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Hate Endures in America, and With It Our Effort to Document the Damage
Since the start of 2019, in places across the United States, there have been no fewer than five killings in which victims’ race, ethnicity or national origin appears to have been a factor.
Arthur Martunovich allegedly walked into a Chinese restaurant in New York City in January and killed three men with a hammer. Police said he later explained his motive: “Chinese men are awful.”
On Feb. 23, José Muñoz, 25, was shot and killed in the lobby of an Olive Garden in Louisville, Kentucky. The suspect in the killing allegedly used racial slurs when a child in Muñoz’s party at the restaurant bumped into him twice. Muñoz’s family insists he was targeted because of his ethnicity as a Mexican immigrant.
On March 6, scores of mourners gathered on the campus of Indiana University to protest the killing of Mustafa Ayoubi, a 32-year-old graduate of the school.
He’d been shot and killed in February in Indianapolis, following a road rage incident. Witnesses told police the suspect yelled slurs about Islam and told Ayoubi to “go back to your country.”
Why far-right attackers aren’t charged as domestic terrorists
Senior safety in focus in wake of Palm Springs home invasion and sexual assault
"It is a concern, it is my age bracket, it is a very serious matter," said Frobish.
86-year-old Chuck Miller of Yucca Valley says Monday's incident should serve as a "wake up call".
"My reaction is seniors hopefully will be more alert and more astute to their surroundings," said Miller.
The Palm Springs Police Department revealed some details of the crime during a press conference Tuesday.
Lesbians are also being killed in Chechnya and 'no-one seems to care'
A lesbian who escaped the ‘gay purge’ in Chechnya has bravely shared her story, even though it could get her killed.
The woman – who remains anonymous for her safety – shared the horrors of growing up LGBTI in Chechnya and how she wasn’t even safe from her own family.
In early 2017 the world started learning how Chechnya – a region in the north Caucasus of Russia – had started rounding up, detaining, torturing and executing men because of their real or perceived sexual identity.
But in 2018 Chechen authorities turned their sights onto lesbians and trans people.
‘In two years, we were approached by 37 girls who position themselves as lesbians, and two transgender women from the republics of the North Caucasus,’ said Igor Kochetkov, head of the Russian LGBTI Network.
‘Also in 2018, we began to receive reports of girls being detained by the police on suspicion of homosexuality. According to reports from Chechnya, there are girls among those detained in December to January.’
Chechen authorities denied the claims, saying gay people don’t exist in Chechnya.
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State Supreme Court overturns lower court ruling, says Sandy Hook families can sue gun manufacturer Remington
The Connecticut Supreme Court Thursday narrowly reversed a ruling by a lower court judge dismissing a lawsuit by the families of victims of the Sandy Hook shooting against Remington Arms Company, allowing the case to proceed.
In a 4-3 decision the court remanded the landmark gun case back to Bridgeport Superior Court and possibly created a path that other mass shooting victims can follow to get around the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, known as PLCAA, which has protected the manufacturers of the AR-15 assault rifle from lawsuits.
Ex-NFL Star Sexually Abused as Teen Speaks Out After Michael Jackson Documentary: 'I Felt Complicit'
Al Chesley was 13 when he says a neighborhood police officer began to sexually assault him.
Compelled by his abuser to keep the acts — and his shame — a secret, “I felt complicit,” Chesley tells PEOPLE after watching the HBO documentary Leaving Neverlandthis link opens in a new tab. After the documentary, Chesley joined other survivors for an Oprah Winfrey special, After Neverland, which explored child sexual assault allegations against pop icon Michael Jackson with accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck and the documentary’s director, Dan Reed.
The film has pushed through a barrier to propel the wider conversation into the open. “For too long the topics of male sexual assault and abuse have been considered socially taboo,” says Matthew Ennis, president of the advocacy and support nonprofit 1in6this link opens in a new tab, named for the estimated percentage of men who experience sexual violence in their lifetime, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Rosie O'Donnell Reveals She Was Sexually Abused by Her Father as a Child: 'It Started Very Young'
Child Sexual Abuse Allegations Are About More Than Your Heroes
Detective sues the LAPD for failing to protect her when a fellow officer she had an affair with 'raped her then threatened to share her nude photos with her children and husband if she ended the relationship'
A Los Angeles Police Detective claims she was raped and beaten by a fellow officer she had an affair with who threatened to distribute nude photographs of her if she ended the relationship - and her supervisors did nothing to help her.
