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Florida girl, 18, arrested and expelled after relationship with 15-year-old female classmate

Florida girl, 18, arrested and expelled after relationship with 15-year-old female classmate | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
An 18-year-old Florida girl’s senior year has become a nightmare — all because she was in a same-sex relationship with a 15-year-old, her family says.
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Kevin Bishop's comment, May 30, 2013 7:50 PM
The article is pretty heavily biased in support for this woman. I personally think that a relationship of those age groups is not all that criminal but in that state the residents have stated that it is. Therefore she should be prosecuted for the crimes she committed. If a 18 year old male had done the same thing and the parents chose to prosecute I highly doubt there would be this much argument over the issue. Her parents should stop arguing that the school and the state are going after her because of her sexuality. The parents of the minor are obviously extremely concerned about their daughter being taken advantage by an adult. The school was concerned about it and apparently did what they could to restrict the relationship until the state could restrict it. It may not be the best situation but when an individual turns 18 he or she now has to play by the rules of society.
Lacy Church's comment, June 4, 2013 5:23 PM
I agree with Kevin that as unfortunate as the case is it needs to be treated like others of the like. There is constantly news about equal rights for the LGBT community and this is one of those situations that if they want to have the same rights they have to follow the same rules. I do think that certain factors could be considered for sentencing. She is said to be a good student not an offender according to the typical profile. She was in the relationship before turning 18 so she doesn't fit the predator profile either. I think more weight needs to be put in the way the "victim" feels. Statutory cases put so much word on the parents and there should be because it is their job but they need give some validity to the underage person as well.
Rachael Gray's comment, June 14, 2013 12:01 PM
I guess I see this story in many different lights. First, I am upset that they are trying to blame this on their sexuality. If the law states that 18 years of age is the age of consent then it doesn’t matter what their sexuality is. That is a law and all laws need to be obeyed. Even though she didn’t murder or steal or assault someone, she did commit a crime and shouldn’t be given a slap on the hand. Then again, I do think a 15 year sentence is a little excessive for two people who were dating. Second, people need to see this from a different light. If this was a male 18 year old and a female 15 year old, I bet the public would be in out roar over this. They would want to punish the male excessively and most likely blame him for luring the girl into a “relationship”. Though, because it is a female, no one is looking at this as being a crime. That is disappointing. This is why laws are so important because that way, it doesn’t matter the gender, the sexuality, the race, the culture, etc. A crime is a crime.
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Indian village leaders ordered teen to be raped as punishment for brother's alleged crime: police

Indian village leaders ordered teen to be raped as punishment for brother's alleged crime: police | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A 14-year-old girl was dragged into a forest and raped on the orders of a village council in remote eastern India in retaliation for a sex assault blamed on her brother, her family and police said Friday.
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Woman charged with trafficking women for sex in Fairbanks, other Alaska communities

Woman charged with trafficking women for sex in Fairbanks, other Alaska communities | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
ANCHORAGE — The manager of an online business that marketed women for commercial sex in five Alaska communities, including Fairbanks, has been jailed on sex trafficking charges.
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Why the French are so strict about Islamic head coverings

Why the French are so strict about Islamic head coverings | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Note: Join the author of this explainer here on July 10th, from 16:30 to 18:00 BST, when she will answer your questions on the rights and wrongs of France's "burqa...
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Houston father allegedly kills 6, including 4 of his children, in suburb

Houston father allegedly kills 6, including 4 of his children, in suburb | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Authorities say multiple fatalities have been reported from a shooting at a home in suburban Houston.
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Police: Officer who killed family had raped wife - NBC News

Police: Officer who killed family had raped wife - NBC News | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A Utah police officer who killed his wife, their two children, his mother-in-law and then himself received text messages from his wife just hours earlier thr...
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Ted Peckham's 'Gentlemen For Rent'

Ted Peckham's 'Gentlemen For Rent' | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
In the nineteen-thirties, what was a single girl to do when the best tables were behind closed doors?
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The life of a jihadi wife: Why one Canadian woman joined ISIS's Islamic state

The life of a jihadi wife: Why one Canadian woman joined ISIS's Islamic state | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
While the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation has estimated that up to 2,800 Western men have gone to Syria to fight, much less is known about Western women like Canadian Umm Haritha, who have gone over to marry jihadists since the Syrian civil war began three years ago.
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North Carolina mom battles Facebook over child photo meant to mimic 'Coppertone' pose

