Tuesday, November 26, 2013

CO - Castration suggested for some students

Katherine Svenson
Katherine Svenson
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11/26/2013

By JOE KOVACS

As long as they can impregnate a woman, they're not going to go in

A Colorado school-board member is gaining national attention for her cutting-edge comments suggesting transgender students be castrated before they could use school bathrooms that match their gender identity.

According to KREX-TV in Grand Junction, Colo., Delta County School Board member Katherine Svenson made the remarks during an October meeting as she passed out an issue of the Education Reporter.

I would like to pass out something that shows people what is going on in the rest of the country,” Svenson said.

Massachusetts and California have passed laws relating to calling a student, irrespective of his biological gender, letting him perform as the gender he thinks he is, or she is, and I just want to emphasize not in this district. Not until the plumbing is changed. There would have to be castration in order to pass something like that around here.”

When asked if she stood by her comments, Svenson reaffirmed them.

I don’t have a problem if some boys think they are girls. I’m just saying as long as they can impregnate a woman, they’re not going to go in the girls’ locker room,” she said.



ARUBA - Fighting Father Puts Song On The Market

Othmar Matos
Othmar Matos
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11/26/2013

ORANJESTAD - It's over... After having fought against a false accusation of child abuse for almost two years , there is now a court ruling.

On June 17, 2013 the Public Prosecutor indicated that they were not going to prosecute Othmar Matos. Although Matos didn’t have to appear in person there is judicial decision. The Court of Justice (Aruba, Curacao, Bonaire) on September 9, 2013 made a statement after Matos’ ex-wife lodged an appeal against the decision of the Public Prosecutor. The Court had a short, but very clear answer : “We ... reject the complaint (and thus also the indictment)." So Matos was fully acquitted and discharged from any further prosecution. His next step is waiting to being reunited with his daughter.

"I have never approached my daughter in any inappropriate way." Those are the words of Othmar Matos, founder of the foundation "STOP Keho Falso". And with that fact, “I will fight hard against any accusation of any person or agency." That is why Othmar Matos comes with a song. It was written by Matos and sung by Ofo (formerly Tsunami singer). With this song Matos tries to get attention for a social problem on Aruba and branding his foundation. Today, November 26 the 2nd major phase of the campaign starts with the song "Respecta nos Yiu". The song is based on the terrible experience of Matos.

Many parents who are in the same situation will recognize it, and will be comforted by the song, or dance on it, even though they may not like “Zouk”. The foundation has an email address: StopkehoFalso@gmail.com and now an official number. +297,600 26 04 which appropriately refers to the date of April 26, the day of the awareness of false accusations, which still happen too much.

The consequences are that the judiciary, the executive and the controlling power experience too much work load. This reduces the time for them to explore the real cases of sexual abuse and sexual assault.

Making a false declaration is not only criminal but costs Aruba a lot of money. Therefore, says the foundation "stop Keho Falso" the one who presses charges and the person who supports this accusation must be punished and pay the cost. Civil servants and especially those who have an educational function, such as teachers, should be disbarred, not only in Aruba but for every pedagogical work within the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Pedagogical training schools (such as IPA), should be able to refuse students who once made a false accusation. Our society needs to send a clear signal. We do not accept a false accusation. The case of Matos could create a precedent. Hopefully CBS quickly figures out the costs of a false declaration. The costs in the case of Matos can then serve as a basis for the financial penalty.


Young men, get a 'yes' text before sex

Text messaging
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11/26/2013

By Roxanne Jones

(CNN) - "Watch out for the stupid girls," I tell my son. "They are trouble."
- See the many reasons why here.

You know the type -- the party girls, the girls who thrive on attention. The girls who will do anything to get a guy to notice them, as the pop star Pink riffs on one of her best-ever songs, "Stupid Girls": "If I act like that, flipping my blond hair back, push up my bra like that ... that guy will call me back."

The problem is that all the kids in college are smart or they wouldn't be there in the first place, as my dean's list son likes to remind me. Admittedly, it's a tricky conversation to navigate, but I'm not giving up. There's too much at stake.

It seems nearly every week, we hear news stories about sexual encounters at parties where everyone is drinking -- and a young woman says she was raped, and a young man insists the encounter was consensual.

Make no mistake, no woman -- no matter how much she parties -- is asking to be raped. But too often when heavy drinking is involved, the meaning of consent can be misconstrued on both sides. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, each year about 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape. And those are only the cases that are actually reported.

