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Son fears mother, a convicted murderer, will be released from prison 20 years after killing his father

Son fears mother, a convicted murderer, will be released from prison 20 years after killing his father | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
John Rossakis was heartbroken when his mother was sent to prison — but now, two decades later, he’s scared she might be coming home.
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Maximillian Anderson's comment, June 1, 2013 12:35 PM
This would definitely be scary for someone who learned that their mother should be in prison for life. After five years of having no contact, John spoke with his mom and she admitted that she wrongly took her husband's life. I wish that there could be a second sentencing hearing in light of this new evidence so she could be kept longer, but I don't think that would happen. Hopefully, after serving her 20 years in jail, she will be "corrected" and won't be violent again.
Rachael Toy's comment, June 14, 2013 2:39 PM
It is stories like this that make you wonder how any child can grow up to be “normal”. Not only did he lose his father at a very young age but then lost his mother to a prison sentence. Then to find out that his father really was the victim and his mother was the cold blooded killer is horrible. I bet he is now questioning everything he ever knew or was told. I feel bad for him and his family who has to suffer from something that should never have happened. It is so nice to see that despite the horrible occurrences, he has turned out well enough to be successful in law school. Hopefully his experience will allow him to help others find peace in such situations. Following her release will be interesting to see if she commits more crimes or if she really has changed.
Brittany Ann Lewis's comment, June 24, 2013 6:43 PM
This story is so sad I really feel bad for John who went his whole life thinking that his father was a monster. If the mother is released on bail there needs to be a close eye on her to see if she returns to using drugs which is one of John’s main concerns. Hopefully she has changed and learned from her mistakes.
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Video shows wanted woman in double murder talking to alleged victim before killing, police say

A nationwide manhunt continues for a woman wanted for allegedly killing her husband and then a woman for her identity, police say.
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CA Legislature releases five sexual misconduct cases | The Sacramento Bee

CA Legislature releases five sexual misconduct cases | The Sacramento Bee | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The California Senate and Assembly on April 5, 2018, released five substantiated sexual harassment investigations and monetary settlements involving lawmakers and senior legislative staffers before 2006.
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abc10.com | Do your kids like Musical.ly? So do traffickers and pedophiles.

abc10.com | Do your kids like Musical.ly? So do traffickers and pedophiles. | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Waco Unbound Professional Training Coordinator Jessica Sykora told Channel 6 there have been many apps used by sexual predators but Musical.ly is currently the most prominent.
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A family's battle against a sheriff to try to prove relative was killed

Michelle O'Connell's shooting death on Sept. 2, 2010, was ruled a suicide, which her family disagrees with.
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Hart family left shortly after child services visited, neighbor told agency

Hart family left shortly after child services visited, neighbor told agency | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The Hart family packed up and left their home in Washington state shortly after a worker from child protective services visited, a neighbor told the department, according to a case report released Friday.
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Boko Haram releases many of the schoolgirls it kidnapped 3 years ago

Eighty-two Chibok girls have been freed after successful negotiations between Boko Haram and the Nigerian government, a government official close to the negotiations tells CNN. The source said the the freed Chibok girls are currently in military custody in Banki, in northeastern Nigeria. They will be transferred to the capital, Abuja, where they will undergo medical checks and be reunited with their families. A total of 276 girls were kidnapped from the village of Chibok in April 2014.

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The Pay Gap Is Way Too Entrenched To Be Solved By Women Alone

The Pay Gap Is Way Too Entrenched To Be Solved By Women Alone | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Happy Equal Pay Day! (Or, as I like to call it, Women’s New Year.) Today is the day that marks roughly how far into 2018 women had to work to earn a salary equal to what men got the year before.1 We’d throw a parade and street fair, but we were too busy working to organize one.

This pay gap has been shrinking for more than three decades, but as of 2017, women still earn just 82 percent of what their male counterparts take home, according to calculations by the Pew Research Center. Since 1980, women have dramatically reshaped the workforce by earning college degrees and taking on paid labor at higher rates, but the pay gap persists despite these changes in part because women and men are still frequently split up into different types of jobs and industries. And jobs that are frequently done by women consistently pay less.

