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For years the majority of the white media in South Dakota has not done in-depth coverage of the shocking teen suicide crisis facing teens and young adults involving the Rosebud Indian Reservation and Lakota peoples.
However, there have been a few exceptions and the crisis has been covered for more than a year by the Native American media.
Now the Argus Leader newspaper in South Dakota has done a series of stories and videos about this problem.
The White Buffalo Calf Woman Society and its executive director Tillie Black Bear have done a herotic job trying to stop the suicide epidemic - but they need your help.
Follow the above link to get to links to all the articles and videos by the Argus Leader Newspaper in South Dakota.For years the majority of the white media in South Dakota has not done in-depth... more
The White Buffalo Calf Woman Society is sponsoring its annual walk for victims of domestic violence on October 6, 2008 on the Lakota Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
It's one of numerous events during October to celebrate the White Buffalo calf Woman Society's shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
The White Buffalo Calf Woman Society in Mission, S.D. is sponsoring the 22nd annual “National Day of Unity Against Domestic Violence Walk” at 9 a.m. on October 06, 2008 on the Lakota Rosebud Reservation.
The walk is designed to bring awareness to the growing problem of domestic violence against native women. The walk will begin at the IHS Hospital and will stop at the following points: Rosebud Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement, tribal courthouse, Spotted Tail Cemetery and end at tribal building
October is domestic violence month. The motto for this year’s walk is: “Change our present, protect our future. Take a stand, speak out. Silence will not end the violence.”
The walk is one of several events planned during a month-long celebration of the WBCWS 31st anniversary.
Native American women are the target of violent battering, rape, assault, and homicide at a much higher rate than any other ethnic group of women or men in the country.
Crime victimization rates in the Native American communities are significantly higher than in any other communities. Native American women are in a much more dangerous position than any other women in the country.
Homicide is the third leading cause of death for Native women. Over 75% of there women were killed by a family member, an acquaintance, or someone they knew.
Here are some statistics:
American Indian women experience the highest rate of Domestic Violence in the United States.
Three-fourths of Native American women have or will experience some type of sexual assault in their life time.
Abusive relationships are based on the mistaken belief that one person has the right to control another.
More than 47% of women will be raped in their life time.
Over 50% of all women will be battered by their spouse/partner or someone they know sometime in their life.
A woman is physically abused every nine seconds in this country, usually by their spouse or partner.
For more information contact the WBCWS at 605-856-2317
Or visit the WBCWS website:
http://www.wbcws.orgThe White Buffalo Calf Woman Society is sponsoring its annual walk for victims of... more
The White Buffalo Calf Woman Society has a month-long series of events during October 2008 to celebrate 31 years serving all women and children on the Lakota Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
Founded in 1977, it was the first domestic violence shelter in the world for women of color - although it also serves "our white sisters," according to Tillie Black Bear, one of several courageous native women who created the shelter.The White Buffalo Calf Woman Society has a month-long series of events during October... more
Scottish campaigners are trying to draw attention to the plight of men suffering domestic abuse and having nowhere to turn due to an under-resourced system.
Even though female victims have bespoke services, there is no facility for male victims of domestic abuse in Scotland and many are instead being shunted to unsuitable services.
Now a new organisation, Men's Aid Scotland, is seeking charitable status to secure funding to provide the counselling and advice services which currently do not exist.
The organiser, Jackie Walls, said: "We are trying to raise the profile but we are finding it very difficult to get recognition. They see women as always being the victims, never the perpetrator. It is totally unreported. We are trying to flag this up and say 'please see there is a need for services'. We need to do a pilot project and get statistics."
Men's Aid has already set up a website and is running a phoneline from Mrs Walls home in Dunfermline. Through word of mouth and local advertising alone, they have been approached by 120 men throughout Scotland.
Mrs Walls said she believes that between a quarter and one in six men are victims of domestic abuse, depending on which research is subscribed to.Scottish campaigners are trying to draw attention to the plight of men suffering... more
A 34 years old woman identified as Shabnam is scheduled to be executed on August 13, reported the Iranian daily newspaper Etemaad today. Shabnam is convicted of murdering her husband and has been in prison in 3 years, according to the report. Her death sentence has been approved bu the Supreme court and the execution order has been sent to the prison. According to her family she has been told that she will be executed on August 13.A 34 years old woman identified as Shabnam is scheduled to be executed on August 13,... more
Men who appear charming one minute and terrifyingly aggressive the next or who pressurise their partner into having sex are showing early warning signs of domestic abuse, according to a campaign launched by the domestic violence charity Refuge today.
The charity said although most women recognised physical abuse, other subtler forms of control, such as telling women what they can wear, aren't recognised as abusive behaviour but they can escalate into violence.
The organisation also called on the government to do more preventative work by targeting young people in schools.
According to the Home Office two women in England and Wales are killed by their partner or ex-partner every week and the most recent British Crime Survey reported around 12.9m incidents of domestic abuse against women.
