A former judge has claimed rape conviction statistics will not improve until women “stop getting so drunk”.
Retired judge Mary Jane Mowat said it is an inevitable fact of being “one person’s word against another” during rape trials, of which the national conviction rate of cases that go to trial currently sits at 60 per cent.
She told the Oxford Mail conviction rate will not improve unless women stop drinking so heavily.
Judge Mowat, who retired this month, said: “It is an inevitable fact of it being one person’s word against another, and the burden of proof being that you have to be sure before you convict.
I’m sensing a trend here….
The police say that during an “investigative stop,” a struggle ensued in which Ford “turned, grabbed one of the officers.” After that, “they fell to the ground,” and Ford allegedly attempted to pull an officer’s handgun from its holster. The “partner officer then fired his handgun and the officer on the ground fired his backup weapon” at Ford.
In other news:
Jeter says he was scared he’d be shot if he exited the car. Instead, he says — and the video supports this claim — he sat where he was with his hands in the air as the officers broke the window, unlocked his door and worked to get his seatbelt off to arrest him.
“The next thing I know, as he’s coming around the car, the glass gets busted and all the glass goes in my face,” Jeter told WABC. “My hands are up. As soon as he opens the door, one of the officers just reached in and punched me in the face. As he’s trying to take my seatbelt off, he’s elbowing me in my jaw. And I’m like ‘Ahhh!’ and he’s like ‘Stop trying to take my gun! Stop resisting arrest!’”
A video from the dash cam of a second police vehicle on the scene showed that Jeter had his hands up and was not resisting or trying to take the officer’s gun. The officer was out of view from his own vehicle’s dash cam, but he was playacting for the audio that he hoped would justify his brutality! It seems like “he reached for my gun” is the go to excuse cops have learned to exploit.
And then there is the “Wilson” (Josie) version of events in Ferguson where Brown allegedly “reached for the gun”. It all reminds me of that song from “Chicago”.
Here’s a clip with some of the lyrics underneath. Enjoy! (The song starts at about 1:05.)
He had strength and she had none
And yet we both reached for the gun
Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes, we both, oh yes we both
Oh yes, we both reached for the gun
The gun, the gun, the gun
Oh yes, we both reached for the gun, for the gun
Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes, they both, oh yes, they both
Oh yes, they both reached for the gun
The gun, the gun, the gun
Oh yes, they both reached for the gun, for the gun
Yes, it’s perfectly understandable
Not a bit reprehensible, it’s so defensible
Do it, and you’re gone for a minimum of six games. Do it again, and your career is all but over.
“These steps are based on a clear, simple principle: domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote Thursday in a letter to owners that was obtained by USA TODAY Sports. “They are illegal. They have no place in the NFL and are unacceptable in any way, under any circumstances.”
Every year, 1.3 million women are victims of domestic abuse, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Almost a third of women who are murdered are killed by what the NCADV calls “an intimate partner.”
It’s not just women who suffer the consequences, either. According to the NCADV, boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to become abusers as adults.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell admits he was wrong on the Ray Rice decision, and Goodell took an important step Thursday towards showing the league is serious about cracking down on domestic violence as well as sexual assault.
In a lengthy letter sent to every NFL owner on Thursday, Goodell announced enhanced policies and discipline under the personal conduct policy that will result in a six-game suspension for a first offense related to domestic violence or sexual assault and an indefinite ban for a second offense committed by any NFL personnel.
Goodell has drawn harsh criticism since the announcement last month that Rice, the Baltimore Ravens running back, would be suspended just two games for striking his then-fiancee at a New Jersey casino and being caught on camera dragging her unconscious body out of an elevator.
These steps are based on a clear, simple principle: domestic violence and sexual assault are wrong. They are illegal. They have no place in the NFL and are unacceptable in any way, under any circumstances. That has been and remains our policy.
The CEO of a large Stamford catering company has people calling for his job after he was caught on camera allegedly abusing a young dog inside an elevator.
The ugly incident took place inside a downtown Vancouver hotel, and sparked a BC SPCA investigation after Desmond Hague was seen repeatedly kicking a cowering Doberman pinscher puppy and pulling it violently by its leash, according to Canada’s Global News.
