Posts tagged "domestic abuse"

NFL Institutes Six-Game Suspension For Domestic Violence

The NFL has updated its personal conduct policy to suspend any player or personnel without pay for six games if he commits an act of domestic violence. If there is a second incident, he would be banned by the league or a year before he could petition for reinstatement. The policy applies to domestic violence,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 28, 2014

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith Apologizes For Remarks About Domestic Violence

So, Stephen A. Smith had a bust weekend. The ESPN panelist kicked off Friday with some what-the-fuck-did-he-just-say? remarks about victims who “provoke” domestic violence and all Internet hell broke loose. On the show “First Take,” Smith and other panelists were discussing Ray Rice, an NFL player who physically assaulted his now-wife and has been suspended…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 28, 2014

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith Suggests To Abused Women: “Let’s Make Sure We Don’t Do Anything To Provoke Wrong Actions”

Hoo boy. So, on the ESPN program “First Take,” panelist Stephen A. Smith was discussing the suspension of NFL player Ray Rice for two games in the upcoming season. Rice faces jail-time for aggravated assault on his wife, Janay Rice. In discussing Rice’s suspension, Smith oh so helpfully turned it around on women, imploring…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 25, 2014

15-Year-Old Girl Plays Dead After Abusive Ex-Uncle Murders Her Whole Family

Here’s a story that has me heavy in the heart:

Last night in Spring, Texas, a man looking for his ex-wife — whom he had beaten in the past — tied up and murdered the ex-wife’s sister, brother-in-law, and four of their children “execution-style” after they would not reveal his ex-wife’s location.

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 10, 2014

Girl Talk: 5 Red Flags That Told Me To Leave

He seemed sweet at first. In fact, he had many sweet moments. But then there was the other stuff …

Abusive behavior isn’t as simple as we, as a society, want it to be. We often think that the kinds of signs that tell you a man could be abusive are very obvious.

By: Meghan Murphy / July 10, 2014

Artwork Depicting Nigella Lawson Being Strangled Is Posted On Her Ex-Husband’s Website

The image of Nigella Lawson with her then-husband’s hands around her throat is seared into my memory. If you remember, back in 2013, Lawson and businessman/art gallery owner Charles Saatchi were seated in a London restaurant, arguing, when he placed his hands around her neck as if to choke her. A photographer happened to catch…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 30, 2014

This Is How A Small Town In Arkansas Failed A Domestic Violence Victim

My friend Melissa Jeltsen has a piece on The Huffington Post about how the local criminal justice system in Arkansas failed Laura Aceves, a 21-year-old woman who was murdered by her abusive ex-boyfriend. When she was killed, her ex had been out on bail for two prior attacks on Aceves, including aggravated assault; he…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 16, 2014

PurrVerse: I Don’t Need Male Protection, Thanks

Women are given mixed messages on a regular basis. We’re told that we’re shattering glass ceilings and are independent ladies, while at the same time we’re told we’re a mess barely keeping ourselves together. Just today I got a Facebook advert demanding my attention so I can discover the newest fad diet that doesn’t really…

By: Kitty Stryker / June 12, 2014

18-Year-Old Girl In Pakistan Survives Attempted “Honor Killing”

An 18-year-old girl in Pakistan survived an attempted “honor killing” for marrying the man she loved. Her father, brother, aunt and uncle shot her twice, stuffed her body in a sack, and dumped her body in a canal. Luckily, the victim was helped to safety by two passersby. However, recently a pregnant 25-year-old woman

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 9, 2014

8 Warning Signs A Partner Doesn’t Respect You

Amelia recently sent me a link to a Tumblr that will absolutely gut you. It’s called When Women Refuse and it collects news article about women who became victims of violence after they tried to leave a male partner or rejected sexual advances. We know that violence is fundamentally about control and therefore the most dangerous time…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 2, 2014

Family Stones Pakistani Woman To Death In So-Called “Honor Killing” For Marrying Man She Loved [UPDATE]

[UPDATE, 5/28:] The New York Times reports that Farazana Parveen was three months pregnant when she was killed. [New York Times]

A 25-year-old woman was murdered by nearly 20 family members in Pakistan today because she “dishonored” the family by marrying the man she loved.

Faranza Bibi was stoned to death i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 27, 2014

Report: “The Shield” Actor Michael Jace Had A Past History Of Domestic Violence

More details have emerged about “The Shield” star Michael Jace, who murdered his wife, April Jace, yesterday: he was accused of choking and beating his ex-wife, Jennifer Bitterman, which was reportedly witnessed by a friend. April allegedly defended him during the divorce from his ex and told officials he was good with her child.

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 20, 2014

“The Shield” Actor Michael Jace Murdered His Wife

“The Shield” actor Michael Jace was arrested in Los Angeles last night after killing his wife April Jace, 40, allegedly in front of the couple’s two children. Jace called 911 to report that he had shot his wife and was taken into custody when police arrived. Both of their kids are under the age…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 20, 2014

Maren Sanchez, 16, Stabbed To Death In Connecticut After Allegedly Turning Down Prom Invite

A 16-year-old girl named Maren Sanchez was stabbed to death by a male classmate in a Milford, Connecticut, high school today, allegedly after she turned down an invitation to the junior prom tonight.

Sanchez was a junior and Honor Society student at Jonathan Law High School. Students told the Connecticut Post that she wa…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 25, 2014

Tech CEO Will Serve No Jail Time For Hitting Girlfriend 117 Times

Tech CEO Gurbaksh Chahal faces no jail time after pleading guilty to domestic violence and battery for beating his girlfriend. Chahal was filmed on a home security video hitting and kicking his girlfriend 117 times over the course of 30 minutes, during which he said reportedly said four times that he would kill her.

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 24, 2014

Columbus Short (AKA Harrison On “Scandal”) Accused By Wife Of Threatening Murder/Suicide

Columbus Short, what are you doing?

The wife of the “Scandal” star — who plays Olivia Pope’s right-hand man Harrison — filed for divorce on Tuesday and accused him of threatening a murder/suicide.

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 17, 2014

Supreme Court Clarifies Federal Law On Domestic Violence Convictions & Gun Ownership

Today, the Supreme Court ruled on the federal law that criminalizes the ownership of guns by anyone convicted of domestic violence. The Court clarified that the term”domestic violence” should be broadly interpreted to include more than just physical force. (Not surprisingly, Justice Scalia just doesn’t get why.) As Vice President Joe Biden has noted,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 26, 2014

Reeva Steenkamp’s Texts To Oscar Pistorius Weeks Before He Killed Her Are Totally Disturbing: “I’m Scared Of You Sometimes”

Today the prosecution rested its case in the trial of South African Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius for the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, 29, on Valentine’s Day 2013.

Steenkamp, a model, was found shot several times through the locked bathroom door in Pistorius’ home; he claimed that he accidentally shot her, thinking…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 25, 2014

Dysfunctional Couple Of The Day: Husband Locks Wife In Shed For Singing “Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead” About His Dead Mother

If you’re single and hating it, let this supremely screwed up couple be a shining example of what you are NOT looking for in a relationship. UK couple Andrew and Beverly Salmon’s fight began when Beverly received a phone call from a man who Andrew suspected she was having an affair with. Instead of owning…

By: Ami Angelowicz / March 20, 2014

Marissa Alexander Faces 60 Years In Prison For Firing “Warning Shot”

Florida’s State Attorney is pursuing 60 years behind bars for Marissa Alexander, a Black woman who fired a “warning shot” in the direction of her estranged husband and his two kids.

In August 2010, Alexander’s husband allegedly read messages from her ex on her cell phone and got so enraged that he strangled…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 4, 2014
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