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


She had been involved in “Not one less” (“Ni una menos” in Spanish) protest movement that began in Argentina in 2015 and spread across Latin America and the world. The protests were resurrected in June 2016 to commemorate the anniversary of the movement and in October 2016, after three men were accused of the rape and murder of 16-year-old Lucia Perez in Mar del Plata.

A police dog located Garcia’s body on Saturday next to a tree in the outskirts of Gualeguay, naked and in an advanced state of decomposition, according to local police. Her family is now awaiting the result of the autopsy, which is to provide more information about the circumstances of her death.

Sebastian Jose Luis Wagner, 30, was arrested a day before the body was found. He had been jailed for nine years in 2012 for raping two women in 2010, but it emerged this weekend that a judge ordered his early release in July 2016 after he had completed only half his sentence.

In a statement, Fabiana Tunes, president of the government-linked National Council of Women, said: "We have two people responsible, both of whom are a product of a socio-cultural system that is sexist and patriarchal. On the one hand, the killer and on the other the judge, Carlos Alfredo Rossi, who decided to turn a deaf ear to the report of the provincial prison service and to the opinion of the prosecutor's office that advised against [Wagner’s] release.”

According to Tunes, failure of the the justice system highlighted the need for gender awareness. “This is something on which we are working hard,” she added.


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The shooting death of a teacher in San Bernardino, California, by her estranged husband was hardly an outlier – an estimated 50 women a month are shot to death in the US by former or current partners

In one mass shooting after another, some gun control advocates and journalists see a common thread: when domestic violence is not the immediate cause of a mass shooting, it was there as a warning sign in the history of the perpetrator.

On Monday, a husband murdered his wife, an elementary school teacher, and an eight-year-old child, opening fire on them in a classroom in San Bernardino, California, before turning the gun on himself, officials said. A nine-year-old student was also injured in the attack.



*  How to Investigate Domestic Violence Homicide

* Trump's rigorous asylum proposals endanger domestic abuse survivors






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Los colectivos feministas piden unanimidad en las políticas de igualdad entre todos los países europeos


Madrid, 06 abr 17. AmecoPress. El Colectivo unitario de París Île de France ha exigido que los derechos de las mujeres, la libre disposición de su cuerpo, el derecho al aborto y a la salud sean respetados y considerados derechos fundamentales por la igualdad en todos los países europeos. “El derecho al aborto en Europa es competencia de cada Estado. Prohibido en Irlanda y en Malta, sujeto a estrictos condicionamientos en Hungría y en Polonia, el derecho al aborto, incluso allí donde es legalmente reconocido, está de hecho en peligro o podría volver a estarlo por la cláusula de objeción de conciencia del personal sanitario (Italia), la carencia de estructuras hospitalarias adecuadas (Grecia, Baviera), la escasez de personal y la eliminación de centros donde llevar a cabo el aborto debido a reestructuraciones hospitalarias (Francia)”, reza el comunicado del colectivo. Las feministas también avisan de la elección de gobiernos reaccionarios, conservadores y retrógados en próximas citas electorales.

Asimismo, el comunicado insiste en unas pautas para que al aborto y la igualdad se convierta en una realidad:

  1. El acceso al aborto es un derecho
  2. El aborto es una elección personal.
  3. Mi cuerpo me pertenece y yo decido sobre mi vida.
  4. Hay que dotar de medios económicos los centros de planificación y los centros donde se practica el aborto para que éstos sean accesibles a todas las mujeres en todos los territorios.
  5. Es necesario poner en marcha campañas dirigidas a toda la población.
  6. La educación sexual debe ser accesible a todas y a todos para que nuestras decisiones sean libres e informadas.
  7. Las técnicas y los procedimientos abortivos deben estar incluidos en la formación inicial del personal sanitario.
  8. La cláusula de conciencia del personal sanitario debe ser suprimida.
  9. Los plazos legales para abortar tienen que ser armonizados siguiendo el modelo legislativo más progresista y tender a la despenalización total del aborto en todos los países europeos



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Part in English, Part in Italian

The panel addresses the challenges presented to the media covering male violence against women, and especially femicide (the killing of a woman because she is a woman). Looking at data and examples from both the UK and Italy, journalists and women’s rights experts will discuss the sexist bias often hidden within mainstream news narratives and debate the potential role of the media in reshaping traditional perceptions of gender-based violence and catalyze a cultural shift in society.
Con: Cristiana Bedei (freelance journalist), Salma Haidrani (freelance journalist), Sofia Lotto Persio (International Business Times UK), Stefania Prandi (photojournalist), Claudia Torrisi (Chayn Italy), Claudia Torrisi

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In light of the Sustainable Millennium Development Goals, economic empowerment, with its aims of both education and employment, is crucial for realizing women’s rights. Changing social contexts, displacement, migration and social exclusion require new innovative approaches to increase access to education and employment for women.

