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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


 

A Call To The Occupy Movement To Join in Uniting Against The War On Women’s Lives

FROM OCCUPY PATRIARCHY Blog

Over the course of the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to speak about Occupy Patriarchy and why feminism is so important to the success of the Occupy movement at the University of Pennsylvania, at a panel organized by the Lysistrata Gender Working Group at NYU and at a panel discussion at the National Young Feminist Leadership Conference.

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El Gobierno de Estados Unidos demanda al ‘sheriff’ Arpaio

El 'sheriff' Joe Arpaio, en 2010. / PAUL J. RICHARDS (AFP)

 

“Un miembro de la Oficina del Sheriffdel Condado de Maricopa paró a una mujer latina –ciudadana de Estados Unidos y embarazada de cinco meses en ese momento- cuando iba a entrar a su coche. Tras obligarla salir del vehículo, el oficial insistió en que se apoyará en el capó. Ante su negativa, éste le agarró las manos por la espalda y la empujó tres veces, dándose ella con el estómago contra el coche. Después, la trasladó hasta el coche patrulla y la introdujo en el asiento trasero, donde la abandonó, dejándola encerrada durante unos 30 minutos sin aire acondicionado. El oficial le puso una denuncia por negarse a enseñarle la documentación que después se sustituyó por negativa a mostrar el seguro. La denuncia se retiró cuando la mujer presentó la documentación del vehículo en el juzgado local”.

Este es uno de los múltiples ejemplos que el asistente del Fiscal General (ministro de Justicia) en materia de Derechos Civiles, Thomas E. Pérez, incluyó en la demanda que el Departamento de Justicia de Estados Unidos interpuso este jueves contra el sheriff Joe Arpaio y la Oficina delSheriff del Condado de Marcopa (MCSO, en sus siglas en ingles), que él dirige, por violación de los derechos civiles y reincidencia en una “pauta sistemática de prácticas policiales discriminatorias en contra de los hispanos”.

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New York Times

An influential rabbi came last summer to the Brooklyn district attorney, Charles J. Hynes, with a message: his ultra-Orthodox advocacy group was instructing adherent Jews that they could report allegations of child sexual abuse to district attorneys or the police only if a rabbi first determined that the suspicions were credible.

The pronouncement was a blunt challenge to Mr. Hynes’s authority. But the district attorney “expressed no opposition or objection,” the rabbi, Chaim Dovid Zweibel, recalled.

In fact, when Mr. Hynes held aHanukkah party at his office in December, he invited many ultra-Orthodox rabbis affiliated with the advocacy group, Agudath Israel of America. He even chose Rabbi Zweibel, the group’s executive vice president, as keynote speaker at the party.

Mr. Hynes has won election six times as district attorney thanks in part to support from ultra-Orthodox rabbis, who lead growing communities in neighborhoods like Borough Park and Crown Heights. But in recent years, as allegations of child sexual abuse have shaken the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn, victims’ rights groups have expressed concern that he is not vigorously pursuing these cases because of his deep ties to the rabbis.

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Rolling Back Protections for Domestic Violence Victims

EXERPT: The Adams bill adds burdensome, counter-productive requirements that compromise the ability of service providers to reach victims, fails to adequately protect Tribal victims, lacks important protection and services for LGBT victims, weakens resources for victims living in subsidized housing, and eliminates important improvements to address dating violence and sexual assault on college campuses.  Among the most troubling components of this bill are those that jettison and drastically undercut existing and important, long-standing protections that remain vital to the safety and protection of battered immigrant victims.  

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¿Hasta donde?, ¿Hasta cuando?

Valencia, 06 may. 12. AmecoPress.- Hoy se está conmemorando el Día de la Madre. Pero habrá muchas criaturas que no lo podrán celebrar, puesto que a sus madres las mataron. Y las mataron por ser mujeres.

Según la Red Estatal de Organizaciones Feministas contra la Violencia de Género, a fecha de hoy, seis de mayo, son ya veinticuatro las mujeres asesinadas en el ámbito intrafamiliar, de las cuales, diecisiete han sido asesinadas por sus parejas o exparejas. O lo que es lo mismo, sus asesinos las han matado por que eran mujeres. Por nada más que eso.

Poco importa que fueran mujeres cultas, madres o obreras del campo. Ahora, estas mujeres, están muertas. Y esa realidad es incontestable.

