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A Tweet Leads to Firings, Death Threats

A Tweet Leads to Firings, Death Threats | Gender and Crime |
How a tweet about a 'dongle' has lead to two firings, rape and death threats, and vulgar comments on Twitter.
Rob Duke's comment, March 23, 2013 1:56 PM
Any wagers on whether anything would have happened to these two rude men if she hadn't tweeted their conduct? We castigate the Catholic Church and Penn State for taking this same approach for similar reasons (protect our reputation, fans, church members) is this different?
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Sheriff's deputy, daughter killed in double murder-suicide

Sheriff's deputy, daughter killed in double murder-suicide | Gender and Crime |
A deputy with the West Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office was killed in a double murder-suicide in Pointe Coupee Parish on Tuesday.

Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Bud Torres said Deputy Donna Leblanc of WBRSO and her 21-year-old daughter, Carli Jo, were killed in the shooting. Officials identified the suspected shooter as Gregory Phillips. Torres added Leblanc was the wife of Mark Whitmore, a trooper with Louisiana State Police. 

A number of investigators from several agencies were called to the scene of the shooting at a home in the 14400 block of LA 416 in Glynn, Louisiana around 4 p.m.

West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Mike Cazes said Leblanc is the first deputy he has ever lost. She had been with the sheriff's office for 22 years. 

"I just saw her yesterday," Cazes said. "Today's her day off. She's gone now."

"She was a veteran officer," Torres said of Leblanc. "She was one of the first female deputies to work in West Baton Rouge Parish on the road. She was, in my opinion, an outstanding officer and a great human being."

Investigators said Phillips was an estranged neighbor who lived across the street. The sheriff's office reported Phillips approached Leblanc at her carport and "shortly thereafter a gunfight erupted," according to Torres.

"Ms. Leblanc was able to get three rounds off of her pistol and there were multiple rounds shot by Mr. Phillips," Torres stated. 

The sheriff added Phillips eventually shot and killed Leblanc before turning to shoot her daughter, who was standing on the porch. According to Torres, Phillips then shot and killed himself. 

Investigators said Leblanc's 9-year-old daughter was inside the home at the time and was able to call for help.
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Senior UN officials seek accountability for human trafficking crimes in forced migration - #123145

Senior UN officials seek accountability for human trafficking crimes in forced migration - #123145 | Gender and Crime |
Senior United Nations officials on Friday called for those responsible for human rights violations and crimes associated with human trafficking and forced migration to be held accountable, noting that some of the crimes committed in this respect may amount to atrocity crimes.
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Defeating Terrorism, Human Trafficking Crucial for Addressing Huge Migratory Flows into Europe, Speakers from Continent Stress as General Debate Continues

Defeating Terrorism, Human Trafficking Crucial for Addressing Huge Migratory Flows into Europe, Speakers from Continent Stress as General Debate Continues | Gender and Crime |
GA/11829 Seventy-first Session, 17th, 18th & 19th Meetings (AM, PM & Night) Foreign Minister of Hungary Says National Security Comes First; Other Speakers Urge Engagement over Isolationism With 65 million people displaced and on the move, several European countries discussed myriad ways to deal with the unprecedented phenomenon by defeating terrorism, bringing human traffickers to justice, while others called on Member States to make the better choice between engagement and isolation as the General Assembly continued its annual debate today. Péter Szijjártó, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, said it was important to address the root cause of what was uprooting so many from their homes. As long as terrorism existed so would the migration pressure on Europe, and while the right to a safe life was a fundamental human right, choosing a State where one wanted to live was not. Migratory policies that considered all migrants refugees and that had taken in thousands against the wishes of their own people had failed. Uncontrolled and unregulated migratory patterns were a threat to peace and security.
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Oakland, CA launches ‘See Something, Say Something’ sex work snitch website

