Posts tagged "domestic abuse"

The Soapbox: Misunderstanding “50 Shades” & Kink Is Hurting Those Of Us Who Practice

I haven’t exactly kept it a secret around here the way that I’m sexually wired. For the most part, though, the only person whose opinion matters on the subject is my sexual partner. (And any roommates who have to listen to occasional smacking.) Yet, every so often, BDSM — that’s bondage, dominance, sadomasochism — po…

Jessica Wakeman / July 5, 2012

Violence Against Women Is Oh-So-Glamorous!

It’s almost too easy to get angry about fashion editorials that glorify violence against women — especially so grotesquely, as in this Bulgarian magazine 12. Six different photos depict gorgeous models staring blankly into the camera, each sporting a serious injury. Here’s the black eye image, but the others are all quite graphic: one a…

Jessica Wakeman / June 7, 2012

Evening Quickies: Dominic Monaghan Accuses “Lost” Co-Star Matthew Fox Of Beating Women

Dominic Monaghan accused his former “Lost” co-star Matthew Fox of beating women up multiple times in some totally WTF tweets on Sunday. A random woman tweeted at Monaghan asking him to get Fox on Twitter. Monaghan replied to her, “he beats women. no thanks.” The woman then asked him, “I know it was wrong but…

Jessica Wakeman / May 29, 2012

Marissa Alexander Of Florida Sentenced 20 Years For Firing Warning Shot At Abusive Husband

A Florida woman was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Friday for firing a warning shot — note: not actually injuring anyone — at her abusive husband.

Marissa Alexander, 31, said that in August 2010, her now ex-husband Rico Gray read messages from her ex on her cell phone, became enraged, strangled her…

Jessica Wakeman / May 14, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Women’s Experience Of Violence Linked To Risky Sex

Women who’ve experienced violence — whether it’s watching a violent crime or being abused themselves — are more likely to engage in risky sex, according to a new study. The journal Psychology of Violence found that women who’ve experienced violence are more likely to have unprotected sex and have a high number of sex…

Jessica Wakeman / May 10, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Afghan Teen Flees “Honor Killing”

If you read one news article today, read this one: NPR has a powerful story about a teenage girl in rural Afghanistan who ran away from her family after she feared a so-called “honor killing” by her brothers because she talked to a boy on her cellphone. The girl ended up staying on a…

Jessica Wakeman / May 2, 2012

Evening Quickies: Loretta Devine Defends “Youthful Boy” Chris Brown

“The Client List” actress Loretta Devine defended her “This Christmas” costar Chris Brown on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” last night, saying, “Love is love, you know? And he wasn’t the first one to hit somebody.” She also called him a “very youthful boy,” which I suspect is her way of saying he was/i…

Jessica Wakeman / April 18, 2012

About Those Michael Fassbender/Domestic Assault Rumors

It’s no secret that we’re big fans around here of Michael Fassbender’s smoking hot body and drool-worthy mug. But it has come to our attention from commenters, both on past posts about Fassbender and on a slideshow we did yesterday in honor of his 35th birthday, that all is not roses in Fassyland. According to…

The Frisky / April 3, 2012

British Actor Helpfully Explains Why “It’s Not Difficult For A Woman To Make A Man Hit Her”

“It’s not difficult for a woman to make a man hit her. … The problem with strong, intelligent women is that they can argue well. And if there is a time where you can’t get a word in … and I … I lashed out. I couldn’t end the argument. Something must have brought it on. Whe…

Jessica Wakeman / March 23, 2012

Why New “Clare’s Law” On Domestic Violence In The UK Doesn’t Have Advocates Thrilled

You might think that advocates for victims of domestic violence might be thrilled about a proposal that would, in theory, positively affect their life’s work. So why is a new pilot program called “Clare’s Law,” spearheaded by the father of a woman murdered by her abusive partner and set to go into effect this summer,…

Jessica Wakeman / March 12, 2012

The Soapbox: Facts About Rihanna And Other Abused Women

With Chris Brown and Rihanna releasing two remixes together and rumors of them seeing each other flying, it’s understandable to feel disappointed in Rihanna. It’s hard watching anyone step into such an obvious trap, especially when she’s been warned repeatedly of how dangerous it is. Add to that the fear that Rihanna’s choice to forgive…

Amanda Marcotte / February 24, 2012

Evening Quickies: Chris Brown Denies “I Promise I Won’t Beat You” Pickup Line

Chris Brown denies he tried to pick up a lady with the “joke” line “I promise I won’t beat you.” As much as I am sympathetic to celebs having crap made up about them, I genuinely, 100 percent believe that Chris Brown is so immature that he would have said really this. [PopCrush]…

Jessica Wakeman / February 17, 2012

Morning Quickies: Chris Brown Tried To Pickup Woman With “I Promise I Won’t Beat You”

What? No. Just no. A woman in the Grammy gift lounge tells Us Weekly that Chris Brown approached her and asked, “Can I get your number? I promise I won’t beat you.” Then his friends started laughing and one cried “That’s his new line!” The woman says she “wanted to throw up.” Us, too.

Jessica Wakeman / February 16, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Judge Orders Abusive Husband To Take Wife To Red Lobster

Oh, Florida. A judge in the WTF-is-going-on-here state sentenced a man accused of shoving his wife against a sofa and grabbing her neck to take her on a date to Red Lobster and a bowling alley. No jail time! Cheddar biscuits instead! The judge called this incident “very, very minor” without any serious violence.

Jessica Wakeman / February 8, 2012

The Soapbox: On Chris Brown & Why We Must Take Domestic Violence More Seriously

A recent segment on NPR about the rehabilitation of Chris Brown’s career is cause for alarm.  No, not because we should care about Chris Brown’s career as a pop singer — but because his young (mostly female) fans, as fervent as ever, continue to support him not only as an artist but as a person.

Zerlina Maxwell / January 4, 2012

What Does CDC’s New Data About Sexual Assault Reveal?

The Centers For Disease Control released its National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey yesterday and the findings throw a fork in many common perceptions surrounding sexual assault and its victims. Contrary to the stereotype that a rape victim is “some slut in a bar,” the demographics found to be at the highest risk for sexual…

Stefanie Blejec / December 15, 2011

Woman Forced To Pay Rapist Ex Spousal Support

A California woman has been forced to pay her rapist — who happens to be her ex — a monthly living stipend. Say what?

Such is the ruling of a Judge Gregory Pollock.  Crystal Harris successfully convicted her ex-husband Shawn Harris of forced oral copulation and he is now serving time in prison.  But…

Stefanie Blejec / November 3, 2011

Morning Quickies: Michael Lohan Busted For Domestic Violence (Again)

Michael Lohan was arrested in Florida early this morning on suspicion of domestic violence after a fight with his girlfriend, Kate Major. This isn’t his first abusive incident: he was arrested for DV back in March for allegedly roughing up Major as well. When cops arrived this morning, Lohan complained of chest pains and…

Jessica Wakeman / October 25, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Topeka Decriminalizes Domestic Violence

Yup, the city of Topeka actually decriminalized domestic violence (and other misdemeanors) so that it won’t have to pay to prosecute the crimes. Facepalm. [New York Times]
Good news about teens and sex: eight out of 10 American teen boys between 2006 and 2010 used a condom the first time they had sex.

Jessica Wakeman / October 12, 2011

Topeka, Kansas Considers Decriminalizing Domestic Violence

In a money-saving measure, the city of Topeka, Kansas, is considering decriminalizing domestic violence so that it is not forced to prosecute the cases.

Yeah, seriously.

Jessica Wakeman / October 6, 2011
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