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News Round-up ~ Resumen de noticias


 

This past week, a Florida pastor was arrested for failing to report the suspected sexual abuse of a child. Over a year ago, one of the three young victims informed the pastor of the ongoing abuse. Though he provided the victim with counseling, the pastor never reported the crime to the police because he “didn’t have proof”.

How does a pastor respond when informed of allegations concerning child sexual abuse? All too often the responses by pastors are too little too late.   Here is a simple rule that should be followed by pastors and everyone else: Immediately report allegations of child sexual abuse.   Not only will you potentially save the life of a child and stop the heinous acts of a predator, but you will also most likely be following the law.

Approximately 27 states specifically designate members of the clergy (pastors) as mandated reporters. Another 18 states designate all adults to be mandated reporters of suspected child abuse. This means that in almost every state of the country, pastors are mandated by law to report suspected child abuse or face criminal prosecution. Even in those limited circumstances when a pastor is not a mandated reporter, nothing prevents him/her from voluntarily reporting suspected abuse to the authorities.

Confessional - photo courtesy of Brian Allen via Flickr

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Confessional – photo courtesy of Brian Allen via Flickr(Image source)

Perhaps the most confusing issue for most pastors related to reporting child sexual abuse is what to do when a perpetrator is the one who discloses the abuse. If a perpetrator confesses to sexually abusing a child to a pastor, every effort should be made by the pastor to insure that the offender immediately reports his/her crime to the authorities. This should certainly be the expectation if the perpetrator has expressed a desire to demonstrate repentance. Expressing repentance for a crime without voluntarily submitting to the civil authorities is manipulation, not repentance. The dark reality is that most offenders who confess abuse to a pastor won’t report themselves to the authorities. In those circumstances, the pastor has a fundamental decision to make; remain silent and protect a perpetrator, or report the abuse and protect a vulnerable

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Inocencia Robada es un documental que refleja la historia de dos primas, Erika y Estrella de 14 años, respectivamente, quienes cayeron en manos de la Trata de Personas. Relatan, con estricto apego a... la realidad, los momentos vividos durante su cautiverio. Tepetlixpa, Estado de México, es el pueblo de estas pequeñas, quienes vivían a unos metros de distancia la una de la otra, solían salir juntas a todos lados, estudiar, jugar, soñar, reír; pero en un instante, su vida cambio: el paraíso de la inocencia se convirtió en su peor pesadilla. Una pesadilla que se repite una y otra vez, aunque los personajes son diferentes, los unen algunas similitudes: son seres inocentes. Erika y Estrella pasaron a formar parte de una lista de más de 250 mil víctimas de Trata de Personas. Los vestidos de princesa y esa fiesta de 15 años que nunca llegó, se transformaron en bestiales ataques, brutales violaciones. Ya no eran princesas, eran esclavas sexuales, acompañantes de desconocidos con aliento alcohólico y tabaco, noches y días interminables. El instinto de supervivencia de Estrella, hizo que lograra escapar, llegara a casa, y aún en shock, acudiera a las autoridades para liberar a su prima de esa esclavitud. Estrella corrió con la suerte de que la policía del Estado de México, cumpliera con su deber y ambas niñas regresaran a casa donde las esperaban sus padres, sus osos de peluche, la paz y seguridad del amor de sus familias. "Inocencia Robada, El Documental", es el reflejo de la realidad que los niños, niñas y jóvenes enfrentan día a día, cuando son víctimas de trata de personas. Habla de la actuación oportuna de la autoridad, cuando si hay quien ejecute su trabajo con compromiso y muestra el avance que se tiene en esta materia, por la relevancia que este delito representa para el crimen organizado. Tepetlixpa, Estado de México. 27 de Enero de 2011.

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principle source, policemisconduct.net
 
Tuscaloosa, AL, August 21, 2014,  police officer,  Jimmy Darrell Smith, 33, accused of sexually assaulting & attempting to strangle his wife He was arrested by the Tuscaloosa County Homicide Unit on Thursday. http://ow.ly/AD6Vd 
 
Update: San Diego, CA, August 22, 2014, former San Diego police officer, Christopher Hays, 30,  pled guilty: accused of groping, illegally detaining several women. In addition to Hays, SDPD Officer Donald Moncrief was accused earlier this year of touching a woman inappropriately during an arrest in the South Bay and allegedly exposing himself to the woman. Meanwhile, former San Diego police officer Anthony Arevalos is currently serving prison time for sexual battery and false imprisonment charges he committed while in uniform as a police officer patrolling the Gaslamp from 2009 to 2011.   http://ow.ly/AD7d3 
 
