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We know that men in the UK are still dying four years sooner than women, on average; that 12 men each day take their own lives; that 90% of rough sleepers are men; that 95% of the prison population is male; that seven out of ten murder victims are male; that girls are outperforming boys at every stage of education; that women are a third more likely to go to university than men; that young men account for 70% of long-term youth unemployment; that male graduates are 50% more likely to be unemployed; that men in their twenties are earning less than their female peers; that 96% of people who die at work are male and that men accounted for 84% of suicides linked to the recession.
If women and girls were experiencing any one of those problems at the rate that men and boys are, it would be grounds for an international day in its own right - so why are we so indifferent to the various problems that are more likely to impact the male half of the population?
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Police arrest woman accused of stabbing child
The investigation into last month's Wheat Ridge Greenbelt-area double-stabbing took a bizarre twist last week after police arrested the woman who was once thought to be a victim in the case - no accused of trying to pin the attack of her and her child on a man who she claims raped her years ago.
Stephany Harwood, 21, of Lakewood was arrested last week, and was being held at the Jefferson County jail on a felony charge of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury. She was given a $100,000 bond.
Police believe that Harwood was the one who stabbed herself and her toddler son on a walking trail on Aug. 22. Harwood then allegedly concocted a story to try to place the blame on Marvin Gean Wilson - a man with a lengthy criminal history and whom Harwood claims she has known since she was a girl.
Harwood told police that Wilson attacked her and her son as they were walking along a Greenbelt trail near 48th Avenue and Otis Street.
But police aren't buying her story.
Detectives suspect several inconsistencies with Harwood's account, which is detailed in a 15-page arrest warrant affidavit. And police find it troubling that Harwood allegedly told a neighbor prior to the Greenbelt incident that she recently had a dream about being assaulted by Wilson and that she had a "weird feeling in her stomach" that he was back in the area - the day before the stabbing occurred, according to the affidavit.
Harwood was arrested Sept. 13 on a felony charge of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury and is being held on a $100,000 cash-only bond at the Jefferson County jail. She made her first court appearance on Sept. 16.
Police had become suspicious of Harwood's story even prior to them interviewing her the day after the incident.
Detectives were troubled by the number of times that Harwood and her family have filed police reports against Wilson over the years. The first one was a 2007 case, where Harwood helped authorities in an investigation into a sexual assault case that allegedly took place two years prior. Harwood also claimed to have been sexually assaulted by Wilson in Park County that same year, but that case was never prosecuted.
In four other reports of incidents involving Wilson that were brought forth by either Harwood or her family from 2008 through 2010, police say that "no evidence was located to believe that Wilson had been involved in any of the incidents, and investigating officers were suspicious of the events occurring as reported," according to the affidavit.
The day after the Greenbelt stabbings, police met with a neighbor whom Harwood spoke with the day before she reported being attacked by Wilson. The neighbor told police that Harwood told her that she had a dream about Wilson stabbing her the night before, and that Harwood told her that she "gets a weird feeling in her stomach when the guy that raped her comes around."
Harwood told police in an interview later that day that she first met Wilson when she about 15 years old, at time when he was involved in a relationship with her nephew's mother.
She told police that she knew it was Wilson who had attacked her on the Greenbelt, because she had "'looked him in the eyes,'" according to the affidavit.
"I was raped by him when I was 15 years old and I've never (forgotten) that face," she told detectives.
Prior to the Greenbelt incident, she told police that she had last seen Wilson three years ago, during an incident where she claimed that he used a knife to cut the side of her face and threatened to harm her son. She said that Wilson "has always stalked her" and he's wanted her dead ever since she cooperated in the case against him several years ago.
"I guess I was honestly done but I guess I was wrong because he got my son this time," she said, according to the affidavit.
But detectives told Harwood that her story "doesn't add up," and that "it is unusual" for someone to have a dream about being assaulted, feel an attack coming on and then have it actually occur.
Police were also confused after Harwood had them that Wilson had threatened her son three years ago, at a time when it was "not humanly possible" for her to have yet been pregnant with her son.
After telling Harwood that she needed to start telling the truth, she asked for a lawyer.
Police also interviewed Harwood's boyfriend, who told them that Harwood "seems like a decent person, but she may have some mental issues," according to the affidavit.
As for Wilson's whereabouts, police haven't been able to locate him. The FBI made contact with Wilson's brother in Florida, who told the agency that Wilson may now be living in Mexico.
Ex-deputy cleared in sexual contact complaint in Montezuma County
Darrin Harper fired last month
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A former Montezuma County sheriff's deputy accused of inappropriately touching a female suspect has been cleared of any wrongdoing after an investigation.
The Cortez Journal reports that prosecutors and the sheriff's office both conducted an investigation and determined no charges were warranted against former deputy Darrin Harper.
A 52-year-old woman had alleged in a January complaint that Harper had fondled her during a traffic stop in 2012. But the woman later told investigators during an interview that she has a mental illness and sometimes makes up things "that did not happen."
The woman had been arrested on suspicion of driving on the influence of drugs on the night in question, but the charges were later dismissed.
The investigation into the complaint also included listening to recorded jail phone calls, talking with the alleged victim's husband, and interviewing several officers present at the scene on the night in question, but no evidence was found to corroborate the complaint.
Harper was fired last month because of other misconduct complaints, including arresting people without probable cause.
Lakewood woman arrested in husband's beating death
LAKEWOOD, Colo. - Lakewood police have arrested the 73-year-old wife of an 83-year-old man who was severely beaten in his home and later died.
Police said they responded to a call of a domestic dispute in on W. Warren Drive and S. Moore Court just before 11 a.m. Wednesday.
Upon arrival, they found Carol Weigum outside the house and found her husband, Wallace "Wally" Weigum inside the house. He was rushed to a local hospital where he died later that afternoon.
An investigation revealed the husband died from blunt force trauma to the head, police said.
Carol Weigum was arrested at the house for investigation of first-degree murder. Police said detectives don't believe the man's death was related to any sort of assisted suicide.
DU law professor fights for equal pay for women
DENVER -- While women are making strides in closing the wage gap between them and men, there's still work to be done.
A recent report revealed that a typical working woman will earn more than $440,000 less than a man over a 40-year career.
That's why a professor at the University of Denver is trying to change the way females are paid at the school.
Professor Lucy Marsh has taught at DU for 40 years. She first filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in July after she began researching the alleged pay disparity. She said she discovered the alleged pay inequality after a salary memo was sent out by the law school's Dean last year.
"My hope is this will have an impact much broader than just my own case but just to make sure that everybody pays equally for equal work," Marsh said.
DU's Sturm College of Law is among the highest rated in the nation, but a group of alumni brought over 1,700 petitions to the school leadership Thursday, demanding answers over allegations that women professors are paid far less than men.
"It's time that we talk about in our society, about women and men being paid equally and it's taken too long to get there," DU law graduate Ashley Wheeland said.
DU's provost and law school dean both said there is a merit pay system based on teaching, scholarly work and service to the community.
"It's a system that is designed to be both transparent and objective, which is actually designed to avoid any type of bias creeping into that system," DU Sturm College of Law Dean Martin Katz said.
Marsh disagrees, saying the pay system is by no means transparent because nobody knows what anybody else is being paid. She says the school has not responded to her or her lawyers, but officials did meet with the alumni.
"We explained our concern about equitable treatment which is crucial for us," DU provost Gregg Kvistad said.
The alumni group called Thursday's meeting a first step.