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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:

(SEE FULL MANIFESTO HERE)

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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Chiroma Maina (R) holds a picture of her abducted daughter Comfort Amos, next to her husband Jonah and her daughter Helen, at their home in Maiduguri May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Chiroma Maina (R) holds a picture of her abducted daughter Comfort Amos, next to her husband Jonah and her daughter Helen, at their home in Maiduguri May 21, 2014.

(Reuters) - Nigerian teachers went on strike and staged rallies nationwide on Thursday in protest against the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls by the Islamist Boko Haram sect and the killing of nearly as many teachers during its insurgency.

Boko Haram gunmen stormed a school outside the remote northeastern town of Chibok on April 14, carting some 270 girls away in trucks. More than 50 have since escaped but at least 200 remain in captivity, as do scores of other girls kidnapped previously.

National Union of Teachers (NUT) President Micheal Alogba Olukoya told reporters Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is sinful," had killed 173 teachers over five years.

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...the reason for the frequent movements of the wandering problem officers tends not to be an affirmative choice but a necessity. It is the result of the fact that past agencies have terminated them, forced them into resignation or disciplined them to the point where the officer saw the “writing on the wall” and resigned. These same individuals then apply to new agencies as certified officers with law enforcement experience, and the problem continues in a new department. The appeal of the gypsy cop. 
 
Why would an agency hire an officer who has bounced from agency to agency—particularly when clear indicators of problem behavior are known to past employing agencies? 
 
One reason is the short-term economic benefit of a certified officer who can be placed into service without the cost of training and certification typically incurred when taking on an applicant who does not possess a law enforcement background. The thinking behind the hiring of a certified officer in spite of past problems is that it is less expensive. The officer does not have to be trained through an academy and certified. The individual is ready to hit the streets almost immediately—meaning that another cop is on the street and money has been saved. 
 

 

 

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NEW YORK (AP) — A police officer, a paramedic, a rabbi, a nurse and a Boy Scout leader were among at least 70 people arrested in the New York City area in recent weeks as part of a sweeping investigation into the anonymous trading of child porn over the Internet.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which led a five-week investigation ending last week, planned to announce Wednesday that it resulted in charges against at least 70 men and one woman. Officials call it one of the largest local roundups ever of individual consumers of child porn, and a stark reminder that they come from all segments of society.

Consuming child porn "is not something that is just done by unemployed drifters who live in their parent's basement," said James Hayes, ICE's New York office. "If this operation does anything, it puts the lie to the belief that the people who do this are not productive members of society."

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To puncture official indifference, Latin American indigenous women are staging a tribunal on the sidelines of a U.N. permanent forum "to push back the invisibility" about what they suffer. "The justice system really doesn't work for us," says one.

NEW YORK (WOMENSENEWS)--At the tribunal, she calls herself Angelica Narvaez, which is not her real name. She is 17, from Mexico and says she is being bullied at school, being called names.

"Indian, short, black and savage," Narvaez told a gathering here last week, with her voice breaking and her translator in tears. "They hit me on my head too," said Narvaez, adding that neither the teachers nor anyone else at the school has done anything to protect her.

Across the street from the , taking place here fromMay 12 through May 23, indigenous women from Latin America are staging public tribunals to denounce and publicize the violence and discrimination they suffer.

Narvaez was one of a dozen indigenous women from GuatemalaMexico and Nicaragua who gathered on May 15 at the Church Center for the United Nations to tell their stories and emphasize the lack of response or protection from authorities.

"One of the main problems is the type of systems we have," Rose Cunningham told Women's eNews in an interview at the New York event last week. "The justice system doesn't really work for us. We have a lot of discrimination."

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When the 28-year-old Brazilian journalist Nana Queiroz read aBrazilian research institute’s report that 65 percent of Brazilians agreed that “women who wear clothes that show off their body deserve to be attacked," she was furious. She went on Facebook and posted an anti-rape petition along with a semi-nude picture of herself with the words “Não Mereço Ser Estuprada” — "I don't deserve to be raped" — written on her forearm. Though that number was later changed to 26 percent when researchers said they'd miscalculated, Queiroz points out that that's still a quarter of the country. Her picture went viral, and thousands of women and men in Brazil and beyond posted their own photos. The campaign got the attention of the government, and Queiroz even met with the Brazilian president. She spoke with Cosmopolitan.com about sexism and feminism in Brazil.