Phoenix, AZ, August 20, 2014, Criminal & admin investigations launched into officer-involved fatal shooting of mentally ill woman http://ow.ly/ACznw 
 
Denver, CO, August 20, 2014, Denver Police Department officer, Mark Beluscak, 45, was arrested on child abuse charges http://ow.ly/ACrOn 
 
Oklahoma City, OK, August 21,2014, Oklahoma Police officer, Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw is in jail: accused of several on-duty sexual assaults: described as “disturbing” by chief http://ow.ly/ACoJx 
 
Update: West Columbia, South Carolina: August 19, 2014,  A police officer, Andrew Haney, 31, was found guilty of one count of lascivious acts with a 13-year-old girl. He faces a mandatory prison sentence of five years followed by years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender. http://ow.ly/AxyKc
 
Savanna, Georgia: August 20, 2014,The assistant police chief, Bo Muhalland, has resigned after being accused of providing beer to three underage girls. He has been charged with three felony counts of furnishing alcohol to a minor. He’s also been charged with misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and obstructing an officer. http://ow.ly/AxLKI
 
North Port, Florida: A police officer who kissed a 16-year-old girl faces unpaid suspension and probation for the act but will not be criminally charged. The teen and her father reported to the department that she was kissed by the officer against her will. http://ow.ly/AdaHr
 
Jemez Springs, New Mexico: August 18, 2014, The now-former police chief, already fired by the town for “questions of judgment,” has been indicted on criminal sexual penetration and other charges that occurred while he was the chief. http://ow.ly/AdbDZ
 
Update: Tulsa, Oklahoma, August 19, 2014, (First reported 08-06-14): 54-year-old Shannon Kepler, a Tulsa police officer, has pled not guilty to first-degree murder in the off-duty shooting death of his daughter’s boyfriend. http://ow.ly/Axxsu
 
Glendale, California: August 19, 2014, A Glendale police officer, Vahak Mardikian, 48,  on vacation in Las Vegas was charged with soliciting prostitution after a sting involving an undercover cop. http://ow.ly/AxEst
 
Palatka, Florida: August 19, 2014, A police detective, 48-year-old Reno Chevelle Fells, has resigned after being arrested in a prostitution sting. http://ow.ly/Avsfr
 
Update: Fayetteville, Arkansas August 15, 2014, (Previously reported 02-14-14): The fired police officer, Jamison Stiles, accused of raping a woman while on duty received five years probation in a plea deal with prosecutors. He will be required to register as a sex offender. http://ow.ly/Avptg
 
Emmett Township, Michigan: August 16, 2014, A police officer, 45-year-old Troy Estree, has been arrested by state troopers and is expected to be formally charged with two counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct.The victim is allegedly a female teenaged relative who is under 16.  http://ow.ly/Asn7m
 
Tucumcari, New Mexico: August 15, 2014, Authorities say a state police officer, Isaac Vigil, has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. He’s not allowed to perform any police duties and has had to turn in his police vehicle, badge and department-issued firearms. e ow.ly/As2U8
 

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“A mí también me violó el ejército de Guatemala” la afirmación estalla y no hay manera de eludir las esquirlas. Es la frase del cartel que promociona el 3er Festival Comunitario por la voz, la memoria y la vida de las mujeres en Huehuetenango, durante agosto de 2013, organizado por la colectiva Actoras de Cambio. Desde dicho rótulo una mujer vistiendo hüipil interpela y recuerda una cadena de violencias que aún no han sido reparadas. Heridas que no cierran, que comenzaron a fines de 1970 y se profundizaron hasta principios de 1980, contexto en el que se produjeron más de 600 masacres en las aldeas del seno de la población maya. 

Catarina Gómez habla en su idioma ancestral maya, pero en su discurso aparecen las huellas de la violencia en claro español: “Organización”, “violación”, “discriminación”, “mal trato”. Una compañera traduce: “las mujeres sí sufrimos el mal trato y luego de eso comenzó el narcotráfico y la violencia de otra manera. Se rompió mi silencio por que ya no quiero sufrir más, ya no quiero que regrese otra vez cómo fue en el 82 y las mujeres, los jóvenes, los chiquitos y todos aquellos que vienen atrás, no quiero que sigan sufriendo”. 

