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Black Herstory: “The Trial of the Decade”

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Joan Little’s trial and the movement that coalesced around her,  transformed U.S. attitudes about racialized sexual violence and victims rights. Her case galvanized a diverse grassroots movement of activists across the nation to band together and demand justice. 

The Stop Abuse Campaign sees her struggle and the movement formed around her, as a part of who we are and what we are working to achieve today. We are the next chapter fighting the culture of abuse and violence that allows for the number of victims and the cost of abuse to continue to rise to epidemic levels. We can do better. Joan’s story encourages us all, that together any whatever is possible to stop abuse.

Get involved today. Make a difference. Become an AbuseStopper by taking The Pledge. More important, become a member of the Stop Abuse Campaign.  It’s quick, easy and it’s the right thing to do.  Support the only organization in America with a mission and plan to stop ALL of abuse.  Get involved and learn how.  Make an effort to make a difference, because sooner or later, abuse touches us all.

 

Black Herstory: “The Trial of the Decade”

I recall my grandmother and father telling me, when I was about 10, about a relative who courageously fought back against and killed a white jailer who attempted to rape her. I did not hear the story again until I read about Joan Littlein graduate school. It was only then that I learned that Joan’s fight for survival had made national headlines and transformed U.S. attitudes about racialized sexual violence and victims’ rights.

Before I was old enough to grasp the intricacies of Little’s case, I understood that the tales about her were a lesson about our family values–about preserving one’s honor and dignity in the face of pervasive racism and sexism. Now that I know the full story, I know that Little advanced those values on a larger scale than I’d ever imagined: Her case galvanized a diverse movement of activists across the nation to band together and demand justice for Joan, as well as for other women of color, sexual assault survivors and victims of police brutality.

After growing up in challenging circumstances of racism and economic inequality, Little was arrested for breaking, entering and larceny in Washington, N.C., in 1974. Later that year, the 20-year-old Little was charged with using deadly force against Clarence Alligood, her white jailer and would-be rapist. Little escaped from prison following the assault and disappeared for a week–during which time local officials called for her to be shot–then surrendered and was quickly indicted.

Throughout the case, various whites and even blacks in the community opined that Little was guilty of seducing and then killing Alligood in order to escape jail. Her detractors denied Little’s innocence because of her criminal background, so-called “fast” lifestyle and rumored “immorality.” For some, Little could never be a rape “victim” because she did not meet their standards of social respectability. The prosecution capitalized on these attitudes, characterizing Little as a depraved seductress. They were “[more] interested in sending black women to the gas chamber than the truth,” Little later recalled. In spite of all this, Little remained self-possessed and maintained her plea of self-defense.

Historically speaking, the odds were against her. Only a few decades earlier, in the 1940s, it had been “nearly impossible for black victims of sexual violence to receive justice in the courts,” writes Danielle L. McGuire in her landmark history, At The Dark End Of The Street. In 1944, Rosa Lee Ingram had been given the death penalty by an all-white jury for killing a white man in self-defense in Georgia.

However, in the intervening years, the “ritualistic rape and intimidation” of black women by white men had become one of the catalysts for the civil rights movement. Over the course of the 1940s, 50s and 60s, thousands of black people mobilized to defend women’s bodily integrity and dignity.

Throughout 1974 and 75, women of color, civil-rights advocates and the Black Panther Party rallied to Little’s cause. Mainstream feminist groups also called for her freedom in the name of sexual assault victims’ rights. Thousands of Americans demonstrated on Little’s behalf, bearing witness and creating a spectacle that the Chicago Tribune named “the trial of the decade.” The African American all-women’s acapella group Sweet Honey in the Rock penned a song of solidarity in 1975 aclled “Joanne Little”:

I always walked by the golden rule, steered clear of controversy …

Till along come this woman, little over five feet tall

Charged and jailed with breaking the law …

First-degree murder she was on the loose, Joanne …What is she to you?

Joanne Little, she’s my sister. Joanne Little, she’s our mama. Joanne

Little, she’s your lover. Joanne’s the woman who’s gonna carry your

child…

This is 1975 at it most oppressive best.

North Carolina state, the pride of this land, made her an outlaw…

Tell me what she did to deserve this name?

Killed a man who thought she was fair game.

When I heard the news, I screamed inside.

