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Six held over violence in France after police check veiled woman

Six held over violence in France after police check veiled woman | Gender and Crime |
PARIS (Reuters) - Six people were arrested after overnight violence that erupted in a Paris suburb after police checked the identity of a woman wearing a Muslim veil, French authorities said on Saturday.Public...
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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.
Orion Hutchin's comment, Today, 9:07 PM
Smart tactic on the party of those women. I like the comment at the end of the article about adding some estrogen to balance out the testosterone in the room. I do think we could use more of that in other areas of our government.
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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. .
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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.....
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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.
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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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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.
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A Muslim woman was set on fire in New York. Now just going out requires courage | Linda Sarsour

A Muslim woman was set on fire in New York. Now just going out requires courage | Linda Sarsour | Gender and Crime |
We are facing the most hostile environment since the immediate aftermath of 9/11. All Americans must speak out otherwise there will be worse to come
Jay Griffith's comment, September 15, 5:34 PM
I think its good to really understand that Muslims although are often the target of hate crimes they are just like everyone else, susceptable to the random nuts of the world. Hate crimes are about ignorance and stereotyping. A crime against an individual is just that.
Brandal Nicole Crenshaw's comment, September 16, 6:13 PM
I believe this case was later updated as being not a hate crime as it turned out to have nothing to do with her faith-based attire; the offender set fire to several other women of non-Muslim faith. All the same, the mentality certainly has changed since 9/11. It's scary that some youth now- myself pretty much included as I was too young to remember a time before 9/11- that may not know life without the active amount of terrorism we face today. People act out of ignorance and hatred, and in the end it hurts the society as a whole. It really makes me wonder what life will be like in another decade or two if this environment worsens or continues.
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Conference aims to stop human trafficking between Manitoba, North Dakota | Metro News

Conference aims to stop human trafficking between Manitoba, North Dakota | Metro News | Gender and Crime |
Organizers of a Winnipeg conference say thousands of Canadian teens are lured into empty hotel rooms every year.
Orion Hutchin's comment, Today, 8:49 PM
I would like to see what ideas the conference is able to come up with. The article said a teen could make as much as $245,000. I presume that money goes to the pimps. I cannot image the tricks and scams that the teens face that get them trapped in that situation. I wonder if North Dakota is going after the men. The demand creates the supply.
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How Cantinas in Houston Operate as Venues for Sex Trafficking

How Cantinas in Houston Operate as Venues for Sex Trafficking | Gender and Crime |
Nearly a decade's worth of data shows that some cantinas play host to sex trafficking operations that exploit young women and girls from Mexico and Latin America.

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Orion Hutchin's comment, September 11, 8:07 PM
Seems like the operations are well organized and structured to supply sex to fulfill the never end demand. The Cantinas have developed a system that goes under the radar from what the article states. The women face a scary set of circumstances that lead to them being taken advantage of by the traffickers.
Clay Faris's comment, September 11, 11:14 PM
Good luck getting punishments in place that are a deterrent. My experience says that nothing trumps the almighty dollar. When something is lucrative and illegal, a very specific type of person (i.e. - extremely violent, psychopathic) tends to be drawn to said activity. These people just don't care, and going to prison doesn't bother them in the least. It's not right, but stronger/longer prison sentences isn't going to make this go away. As long as there are those who prey upon the downtrodden and disenfranchised we will continue to see this (sex trafficking). An honest solution, though not one anybody likes to discuss, would be summarily executing the traffickers. Another possibility is to look at legalizing the sex trade, though that wouldn't specifically address this issue, it might help to make the entire thing less lucrative, and the cartels would eventually lose interest (and move on to something else).
Jazmin Pauline's comment, September 13, 12:46 AM
We are talking about other countries and its legal in Mexico if the person is over 18 but its legal in 49 countries so its not like we can make it illegal but I can imagine how difficult it would be to stop things like this. They mentioned that the most difficult part is tracking who is ahead of the cantina or hotel.
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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!"
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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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Jay Griffith's comment, September 22, 1:58 AM
This is silly, the school should name should have nothing to do with this man. Shame on them...In a round about way it was named after this person. Yes change it, don't make a big deal about it just change it already.
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, Today, 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.
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Investigator: Suspect Confessed to Killing 2 Nuns

Investigator: Suspect Confessed to Killing 2 Nuns
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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, Today, 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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ISIL’s human traffickers are using Facebook, WhatsApp, and Telegram to sell slaves

ISIL’s human traffickers are using Facebook, WhatsApp, and Telegram to sell slaves | Gender and Crime |
By now, ISIL's use of social media as a recruitment tool is common knowledge. Less known is the group's use of those same digital platforms to scout and lure sex slaves. Recently, about 100 experts from United Nations entities and affiliates, law enforcement, technology and media gathered for a two-day workshop on human trafficking in the Middle East. The end result, a UN University report released thi
Brandal Nicole Crenshaw's comment, September 16, 6:15 PM
The internet is a vast and amazing tool that unfortunately can easily fall into the hands of those who wish to cause harm. It's heartbreaking, but I don't think the internet is the issue here. Sure, it can help make such things possible in a more readily and easy fashion; however, these things have been happening since Biblical times, just in different ways. It's person thing- not a technology thing.
Thomas Antal's comment, September 19, 4:31 PM
I’m not really surprised with this one. Technology has engulfed the 21 century and it’s only expanding from here. It’s a fast way to reach every part of the globe and economically it’s fueled trade and growth. But it also fuels the growth of illegal empires from human trafficking to drug smuggling.
Clay Faris's comment, September 24, 2:49 AM
It's related to the ideology and the "people" (used loosely) involved therein. It would be a mistake to give up the freedom in favor of government regulation under the guise of security in order to "protect" us from the big, bad wolf. We will never win the war of ideology with those people whose values are, frankly, incompatible with our own. There is no appeasement, no bargaining, to deals to be made with them. There is only greater force. It's unfortunate, but there it is. To shamelessly steal an excellent line from The Dark Night (Batman), "...some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn". That says it all. We win or we die.
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Canada judge who told alleged rape victim to 'keep her knees together' fights to keep job

Canada judge who told alleged rape victim to 'keep her knees together' fights to keep job | Gender and Crime |
Justice Robin Camp defended his position as a judge and insisted he should not be sacked.
Clay Faris's comment, September 11, 11:03 PM
Disbarring someone for insensitive/inappropriate comments seems extreme. Perhaps suspension and reeducation at the Ministry of Truth would help him fall into line with the party beliefs? In all seriousness, his comments do show a serious lack of judgment, and coming from a judge, this is a problem. It sets everything we're trying to do with respect to raising awareness and not revictimizing the victims of sexual violence back decades. That said, an attempt should be made to see if the judge is teachable before cutting him loose. He may not be, it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks.
Thomas Antal's comment, September 19, 4:37 PM
This is just plain outrageous. You cant tell a rape victim they’re at fault and then have a casual conversation with the defendant explaining to them how they can protect themselves. Yet despite the legality of what happened with the case the judge should be reprimanded or at least barred from related cases based off those remarks.
Rob Duke's comment, September 19, 4:58 PM
Stupid words are difficult to take back, but they do have the redeeming quality in that they often spur much needed change--either from the individual or from the entire system.