Approximately two hours later, she woke up again to find Gomez-Echavarria touching her “private areas.” He eventually forced her to have sexual intercourse, but she said that she did not scream out of fear that he could hurt her.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Gomez-Echavarria told the victim that the rape was “our little secret” and then went to sleep. The girl texted her coach sleeping on the bed next to her, but Colon did not see the message until the next morning.
A police report said that Colon advised the girl to “forget about the rape and it will go away.”
But after police informed her that they had her text messages as evidence, she admitted that she had feared losing her job.
No one wants to think that the college student down the hall or the serviceman in his barracks is a serial rapist. But when someone commits what’s commonly called “date rape” or “acquaintance rape,” chances are he’ll do it again.
Acquaintance rape — which describes most sexual assaults in the military — isn’t typically about missed signals or a one-time error in judgment, as many people think. It’s about predators committing multiple crimes, which is why the military’s sorry record of prosecuting rapists contributes to what has become a worsening plague.
When the Senate returns next week, it has an opportunity to force real change by approving a much-needed overhaul of the system for prosecuting sexual assaults in the military. The overhaul is championed by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and publicly supported by 53 senators, including nine Republicans. But the plan faces opposition from the Pentagon and from lawmakers who favor other options that would make some improvements but fall far short of what’s needed.
Those who seek Power and Control put themselves in situations to attain both. The Catholic Church does not have the monopoly on that.
In another case, a convicted French paedophile demanded and got a retrial after being tried in absentia in February for the sexual abuse of two boys inside a guesthouse. He argued that he was absent from the proceedings because he was in prison at the time of the trial having been sentenced to a year’s imprisonment for sexually abusing five boys in Siem Reap in early 2012.
APLE is understandably urging the court to change the charge to securing child prostitution which does seem logical because the under-aged boys are typically remunerated.
Inasmuch as Manning has been operating his church in Seam Reap for the past 10 years, it’s certainly possible that he has victimized more than just the three teenage boys whose molestation led to his present conviction and imprisonment. Arguably, his one-year sentence seems little more than a slap on the wrist and suggests that he may well return to his old ways after his release from prison.
Furthermore, his hypocrisy in claiming that his role in the boys’ lives was to ‘cleanse them of their sins’ is deeply offensive to anyone with even a modicum of common decency.
The Miami Herald recently reported on the “abortion crisis” in Haiti, a country with the highest rate of unintended pregnancies and maternal mortality in the Western Hemisphere. That mortality rate includes those who die from abortion complications, which the Haitian health ministry has roughly estimated at 20-30% of maternal deaths.
Those of us living in the U.S. are certainly no stranger to the fight for abortion rights. What with the recent battle in New Mexico, Indiana and now Michigan, abortion is so inaccessible for so many people that it seems as if the procedure has been made all but illegal. But during the #SecretLivesofFeministas twitter chat I was moved by FeministaCansada’s comment that, living in Brazil, she is envious of more developed countries where abortion is legal and safe. I too often take for granted the fact that when/if someone living in the U.S. is able to access a legal abortion, at least they are not risking their safety by undergoing the procedure.
Living in Brazil a couple of years ago, I remember being shocked when I realized that I no longer had that privilege-that if something went wrong, if a condom broke or I missed a pill, there would be no Planned Parenthood. Just parenthood.
Hobby Lobby and Corporate Personhood: The Alarming Conservative Crusade to Declare Everything—Except People—a Legal ‘Person.’
Making chimpanzees legally “persons” will have inintended (or perhaps intended) consequences. There was an article awhile back regarding the “personhood” of dogs as sentient beings. It’s more than the new buzzword. It’s a fundamental redefining of our legal system.
Conferring human attributes such as religious conviction and the capacity for embarrassment on a corporation is dangerous. Conferring human rights upon a fertilized egg is too. Progressives can be just as guilty as conservatives when it comes to this sort of metaphorical personhood creep, by the way. A suit filed this week in New York seeks to protect four chimpanzees as “persons” too. But whatever you may think of the ultimate goals here, when you designate a nonperson as a person, you devalue what it means, as a legal and policy matter, to be human.
This is a very detailed article, with documentation, that’s well worth taking the time to read if you have any interest in how the GOP makes its policy decisions.
An influential US lobbying network of Republican politicians and big businesses is seeking to avert a looming funding crisis by appealing to major donors that have abandoned it over the past two years following criticism of its policy on gun laws.
The Guardian has learned that the American Legislative Exchange Council (Alec), which shapes and promotes legislation at state level across the US, has identified more than 40 lapsed corporate members it wants to attract back into the fold under a scheme referred to in its documents as the “Prodigal Son Project”.
