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 her neck and threatened to kill her. She grabbed a gun from the garage, where she was stuck inside, and fired a “warning shot” into the air, near where his kids were standing. She did not injure or kill anyone yet she was unsuccessfully able to argue the Stand Your Ground law. An appeals court threw out the case and in November, Marissa was released on bond from her 20-year conviction. Now, State Attorney Angela Corey is seeking 60 years — three times the original sentence — as punishment. Keep reading »
George Zimmerman is a free man (for now). The man who killed unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was released from a Florida jail on a $9,000 bond today after yesterday’s arrest. Zimmerman was charged with aggravated assault, battery domestic violence, and criminal mischief after he allegedly pointed a shotgun at his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe, and shoved her out of her house. (You can listen to her 911 call here.)
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UPDATE, 6p.m.: Zimmerman was charged with aggravated assault, battery domestic violence, and criminal mischief after he allegedly pointed a “long-barrel shotgun” at his girlfriend, Samantha Scheibe. Zimmerman also allegedly broke a table and pushed Scheibe out the front door, barricading it shut with furniture. [ABC News]
UPDATE, 3:30p.m.: TMZ reports that Zimmerman’s girlfriend is reportedly pregnant. Due to her pregnancy, Zimmerman’s domestic violence charge is a felony. [TMZ]
George Zimmerman was arrested today for domestic violence in Apopka, Florida, after an alleged dispute with his girlfriend. Zimmerman was acquitted this summer in the murder of Travyon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old boy. Keep reading »
It’s an incredible and heartbreaking story: the family of a young woman who was kidnapped last week by her abusive ex-boyfriend confronted him in a stand-off and saved her life.
Bethany Arceneaux, 29, was kidnapped on Wednesday in Louisiana, by Scott Thomas, her ex-boyfriend and father of her child. Arceneaux filed a restraining order against Thomas in June, explaining he threatened to kill her before and “put a knife to my neck countless times.” But he ignored that order — as all too many abusers do — and on Wednesday, showed up outside the daycare where she was retrieving their child. Witnesses saw Thomas force Arceneaux into his vehicle, leaving their two-year-old child alone inside her car as he drove off.
At some point, according to KATC news, Thomas allegedly called Arceneaux’s family and asked them to take care of his kids, because he was going to kill both himself and Arceneaux. Keep reading »
Fake news site The Onion posted a weird story today about Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel about JT threatening his wife that no one would ever believe her if she told anyone what he really does to her because he’s so famous and beloved. Keep reading »
50 Shades Of Grey is still a thing people are talking about, I guess? But the latest news isn’t casting rumors for the big screen adaption of E.L. James’ kinky sex trilogy — it’s a pearl-clutching new study that warns 50 Shades “perpetuates” abusive relationships.
The Journal of Women’s Health published a study earlier this week entitled “Double Crap! Abuse And Harmed Identity In 50 Shades Of Grey” by professor Amy Bonomi of Michigan State University and two other professors. The study, which focused on the first eight chapters of the first book in the series, found, according to Bonomi, that “50 Shades Of Grey perpetuates dangerous abuse patterns.” Keep reading »
Just over a month ago, Nigella Lawson’s husband announced the couple would divorce and released a douchey statement condemning his soon-to-be ex-wife. See, Charles Saatchi was upset that after he was photographed choking his wife inside a London restaurant, she did not publicly to defend him. He claimed to “abhor” violence against women and explained he was only grasping Lawson’s neck, while she was crying, to get her attention.
Their divorce was finalized last month. Lawson has not made a public statement regarding the abuse or the divorce and apparently has not been in contact with Saatchi either. Now Saatchi is reportedly begging the celebrity chef to take him back and threatening to hurt himself if she won’t acknowledge him. You know, basic textbook abuser stuff.
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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]