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News Round-up ~ Resumen de noticias


 

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

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

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

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Ya sabemos que la 'cultura de la pureza' causa disfunción sexual.

Este es el testimonio de Samantha Pugsley, a quien convencieron en su iglesia de ser virgen hasta el matrimonio (traducción modificada de la deUpsocl):
 

“Creyendo que el verdadero amor me espera, hago un compromiso con Dios, conmigo misma, con mi familia, con mis amigos, con mi futuro esposo y mis futuros hijos de abstenerme del sexo desde este día hasta el día en que me case por la Biblia. También de abstenerme de pensamientos sexuales, contacto sexual, pornografía, y acciones que son conocidas por llevar a la excitación sexual”.

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   Agredidas en sus casas o camino a la escuela, informa EU

Siete de cada mil jóvenes estadounidenses entre 18 y 24 años de edad han sido víctimas de violación o agresión sexual, menos del 30 por ciento de ellas denunció ante la policía, y menos del 18 por ciento recibió atención especial tras el ataque. 

Lo anterior según el reporte especial “Violación y agresión sexual, victimización de jóvenes en edad escolar”, del Departamento de Justicia del Estados Unidos, y que analiza la información del Buró de Estadísticas en Justicia y la Encuesta Nacional de Crimen y Victimización.  
 
De 1995 a 2013, de acuerdo con el documento disponible en inglés, las mujeres de entre 18 y 24 años representan el más alto porcentaje de víctimas de violación y agresión sexual, que las estadounidenses de otros rangos de edad.

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As awareness of America's sex-trafficking industry increases, state after state has enacted new laws to combat it. But while a few have backed those get-tough laws with significant funding to support trafficking victims, many have not.

In Michigan, for example, a cluster of legislators beamed with pride as Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed a package of 21 anti-trafficking bills. For a state ranked by advocacy groups as woefully behind in addressing the problem, the package was touted as a huge step forward, making Michigan, in Snyder's words, "one of the leading states in fighting this tragic crime."

Yet the bills contained virtually no new funding, even though a high-powered state commission had reported a serious lack of support services and specialized housing for victims.

 

"For all the hoopla, it's blatantly not true that we're now at the forefront," said professor Bridgette Carr, a member of the commission and director of the Human Trafficking Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. "For many of these victims, there's often no place to go."

Michigan has plenty of company in this regard. National advocacy groups such as the Polaris Project and Shared Hope International say relatively few states -- Minnesota and Florida are notable exceptions -- have appropriated substantial funding to support victims with shelter, mental-health services and life-skills training.

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Uno de los carteles de la masiva campaña No Hay Excusas, realizada por el Conapees, el Instituto del Niño y Adolescente del Uruguay y Unicef. Crédito: Cortesia de Conapees

MONTEVIDEO, 5 ene 2015 (IPS) - Karina Núñez Rodríguez tenía solo 12 años cuando se vio empujada a la prostitución. Ahora con medio siglo de vida y seis hijos, es una de las voces más elocuentes contra la explotación sexual de niñas y adolescentes en Uruguay, un país reacio a reconocer esta creciente lacra.

Su apellido materno, Rodríguez, “tiene todo que ver con lo que hago y con lo que soy”, dice a IPS al explicar por qué quiere figurar con ambos esta mujer que, pese a sus múltiples aportes, no tiene otros ingresos que el trabajo sexual. 

En Uruguay, una gran cantidad de menores, la gran mayoría niñas, son arrancados de su infancia y ofrecidos como mercadería a cambio de pagos variables: un paquete de cigarrillos, una dosis de drogas, una tarjeta de teléfono móvil, comida, vestimenta, refugio o dinero. Los explotan miembros de sus familias, vecinos o redes criminales, pequeñas o más articuladas.

 

Tal como su abuela, su madre también fue una niña explotada. Ahora ella se enorgullece de haber quebrado este círculo familiar de servidumbre y marca una fecha simbólica: cuando su hija menor cumplió 12 años siendo una niña alegre y pronta para ingresar a la escuela secundaria.

