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Ex-Long Beach cop gets 11 years for sex crimes with underage girls - Los Angeles Times

Ex-Long Beach cop gets 11 years for sex crimes with underage girls - Los Angeles Times | Gender and Crime |
Ex-Long Beach cop gets 11 years for sex crimes with underage girls Los Angeles Times A former Long Beach police officer was sentenced to nearly 12 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to numerous sex crimes involving underage girls,...
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Courtney Love Tried to Warn People About Harvey Weinstein in 2005

Courtney Love Tried to Warn People About Harvey Weinstein in 2005 | Gender and Crime |
The flood of allegations against disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein has sent journalists back to the archives, searching for clues to Weinstein’s beh
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That was pretty clearly a warning...
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Law enforcement leaders: Topeka homicides not random, but typically involve people living ‘dangerous lifestyles’

Law enforcement leaders: Topeka homicides not random, but typically involve people living ‘dangerous lifestyles’ | Gender and Crime |
Topeka’s escalating homicide rate, nearing record-breaking numbers at 25 so far this year, isn’t the result of random crime but is associated with “inherently dangerous lifestyles,” the city’s law enforcement leaders on Friday morning told a Heartland Visioning steering committee discussing public safety.

“The homicides are not random. They’re not people breaking into homes and taking people hostage, that kind of thing, the stuff you see in the movies, that’s not happening,” said Topeka Police Department Interim Deputy Chief Darin Scott. “What’s happening is inherently dangerous lifestyles that we, as a community, have essentially allowed our youth to become involved in, whether it be gangs, drugs or just promiscuity, which is human trafficking.”
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What do you think?  This Chief mentions promiscuity and human trafficking in the same sentence--is this victim blaming?
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Motion picture academy expels Weinstein amid sexual misconduct claims

Motion picture academy expels Weinstein amid sexual misconduct claims | Gender and Crime |
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Saturday that Weinstein would be expelled immediately from the professional organization.
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We'll see.  30 years of this with this one rich dude and they just now act....power is still the currency of trade in the movies.
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Army fires 2-star general amid improper relationship probe

The two-star general who heads U.S. Army Africa has been fired and recalled to Washington, amid allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with the wife of an enlisted soldier, the Army said Friday.

An Army statement provided to The Associated Press said that Maj. Gen. Joseph Harrington was removed from his job due to a loss in confidence in his ability to command.

He is one in a string of senior Army officers who have been disciplined for bad behavior, triggering the development earlier this year of new programs aimed at shaping stronger, more ethical leaders.

Army Col. Patrick Seiber, an Army spokesman, said Friday that Harrington is under investigation for sending inappropriate Facebook messages to the woman, who is married to a soldier on that same base in Vincenza, Italy. Harrington, who is also married, was suspended from his post on Sept. 1, but had stayed in Italy.
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Why Do the Boy Scouts Want to Include Girls?

Why Do the Boy Scouts Want to Include Girls? | Gender and Crime |
On Wednesday, the Boy Scouts of America announced it will soon allow girls to join the organization as Cub Scouts and earn the rank of Eagle Scout, marking a significant policy shift in the organization’s over 100-year history.

“The values of Scouting—trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example—are important for both young men and women,” said Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh in a statement. “We strive to bring what our organization does best—developing character and leadership for young people—to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders.”
Kelsey Therron Snell's comment, October 14, 3:02 PM
I have refrained from talking about this one because it is deeply personal to me. I am an Eagle Scout myself and it is a high honor to earn the award of Eagle Scout. A scout is "Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly courteous kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent is the whole scout motto.
Rob Duke's comment, October 14, 4:47 PM
I won't put you on the spot, but I think Eagle Scout is excellent preparation for leadership and it's a well-known rite of passage that everyone respects. Given this, I think it's great that women now have equal access to the experience.
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Harvey Weinstein accuser: 'I really thought that it was ... my fault'

Tomi-Ann Roberts was a 20-year-old college student and aspiring actress in 1984 when she claims Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein propositioned her.

