released. With renewed hope, I aspire for a stronger women’s movement that will challenge the structures and philosophies at the core of women’s oppression – patriarchy, globalization, militarization and fundamentalism.”
Yewande Omotoso, 34 | Barbados/Nigeria/South Africa | Writer/Architect | @yomotoso
 “While as an able-bodied middle-class educated cis female I acknowledge my privileges, it would be great to feel at ease when I walk the streets, to not be afraid of being raped or read daily in the papers about rape and molestation. To see intolerance, especially with regards to sexual orientation, publicly condemned by more and more of our leaders, with legislation to match. It would be great to wake up into a world where WOMEN’s bodies are not commodities; where everywhere I look I’m not oppressed by images in the media telling me what I ought to look like if I’m reallya woman or in order to be truly beautiful; where young girls and boys aren’t dominated by this imagery that normalizes something deeply problematic. A year to quit with the “it’s unAfrican” argument when it comes to feminism or homosexuality. A year where more and more men embrace feminisms; WOMEN too of course but men in particular so we whittle away the dangerous notion that it’s “women’s stuff”.


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Excerpts: This is the same Hollywood culture that turned the horror and divisiveness of the Vietnam War era into a movie about a platitude-spewing doofus with leg braces who in the face of terrible moral choices eats chocolates and plays Ping-Pong. The message of Forrest Gump was that if you think about the hard stuff too much, you'll either get AIDS or lose your legs. Meanwhile, the hero is the idiot who just shrugs and says "Whatever!" whenever his country asks him to do something crazy......

But to turn the Iraq war into a saccharine, almost PG-rated two-hour cinematic diversion about a killing machine with a heart of gold (is there any film theme more perfectly 2015-America than that?) who slowly, very slowly, starts to feel bad after shooting enough women and children – Gump notwithstanding, that was a hard one to see coming.

Sniper is a movie whose politics are so ludicrous and idiotic that under normal circumstances it would be beneath criticism. The only thing that forces us to take it seriously is the extraordinary fact that an almost exactly similar worldview consumed the walnut-sized mind of the president who got us into the war in question.

It's the fact that the movie is popular, and actually makes sense to so many people, that's the problem. "American Sniper has the look of a bona fide cultural phenomenon!" gushed Brandon Griggs of CNN, noting the film's record $105 million opening-week box office.


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From January 8 - January 15, 2015

§  Hancock County, Indiana: January 15, 2015 A now-former deputy, Scott Roeger, was sentenced to probation and must take anger management classes after pleading guilty to domestic disturbance. http://ow.ly/HrBH4

§  Ocala, Florida, January 15, 2015, The officer, Officer Bennie Lee Wilson III, arrested for soliciting a 16-year-old prostitute has been fired. The 41-year-old Navy veteran faces two criminal counts of sexual activity with a minor.  http://ow.ly/HrtC9

§  Shelby County, Tennessee: January 14, 2015, A Sheriff's Deputy Brian Hoard has been suspended while he is investigated for assaulting his girlfriend’s two-year-old child. He allegedly disciplined the child for having a dirty diaper.  http://ow.ly/HnB07 

§  Durham, North Carolina: January 14, 2015, An officer James Cartwright, 41, was suspended because he is being investigated for domestic assault against his wife.  http://ow.ly/Hn5ya 

§  Polk County, Florida: January 12, 2015, A deputy Roy Knecht, 44, faces a domestic violence charge after an argument with his wife at their home. Both he and his wife were charged in the incident. http://ow.ly/Hh2uv

§  Irwindale, California,  January 13, 2015, A now-former officer David Paul Fraijo, 37, was sentenced to nine years in prison for sexually assaulting woman during a traffic stop. He had pled no contest to charges of oral copulation under color of authority and sexual battery by restraint. http://ow.ly/Hh2Sf 