Una gran marimba con cuatro ejecutantes en un lugar privilegiado del salón comunal de Chaculá. El suelo regado con ramitas de pino. Del techo cuelgan globos y banderines. Si nadie avisara que es un espacio para que las sobrevivientes de la violación sexual de la guerra civil se encuentren a celebrar la vida, podríamos confundir el evento con una fiesta de quince años. Si sólo observáramos cómo las mujeres bailan entre ellas al ritmo dulce de la marimba, sin saber que muchas de ellas después de haber sido abusadas no por uno si no por una decena de soldados fueron esclavizadas por las tropas, pensaríamos apenas en un dulce daño alejado del verdadero latigazo que les tocó vivir no hace tanto. 

La colectiva Actoras de Cambio trabaja con estas mujeres desde 2004 con premisas claras: romper el silencio alrededor de la violencia y la violación sexual. ¿Cómo reparar con justicia momentos marcados con la violencia del fuego? Se trata, no sólo de relatar la violencia para sanar, si no también de “reapropiarse del propio cuerpo, de la sexualidad y lograr ser personas propositivas y generadoras de cambios” tal como definen Amandine Fulchiron y Liduvina Mendez, coordinadoras de los grupos de mujeres.

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The casket of 6-year-old Samenia Robinson is laid to rest alongside those of her mother, Detra Rainey, 39, and three brothers in Hillsboro Brown Cemetery in 2006. Detra Rainey’s husband was accused of fatally shooting her and his stepchildren inside their North Charleston mobile home. FILE/STAFF

 
 

More than 300 women were shot, stabbed, strangled, beaten, bludgeoned or burned to death over the past decade by men in South Carolina, dying at a rate of one every 12 days while the state does little to stem the carnage from domestic abuse.

More than three times as many women have died here at the hands of current or former lovers than the number of Palmetto State soldiers killed in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined.

It’s a staggering toll that for more than 15 years has placed South Carolina among the top 10 states nationally in the rate of women killed by men. The state topped the list on three occasions, including this past year, when it posted a murder rate for women that was more than double the national rate.

Awash in guns, saddled with ineffective laws and lacking enough shelters for the battered, South Carolina is a state where the deck is stacked against women trapped in the cycle of abuse, a Post and Courier investigation has found.

Couple this with deep-rooted beliefs about the sanctity of marriage and the place of women in the home, and the vows “till death do us part” take on a sinister tone.

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The current crisis at the southern U.S. border has been all over the news as thousands of unaccompanied children have been apprehended. This crisis is yet another reminder of why we need comprehensive immigration reform and why immigration is a feminist issue.

While the majority of children apprehended at the border are boys, the number of girls is increasing at a startling rate. While from 2013 to 2014, the number of boys detained at the border rose eight percent, while the number of girls rose 77 percent, increasing from 7,339 to 13,008.  This year, 40 percent of children at the border were girls, up from 27 percent last year.

These girls and boys are all fleeing violence, extreme poverty, and high murder rates in their home countries. In addition to those threats to their security and wellbeing, women and girls also face gender-based violence.

There has been an increase in incidents of gender-based violence in Central America in recent years. Rates of femicide (the targeted, systematic killing of women and girls), sexual violence, kidnapping, forced disappearance and unjustified detention are on the rise in the region, causing thousands of women to flee Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico due to their well-justified fear of being raped, murdered or tortured.

Most of the unaccompanied girls apprehended at the U.S. border this year came from Honduras, where the pandemic of gender-based violence is particularly severe. Rates of gender-based violence in Honduras rose sharply after the 2009 coup d’état and during the subsequent regime of Porfirio Lobo. Between 2002 and 2010, the rate of femicide increased 257 percent and, today, the second most prevalent cause of death of women is gender-based violence.

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REPORT ON RACIAL DISCRIMINATION AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK/AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN, INCLUDING THOSE IDENTIFYING AS LGBTQ, AND THE IMPACT OF INADEQUATE RACIAL JUSTICE INITIATIVES AND VIOLENCE PREVENTION POLICY IMPLEMENTATION IN THE UNITED STATES.

SUBMITTED BY BLACK WOMEN’S BLUEPRINT

June 30, 2014

                                                                                                                                                           IN RESPONSE TO THE

85th Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination

11-29 August 2014

Geneva, Switzerland

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Which kind of policing do you want for your community?

