Violence and “art”

The article in the New York Times today should make the anti-feminists happy. In it, the author blames feminism for women’s access to power (because in a “normal’ society, women wouldn’t have such access?!?). This access to power, the authors asserts, is why women are becoming as violent as men. In the last sentence, he states that women are just as violent as men – and where is the evidence for this? Sure, there are 200 or so self-report studies that have shown women to use Common Couple Violence (throwing things, hitting, slapping, etc.) – but these studies don’t pick up severe violence or homicide. We also know (from research) that women are more apt to admit using violence while men are more likely to deny or minimalize it.  So, where exactly is the evidence that women are just as violent as men?

He doesn’t bother to talk about how “art” has glamorized violence against women either – in films, porn and TV (America’s Top Model shot poses of “dead” women in the back of car trunks – as have advertisers).

Seems he just wants to ease his conscience about violence against women – just as the media did when it highlighted the woman’s aggression in soccer – while the same behavior is virtually ignored in men. Nothing wrong with pointing out women’s use of violence – but his statements lack depth, knowledge and accuracy.

Violence that art didn’t see coming 

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Believe women

In the Believe Women department, we have the case of Amy Castillo. Remember her? Her husband drowned their 3 young children in a hotel bathroom – to get revenge on her. Castillo sought a restraining order but the judge didn’t think she was credible. Months later, the father killed their 3 children, one-by-one.

Now, she’s advocating for HB 700, a Maryland bill, that will change the level of evidence from clear & convincing evidence to preponderance of evidence. 

Drowned children’s mother seeks change

Mother fights to change law after husband killed children

Mother of children drowned in bathtub to speak at hearing today

Mother backs easier access to protective orders

 UPDATES –

HB 700 was not passed –

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/06/AR2010030601948.html

Fathers Rights groups are happy about it –

http://www.fathersandfamilies.org/?tag=luiz-rs-simmons

Dump the Delegates campaign –  

 http://dumpmichaelsmigielsr.blogspot.com
http://dumptoddschuler.blogspot.com
http://dumpsamuelrosenberg.blogspot.com
http://dumpvictorramirez.blogspot.com
http://dumptonymcconkey.blogspot.com
http://dumpgerronlevi.blogspot.com
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http://dumpwilliamfrank.blogspot.com
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http://dumpjillcarter.blogspot.com
http://dumpbenjaminbarnes.blogspot.com
http://dumpcurtisanderson.blogspot.com
http://dumpluizsimmons.blogspot.com

Bone-chilling

Here’s a bone-chilling article about domestic violence in the Washington Post today. While they describe the perp’s background, it’s not the typical “nice guy kills wife” template (the woman in this case did survive). They actually uncover his temper, his wife’s concerns about his control issues, and they even interview domestic violence experts.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/24/AR2010022405384.html

76…and counting

Check out this recent post on Dastardly Dads – http://dastardlydads.blogspot.com/2010/02/76-killer-dads-fathers-who-ended-their.html She’s counted 76 cases of Dads murdering their children during visitation or custody. According to the Leadership Council on Child Abuse over 58,000 children go into unsupervised visitation or custody each year. These days family courts hand over the kids because, well, parental rights trump safety, don’t they? When women allege abuse, courts think they’re being ‘manipulative’ in order to get a favorable decision. They turn their backs on these women and readily hand over the kids–to abusers and murderers.

Check out these RECENT cases:

Stephen Garcia-

http://hidesertstar.com/articles/2010/02/09/news/doc4b6d247ecb7a5449445741.txt

Nicholas Bacon-

http://www.ktvb.com/news/local/Police-Man-kills-baby-then-self-83886922.html

Jesus Roman Fuentes-

http://www.hesperiastar.com/news/son-3182-shoots-san.html

Timothy Frazier-

http://www.wlky.com/news/22370318/detail.html

Murder-suicide of 7-year-old boy in Greece, NY-

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/20100213/NEWS01/100213001

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/article/201002140500/NEWS01/2140327

Danielle Horvat/David Aguilar

http://www.delcotimes.com/articles/2010/01/23/news/doc4b5a726799a99802477841.txt

Bias in psychiatric diagnosis

Check out this resource from:  The Association for Women in Psychology

Mission: To provide information for people (including but not limited to professionals and journalists) about biases and other problems in psychiatric diagnosis, an especially important goal in light of the American Psychiatric Association’s preparation for the 2013 publication of the next edition of the psychiatric diagnostic manual.