En Uruguay, una gran cantidad de menores, la gran mayoría niñas, son arrancados de su infancia y ofrecidos como mercadería a cambio de pagos variables: un paquete de cigarrillos, una dosis de drogas, una tarjeta de teléfono móvil, comida, vestimenta, refugio o dinero. Los explotan miembros de sus familias, vecinos o redes criminales, pequeñas o más articuladas.

La dueña de un negocio alimentario organiza bailes en su tienda los días de paga de los peones rurales del lugar, e invita a niñas de 12 años de su vecindario. Las pequeñas pasan sus noches bebiendo, bailando y manteniendo relaciones sexuales en las instalaciones exteriores de una capilla cercana.

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A poster from the No Excuses campaign, organised by Conapees, el Instituto del Niño y Adolescente del Uruguay and Unicef. Photo courtesy of Conapees

MONTEVIDEO, Jan 5 2015 (IPS) - Karina Núñez Rodríguez was only 12 when she was forced into prostitution. Now age 50 and a mother of six, she is an outspoken fighter against sexual exploitation of children and teenagers in Uruguay, a country reluctant to recognise this growing scourge.

Her mother’s surname, Rodríguez, “has everything to do with what I am,” she says, explaining that her grandmother was also an exploited child. Karina proudly says she broke this family burden when her youngest daughter turned 12 as a smiling girl ready to go to high school.

“There were nine guys who gave me a beating. I was 11 days in an intensive-care unit and three months unable to walk. Once I could, I returned to report the same crime." -- Karina Núñez Rodríguez 

It was an assurance that her own children have a bright future, even though Karina still makes a living selling her body.

In Uruguay, a countless number of children, mostly girls, have their childhoods stolen, to be sold for a pack of cigarettes, a cell phone card, food, clothes, shelter or plain cash. Some are exploited by their own relatives, others by by neighbours or organised criminal networks.

One grocer threw dance parties in her shop on the paydays of local rural workers and lured the men with 12 year-old-girls from the neighbourhood. The girls would spend the night drinking alcohol and having sexual relations with adults on the premises of a nearby chapel.

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En murales de fotografías como esta, de un grupo de los desaparecidos tras el golpe militar de 1973 y la dictadura de Augusto Pinochet, busca Ana María Luna Barrios en Chile un rostro que le resulte familiar de la madre de la que se supone usurpada mientras estaba detenida. Crédito: Marjorie Apel/ Creative Commons

SANTIAGO, 29 dic 2014 (IPS) - La sospecha de que hijos e hijas de detenidas desaparecidas fueron usurpados clandestinamente durante la dictadura, cobró nueva fuerza en Chile, un país que hasta ahora miró con distancia este flagelo. 

“Siempre existió la sospecha de que en Chile pasó algo similar que en Argentina y que, en efecto, muchas compañeras que fueron detenidas embarazadas pudieron tener a sus hijos en centros detención”, contó a IPS una mujer de 70 años que pidió identificarla solo por Carmen, para preservar su identidad.

“No se ahondó mucho en ese tiempo, porque teníamos miedo y nadie nos escucharía”, añadió.

Carmen, una profesora que apoyó y luchó por el gobierno de la Unidad Popular, del presidente Salvador Allende (1970-1973), vivió el golpe de Estado del 11 de septiembre de 1973 en una pequeña localidad del sur de Chile, donde hacía trabajo político con un grupo de otros jóvenes.

 
Horas después del derrocamiento del gobierno constitucional de Allende, en un cruento golpe militar encabezado por el general Augusto Pinochet, Carmen vio caer abatido a un compañero que protestaba junto a ella por el avance de tropas en el pueblo donde estaba. “Es un dolor que no se supera”, aseguró.
 

