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Vice President Biden Marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Announcing It’s On Us Progress from the White House, 04/23/2015

April 24th, 2015 Justine No comments

Today at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Vice President Biden is honoring April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month by sharing an update on the Administration’s efforts to help combat sexual assault, especially on college and university campuses.

New Commitments

It’s On Us now includes 75 non-profit and private-sector partners that focus on supporting the campaign using digital, television, and alternative strategies. Recent commitments from new partners include:

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Why Latinos Believe Domestic Violence Goes Under-Reported from Think Progress, 04/23/2015

April 23rd, 2015 Justine No comments

At least 41 percent of surveyed Latinos believe that the main reason that Latino immigrant victims don’t seek help is because of deportation fears.

Culling interviews from 800 Latino men and women, the No Más report found that 56 percent of surveyed Latinos know a domestic violence victim, while one in four people know a victim of sexual assault. Among the younger Latino generation, the pattern of violence was about the same: half of all surveyed Latinos under the age of 30 reported that they know a victim of domestic violence, while one in four reported that they know someone who was a victim of sexual assault. The top reason that Latinos indicated that victims don’t come forward or seek help is because of the fear of deportation, closely followed by having their children taken away, and facing more violence.

Juan Carlos Areán, senior director of the National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities*, told ThinkProgress, “the fear of deportation comes from anecdotal evidence … though it’s not prevalent, when immigrants call the police, they might end up getting arrested themselves because of the suspicion that they’re undocumented. This.. builds enough fear for the community to be afraid.”

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U.N. Report: Afghan Courts Are Failing Women After Domestic Violence from BuzzFeed, 4/09/2015

April 20th, 2015 Justine No comments

The report followed 110 women from around the country through the Afghan judicial system and mediation process. The U.N. review aimed to gauge the effectiveness of 2009’s Elimination of Violence Against Women Act, a law that for the first time provided legal protections for women facing abuse at the hands of a family member.

Though criminal prosecution is now available, most women seek mediation, the U.N. report said. Instead of seeking punishment for their abusers, the women instead hoped to secure a violence-free environment or custody of their children.

“Women’s economic dependency on male family members often constituted a deterrent to seeking criminal sanctions as the imprisonment of the perpetrator, when a family member, would automatically cut off women’s financial support,” the report said.

Non-governmental organizations provide shelters for abused women, but there are few longterm solutions for independent, safe living arrangements, the report continued.

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Committee calls for better measures against domestic violence from the Daily Sabah: Turkey, 4/19/2015

April 20th, 2015 Justine No comments

“A parliamentary committee on domestic violence set out a list of recommendations to tackle the phenomenon, ranging from more effective legal measures against offenders to raising the legal marriage age from 17 to 18.

Looking into ways to tackle the domestic violence that has been plaguing the country in recent years, Parliament has been mulling on more effective measures to curb the disturbing phenomenon.”
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China Releases 5 Women’s Rights Activists Detained for Weeks from The New York Times, 4/13/2015

April 14th, 2015 Justine No comments

BEIJING — Police officers on Monday evening released five female activists who were detained early last month in China after trying to start a campaign against sexual harassment on public transportation, two lawyers representing the women said.

One of the lawyers, Liang Xiaojun, said police officers in western Beijing, where the five women were held for weeks, had to release the detainees after prosecutors decided not to immediately press criminal charges. The police had asked the prosecutors last week to charge all five women with organizing a crowd to disturb public order.

Find Out More about the the Feminist Five, their case, and the other five still held on suspicions of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.”

Domestic Violence A Hidden Problem Among the Elderly from North New Jersey News, 04/06/2015

April 7th, 2015 Justine No comments

Local and national experts on domestic violence and the elderly said that while research focuses on younger victims, assaults are likely just as prevalent among the elderly. In 2012, about 5 percent of domestic violence victims in New Jersey — or 2,900 of all reported cases — were 60 or older, according to the New Jersey State Police Uniform Report on Domestic Violence. But they were the victims of 18 percent of domestic murders – seven out of 38.

And the elderly population is often underserved by services for battered women and overlooked by research on domestic violence.

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