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Culture Is Not An Excuse For Rape
National Organization of Sisters of Color Ending Sexual Assault (SCESA)

By Abdon M. Pallasch
The former No. 2 official of the Catholic church in Chicago admitted that he knew 25 priests broke the law by sexually abusing children but did not report them, according to depositions made public Tuesday.
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Raymond E. Goedert's statements show "the lengths they went to to protect their reputation and the priest at the peril of the child," said attorney Jeff Anderson, who represents men who have sued the archdiocese over alleged childhood molestation.

By Greg Allen
State judges in Miami are being asked to mediate a dispute that involves the city, the state and a growing colony of sex offenders.
The colony is an encampment of tents and shacks under a Miami bridge that began when corrections officers began ordering offenders there a few years ago. The shantytown was created in response to local laws that restrict where sex offenders can live.

Tell Me More, NPR, July 13, 2009
Several prominent African-American women, such as Oprah Winfrey and Queen Latifah, have disclosed being sexually abused as girls. In contrast, many well-known known African-American males frame their childhood sexual experiences with women as a source of pride — or a rites of passage — instead of abuse. Dr. Carl Bell, a Chicago psychiatrist, journalist Sylvia Coleman, and Talib Darryl, who was abused as a boy, discuss the double standard.

by Laura Maggi, The Times-Picayune
More than half the time New Orleans police receive reports of rape or other sexual assaults against women, officers classify the matter as a noncriminal "complaint."
Police, who have been touting a decline in rapes, say the share of noncriminal complaints reflects the difficulty officers face in coaxing rape victims to push forward with their complaints.


By Carol J. Williams
July 9, 2009

Pharmacists are obliged to dispense the Plan B pill, even if they are personally opposed to the "morning after" contraceptive on religious grounds, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.


GLENN ADAMS, Associated Press Writer
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) ― The state's highest court ruled Tuesday against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland in a sex-abuse case, concluding that a charitable immunity defense cannot be raised if church officials acted intentionally.

In a 5-2 decision, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court set guidelines for the charitable immunity defense in a lawsuit brought by William Picher of Augusta, who contends he was abused in the 1980s by a priest whose supervisors knew about his tendencies but did nothing to intervene.

Sexist jokes (and all the variants of this kind of humour) favour the mental mechanisms which urge to violence and battering against women in individuals with macho attitudes. Those are the conclusions of a study carried out at the University of Granada in the framework of the world most renowned international symposium about humour and its scientific applications ('International Summer School and Symposium on Humour and Laughter: Theory, Research and Applications') that will be held in Granada.

By Lisa M. Novak
June 28, 2009
NAPLES, Italy — A task force charged with assessing the effectiveness of sexual assault prevention programs in the military wrapped up a worldwide tour of 40 installations with a stop in Naples last week.
During its 11-month tour, the Defense Task Force on Sexual Assault in the Military Services conducted more than 400 interviews, including 60 with sexual assault victims; collected data from more than 1,800 individuals during focus groups; and conducted surveys with sexual assault program specialists.

JUNE 26, 2009


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