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Angry words fly as Bulger trial resumes

The brother of one of James “Whitey” Bulger’s alleged victims shouted out in rage this morning that Bulger’s partner, Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi, was lying about him on the witness stand.
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This highlights the three areas that lead to a conflict of visions over rationality in crime.  1. bounded rationality due to complex environments; 2. the institutional structure that makes the underground economy a survival necesity for many under-invested neighborhoods; and, 3. a lack of dispute systems which lead to blood feuds.

So, are criminals irrational, or does the complexity of the system so confound variables so that individuals and groups act rationally according to their viewpoint?

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Playboy names 1st transgender 'Playmate'

Playboy names 1st transgender 'Playmate' | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
French model Ines Rau will get the honor of being the November/December centerfold.

It's a notable accomplishment for the 26-year-old model, who used to hide her identity.

"I lived a long time without saying I was transgender," Rau told Playboy. "I dated a lot and almost forgot. I was scared of never finding a boyfriend and being seen as weird."

"Then I was like, you know, you should just be who you are. It’s a salvation to speak the truth about yourself, whether it’s your gender, sexuality, whatever," she continued. "The people who reject you aren’t worth it. It’s not about being loved by others; it’s about loving yourself."
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Blue-haired man wanted for 'groping' two girls at popular Alaska resort

Blue-haired man wanted for 'groping' two girls at popular Alaska resort | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTUU) - Authorities are looking for a man they say touched two juvenile girls in the pool area of a popular Alaska resort.

According to a dispatch issued by Alaska State Troopers, two girls reported that they had been 'groped' around 9 p.m. on Saturday while swimming in the pool at the Chena Hot Springs Resort.

The man was identified on security camera, and a still taken from that recording was published on the Fairbanks Police Department's official Facebook page. FPD is asking for the community's help in identifying him along with troopers.

Troopers responded to the call from the two underage victims, however they say the suspect was "no longer in the area" when AST arrived. He has been described as a white man with blue hair.

Anyone with information regarding this suspect is being asked to contact AST.
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In #metoo post, Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney says she was molested

In #metoo post, Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney says she was molested | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Olympic gold-medal gymnast McKayla Maroney said Wednesday that she was repeatedly molested by Dr. Larry Nassar, who is accused of sexually assaulting more than 100 patients under the guise of medical treatments.

Maroney, a member of the Fierce Five squad that competed in the 2012 games, said she was inspired to go public by women posting accounts of harassment and abuse under the hashtag #metoo in response to the Harvey Weinstein scandal.
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Here's that theme again: who should women fear (be cautious around)? Strangers or the men they know?
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The REAL Truth About Life After Prison

The REAL Truth About Life After Prison | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Incarceration can not only be difficult on the person, but their families as well. Watch 5 women share their stories.
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Sessions taps Justice Department lawyer to prosecute transgender murder case

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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For black women, finding work after prison has added challenges

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

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

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

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

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

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84 children rescued, 120 human traffickers arrested across U.S., FBI says

84 children rescued, 120 human traffickers arrested across U.S., FBI says | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Operation Cross Country XI focused on a single goal: taking out "pimps" who run human trafficking rings, the FBI said.
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Saudi man whipped, handcuffed and scalded his wife with hot water, cops say

A worker on the 10th floor of a Miami Beach hotel was confronted by a Saudi Arabian woman Monday morning who “begged for help” after saying she had been beaten by her husband, police said.

When police arrived they said they found a traumatized family with children who had bruises on their faces from being slapped and a woman who had been whipped, handcuffed and who had scalding water poured on her.

Abdullah Alhorir, 34, was arrested and charged with battery and false imprisonment. He was taken to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. His bond was set at $6,500.
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Job training in prison has gone way beyond stamping license plates

Job training in prison has gone way beyond stamping license plates | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it


Andreawanna Clemmons, 25, left, and Terese Sheridan, 36, work on a Revit architecture Autodesk course. Certifications in these programs will help offenders obtain jobs in architectural, mechanical or engineering fields upon release. 

Within the razor wire fences of Folsom State Prison, Andreawanna Clemmons stared at a computer, filling her screen and mind with architectural designs.