This symposium, sponsored by Fordham University's Institute for Women & Girls on 3/18/17, addressed comparative challenges and innovations that address access to employment for women migrants; entrepreneurship among women refugees; the use of microfinance and alternative economic development tools; as well as challenges and innovations aimed at combatting women’s trafficking.


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Neil Gorsuch may be a soft-spoken and gentlemanly Harvard-educated lawyer’s lawyer.  But his decision in the Hobby Lobby case, 723 F.3d 1114 (10th Cir. 2013), apparently overlooked by most commentators, demonstrates just how much American women have to fear if he is confirmed as a justice on the Supreme Court.

As we know, in Hobby Lobby v. Burwell, 134 S. Ct. 2751 (2014), the Supreme Court determined by a 5-4 majority that for-profit family owned corporations were “persons” who could assert the religious beliefs of their human shareholders to thwart the mandate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that all employer-based and individual insurance plans covered under the ACA offer essential preventative services.

Hobby Lobby began when two family-owned for-profit corporations, Hobby Lobby and Mardel, sought a preliminary injunction in an Oklahoma federal district court, contending that they should not be compelled to comply with the ACA’s contraceptive services mandate because the Green family, the owners of these corporations, personally believed that certain of these FDA-approved forms of contraception constituted abortion, in violation of their religious belief that life begins at conception. The district court denied the injunction, and the case was appealed to the United States Court of Appeal for the Tenth Circuit. A plurality of the court held that Hobby Lobby and Mardel, as corporations, were entitled to a preliminary injunction precluding the enforcement of the ACA, ruling that these corporations’ “religious beliefs” trumped the government’s interest in providing preventative health care to millions of Americans under the ACA.

Judge Gorsuch concurred.  After expressing his agreement with the plurality opinion, he then framed the issue of the obligation to comply with the ACA mandate in moral and religious terms: “All of us face the problem of complicity. All of us must answer for ourselves whether and to what degree we are willing to be involved in the wrongdoing of others.” 723 F.3d at 1152 (Gorsuch, J., concurring). Here, the “wrongdoing” Judge Gorsuch was referring to was women’s use of certain forms of contraception that the Greens found to be the equivalent of an abortion.


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Over the past century, women have made significant gains in improving their lives. These improvements – including the rights to vote, property, and education – have been facilitated by social activism. In January 2017, people across the globe joined together in the largest global protest in history to demand equality for women. In this webinar, Dr. Dabney P. Evans 98PH will discuss the future of women’s rights in the US and abroad based on her academic research, highlighting the recent Women’s Marches and their role in signaling a new era of civil activism defending and promoting human rights.

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A la Fuerza Especial de Lucha Contra la Violencia (FELCV) llegaron el año pasado 492 denuncias contra policías y militares, quienes fueron acusados por agresiones físicas, acoso, abuso sexual y hasta feminicidio.

A la Fuerza Especial de Lucha Contra la Violencia (FELCV) llegaron el año pasado 492 denuncias contra policías y militares, quienes fueron acusados por agresiones físicas, acoso, abuso sexual y hasta feminicidio.

Las víctimas por lo general son sus parejas, sus exparejas o personas que dependen de ellos en sus fuentes de trabajo, según la dirección nacional de la FELCV.

De acuerdo con los datos oficiales, del total de denuncias que llegaron en 2016 en todo el territorio nacional,  390 fueron contra policías y 102 contra militares.

Sin embargo, en lo que va de este año la situación no cambia. Si bien no se conoce un informe oficial de enero a marzo, las denuncias fueron de dominio público.

Uno de los casos que sorprendió a la población fue el del director de la FELCV de La Paz, Bernardino Baldiviezo, quien fue enviado el fin de semana a la cárcel de Patacamaya por acoso sexual contra una de las policías que trabajan en la misma unidad policial.

Otro policía que también trabajaba en la FELCV de la población cruceña de Yapacaní, Armando Mamani Quispe,  fue detenido preventivamente hace una semana en el penal de San Pedro. Su expareja lo denunció por agresiones físicas.