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from National Women's Law Project:

“Tina,” who is pregnant and works as a health aide in a nursing home, is told by her doctor that she should not lift more than 35 pounds.  Her job description requires lifting 40 pounds regularly, but lighter duty jobs, such as answering the phone and working at the reception desk, are available.  Nevertheless, her employer stops scheduling her for shifts and tells her she must take unpaid Family Medical Leave, which would run out before the delivery of her baby and leave her without the income she needs to pay the 50% of her medical insurance her employer does not cover.  Left with no choice, Tina loses her job.

“Jessica,” who is pregnant and works as a pharmacist’s assistant, needs to sit down occasionally throughout her day.  Chairs are available for customers, but the pharmacy does not permit the staff to use them.  As a result, Jessica loses her job.

Introduced on May 8, 2012 by Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) and other representatives in the House, the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act would:

  • Require employers to make reasonable accommodations to employees who have limitations on the job related to their pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the employer.
  • Prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who need an accommodation.
  • Prohibit employers from forcing a pregnant employee to accept an accommodation she does not want.
  • Prohibit employers from forcing a pregnant employee to take unpaid or paid leave if a reasonable accommodation is available.

Please contact your representative and tell them that they should support the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.  To call your representative, dial 202-224-3121 and tell the operator the name of your representative.

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Today's Show: 

Fighting for Our Lives, Marissa Alexander & Stand Your Ground

by BlackWomensBlueprint

 

Black Women In Conversation

This show is always a call to action! We're bringing women as well as men together, and having some honest conversation about Black sexual politics and changing what has been destructive. We're producing insight into the historical context and detailing the stories that expose abuse based on race, sex, gender, class and other intersecting oppressions in the lives of women (and men) in our communities.

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from Women's Justice Center

We've just posted a new online guide,

Advocating for Victims of Sex Crimes During the Police Investigation  

which you can see here, http://justicewomen.com/handbook/advocatingsexcrimes.html

One important thing we haven't been able to do is to publish this guide in Spanish as we've done with all our other guides. This time we need your help!

Good text translations are expensive. But they're also more than worth it. Women's Justice Center is one of only a few organizations committed to putting all our information in Spanish.

Your donation will help reach the great populations of Spanish-speaking people in the U.S. and around the world. And your donation will also produce tangible results you can see.

Plus, it's easy! Just go to the red DONATE NOW button at the top left of the this page.

Yes, we're tax deductible. And we're passionate about ending the violence against women and girls!. As always, we promise to put your donation to very good use! Thank you very much.

 

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Sexual Harassment in school is a violation of a student's federal civil right to an equal education. The most prevalent victims are girls. But read this article in which the key dynamic of this girl's death, even in a classic case of school sexual harassment, has been buried under the new, nebulous, gender neutral term, bullying....Ed

Rachel Ehmke, 13-Year-Old Minnesota Student, Commits Suicide After Months Of Bullying

Rachel Ehmke

Rachel Ehmke, a 13-year-old seventh grader in Mantorville, Minn., died April 29 after hanging herself at her home. The months leading up to the tragedy were a whirlwind of peer abuse instances, her parents say.

Now following Rachel's Friday funeral that was met with widespread community condolences, Rick and Mary Ehmke are speaking out against the bullying they say their daughter endured at Kasson/Mantorville Middle School and online.

Rachel's family and friends say the teen fell victim to school bullying last fall when her chewing gum was stuck to her textbooks and the word "slut" was scrawled across her gym locker, the Austin Daily Herald reports. And while she was outgoing, athletic and friendly, the same group of girls reportedly threatened Rachel and kept calling her a "prostitute," though she had never kissed a boy, according to KMSP.

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Melinda Gates' New Crusade: Investing Billions in Women's Health

She plans to use the Gates Foundation's billions to revolutionize contraception worldwide. The Catholic right is pushing back. Is she ready for the political firestorm ahead? 

In the 12 years since Melinda Gates and her husband, Bill, created the Gates Foundation, the world’s largest philanthropic organization, she has done a lot of traveling. A reserved woman who has long been wary of the public glare attached to the Gates name, she comes alive, her associates say, when she’s visiting the foundation’s projects in remote corners of the world. “You get her out in the field with a group of women, sitting on a mat or under a tree or in a hut, she is totally in her element, totally comfortable,” says Gary Darmstadt, director of family health at the foundation’s global health program.