North Carolina mom battles Facebook over child photo meant to mimic 'Coppertone' pose | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A North Carolina mother and photographer was temporarily banned from Facebook after she posted a photo of her young daughter's exposed buttocks in what she claims was an innocent recreation of the famous Coppertone girl pose from 1953.
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The remarkable reinvention of Angelina Jolie - Telegraph

The remarkable reinvention of Angelina Jolie - Telegraph | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
How the actress, who has been honoured by the Queen, managed to channel her former wildness into doing good
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Carolyn C.'s comment, June 20, 9:42 AM
I think this speech / article will get a lot of views because she is the spokeswoman for being against sexual violence. Because she is famous, more people will pay attention and this is a topic that's hard to talk about but more people need to be aware of. It's a shame that at times it takes someone famous for people to pay attention to topics like this one, but at least she is gaining awareness. She is a celebrity of substance which is why I respect her, she doesn't use her fame anymore to be a sex symbol, she is putting her fame and money to good use and making sexual violence more aware to the world.
Joshua Matheny's comment, June 25, 4:01 PM
If anything, I believe she lost her sex appeal with age. Not because she became less sexual as a person, but because she matured and realized she could use her power for good. I was not a huge fan of Angelina Jolie during the whole Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anniston debacle, the two of them, Brad and Angelina have worked hard to become humanitarians and I do have to say they have been making some great changes. Carolyn is correct, because she is more famous her words carry farther.
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Woman dies in jail while serving sentence for her kids’ unpaid school fines

Woman dies in jail while serving sentence for her kids’ unpaid school fines | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
"This lady didn't need to be there. We don't do debtors prisons anymore. That went out 100 years ago"
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Kristi Gray's comment, June 23, 5:15 PM
Was there a husband or was she single? That was the first question I had. If she was put in jail for her kids not attending school and not the father, then that would be sexist because it is the responsibility of both parents to make sure their kids are attending school.
Joshua Matheny's comment, June 25, 4:07 PM
I laughed at that point Sawyer made as well, it's really interesting that the judge said they had charged her like something that would happen 100 years ago. Obviously this ruling needs to be changed. This article really makes me uneasy because we don't know what the cause of death was. It may have been due to fatigue from stress related factors she endured while being in jail. I find this to be very sad if true. Couldn't the pay be docked from something else? This deterrent strategy doesn't seem to actually help anything as she is not going to be able to help her kids or pay the bills anymore while being in jail.
James Greer's comment, July 1, 5:24 PM
A lot of things came together to create this situation, although I am curious how she died. That being said, she was serving a 48 hour in jail sentence in place of some $2,000 in fines she didn't pay due to some 55 truancy violations dating back to 1999. She had seven children, and clearly could not control them--again, around 55 truancy violations on record. It's not quite a debtor prison--that generally involved working in a prison to pay off a debt; this was more like being paid ~$45 an hour to sit in jail for two days. Still, the law apparently provides room for up to 5 days of jail time per violation--and I think *that* is a bit absurd.
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Mormon Women's Group Founder Kate Kelly Faces Excommunication - NBC News

Mormon Women's Group Founder Kate Kelly Faces Excommunication - NBC News | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Two months after Mormon Kate Kelly led hundreds in a demonstration to shed light on gender inequality in the religion — defying church orders to stay off Tem...
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Kristi Gray's comment, June 23, 5:35 PM
I think The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is handling this situation very well. The priesthood is for men, not for women. This situation is not gender inequality. This Church is Christ's church. It is not lead by man, but by Him. Our loving Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ love us too much to allow Their church to allow gender inequality. Please refer to lds.org or Mormon.org for more information.
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George Will's Coveted Sexual-Assault 'Privilege'

George Will's Coveted Sexual-Assault 'Privilege' | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Why might one covet the “status” of a survivor of sexual assault?
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Mom Finds Man Living in Her 14-Year-Old Daughter’s Closet (VIDEO) | CafeMom

