More states, counties, and cities are implementing Halloween measures curbing released and registered sex offenders and those on parole from partaking in Halloween festivities. According to NBC, earlier this month, River Side County in California approved such an ordinance, which sparked some controversy about the effectiveness of such laws and whether they infringe on the rights of sex offenders.… <Read More>
“I got 12 months for a falsified police report and he got probation for raping me and the others,” Ashley said on Friday. “It’s just ridiculous.”
Prosecutors and the judge agreed to a sentence of 10 years probation in exchange for Tony Simmons’, a counselor at Juvenile Justice Department, plea to rape against Ashley and other sexual counts for sexual conduct between 2005 and 2008. This plea offer agreement was later withdrawn by Judge Mullen, of New York County court, because Simmons had not shown any remorse for his actions. He made numerous comments that his victims inticed him or consented to his actions.
According to the New York Times, individuals who are incarcerated in New York for domestic abuse (or incarcerated for being suspected of domestic abuse) are increasingly having their phone conversations – the ones that they have while incarcerated – taped and used against them in court. Often, the entire domestic violence case rests on the taped phone calls from jail.
Is this fair or unfair? Richard Brown, the Queens district attorney, says that there is no issue of fairness because the inmates were informed that their phone conversations were being taped, and they still said things to incriminate themselves. There are even signs posted in city jails informing inmates that their calls are being taped. But, for one reason or another, abusers cannot help but to talk about their behavior. Not surprisingly, abusers, even continue to intimidate their victims behind bars.… <Read More>
On February 27, 2011, the New York Times published an article “Abuse Often Follows Afghans to America,” about how women from Afghanistan, who are abused in their own country, still suffer extreme domestic abuse when they come to the United States. Women immigrating to the United States from Afghanistan are often joining their husbands who already have come to the United States. These women are “thrilled about the prospect of a new American life,” but often that dream is shattered when they arrive in the United States. How, and why, is this so?
Putting an end to domestic violence in a particular couple depends entirely on the courage of the victim and how well the victim tells their story. Perhaps the most troubling task for victims of domestic violence is to recount their horror stories to complete strangers, whether it be to police officers, social workers, court intake personnel, or medical personnel. Often, victims are under-informed about what acts are specifically classified as domestic violence according to the law. Some extremely dangerous situations are often not resolved in favor of the victim because the law prevents it. However, victims CAN get the protection they need; they just need to be better informed.… <Read More>