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Cuba Gooding Jr. groping case: Prosecutors reject bid for dismissal

Cuba Gooding Jr. groping case: Prosecutors reject bid for dismissal | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The Oscar-winning actor was accused of grabbing and squeezing the breast of a 29-year-old woman at a bar in midtown Manhattan on June 9.
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Kevin Spacey: Charge against actor dropped after alleged victim pleads the 5th

Kevin Spacey: Charge against actor dropped after alleged victim pleads the 5th | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Massachusetts prosecutors on Wednesday dropped a criminal case against actor Kevin Spacey, a week after a man who accused him of assault pleaded the fifth on the witness stand.
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'I'm going to use this knife': Hiker says she got lost in Calif. wilderness fleeing attacker

'I'm going to use this knife': Hiker says she got lost in Calif. wilderness fleeing attacker | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Sheryl Powell, an experienced hiker, said a "burly" man confronted her while she was taking a bathroom break.
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Book Review: 'Women Talking,' By Miriam Toews : NPR

Book Review: 'Women Talking,' By Miriam Toews : NPR | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Miriam Toews' new novel follows a group of women in an isolated religious colony as they struggle to reconcile their faith with a series of horrific sexual assaults committed by the colony's men.
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Devon Smale's comment, July 12, 8:38 PM
I think that this book is interesting and I think that I would like to read it. From what I read so far with the review, it sounds like the Indian culture where Native Americans come together to restore peace and healing. I think that confronting your abuser and figuring out a solution to forgive is much harder than a person would think.
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Turkey′s Erdogan pushes for gender segregation in universities | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 08.07.2019

Turkey′s Erdogan pushes for gender segregation in universities | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 08.07.2019 | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a controversial comment in a speech at the G20 summit in Osaka. The speech contained a passage praising the Japanese education system for segregating the sexes at certain universities. Erdogan said the 80 women's universities in Japan were "a very important thing," and that he could imagine introducing something similar in Turkey.

In Ankara, after returning from the summit, Erdogan again emphasized the advantages of an educational system that included gender segregation according to the Japanese model. He said that he could well imagine gender segregation at Turkish universities, too, and that he had asked the Turkish Council of Higher Education (YOK) to take the necessary steps to initiate it.
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Jessi Willeto's comment, July 14, 5:36 PM
I think it is difficult for me, as an outsider, to have valuable input. On one hand I do like the idea of gender-segregated education because it gives particular opportunities for women that would otherwise be more difficult to reach and may be safer as university campuses as a whole. But reading into this article, the gender-segregation seems to be driven more on gender inequality than anything, and if that is the goal then I don't agree with it. I think the people of Turkey have spoken for themselves on what they view this as.
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Bodies of three kids, woman found in torched trailer in Washington state; man arrested

Bodies of three kids, woman found in torched trailer in Washington state; man arrested | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Matthew Timothy Wetherington, 34, was held Sunday on four counts of first-degree murder and arson in a trailer fire in Port Angeles, Washington.
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john hawkins's comment, July 12, 6:09 PM
I can’t express enough on how infuriating this article made me! And I see that they mention that both Kambeitze and Wetherington applied for a marriage license and also I cannot help but notice that Wetherington had a prior convictions of child molestation it makes me wonder if Kambeitze caught Wetherington molesting one of her children and he killed her and the kids.
Christa Lynch's comment, July 14, 8:45 PM
So the article was brief but it seems like he was in a domestic relationship with the victims. Another case of domestic violence that ended in murder. I wish there was more on this story because the article said he had a prior conviction for child molestation. She had three younger children and it makes me wonder if he possible had harmed the children prior to their death and she possibly found out, ending in violence.

