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On my Soapbox NOPD Superintendent under investigation in Nashville for his tenure as chief there: misclassified sexual assault cases

Cross-posted from Speaker’s Corner

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TW for sexual assault and cover-up.

[h/t to my very good friend: @statesidemenace]

You can file this under: why women don’t report sexual assaults.  When you see things like this, you think, “what’s the fucking point?”  When the police view your sexual assault as an inconvenience because it will mess up their crime statistics instead a problem that needs to be eradicated, what else can you think?

From NOLA.com:

New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas‘ tenure as police chief in Nashville is under scrutiny amid recent revelations that the police department there is reclassifying hundreds of sexual assault reports.

The move comes after media reports that showed disparities in how reported crimes were calculated and questioned the claims of public safety officials about drops in crime.

Ironically, the new scrutiny of the way police in Nashville have treated sex crimes comes as Serpas is conducting a similar review of the way New Orleans police have handled such crimes before his arrival here as chief of police.

A recent report in The Tennessean newspaper highlighted the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department’s reclassification of nearly 400 sex crime reports.

The newspaper reported that the change bumped up by about 10 percent the number of sex crimes in recent years handled by the Nashville Police Department, which was led by Serpas from January 2004 ...

Bobby Bones: Austin DJ, Victim Blamer, Rape Apologist

Cross-posted at Speaker’s Corner.

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[TW for sexual assault, rape apology, victim blaming]

On Tuesday, CBS News reported that their reporter, Lara Logan, had been brutally sexually assaulted and beaten in Tahrir square in Cairo in the immediate aftermath of the announcement that President Mubarak had stepped down.  There were a lot of responses that floated across the interwebs and throughout the media that were deplorable and disgusting.  Salon gives a rundown and then suggests this approach to talking about Logan’s assault:

Here’s what you do say when something like this happens. Like countless women around the world, Lara Logan was attacked in the line of duty. She was assaulted doing her ...

Cross-posted at Speaker’s Corner.

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[TW for sexual assault, rape apology, victim blaming]

On Tuesday, CBS News reported that their reporter, Lara Logan, had been brutally sexually assaulted and beaten in Tahrir square in Cairo in ...

Equating Slavery and Abortion: Where are the Women in this story?

Cross-posted at Speaker’s Corner

This weekend, on the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the conservative website RedState took up the argument that the enslaved in antebellum America are equivalent to fetuses in the womb:

Twice in our nation’s history, arrogant and power-mad Supreme Court Justices have declared that certain humans are exempt from the promise of the Declaration and the guarantees of the Constitution.

In the first instance, in Scott v. Sandford, the Supreme Court drew a line and declared that those on the “slave” side of the line were entitled to no protection from the law, and could be treated with ...

Cross-posted at Speaker’s Corner

This weekend, on the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the conservative website RedState took up the argument that the enslaved in antebellum America are equivalent to fetuses in the womb:

Twice ...

Let’s Count…

Crossposted at Speaker’s Corner.

Let’s count how many total nominations there were for Writers Guild of America’s annual awards.

And then we’ll count how many are women! Should be fun and instructive, right?

The full list of nominees is over at Speaker’s Corner with the nominated women identified by their red names.

Here’s the breakdown:

There are 328 people nominated for WGA awards. Of those 328, 78 are women. That is 23.78%

Now, by category.

Dramatic Series: 50 total, 16 women = 32% [THIRD HIGHEST, thank you Mad Men] Comedic Series: 63 total, 16 women = 25.4% New Series: 36 total, 3 women = 8.3% [LOWEST that actually has a woman writer nominated] Episodic Drama (one episode): 8 total, 1 woman = 12.5% Episodic ...

Crossposted at Speaker’s Corner.

Let’s count how many total nominations there were for Writers Guild of America’s annual awards.

And then we’ll count how many are women! Should be fun and instructive, right?

The full list of nominees ...

Belmont U Fires Coach for Being Lesbian

Or something like that. According to Belmont (which is in Nashville), the coach resigned when her same-sex relationship came to light. Of course, as this article says, she was first dismissed by the university after disclosing to her players that she and her partner were expecting a child.

And Belmont really, really, really wants you to know that Coach Lisa Howe made this decision on her own without any prodding or pushing by Belmont (emphasis in quote is mine):

Belmont athletics director Mike Strickland released an official statement: “Women’s soccer coach Lisa Howe has informed the university of her intent to conclude her employment with Belmont. This was a decision Coach Howe made. Belmont is so grateful ...

Or something like that. According to Belmont (which is in Nashville), the coach resigned when her same-sex relationship came to light. Of course, as this article says, she was first dismissed by the university ...

What Is This Story About and Why?

Crossposted at Speaker’s Corner.

From the AP (via MSNBC): Pregnant Fliers Can Easily Hide Condition from Airline

[OR: Women are liars! At least the potential for lying! And no one pay attention to that rape victim behind the curtain!]

[TRIGGER WARNING for story of rape, one that you never see coming.  Yes, the article that is titled "Pregnant Fliers Can Easily Hide Condition from Airline" is based on the story of a rape victim, for whom the author apparently has no empathy or sympathy.]

This is literally the first line of the article:

If a woman really wants to get around the rules barring her from flying in late pregnancy, there’s little an airline can do to ...

Crossposted at Speaker’s Corner.

From the AP (via MSNBC): Pregnant Fliers Can Easily Hide Condition from Airline

[OR: Women are liars! At least the potential for lying! And no one pay attention to that rape victim behind ...

When Rapists Move On

[Trigger warning for sexual assault]

Cross-posted at Speaker’s Corner.

Last week the New York Times reported that Ben Roethlisberger has returned to work. Remember the last time we heard from him? Yeah, it was a pleasant affair.

From April 2010:

Within the last two years, there were first the allegations of sexual assault asserted in a civil lawsuit by a Reno, Nevada woman; then more recently came the night in Milledgeville, Georgia that has made the latest news cycles. The facts that have come to public light are horrible and ugly (at best) but the district attorney in the case does not have the requisite evidence to ...

[Trigger warning for sexual assault]

Cross-posted at Speaker’s Corner.

Last week the New York Times reported that Ben Roethlisberger has returned to work. Remember the last time we heard from him? Yeah, it was a ...

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