Joy Behar Cruel Hater — ABC’s “The View,” co-host Joy Behar said on air, yesterday, Oct. 10, that Hillary Clinton should have said during her disastrous debate Oct. 9 that “I would like to apologize to those tramps that have slept with my husband.” Behar was referring to Paula Jones, Juanita Broaddrick, Kathy Shelton and Kathleen Willey who were in the audience.
Anyway, Paula Jones never slept with Bill Clinton. She came under attack by forces directed by his wife after it became public that he waved his little willy at her in a conference room at a hotel in Arkansas where she was employed and while he was governor.
Kathleen Willey never slept with Bill Clinton but became known after she was subpoenaed to testify during Slick’s impeachment trial about the time he “kissed her on the mouth, grabbed her breast, and forced her hand on his genitals” in the Oval Office. It was on the day of her husband’s suicide.
At the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, we hope that, one day soon, we’ll be an organization whose services are no longer needed.
It seems odd to say, but when your work each day is centered around preventing sexual violence and helping those who have survived sexual assaults, you strive to reach a point where you can put yourself out of business by eliminating rape and abuse from the culture in which we live.
While we certainly have not reached that point— in the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control data from 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey , 25 percent of men and 63 percent of women experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime.
We have come a long way toward that goal in the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape’s history.
As the oldest rape crisis coalition in the country, PCAR is a leader both in the Commonwealth and throughout the nation, assuring communities have access to quality victim services, resources to help prevent sexual violence and advocating for public policies that protect victim rights, fund services and promote community safety.
This year, we’re celebrating these accomplishments as a part of our 40th anniversary observance.
From an initial office with fewer than five full-time staff, PCAR helped to unite local rape crisis centers in the state during the mid-1970s including what is now the YWCA Harrisburg.
Right from its inception, PCAR was a staunch advocate for sexual violence-related legislative changes. Much needed changes.
To provide some context as to how far sexual violence-related laws have come, consider this:
When PCAR first organized, rape laws were based on English Common Law which viewed women as men’s property. Rape laws essentially were designed to protect the rights of husbands and fathers, not victims.
Through its history, PCAR has advocated for important legislation that provided protections and services to victims of sexual violence, held offenders accountable and enhanced community safety.
From protocols for the examination of rape victims in the emergency room—a process that became a national standard—to the first law in the nation to provide absolute privilege to confidential communications between sexual assault counselors and victims—just to mention a few.
We, at PCAR, led the way.
That continues today, both in public policy advocacy and as a valuable resource for training and technical assistance to the network of 50 rape crisis centers throughout the Commonwealth and nationally.
Our coalition launched the Vision of Hope Fund in 2005 to support the prevention of child sexual abuse.
The Fund, through its Vision of Hope Gala & Auction has raised more than $1 million and funded projects such as Internet Safety Training for Parents and Mandated Reporter Training.
Fifteen years ago, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recognized our leadership abilities when it selected PCAR to found the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) in 2000.
Both PCAR and NSVRC are located in Enola. The national resource center collects and disseminates a wide range of resources on sexual violence including statistics, research, position statements, statutes, training curricula, prevention strategies and program information.
With these resources, the NSVRC assists coalitions and advocates, and collaborates with others interested in understanding and eliminating sexual violence.
In 2014, the NFL selected NSVRC to distribute funds to support access to sexual assault hotlines across the country – 49 states and five U.S. Territories received assistance from the NFL.
Since then, we have forged an exciting multi-year partnership with the NFL to invest in strategies to prevent and respond to sexual violence. With their help, NSVRC will administer grants to support services to victims and families, expand access to effective prevention programs and enhance the nation’s understanding of sexual assault, and most importantly, how it can be prevented.
Our work is far from complete, but our coalition and national resource center strive each day to create a world free from sexual violence.
Together, we can end sexual violence.
Delilah Rumburg is the President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.
If you go: The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center will celebrate their anniversaries with an open house July 16 from 5-7 p.m. at their Enola offices. For more information, visit www.pcar.org.