"I don't remember if I was in a hotel or an apartment. I thought there would be other individuals there," she told ABC's Juju Chang in an interview for "Nightline." "It was just him and it was the kind of moment that is sort of petrifying in the sense that you stand still and you're not sure what to do."

She claims Weinstein was "in the bathtub," attempting to convince her "to get naked."

"And I didn’t," she said. "Looking back, I apologized ... I thought if this is what it's going to take to do serious acting then I guess it’s not for me. I guess I really thought that it was kind of my fault, that I was prudish or I was scared."

Roberts was one of more than a dozen women who have now come forward with allegations against Weinstein over sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Roberts was first part of a New York Times report published less than a week ago documenting the film producer's alleged behavior, as well as reported settlements reached over the accusations, followed by an explosive expose in The New Yorker, published Tuesday. The Times followed with an additional story Tuesday, in which actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie shared their personal stories of alleged harassment at the hands of Weinstein. A chorus of other celebrities, including Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Jennifer Lawrence, Lena Dunham and Meryl Streep, have now all come out against Weinstein over these allegations.

Roberts said she has grappled with feelings of shame over what happened and she now feels "grateful" to have an opportunity to speak out. As a result of what happened to her, Roberts said she quit acting and became a psychologist.

"I don’t want anything from Harvey Weinstein," Roberts told "Nightline." "But I do want other women to know there are people who care this happened to them, happened to me too ... I want to honor that tiny whisper that said 'get out' and I listened."
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Michigan judge gives convicted rapist parental rights for victim's son

Michigan judge gives convicted rapist parental rights for victim's son | Gender and Crime |
A Michigan judge has granted parental rights to a convicted sex offender, providing the man with access to a child born from the nearly decade-old alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl, the victim’s lawyer said.

Sanilac County Circuit Judge Gregory Ross made the decision after a DNA test last month confirmed that 27-year-old Christopher Mirasolo is the biological father of the boy, who is now 8, said the lawyer, Rebecca Kiessling, on Sunday.
katrina watson's comment, October 13, 6:23 PM
How is this right?
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Human Trafficking Experts: Put More Focus On Taking Down 'Johns,' Not Just Recognizing Signs

Human Trafficking Experts: Put More Focus On Taking Down 'Johns,' Not Just Recognizing Signs | Gender and Crime |
As Florida continues to work to combat human trafficking, some experts say working to make sure everyone recognizes the signs is important. But, equally
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Supply-side and demand-side are both being attacked with this strategy....
DS's curator insight, October 12, 3:23 AM

WFSU Public Media describes Florida as a trafficking entrance point. The profits were surprising, the drugs are used to sedate the victims. Tech made marketing and sales easier. The subjugation is real the challenge, enforcement is there. Immigration law is on our horizon. TVPA & TIPR set standard for enforcement/recording victims numbers. Use the Palermo Protocol for enforcement.

This is a massive problem, large scale, long-term problem.

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Southwest Alaska man charged with murder after girlfriend found dead in his home

Southwest Alaska man charged with murder after girlfriend found dead in his home | Gender and Crime |
A Mountain Village man was charged Friday with second-degree murder after his girlfriend was found dead inside his home, according to the Alaska State Troopers.

