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News Round-up ~ Resumen de noticias


 

Pre-Conference Date:Monday, April 21st, 2014
Conference Dates:22 - 24 April 2014
Conference Location:Seattle, WA

Highlights

Some of the sessions you can look forward to attending include:

• Sexual Violence & Journalism: Collaboration Beyond the News
• Domestic Violence in the Workplace
• Trauma, Addiction & Victimization: The Unspoken Cycles
• Evaluating the Probative Value of Sexual Assault Evidence from Suspects
• Evidence Assessment, Interpretation & Case Impact
• Sheltering Animals & Families Together
• Sex Crimes & Sexually Violent Predators: Dispelling the Myths
• “Okay, I did it!” Techniques for Interrogation & Cross Examination
• Tribal-State-Federal Collaborative Efforts to Protect Native Women
• Ending Violence on College Campuses: A Paradigm Shift
• The Use of Technology to Stalk - Intermediate & Advanced Strategies
• Ethical Dimensions of Forensic Medical Photodocumentation
• Working with Domestic Violence Survivors from Middle Eastern Cultures
• Methods of Recruitment, Coercion & Abuse Perpetrated by Human Trafficker

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Even if you can't make the conference, reading through the conference agenda itself is so extensive and detailed it's a great way to get up to date on the latest in all facets of the struggle to end violence against women and children.

SEE CONFERENCE AGENDA PDF HERE

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per Sylviane Dahan
Vocal de Mujeres y Derechos Civiles de la FAVB (Federación de Asociaciones de Vecinas y Vecinos de Barcelona)
Original en Público (27/02/2014)
 
Asistimos desde hace unas semanas a una intensa campaña a favor de la normalización de la prostitución. Y de modo muy llamativo en Catalunya. Independiente o no – a banqueros y grandes empresarios eso de la autodeterminación no les hace ninguna gracia -, el país que proyectan nuestra élites dirigentes incluye la prostitución como importante “nicho de negocio”. Pero su expansión no es posible sin una previa aceptación social. Y en eso estamos: reportajes machacones en TV3, artículos y entrevistas en los diarios de mayor difusión… Todo ello coincidiendo con el Congreso de Telefonía Móvil, momento álgido en el consumo del sexo de pago en la ciudad.
 
Los argumentos de los lobby partidarios de las industrias del sexo nunca carecen de imaginación ni cinismo, y se adaptan a todas las circunstancias y a todos los públicos. No por ello dejan de ser deleznables. Así, hemos oído a la enésima “prostituta libre y feliz” contando lo bien que se gana la vida; nos han presentado una academia para aprender “el oficio de puta”, uno de cuyos requisitos sería “el gusto por el sexo”; nos han anunciado el nacimiento de una cooperativa de mujeres prostituidas auto-organizadas (cooperativa, eso sí, gestionada por un hombre); nos han explicado que, renunciando a “moralismos”, debíamos entender que en tiempos de crisis la prostitución devenía una opción para las mujeres. (Por lo visto, algunos cargos públicos del PP traducen ya esa “opción” en senda invectiva). Y, por si hiciera falta dar a todo esa operación publicitaria una pátina de rigor científico, hemos visto salir a la palestra una antropóloga como Dolores Juliano, tratando de convencernos de que, mientras que los hombres se muestran proclives a la violencia, la prostitución constituye una “estrategia de supervivencia” propia de las mujeres. ¡Cómo si esa “estrategia” resultase de la naturaleza femenina o del libre albedrío de las mujeres… y no de la estructura patriarcal de la sociedad y de la violenta dominación de los hombres!
 

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In an interview with Kevin Powell over at BK Nation, author Gloria Watkins talks about the state of the feminist movement today:

I think feminism has gone the way of all our movements for social justice: Stuck on a pause. Same as we have seen for Black radical movements for justice. I was talking about Occupy Wall Street, which kind of gave us elements of activism. But we are not in a 99 percent world. We are in world with serious class complexes. It is one thing to be a college student with loan debts and another thing to be just dirt poor for your entire life. The challenge is to come up with more complex understandings of where we are, more global awareness of what connects Americans with what is happening with suffering and oppressed people all around the world. The future is not looking bright for any of us, be it women or people or color. We have to rethink how we live our lives.

I also think how feminism really pushed for jobs and money but we still have women caught up in patriarchy and sexism. A woman in an oppressive marriage with a job will leave. No. So many complexities keep women with jobs and careers in their terrible marriages. So much of civil rights and feminism have been challenged by reality. I think necessity requires us to rethink so much. That is the challenge of this whole Obama time. That sense of promise of Obama has not come true. Not Obama personally but he is a symbol of what we are talking about: What is success? What is a good life? What is our responsibility and accountability to others?

