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Sexual Assault Victim Ruined Her Attacker's Life, Lawyer Says

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by DAVID LOHR, Huffington Post


Savannah Dietrich, a Kentucky teenager who was sexually assaulted and then threatened with jail for naming her attackers, has reportedly destroyed the life of at least one of the perpetrators.


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Raped, pregnant and ordeal not over

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by SHAUNA PREWITT, CNN.com


In a rape case it is the victim, not the defendant, who is on trial. But blaming myself was neither my idea nor my first inclination. I thought such 17th-century notions were long dead. I was wrong. People who did not even know me were quick to comment or speculate on my rape. What were you wearing? Did you scream loudly? Did this occur in public?


It would not be long before I would learn firsthand that in the vast majority of states -- 31 -- men who father through rape are able to assert the same custody and visitation rights to their children that other fathers enjoy. When no law prohibits a rapist from exercising these rights, a woman may feel forced to bargain away her legal rights to a criminal trial in exchange for the rapist dropping the bid to have access to her child.


I know it because I lived it. I went to law school to learn how to stop it.


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Master OfUniverse's comment, August 25, 2012 11:15 AM
According to Sharia, the man has all claims to the children regardless of the circumstances of the pregnancy. As muslim men are allowed to rape non-muslim women and are ordered to engage in "baby jihad", it seems that these states without protection for the victim and the child are ripe targets for creeping sharia in America.
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Increased Access to Health Care May Decrease Abortions

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By Brian Fung, The Atlantic


The number of abortions in Massachusetts has decreased despite predictions that health-care reform would have the opposite effect. Can the health insurance expansions part of Obamacare do the same nationally?


President Clinton once famously remarked that abortion should be safe, legal, and rare. The unspoken challenge to him since then has always been, but how do we agree on a path that gets us there? As the controversy over Missouri Rep. Todd Akin continues to burn, it seems we won't have a resolution to our national abortion debate any time soon.


From Massachusetts, though, comes growing evidence that the quest for lower abortion rates may not be at a standstill -- and the key may be better insurance coverage. As the number of insured has gone up in Massachusetts, new state data show a corresponding decline in the number of abortions performed there since 2006.


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If we only stand our ground, when they move right, we look like we moved left.

If we only stand our ground, when they move right, we look like we moved left. | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

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STUDY: Middle Class Suffered ‘Worst Decade In Modern History’ As Wages Stagnated, Share Of Income Fell

STUDY: Middle Class Suffered ‘Worst Decade In Modern History’ As Wages Stagnated, Share Of Income Fell | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By Travis Waldron, Think Progress


The middle class is shrinking, and so is its share of America’s income and wage growth, according to a new study released Thursday. The study from the Pew Research Center found that the middle class - defined as Americans with incomes between $39,000 and $118,000 - fell backward in income for the first time since the end of World War II, and the number of Americans who fit into that category shrunk from 61 percent in 1971 to just 51 percent in 2011.

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The Pew survey is the latest to note rising income inequality in America as the middle class continues to struggle while the wealthy remain relatively prosperous. Income inequality in the U.S. is now comparable, if not worse, than it is in countries like Ivory Coast and Pakistan, as middle class wages have stagnated. A 2010 Census Bureau study found that incomes for the bottom tier of Americans fell four times faster than they did for the wealthiest after the recession.


The "lost decade" for the middle class corresponds to declining tax rates for the wealthy and a growth in corporate profits. In the last 12 years, incomes for the wealthiest 400 Americans quadrupled even as their tax rates were halved, and executive compensation has grown 127 times faster over the last three decades than worker pay, one study found.