Oakland, CA launches ‘See Something, Say Something’ sex work snitch website | Gender and Crime |
On Saturday, the city of Oakland, California will launch a website where authorities can collect reports of people who patronize sex workers. The snitch site created by city officials is an odd development in a town plagued by sex abuse scandals within its own law enforcement ranks. It will be interesting also to see what sort of security or privacy measures the site offers to those who use it to submit photos, names, license plates, or other sensitive information to authorities. At the time of this blog post, is not yet online.
“The first question in the online form gets straight to the point: 'Do you have any photos of the activity?',” says NYT SF bureau chief Thomas Fuller, who previewed the system:

Residents will be encouraged to note down the license plate numbers of suspected johns’ vehicles and describe the specific activity they witnessed. The sightings are uploaded to the police, who will send a letter to the address where the vehicle is registered.
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Restorative Justice Requires Rehabilitation - Restorative Forum

This is not the first open letter or protest you’ve received on this topic, and it won’t be the last.

Convicted rapist Brock Turner was released from prison Sept. 2 after serving three months of the six-month sentence you gave him. He was in prison for the length of a summer break and has returned to his family home in Dayton, Ohio.

During the sentencing in June, you expressed the opinion that Brock Turner “will not be a danger to others.” It’s impressive to me that you trust a man who sexually assaulted an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. The basis of your faith is unclear. Of course, your shared affiliation as Stanford athletes has not gone unnoticed.

You also cited your fear that “a prison sentence would have a severe impact on him.” In other words, you are concerned about Brock Turner’s future. I get it; you may be vested with authority over other people’s fates, but at least you have compassion, right?

Well, I, too, am concerned about Brock Turner’s future. As in, I’m concerned for every person he meets. I’m concerned that he lives here in Ohio. I’m concerned that Brock Turner already served the sentence you gave him — served, in the past tense. Timeout over. Doesn’t it feel soon, even to you?

As a survivor of sexual assault myself, there is a part of me that would relish seeing Brock Turner rot. It would be vindicating to see him serve the prosecutors’ recommended six years; surely he deserves life without parole. And this would absolutely be more palatable to me than the sick joke of a sentence you gave him.
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Mary Grubbs's comment, September 24, 7:40 PM
This was a very interesting opinion piece. It is hard for many people to forgive or even understand and want to throw the book at someone versus trying restorative justice. Though I do believe in restorative justice I feel like this sentence was like she said, a time out. One thing I do believe is even though he did not serve more than 3 months, I do believe he will a great deal of punishment for a very long time. He became a household name and I find it hard to believe that he will be able to live a life that is not under the radar. It will be hard for him to land a job without someone not knowing who he is, or go to school and not have any girl in his class cringe, maybe one day he finds someone who loves him enough to marry him, but then one day his kids get older and they get teased and bullied because their dad was a rapist. Honestly, if he would have been given a longer sentence I do believe he would not have been a household name as he is now and maybe he would have had a better shot at having somewhat of a normal life, but now he will be recognized by his appearance and his name.
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Can Teenage Defiance Be Manipulated for Good?

Can Teenage Defiance Be Manipulated for Good? | Gender and Crime |
A study shows teenagers make wiser choices if they are encouraged to reimagine healthy behavior as an act of rebellion.
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Apparently yes: if you can get them to see healthy behavior as defiant....

"Hah! Just try and get me to smoke those cigarettes!"
Jay Griffith's comment, September 26, 10:25 AM
I think it is refreshing to see that at least some attempt is being made to put teenage angst to good use. HaHaHa, Sure if it works I guess I would be more interested to see how long it will last a week, a day, an hour? It's a good start though, Bravo!
Austyn Hewitt's comment, September 26, 4:52 PM
I think it could be a very good tactic if done correctly. I think a lot of teenagers act out to test their limits with adults so that might be hard to control by manipulating them but I do think that the manipulation could help them have an overall better attitude.
Jazmin Pauline's comment, September 26, 11:23 PM
seeing healthy behavior as defiant would probably be harder than it sounds because teenagers think they are smarter and will soon figure out the tactics being used.
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High time to right a wrong: School board should remove criminal’s name from Badger Road School

High time to right a wrong: School board should remove criminal’s name from Badger Road School | Gender and Crime |
This evening, the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District’s school board will take up an unusual issue: what to do about a school bearing the name of a criminal. And not just any criminal — a prominent businessman from Fairbanks’ early days who pleaded guilty to raping a 10-year-old girl. The incident, long forgotten by many in the Interior but still remembered by some, took place 100 years ago this year. The right move would have been to never have named Badger Road School after Harry Badger in the first place. But the school board has an opportunity to correct that mistake now, and they should take it.