Hague said in his apology that the dog wasn’t his, and that he was pet-sitting for a friend when the pooch, named Sade, caused him to “lose control” after a “minor frustration.”
ADDITIONAL VIDEO AT LINK.
Now, Elam E-mailed the almost 200 people planning to come to his June conference in Detroit — a fading industrial city chosen because it represented “masculinity” — to warn them to be on their very best behavior. Anyone “trash-talking women” or “making violent statements, even jokingly” would be summarily thrown out, he warned. Enemies of the men’s rights movement, Elam continued, “will be looking for anything they can to hurt us with. They will be listening, eavesdropping, and if they can, gathering things to harm us with.” The man who two years ago was posting photos of women who had committed “offenses against men” and vowing to “fuck their shit up” even told arriving conference-goers that his goal was to “build bridges between men and women instead of walls.”
That didn’t sound too much like the Paul Elam who has emerged as probably the best-known men’s rights activist in the United States. It wasn’t long ago that he declared October to be “Bash a Violent Bitch Month,” explaining, “I mean literally to grab them by the hair and smack their face against the wall.” Elsewhere, he asserted that many women who are raped asked for it, saying “women who act provocatively; who taunt men sexually, toying with their libidos for personal power and gain, etc., have the same type of responsibility for what happens to them as, say, someone who parks their car in a bad neighborhood with the keys in the ignition.”
“A lot of women,” he continued, “get pummeled and pumped because they are stupid (and often arrogant) enough to walk through life with the equivalent of a I’M A STUPID, CONNIVING BITCH — PLEASE RAPE ME neon sign glowing above their empty little narcissistic heads.” Elam has misleadingly cited certain research to make the claim that 40% to 50% of rape allegations are false. But the best scholarly studies show that between about 2% and 8% of such allegations are actually false — a rate that is comparable for false allegations of most other violent crimes.
In the end, Elam’s conference was in fact relatively subdued, although he claimed he had to spend $25,000 on security because of death threats from the movement’s enemies. Most of the speakers — almost all of whom had made far worse comments in other venues — kept their vitriol to a minimum. Some, like the speaker discussing men’s grief, even contributed some useful ideas.
More: ‘War on Women’
To Serve and Entertain?
Bryce Dion, a Massachusetts native and an audio supervisor for the television show “Cops,” was shot and killed by police gunfire during a shootout with a suspect in Nebraska.
Dion, 38, and another crew member were riding with Omaha police when the officers responded to the scene of an armed robbery at a fast food restaurant. When the suspect began firing his weapon, police responded with gunfire of their own.
According to WCVB, the suspect was hit but fled the restaurant. As police continued to fire at the suspect, Dion was hit by a bullet fired by one of the officers and died. The report said that Dion, who was raised in Lawrence and whose family now lives in Haverhill, was hit in the arm and that the bullet then “slipped into a gap” in his bullet proof vest and went into his chest.
Not making light of the assault, something happened there. But no charges were pressed. I just don’t trust truthrevolt.org and Ben “Friends of Hamas” Shapiro to tell me what went down and how, and 99% of the news stories I’ve read even in the Jewish press cite them. One of my friends jokingly asked me if the victim was actually David Horowitz in skinny jeans and a wig.
Here’s Temple News’ current take on the story that has become a current cause celebre for right wing bloggers. Tomorrow, an anti-SJP protest has been organized and the President of Temple will make a statement.
After Welcome Week assault, mixed stories
The university addresses an alleged assault at activities fair.
by Cindy Stansbury 26 August 2014
Rose Daraz, 21, president of Students for Justice in Palestine, said she wishes the whole affair never happened.
“We have Jewish members as well so it wouldn’t make sense,” she said. “We are anti-Zionist, not anti-Semitic.”
Last Wednesday afternoon, during the university’s student activities fair, “Temple Fest,” senior management information systems major Daniel Vessal was attacked and allegedly called an anti-Semitic slur.
Vessal, a Jewish student and member of the Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi, told Truth Revolt that he approached the SJP table at Temple Fest to discuss about the current conflict between Israel and Hamas.
