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Statement by the Minister of Justice Regarding Legislation in Response
to the Supreme Court of Canada Ruling in Attorney General of
Canada v. Bedford et al
 
June 4, 2014 - Ottawa, ON - Department of Justice Canada
 
Today, the Honourable Peter MacKay, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for
Central Nova, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of
Canada, issued the following statement:
 
"Our Government remains committed to keeping our streets
and communities safe by cracking down on those who fuel
demand for prostitution. Today, our Government is responding
to the Supreme Court of Canada's ruling in Canada v. Bedford
to ensure that Canada's laws and the criminal justice system
continue to address the significant harms that flow from prostitution
to those engaged in prostitution and to other vulnerable persons,
while protecting Canadian communities.
 
"The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act is a
"made-in-Canada" model, which directly targets the demand for
this dangerous activity. The Act would introduce tough action to
crack down on pimps and johns. For the first time, the purchase
of sexual services would be criminalized, with tough penalties for
those who exploit others through prostitution. The proposed legislation
would also protect and safeguard our communities-in particular women,
children, and those who are at risk of being drawn into
prostitution-from the dangers associated with prostitution, including
violence, drug-related crime, and organized crime.
 
"This model involves a significant overhaul of the Criminal Code's
treatment of prostitution and related activities. It would:
 
* Criminalize those who fuel the demand for prostitution,
i.e. purchasers of sexual services;
 
* Continue to criminalize those who financially benefit
from the exploitation of others through prostitution,
such as pimps, and those who procure others for
the purpose of prostitution;
 
* Prohibit advertising for the sale of
others' sexual services in print or online;
 
* Immunize those who sell their own sexual
services from criminal liability for any part
they play in the purchasing, material benefit,
procuring or advertising offences;
 
* Protect our communities by criminalizing
communicating for the purpose of selling sexual
services in public places where a child could reasonably
be expected to be present; and
 
* Increase existing penalties relating to child prostitution.
 
 

 

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Las personas investigadoras han detectado a 10.862 víctimas potenciales de estas redes dedicadas a la explotación sexual

Madrid, 03 jun. 14. AmecoPress. En este primer año de vigencia del Plan contra la trata, puesto en marcha en abril de 2013, la Policía Nacional ha liberado a 354 mujeres (29 de ellas menores). En total, las personas investigadoras de la Unidad Central contra las Redes de Inmigración y Falsedades Documentales (Ucrif) han detectado a 10.862 víctimas potenciales de estas redes dedicadas a la explotación sexual.

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El balance de este primer año del plan se hizo público después de una reunión del director general de la Policía, Ignacio Cosidó, con representantes de organismos e instituciones públicas y de distintas ONG de ayuda y asistencia a las víctimas.

Entre los integrantes de estas organizaciones detenidos en el último año destacan 252 españoles, 207 rumanos, 115 chinos y 104 nigerianos, miembros de redes de las que la Policía ha salvado a 354 mujeres, de las que 300 han sido asistidas por ONGs e instituciones y casi 200 propuestas como testigos protegidas.

Con la puesta en marcha de este Plan, la Policía Nacional mantiene activos dos canales para posibilitar tanto la colaboración ciudadana como la denuncia de las víctimas. En total, las y los investigadores han recibido en este primer año 1.419 comunicaciones a través de estas vías: 787 llamadas al teléfono gratuito 900.10.50.90 -atendido las 24 horas por policías especialistas de la Brigada Central contra la Trata de Seres Humanos- y 632 correos a la dirección trata@policia.es. Gracias a esas informaciones facilitadas en las llamadas y correos recibidos, los agentes han iniciado 165 investigaciones, 16 de ellas ya han concluido con la detención de 37 personas y la liberación de 32 víctimas..

