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


DOD sex assault prevention efforts fall short, critics say

Panetta announces new measures to combat sexual assault

WASHINGTON — While praising some of the new steps to combat sexual violence that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Wednesday, critics say the Pentagon isn’t going nearly far enough.

Measures outlined by Panetta included training military advocates for sexual assault victims to the highest national standards. Meanwhile, $9.3 million would be spent on training to give rape investigations and prosecutions more teeth, he said, providing servicemembers the protection they deserve.

“We have a moral duty to keep them safe from those who would attack their dignity and their honor,” Panetta said.

But that doesn’t cut to the heart of the problem, said Anu Bhagwati, executive director of the Service Women’s Action Network.

“Commander influence is the crux of this problem,” Bhagwati said in a news release. “Spending an extra $10 million training military lawyers to try these cases does no good if commanders are not preferring sexual assault cases to trial.”


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The Invisible War Sundance Trailer

An investigative and powerfully emotional examination of the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the U.S. military, the institutions that cover up its existence and the profound personal and social consequences that arise from it.

see trailer

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Global News by Gender Justice Topics
from Global Press Institute

Global Press Institute is building a network of professional women journalists throughout the developing world who earn a fair wage for reporting on their local communities. Their unique coverage of issues overlooked by mainstream media contributes directly to the development and empowerment of their communities, brings greater transparency to their countries, and changes the way the world views their people and cultures.


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Ross Mirkaimi, Embattled San Francisco Sheriff, Now Facing New Domestic Violence Allegations 

San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi at the courhouse for his arraingment on domestic violence charges. Things just keep getting worse for Ross Mirkarimi. 

San Francisco\'s newly elected Sheriff is now facing a second domestic abuse complaint--this time from ex-girlfriend Christina Flores, who filed a police report this week stemming from a series of incidents during their 2007-2008 relationship.

Mirkarimi is already being charged with three misdemeanor counts of domestic violence battery, child endangerment and dissuading a witness based on a New Year\'s Eve altercation with his wife, former Venezuelan telenovela star Eliana Lopez. 


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Lara Logan: Horrific Egypt sex assault still haunts me

Back at work, but one year later she still battles the demons of a horrific gang sexual assault.

Lara Logan: Life is not about dwelling on the bad

Exclusive Interview: CBS news star talks about PTSD, her recovery, her family, her work and the women that inspire her

Lara Logan is back on the air, she’s got nine stories in the works at “60 Minutes” and a new show set to launch — but she still battles the demons of a horrific gang sexual assault, even sometimes while she puts her young daughter to bed.

“People don’t really know that much about (posttraumatic stress disorder),” she told the Daily News. “There’s something called latent PTSD. It manifests itself in different ways. I want to be free of it, but I’m not.

“It doesn’t go away,” she said. “It’s not something I keep track of. It’s not predictable like that. But it happens more than I’d like.”

Last Feb. 11, while covering the Egyptian uprisings in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Logan was surrounded by an angry mob of men and ripped away from her CBS crew. She was viciously stripped and suffered a “brutal and sustained” sexual assault.

“I didn’t even know that they were beating me with flagpoles and sticks and things, because the sexual assault was all I could feel, their hands raping me over and over and over again,” she told “60 Minutes” last spring.


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Why domestic abuse victims often refuse to leave

(article has insightful analysis of why immigrant women stay, in addition to the following stats from San Francisco.)

Domestic violence in San Francisco

According to the Comprehensive Report on Family Violence in San Francisco, issued in 2010 by the city\'s Department on the Status of Women, there are tens of thousands of calls regarding domestic violence in the city every year. For the fiscal year 2009-10, the most recent data available, here\'s what happened with them.

-- 26,340 calls to domestic violence hotlines.

-- 7,311 calls taken by 911 dispatchers.

-- 4,027 cases received by the Police Department.

-- 1,886 cases referred to the district attorney.

-- 488 cases in which charges were filed.

-- 373 ended in a plea.

-- 22 went to trial.

-- 14 resulted in conviction.


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Intervenciones con hombres que ejercen violencia 
Por Hugo Huberman 

Antonio Ramirez y Ricardo Ayllon hace años trabajan en la recuperación de hombres violentos en México y Estados Unidos. El 40 % de los miembros de los grupos permanece dentro del programa y sobre ese porcentual, el 5 % reincide.

