Womens Justice Center

The Liberation of Women's Energy
Will Change the World. *

La liberación de la energía de la mujer cambiará el mundo

o provide advocacy, free of charge, for victims of rape, domestic violence, and child abuse, particularly in the Latina and other under served communities of Sonoma County. To provide advocacy training and community education. To promote more women and minorities in our law enforcement agencies. To commit to equal justice for all women and girls.

rindar una defensa gratuita a víctimas de violación, violencia doméstica y abuso infantil, particularmente en las comunidades hispanas y otras que no son atendidas adecuadamente en el condado de Sonoma. Proveer capacitación en defensa pública y educación comunitaria. Incrementar el número de mujeres y personas pertenecientes a minorías en nuestras agencias de aplicación de justicia. Comprometernos con la justicia igualitaria para todas las mujeres y las niñas.

News Round-up ~ Resumen de noticias


Our voices are being eroded and erased, not simply ignored

EXCERPT: Justice issues bring us to impunity. While the IFJ has been working tirelessly with a variety of international partners (UN, UNWOMEN, GAMAG, etc.) to tackle issues of impunity against all journalists, and with a focus on women, it has not yet made any impact in the newsroom or in the field. Some of these measure are aimed at those journalists killed in the line of reporting, some target harassment, sexual violence and violence – an area that, for the most part, remains under reported and underlying throughout the globe and the field.

In the most cohesive survey of it’s kind to date, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) and the International News Safety Institute (INSI) published it’s findings on a survey of women journalists in 2014. Two thirds of respondents admitted having received threats, intimidation or abuse in connection to journalistic work, one third that these came from their boss, half had experienced sexual harassment, and a fifth violence. Most of these abuses go unreported.

They have not spoken because of fear of reprisals: loss of job, loss of freedom, and in some cases threats and loss of life. Families of targeted women journalists are also often threatened (see Colombia below).

What is clear from the above, is that while we applaud the work of the IFJ and their international partners to place these issues at the top of the agenda, we urge all of our affiliates to search deep within their own areas to root out these unceasing, unchanging threats to equity in the news and newsrooms: ongoing systemic discrimination, harassment and violence. To implement these measures, laws, declarations and agreements with the same energy applied to silence us and take action not to allow these issues to be pushed out of the highlight and back into the shadows.


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This piece was published in partnership withRewire. This is the first installment of a three-part series about the missing and murdered Native women in the United States and Canada.

Although Trudi Lee was only 7 when her big sister went missing back in 1971, she wept when she talked about that traumatic event 45 years later. “Sometimes I would catch our mom crying alone,” Lee said. “She would never tell me why, but I knew it was over Janice.”

Janice was 15 when she went missing near the Yakama reservation in Washington. Although her parents reported her missing to tribal law enforcement, there was never any news of the lively, pretty girl. “Mom died in 2001 without ever knowing what happened,” Lee said. “We still think of Janice and would at least like to put her to rest in the family burial plot.”

“It happens all the time in Indian country,” said Carmen O’Leary, coordinator of the Native Women’s Society of the Great Plains in South Dakota, a coalition of Native programs that provide services to women who experience violence. “When Native women go missing, they are very likely to be dead.”

Indeed, on some reservations, Native women are murdered at more than 10 times the national average, according to U.S. Associate Attorney General Thomas Perrelli, who presented that gruesome statistic while addressing the Committee on Indian Affairs on Violence Against Women in 2011.


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Republican lawmakers have been doggedly focused on Planned Parenthood for months, hoping to catch the national women’s health organization breaking laws related to fetal tissue donation. This crusade has taken a particularly aggressive turn in Missouri — where state senators are threatening to throw the head of St. Louis’ Planned Parenthood affiliate in jail.

The senators are trying to hold the Planned Parenthood employee in contempt of court — because the clinic has refused turn over a broad swath of private medical documents, which the organization says would have violated federal privacy laws.

The contempt charge is related to a November subpoena issued to Mary Kogut, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, by the interim Missouri State Senate Committee on the Sanctity of Life. The committee was convened to investigate allegations that the women’s health organization illegally sells fetal remains, made by the Center for Medical Progress’ widely-debunked sting videos.