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Girl, 17, jailed as a witness, testifies and identifies defendant in rape case

All she had to do was show up, put in a couple minutes of face time in court and then she could be on her way.

But the 17-year-old girl once jailed on a material witness warrant stuck it out. She took the stand. She testified for 3 1/2 hours Wednesday, and she identified the man accused of raping her.

It wasn't easy. First, she had to admit she had been working as a prostitute the night she saidFrank William Rackley Sr. raped her. Then, she had to recount the assault repeatedly in precise detail in Sacramento Superior Court, in front of a dozen strangers.

When she was finished, she walked out of the courthouse able to move on in a life marked so far by foster care and group homes and dangerous streets she walked at night, dangling on the edge of a drug-dealing underworld.

"Basically, this is the final chapter in that past life," said her attorney, Lisa M. Franco. "She can go and heal now."

The girl's case shook the local criminal justice community last month after it was revealed the District Attorney's Office had jailed her on a material witness warrant to force her to appear in court. Though an alleged victim in the case, she was jailed for 27 days.

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Nueva York, 03 may. 12. AmecoPress/SEMlac.- La violencia sexual sistemática perpetrada por miembros del clero de la Iglesia Católica en este y otros países llevó al no gubernamental ni confesional Centro de Derechos Constitucionales de los Estados Unidos (CCR por sus siglas en inglés) a representar a víctimas denunciantes de esas presuntas violaciones a los derechos humanos en un caso ante la Corte Internacional Penal.

El CCR representa a la Red de Sobrevivientes de Personas Abusadas por Sacerdotes (SNAP, por sus siglas en inglés), creada en Chicago en 1988. La Red no gubernamental nació hace dos décadas en Ohio, Estados Unidos, y se extendió por el mundo, hasta contar hoy día con más de 9.000 afiliadas y afiliados.

 Barbara Blaine, trabajadora social estadounidense, fundadora y presidenta de SNAP, explicó que hace apenas dos semanas presentaron un suplemento adicional del caso a la Corte Internacional Penal, porque la respuesta ha sido tan grande que ya cuentan con 500 casos adicionales provenientes de 65 países más.

El CCR es dirigido por sobrevivientes "para proteger a niños y adultos vulnerables, poner fin a la violencia sexual e impedir que otros vivan los graves daños sufridos por víctimas y sobrevivientes y los riesgos que corren muchos católicos mientras no se haga justicia", dice su pronunciamiento.

Cinco querellantes individuales -víctimas y sobrevivientes de esa forma de violencia- presentaron el 13 de septiembre del año pasado los primeros casos ante la Fiscalía de la Corte Internacional.

Sus testimonios concretos documentan tres décadas de tales abusos contra más de 100.000 personas que, durante su niñez y adolescencia, fueron presuntamente abusadas por sacerdotes.

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 VIOLENCIA DOMÉSTICA Y MALTRATO A LOS ANIMALES

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Dra. Núria Querol i Viñas
Médico y Bióloga. Investigadora del Instituto de Neuropsiquiatría y Adicciones (INAD) - Parc de Salut Mar. Miembro de la National Link Coalition. Miembro de la Asociación Americana de Criminología, Especialista en crueldad hacia animales. Miembro de la American Sociological Association, secciones "Animals and Society" y "Crime Law and Deviance". Miembro de la Sociedad Española de Investigaciones Criminológicas.  Miembro de la Societat Catalana de Psiquiatría i Salut Mental. Miembro de la Sociedad Americana de Psicología-División de Estudios Humano-Animal. Miembro de la International Association for Women's Mental Health.

violencia.domestica.y.maltrato03Desde hace más de 20 años se están llevando a cabo estudios en el ámbito de la violencia doméstica que incluyen el maltrato a los animales como uno de los aspectos importantes a considerar. Estados Unidos fue el pionero, pero se están realizando estudios en Australia, Reino Unido, Canadá,  Nueva Zelanda, Japón y también en España.

