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Woman jailed for 11 years for performing FGM on her 3-year-old daughter
A judge has sentenced a 37-year-old Ugandan woman to 11 years in jail for performing female genital mutilation (FGM) on her three-year-old daughter, the UK's Press Association (PA) news agency reported.
The defendant was found guilty of the "barbaric" practice last month, becoming the first person to be convicted of the offense in the UK.
In sentencing at London's Old Bailey criminal court Friday, Judge Mrs Justice Whipple handed down an 11-year jail term and a further two years for possession of indecent images and extreme pornography.
"FGM has long been against the law and let's be clear FGM is a form of child abuse," PA reported the judge as saying.
Senators hear from Ohio teenager who rebelled against parents by getting vaccinated
Ethan Lindenberger, an Ohio teenager who has spoken out about growing up in an anti-vaccine household, told a Senate committee Tuesday that misinformation and fear put children at risk.
(MORE: Low vaccination rates a big factor in ongoing measles outbreak)
Lindenberger, 18, said growing up he never received standard vaccines that protect against diseases like chickenpox, hepatitis, measles, mumps, polio or rubella. In his prepared testimony, the high school senior described debates he’d had with his mother, who he has described as an “anti-vaccine advocate.” But by the time he became a legal adult, he said, he had educated himself on the topic and decided to seek inoculations on his own.
"Anti-vaccine parents and individuals are in no way evil. With that said, I will state that certain individuals and organizations which spread misinformation and instill fear into the public for their own gain selfishly put countless people at risk," Lindenberger said in written testimony.
Of his mother, Lindenberger told the committee: "Her love, affection, and care as a parent was used to push an agenda to create a false distress."
How Sex Robots Could Revolutionize Marriage—for the Better
With sexual needs outsourced to robots, marriages could become stronger than ever.
Technological change invariably brings social change. We know this to be true, but rarely can we make accurate predictions about how social behavior will evolve when new technologies are introduced. For example, no one should have been surprised that improvements in birth control technologies spawned more sexually permissive societies. But could anyone really have predicted that making it easier for women to control their fertility would lead to dramatic increases in births to unmarried women as a direct result of the loosening sexual mores that new birth control methods brought on? Likewise, early adopters probably knew that improvement in home production technologies would liberate women from household drudgery. But could they have known that the microwave oven would eventually contribute to societies’ more accepting attitudes toward same-sex marriage? Just as these technologies were catalysts for unintended social consequences, we should expect that the proliferation of robots designed specifically for human sexual gratification means that sexbot-induced social change is on the horizon.
How one California county is criminalizing bad grades
A new lawsuit claims that a program meant to provide mentorship and guidance for students in Riverside County, California, is actually funneling them into the criminal justice system and violating their constitutional rights.
On July 1, the American Civil Liberties Union, on behalf of four plaintiffs, filed a federal lawsuit against Riverside County, as well as two leaders of the county’s probation department, over the Youth Accountability Team program. The program, run by the Riverside County Probation Department, counsels local “at risk” youth and administers a six-month supervision period, intended to divert them from criminal activity.
But the lawsuit alleges that the program, aimed at 12- to 17-year-old students “purportedly displaying pre-delinquent and delinquent behavior,” fails to adequately inform families why students, who are closely monitored and are subject to searches, are put on what amounts to a less formal form of criminal probation beyond any punishment they would face in school. Often, the probationary period would be prompted by actions that aren’t actual crimes, like talking back to teachers, earning poor grades, being late to class, or “pulling the race card.”
‘Stashing’ is the latest disturbing dating trend
Is your significant other not introducing you to his friends or family members? Congratulations — you’ve been stashed.
“Stashing” is the latest crappy relationship trend making couples miserable. It’s when one partner hides their better half from loved ones and doesn’t post about the relationship on social media.
...or maybe he doesn't want to ruin his relationship because his family is scary. You can always ask. 07-Jun-2018
Teenage depression: If a parent doesn’t get treatment for a child, is that abuse?
Hospital visits for kids in the U.S. who have contemplated or thought about suicide have risen sharply.
As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I am not surprised. For years, I ran a child psychiatric hospital, where we treat kids after they attempt suicide. Usually, by the time I diagnose a teenager with depression, it is almost too late. Almost. It’s estimated that one in five teens will have depression, but two-thirds of them will go undiagnosed.
Georgia couple loses custody of son after giving him marijuana to treat seizures
A Georgia couple who says they gave their son marijuana to treat his seizures, is fighting to regain custody of him. The state took custody of Matthew and Suzeanna Brill's15-year-old son, David, in April when he tested positive for marijuana. They are charged with reckless conduct and facing jail time.
The Brills say their 15-year-old son David went from having up to 10 seizures a day to being seizure free for 71 days after he began smoking marijuana, reports CBS News' Omar VIllafranca. The couple said he's never gone that long without a seizure before.
"For our son, it was a miracle for him," Matthew said.
Airline 'asks mother to prove' relation to mixed-race son
Southwest Airlines has apologised after one of its officials asked a California basketball coach to prove that she was the mother of her bi-racial son.
Lindsay Gottlieb, who is white, and her fiance Patrick Martin, who is African American, were both present and showed the official their son's passport.
She says after showing his passport she was asked for further evidence through a Facebook post or birth certificate.
The airline said it would use the incident to "coach" employees.
Former Facebook Exec: 'You Don’t Realize It But You Are Being Programmed'
Last month, Facebook’s first president Sean Parker opened up about his regrets over helping create social media as we know it today. “I don’t know if I really understood the consequences of what I was saying, because of the unintended consequences of a network when it grows to a billion or 2 billion people and it literally changes your relationship with society, with each other,” Parker said. “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”
Chamath Palihapitiya, former vice president of user growth, also recently expressed his concerns. During a recent public discussion at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Palihapitiya—who worked at Facebook from 2005 to 2011—told the audience, “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.”
Thanksgiving Text Hotline Offers Lessons, Responses To Racist White Family Members
A nationwide network of white Americans hoping to weed out support for white supremacy has set up a free texting service, the SURJ Holiday Mobile Hotline, to help people respond and report racist Thanksgiving conversations.
Last year, the Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ) network set up a similar service to text “SOS” in case unruly family members or friends attempted to bring up their support of then-President Elect Donald Trump or bigoted conversation topics. This Thanksgiving and holiday season, the group has expanded the free texting service to call out any openly racist white family members disrupting Thanksgiving dinner. The service hopes to "break silence about race in this country," according to the group website.
International Business Times
3 Steps White Christians Must Take to Fight Racism and Intolerance
Self-inflicted injuries surge among tween and early teen girls
Emergency room visits for non-fatal, self-inflicted injuries surged in recent years among US girls and young women, especially those between the ages of 10 and 14, according to a new study.
However, rates of self-harm among boys and young men between the ages of 10 and 24 remained stable throughout the years 2001 through 2015, the researchers said.
"Suicide is preventable," said Melissa C. Mercado, lead author of the study published Tuesday in JAMA and a behavioral scientist at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "These findings underscore the need for the implementation of evidence-based, comprehensive suicide- and self-harm-prevention strategies."
A Teen Killed Herself After Being Tormented By Rumors That An Ex Had Shared Intimate Photos Of Her