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February 13, 2012

Mirkarimi-inspired domestic violence awareness billboard on its way

 
Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's words will be rebutted on a billboard in a week, thanks to an online donation
 
San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi might spot some familiar comments if he drives through the intersection of 10th and Harrison streets next week.
 
The fundraising effort to put up a domestic violence awareness billboard reached its $4,000 goal Thursday afternoon, which means the billboard should be in place Wednesday, said Kathy Black, director of La Casa de las Madres, a San Francisco shelter for victims of domestic violence.
 
The billboard’s message — “Domestic Violence is NEVER a private matter” — is a reference to Mirkarimi’s comment last month that the alleged domestic violence against his wife, Eliana Lopez, is “a private matter, a family matter.”
 
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Feb. 11, 2012

 
SEVEN MORE REASONS (FROM ONE DAY) ~ WHY WE NEED MORE WOMEN IN POLICING
 
***Fraser-Winter Park CO cop charged w/burglary, tampering & official misconduct, broke into girlfriend's home while drunk 
 
***Orange County Deputy Accused of Sex Act With Inmate
 
***Former Davenport officer faces felony Stalking charges
 
***Families of women killed by off-duty Clackamas deputy file $8 million lawsuit, one woman was his wife. "The Sheriff's Office knew that Grahn was violent, abusive, and out of control. They were specifically warned that he was likely to kill his wife, his family, and himself. Nonetheless, the Sheriff's Office intervened to prevent the Portland Police from sending their investigation of Grahn to the Clackamas County District Attorney. Now, four people are dead," 
 
***Conn. ex-cop gets 10 years for child porn          
HARTFORD, Conn. — A former police captain was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday for amassing what authorities said was one of the largest and most disturbing child pornography collections they've ever seen in Connecticut, one that included images of infants and toddlers.
 
***Caught on Tape: Teen Cleared in Violent Confrontation with Fresno Police (with video)
 
***Former San Diego Cop Arevalos Sentenced to 8 Years, 8 Months in Prison in Sex Case
 

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Feb. 11, 2012
 
REPORTAJE
 

Autoridades las criminalizan y dejan impunes a los agresores

Mujeres indígenas sufren violencia y las encarcelan

 
Por Patricia Chandomí, corresponsal 
(CIMAC).- Debido a la presión social y ciudadana, este viernes a las 3:20 fue liberada del penal 5 de San Cristóbal de las Casas, Margarita López, luego de permanecer 7 años injustamente en prisión. Esta es su historia. 
 
Violentadas y criminalizadas, las mujeres indígenas en el estado de Chiapas tienen que lidiar contra el machismo del que son víctimas todos los días, y además padecer un “sistema de justicia” que las excluye por ser pobres y no hablar español.   
 
La historia de Margarita López Gómez, su hija Sonia, y de Juana Santiz Méndez, es el botón de muestra del calvario de violencia e impunidad que padecen cotidianamente las indígenas chiapanecas.
 
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El rey de la prostitución
 

 

Por Lydia Cacho *
Feb 10, 2012
 
La procuradora Marisela Morales y el responsable de la Subprocuraduría de Investigación Especializada en Delincuencia Organizada (Siedo) tienen en sus manos un caso que los pondrá a prueba ante la comunidad internacional. Es el caso de Raúl Martins, “El rey de la prostitución”. Ya habíamos hablado del ex miembro del servicio secreto, acusado en Argentina de haber actuado durante la dictadura militar, quien se mudó a México hace casi dos décadas.
 
Varias cosas han sucedido esta semana que apuntan a que este caso de trata internacional no podrá ser debilitado ni por gobernadores ni jueces mexicanos vinculados a Martins. Lorena Martins, la hija del sujeto acusado de trata de mujeres, propietario de prostíbulos en México y Argentina, estuvo aquí esta semana para traer las mismas evidencias que entregó en su país ante la ministra de Seguridad de la Nación, Nilda Garré.
 
Todos los correos electrónicos y videos originales aportados por Lorena son impresionantes, muestran a Martins y sus colegas, abogados y cómplices (como un juez argentino) celebrando los niveles de impunidad que les han permitido crear un emporio de esclavitud sexual de mujeres en ambos países. En uno de ellos, un Martins sonriente asegura que muchas de las chicas que llegan a él fueron violadas de niñas o huyeron de sus hogares y que él les da un segundo hogar y les enseña un oficio. Su descripción de cómo capta a las jóvenes en gran vulnerabilidad es suficiente evidencia para fincarle responsabilidades, según la ley contra la trata de personas en México.
 