La crueldad hacia los animales está tipificada como en España, se recoge en el artículo 337 del CP (“El que por cualquier medio o procedimiento maltrate injustificadamente a un animal doméstico o amansado, causándole la muerte o lesiones que menoscaben gravemente su salud, será castigado con la pena de tres meses a un año de prisión e inhabilitación especial de uno a tres años para el ejercicio de profesión, oficio o comercio que tenga relación con los animales”).  A pesar de ello, habitualmente no se realizan preguntas relativas a los animales en casos de violencia doméstica ni existen los recursos necesarios integrados en los protocolos para ayudar a los animales y, por ende, a la mujer y los hijos.

ESTUDIOS CIENTÍFICOS
Varios estudios norteamericanos han encontrado una conexión entre la violencia doméstica y el maltrato animal. En la literatura científica encontramos datos muy relevantes:

  • El 71% de las mujeres que acudieron a una casa de acogida y tenían un animal referían que su agresor había herido, amenazado o matado a su animal de compañía como venganza o para ejercer control psicológico; el 30% explicó que sus hijos habían herido o matado animales.
  • El 68% de mujeres maltratadas refirieron maltrato a sus animales. El 87% de estos incidentes ocurrieron en su presencia, y un 75% en presencia de los hijos, para controlarlos y coaccionarlos psicológicamente.
  • Entre el 25% y el  54% de las mujeres maltratadas no son capaces de dejar una situación de violencia a causa de la preocupación por sus animales de compañía o de granja.
  • En un estudio, el 70% de los maltratadores de animales también tenían otros antecedentes delictivos. Las víctimas de violencia doméstica cuyos animales eran maltratados, identificaban este maltrato como otro episodio más en una larga historia de violencia indiscriminada contra ellas y su vulnerabilidad.
  • Más del 80% de las mujeres y más del 70% de los niños maltratados refieren que los maltratadores han amenazado con matar a los animales domésticos o lo han hecho.
  • Los niños testigos de violencia doméstica, maltratan animales de 2 a 3 veces más a menudo que los niños que no sufren violencia doméstica;
  • El abuso de animales realizado por niños es uno de los indicadores más importantes y tempranos del trastorno de conducta;
  • Los niños abusados sexualmente son 6 veces más proclives a cometer maltrato a los animales  que los niños que han sufrido otro tipo de abusos;

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Violence Against Women Act Republicans
Then-Republican congressional candidate Sandy Adams (R-Fla.), now sponsor of the House VAWA bill, in Orlando, Fla.

WASHINGTON -- The House Republican version of the new Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) would dramatically roll back confidentiality protections for abused immigrant women, make it more difficult for undocumented witnesses to work with law enforcement officials, and eliminate a pathway to citizenship for witnesses who cooperate with police on criminal cases.

The provisions are tucked into a bill that reauthorizes the act, and have received scant media attention. But the legislation is picking up steam in the House. The bill, officially sponsored by freshman Rep. Sandy Adams (R-Fla.), has the backing of the full House leadership, and is headed for a vote in the Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act is typically a bipartisan affair lacking in contention. This year, however, Republicans are pressing for significant changes that would weaken protections for victims of domestic violence, arguing that the current law is being taken advantage of by undocumented immigrants looking for legal citizenship.

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black women in prisonAccording to a 2009 report from the Women’s Prison Association (WPA) Institute On Women & Criminal Justice, a whopping 75 percent of imprisoned women are Mothers. Unlike the disproportionate numbers in male prisons, White women make up the majority of female prisoners at 45 percent, according to the WPA’s findings. Black women accounted for 32 percent, while Hispanic women came in last at 16 percent. However, recent arrests of Black women, especially Mothers, may skew the facts as there appears to be a growing trend that suggests numbers are increasing for women of color. 

According to an older NAACP Legal Defense Fund report, Black women were incarcerated at rate increase of 828 percent over a five-year period. The report found that African-American women were eight times more likely to be imprisoned than their European counterparts. Additionally, Black women make up nearly half of the prison population, with many in jail over minor offenses or nonviolent drug-related charges. The National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD)released a rough estimate that states about 9 percent of women in prison are pregnant, a number that certainly will fluctuate at any time. 

Black Mothers have been unfairly treated in the court of law, with judges handing down sentences for charges that normally wouldn’t garner prison time. Homeless Ohio Mother Kelley Williams-Bolar was made an example of after being sentenced for 10 days in jail and three years’ probation, when she was caught sending her kids to a different school district outside her zoning area. Additionally, first-time drug offenders, such as Mother of four Tonya Drake, who was given 10 years of prison time for her role in attempting to mail 232 grams of crack cocaine.

