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Locker Rooms and Women Reporters: A to Z by Julie DiCaro —

Locker Rooms and Women Reporters: A to Z by Julie DiCaro — | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
It's my great pleasure to share Julie DiCaro's well-crafted narrative that she wrote for this podcast. It is simply the best short history of women sports reporters' locker room struggles. With her use of revealing details and poignant examples, Julie narrates a magnificent story of what it was like to be a woman reporting on sports who ran into barriers – both structural and attitudinal – when it came to equal access they needed to interview athletes as male reporters do. Since interviews in baseball took place, by tradition, in locker rooms, access to locker rooms was the focus of my federal lawsuit, Ludtke v. Kuhn, and the locus of media attention.
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Uber defines 21 categories of sexual misconduct, from leering to rape —

Uber defines 21 categories of sexual misconduct, from leering to rape — | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Uber is putting a name to different types of sexual harassment.

The company on Nov. 12 released a taxonomy of sexual harassment and assault, spanning from “staring or leering” to “non-consensual sexual penetration.” Uber said it developed the list in consultation with the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and the Urban Institute, a social policy-oriented think tank, to help categorize and catalog incidents of sexual misconduct and assault that are reported by riders, drivers, and other people who interact through its platform.

The definitions weren’t designed to catalog incidents in a workplace context and won’t be applied to incidents reported by Uber employees, company spokeswoman Brooke Anderson said. She said the taxonomy was created to categorize incidents “at businesses that connect people in the real world,” such as restaurants and the hospitality industry.
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Cold case killing of Florida college student cracked thanks to DNA, genealogy database, police say

Cold case killing of Florida college student cracked thanks to DNA, genealogy database, police say | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A family's nearly two-decade wait to find out who killed their beloved daughter came to an end this month, as investigators announced an arrest in the cold case.
The Orlando Police Department said Monday that 38-year-old Benjamin L. Holmes was arrested in the murder of Christina Franke.

Franke was 25 and a student at the University of Central Florida majoring in education when she was found dead in her Audubon Park apartment in October 2001, according to FOX35. The college student had been robbed and assaulted, and her killer had left a large amount of DNA at the scene, police said.

Holmes was identified after the Orlando Police Department worked with Parabon Nanolabs to run a DNA sample to create a computer-generated composite of what Christine's killer could look like. The composite initially didn't come up with a match.

"We knew everything about his genetic make-up, but we did not know his name," Detective Michael Fields said at a press conference.

But police worked with the company again and sent some DNA to Gedmatch, a public genealogy database. That's when they got a match, after discovering that three of his family members had submitted their DNA to the database.
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Cassidy Edwards's comment, November 12, 5:12 PM
I really like seeing articles like this in today's world because scientifically and medically our world is advancing so much and in the criminal justice system is using it to our advantage for example in cold cases like this where just using technology has solved a cold case from almost 20 years ago. We are using sites such as Gedmatch or ancestry to now solve cases where people are voluntarily giving their DNA to these sites and we can now use these to solve cases like these. It is incredible, and I really hope that more cold cases can be solved this way.
Rob Duke's comment, November 12, 5:59 PM
Yes, me too. I hope as this technology becomes more widely known that this will act as a deterrent so that fewer of these crimes are committed.
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He? She? Ze? Colleges add gender-free pronouns, alter policy - Chicago Tribune

He? She? Ze? Colleges add gender-free pronouns, alter policy - Chicago Tribune | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

Welcome to Harvard. Feel free to pick a pronoun on this form: __ He. __ She. __ Ze. __ E. __ They. During the registration process at Harvard University, students are now allowed to indicate which pronouns they use, with suggested gender-neutral options like "ze" or "they."