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Excerpt: As accusations of sexual assault continue to mount against Mr. Cosby — more than two dozen women have gone public, the latest last Monday — the question arises as to why these stories never sparked a widespread outcry before. While many of the women say they never filed police complaints or went public because they feared damaging their reputations or careers, the aggressive legal and media strategy mounted by Mr. Cosby and his team may also have played a significant role.

An examination of how the team has dealt with scandals over the past two decades and into this fall reveals an organized and expensive effort that involved quashing accusations as they emerged while raising questions about the accusers’ character and motives, both publicly and surreptitiously. And the team has never been shy about blasting the news media for engaging in a feeding frenzy even as the team made deals or slipped the news organizations information that would cast Mr. Cosby’s accusers in a negative light.

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Taking on the Challenge of Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits
Expert Chat Webinar
October 2014

When a jurisdiction has large numbers of sexual assault kits that have never been submitted to the lab, they face a number of complex, sensitive, and interconnected challenges. NIJ funded multidisciplinary teams to investigate the issues in Detroit and Houston. In this seminar, the teams discuss the issues they grappled with: how to triage and process the testing of the kits, when and how to notify victims, and how to make policy and practice changes to both prevent future build-ups of kits and enhance the provision of justice for victims of sexual assault.

Moderator: Bethany Backes, Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice

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Panelists:
  • Rebecca Campbell, Ph.D., Michigan State University
  • Noel Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
  • Bill Wells, Ph.D., Sam Houston State University
  • Mary Lentschke, Assistant Chief, Houston Poli
  • Why Were So Many Sexual Assault Kits Not Tested in Detroit? 
    April 2014
    Interview with Rebecca Campbell, Ph.D., Michigan State University

    Watch Rebecca Campbell discuss the five primary reasons that Detroit developed a large number of sexual assault kits that were not submitted to the crime lab for DNA-testing. Dr. Campbell also talks about how these "risk factors" could apply to other jurisdictions.
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    Notifying Sexual Assault Victims When Evidence Is Tested
    April 2014
    Interview with Dr. Noël Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin 

    Watch Noël Busch-Armendariz discuss what Houston is learning about the role of notifying sexual assault victims when their rape kits are DNA-tested. In talking about the nationwide implications of the Houston action-research project, Dr. Busch-Armendariz says that the nation is ready to move beyond a focus solely on kit-testing to the larger discussion of how to tackle the complicated issue of sexual assault.
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La Habana, 15 dic (EFE).- La voz de las mujeres se escuchó hoy por primera vez en los diálogos de paz de Colombia con la presencia en la mesa de negociación de La Habana del primer grupo de expertas en asuntos de género, que pidió justicia y reparación para estas víctimas, así como una tregua bilateral en las fiestas de Navidad.

 La guerrillera e integrante de la mesa negociadora de las FARC-EP, la holandesa Tanja Nijmeijer (c), participa este 15 de diciembre, en la reunión de la Comisión de Género de la Mesa de negociaciones de paz, en La Habana (Cuba). EFE

Vista general de la sala donde se reunió este 15 de diciembre, la Comisión de Género de la Mesa de negociaciones de paz, en La Habana (Cuba). EFE

  • Las mujeres toman la palabra en los diálogos de paz de Colombia
  • Las mujeres toman la palabra en los diálogos de paz de Colombia
 
 

La Habana, 15 dic (EFE).- La voz de las mujeres se escuchó hoy por primera vez en los diálogos de paz de Colombia con la presencia en la mesa de negociación de La Habana del primer grupo de expertas en asuntos de género, que pidió justicia y reparación para estas víctimas, así como una tregua bilateral en las fiestas de Navidad.

"Hoy se marca un hito en la historia del país, que esperamos sea el comienzo para que las mujeres seamos pactantes de los acuerdos de La Habana y no pactadas", afirmó este grupo en un comunicado leído ante la prensa tras su reunión con los negociadores del Gobierno colombiano y de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC).