Asimismo, por el lado de las Fuerzas Armadas también llegaron casos. Hace un mes el teniente de la Fuerza Aérea Boliviana (FAB) Ciro Sergio Sánchez Ríos ingresó a una unidad en la ciudad de Cochabamba, le disparó a su pareja en la cabeza y luego se quitó la vida.


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On International Women’s Day, March 8, a fire was set at a state home for children and youth in Guatemala, immediately killing 19 girls. Since then, at least another 21 have died as a result of their injuries and many more continue to be hospitalized.

Survivors have recounted that on March 7, several youth broke out of the Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Assunsión (Safe Home) in an attempt to escape the abusive conditions inside. Reports of extreme sexual violence, physical abuse, neglect, torture, and human trafficking have been documented for several years by children’s rights organizations and denounced with the Guatemala’s Human Rights Ombudsman’s office and at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

After the breakout, police were immediately called to round up the youth who escaped. Fifty-two girls were then locked inside a room; according to one of the survivors, the group of teenage girls started rioting the morning of March 8 after having been locked in the room all night, subject to continued verbal assaults by police outside the door, and prevented from leaving to use the bathroom. Protesting the sexual violence that they face on a daily basis, a mattress was set on fire in the room, setting the room ablaze with the girls inside. Despite pleas as the fire spread, riot police did not open the locked door nor move to allow the girls out. The death toll has now risen to at least 40 teenage girls, between the ages of 12 and 17.

Several state officials have been arrested on charges of culpable homicide, negligence, and child abuse; however, many Guatemalan organizations are pointing to crimes so severe to warrant investigations for crimes against humanity.

Anything but a safe home

The system for child welfare in Guatemala is chronically under-resourced and reports of systemic abuse are rampant. The Hogar Seguro is no exception. Under its roof are children from the ages of 12-17 who have been removed from their homes due to violence and abuse. Several are children with disabilities. Some are youth who had nowhere else to go. Opened in 2010, the center was built for a capacity of 500 children. At the time of the fire, there were over 800 children being housed there.

For more background to the fire, read Francisco Goldman’s account for the New Yorker. 

An outcry from civil society


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With a different focus each month, people gather to write letters to officials, make phone calls, and learn about existing activist groups they can work with

Every second Sunday since Donald Trump was elected, groups of women across the country have been holding Solidarity Sundays – activist meet-ups that aim to resist the president. And the number of different meet-ups has been growing.

There are now more than 100 different Solidarity Sundays groups in the US, including in traditionally conservative states such as Missouri, Texas and Louisiana.

With a different focus each month, the organizers attempt to tackle national issues at a local level. People gather in apartments and houses to write letters to elected officials, make phone calls, and learn about existing activist groups they can work with.

“We try to build communities and encourage people to get in touch with local groups and let people know they are not alone in the feelings they are having,” said Emily Gallagher – the co-organizer, along with Ryan Kuonen, of the Williamsburg chapter of Solidarity Sundays, in Brooklyn, New York.

At their first meeting, in January, about 25 people gathered at Kuonen’s apartment. The February meeting, held in a loft apartment in Williamsburg, focused on the Black Lives Matter movement and attracted 60 people.

In March, the group focused on how women can run for office. The US congresswoman Carolyn Maloney gave a speech, and activists talked about running for local office.

“We try to have a guest speaker every time,” Gallagher said.







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Protecting the rights of migrant and refugee children is a key priority of the Council of Europe, and an area particularly targeted for action in its Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2016-2021) and the Secretary General's proposal for priority actions (4 March 2016).

As stated in the Strategy, “children on the move, or otherwise affected by migration, remain one of the most vulnerable groups in Europe today”. Giving focus to the precarious situation of unaccompanied children, it highlights that “migrant children at large, even when accompanied by parents, often suffer persistent violations of their human rights”. The purpose of the Strategy is to illustrate a series of important gaps and problems which result in children falling through the loopholes of child protection/frameworks and/or children’s rights being violated, all of which need to be addressed.


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Atenta contra la dignidad de las niñas y viola sus derechos al pretender estereotipar y cosificar a las niñas

Cd. de México, 23 mar. 17. AmecoPress/SemMéxico.- La Cámara de Diputados aprobó un acuerdo para rechazar la realización del concurso "Mini Belleza Latina México" y cualquier evento que promueva o atente contra el principio del Interés Superior de la Niñez y los que rigen la Ley General de los Derechos de Niñas, Niños y Adolescentes.