§  New Orleans, Louisiana: January 13, 2015, An officer, James Cunningham, was arrested for domestic violence and home invasion. According to the news report, the officer kicked down a door during a domestic argument in the middle of the night.http://ow.ly/Hjags    

§  Trumbull, Connecticut:  January 13, 2015, A now-former office,  A 20-year veteran of the Trumbull police force, William Ruscoe, was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison and 10 years of probation for sexually assaulting a teenage girl in a police youth program. He took her to his home, ordered her into his bedroom, and sexually assaulted her there. He received half of the 5 year sentence agreed-to in a plea bargain because of his “years of good service with the police department,” according to news reports.  http://bit.ly/1ybgJEq

§  Homerville, Georgia: January 12, 2015, An officer, Santiargo Lopaz King, arrested was for sexual assault of a female jail inmate. The officer is alleged to have taken the inmate to another location in the county where they had consensual sex. Afterward, he returned the inmate to jail. http://ow.ly/HfeRt    

§  Plano, Texas: January 9, 2015, An officer, Richard S. Bradford, 45, was arrested for possession of child pornography on his phone. He had been arrested three weeks prior to this incident for indecent contact with a minor, allegedly inappropriately touching a nine-year-old girl. He is on administrative leave pending the investigations. http://ow.ly/H9lqO    

§  Welch, West Virginia: January 8, 2015, Officer Patrick Sherman McKinney, 52, was arrested for stalking and harassing a woman. Among other allegations, he pulled her over and sexually propositioned her. http://bit.ly/17B93Qd   

§  Brigantine and Atlantic City, New Jersey: January 9, 2015, Two officers, Ralph M. Pereira, 44, and  Andre Corbin, 43, were indicted for sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl. The prosecutor alleges that the men provided alcohol to the teen and took photographs of sexual acts .http://ow.ly/H3SUo    

§  Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, January 8, 2015,  The officer, Daniel Holtzclaw, facing multiple counts for sexually assaulting female drivers he pulled over has been fired http://ow.ly/H3ZlY

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Interviews from Mexico, hosted by Laura Carlsen, goes straight to the source -- the men and women making news and making history in Mexico and throughout the region.

Today's program looks at growing problem of sex trafficking of women. Mexico has been identified as one of the worst countries in the hemisphere in terms of sex slavery and trafficking, mostly involving women and girls. The government's response, according to human rights organizations, has been inadequate.

Carlsen interviews Teresa Ulloa, director of the Coalition against Trafficking in Women for Latin America and the Caribbean. Ulloa discusses the scope, trends, and new dynamics of the problem on a regional and national level and what is being done on the ground to address the situation on a general and individual level.

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No se sabe cuántas fueron, no hay manera de saberlo porque naturalmente no quedan registros de estas bestialidades. Sin embargo, fuentes respetables hacen cálculos que van desde los 50.000 a los 200.000 y hasta los 400.000, si esas fuentes son chinas. Ésos son los números que se estiman para quienes eran llamadas "mujeres de confort", jovencitas que fueron arrancadas de sus casas en los países ocupados por el ejército y la armada imperial japoneses entre 1932 y 1945 y llevadas a diferentes territorios como esclavas sexuales de los soldados. Cuando se van a cumplir 70 años del fin de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, quedan con vida muy pocas de esas mujeres lastimadas para siempre. Sin embargo, algunas siguen peleando para que el gobierno japonés reconozca el daño que les hicieron y pague por ello. Aunque parezca increíble, aún no lo consiguen.

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This documentary aims to highlight the issue of "Comfort Women" or girls forced into sex slavery by the Japanese Army during World War II as grave violation of human rights that affected AND continues to affect women all across Asia and Europe.
The film begins in South Korea and moves on to meet victims in Wuhan, China, Shanghai, the Philippines and Australia. 
It was aired on March 1st, 2013 on Arirang TV, Korea's only global network.

