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'Girls Gone Wild' creator Joe Francis receives jail, probation for assaulting woman

'Girls Gone Wild' creator Joe Francis receives jail, probation for assaulting woman | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Girls Gone Wild creator Joe Francis was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail and three years' probation for choking a woman and repeatedly slamming her head to the ground at his Los Angeles mansion in 2011.
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Human trafficking: A survivor's perspective

Human trafficking: A survivor's perspective | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
MILWAUKEE — Nancy Yarbrough grew up in a good home, with rules, morals and even a pastor father. Nonetheless, at the age of 16, she was lured into the dark
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Man Kills Eight People After Argument With His Wife Over Their Kids

Man Kills Eight People After Argument With His Wife Over Their Kids | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Eight people, including a sheriff’s deputy, two underage boys and five adults, were shot and killed at three different residences by a gunman after an alleged domestic argument over his children.
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9 Things A Narcissist Will Never Do

9 Things A Narcissist Will Never Do | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Looking back, it’s my hopefulness that irritates me most. I kept thinking that he’d see the light, get what was wrecking our relationship, understand that I
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Columbia police work to implement new sexual assault program

Columbia police work to implement new sexual assault program | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The Columbia Police Department is working to join a program that takes a different approach to investigating sexual assaults, one that is victim-centered and gives the person reporting the crime more control than before.

Called the You Have Options program, Deputy Chief Jill Schlude said this week that she hopes it will be fully implemented by the end of 2017. The program, launched in 2013 in Oregon, is meant to be victim-centered and has 20 elements for police departments to follow, which include allowing anonymous reporting, online reporting, connections to services and the elimination of pressuring the victim for information or to prosecute the crime.


Investigators with the Columbia Police Department have undergone training on how to better interview victims of a traumatic assault, Schlude said. Victims decide how much they want to tell police and whether they want a full investigation launched, and can return later to request an investigation begin and press charges if they don’t initially want to.

“The victim is in complete control of the process,” Schlude said. “That concept is not really new to CPD, but we are expanding on it and how we’re training our investigators to do trauma based interviewing, the acceptance of anonymous reports.”

All officers in the department will receive training, down to patrol officers who initially respond to calls, Schlude said, referring to the program as a “philosophy.” The program also is designed to help identify serial perpetrators and increase reporting.

“We fully expect and anticipate reporting to go up, based on all the data out there on how under reported sexual assault is,” Schlude said. She said there is no cost associated with joining the program other than training.

A detective in the Ashland, Ore., Police Department launched the program in 2013 and there are six agencies that have met all the requirements of the program, including the Bolivar Police Department in southwest Missouri.
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Google Claims Reporting Wage Data in Gender Suit is Just Too Hard

Google Claims Reporting Wage Data in Gender Suit is Just Too Hard | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Apparently Google’s mastery of data doesn’t extend to its own wage information – at least, not when it’s under investigation.
During Friday testimony in a Department of Labor suit accusing Google of widespread and systematic wage discrimination against women, the tech giant’s lawyers argued that continued compliance with government demands for salary records would be too expensive and complicated. Google representatives testified that further reporting would take as much as 500 labor-hours and cost $100,000.
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California's Largest Health Provider Takes On Human Trafficking

California's Largest Health Provider Takes On Human Trafficking | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Health care settings are considered the most promising places to identify and serve victims of human trafficking. Whether someone is a victim of labor or sex trafficking, health providers often fail to recognize the signs, and our health system fails to identify and care for our most vulnerable.
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Our first successes in combating human trafficking in Fresno were with embedding social workers in health clinics.  When women could talk in private in a setting that wasn't associated with the police, they eventually told their story.  We identified more than 30 victims in one year using this method.
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Texas nurse indicted in second child's death

Texas nurse indicted in second child's death | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Former Texas nurse Genene Jones, convicted of killing a 15-month-old in 1982, is indicted in another child's death ahead of her early prison release next year.
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Father's Brains Respond Differently to Girls Than Boys

Father's Brains Respond Differently to Girls Than Boys | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
According to a new study, dads are more attentive and responsive to toddler daughters' needs than fathers with sons of the same age.
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I have 3 daughters (no sons), so I have nothing to compare, but I can see how this might be true.  I was the oldest of 4 brothers and I ignored my younger brothers quite a bit...so.....
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Taiwan First Place in Asia to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

Taiwan First Place in Asia to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Taiwan's Constitutional Court has ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, making the island the first place in Asia to recognize gay unions
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Ariana Grande Stands for Freedom

Ariana Grande Stands for Freedom | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Attacking Grande’s concert has a few other implications, regardless of the extent to which those implications were clear to the attacker, about whom little is yet known other than that ISIS has claimed responsibility. There’s really no exaggeration in saying Grande stands for freedom—female freedom, and also the general freedoms of expression the liberal West aspires to embody.

