Monday, September 22, 2008

Book Excerpt: Why Soldiers Rape

This article is adapted from "The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq" (to be published by Beacon Press in April 2009), by journalist Helen Benedict. The book goes beyond the fact of sexual assault of our women in the military by their comrades to examine the culture that encourages rape by soldiers. This excerpt is provided by

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Why Parents Who Batter Get Custody of the Children

Not only do abusive parents get custody - sole custody - of a couple's children on a regular basis, this has been going on across the country for more than a decade. Newsweek describes how battered parents are fighting back, and family courts are starting to listen. The problem: a junk psychology concept invented in the 1980s called "parent alienation syndrome".

Monday, August 4, 2008

Stalked For A Decade - A Woman Speaks Out

Book review: "Ms. Brennan", 58, a blunt, chipper woman who comes across as nobody’s idea of a victim, said she hoped her memoir, "In His Sights", would give voice to the million women and several hundred thousand men who, according to government statistics, are stalked each year in this country, usually by ex-lovers. This NYT article not only reviews the book, but The Times used its investigative ability, with "Ms. Brennan's" cooperation, to verify its content. This is a true story.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Woman Reporter Investigates Bosnia's Rape Camps

UK Guardian journalist Linda Grant describes her on-the-scene investigation of the story in the 1990s that rape was being used as a weapon of war in Bosnia by the Serbs. Her account of her skepticism, and how she visited the area to find out the truth is informative and inspiring. She writes this week in the hope that Radovan Karadzic's recent arrest will bring the atrocities back into world view.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Statutory Rape Laws - History and Usefulness

This article from the Guttmacher Institute dates from 1996, but is well worth revisiting as recent studies indicate over half of teens become pregnant by significantly older men. Though the age laws for the states table may not still be accurate, the history of statutory rape law is fascinating, and the debate about enforcing age of consent laws is still going on in 2008.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Kyrgyzstan Bride Kidnapping Video

FRONTLINE/World reporter Petr Lom travels to the ex-USSR State of Kyrgyzstan, where an ancient tradition of bride kidnapping, banned by the Soviets, is back in full force. Watch the 17 minute video he was able to take, and read an interview with Lom about how the experience affected him, and how he was able to get access.

Friday, June 6, 2008

He's a Stud, but She's a Slut

Book review: AlterNet presents a very personal excerpt from "He's a Stud, She's a Slut", Jessica Valenti's book about the miserable behavioral double standard we all grew up with, and which persists alive and well to this day.

Monday, June 2, 2008

Do You Need A Post-Nuptial Agreement?

Not a pre-nup, but a post-nup, a contract signed during marriage to manage financial affairs and divide income and assets in the event of death or divorce. This new legal instrument is meeting the needs of older couples who may have a previous marriage or two, children from both sides, and maybe even some property or business thrown into the mix. Read more about it in The Washington Post.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Abusers Get Custody of the Kids in US Family Courts

(This is an old article, but the problem is still very real.  It's an eye-opener if you think child abuse and court-ordered parenting don't co-exist.)

Alison Bowen reports in New York Family Courts are giving abusers custody of the kids 37% of the time. Studies in Arizona and Massachusetts, and informal questioning of professionals in the rest of the country show the same thing - unsupervised, unregulated Family Courts failing to protect battered women and exposing children for years at a time to the batterer. Read more in Women's eNews.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Quality Divorce Resources on the Web

(This is an older article, but the link is still valuable.)

Finding Dulcinea, Librarian of the Internet, has a great guide to divorce information on the web. Expand six categories of information (like "Divorce Laws" and "Division of Assets") for a list of specific, vetted websites to help you. Just like in a real library, the librarian is here to help find the best and ignore the rest.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Russian Women Struggle to Survive Domestic Violence

Each year, about 14,000 Russian women die at the hands of their husbands or intimate partners. In the United States, by comparison, this number stands at about 1,200, according to the 2001 Bureau of Justice Statistics Report. Russia's population is 144 million; the U.S. population is 293 million. Mariya Rasner reports on the situation in WomensENews.