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The Kissing Sailor, or “The Selective Blindness of Rape Culture”

The Kissing Sailor, or “The Selective Blindness of Rape Culture” | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Most of us are familiar with this picture. Captured in Times Square on V-J Day, 1945, it has become one of the most iconic photographs of American history, symbolizing the jubilation and exuberance...
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Texas will now classify 911 dispatchers as first responders, giving them recognition and more benefits

Texas will now classify 911 dispatchers as first responders, giving them recognition and more benefits | 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.

That’s one reason why Texas will soon classify 911 dispatchers and other public safety telecommunications professionals as first responders, thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Greg Abbott this week.

The change will not only give dispatchers a degree of recognition alongside police, fire and emergency medical services, but will also let them access benefits to help support their mental health, according to Amarillo Fire Department Capt. Jeremy Hill, who manages the Amarillo Emergency Communications Center.
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I hope this is the beginning of a trend.  These are important, but difficult jobs.

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Sex, Power, and the Systems That Enable Men Like Harvey Weinstein

Sex, Power, and the Systems That Enable Men Like Harvey Weinstein | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
When I first heard accounts of film producer Harvey Weinstein’s predatory behavior, my mind devised punishments fitting for Renaissance Europe or the film A Clockwork Orange: Cover his face with a shame mask widely used centuries ago in Germany; shock his frontal lobes so that he’d start empathizing with the women he’s preyed on. When we learn of injustice, it’s only human to focus on how to eliminate or punish the person responsible.

But my research into the social psychology of power suggests that — without exculpating corrupt individuals — we also need to take a hard look at the social systems in which they commit their abuses.

For 25 years, I and other social scientists have documented how feeling powerful can change how ordinary citizens behave — what might be called the banality of the abuses of power. In experiments in which one group of people is randomly assigned to a condition of power, people in the ”powerful” group are prone to two shortcomings: They develop empathy deficits and are less able to read others’ emotions and take others’ perspectives. And they behave in an impulsive fashion — they violate the ethics of the workplace. In one experiment, participants in power took candy from children without blinking an eye.

Our research also shows that these two tendencies manifest in inappropriate sexual behavior in male-dominated contexts, echoing the accounts of the women assaulted by Weinstein. Powerful men, studies show, overestimate the sexual interest of others and erroneously believe that the women around them are more attracted to them than is actually the case. Powerful men also sexualize their work, looking for opportunities for sexual trysts and affairs, and along the way leer inappropriately, stand too close, and touch for too long on a daily basis, thus crossing the lines of decorum — and worse.

These findings from laboratory studies tell us that abuses of power are predictable and recurring. So too does a quick reflection on history. While I’ve been studying power, each year there’s been a new example of a powerful man sexually abusing others, and in every imaginable context — religious organizations, the military, Capitol Hill, Wall Street, fraternities, sports, the popular media, tech, labs, and universities.

We should also take a lesson from the now-canonical studies of Stanley Milgram on obedience to authority. Those studies, inspired by Milgram’s quest to understand the conditions that gave rise to Nazi Germany, showed that authoritarian contexts can prompt ordinary, well-meaning citizens to give near-lethal shocks to strangers off the street. In a similar fashion, contexts of unchecked power make many of us vulnerable to, and complicit in, the abuse of power. We may not like what’s going on, but many of us wouldn’t do anything to stop it. This doesn’t excuse the rest of us any more than it excuses the powerful for their crimes, but it should prevent us from telling ourselves the comforting lie that we’d behave better than the people in The Weinstein Company who reportedly knew what Weinstein was doing and failed to put a stop to it.

The challenge, then, is to change social systems in which the abuses of power arise and continue unchecked. And on this the social psychology of power offers some insights.

First, we need to hear tales from those abused by the powerful, as difficult and unsettling as it can be to share these stories. Kudos to the brave people who are calling out the bullying and sexual abuse of Weinstein and others. These tales galvanize social change. For example, when English citizens started to hear the stories about the treatment of slaves on slave ships in the 1700s, the moral calculus of the slave trade started shifting, and antislavery laws followed. Telling such stories also functions as a means by which those with less power construct the reputations of those in power and constrain their impulsive tendencies.

We are also learning of the many benefits of women rising to positions of power, from lower rates of corruption to more-profitable bottom lines. Hollywood is one of the most male-dominated sectors, where only 4% directors are female; more female directors and producers would change the balance of power in filmmaking. Studies show this kind of systemic change will reduce the likelihood of sexual abuse. For example, ethnic minorities are more likely to be targeted in hate crimes as the numerical advantage enjoyed by whites increases. Greater numerical balance between people of different groups constrains the abuses of power: Those from less powerful groups have more allies, they are more likely to be watchfully present in the contexts in which the powerful abuse power, and they are more likely to feel empowered to speak truth to power.

Finally, we need to take on the myths that sustain the abuses of power. Social scientists have documented how coercive power structures sustain themselves through social myths, which most typically justify the standing and unfettered action of those at the top. We’ve heard them before: “Women aren’t biologically equipped to lead.” “African Americans aren’t worthy of the vote.” “He may scream at people and cross some lines, but he’s a genius.” And a favorite in Hollywood: “Women are turned on by men with power like Weinstein.” Actual scientific studies find something quite different: When women (and men) are placed into positions of less power, their anxiety, self-consciousness, and worry rise dramatically, and their pleasure and delight, including sexual, are turned off.

This moment has the potential to become a tipping point in the fight against systemic sexual assault. For it to live up to the promise of this billing, we have to recognize the banality of Harvey Weinstein, and turn our attention to changing the social context in ways that make the human tendency to abuse power a thing of the past.
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Court ruling: Alaska sex offender registry a violation of offender's rights | Local News | newsminer.com

Court ruling: Alaska sex offender registry a violation of offender's rights | Local News | newsminer.com | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled that the state's sex offender registry violates an offender's due process rights by not providing a means by which the offender can demonstrate that he or she is not a threat to public safety.

In the ruling issued Friday, the court also upheld a lower court's decision validating an Alaska law requiring that a person who is required to register as a sex offender in another state must register as a sex offender in Alaska upon moving to the state.

On the matter of an offender's due process rights, the court, in a 3-2 decision, said an offender must be given an opportunity to prove he or she has rehabilitated and is no longer a public threat.

The court stopped short, however, of ruling the state's sex offender registry unconstitutional. The ruling noted "serious drawbacks to invalidating" the law, known as the Alaska Sex Offender Registry Act.