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The life and death of a Pakistani social-media star - Fallen idol

The life and death of a Pakistani social-media star - Fallen idol | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Or at least, she did in the later years of her short life, as she became a star. In telling her story, Ms Maher shows what an unlikely outcome that was. Like countless Pakistani women, Baloch was married off by her parents, and suffered horrible abuse. She ran away, leaving her husband and son, and taking refuge in a shelter for victims of domestic violence. Her professional life started with a demeaning job as a “hostess” on long-distance bus rides. It then moved into a rather sleazy world of modelling. She changed her name, shed traditional dress for flimsy Western outfits, and started posting online videos of herself. Her big break was to perform (very badly) on “Pakistan Idol”, a television talent show. Her hysterical reaction to rejection—and the lurid pink leggings she wore—“went viral”.

She became adept at drawing attention to herself. She was provocatively sexy, and added stunts such as proposing marriage to Imran Khan, then an opposition leader, now prime minister. She offered to strip online if Pakistan beat India at cricket (it lost). By 2015 she was one of the ten Pakistanis most searched for on the web. That she was “Pakistan’s Kim Kardashian” seems to have been both a journalistic cliché and a genuine ambition.

In one sense, Baloch’s story is an optimistic one—of how the rapid spread of mobile technology and social media offers an escape for people trapped in a life of miserable obscurity. As recently as 2000 only 133,900 Pakistanis were online. Yet to date her painful “Pakistan Idol” audition has been watched 10.9m times on YouTube.

But her success was also responsible for her death. Two events precipitated it. A newspaper revealed her real name and origins, so her brothers could no longer ignore the stain her online persona was leaving on their “honour”. And she posted flirtatious videos and pictures of herself with a leading Muslim cleric (and head at the time of the religious wing of Mr Khan’s party, from which he was later expelled).

The fuss and “disgrace” this caused was too much for a brother to bear, and one drugged and strangled her. Unusually, her parents at first condemned the murderer. The furore helped the passage of a law that makes it harder for perpetrators of “honour” killings—of which there are hundreds every year—to escape justice. But three years on, the parents have changed their tune, not wanting to lose a second child. The case drags on. Social media may have the power to transform lives and society, but traditional attitudes endure—and the resulting clashes can be tragic. ◼
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Kevin Spacey accuser drops lawsuit against actor

Kevin Spacey accuser drops lawsuit against actor | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A young man who says Kevin Spacey groped him in a Nantucket bar in 2016 has dropped his lawsuit against the Oscar-winning actor, his lawyer said Friday. An email was left Friday requesting comment from Alan Jackson, Spacey's attorney. Jackson has previously said the man is lying in the hopes of
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Body believed to be missing Virginia 2-year-old Noah Tomlin found

Body believed to be missing Virginia 2-year-old Noah Tomlin found | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Police in Hampton, Virginia, said Wednesday that a body has been found that is believed to be that of 2-year-old Noah Tomlin, reported missing for over a week.
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Serial rape suspect linked to decades-old crimes through genealogy, DNA, officials say

Serial rape suspect linked to decades-old crimes through genealogy, DNA, officials say | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Mark Manteuffel, 59, faces charges of rape, torture and other crimes after working for decades in the federal Bureau of Prisons and as a law enforcement lecturer.
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Another rapist off the streets using genealogy databases.

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Walmart ban: Texas woman reportedly banned by police for cake theft

Walmart ban: Texas woman reportedly banned by police for cake theft | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
More than six months after a Texas woman was banned from a Walmart by Wichita Falls police for drinking wine from a Pringles can, a second woman was reportedly banned for eating cake.

