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One could not make this kind of stuff up:

Eleven years ago, Kelly Lumadue, then 21, had sex with a 5-year-old boy. There's no disputing it. It was captured on videotape. But should she spend the rest of her life in prison?

In June, a Seminole County jury watched those tapes and convicted her of two counts of capital sexual battery. Before she could be sentenced -- and the only sentence allowed by Florida law is life without the possibility of parole -- a judge ordered a new trial.


The boy, now age 16, was not a witness at her trial. He does not remember what happened. That is significant, wrote Circuit Judge Clayton Simmons, who presided over her trial, then ordered a new one.

"The fact that the defendant faces a Draconian punishment for a crime where the victim is alive and apparently living a normal life some eleven years after the criminal act, when criminals who have killed people are released from prison almost daily, makes it even more imperative that the defendant receive a fair and impartial trial . . . ," he wrote.


Under Florida law, however, the damage to the child is irrelevant, said Christopher Slobogin, a professor at the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida. The defendant either committed the crime or she didn't. The Florida Legislature meant to be very tough on thos
e who commit this type of crime, he said. What the case points out, Slobogin said, is the weakness of mandatory sentences.
Main / Survivor Story
Dec 21, 2006, 06:22 AM
Surprisingly, I found this video through a feminist blog.

Main / MAle Abuse Services
Sep 27, 2006, 09:38 AM
I am compiling a list of various groups who provide services, assistance and support to male victims of abuse and are seeking donations. If you are aware of any organizations, please send a link to their site to [email protected].

Eventually I will post the list on my blog. My hope is that people will donate to these groups. And to the feminist lurkers here, it would go a long way to demonstrating that you do in fact wish to stop violence by either posting links to these groups on your sites/blogs/forums, donating to them or both.
Main / Dragged into a Feminist Mess
Aug 07, 2006, 11:30 AM
It really is interesting to see who links to your site sometimes. I had not checked my blog in a couple of days because my brother is in the hospital. But upon checking this morning, I found that my blog had been linked to Pandagon of all places. Someone linked to a post I wrote about the woman who raped a 13-year-old boy at knifepoint (just a side note: the woman was given six months in jail, 10 years probation and she had to pay back the $9 the boy "paid" her for the "sex"). Somehow this is supposed to tie into a post Hugo made on his blog about men rating women or some other nonsense. I honestly did not have the time nor the inclination to read more than six sentences of the Pandagon post, but I just wanted to share that I now have a direct link to Hell.

I knew Jesus did not love me.
Main / Conversion about the Indefensible
Jul 24, 2006, 12:30 PM
I spotted this link over on men's activism. It's a phone call to the Ministry of Women's Equality.
Main / Why Girls Will Be Girls
Jul 23, 2006, 09:18 AM
In a controversial new book [The Female Brain], this psychiatrist [Louann Brizendine] argues that differences between men and women start with their brains.
*brackets are mine

It is interesting that we now have a string of studies and research essentially proving what people already knew, but particularly so because the majority of that research is being conducted by women. It does not appear that Brizendine had any agenda other than understanding what makes women do the things they do. Not surprisingly, she has gotten some critcism, but at least Newsweek saved it until the end of the article.

Hyde, a psychology and women's studies professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who conducted the meta-analysis of men and women last year, says she's disgusted by scientists, writers and publishers who exploit trivial differences between the genders. Books like this "are bad for my blood pressure," she says. Dr. Nancy C. Andreasen, a psychiatrist and neuroimaging expert at the University of Iowa's medical school, says nurture plays such a huge role in human behavior that focusing on biology is next to meaningless. "Whatever measurable differences exist in the brain," says Andreasen, "are used to oppress and suppress women."

One wonders how acknowledging that hormone levels affect women's behavior is oppression, but to think too deeply about such matters is bad for your blood pressure.
Main / Children of Men
Jul 21, 2006, 08:18 AM
A new movie coming soon to a theater near you.


Main / Comic Books and Feminism
Jul 19, 2006, 11:31 AM
I thought I'd share a little discussion I'm having on my blog concerning the fallout over comments made by the Editor-in-Chief at Marvel Comics.

Main / A Blooger Under Siege
Jul 12, 2006, 02:37 PM
I had to read this one a few times just to get my head around it. Some faculty member at a university had a problem with a blogger and found it appropriate to threaten physical and sexual harm to the man's two-year-old son.

Main / My Super Ex-Girlfriend
Jul 12, 2006, 02:08 PM
Don't know if anyone's heard about this movie yet, but the basic premise is:
"When a regular guy (Luke Wilson) dumps a superhero (Uma Thurman) because of her neediness, she uses her powers to make his life a living hell."

Check out the trailer.

