- We haven’t forgotten about Marissa Alexander, an African-American mother of three who fired a warning shot at a wall — not a person — to scare off her abusive husband. Her husband had a restraining order against her, yet she was sentenced in May to 20 years in prison. Did I mention she is from Florida? You know, the state that just let a man who killed an unarmed black teenage boy walk free? Courtesy of Feministing, here are eight things you can do right now to help Marissa Alexander fight this bullshit. [Feministing]
- Women of color and feminism: a history lesson and a way forward. [RH Reality Check]
- Female legislators from the Texas House and Senate tell tales of their male colleagues hitting on staffers, openly ogling, and watching porn on iPads and state-owned computers. [Texas Observer] Keep reading »
Tag Archives: domestic violence
- Emma Roberts was arrested for domestic violence against her boyfriend Evan Peters, one of the stars of “American Horror Story,” on July 7 in Montreal. According to TMZ, a third party called police to report a fight in the couple’s hotel room and cops arrived to find Peters with a bloody nose and a bite mark. Roberts was arrested but released hours later because Peters opted not to press charges. Wow, Emma Roberts is just about the last young celeb that I would have expected to be physically abusive. [TMZ, TMZ, US Weekly]
- Adam Levine from Maroon 5 and “The Voice” is engaged to Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo. Mazel tov! [Eonline]
- Producers and cast members of “Glee” reportedly held an intervention of sorts with Cory Monteith back in March after it became clear to them that the longtime addict had relapsed. The actor, who died on Saturday in a Vancouver hotel room from a heroin and alcohol overdose, voluntarily checked himself into rehab in April. [TMZ]
- Reese Witherspoon will star in the lead role in “Wild,” based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed. “About A Boy” screenwriter Nick Hornby is writing the script. [NYmag.com] Keep reading »
A Saudi Arabian judge will hear an appeal on Friday from two women’s rights activists who were sentenced to 10 months in prison apiece for trying to help a woman they thought was being abused — or as the woman’s husband saw it, encouraging her to defy her his authority. Keep reading »
Last month, the world was shocked when pictures surfaced of celebrity chef Nigella Lawson being choked by her art collector husband Charles Saatchi in a London restaurant. Over the course of nearly a half hour, Saatchi was photographed squeezing his hands around her throat four times; she was snapped leaving the restaurant crying. A week later, Saatchi released a public statement calling it a “playful tiff” and claiming, “I held Nigella’s neck repeatedly while attempting to emphasize my point.” Lawson left the couple’s home three weeks ago and has stayed silent in the press.
This weekend, Saatchi announced he is divorcing his wife because — get this — he is “disappointed” she did not stand up for him. Keep reading »
50 Cent is in trouble. TMZ is reporting that the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, has been charged with domestic violence for allegedly kicking his ex girlfriend and baby mama at her condo in Toluca Lake, Calif.
The June 23 incident allegedly occurred after the woman, who remains unidentified, locked herself in a bedroom following an altercation with the rapper. He later kicked down the door and kicked her.
Inside the home, 50 Cent also did some damage, breaking chandeliers, furniture and a TV, among other things, resulting in some $7,100 in damage. According to officials, the “In Da Club” hit maker left the property before LAPD arrived. Read more on Celebuzz…
- The incident in which Nigella Lawson’s husband Charles Saatchi was photographed choking her at a London restaurant four times happened over 27 minutes. Twenty-seven minutes people were watching and no one interjected? Come on, people. [Celebitchy]
- Miley Cyrus appears to be writing weird accustory tweets about her dad having an affair and then deleting them. What did you do now, Billy Ray? [In Touch Weekly]
- Food Network chef-no-more Paula Deen is hitting up “The Today Show” tomorrow, so that should be awkward. Also, she wants to “personally apologize” to Al Roker for being a racist. [Radar Online]
- Tales from a sex dungeon! [Cosmopolitan]
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Here’s a horrifying statistic that should make us all stop and think: a study of teenagers in Amman, Jordan found that half of the boys and one-fifth of the girls believe that “honor killings” are OK. A so-called “honor killing” is when a family member murders a woman or girl who has brought shame upon the family; infractions can be as wide-ranging as talking to a man who is not family, having premarital sex, or being the victim of a rape. The study of 850 teens found that not only are patriarchal attitudes still popular but violence against women expressly condoned. This is unnerving stuff. [CNN]
A cold, hard statistic to swallow: one in three women around the world age 15 and older has suffered abuse at the hands of a partner, according to a new study. The journal Science collated 141 studies from 81 countries around the world and found that 30 percent of women have experienced a physical or sexual attack from an intimate partner. Of course, we so often don’t see the how widespread violence against women can be because victims are fearful and ashamed to come forward. If you or someone you know needs support for dealing with intimate partner violence, you can contact RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) or the National Domestic Violence Hotline. [NBC News]
It’s not exactly a secret that CNN needs some help covering violence against women issues correctly. Remember when the Steubenville gang rape verdict was handed out and CNN was sooo worried about the poor young men whose lives had been ruined?
Well, looks like they still need some help. In a clip where hosts and reporters discuss the images that surfaced of Nigella Lawson being choked by her husband Charles Saatchi, the celebrity chef is referred to as looking both “weak” and “subservient.”
I can understand how CNN’s angle was trying to be, at least a little bit, ‘wow, what a shock that this wealthy celebrity couple might have abuse in their relationship!’ But the reporters’ are scrutinizing Lawson following the incident, rather than the guy who reportedly choked his wife four different times in front of shocked restaurant patrons. Keep reading »
Nearly a year ago, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson was arrested for domestic violence after he headbutted his new wife Evelyn Lozada. She hastily filed for divorce, just six weeks after their wedding. Ochocinco received only 12 months of probation and DV classes for the assault. He has been sentenced to 30 days in jail — but that seems to be more for slapping his lawyer on the butt rather than assaulting his wife. He was also kicked off the Miami Dolphins following the incident and VH1 canceled the couple’s reality show.
Today, TMZ published four photos of a bloodied Lozada, with a gash across her forehead, on its website. Keep reading »