According to Wichita Falls Police Department spokesman Jeff Hughes, officers received a report June 25 of a woman who had entered the Walmart, ate half of a cake and refused to pay for the other half.
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alaskanette's comment, June 30, 12:36 AM
You know, as unacceptable as this type of behavior is – I would note that there is no mention of whether or not mental health is involved, drugs – or any other mitigating factor that might indicate that this was a one-off incident. But on a second level, I think about how many people shop at Wal-mart, how many people live in virtual or complete food deserts Sometimes Wal-Mart is the only (or closest) source of actual food – or the only (or closest) source of accessible (price-wise) food and I think that while her behavior is offensive… Could it be that banning that women from this Wal-Mart will noticeably deny her perhaps already meager options available access to food, basic goods, pharmacy items, or maybe even a job someday? Why can’t there be a “you are banned until successful restitution?”. [whatever form THAT would take, I’m not sure] Wouldn’t this be the perfect situation for a little restorative justice?
Jessi Willeto's comment, June 30, 6:32 PM
Devon's comment made me laugh. Why cake out of everything you could eat at Walmart? (and specifically why half a cake??) Though alaskanette has a point. There's not really a mention of the reasoning behind why this woman did it, but there might be other factors as to why this woman did this. Maybe it's simple that she was having a bad day. The drinking wine from a Pringles can doesn't even make me mad. It's hilarious and she wasn't hurting anyone. It's difficult to say what's the right reaction to minor crimes like this that don't effect anyone personally.
john hawkins's comment, June 30, 6:32 PM
This article if funny, banned because of eating half a cake and not willing to pay for it. However, it’s not too surprising to me became of all of the other weird stuff I have seen on the news and I think the lady being band is okay.
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93-year-old woman arrested by UK police to complete her bucket list

93-year-old woman arrested by UK police to complete her bucket list | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
You could say she was on the United Kingdom's least wanted list of fugitives.
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Mackenzie Lueck, Utah missing college student: Police search Salt Lake City house in missing college student investigation - CBS News

Mackenzie Lueck, Utah missing college student: Police search Salt Lake City house in missing college student investigation - CBS News | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Police searched a Salt Lake City house Wednesday night as part of the investigation into a missing University of Utah student. Mackenzie Lueck hasn't been heard from since a Lyft driver dropped her off at a park outside the city last week.


Salt Lake City Assistant Police Chief Tim Doubt told reporters that police served a search warrant on the house after developing leads in the case. He didn't provide details about what led authorities to the house in the city's Fairpark neighborhood.

"Obviously we are treating this with a high degree of care and caution as it is an open case," Doubt told reporters. "Given the nature of this case, we just don't want to make any mistakes. We will continue to follow leads until this is resolved."
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NJ judge who gave leniency to teen from a ‘good family’ is off the bench

NJ judge who gave leniency to teen from a ‘good family’ is off the bench | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A New Jersey judge who prompted national outcry for granting leniency to a teenager accused of sexual assault — specifically, that he cited the boy’s “good family” and high test scores — will no longer sit on the bench.

Monmouth County Superior Court Judge James G. Troiano had retired in 2012 but continued working as a “recall” judge to fill vacancies on the bench. On Wednesday, the New Jersey Superior Court granted Troiano’s request to end his recall service. A courts spokesman said the judge wouldn’t comment further.

The state Supreme Court, in an order Wednesday, also stated it would begin “formal removal proceedings” to oust Superior Court Judge John F. Russo Jr., who in 2016 asked an alleged rape victim if she kept her legs closed. The Court suspended Russo without pay in the meantime.
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Boyfriend may have murdered Bianca Devins in jealous rampage: DA

Boyfriend may have murdered Bianca Devins in jealous rampage: DA | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The boyfriend of social media star Bianca Devins may have flipped out when she kissed another man while attending a concert in Queens on Saturday night, a report said.

Oneida County District Attorney Scott McNamara on Tuesday revealed the possible motive for why Brandon Andrew Clark, 21, allegedly murdered his girlfriend.

“The belief is that she kissed somebody at the concert and that’s what upset him,” according to Utica’s WKTV.

It’s unclear which concert the couple attended, but afterward they drove back up to Utica, where Clark allegedly snapped, slitting Devins’ throat and posting a grisly photo of her to Instagram, police have said.

“I have a very hard time understanding how anybody can justify taking another young person’s life because they kissed somebody else,” added McNamara.

Clark, of Cicero, called the cops on himself after allegedly murdering Devins, 17, authorities said.