Mom Finds Man Living in Her 14-Year-Old Daughter’s Closet (VIDEO) | CafeMom | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
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Sawyer Skiba's comment, June 18, 10:19 PM
I am kind of torn in this situation. It is clearly wrong to be living in the girls house and It is wrong for a 27 year old to have a relationship with a 14 year old. With that thought, The sexual acts, however wrong, were not forced and 13 years is not that big of a difference. I am not sure this guy deserves to be in jail for life. I do believe he deserves time in jail, even a substantial amount of time, but I think that life in jail is excessive. It is crazy to me that this guy was able to live in the house for five days undetected. This just goes to show that if people want to hide in your house they can. People feel safe in their houses, no one expects this. Parents need to pay more attention to their children's online activities and more attention to the skeletons in the closet.
Joshua Congleton's comment, June 28, 6:09 PM
2. This man is an absolute creep! What kind of man meets up with an under-aged girl nearly half his age? When we are talking a 27 year old woman and a 40 year old man, that is a little different. But when we are talking about a poor, confused young woman like this, it is not acceptable at all. This is an extremely touchy subject, I know, but I just do not see any way to justify these actions. The girl may have asked for this, literally, and accepted it when he let her in to his house and harbored him, and from the sounds of it she was ok with it, but just the fact that she is so young is what makes it so wrong. At that age, teens are simply experimenting, and are completely unsure what they want sexually. This is an age of learning one’s self, not being a toy for someone else. Maybe not for life, but this guy needs to be locked up for a very long time.
Christopher Bedel's comment, July 7, 4:49 PM
This is a very sad situation as a young girl needs to be monitored and taught right from wrong it's like video games and the internet. It is a parents responsibility to be parents and supervise what their children do.This is a strange man to be with a 14 year old girl and life in prison is not enough for this type of sick man. This girl could have been misguided by him and his intentions on the internet and that is why she needs her parents. People try and grow up so fast these days and we all need to slow down and smell the roses.
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Police: Woman in 2 heroin deaths panicky then calm

Police: Woman in 2 heroin deaths panicky then calm | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Tichelman, 26, faces manslaughter charges in California after police say the alleged high-priced prostitute calmly collected her things and left as Google executive Forrest Hayes lay dying on his yacht in November following a heroin overdose. About two months earlier in Georgia, she made a panicked call to 911 as her boyfriend Dean Riopelle, owner of a popular Atlanta music venue, suffered an overdose in their home. Police there also said that, after Hayes' death, she had done online searches for how to defend herself legally after administering a lethal dose of heroin. Numerous social media postings, photos and other articles online suggest Tichelman was pursuing a career as a fetish model and a life with Riopelle â€" one photo posted on her Facebook page shows her displaying a diamond "promise ring" given to her by Riopelle. Photos that accompany her interview show her in sexually suggestive poses wearing a variety of skimpy outfits, including a studded leather jacket with thigh-high fishnet stockings. Riopelle was the lead singer of a rock 'n' roll band called the Impotent Sea Snakes, known for its wild stage shows and sexually explicit lyrics. Online videos show the band performing at a massive music festival in Germany, with members dressed in drag. Riopelle, under the stage name "13," is wearing a long, pink wig, a leopard-print jacket, platform boots and tight pants. Back in Georgia, Riopelle also was known for owning the Masquerade, an Atlanta music venue that is a popular destination for rock, punk and metal acts. An autopsy report listed his death as an accidental overdose of heroin, oxycodone and alcohol. Police say surveillance video from the Google executive's yacht shows Tichelman's next deadly encounter with heroin in California, on Nov. 23.
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Johnson: Why men interrupt

Johnson: Why men interrupt | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
SORAYA CHEMALY, a “feminist, writer, satirist, not necessarily in that order”, wrote recently in an article republished by the Huffington Post that every woman...
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Anchorage woman arrested in connection with sex trafficking business

Anchorage woman arrested in connection with sex trafficking business | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Alaska State Troopers on Wednesday arrested a 39-year-old Anchorage woman accused of running an online sex trafficking business that advertised in cities across the state. 
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Call girl held over Google exec's death

Call girl held over Google exec's death | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
US authorities allege a high-priced escort killed a Google executive with a lethal dose of heroin.
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Wife of Man Charged in Son's Hot-Car Death is Unable to See Him in Jail - NBC News

Wife of Man Charged in Son's Hot-Car Death is Unable to See Him in Jail - NBC News | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The wife of Justin Ross Harris, the Georgia man who is charged with murdering their 22-month-old son by leaving him in a scorching car, tried unsuccessfully ...
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Sawyer Skiba's comment, July 9, 6:17 PM
This is a truly sad story. When I first heard about this whole incident i was shocked. What kind of person would do this to a cute kid like that? From the sounds of it, the mother was involved also, so I hope she gets what’s coming to her. Either way, at least the man who is to blame is likely going to face jail, it's amazing what a little bit of evidence like internet search history can do. Nobody ever expects to get caught. This is really sad though, at least the child won’t have to grow up in a household where he isn't wanted.
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Police: Meth addiction led Utah mom to kill 6 newborns