Just so it's clear, Uma's too needy, clingy and self-absorbed so Wilson breaks it off and starts dating the chick from Scary Movie. The rest of the film is Uma stalking, threatening and abusing this guy until he gets back with her. IMDB lists this as a "romantic comedy." Can anyone tell me what exactly is funny about a man getting beaten up because he broke up with a woman?
Main / Mommy of the Year
Jul 09, 2006, 04:35 PM
Cops charge mom of boy left at Taste

July 9, 2006


The mother of a 6-year-old boy abandoned at the Taste of Chicago was charged Sunday with felony child abandonment, police said.

Marie Campbell, 29, of Olympia Fields, was charged with one count of felony child abandonment, according to a Chicago Police Department release.
full article

I go to the Taste of Chicago every year, and to do that to a six-year-old boy is disgusting and disturbing. Not suprisingly, the woman already has a history with DCFS, and she's placed the boy in foster care twice. Why bother putting this boy back in his mother's custody if the woman has already threatened to harm him? Just sad...
Main / Maid was killed for using make-up
Jul 07, 2006, 09:10 AM
LOKHANDWALA SHAME : Gajarias' daughter charged with murder; police say she hit maid.

Express News Service

Mumbai, June 29: A WEEK after she was found dead in an apartment in Andheri's upmarket Lokhandwala Complex area, the Oshiwara police on Thursday said the 10-year-old domestic help was smothered to death by Roma Bhatia, her employer's daughter, after she was caught using Bhatia's mother's cosmetics.

The police also clarified that the domestic help had not been raped and that Bhatia had inflicted the injuries--she allegedly assaulted her private parts with an aluminium rod and later smothered her--to make the young girl confess to her 'crime'.

While Bhatia, who was arrested on Tuesday, has now been booked for criminal conspiracy and murder, her brother Rajendra Gajaria--the marine engineer was the main suspect initially--father Vinod and mother Madhu have been booked for abetment and destruction of evidence.

The Gajarias, who were arrested on June 23, had claimed the girl committed suicide by hanging herself when they weren't home.

Confirming that Bhatia was the prime accused, Additional Commissioner of Police (Western Region) Bipin Bihari clarified that the police suspected the girl had been sodomised or raped because of the nature of her injuries.

''But an examination of the injuries and the scene of the crime confirmed they were inflicted by an artificial object. We conducted further investigations, which revealed it was Bhatia who killed her,'' he said.

According to the police, last Thursday, after the Gajarias left for Chembur at about 3 pm, Bhatia--she lives two floors above the Gajarias--dropped in and saw the victim using some cosmetics.

When the girl started screaming after Bhatia allegedly stripped and assaulted her, the police said that Bhatia smothered her, leading to her death, then left the flat, locked the door and returned to her apartment.

According to the police, past midnight, when the Gajarias returned, Bhatia told Madhu about the incident, following which the Gajarias tried to pass the girl's death off as a suicide and hanged her body.

After the post-mortem revealed that she had been killed between 3.30 pm and 6 pm and the police learnt that it was Bhatia who had last been with the victim, they arrested her.

According to the police, injuries on the girl's body had led them to discard the suicide theory and Bhatia's arrest on Tuesday and subsequent questioning only confirmed their suspicions.

Ironically, I found this through an Indian feminist's site. Even more ironic, the feminists who post there still have the same self-indulging debates.
Main / Dad sues to block circumcision
Jun 13, 2006, 04:54 PM

An Arlington Heights father will appear in court today to fight what he says is a plan to "mutilate" his 8-year-old son by circumcising him.

The boy's mother argues that without circumcision his recurring infections will only get worse.

The divorced couple is embroiled in a bitter fight that will see national experts flying in to testify before a Cook County judge. Their battle reflects a national debate on circumcision -- a procedure that has dropped in popularity in the United States over the last 25 years.

Most U.S. boys get surgery, but percentage dropping

The United States continues to lead the world in circumcisions; 1.12 million American baby boys were circumcised in 2003.

Much of that is attributed to cultural and social norms. But in the last 10 years, the percentage of boys circumcised has been dropping and is at its lowest since at least the 1970s. In 2003, 55.9 percent of male babies were circumcised -- down from a high of 64.7 percent in 1980, the National Center for Health Statistics says.

Part of that is attributed to economics, because some insurance policies don't pay for circumcisions -- especially since the American Academy of Pediatrics said the benefits of circumcision are not significant enough to label it as medically necessary.

Studies have cited a decreased risk of infections, injuries and penile cancer in those who are circumcised. But studies also have shown that circumcised babies have a risk for infection and injury by abrasion to the sensitive skin.

Steve Patterson

Is it medically necessary?

"My child is healthy and he doesn't want this to happen to him," the father said. "He's completely comfortable. I don't see any reason to do it."

But the boy's mother, who lives in Northbrook, said several doctors have told her that without circumcision earlier infections are likely to continue returning.