So understandably, parents worry about how best to prepare their daughters and sons for college. We spend a lot of energy learning to navigate the academic and financial requirements. We give years of thought to which colleges are a best fit for our kids. Once they are accepted, we make sure our children are sent off to college with every overpriced, not-so-necessary item listed on the "what-to-pack-for-college" list. And just before we drop them off on campus, we make sure we have "The Talk" about focusing on grades and not getting caught up in the party scene.


AUSTRALIA - You Can Still Get Convicted Of Rape Even If You Were Too Bombed To Remember Your Crime

Partying
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11/26/2013

By ERIN FUCHS

America’s young women have been admonished recently to avoid binge drinking, but there are also good reasons for men not to get hammered.

Here’s one of many reasons not to binge drink: A guy can get convicted of rape if he’s too drunk to realize a woman is saying no — even if he remembers nothing of the assault or thought the sex was consensual. (And yes, a woman could be convicted of rape in similar circumstances, though the cases are rare.)

The law basically says that if you voluntarily got yourself so drunk that you had no idea what you were doing, we’re not going to excuse that,” Catholic University law professor Clifford Fishman told me.

That’s because rape is a general-intent crime, meaning prosecutors just have to prove a rapist was being negligent or reckless. Unlike specific-intent crimes, rape doesn't require prosecutors to prove a rapist specifically intended to rape somebody. (Other general-intent crimes are assault or reckless endangerment of a child; premeditated murder is a specific-intent crime.)

To be sure, a drunken guy who doesn't realize what he’s doing is more sympathetic than, say, a serial rapist. But that guy still needs to be punished for getting that drunk and violating somebody.

You can imagine somebody drunkenly but honestly mixing up the cues, being too drunk to realize the other person is not consenting,” UVA Law professor Anne Coughlin told me, but, she added, “That person is dangerous.”


NJ - Sex offenders can be kept off Facebook

Social networks
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11/26/2013

TRENTON (AP) - A New Jersey appeals court has ruled (PDF) that paroled sex offenders can be barred from Facebook, LinkedIn and other online social networks.

Two offenders had gone to court to challenge that restriction, saying social networks are important ways to get news, information and find business opportunities.

However, a three-judge panel ruled Tuesday that the offenders can be kept off social network as a term of parole. The judges said they agree that the networks are an important facet of modern life, but said there is a good reason to keep convicted sex offenders off them.

"The provisions are legitimately aimed at restricting such offenders from participating in unwholesome interactive discussions on the Internet with children or strangers who might fall prey to their potential recidivist behavior," Judge Jack Sabatino said in his opinion. He noted that the parolees can still get news and buy products online.
- What recidivist behavior?  Studies show that ex-sex offenders have the lowest recidivism rate out there, except for murderers.

The panel also notes that state parole officials have a regulation about social networking restrictions and that offenders had been told about it in advanced.

In the same ruling, the judges found parole officers can also require offenders to submit to polygraph tests. But the court said the group of former inmates who challenged the lie-detector tests could challenge the way the tests are used.

The panel also dismissed one parolee's Halloween curfew as moot because his parole period is over.


End Silence: The Project on Addressing Prison Rape

End Silence: The Project on Addressing Prison Rape
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Mission
The Project on Addressing Prison Rape is committed to eliminating sexual abuse for individuals in custodial settings. The Project on Addressing Prison Rape is a leader in addressing the implications and implementation of the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA) and its national standards. Since 2000, the Project on Addressing Prison Rape has provided training, technical assistance and legal guidance for correctional agencies, advocates and survivors who want to effectively prevent, respond and eliminate sexual abuse in custodial settings.

Overall, the Project on Addressing Prison Rape has four goals: (1) training; (2) technical assistance; (3) legal expertise regarding sexual abuse in custodial settings; and (4) providing guidance on issues correctional agencies and advocates face in addressing PREA and responing to sexual abuse in custodial settings.

History
Since 2000, The American University, Washington College of Law (WCL) Project on Addressing Prison Rape has been funded by government and private grantors to address and respond to sexual abuse of people in custody. The Project on Addressing Prison Rape has continually provided training, technical assistance and guidance to high level corrections decision makers on key issues in addressing and responding to The Prison Rape Elimination Act.


