'WASHINGTON / March 3, 2015 – SAVE, a national organization working to end sexual assault, is criticizing the recently released movie The Hunting Ground for presenting false statistics, offering a one-side portrayal of the problem, and failing to call for greater police involvement in campus sex cases.
Produced by CNN Films, The Hunting Ground purports to be a documentary. In fact, the movie contains numerous factual errors and omits essential perspectives. The film does not attempt to verify the accuracy or completeness of persons’ accounts.
'Bykewich said every once in a while there is a case that is so horrific, a person with any kind of empathy simply cannot fathom it.
Bykewich asked for a sentence of 23 to 25 years, saying the only mitigating factor is the guilty plea, which came late and only after the woman's husband pleaded guilty and accused her of inflicting all of the children's physical injuries.
Earlier in Monday's hearing, an Alberta Children and Youth Services social worker testified she and her colleagues "could never have prepared for such a horrendous case" of child abuse as that of child "M" and her twin sister.
The two-year-old girl, who can only be identified as “M” under Alberta child welfare legislation, died after being removed from life-support following a lengthy court battle between the parents and doctors.
The twins had been beaten and starved.
The mother, who cannot be named in order to protect the identity of her surviving children, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter, aggravated assault and failing to provide the necessaries of life.'
'What would happen if someone posted an article about how a particular ethnic group was poised to destroy a city? Imagine for a moment the outcry and outrage that would flow in the blogosphere if a columnist claimed, for example, that Chinese immigrants were ruining a city’s culture or that a particular company, dominated by women, was consigning a large American city to “doom” by causing housing prices to skyrocket.
Well, that’s exactly what Geek Wire posted this last week in an article titled, ‘Amageddon’: How Amazon’s culture is taking a toll on Seattle’s future, except the target of criticism was awkward white males who work for Amazon. Somehow the discussion about housing and affordability in Seattle has taken a turn toward a kind of passive progressive bigotry that vilifies job growth and stereotypes an entire company. Amazon is certainly a big employer, but are all the jobs being created really going to spell the doom of the city? Here’s the hyperbolic characterization of Amazon employees in the post:
"The type of person who is attracted to these jobs and thus to the Seattle area seems to be a socially awkward, emotionally stunted, sheltered, strangely entitled, and/or a misogynistic individual."
Wow. The article cites various statistics about the number of jobs being created as a bad thing(45,000 according to the article) and dwells on other statistics that apparently should outrage the reader.'
'Several left-leaning news sites recently reported that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wants universities to stop reporting instances of sexual assault to the feds – a factually incorrect assumption that spread across the Internet like wildfire before the stories were retracted.
It began with an inflammatory article published by Jezebel on Friday that falsely claimed Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker “wants colleges to stop reporting sexual assault.” It came after the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau released an analysis of Walker’s 2015-17 budget proposal on Thursday, which showed the deletion of a requirement that forces campuses to report incidences of sexual assault to the Department of Justice.
It soon became apparent, however, that these reports were all based on inaccurate information.
According to UW system spokesman Alex Hummel, the university asked the governor to remove the language from the budget because federal law already mandates campuses to provide the information. Universities are also required to post this information on their website.
Hummel told The Associated Press “student education and mandatory reporting are important practices also built in, and those practices are going to continue on our campuses...We are not lessening our commitment here or at our institutions one iota.”
Walker’s office confirmed that the deletion of the language on sexual assault in the UW campus budget proposal in no way changes the laws regarding how these crimes are reported. The Clery Act and Title IX and one state stature will continue to require universities to report acts of sexual assault on their campuses, regardless of language used in the budget.'
'A woman, found guilty of lodging a false rape case against a man with whom she later on tied the knot, has been spared of perjury proceedings by a Delhi court which hoped that as they were legally married they would start living happily without any bitterness.
Additional Sessions Judge Virender Bhat, while sparing the woman from prosecution, observed that the present case was "another classic illustration of the misuse of rape laws."
"The prosecutrix (woman) deserves to be prosecuted for having set the police machinery in motion on false information and for giving false evidence before this court but I refrain from doing so for the reason that prosecutrix and accused are legally married couple and in the hope that they would forget their bitterness....And would start living together as husband and wife peacefully," the judge said.
