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Watch “Private Violence” This Monday For An Eye-Opening Look At Domestic Abuse

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Leaving Isn't Always Easy

New HBO documentary “Private Violence” follows the experiences of Deanna Walters, a mom who was beaten by her estranged husband until she was close to death, and Kit Gruelle, the survivors’ advocate who helps Walters fight for justice. Walters and Gruelle weave their way through a complicated legal system and Walters finds that the law is often stacked against abuse victims. Film director Cynthia Hill told the Huffington Post that she made the film to help people understand that leaving an abusive partner is not always a simple option.

“We don’t understand this issue as a society. We all think domestic violence is bad, but we tend to still push it behind closed doors — it makes us uncomfortable. When the lights come up and someone finishes watching this film, if they don’t ask why doesn’t she just leave,’ then I feel like I’ve done my job. That’s the first step of finding other, better questions to ask…When one person believes in you, it makes a powerful difference.”

The movie premieres on HBO Monday night at 9 p.m. Considering the disheartening public response to domestic violence struggles like the one between Ray Rice and Janay Palmer, this is the exact kind of film this country needs to see more of. [HuffPost]

John Grisham Is Wrong: It’s Not Easy To Stumble Upon Child Porn

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  • It really isn’t easy to just stumble upon child porn, regardless of John Grisham’s assertions. [Daily Dot]
  • In South Carolina, stand your ground laws give domestic abusers a loophole and shift blame onto victims who self-defend. [Salon]
  • Please read this essay about the failure of Texas’s abortion laws for a couple who needed to induce early but were denied. [Medium] Keep reading »

Intel Caved To Anti-Feminist Campaign, Pulls Ads From Gaming Site Gamasutra

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  • Intel caved to #GamerGate demands to pull advertising from Gamasutra over pro-inclusion articles on the site. [The Verge]
  • Companies avoid funding anti-domestic violence programs for fear of being perceived as “anti-male.” [Huffington Post]
  • The fashion industry sees feminism as a trend. [Flavorwire] Keep reading »

Not Having Access To An Abortion Can Make It Harder To Leave An Abusive Relationship

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  • Researchers at UCSF have found that not having access to an abortion when you want one makes it harder to leave an abusive relationship. [Feministing]
  • Michael Daly looks at the strange history of Hannah Graham’s abductor’s crimes. [The Daily Beast]
  • Joanna Coles, the editor who brought political content to Cosmopolitan in recent years, is now helming Seventeen. [Flavorwire] Keep reading »

ESPN Will Have An All-Male Panel On Domestic Violence Tonight, Which I’m Sure Will Be Incredibly Thorough [UPDATED]

Tonight, the pre-show for Monday Night Football will feature a panel discussion about domestic violence. It will include, as Ben Collins points out at Esquire, the perspectives of 11 middle-aged-and-up men, and not a single woman. He goes on to dismantle Bill Simmons’ suspension from the network for calling Roger Goodell a liar and the network’s general posturing and censorship of dissenters and women.

What’s the point of this panel? It’s going to be a meaningless bummer. Hear me out: Everyone — everyone – knows that the only reason ESPN is bothering with it is to make it appear as if they’re “covering” the recent rash of domestic violence incidents and “addressing” their female audience, but it’s an empty gesture if their female audience isn’t even represented by a woman. What would happen if they didn’t bother and just had their normal pre-game show? It’s not like they’d get sued, and no one would say that they’re any more irresponsible than they’ve been demonstrating themselves to be with their crappy “coverage” of the issue anyway. I mean, hell, at this point, the better damage control would seem to be to just not address the issue at all and just let the rest of the world criticize them for that instead of making repeated and tremendous missteps like having Stephen Smith air his victim-blaming opinions about Janay Rice, suspending Bill Simmons for making an attempt at actual sports journalism, and now hosting an all-male panel on an issue that mainly affects women. Keep reading »

Sarah Hyland Seeks Restraining Order From Abusive Ex-Boyfriend Matt Prokop

  • “Modern Family” star Sarah Hyland, 23, received a temporary restraining order against her longtime boyfriend Matt Prokop on Friday following an increasing pattern of physical and emotional abuse. In her filing, she claims Prokop hasslammed her against the back of her car, choked her, threatened to set her house on fire, and threatened to kill her dog. She claims Prokop has threatened to kill himself if they break up. In August, Hyland said she reached out to Prokop’s mother in Texas to ask for help, but that his mom told her that if she broke up with her son and he killed himself, it would be Hyland’s fault. The actress also detailed how she sought the help of her “Modern Family” co-star Julie Bowen to help end the relationship and Prokop told Bowen “he wanted to make me so miserable that I would take a shotgun and kill myself.” Prokop entered rehab in late August and Hyland sought the restraining order on the advisement of the rehab director, who contacted her to warm her about “Mr. Prokop’s mental state and attitude toward me.” What a scary thing to go through — I hope she is safe. [New York Daily News] Keep reading »
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