El Pleno avaló exhortar a las 32 entidades federativas del país a que impulsen la cultura de respeto, promoción y protección de derechos de niñas, niños, y adolescentes, basados en los principios rectores previstos en esta norma y den estricta observancia a la misma.


El acuerdo, propuesto por la Junta de Coordinación Política (Jucopo), también solicita a “la Procuraduría Federal de Protección de Niñas, Niños y Adolescentes, en colaboración con las Procuradurías de Protección de Niñas, Niños y Adolescentes de cada entidad federativa, para que emitan medidas especiales de protección en favor de las niñas y adolescentes, cuyos derechos puedan verse vulnerados con motivo del referido concurso”.

En la sesión del pasado 7 de marzo, el diputado perredista Jesús Salvador Valencia Guzmán, presidente de la Comisión de Derechos de la Niñez, informó que este concurso se está llevando a cabo en 11 estados de la República mexicana.

Llamó a los gobiernos de Chihuahua, Ciudad de México, Estado de México, Hidalgo, Nuevo León, Puebla, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, Veracruz y Yucatán, a no permitir la realización de ese evento, porque “atenta contra la dignidad de las niñas y viola sus derechos al pretender estereotipar y cosificar a las niñas”.




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Latinos in Los Angeles are making dramatically fewer reports of rape and domestic violence amid a climate of fear over increased immigration enforcement, according to the city’s Police Chief Charlie Beck.

Since the beginning of 2017, reports of rape among the city’s Latino population have declined by 25 percent, compared to the same period last year. Domestic violence reports have dropped nearly 10 percent. According to statistics provided by the Los Angeles Police Department, no other ethnic group experienced a comparable decrease.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Beck said there was a “strong correlation” between the Trump administration’s new immigration rules, which empower federal agents to more aggressively deport those without documentation regardless of whether they’ve committed a serious crime, and the deflated numbers.

“Imagine a young woman—imagine your daughter, sister, mother, your friend—not reporting a sexual assault because they are afraid that their family will be torn apart,” he said during an appearance with Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The Pew Research Center estimates that the Los Angeles metro area has one million undocumented immigrants, more than any other area in the country except New York. In a press release, the LAPD cautioned that while “there is no direct evidence that the decline is related to concerns within the Hispanic community regarding immigration, the department believes deportation fears may be preventing Hispanic members of the community from reporting when they are victimized.


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This collection includes select resources that detail the history of the reproductive justice movement, provide comprehensive information on reproductive justice and social change, and lift up the work of organizations that are advancing a reproductive justice agenda. Also included are resources on the intersection of domestic and sexual violence and reproductive justice, and information on federal and state policies surrounding the issue.

This is an update to a collection that was originally developed by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, and the Women of Color Network. We would like to thank SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective, especially Loretta Ross, and the Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice for their years of dedication to and development of reproductive justice as a framework and movement and for all of their resources that are part of this collection.


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Webinar series announcement

What Do We Know About Sexual Victimization and Ways to Support Survivors?
An Overview for Supervision Officers

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 2:00-3:30 pm ET
Presented by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center

The Role of Sexual Assault Victim Advocates:
A Primer for Supervision Officers

Thursday, May 4, 2017, 2:00-3:30 pm ET
Presented by the Resource Sharing Project

What Does Supervision of Those Who Offend Sexually “Look Like?”
An Overview for Victim Advocates

Thursday, June 1, 2017, 2:00-3:30 pm ET
Presented by the Center for Sex Offender Management

Promoting Victim-Centered Supervision:
Practical Tips and Promising Examples

Wednesday, July 12, 2017, 2:00-3:30 pm ET
Presented by the Center for Sex Offender Management

Supervising individuals who have sexually offended is an essential element of a comprehensive approach to reducing and preventing sexual violence. Such supervision strategies must be evidence-informed, collaborative, and responsive to survivors’ rights, needs, and interests. The Center for Sex Offender Management (CSOM), the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) and the Resource Sharing Project (RSP), with support from the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), have embarked on a partnership aimed at increasing understanding and practical application of a victim-centered approach to supervising these individuals. As part of the initiative, this webinar series is designed to address a variety of information needs identified by victim advocates and supervision officers, but other stakeholders with an interest in learning about these issues are welcome to participate.

Registration is required; visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9LYNFLR to register for individual sessions or the entire series. For inquiries regarding this webinar series, please contact Leilah Gilligan at lgilligan@cepp.com.


Advocating for Victims of Violence Against Women in Departments of Probation and Parole

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    Ibn Ali Miller said he stepped in “because it was the right thing to do.”

