- 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]
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About a year ago, I was sitting at my desk at The Frisky when an email from my mother popped up. She was writing to tell me that my brother had checked himself into a rehab facility because he had started using drugs again. He had strained his back at his job, but didn’t tell his doctor about his past history of heroin and OxyContin addiction when he asked for a painkiller prescription. So he started taking Vicodin. And when he became addicted to the painkillers, he hid his drug use from his girlfriend. When she overheard him buying drugs on the phone, she kicked him out. But he did even more heavy drugs another night after that, and he woke up the next day realizing he’d hit “rock bottom” again. So my brother did another stint in rehab and when he checked out a month later, we watched warily, worried. But he lives in another state and, by choice, I hardly ever see him. Judging by the few holidays where I do see him, I assumed he was sober. Keep reading »
I’ve rounded up 30 tweets from randoms on Twitter about what they’d like to tell their future wife. Some (most, actually) guys are very sweet. And some should have electronic monitoring bracelets so we know not to date their sorry asses … Keep reading »
On March 1, police were called to the house where “The Real World: New Orleans” is currently filming, after castmate Ryan Leslie, 22, claimed he’d gotten a fever and viral infection to his throat after his housemate, Preston Roberson-Charles, 22, did some foul things to his Sonicare. Leslie says his roommate was trying to get back at him for an argument they had three weeks earlier.
Wha-wha-what? Is MTV just casting straight-up menaces to society now, or what? Keep reading »
- Sources say A&E Networks and Discovery Communications are interested in acquiring Sarah Palin’s “reality show” in which she gives a guided tour of Alaska. The working title is “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” and Palin is allegedly asking for $1 million to $1.5 million per episode. [Reuters]
- Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s chief foreign correspondent, is headed to ABC to anchor the Sunday morning talk show, “This Week,” beginning in August. [Washington Post]
- Two House Representatives this week introduced the Women and Workforce Investment for Nontraditional Jobs Act, which would promote training for low-income women in jobs they don’t traditionally go into.
- Last month, Afghanistan’s news and culture minister asked 20 broadcast channels to “revise their programs” in order to keep images of women’s flesh off TV. Currently TV stations employ “pixelators” who go through foreign programming, like Indian films or Turkish soap operas, and make the women’s bodies blurry. [Reuters]
Even the deaf and blind know Snooki likes her booze. But yesterday RadarOnline.com revealed exclusively that my favorite “Jersey Shore” guidette was criminally charged in the 2004 drunk driving death of one of her classmates. Ugh! According to Radar, Snooks (neé Nicole Polizzi) hosted a drinking party in her mom’s basement the night before Thanksgiving in 2004 and she sold alcohol to minors. Sadly, one of her guests, Marlboro High School senior Michael Truncali, died early Thanksgiving morning after leaving her house and was found to have a blood alcohol level over twice the legal limit. Keep reading »
When Tiger Woods returns to golf this spring in the Masters tournament, he’ll be playing at the Augusta National Golf Club, in Augusta, Georgia, which has historically discriminated against women by never admitting a female member. Nor did Augusta admit an African-American man as a club member until 19-freaking-90. Keep reading »
Being a teenager totally sucked. But it especially sucked when my parents arbitrarily made up rules. Some nights they were whatevs about a curfew, but other nights they’d randomly say “be home by midnight!” or “be home by 11!” Inconsistent parenting like that was very, very frustrating — especially since I was basically good kid who didn’t do too many naughty things. (Granted, I did not do much to endear them to trust me after I got my belly button and tongue pierced.)
But I’ve always been a devious girl, so when I had a curfew, you’d best believe I found ways to get around it …. Keep reading »