Mountain Village on Sept. 19. 2017. (Lisa Demer / Alaska Dispatch News/File)
Alexie Walters, 34, surrendered Thursday afternoon after running away from his house early that morning. Police officers from the Yukon River village in Southwest Alaska had tried to check on Walters' girlfriend, identified as 22-year-old Gertrude Queenie, but "fled when Walters came to the door with a shotgun and fired a shot," troopers said Friday in an online dispatch.
Rachel Nichols's comment, October 9, 2:10 AM
It would also be good to know if anything happened between the two that would make Walters want to act in this way. How can someone/people do awful, life-changing/ending things to innocent people? It is so sad to me.
Jasmine Lowery's comment, October 9, 9:19 PM
I will be really interested in finding out his reasoning behind killing his girlfriend. Well actually there is never a plausible reason for taking a life of someone else. And they both are very young so sad. He is defiantly guilty especially since he ran from the officers. I will be very interested to read the back story as this case unfolds even more.
Rob Duke's comment, October 12, 2:12 AM
Yes, too bad these cases take so long...our class will be long over before we are likely to hear the rest of the story.
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9 Ways to Prove Sexual Assault Without Physical Evidence - Campus Safety Magazine

9 Ways to Prove Sexual Assault Without Physical Evidence - Campus Safety Magazine | Gender and Crime |

Investigating college sexual assaults is a sensitive process, and to actually prove a sexual assault occurred is an extremely difficult task.

Why can sexual assaults be so difficult to prove or disprove? Unfortunately, there are a number of reasons.

The Department of Justice found that most rape victims don’t tell anyone about the attack, so just getting the victim to make an official report is the first hurdle, and getting them to follow through in the investigation and adjudication phases can also be a challenge.

Additionally, one DHHS study found that more than 50 percent of college sexual assaults involve alcohol, which can affect recall and make the victim fear being punished or feel shame. Another study found that 90 percent of sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim knows, which can lead to confusion on the part of the victim and reluctance to pursue justice.

Witnesses can also be hard to come by in sexual assault cases generally, and in college specifically because of the prevalence of large, unsupervised parties.

But experienced sexual assault investigators can find ways around all of these hurdles, and justice can be brought even in sexual assault cases without much initial evidence.

New Title IX changes relating to the college sexual assault investigation process might mean different campuses are using different standards, but every college still has the same goal of keeping their students safe and comfortable.

Below we give some best practices for campus police to get to the bottom of any sexual assault report, even with limited or no physical evidence. The information is adapted from The Blueprint for University Police: Responding to Campus Sexual Assault.

Searching for Proof During Sexual Assault Investigations
At first, sexual assault reports can appear to be “He said, she said” scenarios where there’s little investigators can do to corroborate the accused or accuser’s stories. Unfortunately, experienced sexual assault investigators are familiar with these scenarios.

There can’t always be forensic evidence to work with, but police can still prove sexual assault occurred with little to no initial evidence, even in cases where there are no witnesses.

Rob Duke's insight:
1. Practice interview techniques such as victim debriefing and adapt an “information gathering” versus interrogation approach to suspect interviews to gather information. Understand physical descriptions (e.g. tattoos), smells and sounds the alleged victim remembers. Here’s more facts and myths on sexual assault that police should know. 
2. Document the specific details of the allegations down to condom use. 
3. Gather circumstantial evidence during the investigation, such as a sudden behavior change from the alleged victim. Look for dropped classes, withdrawal from sports or social clubs and a sudden change in academic performance. 
4. Try to establish elements of force, threat or fear if present. 
5. Look for a serial pattern of behavior from the suspect by contacting others who may have been victimized by that person. 6. Conduct an extensive investigation for corroborating evidence including social media and cell phones. 
7. Evaluate the need for a search warrant. 
8. Consider the utility of a pretext phone call to gather evidence from the suspect. 
9. Identify and contact any outcry witness.

