In a monumental win against female genital mutilation (FGM), a doctor in Egypt was sentenced to jail for performing the outlawed procedure that resulted in the death of 13-year-old Suhair al-Bataa. The doctor and Suhair’s father were both cleared of any wrongdoing at their initial trial, but local and international pressure led to their eventual conviction.

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In 2005, 19-year old army private LaVena Johnson was the first woman to die in Iraq. The army ruled her death a suicide. Only after her family insisted on seeing photographs taken at the scene of her death did they realize she was found in her tent with a gunshot wound to the head, a broken nose, black eye, loose teeth, acid burns on her genitals (there is speculation that this was done to cover up sexual assault), and a trail of blood leading away from her tent. The army ruled that her death was a SUICIDE. Her father, a doctor who has worked with military personnel for more than 20 years, believes his daughter was raped and murdered. A documentary, “LaVena Johnson The Silent Truth,” describing the family’s attempts to uncover the truth, was released in 2010. There is a website with updates, LaVena Johnson, and a petition asking Senator Claire McCaskill to investigate her death. As Cilla McCain, founder of Military Families for Justice asks, would this case by taken seriously if LaVena Johnson were not a black woman? Her parents have established a scholarship fund in their daughter’s name. Donations can be made to The LaVena L. Johnson College Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 117, Florissant, MO 63032 


Watch this powerfully chilling domestic violence PSA to air during the first quarter of the NFL Super Bowl on February 1. 

In the system of chivalry, men protect women against men. This is not unlike the protection relationship which [organized crime] established with small businesses in the early part of this century. Indeed, chivalry is an age-old protection racket which depends for its existence on rape. 

Susan Griffin on “Rape: The All-American Crime”

Stop thinking of abusive men as having no self-control and start thinking of them as intelligent, strategic thinkers who strive for control over their partners. These men know what they are doing. They know they need to isolate their partner as fast as possible and to get them as financially and emotionally dependent as possible in order to trap them inside the cycle of abuse.

5/24/2012: MISSING FAMILY ALERT: Authorities in Washtenaw County, Michigan are asking for the public’s help to find Alisha Martinez (29) and her kids, 8-year-old Areiyla Middleton and 3-year-old Elijah Isom were last seen Tuesday morning, 5/22/2012 at their Ypsilanti Township home. “We recieved a call yesterday actually, on the 23rd, but the last time that the mom and her children were seen was early morning on the 22nd, around 8, 8:30 in the morning,” said Derek Jackson with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. The older child did not go to school Tuesday and has not been to school since.

“[There is] no evidence that she is injured in any way or [of] any foul play,” said Jackson. “We just are trying to hopefully get some information from someone or even her herself — where she is or … what may have happened.”

Martinez is described as 5’1” and about 117 lbs.

Anyone with information as to the family’s whereabouts is asked to call Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office Detective Everette Robbins (734) 973-4884.

You may also call the confidential tip line (734) 973-7711 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP.



Michigan mom, her two young children found safe in another state

thank God