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August 07, 2013

English prosecutor blames the 13-year-old victim of child sex abuse for her crime

How can a 13-year-old girl possibly be responsible for a 41-year-old guy making child porn of her? This Week in Misogyny, England Edition - Lawyers, Guns & Money : Lawyers, Guns & Money
On Monday, a 41 year-old man, who admitted guilt on “two counts of making extreme pornographic images and one count of sexual activity with a child”, was sentenced Monday regarding the latter crime of sexually abusing a 13 year-old girl in London’s Snaresbrook Crown Court. There are several shocking aspects of this episode. First, my liberal use of the word “sentenced”. The judge sentenced the admitted abuser, Neil Wilson, to a mere eight months in jail. However, believing this too harsh, suspended the sentence for two years, commenting that “the girl was predatory and she was egging you on.” The girl, 13. The abuser, 41. But wait. There’s more. One of the barristers arguing the case claimed the following about the victim: ”The girl is predatory in all her actions and she is sexually experienced.” This might have been expected from, say, a defence attorney. However, the barrister making that claim represented the Crown Prosecution Service. The prosecuting attorney. The guy representing the state, society, and the 13 year-old victim. When explained in those terms, the predator is a 13 year-old girl. The defenceless victim, a 41 year-old man. The guilty party was probably lamenting investing cash money in defence counsel, seeing as how it was completely redundant. When a judge, and the barrister representing the state, undermine the case of a 13 year-old victim because she’s, well, a girl, it simply reaffirms what we already know: institutionalised misogyny is well entrenched in British society. . . .

August 06, 2013

Dayton suburb wants to prevent black people from entering their town, denies they're racist

They're going to lose millions in Federal highway funds for doing this, but they don't seem to care. Mostly-White Ohio Suburb Fighting To Prevent Mostly-Black Bus-Riders From Entering Community | ThinkProgress
A lily-white Ohio suburb is doing everything it can, including risking millions in federal highway funding, to keep mostly minority bus-riders from a nearby city from entering their community. The showdown began in 2010 when the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority proposed adding three new bus stops in Beavercreek, a largely white suburb 15 minutes east of Dayton. These new stops would give Dayton bus-riders access to Beavercreek’s major shopping mall and nearby businesses, as well as a medical clinic and Wright State University. Facing the prospect of buses coming in from Dayton, the Beavercreek City Council began enacting as many hurdles as they could to stop the new bus stops. Among the dozen roadblocks included mandating that bus shelters included heated and air conditioning as well as high-tech surveillance cameras, features that would be hugely expensive and are not common at other stops. Unsurprisingly, these demands couldn’t be met and the council rejected the expansion. “We turned downed an application because they didn’t meet our (design) criteria,” Beavercreek City Councilman Scott Hadley explained to Eye On Ohio.

August 01, 2013

Michigan man accidentally shoots his seven-year-old neighbor

Here's the thing about backyard target practice: when you miss, the bullets keep going. Bullets are fast. They can go a long way before gravity pulls them to earth. Maybe you shouldn't be shooting at cans in your backyard, you know? 7-Year-Old Shot While Swimming In Michigan | TPM LiveWire
A 7-year-old girl was hit by a stray bullet Tuesday in Tekonsha, Mich. while swimming in her backyard pool, TV station WWMT reported. Michigan State Police told the news station that the girl's neighbor, who had a concealed weapons permit, was using a 9 mm handgun for target practice in a nearby field. They said a stray bullet traveled at least 200 yards across the field before hitting the 7-year-old in the arm as she stood beside the pool. State Police were requesting a charge of "reckless discharge of a firearm causing injury," according to WWMT.

July 24, 2013

Dear Metro PCS employees, please don't kidnap customers and hold them until they agree to date you

The Best Way To Get A Date With Your Customer Is Not Holding Her Against Her Will – Consumerist
A female customer at a Metro PCS store in Florida claims that an employee held her against her will in a back room, where he tried to talk her into dating him, reports News 13 Now. She says the 23-year-old grabbed her and carried her there, and wouldn’t let her leave by pinning down her arms, saying, “Look me in the eyes and tell me you don’t want me.” In a statement to police, she says she told the man she wasn’t interested and that her boyfriend would be expecting her, at which point he finally let her go. When police arrested him they found a 5-foot nylon rope in his pocket at the time. The man claimed the rope was so he could practice tying knots, but that apparently didn’t convince officers, who charged him with false imprisonment.