Among the requested documents are all consent forms signed by patients as part of receiving abortion care or prior to being administered anesthesia since 2010. As the clinic is the only remaining abortion provider in the state, this would effectively give lawmakers the names of the bulk of the women in Missouri who’ve received abortions in recent years, other than a small number of procedures performed at hospitals. Crucially, the committee’s document request makes no specifications about what would happen with the information after it is turned over, so there is no guarantee that the information could not be turned over to the public.

Planned Parenthood’s lawyers contend that the committee lacks the authority to subpoena the documents — many of which contain information protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) — and that turning them would be a breach of doctor-patient confidentiality and federal privacy laws.


SEE ALSO: Clinton Calls Out Debate Moderators For Never Asking About Abortion Rights

EXCERPT: “We’ve not had one question about a woman’s right to make her own decisions about reproductive health care, not one question,” Clinton said. “And in the meantime we have states, governors doing everything they can to restrict women’s rights. We have a presidential candidate by the name of Donald Trump saying that women should be punished and we are never asked about this.”

...... the topic has not made it into any of the nine official Democratic debates. As Clinton mentioned, many Republican-controlled state legislatures and Republican governors have moved in recent months to strip funding from women’s health organizations like Planned Parenthood, as haveRepublicans in the U.S. Congress.

“It goes to the heart of who we are as women, our rights, our autonomy, our ability to make our own decisions, and we need to be talking about that and defending Planned Parenthood from these outrageous attacks,” added Clinton.

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Almost two years ago, when the Chibok girls were snatched from their beds in the darkness and tossed into oblivion — I penned an essay that basically thwarted any hopes we had for their safe return.

But prior to that — about a week before the unthinkable transpired — I had an insightful conversation with a good friend of mine about the country of my heritage.

Nigeria. There is no specific way to establish the bipolar relationship I have for a nation that treats its citizens with such disdain.

Growing up in Nigeria taught me to truly appreciate the fact that I was also American. I knew there would be a way out when I was all grown up and ready to claim my birthright.

Funny thing is that now that I’m all grown up and claimed what’s rightfully mine — there is still the feeling of not belonging.



SEE ALSO: Malala’s Open Letter to Parents of the Kidnapped Chibok Girls – 


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La pena por comprar sexo podrá llegar a los 3.500 euros

Madrid, 7 de abril. 16. AmecoPress. Tras dos años de debate parlamentario, Francia aprobó finalmente ayer, 6 de abril, una ley integral sobre prostitución basada en los derechos humanos. Entre las medidas recogidas destaca la penalización de los compradores de servicios sexuales y la despenalización de las personas que ejercen la prostitución.

Con el objetivo de avanzar para acabar con la prostitución, Francia se sitúa como el quinto país europeo que penaliza al consumidor de servicios sexuales; esta medida ha sido previamente implantada en Suecia, Noruega, Islandia y Reino Unido.

Aquellos que compren sexo podrán ser penalizados con una multa de 1.500 euros, que podrá ascender a 3.500, en caso de que existan delitos previos. Además se implantaran cursos de sensibilización para que los consumidores conozcan lo que esconde esta práctica. Con estas medidas el ejecutivo francés pretende que descienda considerablemente la demanda.

 En el intento de garantizar que la prostitución no sea una alternativa, el Gobierno francés aportará ayudas económicas destinadas a apoyar y reinsertar a todas aquellas mujeres que quieran dejar de ejercer la prostitución; además de facilitar el permiso de residencia, durante al menos seis meses, a las mujeres víctimas de trata con fines sexuales.


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Even as scores of U.S. abortion clinics have shut down, the number of doctors trained to provide the procedure has surged – but only in some parts of the country.

Two little-known training programs say they have expanded rapidly in recent years, fueled by robust private funding and strong demand. Launched nearly a quarter century ago amid protest and violence, the programs now train more than 1,000 doctors and medical students annually in reproductive services, from contraception to all types of abortion, according to interviews with Reuters.

But their impact is limited. Most of the doctors end up working near where they train, not in several Southern and Midwestern states that have imposed waiting periods, mandated counseling and enacted other controls.