It said that the woman had used the police machinery to create pressure upon the accused to marry her at the earliest.
Taking into account the photographs and certificate of marriage of the accused with the woman, the court said these leads credence to the fact that he never intended to cheat or deceive her and has fulfilled his promise.'
'The share of American men with criminal records — particularly black men — grew rapidly in recent decades as the government pursued aggressive law enforcement strategies, especially against drug crimes. In the aftermath of the Great Recession, those men are having particular trouble finding work. Men with criminal records account for about 34 percent of all nonworking men ages 25 to 54, according to a recent New York Times/CBS News/Kaiser Family Foundation poll.
The reluctance of employers to hire people with criminal records, combined with laws that place broad categories of jobs off-limits, is not just a frustration for men like Mr. Mirsky; it is also taking a toll on the broader economy. It is preventing millions of American men from becoming, in that old phrase, productive members of society.
He also fell behind on child support payments, and under New Jersey law a warrant was automatically issued for his arrest. He says he knew nothing about it until police came to his home in June 2014. According to the police report, Mr. Mirksy struggled, and the officers knocked him down, handcuffed him and charged him with resisting arrest.
It was the first time that Mr. Mirsky had ever been arrested. A few months later, he pleaded guilty to a single felony. The immediate penalty was just $411 in court costs. The enduring problem is that he has a criminal record.
The Pipefitters Union had arranged a series of job interviews for him in May, June and August 2014. He also submitted about 30 applications to other employers last year, and received a couple of interviews, but no offers.
He is convinced nothing has panned out because of his legal troubles — the warrant, the arrest and the conviction.'
“It was pure hell, to be honest with you,” Derios said of the four months in which he was arrested 10 times -- sometimes within several days -- on warrants signed by his ex-girlfriend, despite his contention that he never assaulted or threatened her.
Each time when he went to court, prosecutors agreed and dismissed the charges, but not before the damage was done.
“I lost my job. It's hard to find work now. It's horrible,” Derios said.
Finally, after he spent a total of about 30 days in jail, Derios sought a court order that would stop his ex from taking out warrants. In September, Chief District Court Judge Regan Miller granted the order against Lechez Little on the grounds that she had misused the warrant process.
Finally, after he spent a total of about 30 days in jail, Derios sought a court order that would stop his ex from taking out warrants. In September, Chief District Court Judge Regan Miller granted the order against Lechez Little on the grounds that she had misused the warrant process.'
'Joshua Strange, of Spartanburg, SC, couldn't wait to receive a college education from Auburn University. However, his dream was cut short when he was accused of assaulting and raping a former girlfriend.
After a lengthy legal battle, Strange was cleared of his charges. A grand jury handed up a "no bill” for the sodomy charge and when the assault charge went to trial, the accuser did not show up.
"Josh never got to prove she was liar," says Strange's mother, Allison, "He didn't get to tell his story in court."
However, Strange was punished for the unproven crimes by being expelled from AU and he can never step foot on campus again.
Strange's experience comes in contrast to those being followed in a documentary, The Hunting Ground. The film follows survivors as they pursue their education while fighting for justice. Strange's story is not featured in the documentary.
"We just want people to understand there is another side to every story," explains Allison.
The Strange family has joined forces with other survivors and formed the national nonprofit group, Families Advocating for Campus Equality, or FACE. They support parents and students fighting the same battle Josh did just four years ago. '
Article here. Submitter's comments appear as first comment to this item. Excerpt:
'The U.N. children’s agency said on Saturday that hundreds of children were abducted two weeks ago by an armed group in South Sudan that is suspected to have ties with the country’s military.
UNICEF had previously said about 89 boys, some as young as 13, were forcibly recruited by an armed group near the town of Malakal, the capital of Upper Nile state, in mid-February. The agency said *the boys were taken while doing their exams, in a recruitment operation that appeared to target mostly adults in the area known as Wau Shilluk.
UNICEF said in a statement Saturday that it is now “confident that the armed group which took the children ... is aligned with” South Sudan’s military. It said the group is led by Johnson Oloni, a general who once fought against the government but joined the national army in 2013.'