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Effectively managing sex offenders is among the top criminal justice policy concerns nationwide, and preventing sexual victimization is a key goal for professionals at all stages of the criminal justice system, including those who are responsible for parole decisionmaking. The following resource package has been developed to assist paroling authorities to consider their current practices with adult sex offenders and the degree to which these practices align with the Parole Resource Center's practices targets to support risk reduction. It is one in a series of three resource packets on special populations (i.e., justice involved-women, persons with mental health issues, and sex offenders) designed to provide representatives of paroling entities with preliminary insights to consider their practices within the context of research-supported and other promising practices, and identify areas in which additional attention may help strengthen their future practices with respect to this special offender population. Research shows that adults who commit sex offenses differ from juveniles who engage in sexually abusive behavior in a number of ways and, as such, policies and practices should reflect these developmental and other differences and not simply mirror strategies developed for adults. This resource packet focuses only on the adult sex offender population.

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In this video, you will learn some basic tips that will allow you to communicate effectively and easily through an interpreter with a person who doesn't speak your language. Espanol: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=...

Legal Services of New Jersey is a non-profit organization that oversees the coordination of six regional Legal Services programs. Our mission is to provide representation and advice to low-income New Jersey residents in civil legal cases. 

Visit our legal information website, www.lsnjlaw.org, for more videos and publications about various areas of law, or www.lsnjlaw.org to learn more about Legal Services of New Jersey.

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VESSEL: A fearless sea captain sails a ship through loopholes in international law, providing abortions on the high seas, and leaving in her wake a network of emboldened activists who trust women to handle abortion on their own terms.

A film by Diana Whitten
Community Screenings and Filmmaker Appearances: 
Caitlin Boyle | Film Sprout | 347.682.2483 | vessel@filmsprout.org
International Sales: Philippa Kowarsky | Cinephil | +972 3 566 4129 | Philippa@cinephil.co.il
North American Sales: FilmBuff | 212.627.9898 | marca@filmbuff.com
Publicity: Adam Segal | 2050 Group | 202.422.4673 | adam@the2050group.com
88:00 | HD Video | 16:9 | Stereo | Color | 2014 | USA


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Justicia para Yakiri Rubio
   Juez determinará si la absuelve por “abusar de legítima defensa”

Excerpto Y es que a la joven de ahora 21 años se le acusa de homicidio por defenderse de la violación y herir, con la misma navaja con la que fue amenazada, a Miguel Ángel, el hombre que la ultrajó sexualmente. 

En lugar de ser defendida por la autoridad judicial, Yakiri fue encarcelada en el penal femenil de Santa Martha Acatitla, y después en el de Tepepan, ambos en esta capital.
Tras manifestaciones de su familia, feministas y activistas, y la acción de su defensa legal, la Quinta Sala Penal del Tribunal Superior de Justicia del Distrito Federal (TSJDF) reclasificó el delito de homicidio a homicidio con “uso excesivo de la legítima defensa”, por lo que la joven pudo seguir el proceso en libertad.


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Introduction – Nishan Bhaumik on the history of the Violence Against Women Act’s passage and reauthorization and the goals of the VAWA @ 20 series.

VAWA After the Party: Implementing Proposed Guidelines on Campus Sexual Assault Resolution – Mary P. Koss and Elise C. Lopez of the University of Arizona on the effect of existing and proposed VAWA guidelines on the process for sexual assault adjudication at institutions of higher education.

Roll Back “Prison Nation” – Donna Coker, Professor of Law at the University of Miami School of Law, on VAWA’s contribution to hyper-incarceration.

Raising the Visibility of the Margins and the Responsibility of Mainstream – Marcia Olivo, Sisterhood of Survivors/Miami Workers Center, and  Kelly Miller, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, on the need to expand VAWA in order to guarantee protections for marginalized communities.

HIV, Violence Against Women, and Criminal Law Interventions – Aziza Ahmed, Associate Professor of Law at Northeastern University School of Law, on HIV/AIDS and the negative consequences of the criminal law approach to sex trafficking.