Lost all my cool. My anger I could not hide. …

Joanne is you. Joanne is me. Our prison is the whole society

’cause we live in a land that’ll bring all pressure to bear

on the head of a woman whose position we share.

Acknowledging the power of the movement that rallied around her, Joan said during her trial, “My life is not in the hands of the court. My life is in the hands of the people.”

Largely due to her massive grassroots campaign of support, Joan was acquitted, escaping being executed in a state of North Carolina gas chamber or languishing in prison for defending herself from sexual violence.

Despite being born into a system that did everything to strip her of her bodily integrity, undermine her personhood and limit her access to resources, Joan dared to resist and assert her humanity. Joan Little’s story imbues me with continued hope about the power of people bearing witness, holding policy makers and law enforcement accountable and supporting each other in the face of threats to our human rights. Together, we will win.


Parents of Teen Accused of Shootings Faced Charges

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The  ugly and often deadly cycle of abuse once again claims innocent lives and once again everyone will question how this could happen and why did no one see this coming?  Part of that answer is this, children that are abused and or grow up in abusive environments are more likely to carry that violence into early adulthood and beyond.  Warning signs and red flags are all over the place either ignored or passed over.  We have to do better at recognizing and breaking the awful cycle of abuse, because without a deeper understanding and direct involvement by all of us, we will never stop this from happening again and again. Get involved today. Make a difference. Become an AbuseStopper by taking The Pledge. More important, become a member of the Stop Abuse Campaign.  It’s quick, easy and it’s the right thing to do.  Support the only organization in America with a mission and plan to stop ALL of abuse.  Get involved and learn how.  Make an effort to make a difference, because sooner or later, abuse touches us all.

Parents of teen accused of shootings faced charges

CHARDON, Ohio — It appears that T.J. Lane had violence in his life from the beginning.

Geauga County court records show the father of the teen who authorities say shot five students at Chardon High School on Monday had been arrested many times for violent crimes against women in his life, including Lane’s mother. More than once, police or courts warned him to stay away from the boy and his mother.

Authorities said the teen walked into the high school cafeteria early Monday morning, took out a gun and aimed it at several boys. In the end, three students were seriously wounded and one was killed. A fifth student died early Tuesday. T.J. Lane is to appear in Geauga County Juvenile Court Tuesday.

Lawyer Bob Farinacci, who is representing TJ Lane, read a statement from the Lane family, according to WKYC Channel 3.

“The family wanted me to convey to the citizens of Geauga County and Northeastern Ohio that the family is devastated by this most recent event. They want to give their most heartfelt and sincere condolences to the family of the young man who passed and their continuing prayers are with all those who were injured. This is something that could never have been predicted. TJ’s family has asked for some privacy while they try to understand how such a tragedy could have occurred and while they mourn this terrible loss for their community.”

Fellow students said the 17-year-old was quiet. Some said he was sweet, while others said he had a simmering temper.

His Facebook page, now deleted, had one picture that showed him bare-chested, glaring down toward the camera. In another picture, dated 11 days ago, he is sitting on a bed peering out from behind a giant teddy bear with a heart that says, “Be Mine.”

He listed his interests as anime and primitive hunting.

For his high school, he listed the Pink Floyd lyric, “We don’t need no thought control.”

T.J. Lane attended Lake Academy, an alternative school in Willoughby for students in Lake and Geauga counties. A woman who answered the phone at the school declined to comment Monday.

The teen had one prior case in Geauga County Juvenile court two years ago. Officials would not release information on the case. But several at the court said the family’s troubles were known to social workers in the county.

The father, Thomas Lane Jr., was known to county authorities because of a series of arrests for abusing women in his life, court records show. It’s not clear how much contact the father and son had.

But between 1995 and 1997, the boy’s father and mother, Sara A. Nolan, were each charged with domestic violence against each other.

The father was later charged with assaulting a police officer and served time in prison after trying to suffocate another woman he married several years after his son was born, according to court records.

He held the woman’s head under running water and bashed it into a wall, leaving a dent in the drywall, court records show.

But soon after he went to prison, the woman wrote a letter asking that he be released early.

She had divorced Thomas Lane but said in the letter that he was always a good father to their twin daughters and a son she had before they married.