Police: Meth addiction led Utah mom to kill 6 newborns | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A Utah mother killed six of her newborns because she was addicted to methamphetamine and couldn't cope with caring for the children, police said Tuesday. It's the first time that authorities have cited a motive.
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Police arrest three students for allegedly taking pictures up teachers' skirts

Police arrest three students for allegedly taking pictures up teachers' skirts | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Police arrested three Virginia high school students who allegedly used their cell phones to take pictures and videos up the skirts of their female teachers.
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Sawyer Skiba's comment, July 9, 6:34 PM
Some kids are pretty dumb. High school boys are very hormone driven but I think very few would risk something like this. It’s sad that this happened, but at least they were caught. I would be interested to see what the punishment for a crime like this is. Kids that age don’t think things through very well, this is just another perfect example of a dumb idea getting kids in trouble.
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How the FBI Tried to Steer Teen Away From Jihad

How the FBI Tried to Steer Teen Away From Jihad | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Shannon Maureen Conley tried to board a plane at Denver's international airport on April 8 in an effort to fly to Turkey by way of Germany in order to get to Syria.
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At risk

At risk | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
ON A recent evening Kamil Gerecci, a former politician in the southern city of Gaziantep, stopped at a traffic light in the centre of town. “Within seconds a young...
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What It's Like To Walk Down The Street While Female

What It's Like To Walk Down The Street While Female | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
You're walking down the street trying to get to work. You see a group of men standing around, eyeballing you, then one of them lets out a "Hey baby," or something equally nauseating. This, unfortunately, is just a mild example of what a rec...
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Kiara's comment, June 25, 10:03 PM
Unfortunately, the prevelance of this type of "street harrasment" behavior didn't surprise me. I honestly believe that men feel that they are in some sense just giving a complement or being completely harmless. I believe that men do not realize how disrespectful their actions are and how uncomfortable their comments or whistling is to women. It is imporant for women to make sure that they are aware of their surroundings and not putting themselves in potentially dangerous situations. I think added awareness of this topic will help reduce how often it happens. By making people aware that it really IS NOT acceptable.
Christopher Bedel's comment, June 27, 10:53 AM
This is a sad fact but this dose happen in society I will say less today then in the past. I have been at fault as a young man whistling at a woman going down the street in the past and i would not do this today. But on the flip side I as a gentleman have had woman get upset at holding a door open for them at a store and my wife thinks this is just being a gentleman. I think we need to find a happy median of what is acceptable and what is not.
James Greer's comment, July 1, 5:10 PM
I think there's a difference between men being harassing and men who are just being what they believe to be cheeky or clever. Using a recent example, a friend of mine was working and stopped off at a local store--a guy out front said something along the lines of "man you make those pants work"; I think that's an example of something that's clearly going beyond "just" a whistle or cat-call. The guy is ogling the girl, and then making sure she knows he's ogling her.
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Released early by judge, man charged in 2nd assault

Released early by judge, man charged in 2nd assault | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A judge waived a 12-hour domestic violence 'cooling-off' period, police say
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Kiara's comment, June 25, 10:11 PM
I'm surprised that the 12-hour holding period to allow a "cool-off" process, was waived a second time. The "girlfriend" of the offender could've lost her life the first time he was immediately released from prison. The judges clearly were not taking the man's mental stablity and his previous actions seriously. Most importantly, the women was never notified of the danger she was in. Had she had been made aware that the person that attacked her was out, she could have taken measures to protect herself and staying away from him. Her life was most definitely in danger, and it sickens me that the court system allowed such am inncident to happen after they had the man in custody for the first attack.
Christopher Bedel's comment, June 27, 11:13 AM
Well is seems somebody really messed up here and luckily the woman did not die. The court on DV cases should not have any way to change a cooling off period, it has happened to many time where a person is released and returns to commit a second act of violence. This judge was lied to and this is wrong but someone need to answer for this but unfortunately this will not change the beating this woman took.
Joshua Congleton's comment, June 28, 4:57 PM
This is sad. The just is a disgrace! There is something fishy going on here... Who takes only the word of the defense attorney at face value? Of COURSE the defense attorney would say that, his client is paying him to represent his case. Sad.
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War's overlooked victims

War's overlooked victims | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Corrections to this article SHORTLY after the birth of her sixth child, Mathilde went with her baby into the fields to collect the harvest. She saw two men...
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