PA - Ex-Pennsylvania GOP leader (Robert J. Kerns) faces 19 charges, including alleged sexual assault of unconscious victim

Robert J. Kerns
Robert J. Kerns
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11/26/2013

By LESLIE LARSON

A former Pennsylvania GOP leader has been charged with 19 counts stemming from an alleged sexual assault of an unconscious woman in late October.

Robert J. Kerns, who previously served at the head of the Montgomery County Republican Committee (MCRC), has been accused of a series of offenses including rape of a substantially impaired person, sexual assault, indecent assault and possession of a controlled substance, according to WCAU-TV.

Kerns, who is married to _____ and the father of three sons, resigned from his post at the local GOP group in early November after 30 years of active participation in local political affairs.

Court documents revealed the charges on Tuesday and local officials say Kerns, 66, is in police custody.

Kerns is listed as a partner in the Upper Gwynedd law firm of Kerns, Pearlstine, Onorato & Hladik, in his biography on the Montgomery County Republican Committee website.

He is also described as active in the local community, serving on a variety of boards for the local symphony and medical service corps.

The MCRC said they had no comment on the charges filed against Kerns, noting that the allegations had nothing to do with the committee.


MN - Sex offender program shouldn't be campaign fodder

Opinion
Original Article

11/25/2013

Elected officials can and often do survive sex scandals. Sure, they pay a price in embarrassment and humiliation and might see an interruption in their career, but after a period of public penitence and private fence-mending, there's often light at the end of the tunnel.

But pity the politician who gets a reputation for being "soft on sex offenders." That's a label that, when printed in large type on an opponents' campaign literature, can be a game-changer. No one runs commercials saying "He's a bad husband," but foes won't hesitate to say, "He put rapists back on the streets."

So, we understand Minnesota legislators' obvious lack of enthusiasm for reforming the state's civil commitment system for sex offenders, even as it's facing a challenge on constitutional grounds. Furthermore, we realize that Gov. Mark Dayton had little choice but to publicly declare that every one of the state's 690 civilly committed sex offenders will stay behind bars until the Legislature figures out how to reform the system.

After all, when Dayton didn't oppose the possible release of convicted rapist _____ — who has been civilly committed for more than two decades — he faced immediate (and entirely predictable) backlash from one of his likely foes in the 2014 gubernatorial race.

That criticism, from Rep. Kurt Zellers, may have been at least partly politically motivated, but it was well-justified nevertheless. Given Duvall's lengthy history of violent, brutal sexual assaults on at least 60 women and girls — some as young as 14 — he's not the guy we'd choose to demonstrate that people can actually complete the Minnesota Sex Offender Program and re-enter society. Regardless of what the Legislature does or does not do next year, we suspect (and hope) _____ will remain under lock and key for a long, long time.

Still, it's worth noting that not every offender in Moose Lake and St. Peter has a record like _____'s. More than 50, in fact, have no adult convictions on their records. Even more have developmental disabilities and/or are elderly and thus would be unlikely to re-offend if they were housed in less-restrictive, less-expensive environments.

But again, no one — especially politicians — want to be seen as having opened the doors to release sex offenders. That's why reforms to the MSOP have been so slow to happen, even as U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank prepares to hear arguments Dec. 18 that the system is inhumane, inadequate and unconstitutional. More than a dozen MSOP "patients" are plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit, and there's every indication their claims have some merit.

Barring the unlikely event that Frank shuts down the MSOP outright (or says it's fine as is), we see no way for the DFL-led Legislature to avoid this issue next year. MSOP has no track record of successful treatment, is incredibly costly and puts judges in impossible positions when considering the possible civil commitment of young sex offenders who have served their criminal sentences.

The system is bursting at the seams, and something's gotta give.

So the DFL will have to bear down and get the job done next spring, even if it is distasteful and difficult. It's entirely possible that some legislators will pay a political price for their efforts when the 2014 elections roll around.

We hope, however, that leaders in the Republican caucus will recognize that this issue goes beyond politics. Indeed, the best reforms for the civil commitment system would be achieved through bipartisan efforts, with both parties having some "ownership" of the MSOP reforms — which are unlikely to be popular among the voting public.

People tend to like the "throw away the key" approach for sex offenders, constitutionality notwithstanding, but Minnesotans should prepare themselves for the likelihood that this method won't survive for another year.