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Date Rape Revisited

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As we close out February, and end Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, here is a look back at a study done 25 years ago that pulled back the curtain on a little known issue called date rape on college campuses. Certainly, our awareness of date rape has enlightening to read and begs the question, how far have we come? Can we do better and if so, how?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Support the only organization in America with a mission and plan to stop ALL of abuse.  Become a member of the Stop Abuse Campaign.  It’s quick, easy and it’s the right thing to do. Take The Pledge to become an AbuseStopper!  Get  involved and learn how to make an effort to make a difference, because sooner or later, abuse touches us all.

Date Rape Revisited

By Ellen Sweet | February 23, 2012

Mary Koss, a University of Arizona regents professor, conducted groundbreaking research on campus date-rape.

Twenty-five years after an historic campus study, why are colleges still struggling to deal with the problem?

In 1982, Ms. Magazine and an academic researcher embarked on a groundbreaking study of a little-known subject: date rape on college campuses.  At that time, most people still thought of rape, on campus or off, as committed by someone who was a stranger to the victim. The three-year study, funded by the federal government, surveyed more than 7,000 students at 35 schools and blew the top off accepted wisdom.

I was the coordinator of the Ms. Magazine Campus Project on Sexual Assault, and Mary P. Koss (pictured above), a nationally known research psychologist, directed the field study and analysis of data.  The early findings first appeared in my article in the October 1985 issue of Ms. entitled “Date Rape:  The Story of an Epidemic and Those Who Deny It.”  Among them, 1 in 4 college women were victims of rape or attempted rape, and only 1 in 4 women whose sexual assault met the legal definition identified their experience as rape. (A full report on the study was first published in 1988 by Harper and Row under the title I Never Called It Rape.)

The article highlighted some of the colleges that were breaking ground with innovative programs to address the problem.  At Cornell University, for example, a professor helped organize an Acquaintance Rape Task Force; Ohio State University, where Mary Koss was teaching at the time, was nationally known for its rape awareness and prevention programs; and students at Swarthmore College produced a video on acquaintance rape (the other term for date rape).  In subsequent years, especially at schools that had recently gone co-ed, students of both sexes began to organize for change, calling for better safety measures and more transparency in the complaint process.  My Ms. article was assigned reading in numerous sociology, psychology, health, and women’s studies courses.

Twenty-five years later, however, recent news stories about sexual harassment and assault on campus led me to wonder why colleges haven’t been able to effectively address the problem.  At Yale University, for example, which had participated in the original Ms. study, star quarterback Patrick Witt was alleged to have sexually assaulted a woman student, which may have led to his forfeit of a Rhodes scholarship.

Perhaps more important was another story, reported at about the same time, that Yale was in the process of overhauling its sexual harassment policies because a fraternity’s members and pledges had been more than sophomorically aggressive toward women on campus, shouting insults that bordered on threats.  (The fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon, happens to have been Witt’s fraternity.)  The school responded with a report about the number of complaints students had filed in the past six months and how they were handled.

Bully for Yale, but why act so belatedly?  Women have been undergraduates at Yale since 1969. I called Mary Koss, who has continued to do award-winning research on violence against women, and Wendy J. Murphy, a lawyer who has filed complaints with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights to force changes in college’s sexual harassment and assault policies.  The psychologist and the lawyer agreed on many things but, not surprisingly, had different recommendations for how to solve the problem.

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Stop Telling Women Not to Get Raped

