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When Male Entitlement Collides With Guns, Women Often Pay The Price

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 4:41 PM

On Monday, according to police, a drunk Florida man who was obsessed with his female neighbor stood outside her house and fired 33 rounds into it with a semi-automatic handgun.

The woman, who has not been named, told police that Howard Sparber,...

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Providing Free Pads And Tampons To Incarcerated Women Is About More Than Hygiene

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2016 | 11:13 AM

For incarcerated women in the U.S., the experience of a monthly period can be stressful and demeaning.

While jails often supply menstrual products, such as pads and tampons, they are typically poor quality and doled out in limited numbers. If a woman needs...

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Man Charged With Murder For Allegedly Driving His Partner To Suicide

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 12:11 PM

For approximately 10 years, Minnesota authorities say, Jessica Haban was physically and emotionally abused by her partner. Long Vang, 34, allegedly smashed her head into a washing machine, tossed her into the wall by her hair, held a knife to her throat, and in May 2015,...

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Orlando Shooter's Domestic Abuse History Should Have Been A Warning Sign

(1) Comments | Posted June 14, 2016 | 2:56 PM

Long before 29-year-old Omar Mateen opened fire in a popular gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and committed the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, he perpetrated a different type of terror -- one he kept hidden inside the home.

He beat his wife. 

Sitora Yusifiy,...

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Dietro le foto che hanno cambiato la visione della violenza domestica in America

(3) Comments | Posted June 9, 2016 | 6:41 AM

Una fotografa ha documentato l’epidemia di abusi segreti nelle case della nazione. Ecco come.


Era il 1981 e Donna Ferrato voleva fotografare persone innamorate. Più precisamente, era interessata agli scambisti che frequentavano i sex club di New York.

Così, trovò...

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Você está fazendo todas as perguntas ERRADAS sobre o caso Amber Heard e Johnny Depp

(14) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 4:49 PM

Por que hesitamos tanto em acreditar nas mulheres que se dizem vítimas de violência doméstica?

Amber Heard fez tudo que “deveria” fazer. Sendo uma mulher jovem que estava acusando um dos atores mais famosos do mundo, Johnny Depp, de violência doméstica, ela não teve escolha.

Depois de Depp ter supostamente...

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Behind The Photos That Changed How America Saw Domestic Violence

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 2:56 PM

It was 1981 and Donna Ferrato wanted to photograph people in love. More precisely, she was interested in swingers who frequented New York's sex clubs. 

And so, she found the perfect polyamorous couple to focus her lens on. They were happy, wealthy and fashionable, and welcomed her...

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Su Amber Heard ci stiamo facendo le domande sbagliate

(10) Comments | Posted June 2, 2016 | 3:57 AM

Amber Heard ha fatto tutto quello che “avrebbe dovuto” fare. Da giovane donna che dichiara una violenza domestica contro uno degli attori più famosi del mondo, Johnny Depp, non aveva scelta.

Depp le avrebbe tirato un telefonino in faccia, colpendola all’occhio: l’attrice trentenne ha chiesto il divorzio. Si...

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You're Asking All The Wrong Questions About Amber Heard

(1) Comments | Posted May 31, 2016 | 10:25 AM

Amber Heard did everything she was "supposed" to do. As a young woman alleging domestic violence against one of the world’s most famous actors, Johnny Depp, she had no choice.

After Depp allegedly threw a cellphone at her face, striking her in the...

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Almost A Third Of Mass Shooting Deaths In 2015 Were Related To Domestic Violence

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2016 | 11:35 AM

Thirty-one percent of all mass shooting deaths in 2015 were related to domestic violence incidents, according to a New York Times analysis published Sunday.

The New York Times examined violent episodes in which four or more people were killed or wounded by a firearm, including...

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A Man Shot His Wife In The Head, And The Media Basically Gave Him A Pass

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 11:32 AM

An elderly man in Florida woke up on Monday morning, urinated, retrieved a Colt .32 caliber revolver from his nightstand and shot his wife in the head while she was still asleep.

Then he had some coffee.

When police...

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Should Domestic Violence Victims Go To Prison For Killing Their Abusers?

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2016 | 12:32 PM

NEW YORK -- LadyKathryn Williams-Julien's first childhood memory is of her father punching her mother in the face. She was 6. Her mother fell to the ground, where Williams-Julien was already cowering. They were eye-to-eye, mother and child, both trembling with fear.