“I’m working on a homeless shelter,” said Clemmons, 25, who is serving time for her role in a deadly shooting in Sacramento in 2012. Beside her, inmate Terese Sheridan, 36, also incarcerated for a gun crime, was designing a hotel.

Prison job training in California has gone far beyond learning how to craft license plates and bookcases.

Today, the state’s Prison Industry Authority is helping inmates learn highly valued technical skills that make them immediately employable once they serve their time and are released to the outside world.

This past week, corrections officials unveiled a new technology training center where Folsom Women’s Facility inmates can become experts in computer systems that will help them get jobs in architecture, engineering, construction and other fields.

The center, inside a manufactured building designed and assembled by Folsom Prison inmates, is sponsored by the software corporation Autodesk, which helps train offenders to use their products and find good jobs upon parole.

Autodesk’s Nancy Tremblay said the project represents the first time the company has worked with offenders inside prison walls, though Autodesk has trained paroled felons elsewhere. Currently, 56 women at Folsom are enrolled in the program.

“There is a great skills gap in this area, particularly among females,” Tremblay explained as she watched the Folsom inmates at their workstations, manipulating software programs including Revit, Inventor and AutoCAD. Training time for these computer systems can range from several months to up to a year.

Tremblay acknowledged that some employers are reluctant to hire someone with a felony record. “But (the program) is not about the offender,” she said. “It’s about the citizen. Someone with the proper skill set is going to find an employer that needs their services.” About 90 percent of former inmates trained in Autodesk programs have gotten jobs, and 82 percent of them are still employed after a year, she said.

Numbers like those translate into lower recidivism rates, said Charles Pattillo, general manager of the Prison Industry Authority. Housing a prisoner in California costs taxpayers about $72,000 a year, he noted.

“These offenders are getting out, and getting jobs, so the savings is huge,” he said. “They’re not coming back into the system.”

The PIA, created in 1982 to provide employment opportunities for offenders, offers work assignments to about 8,000 inmates and manages more than 100 operations throughout California. Inmates craft furniture, sew garments and fashion signs and license plates. The goal is to give prisoners job skills, good work habits and basic education to prepare them for success in the outside world.

Job assignments are voluntary, and prisoners must apply to participate. They are paid a nominal wage, generally up to $1 per hour. The items they produce are sold to state, county and municipal offices and nonprofit groups.

High technology training programs, which Folsom Prison began offering in 2014, are relatively new but the success rates are beyond encouraging, said Pattillo. The overall recidivism rate for felons in California is around 50 percent, he said. It is lower than 10 percent for inmates who participate in the training programs.

“I have a long list of employers who are hiring ladies literally right out of prison,” he said. They can immediately earn wages upward of $23 an hour at architectural and engineering firms, he added.

For the women incarcerated at Folsom, whose crimes range from from drug running to manslaughter, the training is a first step toward self-sufficiency, said Kathleen Allison, director of adult institutions for the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

“Most of these people don’t want to sell drugs for a living, but it’s all they know,” Allison said. “We’re on the cutting edge of technology here. We really want to give them a life skill that makes them employable on the first day they get out,” and allows them to support their families.

Inmates participating in the program talked of its impact on their emotional and psychological well being, saying it boosted their hopes for a future outside of prison.

“For me personally, it was a choice that I was going to do something worthwhile,” said Stephanie Ashton, 27, as she used a computer program to “install” tile inside a building on her screen. “I knew nothing about computers when I started this, and I have learned so much. I look at buildings and architecture and landscapes in a whole different way.” It was exciting to imagine living on the outside with so much knowledge at her disposal, she added.

Clemmons said the training is the impetus she needs to be a productive citizen once she is paroled, possibly in 2020. “I would never have thought that a prison would have something like this,” she said. “Prison will either break you or make you. I don’t want to come out of here the same person I was when I came in.’

“We are lucky, blessed and privileged,” Sheridan chimed in.

Debi Zuver, 49, is scheduled to walk out of the Folsom Women’s Facility a free woman in February. She has been locked up 17 years for manslaughter, she said, and will be leaving with marketable job skills and a positive attitude.

“I want to make sure I’m not living like I was living before,” she said, “and that I won’t be coming back.”

