Gender and Crime
6.3K views | +5 today
Follow
 
Scooped by Rob Duke
onto Gender and Crime
Scoop.it!

MCSO investigation puts some blame on former chief for mishandled sex crimes ... - ABC15.com (KNXV-TV)

MCSO investigation puts some blame on former chief for mishandled sex crimes ... - ABC15.com (KNXV-TV) | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The Inquisitr MCSO investigation puts some blame on former chief for mishandled sex crimes ...
more...
No comment yet.
Gender and Crime
How does gender impact Victimology and Criminology?
Curated by Rob Duke
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Rob Duke
Scoop.it!

Farewell my guardian: Some Saudi women are secretly deserting their country | The Economist

Farewell my guardian: Some Saudi women are secretly deserting their country | The Economist | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

CAN Saudi Arabia keep its women? Last month’s appointment of women to head two big banks and Tadawul, the kingdom’s stock exchange, offers hope that the path to a fulfilling career is not completely blocked. But the restrictions of Saudi life remain so irksome that covertly, silently, many women are finding ways out.

On family trips abroad, some jump ship. Some, having been sent to Western universities at the government’s expense, postpone their return indefinitely. Others avail themselves of clandestine online services offering marriages of convenience to men willing to whisk them abroad. Iman, an administrator at a private hospital in Riyadh, has found a package deal for $4,000 offering an Australian honeymoon during which she plans to scarper.

Propelling the flight is the kingdom’s wilaya, or guardianship, law. Although it has received less publicity than the world’s only sex-specific driving ban, it imposes harsher curbs on female mobility. To travel, work or study abroad, receive hospital treatment or an ID card, or even leave prison once a sentence is served, women need the consent of a male wali, or guardian. From birth to death, they are handed from one wali to the next—father, husband and, if both of those die, the nearest male relative. Sometimes that might be a teenage son or brother, because although boys are treated as adults from puberty, women are treated as minors all their lives.
Iman, a divorcee, is subject to the guardianship of her brother, who at 17 is barely half her age. He lets her work as a manager at a hospital, but pockets her earnings. She says she is kept like a chattel, while he spends her money on drugs and weekends in massage parlours in neighbouring Bahrain. Her ex-husband refuses to let her see their children. Her brother prevents her from completing her studies in Europe. If she protests, he threatens to beat her.

She tried going to court to have the guardianship transferred to a more sympathetic elder brother, but the judge dismissed the case, she says, while talking on his phone. Though she dressed demurely in a full veil, she suspects the judge objected to her presenting her own case. Social services offer poor refuge, since hostels for abused women resemble prisons where the windows are barred and visitors banned. When she hears other women say that their brothers don’t beat them, Iman assumes they are lying “because they are scared of social housing”.

Estimates of the number of “runaway girls”, to use the Saudi term, are imprecise, but, says Mansour al-Askar, a sociologist at Imam Muhammad ibn Saud University in Riyadh, the rate is rising. By his estimates, over a thousand flee the kingdom every year, while more escape Riyadh for Jeddah, the kingdom’s more liberal coastal metropolis.

Dissenting Saudi scholars insist that the guardianship laws stem not from Islam, but the Bedouin customs that still hold sway in much of Arabia’s hinterland. Khadija, the Prophet Muhammad’s first wife, was a merchant who sponsored her husband. His subsequent wives moved between Medina and Mecca without him. “Islam freed women from the wilaya,” says Hassan al-Maliki, a theologian in Riyadh who has sometimes been jailed for free-thinking. “A woman can choose whom she marries.” But the clerics who man the judiciary maintain that guardians protect the vulnerable and keep families and, by extension, society together. Last December the courts sentenced a man caught denouncing the wilaya on social media to a year in jail. Another Saudi study, at a university in Mecca, acknowledged that some runaways might be fleeing physical abuse, but said that most had been influenced by the “misuse of social media, copying other cultures and weak beliefs”.
Economists note that the guardianship system makes Saudi Arabia poorer. More than a quarter of the 150,000 students the kingdom sends abroad every year are women. Given that many defer their return or choose to remain in more liberal places like Dubai, much of the $5bn the government spends on their studies each year is going to waste. “Saudi Arabia is losing the battle to keep its talent,” says Najah al-Osaimi, a female Saudi academic who has settled in Britain.

Awkwardly for reformers, some of the most tenacious advocates of the wilaya are women, particularly in obscurantist southern provinces like Asir. Despite such beguiling hashtags as #StopEnslavingSaudiWomen and #IAmMyOwnGuardian, a social-media campaign to end the wilaya system attracted just 14,000 signatures.
Use them or lose them

Saudi Arabia’s leaders acknowledge the need to make the kingdom more women-friendly. Already, more women attend Saudi universities than men. And although some men still send their own photographs when they apply for jobs for their wives (and even attend their interviews), in 2012 the kingdom waived the need for women to have their guardians’ approval for four types of work, including clothes-shop assistants, chefs and amusement-park attendants.