Harry Badger was one of Fairbanks’ earliest agricultural entrepreneurs, a man who took a homestead in the rural neighborhood southeast of Fairbanks and turned it into a successful strawberry farm, earning him the sobriquet “the strawberry king of the Interior.” But a dark chapter of his life has been largely obscured in the century since it occurred: a 1916 incident in which he raped a 10-year-old schoolgirl, pleading guilty before the matter was brought to trial. Badger’s connections within the community appear to have been instrumental in his inexplicably light sentence in the case — only six months for a rape he voluntarily admitted to having perpetrated. Even at the time, the soft treatment shocked Interior residents.

Over time, however, Badger was somehow able to rehabilitate his reputation, even visiting schools as soon as 14 years later. By the time Badger Road School was being built, memories of the crime had faded enough to put Badger in the running for the school to be named after him. But those deciding on the school’s name, aware of Badger’s crime, opted to add a degree of separation between him and the school by naming it after the road bearing his name rather than the man himself. It was an odd bit of triangulation — naming the school after a road named after a pedophile seems no more appropriate than naming it after Badger directly. Nonetheless, the name stood for decades. It’s high time for a change.
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Mary Grubbs's comment, September 24, 8:06 PM
Wow I cannot believe that this has not already been dealt with and changed. Kids have a tendency to associate academics with people that should be looked up to and then to attend a school who is named after someone who raped a ten year old girl? How do you explain to kids why this still exists? No wonder Brock Turner got off so easily, it still is not taken as seriously as it should be.
Orion Hutchin's comment, September 25, 9:01 PM
I live in Fairbanks, but did not know about the school being named after an individual like that. If the article is truthful, I see no reason not to simply rename the school. I do not know if there are any externnalities to renaming the school that would make it a challenge though.
Brandal Nicole Crenshaw's comment, September 26, 4:05 PM
I also lived in Fairbanks my whole life. Never knew about this. Change the name and move on.
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Investigator: Suspect Confessed to Killing 2 Nuns

Investigator: Suspect Confessed to Killing 2 Nuns
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Follow up to an earlier story...
Jay Griffith's comment, September 17, 1:32 PM
What a tragic story; the nuns and their families are against the death penalty which makes me wonder, would it be more suffering for Sanders to spend the rest of his life in jail or would it be better to just implement the death sentence and save the taxpayers the money keeping this evil man alive? I mean seriously, killing two nuns? that is the lowest disgusting form of life ever.
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Undercover Agent Confronts Slain Professor's Ex-Mother-In-Law

Undercover Agent Confronts Slain Professor's Ex-Mother-In-Law | Gender and Crime |
Dan Markel was killed on the morning of July 18, 2014, at his home.
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The Feds Just Outlawed LGBTQ Credit Discrimination. That’s Great News.

The Feds Just Outlawed LGBTQ Credit Discrimination. That’s Great News. | Gender and Crime |
The federal government just accomplished a decadeslong goal of LGBTQ advocates with a single letter. Since 1974, progressives have sought to broaden f
Courtney Antilla's comment, September 18, 9:11 PM
Amazing what kind of things are being outlawed that I have never even thought about. Regardless of how people feel about the LGBTQ community this goes to show how much discrimination is out there that we really do not know about if we are not the ones being discriminated against.
Orion Hutchin's comment, September 25, 8:53 PM
I did not even know the LGBTQ community was being discriminated against in the financial sector. I do not understand the rationale behind discriminating against someone's finances simply because they are apart of the LGBTQ community. I hope this legislation helps the LGBTQ community.
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Robert ‘Baja Bob’ Gordon & Sharon Gordon: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Robert ‘Baja Bob’ Gordon & Sharon Gordon: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know | Gender and Crime |
'Baja Bob' Gordon (Robert Gordon) and Sharon Gordon, the father and stepmother of former NASCAR driver Robby Gordon, were killed in a suspected murder-suicide.
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Murder-Suicides are often male perpetrated crimes, but this one is still under investigation.  More to follow.
Courtney Antilla's comment, September 16, 12:49 AM
Always sad to hear about these cases. Makes me wonder about the mental health of the suspect.
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The Freedom Ride bringing human trafficking awareness from Bend, all the way down to SoCal