La representante de la Casa de la Mujer, Olga Amparo Socorro, precisó en una rueda de prensa que el propósito de su visita es que la mujer sea considerada "sujeto político activo" en la construcción de la paz para que "otros dejen de tomar decisiones por ellas".

Socorro forma parte del primer grupo de los tres compuestos por representantes de organizaciones de mujeres que acudirán a La Habana en sucesivos ciclos de conversaciones para garantizar un enfoque de género en los acuerdos de paz.

El grupo demandó que se tenga en especial consideración a las mujeres víctimas del conflicto, para las que pidieron garantías a sus derechos a "la verdad, justicia, reparación y no repetición", con especial énfasis en las afectadas por la violencia sexual, un delito que ha sido invisible durante mucho tiempo en el país.

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Domestic violence against women may actually be a cause of war—so how do we disrupt the vicious cycle that propels young men into battle?

The UN’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence run until December 10, Human Rights Day, and as we reflect on 2014, there is no denying it has been a particularly vicious year for violence against women. The images are forever seared in our minds: the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, the trafficked Yazidi women, the assassination attempts on Afghan women leaders, the sexual assaults on Egyptian women in Tahrir Square, the horrific gang rapes of girls in India and the brutal honor killings in Pakistan.

These atrocities are all by-products of the resurgence of a particularly ancient kind of war—extremely violent, religiously or ethnically motivated civil conflicts that now rage across parts of Africa, South Asia and the Middle East. All of the conflicts involve large groups of young men, undereducated, overarmed and delirious with power; caught in a labyrinth of shifting relationships and competing interests; united in their efforts to control and oppress women and girls.

Why is violence against women central to so many of the conflicts that plague the planet today? What is driving young groups of men to mobilize against women? And what can we do to prevent it?

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At least 786 children died of abuse or neglect in the U.S. in a six-year span in plain view of child protection authorities — many of them beaten, starved or left alone to drown while agencies had good reason to know they were in danger, The Associated Press has found.

To determine that number, the AP canvassed the 50 states, the District of Columbia and branches of the military — circumventing a system that does a terrible job of accounting for child deaths. Many states struggled to provide numbers. Secrecy often prevailed.

Most of the 786 children whose cases were compiled by the AP were under the age of 4. They lost their lives even as authorities were investigating their families or providing some form of protective services because of previous instances of neglect or violence or other troubles in the home.

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 Melanie Poole,

As the national conversation around police violence continues in the aftermath of Ferguson, we need to be talking about men and masculinity. Because there are not many female cops shooting. Nor many women being shot. 

Over 90 percent of all homicides in America are committed by men. And, when it comes to police who commit homicide, it turns out that the gender imbalance is even more profound. It seems that it isn’t just cops who are killing the Michael Browns and Eric Garners of America. It is male cops.

At first, this seems unsurprising, given that only 11.4 percent of all police officers in the US are female. But, on this basis, female police should be responsible for more than 1 in 10 police shootings. They’re not. Decades of FBI data reveal that the officers who kill (perceived) offenders (in “justifiable homicides”) are male at least 98 percent of the time. These officers are white males at least 84 percent of the time – though, since 87.5% of police officers are white, this is not surprising. (The fact that police are overwhelmingly white, and male, is clearly a problem in itself — but that’s a different issue.)

Researchers have, correspondingly, found that women police officers are significantly less likely to shoot than male officers. A trawl through the details of police shootings and assaults supports this research — the involvement of female officers is rare. Even when female officers are involved, it is very unusual for them to be the key actor.

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Srilatha Batliwala, Scholar Associate at AWID shares her reflections on the recently concluded MenEngage Global Symposium 2014 in New Delhi, November 10 – 13, 2014.

By Srilatha Batliwala 

The 2ndMenEngage Global Symposium offered its nearly 1000 participants an impressive breadth and depth of discussion and debate on reshaping masculinities and the role of men and boys in building a gender just world.  Bringing together “field people” (activists), “thought people” (academics), “policy people” (government and donor agency representatives), and “ordinary and curious people” (the rest of us!), not to mention a respectable number of feminist activists and academics, the Symposium sought to carve out a new space for those actively working with men and boys to advance gender justice.