Letter here. Excerpt (starts on pp. 6-7 of the .pdf file):
'3. OCR misstates applicable law on sexual assault and harassment on campus, encourages unfair treatment for some accused students, and gives colleges and universities a green light to trammel students’ First Amendment rights.
We hate to pile on here. But when members of the law faculties of both Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania—hardly bastions of conservative thought—express deep misgivings over the sexual harassment policies adopted under pressure from OCR by their respective institutions, it is clear that something is wrong.
OCR has pushed past the limits of its legal authority in addressing sexual assault and harassment on college and university campuses. This letter has already addressed the expansive and problematic definition of harassment found in OCR’s October 26, 2010 Dear Colleague letter on harassment and bullying, which discusses harassment/bullying in both K-12 public schools and on college and university campuses. In addition to that letter, OCR has released an important Dear Colleague Letter on Sexual Violence on April 4, 2011. In addition, it published documents titled “Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence” (April 29, 2014) and “Know Your Rights: Title IX Requires Your School to Address Sexual Violence” (April 29, 2014.) OCR also published a highly burdensome settlement agreement with the University of Montana (“Montana Agreement”) that it labelled as a “blueprint for colleges and universities throughout the country to protect students from sexual harassment and assault.” OCR has since sometimes backed away from its characterization of this document as a national model, although its signals to regulated universities about the Montana Agreement’s intended effect have been mixed.
The Democratic governor said rapes and other sexual assaults are similarly serious criminal matters and should be handled by police.
“It is not a campus matter,” Cuomo explained. Students “have a right to go to law enforcement.”
The governor observed that campus police officers and university bureaucrats are very poorly equipped to handle rape and sexual assault complaints compared to real police with a full complement of arrest and investigative powers.
Cuomo made his profoundly matter-of-fact and commonsensical statements in Albany on Wednesday during a cabinet meeting. He was promoting an “Enough is Enough” campaign, which seeks to reduce incidences of rape and sexual assault on college campuses.'
SAVE invites you to our press conference on Friday, March 13th, where we will have panelists discuss campus sexual assault and wrongful accusations at this level. Panelists include writer Cathy Young, attorney Susan Kaplan, and wrongfully accused student Joshua Strange.
The event will be held in the Zenger Room of the National Press Club, with breakfast provided at 9 a.m. and the briefing to start at 10 a.m.
Following, those interested are invited to lunch at Old Ebbitt Grill for further discussion on this issue (entrees $12-30, self-pay).
Video on YouTube here. The talk was given in India by Deepika Bhardwaj (documentary film-maker and journalist, director of "Martyrs of Marriage", about the abuse and mis-use of Article 498 A of the Indian Penal Code). She reviews the abuse and mis-use by women of laws passed for their protection that curbs or vacates the rights of men and their relatives to be presumed innocent.
'You have to feel a little sorry these days for professors married to their former students. They used to be respectable citizens—leaders in their fields, department chairs, maybe even a dean or two—and now they’re abusers of power avant la lettre. I suspect you can barely throw a stone on most campuses around the country without hitting a few of these neo-miscreants. Who knows what coercions they deployed back in the day to corral those students into submission; at least that’s the fear evinced by today’s new campus dating policies. And think how their kids must feel! A friend of mine is the offspring of such a coupling—does she look at her father a little differently now, I wonder.
It’s been barely a year since the Great Prohibition took effect in my own workplace. Before that, students and professors could date whomever we wanted; the next day we were off-limits to one another—verboten, traife, dangerous (and perhaps, therefore, all the more alluring).
Of course, the residues of the wild old days are everywhere. On my campus, several such "mixed" couples leap to mind, including female professors wed to former students. Not to mention the legions who’ve dated a graduate student or two in their day—plenty of female professors in that category, too—in fact, I’m one of them. Don’t ask for details. It’s one of those things it now behooves one to be reticent about, lest you be branded a predator.
Forgive my slightly mocking tone. I suppose I’m out of step with the new realities because I came of age in a different time, and under a different version of feminism, minus the layers of prohibition and sexual terror surrounding the unequal-power dilemmas of today.
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