Your help is needed for the Richmond HS gang rape victim.

Hopefully, justice will be served in this most horrifying case of a) gang rape at a school dance, b) where up to 20 bystanders cheered and said nothing.

The 15 year old victim is said to be resting at home following her hospitalization. Here’s how you can help!

*Please* take a moment to send a card or note to the survivor of last Sat’s gang rape: Richmond High School is accepting cards and donations for the victim and her family. They can be mailed to the school at 1250 23rd St., Richmond, CA 94804-1011. Make checks out to the Richmond High Student Fund, with “For sex assault victim” written in the memo line.

Of course, I find it odd that the very school with improper lighting, security and chaperones is collecting the funds, but….please send your money to help her heal. She will have a long road, bless her.

Nujood Ali, the child bride heroine of Yemen, has died in childbirth.

I am thoroughly disgusted with the outcome of this story. I had blogged about it a while back and the outcome is tragic. Twelve-year-old Nujood, raped by her husband, was impregnated and died in childbirth. Her child also died.

I call upon any human rights group to fix this. Amnesty International? Save the Children? Someone?

Rest in peace, baby girl.

Gang rape of West Liberian girl, 9, draws victim-blaming from her family.

This is one of the most egregious stories I’ve read in a while. A little girl (a refugee from Liberia, living in Phoenix) was gang-raped by a group of boys, aged 9-14 (the 14 year old will be charged as an adult) and get this: her family feels she “has brought shame” on herself and their good name. Both the victim and the perps hail from the African nation of Liberia where rape was only considered to be a crime in 2006.

I’ve got news for these savage folks; you now live in America, where rape is a crime. To criticize this poor child, who will be physically and emotionally scarred forever, is almost a bigger crime than the rape itself. Thankfully, when she is released from the hospital, she will NOT be going back to the home, but placed somewhere else by CPS. Liberian officials, including President Ellen Sirleaf (yeah, a woman) are trying to spin it as if they have no clue why the family’s attitude is such, but I am a bit skeptical. Animals.

Read carefully the older sister’s comments and tell me that the world hasn’t gone to Hell in a handbasket. She advocates that the suspects be released because “we are the same people”. Huh? There are days when I think that the United Nations, Angelina Jolie and Superman himself cannot change attitudes. It reminds me of Islamic honor killings and the like. Whatever dark age these people live in, it ain’t right.

Say a prayer for this little girl.

Hacker horror in Brooklyn – who is protecting our women?

Actually, who is protecting anyone, but this story of a Chinese immigrant who hacked his wife savagely for sweeping a broom over his foot while she cooked a meal for him is egregious in so many ways. Did he just snap? Have a history of violence? What resources are there for folks who may not want to “air dirty laundry” and suffer in silence?

Once again, I am appalled by some of the comments in the comment section. By all accounts, this woman, a home healthcare aide, was clearly a nurturer married to an insane, misogynistic, terrifying man. In six years, the neighbors suspected nothing and that is the hallmark of domestic violence.

Prayers to her. Oh, and didn’t you love his quote? What was he thinking?

Terrible story not getting enough media – the “manny” sex offender.

Unlike many people on the boards, I find nothing at all wrong with the idea of a male nanny – I have friends who have hired them and there was even a great book about Mannies.

Donald Shepard has been accused of molesting his charges, but the disturbing thing is that he has on online history of belonging to sites for pedophiles. He trolls the country using aliases, applies to schools to be a substitute teacher, has been a camp counselor. Clearly, he is an insidious repeat offender who has managed to slip through the cracks while clearly trolling the country looking for innocent children to destroy.

Why does he not have a record? What do you think of this case? As a mother, it shakes me to the core. I’m not one of those “witchhunt” moms who obsessively searches the offender registry, but you can bet I’ll be looking at everyone who comes into contact with my children.

Wow! Ted Bundy’s confession tapes have been released!