Unanimous agreement that patriarchy is the root cause of gender injustice....

Nevertheless, I came away troubled on several counts....

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Close-up With: The Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Ms. Bineta Diop – Part 2. This is a 5-min recorded video message by the special envoy for women, peace and security of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission ahead of her Somalia solidarity mission, highlighting the objectives of the visit and the expected outcomes.

 

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Streamed live on Dec 16, 2014

Kate Walz is the Director of Housing Justice at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law. Monica McLaughlin is a Senior Public Policy Specialist at the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Their article -- A Collaborative Approach to Housing Under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 -- will appear in the November-December issue of Clearinghouse Review. Kate and Monica will chat with Amanda Moore, Senior Attorney Editor at the Shriver Center, about their article and work. They welcome your questions.

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Los medios de comunicación no contribuyen: “Dos mujeres y tres hombres muertos por violencia machista en un solo día”, titulaba el Diario de Navarra

Madrid, 11 dic. 14. AmecoPress. Estamos cerca de la finalización del 2014. Viviendo días muy trágicos, en términos de violencia de género, en el que cuatro mujeres han sido asesinadas y una herida a manos de sus parejas o exparejas. La gravedad de los datos se diluye en tenues respuestas, lamentos y condenas.

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Recientemente un hincha de fútbol moría violentamente y el eco de ese drama aún deambula en las televisiones y las acciones que se emprenden desde los estamentos públicos. ¿Qué pasaría si fueran medio centenar, en un año? ¿Y si los asesinados fueran empresarios, o médicos, o políticos…?

Pues en 2014 son 70 víctimas por violencia machista en nuestro país -de momento-, aunque algunas no sean contabilizadas por no ajustarse al parámetro marcado por la Ley Integral contra la violencia de género. Si nos ceñimos a las cifras oficiales son 50 mujeres asesinadas.

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LA County., CA, December 2, 2014, sheriff's deputy sentenced to three years in prison for sexual relationship with 15 year old. http://ow.ly/FVCjn
 
Port St Lucie, FL, December 3, 2014, 30 y/o police officer arrested and criminal justice professor facing multiple sex-related felony counts involving 16-year-old girl http://ow.ly/FeVTi 
 
Cabell, WV, December 1, 2914,  sheriff’s deputy entered plea convicting him of misdemeanor domestic battery http://ow.ly/FeNSs 
 
Boynton Beach, FL, December 1, 2014, 20 y/o woman who police say was raped at gun point by an officer filed suit against the officer & city http://ow.ly/FeIRO 
 
Nags Head, NC, November 29, The police chief served with arrest warrant for assaulting his wife. http://ow.ly/FeBD9 
 
Palo Alto, CA, November 28, 2014, officer disciplined: fwded explicit photo of suspect from cellphone while the woman was under arrest.  http://ow.ly/FaKYV
 
Gainesville, Florida: November 28, 2014, A police officer has been fired after an internal affairs investigation found he had sex with a 19-year-old woman he arrested for shoplifting. http://ow.ly/FaEx9
 
Douglas County, Colorado: November 22, 2014, Sheriff’s deputies arrested a U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agent on charges of domestic violence and criminal mischief. http://ow.ly/EVRpY
 
Dallas, Texas: November 20, 2014, An officer was arrested after police were called to meet with an injured woman. Detectives say a fight between escalated into violence that left the woman hospitalized with serious injuries. http://ow.ly/EVWmf
 
Fort Hood, Texas: November 19, 2014, A woman who was raped by a military police officer is suing the U.S. government. http://ow.ly/EVWLc
 
Polk County, Florida, November19, 2014, A now former sheriff’s deputy pled guilty to two counts of official misconduct, which stems from arresting women and offering them deals if they exposed themselves. http://ow.ly/EW42e
 