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Kari Michael's comment, November 10, 1:56 PM
While I think this is great for the LGBTQ community, or whoever chooses to identify differently or use a different pronoun, I think the concept is extremely confusing. Even though a person may choose to use a different pronoun, it does not necessarily mean that everyone on campus, or elsewhere will use it towards them as well. Unfortunately, that is a big part of the society we live in these days. While it's one more step towards equality, it's also a major step in further segregation by those who do not necessarily agree with their lifestyle. I almost feel as though it could put a target on their back, even more-so than what was there.
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Colorado Man Pleads Guilty To Strangling Wife, 2 Young Daughters : NPR

Colorado Man Pleads Guilty To Strangling Wife, 2 Young Daughters : NPR | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A 33-year-old Colorado man pleaded guilty to killing his wife and two young daughters on Tuesday in a deal with authorities that allows him to escape the death penalty.

In the high-profile case, Christopher Watts entered the plea in Weld County District Court on Tuesday, his voice shaking as he spoke the words "guilty" nine times in response to the various counts.
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Rotana and Tala Farea suicide: Spending spree before deaths

Rotana and Tala Farea suicide: Spending spree before deaths | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

The two Saudi-born sisters who washed up dead off West 68th Street last month — their bodies duct-taped together, face to face — had run away from their Virginia home late last year

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8 sex offenders arrested during Milwaukee Trick or Treat sweep

8 sex offenders arrested during Milwaukee Trick or Treat sweep | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Eight registered sex offenders were taken into custody Sunday during a statewide effort to ensure the safety of children on a day when several communities had trick or treat events, a Department of Corrections spokesman said.

Among those arrested was one man who authorities said was in violation of a court order that barred him from having devices that can connect to the internet. Kelly Kincaid, a probation and patrol agent with the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, said the man had a video game system and a laptop in the home that could have internet access.

"During the home visits we try to do assessments that make sure the offender is compliant and the residents also in the residence is compliant with his rules of supervision," she said.

Information about the other seven offenders was not immediately available.

During trick or treat times, the state's more than 5,800 registered sex offenders are prohibited from posting decorations, handing out candy, wearing a costume or turning on their porch light.
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Kimber A. 's comment, November 2, 3:53 PM
Wow! I applaud those officials who pushed the sweep. It must be every parent's fear on Halloween (and in general), so it's good to hear that some communities are being proactive about a holiday geared toward children being in public. It's sad to me that there were that many (although I guess it could also be that few, depending on whether your glass is full or not) individuals not in compliance with their restrictions. I don't know how parents do it- I would be terrified at all times.
Daniel Heppeard's comment, November 6, 9:14 PM
It is unfortunate to hear that people have such horrible thoughts in their head to do something like this. I am so glad to hear that the officials were able to get these eight men. Unfortunately though, there are still more people like these men out there...
Kari Michael's comment, November 10, 2:08 PM
I agree with Kimber. As a parent, I am so glad that efforts like this are occurring. When I mentioned this to my husband, he was actually surprised and questioned a lot about how something like this could go down. I do think it's sad that the article had to mention that if patrols aren't out all the time that people tend to go back to their own ways. I am almost saddened for some of those who have been registered for many years that have moved forward from their past. We have learned that something like exposing yourself while drunk to "relieve" yourself on the side of a building or a bush can get you registered as a sex offender. What about those who are not truly in the registry because of actions towards children? If they have a family and can't dress up and go out. I don't know, it's just hard because not EVERY sex offender in the registry is about a child case.
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Murdered University of Utah student was victim of sextortion

Murdered University of Utah student was victim of sextortion | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

A University of Utah student who police say was murdered by her ex-boyfriend told officers she wired $1,000 to an account earlier this month to prevent the release of “compromising photos" …