Read the full interview here.

 

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LA HABANA , 28 feb 2014 (IPS) - Miriam Fernández tenía siete u ocho años cuando tres de sus tíos y el marido de su abuela la hicieron víctima de su lascivia, en repetidas ocasiones y amparados en la intimidad hogareña. “Creo que lo he superado, pero ya no confío en nadie”,  dice esta maestra de enseñanza primaria de 53 años.

Ella accedió a revivir aquellos traumáticos episodios infantiles para que las personas sepan el riesgo que corren sus hijos e hijas y los protejan, porque “estas cosas le pueden pasar a cualquiera”, comentó a IPS.

“Antes era más difícil hablar de esto. Cuando vencí el miedo, a los 19 años, le conté a mi madre, ella no dijo nada, pero lloró mucho, quizás le pasó lo mismo”, añadió. 

Testimonios de las víctimas y estudios concluyen que los victimarios son generalmente personas cercanas o de la familia, lo cual influye en que prevalezca el silencio. ”Yo diría que la gente no cree que esto sucede hasta que lo vive”, reflexionó Fernández.

Convencida de que esa baja percepción de riesgo aumenta el peligro, contó su infancia rota en uno de los encuentros del Taller de Transformación Integral del Barrio en Pogolotti, un vecindario obrero del municipio de Marianao, en el oeste de La Habana.

“Al escuchar testimonios como el de Fernández, las reacciones de la gente van desde el asombro hasta la indignación, aunque no faltan las personas que aún dudan de la veracidad de la situaciones narradas”, relató a IPS la especialista en estudios sociológicos del taller,  Mercedes Abreu.

Estos talleres cuentan con pequeños equipos interdisciplinarios que trabajan para reforzar el papel transformador de la comunidad, partiendo de un reconocimiento de las necesidades y las demandas populares en el barrio en que están enclavados. Suman unos 20 en la capital, con algo más de dos millones de los 11,2 millones de habitantes de este país.

“Antes era más difícil hablar de esto. Cuando vencí el miedo, a los 19 años, le conté a mi madre, ella no dijo nada, pero lloró mucho, quizás le pasó lo mismo”: Miriam Fernández.

 

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By Anna MulrineStaff writer / February 24, 2014

Then-Air Force Chief of Safety, Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward, briefs media gathered at the Pentagon in Washington Nov. 14, 2012. Some perpetrators have dozens, sometimes hundreds, of victims in a lifetime, says Woodward, citing studies by psychologists who are now doing consulting work with the Pentagon.

Glenn Fawcett/Department of Defense/AP

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To combat sexual assaults, military officials shift tactics to focus on ferreting out serial predators. Here's why they're increasingly convinced that relatively few people in the ranks commit the bulk of such crimes.

The Pentagon, under pressure to show progress on bringing down rates of sexual assault, is putting new emphasis on ferreting out serial predators within the ranks, as military officials become increasingly convinced that relatively few people are responsible for the bulk of sex crimes.

The new direction is being driven by anecdotal experiences of some commanders, as well as by research showing that in certain semi-closed settings – such as college campuses – as many as 90 percent of sexual assaults are committed by serial offenders.

“We think it tends to be, more often than we’ve believed before, ‘serial predators’ with more than one victim,” retired Maj. Gen. Margaret Woodward, who earlier this month left her post as director of the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, said in an interview. “If you get rid of just one of these predators, it’s pretty significant.”

Some perpetrators have dozens, sometimes hundreds, of victims in a lifetime, says Woodward, citing studies by psychologists who are now doing consulting work with the Pentagon. The military has long been lambasted for failing to address reports of rising sexual assault within the ranks, coming under criticism in documentary films, from members of Congress, and from victims advocacy groups.

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In 2013, through funding awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, the SANE-SART Resource Service's Online Learning Program expanded to include special tracks for victim advocates, law enforcement, legal representatives, and crime lab personnel.

The next sessions are scheduled for March 3–April 25, and April 28–June 20, 2014. After completing 32 hours of self-directed online learning, the student will attend an 8-hour webinar to augment the information provided online and allow learners to ask questions of a subject matter expert. This will complete the training requirement of 40 total hours. The webinars will be taped and stored online for others to review at a later time.

To participate, complete the application form for your discipline posted on theSANE-SART Web site.

