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U.S. high school football players charged with sexually assaulting 13-year-old girl | Toronto Star

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Niesha Edwards's comment, March 21, 2013 8:47 PM
I think it is important to support the young girl because she did a brave thing by even coming forward. Too many times does the blame of incidents of this nature shift to the wrong person. These are 18 year high school boys that became involved in a terrible crime, I am not saying that their lives will be the same, however it is important to not allow their roles in the community cloud the proper handling of the case. They should be punished as the law sees fit, and they are responsible for their own actions.
Rob Duke's comment, March 22, 2013 1:31 AM
A pre-text phone call is an invaluable tool in these cases (see: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/179946.pdf ). Though, some states (including Alaska) do not allow phone calls to be recorded without each party's knowledge that the call is being recorded.
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Prosecutors appealing Pistorious sentence

Prosecutors appealing Pistorious sentence | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Prosecutors in South Africa will appeal the six-year prison sentence given to former Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius for murdering his girlfriend in 2013, calling it "shockingly too lenient."
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Fear of Retribution Often Keeps Sex Harassment Victims Silent

Fear of Retribution Often Keeps Sex Harassment Victims Silent | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Fear of Retribution Often Keeps Sex Harassment Victims Silent
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Report: Saudi Women's Lives Dictated by Male Guardianship

Report: Saudi Women's Lives Dictated by Male Guardianship | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Report: Saudi Women's Lives Dictated by Male Guardianship
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Lawmakers Lay Bare Proposal to Take Nip Out of Revenge Porn

Lawmakers Lay Bare Proposal to Take Nip Out of Revenge Porn | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Years in the making, the bill would allow prison sentences for bitter exes, hackers.
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How To Protect Women

How To Protect Women | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
In 2014, six years after she filed for divorce, Nikki was living on her own with the girls, at that point 7 and 8, in Southwest Portland. She and Ian were still arguing over custody, and he still had his guns. On a Monday morning in November, Ian broke through Nikki’s front door carrying a gun. Neighbors told the police they heard five or six shots and saw Ian come out with the girls, leaving Nikki dead. He took the children to his house across the city. As a police tactical squad surrounded his Northeast Portland home, he went to the rear porch and fatally shot himself. The girls were physically unharmed.

“She sought and was given all the protection the court has to offer. She did everything we like to think of as ‘right’ to protect herself and her children from Ian’s abuse. In the end, none of our efforts were enough,” Multnomah County Circuit Judge Amy Holmes Hehn, who presided over the Eliases’ custody case, told The Oregonian at the time. “The grim reality is that when an abuser wants to murder his intimate partner, he’ll likely find a way to do it.”
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Lorraine Stewart's comment, July 15, 9:02 PM
Domestic violence is rampant in the U.S. and many other places around the world. Every human, male or female, is unique in their thoughts, beliefs, and reactions to life experience and influences. It seems difficult to make one set of laws effective for governing and protecting all people in the same manner. As Multnomah County Circuit Judge Amy Holmes stated in this article, “The grim reality is that when an abuser wants to murder his intimate partner, he’ll likely find a way to do it.” If an abuser is set on injuring their victim, they will find a way. Taking guns away from individuals who have committed acts deserving of a restraining order won’t prevent them from accessing another weapon.
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Mother of three gets 20 years in prison for fatal DWI crash

Mother of three gets 20 years in prison for fatal DWI crash | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A mother of three and a former registered nurse has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for driving drunk and causing a fatal wreck in Hurst.
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This was on MADD's page as a success story for them.  Do you agree that giving a first time DUI 20 years is just?
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max mckernan's comment, July 14, 2:09 AM
Though i do usually disagree with deterrence theory and being really harsh to start out with i think that the court was justified in this example. the reason that i believe this is because even though this was a DUI this had a fatality and was deemed manslaughter. frankly i think that this is a pretty fair ruling when you take into account her past violations.
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Has Oscar Pistorius got off lightly with six-year sentence? - BBC News

Has Oscar Pistorius got off lightly with six-year sentence? - BBC News | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
There is a prevailing sense that Oscar Pistorius got off lightly with a six-year sentence for murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the BBC's Pumza Fihlani writes.
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Oscar Pistorius awaits sentencing for murder

Oscar Pistorius awaits sentencing for murder | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Oscar Pistorius could be sentenced to at least 15 years in prison for murdering Reeva Steenkamp -- but his lawyers are asking for leniency.
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FBI Adds 10th Woman to 'Most Wanted' List: Meet Them All

FBI Adds 10th Woman to 'Most Wanted' List: Meet Them All | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
FBI adds 10th woman to 'Most Wanted' list; from 1960s militant radicals to a hardened gangster, meet the women who've made infamous list.
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Lorraine Stewart's comment, July 15, 12:41 PM
I must admit that when I think of the FBI’s Most Wanted list, I imagine the most viscous and violent criminals, but not all of these women appear to fit that description. I was also surprised to see that some of these women are highly educated and are even currently teaching at various colleges in the U.S. many years after they were taken of the list. Some of these women seem to have been misled by the male partners they had at the time of the crime or were moved to act based on strong personal beliefs against war and other major social issues. The rest just seem inherently bad or evil. It does help prove that sex and/or gender does not indicate a person’s likelihood of committing horrible criminal acts.
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LA Police Department’s first Black female captain retires | Compton Herald