Research conducted by Francine Blau, a professor of economics at Cornell, suggests that this division between which jobs and industries men and women tend to work in — called sex segregation — is now the single biggest factor explaining the pay gap between men and women.
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Man sentenced to 60 years in prison for trying to sell his 4-year-old daughter for sex | abc7.com

Man sentenced to 60 years in prison for trying to sell his 4-year-old daughter for sex | abc7.com | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A Wisconsin man was sentenced to 60 years in prison for listing his four-year-old daughter for sex under the heading, "Play with Daddie's [sic] Little Girl" on Craigslist, Harris County prosecutors said.
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Commentary: Sex Trafficking Act a Promising, But Limited, First Step

Commentary: Sex Trafficking Act a Promising, But Limited, First Step | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Maureen Guirguis Kenny, co-founder and co-director of the Human Trafficking Law Clinic at Case Western Reserve University, explains.
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Half of female homicides in the U.S. involve an intimate partner | PolitiFact New York

Half of female homicides in the U.S. involve an intimate partner | PolitiFact New York | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo wants state lawmakers to pass a bill he believes would prevent more women from being murdered by people close to them. The bill would remove guns from people convicted on misdemeanor domestic violence charges. Guns are currently only taken away if someone has a felony conviction for domestic violence. "Half of the American women who are murdered are killed by their intimate partners," Cuomo said at a March 13 rally. The bill is part of Cuomo’s 2018 Women’s Agenda, a list of more than two dozen proposals concerning healthcare, equal pay and gun violence among othe
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20% of women prisoners in Japan are senior citizens —

20% of women prisoners in Japan are senior citizens — | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Shoplifting has become something of a lifeline for Japan’s elderly population.

As Bloomberg reports, nearly one in five women in prison is 65 or older. These elderly women commit minor crimes in order to escape poverty and solitude. Often, women are repeat offenders so that they can return to prison once they are released. To serve this group, the government is constructing prison wards specifically for elderly inmates and increasing nursing staff.

A 78-year-old inmate referred to as Ms. O has stolen energy drinks, coffee, tea, a rice ball, and a mango. She told Bloomberg: “Prison is an oasis for me—a place for relaxation and comfort. I don’t have freedom here, but I have nothing to worry about, either. There are many people to talk to. They provide us with nutritious meals three times a day.”
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'Hands off my sister': Senegal's fight against female genital mutilation

'Hands off my sister': Senegal's fight against female genital mutilation | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Female genital mutilation has been banned in Senegal since 1999, but the practice hasn't entirely disappeared. In the Kolda region, almost half the women were mutilated as a child. A new generation of young women are taking action to end this harmful tradition, going from village to village in a bid to raise awareness and change mentalities. Their organisation is called "Ne touche pas à ma soeur" or "Hands off my sister".
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Bromantic interest - Gender and language

Bromantic interest - Gender and language | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

LAST week Johnson featured depressing evidence that old-fashioned gender-attitudes are still very much with us, in looking at “sexism” and “misogyny”. But there is good news, too. A host of new words from the past decade shows that straight men in the English-speaking world are enjoying a bit more flexibility in how to be a man.

Ten years ago saw the rise of people like David Beckham, straight men (even in traditionally male domains like sport) who like flashy accessories and a bit of gel in their hair. The press coined “metrosexual” to describe them. The word hasn’t aged well: the New York Times shows a sudden spike in the word’s usage in its pages in 2004, followed by a marked dropoff.

But that is perhaps because more specific words came into being to describe individual bits of the metrosexual’s life: manscaping (careful grooming of body hair); man-purse (later murse), a small bag for a mobile phone, wallet and keys so that they don’t bulk out the pockets of a stylish pair of trousers; man-icure (obvious enough); mandals (sandals for the metrosexual at play) and so on.