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Kari Michael's comment, October 28, 7:12 PM
I feel as though the girl had the right to end the relationship based on the facts that were later discovered in her relationship. Not knowing someone's true age or knowing they are a registered sex offender are both alarming and red flags. Knowing he is a sex offender, but not knowing he offense to be registered, it is interesting that he was looking for girls significantly younger than him - in this case, 16. However, I think his entire night of the murder is intriguing. He kills his ex girlfriend, walks it off like it's nothing, goes on a date, and then kills himself IN A CHURCH. Clearly, there was something extremely wrong with this individual. While it is an extremely upsetting case, I think what is most alarming is that the girl's complaint was not conveyed to parole officers by the police - although "no mistakes were found in how police handled the case". The lack of simple communication is something that could have saved a life.
Justin Pechtel's comment, October 29, 2:03 AM
This is pretty awful, and what makes this worse is that the criminal doesn't get any punishments for his actions. I am surprised that they let him go so easily with the crimes he committed prior to his release on parole. I personally believe that sex offenders and the like should not be allowed parole.
Kimber A. 's comment, November 2, 4:13 PM
While I understand that right now the police department is not being blamed or questioned regarding their handling of the young woman's complaint, it seems that conveying that information to parole officers could have potentially saved her life. His behavior and actions are extremely confusing and frightening; he was obviously highly disturbed. I hope that her family can find peace. Not only have they lost a loved one, but her killer and harasser goes unpunished due to his suicide.
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Slain University of Utah track athlete was on the phone with her mother when she was abducted by sex offender ex-boyfriend - NY Daily News

The University of Utah track athlete who was shot to death Monday night was on the phone with her mother when she was abducted by her suspected killer, a convicted sex offender she had previously dated.
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Kimber A. 's comment, November 2, 4:21 PM
What a horrifying thing for a parent to experience. To be in fear for your child, hearing her being abducted (although not knowing that was the case), and then for her to be found dead. I know that as a female, I have repeatedly been told to call people when walking in uncertain areas, but there is also conflicting advice to not be distracted by a phone call in the same situations. I don't think that being off the phone could have saved this young lady; her ex-boyfriend and killer was clearly on a warpath against her. I just wish that police had conveyed her report of extortion to his parole officer sooner, as it seems that would have been the only thing that could have changed the outcome of this horrible story.
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Sandra Day O'Connor, first woman on supreme court, withdraws from public life | Law | The Guardian

Sandra Day O'Connor, first woman on supreme court, withdraws from public life | Law | The Guardian | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
O’Connor, 88, who kept an active schedule after leaving the court in 2006, is now fully retired
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Doctors & Sex Abuse: Highlights from State-by-State Report

Doctors & Sex Abuse: Highlights from State-by-State Report | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
How does your home state handle cases of sexual misconduct by doctors? Highlights by state from the AJC's investigation of doctor sexual misconduct
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Tatum Upchurch's comment, October 22, 2:33 AM
I think its heart breaking when a doctor is able to treat patients and be able to do that, sexual abuse is something that if it does take place by a highly respected man such as a doctor than they should be terminated and not able to treat a person again.
Sierra Grimes's comment, October 22, 3:10 AM
I am so disgusted by the number of instances of states not requiring doctors have their licenses taken away permanently, or even having required reporting of the incidents to criminal authorities. All forms of abuse are a major betrayal of trust placed in someone, and doctors abusing patients is so very much a deep betrayal.
Kimber A. 's comment, November 2, 4:24 PM
A new thing to be terrified about! I cannot believe that some states do not immediately revoke licensing after convictions. I had not heard anything about the referenced case in Alaska, which was quite the wild ride from start to finish. What a horrible abuse of position and power.
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State partnering with Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to combat human trafficking