Police recruiting videos provide a unadulterated view of exactly the kind of people police agencies want to attract. They expose the origins of police problems we're seeing today, and the overlooked need of communities to take control of selecting who should be allowed to hold police powers in the first place,

The four American videos show police agencies seeking people attracted to adrenaline fueled, hyper militarized, hyper male, hyper weaponized forces battling against the community in one aggresive use of force after the other.

The one Canadian video provides a stark contrast with the police agency seeking people who can communicate, listen, empathize, and care about their diverse community. Even the background music in these videos tells the story. It's a fascinating and instructive look at two polar opposite views of police philosophies. Which kind of police do you want for your community? 

Oh, and to which of these agencies would you be willing to report a rape or domestic violence?

RECRUITING VIDEOS - US:

Antioch, CA Police

Gainsville, Fl

Illinois State Police

Las Vegas Police

RECRUITING VIDEO - CANADA

Peel Regional Police (Ontario)

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from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Researchers and professionals in the field have known for years that domestic violence and child maltreatment often co-occur in families. The extent to which this happens is hard to estimate, with early studies indicating overlaps ranging from 30% to 60%. When domestic violence is identified in a juvenile dependency case, it is important that judges respond in a way that holds the perpetrator of the violence accountable, keeps the victim and children safe, and helps to prevent future violence.

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) recognizes the challenges inherent to the intersection of child maltreatment and domestic violence. In 1999, the NCJFCJ published Effective Interventions in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Cases: Guidelines for Policy and Practice (otherwise known as the Greenbook), which provides guiding framework for communities faced with co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment. Subsequently the NCJFCJ developed the Reasonable Efforts Checklist for Dependency Cases Involving Domestic Violence and the Checklist to Promote Perpetrator Accountability in Dependency Cases Involving Domestic Violence.

This Technical Assistance Bulletin (TAB) reports on additional steps the NCJFCJ has taken to further explore this complex issue. The TAB includes findings from case file reviews in three jurisdictions that explore how cases with overlapping domestic violence are treated in comparison to dependency cases without domestic violence, identifies themes that emerged from court stakeholder teams that attended a domestic violence and child maltreatment co-occurrence mini-conference, and provides recommendations to the field of how to enhance practice when there is a co-occurrence of domestic violence and child maltreatment. 

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As Ferguson continues to reel after Michael Brown’s death and the police threaten to shoot journalists and tear gas children, three badass teenage coders from Georgia have developed a timely mobile app to hold police accountable.

Five-O, created by siblings Ima, Asha, and Caleb Christian, allows users to detail their encounters with police officers and rate them on their professionalism. Anyone can check how their community stacks up and the information will be sent to law enforcement. “We’d like to know which regions in the US provide horrible law enforcement services as well as highlight the agencies that are highly rated by their citizens, explained senior Ima.” In addition to putting more power into the hands of citizens when interacting with law enforcement, we believe that highly rated police departments should be used as models for those that fail at providing quality law enforcement services.” 

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The Role of Educational Experiences in Promoting Resilience to Crime and Violence in Early Adulthood

Abstract

This study investigates whether positive educational experiences in midadolescence mitigate the impact of exposure to substantiated maltreatment and reduces young adult antisocial behavior. While there is theoretical and empirical support for the mediating or moderating role of educational experiences on maltreatment and antisocial outcomes, few prospective studies exist. In this exploratory study, data are from the Rochester Youth Development Study (RYDS), a longitudinal panel study of 1,000 adolescents. The original sample included 73% males, and 85% African American or Hispanic youth of whom about 20% were maltreated. Measures in this study are from a combination of interview data and official records collected through age 23. Outcomes include self-reported crime and violence, arrest, and partner violence perpetration. Educational variables include midadolescent self-report of high school graduation, educational aspiration, college expectation, school commitment, teacher attachment, self-reported grades, school GPA, attendance, and an additive index of all school assets. Multivariate path analysis controlled for gender, race/ethnicity, poverty, and early antisocial behavior.

Path analysis examined whether educational experiences mediated the impact of maltreatment on antisocial outcomes. Although maltreatment was significantly predictive of criminal and violent behaviors, it only was weakly associated with educational experiences. The impact of maltreatment on arrest was weakly mediated (reduced) by educational GPA and by high school graduation. The additive index also mediated the impact of maltreatment on crime and violence. Maltreatment’s impact on partner violence was also weakly mediated by school GPA. Interaction terms were used to test for moderation: only one significant effect was found: school GPA protects maltreated youth from perpetration of partner violence as young adults. Although there are few significant effects in a number of models, the research is consistent with a focus on promoting school achievement and completion among urban youth in general, in conjunction with addressing earlier antisocial behavior problems.

