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NEWS
December 5, 2012 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 22, 1999 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Mysterious numbers scrawled in pig's blood appear on the streets of Oslo. A medical student is violently raped. Corpses of missing people turn up, bloody and defiled. Sounds like a case for police detective Hanne Wilhelmsen (Kjerstil Elvik). In the sharp, suspenseful Blessed Are Those Who Thirst - adapted from one of a series of popular crime books penned by Norway's former minister of justice, Anne Holt - Wilhelmsen is a tough, wily cop. She smokes, she rides a chopper, she has a lesbian lover - and she has a serious need to solve this dark, creepy case.
NEWS
September 29, 2008 | By Lovisa Stannow
This month marks the fifth anniversary of an important advance in our criminal justice system - the Prison Rape Elimination Act. Before its passage, conventional wisdom held that rape was inherent to prison life, something that "bad people" do. Many prison officials insisted that there was nothing that they could do about it. Others wrongly contended that these abuses were aberrations, a pop-culture construct that was not worthy of serious attention....
ENTERTAINMENT
September 15, 2006 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Critics of American movie ratings long have puzzled over the system that gives an R (under age 17 not admitted without parent or guardian) to a movie in which a woman is carved up by a chain saw and an NC-17 to one that shows a woman being sexually pleasured. From such ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America, one might conclude that sexual violence against women is OK for American teenagers to see, but that they must be 18 to see consensual sex. What message does this send to the kids the system presumably means to protect?
NEWS
March 1, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with employees who combat sexual violence, Gov. Corbett visited Philadelphia on Thursday to highlight a proposed $700,000 increase in state funding to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, one of the state's leading advocacy groups for victims of sexual assault. During a news conference at the Center City offices of Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR), a crisis center that receives funding from the coalition, Corbett said the additional money, included in his budget proposal last month, would represent a 10 percent increase for the agency, and help it and its affiliated crisis centers fight sexual violence and advocate for victims.
NEWS
March 1, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with employees who combat sexual violence, Gov. Corbett visited Philadelphia on Thursday to highlight a proposed $700,000 increase in state funding to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, one of the state's leading advocacy groups for victims of sexual assault. During a news conference at the Center City offices of Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR), a crisis center that receives funding from the coalition, Corbett said the additional money, included in his budget proposal last month, would represent a 10 percent increase for the agency, and help it and its affiliated crisis centers fight sexual violence and advocate for victims.
NEWS
January 10, 2013
THE VICIOUS attacks on two women in India and Pakistan are grim reminders that violence against women is still common currency in much of the world. In Delhi, the barbaric rape committed by six men on a bus against a 23-year-old woman was so brutal that she was nearly eviscerated and later died of internal injuries. In Pakistan, a 15-year-old schoolgirl who advocated for the education of women was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban. She survived and is facing a long, anguished recovery.
NEWS
June 15, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
IT'S BEEN A tough week in Celebrityville with tragedy, stalking, and on-set injuries. But there's hope and fun in the world, too: former jailbird Lil' Kim is a mom, Angelina is doing good and, well, go and board the train to Celebrityville. YESTERDAY Spanish-language broadcaster Univision is in preliminary talks with CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc. about a possible sale of the company, the Wall Street Journal reported. The owners, led by billionaire Haim Saban , purportedly seek at least $20 billion for the company, according to people familiar with the sitch.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2003 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Sometimes it takes a thief to catch a thief. Sometimes it takes a victim to catch an assailant. So the stylish thriller Gender Bias, a French-Belgian coproduction, suggests. As a serial killer maims and murders transsexual prostitutes in Brussels, Bo (Robinson St?venin) - a fetching trannie in vintage Chanel - hunts down the perp. It's a tough job, thanks to the police lieutenant (Richard Bohringer) who fingers Bo herself as the self-hating killer. It's made tougher since apparently every man in Brussels thinks he's entitled to rough up transsexuals because of "false advertising.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2003 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
A competitive swimmer with a promising career ahead of him, Avery (Richard T. Jones) has the bad fortune, in the prison drama Lockdown, to take a post-meet joyride that ends with an arrest, a trial, and a murder conviction. This low-budget indie film also suggests that in this instance, at least, the hero - who has dropped out of college to support his girlfriend and their little boy - has the bad fortune to be black. Well-acted, and, in its penitentiary sequences (literally and figuratively the better part of the film)
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