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Why Rape Victims Have A Hard Time Getting People To Believe Them

Why Rape Victims Have A Hard Time Getting People To Believe Them | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Rolling Stone's backpedaling on a cover story about rape at UVA could make it even harder for rape victims to get justice.
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UCI medical school doctor pleads not guilty after being accused of secretly filming people in his home bathroom

A doctor in the UC Irvine School of Medicine pleaded not guilty Friday to charges stemming from allegations that he secretly filmed people in the bathroom of his home in Orange. 
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Jack In The Box Under Fire For Sexually Charged Ad « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Jack In The Box Under Fire For Sexually Charged Ad « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Burger chain Jack in the Box is under fire for a sexual innuendo-laden TV commercial to promote a new menu offering.
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Hmm...20 years...and we've changed so much in the U.S.  This is SNL's Schweddy Balls skit from 1998:

 

https://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/nprs-delicious-dish-schweddy-balls/3505994

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Chicago Megachurch Leadership Resigns Over Sexual Harassment Scandal

Chicago Megachurch Leadership Resigns Over Sexual Harassment Scandal | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
They apologized for not initially backing the women who accused the founding pastor of misconduct.
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Sexual Assault Case Highlights BYU Honor Code Amnesty Loophole - Campus Safety

Sexual Assault Case Highlights BYU Honor Code Amnesty Loophole - Campus Safety | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Bishops can revoke a student’s endorsement at any time, which results in the expulsion of a student from school. Critics say this is a loophole in BYU’s amnesty policy, which can be exploited by abusers who have compromising information on their victims. This could discourage victims from reporting what happened to them and getting the help they need.

“What’s the message you’re sending to people who want to report that they’ve been assaulted? It says to folks, ‘Don’t come forward because you’re going to be punished — in another system, but nonetheless, you’re going to be punished, ’” Margolis Healy Co-Founder Steven Healy told the Salt Lake Tribune.
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Slaying suspect claims he killed 6 others | Don't Miss This | heraldbulletin.com

Slaying suspect claims he killed 6 others | Don't Miss This | heraldbulletin.com | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A slaying suspect dropped a bombshell on investigators.

Danueal Drayton - who was arrested in North Hollywood last week - was suspected of killing Samantha Stewart in New York earlier this month before fleeing that state. He later claimed that he killed six other people.

Drayton pleaded not guilty on Monday to attempted murder of a North Hollywood woman. He is being held on $1.5 million bond.

In New York, Drayton was charged with Stewart’s murder, in addition to the rape of a 23-year-old woman in Brooklyn.

Investigators said that before he was arrested by a joint New York-New Jersey police task force on July 23, he was holding a 28-year-old woman captive after trying to kill her and faces charges in that case, including attempted murder and rape.

Police said he met his victim on an online dating service.

Also, the New York Daily News reported that Drayton has confessed to detectives, saying he's committed two murders in Connecticut, one in the Bronx, one in Suffolk County, one in either Queens or Nassau County, all in New York, and possibly one in California.
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Father sentenced in 2016 stabbing death of daughter in North Hollywood - The Homicide Report - Los Angeles Times

Father sentenced in 2016 stabbing death of daughter in North Hollywood - The Homicide Report - Los Angeles Times | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A father was sentenced to 21 years to life in prison for stabbing his 1-year-old daughter to death in the North Hollywood apartment they shared, setting the room on fire, then jumping out the window, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Noe Torres, 50, pleaded no contest July 20 to second-degree murder and arson and was sentenced immediately, prosecutors said. As part of a plea agreement, Torres also admitted to using a knife to kill his daughter, Rosario Torres.

Prosecutors said that on Oct. 21, Torres stabbed his daughter during an argument with the child's mother in the 13100 block of Vanowen Street.
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Marie Laguerre, catcalling video: Laws banning street harassment won’t stop the practice in France or the U.S.