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Lorena Roca vive en Salta. Tiene 29 años y una muy temprana historia de abusos y maltratos. Desde los 19 es víctima de violencia de género por parte de su ex pareja. Aunque radicó 102 denuncias policiales contra la misma persona, jamás recibió asistencia integral por parte del Estado. Red Eco Alternativo

Contacto Lorena: 0387-156131081 / 
0387-4951601 
(Giselle Scardilli - Red Eco) Salta -  Lorena vive con sus hijas de 11 y 8 años en el barrio Los Pinares de la localidad Cerrillo en la capital salteña. Al día de hoy, realizó más de cien denuncias en distintas dependencias de la ciudad de Salta en contra de Luis Ledesma, su ex pareja y padre de sus dos hijas. A pesar de este abultado expediente que acumula los abusos de la violencia machista que sufrió durante 10 años, hoy tiene moretones de los golpes que le dio su ex marido hace tan solo una semana y media cuando la encontró por la calle.
Las 102 denuncias realizadas por la víctima se radicaron en diferentes dependencias. Muchas de ellas en la Subcomisaría Los Pinares, del barrio donde vive. Otras tantas fueron efectuadas en la Oficina de Violencia Familar (OVIF) del Poder Judicial de Salta. “Yo no les creo más nada a los de OVIF, hice casi 50 denuncias ahí y solamente conseguí vivir durante años con la policía en la puerta, pero nada más. Ahora, por orden del juez, debería tener custodia policial pero no hay nadie. Si reclamás, quedás mal en el barrio, los oficiales te miran mal”, contó a Red Eco. Si bien Ledesma posee una orden de restricción, la vulnera frecuentemente ya que la pena por dicha transgresión es una multa de $500, según cuenta Lorena.

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Highway Patrol's Ron Johnson Transforms Ferguson's Anger Into Healing

The time bomb that was Ferguson, Missouri, was defused Thursday thanks to the presence and leadership of Capt. Ron Johnson of the State Highway Patrol.

On Thursday, amid unrest over the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Mike Brown, Gov. Jay Nixon announced the St. Louis County Police Department would be relieved from duty. Control was turned over to the Missouri State Highway Patrol with Johnson at the helm. The move came after the department's extreme tactics made headlines across the nation, with reports detailing unjust arrests as well as demonstrators being injured by rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray.

When Johnson took over, the mood in Ferguson changed.

He told troopers to remove their gas masks. Then he marched alongside protestors, holding their hands and listening to their stories.

“I’m not afraid to be in this crowd,” he said while walking with the marchers gathered in the St. Louis suburb, per The Washington Post.

“When I see a young lady cry because of fear of this uniform, that’s a problem," he also said. "We’ve got to solve that.”

Cpt. Johnson WALKED in the march. "We're all in this together...we're not in this for fear, to intimidate."

He told protestors Thursday evening that the issues facing the city have hit close to home for him. "I've got a son that deals with the same thing," Johnson said.

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SEE ALSO: It Turns Out Policing Is Better Than Occupying

AND:  To Terrify and Occupy, How the Excessive Militarization of the Police Is Turning Cops Into Counterinsurgents

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The Women Peacemakers Program (WPP) published its Policy Brief on Gender & Militarism! This Policy Brief aims to inform activities and lobby & advocacy efforts for the advancement of UNSCR 1325 and the Women, Peace & Security Agenda. 

Read the WPP Policy Brief Gender & Militarism

IMG 8895 CopyWith the 15th anniversary of UNSCR 1325 around the corner (October 2015), this brief draws upon the discussions held during the WPP Global Consultation (July 2014) about current trends and challenges in advancing implementation of UNSCR 1325. For 2,5 days consultation participants analyzed, from a holistic gender perspective, UNSCR 1325 in connection with militarism and the current global security framework. This analysis exposes the negative impact of current trends to militarize security for the Women, Peace & Security agenda; it also provides an alternative nonviolent framework for creating sustainable peace for both women and men. WPP has included recommendations to advance gender-sensitive peace and security in the brief, addressing a wide variety of stakeholders, from international (UN) to the local level, from governmental officials to (women) peace organizations.