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Despite Rhetoric, Women Still Sidelined in Development Funding

 

By Charundi Panagoda
ips Gender Wire
 
 
WASHINGTON, Feb 6, 2012 (IPS) - As U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro once put it, "Women hold the keys to unlocking the barriers to sustainable development."
 
Women play essential roles in the global economy, agriculture and development. But while the rhetoric regarding the importance of women's inclusion in development projects has peaked in recent years, actual gender-inclusion in investment projects often fails to walk the talk.
 
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Dallas police: Files in home had repeat offenses

Chron.com
 
DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas police detective who improperly kept thousands of family violence case files in his home had more than 500 instances in his cases of suspects hurting victims again, a police investigation found.
 
Police reviewed more than 2,000 cases handled by Det. Mickey East during his four-plus years working on the family violence unit. East was removed from the unit in 2009 after an initial review of about 600 of his cases turned up incorrect procedures in some of them, police said.
 
A full review of East's cases was ordered in December. It showed 508 cases of "re-victimization," in which someone who reported family violence was hurt again by the same suspect, police said. Some of those instances, particularly less serious misdemeanor offenses, can no longer be prosecuted because they fall outside a three-year statute of limitations, said Deputy Chief Sherryl Scott, who oversees the department's special investigations unit.
 
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Bishops Told Pedophiles Lie, Victims Must Be Heard

 
Huffington Post
 
ROME — Priests who rape and molest children lie when confronted with an accusation but victims usually tell the truth, psychologists told Catholic bishops at a symposium Tuesday, advising them to listen first to the victims.
 
The message came during a Vatican-backed meeting on clerical sex abuse that aimed to help bishops draft and enforce tough policies to protect children and root out pedophiles from the priesthood. Priests and bishops from about 100 countries were attending the four-day symposium at Rome's Pontifical Gregorian University ahead of a May deadline to deliver their sex abuse policies to the Vatican.
 
Survivors of clerical abuse have long said that once they summoned the courage to denounce their abusers to church leaders, Catholic bishops often dismissed their accusations and instead accepted the word of their priests, whom bishops consider their brothers and sons in the priesthood.
 
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Survey for Law Enforcement Personnel  - UCR Clearance Methods for Sexual Assault 

 


Joanne Archambault, End Violence Against Women International
 
As most of you know, the FBI recently expanded the definition of forcible rape used for the Uniform Crime Report (UCR) Program. With this historic change, UCR data will provide us with a more realistic picture of the full range of sexual assaults being perpetrated in our communities.
 
In addition to the crime reporting data, another very important component of the UCR Program is the information on how law enforcement agencies clear their cases and report these clearances to the FBI. We know there is a great deal of confusion in this area, as well as wide variations in how the UCR clearance guidelines are interpreted and applied. We believe it is time to improve this process, by updating UCR clearance guidelines and ensuring that the data reported to the UCR is truly meaningful.
 
In an attempt to explore possible recommendations to the FBI, we at End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) have created a National Working Group to explore these issues in detail. Our first step is to gather information on how law enforcement agencies are clearing their sexual assault cases. 
 
We are sending you a survey for law enforcement professionals, to find out how personnel in their agency would clear the sexual assault reports described in 6 brief scenarios. This survey is designed for law enforcement personnel only. If you are a colleague or an ally who is not in law enforcement, please feel free to forward this e-mail to your law enforcement partners.
 
Thank you for your help with this project. We look forward to providing information on the results of the survey and the recommendations of the National Working Group on UCR Clearance Methods.
 
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U.S. TEEN PREGNANCY RATE AT LOWEST LEVEL IN NEARLY 40 YEARS

 


Guttmacher Institute
 
Rates Down Among All Racial and Ethnic Groups; Disparities Persist
 
Teen pregnancies have declined dramatically in the United States since their peak in the early 1990s, as have the births and abortions that result; in 2008, teen pregnancies reached their lowest level in nearly 40 years, according to “U.S. Teenage Pregnancies, Births and Abortions, 2008: National Trends by Age, Race and Ethnicity,” by Kathryn Kost and Stanley Henshaw of the Guttmacher Institute. In 2008, the teen pregnancy rate was 67.8 pregnancies per 1,000 women aged 15–19, which means that about 7% of U.S. teens became pregnant that year. This rate represents a 42% decline from the peak in 1990 (116.9 per1,000). Similarly, the birthrate declined 35% between 1991 and 2008, from 61.8 to 40.2 births per 1,000 teens; the abortion rate declined 59% from its 1988 peak of 43.5 abortions per 1,000 teens to its 2008 level of 17.8 per 1,000.
 