When cops arrived, Clark cut his own throat, then posted a photo of his bleeding neck on Instagram.
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Texas will now classify 911 dispatchers as first responders

Texas will now classify 911 dispatchers as first responders | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
They may not be on the front lines, but emergency dispatchers still grapple with the emotional impacts of dealing with crises.
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Judge apologizes for telling woman to close her legs to prevent sexual assault - CBS News

Judge apologizes for telling woman to close her legs to prevent sexual assault - CBS News | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The woman appeared before Russo in 2016 seeking a restraining order against a man she said sexually assaulted her
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Devon Smale's comment, July 12, 8:41 PM
Wow. That is insane that a judge would say that to a woman who had been sexually assaulted. I think that this goes with the material that we have covered so far, because this is the reason why women and even men do not come forward with sexual assault cases, because of judges like this. This judge should be seriously evaluated and removed from sensitive cases like this because that kind of response is not okay.
Jessi Willeto's comment, July 14, 5:00 PM
This is disgusting. Why is this man a judge? It is pure victim blaming. It should not be a woman's job to do all the things she can do to “prevent” rape. That implies that it is normal or intrinsic in our society. It is not. Teach men not to rape, put the blame on this monster that raped her, not the woman. The fact that he “learned his lesson” does not make this any better. He should have known, as a judge, that the garbage that came out of his mouth was nor professional or acceptable. I hope this woman can heal and this judge will be properly punished. Even from Hawkin's perspective of what this judge's intentions are, what good will that advice do when she has already been raped? Imagine telling a knife victim during a case “here's what you could have done differently to avoid getting stabbed”. Horrible.
Christa Lynch's comment, July 14, 8:38 PM
I don’t even understand how this judge would think that his questions were appropriate. How can women feel comfortable reporting or testifying when they are constantly met with this kind of thought process? We cannot regress and start placing the blame on the victim. I wonder why he said that and what his thought process was. I don’t think that was a very impartial response and there should be repercussions for his actions. If this was his first erratic outburst, I don’t think kicking him off the bench is a fair punishment. It would be determined by his mental state and previous issues. But then again, how can he sit on another sexual assault case?
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Whether a Husband Identifies as a Breadwinner Depends on Whether He Respects His Wife’s Career — Not on How Much She Earns

Whether a Husband Identifies as a Breadwinner Depends on Whether He Respects His Wife’s Career — Not on How Much She Earns | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Professional careers are notorious for demanding that people be single-mindedly devoted to work. It’s a demand that is often especially acute for men, who face rigid expectations that being a successful man requires having a successful career, and that “success” means power and money.

Men have traditionally satisfied these expectations by taking on the role of a work-devoted breadwinner, supported by a wife who does not work or who places his career first. But many heterosexual men today are married to women who pursue demanding careers of their own; moreover, many women expect that their husbands will support their careers and be more engaged in family life than previous generations of men have been.

The contradiction between the traditional image of the successful man and the reality of men’s lives creates a conundrum: How do men make sense of who they are in relation to their work, given their wives’ careers?

My research suggests that while some men fall back on the classic identity of a breadwinner, others respond to this tension by adopting the modern identity of what I call a “breadsharer.” Research on dual-career couples often focuses on how spouses balance their earnings or work hours, but my research showed that these groups of men differed most fundamentally in how they perceived the social status of their wives’ work — its worth and prestige in society. This perception in turn shaped how men described the financial value of their wives’ work. In other words, wages are far more than just dollars: As sociologist Viviana Zelizer has eloquently detailed, money is imbued with meaning, and this meaning shapes how we regard and treat that money. My research reveals how men’s evaluations of the prestige and social worth of their wives’ work shaped how they positioned their wives’ earnings — namely in ways that diminished or that elevated their financial value.
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Devon Smale's comment, July 12, 8:48 PM
Very interesting article and I think that the breadwinner mentality is somewhat dated. I think that men and women share common interests and I think that if a woman stays home and does not work, that she is not less than her husband. I also think that one of the men interviewed brought up a good point that because his wife worked that he could afford to stand up for himself and not be worried about being fired because the mortgage would still be paid. I think that this form of dual income is what brings both the husband and the wife securities within their jobs because they can afford to take more risks than someone who is married but they only have 1 income.
Jessi Willeto's comment, July 14, 5:49 PM
This is a very interesting study. I think I could have inferred the results on my own, though, just because it's quite predictable that there would be an odd identity issue surrounding “breadwinners”. I believe this also has to do with the fact of expected masculinity, and what it means to be a man, as we are socialized in society. It's changing, but there is still a lot of men that are trapped in this idea of what it is to be a man. Minimizing their wive's success is a way to keep them on the expected pedestal of masculinity. It's unfortunate for both the men and the women.
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Domestic Violence Protective Orders Can Now Include Pets in Rhode Island