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We have to drastically revolutionize the way in which we think about abuse in this country in order to create a national community geared more stopping abuse and less so hiding and ignoring it and blaming its victims. What part of our national pride and personal concern for our communities, our families and ourselves, would ever allow abuse to be tolerated, covered up and the victims put to blame?   A better way happens only through greater education and awareness and that is a responsibility we all share. We need to have an Education Revolution! We have to educate a more compassionate and caring generation, both of young and old adults alike and this is a responsibility that the Stop Abuse Campaign and its partner, NPEIV, take very seriously. We are putting plans together and we are poised, with your help and commitment to stop abuse.
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Stop Telling Women How to Not Get Raped
By Zerlina Maxwell Political Analyst and Writer, The Loop 21
Our victim blaming tactics do little to prevent sexual assault
New rule for 2012: No more ad campaigns and public service announcements targeted at women to teach them how to avoid rape.  It’s not effective, it’s offensive, and it’s also a lie. Telling women that they can behave in a certain way to avoid rape creates a false sense of security and it isn’t the most effective way to lower the horrible statistics which show that 1 in 5 women will become victims of a completed or attempted rape in their lifetime.  The numbers for African American women are even higher at nearly 1 in 4.
We need anti-rape campaigns that target young men and boys.  Campaigns that teach them from a young age how to respect women, and ultimately themselves, and to never ever be rapists.  In addition, we should implore our men and boys to call out their friends, relatives, and classmates for inappropriate behavior and create systems of accountability amongst them.
There are a number of men who do not understand what constitutes a “rape”, which is a consequence of the “stranger in the alley” falsehood presented in movies and popular culture.  You don’t need a mask and a gun to sexually violate a woman. The truth is that rape can happen with a woman you are dating whom you’ve had sex with previously, in a monogamous relationship, and even in marriage.  If one party withdraws consent at any time then it’s rape.  Consent can be withdrawn by the words “no “or “stop” and in many states, a woman doesn’t have to say no at all.  Consumption of alcohol can prevent a woman from being able to legally offer consent. Therefore, it is important for men and women alike to be very clear about their intentions and prioritize consent over the excitement of getting some.
Our community, much like society-at-large, needs a paradigm shift as it relates to our sexual assault prevention efforts.  For so long all of our energy has been directed at women, teaching them to be more “ladylike” and to not be “promiscuous” to not drink too much or to not wear a skirt. Newsflash: men don’t decide to become rapists because they spot a woman dressed like a video vixen or because a girl has been sexually assertive.
How about we teach young men when a woman says stop, they stop? How about we teach young men that when a woman has too much to drink that they should not have sex with her, if for no other reason but to protect themselves from being accused of a crime? How about we teach young men that when they see their friends doing something inappropriate to intervene or to stop being friends?  The culture that allows men to violate women will continue to flourish so long as there is no great social consequence for men who do so. And while many men punished for sexual assaults each year, countless others are able to commit rape and other crimes against women because we so often blame the victim instead of the guilty party.
Holding women and girls accountable for preventing sexual assault hasn’t worked and so long as men commit the majority of rapes, men need to be at the heart of our tactics for preventing them.  Let’s stop teaching ‘how to avoid being a victim’ and instead, attack the culture that creates predators in the first place.
‪Zerlina Maxwell is a political analyst and staff writer for The Loop 21. You can follow her on Twitter: @ZerlinaMaxwell
LINK TO ARTICLE: http://www.ebony.com/news-views/stop-telling-women-how-to-not-get-raped

CONGRATULATIONS YOU DID IT!!

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Here is a perfect opportunity for you to get involved and make your voice heard.  Read this impassioned message from high schooler Katy Butler,  and then please make sure to sign the petition and share it among your friends.  Katy has started a petition  that will allow a film about bullying to be seen by the people that would most benefit from seeing it, our teens and young adults.

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Sign Katy’s Petition!

http://www.change.org/petitions/mpaa-don-t-let-the-bullies-win-give-bully-a-pg-13-instead-of-an-r-rating

Why This Is Important

I’m speaking out for all those students who suffer every day at school.

When I was in 7th grade, a few guys came up behind me while putting my books in my locker. They called me names and asked me why I even bothered to show my face at school because no one liked me. I ignored them because I was scared of what else they might say and who else they might tell if I stood up to them. When I went to shut my locker, they pushed me against the wall. Then they slammed my locker shut on my hand, breaking my fourth finger. I held back tears while I watched them run away laughing. I didn’t know what to do so I stood there, alone and afraid.

I just heard that the Motion Picture Association of America has given an “R” rating to “Bully” — a new film coming out soon that documents the epidemic of bullying in American schools. Because of the R rating, most kids won’t get to see this film. No one under 17 will be allowed to see the movie, and the film won’t be allowed to be screened in American middle schools or high schools.

I can’t believe the MPAA is blocking millions of teenagers from seeing a movie that could change — and, in some cases, save — their lives. According to the film’s website, over 13 million kids will be bullied this year alone. Think of how many of these kids could benefit from seeing this film, especially if it is shown in schools?

If enough people speak out and ask the MPAA to give Bully a PG-13 rating, maybe we can get them to change their minds. Will you sign my petition to the MPAA asking for a PG-13 rating instead of an R?

From what I understand, the MPAA ruled by ONE vote that Bully deserves an R-rating because of “language,” robbing many teenagers of the chance to view a film that could change their lives, and help reduce violence in schools. This makes me really mad. It means that a film documenting the abuse that millions of kids experience through bullying won’t be seen by the audience that needs to see it the most: middle school students and high school students.