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VEA TAMBIEN: Sí, ¿pero qué podemos hacer? 13 proyectos activistas para grupos pequeños dirigidos a erradicar el tráfico sexual en su ciudad

 

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PARA ESCUCHAR EN VIVO APRIETE AQUÍ
A partir del martes 3 hasta al jueves 5 el horario de transmisión será de 9:00am a 6:30pm

Programa: http://www.gefedi.una.ac.cr/index.php/programa1

GEFEDI

 

San José será la sede del II Congreso Internacional Géneros, Feminismos y Diversidades, que se realizará entre el 2 y 5 de junio. Con el fin de hacer posible que mayor número de mujeres y audiencias puedan conocer los análisis e ideas que aquí serán discutidas, RIF estará haciendo la transmisión en vivo a partir del lunes 2 y hasta el 5 de junio.

Los temas principales que serán abordados por las y los ponentes son

  •          Violencia de género y crimen organizado
  •          Sexualidades plurales y derechos humanos
  •          Aportes para repensar las religiones y la democracia
  •          Géneros y desarrollo en tiempos de tiempo de crisis
  •          Feminismos descoloniales: deconstruyendo los saberes
  •          Tecnología, sociedad y géneros
  • AUDIOS AQUI
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By Caroline Norma

The male orgasm is unimaginably trivial in comparison to the human rights devastation that prostitution inflicts on whole swathes of the globe's female population, writes Caroline Norma.

Amnesty International ran a Stop Violence Against Women campaign between 2004 and 2010 to hold governments to account "for their failure to protect women" and urge them "to live up to their duty to stop this violence".

The organisation during this time lobbied hard for governments around the world to take a strong stand on issues like domestic violence, child marriage, reproductive rights, sexual violence in war, and the history of the Japanese military 'comfort women'.

During the same period, though, Amnesty's international secretariat was lobbied internally by some of its own branches to take a stand on issues of 'men's rights'. In particular, some of its UK members wanted the organisation to stand up for men's right to buy women for prostitution.

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Reforma del Código de Justicia Militar en México: una victoria para las Defensoras de Derechos Humanos

Foto: tlachinollan.org

 

 

 El 30 de abril la Cámara de Diputados aprobó de manera unánime reformas al Código de Justicia Militar, y una de ellas restringe la jurisdicción militar en los casos donde las víctimas sean civiles. AWID conversó con Cristina Hardaga, de  JASS (Asociadas por lo Justo) [1], sobre la importancia de esta reforma para las Defensoras de derechos Humanos.

Por Gabby De Cicco

La reforma del Código de Justicia Militar (CJM) ha sido una demanda histórica impulsada por las víctimas de abusos castrenses, organizaciones de la sociedad civil y los mecanismos internacionales de protección a los derechos humanos. De hecho la Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos (CoIDH) ordenó al Estado mexicano que se reforme el Código en cuatro sentencias vinculatorias, relacionadas con casos donde se comprobó que el fuero militar había extendido su jurisdicción sobre víctimas civiles, afectando el acceso a la justicia. Incluso la Suprema Corte de Justicia de México declaró inconstitucional el artículo 57 del Código de Justicia Militar por hacer del fuero castrense un privilegio personal[2]

AWID: ¿Por qué la aprobación de las reformas al Código de Justicia Militar es tan relevante para las Defensoras de Derechos Humanos?

Cristina Hardaga (CH): La reforma forma parte de una de serie de acciones que buscan poner fin al encubrimiento y violencia castrense, y para las Defensoras, este es su triunfotambién frente al Ejército. Fueron ellas con sus demandas y denuncias al ser víctimas directas de violaciones a los DD. HH. las que pusieron al descubierto las violaciones realizadas por el Ejército. Muchas de ellas enfrentaron directamente el abuso del poder y la violencia institucional castrense, vivieron como el "fuero militar" era sinónimo de encubrimiento y privilegio. Si bien sus denuncias empezaban en las instancias civiles, luego de que la Justicia Civil realizara una lectura del CJM decidía remitir las investigaciones al Fuero Militar, y en ese momento la Jurisdicción Militar asumía la competencia de los casos, de las investigaciones y era el actor gubernamental a cargo de llevar a cabo las mismas.

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BOOK REVIEW EXCERPT:

The UN is failing to protect people from grave human rights abuses. It is failing to deal with the conflicts that give rise to wide scale atrocities. But why is it failing to confront these horrors? Although the UN may protect some human rights in some situations, there are vastly more failures than successes. This book explores what is possible in law, what is possible politically, and why the UN is failing to protect human rights.