Rhode Island's governor has signed legislation to allow domestic violence protective orders to include pets.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo signed the legislation introduced by Senate President Dominic
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Christa Lynch's comment, July 14, 9:01 PM
Awesome, another state, hopefully more will follow!! So many times, there has been violence against defenseless animals during domestic violence. It is heartbreaking. I have heard several stories personally about pets being killed or abused to torture a person in a domestic violence situation. We have all seen the videos on social media also. I think animal cruelty is the most disgusting thing that goes severely unpunished. But when you incorporate it with domestic violence, it is a form of control and further abuse.

alaskanette's comment, July 15, 3:53 AM
This was heartening news. People often forget that victims of domestic violence are usually targeted for power & control reasons. And if the goal of the abuser is to overpower & control/manipulate the victim – then a good way to do that is to negatively impact people, things and pets that the victim values. The goal is to de-value the victim because the victim is not providing whatever support, reinforcement or behaviors that happen to be the abuser’s flavor-of-the-moment (even though that is a constantly moving target). It is surprising how often people think of domestic violence as just a “squabble” or mainly orbiting around sexual access, it is FAR more. While children virtually always come first in the victim’s mind, pets are a close second as they are one of the only other sources of love and affection that haven’t been alienated by the abuser– particularly when pets are often abused earlier, more severely or more often than the victim is.
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Indonesian woman jailed for sharing boss's 'harassment' calls

Indonesian woman jailed for sharing boss's 'harassment' calls | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Indonesia's top court has rejected an appeal by a woman who was sentenced to six months in prison for recording and sharing a phone conversation she had with her boss to prove that he was sexually harassing her.

The Supreme Court said Baiq Nuril Maknun was guilty of spreading "indecent" material.
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john hawkins's comment, July 12, 6:19 PM
I agree this is totally “B.S.” the lady had made complaints about the head teachers lewd phone calls and it appears that nothing was done and now she got proof and so she is being sent to jail because of that proof! That makes no sense at all in my book, who cares if the recording was taking off her phone and shared on social media as well as with other people. I also agree that this decision opens a door for perpetrators of sexual violence to criminalize victims, this is so stupid and I hope they fix this.
alaskanette's comment, July 15, 3:38 AM
See now this is not an example of the criminal justice system in action. Instead it is a social/cultural example that demonstrates that their adherence to traditional "suitable" gender power and roles is far more important than their lip service to "justice". God forbid that the oppressed be given the power to endanger the ruling minority...
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Mackenzie Lueck's body has been found, police say

Mackenzie Lueck's body has been found, police say | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The body of University of Utah student Mackenzie Lueck has been found in a canyon north of Salt Lake City, police said Friday.
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Dalai Lama sorry for saying a female successor would have to be 'attractive'

Dalai Lama sorry for saying a female successor would have to be 'attractive' | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The Dalai Lama apologized Tuesday for repeating remarks that if the next dalai lama were a woman, she should be "attractive."

In an interview with the BBC, published June 27, the Dalai Lama was pressed on a comment he made in 2015 that if he were followed by a female dalai lama, she would need to be physically appealing.

"He reaffirmed his belief that beauty matters as much as brains. 'If a female Dalai Lama comes, she should be more attractive,' he told me while laughing," the BBC article said.

