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Is Lauren Astley, 18, Teen Dating Violence’s Latest Victim?

Just weeks ago, 18-year-old Lauren Astley of Framingham, Massachusetts, graduated from Wayland High School. On Sunday night, she was reported missing after she didn’t return home from her job at a local mall, where she had told co-workers she was meeting her ex-boyfriend after work. On Monday morning, her body was found in a marsh by a passing cyclist and her ex Nathaniel Fujita, 18, is the main suspect. Keep reading »

Should There Be A Domestic Abuser Registry?

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If a new bill introduced in New York goes through, people convicted of domestic violence or stalking would be required to register with a Domestic Violence Offender Database. Anyone convicted of a felony domestic violence offense against a family or household member would be required to join the registry, which would identify the school at which he or she is enrolled, the place of employment he or she works, and offender’s home address. The registry would be set up similar to, and accessible to the public like, the sex offender registry already in place.

The bill was prompted by the murder last week of 23-year-old Sarah Coit, who was allegedly stabbed and then beheaded by her boyfriend Raul Barrera on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Raul Barrera had several DV incidents on his record. Keep reading »

Nicolas Cage Arrested For Domestic Abuse

Nicolas Cage was arrested for domestic abuse in New Orleans when he allegedly shoved his wife on the street early this morning. A “very drunk” Cage was reportedly arguing with his wife, Alice, on the street when a cab driver witnessed him grab his wife by the arm and try to drag her. (TMZ claims the couple was arguing about the address of the apartment they are renting.) When cops arrived, they saw Cage hitting parked cars and trying to get inside a taxi cab to leave, before being ordered to get out. The cops apparently told the couple to just go home but Cage reportedly taunted them twice, daring them to arrest him. Cops called his bluff and arrested him on domestic abuse and disturbing the peace. Bail was set at $11,000 and he was released around noon Saturday. The actor is in New Orleans filming a movie called “Medallion.”

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Rihanna Blames, But Understands, Her Abusive Father

“I actually feel really bad for my father. He was abused, too — he got beat up by his stepdad when he was young. He has resentment toward women, because he felt like his mum never protected him, and unfortunately, my mother was the victim of that. I’m not giving him excuses. Right is right and wrong is wrong. I still blame him. But I understand the source.”

Rihanna opened up about her father’s physical abuse at home and the domestic violence she grew up with (and later experienced in her infamously abusive relationship with ex Chris Brown). I’m always pleased when someone contextualizes an issue like domestic violence like this. As much as people — myself included — want to hate on someone like Chris Brown for being “a bad guy,” we also have to remember that abusive relationships don’t just happen out of thin air. There’s a cycle of violence that victims and perpetrators are looped into. It’s very big of Rihanna to say that while she still blames her dad and his parents for their negative impact on the family, she accepts it for what it is. [Oh No They Didn't! via Rolling Stone] Keep reading »

Quickies: Rosie O’Donnell Thinks Chris Brown Haters Are Racist & Creepy Panty-Selling News

  • Rosie O’Donnell thinks Chris Brown’s haters are racist and therefore he is held to “a different standard” than other abusive a**holes. Wait, what? Does this make any sense at all? [PopEater]
  • Speaking of abusive a**holes, Charlie Sheen’s custody agreement with Brooke Mueller over the couple’s twin sons is finalized. It stipulates that Charlie’s “goddesses” are not allowed to show public displays of affection towards the kids. Bizarre! [TMZ]
  • Kate Middleton’s mom and sister spent three hours inside Alice Temperley’s boutique in London last week, fueling speculation that Temperley is designing the royal wedding gown … or just Pippa Middleton’s maid of honor gown. [Daily Mail UK]
  • Why are members of the Westboro Baptist Church — the bigoted, homophobic church that protests at funerals — singing Lady Gaga’s “Telephone”? It has to be seen to be believed. [Oh No They Didn't!]

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Quickies: Chris Brown Whines About “GMA” & Rachel Zoe Had Her Baby!