The Freedom Ride bringing human trafficking awareness from Bend, all the way down to SoCal | Gender and Crime |
GRANTS PASS, Ore.-- Eight cyclists are riding 1,500 miles to raise awareness for human trafficking. The mix of Oregonians and Californians left Bend on September 10th. They plan to make it down to Newport Beach, California by the 24th. During the trek, the
Jay Griffith's comment, September 15, 5:44 PM
Although it is a very serious situation that requires real attention i was somewhat dismayed by the lack of information on how to stop sex trafficking. There is a link to a website that gives you an option to donate money or join the riders embark on a ride through beautiful back roads and hills in Oregon, overcom personal challenges and enjoy white water rafting! I didn't really feel the message was impactful as far as really outlining what needs to be done and how can this terrible crime be halted. Maybe at their rest stops more info is provided. A lot of advertising on the website as well for the selling of products. Hmmm.
Brittney Menzel's comment, September 20, 1:35 AM
I agree with above poster. At least there are people that do actually get involved in some way. I know that many never really even think about it, much less how they can help.
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DNA Match Brings Arrest for 1973 Murder of Two Girls

DNA Match Brings Arrest for 1973 Murder of Two Girls | Gender and Crime |
An investigator "with a bit of free time" decided to send for testing DNA samples from a long-dormant cold case, which led authorities to arrest a pair of men linked to the 1973 shotgun slayings of two young girls, authorities said. Police in Oklahoma and California arrested the two 65-year-old suspects Tuesday morning for the murders of Valerie Janice Lane, 12, and Doris Karen Derryberry, 13. The seventh grade classmates told their mothers they were going to a mall shopping near their homes about 40 miles north of Sacramento on Nov. 12, 1973. Witnesses saw them in their neighborhood that night, but neither girl returned home. Both suspects were living in Olivehurst at that time, investigators said. Two boys were target shooting and found the girl's bodies about 20 hours later, according to news accounts at the time. Investigators say the girls were driven to a wooded area and shot at close range. Authorities then and now said a large-scale investigation was immediately launched and some 60 people interviewed over a three-year period before the case went cold for a lack of solid leads and was shelved in 1976. In March 2014, an investigator doing a routine look through cold cases decided to send semen samples found on Derryberry's body and preserved for 43 years to the state Department of Justice forensics lab. Seven months later, state DOJ technicians reported that the DNA in the semen matched the genetic profiles of cousins Larry Don Patterson and William Lloyd Harbour, who each committed serious enough crimes since 1973 to have their DNA samples collected and placed in law enforcement computer systems.
Courtney Antilla's comment, September 16, 1:00 AM
Unfortunate that it took so long but still reassuring to hear when forensics bring people to justice. This can be encouraging to keep working on cold cases and keep finding the guilty suspects.
Brandal Nicole Crenshaw's comment, September 16, 6:19 PM
It is sad that so much time passed, but impressive that we not only have the technology to analysis such evidence, but also the foresight to have saved it in hope of one day finding closure and people willing to look into closed cases now in hope of finding something new. The dedication and commitment to such cases always impresses me as much as the technology that we now possess.
Brittney Menzel's comment, September 20, 1:39 AM
Wow, this is one of the best pieces of news I have heard all day. For once I am hearing about someone finally doing their job. Even though it was a long time coming, I am happy this man chose to do this even though it sounds like it wasn't a routine task. Bravo. Hopefully this brings some peace to a few people out there.
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One step forward, one step back