What prompted you to post the photo?

There was research here released by IPEA, a government institution, that said that many Brazilians, including men and women, believe that if women behaved better there would be less rape. I felt this was outrageous. If someone was raped, the one to blame is only the rapist, not the victim. Women should use their bodies for whatever they want. If they want to be seductive, they should be. If they want to be sexy, they should be. If they want to be pure heavenly angels, they should be. Whatever a woman chooses should be respected.

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Teresa Seco era golpeada habitualmente por su marido. En uno de los ataques, ella le dio un puntazo que derivó en su muerte. El tribunal no tuvo en cuenta la historia de violencia y le aplicó una pena durísima. La Corte tucumana revirtió el fallo y criticó a los jueces.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 Por Mariana Carbajal

Un fallo de un tribunal tucumano dejó en evidencia, otra vez, marcados prejuicios machistas de los jueces, su desconocimiento de las características de la violencia doméstica y la resistencia a analizar los hechos y las pruebas a la luz de un enfoque de género. La sentencia en cuestión fue dictada por la Sala I de la Cámara Penal del Centro Judicial de Concepción, al sur de la provincia, y condenó a 12 años de prisión a una mujer de 32 años que, para defenderse de las agresiones de su esposo y proteger también a su hijo de 13 años de los golpes, le dio un puntazo con un cuchillo de cocina, que derivó en la muerte del hombre. Los jueces no tuvieron en cuenta que se trataba de una víctima de violencia doméstica, que había querido denunciar a su marido varias veces en la comisaría local pero la policía la había persuadido de que no lo hiciera y que esa madrugada fatídica del 25 de diciembre de 2010 –cuando ocurrió el hecho– él había entrado violentamente a la casa, después de que ella lo había echado. En el fallo, además, se cuestiona la credibilidad de la mujer por no haberse mostrado como una “esposa atribulada”, preocupada por la salud de quien había atentado contra su vida y la de su hijo. La Corte tucumana acaba de revocar la sentencia y absolvió a la mujer, al interpretar –como sostuvo su defensa en el juicio– que actuó en legítima defensa.

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Title: 

Help-Seeking Strategies of Victim/Survivors of Human Trafficking Involving Partner Migration

 

Author: Kelly Richards ; Samantha Lyneham
  
Document URL:  FULL TEXT PDF ONLINE HERE
  
Annotation: 

Drawing on primary research conducted by the authors (forthcoming) in Australia, this report documents help-seeking strategies of victim/survivors of human trafficking who are exploited by their intimate partners involved in their migration.

 

Abstract: 

This report emphasizes the importance of educating the community and professionals from a wide range of sectors about the plight of these exploited victims and their need for services. These sectors include health, mental health, child protection, social welfare, social work, domestic violence, migration, and legal and law enforcement professions. The focus of this paper is on the help-seeking strategies of human trafficking victims in cases where marriage and other intimate relationships form the context in which victimization is occurring. The exploitation may include forced marriage, servile marriage, domestic servitude, sexual servitude, forced labor, and other slavery-like conditions. For the purpose of this discussion “help-seeking” is defined as “any communication about a problem or troublesome event which is directed toward obtaining support, advice, or assistance in times of distress,” (Gourash cited in Lumby and Farrelly, 2009).

Eight victim/survivors were interviewed for this study, and other information was obtained from court reports on relevant cases. Findings indicate that victims alerted a wide range of potential helpers to their plight, including neighbors, friends, family members, colleagues, community workers, English tutors, migration agents, medical and mental health workers, child protection workers, and local police. Barriers to help-seeking are noted. Recommendations based on the findings focus on improving awareness of and appropriate responses to such victims among the general public and practitioners most likely to encounter such victims in their work. 15 references

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   No hay medidas efectivas ni datos sistematizados, dicen en foro

En 20 años los gobiernos no lograron traducir la Convención Interamericana para Prevenir, Sancionar y Erradicar la Violencia contra la Mujer (Belém do Pará) en beneficio de las mujeres del continente, y tampoco cumplieron con el objetivo de modificar los patrones socioculturales que perpetúan la violencia de género.
 