The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape is proud to announce that the coalition’s Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center (SARCC) earned the 2015 Governor’s Victim Service Pathfinders Award, reports Adam Kulikowski.
The prestigious award is presented to a program who have made notable contributions to the program for which they work the community they serve or the field of victim services.
“SARCC is honored to be recognized through the Pathfinder Award for the work we are doing in the community to end sexual violence,” SARCC CEO Jenny Murphy-Shifflet.
SARCC serves Lebanon and Schuylkill counties, recognizing the impact of sexual assault on all individuals, families, and communities, counsels and support clients and advocating for the rights of victims and educates for the elimination of sexual assault in Lebanon and Schuylkill counties.
SARCC has been instrumental in bringing two evidence-based programs to the area—a satellite office of the Pinnacle Health Children’s Resource Center and the launch of the Live the Green Dot Campaign.
SARCC has also worked to build services to the Spanish-speaking population in its service-area.
In 2013 and 2014, SARCC was recognized as the Nonprofit of the Year in both Schuylkill and Lebanon counties.
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) will partner with Oscar-nominated filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering and their film “The Hunting Ground” to increase awareness around preventing sexual violence on college campuses, according to Adam Kulikowski of the Center. The collaboration coincides with the start of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a national prevention campaign facilitated annually by NSVRC.
To kick off their partnership, NSVRC and “The Hunting Ground” — along with co-sponsors Women Organized Against Rape and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape — will host a panel discussion after a showing of the film at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 3, at the Landmark Ritz Five Theatre, 214 Walnut St., Philadelphia. The panel discussion will feature the film’s producer, Ms. Ziering, and state and local experts.
“The Hunting Ground,” which concerns sexual assault on U.S. campuses, has received more than two thousand requests from colleges and universities to host screenings of the film.
“‘The Hunting Ground’ is a powerful documentary that underscores the widespread problem of campus sexual assault,” NSVRC Director Karen Baker said.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month is observed every April. Free resources for parents, students, health care professionals, and members of the campus community are available at nsvrc.org.
The book is a guide for judges in handling crimes of sexual violence and addresses the steps of sex offense cases. It also includes detailed information regarding preliminary arraignments and hearings, standards of proof and the setting of bail and bail conditions to ensure the safety of victims and witnesses.
The guidelines are reasonable and the Commonwealth can take pride in its rape laws.
There are some issues, though, namely in Chapter 1 “The Dynamics of Sexual Violence Crimes.” For instance Section 5 “False Reporting” has the subhead “Reality: Statistically, very few people lie about being raped”. Why would that pointless yet prejudicial phrase be in a benchbook for judges? How about “Reality: Statistically, very few people lie about being robbed”? Or “Reality: Statistically, very few people lie about being beaten to where they can’t walk for a month”?
We suspect that the reality is that “statistically” there are more people who lie about being raped than being victims of other crimes. There are female sociopaths out there as well as male ones, after all, and we don’t want to throw out the presumption of innocence.
The subhead for Section 6 is Realty: “The overwhelming majority of sexual assaults are perpetrated against women.” The section then goes on to say “It is difficult to determine the number of male victims of sexual violence for a variety of reasons.” So, how do you know what the reality is Judge Panella? The words in the subhead say “perpetrated against” not “reported by”. That particular bit is sloppy writing and sloppy thinking. And, again, what is the point of even mentioning it?
Otherwise — and we confess that we did not read all 742 pdf pages — it seems a useful and valuable tool.
Chalk this under the category that there is a lot of sick stuff out there you just don’t think goes on. Trucker Kevin Kimmel was sitting in his rig at the Pilot Flying J Travel Center in Providence Forge, Va. and saw a frightened young girl looking out the window of an RV with black drapes.
Other activity led to further suspicion and he called 911. Authorities found an Iowa couple — Aldair Hodza and Laura Sorenson — and the girl, who was actually age 20. She showed signs of being tortured with puncture wounds on the tops of her feet consistent with nails being hammered into her flesh and numerous burns on her abdomen, groin and back consistent with being struck and stamped with a hot metal key.
