The money from both will go toward the state’s domestic violence grant programs. The marriage license fee alone is expected to increase funding by about $45,000. The fee brought in $340,000 in 2012, which helped fund 12 crisis centers across the state.
For days, a 14-year-old girl walked around a Fayetteville motel on Skibo Road wearing nothing but a tight shirt and shorts that barely covered her bottom. She didn’t have shoes or any personal belongings. She didn’t talk to anyone. But she hoped a hotel employee or patron – anyone – would speak to her. She walked around the hallways, up and down stairs and into common areas. Her quiet pleas for help went unanswered.
After Fayetteville police rescued her, Kelly Twedell, director of the Fayetteville Dream Center, asked the girl why she didn’t tell motel employees, or anyone else, she needed help. “Because no one would have believed me,” she said. She didn’t run because she didn’t have shoes or proper clothes.
Her story isn’t unique. She was a victim of human sex trafficking, a $9.5 billion industry in the U.S. that awareness groups say is happening in more places than people realize – including Fayetteville. Victims struggle to get out while law enforcement struggles to get in. Awareness, law enforcement training and more effective legislation are increasing. But while society struggles to keep up, this cottage industry churns on, with lives damaged, profits made and no sure decline in sight.
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Bill Aimed at Aiding Sexual Assault Victims Advances, Would Ensures Victims Aren’t Charged for Medical Care from The Advocate, 05/19/2015
The measures, sponsored by state Rep. Helena Moreno, would set up standards and procedures for the forensic medical examination and treatment of victims.
A key provision would stop sexual assault victims from receiving big medical bills for their treatment after the attacks. Hospitals would send bills directly to the Crime Victims Reparations board for payment. The victims could also later seek help from the board in covering additional expenses such as counseling or lost work days.
Some unclaimed gambling money would be dedicated to pay for the victim-related expenses.
The new women warriors: Reviving the fight for equal rights from Cable News Network, Inc., 04/02/2015
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.”
A unique federally funded study offers a detailed look at the lives of gay, lesbian and transgender youth in New York City who cope with homelessness and poverty by engaging in what the researchers call “survival sex.”
While Signs of Economic Recovery Persist, Domestic Violence on the Rise Nationwide
Mary Kay Identifies: Demand for Help is Up-Services, Funding and Prevention Programs are Down from Market Watch, 5/1/12
The article reports, “Though many areas of life are recovering from the economic downturn, domestic violence shelters throughout the United States report that the economy continues to significantly affect battered women and children. While shelters shine a spotlight on the widespread increase in domestic violence survivors seeking help nationwide, they also highlight a substantial decrease in shelter services, funding sources and prevention efforts to assist victims. In addition, shelters report that the abuse is getting more severe, survivors are staying in abusive relationships longer and shelters expect the situation will only stay the same or get worse in light of the economy — according to the fourth national ‘Mary Kay Truth About Abuse Survey.'”