DF Ciudad compleja de camiones, metros y coches, de fluida historia de trabajo con hombres, de quiebres en organizaciones y dolores dando vueltas. Voy en el metro para encontrarme con los compañeros de Gendes, Antonio y Ricardo me esperan. Hace mucho tiempo que me debo largas conversaciones con ellos, son parte de una rica historia.

Gendes fue creada en el 2003, su nombre surge de combinar las palabras Género y Desarrollo, desde su perspectiva, éstos son conceptos complementarios que no deben disociarse. Por ello, plantean su labor en las siguientes premisas:
*La democracia comienza en casa. 
*Lo privado también es público.
*No hay desarrollo sin democracia.
*El desarrollo social requiere de la no violencia 
Es necesaria la construcción de una ciudadanía equitativa e igualitaria en derechos y obligaciones.
*La promoción de procesos de participación ciudadana debe contemplar la perspectiva de equidad de Género.

ver entrevista...

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Who Is Killing Us


TV One, in partnership with the Black and Missing Foundation, is currently embarking on a project that will begin to act as a corrective to the national media landscape, and even more importantly, will hopefully help spur a national conversation about the value of black lives and how we might go about saving them. On Wednesday, January 18 at 10 PM ET the first of a ten-part series devoted to bringing attention to disappeared black people called Find Our Missing will begin airing. The series, which is hosted by S. Epatha Merkerson of Law & Order and Lackawanna Blues, will be complemented by social media and online content that will provide information on additional missing persons cases and other social justice issues.

Of the twenty people to be featured over the course of the series, nine are women, six are girls between the ages of two and fifteen, three are boys between the ages of three and twelve, and two are men. Tia Smith, one of the executives in charge of production at TV One, says the intention of the show is to represent a full spectrum of black Americans who are declared missing, and that the hope is not just that it will be something of a corrective to the lack of media coverage of disappeared black people, but that it will also serve as a “clarion call for activeness and community involvement.”


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Estudio sobre feminismo, violencia, sexualidad, paternidad y migración en Cuba

Feminismo, violencia, sexualidad, paternidad y migración, son los temas estudiados por Julio César González Pagés en un libro que, fruto de más de una década de investigaciones, aborda sensibles problemáticas del mundo contemporáneo. Se trata del volumen titulado Macho, varón, masculino. Estudios de masculinidades en Cuba (Editorial de la Mujer, 136 pp.).


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Demand the Resignation of Sheriff Joe Arpaio

Why This Is Important

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has failed to protect the public and carry out his duties as an elected official in a Constitutional manner. The latest disclosure that MCSO failed to investigate hundreds of sex-crime cases involving children is just one in a long list of atrocities that have taken place under Arpaio\'s 20 years in power. Too many people have died in Arpaio\'s jails, too many citizens\' Constitutional rights have been trampled, too many people have been forced to live in fear of retaliation for daring to challenge the Sheriff\'s policies. Now is the time to end his reign of terror, abuse and willful disregard for the Arizona and United States Constitution.

see petition...

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Otro caso de violencia de género solapado por el gobierno estatal .

La señora Rocío Rodríguez Alayola, ha vivido otra historia de terror y violencia de género, en la que las instituciones y autoridades supuestamente encargadas de protegerla, han cerrado filas con su victimario, cediendo a los intereses inconfesables y formando un oscuro contubernio donde la ley se tuerce descaradamente y se utiliza el poder político para favorecer a los allegados y no para servir a la gente. Nuevamente el gobierno del estado, encabezado por una mujer, solapa estas indignidades, en vez de perseguirlas y castigarlas.


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Addressing Sexual 
Offenses and Misconduct 
by Law Enforcement:
ExEcutivE GuidE

see guide...

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New Law Enforcement Training Video

Available from the IACP

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) has recently released a roll call training video entitled, \"Bringing Sexual Assault Offenders to Justice: A Law Enforcement Response.\" This training video was developed with support from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW Grant # 2005-WT-AX-K077) to expand law enforcement educational efforts on the crime of sexual assault and accompany the IACP Sexual Assault Guidelines and Investigative Strategies and Supplemental Report Form.

The goal of the video is to help officers generate stronger cases by reframing sexual assault crimes, providing tools to conduct perpetrator-focused investigations, and building an understanding of victim behavior. \"Bringing Sexual Assault Offenders to Justice\" will help officers and others identify victim trauma and provide information about victim behavior (such as delayed reporting, alcohol or substance abuse, and encounters that start out consensually) that can be used to support a sexual assault report. This video also provides useful information detailing how perpetrators often have a history of unreported acts of sexual violence and may select victims with vulnerabilities to exploit.