WPP thanks all who supported and contributed to the successful Global Consultation, especially for the rich sharing of insights and experiences on Women, Peace and Security among participants. The analysis and examples of gender-sensitive nonviolent actions, aiming to challenge militarism and creating sustainable peace, inspire our activism. WPP will continue working in partnership as well as supporting ongoing and innovative work to advance gender-sensitive peace. 

Download the Policy Brief Gender & Militarism

 

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News broke yesterday that “Ma’Lik Richmond, one of two teens convicted in the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, is back on the roster of the Steubenville Big Red football team.”

It’s been only two years since the arrests of Richmond and fellow Big Red teammate, Trent Mays, for the rape of a girl in Steubenville. It’s important to remember that even after the boys arrests, no one cared about this case. Alexandria Goddard, a former Steubenville resident and a blogger, dug up everything she could off of the internet and started relentlessly pushing the story from her own site. Her account of her own experience being at the forefront of this case is horrible; she has paid a steep price for forcing this case into the national and international spotlights.

The victim in the case – Jane Doe – received death threats in the wake of Richmond and Mays being convicted. She was blamed for what happened to her, despite the conviction. She was the antagonist in a story where the real crime was how being found delinquent would ruin those boys’ lives:

It wasn’t enough that ABC aired a rosy profile of one of the now-convicted rapists before the trial, emphasizing his happy mood the night of the rape and his football career. Instead, CNN anchor Candy Crowley and correspondent Poppy Harlow talked about how hard it was to watch the convicted rapists break into tears, given their good grades and, again, their football-playing prowess. NBC’s Ron Allen spoke eloquently about the boys’ “dreams” of college and, again, their football skills now wasted by their convictions. And, of course, the APUSA Today andYahoo stories about the convictions all led off with how the victim in the case – of whom the boys were convicted of raping – was reportedly drunk on the night in question. The convicted rapists’ intoxication, or lack thereof, was not, apparently, editorially important.

Richmond was released from Juvenile Detention in January after serving less than a year. Jefferson County Chief Probation Officer Fred Abdalla Jr. told WTRF, “There’s no law against it that states he can’t play. There’s no OHSA rules that they’d be violating, then I think the boy should be allowed to play. Malik Richmond has done everything the court has asked him since he’s been sentenced.”

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   Entre sus principales logros, la despenalización del aborto en DF

Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir (CDD) cumple 20 años de existencia en la defensa de los Derechos Humanos (DH) de las mujeres, en especial los sexuales y reproductivos; la promoción del acceso al aborto libre y seguro; la construcción de una Iglesia más incluyente, humana y justa, y el impulso de un Estado laico y democrático.
 
En dos décadas, la agrupación ha obtenido diversos logros a favor de las mexicanas y el resto de la población, entre ellos la despenalización del aborto en el DF, y visibilizar los abusos y violaciones sexuales por parte de sacerdotes contra religiosas y menores de edad, principalmente.
 
Al finalizar el gobierno de Carlos Salinas de Gortari –presidente que con sus reformas constitucionales otorgó reconocimiento jurídico a las iglesias y restableció relaciones diplomáticas con el Vaticano–, y en el contexto de la Conferencia Internacional sobre Población y Desarrollo (CIPD) de El Cairo, en 1994, CDD nació formalmente.
 
Desde su surgimiento, CDD tuvo como objetivo principal contribuir a que las instituciones, cultura y sociedades sean “más justas, democráticas y laicas”, meta en la que avanzaron (y continúan haciéndolo) mediante monitoreo de políticas públicas, capacitaciones, publicaciones y campañas; acciones que buscan incidir en la agenda política del país.  

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Lecture by Professor Diana E. H. Russell about sexual violence and abuse toward, and discrimination against women. Prof. Russell is one of the world's foremost experts on sexual violence against women and girls.
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The National Task Force on the Use of Restraints with Pregnant Women under Correctional Custody, initially convened by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2011, created this best 
practices statement to articulate a set of principles to guide agencies and jurisdictions in the development of local policy and practice. These best practices are relevant across a variety of settings including criminal justice, juvenile justice, psychiatric and forensic hospitals, law enforcement transport, and others. This document refers and applies to both women (age 18 years and older) and girls (younger than age 18) who are pregnant, laboring and delivering, or in the post-partum period.
 