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Devon Smale's comment, June 15, 4:09 PM
I think that this is an interesting case because I think that registered sex offenders are on the registry list for several reasons and some of those reasons should not be a continuation of punishment especially when that person is trying to do something to better their lives. I also think that a sex registry does not prevent a sex predator from committing another act, especially when most people do not even look at the registry or the registry is hard to navigate sometimes. I agree that people deserve a second chance and that people should allow them to do so.
john hawkins's comment, June 15, 4:22 PM
I also think this is an interesting case as well, I think while the individual is in jail, on parole or probation it should still be mandatory for them to be registered. However, after they have served their time and completed their parole/probation then they could be taken off the registry.
alaskanette's comment, June 16, 7:43 PM
As a retired real estate professional w/ over 20+ years, I saw this headline yesterday and thought "Hm, I wondered when someone was going to bring this up". From the first time I saw a personal residence contract clause that was dependent upon the buyer’s “satisfactory” search of the fledgling database as a condition of purchase; I knew this argument was going to come around at some point. This issue goes right to the core of the discussion over punishment vs. consequences for one’s actions, and how to define each. I suspect that many agree *in the hypothetical* a person should have an opportunity to re-establish/re-gain trust (whether or a person, group, or community) when they have violated that trust. In isolation, I also agree to that general concept. But then, I also agree that each of us has a line beyond which we will no longer consider re-establishing any trust or attempt at reconciliation.

However, to paraphrase Any Rand’s 1961 quote “you can avoid reality (that laws apply to you), but you can’t avoid the consequences of avoiding reality (you broke the law, got caught, deal with the result)”. I think that is particularly applicable here – IF you switch the discussion to one of consequences. Is the registry requirement a punishment? What is the definition of a punishment? The Alaska Supreme Court Case discusses this at length. Is public safety the priority? That’s what they claim the registry is all about. And, I have to tell you – it is a darned valuable resource, at not just for those in the real estate industry. Considering a daycare, or a child’s overnight stay at a friend’s house? Great, do your homework – and how is one way you can do you do that? The … registry! Although one should always remember that the most dangerous perp is the one who is not yet identified and known…

If a person actually takes a dive into the information available in that registry – they will find offense dates and classifications, and if a person cares enough – they can mosey on over to Alaska State on-line resources regarding the classification of crimes and they can find out for themselves just what the offense constituted…and whether it was repeated, had different victims, the classification of seriousness, and how long ago the conviction happened. Thus, if a citizen cares to, they can make an *informed decision* about the information contained therein and make judgments accordingly, both about the person and their environs

Does anyone realize that the person who challenged this law got 5 years for aggravated sexual battery in Virginia and *didn’t serve any time* with a 5 year probation? I bet his target was female, who’ll take my money?

We used to live in smaller close-knit groups that produced their own know-thy-neighbor system. We (some might say sadly) no longer have that resource. This is what we have. Let’s hope our revered government leaders do what’s necessary to keep it, eh? That which is deemed to benefit a society will, by necessity, never benefit ALL groups. So, I guess it comes down to what the priority is…time will tell.
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Cuba Gooding Jr says he didn't grope woman in bar, will turn himself in to NYPD

Cuba Gooding Jr says he didn't grope woman in bar, will turn himself in to NYPD | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Cuba Gooding Jr. is to turn himself in to NYPD to face a possible groping charge, but he denies anything inappropriate happened at a midtown bar.
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Jessi Willeto's comment, June 14, 7:04 PM
Considering that low rate of false reporting of sexual crimes, I'm inclined to believe the woman, she isn't even named in the article which leads me to believe this isn't some ploy to make money quick. The actor is also deflecting questions, which negatively impacts the struggle that women have to be believed. It's a form of gaslighting. I hope the justice system can worth correctly and thoroughly into this and figure out the truth.
Devon Smale's comment, June 15, 4:14 PM
I think that this could be another case of a celebrity getting accused of something that they did not do. I think that it is also interesting that the woman waited several hours before calling 9-1-1 and I am glad that there are being amendments made to how people abuse 9-1-1. Even if Cuba groped this woman's breast, why is a 9-1-1 call necessary? I think that the woman is just looking to get some attention or some money because her story does not add up to me. I feel bad when things like this happen to women and I am all for women but I think that there are women are do things for attention and seek financial gain as well, so sometimes it is hard to weed out the good from the bad because we see these things happen all of the time, especially to celebrities.
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Missouri Police Chief Resigns After Being Accused of Punching Father Charged With Trying to Drown Baby Girl

Missouri Police Chief Resigns After Being Accused of Punching Father Charged With Trying to Drown Baby Girl | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A Kansas City-area police chief has resigned after he was accused of using excessive force against a father charged with trying to drown his 6-month-old daughter in a pond.

Greg Hallgrimson, who had been on administrative leave since Dec. 26 , quit May 29 as the Greenwood police chief, the Kansas City Star reported.
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Christa Lynch's comment, June 13, 4:59 PM
Part of me understands what the officer was feeling in that moment. But what we have to realize is that there are boundaries and lines that should not be crossed if you hold a position of power. Although the father’s actions are disgusting, we can’t have vigilante justice. What’s even worse is we can’t have officers violating people’s civil rights because they’re unable to control their temper. That’s how you run the risk of getting cases thrown out. That to me would have been the worst outcome.
alaskanette's comment, June 16, 8:05 PM
Is anyone else wondering why it was necessary to identify the gender of the baby in this article title? Isn’t “trying to drown baby” enough? Can we please muster up some disgust for the fact that after 5 months the investigative body either couldn’t conclude their business and make a determination – or might have simply pulled the accused law enforcement officer aside and said “hey, you know if you are no longer with the department, most of this goes away…” So, is this a case of inadequate ‘Himpathy’ for the accused law enforcement officer’s actions?
alaskanette's comment, June 16, 8:06 PM
I think that both sides could make a case for "walk a mile in their shoes before you throw stones"...
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The link between polygamy and war - The perils of polygamy

The link between polygamy and war - The perils of polygamy | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

IT IS a truth universally acknowledged, or at least widely accepted in South Sudan, that a man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of many wives. Paul Malong, South Sudan’s former army chief of staff, has more than 100—no one knows the exact number. A news website put it at 112 in February, after one of the youngest of them ran off to marry a teacher. The couple were said to be in hiding. To adapt Jane Austen again, we are all fools in love, but especially so if we cuckold a warlord in one of the world’s most violent countries.

Men in South Sudan typically marry as often as their wealth—often measured in cattle—will allow. Perhaps 40% of marriages are polygamous. “In [our] culture, the more family you have, the more people respect you,” says William, a young IT specialist in search of his second wife (his name, like some others in this article, has been changed). Having studied in America and come back to his home village, he finds that he is wealthy by local standards. So why be content with just one bride?