Number 8 is super important.  Having the victim (or another family member or friend) call the suspect and confront him/her while you record the call is a powerful tool.  Some states require a warrant, but it's well worth the time.  You might ask: "well, what would I have the victim say?", which is a good question.  You want to write a script that goes something like this: "Um. I need a ride to x town."  "Because I need to see a doctor." "What do you mean--why am I calling you?  You're the one who raped me that's why I need to see the doctor--would your rather I asked my dad?"
You can see how this line of conversation is highly likely to cause the suspect to make incriminating statements.  At the same time, you should be able to determine the difference in statements that a falsely accused person would make when confronted with something like this (i.e., indignation, surprise, shock).
Rachel Nichols's comment, October 9, 2:29 AM
Thank goodness. This is such a problem, especially on college campuses, and women and girls are scared and nervous to speak up because these cases are difficult to prove and often times it doesn't work out in favor of the female. It is really nice to know that there are other ways to prove sexual assault cases without having physical evidence because a lot of the time the case is legitimate but due to lack of evidence the case cannot be proven and justice is not served. So I say it's about time for this to be a thing.
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Ninth Circuit Denies Qualified Immunity in Fatal Shooting of 13-Year-Old Boy

Ninth Circuit Denies Qualified Immunity in Fatal Shooting of 13-Year-Old Boy | Gender and Crime |
The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday affirmed an order denying summary judgment, on the issue of qualified immunity, to the County of Sonoma and a deputy sheriff in an action brought by the estate of a 13-year-old boy who was fatally shot while walking down the street carrying a toy rifle.
The incident took place Oct. 22, 2013. Sheriff’s Deputy Erik Gelhaus fired eight shots at Andy Lopez, with seven hitting him, after the boy failed to obey a command Gelhaus shouted to him to “drop the gun!” According to the deputy’s deposition testimony, the boy paused and started turning toward him, with the rifle, which had been pointing to the ground, becoming elevated.
What the boy was carrying was a plastic replica of a AK-47 rifle, with the orange tip, which set it apart as a toy, removed.
Judge Milan D. Smith Jr. wrote for himself and Richard R. Clifton in affirming. Judge J. Clifford Wallace dissented.
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Smith wrote:
“[V]iewing the facts in the light most favorable to plaintiffs, as we must at this stage of the proceedings. Gelhaus deployed deadly force while Andy was standing on the sidewalk holding a gun that was pointed down at the ground. Gelhaus also shot Andy without having warned Andy that such force would be used, and without observing any aggressive behavior….[A] reasonable jury could find that Gelhaus’s use of deadly force was not objectively reasonable. Plaintiffs therefore can demonstrate a constitutional violation assuming, again as we must at this stage of the proceedings, that factual disputes are resolved and reasonable inferences are drawn in plaintiffs’ favor.”
Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, October 2, 12:59 PM

Taking the life of a 13 year old without even giving him a warning just because what was thought to be a real gun was nothing but a toy gun aimed at the ground and 7 shots that hit the body of the 13 year old taking his life. And immunity is asked for. I simply ask Why? Because a shot to the hand or arm the toy thought to be in would have eliminated the use why was it needed to take the young man life?


Kelsey Therron Snell's comment, October 4, 7:37 PM
Rob, I can imagine this is a personal story for you and a personal experience as well. I simply ask, do you think that many officers would have responded in the same way? It would be interesting to see which officers would and would not, and then rate them on the scale you have told me about a lot (the one where it rates potential police officers on personalities and alpha 7, or beta 3 or however the classification system goes.
katrina watson's comment, October 13, 6:29 PM
This is outrage..why not shoot elsewhere, someplace that won't kill him or anybody? why a dead shot?
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Child Sex Victims Video Testimony Bill Signed By Governor Brown

Child Sex Victims Video Testimony Bill Signed By Governor Brown | Gender and Crime |
Lamorinda, CA - Assemblywoman Catharine Baker's bill will shield young children who've been victims of heinous sex crimes.
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Baxter Springs woman dies after being set on fire

Baxter Springs woman dies after being set on fire | Gender and Crime |

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. (KSNW) – A Baxter Springs woman has died after being set on fire during a disturbance Saturday morning.

According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, police officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of W. 11th in Baxter Springs around 1:30 a.m. for what was initially considered a domestic disturbance.

Once officers arrived, a male suspect threw fuel on a woman and two officers, catching them on fire. A third officer was also injured after extinguishing the fire.

The female victim, the suspect and the Baxter Springs officers were all taken to area hospitals.

