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Rihanna, Accountability, & Survivor Subjectivity

Rihanna, Accountability, & Survivor Subjectivity | Violence against Women and the 'Abusive State' | Scoop.it
"Where Them Bloggers At?" Reflections on Rihanna, Accountability, & Survivor Subjectivity Alisa Bierria   Through objectification -- the process by which people are dehumanized, made ghostlike,...
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The question is, how can the public, particularly those who are in shared community with survivors of violence, disrupt this “sanity” in order to receive a more spacious and messier account of survivorhood that incorporates survivors’ complex and multifaceted truths?  We must learn how to develop community-based responses that are dynamic and flexible enough to adapt to the charged politics of survivors’ choices, without forcibly molding them to fit simplistic narratives that are more politically convenient or emotionally reassuring for others.  This is not a suggestion to uncritically idealize survivor testimonies or to fail to consider other people’s narratives and accounts about abusive relationships.  I am proposing, however, a critical mindfulness about the treatment of survivor testimonies and the pressure put on them to satisfy expectations that others may not even know they are harboring.  It requires an openness to complexity and contradiction, something that is not easy to sustain in the context of crisis-based responses that domestic violence can trigger.  However, a practice of reflexiveness and a commitment to the recognition of the subjectivity of survivors can help map pathways to getting there.

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Prison Culture » 15 Things That We Re-Learned About the Prison Industrial Complex in 2013

Prison Culture » 15 Things That We Re-Learned About the Prison Industrial Complex in 2013 | Violence against Women and the 'Abusive State' | Scoop.it
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Arrested Justice Curriculum

Arrested Justice Curriculum | Violence against Women and the 'Abusive State' | Scoop.it
The workshop materials developed by Dr. Ann Russo and Deana Lewis draw upon the frameworks, questions, and guidance based on Dr. Beth Richie’s book, Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and the...
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N. Carolina Will Pay $10M to Forced Sterilization Victims

N. Carolina Will Pay $10M to Forced Sterilization Victims | Violence against Women and the 'Abusive State' | Scoop.it
Over a period of 45 years, North Carolina forcibly sterilized 7,600 people it deemed mentally or socially unfit. Now, 39 years since the state's eugenics program ended in 1974, it will finally make... US News Summaries. | Newser
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Female inmates sterilized in California prisons without approval | The Center for Investigative Reporting

Female inmates sterilized in California prisons without approval | The Center for Investigative Reporting | Violence against Women and the 'Abusive State' | Scoop.it
Doctors with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation sterilized nearly 150 female inmates from 2006 to 2010 without required state approvals. Critics say officials targeted women deemed likely to return to prison.
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Viewpoints: Why is California trying to build more jails? - The Sacramento Bee

Why would California prioritize jails that are more expensive to construct and operate than community-based programs?
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State Enacts Law To Incarcerate Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs

State Enacts Law To Incarcerate Pregnant Women Who Use Drugs | Violence against Women and the 'Abusive State' | Scoop.it
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam (R) signed a bill into law on Tuesday that is the first law in the country to authorize the arrest and incarceration of women who use drugs while pregnant. Reproductive and civil rights advocates had strongly urged Hasl...
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The new law, which goes into effect July 1, allows a woman to be prosecuted for assault if she takes a narcotic drug while pregnant and the baby is born addicted, is harmed or dies because of the drug. The woman can avoid criminal charges if she completes a state treatment program.

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