More than half the victims of sexual assault in the U.S. military are men, according to the Pentagon, and sexual assaults on males occur 38 times a day in the services.
It should be noted that the perpetrators are invariably other men.
The premise of the gay rights movement is that those who desire same sex are born that way and have no interest in relations with those who aren’t.
The premise obviously has severe holes. Strangely, pointing them out is harshly discouraged by our information gatekeepers. A young man expressing a concern about this, in fact, will face condemnation for being “homophobic.”
Well, it looks like the phobia has a pretty strong foundation.
GQ.com has a difficult to read article about male rape in the military. The stories concern incidents before Obama changed the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy against the recommendation of many experts.
And further, most — albeit not all — of the stories concern peer-on-peer assaults rather than intimidation or coercion by commanders, which may be the biggest concern about those who object to the change in policy.
Still the long-accepted myth that is the basis of the gay rights movement should now be considered to be definitively debunked.
The girl grew to be a troubled woman and found herself in prison not that long ago. She was approached by Glen Thrush , a reporter from Newsday, in 2008 and shown the affidavit Miss Rodham submitted. It was the first time she had seen it as the case never went to trial and she was a minor.
The revelation shocked her according to the Thrush. She had never before accused anyone of sexual assault. She did not fantasize about older men.
Apparently, the woman who wants to be queen made the whole thing up and a destroyed a young girl.
In the 1980s, Mrs. Clinton discussed the matter with a reporter which was recorded on tape. She said her client passed a lie detector test.
Taylor, who has died, was alive at the time. Of course, if Mrs. Clinton was willing to crush a young girl to advance her career why should she care about attorney-client privilege?
It’s hard to imagine Mrs. Clinton as a worse president than Barack Obama but one can’t see her being much better either.
The Democrat Party is the home of sociopaths who have no problem selling the rest of us if it advances themselves.
There are the Clintons, and there is Obama who ignored problems at the VA even when vets were dying and who sicced the IRS on his critics. There is John “Jenghis Khan” Kerry who made up stories about Vietnam making himself a hero and everyone else a monster. There is Al Gore who parlayed a global warming scam into a TV network which he sold to oil-rich Arabs for a half-billion bucks so they can spread the propaganda of Al Jazeera.
Just keep telling yourself character doesn’t matter in our leaders and continue to vote Democrat. Try not to think of the children while doing so, however. You would find sleeping difficult if you should.
State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129) reports that House Bill 112, which would make it a crime for a sports official, volunteer or employee of a nonprofit association to commit acts of sexual assault against children, is now before the Senate.
The House passed it 197-0.
“There is no current provision of law that specifically addresses sexual misconduct with a child by a person who has the influence and access that a sports official or person performing charitable services has,” says Cox.
Well, that certainly seems to be a rather glaring oversight in our law.
The third-degree felony would be applied when that person engages in sexual intercourse, deviate sexual intercourse or indecent contact with a child who is participating in a sports program of the nonprofit or for-profit association, Cox said. The penalty would hold a maximum of seven years imprisonment and a $15,000 fine.
For the record, sexual assault of a child whether it be by a sports official, volunteer etc. is a pretty serious existing crime and we have no idea as to how this bill would make children any safer. Still, there is no way we would vote against it if we were in the House.
Victims Voice Bill On Governor’s Desk — A bill to give crime victims a voice during the parole process of an inmate is now on the governor’s desk, reports State Rep. Jim Cox (R-129).
House Bill 492 would change the Crime Victims’ Act to allow a victim or victim representative to appear personally before the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole and provide testimony in connection with an inmate’s application for parole. The bill would make it clear that the decision of victims or their representatives to appear and be heard by the Pennsylvania Board of Probation and Parole is up to them, not the board. Additionally, the bill would allow victims or their representatives to appear by any electronic means made available by the board, such as video conference, if they elect to do so.
If signed by the governor, the law would take effect Sept. 1.