Lo anterior lo reconocieron los Estados firmantes de la Convención al concluir el Foro Hemisférico Belém do Pará+20 –realizado los días 14 y 15 de mayo en Pachuca, Hidalgo– y adoptar la “Declaración de Pachuca. Fortalecimiento de la prevención de la violencia contra las mujeres”, con la que se crea una plataforma regional de acción en la que la perspectiva de género sea un eje transversal e interinstitucional de los gobiernos.  
 
En tanto, organizaciones civiles del país –entre ellas el Observatorio Ciudadano Nacional del Feminicidio (OCNF)–  criticaron en un comunicado una “clara violencia institucional en la organización del foro”, pues afirmaron que se imposibilitó la participación e interacción de activistas en el planteamiento de sus propuestas durante las mesas de trabajo (en las que se definió el contenido de la “Declaración de Pachuca”).

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A moment of silence in held in Washington, DC May 6th for the 234 missing Nigerian school girls who were abducted by Boko Haram on Apr. 14. Credit: Senate Democrats/cc by 2.0

WASHINGTON, May 15 2014 (IPS) - Amidst intensifying concern over the fate of more than 200 girls abducted by a radical Islamist group in northern Nigeria, at least 100 representatives of various activist groups Tuesday pressed the U.S. Senate to approve legislation designed to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls and discourage child marriages around the world.

Introduced by a bipartisan group of senators last week, the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) would use existing foreign aid to achieve the bill’s major aims and mandate greater coordination of existing U.S. government programmes that address gender-based violence.

A 10 percent reduction in child marriages could lead to a 70 percent reduction in infant mortality, according to the activist group Girls Not Brides.

“If passed, it would mean there would be enduring legislation and policy in place by the U.S. government towards violence against women that would not be based on the politics of any particular administration,” Jacqueline Hart, vice president for strategic learning, research, and evaluation at American Jewish World Service (AJWS), told IPS.

AJWS, an international development and human rights group, helped organise the activist lobbying.

IVAWA is no stranger on the Hill; its previous version was shelved as a result of right-wing Republican concerns that it could be used to support abortions and other women’s reproductive rights. The latest version was introduced in the House of Representatives late last year, where it was referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

Gender-based violence is one of the world’s most prevalent human rights abuses, and has one of the greatest degrees of impunity surrounding it, according to the activist groups, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.

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San Diego police continue to face a number of criminal and civil cases alleging officer misconduct ranging from sexual harassment to illegal groping.

Here’s a rundown of some of the most prominent ones:

Civil Lawsuits

Current officers and a sexual misconduct victim are suing the department.

The officers argue they faced sexual harassment within the department in recent years. A victim of a former officer wants damages – and changes to how the department operates.

Carl Hershman Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

Hershman is an SDPD officer who worked in the sex-crimes unit in 2009. He had posters of barely clothed women with jokes about them getting drugged hung on his cubicle. The posters were among the key evidence in sexual harassment complaints from two female officers who worked in the unit. The city settled those lawsuits for $75,000.

Hershman countersued, alleging he was harassed and retaliated against during the city’s internal investigation. His case is still active. Among his arguments: He and a colleague had the posters up for years without complaint, and they were a teaching tool. Hershman also hired a private investigator to show that one of the female officers was skipping out on the job. He said he presented his evidence to then-Chief William Lansdowne, who Hershman claims didn’t do anything.

The city, meantime, says in a court filing that Hershman’s posters were grossly inappropriate: 

Hershman’s racy posters were taken down because other officers complained about them. Although Hershman claims they were used as training tools in the private, for-profit business he conducted off site during his vacation time, he never explains why he needed to hang them up in his cubicle. In fact he confirms that he was permitted to keep them up as long as no one complained. The Court will see the posters for what they are, insulting and demeaning to women: they condone child molestation, they made light of drugging women so they can be raped, they encourage victim blame by referring to women as “trailer trash” or mock females subjected to horrible sex crimes with comments addressed to the victims like “Your stupidity is our livelihood … SDPD Sex Crimes Unit.”