Art, Violence, and Women – Yxta Maya Murray, Professor at Loyola Law School, on how visual art can inform the feminist legal process.

The Politics of Pretext: VAWA Goes Global – Deborah M. Weissman, Reef C. Ivey II Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law, on VAWA International (I-VAWA), Congress’s attempt to expand U.S. influence in the realm of violence against women as a matter of foreign policy.

Building the Knowledge Base: Research Funding through VAWA – Claire M. Renzetti, of the University of Kentucky, Rebecca M. Campbell, of Michigan State University, and Allison Adair, of the University of Kentucky, on the substantial increase in empirical studies of the causes and consequences of violence against women, as well as research on responses to both victims and perpetrators.

Stalled at 20: VAWA, the Criminal Justice System, and the Possibilities of Restorative Justice – Leigh Goodmark, Professor Law at the University of the Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, on restorative justice and the failure of VAWA to provide abuse survivors with alternative venues for seeking justice.

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Women held in detention at the notorious Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre say they are treated like “animals”, according to a hard-hitting report which outlines allegations of routine bullying and sexual abuse against female inmates.

The report by Women for Refugee Women (WFRW), released today, reveals that women at the centre, in Bedfordshire, are denied basic privacy and are routinely stared at by male members of staff while they are naked or using the toilet.


Many are subjected to racist abuse, it adds, and a number have complained of being physically or sexually assaulted by staff at the centre, Britain’s largest detention facility for women facingdeportation.The report draws on the experiences of 38 women detained at Yarl’s Wood between June 2012 and October 2014.



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The NFL has jump-started a national conversation on domestic violence, but there's one group we're overlooking: The people we trust to keep us safe.

In families of police officers, domestic violence is two-to-four times more likely than in the general population — from stalking and harassment to sexual assault and even homicide. As the National Center for Women and Policing notes, two studies have found that at least 40% of police officer families experience domestic violence, in contrast to 10% of families in the general population. 

America's police domestic abuse problem was on full display in Monday's horrific murder of Valerie Morrow, who police say was shot to death by her ex-boyfriend, Stephen Rozniakowski, a Philadelphia-area police officer. Morrow, 40, had just been granted a protection from abuse order against Rozniakowski, who had been charged with 75 counts of stalking.

After Rozniakowski reportedly resigned from his job Monday, police say he kicked open the door to Morrow's home, shot her to death and wounded her teenage daughter before being apprehended at the scene.



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“Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely,” said the British historian Lord Acton. Unfortunately, this is not entirely a myth.

A great deal of research—especially from social psychology—lends support to Acton’s claim: Power leads people to act in impulsive fashion, both good and bad, and to fail to understand other people’s feelings and desires. UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner explains some of the ways in which power encourages individuals to act on their own whims, desires, and impulses.

When researchers give people power in scientific experiments, those people are more likely to physically touch others in potentially inappropriate ways, to make risky choices and gambles, to speak their mind, and to eat cookies like the Cookie Monster, with crumbs all over their chins and chests.

FEATURING: Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology and founding faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley

Read more: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/artic... Berkeley Social Interaction Lab: http://socrates.berkeley.edu/~keltner/ Greater Good Science Center: http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/

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Madrid, 12 ene. 15. AmecoPress.- La aprobación de la Ley Organica 1/2004 sobre medidas de Protección integral contra la Violencia de Género, supuso un avance en cuanto a la concepción de la violencia por razón de género en el marco íntimo como hecho estructural. Aun considerar la incidencia de la entrada en vigor de la LO 1/2004, la cifra de víctimas mortales aumentó, hasta valores superiores a los previos a la entrada en vigor de dicha Ley.




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 If you would like to receive updates on the Task Force please subscribe here

On December 18, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order establishing a Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The Task Force seeks to identify best practices and make recommendations to the President on how policing practices can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust and examine, among other issues, how to foster strong, collaborative relationships between local law enforcement and the communities they protect. The Task Force is directed to provide an initial report on recommendations to the President by March 2, 2015.