Marie Laguerre, catcalling video: Laws banning street harassment won’t stop the practice in France or the U.S. | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
On Wednesday, French lawmakers approved a new law prohibiting gender-based street harassment, threatening catcallers with 90 to 750 euro fines for subjecting women to sexist or sexually degrading comments in public spaces. The law was first proposed last year in the midst of the #BalanceTonPorc (#SquealOnYourPig) movement, the French analog to #MeToo, but gained urgency last week after a viral video showed a man physically assaulting a young woman in Paris after she told him to stop harassing her.

The woman, 22-year-old Marie Laguerre, got security footage from the café where her assault took place and posted it to Facebook. The video shows Laguerre telling the man to “Shut up” after he reportedly whistled at her; he then throws an ashtray at her, walks around the tables, and punches her in the head. Laguerre ended her post with the hashtag #NousToutes (#WeAll), and has started a website called Nous Toutes Harcèlement (We Are All Harassed) where other women can share their stories of sexual harassment.
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Indiana boy dies after mistaking dad's meth for breakfast cereal

Indiana boy dies after mistaking dad's meth for breakfast cereal | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A hungry Indiana child died after eating 180 times the lethal amount of methamphetamine — which he thought was a breakfast cereal, according to reports. Eight-year-old Curtis Collman III woke…
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William Kelley's comment, August 6, 12:28 AM
I can believe that the child was not supervised by the father, however, I find it difficult to believe that the father left that much meth unsupervised.
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Supply chains based on modern slavery may reach into the West - Daily chart

Supply chains based on modern slavery may reach into the West - Daily chart | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

IN THEORY slavery was completely abolished in 1981, when Mauritania became the last country to outlaw forced labour. In practice, however, it persists in many forms, some of them surprisingly blatant. In November CNN broadcast a grainy video depicting the auction of 12 migrant Nigerian men for farm work. When human trafficking and less extreme forms of coercion are included, slavery-like practices remain disturbingly common.

Modern slavery is often seen as a problem that is limited to poor countries. However, forced labour in the developing world feeds into supply chains that lead to the West. In its 2018 report on global slavery, the Walk Free Foundation, a campaign group, examined supply chains in the G20 group of large economies. Its aim was to work out which countries use which policies against exploitation. The G20 accounts for three-quarters of global trade. However, only seven of its members have rules to lower the risk that goods and services are sourced from forced labour. 

To work out which supply chains are most at risk of abuse, the report’s authors trawled through an official American list of goods produced by forced labour. They also scoured data from NGOs, academic papers and government agencies in order to catalogue the source of “at-risk” goods from countries supplying the G20. In terms of import value, the industries most affected are computers and mobile phones, clothing, fishing, cocoa and sugarcane. 

Many countries present clear-cut illustrations of modern slavery. China imports $1bn-worth of coal a year from North Korea, dug out by miners who toil because of an inherited-worker status rather than out of choice (a tenth of North Korea’s population is thought to be forced to work for the state). The cotton industry in Central Asia depends on migrant labourers; in Turkmenistan tens of thousands of people are forced to pick cotton to fulfil state production quotas. India’s huge brickmaking industry in Andhra Pradesh relies on families working in bonded labour.


The United States has done the most to curb modern slavery in its supply chains. Executive orders ensure that government contractors take measures to eliminate abuses. Brazil has a “dirty list”, which publicises firms found to be using forms of modern slavery and blacklists them from public tenders. The European Union promotes socially responsible public procurement, and encourages member countries agreeing to government procurement deals in foreign countries to take local social conditions into account.
Nonetheless, such policies only work if they are enforced. And there is good reason to think that more stringent controls are needed. A survey in 2017 by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply found that only 6% of managers at British firms were certain their supply chains are untainted by modern slavery.