State partnering with Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission to combat human trafficking | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
First Lady Cecilia Abbott announced a new partnership Thursday with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) to fight human trafficking. The partnership builds upon the statewide "Be The One" anti-human trafficking campaign. “Across Texas, thousands of people are exploited through forced labor or the sex trade," Abbott said. " And, as most of us go about our daily lives, these victims are hidden in plain sight.
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Sierra Grimes's comment, October 22, 3:26 AM
Spreading information about human trafficking is really important, especially in a border state like Texas. Many people are brought into the U.S. for both labor and sex trafficking from Mexico, whether through being exploited, coerced, or completely tricked. People need to learn the signs of whether a person is a victim of trafficking, so that people can be assisted out of their situations. There also needs to be a spread of what to watch out for to keep yourself safe from being victimized. I just hope that the American government starts to do some more work on developing better means for victims to find assistance and stay in the country, as currently it is nowhere near where it needs to be, leaving simple public awareness kind of pointless.
Kimber A. 's comment, October 22, 5:59 PM
I think this is an excellent step. Human trafficking is not nearly discussed enough, and is an extremely prevalent international issue. I think the more exposure people have to information to help stop, identify, and report trafficking would be monumental; consider just the effects of the #MeToo movement and the amount of support backing the issue. Bringing human trafficking into every day discussion and efforts is vital to ending it. If every person who sees this campaign just mentions it to one other person and initiates an interest and awareness in preventing human trafficking, countless lives could be saved.
Stanley Kreft's comment, November 5, 3:17 PM
I think this is a great program and that other states Alcohol companies should follow suit. A lot of the times places that serve alcohol are directly involved in sorts with the human trafficiking scene. From forcing them to be employees at bars to providing support for the individuals moving those being exploited. I'm not fully familiar with the primary methods of US based human trafficers but I in South Korea while I was stationed there we were constantly updated as to what to watch for, the primary individuals over there were woman from less developed countries who were promised a music or acting career and then when they got in country their passports were takin and they were forced labor at the bars to sell drinks and they had to work off their debt.
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Ginnie Graham: Human trafficking isn't what you think it is | Homepagelatest | tulsaworld.com

Ginnie Graham: Human trafficking isn't what you think it is | Homepagelatest | tulsaworld.com | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Don't let urban myths lull you into complacency. The first gift from a trafficker is usually a manicure.
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Sydney Castorina's comment, October 22, 12:31 AM
- So often we forget the dangers of social media. We add people because life is so much about “who you know”, and trust me I have been in those situations where the difference between unemployment and a paycheck came down to who I knew, I was thankful for it. On the other hand, there are so many dangers to the cyberworld. They take away privacy and freedoms, filters and caution. We forget our guard because immersing ourselves in a world where we feel ok or even obliged to say any and all things that come to mind as well as share the intimate private details of our lives with the world is simply intoxicatingly exciting to some.
Kimber A. 's comment, October 22, 6:04 PM
Social media strikes again. While trafficking has existed for centuries, it really is shocking to read how social media is enabling trafficking. I am thankful that I grew up when the internet was starting to become more commonplace in households, and did I ever get the lectures, warnings, and parental guidance regarding internet, chat rooms, and what goes on the internet. I think that we've become complacent in teaching about the internet and the abilities and insights that it can grant those with ill wishes for others. I won't say 'kids these days' because no one enjoys that line of logic, but I am frustrated that social media has become so pervasive (and invasive) in our lives that it is allowing opportunities for unspeakable crimes.
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Study finds some significant differences in brains of men and women

Study finds some significant differences in brains of men and women | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
But effects of those differences are unclear
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Prostitution In Los Angeles Is So Bad, The City Had To Ban Right Turns At Night

Prostitution In Los Angeles Is So Bad, The City Had To Ban Right Turns At Night | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Prostitution is illegal in the state of california but that doesn t mean it isn t a common practice across the state. this may be more evident in los (...)
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Should dispatchers be officially classified as first responders?

Should dispatchers be officially classified as first responders? | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
People do not dial typically 911 when they win the lottery. The community dials 911 when they are in desperate need of help. Children are taught from a very young age to dial 911 when they are hurt, scared and need help. Kids are taught to trust when they dial 911 a police officer or firefighter will come to their aid with lights and sirens as quickly as they can. Adults dial 911 under a multitude of circumstances assuming there is going to be a voice on the line who will render help when it is needed the most. 