But a bigger change is afoot. A popular online collection of old photos shows how much American men used to casually touch each other: Victorian gentlemen posing with hands clasped; grizzled cowboys sitting with arms entwined, and a striking amount of lap-sitting. But such pictures from the middle of the 20th century and later are rare.  The culprit is homophobia: as gay men became more visible, they were reviled, and men in the English-speaking world (though not only there) started avoiding any touch that might indicate they were that way inclined.

Gays have made startling progress in the past fifteen years, though, first in public visibility and soon after in legal rights: the ability to marry across America and in many other western democracies, protection from workplace discrimination and the like. When the world didn’t end, as many social conservatives predicted it must, Sodom-and-Gomorrah style, it had a freeing effect on straight men, too. 

It turns out that straight men’s need for intense, intimate relationships with each other never went anywhere, as evidenced by the ebullient burst of words celebrating it. Pop culture has been a leading indicator: our Prospero blog recently reviewed two movies in the same week—“The Man from U.N.C.L.E.” and “The End of the Tour”—which our reviewers concluded were essentially “bromances”, a male friendship at the heart of each story. The word itself was boosted by 2009’s “I Love You, Man”, which Wikipedia describes without scare-quotes as a bromantic comedy—a genre with its own Wikipedia entry, created in 2014. 

Around the bromance have appeared other words about its elements. “I Love You, Man” also boosted man-cave, a room in the house restricted to men only. "Entourage", a straight-male fantasy about actors and their friends chasing beautiful Hollywood starlets, is also a smart examination of male friendship. Its most memorable character, the tough-talking agent Ari Gold, popularised his way of ending a distracting conflict between two of the crew: “Hug it out, bitch!” The male hug has its own moniker: the bro-hug should be both genuinely affectionate, and vigorous enough to prove that both men could still wrestle down an enemy if needed.

A whole generation of young men feel comfortable taking man-dates out together, saying “I’m gay for” a male celebrity they like, and generally pressing man-, bro- (and dude-) into service for new words signalling that their straight-maleness is secure. The eagerness is refreshing, and telling. Everyone wins when no one is afraid to appear to be something that was never wrong in the first place.

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Trump signs bill designed to curb online sex trafficking –

Trump signs bill designed to curb online sex trafficking – | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act, or FOSTA, drew bipartisan support in Congress but was opposed by groups promoting such disparate causes as free speech, technology and sex workers’ rights.
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Chief Justice Calls for Court Rule Precluding Secret Settlements of Claims Against Judges

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said yesterday she is calling upon the Judicial Council to revamp a rule of court to bar secret settlement agreements resolving sexual harassment or sexual discrimination complaints against judges.

The move comes in the aftermath of the March 23 disclosure by the Judicial Council that nearly $600,000 in taxpayer funds has been expended since 2011 to investigate and settle three complaints of sexual harassment against judges and two against court employees.

In a radio interview on March 27, Cantil-Sakauye termed the revelation “shocking.”

Resolve Ambiguities

In yesterday’s statement, she said:

“I want to make sure there’s no ambiguity as to whether courts should be required to disclose those records now. The current rule does not make it clear enough that these records should be disclosed. Judicial independence relies in part on judicial accountability.

“The judiciary relies on the trust and confidence of the public it serves, and the public has a right to know how the judicial branch spends taxpayer funds.”

She directed five members of the Judicial Council—including former Los Angeles County Bar Association President Gretchen Nelson—to craft a proposed rule. The others are Court of Appeal Justice Marsha G. Slough of the Fourth District’s Div. Two, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Stacy Boulware-Eurie, San Bernardino Superior Court Judge Kyle S. Brodie, and Fresno attorney Rachel W. Hill.

Third District Court of Appeal Justice Harry E. Hull Jr., who chairs the Rules and Projects Committee, would be working with the committee, it was announced.
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Man kills daughter, self — and their infant son, police say

Man kills daughter, self — and their infant son, police say | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
As a child Katie Pladl had been adopted by a family out of state, but after turning 18 she reached out to her birth parents through social media and expressed an interest in getting to know them.