We encourage you to order copies of the video for your own agency and to share with colleagues, free of charge.

Please direct all orders for the video and investigative guidelines, by February 20th, 2012, to:

Aviva Kurash, Senior Program Manager at kurasha@theiacp.org 

All IACP Violence Against Women resources can be found at: bit.ly/PoliceResponseToVAW

A strong sexual assault training program will result in offenders being held accountable, fewer cases being dismissed, and ultimately increase successful prosecution.

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Cuba: Necesidad de incluir temas de género en la formación médica

La Habana, 11 ene. 12. AmecoPress/SEMlac- Los incidentes de violencia contra la mujer ocurren a puertas cerradas en la mayoría de los casos. Cuando ellas salen a buscar ayuda les urge hallar personas sensibilizadas y con conocimientos.

En Cuba, sin embargo, el sistema de formación de los profesionales de la salud no incluye el tema de género, lo que limita la atención de los problemas de salud relacionados con la violencia. 

Una investigación realizada por la psicóloga Aida Torralbas Fernández, en la oriental provincia de Holguín, a más de 700 kilómetros de La Habana, saca a la luz el déficit de conocimientos en un grupo de 18 doctoras de familia de un área de salud de la capital provincial, una realidad que probablemente se replica en otros espacios de la geografía cubana.


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Ms. Foundation report on Penn State media coverage

Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Advocate Rates Sandusky Media Coverage a “C”


Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Advocate Rates Sandusky Media Coverage a “C”
Broader perspective, more precise language, but missed opportunity to focus on prevention

NEW YORK—Jan. 9, 2012—A new report today praised early media coverage of the Penn State University child sexual abuse crisis for its broader perspective and precise language but criticized its failure to address solutions for prevention.

The report, released by the Ms. Foundation for Women and the Berkeley Media Studies Group, recognized the media for its ability to tell an institutional story about university officials’ failure to report and end abuse after they learned of it. However, the coverage fell short in examining what preliminary measures should have been taken to prevent the abuse from occurring and what steps are being taken now to prevent future abuse.

press release continues with link to report...

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Silence common in child sexual abuse cases
By Donna Leinwand Leger

Experts say many bystanders who witness inappropriate behavior or even obvious sexual abuse remain silent, too horrified to report what they have seen.

\"It\'s not that it\'s so invisible. It\'s that it remains a silent crime. People worry if they say anything they could ruin someone\'s life,\" said Maia Christopher, executive director of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers in Beaverton, Ore. \"Now everyone is asking what did you see and who did what (at Penn State). We know that people did see things and did not respond in a way that could help.\"


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The agenda for this April\'s End Violence Against Women International Conference is now online. The extensive summaries accompanying each presentation topic provide an excellant overview of current knowledge and direction of work on sexual assault, domestic violence, and stalking.


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U.S. plan: Women, peace, security
Somewhat lost in last month\'s holiday shuffle was the release of the United States National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security.

Motivated by U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women and Peace and Security, and launched by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a speech at Georgetown (right), the plan sets forth goals and means for implementation. (photo credit)

Guiding principles:
► Further enable women to be not only beneficiaries, but also \"agents of peace and stability\";
► Address differences and inequalities between the roles of men and women, building on gender integration goals set out in the U.S. National Security Strategy and the 2010 Quadrennial Development Review (prior post);
► Include various stakeholders, \"women and girls, men and boys, and members of marginalized groups\" in the Plan\'s implementation;
► Coordinate among the many pertinent national agencies, among them the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, Treasury, and Homeland Security, the White House National Security Staff, the Agency for International Development, the Centers for Disease Control, the armed forces, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; and
► Invite civil society -- that is, all of us -- to hold those agencies accountable for full and proper implementation.


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The Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI) is the newly launched feminist scholarly and activist organization on mothering-motherhood, developed from the former Association for Research on Mothering at York University (1998-2010). The initiative houses the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative (formerly The Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering), Mother Outlaws, The International Mothers and Mothering Network (formerly IMN), Young Mothers and Empowerment Forum, The Motherhood Studies Forum and is partnered with Demeter Press.