"Curing the infection isn't the issue -- it's stopping it from coming back. And the doctors have said the way to do that is by circumcision," said her attorney, Tracy Rizzo. "But now, [the father] has made this more of a political issue and nothing to do with medicine."

The couple -- he's a Polish native, she's Slovak -- married in 1996 and divorced in 2000.

The divorce decree gives the father input on major medical decisions. In February, a judge was asked to intervene and a restraining order was granted, preventing the mother from having the boy circumcised until after today's hearing.

Dr. Antonio Chaviano of Children's Memorial Hospital said fewer U.S. boys are being circumcised at birth, but it's even more rare to see the procedure done on an older boy.

Chaviano was not familiar with the 8-year-old's case, but acknowledged that sometimes circumcision is medically necessary for older boys. But he saw no reason for a boy to undergo the procedure if it wasn't needed. "You're opening a real Pandora's box," he said.

Those on both sides of the issue cite studies showing risks for infections and injuries. In a 1999 study, the American Academy of Pediatrics found no overwhelming evidence to support or oppose circumcision.

Attorneys for the father, Alan Toback and John D'Arco, are working with Georgia attorney David Llewellyn, whose expertise is circumcision cases. "Given [the boy's] age and the absolute lack of any medical necessity, any benefit to the child ... is far outweighed by the detriments," Toback said.

But Rizzo, attorney for the boy's mother, says medicine and proper cleaning instructions have not helped her son -- and the mother insists circumcision is needed.

Rizzo says the father repeatedly misses child-support payments and is opposed to his ex-wife's new marriage -- a claim the father denies.

"She just cares about her child," Rizzo said, "and wants to give him the best medical care necessary."

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Main / You know you want one
Jun 01, 2006, 09:26 PM
Completely off topic, but my brother emailed this to me yesterday. You have to watch the music video.
I am actually hestitant to post this link. I am certain what the intent of the post is and I do not want to play into Amp's hand by giving him the "look, I told you the men's movement is stupid" ammunition that he is seeking. However, such uninformed comments cannot go unnoticed. I would only ask that if you wish to comment to make such comments on Creative Destruction. At the very least you can actively question Amp's comment without threat of being banned for disagreeing with him.

So with no further ado, here you go.
Main / The rape charge as weapon
May 02, 2006, 07:54 AM
By Cathy Young  |  May 1, 2006

THE NOTORIOUS case of alleged rape at Duke University has an explosive mix of elements: gender, race, class, and charges of sexual violence. Three members of the school's lacrosse team, privileged young white men, are accused of sexually assaulting a stripper who is African-American.

The facts of the case remain murky. According to media reports, medical evidence seems to support the woman's claim of sexual assault, but no DNA match to any team members has been found, and two of the accused may have an alibi. The police report suggests that the woman was initially picked up when heavily intoxicated. The other exotic dancer who was on the scene initially disputed the alleged victim's claims but then changed her story somewhat, and apparently made inquiries about profiting from her role in the case.

In the current trial by media, charges of a rush to judgment abound. Women's advocates and many others claim that the alleged victim is being smeared as a slut by a sexist culture which holds that an ''unchaste" woman who is raped must have been ''asking for it." (Radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh charmingly referred to charges that lacrosse team members had ''raped some hos.")

Meanwhile, some say that the quick assumption that the players are guilty reflects antimale prejudice. Writes columnist Kathleen Parker, ''Reaction to Duke's sad chapter is but the inevitable full flowering of the antimale seeds planted a generation ago. Thus, we need little prompting to assume that where there's a guy, there's a potential rapist."
Main / The other face of domestic violence
Apr 17, 2006, 03:34 PM
By Ted Rowlands

SARASOTA, Florida (CNN) -- When I met Leo, Paul and Tom at a domestic violence shelter here in Sarasota, Florida, it was hard to believe the three men's story: that they were victims of physical abuse at the hands of their female partners.

Leo, who is about 6 feet tall and said he weighed more than 200 pounds at the time of the abuse, said his girlfriend terrorized him while he was recovering from a heart transplant.

"She would throw things, she would absolutely throw things, one time she did grab my throat and was screaming in my face," he said.

Another time, Leo said, she pulled a knife on him, but he suspected she was just trying to scare him.

Tom said his ex-wife would fly off the handle without notice. He said he had to lie when co-workers noticed scratches on his body, saying "my hands were so clawed by her, at work a day later I would be writing something down, and someone would say 'Oh, you must have a mean cat,' I'd say 'Yeah, a mean cat.' What am I supposed to say?"

Tom's wife was arrested and pleaded guilty to assault.

Tom said while sitting in a courtroom during his divorce, he realized he was a victim of abuse.