A trial was scheduled to hear Hershman’s claims this week, but it has been moved to mid-August, according to the city attorney’s office.

Jane Doe Sexual Assault Lawsuit 

This lawsuit could result in the biggest payout and massive changes to departmental operations.

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ABUJA, May 15 (Reuters) - Nigeria's hunt for more than 200 abducted schoolgirls is not all that it seems. In public, an international operation is gathering pace while behind the scenes, officials say it is unlikely to deliver the success that global opinion demands.

The United States and Britain are helping Nigerian forces in the effort to liberate the girls taken from their school in Borno state a month ago by Boko Haram Islamist militants.

The pressure for results is huge, with the likes of Michelle Obama and film star Angelina Jolie supporting a social media campaign operating under the Twitter tag #BringBackOurGirls.

Washington has sent surveillance aircraft as well as assigning medical, intelligence, counter-terrorism and communications advisers to the mission.

But officials have little idea where the girls are, and acknowledge that if they are found, any rescue attempt would be fraught with problems. On top of that, morale is shaky a

mong some of the Nigerian troops involved in the hunt who already have experience of Boko Haram as a formidable foe.

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"Happy Mother's Day" threat from Fla. gun instructor

 

Welcome to the dark side of America's war over guns.

EXCERPT: What happened to Longdon in Indianapolis is part of a disturbing pattern. Ever since the Sandy Hook massacre, a small but vocal faction of the gun rights movement has been targeting women who speak up on the issue—whether to propose tighter regulations, educate about the dangers to children, or simply to sell guns with innovative security features. The vicious and often sexually degrading attacks have evolved far beyond online trolling, culminating in severe bullying, harassment, invasion of privacy, and physical aggression. Though vitriol flows from both sides in the gun debate, these menacing tactics have begun to alarm even some entrenched pro-gun conservatives.
 

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EXCERPT: 

Conclusions and Findings

Police licensure and revocation, consistent with other occupational licensing laws, is a process for protecting the health, safety, and welfare of citizens. The process is invaluable in preparing officers for practice, in assessing and verifying their suitability to practice, and in removing officers who violate the law or commit other infractions against the established standards and ethos of the profession. The development of police licensing laws and procedures has contributed significantly to improving the quality of police personnel and the professional status of the police in society.

As a result of the foregoing analysis of police licensure, based upon information reported by POST Commissions and Boards in the 2012 IADLEST Survey, three summary findings are offered. First, POST agencies have made great progress in incrementally institutionalizing police licensing in their respective states. Second, there is some inconsistency among the states in satisfying the 10 components of the model of professional licensure. For example, it was noted that 53 percent of 36 POST Commissions and Boards reporting require the completion of a state licensing exam, while 47 percent do not. It is hoped that this article provides a template by which individual states can self-assess their current licensing laws, processes, and procedures against the 10 components outlined in the model of professional licensure. Third, the most glaring deficiency in examining police licensing in the states, with the exception of Minnesota, is the lack of a mandated minimum education requirement. While it can be argued that the recruit basic training course satisfies the education requirement of the professional model, others would argue that to be on par with other professions, there must be a state minimum educational level mandated for the police, which would include the completion of a college degree. ♦

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Conclusiones del Encuentro de Coordinación Nacional de todas las entidades miembro de la Federación de Asociaciones de Madres Solteras celebrado los días 10 y 11 de mayo en Torreperogil (Jaén)

Madrid, 13 mayo. 14. AmecoPress. Los días 10 y 11 de Mayo de 2014 ha tenido lugar en el municipio de Torreperogil (Jaén) un Encuentro y Reunión de Coordinación Nacional de todas las entidades miembro de la Federación de Asociaciones de Madres Solteras. El objetivo fundamental del encuentro nacional ha sido visibilizar la situación actual de las familias monomarentales en nuestro país, denunciando, a la luz de los datos facilitados por todos los informes recientes, la discriminación en que el colectivo se encuentra. Discriminación que coloca a las madres solas y sus hijos e hijas en un “riesgo de pobreza y exclusión alarmante, impropio de un estado democrático”, según denuncia la organización en un comunicado.