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L'abuso è abuso. Anche se non ti picchia

(1) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 3:38 AM

Imparate a individuare il controllo coercitivo nelle relazioni abusanti

La violenza fisica è solo uno dei tipi d'abuso che può verificarsi all'interno delle relazioni abusanti.

Magari il tuo partner non ti picchia, ma poi ti viene a dire che sei grassa e brutta ogni volta che è turbato da qualcosa....

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Pastors, Imams And Rabbis Urge Congress To Close Gun Loopholes For Domestic Abusers

(0) Comments | Posted May 17, 2016 | 4:46 PM

Nearly 500 Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders have signed a letter asking Congress to close loopholes in federal law that allow domestic abusers to own and buy firearms.

"Domestic violence, dating abuse, and stalking are extreme violations of the dignity and humanity...

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Abuse Is Abuse — Even If He Doesn’t Hit You

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2016 | 12:36 PM

Maybe your partner doesn’t hit you, but he calls you fat and ugly each time he gets upset. Maybe he doesn’t hit you, but he confiscates your paycheck and only doles out enough money for the bare essentials. Maybe he doesn’t hit you, but he forces...

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If You Think Trans Bathroom Access Doesn’t Matter, Listen To This Girl’s Story

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 12:29 PM

Nicole Maines, a transgender activist, knows firsthand the devastating consequences that can result when schools don't allow trans kids to use the bathroom matching their gender identity. 

When she was in fifth grade at a public school in Maine, she was banned from using the girls' bathroom and forced to use a separate staff bathroom. 

In a recent TEDx talk, Maines, who is now a college freshman, shared how the discrimination she faced at school affected her ability to feel normal and comfortable in her own skin.

"Acceptance at home is fundamental yes, but frankly it's just not enough," she said. "Trans youth, like most young people, spend the majority of their time at school. If you spent Monday to Friday from 8 to 3 being told that you weren't okay, that you were wrong, how are you meant to think otherwise?"

Maines identified as a girl from a very early age, and her family accepted her as such. But in one important sense, her school did not.

On Friday, the Obama administration called on school districts around the country to allow transgender students to use bathrooms consistent with their gender identity.

"Schools have a responsibility to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all students, including transgender students," the guidance read, in part. "A school may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity or to use individual-user facilities when other students are not required to do so." 

For Maines, her school's insistence that she use a different bathroom than the other kids had long-lasting ramifications. She and her twin brother left the school. Her family moved. She spent the next few years in a form of hiding, as she feared to tell her new schoolmates about her past. 

"I didn't have any sleepovers and I didn't visit any friends," she said. "I was like a ghost." 

Her family filed a discrimination lawsuit and in 2014, she made history when Maine’s Supreme Court ruled that officials from the public school violated state anti-discrimination law by not allowing her to use the girls’ bathroom. It was the first time that a state court ruled it unlawful to deny transgender students access to the bathroom of the gender with which they identify.

A book about Maines' life, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Ellis Nutt, was released last year.

Maines concluded her TEDx talk by urging others to recognize that they are part of the trans story, whether they want to be or not. 

"You have the power to make a difference in someone's life," she said. "Because you never know when a transgender person is going to come into your life, you need to be prepared and you need to be ready to help...

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Gun Control Is An Uphill Battle. Here’s One Of The Rare Success Stories.

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2016 | 2:25 PM

Lori Jackson did everything right. After her husband Scott Gellatly threatened her, she fled. She filed a police report and requested a temporary restraining order. She moved in with her mother and installed a security system.

Then, Jackson waited for her court date....

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Officer Captured After Shooting Spree Leaves 3 Dead In Maryland

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 12:39 PM

A federal officer is in custody after allegedly shooting three people dead and injuring three others within 24 hours in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, in three separate locations.

Eulalio Tordil, 62, allegedly shot and killed his estranged wife on Thursday evening outside High Point High School in Beltsville,...

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National Teen Birth Rate Plummets To All-Time Low

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 1:43 PM

The national teen birth rate has fallen to a record low, according to a new analysis released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

From 2006 to 2014, the teen birth rate declined 41 percent. In 2014, there were 24.2 births for every...

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