Few South Sudanese see the connection between these matrimonial customs and the country’s horrific civil war. If you ask them the reason for the violence, locals will blame tribalism, greedy politicians, weak institutions and perhaps the oil wealth which gives warlords something to fight over. All true, but not the whole story.

Wherever it is widely practised, polygamy (specifically polygyny, the taking of multiple wives) destabilises society, largely because it is a form of inequality which creates an urgent distress in the hearts, and loins, of young men. If a rich man has a Lamborghini, that does not mean that a poor man has to walk, for the supply of cars is not fixed. By contrast, every time a rich man takes an extra wife, another poor man must remain single. If the richest and most powerful 10% of men have, say, four wives each, the bottom 30% of men cannot marry. Young men will take desperate measures to avoid this state.

This is one of the reasons why the Arab Spring erupted, why the jihadists of Boko Haram and Islamic State were able to conquer swathes of Nigeria, Iraq and Syria, and why the polygamous parts of Indonesia and Haiti are so turbulent. Polygamous societies are bloodier, more likely to invade their neighbours and more prone to collapse than others are. The taking of multiple wives is a feature of life in all of the 20 most unstable countries on the Fragile States Index compiled by the Fund for Peace, an NGO (see chart).


Because polygamy is illegal in most rich countries, many Westerners underestimate how common it is. More than a third of women in West Africa are married to a man who has more than one wife. Plural marriages are plentiful in the Arab world, and fairly common in South-East Asia and a few parts of the Caribbean. The cultures involved are usually patrilineal: ie, the family is defined by the male bloodline. And they are patrilocal: wives join the husband’s family and leave their own behind. Marriages are often sealed by the payment of a brideprice from the groom’s family to the bride’s. This is supposed to compensate the bride’s family for the cost of raising her.

A few men attract multiple wives by being exceptionally charismatic, or by persuading others that they are holy. “There may be examples of [male] cult leaders who did not make use of their position to further their personal polygyny, but I cannot think of any,” notes David Barash of the University of Washington in “Out of Eden: The Surprising Consequences of Polygamy”. However, the most important enabler of the practice is not the unequal distribution of charm but the unequal distribution of wealth. Brideprice societies where wealth is unevenly distributed lend themselves to polygamy—which in turn inflates the price of brides, often to ruinous heights. In wretchedly poor Afghanistan, the cost of a wedding for a young man averages $12,000-$20,000.

By increasing the bride price, polygamy tends to raise the age at which young men get married; it takes a long time to save enough money. At the same time, it lowers the age at which women get married. All but the wealthiest families need to “sell” their daughters before they can afford to “buy” wives for their sons; they also want the wives they shell out for to be young and fertile. In South Sudan “a girl is called an old lady at age 20 because she cannot bear many children after that,” a local man told Marc Sommers of Boston University and Stephanie Schwartz of Columbia University. A tribal elder spelled out the maths of the situation. “When you have 10 daughters, each one will give you 30 cows, and they are all for [the father]. So then you have 300 cows.” If a patriarch sells his daughters at 15 and does not let his sons marry until they are 30, he has 15 years to enjoy the returns on the assets he gained from brideprice. That’s a lot of milk.

Valerie Hudson of Texas A&M University and Hilary Matfess of Yale have found that an inflated brideprice is a “critical” factor “predisposing young men to become involved in organised group violence for political purposes”. Terrorist groups know this, too. Muhammad Kasab, a Pakistani terrorist hanged for his role in the Mumbai attacks of 2008, said he joined Lashkar-e-Taiba, the jihadist aggressor, because it promised to pay for his siblings to get married. In Nigeria, Boko Haram arranges marriages for its recruits. The so-called Islamic State used to offer foreign recruits $1,500 towards a starter home and a free honeymoon in Raqqa. Radical Islamist groups in Egypt have also organised cheap marriages for members. It is not just in the next life that jihadists are promised virgins.

The deepest deprivation
In South Sudan, brideprices may be anything from 30 to 300 cows. “For young men, the acquisition of so many cattle through legitimate means is nearly impossible,” write Ms Hudson and Ms Matfess. The alternative is to steal a herd from the tribe next door. In a country awash with arms, such cattle raids are as bloody as they are frequent. “7 killed, 10 others wounded in cattle raid in Eastern Lakes,” reads a typical headline in This Day, a South Sudanese paper. The article describes how “armed youths from neighbouring communities” stole 58 cows, leaving seven people—and 38 cows—shot dead “in tragic crossfire”.

Thousands of South Sudanese are killed in cattle raids every year. “When you have cows, the first thing you must do is get a gun. If you don’t have a gun, people will take your cows,” says Jok, a 30-year-old cattle herder in Wau, a South Sudanese city. He is only carrying a machete, but he says his brothers have guns.

Jok loves cows. “They give you milk, and you can marry with them,” he smiles. He says he will get married this year, though he does not yet have enough cows and, judging by his ragged clothes, he does not have the money to buy them, either. He is vague as to how he will acquire the necessary ruminants. But one can’t help noticing that he is grazing his herd on land that has recently been ethnically cleansed. Dinkas like Jok walk around freely in Wau. Members of other tribes who used to live in the area huddle in camps for displaced people, guarded by UN peacekeepers.

The people in the camps all tell similar stories. The Dinkas came, dressed in blue, and attacked their homes, killing the men and stealing whatever they could carry away, including livestock and young women. “Many of my family were killed or raped,” says Saida, a village trader. “The attackers cut people’s heads off. All the young men have gone from our village now. Some have joined the rebels. Some fled to Sudan.” Saida’s husband escaped and is now with his other wife in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital. Saida is left tending five children. Asked why all this is happening, she bursts into tears.

“If you have a gun, you can get anything you want,” says Abdullah, a farmer who was driven off his land so that Dinka marauders could graze their cattle on it. “If a man with a gun says ‘I want to marry you’, you can’t say no,” says Akech, an aid worker. This is why adolescent boys hover on the edge of battles in South Sudan. When a fighter is killed, they rush over and steal his weapon so that they can become fighters, too.

Overall, polygamy is in retreat. However, its supporters are fighting to preserve or even extend it. Two-fifths of Kazakhstanis want to re-legalise the practice (it was banned by the Bolsheviks). In 2008 they were thwarted, at least temporarily, when a female MP amended a pro-polygamy bill to say that polyandry—the taking of multiple hubands—would be allowed as well; Muslim greybeards balked at that.