Isabella County, Michigan:November20, 2014, A deputy quit before facing firing for repeatedly questioning a 24-year-old woman about her sexual experiences and sending her graphically sexual text messages, according to departmental investigative reports. http://ow.ly/EW80n
 
Atlanta, Georgia, November 24, 2014, The shooting death of a woman whose body, found burning, has resulted in an indictment of a now former police officer.http://ow.ly/ESOot
 
Superior, Wisconsin, November 21,2014, An officer was given a 10-hour unpaid suspension for his actions during the arrest of a woman. Video shot by a dashboard camera in the squad car shows him shoving her onto the hood of the vehicle and striking her in the face with a closed fist as she reached toward his face and tried to pull away. The suspension was given because the officer used vulgarities when dealing with the woman, and his manner didn’t defuse the situation, according to the police departmen t.   http://ow. ly/ERZBT
 
San Marcos, Texas: November 24, 2014, A woman who says she suffered broken teeth and a concussion at the hands of a police officer who arrested her has sued him, the city’s police department and its former chief. ly/ERGbN
 
Baltimore, Maryland, :November 22, 2014, A now-former police officer was sentenced in federal court to 21 months in prison for his role in operating a prostitution business. He was also sentenced to two years of supervised release for his crime. According to the indictment he had more than 300 customers as part of his business. http://ow.ly/ES1Dv
 
Fremont, Ohio  :November 22, 2014, A now-former state trooper pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge of disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile. He showed a pornographic video to a 12-year-old boy. http://ow.ly/EP5qy
 
Cleveland, Ohio: A 12-year-old boy shot by police after grabbing what turned out to be a replica gun died from his wounds a day after officers responded to a 911 call about someone waving a “probably fake” gun at a playground. http://ow.ly/ENhGO
 
Kingsville, Texas: November 21, 2014, A police officer is behind bars after an investigation into claims of domestic violence. He was arrested and charged with obstruction or retaliation, assault bodily injury of a family or household member and tampering with a witness. http://ow.ly/ETg1u

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To tackle rising HIV infections, countries in sub-Sahara Africa have devised six tech innovations to stop violence against girls

 
Data is revealing hidden violence against girls.

 The study was partly motivated by the need to understand why 15– to 18-year-old girls in Swaziland had the highest rates of HIV infection among their age group in the world. The findings uncovered a serious problem: 38% of girls inSwaziland had experienced sexual violence before turning 18 This data triggered African governments into action. Policymakers from various sectors joined with leaders from civil society organisations to find how to collaborate by coordinating their specific programmes and expertise to end the violence. 

Since then, here are six examples of how four countries in sub-Saharan Africa have crafted a targeted response to address the unique findings from their surveys:

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frim intlawgrrls,

The recently released Senate Intelligence Committee report on C.I.A. interrogation practices has sparked tremendous academic and political commentary. Sadly, much of said commentary focused on the wrong question – whether enhanced interrogation techniques used by the C.I.A. yielded valuable intelligence information, enabling the United States to thwart future terrorist attacks and to capture senior Al Qaeda leaders, such as Bin Laden.  This question would be relevant only if the enhanced interrogation techniques did not amount to torture; because they did, the only appropriate response is to acknowledge the past and to accept responsibility, including imposing criminal liability on those responsible for the use of such practices.

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La abogada rosarina describe las diferentes variantes que persisten como método de dominación de las mujeres por los hombres. Apunta a que el Estado debe mostrar que no tolerará la discriminación y el atropello y que cada agresión tendrá una respuesta clara. 