Even with dramatic reductions in pregnancy, birth and abortion rates among all racial and ethnic groups, disparities between black, white and Hispanic teens persist. After peaking in the early 1990s, the teen pregnancy rate dropped by 37% among Hispanics, 48% among blacks and 50% among non-Hispanic whites; yet the rates among black and Hispanic teens remain 2–3 times as high as that of non-Hispanic white teens. There were also considerable disparities in birth and abortion rates. The birthrates in 2008 among black and Hispanic teens, as well as Hispanic teens’ abortion rate, were twice the rates among whites; the abortion rate for black teens was four times that of whites.
 
“The recent declines in teen pregnancy rates are great news.” says lead author Kathryn Kost. “However, the continued inequities among racial and ethnic minorities are cause for concern. It is time to redouble our efforts to ensure that all teens have access to the information and contraceptive services they need to prevent unwanted pregnancies.”
 
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A 8 meses de creado, Consejo Estatal no ha sesionado

 


CIMAC Mx
 
Sigue sin ver la luz programa antiviolencia de género en Oaxaca 
 
Por Citlalli López, corresponsal
 
Oaxaca, 7 feb 12 (CIMAC).- Desde su creación hace casi ocho meses, el Consejo Estatal encargado de planear las acciones para prevenir, atender, sancionar y erradicar la violencia contra las mujeres en Oaxaca, no ha realizado sesión alguna, mientras los casos de feminicidio, violencia intrafamilar, los delitos sexuales y de trata de personas, van al alza en esta entidad federativa.
 
La presidenta de la Comisión de Equidad y Género del Congreso de Oaxaca, Ivonne Gallegos Carreño, lamentó que hasta el momento sea inexistente el programa integral que permita garantizar a las mujeres una vida libre de violencia.
 
“Las violaciones, abusos y acosos sexuales, la violencia intrafamiliar, la trata de mujeres y niñas, la prostitución forzada, la esclavitud sexual, los homicidios en razón del género, así como otras prácticas y arbitrariedades, siguen siendo ejercidos con impunidad en todo nuestro estado de Oaxaca, producto en su mayoría de la falta de políticas públicas”, dijo.
 
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After Susan G. Komen Debacle, Senators Launch Women's Rights Campaign

 
Huffington Post
 
WASHINGTON -- Inspired by the backlash over the brief attempt by Susan G. Komen for the Cure to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, a group of senators Wednesday is launching a bid to organize 1 million people in support of women's rights.
 
Led by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), seven Democratic senators and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee are appealing to backers on all of their websites to sign on to \"One Million Strong For Women\" in hopes of harnessing the energy displayed in the backlash against Komen.
 
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A Survivor’s Guide to Public Speaking

 


National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
 
For Survivors
 
From the Front of the Room: A Survivor’s Guide to Public Speaking
 
This guide provides a basic overview of the issues that face survivors who desire to speak publicly about their experiences with intimate partner violence. It provides guidance for the survivor speaker to maximize their physical and emotional safety and ensure the overall success of the speaking engagement. 
 
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Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

 


UNFPA
 
Annual Report 2011 for the UNFPA/UNICEF
 
Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
 
The Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting is being carried out in 15 African countries: Burkina Faso, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Senegal, Somalia and Sudan.
 
The 2011 annual report highlights the gains, challenges and best practices for the abandonment of FGM/C and offers select indicators on progress in policy and advocacy, capacity building, partnerships and media coverage. FGM/C campaign highlights in 2011 included a West African fatwa against cutting, Guinea-Bissau’s criminalization of FGM/C and the high rate of abandonment in Senegal, where 760 communities declared an end to cutting and child/forced marriage.
 