In the West polygamy is too rare to be socially destabilising. To some extent this is because it is serialised. Rich and powerful men regularly swap older wives for younger ones, thus monopolising the prime reproductive years of several women. But that allows a few wives, not a few dozen. The polygamous enclaves in America run by breakaway Mormon sects are highly unstable—the old men in charge expel large numbers of young men for trivial offences so they can marry lots of young women themselves. Nevertheless, some American campaigners argue that parallelised polygamy should be made legal. If the constitution demands that gay marriage be allowed (as the Supreme Court ruled in 2015), then surely it is unconstitutional to disallow plural marriage, they argue. “Group marriage is the next horizon of social liberalism,” writes Fredrik deBoer, an academic, in Politico, on the basis that long-term polyamorous relationships deserve as much legal protection as any others freely entered into.

Proponents of polygamy offer two main arguments beyond personal preference. One is that it is blessed in the Koran, which is true. The other is that it gives women a better chance of avoiding spinsterhood. Rania Hashem, a pro-polygamy campaigner in Egypt, claims that there is a shortage of men in her country. (There is not, but this is a common misconception among polygamists.) If more rich, educated Egyptian men take multiple wives, she says, this will make it easier for women to exercise their “right to have a husband”. Mona Abu Shanab, another Egyptian polygamy advocate, argues that polygamy is a sensible way to assuage male sexual frustration, a common cause of divorce. “Women after marriage just disregard their men [and] focus on their kids. They…always have an excuse for not engaging in intimate relations; they are always ‘tired’ or ‘sick’. This makes the men uncomfortable and drives them to…have a girlfriend.”

Some men see polygamy as a pragmatic response to female infertility. “My first wife was issueless,” says Gurmeet, a 65-year-old landlord in Lahore, Pakistan. At one point “she said our inability to have a child was because of my medical condition, not hers. I was enraged. I turned to religion and was guided [by God] to take a second wife.” He had been planning to try in-vitro fertilisation but God’s advice looked like a sounder investment. Initially, his first wife was “unwilling to share my affections with another woman”. But as time passed, she accepted the situation, says Gurmeet. He divided the house into two parts, so his wives could live separately. He divided his time equally between them. “It worked,” he says. The second wife had six children. But Gurmeet grumbles that she dressed less elegantly than his childless wife and did not keep her rooms as tidy.

Polygyny is hard work for men but good for women, says Gurmeet, because it is “undesirable” for a woman to be unmarried. Asked about polyandry, Gurmeet says, “I strongly disapprove. It is against nature for a woman to have multiple partners.” He elaborates: “As a young man I kept chickens. The cock has many hens, but he does not allow the females to mate with more than one partner. So it’s against natural law.”

Bad for brides
Polygamy “can work fine, provided you do justice to [all wives] equally,” says Amar, a Pakistani judge with two wives. “If you do not prefer any one over the others, no problem arises.” He admits that if two wives live together in the same home, “a natural rivalry” arises. Dividing property can also be complicated and leads to a lot of litigation.

But Amar thinks he gets it right. “My routine is: I spend one night with one wife and one night with the other. That way, nobody feels treated badly. And I give them exactly the same amount of money to spend: they get one credit card each. As a judge, it is [my] foremost duty to deliver justice.” One of his wives enters the room and offers to give her side of the story. Her husband banishes her, with visible irritation, before your correspondent can ask her anything.


Although women in a polygamous society find it relatively easy to get married, the quality of their marriages may not be high. Because such brides are often much younger, not to mention ill-educated, they find it hard to stand up to their husbands. And brideprice is not conducive to a relationship of equals.

In South Sudan, nearly 80% of people think it acceptable for a husband to beat his wife for such things as refusing sex, burning the dinner and so on. Divorce requires that the bride’s family repay the brideprice; they may thus insist that the abused woman stays with her husband no matter how badly he treats her.

Polygamy is also bad for children. A study of 240,000 children in 29 African countries found that, after controlling for other factors, those in polygamous families were more likely to die young. A study among the Dogon of Mali found that a child in a polygynous family was seven to 11 times more likely to die early than a child in a monogamous one. The father spends his time siring more children rather than looking after the ones he already has, Mr Barash explains. Also, according to the Dogon themselves, jealous co-wives sometimes poison each other’s offspring so that their own will inherit more.

For Akech, the South Sudanese aid worker, growing up in a polygamous family “wasn’t easy”. Her father, a former rebel commander, had eight wives and numerous concubines. She has 41 siblings that she knows of. When she was six, she used to fetch 20 litres of water each day for her mother to use to make siko, a form of moonshine. Sometimes her father would come round drunk, bang on the door and take her mother’s money to spend on another woman. Akech remembers her parents quarrelling a lot. That said, the extended family could pull together in an emergency. When her father was shot in the leg, his wives teamed up to bathe him, get him to hospital and pay his medical bills.

One day, when Akech was at university, her father asked her to come and see him. “We had never had a father-daughter bond, so I was excited,” she remembers. When she arrived, he introduced her to a fellow officer and ordered her to marry him. She was horrified. Her father’s friend was 65. Akech was 19.

She pretended to accept the proposal and said she just wanted to pop back to her college, which was in a neighbouring country, to collect her things. Her father agreed. She went back to college and stayed there.

That was more than a decade ago. Akech went on to complete university and find a good job. She recently bought her now-elderly father a house, partly to show him the value of her education, but also out of a residual sense of guilt at having once defied him. “In my culture, your parents are your earthly gods. I tried not to disappoint him,” she says. He has never said sorry for attempting to sell her.

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Jessi Willeto's comment, June 8, 9:10 PM
Wow, I was not previously aware of this issue. This proposes a strong argument against polygamy. That was a difficult topic for me to form an opinion on before; I'm aware of the rising popularity of polyamourus relationships in America, and I wasn't sure how I felt about their demand for equal marriage rights. But by looking at the statistics in this article, it makes most sense to keep marriage between two people. Not only are the women in Sudan more predisposed to violence, but they are completely objectified and not seen as whole people. It perpetuates violence and misogyny, even if this is culturally traditional. It may take a very long time for that country to catch up on women's rights and safety. Disheartening to see Amar dismiss his wife's voice like that, I would have liked to hear her side of the story. I would have liked to hear from more women in this article.
alaskanette's comment, June 11, 11:57 PM
It seems as though this article simply underscores the 'women=a resource' issue (i.e. women as property). Just as with any other resource which is considered essential and scarce such as water, food, shelter, and apparently young marriageable women; when any group's elite hoard too much, those deprived will either work to disrupt the system that produces the excessive concentration of resources they will turn to whatever method necessary to acquire the tools by which they can meet their needs from within that same system. (guns, money, property, participation in a group that can provide for their needs, attempts to associate/join the elite, etc.) Escalating attempts to meet those perceived needs take the form of lying, cheating, theft, coercion, assault, and murder become increasingly common when there is no other perceived method like ‘working hard’ or ‘putting in your time’ or ‘rising through meritorious acts or ideas’ to achieve sought after goals.