The victim, Sharon Horn, 65, of Baxter Springs, died from her injuries. The suspect and one of the officers continue to be hospitalized. The two other injured officers have been treated and released from the hospital.

Through further investigation, it was found the suspect and victim were not involved in a domestic relationship, however, they were acquaintances.
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...killed by someone she knew....
Kelsey Therron Snell's comment, October 4, 7:32 PM
this is basically an extension of our discussion question this week. It is so crazy that so many women experience abuse from partners, isn't it?
Jasmine Lowery's comment, October 9, 9:29 PM
This is just horrible and disturbing it just make anyone question what make someone so enraged that they set someone on fire. The victim and two officer were burned and the female was burned alive that is just horrible. Someone she knew and trusted its just horrible that her life ended they way it did. I will really want to have an understanding and a breakdown of how and why the guy did this to a woman and the officers just a very disturbed individual I’m definitely sure he will be serving an very long sentence.
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Sessions taps Justice Department lawyer to prosecute transgender murder case

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has sent a federal hate-crimes lawyer to Iowa, where he will assist with the local prosecution of a man accused of killing a transgender high school student in 2016, officials with knowledge of the matter told The New York Times on Sunday.

It's a move that has surprised critics of Sessions, who have called him out for reversing a policy that encouraged schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms that match their gender identity and announcing that the Justice Department no longer considered gay or transgender people protected from workplace discrimination. People who know Sessions told the Times he is more likely to look at filing civil rights charges in individual cases, rather than trying to tackle a systemic problem.
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The changing reasons why women cheat

The changing reasons why women cheat | Gender and Crime |
What surprised me most about these conversations was not that my friends were cheating, but that many of them were so nonchalant in the way they described their extramarital adventures. There was deception but little secrecy or shame.
Often, they loved their husbands, but felt in some fundamental way that their needs (sexual, emotional, psychological) were not being met inside the marriage. Some even wondered if their husbands knew about their infidelity, choosing to look away.
"The fact is," one of these friends told me, "I'm nicer to my husband when I have something special going on that's just for me." She found that she was kinder, more patient, less resentful, "less of a bitch." It occurred to me as I listened that these women were describing infidelity not as a transgression but a creative or even subversive act, a protest against an institution they'd come to experience as suffocating or oppressive.
In an earlier generation, this might have taken the form of separation or divorce, but now, it seemed, more and more women were unwilling to abandon the marriages and families they'd built over years or decades. They were also unwilling to bear the stigma of a publicly open marriage or to go through the effort of negotiating such a complex arrangement.
These women were turning to infidelity not as a way to explode a marriage, but as a way to stay in it. Whereas conventional narratives of female infidelity so often posit the unfaithful woman as a passive party, the women I talked to seemed in control of their own transgressions. There seemed to be something new about this approach.
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Lots of Men Are Gender-Equality Allies in Private. Why Not in Public?

Lots of Men Are Gender-Equality Allies in Private. Why Not in Public? | Gender and Crime |

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In the last week, film producer Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexual harassment — which many have described as an open secret in Hollywood — have exploded onto the pages of the New York Times. The New Yorker documents even more disturbing accusations of rape and assault. It’s now clear that many men and women in Weinstein’s company and in the film industry knew about these alleged crimes but remained silent, allowing it to continue.

How does something like this happen? It happens for some of the same reasons that equal pay, parental leave, and equitable hiring and promotion have stalled in many companies: Women lack genuine male allies in the workplace.

Real male allies tend to have three things in common as agents of organizational change. Debra Meyerson and Megan Tompkins’s research, using the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE program at the University of Michigan, finds that allies need three traits in order to create institutional changes to support gender diversity. First, as majority stakeholders, they have insider knowledge of the organization. Second, they show genuine understanding of the cost of inequality for everyone (not to mention the organizational bottom line). Finally, they demonstrate an honest commitment to what is right and just.