In upmarket malls, women can be seen selling aftershave, boldly spraying samples onto male hands. Broadminded men can give their female wards five-year permits to move unaccompanied (though they get updates by text message whenever their charges travel abroad). Countrywide, the dress code has relaxed a bit. In big cities, women have added streaks of colour and patterns to the black abayas or cloaks that the state requires them to wear. Even in Burayda, the bastion of Saudi Arabia’s puritanical rite, women have cut slits for their eyes in veils that hitherto fully covered their faces, and let their abayas slip from their heads to their shoulders.
Nonetheless many women seethe with frustration. On social media, footage of women riding motorbikes has gone viral. So too has a female silhouette, whisky bottle in hand, dancing on her car roof. A female pop group, clad in black, sings songs of protest from dodgems, toy cars, skateboards, roller-skates and other wheeled vehicles that they can legally drive. Unless the system adapts, warns Mr al-Askar, the sociologist, it risks crumbling. Judges and the police should work together to strip oppressive men of their right to be walis, he says. But for Iman, the hospital manager, reform can’t come soon enough. An Australian honeymoon awaits.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Rob Duke
Scoop.it!

Infant and toddler found stabbed to death in North Carolina; father arrested

Infant and toddler found stabbed to death in North Carolina; father arrested | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A toddler and an infant who were reported missing and endangered in North Carolina have been found stabbed to death, authorities said.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Rob Duke
Scoop.it!

Gang rape of Chicago teen was livestreamed on Facebook and no one called cops

Gang rape of Chicago teen was livestreamed on Facebook and no one called cops | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Chicago Police are on the hunt for five or six men who live streamed on Facebook the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl to an audience of at least 40 people — none of whom said a word to law enforcement, authorities said Tuesday.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Rob Duke
Scoop.it!

Trafficking survivor comes out of the shadows to get hotels to curb crime

Trafficking survivor comes out of the shadows to get hotels to curb crime | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
New York Assemblywoman Amy Paulin has teamed up with human trafficking survivor Anneke Lucas to write legislation that would train hotel staff.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Rob Duke
Scoop.it!

Honoring #WomensHistoryMonth (with images, tweets) · PolicingNews

#LEOs are celebrating women in the law enforcement profession and building better bonds with their communities
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Rob Duke
Scoop.it!

Man Arrested, Confessed to Sexual Assault at Police Job Interview

SOUTH CHARLESTON, WV - A Nitro man was arrested for sexual assault after police say he confessed during an pre-employment interview. The South Charleston Police Department were interviewing Tyle
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Rob Duke from Online Misogyny
Scoop.it!

The girls and women killed by their own families

The girls and women killed by their own families | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The only English-language socialist daily newspaper in the world, published six days a week.

Via End Misogyny
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Rob Duke
Scoop.it!

Alisa Summers case: Mom forced in car bound and screaming found alive, cops say

Alisa Summers case: Mom forced in car bound and screaming found alive, cops say | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Police say Alisa Summers was abducted from a Tampa parking lot Saturday by her estranged husband
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Rob Duke
Scoop.it!

India's rape crisis is worsening, and there still isn't a national registry for sex offenders

India's rape crisis is worsening, and there still isn't a national registry for sex offenders | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Local newspapers feature almost daily reports of gruesome sexual assaults on infants and toddlers.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Rob Duke
Scoop.it!

Troopers say Fairbanks domestic disturbance call ended in fire with 2 dead

Troopers said when they arrived, they found a woman dead and a man barricaded in a back room who then set fire to the residence.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Rob Duke
Scoop.it!

Speak out against abuse? "It hurts your chances"

Speak out against abuse? "It hurts your chances" | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Former gymnast Jeanette Antolin said she didn't want to upset the committee who selected the 2000 Olympic team: "No one wants to step out of line"
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Rob Duke
Scoop.it!

Facebook Ban for Sex Offenders Goes Before Supreme Court

Facebook Ban for Sex Offenders Goes Before Supreme Court | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The Supreme Court will consider a case that weighs the protection of children vs. the Constitutional rights of free speech and association.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Rob Duke
Scoop.it!

Foul-Mouthed Cop Resigns After Public Backlash

Foul-Mouthed Cop Resigns After Public Backlash | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A cop, caught on secret recordings making lewd comments to a convenience store clerk, has resigned.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Rob Duke
Scoop.it!