A dispatcher or call taker picks up the line and expects they will speak to a caller potentially at their worst. The dispatcher is ready to help a caller administer CPR, listen to hysterical screaming, calm a crying child, reason with a suicidal subject or deliver a baby. 

There is no clerical or administrative position in the public safety industry that must endure this level of stress while remaining calm and meticulously administering their duties. However, under the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, dispatchers are classified as just that: “clerical.” 


Brunswick County Dispatcher and Chief of Communications Joy Seward, man's the desk in her office in Lawrenceville, Va., Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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Cassidy Edwards's comment, November 12, 5:18 PM
I definitely think that dispatchers should be known as first responders. I know first hand from my internship and getting to sit with dispatchers and seeing what they do that their jobs are just as stressful as other responders. They are the first contact to anyone that calls 911 and they have to know how to handle each situation correctly. People overlook the responsibilities of dispatchers and label them by saying their jobs are clerical but that’s not right. A lot of times they make a difference in how the situation of an emergency turns out and I do think that their label should be changed to first responders.
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Anti-gay marriage country clerk Kim Davis loses reelection in Kentucky

Anti-gay marriage country clerk Kim Davis loses reelection in Kentucky | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was briefly jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, lost her bid for reelection on Tuesday.
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Kari Michael's comment, November 10, 2:12 PM
I agree with Rosalie. I don't think it's about being petty, but she was outspoken and rude in many of her comments and views. She went out of her way to prove "her values".I'm not saying that people need to change their values and conform to everything, but there is a professional and proper way to handle your position and she could not do so.
Rob Duke's comment, November 12, 2:19 AM
I think it's important for public administrators to uphold principles of equity--what I'd call a search for human dignity. But, these should truly be about those commonly held values of reasonableness. Whenever the issues become one that enjoys serious debate in the public forum and in our legislatures, then it is the public administrator's job to faithfully and dutifully carry out due process, including reporting and documentation so that people have the tools needed to seek redress for their grievances. So, for me, I'd want a public servant to refuse to enforce "Jim Crow" laws, but I'd be very careful interfering in any policy matter that the legislature is currently debating.
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see Woodrow Wilson's discussion on the Politics-Administration Dichotomy and also the Friedrich-Finer Debate.
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LAPD assistant chief was accused of improper sexual relationships before sudden retirement, officials say - Los Angeles Times

A high-ranking Los Angeles Police Department official was accused of having improper sexual relationships with officers under his command shortly before his sudden retirement last week, sources told The Times.

The allegations against Assistant Chief Jorge Villegas, a 29-year veteran of the department, were referred to LAPD’s internal affairs unit for an investigation this month, according to three law enforcement and city officials with knowledge of the situation.
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William Rehnquist Proposed To Sandra Day O'Connor Long Before Their SCOTUS Days: Book

William Rehnquist Proposed To Sandra Day O'Connor Long Before Their SCOTUS Days: Book | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The first woman Supreme Court justice reportedly never told her family and friends about the marriage offer.
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Oakland Mayor: Police Won't Ask Applicants About Sex Assault

After it was revealed Sunday that the Oakland Police Department asks officer applicants to disclose whether they have been sexually assaulted

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Teen Mom Who Claimed Newborn Son Was Abducted Actually Killed Him, Cops Say