Grande’s fan base skews female and young, and my colleague Sophie Gilbert writes that the bombing “reminds girls and young women that there will always be people who hate them simply because they were born female.” Compounding that is how the concert itself celebrated female liberation. Grande sings frankly about enjoying independence and sex, and has a reputation for tussling with commenters who call her “whore” or define her by her relationships with famous men. Her most recent album is titled Dangerous Woman. A tweet from December 2016: “expressing sexuality in art is not an invitation for disrespect !!! just like wearing a short skirt is not asking for assault.”
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Woman charged with murder after forcing man to drink bleach

Woman charged with murder after forcing man to drink bleach | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Chicago police said 24-year-old Yasmine Elder was charged Wednesday in the death of 26-year-old Darrius Ellis.

Police say Elder and Ellis were fighting Monday in a parked van when Elder overpowered the man and forced him to drink bleach. Ellis was found by police lying on the ground and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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Anna Givens's comment, May 27, 3:22 AM
Sad and shocking story. A young women committing a violent murder. Many different factors come in to play here though such as mental illness or could she have been involved in a possible physically or emotionally abusive relationship? The article doesn't give much information to the cause- but for a violent crime like this to have been committed I am sure there was some sort of altercation.
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'Mommy Dead and Dearest' Doc on Gypsy Blanchard: What We Learned

'Mommy Dead and Dearest' Doc on Gypsy Blanchard: What We Learned | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
In July 2016, Gypsy Rose Blanchard was sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder in the brutal stabbing death (in Springfield, Missouri) of her mother, Clauddine "Dee Dee" Blanchard. It seemed like a remarkably tidy ending for an almost surreally sensational crime. 
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Beyond Gypsy Blancharde: When Mothers Harm Their Kids for Attention
A look inside five cases of Munchausen's syndrome by proxy, a rare and terrifying disorder where parents fake their children's illness
Gypsy, then 24, was arguably the biggest victim of all, having essentially been held hostage by her late mother since she was a young child – a casualty of Munchausen by Proxy, a rare disorder in which a caregiver feigns or induces symptoms of sickness in her charge. 

MBP is widely considered an especially sinister form of child abuse, though not all experts agree that it's a legitimate mental illness. MBP expert Dr. Marc Feldman believes MBP perpetrators like Dee Dee Blanchard exploit their children for sympathy and "emotional gratification," though Blanchard was also doing it for donations, free trips and other fraudulent means of making money. 

Gypsy's plot to kill Dee Dee – which she bragged about on Facebook after the deed was done – was a last-ditch attempt to flee this abuse. (She allegedly carried out the crime with her boyfriend, Nicholas Godejohn, who is still awaiting trial for first-degree murder.) Greene County, Missouri prosecutor Dan Patterson called it "one of the most extraordinary and unusual cases we have seen." So it's natural that the story seized the attention of filmmaker Erin Lee Carr, a crime buff who became fascinated by the case after learning about it in 2015. "I completely fell in love with the story," she tells Rolling Stone. "It's not for the faint of heart. I still think about it all the time."
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Kimber Elena Andruss's comment, May 23, 1:17 PM
This is such a tragically fascinating story to me. I cannot believe the extent that Dee Dee went to to maintain Gypsy's 'illnesses' is just... insane. I wonder if Gypsy will appeal her sentence; I'm sure there are attorneys out there dying to get their hands on this case. The abuse that Gypsy faced for almost two decades coupled with what have got to be some monumental mental illnesses creates such an explosive situation. I would really like to read more about Munchhausen by proxy; I guess I can see why the attention or donations could bring someone to do that, but how do you even start down that road? What makes you look at a 3 mo/old baby and decide to pretend she's sick? I'm also intrigued by Gypsy's father's lack of all knowledge pertaining to the situation. While not blaming him or having unrealistic expectations of me, it does intrigue me that he was as clueless to the situation as he was. Even more interesting is Gypsy's boyfriend, and how that relationship evolved. I will likely be watching this documentary.
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Former Wasilla postmaster demoted to custodian after investigation upholds harassment claims

