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ThinkAboutIt March 2013
Why we need the Violence Against Women Act
In February, 2013, the Senate on a 78-22 bipartisan vote agreed to reauthorize the Violence Against Women act, which lapsed in the previous session. At press time, it was unclear if House Republican leaders would bring the Senate bill up for a vote.
Source: Los Angeles Times
Chart Source: National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, and YWCA

Compiled by Nancy B. Olsen

18 deaths too many
At least 18 Minnesotans died in domestic-violence-related killings in 2012, according to the latest Femicide Report issued by the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women. The coalition's findings include:
• At least 14 women killed by a current or former intimate partner.
• 1 man killed by a current or former intimate partner.
• At least 3 friends, family members or interveners killed while attempting to help.
• 11 children left without parents.
• Over the past 35 years, nearly 600 Minnesotans have been killed in cases related to domestic violence.

"Our challenge to the community is to not let these deaths go unnoticed but rather to use these brutal murders as a springboard for action," the report says.
Source: Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women

Drinking dangers
Binge drinking-four or more drinks on an occasion in the last 30 days-is a risk factor for health and social problems, from pregnancy to sexually transmitted diseases to breast cancer and even death, according to the study, "Vital Signs: Binge Drinking Among Women and High School Girls-United States, 2011."

A few sobering facts:
• Nearly 1 in 8 adult U.S. women binge drink more than five drinks about three times per month.
• About 1 in 5 high school girls binge drink.
• The biggest binge drinkers were women ages 18-24 and 25-34 ...
• ... and those from households with incomes greater than $75,000.
• Excessive alcohol use accounted for 23,000 deaths and 633,000 years of potential life lost each year during 2001 to 2005, with binge drinking accounting for more than half of those deaths.
Source: Centers for Disease Control Vital Signs, January 2013


Abortion = tampering with evidence?
New Mexico Repub-lican Rep. Cathrynn Brown introduced a bill last month saying a rape or incest victim who has an abortion is "tampering with evidence" that could have been used in a sexual assault trial. Her plan would make it a felony punishable by three years in prison and would also criminalize a doctor or others who help the victim get an abortion. After a public outcry, Brown revised the measure, saying "its intent is solely to deter rape and cases of incest. The rapist-not the victim-would be charged with tampering of evidence."
Source: Huffington Post, New Mexico Telegram

"Consideration needs to be taken thoroughly for the imposition of death penalty for a rapist because in a rape case both the rapist and the victim enjoy it."

-Daming Sanusi, a candidate for the Indonesian Supreme Court who apologized after a subsequent uproar, saying he made the comment as a joke.
Source: CNN

Oh, &@#%, no swearing!
Female students took a no-cursing pledge for the month of February at Queen of Peace, a Catholic high school in North Arlington, N.J. The pledge said, in part: "I swear not to swear. So help me God." Teacher Lori Flynn told a newspaper that the motivation for the effort was simple: "We want ladies to act like ladies." As for a double standard, male students did not have to take the pledge but were asked to avoid swearing around their female classmates.
Source: Feminist.org

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