"I looked up, and I see a poster saying 'Are you a victim of domestic violence?' And I start reading the questions, and tears started coming down. I said, 'damn.' "

Paul, who works for a cement company, said his wife would attack him when he got home from work.

"She'd come running at me like a wild animal, both hands and arms swinging, I think she had her eyes closed half the time," he said.

According to a police report, Paul attacked his wife and threatened to kill her, but he said that is a lie.

"She came running up to me with a knife, and I end up doing six months over it," he said.

CNN's efforts to contact Paul's ex-wife were unsuccessful.

All three men said they were reluctant to call police. Leo said he thinks in the case of a dispute, an officer would believe a woman's story over a man's.

"Whether it happened or not, if she signs that affidavit, you're on your way to jail, you're on your way to jail, no investigation no anything."

All three men have left the women they say abused them.

Mary Thoroman, a detective with the North Port, Florida, Police Department, said she is seeing more male victims of domestic violence than ever before.

"Typically it's the throwing of objects, a lot of scratching, a lot of face scratching, neck scratching, even chest, but objects being thrown is very, very common," she said.

After meeting the three men, I interviewed Darlene Hilker, a woman who admits to assaulting her husband. Hilker said she was arrested after an argument spun out of control, and "I grabbed my husband's genitals, that's what I was arrested for."

Hilker was sentenced to 16 weeks of counseling at the Domestic Abuse Shelter Homes in Englewood, Florida.

The executive director at DASH, Donna LeClerc, said her group is dealing with more and more cases of women abusing their mates, though Department of Justice statistics show spousal abuse arrests nationwide have dropped significantly during the past decade.

"Men have gotten the point that it's not OK to do those things, but somehow it's turned around, and it's OK for women to do those things," LeClerc said.

Hilker said her anger would build and build until she couldn't control it. She also said other woman are feeling the same frustration, and are resorting to violence.

"There's a lot of women with a lot of anger, and they are letting it go," Hilker said. "It's not just husbands beating up wives; women can fly off, too."
Main / U.S. too slow on pedophiles
Apr 04, 2006, 07:29 PM
I thought this would be relevant.

WASHINGTON -- Justin Berry, who for five years starred in his own Web cam child pornography business, told a House panel Tuesday that the Justice Department is moving too slowly to round up 1,500 pedophiles whose information he surrendered last year.

"I believed that the government would protect the children being abused. I believed they would act quickly," Berry, now 19, told the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "I was wrong."

Justice Department spokesman Bryan Sierra disputed that, citing a threefold increase in federal prosecutions of child pornography and abuse cases nationally over the past decade. The unit investigating Berry's case, which Sierra could not discuss, has seen its workload increase 450 percent in the last four years.

"One of law enforcement's highest priorities is the protection of innocent children from sexual predators who lurk on the Internet," Sierra said.

The same committee will hear from the Justice Department, among other federal agencies, on Thursday.

Berry's story of a lonely teenager who sought friends on the Internet but instead grew rich attracting pedophiles was reported in December by the New York Times after a six-month investigation. Its author, Kurt Eichenwald, told the Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday that Berry is the first such teenage witness known to turn over such a vast cache of evidence to the government.

But even Berry's catalog of his clients' names, credit card numbers and other details has resulted in only one arrest, he and Eichenwald said.

"From the time that the government was notified of Justin's information to the point where the children in direct danger were saved, more than 50 days passed," Eichenwald told the panel. "Some people identified as perpetrators literally could not get themselves arrested if they tried."

Berry embarked on his sordid journey into the world of pedophelia and drugs when at 13, living in Bakersfield, Calif., he acquired a Web camera as part of a deal with an Internet service provider. A lonely kid of a divorced family without many friends, Berry hoped to use the device to make friends his own age.

Instead, a pedophile sent him an instant message within minutes of Berry's image landing on a Web site called More followed; then men worked to earn his trust.

"At 13, I believed these people were my friends," Berry told the panel. "They were kind. They complimented me. They wanted to know about my day."

A few weeks later, he said, "everything changed" when one man proposed to pay Berry $50 to take off his shirt for a few minutes in front of the Web cam. The man helped Berry set up an account with Paypal, an online money payment system.

Last June, Eichenwald approached Berry for a story he was doing on Internet pornography. Berry agreed to help with the story and tell law enforcement what he knew about other children being exploited.

But the Justice Department and other massive federal agencies were slow to respond, Berry and Eichenwald told the panel. Berry said he has feared for his life.


On the Net:

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Main / LaFave walks?
Mar 21, 2006, 11:19 AM
Truly amazing. I wish I could say it was unbelievable, but it isn't. This case sends a powerful message to female sexual predators that they won't ever be held accountable, especially if they're pretty. But even worse, it tells all those boys who might have told to keep their mouths shut because prosecutors would rather let a sex offender walk than actually try the case.