LA Police Department’s first Black female captain retires | Compton Herald | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Capt. Ann Young was the LAPD’s first Black woman promoted to captain in the department’s 131-year history, in 2000 COMPTON — In 1968 as a
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Marine Corps Taking 'Man' Out of 19 Job Titles

Marine Corps Taking 'Man' Out of 19 Job Titles | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The Marines in the next few days will publish the gender neutral name changes to affect 19 roles.
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max mckernan's comment, July 1, 9:10 PM
I do not understand the obsession of changing names to gender neutral with in the military, it seems very unnecessary. most people who are in the military don't really care what their tittle is. This seems more like something done to appease the public not to improve women's position in the military
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Two transgender candidates named 'Misty' win primaries

Two transgender candidates named 'Misty' win primaries | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Misty K. Snow will run against tea party favorite Sen. Mike Lee in Utah and Misty Plowright will challenge Rep. Doug Lamborn in Colorado.
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Pregnant Woman, Unborn Child Killed Over Loud Music: FBI

Pregnant Woman, Unborn Child Killed Over Loud Music: FBI | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The FBI is offering $100,000 for information that leads to the arrest of Shanika S. Minor, 24, of Wisconsin.
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Fox News chief Ailes resigns after sexual harassment claims

Fox News chief Ailes resigns after sexual harassment claims | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Roger Ailes, who built Fox News into a money-making ratings powerhouse, has resigned as chairman and chief executive of the popular cable channel following allegations of sexual harassment, according to the company.
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Alleged rapist in custody after hostage situation in Baltimore

Alleged rapist in custody after hostage situation in Baltimore | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Baltimore police nabbed an armed rape suspect who took hostages Sunday in a Baltimore Burger King, including a 7-year-old girl.
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Racist Black Rapist to White Victim: 'That's for 400 Years of Slavery You Bitch!'

Racist Black Rapist to White Victim: 'That's for 400 Years of Slavery You Bitch!' | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Wonder where he got that idea? Care to comment, Obama, Sharpton, Jackson?
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How is the community (White and Black) radicalizing men who are several generations separated from slavery?  Yes, these men should care and none of us should forget our past, but how do we cultivate this sense of rage...?  We're not unique, just look at the Palestine/Israel situation; or Cyprus/Greece/Turkey; or England/Ireland; or any of 100 other multi-generational feuds.
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War of words

War of words | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
FEMALE politicians are easily labelled: from the battle-axe to the national mum. Everything they do contributes to the media’s desire to pop them into ready-made boxes, whether it’s their hairstyle, clothes or shoes. But the way they speak, the main task of politicians everywhere, is the most important source of their influence and the biggest potential pitfall. How women leaders talk to voters and each other is soon to get more scrutiny than ever, with Britain’s new prime minister, Theresa May, joining Angela Merkel as two of the most powerful leaders in Europe, and perhaps soon to be ranked with President Hillary Clinton at international summits. The pitfalls for women’s political language come at every level, from tone of voice to word-choice to the topics of conversation to conversational styles.

Authority, for example, is linked to male voices. A study in 2012 showed that a bland political slogan, digitally altered to make it deeper, was more appealing to voters, no matter whether the voices—or the voters—were male or female. This hardly needed experimental proof, however. Margaret Thatcher took elocution lessons in the 1970s as she prepared to become the Conservative Party’s leader and ultimately prime minister. A surprisingly girlish voice from the 1960s became a commanding and much-admired tone during her premiership.
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‘Ghostbusters’ Is A Perfect Example Of How Internet Movie Ratings Are Broken

‘Ghostbusters’ Is A Perfect Example Of How Internet Movie Ratings Are Broken | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
“Ghostbusters,” a revival of the 1984 original, hits theaters nationwide on Friday. As a reboot of a beloved, male-led science fiction film from the 1980s with …
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Prosecutors charge Alaska House majority press secretary with assault

Prosecutors charge Alaska House majority press secretary with assault | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
New details emerged about the accusations of assault against the Alaska House’s spokesman, Will Vandergriff, in charges filed against him by the Anchorage district attorney, including assertions by his girlfriend, a legislative aide, that he held her by the throat and hit her repeatedly.
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max mckernan's comment, July 14, 1:03 AM
This actually very pertinent to our class because it shows that domestic violence can happen anywhere and to anyone regardless of your position of power you should be held accountable
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University of Tennessee settles Title IX lawsuit

University of Tennessee settles Title IX lawsuit | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A Title IX lawsuit against the University of Tennessee has been settled for $2.48 million, the Knoxville school said Tuesday.
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max mckernan's comment, July 13, 2:07 AM
I think that the lawsuit was justified in this case, Schools keep saying that they are supporting tittle IX to help the students but in reality the schools are just trying to prevent lawsuits and cover them selves. I think that setting this precedent shows that schools should be held responsible if the programs that they are supporting are not helping the students.
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4 Children Fatally Stabbed in Memphis; Mother in Custody

4 Children Fatally Stabbed in Memphis; Mother in Custody | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The mother of four young children who were stabbed to death in a gated apartment complex in Tennessee is being held for questioning, but authorities have not charged her with a crime.