Como reivindicación principal de la FAMS, destaca la apuesta por una Ley Específica de Familias Monomarentales que permita visibilizar y valorar a estas familias como miembros de pleno derecho en igualdad de condiciones, así como unificar los criterios de cara a eliminar las discriminaciones existentes en las diversas Comunidades Autónomas.

Los datos de la vergüenza

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Capítulo 32: Abuso sexual infantil, prevenir y denunciarlo 

Panel de expertos: 

✓ Dayra Botello, abogada, Fiscal Superior de Adolescentes de La Chorrera del Ministerio Público

✓ Enilda Cárdenas, psicología clínica, Coordinadora del Departamento de Prevención y Atención a víctimas de Violencia Sexual de Senniaf

Segmento De Mamá a Mamá: Señales de posible abuso sexual en niñas y niños, por Siria Martínez, trabajadora social de Aplafa

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London, KY chief resigned after ex-gf said he stalked her; she filed for an emergency protective order http://ow.ly/wL0hr
 
Hidalgo County, Texas: A deputy marshal has been placed on administrative leave after being accused of a sexually abusing a child. http://ow.ly/wGgna
 
Miami, Florida: A police officer was removed from his position after he sent sexually explicit text messages to a teenage student. http://ow.ly/wGdUI
 
Hearne, Texas: A small town police officer responding to an emergency call about a female with a gun has been suspended for shooting dead a 93-year-old woman in her home, authorities said. http://ow.ly/wDwkL
 
El Paso County, Texas: A now-former sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on a charge of improper sexual activity with person in custody and tampering with physical evidence. http://ow.ly/wCG6f
 
Colville, Washington: A now-former police officer has been arrested and charged with rape of a child. The alleged victim told her middle school counselor about the incident. According to court documents, the young woman told investigators that she didn’t come forward because she was “very fearful and did not know what to do, especially since [he] was a police officer.” http://ow.ly/wCYts
 
Moffat County, Colorado: A sheriff’s office deputy was arrested for alleged domestic violence that took place while the deputy was off duty. http://ow.ly/wDu0Z
 
Update: San Diego, California (First reported 04-25-14): A police officer was arrested again for the second time in two weeks for domestic violence. http://ow.ly/wDrt7
 
Update: Henry County, Georgia (First reported 04-03-14): The police officer accused of pulling out his gun on a group of children building a tree fort will be suspended. http://ow.ly/wDtyO
 
Champaign County, Illinois: A sheriff’s deputy is on paid administrative leave after being charged with domestic violence and assault. http://ow.ly/wDoOk
 
Washington, DC: Prosecutors believe an officer attacked and threatened to kill his longtime girlfriend. Disturbing accusations arose as the 52-year-old officer is accused of attacking his 25-year-old girlfriend. The documents say he has two children with her and that she is pregnant with a third – they have reportedly been in a romantic relationship since she was 15 years old. http://ow.ly/wDnua
 
Portland, Oregon: Two uniformed police officers showed up at the home of a 9-year-old girl, questioned her on the front porch about a fight at a youth club six days earlier, and then handcuffed her as she stood in a blue-and-white bathing suit. She was taken to the police station and her mug shot was taken along with her fingerprints.http://ow.ly/wDaFd
 
Tulsa, Oklahoma: A Corporal was arrested on a domestic assault and battery complaint, after allegedly trying to force oral sex on a woman, according to an arrest report. http://ow.ly/wCQba
 
Portland, Oregon: While under investigation for alleged threats and harassment of two ex-wives, a police officer resigned. http://ow.ly/wAqKU
 
Nassau County, New York: Two police officers are under investigation after video surfaced that showed them violently striking a driver during a traffic stop. http://ow.ly/wA9wZ
 
Update: Eddy County, North Dakota (First reported 9/03/13): A sheriff says he’s innocent of child abuse charges. He was charged with felony “Abuse or Neglect of a Child,” in connection with the alleged physical abuse of his stepson.http:// ow.ly/wA9ia
 