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Haitianas dan su cuerpo por agua

Las violaciones de menores y la prostitución a cambio de techo y comida se han disparado.
Es mediodía en el campamento más peligroso de Haití, el de la Plaza Champ de Mars, donde sobreviven 20 mil personas en carpas maltrechas instaladas en las plazoletas que rodean las ruinas del Palacio Nacional de Puerto Príncipe. Este es el prostíbulo infantil más grande del país, aún sumergido en la destrucción y en un proceso de descomposición social. 


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La mente de los niños se ve afectada por la violencia familiar

Crecer en un hogar en donde la violencia es el pan de cada día, tiene serias repercusiones en la salud mental y emocional de los niños. Tanto así, que un estudio reciente compara el efecto del maltrato infantil en el cerebro de los niños, al que sufren los soldados que están en una guerra.


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Resources Collection:

International Parental Abduction


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Man arrested for arson of a Pensacola Florida abortion clinic

You may have missed this news, as it’s barely registered on the national media radar, but on New Year’s Day a Pensacola abortion clinic was destroyed by a fire. The clinic had been the site of violence and turmoil for a long time, including the 1993 and 1994 murders of two abortion providers.


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Algunos llevan años ahí; las madres, en la incertidumbre
Semefo de Juárez, negligente para identificar restos de mujeres 

Por Anayeli García Martínez

México, DF, 6 ene 12 (CIMAC).- En una muestra más del desprecio que sienten las autoridades judiciales de Chihuahua por las mujeres desaparecidas y asesinadas, así como por sus familias, el Servicio Médico Forense (Semefo) de Ciudad Juárez mantiene en la incertidumbre a por lo menos 26 madres de jóvenes, cuyos restos llevan años sin ser identificados.

En entrevista desde la localidad fronteriza, Cecilia Espinosa, integrante de la Red Mesa de Mujeres –una de las organizaciones que documenta casos de mujeres desaparecidas y asesinadas–, dijo que se trata de las familias de 26 jóvenes desaparecidas, que aún están a la espera de respuesta por parte de las autoridades.

Espinosa relató que el pasado 12 de diciembre, el Comité de Madres con Hijas Desaparecidas –que agrupa a las familias de las 26 jóvenes– se reunió con la fiscal de Control Interno de la Fiscalía General, Rosa María Sandoval, a quien le pidió que implementara un Programa de Identificación Humana en todo el estado.


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FREE Webinar offered on two separate dates:

Forensic Compliance: Where do we stand in 2012? 

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012
11:00am - 12:30pm PST / 2:00pm -- 3:30pm EST 

Thursday, February 16th, 2012
11:00am - 12:30pm PST / 2:00pm -- 3:30pm EST 

Register now! 

Description of the Webinar

All states and territories must certify that they are in compliance with VAWA 2005 requirements for medical forensic examinations. Specifically, exams must be available to sexual assault victims: 1) free of charge, and 2) regardless of their decision to participate in the criminal justice process. 

Communities have faced considerable challenges in designing protocols that are compliant, in areas such as: the initial response to a sexual assault disclosure, payment for the medical forensic examination, mandatory reporting to law enforcement, storage and transportation of evidence, case tracking and retrieval, processing of evidence, and the potential for evidence-based prosecution (i.e., without the victim\\\'s cooperation). For many states and territories, the changes that are required in public policy and daily practice have been described as \\\"monumental.\\\" 

register and more info....

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Honduras: Quince Mujeres Periodistas Presentan Una Denuncia Contra Altas Autoridades Del Estado

Source: Reporteros sin Fronteras 

La motivan por los delitos cometidos por funcionarios civiles y militares contra el ejercicio de los derechos garantizados por la Constitución, por abuso de autoridad y tratos crueles e inhumanos y degradantes.

El presidente Porfirio Lobo Sosa, así como los generales René Osorio Canales, jefe del Estado Mayor Conjunto de la Fuerzas Armadas, y Andrés Felipe Díaz, jefe de la Guardia de Honor Presidencial, son objeto de una denuncia presentada el 21 de diciembre de 2011 por quince mujeres periodistas del colectivo “Periodistas por la Vida y la Libertad de Expresión” ante la fiscal especial de Derechos Humanos, Sandra Ponce.

Esto, después de que las denunciantes y unos cincuenta periodistas, defensores de los derechos humanos y representantes de algunos movimientos sociales fueran agredidos de manera violenta durante una manifestación realizada el 13 de diciembre pasado, cuando se encontraban en las inmediaciones de la Casa de Gobierno, en Tegucigalpa.


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Video and text:

Cell phone app to help domestic violence victims speak from the grave


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