Many books by eye-witnesses, victims, child soldiers, and activists detail individual and collective suffering. I am not well-placed to tell those stories, nor are they my stories to tell. I was not there. I did not experience abuses nor bear witness to atrocities. Each story is one of unbearable anguish. But each story is a personal account that cannot go beyond its own particular conflict and context. My aim in this book is to tell a different story: the story of why the international community allows conflicts to continue and human rights to be violated. It is a story of UN inaction.

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LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Police used water cannons to disperse hundreds of women who were protesting Monday against a rise in violence against women in the northern Indian state where two teenagers were gang-raped last week and later found hanging from a tree.

The protesters in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state, were demonstrating outside the office of the top elected official, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, demanding that he crack down on an increasing number of rape and other attacks on women and girls.

Hundreds of police officers, including female officers, pushed and shoved the protesters before deploying water cannons to disperse them.

The protesters also demanded that the government curb police indifference, which they said was encouraging attacks on women.

Police failed to take any action when the father of one of the girls reported to police that the two cousins were missing. Two police officers were fired for dereliction of duty after the girls were found gang-raped and killed.

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IN-DEPTH VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH INDIAN'S HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER, VRINDA GROVER, SUPREME COURT OF INDIA

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Today, the White House released a report that was spearheaded by an interagency task force organized to advise President Obama on the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) policy initiative.

Announcing the Initiative in February, Mr. Obama expressed hope that, “By focusing on the critical challenges, risk factors, and opportunities for boys and young men of color at key life stages, we can improve their long-term outcomes and ability to contribute to the Nation’s competitiveness, economic mobility and growth, and civil society. Unlocking their full potential will benefit not only them, but all Americans…”

But MBK lacks a gender equitable lens, which, if applied, would also illuminate the particular issues impacting girls and women of color. Significantly, girls and women are not mentioned in the report, which was introduced as ”a statement of progress” that only “scratched the surface of this complex issue and opportunity.”

For this reason, more than 200 African-American men signed an open letter to President Barack Obama calling for the inclusion of girls and young women of color in MBK. As Kiese Laymon, one of the organizers noted, “The men who came together to lift up this issue are organizers, professors, recently incarcerated, filmmakers, taxi drivers, college students, high school teachers, ministers, former pro­athletes, fathers of sons, and fathers of daughters. These men, identifying as straight, queer and transgender, all share a commitment to the expansion of My Brothers Keeper ­­ and all other national youth interventions ­­ to include an explicit focus on the structural conditions that negatively impact all youth of color.”

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SEE: LETTER OF 200 CONCERNED BLACK MEN CALLING FOR THE INCLUSION OF WOMEN AND GIRLS IN “MY BROTHERS KEEPER” 

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Una mujer cubana sostiene a su hija en brazos mientras disfrutan de un espectáculo de teatro callejero enun barrio de La habana. Crédito: Jorge Luis Baños/IPS

LA HABANA, 27 may 2014 (IPS) - En Cuba, los medios de comunicación y las autoridades repiten que la participación social de las mujeres es la causa de la baja fecundidad de este país, un argumento que tiene toda la carga de la culpa.

Cuba, que no alcanza desde 1978 el necesario reemplazo poblacional de al menos una hija por mujer, presentó en 2013 una tasa bruta de fecundidad de 1,71 descendientes por cada una, según la Oficina Nacional de Estadísticas e Información (ONEI).

La disminución de los nacimientos, la baja mortalidad y el saldo migratorio negativo en parte determinado por una crisis económica de más de 20 años, elevan la población de adultos mayores en este país del Caribe insular, con casi 11,2 millones de habitantes.

Mujeres especialistas en población y feministas reaccionaron inusualmente molestas por el tratamiento mediático de este tema, a raíz de un reportaje del 29 de abril en el Noticiero Nacional de la Televisión Cubana (NTV), que llega cada noche a las pantallas.

“Estoy harta de escuchar por los medios cubanos, en boca de periodistas, especialistas y hasta de altos dirigentes que las mujeres somos responsables de la baja fecundidad”, protestó la joven feminista Helen Hernández en un comentario que circuló ese mismo día por Internet.