UK - Shock at child-to-child sex attacks

Child on child sexual assault
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11/26/2013

Children are committing shocking sexual assaults against each other, "profoundly distressing" evidence suggests.

The scale and nature of this sexual violence - including rape - indicates a "deep malaise" within society that needs to be dealt with, according to a damning report by the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England.

It suggests that while the fact that paedophiles prey on young children is widely recognised by society, the idea of children abusing each other - through gangs or groups - is rarely acknowledged.

But the problem is prevalent in every area of England and not just restricted to deprived, inner city neighbourhoods, it says. In some cases, the victims are as young as 11 years old, while the perpetrators can be just 12 or 13.

The report, which includes evidence from studies on children's understanding of consent and sexual violence within gangs, warns that youngsters across the country are being exploited and that the authorities responsible for their safety are failing to protect them.

In a foreword to the report - the result of a two-year inquiry - deputy children's commissioner Sue Berelowitz said: "The fact that some adults (usually men) rape and abuse children is generally accepted."

"There is, however, a long way to go before the appalling reality of sexual violence and exploitation committed by children and young people is believed."

She adds: "We have found shocking and profoundly distressing evidence of sexual assault, including rape, being carried out by young people against other children and young people."

"While we have published chilling evidence of this violence in gang-associated contexts, we know too that it is more widespread than that. This is a deep malaise within society from which we must not shirk."

Research into sexual violence in gangs, conducted by Bedfordshire University, revealed that two thirds of the young people questioned (65%) knew of young women who had been pressurised or coerced into sexual activity, while half gave examples of youngsters offering sex in return for status or protection.

Two fifths (41%) said they knew of individual cases of rape, while over a third (34%) gave researchers examples of gang rape.

Nearly two fifths (39%) of the young people taking part in the study said they knew of cases of youngsters exchanging sex for drugs, alcohol or to pay off a debt, while almost a third (31%) gave examples of girls being used as bait to attract and "set up" males from rival gangs.

A similar proportion (30%) knew of men having sex with a young woman to "disrespect" rival gang members.

But the study also found that just one in 12 of those interviewed said that young people would be likely to report crimes of sexual abuse. Often, sexual violence was seen as normal and inevitable, with young women facing the blame for being abused.

The second study, by London Metropolitan University into young people's views of consent, suggests that these issues are not just limited to gangs and that for many the lines are blurred.

Sex without consent where those involved know each other is often not seen as rape, it found.

"The victim, usually a girl (but boys are victims too) is invariably blamed for their own assault", the study concluded.

"They should not have gone to visit the boy; should not have worn a tight top; should not have had the drink; have 'done it before' so have no right to say no."

Dr Jenny Pearce of Bedfordshire University said that there was a general mindset that does not think about sexual exploitation between young people.

"When we think about child protection in this country we think of familial abuse within the home, we don't think about vulnerable teenagers - 14, 15 particularly 16 to 18," she said.

Ms Berelowitz said that the "sheer levels of sadism" uncovered by the inquiry had been shocking.

"You can not be surprised and still be shocked at the same time, and in terms of the child-on-child, the peer-on-peer, whether in a gang-involved situation or not, it's the chilling inevitability of it that has been really deeply shocking. It's part of the warp and weft of those young people's lives."

She added: "Don't think that this is just confined to deprived neighbourhoods in inner city areas, child sexual exploitation, in general, our findings are that both gang- involved and group- involved is happening across the piece, all over the country in every type of neighbourhood, rural, urban, deprived, not deprived."

The inquiry found that 2,409 youngsters were known to be victims of child sexual exploitation by gangs and groups, while a further 16,500 were at risk.

The Commissioner's final report puts forward new guidance for those dealing with child sexual exploitation, including police, children's services and health staff.

It presents a series of questions - drawn up with young victims - which force professionals to focus on the child and their needs to make sure they get the help they need.

The Commissioner's final report says that urgent steps must be taken to keep children safe, and that many of the known victims had been "badly let down" by the agencies and services that should have been protecting them.

Councillor David Simmonds, chairman of the Local Government Association's children and young people board, said: "Nothing councils do is more important than keeping children safe and this report will make uncomfortable reading for everyone concerned for the welfare of children."