Cultural change requires a nucleus of organizational catalysts who are insiders with outsider cultural beliefs. Meyerson and Tompkins describe them as “individuals who identify with and are committed to their organizations, and are also committed to a cause, community, or ideology that is fundamentally different from, and possibly at odds with, the dominant culture of their organization[s].” In today’s workplace, these are men at every level of power and leadership acting to call out insults and affronts, eliminate pay and promotion disparities, and advocate for policies that retain a diverse talent pool. They are driven by the cause — not ulterior motives such as career advancement, public recognition, or getting a date. They truly believe the system is both unfair and capable of change.

So, why aren’t there more of these men?

Too often, men find themselves in a situation where a male colleague makes a sexist comment or joke in a group of men and women. They feel the awkward discomfort, fully grasping the inappropriateness of his remarks. In this context, men too often look to see how a female colleague reacts, as if requiring confirmation that she was offended before bothering or daring to say something. Real male allies act at this point. Yet being in groups often inhibits action.

Talk with men about their mothers, wives, and daughters, and most will espouse commitment to gender equality; many express real anger at the possibility that these important women in their lives might be treated unfairly, harassed, or assaulted. Privately, lots of men are allies for gender equity. So why not publicly? Why don’t more men vocalize and demonstrate support for women at work? This is where social science helps reveal a number of social psychological, often implicit and unconscious, processes that create timidity and perpetuate silence among potential male allies.

One is the bystander effect. When there are many witnesses, responsibility feels diffuse — people tend to expect that someone else will act.

Another is conformity: Belonging to a group is powerful, and can hinder us from acting against what we think is the opinion of the majority. Recent research shows men overestimate their peers’ acceptance of sexism, which may result in a reluctance to act.

A third reason has to do with what psychologists call psychological standing, a sense of having skin in the game. Research on psychological standing shows that one aspect of men’s reluctance to advocate for gender-parity initiatives is they don’t think it’s their place as men.

But researchers have also shown that these factors can be overcome. Bystander intervention trainings have helped people understand and get over their hesitation to get involved. Other interventions have flipped conformity on its head. For example, Christopher Kilmartin and his colleagues reduced men’s perception that other men accept sexism by using interventions that verbally critiqued sexist ideologies with role-playing and written exercises. (A control group completed an assertiveness skills exercise.) The research team found a significant reduction in sexist attitudes for the men participating in the intervention. And some diversity initiatives have tackled the problem of psychological standing to include men in the conversation about policies and initiatives to reveal how they too will win as workplaces become more equitable.

More education and greater understanding of the social psychological processes that can affect behavior is an important component of developing and empowering male allies. But linking gender equity to leadership is equally vital. To create a culture in which men can be allies, we find it’s essential to reframe gender equality as a leadership issue instead of a “women’s issue.” There are several ways to do this.

First, emphasize the importance of integrity. Integrity is not only knowing and acting on what is right but also, as Yale Law’s Stephen Carter implores, publicly explaining why you are doing so. As a leader, it’s not good enough to be a male ally in the privacy of your home or in personal conversations with female colleagues; you must act publicly and transparently.

Leaders also have an obligation to their teams to create a work environment that is free of harm and that allows people to be their best. There are volumes of research documenting the insidious and detrimental effects of harassment, bias, and prejudice in a toxic workplace. When men ignore gender discrimination and harassment, evidence-based outcomes for all employees include: reduced psychological safety, increased use of sick leave, decreased morale, decreased productivity, increased employee turnover, decreased job satisfaction, and diminished organizational commitment. Real male allies are committed to creating an inclusive workplace free of hostility and bias.