Teen Mom Who Claimed Newborn Son Was Abducted Actually Killed Him, Cops Say | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Jenna Folwell, 19, claimed that someone abducted her 4-week-old son, according to police in Chandler, Arizona. That was a lie, cops say. She has been arrested for the boy's murder.
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Kari Michael's comment, October 28, 7:04 PM
I mean, with the lack of information, it's hard to read much into this. It says that the murder was premeditated, but we are not given information on how the boy died or anything. She clearly did not go out of her way to dispose of the body or cover anything up. Yes, she made up a story, but again, with the lack of information we don't know if the death is due to a careless mistake - like co-sleeping - or if she went out of her way to hurt the child. Regardless, these stories make me cringe. As a mom, not even when I was most frustrated or upset did I think about hurting my child. I know a lot of law-enforcement work requires one to separate themselves emotionally from situations, but baby and child cases are always hard for me.
Kimber A. 's comment, November 2, 3:57 PM
This is really tragic. I know that there is very little information released, but the phone searches are pretty damning in this instance. I wish that Safe Haven laws could be expanded to past the time frame that exists now. I know that we don't want to encourage people to just... give away their children when it's hard, but anything to prevent the needless deaths of infants. It will certainly be interesting to see how the rest of this case plays out and what information ends up being released to the public.
Daniel Heppeard's comment, November 6, 9:23 PM
Like others have said, there really is a lack or information regarding this case. It seemed almost similar to the somewhat recent LaFountain case, where a mother had killed her two children within only a couple of years. LaFountain also had a search history that could be pointed to her being the murderer. In this case, her story could be true, in that a bag was put over her head and someone else could have killed her child, but there is a serious lack of evidence that rings this claim true. I hope we can hear more about this story and it is fully concluded.
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Utah college student murdered outside her dorm; suspect later found dead in church

Utah college student murdered outside her dorm; suspect later found dead in church | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Lauren McCluskey's body was found about 9 p.m. in a car near the medical towers.
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Kari Michael's comment, October 28, 7:19 PM
While this can be seen as a crime of passion, I still feel as though the guy who did this had extreme issues. Not only was he much older than her but he was arrested twice for violations with possession of pornography and failure to cooperate with therapy. I am curious though as to if this is something that could be seen as an issue with the "Police problems" course, as it was mentioned in another article that after McCluskey filed her report on the 13, it was overlooked for 6 days due to an overloaded workflow. Police were not aware that the man who she had filed the complaint about was on parole, only that he did have a record. I have a hard time swallowing this because I feel like law enforcement failed her and the community.
Stanley Kreft's comment, November 5, 11:24 AM
I agree with Kari, there was some disconnect or failure on the police department. Despite the overload of cases they should have did a quick preliminary of the individuals involved allowing them to prioritize there case load. To overlook reports of being stalked harassed and needing assistance to retrieve her car seems like a failure on the campus police.
Rob Duke's comment, November 12, 2:22 AM
Most likely: it was filed as just another one of "those" stalking cases....
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Political concerns stop Parliament tackling harassment on its own turf - #MPtoo

Political concerns stop Parliament tackling harassment on its own turf - #MPtoo | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

John Bercow has long enjoyed a scrap. As a bullied child, he is reported to have mocked bigger, dimmer pupils by reciting their reading mistakes back to them. As a Conservative mp, he criticised all parties, including his own. As speaker of the House of Commons since 2009, he has used the seat’s power to help Parliament hold the government to account—much to the executive’s annoyance and his enjoyment.

He won a lot credit for this, as well as for modernising Parliament (running outreach schemes and even turning a Commons bar into a nursery to support working parents). But it is alleged that Mr Bercow treated parliamentary staff with contempt. When accusations of bullying in Parliament—including by Mr Bercow, which he denies—reached the press earlier this year, the leader of the House of Commons ordered an inquiry by Dame Laura Cox, a retired High Court judge. It published its findings on October 15th.

The report is damning. The House of Commons, it says, is characterised by “a culture, cascading from the top down, of deference, subservience, acquiescence and silence”. There is a “clear lack of accountability” and a “general unwillingness to challenge things robustly”. Some at the top of the hierarchy take advantage, with senior staff humiliating juniors and mps treating staff “like servants”. Women complain of being groped, while groups of male mps are said to become “increasingly boorish” when together, making “frequent sexual innuendos, lewd comments or sexual gestures”. All in all, Parliament is “a stark reminder of how bad things used to be.”