But a spokeswoman for Refuge said the campaign is not only aimed at those in abusive relationships but also women who may need to make informed decisions about future partners. The charity said a slap or a shove could escalate into brutal beating and murder and recognising early signs would save lives.
Women also need to be better educated about domestic violence issues: 87% said they had received no information about domestic violence at school and wished they had done so.
What do you think crosses the line? Possessiveness? Jealousy? Relentless criticising? Control-freakery masquerading as concern? Making threats? Emotionally blackmailing you into sex? A push or a grab? Where do you draw the line?
Men who appear charming one minute and terrifyingly aggressive the next or who... more
The UK government plans to change the law on murder allowing people who kill their partners after years of abuse to use a new defence that they acted in response to extreme "words and conducts".
The Ministry of Justice proposals would also provide a defence for women in domestic violence cases who kill their partners in premeditated attacks. They could rely on a defence of "fear of serious violence" and would not have to show they acted spontaneously.
Men and women who suffered a "slow burn" of domestic violence over a period of time could use one of the partial defences under the proposals, overturning the law which requires them to have acted unpremeditated. But Maria Eagle, the justice minister, said the slow burn defence would still have a high threshold. "This is a substantial change," she said. "But we would not want to introduce anything that would allow cold, calculating killers to get away with it."
The reforms are triggered by concerns about the different treatment of men and women in cases of domestic violence. At the core of the reforms is tackling gender inequality: the view that it is too easy for men to say they killed female partners because of infidelity, or the ending of a relationship, while women with abusive partners find it hard to mount a similar partial defence.
"The days of sexual jealousy as a defence are over," said Vera Baird QC, the solicitor general. "Exceptionally, someone who loses control and kills from a justifiable sense of being seriously wronged by the victim's conduct will ... have a partial defence. "However, unlike the current defence of provocation, this can't be used when ordinary domestic conflicts cause friction and emphatically will not be available as a reaction to sexual infidelity."
According to Lady Scotland, the attorney general: "Murder law has not changed since 1957 - the proposed thorough overhaul will bring it right up to date."
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Venezuela is dragging its feet in establishing a support system for battered women, Amnesty International said in a report issued Wednesday.
President Hugo Chavez's government passed new domestic violence legislation in March 2007 requiring that, among other things, Venezuela's 23 states and more than 300 municipalities construct women's shelters.
But more than a year later, no new facilities have been built, London-based Amnesty said.
ust two such shelters exist across this nation of 27 million people — and both were up and running two years before the law was passed, according to the National Women's Institute. But the government-run institute reported that at least three more are under revision or have been approved by local authorities.
Venezuela is dragging its feet in establishing a support system for battered women,... more
One reason that men abuse their wives is because women rebel against their husband's God-given authority, a Southern Baptist scholar said in a Texas church recently.
Bruce Ware, professor of Christian theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, said women desire to have their own way instead of submitting to their husbands because of sin.
"And husbands on their parts, because they're sinners, now respond to that threat to their authority either by being abusive, which is of course one of the ways men can respond when their authority is challenged--or, more commonly, to become passive, acquiescent, and simply not asserting the leadership they ought to as men in their homes and in churches," Ware said from the pulpit of Denton Bible Church in Denton, Texas.
Ware said God created men and women equally in God's image but for different roles.
"He has primary responsibility for the work and the labor and the toil that will provide for the family, that will sustain their family," he said. "He's the one in charge of leadership in the family, and that will become difficult, because of sin."
"...A woman will demonstrate that she is in fact a Christian, that she has submitted to God's ways by affirming and embracing her God-designed identity as--for the most part, generally this is true--as wife and mother, rather than chafing against it, rather than bucking against it, rather than wanting to be a man, wanting to be in a man's position, wanting to teach and exercise authority over men,"
Oh. My. God. (Or not, as the case may be). Like we needed any more reasons to scorn and revile southern American right-wing religious types. Why doesn't this stuff make the headlines more often? How can Christians tell Muslims (and they do, often) that some elements of Islam treat women unfairly? Are enough loons out there taking this crap seriously for it to be a serious social and political issue?
One reason that men abuse their wives is because women rebel against their... more
Authorities are searching for a female soldier, missing after a fire at her apartment near Fort Bragg in North Carolina, reports CNN.
Investigators found evidence of arson at the Fayetteville apartment of 2nd Lt. Holley Wimunc, 24.
A neighbor, Roland Petty, told WRAL-TV that he saw a man running from the area on Wednesday night and smelled smoke, although he didn't associate it with the building at the time.
In a court filing for a protective order, Wimunc said that in May her husband had knocked her down, held a loaded gun to her head and then threatened to commit suicid.
The court documents indicate that John Wimunc is a Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune.
A Camp Lejeune spokesman told WRAL that police had spoken to John Wimunc on Thursday about his wife's disappearance.