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from AEquitas, the Prosecutor's Resource on Violence Against Women

Economic Justice for Victims
Presented by Teresa Garvey, Attorney Advisor, AEquitas
and Malore Dusenbery, Associate Director,
Economic Security for Survivors Project

Webinar | April 13, 2016 | 3:00PM - 4:00PM EDT

Economic abuse is one of the many ways that abusers achieve and maintain power and control over their intimate partners.  Many such acts are criminal in and of themselves but are frequently overlooked when the focus is on physical abuse.  Moreover, economic barriers prevent many victims from securing safety for themselves and their children.  Economic insecurity and dependence on the abuser directly impact the ability of victims to participate in the criminal justice system. Addressing the financial impact of these crimes at all stages of the criminal justice process will improve the ability of victims to participate, assist the prosecutor to present a more accurate and compelling case at trial, increase the safety of victims, and help to ensure the offender is held accountable for the full range of criminal conduct.

This webinar will explore the ways in which economic insecurity and economic abuse affect victims and will suggest strategies to achieve economic justice in cases involving intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual violence, and human trafficking.  Click here to register. 

Don't Miss This!
Investigating and Prosecuting Trafficking 

in Illicit Massage Businesses: Part One
Presented by Jane Anderson, Attorney Advisor at AEquitas and
Bradley Myles, CEO and Oriene Shin, Strategic Initiatives Specialist at Polaris
Webinar | April 6, 2016 | 3:00PM - 4:00PM EDT

Illicit Massage Businesses (IMBs) are known fronts for criminal activity and human trafficking. They are venues guised as legitimate massage or bodywork businesses in which women are forced, coerced, and defrauded into performing countless sex acts with strangers on a daily basis. As in other sex-trafficking settings, many of the women fail to self-identify as victims of sexual, psychological, and physical violence by perpetrators who exploit their inability or unwillingness to engage the criminal justice system. Instead, the women view themselves as consenting members of IMBs. In spite of increased law enforcement efforts to combat human trafficking, IMBs have proved to be difficult targets largely because of ineffective response focused more on arresting individuals (particularly women) than on effectively dismantling organizations and offering services to victims. This traditional law enforcement response jeopardizes victim safety, permits “buyers” to escape accountability, and permits owners to resume operations in a new venue.

This presentation will be the first of a three-part series, providing an overview of the IMB organizational model, which typically exists within one of many nationwide networks. The presenters will discuss how women are recruited, harbored, and exploited within those networks. This webinar will explore some of the challenges facing law enforcement and prosecutors, demonstrating the need for strategies to build evidence-based cases that can ensure that offenders are held accountable for their wide-ranging criminal activity. Click here to register for the webinar.

Recent Webinar Recordings:

** Introducing Expert Testimony in Sexual Violence Cases

** Alcohol Facilitated Sexual Assault:

Who Needs Force When You have Alcohol? Parts I & II

** Safeguarding Victim Privacy:
A Plan of Action for Prosecutors

Recent Publications:

** Prosecutors’ Resource on Sexual Abuse in Confinement

** Identifying, Investigating, and Prosecuting Witness Intimidation in Cases of Sexual Abuse in Confinement

** Keep Calm and Understand 
       Elonis v. United States


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The Netherlands Accountability Fund is designed to strengthen the lobby and advocacy capacity of  local Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) in the South. The Fund is being managed by the Dutch Embassies and provides multiannual grants to local CSO’s. The Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Ms. Liliane Ploumen, has decided to allocate one third of this fund to the development and strengthening of lobby and advocacy capacities of organisations working on women’s rights and gender equality. This means that between 2016 and 2020 an amount of 5 Million EURO will be available every year to women’s rights lobby and advocacy activities at local level in low income and low middle income countries.

The Minister encourages the Dutch Embassies to contact local women’s organisations and to come up with new or additional proposals for 2016. On our side, we encourage local organisations within the FLOW-community in low income and low middle income countries to contact the Dutch Embassies in their countries and inquire about the possibilities. The Taskforce for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will assist embassies to realize this additional effort on women’s rights and gender equality. Embassies may get help by organizing a scoping mission or the execution of a gender analysis, for example. The requirements to the proposals are not very prescriptive nor extensive to allow access of smaller local CSO’s. Applicants may count on support to facilitate proposals, where needed.