The application asks if you are interested in assembling a SART team for a 2-day onsite SART Interactive Scenario, during which your team will take a sexual assault case from first report through a mock trial under the direction of our team of experienced SART professionals. If you check the box indicating you are interested, you will receive further information and a team application form. To be considered for this opportunity, your SART team members must represent four disciplines. Onsite training will be provided for three teams from each of the five U.S. regions. Participants will not be charged for training and will be reimbursed for any necessary travel expenses they incur, including airfare, meals, and lodging, to a maximum allowable level.

Direct any questions to the SANE-SART Online Learning Program Administrator.

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128 So.3d 515, La.App. 5 Cir. (2013)

Nature of the case:

Aggravated rape and sexual abuse of a child.

Facts and Issues on Appeal:

The victim approached a resource officer at school, appearing very upset. In the presence of the assistant principal, the victim disclosed escalating sexual abuse and rapes by her stepfather that started when she was just eight years old. Police and a DCFS worker were brought to the school and the victim repeated the same allegations to them. The police department also obtained the defendant’s cell phone, which contained explicit pictures that an expert confirmed were not downloaded or sent to the defendant.

The victim was interviewed on videotape at the Children’s Advocacy Center one week later and described in detail each act of rape/sexual battery perpetrated by her stepfather. However, when brought to hospital for a forensic medical examination, the victim adamantly objected, claimed to be lying about the abuse and refused to cooperate with the prosecution. At trial, the victim testified that she fabricated the story out of anger for the defendant’s harsh punishment. Despite her recantation, the jury found the defendant guilty. On appeal, the defendant argued that the evidence was insufficient to support his convictions because the victim testified the abuse did not happen, and there was no medical evidence to support allegations. The court disagreed, reasoning as follows:

Ruling & Rationale:

A conviction will stand if the court finds that any rational jury could find guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The evidence was sufficient in this case because an expert witness testified about the nature of recantations and explained to the jury that “Most children do not report abuse for one to five years after the abuse" and that "four to thirty percent of children recant reports of abuse."In sixty to ninety percent of the cases" where victims recant, the abuse is confirmed. The expert explained that children recant for a variety of reasons, including fear and threats and because of “the consequences or reactions of the people around them." Based on this evidence combined with the victim's CAC interview and photographic evidence from the defendant's phone, there was sufficient evidence to convict the defendant despite the victim's recantation and testimony at trial that the abuse did not happen.

Editorial Comment

This case demonstrates the importance of prosecutors moving ahead with charges even after a victim recants, and making sure an expert witness is available to explain the significance of recantations. Recantations without expert testimony are difficult to assess objectively, and jurors who don't understand why recantations are common may unfairly discount the allegations. In certain circumstances, a recantation may actually help prove allegations because jurors might conclude that only the most terrified and truly victimized children would recant.

Submitted By: Sheba Varughese -- Law Student

 

 

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NNEDV has been the primary technical assistance provider for the Office on Violence Against Women's (OVW’s) Transitional Housing Grant Program since 2004. Over the past nine years, NNEDV has developed and collected information, resources, tip sheets, and checklists for Transitional Housing grantees. NNEDV has been providing these materials to programs on a case-by-case basis, as well as through listservs and making them available at conferences. Now, this information and more is organized in a single, accessible online toolkit.

The Transitional Housing Toolkit includes information addressing frequently asked questions, common challenges, best practices, templates for adaptation, and resources for additional information and assistance that visitors can read and download for free. Many of the materials, including the templates, are also available in Spanish. The site is also mobile-friendly, allowing advocates to access it on the go. Categories currently in the toolkit include:

  • Transitional Housing Models & Approaches
  • Housing, Homelessness, & Domestic Violence
  • Financial Empowerment & Economic Justice Resources
  • Employment Resources & Information
  • Implementing & Sustaining Voluntary Services (a Trauma-Informed Approach)
  • Legal Information & Resources
  • Technology, Confidentiality, & Privacy Information
  • Templates & Tip Sheets for Program Policies & Guidelines
  • National Housing Resources

NNEDV is grateful to all of the transitional housing programs, coalitions, and national partners who helped in the creation of this toolkit by responding to questions about what would be helpful and sharing additional resources to be included.

Housing continues to be the highest unmet need for domestic violence survivors and the work of these programs is critical. NNEDV hopes that this toolkit provides guidance and information to ease and support their work. This toolkit will continue to be developed as more helpful resources are identified.