Oddly, it seems as though this elite should be smart enough to predict the issues their behavior is causing and to have a method of managing it… Oh wait, I remember now: warfare for which the elite persuade or conscript soldiers so that the young men can fight and die to both a) help the elite preserve or acquire additional power, or b) die, thereby reducing the threat to the elite that their existence poses. Ideally, I’m sure it is hoped that they will do both a AND b, in whatever order suits them.

The most interesting thing about this is that similar versions of all of this exist in our own society in slightly altered or more stylized formats, but it seems to often be considered poor taste to point that out directly.
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How suspects in Jennifer Dulos case handed cops their ‘big break’

How suspects in Jennifer Dulos case handed cops their ‘big break’ | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Jennifer Dulos’ bumbling, estranged husband and his girlfriend handed cops the “big break” in the case — and just in the nick of time, a law enforcement source told The Post on Tuesday.

Fotis Dulos had his cellphone with him and turned on when he and gal pal Michelle Troconis allegedly dumped incriminating items stained with Jennifer’s blood in Hartford, Connecticut, trash cans the night of her disappearance, court papers show.

And the phone pings led cops to discover that the pair had made more than 30 stops to toss the bags while driving on Albany Avenue — allowing detectives to collect crucial evidence in time, the source said.

Many of the discarded trash bags had already been hauled off to the area’s incineration plant by the time authorities learned last week of the pair’s movements, another law enforcement source said.
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Devon Smale's comment, June 9, 3:43 PM
What an interesting case. This is why I think that criminals are not smart at all sometimes. This husband was going around town dumping the remains of his estranged wife's body all over town, and the man had his cell phone on which was able to ping all of his locations in order for the police to make an arrest against the estranged husband and his girlfriend. I am glad that technology such as being able to detect where a person has went or is going is by far what is the best technologies that we have in order to track down a killer or someone who has committed a crime. Not to self, if I ever commit a crime, I will not take my cell phone.
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LA prosecutors sue 2 San Fernando Valley massage parlors over allegations of prostitution, human trafficking –

LA prosecutors sue 2 San Fernando Valley massage parlors over allegations of prostitution, human trafficking – | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
In a complaint, prosecutors accused the business owners and the landlord of running a “sophisticated prostitution ring at both locations under the guise of massage therapy businesses.”
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Christa Lynch's comment, June 4, 8:55 PM
Over 2 million penalties! I don’t necessarily believe that prostitution should be illegal. I think it should be regulated and taxed. I do however find certain instances wrong, like this one. If the women are here illegally, that is an issue. If the women were brought over here on false pretenses and forced into prostitution, I don’t condone human sex trafficking. Sex will always sex, so why not find a way to regulate it. Maybe that would make the market for sex traffickers less profitable.
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Ellen DeGeneres' mom breaks silence on daughter's sexual abuse claims

Ellen DeGeneres' mom breaks silence on daughter's sexual abuse claims | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Betty DeGeneres has spoken for the first time about Ellen's revelation that she was sexually abused by her late stepfather as a teen, in an exclusive statement to NBC News.
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Devon Smale's comment, June 2, 7:08 PM
I think that Ellen and many other celebrities and non-celebrities who have spoken out about sexual abuse are brave individuals. I think that women are forced to remain quiet out of fear and humiliation, especially when the individual's family member chooses not to believe them. I think that like the song "Just a Girl" by no doubt really sets the tone for how women are viewed sometimes. It feels powerless to want to speak out but never do and then one day when that person does, nobody believes them. Sex crimes used to not even be crimes, such as rape and in many countries it is not considered a crime if a husband rapes his wife. That is mind-blowing and speaks volumes of the kind of world that we live in.
Christa Lynch's comment, June 2, 7:47 PM
I fell like this is a common response to sexual abuse allegations in the home. Mothers are reluctant to believe their children for several reasons. It could be due to monetary issues, companionship issues, defiance issues, or just plain denial or shame. Whatever the issues, it causes long-term issues to the victim. This is a perfect example of what happens when we don’t listen to our children and accusations, especially in our own home.
Jessi Willeto's comment, June 2, 10:16 PM
This ties in perfectly with the discussion board. It's an uphill battle trying to fight something so systemic; but we have to be grateful for those that are willing to speak up and be strong about it. When they do, it opens up discourse for other women to feel brave enough to do so as well, and support each other. That is a terrible thing that happened to Ellen, and it's unfortunate that her mother has to live with that knowledge and regret the rest of her life. Unfortunately so many women know this struggle, myself included. I don't know a single woman that hasn't been sexually assaulted. Thought women's voices do help, what really helps women is those that are privileged with bigger voices-- the men. When men believe women and uplift them, systematically, people take them more seriously. It helps the cause.
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Professor loses sex discrimination case over her pay but vows to fight on

Professor loses sex discrimination case over her pay but vows to fight on | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

Jennifer Freyd, professor of psychology at the University of Oregon, has spent years studying the concept of institutional betrayal, including when institutions don’t help right the wrongs committed within them.

Now Freyd is battling her own institution in court. She alleges that Oregon failed to properly respond to what her own department chair called a “glaring” pay gap between Freyd and the men she works with -- $18,000 less than that of her male peer closest in rank.

The case was just dismissed by a federal judge who said that the pay difference was more about the kind of work the men in her department do and the retention raises they’d secured over the years. But research suggests that even these explanations are rooted in issues of gender. Freyd has already filed a notice of intent to appeal.