Please take note that proposals for 2016 should be submitted preferably no later than 30 June. The Dutch Embassy in your country will be able to inform you about the requirements and possibilities



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French lawmakers on Wednesday approved a bill against prostitution and sex trafficking that bans buying sex, not selling it. Customers will face fines and be made to attend awareness classes on the harms of the sex trade.

The legislation, which passed 64-12 in the parliament's lower house, the National Assembly, makes French law one of the toughest against sex buyers in Europe.

Prostitution in itself is legal in France — though brothels, pimping and the sale of sex by minors are illegal.

The new measure does away with a 2003 law that banned passive soliciting by sex workers on the street and thus put the legal onus on prostitutes.

This new bill focuses the punishment on the client, introducing a 1,500-euro ($1,700) fine that would rise to 3,750 euros for a sex buyer's second offense.



UPDATED: Sweden's Prostitution Solution: Why Hasn't Anyone Tried This Before?

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One woman established a new law to prevent child marriage, and is enforcing it with serious gusto. 

Theresa Kachindamoto, senior chief in the Dedza District in Central Malawi, was tired of seeing 12-year-old girls walking around with babies on their hips, according to Al Jazeera. She decided to take a stand and made 50 of her sub-chiefs sign an agreement to end child marriage in her area of authority.

“I told them: ‘Whether you like it or not, I want these marriages to be terminated,’” Kachindamoto told the news outlet.


But she didn’t stop there: She made the leaders annul any existing underage unions, and send all of the children involved back to school, according to the Nyasa Times. 

While marrying under age 18 in Malawi has been illegal since early 2015, children can still be married under so-called “customary law,” meaning with parental consent and overseen by traditional leaders, reports Al Jazeera.

When four male chiefs continued to approve underage marriages, Kachindamoto suspended them as a warning to others, only hiring them back once they confirmed they had annulled the unions, according to Al Jazeera.

“First it was difficult, but now people are understanding,” she said to the outlet.


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Our new research paper examines the relationship between development initiatives, the growth of religious fundamentalisms, and the state of women’s rights.

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A worldwide problem for women’s rights

Globally and in every religious context there has been a growth in the power and influence of religious fundamentalist actors. Although the violence that they are wreaking on women’s rights and human rights may differ and manifest in specific ways depending on the context, it is clear that this escalation is taking place across the world.

The paper presents a global picture of rising religious fundamentalisms. It details the grave human rights violations, and violations of women’s rights in particular, caused by state-sponsored fundamentalism, as well as by fundamentalist non-state actors such as militias, religious community organizations, and individuals.  

The control of women’s bodily autonomy is a hallmark of fundamentalist ideology that crosses religious boundaries, and is central to the way that fundamentalist ideologues exercise power.

Religious fundamentalisms have particularly high costs for women and girls. Fundamentalist reinforcement of regressive, patriarchal social norms are leading to the rise of violence against women, girls, and women human rights defenders (WHRDs).


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Powerful research can sometimes be conducted in quiet ways. This study of the rapes of older people that asked police force for data is one such example.

Rape of older people in the UK is a title that hints at the different perspectives that criminologists bring. They do not use the term ‘elder abuse’ or ‘sexual violence’ but the criminal offence term. This study provides unique data about reported crimes, with the authors acknowledging that victims are sometimes ‘invisible’.


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Picture used in Saudi Arabia's domestic violence awareness campaig. (Photo courtesy: KKF)

The new domestic violence reporting center in Saudi Arabia has received 1,890 domestic violence reports during the first three days of its opening, the Ministry of Social Affairs has said.

Deputy Minister of Social Affairs for Social and Family Care Abdullah Al-Muaiqil said the center opened on Sunday of last week and it was already bombarded with calls. “Forty-nine percent of the calls were reporting new cases, 12 percent were inquiring about previous reports and 20 percent were seeking consultancy. Nineteen percent of the calls were to inquire about the services the center offers,” said Al-Muaiqil.

