Jury awards $35M to victim of sex abuse BurlingtonFreePress.com "Scott Isaacson's six-year sexual abuse of this child and the destruction he brought upon her make it easy to understand the jury's verdict," O'Neill said in a statement Tuesday.
Our current failed immigration system denies immigrant women the right to equal opportunity and equal treatment under the law. Women and children constitute three-quarters of all immigrants -- women alone make up 51 percent -- and yet only 25 percent...
elise torenson's insight:
Humanist issue. Poverty, sexual bias, gender discrimination, race and socio-economic adversity create a volatile situation where there are no clear cut answers. It is not as easy as just "sending them back where they came from".
It is chilling to think that our attitudes to rape and popular 'rape banter' could help rapists plan their crimes, and eventually get away with them, writes Radhika Sanghani
elise torenson's insight:
Speak up. Letting a rapist go free means that he or she will think that what they did was okay. Rapists usually aren't the guy in the bushes, but a friend, a boyfriend or a family member. Not speaking up can translate to low self esteem, which is a prime condition to be revictimized. Get a support system. If your current one is weak and will not support you, SPEAK UP until you find one that will. Rape is inexcusable.
Adoption was once under the auspices of trained social workers who purported to have the best interests of children-in-need in their heart. Over the past several decades, however, American domestic infant and international adoption has become privatized and entrepreneurial. Only adoption from foster care remains in the hands of the state and unfortunately represents its own set of failures, abuses and funding driven corruption.
The difference between for- and not-for-profit adoption agencies is merely a tax status, though the later gives an illusion of a charitable organization. Coupled with warm, fuzzy, cutesy names that tug at the heartstrings clients are deluded into a false sense of propriety, oversight and security. The fact is that both types of agencies are commercial businesses that rely of on the fees of a completed transaction to pay their overhead and salaries which is less glamorous and far less altruistic than the public perception of adoption. All vetting and home studies are paid for by the clients seeking a child. Basically, anyone who can afford the fees, which average about $40,000, can adopt, including pedophiles and abusers of all kinds. Pay the fee and get the goods. It’s a supply and demand business in a mega-billion dollar a year industry.
In addition to businesses that fill a demand for children to adopt, there is also the Do-It-Yourself type of adoption that is legally permitted in the U.S. Those seeking to find an infant to adopt, as well as anyone seeking to place a child for adoption, can find one another through newspaper advertisements, and online via Craig’s List or social media such as Facebook, and have their attorney handle necessary filings to make the adoption legal. Just like a “For Sale by Owner” house listing, middlemen “finder” fees are avoided by the DIY method. But, so too is are protections and any professional advise said fees may offer.
In either case – on your own or with the assistance of an adoption agency – the process winds up resulting in prospective couples matched with expectant mothers which, opens the door to unhealthy, unequal relationships. On the one hand are people of means with legal representation, and on the other side is a distraught and hormonal mother or couple in crisis, lacking financial wherewithal and legal counsel, who potentially have something the other wants desperately and is willing and able to pay for. A potential powder-keg.
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