The postmaster received a U.S. Postal Service notice of removal last year after a sexual harassment investigation. His new position as a custodian started this month.
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Boan White's comment, May 24, 5:09 PM
How many years has the zero Tolerance on sexual harassment been around? You would think by now men would finally get the memo.
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Immigrants forced into slavery in Adelaide

Immigrants forced into slavery in Adelaide | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
DOZENS — if not hundreds — of people are being lured to Adelaide and enslaved, a migration expert has warned.
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'I broke the cycle and silence:' Halifax woman on being victim of domestic violence | Metro Halifax

'I broke the cycle and silence:' Halifax woman on being victim of domestic violence | Metro Halifax | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Kassinda Tolliver spoke to the crowd at Sunday's Stop the Violence event, now in its fifth year.
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In a first for Asia, Taiwan moves to legalize same-sex marriage

In a first for Asia, Taiwan moves to legalize same-sex marriage | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
In Taipei, Taiwan, this morning there was jubilation in the streets.
The island’s highest court had just struck down Taiwan’s anti–gay marriage laws as unconstitutional, paving the way fo
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UC Berkeley Fires Assistant Professor for Sexual Harassment

UC Berkeley Fires Assistant Professor for Sexual Harassment | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The University of California, Berkeley has fired one of its assistant professors for allegedly sexually harassing four students.

The assistant professor has been identified at Blake Wentworth, and he was formerly a member of the Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, reports NBC Bay Area.

The decision to fire him was the result of a Title IX investigation. According to a statement by UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks, investigators found “clear and convincing evidence that Wentworth had engaged in the misconduct and recommended his dismissal.” Because the former assistant professor was not tenured, Dirks was able to fire him without approval from the Board of Regents, reports berkeleyside.com. His dismissal was effective immediately.

Wentworth was put on leave in 2016 after three women – two graduate students and an alumna – accused him of sexual harassment in April and June of that year. All three claimed he touched them inappropriately and made offensive comments. Wentworth allegedly said to one of the graduate students, “I’m so attracted to you,” and bragged about doing drugs off of a stripper’s body, reports the Guardian. The identity of the fourth victim – a student – is not known.

Wentworth’s firing is the latest in a string of issues related to sexual misconduct by UC Berkeley faculty.
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Owosso woman shares human trafficking experience to help others

Owosso woman shares human trafficking experience to help others | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

They are coerced and manipulated into selling their bodies for money.We 're talking about people who are drawn into human trafficking. Jeannie Kennedy of Owosso was 22-years-old when she was lured into the dark world of sex slavery.My story took place in 2006.....

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Human trafficking: 'Victims are very reluctant to step forward'

Human trafficking: 'Victims are very reluctant to step forward' | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Social workers need a better understanding of how human trafficking is linked to migration to help them identify those affected or at risk, finds researcher
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When I was a Chief of Police in Fresno County, we dealt with this issue.  More than anything, women were worried about what people thought of them and that their children might find out.  The stigma of forced prostitution isn't on the force part of the equation, but on the morality of "how could you let yourself be placed in that position?"  This is the biggest issue in prosecution--getting victims and their communities past the morality issues.
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'Wonder Woman' women-only screenings cause uproar

'Wonder Woman' women-only screenings cause uproar | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
"Wonder Woman" may be a feminist icon, but some male moviegoers aren't happy about some scheduled women-only screenings of the film.

The controversy began when the famous Alamo Drafthouse cinema in Austin, Texas, announced it would be hosting a screening of the new movie, which stars Gal Gadot as the superhero.
"Apologies, gentlemen, but we're embracing our girl power and saying 'No Guys Allowed' for one special night at the Alamo Ritz," the announcement read. "And when we say 'People Who Identify As Women Only,' we mean it. Everyone working at this screening -- venue staff, projectionist, and culinary team -- will be female."
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Daniel Heselton's comment, May 27, 2:15 AM
The pluralistic ideology is strong with this piece. Notice they used veterans groups as a mode for excusing the decision to do a women only event. Veteran I guess implies a sense of testosterone induced hillbillies with knuckles dragging in the sand?
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Slate: Manchester Bombing ‘Massive Act of Gender-Based Violence’

Slate: Manchester Bombing ‘Massive Act of Gender-Based Violence’ | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Leftist outlet Slate’s hot take on the Muslim suicide blast after an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester was a futile exercise in identity politics and a major embarrassment to say the least.

