Archive for abuse – Page 2

Not All Military Rape Victim's Are Alike

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Rapes in the military have been getting much more attention and seeing more and more daylight lately. A lot of that has to do with the efforts of two women senators, Senators Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Claire McCaskill of Missouri. It's not just the horrific tragedies of the act itself, it's the aftermath. And in too many cases, the result is suicide. So perhaps it's proper to say that one act of violence is really responsible for two.

Huffpo continues to run a periodic series of articles under the heading of Invisible Casualties, in which they shine a spotlight on suicide-prevention efforts within the military. One in particular caught my attention in an eye-opening way. Perhaps this the story or the outcome that surprised me most.

It's the story of what I thought was a rather unusual sexual assault but as it turns out, it's more common than you'd think.

Now the particulars of this tragic tale don't end with the assault, nor with the conviction. It's the aftermath of Jeremiah Arbogast's ordeal.

According to this HUFFPO story:

Men accounted for only about 12 percent of reported military sexual assault cases in fiscal year 2012. But more men than women are sexually assaulted each year in the military, given that men make up some 85 percent of service members, notes Michael Matthews, a close friend of Arbogast. Matthews' own experience as a veteran and victim of rape served as the catalyst for "Justice Denied," a documentary about male military sexual assault survivors.

In 2001, Arborgast was drugged and raped. He reported the crime committed by his staff sergeant. There was a trial and the officer was meted out military justice.

The staff sergeant was convicted by court martial in 2002, given merely a "bad conduct" discharge from the Marines. But Arbogast's ordeal went on for seven more years of severe depression, nightmares and insomnia. He had trouble concentrating; his mind would wander back to the rape. He swung abruptly from rage to numbness. He got divorced. Then got remarried. He drank. Nothing worked.

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 Jeremiah Arbogast wearing his Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

In 2009, Arbogast aimed a gun "right dead in the chest, where my heart would be, where my pain was." He missed and became partially paralyzed.

And so his life continued, but as a paraplegic. It's as if his traumatic past wasn't enough.

This man, just like the many other men AND women who have braved and overcome their sexual assaults, are to be commended.

"I've been through life and death," he said. "There is gonna come a time in your life when you have to say enough is enough. You're letting that perpetrator who assaulted you rent your life for free. You're becoming a slave to what they've done to you."

Others may see his experience as a reason to want to give up. But he says it's the reason to keep living. "It's all the tragedy and the triumph between where I was and where I am today."

Bravo to you all, soldiers and protectors of our freedoms.

We face a military funding shutdown within days because of the lack of patriotism by the tea party. And there's a particularly important need to say thanks to the men and women of the military.

Lance Corporal Jeremiah Arbogast, U.S. Marine Corps, needs some help. And he's not too proud to ask for it. Here's the link to Operation Help First Response.

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How Long Does It Take To Realize Your Child's Missing?

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There is so much wrong with this story -- MailOnline NEWS:

Brittney Sierra, 22, from South Florida, was jailed in January for child neglect resulting in bodily harm after police found the skeletal remains of her five-month-old son Dontrell Melvin buried in the back yard of her former home.

The charges were downgraded yesterday to simple child neglect. She faces ten years in prison if convicted.

She has not been charged with causing the baby's death.

A bit of perspective. A woman who's failed to notice her 5 month old child is missing for a year and a half, is visited by Child Welfare Services 30 times over that 18 month span, failing to produce her child, and it didn't raise some eyebrows? Who led authorities to the unmarked grave in the backyard? She's got to be guilty of more than just child neglect. That's like calling a beheading a kink in the neck.

Here's the video:

I don't get it, truthfully. I guess to know what really went on, you'll have to ask Brittney Sierra about her son, Dontrell. Or maybe ask the child's father, Calvin Melvin Jr.

Chances are they're not talking because they now both blamed each other for the death of their five-month-old son, Dontrell.

So, what does the court do? They lessen the charges against the mother on Monday, then release her without bond so she can have her child.

I have a few questions here. If this mother is possibly the killer of her infant son, after she gives birth to this next child, are they going to let her care for the newborn?

