U.S. Department of State released their International Religious Freedom Report. Religious freedom is a basic tenet of in this day and age. — “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”Tags: International Religious Freedom Report, Religious Freedom, US Department of StateNews
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Rehtaeh Parsons was 17 years old when she took her life. She had been shamed and humiliated following the sexual victimization by a group of boys two years prior. The Nova Scotia prosecutor claimed insufficient evidence to prosecute. Now we have a child gone, due to bullycide. Sadly, the Nova Scotia government has gone into damage control mode, which may be too little too late.
March 8, 2013, International Women’s Day – President Barack Obama recently signed into law the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization, which also contained the Trafficking Victims Protection Act Reauthorization. No country is immune to Violence Against Women. In Ethiopia, 81% of the women believe it appropriate for a husband to beat their wife, while in Guinea, 60% believe it reasonable for a wife to be beaten for saying no to sex; and in Vietnam, a recent study demonstrated that true cost of violence against women was costing the country nearly 1.4% of its GDP.
The combined bill passed through both houses last week (28 Feb 2013), with The Senate voting 93-5 and The House voting 286 to 138. The passage of the TVPRA follows 2.5 years of congressional debate, rewrites, exclusions and inclusions. The bill was presented to President Obama for signature on 4 March 2013.
Bailey O’Neill, passed away, the day after his 12th birthday. Bailey had been injured in January 2013 during an incident which occurred at Darby Township (PA) School, in which he had his nose broken and suffered a concussion; over the course of the ensuing weeks he began suffering seizures. Bailey’s parents brought him to hospital, where Bailey was placed into a medically induced coma so as to allow medical personnel the opportunity to diagnose the cause of his seizures. According to Bailey’s family, he was “jumped” by two students during recess at the school; the two students who attacked Bailey received two day suspensions from school following the January incident.
Today is international Safer Internet Day 2013. Take a few moments and think about the online safety and security of you and your family. Nine tips to help you get started: Tip #1 – Know who: Tip #2 – Security Software: Tip #3 – Passwords: Tip #4 – Guidance & Direction: Tip #5 – Browser Settings: Tip #6 – Tagging: Tip #7 – E-mail: Tip #8 – Computer Settings: Tip #9 – Public Computers:
Super Bowl XLVII is coming to New Orleans – You can be aware, and make it more difficult for the criminal element to operate within the fringes of the Super Bowl. If you are a the Super Bowl and you see a child proffering themselves up for sex, please don’t turn your head – call 911 – or call the National Human Trafficking Hotline – 1-888-373-7888 – or visit the web site Free-NOLA
It was a sad day in La Grande, Oregon on 28 January. The family of Jadin Bell, took him off life-support and he passed. Who is Jadin Bell? Jadin was a 15-year old high-school sophomore who had tried to commit suicide on 19 January by hanging himself in the playground of Central Elementary school. What may have driven Jadin to take his life?
All is not peachy down in Georgia, specifically Savannah, the Hostess City of The South. On January 11, 2013 (coincidentally Human Trafficking Awareness Day), the Department of Justice, indicted 12 individuals for the sex trafficking of women from Central America and Mexico who had been duped into thinking they were coming to the US in pursuit of the American Dream, not a trafficker’s induced nightmare.
n the United States, ~25,000 women become pregnant through rape each year. In 27 states there are no laws which protect the custodial rights guaranteed to the mother of the resulting child.
This morning, I, like so many others across the globe, sit with tears streaming down my face and into my lap as I think about the 26 souls who are now in Heaven on a direct path from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. I can not possibly imagine the angst the families ...
As we roll into this holiday season please take a moment and think about the children who are orphans and/or foster children. These children are in a state of flux. Those of us who haven’t experienced being a child in the house of a foster parent can only speculate on the mental gymnastics required to ...Tags: boys, children, Christmas, family, Foster Care, Foster Home, girls, Toys, WashingtonNews
I recently viewed an wonderful infographic full of not-so-wonderful data: “Equal Education, Unequal Pay” from the good folks at “Learnstuff.” This infographic depicts numerous data points which highlight, regrettably, the disparity between men and women wages. The real eye-opener to me was, regardless of the level of education obtained, men always earn more than the woman of equal skill-set. In fact, according to this infographic, the difference is 17.8% less for a woman. I have a problem with this. Do you?
On Friday, 30 November 2012, two miscreants (Terrence Williams and Charles Deville Nash) were sentenced to extended stays within the federal prison system for trafficking young women within Western Washington, and to/from other states. The pimps would advertise the availability of their victims via advertisements on Craig’s List and Backpage (see my prior piece: Sex Trafficking & Exploitation 2012 – Village Voice). According to the US Department of Justice, “both men controlled young women, advertising them on the internet, transporting them to “dates,” taking their earnings and through verbal or physical violence forcing them to continue in the sex trades.”
This weekend, one of the charitable groups which I actively and financially support, Northwest Harvest, teamed with King5 TV in a “Home Team Harvest” campaign to raise through donations of both food and money to provide for 3 million meals to those in need in Washington.Tags: food insecure, food insecurity, Home Team harvest, hunger, King5, Northwest Harvest, united states, Washington StateHunger, News
Liberty County prosecutors described Jared Len Cruse as one of a “pack of dogs” who gang-raped an 11-year-old Cleveland girl, while the defense likened the girl to a “spider” who lured men into her web.
On this Black Friday, the Friday where we have 1 in 6 food-insecure, let us get our collective acts together and spend some of that Retail Therapy energy on hunger in America.
Yesterday my stomach turned. I read this headline: “Moraga School District: Child sex abuse victim was ‘careless and negligent’ The child being discussed was 12 years old. From under what rock did this school district and their attorneys crawl out? A 12 year-old child is NEVER responsible for the actions of an adult in the abuse of the child. NEVER ever NEVER.Tags: Abuse, Child sex abuse, Kristen Cunnane, Moraga School DistrictNews
This morning I woke up circa 3 AM courtesy of Dewey, one of the warmest, gentlest and loving dogs.,…who went back to sleep. I on the other hand, did what I do every morning at this time, I read, I listened, and I viewed copious amounts of content from the internet. But today was different. Today I was moved off-center by a piece shared with me concerning WORDS by two of my favorite people…Tags: ; Andrea Gardner, @jshuey, @mckra1g, Change your words - change your world, COMB, Cristina Speck, Dewey, engage, inspire, Jeff Shuey, making a difference, Molly Cantrell-Kraig, motivate, Pay it forward, philanthropy, social networks, Women with Drive, words, WWDFNews
On the 18th of October, the Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media announced the publication of “Bringing the Social Media #Revolution to Health Care” (Mayo Clinic) – for those involved in the health care vertical and with social media responsibilities you owe it to yourself to get this book. More than 20 individual contributors made ...