He handed his wife a loaded gun. Now their families are fighting over who should raise their children.

The Alaska Supreme Court decided earlier this month to reopen the McDonald child custody case in a decision that puts the father’s violence and the children’s Alaska Native heritage at the center of the discussion.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Rob Duke
Scoop.it!

Oroville sex offender gets 9 years in prison for 2015 attempted kidnappings

Oroville sex offender gets 9 years in prison for 2015 attempted kidnappings | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
An Oroville man convicted of the attempted kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl last year near downtown Oroville was sentenced today to nine years in state prison.

32-year-old Jesse Samuel Horton was sentenced after his September 2016 conviction of attempted kidnapping and indecent exposure.

Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey said the charges stem from an incident on May 10, 2016, when a 14-year-old girl reported a man in a blue, four-door car pulled alongside her and she saw him exposing himself and masturbating.

The vehicle then drove around the block, again pulled up next to the victim, and the defendant got out of the car near a bus stop on Robinson Street near 1st Avenue.

The girl said the man attempted to grab her by the arm but she was able to avoid him and run away from the area. She told police he got back in the car and drove away.

 Police used video surveillance evidence from the area to identify a blue four-door Mazda 3 driven by the suspect in the attempted kidnapping. 

On May 11, 2016 near Stanford Avenue School in Oroville, three children told police the driver of a blue four-door sedan pulled the car alongside them and followed them for several blocks while they were on their way to school around 7:50 a.m. They said the driver waved at them and drove away. The children felt scared by the incident. The blue four-door Mazda in both incidents was later tied to Horton.

 Ramsey said Horton was previously convicted of separate counts of corporal injury to a child and statutory rape and went to prison in 2005. In 2010, he served time in prison for a first degree burglary conviction.

 
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Rob Duke
Scoop.it!

Father, daughter dead in apparent murder-suicide at Capitola Mall in Calif.

Father, daughter dead in apparent murder-suicide at Capitola Mall in Calif. | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Police are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide after a 36-year-old man killed his 8-year-old daughter then himself
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Rob Duke
Scoop.it!

Bloomington man charged with impersonating police officer

Bloomington man charged with impersonating police officer | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A Bloomington man is facing charges of impersonating a police officer.

Police say 55-year-old William Howe followed a woman in his car and later confronted her. He will appear in court Tuesday for his initial hearing.

The woman says she saw Howe Sunday at a local park, where he made her feel uncomfortable. But when she left, he allegedly did, too, following her to a gas station and then to the police department.

That's where police say Howe got out and asked the woman if she had a problem with him, claiming he was an undercover cop.
Rob Duke's insight:
Seems legit...?
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Rob Duke
Scoop.it!

Space Sex Is Serious Business

Space Sex Is Serious Business | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
In January 1991, a couple of crazy kids got married. That these particular “kids” were in their late 30s, were astronauts, and were keeping their marriage a sec…
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Rob Duke from Online Misogyny
Scoop.it!

Outrage after Brazil football team signs goalkeeper convicted of killing girlfriend

Outrage after Brazil football team signs goalkeeper convicted of killing girlfriend | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Bruno Fernandes de Souza, who was released last month after serving partial sentence for murder of Eliza Samudio, received contract from Boa Esporte

Via End Misogyny
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Rob Duke
Scoop.it!

Marines' nude photo scandal is even worse than first realized

Marines' nude photo scandal is even worse than first realized | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The scandal is much larger than has been reported.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Rob Duke
Scoop.it!

Transgender girl says she is rejected by straight guys for 'having male parts'

Transgender girl says she is rejected by straight guys for 'having male parts' | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Young Claire is joined by Devon, Arin and Katie for BBC Three's Young, Trans and Looking for Love and give eye-opening accounts of rejection, bullying and suicide attempts
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Rob Duke
Scoop.it!

Judge: Casey Anthony may have accidentally killed daughter

Judge: Casey Anthony may have accidentally killed daughter | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The judge who presided over Casey Anthony's murder trial says the Florida mother may have killed her 2-year-old daughter by accident.

Anthony may have been trying to quiet the child, Caylee, with chloroform and accidentally used too much, former Circuit Judge Belvin Perry Jr. said Wednesday in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel.
Rob Duke's insight:
...and?
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Rob Duke
Scoop.it!

Alaska has one of nation's widest wage gaps between men and women

Alaska has one of nation's widest wage gaps between men and women | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Among the reasons: High-paying jobs are concentrated in the male-dominated oil and gas sector.
more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by Rob Duke
Scoop.it!

Bill would add hotels, motels to human trafficking fight

A new Senate bill looks to address human trafficking, prostitution where the crimes often occur: hotels and motels.
more...
No comment yet.