Why are the authorities lessening the charges against this woman? After all, her son Dontrell is dead. We at least know that much. And she never reported him missing. Oh and she is the one who led the authorities to the dead infant's grave. This is child neglect? Seems a bit more serious than that.

And how do you drop charges from child neglect resulting in bodily harm to simple child neglect. I can see murder 1 charges dropped to involuntary manslaughter. But this reduction takes the cake. He hasn't risen from the grave, healthy and good as new, as far as I know. He's still very dead. And that's not simple neglect. A lot's not right here. How can this all be explained?

Oh, yeah, now I get it. This happened in that hotbed of social justice, Florida. What is going on in the Sunshine State?

UPDATE: (9/25/13   7:02 AM PST)

Just hours after Brittney Sierra's release, she was busted again for breaking her terms of release and is now back in police custody. Here is the link to the video of her re-incarceration, courtesy of WSVN - TV, Channel 4, Miami. Looks like her next child is going to be born behind bars. This is a sad story on every level.

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Private Social Website For Police Eyes Only

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Did you ever wonder what cops talk about when they're just hanging out together. Though they're really not supposed to discuss ongoing investigations with outsiders, within their own ranks, they all do. And lots of what they have to say would probably cause them much embarrassment. When they talk about the unwarranted stops they made, laugh about the harassment they dished out just because they didn't like someone they stopped, or the weapon they planted to cover their asses. It' really would be quite interesting to be that fly on the wall to  hear what these upholders of justice and peace really think.

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Well, there's going to be a new forum called BlueLine. And it's not a bus or subway route. According to TPM:

The final stages are near completion for the launch of a law enforcement social media network designed exclusively for the men and women in blue.

Created by former high-profile New York City police commissioner and Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton, BlueLine is being touted as a site where officers can share their expertise, insight and information securely through video, instant messaging, videoconferencing and screen share capabilities.

You can just imagine what will be traded back and forth there. More secrets of how to get away with abuses. More vids of police brutality and humiliation, all done for their compatriots across the country. "Look what me and my partner did..."

“Our focus is to have a walled community where you’re verified and authenticated, so you have a safe form of communication with law enforcement, analysts and administrators,” said David Riker, Bratton Technologies’ president.

If this there ever was a site that by design was rife for promotion of abuse, this is it. After all, to enter you need to prove you're a cop. And you know that brotherhood and their reputation.

Over time some of the shared tidbits and confessions will undoubtedly be leaked. Till then, one can only wonder what Bratton had in mind. This guy bounced around from Boston to New York to Los Angeles. Though crime may have gone down, incidents of corruption and police abuse increased.

He's supposedly hard on "anti-social" behavior. So maybe this is a move to help other cops along -- or just make a few bucks. It is his company that's running this site.

Bratton said BlueLine was conceived earlier this year and created by his New York-based venture capitalist-backed startup, Bratton Technologies, after hearing for years that fellow officers didn’t have a safe network to share information with each other.

BlueLine is currently being beta-tested among 100 officers within the Los Angeles Police and L.A. County Sheriff’s departments and the University of Southern California’s campus police.

USC campus police are the ones who told a female student reporting a rape, "It wasn't rape because he (the accused) didn't orgasm." For the whole story, you can go to my TPC post: "She Wasn't Raped Because He Didn't Orgasm." Bratton and his group of investors found a great place to share stories and swap information. If corruption needed an HQ, it may have found it in the underbelly of BlueLine.

Conceptually, the idea of a website and forum to share their thoughts, experiences and provide self-help is good. It's just that once you shut the rest of the world out, you're appearance is like that of the NSA. Too many secrets being passed around. The police have enough temptation. Maybe they need to open up the site, so that we don't see a web of bad cops joining up with other bad cops to create havoc and revenge.

I hope I'm wrong. Only time will tell... or an informant who blows the lid off of what's really going on with the BlueLine social club. I'm just suspicious when upcoming group discussions may include: evidence suppression, weapon's planting, 101 bogus reasons to stop a vehicle, payoffs and bribes, police abuse, harassment, and drug theft from the evidence room.