Steven Pladl had two other children, ages 6 and 11, when Katie Pladl moved in with the family. Katie Pladl’s mother initially learned Katie was pregnant by reading a journal of one of the younger children.

Eventually Steven Pladl told his other children they were not to refer to Katie as their sister, but rather as their stepmother, court documents said.
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The horse whisperer: Meet Ibrar Al-Oubeissy, first female Saudi trainer

The horse whisperer: Meet Ibrar Al-Oubeissy, first female Saudi trainer | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia’s first female horse trainer has a special interest in showjumping — no surprise given the hurdles she has faced on her path to success. Ibrar Yassin Al-Oubeissy’s passion for animals, especially horses, led her to become the Kingdom’s first trainer. “I had to overcome many obstacles, as I didn’t receive any encouragement. But perseverance and hard work allowed me
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Backpage.com pleads guilty to human trafficking in Texas

Backpage.com pleads guilty to human trafficking in Texas | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The classified advertising website Backpage.com has pleaded guilty to human trafficking in Texas, the Texas attorney general’s office announced Thursday.
The plea comes a week after the website, which the attorney general’s office billed as “the largest online sex trafficking marketplace in the world,” was permanently shut down. A notice posted on the website says it had been seized by the federal government as part of a joint investigation out of Arizona, California and Texas.

The company’s CEO, Carl Ferrer, also has pleaded guilty to money laundering in California, the state attorney general’s office said. Officials said he is cooperating with the investigation, which could result in criminal charges being filed against other people in the company. Ferrer will face up to five years in prison once he completes the terms of his plea agreement, officials said.
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Father who allegedly killed 5-year-old son hit him repeatedly, put body in trunk, left in rural area: Affidavit

Joseph Daniels, 28, is charged with criminal homicide for his son's death.
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Woman sentenced to prison after botched and illegal buttocks enhancement

Woman sentenced to prison after botched and illegal buttocks enhancement | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A Monterey Park beautician is sentenced to two years after performing botched and illegal buttocks enhancement
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Judge in Brock Turner sex assault case loses bid to block recall | Nation

Judge in Brock Turner sex assault case loses bid to block recall | Nation | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
SAN JOSE, Calif. — An appellate court Monday ruled that the recall election against the judge in the Brock Turner sexual assault case may proceed in June.
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Pakistan gets its first transgender news anchor

Pakistan gets its first transgender news anchor | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A 21-year-old journalist is making headlines in Pakistan by becoming the country's first transgender news anchor.
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Hannah Wesche, Lindsay Partin: Butler County 3-year-old dies days after baby sitter indicted - WCPO Cincinnati, OH

Hannah Wesche, Lindsay Partin: Butler County 3-year-old dies days after baby sitter indicted - WCPO Cincinnati, OH | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A 3-year-old girl died early Sunday, just a few days after her baby sitter was indicted on charges of felonious assault and felony child endangering.


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Hannah Wesche was essentially "brain dead" at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, her father said. She was pronounced dead at 12:15 a.m., he said.
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Women ‘Disregarded’ in Justice Reform, Says Texas Group

Women ‘Disregarded’ in Justice Reform, Says Texas Group | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A report released Thursday by the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition says that even as the state has reduced its male prison population, the female incarceration has grown.

“Because women comprise only a small portion of the overall incarcerated population, their needs are largely disregarded in larger criminal justice reform conversations,” said Coalition executive director Leah Pinney in her introduction to the report. “Most of the programs that exist within and outside the criminal justice system are geared toward men.
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Police: Woman in custody after attempting to kidnap child at Kirkland park | KIRO-TV

Police: Woman in custody after attempting to kidnap child at Kirkland park | KIRO-TV | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A woman in her 30s was taken into custody Thursday after police say she grabbed another woman's child at a park in Kirkland. 

The incident happened at Bridle Trails State Park just before noon.

Police said a grandmother was walking with her 2-year-old grandchild on a trail when an unknown woman hit the grandmother in the head from behind, grabbed the boy and ran away. 
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