This statement is not a proscribed policy. Rather, it should serve as a starting point for individual organizations to use in developing effective internal policies, procedures, and practices that maximize safety and minimize risk for pregnant women and girls, their fetuses/newborns, and correctional and medical staff. 
 

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Mujeres policías participaron en actividad para explicar cómo se debe denunciar a los acosadores ante las autoridades.

La Dirección de Protección de la Familia y Personas Vulnerables de la Policía estuvo hoy en la Estación Central del Metropolitano para recordar las medidas que debe seguir una persona cuando es víctima de una agresión sexual callejera.

¿QUÉ HACER?

1. Apenas sucede la agresión, la víctima debe fijarse bien en el rostro, el color y tipo de ropa del acosador, en caso huya. La víctima podrá retenerlo si pide apoyo inmediato a la gente de alrededor o la intervención de cualquier policía o sereno que esté cerca. Si se encuentra en un bus del Metropolitano, puede pedir ayuda al conductor. En varias zonas de Lima hay policías vestidos de civiles.

2. La víctima también debe asegurarse de grabar o tomarle fotos al agresor, mientras lo tenga cerca, para facilitar su identificación posterior. Una vez que llega la policía o un sereno, la víctima puede exigir la detención inmediata del acosador, si ha caído en flagrancia.

3. Luego, la persona afectada puede denunciar la agresión en la comisaría de la zona y exigir que la denuncia pase al Ministerio Público. Puede pedir una copia del parte o atestado policial y defensa jurídica gratuita.

4. La víctima debe recibir durante todo el proceso y exigir un trato digno, especializado, oportuno, reservado y multidisciplinario. Luego de presentar la denuncia, la persona tendrá que asistir a citaciones policiales, dar su testimonio y reconocer al acosador, hasta que un juzgado resuelva el caso.

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This paper is part of the Special Issue: Understanding terror and violence in the lives of children and adolescents. More papers from this issue can be found at http://www.eurojnlofpsychotraumatol.net

Published: 2 July 2014

European Journal of Psychotraumatology 2014. © 2014 Grete Dyb and Miranda Olff. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported (CC BY 4.0) License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), allowing third parties to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, and to remix, transform, and build upon the material, for any purpose, even commercially, under the condition that appropriate credit is given, that a link to the license is provided, and that you indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use. 

Citation: European Journal of Psychotraumatology 2014, 5: 25121 - http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/ejpt.v5.25121

Millions of children each year are exposed to acute events that affect one individual or family at a time (e.g., car accidents, residential fire, street violence, sudden medical events) (Langeland & Olff, 2008). Less frequent, but with major impact, are terror attacks. Across the world, terrorist groups, single actor terrorists, and perpetrators of school shootings have attacked groups of children and youth in spaces thought to provide safety. Research performed after such attacks suggests that the prevalence of posttraumatic stress reactions among persons with high levels of exposure is substantial (Schwarz & Kowalski, 1991; Scrimin et al., 2006).

This issue of the European Journal of Psychotraumatology focuses on recent major shooting events targeting youth in Europe. In Finland two shootings took place; the first school shooting occurred in Jokela 2007 and the second in Kauhajoki 2008. After the 2007 school shooting in Finland, high levels of posttraumatic distress were reported by 27% of females and 7% of males, 4 months after the shooting (Suomalainen, Haravuori, Berg, Kiviruusu, & Marttunen, 2011). In this issue, Turunen presents how attachment may be associated with the recovery processes following these events (Turunen, Haravuori, Punamäki, Suomalainen, & Marttunen, 2014).

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The Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative (IM-Defensoras) denounces the assassination of a woman defender in Guatemala.

- IM-Defensoras deplores and denounces the assassination of Guatemalan feminist and women human rights defender Patricia Samayoa, perpetrated by a private security guard.

- We extend our most sincere support, solidarity and sisterhood to her daughter Andrea, family, friends, and activist colleagues as well.

Friday, July 25, 2014 – The Mesoamerican Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative (IM-Defensoras), comprising more than 300 women human rights defenders of Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua, has received with grief, consternation and indignation the news of the assassination of feminist activist and women human rights defender Patricia Eluvia Samayoa Méndez that took place in Guatemala City the night of the 3rd of July.

According to information provided by women human rights defenders in Guatemala and to local media coverage, Patricia Samayoa died after being shot by a security guard working for a drugstore she entered to buy medicines. The guard "shot her because he thought she was a robber."