Please sign my petition and demand that the MPAA give “Bully” a PG-13 so this important film can be seen by as many kids and adults as possible.

Thanks!
Katy Butler, Michigan high school student

P.S.: You can learn more about the movie on Facebook and Twitter.

UPDATE: Ellen shared her support for the campaign and urged her audience to join her in signing the petition — you can watch the video at the top of this page.

 

 




2011 George Polk Awards in Journalism

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Sara Ganim 2011 George Polk Award Winner for Penn State/Jerry Sandusky Sex Scandal

 

Congratulations to Sara Ganim, a 24-year-old crime reporter with The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. who who brought to light allegations of child sex abuse against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky and who helped expose the institutional cover up that followed. Sara exemplifies that ONE person can make a difference in stopping abuse. She used her talents as an incredibly tenacious  journalist to seek out the truth that many had fought hard to keep hidden. It encourages each of us to get involved however best we can by using our own skills, talents and abilities.  All of us applying those gifts toward a common goal of stopping abuse and alleviating the suffering of those involved, will position us into becoming the first generation poised and planned to stop abuse – ALL abuse. Join the Stop Abuse Campaign today.                  

 

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Boy Scouts Ordered to Release Secret Sex Abuse Files

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The Boy Scouts of America, one of the nation’s oldest youth organizations, has been ordered to release an estimated 5,000 secret files detailing allegations of sexual abuse by Scout leaders around the nation. Known as “ineligible volunteer files,” the documents have been maintained since the 1920s and are intended to keep suspected molesters and others accused of misconduct out of Scouting. “These files exist solely to keep out individuals whose actions are inconsistent with the standards of Scouting, and Scouts are safer because of them,” Deron Smith, public relations director of Boy Scouts of America, told the Times.

That’s all well and good for keeping the Scouts safe, but what about their failure to warn boys, their parents and others about pedophiles in their ranks? What about a sense of responsibility for the safety to the rest of the community?  Clearly, there is evidence of an effort to conceal widespread sexual abuse, as no authorities were ever alerted to the files of allegations.  Now, a judge overseeing a lawsuit brought by the family of a California boy molested by his troop leader in 2007, has ordered the Boy Scouts of America to hand over the confidential files.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    We can do better and demand better of ourselves and each other. Become an AbuseStopper today by taking The Pledge. More important, become a member of the Stop Abuse Campaign.  It’s quick, easy and it’s the right thing to do.  Support the only organization in America with a mission and plan to stop ALL of abuse.  Get involved and learn how.  Make an effort to make a difference, because sooner or later, abuse touches us all.

Boy Scouts ordered to release secret sex abuse files

Organization must turn over last 20 years worth of confidential documents

By The Associated Press Monday, February 20, 2012, 10:37 AM

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — A judge overseeing a lawsuit brought by the family of a California boy molested by his troop leader in 2007 has ordered the Boy Scouts of America to hand over confidential files detailing allegations of sexual abuse by Scout leaders around the nation.

Al Steven Stein molested a boy at a Boy Scouts meeting but troop leaders allegedly tried to stop the boy's mother reporting it to police

The Santa Barbara County Superior Court judge said last month that the Irving, Texas-based organization must turn over the last 20 years’ worth of records by Feb. 24, with victims’ names removed, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. The files will not be made public.

Known as “ineligible volunteer files,” the documents have been maintained since the 1920s and are intended to keep suspected molesters and others accused of misconduct out of Scouting. Scouts officials have resisted releasing them and won’t discuss their contents, citing the privacy rights of victims and the fact that many files are based on unproven allegations.

The officials deny that the files have been used to conceal sexual abuse.

“These files exist solely to keep out individuals whose actions are inconsistent with the standards of Scouting, and Scouts are safer because of them,” Deron Smith, public relations director of Boy Scouts of America, told the Times.

The Santa Barbara case is significant because it seeks to unlock files that have never been turned over by the Scouts, including all since 2005. It also alleges wrongdoing that took place relatively recently, even as the Scouts have stepped up protective efforts.

The trial is scheduled for April, nearly five years after the boy, then 13, was molested by volunteer troop leader Al Stein at a Boy Scouts Christmas tree sale in Goleta. Stein pleaded no contest to felony child endangerment in 2009.