The Task Force Membership


Commissioner Charles Ramsey,
Philadelphia Police Department

Laurie Robinson, Professor,
George Mason University


• Cedric L. Alexander
• Jose Lopez 
• Tracey L. Meares 
• Brittany N. Packnett
• Susan Lee Rahr
    • Constance Rice
    • Sean Michael Smoot
    • Bryan Stevenson 
    • Roberto Villaseñor


The Task Force is initiating a public engagement process aimed at gaining broad input and expertise from stakeholders to inform and advise them in developing recommendations.

We invite the public to participate in one of the following ways:

Public Meetings with Task Force: The Task Force will convene several public meetings to hear testimony, including proposed recommendations for consideration from invited witnesses, and also receive comments from the public. Additional information on each of these public meetings is available by the links below. Information can also be found in the Federal Register. Additional dates will be posted as they become available.

Written Public Comments: Public recommendations on the specific topics of each Task Force meeting should follow the comment guidelines for each meeting. General comments on the mission and work of the Task Force may be submitted at any time toComment@taskforceonpolicing.us or via U.S. Mail to: President's Task Force on Policing in the 21st Century, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice, 145 N Street, N.E. 11th Floor, Washington, DC 20530.



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Pocket Guide
Provides brief explanations of:

  • legal concepts, documents, and tools that may be misused to commit elder abuse or used properly to remedy it, and
  • issues and actions that justice system professionals should consider if they suspect elder abuse has occurred.

Desk Guide 
Provides more information about Pocket Guide topics, as well as:

  • tips for communicating with older individuals,
  • the differences between civil and criminal courts,
  • entities that may be involved with elder abuse victims or perpetrators, and
  • additional resources.

The Guides provide information on a variety of important topics:


Background Information


  • Types of Elder Abuse
  • Abusers & Risk Factors
  • Consent, Capacity, & Undue Influence
  • Adult Protective Services & Mandatory Reporting
  • Considerations for Community Corrections


Legal Documents and Tools


  • Deeds & Life Estates
  • Guardians/Conservators
  • Health Care Advance Directives
  • Joint Owners/Joint Accounts
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Nursing Homes & Assisted Living
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Representative Payees & VA Fiduciaries
  • Reverse Mortgages
  • Trusts
  • Wills













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Move over Yelp. A new website allows migrant workers to post reviews about recruiters and employers online, using a simple feature phone. It’s called Contratados–”being contracted”–and it allows migrant workers to rate employers and recruiters. With January and February being key times to recruit migrant workers, the developers of the site hope it can be used as a tool to protect workers’ rights. (Latinousa)




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Alcohol-Facilitated Sexual Assault

And Then There Were Three: Multiple Defendant Rape, Witnessed Rape, and Other Complex Cases

Betraying the Badge: Officer-Involved Domestic Violence

Beyond Conviction Rates: Measuring Success in Sexual Assault Prosecutions

Context is Everything: Battered Women Charged with Crimes

Domestic Violence and Firearms: A Deadly Combination

Ethical Considerations for Prosecutors in Sexual Violence Cases 

Following the Digital Breadcrumbs: Utilizing Technology in Sex Trafficking Prosecutions 

From Barriers to Solutions: Investigating and Prosecuting Human Trafficking 

Gang-Related Violence, Exploitation, and Intimidation 

Going Forward Without the Victim: Evidence-Based Prosecutions in Domestic Violence Cases 

Higher Education: Dispelling Myths to More Effectively Prosecute Campus Rape

Integrating a Trauma-Informed Response

Interviewing Victims of Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation: Techniques and Tactics

Intimidation in Human Trafficking Cases

Intimidation of Victims of Sexual Abuse in Confinement 

Labor Trafficking: Exploitation for the Sake of the Bottom Line

Making it Stick: Protecting the Record for Appeal

Overcoming the Consent Defense: Identifying, Investigating, and Prosecuting the Non-Stranger Rapist