Beyond acting to correct or stop sexist behavior, real male allies advocate for policies and practices that improve the workplace for everyone — even those who don’t look like them. For example, just because you don’t have children doesn’t mean paid parental leave and available childcare are not important to many of your colleagues. Real male allies also step up when it comes to recruiting, hiring, and promotion practices. In their research on 350 executives, David Hekman and Stefanie Johnson demonstrate that while white men are not penalized for publicly valuing diversity, people of color and women are penalized in performance ratings when they advocate for such initiatives. Although men may fear reprisal for championing diversity and inclusion initiatives, or feel it’s not their place, the evidence is clear that they have little to lose.

Finally, it is imperative that leaders create a work environment that supports allyship itself — a workplace where curiosity, courage, confidence, caring, and commitment are valued traits. In this environment, men can support each other on the path to becoming an ally — acknowledging mistakes, holding each other accountable, and maintaining a learning orientation along the way. Maybe then we can appreciate our role as agents of change. Maybe then men can lean in as real male allies.
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A Woman's Bare Nipple Will Appear on British Daytime TV for the First Time

A Woman's Bare Nipple Will Appear on British Daytime TV for the First Time | Gender and Crime |
A woman's bare nipple will appear on British daytime TV for the first time.
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How do we explain America's decadence and, at the same time, its prudishness?
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What Does A Typical Sexual Harasser Look Like? We Don’t Know.

What Does A Typical Sexual Harasser Look Like? We Don’t Know. | Gender and Crime |
Like clockwork, as one workplace sexual harassment scandal fades from the news, another story emerges to take its place. The contours are generally the same: a powerful man, whether it’s at Uber, at Fox News or in Hollywood, sexually harasses his colleagues for decades and faces no real repercussions until his behavior makes the headlines.

The steady drumbeat of these stories might suggest that sexual harassers share some key characteristics — for instance, that they’re older, powerful and usually white. But outside of the handful of high-profile cases that make their way into the media, we know relatively little about the profile of people who perpetrate sexual harassment in the workplace. Researchers agree that most sexual harassment is committed by men and that it’s widely underreported, but beyond that, almost everything we know about who commits sexual harassment — and why — is gleaned from data about victims, not perpetrators. That’s because it’s very difficult to compile accurate information about who commits sexual harassment.

“We’re limited in the data and information that’s available about perpetrators,” said Amy Blackstone, a professor of sociology at the University of Maine. “That makes it more difficult to name and explain patterns of sexual harassment, because we’re missing information about who instigates this behavior and why.”
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17 accusers share their stories of Harvey Weinstein's alleged advances

17 accusers share their stories of Harvey Weinstein's alleged advances | Gender and Crime |
“I was not willing. I said, ‘No, no, no,'" one accuser said.
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This fits well with our theme about the predators that we know (family, friends, and neighbors....or colleagues...boss).
katrina watson's curator insight, October 13, 6:21 PM
No, means, NO! simple as that. I hope that there is justice here.

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For black women, finding work after prison has added challenges

For black women, finding work after prison has added challenges | Gender and Crime |
A new report by UC Riverside sociologist Susila Gurusami details how employment requirements after prison disproportionately burden formerly incarcerated black women.
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Knowingly infecting someone with HIV is now a misdemeanor in California

Knowingly infecting someone with HIV is now a misdemeanor in California | Gender and Crime |
California Governor Jerry Brown announced that he has signed SB 239: the law changes the punishment for intentionally infecting a person with HIV  from a felony to a misdemeanor.Before SB 239, it was a felony punishable by imprisonment for 3, 5, or 8 years
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Is this a reflection of a liberal "soft on crime" policy; or just the reality of medical treatment for HIV that it's no longer a death sentence.
What if you gave someone herpes?  Should that be a felony?
Hope Allen's comment, October 8, 10:48 PM
I think that if someone gave me herpes knowingly I would expect it to be a felony. Regardless of whether or not getting HIV is a death sentence anymore, that person obviously has no respect for human life and even if you don't die from it you'll have to deal with medical bills, it affecting your offspring and potential marriages. It's a big deal that you have to live with the rest of your life.
Rob Duke's comment, October 12, 2:16 AM
I remember when this law came out and it was billed as stopping that homicidal and vengeful victim of HIV getting even with the world. I'm not sure that scenario ever developed. Typically, it seems that people in a sexually active community of partners just have very little thought (or maybe suppress the thought due to over-active worry) and thoughtlessly pass on disease. Under those conditions, we probably find a bunch of victims and it's difficult to cast any of them as the villain.
katrina watson's comment, October 13, 6:25 PM
I would expect felony, or something along a murder charge. HIV is like giving someone a death sentence.
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Apple refuses law enforcement requests

