December 5, 2012 |
SOME PEOPLE DREAD turning 40 if they've got nothing but wrinkles to show for it. The same might be said for advocacy operations facing that milestone anniversary. Longevity is great, but it's even better if the organization has managed to transform the cause that stirred it to life in the first place. So it is with Women Organized Against Rape on the eve of its 40th birthday. Its advocacy has so changed the way victims of sexual violence are treated by law enforcement, the courts and the medical establishment, it's a shock to realize what life was like for victims before WOAR roared into existence in 1973.
February 24, 1994 |
We are reminded that the escalation of sexual violence has become an increasingly acute mental health problem, manifested in costs to both victims and society as a whole. The long term psychological impact of sexual assault on adult and child victims has been documented many times. The costs incurred by society include a network of medical and psychological services provided to aid victim recovery, and the investigation, trial and incarceration of offenders - often in segregated units or special facilities.
June 22, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - The state House approved a bill Thursday night to allow expert witnesses to testify for the prosecution in rape cases and sent it to Gov. Corbett, who is expected to sign it. The bill, approved without debate, will end Pennsylvania's status as the only state without such a law. "This is a bipartisan victory," said Rep. Cherelle L. Parker (D., Phila.), who joined with cosponsor Kate Harper (R., Montgomery) in thanking their House colleagues. Sponsors said the legislation would allow experts to help victims at trial by describing for jurors the dynamics of sexual violence and - for example - offer explanations for why a victim did not immediately report the attack go to a hospital.
October 29, 2007
TO THE Honorable Teresa Carr Deni: I read with incredulity your ruling that the assault of a rape victim should be charged as "theft of services. " It minimizes the brutality of rape and demeans women of all classes. It reinforces the outdated and dangerous notion that some women can't be raped. As a judge, you should be mindful of the way your comments can reinforce certain myths about rape. Clearly, the law is designed to protect all people equally from violence, and while the system isn't perfect, the judiciary has a responsibility to honor the core principles of equal protection, especially when speaking publicly about a crime.
August 6, 2002
WHY THE excessive coverage, not only of Allen Iverson but his lovely wife Tawanna? Perhaps we should ask the question, in lieu of all the kudos thrown at her, how strong she really is - and why does she stay with him? Is it the love for him, their two children - or the fact that he's a multimillionaire basketball player. She's not exactly Melissa from North Philly, who Barbara Laker tells about in her article, "Abuse Victims Feel for Tawanna. " She's not poor, surely she could get a good lawyer to represent her. Cynthia Bentley, Levittown He's not a 'sex' fiend Re: the article "Two Women Raped in Center City" (Aug.
September 14, 2011 |
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Clergy sex-abuse victims upset that no high-ranking Roman Catholic leaders have been prosecuted for sheltering guilty priests went to the International Criminal Court on Tuesday, seeking an investigation of the pope and top Vatican cardinals for possible crimes against humanity. The Center for Constitutional Rights, a New York-based nonprofit legal group, requested the inquiry on behalf of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, arguing that the global church has maintained a "long-standing and pervasive system of sexual violence," despite promises to swiftly oust predators.
July 14, 2004
La Salle took steps to prevent sexual violence The recent news stories about the alleged rape at La Salle University make it important to remember that the alleged attack does not represent the La Salle community as a whole ("Two La Salle players arraigned on rape charges," July 11). Years before these allegations were made, the university community began making efforts to combat sexual violence. One of these efforts is a large-scale campus program called Take Back the Night, which seeks to inform students of the dangers of sexual violence and show them ways to protect themselves.
July 13, 1986
Most Americans probably share at least some of the motivation that so intensely animates Attorney General Edwin Meese 3d's Commission on Pornography. Who could deny, after all, that the sleaze quotient in American society has soared since the 1960s? It was predictable, perhaps inevitable, that in an era of reaction to the cultural swings of the post-war era, an official commission would arise to crusade against pornography. Some of the commission's essential points are valid: The most extreme pornography is beneath contempt.
August 6, 2011 |
AT FIRST, Julia Ramsey blamed herself after she became a victim of sexual violence at a campus party. "Then I realized that when you pass out and wake up, you didn't really say yes," Ramsey, now 30, recalled. "You're not guilty. You're not to blame. Too often, victims of crime blame themselves. " That's why Ramsey will march today in SlutWalk Philadelphia - to help other victims of rape and sexual violence realize that it's not their fault. She'll join hundreds, possibly more than 1,000, starting at Kahn Park at 11th and Pine streets, said organizer Hannah Altman.
August 13, 1999 |
"Everything kills," someone says at the outset of Cabaret Balkan. And everything - everything - is falling apart. A bracingly black-humored view of life in present-day Belgrade, steeped in anarchy, fear and hate, Goran Paskaljevic's film follows various citizens of the Yugoslav capital through one night marked by violence and despair. Based on a play called The Powder Keg and taking its peregrinating cues from La Ronde, the film travels the city, with Paskaljevic's camera stopping in the grim garage apartment of a family of Bosnian refugees; a bar where a cop and cabbie confront each other's loathing over rounds of cheap booze; a boxing gym where two old friends swap punches and confessions; and a warehouse stockpiled with black-market goods, operated by a coke-snorting, gun-wielding sicko.