Did Rihanna "Provoke" Chris?
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  • Whiny whiner Chris Brown is whining that he feels “Good Morning America” “exploited” him by asking about his domestic violence assault against ex-girlfriend Rihanna, which caused him to smash a dressing room window, rip his shirt off (?), and run outside of the studio. Jeez. What’s wrong with you bitches? Can’t a guy beat his girlfriend in peace around here?! [Gawker]
  • Elizabeth Taylor’s private funeral service is being held today. [TMZ, People]
  • “K Town,” a “Jersey Shore”-style reality show about Asians in L.A.’s Koreatown is allegedly a-comin’, although we don’t know on what network yet. Blink and you’ll miss it, but The Frisky logo gets flashed in this “K-Town” pitch video. [Oh No They Didn't]

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Today’s Lady News: “Unfollow Charlie” Sheen Tees Will Raise Money For RAINN

Why Domestic Violence Victims Stay
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  • Courtesy of women’s rights activists, “Unfollow Charlie” tees are for sale on Zazzle.com — in reference to actor/domestic abuser Charlie Sheen’s Twitter — and proceeds will go to the Rape, Abuse Incest National Network. I love it! [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • The New York Times turns a keen, lustful journalistic eye to the “lesbian until graduation” college girl phenomenon. [NY Times]
  • Why aren’t there more female airline pilots? Because they’ll get their period and crash the plane, duh. [CNN]
  • Ever wondered if it was an insult when someone called you a “breeder”? (It is.) Check out this official lesbian dictionary of “lezicon” from the chicks at After Ellen and tonight you can go call someone a “beersexual”! [After Ellen]

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Quickies: Chris Brown Won’t Apologize For Rihanna Assault & Inside Mariah’s Baby Shower

  • Chris Brown referred to his domestic violence assault on ex-girlfriend, Rihanna, as a “mishap” in an interview with Page Six Magazine. This charming fellow added, “If I walk around apologizing to everybody, I’m gonna look like a damn fool.” Always image-conscious, that one. [Radar Online]
  • Gwyneth Paltrow has signed a $900K record deal with Atlantic Records. Don’t tell anyone who waited in line line for 10 hours straight to audition for “American Idol.” [PopEater]
  • Lady Gaga put the kibosh on a deal with Target to sell an exclusive version of her album “Born This Way” based on its lame record regarding gay rights. Last year, Target was caught donating money to a group that gave funding to a staunch opponent of gay marriage. [Styleite]
  • Zach Galifianakis’ first “Saturday Night Live” hosting effort was hysterical — and so Raven! — so we’re pumped for his second turn this weekend. Check out the funny promos! [NBC]

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Fox News’ Megyn Kelly Tweets Punched Woman Maybe “Deserves” To Be In A Coma

Megyn Kelly, WTF are you thinking? Regarding a tragic news story in which a NYC man punched and put a woman into a coma over a disputed parking space, the Fox News correspondent posted the tweet above this afternoon.

Maybe she deserved it? Maybe violence against women is OK? Maybe violence against strangers on the street is OK? Maybe putting someone in a friggin’ coma is OK? Let’s all pray to God this was the ill-conceived tweet of a stupid Fox News intern, not grown-ass Megyn Kelly who should know better than to speculate someone “deserves” to be beaten into a coma. Shame on you. [Twitter, Gothamist] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: John Wayne Bobbitt And His Severed Penis Visit “The View”

  • John Wayne Bobbitt, the man who notoriously had his penis cut off by his then-wife, Lorena Bobbitt, because he allegedly raped her and had allegedly been physically abusing her, told “The View” that she has never apologized. But rest assured, ladies, his “thingy” now works fine. [Radar Online]
  • President Obama has told the Department of Justice to stop defending the anti-gay marriage Defense of Marriage Act in court. Woo-hoo! [Queerty, BuzzFeed]
  • Jacksonville, Florida, mayoral candidate Mike Hogan made a joke in public about bombing an abortion clinic. Ha … ha? [WJXT]
  • Did you know there is a Muslim feminist punk movement? [Alternet]

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