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Jessi Willeto's comment, June 2, 10:27 PM
It is difficult to retain a calm demeanor when addressing the pay gap. It is very upsetting and scary. I often think about how it will effect me once I am in the field working with me degrees. I am a hard worker, but my pay is not likely to reflect that simply based upon my gender. What she is doing is inspirational to never stop fighting, even though this situation should never have happened in the first place. She deserves justice as all women do in the pay gap. I don't know how those that pay her can in good conscience decide “let's pay her less than her juniors”. Even more upsetting his how she lost this case; how is that justified?
Christa Lynch's comment, June 4, 9:33 PM
I find it difficult to believe that people don’t understand that men get paid more than women to do the same job. It isn’t because she’s less qualified, it is because she may not have been offered the same opportunities as her male counterparts. This is frustration because a woman must work twice as hard to get to the same spot as a man. Obviously, this isn’t always the case, but it is still very prevalent.
john hawkins's comment, June 15, 4:27 PM
This is also another great article, I believe that both women and men who are in the same field of work doing the same job should be paid equally. The way I see it, men shouldn’t get more money than a women who is doing the same job they are. This is something that has been going on and happening for years and need to be fixed.
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Georgia prosecutors assigned to target human trafficking

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A new Georgia Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit will emphasize criminal cases of sex trafficking throughout the state.
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Army tweet attracts thousands of heartbreaking responses from vets

Army tweet attracts thousands of heartbreaking responses from vets | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A tweet from the U.S. Army has attracted nearly 10,000 responses highlighting issues including post-traumatic stress disorder and veteran suicide.
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alaskanette's comment, June 1, 11:54 PM
Speaking specifically to your comment about the “laptop” comment: I don’t see this only as a question of gender discrimination. Perhaps it is as simple as whether or not the military structure affords more value to a laptop computer than a human (in this case female) being. Could it be it is a simple testament to the suspected (feared?) weaknesses in the military’s resilience? Specifically, whether the general support structure, troop moral, chain of command, etc. can actually withstand and survive one type of internal erosion (maltreated members) vs. another (theft of tools). If one of the standard military training’s goals is to learn to see others as less than human so that they can be more readily killed, then they should feel gratified that it seems to be working – especially among their officers. Then again, perhaps our society simply still quietly categorizes women who seek out (and heaven forbid excel at) traditional male roles as violating “the rules” and therefore it’s effectively open season on them. Or perhaps the biggest fear is that the (male) soldier’s sense of power and camaraderie (i.e. morale) would be more readily broken by punishing men in (and out) of the chain of commend who abuse women. And let’s be frank, its not just gender issues in the military, it is any group abusing or denigrating any other less powerful group. This idea certainly has some interesting similarities to the ongoing issues in the Catholic church…
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Utah police continue search for missing 5-year-old girl

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Elizabeth Shelley was last seen at home by her mother early Saturday morning, according to police. Authorities have arrested her uncle.
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Bodies of Karissa and Billy Fretwell found

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The bodies of Karissa and Billy Fretwell have been found in a remote wooded area.
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Christa Lynch's comment, Today, 12:06 AM
Id be interested to know the actual reason why he killed them. But why was it necessary to kill the boy and how he died. I don’t understand why these things happen and I don’t understand why there’s family annihilators. If I had to bet, he got into an altercation with the mom and killed her, but the boy saw him and he was a casualty. Guess Ill have to follow it to find out.
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DNA leads to arrest in 1987 cold case slaying of Fort Carson soldier

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The breakthrough came this year when police submitted DNA from the crime scene for genetic genealogy analysis.

“As a result, the investigation culminated in identifying 58-year-old Michael Whyte as the suspect in this investigation,” police said in a news release.

His DNA was obtained for comparison after investigators put a tail on him and then watched him discard a cup he drank from at a fast food restaurant, KKTV reported.

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Every cold-case killer and rapist in America should be shaking in their boots.  Another one cleared.

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alaskanette's comment, June 17, 5:08 PM
*sigh* Wouldn't it be lovely if all of the tens of thousands (+) of rape kits tossed into storage all over the country would be a priority as well? While I'm aware that there have been numerous grants to "assist" various police departments/jurisdictions to process their rape kits (typically only provided after the backlog came to light together with herculean levels of outrage - and that DNA technology has also cleared some old rapes - it appears to the casual observer that rapes+murders are what get these headlines and resources, not merely (sarcasm intended) the ‘just’ rapes.

I wonder what would happen with rape kits if a majority of women were empaneled to oversee a specific grant for entering ALL rape kit DNA into CODIS (or other useful DNA aggregate databases). It seems as though if a person’s rape kit DNA matched a known rapist/abuser/criminal-convicted-of-other-similar-crimes then that would go a long way towards supporting the survivor/their case, would it not?

I realize this is an objectionable and grossly Orwellian suggestion – but what do you think would happen if every citizen had to give a DNA sample under circumstances that a majority could agree was reasonable? (Conviction? Arrest? Age-of-majority?) How many cases, of any kind, would be cleared? Or would those in power who didn’t like the idea, simply fail to fund either it or the processes that would allow the functional use of that information?
Christa Lynch's comment, Today, 12:15 AM
I bet as more of these cases keep getting solved from genealogical information criminals are scared. Because they made it through DNA because there’s nothing to compare it to. But now some cousin trying to find out what their ancestry is can link them. Awesome, but I do feel this is kind of a violation of their privacy. I know that has been a concern with these cases. I wonder how accurate the generated composite was.
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His ex-wife asked the jury for mercy for killing their children. They gave him the death penalty

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A South Carolina father killed all five of his children in 2014. Still, his ex-wife argued for mercy.
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Jessi Willeto's comment, June 14, 6:51 PM
God, what a horrible awful thing she has to go through, and what a despicable human being he is. I used to be in support of the death penalty before I became a criminal justice major, but now that I am more informed I'm against it. It's not cost effective and it has a lot of flaws. I think especially in this case, the people that it effects the most (the mother of the murdered children) should weigh in heavier on the decision for the death penalty. She is so, so strong to be able to argue for his life. Punitive justice only gets us so far. He deserves life in prison, but the death penalty only perpetuates grief and sorrow. I can't pretend to be able to imagine what the wife or his family is going through.
Devon Smale's comment, June 15, 4:06 PM
I think that the father taking a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity would makes sense if one, you do not know the law, and 2, because insane would describe a father would could murder all five of his children. I am glad that the sanity plea does not work on most people and did not work on this father. In order for the father to be deemed insane, the man would have to murder all five of his children and do nothing and carry on with his life. The fact that the father dumped the children's bodies in trash bags in not an acceptable plea for insanity and the his ex wife should be ashamed of herself for wanting the court to be lenient.
Christa Lynch's comment, Today, 12:26 AM
I wonder why he ended up with the children? I wonder if the court would have taken the severity of the abuse seriously, if this would have ended this way. I don’t understand how a man who was physically violent to this extent and made threats of this nature ended up with full custody. I feel like the system failed these children. So heartbreaking. Why kill all your children, stuff them in trash bags and then leave them where they will be found? Did he want to get caught?
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Keanu Reeves not touching women is a thing