Please check out the toolkit and share with others:

 www.nnedv.org/thtools

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Annotation: 

This model policy for prosecutors and judges on imposing, modifying, and lifting criminal no-contact orders in domestic violence cases addresses the following factors: victim safety, the identification of victim motivations, recognizing victim intimidation, assessing risk and lethality, and assessments regarding the modification of no-contact orders.

 

 

Abstract: 

The model policy presented acknowledges that there is no universal approach to imposing, modifying, or lifting no-contact orders in domestic violence cases, because every case is different; however, the model advises that in each case, prosecutors and judges must obtain as much relevant information as possible in order to administer justice, protect victims, and hold offenders accountable. This paper outlines the factors in a domestic-violence case that should be examined when deciding whether to issue, modify, or lift no-contact orders. Victim safety is the top priority in a court’s deciding whether to issue, modify, or lift a no-contact order. It should not be assumed that a strict no-contact order guarantees victim safety. Research has shown that domestic violence victims are at greatest risk when perpetrators perceive that the victim wants to end the relationship; therefore, no-contact orders can, in some cases, trigger an intensified effort to prevent the victim from leaving the relationship. Factors in examining such a dynamic are the victim’s intent to either end or rehabilitate the relationship, indications that the perpetrator is intimidating the victim to retreat from court involvement in matters related to the victim’s safety, and an assessment of the risk that the perpetrator will attempt to kill the victim rather than lose control over her. Regarding the decision about modifying no-contact orders, this may be a better strategy than lifting a no-contact order entirely, particularly when safety concerns are evident. 46 notes

FULL TEXT PDF FREE ONLINE

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The U.S. government has launched a pilot program authorizing three Native American tribes to prosecute non-Natives accused of sexual and relationship violence against Natives on tribal land.

When President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) in 2013, he enacted legislation that allows Native American tribes to use their own courts to prosecute non-Natives accused of committing dating and domestic violence against Natives on tribal land. The jurisdictional changes take effect in March 2015 but a pilot program, coordinated by the Department of Justice (DOJ), has authorized three tribes to exercise the prosecutions starting this week.

Tribal authority over non-Natives is not new but was completely halted in 1978. Five years previously, a non-Native named Mark David Oliphant was arrested for assaulting a Suquamish tribal policeman on the Port Madison Indian Reservation in Washington state. Oliphant argued that the tribe didn’t hold criminal jurisdiction in the matter. The Suquamish tribe held that its inherent tribal sovereignty allowed it to maintain law and order on its land, up to and including arresting and prosecuting non-Native suspects.

The Supreme Court sided with Oliphant, however, gutting tribal jurisdiction over non-Natives for crimes committed on tribal land. It did so not just for the Suquamish, but for all federally recognized tribes. And because local and state agencies don’t hold criminal jurisdiction on tribal lands, all non-Natives suspected of committing crimes on those lands for the last 40 years or so have been held accountable only by federal prosecutors. U.S. Attorneys are few in comparison to the number of cases that pile up so only the most serious of charges are ever investigated and prosecuted. 

The Supreme Court’s decision in Oliphant v. Suquamish Tribe, however, did rule that Congress could authorize criminal jurisdiction for Native tribes. It would take Congress 35 years to pass such legislation, through VAWA. By 2015 all 566 federally recognized Native tribes and nations will be eligible to exercise criminal jurisdiction over non-Natives for dating and domestic violence.

 

 

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Making it Stick: Protecting the Record for Appeal
Webinar
February 21, 2014 | 2:00PM-3:00PM
 
Obtaining a conviction in a sexual assault, domestic violence, or human trafficking case is usually a hard-won victory, whether by guilty plea or by trial. 

This presentation will discuss the proper creation and protection of the record during all phases of a criminal case, focusing on investigation, charging, plea agreements, trial preparation and strategy, summation, and sentencing. It will address pretrial motions, and trial briefs on anticipated trial problems, and demonstrate how strategic charging decisions can result in admission of evidence that might otherwise be excluded. 

Click here to register.

And more...

 

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SIMPOSIO "EL CAMINO A LA PAZ COMO DERECHO HUMANO"

14 de febrero de 2013/Radio Internacional Feminista

Adilia Caravaca-Sonia Picado-Carlos VillanEl  martes 11 de febrero se realizó el Simposio El Camino a la Paz como Derecho Humano con la participación de  diversos expertos en el tema.

Según la abogada Adilia Caravaca, presidenta de la Liga Internacional de Mujeres Pro Paz y Libertad, "hay una verdadera urgencia que el derecho a la paz integre un conjunto de derechos que se han reconocido pero no se han concretado como realidades, tal como el derecho a vivir libre de violencia, con respeto, libre de la amenaza de las armas, de manera que se conviertan en políticas de estado, en valores y actitudes que se consoliden e incorporen en la convivencia social". 