The report, admirable in its thoroughness, does not deal with individual accusations. Instead it seeks to change the culture of the House and proposes that an independent system be set up to handle complaints. In doing so, it follows the advice of experts in how to deal with workplace malpractice: the job is not just to throw out bad apples, but to uproot the system that enables their actions. Dame Laura writes that it is “difficult to envisage how the necessary changes can be successfully delivered …under the current senior House administration.” That includes Mr Bercow. He has let it be known that he plans to go next summer, after Brexit, but seems determined to resist leaving before then.

If he manages to cling on for that long, it will be for political reasons. The speaker is in charge of proceedings in the House of Commons and can influence matters by, for instance, choosing whether to allow opposition amendments to government bills. The office is supposed to be politically neutral. But when it comes to Brexit, Mr Bercow is widely believed to favour Remain (a “Bollocks to Brexit” sign spotted in his car provides a clue). Margaret Beckett, a former foreign secretary, explained why many Labour mps have so far defended Mr Bercow, in spite of the allegations against him: “Yes, if it comes to it, the constitutional future of this country, the most difficult decision we’ve made for hundreds of years, yes, it trumps bad behaviour.”

Whatever the ethics of that position (and the merits of “bad behaviour” as a description of the abuses that Mr Bercow failed to stop), the trade-off may not be quite as Ms Beckett imagines it. In the event of a failure to reach a deal with the European Union, the idea that Mr Bercow would enable amendments to, say, introduce a second referendum is “unrealistically optimistic”, says Hannah White of the Institute for Government, a think-tank. Amending the withdrawal bill may be easier if a deal is reached. But if anti-Brexit mps have the numbers to change the course of Brexit, they also have the power to elect a supportive speaker. And by convention, the next one is due to be a Labour mp.

Turning a blind eye to a culture that allows harassment and abuse at work is a particularly uncomfortable position for Labour, a party founded to protect workers’ rights. The consequence of that inaction, as most mps know and a few have made clear, is that it is unlikely that many lessons will be learnt from Dame Laura’s report.

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Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Is Already A Human Trafficking Nightmare

Qatar’s 2022 World Cup Is Already A Human Trafficking Nightmare | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
As the 2018 World Cup final match came to a close in Russia, the world’s focus moved to 2022 and Qatar, where the…
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Meaghan Tucker's comment, October 21, 3:01 PM
If they would expect for it to turn into a sex trafficking nightmare, why would they not take precautions. Just don't hold it there if its not safe for people. Its definitely not safe for women who enjoy going to the games. Its needs to be held somewhere else that is safer. Also this website was kind of weird with the article, so ill have to do further research.
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Human trafficking rehab home sees success

Human trafficking rehab home sees success | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Brown County’s Rose Home celebrates one year of helping human trafficking survivors.
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Meaghan Tucker's comment, October 21, 3:23 PM
It is awesome that they have created an environment like this for these women. I am curious on who pays for it as the women who live there do not work. Either i hope that it continues to help women in the future years and things like this expand to other states.
Sierra Grimes's comment, October 22, 3:18 AM
These sorts of homes for trafficking survivors are so important, and not only in the U.S. It reminds me of a recovery housing project I learned about, in Nepal I believe. So many of the girls get shunned from their own communities, both from being labeled as prostitutes, but also as having AIDS, which sadly is the case for many survivors. The housing and working community helped so many girls and women find a place in heir own lives again. Support is a huge necessity for any sort of healing to happen.
Cassidy Edwards's comment, November 12, 5:28 PM
Seeing that there are programs like this that are becoming successful really warms my heart because a lot of people do not realize the need our world has to protect the men, women, and children of human trafficking. Human Trafficking might not be as publicly portrayed as it used to be but in fact it should be because it is increasing all around the world. And when we provide rehab centers and victim advocate centers for these survivors we are substantially changing their lives and I really think we need to have facilities like these in every state and country where human trafficking is evident and I think it would dramatically increase the rates of human trafficking.