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from Women's Justice Center

We've just posted a new online guide,

Advocating for Victims of Sex Crimes During the Police Investigaton  

which you can see here, http://justicewomen.com/handbook/advocatingsexcrimes.html

One important thing we haven't been able to do is to publish this guide in Spanish as we've done with all our other guides.

Good text translations are expensive. But they're also more than worth it. Women's Justice Center is one of only a few organizations committed to putting all our information in Spanish.

But this time we need your help!

Your donation will help reach the great populations of Spanish-speaking people in the U.S. and around the world. And your donation will also produce tangible results you can see.

Plus, it's easy! Just go to the red DONATE NOW button at the top left of the this page.

Yes, we're tax deductible. And we're passionate about ending the violence against women and girls!. As always, we promise to put your donation to very good use! Thank you very much.

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Servicios Legales de Puerto Rico y su proyecto Justicia Integral para Mujeres presentan video sobre situaciones de violencia doméstica y agresión sexual que enfrentan las mujeres jóvenes y que se manifiestan en las redes sociales y medios electrónicos. Incluye referencia a remedios legales disponibles.

 

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On the eve of the 12th AWID International Forum happening in Istanbul, Turkey, the "Where is the Money for Women’s Rights?" Initiative is pleased to release preliminary results from the 2011 AWID Global Survey of women’s organizations! 

We would like to thank the 1,119 organizations that participated in the survey, making it possible for us to analyze the funding situation and sustainability of women’s organizations around the world. We hope that you enjoy reading the results and will join us at the first session of theResource Mobilization Hub entitled "The Funding Landscape: Setting the Tone" to discuss the results and help us make sense of the data. You can also join in the conversation through ourFacebook Group. In the coming months, we will be sharing further analysis and information based on the survey. (We apologize that the results are presently only in English; translations forthcoming after the Forum.)

 

SEE DOCUMENT LINK HERE

 

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In just a matter of days, Honduras could become the only state in the world to punish the use or sale of emergency contraception with a jail term. But we have the power to stop this. 

 
Working with Avaaz and other international partners we’ve already collected 675,000 signatures demanding that Honduran Congressional President Juan Orlando Hernández use his significant power to persuade congress to defeat the bill. Hernández is running for president of the country and it’s well-known that he cares deeply about his reputation abroad. 
 
Take action—Help us reach one million signatures by midnight on May 15th and we’ll deliver them personally to Congressional President Juan Orlando Hernández the following day.
 

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Susan Manheimer recalls looking at the portraits on the wall of the numerous police chiefs who preceded her as top cop of the San Mateo Police Department when she was named to the post in May 2000. 

Her smiling picture, in bright color, stood out from the black-and-white portraits of sober-faced male ex-police chiefs.

Someone suggested that a nameplate below her picture be put up to read, “The First Female Police Chief in the History of San Mateo.”

Manheimer thought about it for a second.

“Um,” she said. “I don’t think that’s really necessary. It’s pretty obvious!”

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Marissa Alexander looks toward family and supporters in the gallery during her hearing Thursday morning. Attempts to use the Stand Your Ground claim to free Marissa Alexander from a possible 20 years in prison on three counts of aggravated assault fell short Thursday morning in the Duval County courtroom of Judge James Daniel, May 3, 2012.  BOB MACK/The Times-Union
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Marissa Alexander looks toward family and supporters in the gallery during her hearing Thursday morning. Attempts to use the Stand Your Ground claim to free Marissa Alexander from a possible 20 years in prison on three counts of aggravated assault fell short Thursday morning in the Duval County courtroom of Judge James Daniel, May 3, 2012.
 

 

 

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In April this year Dr Myrna Dawson presented a research seminar on the Canadian experience of domestic violence and death reviews. In her seminar Myrna described the trends and patterns of domestic homicide in Canada, together with key findings of the Ontario Domestic Violence Death Review Committee.