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Key findings

Despite soaring reports of rape, for the past decade detections, prosecutions and convictions in rape cases have not kept pace – and attrition, the rate at which cases are dropped during a police investigation, has gone from bad to worse.

Only around 15% of rapes recorded by police as crimes last year resulted in rape charges being brought against a suspect. And fewer were convicted.

Two thirds of rape complaints drop out of the criminal justice system before they are sent to prosecutors.

The situation is so bad that a former senior adviser at the Met Police says rape for many victims has been ‘decriminalised’.

SEE REPORT HERE

SEE ALSO:

A Typical Rape Case Police Investigation
 The Easy ABC of Ditching a Rape Case
Advocating for Victims of Sex Crimes during 
the Police Investigation
Form for Evaluating Police Rape Investigation

Improving Sex Crime Victim Interviews, 12 Do's and Don't's

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Police reform law underenforced by Department of Justice

A law designed to combat police misconduct is hamstrung by limited resources, a lack of transparency and 'political spillover' at the U.S. Department of Justice, according to a recently published article by Stephen Rushin, a law professor at the University of Illinois and expert in criminal law and policing. Credit: L. Brian Stauffer, Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-05-police-reform-law-underenforced-department.html#jCp

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A law designed to combat police misconduct is hamstrung by limited resources, a lack of transparency and 'political spillover' at the U.S. Department of Justice, according to a recently published article by Stephen Rushin, a law professor at …more A law designed to combat police misconduct is hamstrung by limited resources, a lack of transparency and "political spillover" at the U.S. Department of Justice, says a recently published empirical study by Stephen Rushin, a law professor at the University of Illinois and expert in criminal law and policing. 

In 1994, Congress passed 42 U.S.C. Section 14141 as part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, granting the U.S. attorney general the power to initiate structural reform litigation against local police departments http://phys.org/tags/police+departments/engaged in a pattern or practice of unconstitutional behavior.

Back then, the law's passage made few headlines. But 20 years later, it has served as the basis for the Department of Justice to forcefully reform numerous large police http://phys.org/tags/police/ departments across the country – including Cincinnati, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Seattle and Washington, D.C. 

Nevertheless, the Justice Department has faced numerous hurdles in enforcing the statute, Rushin said. 
"Historically, the federal government has only initiated an average of three formal investigations under Section 14141 per year," he said. "And the DOJ has only pursued full-scale reform against an average of about one department per year. There are around 18,000 police departments in the U.S. So it's partly an issue of scale – the Justice Department doesn't have anywhere near as much money, time and people power to truly engage in extensive oversight of all the police departments across the country. They work hard to make the most of the resources they have. But it is a messy and imprecise process." 

Rushin's article also shows how the Department of Justice has unevenly enforced Section 14141 over time. Having looked at interview evidence, he attributes these variations in enforcement to changes in leadership and internal policies, which affected both the breadth and depth of enforcement. In some cases where systemic police misconduct did appear to exist, a phenomenon Rushin calls "political spillover" deterred the d Department from pursuing a case. 

"As you might expect, politics plays a role in the willingness of the federal government to respond to claims of misconduct in police departments," he said. "Fighting police misconduct at the federal level is politically contentious. As my evidence shows, during the Clinton administration and Obama administration, the DOJ took on an aggressive posture in fighting police misconduct. During the second half of the Bush administration, they were generally uninterested in using the statute." 

In the study, Rushin recommends that the Department of Justice adopt a more transparent internal case selection process to create incentives for proactive reform in local police agencies. He also recommends that state and national policymakers seek alternative routes to increase the number of structural police reform cases. "Combined, those changes could ensure that structural police reform lives up to its potential as a transformative tool for countering police misconduct," he said. 

 

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Comunicado Asamblea Feminista Unitaria

La lucha feminista es diaria, permanente, diversa e internacionalGranada, 29 may. 14. AmecoPress.- El 27 de mayo salimos de nuevo a la calle para seguir ofreciendo resistencia a la mal llamada “Ley Orgánica de protección de los derechos del concebido y de la mujer embarazada”, que pretende sacar adelante el Ministro Gallardón. Y seguiremos saliendo a la calle para defender un derecho innegociable por el que históricamente ha luchado el movimiento feminista: el derecho a decidir sobre nuestros cuerpos y sobre nuestras vidas.

