After a federal judge in Alabama accepted a plea deal on charges of intimate partner violence, a growing chorus of voices are calling for his resignation.
Melissa Harris-Perry discusses a recent police shooting in South Carolina that was captured via dashcam, in which a former state trooper fired his gun at a Black man for diving “head-first back into [his] car” to grab the license the officer requested. “[W]here some see an aggressive move into a car, others see yet another unarmed Black man shot by a police officer over a minor infraction,” says Harris-Perry. “That divide about what we believe we see, even when we see the same thing, is a reminder that video whether by dashcam or bodycam or by bystander phone is only a tool.” [via MSNBC]
The victim “acted in a manner which in whole or in part contributed to” her attack, says a statement attributed to Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Kane says she was unaware of the statement drafted by her office.
Philadelphia is poised to pass a new ordinance aimed at toughening the punishment of crimes committed on the basis of someone’s gender identity or sexual orientation.
At a time when the federal program that supports the hotline is providing a “modest increase” in funding after a reduction in funds three years ago, the NFL will provide what the hotline describes as “significant resources” for domestic violence programs.
In a new public service announcement, numerous celebrities and President Obama speak out against sexual assault, saying “It’s on us.” Learn more at ItsOnUs.org.
In a memo sent to league teams and staff, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced a long-term partnership with the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and said that NFL staff will soon be required to participate in programming to educate them about domestic violence.
The Obama administration’s new campaign suggests that every member of the campus community has a role to play in changing the culture of sexual assault that has gone unchecked for too long.
“Nuisance ordinances,” which penalize landlords for tenants’ supposed disorderly conduct, can often force women to choose between escaping their abuser and keeping secure housing.
Pretending that sexual assault only happens on other campuses makes it harder to keep students safe, says Title IX expert Diane Rosenfeld.