Monthly Archives: February 2013

India Reeling after Rape and Murder of Three Young Sisters

This article is simply appalling. To think that the police’s reaction was chalant about three girls going miss is disgraceful. This article incorporates many of the problems that the authors have pointed out in the books that we have read. My top question is how do three children suddenly disappear from a school and why didn’t any of the administration notice it? The problem is that this oversight is an all too common problem in countries like India where women’s rights and protection are overlooked.


White House Pushes High Court on Gay Marriage

Breaking News!!! I thought this article was interesting because it is rare that an administration will step in on such a controversial issue as gay marriage. However, this is the second time that the Obama administration has publicly vocalized it’s support for gay marriage. The implications for this ruling are broad because it makes a lot of rulings made by other states unconstitutional. Thus, it has a broad scope of impact. The Supreme Court is supposed to start hearing arguments for Amendment 8 as soon as March.


Mother Kills 9-Year-Old Son For Having Small Penis In Indonesia

Though I wish this article gave more details, and described cultural implications, it is certainly an interesting look at a mother’s love. In discussing cultural relativism during this weeks class period, I am anxious to re-evaluate my initial thought of heinous disgust and dismissal. I, instead (though not justifying the death of a child) indite the culture in which this mother is expected to raise her child, with the charge of enforcing norms that make it acceptable to disregard and discriminate against individuals on the basis of genitalia measurements.


University Of North Carolina Routinely Violates Sexual Assault Survivor Rights, Students Claim

There are two articles I found pertaining to this issue. The Huff Post article goes into detail about how UNC is violating all sorts of laws. The first victim Andrea Pino suffered from PTSD after being assaulted at a party, and the school refused to let her withdraw medically.

Landen Gambill reported to the honor court that her abusive ex-boyfriend was stalking her. She had to tell the court intimate details about the relationship, and the court then sent all of the information to her parents, whom she had not told and in direct violation of the law. According to the yahoo news article the school is now charging Landen with an honor court violation for speaking out on social media about how she was basically ignored.

Pino, Gambill, and Annie Clark along with 64 other sexual assault victims are filing a formal complaint saying the university violated the sexual assault victims bill of rights, clery act, FERPA, title IX, the civil rights act, and the Americans with disabilities act.

I would like to know why the honor court was handling sexual assault cases in the first place? This is a criminal matter and the university police should be handling, not ill-equipped students with no knowledge of the law or victim counseling. These articles reminded me of the chapters about rape kits, and sexual assault in the book. Why do we continue to blame the victim, protect the abuser, file charges against the victim for speaking out, and ignore the larger issue of sexual assaults on college campuses? Maybe this will be a wake up call for other colleges and universities in the UNC system, and nationwide to take a stand against sexual assault and other violence against women on their campuses.

Tribune Business News Reports on Sex Trafficking

Child-sex trafficking a problem in US, Mesa

Quigley, DanielView Profile. McClatchy – Tribune Business News [Washington] 29 Dec 2012

This story reports on child-sex trafficking in Mesa Arizona.  It describes a story which is a good example of how some young women become victims of sex slavery in the area.  It also describes a program at the Phoenix center which provides reduced or free legal council to victims.

The story draws attention to the fact that here in the US we often view sex slavery as a third world issue.  In fact, it happens more in the US than most people realize.  It was noted that the police are doing more now than ever to combat this issue in the area because these women are finally being seen as victims when they were once viewed as criminals.

WJCL reporter sheds light on sex trafficking in the US

In this story a WJCL reporter sheds light on sex trafficking occurring right here in the states.  He interviewed a young women who stated that at 15, she was blackmailed into prostitution.  The young woman was drugged and raped by someone she admired.  He then took pictures of her and told she would have to “work it off” in order for him not to show them.

This took place in Ohio.  The article reported that recent police stings have found trafficking to be an issue in Atlanta and Savannah as well.

Gender Based Hate Crimes in the News

The first story is of an attack that police are calling a “Gay Hate Crime.”  The attack was against a UCLA student.The student was not badly injured but was threatened with a knife and was the subject of anti-gay slurs.

The second story is one that is mentioned in the first.  Following up and reading more on this story I found that it occurred in 2012.  An LA man was brutally beaten after admitting that he was gay.  This occurred in a Los Angeles park.  This story also reported on a previous incident were two men were threatened with anti-gay slurs and stabbed.  It is amazing that people feel that they can cause others bodily harm  just because they do not agree with something about their lifestyle.  None of these victims were bothering anyone.  They were simply attacked because they did not fit what others considered a heterosexual profile.


Kentucky Ban on Discrimination


I thought this was interesting, especially after writing my recent response paper using the articles we read about Latin America and Turkey. The Latin American LGBT movement has seen a lot of legislation passed of this nature. However, most people do not think of Kentucky when they think of gay rights. This NY Times article refers to the town as “a map dot in the Appalachian coal fields” which is not the typical place one would think of having progressive bans on discrimination based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity. This “dot” has become the smallest municipality in Kentucky to pass such a ban! I suppose the only question is: how to you prove that you were discriminated against because of this bias? It is hard to prove that someone has discriminated against you in day-to-day life and I am unsure what the sentence/penalty would be. I would be interested to read the wording of this.

Trust awards NGO R2-million grant to combat gender-based violence

"Herby Rosenberg, executive deputy chairman at Afrika Tikkun; Robyn Farrell, managing director of 1st for Women Insurance; Zelda la Grange, patron of the 1st for Women Insurance Trust and Sipho Phanuel Mamize, general manager of Afrika Tikkun Diepsloot."

“Herby Rosenberg, executive deputy chairman at Afrika Tikkun; Robyn Farrell, managing director of 1st for Women Insurance; Zelda la Grange, patron of the 1st for Women Insurance Trust and Sipho Phanuel Mamize, general manager of Afrika Tikkun Diepsloot.”

Trust awards NGO R2-million grant to combat gender-based violence

This article was of particular interest to me because I read a lot of articles that deal with gender based violence. Most of the articles expose the problem by giving statistics, recent crimes, or showing how the problem is not being fixed. This article, however, shows that there are people and organizations that are working diligently to solve the problem of gender based violence.

In Diepsloot, which is in the northern part of Johannesburg, South Africa, Afrika Tikkun was donated two million dollars towards their efforts to fight against violence. In their program they not only increase awareness, but they help to provide alternatives for people. Their goal is to empower and inform the people that reach out for help so that they can successfully create a new life.

One of the quotes that stood out for me in reading this article goes as follows: “Though there is a lot of ground to be covered, reports of just one women or child saved from abuse is a triumph! (retrieved 2/26/13 from” As I come across articles like this it brings a sense of hope and encouragement that gender based violence can be overcame! I hope that this article is as inspirational for you as it was for me!

-Latoya Alston

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