One step forward, one step back | Gender and Crime |
WHEN Hind Al-Otaibi went to the Riyadh Personal Status Court to have her father struck out as her wali, or guardian, the judges seemed sympathetic. Her father had raped and bruised her, Ms Otaibi, who was a teenager at the time, told the court. He refused to let her travel abroad, even to her mother’s funeral, and when she escaped from home had persuaded social services to send her back. After consideration, the judges determined last year that her father, an imam from the Saudi interior of Nejd, remained her legal guardian; but that a guardian only had powers to approve his ward’s marriage. If upheld on appeal, the ruling could topple the legal edifice of male control, depriving walis of their power over whether their women can study, work, travel or open bank accounts. “Emancipation from slavery,” says Ms Otaibi.
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Dubai Police launches first Mideast-app to fight human trafficking

Dubai Police launches first Mideast-app to fight human trafficking | Gender and Crime |
THE Dubai Police launched here Saturday a smart app to combat human trafficking, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) state news agency WAM reported. The Dubai Police said the app is the first of its kind in
Austyn Hewitt's comment, September 26, 4:45 PM
I think that it is great that the Dubai Police are doing an app to help combat human trafficking. I have never been there so I do not know how serious it is but anything to prevent human trafficking is a positive. I would really like to see how much it has helps so far.
Jazmin Pauline's comment, September 26, 11:16 PM
I honestly hope this is a step forward and that the police and public can work together to help fight human trafficking.
Thomas Antal's comment, Today, 12:03 AM
This app will hopefully help victims of human trafficking to reach out to authorities. However, given the religious norms of Saudi and the surrounding areas, it may not help as much as many would think. The social structure, individual rights, and other freedoms in Saudi differ than that of the US.
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Obama’s Female Staffers Made Sure Their Voices Were Heard With a Genius Strategy

Obama’s Female Staffers Made Sure Their Voices Were Heard With a Genius Strategy | Gender and Crime |
And even when they’d made it into the room, female staffers were sometimes overlooked. So they banded together (shine theory!) and came up with a system to make sure they were heard:

Female staffers adopted a meeting strategy they called “amplification”: When a woman made a key point, other women would repeat it, giving credit to its author. This forced the men in the room to recognize the contribution — and denied them the chance to claim the idea as their own.
“We just started doing it, and made a purpose of doing it. It was an everyday thing,” said one former Obama aide who requested anonymity to speak frankly. Obama noticed, she and others said, and began calling more often on women and junior aides.
Brandal Nicole Crenshaw's comment, September 26, 3:53 PM
Good strategy- as long as the women actually agree with what is being said and are not repeating it just because a fellow female said it. Sad that women have to use such tactics, though, especially at upper-level of our government.
Austyn Hewitt's comment, September 26, 4:48 PM
I don't like that these women had to come up with a strategy just so they can be heard. What is even better is that they did create this strategy so they could actively participate in the work. They did not take this male dominant work area sitting down and all worked together to break the cycle of women being ignored. Good for them.
Jazmin Pauline's comment, September 26, 11:20 PM
I agree. I hope the women that repeated the comments actually agreed with what was being said. Its sad that they were often overlooked but maybe this is what kind of measures need to be taken sometimes to be heard.
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Justice Not Served: Guilty until proven innocent - Restorative Forum

Justice Not Served: Guilty until proven innocent CAROLYN RAPHAELY - SEP 2016 After spending nearly 11 long years behind bars for the gang-rape of 24-year-old
Jay Griffith's comment, September 22, 1:49 AM
I think this is something that happens all too often, someone gets sentenced for a crime they did not commit based on circumstancial evidence or even less. How can this continue to happen? Something needs to be done.
Clay Faris's comment, September 24, 2:33 AM
With all due respect, what facts (other than your own opinion....i.e. - "I think") do you have that "this happens all too often"? I'd agree with the idea that it is better for 100 guilty men to go free than for one innocent to go to jail, but your statement is biased and presupposes cases get to trial based on circumstantial evidence along (or less), absent any corrorborating evidence. Keep in mind also, that our justice system is based upon the dual pillars of the presumption of innocence, and guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Are mistakes made? Absolutely! Should we fix it? Again, absolutely! But how? The reality is that a courtroom is a stage, and the best actors win. It is, in many cases, less about justice and more about who puts on the best show. Unless you plan to change the adversarial nature of our courts, which I'm open to provided the pillars upon which the system are built are kept intact, I honestly don't see how to change it.
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'It's Transformative': Māori Women Talk About Their Sacred Chin Tattoos | Broadly