"I haven't seen any violence. I know [Wimunc's husband] was not living here anymore, but that's all I know," a neighbor said.
Both stations reported that Holley Wimunc's car was still in the parking lot at the apartment.
Her disappearance is considered a missing person case.
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Learn important safety tips for your home if you are being stalked or abused.
By Victims Advocate Susan Murphy Milano
For more info, please visit http://www.murphymilanojournal.blogspot.com/Learn important safety tips for your home if you are being stalked or abused.
A designer shoe fashion show created to increase awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault and celebrate the lives of survivors as they move from victim to victory.A designer shoe fashion show created to increase awareness of domestic violence and... more
Researchers have found domestic violence is associated with serious, long-term effects on men’s mental health; though women are more likely than men to experience more severe physical abuse. Researchers have found domestic violence is associated with serious, long-term effects... more
YORK, Pennsylvania (AP) -- A 2-year-old girl died after being beaten with a video game controller by her mother's boyfriend, police said Tuesday.
Darisabel Baez's mother overheard the beating Sunday but did nothing until she realized the girl was unconscious, police said. The girl was pronounced dead late Monday at Hershey Medical Center, police Lt. Ron Camacho said.
Homicide was added to the list of charges against Harve L. Johnson on Tuesday; he was already in jail on counts including aggravated assault and reckless endangerment.
The girl's mother, Neida E. Baez, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.YORK, Pennsylvania (AP) -- A 2-year-old girl died after being beaten with a video game... more
This is a recent story for a man from St. Albans, WV, the city where I grew up, who shook his three-month old son to death after putting a battery in his mouth "to see what would happen."
What is wrong with people? This guy clearly needs more than just an extended prison sentence, like intense therapy.This is a recent story for a man from St. Albans, WV, the city where I grew up, who... more
You know you are in danger and you are scared. Take a deep breath and think. You know that you need to get out, but you are worried. Where do I go? How do I get there? How will I provide? What if he or she finds me? You need some help to decide what to do; you dont have to go through this alone. Read more... http://www.helium.com/tm/561824/danger-scared-breath-thinkYou know you are in danger and you are scared. Take a deep breath and think. You know... more
A thought-provoking piece written last year on violence against women and our society's inability to take it as seriously as it should be. Sad that this is still extremely relevant given the recent glut of shootings in the U.S.
Some scary stats pulled from this piece:
According to the Stalking Resource Center, one million women are stalked in the U.S. every year. In two-thirds of the cases where a female victim asks for a police protective order, that order is violated.
One third of female murder victims are killed by an intimate partner (as opposed to about 3 percent of male victims). Of these, 76 percent had been stalked by the partner in the year prior to their murder. Murder ranks second (after accidents) as the leading cause of death among young women.
Ladies, take note, take heart, be safe!A thought-provoking piece written last year on violence against women and our... more
The Turtle Island Project in northern Michigan was founded in August 2007 by two Midwest pastors who believe the future of mankind and world is at a crossroads.
Rev. Dr. Lynn Hubbard and Rev. Dr. George Cairns believe that Christians could learn a lot about nature and the environment by listening to Earth-based cultures like Native Americans, Celts, and other Indigenous peoples.
Rev. Hubbard is a Lutheran pastor, and Rev. Cairns is an ordained United Church of Christ minister.
Both have extensive backgrounds in interfaith and multicultural work.
The Turtle Island Project (TIP), based in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, promotes respect for the environment and Native Americans.
Two Midwest pastors created the TIP to foster a national discussion and debate on a wide variety of issues involving the future of the planet and mankind including encouraging Christians to learn how to appreciate nature like Earth-based religions such as American Indians, Celts and other Indigenous peoples.
Turtle Island Project volunteer media advisor Greg Peterson has more on the founders and their goals.
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Seven-year old Zoe Garcia's mother was working when her daughter was brutally murdered.
On December 6, 2007, the little girl had been left in the care of her sixteen-year old half sister, Heather Trujillo, and Trujillo's seventeen-year old boyfriend, Lamar Roberts. The two teens, according to their story, had...
Read full story here: http://www.helium.com/tm/761965/seven-garcias-mother-working
Seven-year old Zoe Garcia's mother was working when her daughter was brutally... more
This film consists of series of flashbacks that recount the story of Jane, a young Japanese woman recently having arrived in Bordeaux and fallen in love. Unfortunately, the man is consumed by alcohol and becomes abusive. This drastic change is rather difficult for Jane who turns to religion to find peace and joy. The film was created in 2006 by French, American, and Japanese students at the University of Bordeaux. Excuse the non-steady cam! The flashbacks use the video capture feature of a digital still to remove that larger than life quality cinema usually creates and to instill a life-caught-unawares fictional aesthetic. Whether we succeeded or not is another question. This film consists of series of flashbacks that recount the story of Jane, a young... more
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