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Keanu Reeves is officially a national treasure.
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Jessi Willeto's comment, June 14, 7:08 PM
I agree with Christa that this is strangely over-analyzed, haha. The tweets are hilarious. “Plus he's a virgo so he's slightly germaphobic lol”. Respecting personal space is cool and all, but we shouldn't be making whole articles about something that is supposed to be standard. It's glorifying something that should be normal. I still love him and think he's a great actor and person.
Rob Duke's comment, June 14, 7:14 PM
Yeah, I want to hire his P.R. firm, because they've created a new "guru" image for him. I saw somwhere a meme where Chuck Norris was handing over the "coolest guy in the world" title to Keanu (I'll put it in the image above).
alaskanette's comment, June 16, 7:56 PM
The state of general on-line disagreement regarding whether or not his habitual non-handsy-ness is out of respect or self-preservation is quite telling. Is he thinking of someone else, or himself? It would be fascinating to see a study classifying the characteristics (age, gender, etc.) of those who feel one way about his motivation vs. those who feel the other way… Don’t I recall that Mr. Reeves didn’t grow up with the economic and status privilege that oh, I don’t know.. say his judicial age contemporary Mr. you-know-who grew up with?
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Greek government changes definition of rape after initial draft law sparks backlash | Euronews

Greek government changes definition of rape after initial draft law sparks backlash | Euronews | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Women’s rights campaigners in Greece are claiming victory after the Greek parliament got rid of new legislation that would have made it harder to secure rape convictions.

MPs rejected a government-sponsored bill that would have required the prosecution to provide evidence of physical violence. They revised the legislation to include “lack of consent” as enough grounds for a conviction.
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Jessi Willeto's comment, June 8, 8:37 PM
That initial law is appalling, and the fact that it held up for so long (and still holds up in other countries) is an injustice. It seems logical to define rape as “sex without consent” regardless of violence. Many rapes happen with someone they know, which makes it more difficult for a person to speak up if they are uncomfortable or not giving consent. I think this is a big victory for humans rights, not just women's rights, as men and non binary people are raped as well. I am glad to see the criminal justice system reform in other countries.
alaskanette's comment, June 12, 12:18 AM
Ouch. Notice that later in this article it states that only 9 (including Greece) out of 31 European countries consider sex without consent to be rape. Sounds like there are many governments in the world that need to become familiar with this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGoWLWS4-kU
In addition, they might want to remember that people who don’t know what tea is, or are too young for tea, also should not be forced to drink tea. Again, what seems barbaric in another country, is happening here too. With 22 more European countries to go, one has to wonder what societal mechanism is preventing so many ‘western’ countries from adopting this as ruling law.
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Abortion ban: Alabama and Georgia's bills explained - The

What’s really happening in Alabama?
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Devon Smale's comment, June 9, 3:37 PM
This is something that we are currently talking about in our discussion boards and this is precisely why abortion should be apart of gender and crime, when Alabama and Georgia are making bills to punish doctors and women who get an abortion even if the women is raped or a women gets pregnant by incest. I think that these laws that Georgia and Alabama are trying to put into place and trying to overturn Roe v Wade and I am not sure that this bill will ever be in effect by 2020. I think that Georgia and Alabama will be in for a rude awakening and I think that this will be a hard decision for many women because women are confused now as to what the laws are in these states and are stressing over what their legal rights are. I think that plan parenthood should step up and help women know their legal rights and what can be done until this bill is officially in place.
Christa Lynch's comment, June 13, 5:10 PM
It amazes me that people think that we are going to send women to jail for life or sentence them to death for terminating a pregnancy. It also drives me crazy that people hear on the news that states are banning abortion and poof, it is illegal. That is not how our system works. I am interested to see how courts plan to make a strong enough case to overturn Roe v. Wade, but maybe we’ll see it. That is honestly something I never thought I’d see. But it has to be heard before the Supreme Court and that isn’t happening overnight.
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Why polygamy breeds civil war - The Economist explains

Why polygamy breeds civil war - The Economist explains | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it

FEW South Sudanese see a link between their country’s horrific civil war and polygamy. Instead they blame greedy politicians or the tribe next door. Fair enough: corruption, weak institutions and tribalism all make violence more likely. But marital customs matter, too. Wherever polygamy is widely practised (in South Sudan, perhaps 40% of marriages involve multiple wives) turmoil tends to follow. The 20 most fragile states in the world are all somewhat or very polygamous. Polygamous nations are more likely to invade their neighbours. The polygamous regions of Haiti and Indonesia are the most turbulent. One London School of Economics study found a strong link between plural marriage and civil war. How come?

Polygamy nearly always means rich men taking multiple wives. And if the top 10% of men marry four women each, then the bottom 30% cannot marry at all. This often leaves them not only sexually frustrated but also socially marginalised. In many traditional societies, a man is not considered an adult until he has found a wife and sired children. To get a wife, he must typically pay a “brideprice” to her father. When polygamy creates a shortage of brides, it massively inflates this brideprice. In South Sudan, it can be anything from 30 to 300 cattle, far more wealth than an ill-educated young man can plausibly accumulate by legal means.

In desperation, many single men resort to extreme measures to secure a mate. In South Sudan, they pick up guns and steal cattle from the tribe next door. Many people are killed in such raids; many bloody feuds spring from them. Young bachelors who cannot afford to marry also make easy recruits for rebel armies. If they fight, they can loot, and with loot, they can wed. In a paper published last year, Valerie Hudson of Texas A&M University and Hilary Matfess of Yale found that a high brideprice is a “critical” factor “predisposing young men to become involved in organised group violence for political purposes”. Jihadist groups exploit this, too. One member of Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Taiba, which carried out the attack on Mumbai in 2008 that killed 166 people, said he joined the organisation because it promised to pay for his siblings to get married. During its heyday the so-called Islamic State offered foreign recruits honeymoons in Raqqa, its former capital. In northern Nigeria, where polygamy is rife, Boko Haram still arranges cheap marriages for its recruits.

Globally, polygamy is in retreat, but in some pockets support for it is rising. After America’s Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage in 2015, some people argued that plural unions should be next. According to Gallup, a pollster, the proportion of Americans who consider polygamy to be morally acceptable rose from 5% in 2006 to 17% last year, among the most dramatic jumps in the subjects it tracks. Campaigners in Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and other central Asian states are seeking to re-establish men’s right to take multiple wives. In Kazakhstan, a bill failed in 2008 after a female MP included an amendment stipulating that polyandry (women taking multiple husbands) also be allowed. Advocates claim that polygamy promotes social harmony by giving lusty husbands a legitimate alternative to infidelity. The mayhem in places like South Sudan, Afghanistan and northern Nigeria suggests otherwise.