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated event, and it occurred in a context of widespread violence throughout Guatemala, a country with one of the highest homicide rates in Latin America –34.03 out of 100 thousand inhabitants according to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The clearly unsuccessful response of the government to this situation of insecurity has been on one hand an ongoing militarization of the territory, and on the other a tendency to delegate duties to private security companies. According to our "2012 Assessment Report: Violence against WHRDs in Mesoamerica," the number of private security guards has triplicated that of police officers. Besides, most of the private security companies are not officially registered; their guards work beyond government control, frequently performing police functions and in many cases perpetrating abuses, as it is evident from the fact that in 2012 private security guards ranked fifth on the list of perpetrators of aggressions against women human rights defenders, being responsible for 25 of the 230 attacks recorded in Guatemala.

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Only three out of every 100 rapists will ever spend even a single day in prison, according to a new analysis by RAINN of Justice Department data. The other 97 will walk free, facing no consequences for the violent felony they have committed. Because rapists tend to be serial criminals, this leaves communities across the nation at risk of predators.

While the percentage of rapes reported to police has risen in recent years, a majority — 54% — still are not reported, according to the Justice Department. But increasing reporting alone won't solve the problem: only about one out of four reported rapes leads to an arrest, and only about one out of four arrests leads to a felony conviction and incarceration.

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“What we’re really missing is a coordinated global effort that is commensurate with the scale and the size of the issue” of FGM and child marriage, she said. “With 14 million girls married each year, a handful of individual projects around the world are simply not enough to make a dent in that problem.”

U.S. action

The need for better coordination and accountability was echoed by Lyric Thompson, co-chair of the Girls Not Brides-USA coalition, a foundation that co-sponsored Tuesday’s Girl Summit here in Washington.

“If we are going to end child marriage in a generation, as the Girl Summit charter challenges us to do, that is going to mean a much more robust effort than what is currently happening,” Thompson told IPS. “A few small programmes, no matter how effective, will not end the practice.”

In particular, Thompson is calling on the United States to take a more active stand against harmful practices that affect women globally, which she adds is consistent with the U.S Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013

“If America is serious about ending this practice in a generation, this means not just speeches and a handful of [foreign aid] programmes, but also the hard work of ensuring that American diplomats are negotiating with their counterparts in countries where the practice is widespread,” she says.

“It also means being directly involved in difficult U.N. negotiations, including the ones now determining the post-2015 development agenda, to ensure a target on ending child, early and forced marriage is included under a gender equality goal.”

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Ángela González es la primera mujer en demandar al Estado como responsable civil del filicidio de su hija de 7 años; lo había denunciado 30 veces por violencia; condena de la ONU

Madrid-. Angela González, la primera mujer en demandar al Estado español como responsable civil de filicidio, afirmó que sabía que su ex marido acabaría matándola a ella "o a la niña, o a las dos", por lo que lo había denunciado en más de 30 ocasiones.

"Me llamo Angela González, vivo en Madrid, tengo 44 años y durante los últimos 20 he sido una mujer maltratada. Tuve el valor de abandonar a mi marido, Felipe Rascón, con una bolsa en una mano y Andrea bajo el brazo en 1996", dijo la mujer en una entrevista con el diario español El Mundo.

Desde entonces y hasta que su hija fue asesinada pidió ayuda "a los jueces, a la Policía, a la Guardia Civil, a los servicios sociales... íA todo el mundo! Pero nadie nos protegió", dijo.

"Supliqué que se interrumpiera el régimen de visitas, que no dejaran que Felipe viera a la niña o, al menos, que los encuentros fueran vigilados. Pero un juez estimó que el padre tenía derecho a estar con ella a solas, que no era peligroso. El 24 de abril de 2003 Felipe le disparó en la cabeza y se suicidó", contó.

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in 2013. She says the court’s majority fails to understand what women face in achieving equality. CreditTodd Heisler/The New York Times 

WASHINGTON — When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reflects on the Supreme Court’s recent rulings, she sees an inconsistency.

In its gay rights rulings, she told a law school audience last week, the court uses the soaring language of “equal dignity” and has endorsed the fundamental values of “liberty and equality.” Indeed, a court that just three decades ago allowed criminal prosecutions for gay sex now speaks with sympathy for gay families and seems on the cusp of embracing a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
 
But in cases involving gender, she said, the court has never fully embraced “the ability of women to decide for themselves what their destiny will be.” She said the court’s five-justice conservative majority, all men, did not understand the challenges women face in achieving authentic equality.

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