"Child sexual exploitation is a horrific crime which can destroy lives. It is a complex issue to tackle and can be hugely difficult to track. Councils know that we need to do better but, as this report acknowledges, we cannot do this alone. It is time for everyone - including councils, police, teachers and the NHS - to step up to the plate, learn from those areas that are getting it right and show real leadership in stamping out this awful crime."

Matthew Reed, chief executive of The Children's Society, said: "This report shows that there are particular problems with attitudes towards teenage girls, both from professionals and from their peers."

"The report describes that all too often girls and young women are being dismissed as 'promiscuous' or 'slags', rather than being treated as victims of abuse. It is vital that these attitudes are challenged.

"It also shows the double standards many children and young people have towards girls and young women. We need to get better at teaching children about healthy relationships and consent."


NJ - Are online registries the new tool for politicians to exploit for votes and brownie points?

Assemblyman Reed Gusciora & Gov. Chris Christie
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Politicians have found their sure fire way to get donations / support from the public, and ways to help themselves look "tough" on crime while stomping on the Constitution and exploiting fear, children and ex-felons. One day you may find yourself on an online registry since the Constitution isn't worth the paper and ink it's written with anymore. So, which registry will you be on in the near future? But of course, like Obamacare, politicians will be exempt! Pretty soon all criminal records will be online and easily available, putting millions of people out of work, homeless and on food stamps forever! The sex offender registry was just the test bed!

11/25/2013

By Matt Friedman

TRENTON - New Jersey residents who have abused their spouses and partners would be just as easy to look up as sex offenders under a bill about to be introduced by a state lawmaker.

Assemblyman Reid Gusciora (D-Mercer) wants to create a publicly accessible registry of those found to have committed domestic violence.

It’s pretty dangerous to date a repeat offender and often times the person isn’t aware of the history,” Gusciora said. “You have instances where the person is very nice, and they’re dating, and when they’re living together that’s when the violence would happen. At least this would give some kind of warning if the person has a history of violence.”

Gusciora, who first mentioned the idea to New Jersey 101.5 FM, said he plans to introduce the legislation soon. The registry would be similar to the one that was established by Megan’s Law for sex offenders.

Gusciora said he introduced the measure because he’s a municipal prosecutor and has seen cases of women being abused by men who had hurt past partners.

Someone comes in and I’m like ‘Did you know your husband or boyfriend engaged in domestic violence three times?' ” Gusciora said. “I’ve just seen as a prosecutor horrific instances of repeat offenders that could be prevented.”
- So what about repeat drug addicts, dealers, gang members, thieves, DUI offenders, corrupt politicians, etc?  When will they have their own online registry?

The state currently keeps a database of domestic violence offenders who have restraining orders against them. But while it is accessible to police and the courts, the public cannot see it.

But Patricia Barbarito, a former chair of the Family Law Section at the New Jersey State Bar, said Gusciora’s idea may be “overkill” and noted that domestic violence offenders are found to have committed the act by a judge. Jury trials require separate charges like assault.
- Of course it's overkill, but so is the online sex offender registry! If it's okay to put ex-sex offenders on an online shaming / hit-list, then it's good enough for all, after all, we are suppose to be treated equally, right?

Barbarito said it may not be a bad idea to have a place where people can look up the information, but that domestic violence offenders should not automatically be put on the same level as sex offenders.
- And why not?  You treat all ex-sex offenders as if they are child molesting, pedophile predators, so why not treat ex-domestic abuse offenders as others who are on an online registry?

It’s far more complicated than that sort of broad-brushed approach for everyone,” she said. “The standard of proof is not a criminal proceeding. It’s a very complex issue. I think there must be much less intrusive ways to have a place someone can check..
- So you are admitting that the sex offender registry is a broad brush approach?  Thanks for admitting that!

John Paone, a family law attorney, said proceedings on domestic violence are already public record.

But he said he’s concerned that children could access to the information.

The registry is now open to the public, how do you keep some 8-year-old neighbor from accessing that information and creating all kinds of problems?” he said.
- The same thing can be done with the sex offender registry, well, vigilantes are already using it as an online hit-list!

Why not an online sinners registry?Gusciora said in his experience most domestic violence charges are dismissed because the victim declines to cooperate. So those who are found guilty, he said, rise to a level where they should be publicly known.

Those are the people who should be on the list, when it’s risen to that level,” he said.
- We think we should have an online sinners registry so everybody who sins is treated the same.  Like we said, if it's okay for one group, then it's good enough for all!