There has been a lot of controversy lately about what is being done in Congress to change the definition of rape.

As sent to me by the VDAY Campaign:

Right now, federal dollars can’t be used for abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or when the woman’s life is in danger. But the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” a bill introduced by Republican Chris Smith and supported by 173 co-sponsors, contains a provision that would rewrite the rules to limit drastically the definition of rape and incest in these cases. With this legislation, the rape exemption would be limited to “forcible rape.” This would rule out federal assistance for abortions in many rape cases, including instances of statutory rape or coerced rape. This could mean cases where women are drugged or given excessive amounts of alcohol, rapes of women with limited mental capacity, and many date rapes would no longer count as rape.

The redefinition of rape in any context is extremely troubling and could have far reaching effects on the movement to end violence against women and girls for years to come.

First, let’s look at the definition of rape as it stands…This is the state law established for the people of Illinois:

ILLINOIS
A. Statutory Rape—Criminal Offenses
A person is deemed incapable of consent if he or she is under 17 years of age, regardless of the
age of the defendant. 1

Sexual activity with someone under 17 years of age is treated as a misdemeanor if:
· The victim is at least 9 years of age and the defendant is less than 17 years of age; or
· The victim is at least 13 years of age and the defendant is less than 5 years older than the
victim.2
Definition of Offenses
Offense Definition
Criminal sexual abuse:

  • Sexual penetration or sexual conduct with someone at least 9 years of age and less than 17 years of age where the defendant is less than 17 years of age.
  • Sexual penetration or sexual conduct with someone at least 13 years of age and less than 17 years of age where the defendant is less than 5 years older than the victim.

Aggravated criminal sexual abuse:

  • Sexual conduct with someone less than 13 years of age where the defendant is at least 17 years of age.
  • Sexual conduct with someone less than 9 years of age where the defendant is less than 17 years of age.
  • Sexual penetration or sexual conduct with someone at least 13 years of age but less than 17 years of age where the defendant is at least 5 years older than the victim.

Aggravated criminal sexual assault:

  • Sexual penetration with someone less than 9 years of age where the defendant is less than 17 years of age.

Predatory criminal sexual assault of a child:

  • Sexual penetration with someone less than 13 years of age where the defendant is at least 17 years of age.

Sexual penetration is defined as: any contact, however slight, between the sex organ or anus of one person by an object, the sex organ, mouth or anus of another person, or any intrusion, however slight, of any part of the body of one person or of any animal or object into the sex organ or anus of another person, including but not limited to cunnilingus, fellatio or anal penetration. Evidence of emission of semen is not required to prove sexual penetration.

Sexual conduct is defined as: any intentional or knowing touching or fondling by either party, either directly or through clothing, of the sex organs, anus or breast of either party, or any part of the body of a child under 13 years of age, or any transfer or transmission of semen by the defendant upon any part of the clothed or unclothed body of the victim, for the purpose of sexual gratification or arousal of either party.

I’m having a hard time deciding how I feel about this…

I always come to a cross-roads with this issue because I am a huge pro-life advocate as well as a die hard feminist. I have recently been doing a lot of research on domestic violence, dating violence, and rape against women. The facts are astounding; and the stories are even more disturbing. I always advocate for more awareness about these issues to both men and women, and I try as much as possible to help educate the women in my life on the facts and self-defense tactics.

When people talk to me about my pro-life activism and what I fight for, the question always comes up:

“Do you believe a woman should still go through with a full pregnancy of the child, if she was forcibly raped, or drugged, or beaten and raped?”

Right now, I would have to say yes, every person deserves a chance at life on this earth. Yes, it would probably be THE HARDEST experience of the victim’s life, but her child deserves a fighting chance.

At the same time, traditional feminist values advocate for the women’s right to choose. Women should have complete control over their bodies and reproductive rights. And I do agree with these values to a certain degree…

However, with the passing of this law, it would limit federal funding for abortion procedures nationwide. And I say good for you Chris Smith.

Here is a video regarding this legislation. You decide for yourself…


This is such a hard topic to discuss, and most of the time, that’s the problem. No one wants to talk about domestic violence and rape, or people are afraid to speak up, or they decide it’s not their place to say anything.

We need to break the silence, we need to work together and fight to deter these heinous crimes. If you suspect any form of emotional or physical abuse, call someone.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE

The National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE

The National Stalking Resource Center: 1-800-394-2255

The National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474


Sources:

State Rape Laws as established by the Department of Health and Human Services

Sign the Petition Against Redefining Rape

Speak Up About Domestic Violence: Advocacy to Stop Violence Against Women via VDAY.org

Capitol Hill Abortion Rhetoric Heats Up

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Wednesday Notes – December 15, 2010 | Operation Beautiful.