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Grocery chain Carrefour Argentina under fire for 'sexist' campaign | Euronews

Grocery chain Carrefour Argentina under fire for 'sexist' campaign | Euronews | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

Supermarket chain Carrefour in Argentina is under fire for a campaign dubbed as "sexist" has garnered a lot of attention after outraged store-goers posted photos of it on social media.

One of the ads, which advertised Children’s Day ahead of the August 19 holiday, shows a picture of a boy in a race car accompanied by the words “With ‘C’ of Champion” and a picture of a girl behind a play cooking station accompanied by the words “With ‘C’ of Cook.”

Another ad similarly calls the boy a constructor, and the girl a "coqueta," a word that carries the connotation of a girl who is a flirt.

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2 teens rescued and 36 arrested in Compton during prostitution sting –

2 teens rescued and 36 arrested in Compton during prostitution sting – | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Two girls were rescued and 36 adults arrested during a human-trafficking operation this week in Compton, sheriff’s officials announced on Friday.
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William Kelley's comment, August 6, 12:31 AM
Good on the police. It just goes to show what happens even here in the states as I'm sure this is merely a small operation.
Raechyl Huisingh's comment, August 11, 12:49 AM
Underground prostitution rings are still very prevelant today. This is unforchunate only for the fact that many women are forced against their will-such as the underaged girls mentioned in this article. However, I also think its unforchunate when women choose sex work and punished. I personally see prostitution as a moral choice, and keeping it illegal only punishes women for seeking economic gain.
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Concern about “sexualised” children often misses the point - Innocents and experience

Concern about “sexualised” children often misses the point - Innocents and experience | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
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Indeed, across the rich world, countries are grappling with how to deal with the over-sexualisation of children. The assumption—often unspoken—is that exposure to sexualised images is linked to a growing number of sexual incidents involving children. Amanda Hulme, the head of a primary school in north-western England, says it is seeing more peer-on-peer abuse. Across Britain, the police received almost 30,000 reports of sexual assaults by children on other children over the past four years, including 2,625 allegedly on school grounds. And “sexting”—sending explicit images—is widespread. It can ruin young lives. A boy who opens a forwarded sext might find himself on a sex-offenders’ register. A girl whose intimate photo ends up widely shared online may be driven to despair or even suicide.

But it is not known whether all this is really linked to the sexual content children are exposed to. Their youth precludes most research. And Deevia Bhana, a South African academic, says that some of the concern stems from moral attitudes about the way children—almost always girls—should act, rather than from actual evidence of harm. In fact, in some ways risky behaviour is decreasing. Surveys show that in much of the rich world young people are waiting longer to lose their virginity. Teenage pregnancies are falling.

Precocious sexualisation, however, is recognised as causing some forms of harm. One is to mental health. Sharon Lamb, a child psychologist and professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, says she sees children, mainly girls, losing self-esteem when they feel that the only way they are valued is if they act sexually. This feeds into problems such as eating disorders, and can affect future relationships. Boys suffer, too. Ms Lamb says stereotypes portraying them as always wanting sex put them under pressure to act in a certain way.

A second possible type of harm is that a sexualised, pornographic culture may give children damaging ideas about sex. Ms Hulme reckons that the increase in children inappropriately touching each other is linked to pornography. No one has ever proved how pornography relates to action, but children (more boys than girls) have told pollsters from the NSPCC that it gave them ideas about what to try. This highlights the need for good sex education, if only to inform children about real life.

A third sort would be if such material encouraged paedophilia. Risa Yasojima of M’s Pop Life says, without citing evidence, that she reckons its products can help paedophiles refrain from touching actual children. But others fear that ubiquitous images of sexualised children and child pornography foster the paedophile delusion that sees ordinary, spontaneous and tactile children as flirtatious.
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Waitress Discusses Taking Down Man Who Groped Her: ‘We Deal With a Lot’