 

 Para escuchar las presentaciones de los participantes::

Carlos Villán de la Asosiación Española del Derecho Internacional de Derechos Humanos

Manuel Ventura, Juez de la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos

Nicolas Boeglin, profesor de Derecho Internacional Público

Adilia Caravaca, LIMPAL

Sonia Picado, Premio Internacional de Derechos Humanos de ONU

Proyecto Declaración sobre el Derecho Humano a la Paz

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Photo via ED ACT NOW’s petition to the new campus sexual assault Task Force

Know Your Title IX and ED ACT NOW are headed back to the White House, and they need your help. 

Last summer, the coalition of campus sexual assault activists collected 175,000 signatures for their petition calling on the Department of Education to enforce Title IX to end sexual violence on college campuses. President Obama clearly got the message and responded by creating a new White House Task Force to address the issue. (Four out of the five goals the president directed to his task force even came right from their petition, which is pretty damn cool.)

This Friday, the activists are headed back to the White House with some demands for the Task Force.

[W]e’re calling on the task force to make Title IX enforcement meaningful by directing the Department of Education to conduct timely and transparent investigations, issue substantive sanctions against offending schools, and provide substantial resources to colleges about issues, like intimate partner violence, rape, sexual assault, harassment, stalking and abuse, that impact a diversity of students, including queer survivors, survivors of color, and undocumented survivors.

 Sign the petition here to add show your support for survivors and help seize this critical moment. After all, as the activists write, “while the President’s task force is a step in the right direction, it isn’t an end in itself.” Help make sure it lives up to its potential to create real and lasting change on college campuses.

Maya DusenberyMaya Dusenbery is an Executive Director of Feministing.

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Sara Oviedo, Vicepresidenta del Comité de Derechos del Niño de la ONU. / EDU LEÓN

Sara Oviedo Fierro (Ecuador, 28 de julio de 1952) fue elegida en 2012 vicepresidenta del Comité de la Convención de Derechos del Niño en la ONU ante el que compareció el Vaticano el pasado 16 de enero. La socióloga ecuatoriana, que empezó a los 13 años a defender los derechos de los indígenas, las mujeres y los niños, fue testigo de las respuestas esquivas y de la negativa de los portavoces de la Santa Sede a ofrecer datos y hechos concretos sobre los casos de abusos sexuales en el seno de la Iglesia. Como coautora del durísimo informe emitido tras la comparencia, en el que la ONU exige a la Iglesia que entregue a los curas pederastas y que proteja a los niños, Oviedo afirma en esta entrevista, a través de videoconferencia, que el tema de la pederastia está “tan enraizado en las bases de la Iglesia” que sus autoridades tienen miedo a enfrentar el problema.

El asunto de la pederastia está tan enraizado en las bases de la Iglesia que hace temer que si esto se enfrenta ocurra una hecatombe

VER LA ENTREVISTA

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Unión Europea

La Agencia de Derechos Fundamentales de la UE advierte de que la verdadera dimensión del problema "permanece invisible en las cifras oficiales”

 

 

Madrid, 17 febrero. 14. AmecoPress. Dos de cada tres mujeres europeas víctimas de violencia física o sexual no acude a denunciarlo ante la Policía ni ningún otro servicio de asistencia, según los primeros datos de un informe de la Unión Europea que será difundido en marzo. De este modo, el documento, realizado por la Agencia de Derechos Fundamentales de la UE (FRA), advierte de que la verdadera dimensión de la violencia contra las mujeres "permanece invisible en las cifras oficiales, lo que subraya la necesidad de aumentar la percepción de este asunto".

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On Friday, the Department of Justice sent a letter to the Missoula County Attorney's Office in Montana, alleging that it has found "substantial evidence" that prosecutors there systematically discriminate against female sexual-assault victims. According to the DOJ, the office considers sexual-assault cases involving adult women a low priority, often treats these victims with disrespect—quoting religious passages to one woman who reported assault, in a way that made her feel judged—and declines to prosecute some cases in which it has confessions or eyewitnesses, including a case in which Missoula police obtained incriminating statements from a man who admitted to having sexual intercourse with a mentally ill woman, who had asked him to stop.

"We uncovered evidence of a disturbing pattern of deficiencies in the handling of these cases by the County Attorney's Office, a pattern that not only denies victims meaningful access to justice, but places the safety of all women in Missoula at risk," wrote Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels for the Civil Rights Division, in a statement on Friday.