He was sentenced to two years in prison but was paroled early and is living in a Salinas motel with other sex offenders, his attorney Steven Balash told the newspaper.

The victim’s name has not been released. His mother claims that David Tate, then the Los Padres Council Scout executive, asked her not to call police after she reported her son’s claim of abuse.

“He said that wasn’t necessary, because the Scouts do their own internal investigation,” said the woman, whose name the Times withheld to protect her son’s identity. “I thought that was really weird… I thought it was really important to call the sheriff right away.”

 


Why Spanking Does Not Work

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Fox News’ Liz Trotta – Women in Military Should Expect to Get Raped

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The views espoused by Fox News’ pundit, Liz Trotta, are more than unfortunate remarks. They speak to one of the key issues that lead to abuse, an outdated, ultra-conservative view of women.  Perhaps she intended her remarks  to provoke and shock more than to add thought and insight, but why? Why, with such a powerful platform to educate and reach so many millions of people, would Liz Trotta choose to degrade our military’s servicewomen? How much longer and how much lower do we allow our level of discourse in this country to stoop to, before we stop with the degrading of abused women? Keep in mind, many of the women she is speaking of are currently serving this country at war or veterans. Here at the Stop Abuse Campaign, we strive every day to raise the level of awareness by elevating the conversation and the dialogue about stopping abuse in this country. Liz Trotta, and those that think like her, may as well be speaking up for the rights of the raper to rape.  We can do better.  It’s up to all of us to hold ourselves and each other accountable.

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Fox News’ Liz Trotta On Women Raped In Military: ‘What Did They Expect? These People Are In Close Contact’ (VIDEO)

Fox News pundit Liz Trotta made a series of incendiary statements about rape in the military during a Sunday appearance on the network.

Trotta was reacting to news that the military will allow women to work closer to the front lines. Speaking to Fox News host Eric Shawn, she alleged that feminists wanted “to be warriors and victims at the same time.”

She cited a recent Pentagon report that sex crimes committed by army personnel have increased by 64% over the past six years. Then she made a startling statement:

“I think they have actually discovered there is a difference between men and women. And the sexual abuse report says that there has been, since 2006, a 64% increase in violent sexual assaults. Now, what did they expect? These people are in close contact, the whole airing of this issue has never been done by Congress, it’s strictly been a question of pressure from the feminists.”

Trotta also alleged that “feminists” have demanded too much money to fund programs for sexual abuse victims. “You have this whole bureaucracy upon bureaucracy being built up with all kinds of levels of people to support women in the military who are now being raped too much,” she said. Shawn argued that the programs are necessary to protect those victims. Trotta responded that the purpose of the military is “to defend and protect us, not the people who were fighting the war.” Trotta has a history of controversial statements. Among other things, she joked about assassinating President Obama during his campaign in

WATCH THE FOX NEWS INTERVIEW HERRE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/13/fox-news-liz-trotta-rape_n_1274018.html

 


Vatican Investigated 4,000 cases of child sex abuse in the last 10 years

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A virus is a sickness, that left unchecked and ignored will eventually spread and take over your body, making you very ill and depending on how severe, kill you. Abuse is a virus that does the same destruction wherever it goes unnoticed and unchecked.  Take for instance the revelation just out of the Vatican stating that, in 10 years time, it has investigated 4,000 cases of child sex abuse within it’s organization. Not only was the abuse ignored and or disbelieved, when proof was found, the abuser was simply removed from one spot and placed in another to continue the abuse somewhere entirely new. That’s akin to taking out a sick person’s organ to transplant into a healthy body. It only spreads the disease further and creates more sickness and helping no one heal.  We can do better. The Catholic Church is learning that lesson in the hardest and most expensive way possible. The thousands of victims paid the biggest price of all.  Help to stop abuse in your home and your community by becoming an AbuseStopper.

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Vatican Investigated 4,000 Cases of Child Sex Abuse in the Last 10 Years -By Nick Pisa

A senior Vatican cardinal has revealed how more than 4,000 cases of sex abuse by priests on children have been investigated during the last ten years.

Cardinal Joseph William Levada revealed the figues as he opened the conference on child sex abuse

The shock figure was announced by American cardinal Joseph William Levada as he opened a conference on the wide scale phenomenon which has rocked the Roman Catholic church with cases reported all over the world.