Ms. Holden, 21, of Savannah, said in an interview on Sunday that the episode led people to reach out, including women who told her they had showed the video to their daughters. Other servers shared their stories of being harassed or assaulted, she said, and told her watching the video had empowered them to react more assertively next time.
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Mariah Lind's comment, August 7, 7:02 PM
The whole "we deal with a lot" is sadly true. I started working as a barista in June, there are a lot friendly people but some of these people get way to friendly and will touch my coworkers tattoos while complementing their tattoos. It really makes the kiosk we work in feel less secure. I can only imagine what it would be like walking the floor in a restaurant.
Raechyl Huisingh's comment, August 11, 12:51 AM
Mariah, I am currently a waitress, and yes sometimes it’s terrible. At the end of the day you really just feel pressured to be nice no matter what because you depend on tips at the end of the day. I often feel like some customers know this so boundaries are pushed and women in the food industry often get taken advantage of.
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What an 18th-century feminist would champion today - Open Future

What an 18th-century feminist would champion today - Open Future | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

The newly minted free and equal men who strode out of the pages of Locke’s Second Treatise of Government into the burgeoning public sphere, and out to the colonies, did so on the backs of the poor, the non-European and women. That women were omitted from “mankind” came as a shock to Mary Wollstonecraft. 

She had watched the French Revolution with joy, raged at Edmund Burke’s criticism of it, and gamely joined English radicals such as Thomas Paine in their rebuttals of Burke, writing her own Vindication of the Rights of Men (1790). As it became clear, however, that liberté and égalité were tied inextricably to fraternité, she took up her pen again, this time to write the masterpiece A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792).

Liberalism has since claimed Wollstonecraft for itself. She now appears in its pantheon, credited with extending the rights of man to all human beings, “regardless of the distinction of sex,” as she wrote in Vindication. Why should women, she asked, “be excluded, without having a voice, from a participation of the natural rights of mankind”?


While this certainly sounds liberal, it is questionable whether she fits the term. Liberals classically define freedom as non-interference, so that you are considered free if you are unconstrained by physical impediments, such as chains, or by coercion, such as a gun to your head.

If you are dependent for all your liberal rights on the goodwill of your master, then you are a slave
Wollstonecraft, on the other hand, goes further, defining freedom as non-dependence, advocating a theory that has since been identified by Quentin Skinner and Philip Pettit as republican. According to this theory, even if you are free in the liberal sense, that is, you can move about and live without restriction, if you do so at the discretion of someone else, then you are not really free. If you are dependent for all your liberal rights on the goodwill of your master, then you are a slave.

Although some liberals respond that their view of freedom encompasses the republican view, it is important to pick out the difference between the particular horror of living under arbitrary power, and the particular horror of being incarcerated. Wherever Wollstonecraft sits precisely in relation to liberalism, however, it is unarguable that she launched the most extraordinary manifesto for freedom. It would have led her to champion three causes today.

1. The first would be opposition to arbitrary power, and as a consequence, a commitment to social equality. If freedom means being governed by your own will, then in political terms, parliament, the representative body of the people, must be sovereign. To be ruled according to the wishes of the executive turns us all into slaves.

The same goes for the home, which ought not to be a place of tyranny. For Wollstonecraft, dependency is awful not just because it makes you a slave but because it turns you into a slavish person. You bow and scrape and flatter, diminishing yourself and becoming unable to speak truth to power. Wollstonecraft’s approach to liberty requires equality—in a move that runs contrary to much liberal thinking.

Hierarchies per se—of class, race and gender—breed dependency and corrupt all parties. Society needs levelling out, if we are to be rid of monsters. As Wollstonecraft says, “power … is ever true to its vital principle, for in every shape it would reign without control or inquiry. Its throne is built across a dark abyss, which no eye must dare to explore.                                                                                                    
2. Wollstonecraft’s second cause would be feminism. She believed that gender is in many ways a construct of power. There are no essential differences between men and women that explain or justify the arrangement of the world. With regard to their minds, men and women have equal capacities. One consequence of the dominant status of men is that it makes women obsessed with “the art of pleasing” them.