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The event was sponsored by Men As Peacemakers (MenAsPeacemakers.org) and the Program to Aid Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA.org). The meeting was held in the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Hall at the Duluth Labor Temple. 
This program is Creative Commons Copyright 2014, Wild Goose Media, JP Rennquist. This program may be used or shared for any reason with attribution. If you can, please let us know how it is being used and the kind of reception that it receives.

Men Against Trafficking:

Native Women Speak

Men Against Trafficking (Part 2)

What Men Can Do

Men Against Trafficking (Part 3):

Organizing a Community Response

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Unable and Unwilling States, UNHCR and International Responsibility
 
Maja Janmyr

 

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Maricopa, AZ police detective accused of assaulting wife & son during dom dispute arrested & put on paid leave http://ow.ly/xivXM 
 
Memphis, TN police officer charged with molesting child; accused of sexually abusing girl for the last five years http://ow.ly/xitSA
 
Fall River, Massachusetts: A police lieutenant arrested for domestic assault and battery with a dangerous weapon has been released on home confinement. He was arrested after a violent incident. http://ow.ly/xcytZ
 
Los Angeles, California: A police officer has been charged with the attempted murder of his estranged wife during an off-duty incident of domestic violence. http://ow.ly/xcwKX
 
Boston, Massachusetts: A police officer has been suspended from the force for four months for allegedly stalking a woman while on duty. http://ow.ly/xcwsT
 
Phenix City, Alabama: A woman has filed suit after she says an officer beat her after she tried to stop him from coming into her home without permission. http://ow.ly/xbSys
 
Update: Robbinsdale, Minnesota (First reported 03-25-14): The now-former police chief pled guilty to engaging in prostitution. He was charged with the misdemeanor after being arrested in a prostitution sting. http://ow.ly/xbClm
 
Lincoln County, Tennessee: A deputy has been accused of domestic assault. Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said he was arrested after an alleged altercation with his wife. http://ow.ly/x9psa
 
Prince George’s County, Maryland: A former police officer pled guilty to second-degree assault for taking a lewd photo of a woman who was unconscious. http://ow.ly/x9mzk
 
New York, New York: Two police officers are among 70 men and one woman arrested on charges of trading child pornography in what federal officials say is one of the largest-ever roundups in the New York City area. http://ow.ly/x9kvu
 
Vanderburgh County, Indiana: For more than a month, a sergeant has collected a paycheck while being on paid administrative leave. He was placed on leave after an ‘intimidation’ or ‘stalking’ complaint was filed against him. http://ow.ly/x9iOy
 
South Jersey, New Jersey: Two long-serving officers have been accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old. An Atlantic City officer and a Brigantine officer were both arrested after a lengthy investigation. http://ow.ly/x921h
 
St. Joseph County, Michigan: A prosecutor has called for the firing of a state trooper who pulled a gun on an 18-year-old woman whom he had stopped for speeding. A video shows the trooper leaving his cruiser with gun drawn, then handcuffing the woman and putting her in the backseat of his cruiser. http://ow.ly/x5PSu
 
Chicago, Illinois: A police officer hit a handcuffed, kneeling woman in the head, while another shouted racially charged comments at her and threatened she’d be murdered during a raid of a tanning salon. The woman has filed suit, accusing the officers of a hate crime, excessive force, and attempted cover-up by framing her. http://ow.ly/x5M2v
 
Update: Mount Pleasant, New York (First reported 01-24-14): The now-former police chief pled not guilty to child pornography charges in federal court. He is accused of downloading more than 120 files, videos, and images of child pornography. http://ow.ly/x5NGF
 
Pike County, Mississippi: A highway patrol trooper accused of raping a woman during a traffic stop is no longer employed. The trooper was accused, but not arrested when a woman claimed she had been raped. http://ow.ly/x40HU
 
Camden County, New Jersey: A high-ranking police official has been charged with lewdness after allegedly exposing himself in a coffee shop. His chief calls the allegations “deeply troubling.” Authorities say the officer pulled down his shorts while seated at a table and masturbated. http://ow.ly/x4o6A

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Attributing the rampage in Isla Vista to 'a madman' ignores a stark truth about our society

We should know this by now, but it bears repeating: misogyny kills.