He also said 916 of the cases during that period were newly reported. “Two hundred thirty-three of the calls were inquiries about previously reported cases and their updates. Calls seeking consultancy were 374 while 367 of the calls were inquiring about the services the center offers. These numbers show that domestic violence and abuse is indeed a widespread phenomenon in our society,” said Al-Muaiqil.

He added the center is open to receive calls 24 hours of the day and in all days of the week.


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Mariel Franco atiende a las víctimas en un dispositivo madrileño. En diálogo con Página/12, detalla el recorrido de una mujer cuando pide ayuda. Hay juzgados de violencia de género, juicio rápido y vigilancia policial. Refugios, subsidios y asistencia psicológica y jurídica gratuita.

....Radicada a inicios del 2008 en Madrid, Franco trabajó en la Comisión para la Investigación de Malos Tratos a Mujeres, en el Observatorio de Salud de las Mujeres, dependiente del Ministerio de Sanidad, Servicios Sociales e Igualdad, y actualmente brinda asistencia a víctimas a través del Punto Municipal del Observatorio Regional de Violencia de Género de la Mancomunidad de Servicios Suroeste de Madrid, que agrupa a varias localidades con escasa población de esa región.

La especialista argentina precisó que la Comunidad de Madrid tiene su propia ley integral contra la violencia de género del año 2005, la Ley 5/2005. “A partir de esa norma se creó una serie de dispositivos de control, seguimiento y asistencia a las mujeres víctimas de violencia de género”, señaló. El Observatorio Regional de Violencia de Género es el encargado de velar por el cumplimiento de la ley y además, coordina todas las acciones destinadas a la prevención y asistencia respecto del tema conjuntamente con el área de Igualdad, explicó. A su vez, se ocupa de las tareas de sensibilización social respecto del tema. Entre los dispositivos de atención se encuentran los de asistencia directa, los centros de emergencia, de acogida y pisos tutelados para las mujeres y sus hijos e hijas.

–¿Cómo funciona cada uno de esos dispositivos?


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Julia Geynisman, MDDebra Taubel, MD

While at the scrub sink several weeks ago, an attending obstetrician told me the story of a tattoo he had seen on a patient several years ago: “We were placing the Foley when we saw this life-size tattoo of a ruler on her inner thigh. You know, the full 12-inch school ruler kind. We asked her what the story was and the patient gave us attitude about the tattoo - didn’t want to really explain what it meant - she was a real tough girl, you know, and then she said, ‘its to measure the man’s penis.’” The obstetrician enjoyed this story and told it as a humorous example of how far modern women have come in their sexual empowerment. It was clear that he was oblivious of the possibility that this tattoo was not drawn by choice. Unfortunately, tattoos such as this are one of the hallmarks of the commercial sex industry - an exam finding that most of us in medicine are blind to recognizing and paralyzed to act on.

Recommended: Counseling women on reproductive and sexual coercion

Human trafficking, or rather, modern slavery, is an insidious and pervasive problem in our society. The United Nations defines sex trafficking as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, or harboring or an individual by means of threat, force, coercion or deception in order to exert control over that individual for the purpose of sexual exploitation. In the case of minors, no threat or coercion needs to occur. The legal definition simply states that any minor being sold for sex is a victim of trafficking.1


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Un informe de la agencia española Efe desnuda y saca a la luz número que distan de la realidad difundida por el gobierno cubano.

La adolescente observa la vidriera de la gasolinera de Santa Catalina y Vento con ojos glotones, de niña ávida de golosinas. Es alta, delgada y frágil. Me mira y parece decirme: "dame una ayudita", así que le compro una barrita de cacao por 1,25 dólares.

Se llama Barbarita, vive en el barrio de Palatino y tiene 14 años. Se sincera tras haberme mentido cuando le había preguntado la edad después de que me prometiera pagar si le compraba un par de chancletas. No, no tiene 16 ni va a cumplir 17. Se prostituye desde los 13 años por entre dos y cuatro dólares. Su padre murió cuando tenía tres años tratando de llegar a las costas de Estados Unidos y su madre es alcohólica. No estudia desde que terminó, hace dos años, la escuela primaria. Por la forma en que se expresa, parece improbable que haya pasado del cuarto grado.

