Thursday, July 11, 2013

Sometimes, Assault Accusations are False. A Little Awareness is OK

Original Article

Diigo Post Excerpt:
The minds behind a crop of new posters displayed around the University of Alberta campus in Edmonton were undoubtedly looking for a reaction. They’re bound to get it, and then some. Hold onto your hats, folks; this might get messy. Riffing off of a successful anti-rape campaign in which men were warned not to “be that guy” (that is, ostensibly, he who commits a sexual assault), these new amended posters warn women not to “be that girl.” poster“Just because you regret a one-night stand doesn’t mean it wasn’t consensual. Lying about sexual assault = crime,” reads one of the new posters.


“Sexting”: From bad judgment to a registered sex offender

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Diigo Post Excerpt:
The technological phenomenon of “sexting” has seen such a dramatic increase in popularity that it is now defined in the Merriam Webster Dictionary: “the sending of sexually explicit messages or images by cell phone.” Moreover, if you ask a high school student to describe sexting, you may be surprised to hear it is a social norm. In a 2009 survey conducted by the National Campaign to Prevent Teen & Unplanned Pregnancy, twenty percent of teens said they had sexted. That number has since increased to over twenty-five percent. What these students and many others do not know is that sexting could land them on a sex offender registry for life. As a result, their names and reputations could forever be ruined by the simple push of a computer key, or touch of an iPhone.


Taking on the Myth of Failure to Register

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Diigo Post Excerpt:
Those of us who have been fighting for sex offender law reform have long been up against the myth of high sex offender recidivism. Although extensive research has now proved beyond any doubt that sex offenders have one of the lowest recidivism rates in the criminal justice system - the powerful and heartbreaking narratives of sex offender recidivists who have committed heinous acts emotionally obscures what should be self-evident to all. Now there is a new myth that is taking root on this issue - the myth that offenders who fail to register have a higher risk of committing a new sex crime. Although this issue has not been studied as thoroughly as overall recidivism, the few studies done to date show that there is no correlation between a failure to register and sex crime recidivism.


CA - Hunger Strike by California Inmates, Already Large, Is Expected to Be Long

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Diigo Post Excerpt:
Nearly 29,000 inmates in California state prisons refused meals for the third day Wednesday during a protest of prison conditions and rules. The protest extended to two-thirds of the 33 prisons across the state and all 4 private out-of-state facilities where California sends inmates, corrections officials said. Thousands of prisoners also refused to attend their work assignments for a third day, and state officials were bracing for a long-term strike. Once the state tallies the official number of participants, the hunger strike could become the largest in state history. A similar hunger strike over several weeks in 2011 had about 6,000 participants at its official peak, corrections officials said, and a strike that fall had about 4,200. The protest is centered on the state's aggressive solitary confinement practices, but it appeared to have attracted support from many prisoners with their own demands for changes in prison conditions.

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CT - Police: Suffield Woman (Kelly M. Wilson) Lied About Rape

Kelly M. Wilson
Kelly M. Wilson
Original Article

07/10/2013

By SUZANNE CARLSON

SUFFIELD - A woman who police say lied about being raped by a masked intruder had actually slashed her body and choked herself with a dog collar in an effort to create "convincing" injuries, according to an affidavit for her arrest.

The woman, Kelly M. Wilson, 29, was arrested July 3 and charged with second-degree falsely reporting an incident, second-degree making a false statement, and misuse of the 911 emergency system. She is free on $50,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned in Enfield Superior Court on July 16.

The incident occurred on April 14 when Wilson called police and reported that a man had attacked her in her home, according to the affidavit.

Responding officers said in the report they saw Wilson lying on the floor, so they forced their way in and found her "visibly upset and crying" with a bruised eye and "cuts all over her body."



CANADA - Legoland Windsor - Where all men are treated as suspected pedophiles?

Where all men without children are treated as if they are pedophiles


Diigo Post Excerpt:
A 63-year-old man who travelled from Windsor, Ont. to Toronto to fulfil a lifelong dream of visiting a Legoland Discovery Centre, feels discriminated against and embarrassed after being turned away because he didn't have a child with him. John was excited when he picked up a flyer for the Vaughan Mills Legoland Discovery Centre at an Ontario tourism centre, and learned that there was a location much closer to home. John and his daughter, Nicole St-Onge, saved up, planned the trip and made the three-hour drive, only to be turned away at the door because of a rule, unbeknownst to them, that adults must be accompanied by a child in order to get in. "They wouldn't let us go in and so we asked to see a manager," Nicole said. "Five minutes later the employee came back and said the manager was too busy to see us, but that was their policy, they weren't allowed in without a child and there was nothing they could do about it."

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CA - Former El Dorado County Sergeant (William Wilson) Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

Ex-officer William Wilson
Original Article

07/10/2013

By Nick Janes

PLACERVILLE (CBS13) - A former El Dorado County sergeant is facing child pornography charges.

He spent 25 years working at the department, but now his fellow officers are investigating Ret. Sgt William Wilson.

CBS13 has learned the sheriff’s department started looking into possible inappropriate activity in January, placing Wilson on administrative leave. During the course of the investigation, Wilson retired.