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Technology's role in human trafficking cannot be ignored

Technology's role in human trafficking cannot be ignored | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The sexual exploitation of children is difficult to talk about. The idea that some would take advantage of victims so vulnerable and powerless is appalling just to consider. But what’s even harder to admit is that this abuse happens every day, right here at home, in communities all around us. Sarah isn’t from a country far away; she grew up here in the U.S.

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Having met Sarah and many other victims of trafficking, most the same age as my own daughters are now, it’s impossible for me to ignore this issue, no matter how difficult it can be to confront. Thankfully, the U.S. Congress is now speaking loudly for those who in the past have been denied a voice. 
 

This week, there are 12 bills coming before the House that address these awful injustices. They span a range of initiatives: from expanding and enhancing tools for the investigation and prosecution of those who buy and sell sex with children; to ensuring that these offenders are held to account not only through criminal convictions and sentencing but also through lifelong registration and reporting requirements. The bills also make provisions for the treatment, housing, training, and education of trafficking victims. 

Most importantly, these bills seek to ensure that minors who are trafficked are treated as victims rather than as criminals. Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Miss.) — whose Trafficking Survivors Relief Act, a bipartisan proposal with Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), would give survivors a fresh start and an opportunity to recover from trauma, social stigma, and discrimination — puts it aptly, "No victims of trafficking should be criminalized for the horrific exploitation they have endured. These victims deserve a fresh start and a fair shot at rebuilding their lives." 

The Senate has also shown bipartisan leadership in addressing the crime of human trafficking. A recent example was the bipartisan investigation, led by Senators Rob Portman and Claire McCaskill (herself a former sex crimes prosecutor), into the classified advertising portal, Backpage. That investigation led to the shutdown of Backpage’s adult listings, which had become a marketplace for child trafficking.  

I’m also pleased that the executive branch is deeply involved too; I was happy to join a recent roundtable that Ivanka Trump led, gathering bipartisan congressional leadership with anti-human trafficking experts to develop concrete steps to thwart child trafficking.

But technology's role in human trafficking cannot be ignored — as the example of Backpage demonstrates. The sad reality is that three out of four child sex trafficking victims in the U.S. have been exploited online. And perpetrators often make their first connections to victims on the Internet. Backpage is one prominent example, but there were others before. And after Backpage, there will, unfortunately, be new services that pop up — many of which exist in the dark corners of the web and on private peer-to-peer networks. 

So as I applaud congressional efforts to fight child trafficking, I also acknowledge that the tech industry must be part of the solution. This really is an issue where strong policies, technology, and investment, can make a difference in the fight against this ghastly criminal enterprise in our midst.
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'Walk A Mile In Her Shoes' Raises Non-Violence Awareness In Style

'Walk A Mile In Her Shoes' Raises Non-Violence Awareness In Style | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
On a sunny Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Park, Fairbanks community members, including those of law enforcement, and Mayor Mattherly gathered to raise awareness and funds for the Interior Action Center for Non-Violent Living. Men, women, children, and even a polar bear all had the opportunity to show their solidarity in ending violence in the community by not only wearing women's shoes, but walking a mile in them.
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Bill Cosby arrives for jury selection in criminal trial

Bill Cosby arrives for jury selection in criminal trial | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Bill Cosby arrived at a Pittsburgh court this morning in advance of jury selection for his criminal trial, which is slated for next month in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

The comedian walked into the Allegheny County Courthouse in downtown Pittsburgh just before 9 a.m.

In late February, Judge Steven O’Neill granted a request made by Cosby's legal team to bring in a jury from outside Montgomery County, which the defense argued would allow for a more diverse group.
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if being the defining word, Bill Cosby is both rich and famous. It is not common for the rich and famous to be punished to harshly, if at all.
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Mother recounts life of daughter she lost to sex trafficking

Albuquerque detectives say Tobi Stanfill had been sold for sex, held in a dog crate, and tortured before she was found murdered in January.
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