Bios for Group Members and Contributors

NEWS FLASH
1. Psychdiagnosis.net – website about bias in psychiatric diagnosis, including stories about people harmed in a wide variety of ways by receiving such a diagnosis and including six kinds of solutions to problems resulting from psychiatric labeling

2. Click Here for an important article in New Scientist about problems in the preparation for DSM-V

3. Click here to go to a website that is presented as allowing anyone who wants to make suggestions about DSM-V to do so.

Note:  AWP’s Committee on Bias in Psychiatric Diagnosis does not know what plans may have been made by the DSM-V authors to consider these suggestions.

4. Call for papers for a special issue of Social Science and Medicine, Sociology of Diagnosis

5. PSYCHOUT – A conference for organizing Resistance against Psychiatry – Call for submissions

 

Press Release: Family courts implicated in infants’ deaths

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Contacts: Rita Smith 303-839-1852 ext. 105

February 10, 2010                 Kathleen Russell 415-250-1180

 Family Courts Implicated in Infants’ Murders

Two Young Boys Killed by Two Divorcing Dads in Past 10 Days

Points to Massive System Failure

 SAN RAFAEL- National and local advocacy groups are expressing outrage over what has become a disturbing national trend of divorcing Dads killing their children and themselves. 8-month-old baby Bekm was shot and killed by his father, Nicholas Bacon, in Meridian, Idaho just 48 hours ago, while 9-month-old baby Wyatt was killed by his father Stephen Garcia just ten days ago in San Bernardino County. Details are still emerging about the tragic Idaho murder-suicide of baby Bekm on Monday night.

 In the Garcia case, three different judges refused multiple requests by the child’s mother for restraining orders to protect her child, despite police reports and documented death threats by the father in text messages and on Facebook.

 “The system failed Wyatt Garcia and Katie Tagle,’’ said California Assemblymember Jim Beall, Jr., the lead sponsor of Assembly Bill 612, which aims to prevent the use of non-scientific theories in California family courts. “Wyatt’s tragic death was completely avoidable.

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 Numerous sources report a significant spike in murder suicides across the country by violent fathers who kill their children and themselves, frequently after mothers’ requests for protection of their children are denied by family court judges. In addition, the Leadership Council on Child Abuse & Interpersonal Violence estimates that more than 58,000 children per year in America are ordered by family courts into unsupervised contact with physically or sexually abusive parents following divorce.

 “The time has come for us as a society to speak out and put a stop to this growing national body count. Across the country, women and children are being killed because of judges’ personal biases and junk science that tells them to disbelieve women’s legitimate claims and evidence of abuse,” said Rita Smith, the Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

 According to court transcripts and eyewitness accounts, judges reacted with disbelief when mother Katie Tagle presented them with evidence of death threats against her son by the father.

 Judge David Mazurek stated, “I get concerned when there’s a pending child custody and visitation issue and in between that, one party or the other claims that there’s some violence in between. It raises the court’s eyebrows because based on my experience, it’s a way for one party to try to gain an advantage over the other,” he said.

 “This attitude permeates the courts, that women are lying about the danger they are in,” said Kathleen Russell from the Center for Judicial Excellence. “This attitude causes judges to ignore tangible evidence of death threats and abuse. The abusers’ lobby has convinced judges that shared custody is always the answer, and sadly, this case points out how deadly that approach can be,” she said.

 According to a family member who was in the courtroom when Ms. Tagle last sought protection for her son, the judge reportedly said, “One of you is lying, and I think it’s you,” while pointing at Katie. Transcripts from this hearing are not yet available.

 The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Center for Judicial Excellence are part of a growing national advocacy movement to educate the public as well as litigants, lawmakers, judges, and social service providers about the need for comprehensive family court reform. The Center for Judicial Excellence and their allies worked with California State Senator Mark Leno and others to pass an audit request through the state legislature last July. The California State Auditor is currently investigating the use of court appointees in family courts because of growing evidence that children are being harmed there. The California Legislature is slated to consider additional family court reform bills being presented by the Center and the California Protective Parents Association in the coming months.

 “We must assess what’s happening in our family courts, and that’s why I’ve requested a state audit to take a hard look at the performance and effectiveness of the family court system,’’ said Assemblymember Beall.

 The State Auditor’s report about the California Family Courts has an expected release date of June 2010.

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NCADV – The Mission of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) is to organize for collective power by advancing transformative work, thinking and leadership of communities and individuals working to end the violence in our lives. 

 CJE – The Center for Judicial Excellence (CJE) was established to improve the judiciary’s public accountability and strengthen and maintain the integrity of the courts. CJE has made a special commitment to protect the rights of children and other vulnerable populations in the courts.

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