Barbarita espera esta noche a Dayana y Lisandra, dos amigas de 21 y 16 años, respectivamente, que no tardan en llegar. Las tres juntas desmienten ante los ojos de un periodista de la agencia española Efe las estadísticas oficiales. En un informe de 2013, las autoridades aseguraron que "los casos de prostitución con participación de menores fueron mínimos" y negaron que Cuba sea "un país de destino, tránsito o fuente de trata de personas".

Dayana y Lisandra son primas, viven en El Cerro y brindan sus servicios sexuales en la zona desde que tenían 14 años. A la más joven le dicen la Yegua y a la mayor Tetris, como el juego de computadoras. Dayana tiene dos hijos que mantener, de padres desconocidos pero no le da mucha importancia: "Mira, Lisandra sabe quién es el padre de la suya, ¿y de qué le ha servido? La parió a los 15 y va para los 17 y el desgraciado no le ha dado ni un peso".

La Yegua explica que no podría mantener a su hija si no se dedicase a "esto". "Mi papá me botó de la casa y vivo con una prima mía que me cobra hasta el agua", se lamenta.

Dayana mantiene una relación con un canadiense de 84 años que viene con frecuencia y, según sus amigas, desde entonces no le falta de nada. "Paul me ha comprado de todo –dice enseñando un iPhone y un Rolex– pero el dinero que me deja no me alcanza para poder mantener a cinco personas.


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from Intlawgrrls

Today, 21 March 2016, was a historic day for the International Criminal Court (ICC). Trial Chamber III unanimously convicted Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo (Bemba) for his responsibility as commander-in-chief for crimes of murder, pillage, and rape committed by soldiers under his effective authority and control in the Central African Republic in 2002-2003. This makes Bemba not only the first person to be convicted by the ICC for crimes committed by troops under his command, but the first person to be convicted of sexual violence. I have not yet finished reading the 364-page judgment in full, but in this two-part blog post, I provide some initial highlights on these two questions. Citations are to paragraphs in the judgment.

First conviction for sexual violence

As I wrote previously, Bemba stood trial for two counts of sexual violence: rape as a war crime and as a crime against humanity. The judgment is the ICC’s fourth, but the first to include a conviction for sexual violence. Thomas Lubanga was convicted in 2012, but the case did not include sexual violence charges. Mathieu Ngudjolo and Germain Katanga were tried for rape and sexual slavery, but Ngudjolo was acquitted in full in 2012, and Katanga partially acquitted of the sexual violence charges in 2014. Bemba’s conviction thus marks an important turning point for the ICC regarding accountability for sexual violence.

Importantly, the rape charges in this case were based on evidence from both male and female victims of rape. The trial judgment describes in quite some detail specific acts of rape committed against both men and women. The Chamber heard testimony about rape in public, rape in front of family members and communities, gang rapes, and rape of young girls, some as young as 10 years old. Men were also raped, including when trying to prevent their wives or daughters from being raped. Rapes were often committed in conjunction with other crimes, such as pillaging, and marked by violence, often including beatings and threats with weapons.

The judgment reiterates many of the Rome Statute’s gender sensitive legal standards. 


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Las mujeres en Chile no tienen opción legal y segura para terminar un embarazo, incluso en los casos en que son víctimas de violación. Ahora el Congreso de Chile tiene el poder de cambiar esta realidad, sin embargo ha postergado por varios meses la votación del proyecto de ley que permitiría garantizar la salud, la vida y la integridad de las mujeres, a través del reconocimiento del aborto legal en estos casos. La política ha pasado por encima de la salud de las mujeres por muchos años. Es hora de que haya un cambio. Agrega tú nombre y pide a la Presidenta Bachelet que haga todo lo posible para que se apruebe el proyecto de ley en el Congreso.

In English.