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Video- Fox Misleadingly Hypes 1.3 Percent Fraud In Food Stamp Program

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All they have to do is twist the facts just a wee bit every time they talk and their lies become embedded. Via MM.

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Video- Canadian Walmart Fires Employee for Asking Customer Not to Leave Dog in Hot Car

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I think she should have been fired if she didn't report it. What a f'd up policy. Can't even tell you how many customers I've reported thru the years. Via. I know, I know!! Cheeeeeeney.

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Please sign this petition to rescind George W. Bush's "Improving the Human Condition Award"

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The Josef Korbel School Of International Studies at the University of Denver (here they are on Facebook) is giving an award to George W. Bush. But it's not just any award; no, no, this one is for "improving the human condition." No, I'm not kidding.

Apparently, indefinite detention, torture, starting a fraudulent war with a country that never attacked us that killed thousands, lying to us about the reasons for the invasion, and destroying our economy all contributed to our human condition.

Oh it contributed all right. It made it worse.

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So who could be more deserving than W? What a human rights maven. GREAT choice, gang!

Seriously, this makes no sense whatsoever. None.

Here's one Facebook comment:

Sarah Strnad:

June 25 - Seriously, all my Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver friends, I expect you to [sign] this. And, to my alma mater, I just want you to know that if you go ahead with this ill conceived award that mocks my degree I will NEVER donate a cent to you.

So Change.org is doing this:

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Please sign the petition if you agree that W did more to destroy the human condition than any political figure in recent memory and doesn't deserve a dinner, an award, or any other honor that anyone could ever conjure up ever.

One acquaintance of mine had the perfect response to this misguided award: Because Bush isn't president any more, the human condition has been greatly improved. Now that makes sense.

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VIDEO: #Guantanamo Bay hunger strike force feeding protest #FreeFayiz

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Jacob Dean of Filter Free Radio is a longtime pal o' mine from various shows we have in common on the Radio Machine. He's a very young, very cool guy who knows a lot about a lot and speaks his mind.

On Wednesday June 26, 2013 the United International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Jacob volunteered to be strapped down and "force-fed" to lend his body in support of the total eradication of torture and the effective functioning of the Convention Against Torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.

In the words of Portland's hunger striker S. Brian Willson, "We are not worth more. They are not worth less."

Recorded 4-6pm on June 26, 2013 at Portland City Hall. (This is NOT actually torture, just political street theater.):

Jacob Dean interviews 71 year-old S. Brian Willson, Activist, Author, a Vietnam veteran member of Veterans For Peace, Portland Chapter 72, beginning Sunday, May 12 reduced his food intake by more than 85 percent, fasting on 300 calories a day in solidarity with the 130 uncharged Guantanamo prisoner hunger strikers now in deteriorating health, many of whom are being force-fed. Willson, a trained lawyer and criminologist, anti-war activist and author, lives by the mantra: "We are not worth more; They are not worth less."

He joins 65-year-old grandmother Diane Wilson, a fifth-generation Texas shrimper, anti-war activist and author, who began an open-ended, water-only fast on May 1 outside the White House, and intends to fast until the prisoners are freed.

There are more than 1,200 people around the country participating in a rolling hunger strike to bring attention to the plight of the fasting prisoners at Guantanamo, who have been illegally detained for over ten years with little recourse. May 16 [was] the 100th day of the hunger strike.

The hunger strike/fast demands President Obama take immediate action to close the prison and release the prisoners. Interview recorded 6/22/2013

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here; That link includes one specific to only Fayiz al-Kandari’s story here.

Here are audio and video interviews with Lt. Col. Wingard, one by David Shuster, one by Ana Marie Cox, and more. My guest commentary at BuzzFlash is here.

Lt. Col. Barry Wingard is a military attorney who represents Fayiz Al-Kandari in the Military Commission process and in no way represents the opinions of his home state. When not on active duty, Colonel Wingard is a public defender in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Please read Jane Mayer’s book The Dark Side. You’ll have a much greater understanding of why I post endlessly about this, and why I’m all over the CIA deception issues, too.

More of Fayiz’s story here, at Answers.com.

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