On Friday night, a man – identified by police as Elliot Rodgers – allegedly seeking "retribution" against women whom he said sexually rejected him went on a killing spree in Isla Vista, California, killing six people and sending seven more to the hospital with serious gunshot injuries. Three of the bodies were reportedly removed from Rodger's apartment.

Before the mass murder he allegedly committed, 22-year-old Rodger – also said to have been killed Friday night – made several YouTube videos complaining that he was a virgin and that beautiful women wouldn't pay attention to him. In one, he calmly outlined how he would "slaughter every single spoiled, stuck-up, blond slut I see".

According to his family, Rodger was seeking psychiatric treatment. But to dismiss this as a case of a lone "madman" would be a mistake.

It not only stigmatizes the mentally ill – who are much more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators of it – but glosses over the role that misogyny and gun culture play (and just how foreseeable violence like this is) in a sexist society. After all, while it is unclear what role Rodger's reportedly poor mental health played in the alleged crime, the role of misogyny is obvious.

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SEE ALSO: 

The media scapegoating of Rodger’s childhood crush, The "stunning" blonde didn't make him hate women 

AND: 

WHITE GUY KILLER SYNDROME, Can I go ahead and scream yet? It's time for America to admit what it's long resisted: White male privilege kills

AND:

California Slayings Trigger Outcry at Misogyny

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Written for the National Resource Center on Justice-Involved Women by 
Marilyn Van Dieten, Ph.D. 
Natalie J. Jones, Ph.D. 
Monica Rondon, B.S.
 
Overview
 
Over the last decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of females entering the justice system. Currently, women offenders constitute approximately 25% of individuals incarcerated and/or under community supervision (Ferraro & Moe, 2003; Mullings, Hartley, & Marquart, 2004). When compared to males, the majority of justice-involved females are convicted of offenses that are relatively minor in severity (e.g., non-violent offenses like fraud and drug-related charges). However, a small percentage of this population has been charged with violent crimes, including intimate partner violence (IPV). 
 
This practice brief was designed to summarize the available research on female perpetrated violence. Information in this area is still quite limited. However, there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that females who engage in violence are not a homogenous group and that there are some important differences in the context and expression of violent behavior across gender. We will examine a host of personal, contextual, cultural, and 
victimization-related factors among females charged with intimate partner violence and other violent crimes. This information will then be translated into recommendations for assessment and intervention.
 
 
 

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Marilyn Jean Smith, '74, G-'77, and H-'04, founder of Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services

In response to the murder of a Deaf woman by her abusive husband the Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services (ADWAS) started what is now considered the beginning of the anti-domestic and anti-sexual violence movement in Deaf America. This was in the spring of 1985. Using models from mainstream domestic and sexual violence victim services ADWAS spent the next twelve years modifying these models by incorporating Deaf cultural norms and by creating a Deaf-friendly environment to serve Deaf and Deaf-Blind victims and survivors.

These early years proved very difficult for two key reasons: the Deaf community was not ready to confront the reality of domestic violence and sexual assault and the criminal justice system was filled with barriers to access. An important turning point for the movement came in 1998 when the Department of Justice awarded ADWAS with a significant grant to train other Deaf women across America to replicate the ADWAS model.

This paper includes interviews with almost all the groups trained by ADWAS focusing on important challenges and successes they have faced since training. An analysis of how this movement has impacted Deaf America will also be presented including language and cultural changes, employment opportunities that have opened up and most of all how the Deaf community has for the most part seriously begun to address issues of oppression.