Det. Ysabel Villegas filed her lawsuit on Wednesday against the LAPD for failing to act and defend her when Officer Daniel Reedy turned their once-consensual relationship into an abusive one and blackmailed her.
He threatened to distribute her sexually explicit pictures to her kids and husband if she ended the relationship, and eventually shared those pictures with the LAPD, the lawsuit says.
Villegas, who worked with the LAPD for 30 years, alleged Reedy assaulted, abused and extorted her, created a hostile work environment, and the police department failed to protect her from him, according to the Los Angeles Times.
WOMEN ALLEGEDLY RAPED IN FRONT OF 4-YEAR-OLD SON SUES VERMONT AND DRUG TREATMENT CENTER FOR NEGLIGENCE
Arrests in domestic terror probes outpace those inspired by Islamic extremists
Most people arrested as the result of FBI terrorism investigations are charged with non-terrorism offenses, and more domestic terror suspects were arrested last year than those allegedly inspired by international terror groups, according to internal FBI figures reviewed by The Washington Post.
As government officials and activists debate the best way to pursue violent extremists, the figures show how much of counterterrorism work goes undeclared and unnoticed. Thousands are investigated each year. Hundreds are charged with crimes. But the public and the media see only dozens.
The debate centers on whether federal law and law enforcement are too focused on Islamic terrorism and not paying enough attention to the rise in far right-wing extremism. In fact, according to the data, more domestic terrorist targets are being charged, and in both categories, law enforcement officials often leverage simpler crimes, such as violations of gun or drug laws, to prevent violence.
Why Are So Many LGBTQ Groups Staying Silent About This #MeToo Scandal?
On Monday night, residents of West Hollywood called for John Duran to leave his position on the West Hollywood City Council after weeks of sexual misconduct allegations against him.
It was a deeply sobering moment. The native Angeleno boasts decades of advocacy work for the city’s gay and HIV-positive communities. Duran ceded his position as mayor of West Hollywood on Monday morning, citing health concerns, but this was less momentous than it would appear. The post of mayor is largely ceremonial, rotating each year among members of the council, and Duran has remarked that West Hollywood perceives him to be mayor no matter who holds the seat. He remains on the council, and he has no plans to resign from that post.
California lawmakers accepted $810,000 in gifts and overseas trips in 2018
California lawmakers were showered with more than $810,000 in gifts last year, many from powerful interest groups lobbying the state who handed out concert and professional sports tickets, spa treatments, gourmet dinners and trips to a dozen countries, new state reports show.
The annual economic disclosure reports shed light on how state legislators can augment their annual $110,459 salaries with gifts that allow them to travel the world and eat at expensive restaurants, often in the company of corporate executives seeking to influence their decisions in the Legislature.
“The truth is the vast majority of gifts and trips are given because the gift givers want something in return,” said Rey Lopez-Calderon, executive director of California Common Cause, a government watchdog organization. “It's not just a question of the gift giver wanting something in return, but that the public could infer that even if it's not true. There is potential for the public's faith in government to be undermined.”
How To Help Sexual Assault Survivors At The Border & Raise Awareness About The Issue
The migrants who make their way towards the United States in search of a better life often have an unimaginably difficult journey — and it often doesn't get any easier once they get across the border. Sadly, some smugglers and others take advantage of the women under their control, forcing these women to reckon with the trauma of surviving sexual assault in addition to everything else. For these women, the situation is bleak — but there are ways you can help survivors of sexual abuse at the border, and it all starts with supporting the organizations who are doing work on the ground there.