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Inquiry says killing or disappearance of indigenous women is 'Canadian genocide' | Euronews

Inquiry says killing or disappearance of indigenous women is 'Canadian genocide' | Euronews | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
A long-awaited report from Canada's national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls will call it a 'Canadian genocide.'
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Christa Lynch's comment, June 4, 9:15 PM
Sounds familiar…. Taking indigenous people, putting them in schools, physical and sexual abuse, not allowing them to speak their own language; Alaska ring a bell in that description? Now they want to get mad or deny what they’ve done in the name of the authorities? This happened with the African Americans too. A country full of shame for treacherous acts will always minimize their actions or justify them. What is sad is that it’s always a minority and nobody pays attention until severe damage is done. This is sad and disappointing because I’ve found Canada progressive in so many ways when it comes to repairing the damage done to their indigenous people.
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Former Tehran mayor confesses to killing his wife, sips tea on Iranian state TV - The

Former Tehran mayor confesses to killing his wife, sips tea on Iranian state TV - The | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
When Mohammed Ali Najafi turned himself in to Iranian authorities Tuesday night, he wore a nice suit and a smile and was greeted warmly by police. 

But Najafi, a former mayor of Tehran, was there to make a confession. He said he had killed Mitra Ostad, his wife, the night before after threatening her with a gun because she refused to grant him a divorce. 

Najafi, a 67-year-old reformist politician, said he killed her accidentally after surprising her in the bathroom at their home in a wealthy Tehran neighborhood.

The dramatic case, Najafi’s bizarre and televised confession, and the hands-off approach of investigating authorities have scandalized, enraged and baffled Iranians, who have long criticized the preferential treatment given to government officials in matters before the law. 

State television filmed Najafi, who also once served as education minister and is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as he sat un-handcuffed and casually sipping tea in a police commander’s office. The officials shook Najafi’s hand and bowed deferentially, while a reporter interviewed him.
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Jessi Willeto's comment, June 2, 10:18 PM
...How do you kill someone “accidentally” while threatening them with a gun? And how can you be in good enough state to sip tea and be causal about it? It's concerning. Why is this being publicized in this way? This is an absurd reaction to a horrible case-- a woman was killed and he is being treated as if he committed a white collar crime. Maybe less. People like this should not be voted into power or into offices, think of the examples they set and how many people could easily justify something so horrid.
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Fairbanks Child Support Services office closing permanently

A poster posted around the courthouse this morning says that payments will need to be mailed to the Anchorage office and listed a phone number to call for any other information.

According to a post on the Alaska CSSD Facebook page the Fairbanks office is closing because the ‘changing economic needs of the State of Alaska’.

The Alaska Child Support Services Division is a part of the Alaska State Department of Revenue and is focused on making sure that child support payments are being made from the required parties.

The CSSD office has been open here in Fairbanks since the late 1970's and has operated with a single employee since 2014. Once this office closes all current cases will be managed through the Anchorage office.

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Christa Lynch's comment, June 2, 7:48 PM
Seems to be a trend….Cut costs and eliminate jobs, everything is directed to online. They said this wont impact the service but that can’t be true. The same options may be offered online but some people may miss things because they are not able to navigate through the online services as well as if they had an actual person to help them.
john hawkins's comment, June 9, 5:16 PM
I understand budget cuts and trying to save money and time with online services, but a lot of the online services are hard to navigate through and one can get really confused on what they are doing.
alaskanette's comment, June 12, 12:30 AM
Once again, an elegant example of those in power changing procedures predicated upon resources that those in power take for granted. But it seems they never stop to think about the fact that not every person has those resources. Many don’t have a smart phone, or computer, or an internet connection suitable to use the “new” resource, nor a car to drive to the library to use their computer, nor the time away from child-care or working to have the time to take a bus to the library to use a public computer, and in some cases they may also not have the language, education, comprehension skills or experience to navigate the one-size-fits-all “new” on-line only CSSD resource. It would be interesting to contemplate the reaction were this office to move its headquarters to, say, St. Mary’s, and require Anchorage and any other cities to only have access via the internet… But no, the concentration of power will always prioritize convenience (and control) their own needs and priorities.
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UPDATE: Seven arrested in human trafficking sting operation –

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Officers with the Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, along with deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, carried out a human trafficking operation in a Valencia-area hotel Tuesday, arresting seven adults. The sting
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Devon Smale's comment, June 2, 7:19 PM
I think that situations such as human trafficking are so sad. I always think of my daughter in these situations. It is so unfortunate that we have human trafficking all over the country. When I lived in El Paso, Texas, I remember a woman being arrested because she was helping men drug women across the Mexican border for human sex trafficking. It was hard to believe that another woman would be involved in something like this, but maybe the woman was being blackmailed and did not have any choice or feared that if she didn't help, that she would be next. I am just glad that human trafficking is being dealt with to get these perpetrators off of the streets.
Christa Lynch's comment, June 2, 7:49 PM
When I hear human trafficking, I think of the movie Taken or some similar circumstances. Prostitution is one of the oldest professions. Obviously it is only legal in certain parts of one state. But if we made it legal and regulated it, would it eliminate some of these issues? There are always going to be sick people, but would legalization and regulation may alleviate pimping, pandering and prostitution.
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CBS News' Scott Pelley: I Was Fired For Complaining About 'Hostile' Workplace

CBS News' Scott Pelley: I Was Fired For Complaining About 'Hostile' Workplace | Gender and Crime | Scoop.it
Pelley — who served as anchor of the CBS Evening News from 2011 to 2017 — went on to share that four or five years ago, he approached management with his concerns. “I went to the president of the news division and explained to him that this hostile work environment couldn’t go on — for women and men — and he told me that if I kept agitating about that, internally, that I’d lose my job,” Pelley reveals. “I went to his boss, who told me that he didn’t share my concerns. And so, having exhausted the possibilities in the news division, I went to the chairman of the CBS Corporation, who listened to me, very concerned, for an hour, asked me some penetrating questions about what was going on. I didn’t hear back from him, but in the next opportunity in my contract, I was let go from the evening news.” (At the time, Les Moonves was chairman of CBS Corporation, while David Rhodes served as president of CBS News.)

But with the current new regime at CBS — which includes a new chairman, the first woman president of the news division and a new executive producer at 60 Minutes — “now everything has changed,” Pelley says, adding that “it’s all blue sky from here. I’m very excited. I know these people, and I know that we’re on the right track.”
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