Posts Tagged ‘Shed light on violence’

Christa Parravani, Author of "Her: A Memoir"

In my twin sister’s rape, there were many victims

By Christa Parravani, Special to The Washington Post on April 03, 2013, at 1:20 p.m.
Whether you’re traveling on a bus in New Delhi or drinking at a teen party in Stuebenville, Ohio, rape, it seems, is never far. In the United States, nearly one in five women have been raped at some point in their lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and …

Complacency about domestic and sexual violence equals complicity

By Steve Edmondson on April 02, 2013, at 12:47 p.m.
On the eve of the Super Bowl, the National Football League gave out various awards to players for performances during the past season. Perhaps the most important and moving was that of the Walter Payton Award, given annually to the player who demonstrates outstanding contributions to society off the field …
A photo illustration composed to raise domestic violence awareness for USS Theodore Roosevelt's (CVN 71) Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD). This photo placed second, Illustration, in the 2012 Military Photographer of the Year competition.

Same standards must apply for male, female batterers

on March 31, 2013, at 10:32 a.m.
Christopher Mosher, 42, of Litchfield didn’t dispute his domestic violence conviction for a 2011 assault. He appealed his sentence, though, because it included the completion of a certified batterers’ intervention program. If he had been a woman, he argued, he would not have received the sentence — because Maine does …

Domestic violence victims, veterans to receive housing aid preference

By Matthew Stone on March 28, 2013, at 12:14 p.m.
AUGUSTA | The Maine State Housing Authority has approved a policy that will give victims of domestic violence and veterans a step up when it comes to securing Section 8 housing vouchers. Earlier this week, the authority’s board of commissioners signed off on the policy, which will award domestic …
Maine Rep. Kenneth Fredette, R-Newport, (second from left) holds an electronic monitoring device that is capable of alerting domestic violence victims that their abuser may be headed their way.

Revise electronic monitoring bill to reflect research

on March 27, 2013, at 4:35 p.m.
Maine will hear important debate Friday about a bill that would allow people seeking a protection from abuse order to request that the alleged offender wear an electronic monitoring device. While LD 842, sponsored by House Republican Leader Ken Fredette, is well-intentioned and addresses a significant issue, it should be …
Melissa Lawrence is the owner of Faithbuilders Cornerstore, a new thrift store in Brewer. Lawrence donates clothing and other items to victims of domestic violence.

New Brewer resale store helps to clothe domestic violence victims

By Nok-Noi Ricker on March 22, 2013, at 1:05 p.m.
A Maine State Police trooper responded to a domestic violence call on May 27, 2010, and gave Melissa Lawrence a piece of advice that she believes saved her life. “He made me promise not to go back,” she said Wednesday, standing inside her newly opened Faith Builders …
Mariska Hargitay, actress and founder of Joyful Heart Foundation, speaks at the National Press Club, on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

Law and Order’s Mariska Hargitay: Silent on rape no more

By Kathleen Parker, The Washington Post on March 19, 2013, at 1:14 p.m.
Mariska Hargitay, better known as “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” Detective Olivia Benson, is the human intersection of life and art. Precisely, the line between the fictional role she plays and the role she has carved out in real life is approximately a hair’s breadth. The passion television viewers …
Gov. Paul LePage, guided by Julia Colpitts, executive director of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, talks with members of domestic violence prevention organizations in the State House on Feb. 7, 2013. On Wednesday, LePage created a task force to study existing domestic violence laws and to recommend ways to improve enforcement of court orders in domestic violence cases.

Domestic violence in Maine: More victims have no safe place to go

By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 23, 2013, at 7:16 a.m.
AUGUSTA | Increased public attention has improved awareness about domestic violence in Maine, but that pressure also has exposed cracks in bedrock safety issues, such as how to house victims as they try to escape their abusers. The Maine Coalition To End Domestic Violence says their contact with domestic …
University of Maine student Lisa Black hangs up shirts on the Clothesline Project, a display created by Spruce Run to raise awareness of domestic violence. Black, a member of Campus Safe Project, along with Spruce Run community response coordinator Amy Oliver (foreground), tended the display on a windy Tuesday afternoon in front of Fogler Library. The shirts are decorated by victims of domestic violence.