The problem of sexual abuse of migrants is a widespread and complicated one, according to an in-depth report from The New York Times. One prong of it is smugglers who take advantage of the women who have paid them to get safe passage to the United States, but it doesn't stop there. In July, The Times spoke to two women who had been sexually assaulted while in ICE custody, and there are also reports of migrant children being sexually assault while they were detained at the border.
Denmark has a 'pervasive rape culture,' says Amnesty International
More than a third of millennials share Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's worry about having kids while the threat of climate change looms
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made headlines last week when she suggested that some young Americans are concerned about having children because of the threat that climate change could pose to future generations.
"Our planet is going to hit disaster if we don't turn this ship around ... there's scientific consensus that the lives of children are going to be very difficult," Ocasio-Cortez said on Instagram Live. "And even if you don't have kids, there are still children here in the world, and we have a moral obligation to leave a better world for them."
The 29-year-old New York progressive went on to say young people are grappling with the question: "Is it OK to still have children?"
'Sad day for democracy': Mayor vetoes Alaska city's newly passed LGBTQ protections
Just days after the city council of Fairbanks, Alaska, voted in favor of an LGBTQ anti-discrimination ordinance, the city’s mayor announced he plans to veto the measure.
Sexual harassment endemic for female workers in garment industry, study finds
Sexual harassment, sexism and pregnancy-related discrimination are rampant in the garment industry, a damning report by Human Rights Watch has found.
The £1.9 trillion apparel industry employs millions of workers globally – most of whom are women – and spans from garment and footwear factories to cotton fields and actual shops.
While India, Pakistan and many other countries have specific laws governing sexual harassment at work, 59 countries do not have any specific legal remedies for sexual harassment in the workplace.
But the report found even where there are laws governing sexual harassment at work, they often are not properly implemented.
Workers in India and Pakistan told researchers many employees are not aware of their own rights or of the responsibilities of their employers under sexual harassment laws and have not had any training at work.
A Pedophile Doctor Drew Suspicions for 21 Years. No One Stopped Him.
At first, officials at the U.S. Indian Health Service overlooked the peculiarities of their unmarried new doctor, including the children’s toys he hoarded in his basement on the reservation. They desperately needed a pediatrician at their hospital in Browning, Mont.
By 1995, after three years, they became convinced Stanley Patrick Weber was a pedophile and pushed for his removal from the government-run hospital.
“You’re going to have to leave,” Randy Rottenbiller, its clinical director at the time, recalled telling the doctor after learning a child patient had stayed the night in his house.
But the Indian Health Service didn’t fire Mr. Weber. Instead, it transferred him to another hospital in Pine Ridge, S.D. He continued treating Native American children there for another 21 years, leaving behind a trail of sexual-assault allegations.
Vacaville Man Arrested On Suspicion Of Child Sexual Assault
After allegations of sexual abuse, Afghanistan women’s soccer team fights for justice
Theodore McCarrick expelled from priesthood after sexual abuse scandal
Teacher awarded over $500K after principal sexually harassed her
CRUISE SHIP SEXUAL ASSAULT: EX-CHEERLEADING COACH ATTACKED DRUNK COLLEAGUE
Woman who alleged rape by Fairfax, Maggette spotlights issue of revictimization
Public Help Sought to Find Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Woman in Riverside
The parking lot suicides
Veterans are taking their own lives on VA hospital campuses, a desperate form of protest against a system that they feel hasn’t helped them.
Alissa Harrington took an audible breath as she slid open a closet door deep in her home office. This is where she displays what’s too painful, too raw to keep out in the open.
Framed photos of her younger brother, Justin Miller, a 33-year-old Marine Corps trumpet player and Iraq veteran. Blood-spattered safety glasses recovered from the snow-covered Nissan Frontier truck where his body was found. A phone filled with the last text messages from his father: “We love you. We miss you. Come home.”
Miller was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal thoughts when he checked into the Minneapolis Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in February 2018. After spending four days in the mental-health unit, Miller walked to his truck in VA’s parking lot and shot himself in the very place he went to find help.
“The fact that my brother, Justin, never left the VA parking lot — it’s infuriating,” said Harrington, 37. “He did the right thing; he went in for help. I just can’t get my head around it.”