Marilyn Jean Smith is the founder and former executive director (1986-2011) of the Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services located in Seattle. Her work at ADWAS brought many awards including one from U.S. President Bill Clinton, the National Association for the Deaf, Deaf Women United, and the Phi Kappa Zeta Sorority. Other recognitions include the Ford Foundation's Leadership for a Changing World award, The Sunshine Lady award, the National Network to End Domestic Violence advocacy award, Bank of America Hero Award, Deaf Hope Trailblazer Award, among others. She served on the boards of Deaf Women United and the National Association of the Deaf and is currently serving on the Deafhood Foundation board.

Marilyn has also received several awards and recognitions from her alma mater—she received her B.A. and M.A. from Gallaudet University—including an honorary Doctor of Laws in 2004. She was the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Fellow and is is a member of the Gallaudet University Board of Associates.

Marilyn is currently principal of The Leading Edge, LLC, which provides workshops on domestic violence, sexual assault, leadership, board development, fund development, grant writing, personal ethics, organizational development, non profit management and is a motivational keynote speaker. She works throughout the United States and Canada.

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¿Quién está haciendo campañas sucias contra mujeres periodistas fuertes, inteligentes y valientes que tienen el valor, los conocimientos, el patriotismo y la honestidad necesarios para decir las cosas como son? Es el mismo machismo de siempre, el grotesco machismo nacional, aunque no sólo mexicano y no sólo proveniente de los hombres sino de mujeres indignas.

Machismo que siempre pretenderá disminuir, denostar a las mujeres y los varones limpios para manejar el mundo a su antojo.

Machismo, originado entre otros focos de poder por la religión, por las religiones más exactamente ¿o qué hay alguna que no sea misógina? 
El machismo en política es una transparente táctica de censura. 

Desprestigiar para hacer callar. Todas las periodistas de México lo hemos padecido, combatido y a veces sobrevivido. ¿Y sigue incólume? Hoy como ayer para tratar de silenciar a las mujeres se utilizan las armas más viles, verbigracia: La exposición pública de su vida privada como está aconteciendo con Denise Dresser y Sanjuana Martínez.
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WTRF 7 News Sports Weather - Wheeling Steubenville

CLEVELAND (AP) — The superintendent of the eastern Ohio district where two high school football players were found guilty of rape in a high-profile case last year wiped computer hard drives, erased emails and lied to investigators about his knowledge of the allegations against the boys, newly released court documents say.

The filing Thursday came in the case against Steubenville superintendent Michael McVey, 51, who has pleaded not guilty to felony counts of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice, and misdemeanor counts of falsification and obstructing official business.

The charges stem from an investigation of McVey's actions after he learned of the allegations in 2012 made by a 16-year-old West Virginia girl against the two members of the storied Steubenville High football team, one of whom was the team's quarterback. The teens eventually were found guilty in juvenile court and were sent to youth detention centers and classified as sex offenders.

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EXCERPTS FROM ELLIOT RODGER'S 140 PAGE WRITTEN MANIFESTO:

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I concluded that women are flawed. There is something mentally wrong with the way their brains are wired, as if they haven't evolved from animal-like thinking. They are incapable of reason or thinking rationally. They are like animals, completely controlled by their primal, depraved emotions and impulses. That is why they are attracted to barbaric wild beast-like men. They are beasts themselves. Beasts should not be able to have any rights in a civilized society. If their wickedness is not contained the whole of humanity will be held back from advancement to a more civilied state. Women should not have the right to choose who to mate with. That choice should be made for them by civilized men of intelligence. If women had the freedom to choose which men to mate with, like they do today, they would breed with stupid, degenerate men, which would only produce stupid, degenerate offspring. This in turn would hinder the advancement of humanity. Not only hinder it, but devolve humanity completely. Women are like a plague that must be quarantined. When I came to this brilliant, perfect revelation, I felt like everything was now clear to me, in a bitter, twisted way. I am one of the few people on this world who has the intelligence to see this. I am like a god, and my purpose is to exact ulitimate Retribution on all of the impurities I see in the world.
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Women's rejection of me is a declaration of war, and if it's war they want, then war they shall have. It will be a war that will result in their complete and utter annihilation.
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The first strike against women will be to quarantine them all in concentration camps. At these camps, the vast majority of the female population will be deliberately starved to death. That would be an efficient and fitting way to kill them all off. I would take great pleasure and satisfaction in condemning every single woman on earth to starve to death. I would have an enormous tower built just for myself, where I can oversee the entire concentration camp and gleefully watch them all die. If I can't have them no one will, I'd imagine thinking to myself as I oversee this. Women represent everything that is unfair with this world, and in order to make the world a fair place, they must all be eradicated.
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I am the victim in all of this.