Por favor, ayude a las mujeres sobrevivientes de violación para que puedan acceder al aborto legal y seguro

Honorable Presidenta de la República, Michelle Bachelet,

Le escribimos para darle nuestro más sincero agradecimiento por apoyar la salud y los derechos de las mujeres en Chile. Mediante la introducción del proyecto de ley sobre aborto a inicios del año 2015, usted demostró un amplio liderazgo en un asunto de vital importancia para proteger y garantizar la vida y la salud de las mujeres. 

Sin embargo, casi un año después de la presentación de éste histórico proyecto de ley no se han dado acciones concretas que garanticen el aborto legal y seguro. El Congreso ha postergado la votación para remover la prohibición legal del aborto, poniendo la salud, la vida y la dignidad de las mujeres en riesgo. 

En esta oportunidad, le solicitamos hacer todo lo posible para motivar al Congreso a que realicen rápidamente la votación. Las mujeres que han sido víctimas de violación o agredidas sexualmente cuentan con usted para asegurar que en casos de quedar embarazadas en contra de su voluntad, no tendrían que enfrentar el riesgo que involucra poner fin a su embarazo de manera insegura. 

Le pedimos seguir luchando para lograr que el proyecto de ley se convierta en una ley. Le manifestamos nuestro apoyo y solidaridad en cada paso que dé para hacer los derechos reproductivos una realidad.



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Women in Chile have no safe or legal way to end a pregnancy—even in cases of rape. Chile's House just approved a bill that will help change that, and the Senate must follow suit. 

Add your name today to ask President Bachelet to continue pushing this crucial bill forward in Congress.

En español.


Please Help Rape Survivors Access Safe, Legal Abortion Care

Honorable President Michelle Bachelet,

We thank you for courageously supporting the health and rights of Chilean women. By introducing the Therapeutic Abortion Law in early 2015, you provided strong leadership on an issue fundamental to women's reproductive freedom. 

However, over a year after you introduced this historic bill, women are still without access to safe and legal abortion services. Congress took an important step forward by approving the bill, and the Senate must move quickly to do the same. 

At this time, we respectfully call on you to do everything in your power to continue to move this bill forward in Congress, and stand behind all three vital exceptions to the abortion ban. Women who are brutally raped or sexually assaulted are counting on you to ensure that if they do become pregnant against their will, they will not have to face the added trauma of ending their pregnancy illegally. 

We ask that you continue to fight tooth and nail until this bill becomes law. We're behind you every step of the way.





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from news articles aggregated by the National Police Misconduct Reporting Project from March 9, 2016 to March 16, 2016...

Essex County, New Jersey: An officer pled guilty to criminal coercion for forcing a woman to have sex. http://bit.ly/21y6O4W

Pinellas County, Florida: A deputy was charged with domestic battery after an altercation with his wife. ow.ly/ZxWo1

Massachusetts State Police: A trooper who was charged with sexually assaulting a woman he met online may finally see trial this month. The case has been delayed at least two previous times.  ow.ly/Zy2EZ

Suffolk, Virginia: A now-former officer pled guilty to unlawful wounding for choking a woman. He was sentenced to two-to-five years in prison. ow.ly/Zy7ln

Neptune Township, New Jersey: An officer pled guilty to manslaughter for chasing down and fatally shooting his ex-wife as she drove her car. Their seven-year-old daughter was in the car at the time of the shooting. ow.ly/Zybss

Livingston, California: An officer was charged with assault for an incident during a supervised child exchange. One of the three original charges has been dismissed. ow.ly/ZtEsS

Pomona, California: An officer was charged with molesting or annoying a teenage girl. ow.ly/ZtF9p

Chester, Pennsylvania: An officer was charged with oppression, indecent exposure, and assault for demanding sex from female detainees. ow.ly/ZtFPv

Edison Township, New Jersey: An officer was put back on the job, though without his firearm, despite efforts to terminate him. He had been suspended with notice of intent for termination for coercing a woman to model lingerie for him or face arrest.ow.ly/ZuaDV

Kaufman, Texas: A now-former officer was indicted for indecency and sexual assault of a child. The incident is alleged to have taken place when he was on the force. ow.ly/ZppXN

Pasco County, Florida: A now-former deputy was sentenced to five years in prison for receiving child pornography. ow.ly/Zpr5o