Peoria, Illinois: A decorated police officer has been arrested on aggravated child pornography charges. It’s his third arrest in less than a year. http://ow.ly/wA0sg
 
Longview, Texas: A police officer in has resigned from his position on the squad and a lieutenant has been placed on leave as a result of an investigation into allegations of  sexual contact while on duty. http://ow.ly/wAROb
 
Update: Mount Kisco (First reported 01-06-14): A police officer has resigned after pleading guilty to punching his pregnant ex-girlfriend in the face in front of their two-year old child. http://ow.ly/wvwLG
 
Pasco, Washington: A police officer on administrative leave for lying to investigators is facing possible new charges that he tried to solicit a suspected prostitute. http://ow.ly/wv62I
 
Update: Waltham, Massachusetts (First reported 03-26-13): A now-former police officer pled guilty to charges of possessing child pornography. http://ow.ly/wuBTz
 

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A mural with Arabic that reads "no harassment" is seen on a wall in Cairo on May 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
 

CAIRO -- In Egypt, sexual harassment and assault can be seen everywhere: in a crowded market, where a man rubs his hand against a veiled woman’s breasts; during a protest, when a horde of men rips the clothing off a female demonstrator; on a quiet residential street, where giggling boys follow a pregnant woman calling her names.

According to the United Nations, 99.3 percent of women in Egypt have been sexually harassed, assaulted or raped. Perpetrators are rarely even reprimanded, let alone brought to justice. And the police officials to whom women might turn often blame the victims and harass the women themselves.

Last week, Egypt’s Cabinet approved a draft law that defines and criminalizes all forms of sexual violence. It's tougher than any preceding law, but activists say it’s not enough.

“Amendments to the penal code are not enough to address the epidemic of sexual violence,” a representative in Egypt with the International Federation for Human Rights, who asked to remain anonymous due to security concerns, told The WorldPost. “Comprehensive measures are required to reform the entire judicial system, including training of police officers, judges, prosecutors and forensics." The human rights federation recently released a report on sexual violence in Egypt.

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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Rigoberta Menchu Celebrating the Guilty Verdict Against Rios Montt, May 2013

Former Guatemalan Leader, General Efrain Rios Montt

 

 

One year ago this month, Efrain Rios Montt, leader of Guatemala from 1982-1983, was found guilty of genocide in a Guatemalan court for crimes committed during the country’s bloody civil war. Only ten days later, however, the verdict was overturned and the case was set to be heard again in April 2014. While many in the international community initially applauded Guatemala’s justice system for being able to convict a powerful figure of such a serious crime, sentiment quickly changed as the verdict was vacated. Since then, the retrial has been delayed even further, not expected to be heard now until 2015 at the earliest. Also, the Attorney General who brought the charges against Rios Montt, Claudia Paz y Paz, was forced to leave her position before it was set to expire. The initial success and then failure of Guatemalan courts to secure a conviction against Rios Montt raises questions about the ability of domestic courts to handle the most serious international crimes, including genocide.
 
In an article recently published in the Brooklyn Journal of International Law entitled, Should Domestic Courts Prosecute Genocide? Examining the Trial of Efrain Rios Montt, I assess the benefits and drawbacks of domestically prosecuting the crime of genocide, using Rios Montt’s Guatemalan trial as a case study. I focus on four factors: jurisdiction, defendants’ rights, the goals of criminal justice and the goals of transitional justice. I conclude that a domestic genocide trial better meets jurisdiction requirements and the goals of transitional justice, but may do so at the expense of the traditional goals of justice (in this case, a final condemning guilty verdict and the incarceration of Rios Montt).
 
 

SEE ALSO:  THE LONG STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE IN GUATEMALA

Guatemalan prosecutor'€™s snub shows signs of slow slide toward impunity

Claudia Paz y Paz, Guatemala’s first woman attorney general, who oversaw the genocide trial and conviction of former dictator José Efraín Ríos Montt, has been ousted through a combination of legal maneuvering and a manipulated re-election process. Paz y Paz’s removal represents the country’s dangerous regression away from accountability and back toward impunity.

 CLAUDIA PAZ Y PAZ

 

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