Māori facial and body tattooing is known as Tā moko. An ancient art form, its origin lies in West Polynesia. The intricate designs were chiseled into the skin using a tool called an uhi; ink was then smudged into the carved lines. Tā moko represents the wearer's family heritage and social status—it is believed that the receiver visits a spiritual realm where they encounter their ancestors, returning as a new person.
Courtney Antilla's comment, September 22, 7:22 PM
I find it interesting how woman get more attention, and respect when they do something like this. It is a great way for them to stand up for their culture and what they believe. I'm glad they seem to be having a positive experience with it now. .
Jay Griffith's comment, September 26, 10:43 AM
I love it when people reclaim what is rightfully theirs, especially when it so important culturally. People come into your land, tell you what to do, beat your children with a cane if they speak the native language. Ignorant bastards. Tattoos are such a personal and sacred form of defining oneself good for the Maori people. Nice story amidst all the negativity the news usually inundates us with.
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Why Hillary Clinton Gets Interrupted More than Donald Trump

These findings have been replicated in more recent research. In a 2014 study conducted by linguist Adrienne Hancock of George Washington University, 40 people (men and women) were recruited to engage in two short conversations, one with a man and one with a woman. The results? Women were interrupted significantly more often than men. If a man’s conversational partner was female, he interrupted her, on average, 2.1 times over the course of a three-minute dialogue; if his counterpart was male, however, that number was 1.8 times. Women, too, were less likely to interrupt men than women. They interrupted an average of 2.9 times if their partner was female and just once, on average, if their partner was male.

Such differences in the treatment of men and women are often rooted in unconscious biases that all of us fall prey to. Unconscious bias is rooted in our perceptions of others, which can harden into stereotypes and prejudice over time. Bias becomes the lens through which we process information and make decisions. We generally think of skin color, gender, nationality, and age when we consider bias, but unconscious prejudice can affect how we view many other characteristics, including aspects of people’s appearance (height and weight) and personality (introversion and extroversion).

In one well-documented experiment, described in Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In, Harvard MBA students evaluated the same case study of a successful entrepreneur. Half the class read a version in which the entrepreneur was male; the other half read a version in which the entrepreneur was female. The students who read about the male entrepreneur identified him as having positive traits, such as leadership and direction, while students who read about the female entrepreneur characterized her as being bossy and overly direct. The responses reflected the students’ hidden biases about how male and female leaders should act.

We may think that we ourselves are immune to such bias, but we aren’t. (If you are unconvinced, try taking an online Implicit Association Test to learn how persistent these biases can be.) Do we hire or promote people who look like us? Do we talk to men and women differently? Do our stereotypical views affect the job assignments and opportunities we give to our staff? The likely answer to all of these questions is yes.
Jay Griffith's comment, September 22, 1:55 AM
Interesting study done to determine that males interrupt females more often, I think that of course is not the case for everyone. We are different, Is it really bias? Who comes up with these studies? I will take away some of this and try to see if I do this or not.
Clay Faris's comment, September 24, 2:38 AM
Meh. Hillary gets interrupted more than Trump (both are awful candidates, by the way....I am disappointed that out of a nation of 320 million people these two are the best we could come up with....I'll not be voting for either of them), because Trump is an egomaniacal bully who loves the sound of his own voice. There really isn't any need to make it more complicated than it is. The study may have some merit when it comes to normal people, but with Trump and Hillary the reason is much simpler. She has to be interrupted because every other thing she says is a lie, and Trump is as I described him above. I am also happy (sarcasm) that we could interject politics into this forum.....
Brandal Nicole Crenshaw's comment, September 26, 4:02 PM
I think that is interesting that we interrupt each other so much, regardless of gender. The lowest account listed is females interrupting males once in a three minute period. In a three minute period! Basically, you can go a minute and a half without interruption and I very much doubt that that is a full minute and a half of talking either. As for the traits, I will say that there is a difference. I cannot even keep track of how many times I have been called bossy for doing or saying something that my brother or father never would have been called bossy. I use to feel like I had to make excuses up whenever I took charge of a situation or delegated tasks in a workplace. I would say things like, I came from an environment where it was very important that we all stayed on track or I'm sorry if this comes out bossy, but we really need to get this done. I do that less now, but I've also been called a lot more foul names because I am unapologetic about being authoritative when needed. The crazy part to me is that, in every single case, I am not being bossy. I am being authoritative. When I am being bossy, nobody calls me on it.
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Tiziana Cantone's family calls for justice after suicide over sex tape