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Ashley von Borstel's comment, Today, 8:01 AM
I think it is great these women are gaining useful skills in prison to help them when they are released. It will also help them from re-offending and going back to prison. The only issue I see for these women is finding people to hire them depending on their background.
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Courtney Love Tried to Warn People About Harvey Weinstein in 2005

Courtney Love Tried to Warn People About Harvey Weinstein in 2005 | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The flood of allegations against disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein has sent journalists back to the archives, searching for clues to Weinstein’s beh
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Ashley von Borstel's comment, Today, 8:06 AM
To think, if they hadn't penalized her for warning women away from Weinstein, then he might have been caught sooner. However, we still live in a world where women are looked down upon for speaking up. I'm just glad so many brave women have come forward to speak against that awful man. I'm glad Courtney Love is finally seeing it come to light too.
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Law enforcement leaders: Topeka homicides not random, but typically involve people living ‘dangerous lifestyles’

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

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

Motion picture academy expels Weinstein amid sexual misconduct claims | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Saturday that Weinstein would be expelled immediately from the professional organization.
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Army fires 2-star general amid improper relationship probe

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

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

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

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

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

“The values of Scouting—trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example—are important for both young men and women,” said Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh in a statement. “We strive to bring what our organization does best—developing character and leadership for young people—to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders.”
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Kelsey Therron Snell's comment, October 14, 3:02 PM
I have refrained from talking about this one because it is deeply personal to me. I am an Eagle Scout myself and it is a high honor to earn the award of Eagle Scout. A scout is "Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly courteous kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent is the whole scout motto.
Rob Duke's comment, October 14, 4:47 PM
I won't put you on the spot, but I think Eagle Scout is excellent preparation for leadership and it's a well-known rite of passage that everyone respects. Given this, I think it's great that women now have equal access to the experience.
Ashley von Borstel's comment, Today, 8:10 AM
I think this is actually really cool. I myself was a girl scout from K through 12. I always wondered what it was like to be a boy scout. I think this is a wonderful opportunity for children to decide which one to join, and they aren't forced to choose one because of their gender.
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Harvey Weinstein accuser: 'I really thought that it was ... my fault'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sanilac County Circuit Judge Gregory Ross made the decision after a DNA test last month confirmed that 27-year-old Christopher Mirasolo is the biological father of the boy, who is now 8, said the lawyer, Rebecca Kiessling, on Sunday.
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katrina watson's comment, October 13, 6:23 PM
How is this right?
Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, October 18, 5:27 AM

Lord God have mercy on this child and the


 Mother ,Lord God have mercy you know stay the hand of hurt an mend all their broken heats and parts as only you can in the name of Jesus we pray Lord God you deal with this young man as only you can for we know you are a forgiving and loving God but you want force yourself on any one. Lord God have your grace and mercy is sufficient. Thank you Lord God for not only hearing but answering prayers 

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Human Trafficking Experts: Put More Focus On Taking Down 'Johns,' Not Just Recognizing Signs

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

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

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

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

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


Mountain Village on Sept. 19. 2017. (Lisa Demer / Alaska Dispatch News/File)
Alexie Walters, 34, surrendered Thursday afternoon after running away from his house early that morning. Police officers from the Yukon River village in Southwest Alaska had tried to check on Walters' girlfriend, identified as 22-year-old Gertrude Queenie, but "fled when Walters came to the door with a shotgun and fired a shot," troopers said Friday in an online dispatch.
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Rachel Nichols's comment, October 9, 2:10 AM
It would also be good to know if anything happened between the two that would make Walters want to act in this way. How can someone/people do awful, life-changing/ending things to innocent people? It is so sad to me.
Jasmine Lowery's comment, October 9, 9:19 PM
I will be really interested in finding out his reasoning behind killing his girlfriend. Well actually there is never a plausible reason for taking a life of someone else. And they both are very young so sad. He is defiantly guilty especially since he ran from the officers. I will be very interested to read the back story as this case unfolds even more.
Rob Duke's comment, October 12, 2:12 AM
Yes, too bad these cases take so long...our class will be long over before we are likely to hear the rest of the story.