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      EXCERPT from DOJ letter to Missoula, Montana District Attorney (FULL TEXT PDF OF DOJ LETTER HERE)  

Our investigation to date has revealed substantial evidence suggesting that
response to allegations of sexual assault and rape discriminates against Women and that this
discrimination is fueled, at least in part, by gender bias. This bias erodes public confidence in
the criminal justice system, places women in Missoula at increased risk of harm, and reinforces
ingrained stereotypes about women. It-also undermines sexual assault investigations in.Missoula
from the outset, impairing the ability of both police and prosecutors to uncover the truth in these
cases and hold perpetrators of sexual violence accountable.

In addition, our investigation indicates that the County Attorney's Office has often failed
to take the steps necessary to develop sexual assault cases properly so that informed and fair
prosecutorial assessments may be made. As a result, female sexual assault victims in Missoula
are deprived of fundamental legal protections and often re-victimized by MCAO's response to
their reports of abuse. 

Specifically, our investigation has uncovered evidence indicating that the County
Attorney's Office engages in a pattern or practice of gender discrimination in violation of the
Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and
relevant statutes. In particular, there are strong indications that the decisions of the County
Attorney's Office regarding the investigation and prosecution of sexual assaults and rape,
particularly non-stranger assaults and rapes, are influenced by gender bias and gender
stereotyping and adversely affect women in Missoula.

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The NUT (National Union of Teachers, UK) worked for two years with five primary schools to consider how ‘traditional’ gender stereotypes could be challenged in nursery and primary classrooms. The project quickly acquired the name Breaking the Mould. The five schools were provided with support and training.

This webpage provides an overview of how the different schools looked at the impact of gender stereotypes on children and considered how they could begin to unsettle some of the established assumptions about what girls and boys might like or do.

The four publications available from the project are:

Boys and GirlsStereoTypes

This final project report contains conclusions and themes from the five schools.

 

This resource contains information on creating and updating resources as well as specific examples of practice from the project schools.

Childs PlayChilds Play
This resource contains a set of accompanying notes on the project books and explains how to use them.An article called Breaking the Mould: children's books that challenge gender stereotypes (first published in the journal Write4Children).

Investigating different ways to use children’s literature was at the heart of the project – the project books are listed here

The Appendices mentioned throughout, and listed at the end of, this booklet are availablehere. They include materials used by the schools including lesson plans, worksheets and drawings by the children.

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A Women’s Guide to Security Sector Reform
Bibliographic Details: 
Author(s): Megan Bastick, Tobie Whitman
The Institute for Inclusive Security, DCAF 2013
 
  Download
in English 
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in Arabic 
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A Women’s Guide to Security Sector Reform seeks to encourage and empower women to take part in shaping and transforming the security sector in their communities and countries. Even if they have not formally studied security, women often have essential knowledge of community security needs, and have an important contribution to make to security sector reform (SSR).
The Women’s Guide provides both information on the security sector and tools for action. It draws on the rich and varied experiences of women in civil society from across the world and shares examples of practical, and sometimes innovative, ways to influence reform from the grassroots.
 
The Women’s Guide to Security Sector Reform includes three sections:
Section 1: Understanding Security
Introduces key concepts in security, explaining SSR, and discusses why women’s contributions in civil society are vital to transforming the security sector.
 
Section 2: Get Involved
Outlines concrete ways in which women’s organisations can engage and influence reform: how to research security issues, form coalitions, plan strategically, develop recommendations, advocate and engage directly.
 
Section 3: Tools for Action
Presents an array of practical activities and tools for women’s organisations to take action, including activities to identify local security needs, sample letters to security officials, talking points for meetings with policymakers and media and definitions of security jargon.
 

DOWNLOAD HERE

SEE ALSO - Gender Training for the Security Sector: Lessons identified and practical resources (2013)

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NOTICIAS
La interrupción voluntaria del embarazo (IVE), su estatus legal y los datos sobre su práctica, están cubiertos por un espeso velo de silencio
 

A partir del tabú proliferan los mitos, las mentiras y medias verdades, 

Madrid, 12 feb. 14. AmecoPress/La Marea.- La interrupción voluntaria del embarazo (IVE), su estatus legal y los datos sobre su práctica, están cubiertos por un espeso velo de silencio. Y a partir del tabú proliferan los mitos, las mentiras y medias verdades, ya sean producto de la desinformación o de la manipulación intencionada.