Tiziana Cantone's family calls for justice after suicide over sex tape | Gender and Crime |
The family of Tiziana Cantone, an Italian woman who committed suicide after sexually explicit videos of her went viral on the Internet, has urged the Italian authorities "to act so that her death was not in vain."

The 31-year-old was found hanged Tuesday at her aunt's home in Mugnano, near Naples, in the south of the country, according to media reports.
Four people are under investigation by criminal prosecutors over alleged defamation of the woman, Italian state media ANSA reported.

Online bullying ends in suicide 03:46
Cantone sent the video to friends, who published it online without her knowledge, ANSA said. More than a million people watched it, and she became the target of abuse.
Mary Grubbs's comment, September 24, 7:57 PM
This is very tragic. Suicide happens because people see no way out. Even though this girl sent this video to a few friends does not mean she gave people the permission to distribute it. I understand laws are different in other countries compared to here in the United State, but I thought it is illegal to distribute or redistribute images such this without permission of the person on the video. I thought it would be considered intent to distribute porn. Yes you could say she should not have sent it to others, but I do not believe that gave anyone the right to pass it along. Obviously it literally ended her life. She was bullied to the point that she moved, changed her name, and still could not get free from the shame and humiliation that came from tragedy.
Jay Griffith's comment, September 26, 10:35 AM
This is definitely a sad story for sure...Something that starts out innocent enough turned horribly wrong. I can see why she would be embarrassed and to try to change her name, wow she must have been really destroyed inside...I wish someone could have helped her, someone could have picked up on the potential for suicide. I know its so hard to tell sometimes maybe we can all learn something from this, it's not the first or last time public humiliation will be the result of the internet maybe we can open our arms to people that have been targets of abuse.
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Nick Gordon Found Civilly Liable in Bobbi Kristina Brown's Death

Brown's estate is seeking millions in the wrongful death suit.
Jay Griffith's comment, September 17, 1:41 PM
The whole Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston story is already a tradegy no add a young child and the stroy is that much more depressing. I see that punitive damages are being sought to the tune of $10 million dollars, can we really put a price on something so senseless? It seems to take away from the loss that this family has already endured.
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Native Women Have to Work 9 Extra Months to Make the Same Salary as White Men Made Last Year

Native Women Have to Work 9 Extra Months to Make the Same Salary as White Men Made Last Year | Gender and Crime |
September 8 marks Native American women’s equal pay day, the day that the wages of American Indian and Alaska Native women catch up to the money white men earned last year. (It took about nine months, if you’re counting.) Read more »
Jay Griffith's comment, September 17, 1:37 PM
This is an ongoing situation that never seems to be resolved. We can do better to help equalize the pay for men and women, we know this, so why doesn't it ever change? On the bright side more Native women are going to college and seeking advanced degrees however, speaking for the state of Alaska we owe it to the Native people to afford every opportunity and assistance as the majority of us in this state are merely guests we take that for granted to often I fear.
Courtney Antilla's comment, September 18, 9:22 PM
I always want to know more about how we get some of these statistics. Does it account for subsistence living? Or the unique economy of Alaska? I would be curious how accurate the numbers really are for the Alaska Natives, it is not easy to survey and gather data on all of the small hard to reach villages. It really makes me wonder if there is any possible way to resolve this or if Alaska is so different that we have to look at things differently up here versus the lower 48. Historically the natives have had a much different lifestyle and it has not been an easy transition for many of them to start living and working like those in the lower 48. They have a much different kind of work ethic, one based more on hunting and subsidence living rather than the 8 hour days in an office like we see in more urban areas. I am guessing this has some impact on the wage gap.
Jacqueline Todd's comment, September 21, 1:01 PM
This is a sad testament to this countries first people. Any kind of gap in pay is not acceptable but to see one so large should have everyone in this nation upset and calling for a change. We need to ensure women are getting educated and getting jobs that pay based upon the job title and duties not on the gender of those performing them.
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Police say Robby Gordon's stepmother was strangled, and his father apparently shot himself