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Women of Color Day

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It would be a great idea if the Coffee Party addressed racism plus sexism, only experienced by women of color, instead of making hostile statements (to us when we bring it up) that always exclude specific mention of this issue and us. If you wish to continue using my logo, International  Association for Women of Color Day, on your site, have the decency to buy the book, "The Constructive Extermination of Women of Color: Consequences of Perpetual Socio-Economic Marginalization and learn who we are and what you can do to end the racism plus sexism that we experience daily. Commemorate March 1st as Women of Color Day. It's now in its 27th year. Go to our website, learn more and get the book via PayPal: womenofcolorday.com

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Lunch with Louden • Thursdays at 12:00 PT - Aug 23,2012

Lunch with Louden • Thursdays at 12:00 PT - Aug 23,2012 | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

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From Inquisition to Enlightenment and Back? WTF? Call in to listen and or speak at 646-929-2495. Listen live or later by clicking the headline link! CoffeePartyON!

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From Talking to Doctors

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Same-sex couple in Henderson upset with Spring Valley Hospital treatment

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by ED VOGEL, Las Vegas Review Journal


On the wall of their Henderson home, Brittney Leon and Terri-Ann Simonelli proudly display their certificate of domestic partnership. 


Under a 2009 state law, the document gives them all the rights of married couples.

Or so they thought.


When Leon, 26, checked into Spring Valley Hospital on July 20 with complications in her pregnancy, she assumed that her partner Simonelli, 41, could make any necessary medical decisions if she suffered unforeseen problems.


But that's not what happened, they said. An admissions officer told them the hospital policy required gay partners to secure power of attorney before making any medical decisions for each other.


They protested, even offering to go home and return with their domestic partnership document. But they said the admissions officer told them that didn't matter - Simonelli would need a power of attorney. Considering Leon's condition, Simonelli wasn't in a position to argue or spend hours running to a law office. But the admission officer's words left them devastated in a moment that they already were under extreme stress.


Leon ended up losing her baby.

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Wham, Bam, Sonogram! Meet the Ladies Setting the New Pro-Life Agenda

Wham, Bam, Sonogram! Meet the Ladies Setting the New Pro-Life Agenda | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
From transvaginal ultrasounds to attacks on Planned Parenthood, Americans United for Life is targeting reproductive rights one state at a time.
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Rep. Steve King: I’ve Never Heard Of A Girl Getting Pregnant From Statutory Rape Or Incest

Rep. Steve King: I’ve Never Heard Of A Girl Getting Pregnant From Statutory Rape Or Incest | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By EVAN MCMORRIS-SANTORO, TPM


Rep. Steve King, one of the most staunchly conservative members of the House, was one of the few Republicans who did not strongly condemn Rep. Todd Akin Monday for his remarks regarding pregnancy and rape. King also signaled why — he might agree with parts of Akin’s assertion.


King told an Iowa reporter he’s never heard of a child getting pregnant from statutory rape or incest.


"Well I just haven't heard of that being a circumstance that's been brought to me in any personal way," King told KMEG-TV Monday, "and I'd be open to discussion about that subject matter."


A Democratic source flagged King's praise of Akin in the KMEG interview to TPM. But potentially more controversial for King is his suggestion that pregnancies from statutory rape or incest don't exist or happen rarely. A 1996 review by the Guttmacher Institute found "at least half of all babies born to minor women are fathered by adult men."


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Contribute Now to Mazie Hirono's 'Pineapple Bomb'

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[Some people think we need more Republicans in Congress; some think more Democrats; some think more Greens, etc. I THINK WE NEED MORE WOMEN. -jkl]

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Speak out against Todd Akin!

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EMILY'S LIST


Tell Todd Akin his anti-choice and anti-women views are dangerous and unwanted in the Senate. Now more than ever we need to fight to send Claire back to Congress so she can stand up for women and families.


Sign the petition here!

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Romney: Women should support me because of ‘Romneycare’ | The Raw Story

Romney: Women should support me because of ‘Romneycare’ | The Raw Story | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

By David Edwards, The Raw Story


Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says that women should support him because of a health insurance law he passed as the governor of Massachusetts — even though he has promised to repeal a similar law passed by President Barack Obama.


During an interview that aired on Sunday, Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Romney why women should vote for him after a fellow Republican, Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), suggested that women could not get pregnant from “legitimate rape.”


“Look, I am the guy that was able to get health care for all of the women — and men — in my state,” the former Massachusetts governor explained. “There was talking about it at the federal level. We did something.”