El anuncio de la reforma de la actual Ley 2/2010 de salud sexual y reproductiva y de la interrupción voluntaria del embarazo por parte del ministro de Justicia, Alberto Ruiz Gallardón, ha provocado una creciente alerta entre la ciudadanía y, especialmente, entre las mujeres en edad fértil. Vamos a tratar de despejar algunas de las dudas más comunes que rodean a la interrupción voluntaria del embarazo.

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logos: NIWAP, American University Washington College of Law, Legal Momentum, and CALCASA

 

Webinar: Obtaining U Visa Certification from Judges in Protection Order, Family, Criminal and Other State Court Proceedings

NO COST

Presented by: the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) In Partnership with Legal Momentum

Date:                           February 20, 2014 (Thursday)

Time:                           2:00p.m.-3:30 p.m. Eastern Time

Cost:                           The webinar is free to all participants.

Target Audience:        The webinar is for grantees, subgrantees, grant partners and potential grantees of  the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), and advocates, attorneys, judges and court staff  who encounter, work with or advocate for immigrant survivors.

Where:                        Offered online. Participants must register ahead of time at www.niwap.org/training/u-cert-by-judges.php

PresentersLeslye E. Orloff, Director, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project, NIWAP, American University Washington College of Law; and Judge Ramona Gonzalez, State of Wisconsin Circuit Judge.

Description of webinar: This ninety-minute interactive webinar is designed to train attorneys and advocates working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault on how and when U visa certifications can be obtained from state courts. For some immigrants, courts provide the first opportunity to communicate with justice system personnel through a qualified interpreter.  Family, protection order, child abuse, probate, criminal, and other state courts regularly hear cases involving immigrant crime victims.   There are many instances in which courts can and should be asked to sign U visa certifications. Judges are explicitly listed in the U visa statue and implementing regulations among the government personnel authorized to sign U visa certifications.  Under grants from the Office on Violence Against Women and the State Justice Institute, NIWAP has developed a new U Visa Certification toolkit for state and federal judges, magistrates and courts.  This webinar will provide attendees with:

·         An overview of the law and the special role Congress created regarding U visa certification by judges

·         Strategies for seeking U visa certification in  various types of state or federal court cases including timing of judicial certification in civil and criminal cases

·         Discussion of how obtaining certification from a judge or magistrate can be a viable option for immigrant survivors

·         Practice pointers on how judges would complete the U Visa certification form

·         Tools and materials containing up-to-date legally correct information on current DHS policies and U visa certification protocol will be provided for attorneys and advocates.

Attendees are encouraged to participate and ask questions. Participants may wish to review previous webinars and webcast on the U visa and other issues of importance to immigrant survivors available at http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/

Closed Captioning is Available.

Contact: If you need help with your webinar registration or have any technical questions, please contact Levi Wolberg at (202)274-4190 orwolberg@wcl.american.edu.

 

 

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Abstract
 
In the United States, 70% of all non-arrest domestic violence (DV) police investigations are rejected by prosecutors. Using DV investigation data, the routine work habits of two groups of police officers were compared across six measures. Cases submitted by routinely lower effort (RLE) officers are rejected 270% more often, sustaining an average of 4.00 criticisms each, compared to 2.21 for routinely greater effort (RGE) officers. RLE officers submit ambiguous investigations (58% v. 0%), and cases with insufficient evidence (74% vs. 36%).
 
The Proficiency Score (P Score) quantitative monitoring method is presented and validated. This method identifies RLE officers, and also specific areas of deficient individual investigative practice in need of improvement. With improvement, rates of prosecution and conviction for DV crime should increase substantially. 
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Logistic regression was used to assess five different police actions that an investigating police officer can choose to employ when handling a domestic violence call. Each significantly increases the likelihood the prosecutor will file charges: obtain photographs (60 percent); find and arrest the defendant (94 percent); obtain an emergency protective order (87 percent); locate additional witnesses (68 percent); and list more than one criminal charge in the police report (284 percent). Three optional police actions increase the likelihood of criminal conviction: find and arrest the defendant (78 percent); obtain an emergency protective order (102 percent); list more than one charge (142 percent). Survival analysis shows a sixth action, completing the investigation the same day, to significantly increase rates of criminal case filing and also rates of criminal conviction. A strong case, best practices model for the investigation of domestic violence incidents was validated and is presented. Police discretion is discussed. Lawmakers should consider making these optional investigative actions mandatory.
 