    Atlantic City, New Jersey, honored the good Samaritan who brought peace to two fighting teens in a video that has received more than 31 million views.

    Ibn Ali Miller, 26, teared up as he made remarks during an event on Wednesday night in which he and the two teens, 15-year-old Jamar Mobley and 18-year-old Sheldon Ward, were recognized. Ali used the moment to thank his mom for raising him to be the man that he is now.

    “When I was young I grew up in the projects,” Miller said, holding the resolution the City Council presented to him. “When I would get on punishment she would make me read books ... I’m crying because this whole situation deeply saddens me. The fact that it’s unbelievable. This should be very believable. This should be a norm and it should be regular.”


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    The policy that plucks U.S. dollars from any international health care initiative tied to abortion has been reinstated by President Trump — and a lot of African women are going to die as a result.

    Fred Gbagbo recognized the woman right away, even though the blood had drained from her face and was instead pooling between her legs. There was no trace of the pushy, even demanding young woman in this listless body lying semiconscious in front of him. During their first encounter just hours earlier, he’d concluded that she was a devil trying to tempt angels. Now, seeing her so pale, he wasn’t so sure.

    That morning, she had interrupted a pre-work prayer he was conducting with other student doctors in the gynecology unit of a teaching hospital in Ghana; she was pregnant, she said, and she wanted an abortion. Gbagbo and his colleagues, devout Christians all, knew what to do. They told her no, preached her the Gospel, and sent her on her way, proud they had so uncompromisingly cast her out, certain they had deterred her from sin.

    But here she was back again, and Gbagbo couldn’t shake the nagging, nauseating feeling that perhaps it was he who had sinned. Their examination revealed a perforated uterus, the likely result of an attempt to perform the abortion herself, or the botched efforts of a local freelancer; either way, she wasn’t talking, and her body told only the worst of the story. They took her to the operating room, but it didn’t matter. She died there hours later, a first-year medical student and her parents’ only daughter.



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    Eliza Samudio was one of the 4,465 women killed in 2010 in Brazil. In October 2009, the 25-year-old had gone to police to report that her former partner had hit her, threatened to kill her if she did not have an abortion—which is illegal in Brazil—and forced her to take abortive substances.

    A test of her urine from the time confirmed the presence of abortive chemicals. The problem is that it took police more than eight months after she filed the complaint to test it. By that time, Samudio was dead.

    The police had requested a protective order for Samudio when she reported the incident, but it was denied by a judge from a domestic violence court. The judge contended that the law governing protective orders did not apply, because Samudio did not maintain “a stable affective relationship” with her aggressor, with whom she had only one sexual encounter.

    The abortive substances, meanwhile, failed to work, and after delivering the baby in February 2010, Samudio filed a paternity lawsuit. In June, relatives and associates of her former partner kidnapped her. One of them strangled her, dismembered her, and fed parts of her body to dogs, according to testimony during a 2013 trial that resulted in the conviction of the former partner—and a sentence of more than 22 years in prison—for ordering the crime.

    As gruesome as it was, Samudio’s murder might have gone unnoticed in a country where partners, former partners, or relatives kill more than 2,000 women each year. But in Samudio’s case, the man involved is Bruno Fernandes de Souza, at the time the goalkeeper and captain of Flamengo, one of the richest clubs in Brazil and the one with the largest fan base.


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    Guatemala, 15 mar. 17. AmecoPress/SEMlac.- Comida agusanada, cuartos de castigo, panes con heces, violaciones sexuales y hasta abortos a golpes… todo formaba parte del diario vivir de las niñas y niños guatemaltecos en el hogar Virgen de la Asunción. Allí el maltrato culminó en una tragedia que llevó a la muerte a 38 menores de edad.

    Sus cuerpos consumidos por las llamas, tras haber sufrido el encierro en un cuarto con llave, como castigo por intentar fugarse de ese infierno en el que vivían desde que salía hasta que se ponía el sol.


    "Hogar Solidario" o también "Hogar Seguro", ninguno de los nombres que tenía, según el gobierno de turno, rima con lo que allí vivían alrededor de 500 niños y niñas de cero a 17 años, tras cerrarse el portón donde ingresaban por orden del juez para ser abrigados y protegidos con amor.

    En su lugar recibieron maltratos, amenazas, humillaciones y muerte, según Leonel Dubón, del Refugio por la niñez.

    También fueron provistos de indiferencia, la que se hizo más visible cuando los desgarradores gritos suplicaban que abrieran la puerta, al avivarse las llamas dentro de la habitación, y monitores, psicólogas y autoridades del hogar hicieron oídos sordos, tal como lo narraron las niñas que estaban en otra habitación.