Give domestic violence survivors priority on housing

on Feb. 22, 2013, at 12:49 p.m.
A woman can have the courage to want to leave a home in which she was assaulted, but what is the point if she has nowhere to go? Sometimes the biggest hurdle that prevents victims from escaping their abusive situation has less to do with the fear of leaving than …
Rena Lolar (left) and Brandon Walus, advocates for the Penobscot Nation Domestic and Sexual Violence Advocacy Center, create purple ribbons on Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, with consultant Jane Root (not pictured) that they put up around Indian Island to let people know that October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

A worthy fight: Get guns away from abusers

on Feb. 08, 2013, at 2:18 p.m.
A country-wide debate about guns may have erupted after the Newtown, Conn., shootings on Dec. 14, but it’s important to remember that Maine has been examining for years the role firearms play in domestic violence cases. So Gov. Paul LePage’s welcome announcement during his State of the State address on …
Gov. Paul LePage, guided by Julia Colpitts, executive director of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, talks with members of domestic violence prevention organizations in the State House on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2013. On Wednesday, LePage created a task force to study existing domestic violence laws and to recommend ways to improve enforcement of court orders in domestic violence cases.

LePage seeks stronger measures to keep guns away from domestic abusers

By Christopher Cousins on Feb. 07, 2013, at 1:10 p.m.
AUGUSTA | Gov. Paul LePage continued his laser focus on the prevention of domestic violence Thursday with the creation of a task force that’s assigned a broad goal and tight timeline. The task force, whose report to LePage is due by July 31, will review existing laws and practices …
Gabrielle McCann and her second daughter, Clare, stand in the hallway of Bangor Baptist Church on Broadway on Sunday.

Nikki’s Hope to serve as transition home for young mothers in crisis

By Alex Barber on Jan. 20, 2013, at 5:32 p.m.
BANGOR | The Shepherd’s Godparent Home has helped dozens of young women in crisis with their pregnancies for the past decade, but it is now looking to aid women after their children are born. Barbara Ford, director for the Shepherd’s Godparent Home, unveiled a capital campaign for a new …

Mother claims she’s going to jail to raise awareness of domestic violence problem

By Susan Morse, on Jan. 20, 2013, at 5:50 a.m.
YORK | A former York resident and mother of two minor children says she will go to jail in March to bring awareness of the problem of domestic abuse. Heather Caldwell-Mason, 44, of Iowa said she will turn herself in on an arrest warrant from York District Court and …
U.S. President Barack Obama, flanked by 8-year-old letter writer Hinna Zeejah (left), 10-year-old letter writer Taejah Goode (third from left), 11-year old-letter writer Julia Stokes and 8-year-old letter writer Grant Fritz (right) signs executive orders on gun violence during an event at the White House in Washington on Jan.16, 2013. Behind the children, are Julia's Dad Dr. Theophil Stokes (second from right) and Kimberly Graves (fourth from left), Taejah's mom. Vice President Joe Biden (far left) delivered his recommendations to Obama after holding a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industries as requested by the president after the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., in which 20 children and six adults were killed.

Babies have no choice: Violence spills into young minds

on Jan. 18, 2013, at 3:51 p.m.
President Barack Obama wants schools to have more mental health professionals and resource officers in order to better prevent violence. He also wants to provide training to teachers to recognize when young people need help and know how to refer those students to the right mental health services. These goals …
Former University of Maine tight end Daryl Fort, of Mentors in Violence Prevention, leads a frank discussion about date rape and appropriate sexual behavior with the University of Southern Maine men's track team in Gorham on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013.

Maine needs light on rape convictions

on Jan. 11, 2013, at 6:18 p.m.
The sickening gang rape and killing of a 23-year-old woman in India has sparked debate around the world about how societies respond to sexual assaults. Rape happens everywhere and much too often — with too few cases resulting in jail time. In Maine, a rape, as reported to police, occurs …