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Abstract

Children born of wartime rape are particularly vulnerable and their case is complex as their needs intertwine with the needs of their mothers or their cultural community. To analyse the status of children born of rape and identify both risk factors and key issues, a systematic search among medical and psychological research articles was performed. In addition, historical, sociological and human rights literature was explored. Risk factors for the wellbeing of children born of rape are: pregnancy and delivery; poor parent-child relationships; discrimination and stigmatisation; and identity issues. Three key issues which should direct research and clinical practice are formulated: perceiving children born of rape as secondary rape victims; the existence of multiple perpetrators; and competing rights and interests. To assist children born of rape, clinicians, as well as researchers, are confronted with the challenge to develop a comprehensive perspective that considers the needs and rights of both children and mothers. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

‘Three key issues which should direct research and clinical practice are formulated’

Key Practitioner Messages
  • Children born of rape face serious mental health risks.

  • Perceiving children born of rape as secondary rape victims is of importance as this highlights the risk of confrontation with the direct trauma of the mother via the mother-child relationship.

  • Acknowledging the existence of multiple perpetrators creates the opportunity to hold those involved accountable for their behaviour.

  • Clinicians have to develop a comprehensive perspective that considers the needs and rights of both children and mothers.

‘A comprehensive perspective that considers the needs and rights of both children and mothers’

 

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Women's status may have been transformed, but misdirected resources and incorrect strategies make this difficult to sustain

MDG : Kashmiri Muslim girl students stage a women's rights rally in Srinagar, India
Kashmiri Muslim students stage a rally on international women's day, in Srinagar, India. Photograph: Yawar Nazir/Getty

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXCERPT:

The collective experience of five decades of women's rights organising has shown that supply-driven approaches – giving individual girls or women schooling, jobs, loans, access to political office, or legal redress, or example – may empower women individually, but do not necessarily translate into a better deal for other women.

Deeper and more inclusive change in the status of women can only be achieved by demand-driven approaches – by mobilising women and building their collective power to act together for their vision of a more just society.

FULL ARTICLE HERE

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How To Start an Independent Advocacy Center to End Violence Against Women, ...and Why

Introduction

Part 1 ~ Why there's an urgent need to reinvent independent advocacy and activism to end violence against women

Part 2 ~ Getting Started: First Steps, Decisions, and Notes

The point is not that we need fewer organizations providing important social services for victims of violence against women and children. The point is that we need to create many more organizations that are free enough of restrictive funding to reignite the feminist fight and fire.

Over the last 20 years, the U.S. violence against women movement has become increasingly embedded in the very institutions we most need to change. The feminist rape and domestic violence centers of yesterday have become morphed into the quasi governmental service agencies of today. 
 
The influx of federal funding with its many strings attached, combined with big budget hungry programs, are trends that are crippling our capacity to advocate effectively for victims' rights and to get at the root causes of the violence. There's no question that the current system of rape and domestic violence centers is accomplishing a huge task of providing some much needed services to literally millions of women. But the often restrictive requirements of big funders, especially government funders, combined with the compromising liaisons many centers have entered into with powerful patriarchal systems, in particular the justice system, have frozen the movement in place, institutionalized it, and stripped it from its roots in a feminist movement for social change. 
 
When advocates and the agencies they work for are contractually bound to these government systems, as most are today, it becomes nearly impossible to apply the pressures needed to make those systems change. 

 

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National Academy of Sciences
 
EXCERPT:
 
Despite the increase in the evidence base for violence prevention programs and advances in accessibility of the evidence, major challenges remain with transferring effective programs to different real-world settings.
 
Two key questions are; How to get programs that are known to be effective into wider use, and, equally important, how to halt the use of programs that have demonstrated no discernible positive effect or have had harmful or toxic effects.
 

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María Cristina Olivares había denunciado a su ex por agresiones en 2012. Pero la protección de la Justicia llegó 19 meses después, ya estaba muerta. 

Víctima. María Cristina Olivares.
 

"No ha sido nada grave". Esa fue la evaluación que surgió desde el juzgado que le dio protección a una mujer 19 meses más tarde, cuando ya había sido asesinada por su ex pareja. Los dichos echaron combustible a un caso de violencia de género que suma indignación al dolor.

María Cristina Olivares fue asesinada de 140 puñaladas en San Juan. Un año más tarde, detuvieron por el homicidio a su ex marido, al que la mujer había denunciado por agresión. Ahora, un año y siete meses después del crimen, la Justicia tomó una resolución insólita: citó a declarar a la mujer asesinada, para informarle que se había fallado a favor de su pedido de protección.

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