A source tells CBS13 child pornography was allegedly found on the former sergeant’s work and home computers.

The 51-year-old turned himself in to the El Dorado County Jail, where he was booked on misdemeanor child porn possession charges.

Wilson is out on bail, but wasn’t at his last-known address. His now-former neighbor says he abruptly moved out a few days ago without a word. And that’s the last she’s seen of him.

After hearing of the charges he’s facing, she’s glad he’s gone.

I’m really surprised. He didn’t seem like that type of guy whatsoever,” Sheila Teague said. “It’s weird, because we’ve been here for a little while and I have two little girls.”
- So what does "that type of guy" look like?

He’s scheduled to be arraigned in El Dorado County Court on Tuesday.


RUSSIA - 'To Catch a Predator' Goes Russian

Vigilantes use social media sites like VKontakte to expose child predators.
Original Article

07/10/2013

By TOM BALMFORTH

Digital vigilantes are attempting to bust pedophiles in Russia, but their tactics are questionable.

MOSCOW - It's sort of a freelance sting operation aimed at suspected pedophiles. And it works like this: An activist logs into an Internet chat forum and poses as a minor. If an adult man shows interest and suggests inappropriate contact, he is gently warned that his interlocutor is underage. If he disregards the warnings, then a meeting is arranged.

But instead of a child waiting for him, he finds a group of burly men with a video camera. The next thing he knows, he is the star of a pedophile video-exposé making the rounds online.

This is one of the trademark stunts pulled by Duri.Net, a band of 15 Moscow-based activists who have pioneered a form of vigilante justice that is now being mimicked by copycats across Russia.

Daniil Shamanov, 30, is a founding member who acts as the shadowy group's de facto spokesman.

"It was our scheme," he says. "We showed how you can catch people using social networks. As soon as you see the videos, everything is clear. A lot of people have now taken up this weapon."

Duri.net was formed in 2009 and initially targeted drug pushers in Moscow's metro stations, often dousing dealers in paint and then posting videos online. Shamanov says the idea came after a friend died of an overdose of Krokodil (Video below), a dangerous opiate-based street drug.

"After we buried him, we decided to somehow take revenge," Shamanov says. "We didn't really want to attack real criminals and break their heads. Well, actually, we did. We just didn't want to go to jail."

Duri.net later expanded to targeting pedophiles and shaming them online. The group also says it shares its information with police and claims that this has led to more than 30 criminal cases being opened against suspected pedophiles.

But while Shamanov says Duri.net's actions have curtailed drug dealing and made the Internet safer for children, the rising tide of vigilantism -- which has been mimicked by pro-Kremlin youth groups and nationalists -- have law-enforcement and social workers worried.

Police, for example, have labeled their attacks on drug dealers "hooliganism." Kremlin Child Ombudsman Pavel Astakhov maintained that while people "must defend themselves," he also sympathizes with the police's apprehension of the activism. "We have to find balance," he said.

Leonid Armer, the 38-year-old founder of the St. Petersburg branch of the Youth Security Service, a decade-old organization that assists recovering addicts and victims of domestic violence and pedophilia, maintains that the lack of police oversight is troubling.

"To be honest, in a raft of cities it has turned into something half criminal that is extremely unpleasant and very ugly," he says. "In Saint Petersburg, we understood pretty swiftly that not much will come of dispatching these videos and that we should move to something more serious. We worked out a methodology for cities wanting to undertake this seriously. The first point was that the most important thing is to have ties with law enforcement."

Critics say without oversight and accountability, the scope for abuse is wide. The groups raise money online with little or no accounting of how the funds are allocated.

There is also a visible strain of zealous homophobia in some of the activities of Duri.net and other vigilante groups.

One recent video shot in Magnitogorsk shows activists sneering at a 27-year-old homosexual man who arranged a meeting with a 15-year-old boy. They write "pedophile" across his forehead in marker pen. The video is posted on the LiveJournal page of a group called "Occupy Pedophilia: Magnitogorsk" with the caption: "You're gay if you don't repost this."

Some vigilantes also appear to openly condone -- and even glorify -- violence.

Videos made by the "Youth Antidrug Spetsnaz" group depict masked activists taping alleged drug dealers to fences, dousing them in paint and, in some cases, setting fire to their cars, destroying their possessions with a hammer, and blowtorching their wares.

The group was disbanded in April.

For his part, Shamanov says the wave of vigilantism is unsurprising because legislation is insufficient:

"There's one major problem with legislation," he says. "Until a crime is committed and a child is raped, providing evidence of pedophilia is extremely difficult. Cases fall apart in court. That's a fact. Unfortunately, it is too late by the time a child is raped."

Pedophilia has been in the spotlight in Russia since Dmitry Medvedev made children's rights central to his presidency.

In December, the Investigative Committee said it recorded almost 3,000 incidents of sexual abuse in 2012.

Vigilante actions targeting pedophiles made national headlines in June when [name withheld], a Moscow Oblast official, resigned after reportedly being lured to an apartment to have sex with a 14-year-old boy.

Krokodil: Russia's Deadliest Drug (NSFW)