The target firms include commercial giants such as Amazon, Coca-Cola, General Electric, Kraft, McDonald’s and Walmart, all of which cut ties with the group following the furore over the killing of the unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida in February 2012.
Alec was embroiled in the controversy surrounding Florida’s 2005 “stand-your-ground” law under which George Zimmerman, the neighbourhood watch volunteer who shot and killed the 17-year-old Martin, initially claimed self-defence. The Florida law was picked up by Alec, and, working in partnership with the National Rifle Association, used as a template for one of its “model bills”, which was then taken up by other states across the country.
After Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) recently said that Jesus “didn’t charge food stamps” in response to Republican efforts to cut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Pope Francis called income inequality immoral, O’Reilly tried to set the record straight with a segment about the “nanny state” on Tuesday.
The Fox News host acknowledged that Christ would have fed the poor, but objected to the idea that he would have “hurt” richer Americans to help feed them.
“The problem I have, as I stated is that you’re helping one group by hurting another group and a bigger group, and so I don’t know if Jesus is going to be down with that,” O’Reilly told Pentecostal Pastor Joshua Dubois.
“Jesus would be down for the poor,” Dubois pointed out. “He would want to make sure every single person in this country had enough food to eat. And the bottom line is if you add up every single private charitable dollar that feeds hungry people in this country, it’s only 10 percent of what we would need to make sure everyone has food in their stomachs. The rest comes from the federal government.”
In order to counter the gay rights movement, ALEC argued in “Homosexuals: Just Another Minority Group,” one had to understand first that gay people were corrupted beings, since “the homosexual makes the conscious choice to pursue members of his or her own sex.” The answer therefore did not lie with treating gay people fairly, but instead with providing them psychotherapy or by having them join the Christian faith. “The evidence is too great to deny it,” the memo stated.
ALEC classified all gay people into six categories: “the blatant, the secret lifer, the desperate, the adjusted, the bisexual and the situational.” The “blatant” gay person was “obvious and ‘limp-wristed’” the “adjusted” would “try to conduct a ‘conventional’ gay marriage” and so on. Yet no matter what category a gay person fell into, ALEC argued, the most dominant practice within “the homosexual world is pedophilia, the fetish for young children.” This tendency, the group claimed, was the product of the fact that “the homosexual cannot reproduce themselves biologically, so they must recruit the young.”
ALEC lamented that the federal government funded AIDS research and allocated tax money to counter the AIDS epidemic. The group discouraged states from passing anti-discrimination laws because, according to one ALEC newsletter from April 1984, such legislation “might jeopardize public health in restaurants, dental offices, and other areas because of the communicable disease AIDS.” ALEC claimed that under the Carter administration, in addition to funding AIDS research, “the federal government had been active in directly funding the homosexual movement” by approving federal grants to organizations that served gay communities.
So why was the Respect ABQ campaign important? Well firstly, it proves what studies have been showing: that Latin@s tend to prioritize family over religious doctrine. They also understand the complexities of reproductive justice and abortion in a way that conservative politicians pandering to the “people of color” vote never give them credit for. In fact, in a survey conducted by California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, nearly seven in ten of those surveyed said that “while they might not choose to terminate their pregnancy or their partners’ pregnancy, they would protect that right and not take the decision away from women.”
When Obama was reelected in 2012, I think many of us felt that reproductive rights might finally be safe after months of electoral foolishness from the Romney campaign. Unfortunately, conservative politicians are still working to make abortion all but completely inaccessible, particularly for low-income people and people of color.
With rumors already starting about the next presidential elections, I initially got sick just imagining what the GOP might do this round. However, Respect ABQ has given me hope. The GOP can no longer count on the conservative Latin@ vote-if it ever could. If we are honest with our communities, we can change the narrative around abortion. We can take reproductive health care back into our own hands.
In rapidly growing Texas, which is home to one in 11 children in the United States, child poverty has continued to increase despite an improving economy, according to a report released Tuesday.
There was a 47 percent increase in the rate of Texas children living in poverty from 2000 to 2011, according to the Kids Count report by the Center for Public Policy Priorities, a liberal think tank that advocates for low-income Texans. That was faster than the 18 percent growth rate in the child population in Texas during the same period.
Twenty-seven percent of Texas children were living in poverty in 2011, a rate that put the Lone Star State among the nine worst states.
Poverty is “almost a canary in the coal mine,” said Frances Deviney, Texas Kids Count director at the Center for Public Policy Priorities. “Poverty is not destiny, but it certainly puts kids off on the wrong foot.”