The Dalai Lama, who will turn 84 this week, told the BBC that inner and outer beauty are important in Buddhist literature, and stressed that he supported women's rights.
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Mackenzie Lueck killing: Contractor says suspect asked him to build a secret room

Mackenzie Lueck killing: Contractor says suspect asked him to build a secret room | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A contractor says the man suspected of killing a University of Utah student who vanished nearly two weeks ago had asked him to build a secret soundproof room in his home.
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Jessi Willeto's comment, June 30, 5:38 PM
This is shocking as it is my hometown. I lived south of here for most of my childhood and teenage years. The contractor could have easily been my father as he works in the county. I'm glad we have the forensic abilities we have nowadays to be able to track more easily what was happening, but this is still so tragic as this young woman's life was senselessly lost. Another indicator that intimate partner violence is still a huge problem, even for those that live in a predominately mormon state. I hope her family can find some comfort during this difficult time. You can tell the officers care a lot about their community.
john hawkins's comment, June 30, 6:28 PM
This article is a tricky one and I hope they have the right person, everything seems to be pointing at Ajayi. I am also glad that the contractor turned down the job, great job to the police and crime lab for as they said following the digital bread crumbs. I hope her family can now start the grieving/healing process.
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Noah Tomlin's mother arrested days after the 2-year-old vanished

Noah Tomlin's mother arrested days after the 2-year-old vanished | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
The mother of 2-year-old Noah Tomlin has been arrested in his disappearance days after she said he vanished from his bed in their Virginia home, authorities said.
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Devon Smale's comment, June 29, 12:24 PM
Wow. This is the kind of parenting that needs to stop. This mother should be under the prison and not have any rights to anything. That baby was only 2. I know that this is a little harsh but when are stories like this going to end. Why have the baby in the first place?
Jessi Willeto's comment, June 30, 6:40 PM
I'll wait for future reports of this before I make judgements about the mother, this seems pretty vague as to why she was arrested. But if it is indeed the mother who did this and a case of neglect, I feel so terribly for the community. It reminds me a bit of Casey Anthony. That case was very distressing to follow. I agree with Devon-- why have kids if you're going to treat them like this? Women should always have the option to terminate a pregnancy if they cannot bee accountable parents. People need to be more prepared on whether or not they should have kids. Otherwise senseless violence will continue for all perpetuity.
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A pregnant woman who miscarried after being shot in the stomach is now being charged with manslaughter in Alabama.

A pregnant woman who miscarried after being shot in the stomach is now being charged with manslaughter in Alabama. | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Marshae Jones was five months pregnant when she got into an argument on a December afternoon last year outside a Dollar Store in Birmingham, Alabama. The argument escalated and the 27-year-old was shot in the stomach. Jones was rushed to the hospital and eventually recovered, but the shooting ended her pregnancy. Police initially charged the shooter, 23-year-old Ebony Jemison, with manslaughter for firing on Jones in what police say was a dispute over the man who was the father-to-be, but the charges were dismissed after the grand jury declined to indict Jemison because she was acting in self-defense. On Wednesday, however, an Alabama grand jury instead charged Jones with manslaughter for the miscarriage. Why? “The investigation showed that the only true victim in this was the unborn baby,’’ local police Lt. Danny Reid said at the time of the shooting. “It was the mother of the child who initiated and continued the fight which resulted in the death of her own unborn baby.” Marshae Jones is now in jail.
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Devon Smale's comment, June 29, 12:33 PM
That is very interesting. So I am assuming that the mother was the aggressor in this situation because if not both woman should be charged in this case. I agree that the only one who really suffered was the unborn baby, but with someone willing to fight while pregnant in the first place maybe doesn't need to have a baby or it was not meant for this woman to be a mother. I think that it is sad when people cannot think of others especially when it comes to situations involving children, unborn or not.
alaskanette's comment, June 30, 12:39 AM
Really? Someone should not be willing to fight while pregnant? What about go jogging at night while pregnant, or maybe not drinking a full 8 glasses a water a day while pregnant, or perhaps not taking their folic acid vitamins while pregnant. Would any of those actions mean it wasn't meant for this women to be a mother? Does it means she "doesn't need" to have a baby. Forgive me but I found the tone of your comments pretty misogynistic and offensive.