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La violencia no es natural

 


Promsex
 
ENTREVISTA
 
La violencia no es natural
 
Matthew Gutmann reflexiona para Letra S sobre los altos índices de violencia masculina registrados en México. El catedrático de antropología en la Universidad de Brown y coordinador de Changing men and masculinities in Latin America, replantea la asociación común entre hombres y violencia. En el contexto que se vive en México ¿qué valores en torno a la masculinidad se exacerban con los altos índices de violencia? Para mí no hay valores inherentes masculinos, ni en México ni en otros países del mundo. Al contrario, siempre es importante entender, analizar (y casi siempre) tratar de cambiar las relaciones de género, la violencia de hombre contra hombre y hombre contra mujer (casi no existe la de mujer contra hombre, con excepciones en el caso de mujeres contra hombres de la tercera edad).
 
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CDC: U.S. child abuse amounts to $124 billion

 

the State Column
 
According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, published in the journal Child Abuse and Neglect, 1,740 American children died from child abuse and 579,000 American children experienced nonfatal child abuse, costing the nation $124 billion, in 2008. Child abuse is defined as physical abuse, sexual abuse, psychological abuse and neglect cases. This CDC report highlights the high costs associated with mistreatment of children and calls for change across the nation.
 
On average, a confirmed nonfatal child abuse case will receive an estimated $210,012 during their lifetimes, covering health care costs, child welfare and other services. In comparison to other health conditions, child abuse costs more than the lifetime cost of stroke and Type 2 diabetes, which total $159,846 per person and $181,000-$253,000 per person, respectively.
 
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Welcome for report identifying failings in sex abuse cases

 

Irish Times
 
A GARDA inspectorate report identifying shortcomings in the force’s handling of child sexual abuse cases has been welcome by Rape Crisis Network Ireland.
 
Director of the network Fiona Neary said the organisation recognised that the Garda had been improving its child protection practices, and that past failings of the State were being learned from.
 
She particularly welcomed the inspectorate’s strongly expressed view that those making allegations should always be believed and only a tiny percentage were ever found to be untruthful.
 
“If we do not listen to victims we fail to gather best evidence. For the victim, not being believed can be devastating and silencing.”
 
The report by the inspectorate into how the Garda handled child sex abuse cases concluded the level of co-operation between the Garda and HSE was so poor it exposed children to further risk.
 
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Case by case: news coverage of child sexual abuse

 

Berkeley Media Studies Group
 
To understand how child sexual abuse is covered in the media, the researchers selected a representative sample of U.S. news over a span of three years, then coded the content in detail. Results on the content, language, how the act was characterized, who\'s voices are presented, etc. are all presented. The conclusion includes recommendations for advocates and reporters.
 
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Powell House Explosion: Tough Questions About Deaths Of Missing Utah Woman's Sons, Husband

 


Huffington Post
 
SEATTLE -- State authorities can expect tough questions about whether more might have been done to protect a missing Utah woman\'s two children, who died along with their father after authorities say he ignited his home in an inferno Sunday.
 
Josh Powell was a person of interest in his wife\'s disappearance. Why was he allowed to meet with his sons at all? Why weren\'t more precautions taken, such as requiring that supervised visits be at a neutral site rather than at his home?
 
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El desarrollo es un derecho humano y pertenece a todos.

 

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Susan G. Komen Stops Grants to Planned Parenthood

 


feminist mystique
 
Opinion, by Shannon
 

Yesterday, Susan G. Komen announced that they will stop supporting Planned Parenthood. In the past, they have given approx. $700,000 to Planned Parenthood, helping provide nearly 170,000 clinical breast exams and 6,400 mammogram referrals at Planned Parenthood centers across the nation. 

 
In the past five years, Planned Parenthood has provided more than 4 million clinical breast exams and 70,000 mammogram referrals, often helping low-income or uninsured women detect breast cancer in the earliest stages. 
 
When I found out about this last night, I was outraged. I couldn\'t believe that the Susan G. Komen foundation would put politics ahead of women\'s lives. Luckily, I quickly learned from facebook and twitter that many others felt the same. Planned Parenthood and Komen were actually trending last night because there were so many people denouncing their actions. The Komen foundation\'s facebook page was also full of negative comments, although they seemed to be working overtime to delete them. I wrote a post telling them that their actions were shameful and that I wouldn\'t support them financially or attend any event sponsored by them until they re-fund Planned Parenthood. It received about 30 likes in the seconds before it was deleted. 


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Opinion

Susan G. Komen Stops Grants to Planned Parenthood
by Shannon

Yesterday, Susan G. Komen announced that they will stop supporting Planned Parenthood. In the past, they have given approx. $700,000 to Planned Parenthood, helping provide nearly 170,000 clinical breast exams and 6,400 mammogram referrals at Planned Parenthood centers across the nation. 

