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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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The new women warriors: Reviving the fight for equal rights from Cable News Network, Inc., 04/02/2015

April 2nd, 2015 Justine No comments

Last April, Scalia appeared at the National Press Club beside his judicial polar opposite — and friend — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The two were asked how they would amend the Constitution, if they could.

The Notorious R.B.G., as she is sometimes referred to these days, didn’t hesitate.

“If I could choose an amendment to add to this Constitution, it would be the Equal Rights Amendment,” she said.

“What do you mean by that?” asked the moderator, Marvin Kalb.

“It means that women are people equal in stature before the law,” she said. “We have achieved that through legislation, but legislation can be repealed. It can be altered. … That principle belongs in our Constitution. It is in every constitution written since the Second World War.”

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Presidential Proclamation — National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, 2015 from The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, 04/01/2015

April 1st, 2015 Justine No comments

“We have taken action to strengthen our criminal justice system, uphold the civil rights of victims and survivors of sexual assault, and ensure that all people can live free from sexual violence.  Now in its second year, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault is helping schools live up to their obligations to educate students in safe environments.  We continue to address the impact of sexual assault on persons living with or at risk for HIV/AIDS.  I have also made clear that violence and abuse have no place in the finest military this world has ever known.  And last fall, we launched the “It’s On Us” campaign to let people know everyone has a role to play in preventing and effectively responding to sexual violence.”

“NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 2015 as National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.”

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Joe Biden: Domestic Violence Is A ‘Public Health Epidemic’ from the Huffington Post, 02/20/2015

March 24th, 2015 Justine No comments

“All of you in this room who are doctors, nurses, researchers, social workers from all across the country, the fact that we are talking today about domestic violence as a public health epidemic is because of you,” he said. “We have come such a long way in our fight against this epidemic, but we have to keep making the case even stronger for prevention and intervention.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly one-third of U.S. women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime. Domestic violence is associated with an array of health problems. In the short-term, physical violence can result in serious injuries or even death. At least one-third of all female homicide victims in the U.S. are killed by male intimate partners. But studies have found that domestic violence has long-term health consequences as well.

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Comprehensive legislation will help Alabama fight plague of domestic violence: guest opinion from All Alabama, 03/23/2015

March 23rd, 2015 Justine No comments

In our nation, a woman is beaten every nine seconds. One in four women will experience severe physical abuse in their lifetime. Annually 10 million children witness their mothers being beaten inside their own homes. Approximately three women are murdered every day by those who promised to love them.

Domestic violence does not discriminate, and it is prevalent in every demographic, race, sex, economic status, and every state–including our sweet home Alabama.

As a wife, mother, grandmother, and Alabama’s First Lady, how can I see these statistics and not effect change?

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