If you are told that what is valuable about you is your appearance, then you come to believe it, and it twists your life. “Taught from their infancy”, says Wollstonecraft, “that beauty is women’s sceptre, the mind shapes itself to the body, and, roaming round its gilt cage, only seeks to adorn its prison.” She would have supported Endangered Bodies, the brilliant initiative that challenges the toxic culture that turns us against our own bodies, and aims to create a body positive world.


3. Finally, Wollstonecraft would have supported free, universal education. In England in her day, girls fell out of education earlier than boys, if they had any at all, and there the social rot set it. Her view that the education of girls would transform not only the position of women, but society more generally, is now a core principle of development theory. She would have campaigned for Camfed, an international non-profit that supports girls into schools in sub-Saharan Africa, as a way to empower women and tackle poverty and inequality.

Wollstonecraft looked to the education of individuals to benefit everyone. She would have baulked at our sharp-elbowed parenting and private schools. “Parents often love their children in the most brutal manner,” she despaired, “and sacrifice every relative duty to promote their advancement in the world.” For Wollstonecraft, education was the path to freedom, but not freedom in the competitive mould; rather the kind that nurtures “the common relationship that binds the whole family on earth together.”

Hannah Dawson is a lecturer in the history of political thought at King's College London. She is the author of “Life Lessons from Hobbes” (Pan Macmillan, 2013); “Locke, Language and Early-Modern Philosophy” (Cambridge University Press, 2007); and “Disputations on the Law of Nature” (Oxford University Press, 2017).

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Former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner loses appeal of felony conviction for sexual assault of unconscious woman.

Former Stanford swimmer Brock Turner loses appeal of felony conviction for sexual assault of unconscious woman. | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A three-judge court of appeals panel ruled unanimously that Turner received a fair trial.
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Witches are still hunted in India—and blinded and beaten and killed - Witch?

Witches are still hunted in India—and blinded and beaten and killed - Witch? | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

AT LEAST Ramkanya Sen is alive. The grandmother spent three weeks locked in a windowless storeroom in the searing heat, refusing to eat, until a tip-off alerted a journalist to her predicament. The rescue came just in time, say doctors who revived Ms Sen (pictured) at a government hospital in Bhilwara, a small city in southern Rajasthan. Sent home in August, she is still weak, shaken and disoriented, but safe for now.

Indian police records suggest that on average more than 150 less lucky women die every year for the same reason that Ms Sen was locked away: being fingered as a dayan (witch). They are burned, hacked or bludgeoned to death, typically by mobs made up of their neighbours and, sometimes, their own relatives. Ritual humiliation often precedes death. A suspected witch may expect to be stripped naked, smeared with filth, dragged by her hair and forced to eat excrement. Kanya Devi, from a village 120km north of Bhilwara, had all those things done to her on August 2nd. The 40-year-old mother of two was also blinded with red-hot coals and severely beaten. She did not survive.

Tara Ahluwalia, the head of an NGO in Bhilwara that defends women from violence, says that of the 86 witch-hunts she has documented in the past two decades in the surrounding district, which has a population of 2m, only three have led to death. Yet nearly all the cases have ended with severe and lasting ostracism, or forced banishment. “The worst thing is the social stigma,” she says. Whole families suffer, she explains: no one will marry into them and they often end up feuding with one another when it turns out that a close relative was after the supposed dayan’s land.

To own a property that someone else covets is one of several risk factors. Being a Dalit (formerly known as untouchable), or belonging to a caste that happens to be both lowly and uncommon in the area, does not help. The family of Ms Sen, for instance, belongs to a “helper” class. Her husband is a barber, a profession considered unclean. They were the sole Dalits among 60 households of Jats, a poor but proud landowning community.