Apple refuses law enforcement requests | Gender and Crime |
The government says it will move to address claims Apple has refused hundreds of law enforcement requests.
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The capacity for corporate greed never surprises me....

Who'd want these people for customers?  Apple apparently.
DS's curator insight, October 12, 3:06 AM

There are Privacy concerns in Govt. Information Requests, consider these customers are under contract. The subpoena needs to be legitimate. Out of 799 requests 399 denied, and 345 approved. 299 cases provided basic info. possible pointing police detectives in the right direction of confirming suspicion. Policing the internet is another field in itself, peripheral to the phone use. Could be used as a Proxy. Analyze the data and process it. Response assessment model as a Standard.

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When Men Murder Women

When Men Murder Women | Gender and Crime |
Alaska has the highest rate of femicide by men, followed by Nevada, Louisiana, and Tennessee, according to the annual report of the Violence Policy Center (VPI). Black women are more than twice as likely to be killed by men than their white counterparts.
Hope Allen's comment, October 8, 10:49 PM
This isn't new information at all. Men tend to be more physically aggressive than females and act out in moments of anger. While it's very sad, it's the realistic statistics for this type of crime.
Rachel Nichols's comment, October 9, 2:23 AM
Well aren't these sad, scary statistics? I agree with what Hope is saying, that, sadly, it is not new information. Men do tend to be more physical and aggressive. When men act out, it is more likely to have a worse outcome than when women do. It is also really sad to hear that "black women are more than twice as likely to be killed by men than their white counterparts." TWICE as likely, that is big. I'm sure there are many things that go into this, but I wonder if that statistic could be due to environmental reasons.
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Police body camera footage depicting rape victims won't be released in California under new law

Police body camera footage depicting rape victims won't be released in California under new law | Gender and Crime |

(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Gov. Jerry Brown signed a measure Tuesday that would prohibit the public release of police body camera footage or other videos that depict victims of rape, incest, sexual assault, domestic violence or child abuse.

The new law will not change existing policy. Generally, police departments across California don’t release body camera footage outside of a courtroom. This measure, Assembly Bill 459 from Assemblyman Ed Chau (D-Arcadia) enshrines extra protection for such footage into state law.

Lawmakers have struggled to pass more wide-ranging police body camera policies. A bill that would have allowed much more footage to be released did not advance this year.
Rob Duke's comment, October 3, 6:16 PM
They already had a Jane/John Doe law, so I'd view this as an extension of that law. If you can't release a name, it makes sense that you'd also want to protect a victim's image. I'd bet that they have the same exceptions in the law, which means you can give it up in discovery, pursuant to a search warrant or subpoena, or under some carefully defined exigent circumstances....
Kelsey Therron Snell's comment, October 4, 7:31 PM
ahhhh okay. that makes sense
DS's curator insight, October 12, 2:48 AM

This Legislation is an excellent initiative. SB 295 affords privacy protections to victims of sexual assault. Protecting victim identity from public scrutiny is a good idea. Preventing full access to this exculpatory evidence during trial is a violation of due process. 


Great Article, I don't get to read the LA Times very often,

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Date rape case to go to trial

Date rape case to go to trial | Gender and Crime |
A Saugus man accused of date rape has been ordered to stand trial. Brady John Wood, 20, appeared Friday in San Fernando Superior Court for a preliminary hearing after which he was held to answer to
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