October 21, 2011 |
At water coolers across the region, two aspects of the Downtowners club frat party have legs: the ages of the 10 women arrested (the oldest was 51) and the fact that no "johns" were charged. Some see an inequity in the fact that the ladies' photos were paraded in the press, while most of the men in attendance remain anonymous and uncharged. (The pictures have also provided plenty of fodder. As a buddy of mine snickered, "You can tell who charged $30 and who charged $100. ") Of the three guys who were arrested, two were club members allegedly acting as bartenders in the absence of a liquor license, and the third was charged with promoting prostitution.
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.
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.
June 12, 2011
Movies Beginners See Steven Rea's preview on H2. The Green Lantern See Steven Rea's preview on H2. The Last Mountain Documentary on the environmental consequences of the fight over the fate of a West Virginia mountain between corporate coal interests and a citizens' group. Mr. Popper's Penguins Jim Carrey stars in this comedy about a man whose life is turned upside down by six penguins. Submarine A scheming 15-year-old (Craig Roberts)
April 15, 2011
U.S. Sen. Bob Casey (D., Pa.) introduced legislation Thursday designed to reduce sexual violence on college campuses. The Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act would require colleges and universities to spell out their policies regarding sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Casey said the bill would close a gap in federal law under which those policies need not be disclosed. "Sexual violence is a tragic and harsh reality on college campuses throughout the country," Casey said in a news release.
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.
April 5, 2011
Endeavour flight delayed by 10 days CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA is delaying its next shuttle flight - Endeavour's last voyage, with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' astronaut husband in charge - because the original April 19 date conflicts with Russia's plans to send a cargo ship to the International Space Station. Endeavour is now due to blast off April 29, at 3:47 p.m., with Mark Kelly at the helm. The final flight of the shuttle Atlantis will close out the 30-year shuttle program this summer.
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.
March 3, 2011 |
A national issue burst onto a Pennsylvania campus Wednesday when more than 200 Dickinson College students staged a '60s-style sit-in to protest the school's handling of sexual assault cases. Filing into the school's administration building, the students demanded that the Carlisle college make its policies on sexual violence more transparent. They called for the school to issue red alerts when an assault occurs and take a stronger stance against sexual offenses, with mandatory and irreversible expulsion for offenders.