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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

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.

In Bangladesh, prostitution is legal, and poor families sometimes sell their girls to the brothels for as little as $200, from as young as nine years of age. In order to mask how young some of the prostitutes are, brothel owners use Oradexon on them, a steroid intended for cattle. Oradexon is highly addictive and deleterious to the girls’ health, but it fattens them up, giving them a more mature, older appearance, which then makes the girls more appealing to the brothels’ customers.

“It is a basic violation of human’s rights to force malnourished, poor underage girls into consuming Oradexon on a daily basis to enhance unnatural physical growth and energy,” Bangladeshi advocate Naila Hussain Chowdhury, founder of Women4Empowerment, says. “The sex trade is using steroids to make young girls physically develop faster and unnaturally. This is a frightening development.“

Learn more via The Daily Beast.

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Calgary police search for road rage suspects after young mother beaten with hockey stick
Calgary Police Insp. Darren Leggatt called it a “deplorable act of violence.”
By Jill Croteau

A traumatized mother is bruised and nursing several stitches after an repulsive act of road rage.

“I’m glad I am alive and here for my family and they didn’t lose me last night.”

28-year-old Karalie Red Old Man and her nine year old daughter were on their way to pick up her husband and her son’s from hockey practice at the West Mount Pleasant arena.

Red Old Man was driving a black Dodge Caravan south on 4 Street N.W. near 40 Avenue N.W. when a BMW tried to pass her at about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7. The BMW was tailgating her and honking and trying to force her into oncoming traffic. The vehicle then rammed into the back of her minivan. They ended up together in the arena parking lot.

“He started yelling at me to get out of the vehicle. He grabbed my hair and pulled my head out the window” Red Old Man recalled.  “I couldn’t get my arms out to fight back and he started banging my neck and my face and my mouth on the window.”

“My daughter was screaming and crying to stop and he still wouldn’t stop.”

The despicable act intensified when she reached for a hockey stick from her van to try and defend herself. but the offender wrestled it away and smashed the windows.

“I grabbed the hockey stick he was throwing me all over the place.” Red Old Man told Global News. “I was really scared but I knew I had to protect myself and my family and tried my best to fight him off until someone came to help me.”

Her husband heard the screams for help and ran to his wife.  The suspect and his passenger got back into the car and sped off – but nearly ran Red Old Man over as she laid in the parking lot.

“I am scared to go out of my house and I am scared I can’t protect my children.”

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Lundy Bancroft on Domestic Violence in Popular Culture, Part 2.

Lundy has twenty years of experience specializing in interventions for abusive men and their families. He has also authored many other book chapters and scholarly articles. Lundy is a former Co-Director of Emerge, the nation’s first counseling program for men who batter. He has worked with over a thousand abusers directly as an intervention counselor, and has served as clinical supervisor on another thousand cases. He has also served extensively as a custody evaluator, child abuse investigator, and expert witness in domestic violence and child abuse cases. Lundy appears across the United States as a presenter for judges and other court personnel, child protective workers, therapists, law enforcement officials, and other audiences.

Lundy Bancroft is an author, workshop leader, and consultant on domestic abuse and child maltreatment. His work focuses on three areas: 1) Training professionals on best practices for intervening with male perpetrators of violence against women, toward the goal of promoting accountability and requiring change, 2) Training professionals on the dynamics of emotional injury and recovery in children who are exposed to a man who abuses their mother, to prepare participants to offer the most effective and safe assistance possible to children and their mothers, and 3) Supporting healing and empowerment for abused women, with an emphasis on advocating for the human rights of mothers and their children.

Lundy is the author of four books in the field, including

Lundy is available as a public speaker and trainer for professionals, and offers weekend retreats for women who have experienced abuse. - (x)

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Thirteen women from Canada have come forward to share their stories and raise awareness about the plight of Indigenous women. One is an accountant, the other a chief, another a nurse, a counselor, and three are students. But they all have one thing in common. They are survivors of terrible violence and rape, and they’re staying silent no more.

Read their stories via Maclean’s

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Liberals Launch 1st Phase Of Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women Inquiry

“OTTAWA - The federal Liberal government is kicking off what it calls the first phase of its inquiry into the tragic phenomenon of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says the government will consult the families of victims over the next two months to get their input into how the inquiry should be designed and what it needs to accomplish.

Wilson-Raybould was joined for the announcement by Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Status of Women Minister Patty Hajdu.

She says while no inquiry can undo what has happened, it will help find a way forward because Canada “can and must do better.”

Bennett says the consultations, which will include a website to allow Canadians to provide input and learn more about the process, will help to determine the terms of reference for the inquiry.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says those touched by the tragedy have waited long enough.

“The victims deserve justice; their families, an opportunity to heal and to be heard,” Trudeau said in a speech earlier today.

Read the full piece here