Support for Sexual Assault Victims Takes Center Stage at the Oscars

Last night’s 88th Academy Awards ceremony has been generating buzz for months now for two primary reasons: the lack of diversity among nominees launched a conversation about race and white privilege in Hollywood, and fans all over the internet have been full of excitement for Leonardo DiCaprio’s opportunity (and victory) in finally securing the coveted Best Actor award that many feel he has deserved for decades now.  The racial controversy was heavily addressed and the show brought even more issues to the conversation, such as climate change on which DiCaprio gave a riveting speech upon receiving his award, and sexual assault.Read More »

Non-Fatal Strangulation Laws and Domestic Violence

This week is the anniversary of the attack which ultimately led to the death of Monica Weber-Jeter, a medical assistant and mother of five whose husband killed her after being released from prison on a charge of misdemeanor assault.  Her abusive husband served 11 days in jail for strangling Weber-Jeter and went on to stab her and leave her bleeding and in critical condition in front of two of their children.  She died a month later from the injury.  Read More »

Domestic Violence Turns Fatal for ‘Ghost Adventures’ Stars

Sadly, we’ve seen similar stories too many times to count.  Quite recently, with the death of actress E’dena Hines, granddaughter of Morgan Freeman, we used our Intimate Partner Violence guide to explain how Domestic Violence can turn fatal and how to identify the signs.  Unfortunately, now we must revisit the topic due to the death of Mark and Debby Constantino.  The paranormal investigators from the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures have both lost their lives in what has been determined to be years of domestic violence culminating in a tragic murder/suicide.

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The Treatment of Sexual Assault Victims, as Evidenced by Kesha’s Case

Social media has been ablaze with support today for singer/songwriter Kesha who, after allegedly enduring years of sexual assault from her producer, has decided to press charges, but unfortunately the artist is suffering even more.  While her legal team fights for her to escape from her contract with Dr. Luke, the producer who has allegedly raped and abused her, Kesha is legally forbidden from furthering her musical career pending an injunction.

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Ruler of Dubai Provides Orphaned Children with Companionship and Guidance

Honoring his tradition of doing charitable work during Ramadan this past June, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has launched The UAE Initiative for Connection with Orphans and Minors.  The initiative aims to pair orphaned minors with adults who can provide guidance, advice, and caring bonds.Read More »

Intimate Partner Violence Takes the Life of E’dena Hines, Granddaughter of Morgan Freeman

E’dena Hines, actress and step-granddaughter of actor Morgan Freeman, died at the hands of her boyfriend this past weekend.  While little information has been released on the nature of the brutal attack, sources report that Hines’ live-in boyfriend stabbed her to death in front of their home at 3 A.M. Sunday morning, shouting religious statements as if he were attempting an exorcism.Read More »