With the growing awareness that domestic homicides are often preventable, several countries, including Australia, have begun to implement domestic violence death review teams. Through comprehensive reviews of these killings, primarily of women, these teams identify risk factors, detail circumstances leading up to and surrounding the killings, and make recommendations to improve community and systemic responses so as to enhance future opportunities for violence intervention and prevention. In 2002, Ontario, Canada established the first such committee in their country. Since then, over 100 cases have been reviewed and recommendations have targeted multiple sectors. In this seminar, trends and patterns in domestic homicide in Canada will be described, followed by key findings of the Ontario Domestic Violence Death Review Committee, including primary risk factors, recommendations for improvements across sectors as well as the benefits and challenges of implementing and conducting reviews.
 
 

 

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Jessica Dumont, de 17 años, campeona sudamericana de taekwondo, se suicidó el 12 de julio de 2009, en Tucumán. Once testigos describieron cómo su padre la arrastró hasta la comisaría para que le hicieran un análisis vaginal. También dijeron que abusaba de ella.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 Por Carlos Rodríguez

En esta ciudad, donde avanza un juicio oral por el secuestro de Marita Verón que puede marcar un antes y un después en la investigación del delito de trata de personas, hay otro caso conmovedor en el que está sobre el tapete la violencia familiar y de género. La víctima es Jessica Dumont, de 17 años, campeona sudamericana de taekwondo, quien se suicidó el 12 de julio de 2009 disparándose un tiro en la cabeza. Dos meses después su madre, Celine Foissac, promovió querella por “incitación al suicidio” contra su marido, Roberto Marcelo Dumont, padre de Jessica. La presentación se hizo por la existencia de testimonios que indican que la joven se habría suicidado porque en al menos una ocasión su padre intentó abusar sexualmente de ella, quien además protagonizó un episodio de violencia, en contra de Jessica, el día del suicidio.

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PRESS RELEASE
 
Mary Kay Identifies: Demand for Help Is Up – Services, Funding and Prevention Programs are Down
 
Dallas, May 1, 2012 – Though many areas of life are recovering from the economic downturn, domestic violence shelters throughout the United States report that the economy continues to significantly affect battered women and children. While shelters shine a spotlight on the widespread increase in domestic violence survivors seeking help nationwide, they also highlight a substantial decrease in shelter services, funding sources and prevention efforts to assist victims. In addition, shelters report that the abuse is getting more severe, survivors are staying in abusive relationships longer and shelters expect the situation will only stay the same or get worse in light of the economy – according to the fourth national “Mary Kay Truth About Abuse Survey.”
 
More than 730 domestic violence shelters across the country were recently surveyed. Detailed national findings from the 2012 “Mary Kay Truth About Abuse Survey”reveal alarming trends in light of the economy’s decline since 2008, including:
  • 78 percent of domestic violence shelters nationwide (nearly eight out of ten) report an increase in women seeking assistance from abuse.
  • 74 percent of survivors stayed with an abusive partner longer because of financial issues.
  • 58 percent of shelters reported that the abuse is more violent now than before 2008.
  • 87 percent of domestic violence shelters (nearly nine out of ten) expect their overall situation during the next 12 months will be worse than now, or the same as now, due to the economy.
  • 95 percent reported that survivors needed to stay in shelters for longer durations of time.
  • Of shelters that were forced to reduce services, 47 percent decreased childcare efforts, which meant that they were not able to help one in four children.
  • 86 percent of shelters witnessed negative social effects on children such as bullying or withdrawal.
  • 62 percent reported that young women (age 12-24) are requesting help in greater numbers.
  • 92 percent of shelters had to end or scale back specific programs and services.

The survey’s overwhelming trends are remarkably similar in each region of the United States – Northeast, Midwest, South and West. Detailed regional findings are available upon request.

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To United States Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano

Dear Secretary Napolitano:
 
We're witnessing an unprecedented assault on the basic humanity of women in the United States.
 
Women’s health, sexuality, and safety are suddenly up for debate.
 
There is an all-out assault on our essential right to become a mother, to raise children in healthy, safe families.
 
Immigrant women are feeling the assault from all sides – denying them basic personal choices about their lives and the lives of their children and loved ones. Laws and policies like Alabama’s HB 56 and Secure Communities have transformed routine aspects of daily life for women and mothers into impossible hardships and excruciating choices.
 
This Mothers Day, I'm standing with Reform Immigration for American in asking you to please stand up for the fundamental humanity and rights of women. You can help stop the assault on women, mothers, and their families in the name of basic human rights and dignity.
 
Sincerely,
 
 

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