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   Universidades no previenen ni castigan este delito

Aspecto de Ciudad Universitaria | CIMACFoto: César Martínez López
Por: Anaiz Zamora Márquez, Cimacnoticias | México, DF.- 23/05/2014

Académicas, docentes e investigadoras no están exentas de ser víctimas de acoso y hostigamiento sexual; aunque hay avances, aún no se desarrollan programas, protocolos o unidades especializadas para prevenir estas agresiones y en su caso acceder a la justicia.
 
Recientemente la Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México (UACM) informó la expulsión de la institución del doctor Enrique González Ruiz, al encontrarlo responsable de hostigamiento y acoso sexual contra sus compañeras y colaboradoras María del Carmen Rodríguez Sánchez y Clemencia Correa González.
 
A raíz de lo difundido por la universidad y lo denunciado por las víctimas, Cimacnoticias investigó sobre las herramientas con las que cuentan, además de la UACM, el Instituto Politécnico Nacional (IPN) y la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), para prevenir y castigar el hostigamiento y acoso sexual al interior de estas instituciones de educación superior.
 
La indagación evidenció, por un lado, que este tipo de violencia no es ajena de cometerse contra las académicas. Por otro, que las universidades carecen de un sistema integral para investigar las agresiones sin exponer a las víctimas, así como para sancionar, atender y reparar el daño.  

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Webinar
May 29, 2014 
From 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM

Presented by Christopher Mallios and John Wilkinson, Attorney Advisors, AEquitas

Domestic violence occurs in 25% of relationships and law enforcement officers are not immune. Well-trained in power and control techniques needed on the job, with ready access to firearms, and with intimate knowledge of the justice system, the abuser who wears a badge can use these professional advantages against the victim. Conversely, an officer who is the victim of intimate partner violence may be reluctant to identify as a “victim,” risking potential negative professional consequences as a result of reporting, or failing to report, the abuse. Any effective response to officer-involved domestic violence includes well-publicized departmental protocols that are strictly enforced and communicate to offenders and victims that intimate partner violence in the law-enforcement community will not be tolerated.

This webinar will address: complex dynamics of violence when one or both parties are in law enforcement; effective management of simultaneous administrative and criminal proceedings; provision of appropriate services for victims; and the mitigation of consequences for victim-officers who recant, fail to appear, or otherwise decline to participate.

Allied justice system professionals including but not limited to prosecutors, law enforcement officers, community-based service providers, medical and mental health practitioners, probation and parole officers, and judges are encouraged to register for this webinar.

CLE Credits?
This webinar recording should qualify prosecutors for one and one-half (1.5) hours of continuing legal education credits. Prosecutors are encouraged to contact their state bar association in reference to application requirements and related fees.

Click here to register.

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Full title: "Obtaining U Visa Certification from Judges in Protection Order, Family, Criminal and Other State Court Proceedings."

To access materials associated with this webinar, visithttp://www.niwap.org/go/judges-webinar

This ninety-minute 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.

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Domestic violence affects a third of women worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. In many cases nobody knows of the suffering, and victims aren't able to get help in time.
 
That's why in many countries, including the U.S., there's been a push to make screening for domestic violence a routine part of doctor visits. Last year, the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended that clinicians ask all women of childbearing age whether they're being abused.
 
These days, after your doctor asks you whether you're allergic to any medication, or whether you smoke, she might also ask whether you feel safe with your partner.
 
But an analysis published Monday in BMJ, formerly the British Medical Journal, suggests such generalized screenings may not be helping much. A review of 11 studies involving 13,027 women in wealthy countries found that screening questions did help doctors identify more than twice as many patients who were suffering from abuse. But routine screenings didn't necessarily help those women get the follow-up support they needed, researchers found.
 

 

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