Police say Robby Gordon's stepmother was strangled, and his father apparently shot himself | Gender and Crime |
ORANGE - Confusion. Shock. Grief. And questions.

But few answers.

The violent deaths of Robert “Baja Bob” and Sharon Gordon – the father and step-mother of well-known race car driver Robby Gordon – shook the racing community Thursday.

“This is devastating,” his son said, fighting back tears. “He taught so many, and I want everyone to know what a good man he was.”

Some details emerged Thursday evening: A day earlier, Bob Gordon died from injuries consistent with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the results of an autopsy by the Orange County Coroner’s Officer, while Sharon Gordon died from strangulation.

The police are investigating the deaths as a possible murder-suicide, said Lt. Fred Lopez of the Orange Police Department, adding that it doesn’t appear that police had answered calls to the house before.

“There’s no witnesses,” said Lopez, when asked about a motive. “So that’s something we have to put together piecemeal. We have some ideas. But it’s all speculation. ...

“We’ll eventually come to (an official) conclusion,” Lopez said. “But we may never really know why.”
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More info has come in....
Brittney Menzel's comment, September 20, 1:32 AM
Brittney Menzel's comment, September 20, 1:34 AM
It's probably another textbook murder-suicide, with the husband as the perpetrator.
Rob Duke's comment, September 20, 12:33 PM
Yes, that's what it's looking like now. There's still questions: there was a big kitchen knife at the scene, so there may have been a big fight. The male half missed a doctor's appointment, too, so there may have been some health issues that contributed (e.g. age & illness, see for instance some notorious cases such as Ernest Hemingway, though Hemingway was also haunted by his own family history of suicide).
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Turning the Tide: Harnessing Innovation and Partnerships To Combat Human Trafficking in the Seafood Sector

Turning the Tide: Harnessing Innovation and Partnerships To Combat Human Trafficking in the Seafood Sector | Gender and Crime |
Turning the Tide: Harnessing Innovation and Partnerships To Combat Human Trafficking in the Seafood Sector
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Muslim woman set on fire in New York not targeted due to faith: police

Muslim woman set on fire in New York not targeted due to faith: police | Gender and Crime |
New York police investigating an attack in which a Muslim woman's clothing was set alight are no longer probing the case as a hate crime after linking the suspects to similar assaults on non-Muslims, authorities said on Wednesday.

A man who was part of a group set fire to the 35-year-old woman's traditional Islamic attire as she window shopped outside a luxury clothing store in Midtown Manhattan on Saturday, police said in a statement. The victim quickly patted out the flames and was unharmed.

Police said they initially believed the crime, committed a day before the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, may have been prompted by what the woman was wearing.

After further investigation, officers determined that at least three other women were threatened with fire by the same group of suspects on Tuesday, police said. Those women were not wearing Muslim clothing.

"The motivation for these crimes is not considered to be 'bias-related' at this time," police said.

No arrests have been made.
Thomas Antal's comment, Today, 12:08 AM
I understand tensions are high within our nation, but we cant go around attacking people for different beliefs. This nation was founded on the notion of religious freedoms, practices, and other liberties granted to it’s citizens. Not every person of a specific faith, or any organization for that matter, will have negative views to others. There’s always radicalized members of any religion, but we cant assume everyone else is the same.