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The UK To Prosecute Parents Who Allow Female Genital Mutilation

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  • Yesterday, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that parents in the UK can now be prosecuted if they have their daughters’ genitals cut.  Previously, it was only illegal in the UK to do the cutting yourself or to take a girl out of the country for female genital mutilation. [Guardian UKNew York Times]
  • Judge G. Todd Baugh, the Montana judge who said a 14-year-old rape victim “acted older than her age” and was as responsible as the older man who assaulted her, has been publicly reprimanded by his peers. Baugh only sentenced her rapist, a 47-year-old teacher at her school, to 31 days in jail. The victim later committed suicide. [Los Angeles Times]
  • India is struggling with a surfeit of men due to a prevailing cultural preference for sons, which has led parents to abort fetuses once they learn the gender is female. [Reuters] Keep reading »

Hollywood Sucks At Depicting LGBT Characters Onscreen

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  • According to a study released today by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, only 17 of 102 films released by Hollywood’s seven largest studios during 2013 depicted gay, lesbian, bisexual, or trans characters. Those characters were mostly minor roles and ones which portrayed the sexual orienation negatively. Of the films which did portray LGBT folks, they were more than twice as likely to portray gay male characters than lesbian or bisexual ones. So, you’ve got more work to do, Hollywood. (P.S. “Brokeback Mountain” obviously didn’t come out in 2013, but I couldn’t resist and excuse to post a pic of the hot Heath/Jake kiss.) [GLAAD.org via IndieWire] Keep reading »

Women Killed For Being “Witches” In Rural India

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  • From 2000 to 2012, experts say as many as 2,500 people — many of them women — in rural India have been accused of “witchcraft,” tortured and killed. Usually these “witches” are killed during mob violence, pretty much for no other reason than superstition being used to justify violence against women. [Washington Post]
  • Why arming victims of domestic violence with guns doesn’t keep them safer, despite what gun lobbyists might want you to think. [Mother Jones]
  • On how background checks save women’s lives. [Clutch Magazine]
  • President Obama signed an executive order today that bans federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. [Ms. Magazine] Keep reading »

Arizona Will Drop Child Abuse Charges Against Mom Who Left Kids In Car During Job Interview

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  • Arizona said it would drop child abuse charges against an unemployed, sometimes homeless mother who was arrested for leaving her kids inside a car while she went to a job interview if she agreed to certain conditions. Shanesha Taylor, 35, agreed to take parenting and substance abuse classes, as well as establish education and childcare trusts which contain no less than $10,000. That last provision sounds extremely unreasonable to a low-income mother, in my opinion, but likely reflect the tens of thousands of dollars in donations that Taylor received after her arrest became public. Hopefully Taylor’s children, who were taken by Child Protective Services, can be reunited with their mom ASAP. [The Root] Keep reading »

Here’s A Fundraiser For That Mom Who Was Arrested For Letting Her Daughter Play Outside

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  • A fundraiser on YouCaring.com is collecting donations for Debra Harrell, a South Carolina mom who was arrested for “child abandonment” because her nine-year-old daughter was playing alone at a park while Harrell was at her job. As of right now, the fund has blasted past the $10K goal and is only growing higher. [YouCaring]
  • Meet the Detroit assistant prosecutor who has pushed for over 3,000 abandoned rape kits to be tested. The vital DNA evidence collected in rape kits can, and has, caught dozens of serial rapists. [TIME]
  • Mia Henderson, a Black trans woman, was found beaten to death in Baltimore. The 26-year-old was the sister of Los Angeles Clippers player Reggie Bullock. [Queerty]
  • Rep. Todd Akin says “a number of people” on his staff were “conceived by rape,” which is interesting, considering he was the one who said rape makes the body “shut down” so you don’t get pregnant. [Slate] Keep reading »

Four Men Arrested In NJ For Filming Sexual Assault On Drunk Teen Girl

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  • One teenager and three adult men in New Jersey have been arrested for sexually assaulting a drunk 15-year-old girl, filming the assault, and showing the video to other people. The teen was told that she had been assaulted at a backyard gathering, which she does not remember at all, and police found video shot on an iPhone that confirmed the assault. Various charges against the men who assaulted this girl include manufacturing child pornography, endangering the welfare of a child, and sexual assault. [Clutch Magazine via NJ.com]
  • Republicans in the Senate just blocked an attempt to circumvent the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that employers with religious objections could deny birth control coverage to their female employees. [Think Progress]
  • Find out more about “Las Libres,” a documentary about women in Mexico who have been charged with homicide for having abortions. [Feministing] Keep reading »
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