Pretrial Motions: Admitting and Excluding Evidence in the Prosecution of Sexual Abuse in Confinement

Prosecuting Intimate Partner Sexual Assault

Sexual Abuse in Confinement – An Introduction for Prosecutors 

Sexual Abuse in Confinement: A Case Study

Stalking and Technology: Prosecution Strategies

Strangulation Injury

Trial Strategies for the Prosecution of Sexual Abuse in Confinement

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Former Buffalo, N.Y., Police Officer Cariol Holloman-Horne 


Eight years ago Buffalo, N.Y., Police Officer Cariol Holloman-Horne intervened in an incident between a suspect and a fellow cop, and she ultimately lost her career and her pension.

If you are a “good cop” in the United States who has knowledge of what you perceive to be police misconduct or brutality, yet do nothing, then you are not only perpetuating cycles of mistrust and cynicism in communities of color toward law enforcement, but also aiding and abetting the extrajudicial killing of people around this country.

On Nov. 1, 2006, now-former Buffalo, N.Y., Police Officer Cariol Holloman-Horne refused to be that kind of “good cop.” Her case has received regional attention for years, but the recent rash of police killings, particularly the choke hold death of 43-year-old Eric Garner, has pushed it into the national glare for the first time.

The then-19-year veteran, who is African American, was called to the scene of an alleged domestic violence dispute at the home of local musician Neal Mack. Upon her arrival, Mack had already been restrained after allegedly resisting arrest.



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for Amnesty International

On December 24, (now in effect) the first ever international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) regulating the sale of conventional arms and ammunition will go into effect. The treaty will require that before authorizing a sale of arms and ammunition across international borders, governments must assess the risk that the weapons will be used to commit or facilitate serious violations of international humanitarian or human rights law, undermine peace and security, or engage in transnational organized crime.  If an exporting country knows there is an “overriding” risk that the arms will be used for these purposes, the sale is prohibited.

In another break-through, the ATT is also the first legally binding international agreement that makes the connection between the international arms trade and gender-based violence (GBV). Only recently has the gendered aspect of armed violence been recognized.  During the drafting of the treaty, Amnesty International joined with the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the Women’s Network of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), and Oxfam to enlist the support of both governments and civil society for inclusion of a gender dimension in the treaty.  As a result of these efforts, Article 7(4) of the ATT makes it mandatory for arms exporting countries to assess the risk that their weapons will be used in the commission of GBV and deny authorization of any sales that present an “overriding” risk.  


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RNS) Cardinal Raymond Burke, a senior American churchman in Rome who has been one of the most outspoken critics of Pope Francis’ push for reform, is roiling the waters yet again, this time arguing that the Catholic Church has become too “feminized.”

Burke, who was recently demoted from the Vatican’s highest court to a ceremonial philanthropic post, also pointed to the introduction of altar girls for why fewer men are joining the priesthood.

“Young boys don’t want to do things with girls. It’s just natural,” Burke said in an interview published on Monday (Jan. 5). “I think that this has contributed to a loss of priestly vocations.

In the interview, Burke also blamed gay clergy for the church’s sexual abuse crisis, saying priests “who were feminized and confused about their own sexual identity” were the ones who molested children.

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Stock photos tell us what we think a perfect rape survivor should look like: white, middle class and on the verge of tears.

Over the past couple of months, there has been a lot of news on sexual assault -- from Jian Ghomeshi to Bill Cosby to Uber drivers to rape on college campuses. And there have been tons of reaction pieces to these events. Besides feeling a real exhaustion and sadness over the way our culture treats rape survivors, I’ve noticed something about all of the stock photos accompanying these articles.

They’re all photos of women, often with their faces hidden from view -- heads in their hands or on their knees. They’re in the fetal position. They look like they’re in the process of crying, or about to cry.




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