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Women slam rape victim blaming with video about fake male murder victim... | James is Dead

Source: Raw Story

What if people blamed murder victims for the crimes committed against them the way they tend to blame rape victims?

A YouTube video posted by Blue Seat Studios examines that very question. The video, entitled, “James is Dead,” shows two cartoon women talking about the murder of the fictional character, James, at a college party.

“I mean, what was he wearing though?” one woman asks. “I mean, you know how he wears those V-neck t-shirts? I’m just saying, if you don’t want to get stabbed in the neck, consider wearing a turtleneck sweater or something.”

The video comes while the case of Stanford swimer Brock Turner has made headlines. Turner was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman behind a dumpster. Outrage over his lenient sentence of 6 months in jail has caused the story to go viral.



More: http://www.rawstory.com/2016/06/women-slam-rape-victim-blaming-with-video-about-fake-male-murder-victim-what-was-he-wearing-though/

"He Named Me Malala" is now streaming exclusively on Hulu.





Hundreds of classified documents found on Petraeus’ mistress’ laptop: FBI

Source: Raw Story



Newly released documents reveal that the FBI found hundreds of classified documents on a laptop belonging to Paula Broadwell, the woman with whom then-CIA director Gen. David Petraeus conducted a clandestine affair.

The Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday about the contents of a recently-unsealed FBI search warrant served during the agency’s 2013 investigation of the affair. More than 300 of the classified documents found on Broadwell’s computer were categorized as state secrets.

Broadwell was an author who was charged with writing a biography of the former CIA director, but the two became romantically involved over the course of the book’s completion. Documents pertaining to the FBI probe were unsealed on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Virginia.

“The probe uncovered their affair, revealed their mishandling of classified documents and lead to Petraeus’ resignation as head of the CIA. Last year, Petraeus pleaded guilty in Charlotte to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling government documents and was fined $100,000,” the Observer said.


Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/2016/06/hundreds-of-classified-documents-found-on-petraeus-mistress-laptop-fbi/

Serena Williams takes down hecklers for all of womankind

Source: Mashable/Glamour

Unfortunately we live in a world where women in sports, no matter how skilled and celebrated they may be, still have to deal with the occasional side serving of discrimination or objectification.

In a new video for Glamour, an exasperated Serena Williams effectively shuts down a slew of annoying comments by pelting a heckler named Alec with tennis balls.

Just another day of practice.



Michigan congressional candidate says sex with teenagers could be OK, if they're mature enough

Source: ClickOnDetroit.com

A Wyandotte man running to unseat Democrat Rep. Debbie Dingell voiced an opinion on Facebook that is raising some eyebrows.

Tom Bagwell commented on a Facebook post regarding the story of a 24-year-old female teacher allegedly impregnated by her 13-year-old student.

Bagwell commented saying: "Children should be protected as best we can. Unfortunately, the unintended consequences of government action often can cause more harm. We need reforms that make cases more subjective and look at each case separately rather than simple hard age cutoffs.

When pressed on it by another user, Bagwell continued: "Hard age of consent laws don't take into account the actual maturity of the child. Some teenagers are able to handle these relationships many can't. If there is actual abuse by all means charge with a crime, but it should not be a snap judgment.





http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/michigan-congressional-candidate-says-sex-with-teenagers-could-be-ok

Brutally Honest Illustrations About Modern Life By Eduardo Salles

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More: http://www.boredpanda.com/cynical-comics-illustrations-cinismoilustrado/

Cute Tot Can't Find Fork



Thinking He Owed $25,000, A Man Spent 5 Months In Rikers. He Only Owed $2.

Source: Think Progress



Unable to pay $25,000 to bail himself out, a Queens resident languished in New York City’s notoriously overcrowded and abusive Rikers Island jail for approximately five months. According to court documents, he should’ve only paid $2 for bail and been released after one week.

Aitabdel Salem, an immigrant from Algeria, was detained in November 2014 for fighting a cop who arrested him for theft at a clothing store. He was locked away at Rikers because he was unable to pay the $25,000 bail amount. After his first week behind bars, however, prosecutors on the case were unable to indict him and he no longer owed thousands of dollars. To be released, Salem only had to chalk up two, $1 bail payments for unrelated mischief and tampering charges.

His lawyer, Stephen Pokart, never told him. And when Salem was eventually released in May 2015, he also missed his arraignment because of a court date mix-up. He was subsequently charged with bail jumping, jailed, and slapped with $30,000 for the officer assault.

“(Salem) was shocked and dismayed and frustrated that his case was unconscionably mishandled and there was no communication by his attorney telling him his bail was $2 which he could have made at any moment,” Glenn Hardy, one of Salem’s new attorneys, said at a recent court hearing.

In reality, Pokart’s failure is representative of New York City’s broken bail system.


Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2016/06/01/3783711/2-dollar-bail/

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