“So, you’re saying look at Romneycare?” Wallace wondered.


“Absolutely,” Romney replied. “I’m very proud of what we did, and the fact that we helped women and men and children in my state.”


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Equal Rights Amendment Home Page

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Help the Alice Paul Institute and the National Council of Women's Organizations support the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S.

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We must continue the work, if not for ourselves ...

We must continue the work, if not for ourselves ... | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

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31 States Allow Rapists Custody and Visitation Rights

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By ESTHER ZUCKERMAN, The Atlantic


In the wake of Todd Akin's comments about pregnancy rarely resulting from "legitimate rape," lawyer Shauna Prewitt highlights a reality for women in that situation in a column on CNN: In a majority of states, attackers are afforded the same rights as other fathers.


Prewitt, herself a rape survivor who gave birth to a daughter as a result of her attack, explains that 31 states have no laws that bar rapists from seeking custody or visitation rights. For Prewitt that astounding fact is personal. Her rapist attempted to get custody of her daughter, "but thankfully I got lucky and his visitation rights were terminated," she said, according to a profile of her by The Am Law Daily's Brain Baxter. She added: "I'm not sure I would have made the decision I did had I known I might be tethered to my rapist for the rest of my life."


In a paper published in the The Georgetown Law Journal in 2010 - when the number of states without such laws were even greater - Prewitt argued that the absence "stems from the images and other societal rhetoric that depict the prototypical raped woman as hating her unborn child and as viewing her rape pregnancy as continuing her rape trauma." In her CNN piece, she blames it on "ignorance": Some believe that women don't raise children conceived from rape, others can't fathom a rapist wanting parental rights.


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Lunch with Louden • Thursdays at 12:00 PT

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From the Inquisition to the Enlightenment and Back? WTF?


When did it become acceptable to use politics to promote a fundamentalist religious agenda? When did it become acceptable to use politically protected, redacted rhetoric to mask an anti-humanist social agenda?  Why do we allow some to use words to redefine the world around us in such a way that anyone standing still appears to have shifted left? Why does saying that make me a "leftist"?

We all have to make choices.  Paradoxically, having made a choice does not mean we have “taken a side” in the election, only that we have chosen what we believe is best for the country.   Partisan rhetoric would have us believe we are at war when we vote.  Rather, we are being fellow citizens, executing our sacred duty.


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Women of Color Day

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28th Annual Sacramento Community


Women of Color Day

Diversity Event


Sunday,

March 3, 2013,

4:00-8:00pm

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The GOP War on Women's Health is Real

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[The facts transcend the political: things like access to affordable health care and family planning were once taken for granted. The lines have been drawn in the sand when it comes to women's access to medical science, and 21st century social justice and economic opportunity. Watch. Comment. Share. - jkl]

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Foreign Policy, Akin-Style: How the U.S. Denies Abortions to Women Raped in War

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by Akila Radhakrishnan and Kristina Kallas, The Atlantic


When rape is used as a weapon of war in places like Congo or Bosnia, thousands of women and girls can become pregnant, but a piece of 39-year-old U.S. legislation means that few if any aid groups are allowed to provide or even discuss abortion services with them.


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[Rape as a weapon of war is not new AND it is contemporary. Those who say they are the leaders of our country and do not know the current events of this planet have no right to serve. -jkl]

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Rape-related pregnancy: estimates and descriptive characteristics from a national sample of women.

Rape-related pregnancy: estimates and descriptive characteristics from a national sample of women. | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it
Holmes MM, Resnick HS, Kilpatrick DG, Best CL,
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynocology 1996
National Library of Medicine
National Institutes of Health


The national rape-related pregnancy rate is 5.0% per rape among victims of reproductive age (aged 12 to 45); among adult women an estimated 32,101 pregnancies result from rape each year. Among 34 cases of rape-related pregnancy, the majority occurred among adolescents and resulted from assault by a known, often related perpetrator. Only 11.7% of these victims received immediate medical attention after the assault, and 47.1% received no medical attention related to the rape. A total 32.4% of these victims did not discover they were pregnant until they had already entered the second trimester; 32.2% opted to keep the infant whereas 50% underwent abortion and 5.9% placed the infant for adoption; an additional 11.8% had spontaneous abortion.