Cardinal Levada, who is head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, described the figure as a ‘dramatic increase’ and came in the face of global indignation at the scale of the problem and which has forced Pope Benedict XVI to apologise for previous cases during papal visits as he meets victims. 

Addressing the conference in Rome at the Pontifical Gregorian University he also stressed that the Catholic Church had an obligation to report paedophile priests to the police and civil authorities – in the past there have been cases in Ireland and elsewhere that bishops ‘dragged their heels’ in naming offending clergy.

The event called ‘Towards Healing and Renewal’ is being attended by more than 100 senior bishops and clergy from all over the world – with Ireland’s leading Roman Catholic Cardinal Sean Brady among the delegates and it comes after Benedict ordered an Apostolic Visitation into the Irish Catholic Church following two damning reports on the extent of abuse there.”

Joelle Casteix, of support group SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), said: ‘How many meetings will it take for Rome to learn that child sex abuse is a crime, predators must be made public and jailed and church officials who cover up molesters must be held accountable ?

‘Even after years of promises, meetings and empty apologies, the Vatican cannot do the simplest, cheapest, and the most child-friendly action possible: make public decades of secret files on clergy sex offenders and enablers.’

She also attacked Cardinal Levada and added: ‘Conference leaders say the purpose of the event is to create guidelines on how to handle reports of childhood sexual abuse.



February Is Teen Dating Violence (DV) Prevention and Awareness Month

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Teen Dating Violence (DV) Prevention and Awareness Month is a national effort to raise awareness about abuse in teen and 20-something relationships and promote programs that prevent it during the month of February.

The repercussions of teen dating violence are impossible to ignore – they hurt not just the young people victimized but also their families, friends, schools and communities. Throughout February, organizations and individuals nationwide are coming together to highlight the need to educate young people about relationships, teach healthy relationship skills and prevent the devastating cycle of abuse.

The History of Teen DV Month

For years, young people across the nation have organized to put a stop to dating abuse. With their adult allies, they achieved a major victory in 2005 when the importance of addressing teen dating abuse was highlighted in the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

The following year, Congress followed the lead of dozens of national, state and local organizations in sounding the call to end dating abuse. Both Chambers declared the first full week in February “National Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Week.” Then in 2010, Congress began dedicating the entire month of February to teen dating violence awareness and prevention.

Now in its third year, Teen DV Month is celebrated by leaders in government, student bodies, schools, youth service providers,
community-based organizations, parents and more. Join us in promoting awareness of and preventing dating abuse.  For more information and how you can get involved, go to:   http://www.teendvmonth.org/  

DONT FORGET!! Become an AbuseStopper today by taking The Pledge. More important, become a member of the Stop Abuse Campaign.  It’s quick, easy and it’s the right thing to do.  Support the only organization in America with a mission and plan to stop ALL of abuse.  Get involved and learn how.  Make an effort to make a difference, because sooner or later, abuse touches us all.


Did You Know… Epidemic of Rape in U.S. Military

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Much of what we  choose to promote on our website is here to help you, our readers, become better informed and educated.  By doing so, we hope to raise the level of conversation and awareness around issues of abuse. The following article is an eye opening piece on the military’s treatment of any soldier who reports personal abuse having taken place while in the service.  Did you know, that for our service men and women, if you are sexually assaulted and or raped, and this act is reported by you, it’s victim, you are discharged from duty? No wonder this behavior goes unreported at an even greater extent among our service men and women. WE CAN DO BETTER! We have to change the way we treat survivors, both in the military and civilian population.  CNN has put together an informative and enlightening interview that must be seen. It’s time we offer hope and help to those who are victims and survivors.  It is possible to stop abuse and you are vital to that very noble effort. Don’t forget! Take the pledge while you’re here. It’s quick and easy and it qualifies you as an official Abuse-Stopper!  Become a member while you’re here and join the fight directly! It’s quick and easy and you are instantly making a difference!

‘Epidemic’ of rape in the U.S. military

 

From the CNN Newsroom, February 8, 2012CNN talks to Rep. Jackie Speier, who is calling for impartial investigations of alleged rape in the U.S. military. Watch the CCN Interview! http://www.cnn.com/video/?/video/us/2012/02/08/nr-speier-military-rape.cnn#/video/us/2012/02/08/nr-speier-military-rape.cnn


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