The trouble started when Pooja, a 16-year-old Jat girl, developed pains in her belly. Her family took her to a bhopa, or shaman, who quickly detected witchery. Either Pooja herself or someone else suggested the source might be Ms Sen, who sometimes sits on a doorstep close to Pooja’s school, and had acted a bit oddly since accidentally banging her head a few years ago.

Witch murders are concentrated across the centre of India, in the largely rural states of Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha. All have large populations of tribal peoples, among whom illiteracy is common.

Five Indian states have passed laws that explicitly penalise accusations of witchcraft, and in some cases can punish entire communities. But the example of Rajasthan, which passed one of the most comprehensive such laws in 2015, is dispiriting. Despite the filing of 50 cases since then—seven by Ms Ahluwalia herself—not one has been prosecuted. “Now that we have one, why aren’t they using the law?” she asks. “Because the police have no will to act.” That said, she notes that the problem is often better dealt with by reconciliation.

Ms Sen, for her part, does not seem to want the police to get involved. It is all too confusing. The Jats had first warned her family to banish her or keep her out of sight. Then they came in a mob, beat her husband and threatened to burn down the house, until her three sons calmed them with a promise that they would imprison their own mother. So who is the criminal? Besides, says Ms Sen, “I am old and my children and grandchildren have to live here.”

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Golden State Killer: Genealogy matches spawn golden era in cracking cold cases

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Since nabbing a suspect in one of California’s most notorious cold cases, law enforcement across the country have rushed to take advantage of a database called GEDMatch to link genetic profil…
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Man Sentenced in Serena Williams' Sister's Death Was Released

Man Sentenced in Serena Williams' Sister's Death Was Released | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Maxfield was a member of the Southside Crips gang, prosecutors argued, and the shooting was retaliation on who he thought was another gang member.

(Charges against a second suspect in the case, who also allegedly opened fire on Price’s vehicle, were ultimately dropped following a mistrial.)

Rolland Wormley, Price’s boyfriend at the time, was not hit in the shooting. Speaking with the Times later in 2003, Wormley recalled of that night:

“I’m trying to get through this. I’m trying to get away, I’m trying to get her to safety. Once I get to Long Beach Boulevard, I see the back window is shattered. I look to the right and said, ‘Baby, are you all right?’ I look at [Price] and there was blood everywhere.”
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The Sex-Trafficking Case Testing the Limits of the First Amendment

The Sex-Trafficking Case Testing the Limits of the First Amendment | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
n June 2015, an ad appeared on Backpage.com in Texas with a series of alluring photos of a naked woman, who described herself to potential dates as “fun, young, exotic,” and “ready to be your fantasy girl.” By the end of the month, the woman had been murdered by a customer who responded to the ad. He set her corpse on fire in an attempt to destroy the evidence. When the victim’s father contacted Backpage.com to try and get the pictures of his dead daughter removed from the site, the company didn’t immediately comply.

At the time, Backpage was the largest online publisher of sex ads in the world with city-specific sites spanning 97 countries. In the 11 years since it had been launched, it had earned some $500 million for its owners. But it was also the scourge of law enforcement officials across the country whose investigative files teemed with hundreds of examples of cases that had connections to ads on the site: a young girl forced to perform sex acts at gun point, choked to the point of seizures and gang-raped; a woman whose pimp fed her drugs, stole her identification documents and sexually assaulted her with a firearm; yet another woman who tried to escape her pimp by jumping out of a vehicle on the highway and was run over and killed. Attorneys general in multiple states had tried to shut down the site and prosecute its owners and all had failed.