 
 

 Por Mariana Carbajal

“La violación es una herramienta política de disciplinamiento que el patriarcado utiliza desde sus orígenes para recordarle a la mujer que debe ocupar un rol de servidumbre y obediencia al hombre”, señaló la abogada Susana Chiarotti Boero, representante de Argentina ante el Comité de Expertas de la OEA que monitorean el cumplimiento por parte de los Estados de la Convención Interamericana para prevenir, sancionar y erradicar la violencia hacia las mujeres, conocida como Belém do Pará. En una entrevista con Página/12 Chiarotti profundizó sobre la violencia sexual, una de las formas de la violencia machista, en un año en el que la sociedad se conmovió por varios casos de adolescentes que fueron abusadas y asesinadas, como la joven Melina Romero. Y advirtió que si al Gobierno “realmente le interesa prevenir estas conductas, tiene que contar con políticas de Estado, sostenibles y sustentables, que muestren que no se tolerará la discriminación y atropello a las ciudadanas; que cada agresión contará con una respuesta clara y contundente del sistema de justicia –y no con la impunidad o el festín mediático–; además de lanzar un plan federal de prevención de la violencia contra las mujeres, con capítulos provinciales, que tenga una partida presupuestaria importante, especialmente etiquetada para violencia contra las mujeres, niñas y adolescentes”.

Chiarotti se recibió de abogada en 1974, en Rosario, donde fundó en 1996 el Instituto de Género, Derecho y Desarrollo (Insgenar) que dirige actualmente. Tiene una larga trayectoria en la defensa de los derechos humanos. Integra, entre otros espacios Cladem, el Comité de América Latina y el Caribe para la Defensa de los Derechos de las Mujeres.

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Feria del Libro de Guadalajara.

Narcotráfico, violencia de género, violencia política y pobreza cruzan lo que se está escribiendo hoy en Latinoamérica.

Metáfora de lo cotidiano, la ficción puede reflejarnos con la intensidad de un espejo. Esa capacidad testimonial ha quedado clara estos días en la Feria del Libro de Guadalajara, en la cual distintos tipos de violencia –la del narcotráfico, la de género, la pauperización social que lleva a emigrar, la violencia política, la de los campos de batalla, etcétera- aparece una y otra vez en las reflexiones de los autores que participan en mesas redondas, presentaciones y diálogos con el público. Cuentos y novelas hablan de ella, la narran directa o lateralmente con la contundencia de una puñalada, erigiéndola como seña de identidad de la literatura tramada en presente.

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It felt like the final blow. In a month where we’ve seen victim-blaming attitudes surface and swirl in conversations about the Ched Evans case, and heavy sighs over Dapper Laughs and his “jokes” about rape, it was one last punch in the gut to read a new report revealing that a shocking 26% of all sexual offences (including rape) reported to police are not even recorded as crimes.

As we grapple with the reality of a society in which victim-blaming attitudes are rife and rape is all too frequently seen as something to joke about, it is particularly devastating to see statistics revealing that the police are also letting victims down.

The HM Inspectorate of Constabulary report also revealed that a fifth of decisions to “no-crime” rape reports had been found to be incorrect. (A no-crime occurs when a recorded crime has subsequently been found not to be a crime and is, in effect, cancelled, supposedly with verifiable information that a crime was not committed.) For the worst forces investigated, this figure rose to two-fifths. Furthermore, the report found that in many cases there was no evidence that victims had even been informed that their report had been “no-crimed”, meaning they might continue to believe that their rape was being investigated when that was not the case.

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Sgt. Joanne Archambault (Ret.)

Kimberly A. Lonsway, Ph.D. 

 

Wednesday, January 14th

90 Minutes

10:00AM PT / 11:00AM MT / 12:00 PM CT / 1:00 PM ET

 

Course Description

 

There is currently a very welcome national trend across the country emphasizing alternative reporting methods for sexual assault victims.  It is partly the result of provisions in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) that were first enacted in 2005 and remain in effect under the current 2013 reauthorization. This is an area known as

forensic compliance, and it is critically important to understand because these legislative provisions have dramatically altered the options available for victims to report sexual assault. 