Congrats Caitlin! and everyone around the world who participate! I’ve been participating for several months now. I keep post-it notes and a sharpie in my purse wherever I go! I encourage everyone to participate. We can all make a difference. Keep it up ladies! We are all beautiful, don’t ever forget it!

The $10,000 prize money will go directly to creating a scholarship fund for Girls on the Run.

http://girlsontherun.org/

http://operationbeautiful.com/

“Learn to play the drums. The world needs more girl drummers. The world needs your wild, pounding, dreaming heart.” –Natalie Angier, Women: An Intimate Geography

Following in the loud footsteps of the greats such as:

Bernadette Cooper (Klymaxx)
Cindy Blackman (Lenny Kravitz & many others)
Cora Coleman-Dunham (The After Party & Prince)
Gina Schock (The Go-Go’s)
Karen Carpenter (The Richard Carpenter Trio, Spectrum, The Carpenters)
Maureen Moe Tucker (The Velvet Underground)
Meg White (The White Stripes)
Sandy West (The Runaways)
Samantha Maloney (Hole, Motley Crue)
Sheila “E” Escovedo (Prince, Ringo Starr, The Magic Hour)
Terri Lyne Carrington (The Arsenio Hall Show, VIBE & others)

We need more female drummers! Wild girls all over the world pick up a pair of sticks and get to it! Inspired by Ashley McAllister’s new years resolution to learn how to play the drums, I think I will also add this to my list of things I will accomplish in my life! I would go out and buy a drum set tomorrow but I don’t have the money!

Keep rockin’ out sistas!

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BitchTapes: Girls Who Drum | music, mixtapes, female drummers | Bitch Magazine.

Bitchtapes Playlist: Courtesy of Bitch Magazine:

TO PLAY THESE TRACKS —> CLICK ON THE LINK ABOVE

1. MNDR – Fade to Black

2. The Shaggs – Philosophy of the World

3. STLS – ABC

4. ShellShag – Save Yourself

5. Afrirampo – Miracle Lucky Girls

6. Telepathe – Envoy

7. Purple Rhinestone Eagle – Sleep, Golden Sleep

8. Vivian Girls – Tell the World

9. I.U.D. – Daddy

10. Talk Normal – Warrior

11. Explode Into Colors – Sharpen the Knife

12. ESG – Dance to the Beat of My Moody

Alright so it’s not exactly tremors coming out of the ground, or flaming serpents, but maybe Hitchcock was onto something…

Today, Arkansas officials were still investigating the deaths of 80,000 to 100,000 fish that washed up dead on their shores. The cause of death is still uncertain, but it was reported that 95% of them were Drum fish; therefore most-likely leading to disease rather than a pollutant.

The mass kill of these fish were found last Thursday. Furthermore, the very next day, thousands of blackbirds fell from the sky about 125 miles away. Results of the pathology and toxicology tests are still being waited on, but current evidence does not suggest pollution contributed to either of the mass kills.

Check out the full story and broadcast:

Up to 100,000 dead fish on Ark. River – U.S. news – Environment – msnbc.com

Inspiration for Iconic Rosie the Riveter Image Dies — History.com Articles, Video, Pictures and Facts.

The woman who inspired J. Howard Miller’s “We Can Do It!” poster, Geraldine Doyle, passed on December 26th, 2010 at the age of 86. After four decades, Doyle finally learned that she had become the face of Rosie the Riveter.

Just 17 when the photographer captured her, she had taken a factory job after graduating high school, one of 6 million women who entered the workforce during World War II to plug gaping holes in the industrial labor force.”


“The “original” Rosie the Riveter, who inspired Redd Evans and John Jacob Loeb to write the 1942 song of the same name, was Rosalind P. Walter, who came from a wealthy New York family and worked as a riveter building fighter planes on the night shift.”

Although these two women have since passed on, their spirits will live forever and always and continue to be an inspiration to women all over the world.


SafetyGirl.com » Women in Law Enforcement

originally posted by: emilyweingarten of safetygirl.com in the Women in the Work Force category

Great post on the history and future of women involved in law enforcement. Shout out to all the women currently pursuing and/or already serving on municipal and federal levels. Keep it up ladies. Don’t get discouraged or lose hope!

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