March 18, 2011 |
Four years after creating a guide for Pennsylvania trial judges on the complexities of sexual-violence cases, state judicial system officials have begun distributing a new version for the state's 540 magisterial district judges. "Since district judges often make the first significant decisions in these cases, we felt it was important for them to get guidelines on the special conditions concerning victims and witnesses and also protecting the rights of the accused," state Supreme Court Justice J. Michael Eakin said in an interview this week.
June 13, 1986 |
When I was a young crime reporter, I hung around police stations and watched the dregs drift by. They included every sort of sexual adventurer: rapists, peepers, flashers, child molesters, zoo invaders, and guys who wore pink negligees. Some were harmless, others were deadly. But one thing that I never saw was a dirty book sticking out of any of their pockets. Nor did any of them confess to having dashed from a porno movie house to satisfy their lusts. That would have been unlikely, since there was little pornography available.
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.
April 12, 2011
ACTRESS ASHLEY JUDD dogs out her famous singing family in her new memoir, "All That Is Bitter and Sweet," but what really has people talking is the sharp jab the actress takes at hip-hop. No, make that a one-two punch, because in her memoir, Judd blames hip-hop for promoting rape culture. It's a startling claim - especially from someone who doesn't know the difference between Hot 97 DJ Mister Cee , who was busted last week for public lewdness and exposure, and Cee-Lo Green . It's unfair to blame rap music and hip-hop for America's rape culture, but if Judd comes to Philadelphia for a book signing, I'm going to personally high-five her for kicking off what's becoming another national discussion about misogynistic music lyrics in rap music and videos.
January 2, 2013 |
A YOUNG WOMAN is savagely gang-raped and beaten one December evening on a moving bus in New Delhi. Hordes of protesters gather in India's capital and demand that the six perpetrators be hanged or at least castrated. India's electronic media offer continuous coverage of the sort once reserved for important cricket matches. The woman, a medical student, suffers infections in her lungs and abdomen and an injury to the brain, and is flown to a hospital in Singapore, where she later dies.
September 27, 1995
WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO REVEAL HARM OF PORNOGRAPHY? Those of us who do psychotherapy with sexual violence victims and perpetrators have often felt we are "crying in the wilderness" as we try to educate others about the societal causes of this epidemic. We have seen society accept the proliferation of pathological sexual messages with their permission-giving beliefs. These beliefs saturate advertising and entertainment, with R-rated movies, TV shows and now NC-17 (X-rated) movies in supposedly mainstream theaters.
April 27, 2007 |
Next to Stone Cold Steve Austin, your average bull has a pencil neck. Austin, the World Wrestling Entertainment personality, has a neck so overdeveloped that it makes what's above look positively pinhead. Imagine a Schwarzenegger sundae with a cherry on top. On the page, The Condemned undoubtedly reads like Survivor on steroids. On the screen, this vehicle customized to Austin's unexcitable persona is survivalist dreck, equal parts The Most Dangerous Game and Battle Royale.
September 20, 1996 |
Haiti in the throes of Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier's surreal and deadly despotism is the setting for Raoul Peck's The Man by the Shore, a haunting tale of a girl's traumatic childhood, where memories of sun-splashed stucco houses and sparkling Caribbean seas collide with wrenching remembrances of brutality and loss. One of the high points of 1994's Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, The Man by the Shore, set in a fictional Haitian town in the 1960s, unfolds as one long flashback.
August 14, 1998 |
It's not that dress. It's a summer frock patterned with brick-red leaves on a cobalt-blue ground, so intensely colored that it suggests hot chili peppers floating on the surface of a cool, cool lake. The life of said garment, from conception of its pattern to design, from initial sale at a fancy Amsterdam boutique to last rites as the shroud of a homeless woman, is the subject of Alex van Warmerdam's film, The Dress. Try it on at your own peril. Unlike the similar journey of a man's formal coat in Tales of Manhattan, which connected men from disconnected social classes, and unlike La Ronde, which tracked how venereal disease circulated through polite and impolite Austrian society, van Warmerdam's film is not a social study.
December 3, 1992 |
WASHINGTON GROUPS PREYED ON KIN OF MIAS Unethical groups have played on emotions to raise millions of dollars for fruitless POW rescue operations into Southeast Asia, a Senate panel charged yesterday. Several fund-raising groups came under fire in a hearing of the Select Committee on POW-MIA Affairs for using false or unsupported claims about live POWs to raise money and then keep most of it as an "administrative expense. " "It's fraudulent. It's disingenuous. It's grotesque on its face," said Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.