 

Yet implementing forensic compliance and other alternative reporting methods requires addressing many complex issues regarding: evidence collection, storage, reporting methods, records retention, retrieval, and collaboration with hospitals and other community agencies such as victim advocacy organizations. For example, if a sexual assault victim has a medical forensic examination without personally reporting to law enforcement, how long will the evidence be stored?  How will the case be recorded and tracked by the law enforcement agency?  Who will victims contact if they want to convert to a standard reporting procedure?  If victims choose an alternative reporting procedure, such as anonymous or non-investigative reporting, will it be investigated anyway? Or will the victim be allowed to decide when and if an investigation will proceed? Who will contact the advocacy organization, to ensure victims have access to the information, support, and other valuable services that an advocate can offer?

 

These are complex issues, and many communities have worked toward creative solutions to go beyond the "letter of the law" to honor the "spirit of the law" which is to increase victim access to the criminal justice system and other community resources. In other words, many Sexual Assault Response and Resource Teams (SARRTs) are enacting reforms designed to "open more doors" for sexual assault victims.

 

In this webinar, we will explore a number of community models that have been implemented to improve victims' access to the criminal justice and community response systems. Best practices will be reviewed from across the country, and existing tools and resources will be evaluated. With a focus on local implementation, our goal is for participants to leave prepared to make recommendations for positive changes in their own communities.


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Objectives

 

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be better able to:

 

  • Identify key provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
  • Examine best practices and tools from across the country to enact VAWA forensic compliance and alternative reporting methods for sexual assault.
  • Evaluate additional strategies for increasing victim access to the criminal justice and community response systems (i.e., "opening doors" for victims).

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Madrid, 04 dic. 14. AmecoPress. El Observatorio contra la Violencia Doméstica y de Género ha propuesto 13 medidas para mejorar la protección de las víctimas de violencia de género tras analizar los 14 casos contabilizados este año en los que había un antecedente judicial previo al asesinato de la mujer.

El informe ha sido elaborado a partir de los datos de que dispone el propio órgano de gobierno de los jueces y de los aportados por la Delegación del Gobierno para la Violencia de Género.

La cifra de catorce muertes con procedimientos judiciales previos hasta el pasado 13 de noviembre, fecha de cierre del informe, supera ya el número total de casos en estas mismas circunstancias que se dieron en 2013, año en el que once mujeres que habían presentado denuncia murieron a manos de su pareja o expareja.

Las conclusiones del informe y las medidas que se proponen son las siguientes:

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Trailblazing lawyer Vanita Gupta is Obama’s likely pick to run the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division

anita Gupta was only weeks out of law school in 2001 when she began looking into a strange series of drug busts in a tiny West Texas ranch town named Tulia.

In 1999, a third of the town’s black population had been ensnared in the biggest drug bust the Texas Panhandle had ever seen. Forty-six people, almost all of them poor African-Americans who had prior run-ins with the law, were convicted on charges of cocaine dealing and sentenced to years in prison based solely on the testimony of a former rodeo clown turned undercover cop who had little experience investigating narcotics.

Gupta, then 26, had just joined the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund, and she began assembling a team of attorneys and civil rights groups to look into the drug arrests, which didn’t smell right to her. It was her first case as an attorney. Two years later, a Texas judge overturned many of the convictions, calling the cop’s testimony not credible. After the officer was found guilty of perjury, Gov. Rick Perry pardoned most of the defendants whose convictions had not been previously overturned.

It was one of the highest-profile cases of racial injustice in recent memory, and it branded Gupta, so young she still resembled a college student, a rising star in the legal world. “Don’t be surprised if she ends up on the Supreme Court someday,” the Houston Chronicle mused in 2003. And Hollywood took notice too, optioning a book about the Tulia case. Tentatively cast as Gupta: Halle Berry.

In the decade since, Gupta has gone on to become one of the best-known civil rights attorneys in the country — leading the charge on prison reform, immigration law, police overreach and other issues.

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