    Se asfixiaron con el monóxido de carbono hasta perder la conciencia, describe el médico forense del Instituto de Ciencias Forenses INACIF, Sergio Rodas. Incluso, vecinos aledaños al hogar dijeron ver el humo que salía por las ventanas, que fueron quebradas ante la desesperación de las niñas.

    Es de 14, 15 y 16 años la edad de las pequeñas que, en diferentes ocasiones, habían denunciado ante los medios de comunicación, trabajadoras sociales de la Secretaría de Bienestar Social (SBS) -el ente que tiene bajo su cargo el Hogar Virgen de la Asunción- y el Ministerio Público (MP) que eran obligadas a tener relaciones sexuales con algunos monitores y que muchas veces les tiraban semen en la cara.


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    Dignity: A Journal on Sexual Exploitation and Violence is an open access, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal dedicated to publishing original articles on topics related to dignity, sexual exploitation, and violence.



    Current Issue: Volume 2, Issue 1 (2017)


     PDF Women, Migration, and Prostitution in Europe: Not a Sex Work Story
    Anna Zobnina 

    PDF Denial of Harm: Sex Trafficking, Backpage, and Free Speech Absolutism
    Jody Raphael

    Review Article

     PDF Tradition and Culture in Africa: Practices that Facilitate Trafficking of Women and Children
    Norah Hashim Msuya

    Research and Scholarly Article

     PDF Head in the Game: A One-Act Play
    Carolyn Gage

    Frontline Reports 

    PDF Doing Sustainable Trauma Research
    Michael Salter

     PDF Prostitution Survivors: Backlash in Australia
    Melinda Tankard Reist

    Book Reviews 

    PDF Wait Until I'm Dead! A Novel of Family Secrets by Elda Dawber
    Cordelia Anderson 

    PDF The Evil of Banality: On the Life and Death Importance of Thinking by Elizabeth Minnich
    Kathleen Barry


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    One creepy picture speaks volumes.One bro in a suit wants to remind the world that misogyny is alive and well.

    Days after an investment management firm installed the “Fearless Girl” statue in front of The Charging Bull in downtown New York, one man decided it was time to hump the statue.

    The lewd act was photographed by Alexis Kaloyanides and posted to social media, where it went viral. According to the picture’s caption, the man thrusted his hips in front of the statue as his friends watched.

    “Almost as if out of central casting, some Wall Street finance broseph appeared and started humping the statue while his gross date rape-y friends laughed and cheered him on,” Kaloyanides wrote on Friday.

    “He pretended to have sex with the image of a little girl,” she continued. “Douchebags like this are why we need feminism.”

    Almost as if out of central casting, some Wall Street finance broseph appeared and started humping the statue while his gross date rape-y friends laughed and cheered him on. He pretended to have sex with the image of a little girl. Douchebags like this are why we need feminism.

    The “Fearless Girl” is an act of political art by investment management firm State Street. The image of her staring down the bronze bull, a masculine and powerful symbol for Wall Street, is supposed to raise awareness of the need for gender diversity.


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    While gender-related violence is often associated with the home, this phenomenon has also been linked to the prevalence of criminality among youths. Various studies have established a link between a child’s experience of spousal abuse and them later becoming violent offenders, with the caveat that a multitude of factors are involved in youths developing violenttraits.

    One of the suggested causes is that growing up in an environment of domestic abuse fosters a “belief that violence is an appropriate means of settling conflict,” one such study reads.

    But these detrimental effects on children are not limited to physical aggression. Research from 2009 on young adolescentsfound that psychological abuse between parents or guardians contributed to the development of violence in children, more so than the type of neighborhood the youths lived in, playing violent video games and even witnessing physical abuse against their parents.

    Furthermore, children who witness spousal abuse are also likely to be victims of violence themselves. And, similarly, these youths are more likely to later engage in crime and antisocial behavior.

    This ”violence begets violence” theory can become dangerously cyclical, as witnessing or experiencing abuse as a child could worsen the risk of people perpetrating domestic violence themselves later in life.

    Contributing to this cyclicality in Latin America is the fact that organized crime itself fuels aggression against women. Indeed, it could be said that many of the chauvinistic tendencies that lead to domestic violence also facilitate the forced participation of women in organized crime.


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    Live global coverage of International Women’s Day 2017 as events take place around the world to mark the ongoing fight for equality




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