In the past five years, Planned Parenthood has provided more than 4 million clinical breast exams and 70,000 mammogram referrals, often helping low-income or uninsured women detect breast cancer in the earliest stages. 

When I found out about this last night, I was outraged. I couldn\'t believe that the Susan G. Komen foundation would put politics ahead of women\'s lives. Luckily, I quickly learned from facebook and twitter that many others felt the same. Planned Parenthood and Komen were actually trending last night because there were so many people denouncing their actions. The Komen foundation\'s facebook page was also full of negative comments, although they seemed to be working overtime to delete them. I wrote a post telling them that their actions were shameful and that I wouldn\'t support them financially or attend any event sponsored by them until they re-fund Planned Parenthood. It received about 30 likes in the seconds before it was deleted. 

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Jornadas ‘Acoso Sexual y Acoso por Razón de Sexo como Formas de Violencia de Género’

 
Amecopress
 
La negociación colectiva y el diálogo social son instrumentos fundamentales para erradicar el acoso sexual y por razón de sexo en las empresas
 
Madrid, 13 ene. 12. Amecopress. La secretaria de la Mujer de CCOO de Andalucía, Antonia Martos, explicó en unas jornadas celebradas en Granada sobre ‘Acoso Sexual y Acoso por Razón de Sexo’, el papel de los sindicatos y de las organizaciones empresariales en torno al acoso sexual y por razón de sexo. En su intervención, insistió en la implantación de protocolos de actuación contra el acoso en las empresas, y en la necesidad de sensibilización e implicación de trabajadoras y trabajadores, empresariado y administración como “requisito fundamental para eliminar estas conductas, perjudiciales no sólo para las personas afectadas, sino también para las propias empresas\".
 
La responsable sindical afirmó durante su intervención que el acoso sexual y el acoso moral por razón de sexo son una realidad generalmente oculta, pero muy extendida, que precisa de un adecuado tratamiento para prevenir estas conductas, sancionar las que se produzcan y minimizar las graves consecuencias del acoso en la salud y el desarrollo profesional de las mujeres afectadas.
 
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Lydia Cacho, sinembargo
 
Por: Lydia Cacho -
 
Francesca Polini y su esposo viven en Londres; con el permiso del gobierno inglés contactaron a la agencia Adoption Alliance en Denver, Estados Unidos; a su vez esta agencia les contactó con un despacho jurídico de Guadalajara, México, donde les aseguraron podrían adoptar al bebé de su elección. Luego de que el gobierno inglés denegara el permiso al enterarse de que la adopción no sería en Denver sino en México, la pareja decidió viajar a Guadalajara y, de cualquier manera, conocer al famoso abogado Carlos López Valenzuela, experto en adopciones internacionales, recomendado por la agencia. Este les ofreció coordinar legalmente la compra de un bebé recién nacido por veinte mil dólares.
 
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Women of Color Make Films for Real Women

 
Feminist Wire
 
Thinking Outside the Blockbuster: Women of Color Make Films for Real Women
 
By Melissa Robertson
 
For many American filmgoers it might sound unbelievable that only about 6% of all fiction filmmakers are women. However, to both professional and aspiring women filmmakers this is a well-known and all-too-well-experienced fact. And unfortunately, success rates vary. Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, The Virgin Suicides), Mary Harron (American Psycho), and Amy Heckerling (Fast Times at Ridgemont High) are just a few (often-unrecognized) women who have directed some of America’s most beloved classics. To be sure, their kind of success is rare. In 2009, Kathryn Bigelow won the Academy Award for Best Director for The Hurt Locker—80 years after the inception of that award.
 
Recognition of any woman in cinema is hard to come by. For women of color the outlook is even bleaker. The most recent example is Dee Rees’s Pariah, about a black lesbian teen growing up in Brooklyn. Though the film opened December 28 and already boasts an impressive 96% rating on RottenTomatoes.com, its theatrical release continues to be extremely limited. (For a more extensive look at this film, see Mecca Jamilah Sullivan’s article “Black Queer Gender and Pariah’s ‘Grand Swagger’.”) The only way to gain support, I think, is by raising awareness about these talented women and their films. I have reviewed four films—each having been written and directed by a woman of color.
 
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