Today’s Lady News: Ohio Judge Wants Juvenile Rape Victims To Take Lie Detector Test

  • A juvenile court judge in Ohio has ordered four teenage victims of sexual assault to undergo polygraph (lie detector) tests. So far, none of the teens has followed Cuyahoga Juvenile Court Judge Alison Floyd’s order. The mother of one of the 16-year-old victims told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer: “It felt like the blame was back on her and she was being victimized, by not only [the perpetrator] but by the system as well.” The young men accused of sexual assault and other crimes in the incidents with the four girls have been ordered to take lie detector tests as well. However, the CEO of Cleveland’s Rape Crisis Center said performing polygraph tests on sexual assault victims violates the 2005 Violence Against Women Act. [Cleveland Plain-Dealer]
  • One of Yemen’s top Islamic leaders has called supporters of a ban on child brides “apostates.” The ban, a religious decree made on Sunday, forbids marriage to girls younger than age 17. Presently, a quarter of Yemeni females marry before age 15. [Washington Post]

  • Cultural stereotypes and biases are still discouraging women from entering science, technology, engineering and math college programs, according to a study by the American Association of University Women. One report found that a female applicant to a post-grad program had to publish three more articles in prestigious journals, or 20 more articles in lesser journals, to be considered for the same position as a male applicant. [New York Times]
  • The University of Maryland’s Graduate Student Government is trying to create a maternity leave program for students. Presently students can take one to two semesters off for childbirth or to deal with family issues, but they lose stipend pay and student privileges. Fathers also need to work out with their individual advisers how much paternity leave they can take off. [Washington Post]
  • Of the seven million Americans currently working two or more jobs to make ends meet, more than half are women, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. [MSNBC]
  • An anti-abortion group protested outside the home of Dr. Philip Waterman of Fort Myers, Florida, holding signs that read, “Caution: an abortionist lives in this neighborhood” and “This doctor kills a child for $$.” Waterman works for Planned Parenthood of Collier County and was not at home during the protest. []
  • Liz Carpenter, an aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson and a women’s rights activist, passed away Saturday morning at 89. In 1971, Carpenter co-founded the National Women’s Political Caucus and fought unsuccessfully to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. [Dallas Morning News]