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[Everywhere I look I find the same number: 5%. The smarty pants "she really wanted it" crowd may not agree with the legal totals, but what ever they recognize as the true, blessed, and deemed holy number of rapes, one out of every twenty will end up in a pregnancy. Grow up, boys. You sound like fools devising dunk tests for witches. -jkl]

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Appeals court rules Texas can cut off Planned Parenthood funding

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - A U.S.appeals court ruled on Tuesday that Texas can deny funding to Planned Parenthood under a state women's health program because the network of clinics provides abortions.

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Rep. Akin merely said what they all believe.

Rep. Akin merely said what they all believe. | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

While Rep. Akin may have let the cat out of the bag in a way and in a place that no one can misunderstand, let there be no mistake: he fairly represents today's Republican Party.  Just today personhood was granted to fertilized eggs in the Republican platform. Vice Presidental candidate Ryan has co-sponsored bills to that effect with Mr. Akin. Abortion is taboo for these men: even when a woman or child is brutally attacked by a monster power predator. Even when not to do so is committing suicide. Even when it is a child who is carrying a child.


The examples since 2010 are too numberous to recount. In the states and in Congress, too many want to take back the enlightenment with anti science beliefs that are stunning. FACT: pregnancy will occur from 5% of all events of unprotected sex whether consentual or not. Ask a couple trying to get pregnant what "rare" really means.


WOMEN WILL REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER. But first, women must know. Find out what your candidate thinks about the importance of your quality of life. Share what you know here and everywhere you can. These throw-backs to the Inquisition must be stopped. - jkl


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Dear Mr. Akin, I Want You to Imagine... an open letter from Eve Ensler

Dear Mr. Akin, I Want You to Imagine...  an open letter from Eve Ensler | Coffee Party Feminists | Scoop.it

"You used the expression "legitimate" rape as if to imply there were such a thing as "illegitimate" rape. Let me try to explain to you what that does to the minds, hearts and souls of the millions of women on this planet who experience rape. It is a form of re-rape. The underlying assumption of your statement is that women and their experiences are not to be trusted. That their understanding of rape must be qualified by some higher, wiser authority. It delegitimizes and undermines and belittles the horror, invasion, desecration they experienced. It makes them feel as alone and powerless as they did at the moment of rape. 


"Here's what I want you to do. I want you to close your eyes and imagine that you are on your bed or up against a wall or locked in a small suffocating space. Imagine being tied up there and imagine some aggressive, indifferent, insane stranger friend or relative ripping off your clothes and entering your body -- the most personal, sacred, private part of your body -- and violently, hatefully forcing themself into you so that you are ripped apart.


"I am asking you and the GOP to get out of my body, out of my vagina, my womb, to get out of all of our bodies. These are not your decisions to make. These are not your words to define. Why don't you spend your time ending rape rather than redefining it? Spend your energy going after those perpetrators who so easily destroy women rather than parsing out manipulative language that minimizes their destruction."   --Eve Ensler


[Excerpt from Eve Ensler's open letter to Mr. Akin, GOP candidate for Senate in Missouri.  To read the entire letter, click on the title.]

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moose's comment, August 21, 2012 2:46 PM
would somebody, anybody, everybody, please, please, PLEASE remember that women are not the only people who are raped, sexually assaulted, abused, and betrayed? must everything be male versus female? do you know how hard, how emasculating, how soul-deadening it is to be a male who was raped or sexually assaulted? do you know how hard you make it for men and boys to get help when you constantly act and talk like it only happens to women? STOP IT! Think! the pain to your fellow beings alone should move you to care, but if that doesn't, think about this -- do you REALLY want more angry, sexually wounded, hopeless, desperate males walking around, passing on the pain? Chains of violence must be broken. common cause with other harmed folks could be made. HELP!