Montgomery County, Tennessee : A deputy who had been arrested for stalking and harassment has resigned. ow.ly/Zpsgr

Adams County, Colorado: A deputy was arrested for domestic abuse.ow.ly/Zj4gC

Pinal County, Arizona: A deputy was indicted for sex crimes against a 15-year-old boy. He has been fired. ow.ly/Zj52v

Neoga, Illinois: An officer was fired amid state police investigation into his involvement with a teenager. ow.ly/ZfMQ5

Glen Rock, New Jersey: A now-former officer pled guilty to endangering the welfare of a child for sexting teenage girls he was investigating. The plea deal includes a sentencing recommendation of three-to-five years in prison. ow.ly/ZfOoY

Baltimore, Maryland: Two school officers charged with assault, misconduct, and child abuse for slapping and kicking a student. The incident was captured on video and went viral. ow.ly/Zg1oN


California Public Faces Hurdles in Obtaining Information About Fired Cops

In California, state law and labor contracts between the officers’ union and the cities they work for allow that information to remain secret, even after the officer is fired.

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Presentación de un análisis de casi 500 sentencias

El Observatorio propone suprimir la exigencia del elemento de dominación machista en los casos de violencia de género

Ángeles Carmona, presidenta del Observatorio contra la violencia doméstica y de género del Consejo General del Poder Judicial (CGPJ) ha presentado hoy las conclusiones de un informe elaborado por un grupo de expertos y expertas la institición contra la violencia doméstica y de género, en el cual se analizan un total de 497 sentencias dictadas por Audiencias Provinciales entre los años 2012 y 2014. Han acompañado a Carmona en la presentación María Tardón y Vicente Moro, dos de las personas encargadas de elaborar el estudio, y Carmen Llompart, vocal del CGPJ.

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Los datos extraídos de las casi 500 sentencias analizadas permiten a los expertos y expertas del Observatorio proponer reformas legales orientadas a mejorar la respuesta judicial ante la violencia de género. Una de estas propuestas es la supresión del elemento subjetivo o finalístico establecido por el artículo 1 de la Ley Integral contra la Violencia de Género, que establece que la norma tiene por objeto actuar cuando queda acreditado que la violencia se produce en una intención de dominar a la mujer.

El estudio se ha focalizado en los siguientes aspectos: tipos penal objeto de condena y absolución, motivos de absolución, valoración de la declaración de la víctima como única prueba de cargo, el elemento subjetivo de los delitos de violencia de género, circunstancias modificativas de la responsabilidad criminal, efectos del consentimiento de la víctima en la reanudación de la convivencia cuando hay orden de alejamiento, la “análoga relación de afectividad” sin convivencia a los efectos de la Ley Integral, penas impuestas diferentes a la prisión, supuestas denuncias falsas de las mujeres, motivos de nulidad, y por último los subgrupos agravados y atenuados de los delitos de violencia de género.


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“What do I tell my daughter when she is raped?”

This was the question posed to Charon Asetoyer, CEO of the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center by a young mother on the Yankton Sioux Reservation in Lake Andes, South Dakota.

“The feeling ... I can’t even begin to explain how that made me feel. Not if she’s raped, but when she’s raped,” said Asetoyer of the Comanche tribe. “We’re aware of how bad the problem is in our reservation community, but when somebody puts it to you that way, you realize it’s even worse than you thought it was.”

Asetoyer is well aware that Native American women are 2.5 times more likely to experience sexual assault crimes than all other races in the US and that more thanone in three Native American women report having been raped during their lifetime. She speaks with survivors of sexual assault in her community every day.

Recognizing an immediate need to prepare and support indigenous young women in the likely event of a sexual assault, Asetoyer and her colleagues teamed up with graphic designer Lucy M Bonner to create a graphic novel entitled, “What To Do When You’re Raped: An ABC Handbook for Native Girls”.

The book is available to download free online HERE 

or to order in print HERE.

Each letter of the alphabet starts a conversation about rape trauma and where to go for help. The book was written in easy to understand language so as to make it accessible to everyone, including children.


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