The website, led by editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro, was the first website to address the confrontation later that day.
After some back and forth, Vessal said, a student from the SJP table punched him in the face.
“When the police came over and were filing the report, the kids at the table were screaming ‘You Zionist pig, you racist, that’s what you get,” Vessal told the site.
Temple News reporters who witnessed the incident said the shouting started as soon as Vessal hit the ground.
In a statement posted on its website, Jewish campus organization Temple Hillel stood with Vessal in agreement that “blatant anti-Semitic verbal abuse” did occur.
“We urge the University administration to reassure the Temple community that students may express themselves in peaceful and non-violent ways without fear of physical assault and that expressions of ethnic hatred will not be tolerated on Temple’s campus,” the statement read.
The statement also mentioned concern for the safety of Jewish and pro-Israel students on campus.
Daraz paints a very different picture of the attack.
An SJP statement countered that Vessal was slapped, not punched, after calling its members “terrorists” and that the assailant, who Daraz described as Palestinian-American, was not a member of the organization.
“We definitely did not say ‘baby killer,’” Daraz said. “We never condone physical action or racism.”
Daraz said she believes that the whole affair has been blown out of proportion and was shocked when a story appeared on Truth Revolt.
“We thought the issue had stayed between my friend and [Vessal] and then I see this article by this right-wing news place,” Daraz said. “And they said we said all these slurs and lies and we were just shocked.”
In response to the attack, a Facebook page has been started titled, “Demand the Removal of SJP from Temple University.” The group initially scheduled a rally to take place at 2:30 p.m. Monday on Polett Walk to demand “equal rights and privileges for all students, not just the Palestinian ones.” The group postponed the rally to Thursday after President Theobald agreed to speak about the attack.
Daraz told The Temple News that members of her organization will not counterprotest.
“We told all of our members and allies not to go,” Daraz said.
Theobald spoke about the attacks Monday at Temple Student Government’s meeting.
Meanwhile, Executive Director of Campus Safety Services Charles Leone said the investigation is moving forward but has encountered a few roadblocks.
“Unfortunately, some of the witnesses didn’t want to talk with us,” he said.
Leone said the student dropped off a statement with CSS on Monday. Leone said the offender and his attorney were preparing a statement for him, expected Monday.
“We are trying to figure out if - the kid who punched him - if he said [the anti-Semitic slur],” Leone explained.
Following the assault, Vice President of Student Affairs Theresa Powell emailed a letter to the Temple community condemning any “disparagement or assault of any person based on religion or nationality.”
Powell told The Temple News on Monday in an email that “there is no change in the status of SJP,” and the university will look to create “safe places for dialogue.”
“I wish it never happened,” Leone said. “It’s just really horrible. You can have debates, just not to the level where someone gets hurt.”
More at Temple News
Through laws and regulations like a provision in defense budgets that authorizes the Pentagon to transfer surplus military gear to police forces, local law enforcement agencies are using weapons found on the battlefields of South Asia and the Middle East.
A recent New York Times article by Matt Apuzzo reported that in the Obama era, “police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns; nearly 200,000 ammunition magazines; thousands of pieces of camouflage and night-vision equipment; and hundreds of silencers, armored cars and aircraft.” The result is that police agencies around the nation possess military-grade equipment, turning officers who are supposed to fight crime and protect communities into what looks like an invading army. And military-style police raids have increased in recent years, with one count putting the number at 80,000 such raids last year.
In June, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) brought more attention to police militarization when it issued a comprehensive, nearly 100-page report titled, War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing. Based on public records requests to more than 260 law enforcement agencies in 26 states, the ACLU concluded that this police militarization “unfairly impacts people of color and undermines individual liberties, and it has been allowed to happen in the absence of any meaningful public discussion.”
The PDF linked above from the ACLU has a section on RACE, SWAT & DRUGS —P. 35
This makes sense, in some galaxy far, far away. Do as I say and not as I do and do and do and do. It’s tough, ya know. So what’s a grifter to do? Seek suffrage? Compare notes? Watch movies? Go for a ride?