The deaths on Friday saddened and dismayed neighbors and county officials, as authorities tried to piece together what happened in the apartment located near a verdant golf course in a typically quiet neighborhood in suburban Memphis.

Deputies were called to the complex in unincorporated Shelby County shortly before 1 p.m. Friday. They took the mother into custody after finding the children's bodies.

Officials have not released the ages of the children, but sheriff's office spokesman Earle Farrell said deputies responding to the scene called them "babies." Authorities were waiting to contact next of kin to release the names.

Shelby County Sheriff Bill Oldham did not specifically allege that the mother had stabbed the children. He said investigators did not know if she had mental health issues.

"This is an egregious act of evil that has shocked us to our core," Oldham said. "I will never understand how anyone can do this."

Oldham said the district attorney general's special victims' unit has been called in and Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell has promised all resources necessary for the investigation.

"One of the most difficult questions in any investigation is always, 'Why did this happen?'" the sheriff said.
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Two Harris County deputies indicted in roadside body cavity search of woman

Two Harris County deputies indicted in roadside body cavity search of woman | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The deputies claimed to smell marijuana but found nothing when they searched her car. The female officers told Corley to remove her pants and shone a flashlight onto her exposed genital area to conduct a "visual strip search," according to the plaintiff's complaint.

Next, the deputies decided to do a manual body cavity search while still in the parking lot, according to her lawsuit.

When Corley protested, "the deputies forcibly threw Ms. Corley to the ground, while she was still handcuffed, pinned her down with her legs spread apart, threatened to break her legs, and without consent penetrated her vagina in a purported search for marijuana," keeping her pinned to the ground for about 11 minutes, the complaint states.
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This back in the news.  The deputies dispute this version of events, but there's enough probable cause to indict and probably go to trial.
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Lorraine Stewart's comment, July 15, 12:41 PM
With an increase in police use of force and other incidents like this, public fear of law enforcement is growing. This is one of the most horrifying “stops gone wrong” stories I have ever read; such a traumatic experience for this young women to have gone through. I don’t even know where to begin. Regardless of whether this woman was mouthing off to the officer, guilty of driving through a stop sign, failing to use a turn signal or carrying .02 ounces of marijuana on her persons, the officers did not have to right to execute the search in the manner in which it occurred. To perform a body cavity search on a handcuffed person who is being forcibly held on the ground of a public gas station on the side of the road is shocking. They are exposing this young woman’s private body parts to the public. The officers did not have the right or consent to penetrate her body. If a legitimate crime had actually occurred and the officers had reasonable suspicion or probable cause to believe she committed a crime or was concealing illegal substances, they should have taken her in to the station for further questioning, processing and examination.
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Pentagon ends transgender ban

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The Pentagon said Thursday it was ending the ban on transgender people being able to serve openly in the U.S. military.
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Texas Mom Who Killed Daughters Wanted Husband 'to Suffer': Sheriff

Texas Mom Who Killed Daughters Wanted Husband 'to Suffer': Sheriff | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls told reporters Christy Sheats had a history of depression and suicide attempts and was on the brink of divorce.
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max mckernan's comment, July 2, 1:49 AM
this is a very unfortunate story, killing someones children will destroy the person more than actually killing the person. It is interesting that she was identified as mentally unstable in the past and the husband did not take the gun away.
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Former Ohio State drum major instructor sent to prison for assault

Former Ohio State drum major instructor sent to prison for assault | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A former Ohio State University drum major instructor was sentenced to three years in prison for the sexual battery of a student. Stewart Kitchen, who is listed as Christoper S. Kitchen in court documents, was sentenced in Franklin County Common Pleas Court this morning.
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Angela Perry's comment, July 1, 11:58 PM
I know that i may come off wrong when i type this but if she was being raped and she was telling her assailant "no" and he kept pursing her why not scream for help? I think that if they were in apartments i am sure someone would have heard the cry for help and called the police. I think that this could be done but I have never been in a situation like this so i don't know that it is possible. I also look at the fact that she kept saying no and YES he should respect that but did she put up and fight to stop him from using her body or did she lay there lifeless. I guess this is many questions that are left unanswered in the report. I see alcohol was involved and that really is no excuse but how true is her statement that if she wanted to and then changed her mind, why couldn't she just have got up and left the apartment. I see two adults here and i don't feel it is right to point fingers at just one.