Posts Tagged ‘economics’

A Supergroup Of Academics Is Trying To Stop People Who Profit From Campus Rape from Huffington Post, 09/01/2015

September 2nd, 2015 No comments

img-icon-newsAs a record number of universities have come under federal investigations for allegations they mishandled rape and harassment cases, it seemed like every week a new app, consulting group, conference or educational program cropped up to help colleges improve their responses to sexual assault — as long as the schools were willing to pay a price. In some cases, including at UO, Freyd said, schools would rather spend close to six figures on a product that promised to address the problem than engage with faculty to devise their own program.

“I am very concerned about the profiteering going on,” Freyd told The Huffington Post. “I don’t think people should be making businesses out of responding to college sexual assault and getting rich off it. It strikes me as very dangerous — as soon as you have a profit motive in there, it’s risked to corrupting. You should not get rich over people getting raped.”

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In Human Trafficking Cases, Doctors Lack Confidence to Intervene, from take part, 08/20/2015

August 21st, 2015 No comments

img-icon-newsVictims of human trafficking are ripped from the familiarity of home and deluded into a numbing isolation. Hidden in plain sight, they are often bullied and tricked into believing their situation is normal, yet it’s inescapable. They suffer in silence, enslaved for forced labor or sex.

When the abuse results in a pregnancy or an injury that can’t be ignored, a rare instance arises: Victims directly interact with health care providers. Clinicians have the power to connect these vulnerable individuals to the resources they desperately need but are too afraid to seek independently.

Yet a vast majority of health care workers—almost 80 percent—don’t feel they have adequate knowledge to assist those victims, according to new research in the U.K.

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Bill to increase domestic violence funding signed from the Concord Monitor, 07/13/2015

July 14th, 2015 No comments

img-icon-newsGov. Maggie Hassan has signed a new law to increase the state’s marriage license fee by $5 and begin fining domestic violence offenders.

The money from both will go toward the state’s domestic violence grant programs. The marriage license fee alone is expected to increase funding by about $45,000. The fee brought in $340,000 in 2012, which helped fund 12 crisis centers across the state.

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Human Trafficking Victims Caught in Cycle of Deceit, Abuse from Fay Observer, 06/01/2015

June 23rd, 2015 No comments

For days, a 14-year-old girl walked around a Fayetteville motel on Skibo Road wearing nothing but a tight shirt and shorts that barely covered her bottom. She didn’t have shoes or any personal belongings. She didn’t talk to anyone. But she hoped a hotel employee or patron – anyone – would speak to her. She walked around the hallways, up and down stairs and into common areas. Her quiet pleas for help went unanswered.

After Fayetteville police rescued her, Kelly Twedell, director of the Fayetteville Dream Center, asked the girl why she didn’t tell motel employees, or anyone else, she needed help. “Because no one would have believed me,” she said. She didn’t run because she didn’t have shoes or proper clothes.

Her story isn’t unique. She was a victim of human sex trafficking, a $9.5 billion industry in the U.S. that awareness groups say is happening in more places than people realize – including Fayetteville. Victims struggle to get out while law enforcement struggles to get in. Awareness, law enforcement training and more effective legislation are increasing. But while society struggles to keep up, this cottage industry churns on, with lives damaged, profits made and no sure decline in sight.

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Bill Aimed at Aiding Sexual Assault Victims Advances, Would Ensures Victims Aren’t Charged for Medical Care from The Advocate, 05/19/2015

May 19th, 2015 No comments

The measures, sponsored by state Rep. Helena Moreno, would set up standards and procedures for the forensic medical examination and treatment of victims.

A key provision would stop sexual assault victims from receiving big medical bills for their treatment after the attacks. Hospitals would send bills directly to the Crime Victims Reparations board for payment. The victims could also later seek help from the board in covering additional expenses such as counseling or lost work days.

Some unclaimed gambling money would be dedicated to pay for the victim-related expenses.

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The new women warriors: Reviving the fight for equal rights from Cable News Network, Inc., 04/02/2015

April 2nd, 2015 No comments

Last April, Scalia appeared at the National Press Club beside his judicial polar opposite — and friend — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The two were asked how they would amend the Constitution, if they could.

The Notorious R.B.G., as she is sometimes referred to these days, didn’t hesitate.

“If I could choose an amendment to add to this Constitution, it would be the Equal Rights Amendment,” she said.

“What do you mean by that?” asked the moderator, Marvin Kalb.

“It means that women are people equal in stature before the law,” she said. “We have achieved that through legislation, but legislation can be repealed. It can be altered. … That principle belongs in our Constitution. It is in every constitution written since the Second World War.”

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