Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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Friday, October 21, 2011
|Photo from Women's Law Project|
Many sexual assault cases have been dismissed by courts because of technicalities dealing specifically with the words used to define rape. This will hopefully be fixed with a new definition of rape that will be voted upon in December and hopefully will replace the present definition.
The present FBI definition goes like this: "carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will". The new definition is going to be worded in a more detailed fashion. It will state: "Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim".
This new FBI definition is being considered, thanks to Carol Tracy, the executive director of Women's Law Project. Carol Tracy has been on the FBI's case to change their definition of rape for 10 years!
Thank you Carol Tracy, on behalf of WomenOnGuard™ and all women in the USA!
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Occupy Wall Street (OWS), is probably one of the largest if not the largest American demonstration, in our country in over 30 years. The demonstrations are increasing in numbers and have been spreading internationally as well.
Occupy Wall Street has a big presence and we thought it important to make sure our customers and readers know exactly what they stand for. Most people are not aware that they have made a formal DECLARATION. For those of you who aren't sure what the Occupy Wall Street protest stands for, please go to their DECLARATION document and find out HERE.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
|Photo by jimmywayne|
This is unbelievable! Why doesn't Kansas City just get rid of their police force, while they are at it. Here we are nationally trying to get rid of violence in our streets and Kansas City decides to promote violence by not protecting women that are victims of domestic violence. Now every wife abuser and rapist has a free ticket to commit violence toward women and no one will be there to protect these victims. Domestic violence is most likely to increase because of the unemployment issue. This decision to not protect domestic violence victims is inexcusable. SHAME on Kansas City!
Read source article here.
Friday, October 7, 2011
|AP Photo/The Tennessean, Shelley Mays|
It's a shame that this woman was in prison for 26 years, simply because she was defending herself from her abusive husband! This it why so many women feel trapped in cases of domestic violence. They call authorities for help and all they get in response from authorities is "We can't interfear with domestic affairs, between a man and his wife".
Please read: BY TRAVIS LOLLER, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Tennessee prison frees former death row inmate
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A woman who spent 26 years on death row and came within two months of being executed was freed Friday from a Tennessee prison.
In a Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 file photo, Gaile Owens reacts after hearing one member of the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole voting 'Yes' to release her, during her first parol hearing at the Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville, Tenn.
Gaile Owens, 58, of Memphis was released Friday and greeted by a small group of supporters outside Tennessee's Prison for Women.
She was sentenced to die for hiring a stranger to kill her husband in 1985, but her death sentence was commuted to life in prison last year and she won parole last week.
Supporters had urged her release, claiming she was a battered wife who didn't use that defense because she didn't want her young sons to know about the physical and sexual abuse.
The first thing she did on leaving the prison was to hug one of those sons, Stephen Owens, who is now grown and has children of his own.
Owens issued a written statement and then immediately left the prison.
"I'm looking forward to leading a quiet, private but productive life," the statement said. She said she wanted to get to know her son and the grandchildren born while she was in prison.
Her son said he was looking forward to spending the rest of the day with his mother.
Owens' sentence was commuted to life in prison in July 2010 by former Gov. Phil Bredesen. He acknowledged the abuse claims of her supporters but gave a different reason for his decision to spare her life. Bredesen said prosecutors had agreed not to seek the death penalty if Owens pleaded guilty but then put her on trial when her co-defendant wouldn't accept the plea bargain.
At the time she was imprisoned, a life sentence meant serving 30 years and she was eligible to be released now because of good conduct.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
|Photo by bioxid|
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and when we read of these horrific domestic violence or abuse cases in the news, we normally think it can't happen to me or any of my close friends. What we don't realize is that there is so much stigma related to this topic that it usually is not mentioned in our social circles and therefore we rarely find out of someone we know that is or was sexually assaulted or abused in the past. This is why we posted the names below. Even though the list is probably not someone you know personally, we feel the women included here, might be someone you can relate to...
Survivors of Domestic Violence or Sexual Abuse
Alice Walker (author/activist) abuse
Angie Dickenson (actress) emotional abuse
Anne Heche (actress) incest
Billie Holliday (singer) childhood rape
Christina Aguilera (singer) unspecified child abuse/secondary domestic violence
Connie Francis (singer) rape
Eleanor Roosevelt (former First Lady) unspecified child abuse
Ella Fitzgerald (singer) abuse
Farrah Faucett (actress) domestic violence
Halle Berry (actress, model) domestic violence
Marilyn Monroe (actress) child physical & sexual abuse/childhood attempted rape (according to IMDB.com)/domestic violence
Maya Angelou (author, poet) childhood rape
Nicole Brown Simpson - domestic violence (very likely murdered by OJ)
Oprah Winfrey (talk show host) child sexual abuse
Pamela Anderson (actress) rape/domestic violence
Queen Latifah (rapper/actress/model) child sexual abuse
Rita Hayworth (actress) incest
Rosanne Arnold (actress) child sexual abuse
Rosie Perez (actress) child sexual abuse
Sandra Dee (actress) incest
Tina Turner (singer) domestic violence
Tori Amos (musician) rape
Virginia Woolf (author) incest
Try to volunteer or donate to a women's crisis center near you and spread the word about this violence that can only be resolved if we take action.
As Waters Passing By
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
|Photo by Labanex|
It's a shame that there is a month of the year, October, just for this cruel domestic violence issue. It's a reminder that cruelty towards women is not just in nations across the Atlantic ocean. The USA is also on the list of countries that treat some women like dirt. The singer TRACY CHAPMAN comes to mind. She wrote a song in 1983 that exemplifies domestic violence and how authorities usually deal with it.
BEHIND THE WALL by Tracy Chapman
Last night I heard the screaming
Loud voices behind the wall
Another sleepless night for me
It won't do no good to call
Always come late
If they come at all
And when they arrive
They say they can't interfear
With domestic affairs
Between a man and his wife
And as they walk out the door
The tears well up in her eyes
Last night I heard the screaming
Then a silence that chilled my soul
Prayed that I was dreaming
When I saw the ambulance in the road
And the policeman said
"I'm here to keep the peace.
Will the crowd disperse?
I think we all could use some sleep."
Please try to remember to donate to a women's shelter and help fight against domestic violence.
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