But in 2015, the same year the ad in Texas ran, Congress launched its own investigation, ultimately forcing the release of over 1 million pages of documents which provided the evidence necessary for the Department of Justice, in 2018, to file a massive indictment against seven of the company’s executives. (The horror stories mentioned above formed the backbone of the case.) Altogether, the officials face 93 federal charges of facilitating prostitution, money laundering and participating in a criminal conspiracy, which could send them to prison for upward of 20 years. The two men at the center of the operation, say federal investigators, were a pair of longtime media iconoclasts, Mike Lacey and Jim Larkin.
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Child screamed as mother tossed her into Florida river, Tampa police say

Child screamed as mother tossed her into Florida river, Tampa police say | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Tampa police provided new details about 4-year-old Je'Hyrah Daniels' struggle as her mother tossed her into the Hillsborough River Thursday afternoon.
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Darmer questioned about missing student Mollie Tibbetts thinks ‘some guy has her’

Darmer questioned about missing student Mollie Tibbetts thinks ‘some guy has her’ | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The Iowa hog farmer being grilled by federal agents about the disappearance of college student Mollie Tibbetts said he has “no idea” who she is — but suspects “some guy has her,” according to a report.

An FBI agent spoke to Wayne Cheney for about 10 minutes on Friday afternoon, Fox News reported.

Afterwards, Cheney insisted that he has “nothing to hide,” the outlet reported. He did not provide any more details about the “guy” he mentioned.

Officials questioned Cheney– who has pleaded guilty to two unrelated stalking cases in 2009 and 2014 — for hours on Tuesday.

Then on Thursday, search teams scoured ditches near his farm after finding a possible clue related to her disappearance– a red shirt.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the clothing belonged to the Iowa University student. A co-worker at the daycare center where the 20-year-old worked told Fox News they wear red shirts.

That same day, officials asked him to take a polygraph test, which he declined, the outlet reported.
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Youngest member of female terrorism cell jailed in Britain | Reuters

Youngest member of female terrorism cell jailed in Britain | Reuters | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The youngest member of an all-female terrorism cell in Britain was jailed for life with a minimum term of 13 years on Friday for plotting attacks in London with her sister and mother.
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Mollie Tibbetts case: Investigators 'confident' with timeline for day college student vanished - AOL News

Mollie Tibbetts case: Investigators 'confident' with timeline for day college student vanished - AOL News | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Detectives are confident they've established a timeline for the day Mollie Tibbetts disappeared from central Iowa two weeks ago, officials said Tuesday.
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Mariah Lind's comment, August 7, 6:56 PM
It's insane that they have already had 200 leads to finding her. Part of me thinks it's most likely stranger abduction. But then again I am entirely sure how safe Brooklyn really is.
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Signing statement - Wikipedia

Signing statement - Wikipedia

A signing statement is a written pronouncement issued by the President of the United States upon the signing of a bill into law. They are usually printed along with the bill in United States Code Congressional and Administrative News (USCCAN).

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Signing Statements are shaping up to be a major issue in the confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill departing Justice Kennedy's spot on the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

Signing Statements are a President's tool to either: 1. explain a bill; 2. make political statements about a bill's significance; or, 3. raise Constitutional issues with a bill and direct the executive branch on ways to limit implementation to best avoid a Constitutional crisis.  It is this last category of Presidential pronouncement that has raised Congressional ire since the 19th century.

 

On the one hand, the Constitution never mentions "Signing Statements" as a Presidential power.  On the other hand, the Constitution also provides that the Vice-President is President of the Senate.  He or she presides over the Senate during ceremonies, but also votes to break any ties.  This seems to signal that the President's administration has some role in legislation and just like the legislature files legislative intent to ensure that later courts know the tenor of the hearings to adopt the bill, so does the President have an interest in filing his or her position on the bill during the legislative process.

 

It remains to be see how important this will be to the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh, but as President Trump appoints another Justice, we all wonder what this will due for the Court's decisions in the future particularly in cases like Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion.

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Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, facing sexual abuse reports, resigns from the College of Cardinals

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McCarrick, 88, was found by the church in June to be credibly accused of sexually abusing a teenager nearly 50 years ago. Since then, additional reports of sexual abuse and harassment by the cardinal, over a span of decades, have been reported. The victims include one then-minor and three adults, who were young priests or seminarians when McCarrick allegedly abused them.
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