Arguably the most notorious serial killer in history, Ted Bundy, is speaking from beyond the grave. He was executed in 1989 and is widely believed to have killed up to 100 victims, though he has confessed to 35. He also raped his victims and engaged in necrophilia.

Bundy was known for his “boy next door” charm, good looks and easy way of reeling in victims using a fake broken arm or a pet. Many say the character “Buffalo Bill” in the movie “Silence of the Lambs” was modeled a bit after Bundy. He grew up believing his mother was his sister. His grandmother helped raise him and he finally learned the truth. His father’s identity remains unknown. Some experts say his hatred of women came from the fact that his mother finally confessed the truth to him, traumatizing him.

He is widely known to have been narcisstic, sociopathic and perhaps psycopathic.

A brave woman in Colorado deserves our praise.

Today, a friend sent me an article about a cold case in Colorado in which the victim is pressing on, nine years later. Bravo to her. Read the article and decide for yourself. The most troubling part of the article, though, is the comments section. It’s amazing that people blame her for her own rape because she was intoxicated.

Because, naturally, she wanted to end up covered in blood and mud having “had sex” with two men. That’s normal, right? I love her for her courage in coming forward. It is really hard to be public about this because a) you are then known primarily for the fact that you are a rape victim and not a daughter, wife, mom, hard worker, etc. and b) you need to endure the crazies on blog boards.

I honestly believe that one should have to register a credit card with their real name in order to comment on a blog. So many anonymous cowards, holding forth about something they have no experience with. Bravo, Julie Stene! Bravo!

“She suffered no serious injuries”. Really??? Sickest story of, I believe, the year.

I have long ranted about Craigslist being a haven for criminals (and furniture and babysitters), but it’s time for the government to step in.

This man arranged for the rape of his own wife on Craigslist WHILE HE WATCHED AND HIS CHILDREN WERE IN THE HOUSE. I never use the “f” word on my blog, but what the fuck is wrong with humanity today?

Read and comment please. My heart is broken. I would also like to appeal to the media to use responsible wording in their reports on rape. She will suffer lifelong injuries of the soul and psyche due to this crime. By minimizing the language because she didn’t have, say, obvious lacerations and bruises, you perpetuate the stereotype that rape is not deadly or injurious to victims. You only want to report it properly when the victim is a bloody pulp. Come on, now.

UPDATE: The husband says the wife approved of it and wanted it. Yeah, right. Have we learned nothing about Craigslist?

Honestly – what is wrong with these women? Another murder of pregnant woman and baby.

Excuse, but I am supposed to use the word “alleged”. We’ve heard this before and I wonder if there is a medically/legally vetted word for this phenomenon.

Police were called to the home of this woman, where she and her boyfriend were found desperately trying to revive a newborn, who she claimed was her own. Upon further investigation (and a trip to the hospital), cops realized she had not been pregnant recently and found a young woman dead in the crawlspace of the home. The woman in custody had told friends and family she was expecting a child.

Women have been killing other women for their babies by using ruses such as hanging out in OB/GYN offices, trolling baby registries and such. Some say it’s due to the alleged murderers longing for a child of their own. I think it’s monstrous.

Thoughts? Prayers for the victims. Such a sad, sad ending to what should have been a joyous time.

John Hock – sick criminal of the month.

I often wonder why some stories that really shock me to the core don’t get picked up by mainstream media. This is one such story and I call upon my wonderful friends in the media to give it some airtime.

Rape cases when the victim is unconscious are not impossible to prosecute at all. That said, it’s difficult when memory is simply not there, or foggy, as defense will try to trip up a complaining witness – for example, “if you can only remember part of the assault, how do we know you’re being truthful about the totality?”. Yes, that sort of shit.

Well, John Hock makes it easy for prosecutors. He raped a woman repeatedly while filming it LIVE with his webcam, just as the Max Factor heir did. What he then did was stream the video onto the Internet. Can you imagine? The victim got texts from her friends and watched it herself.

John Hock – I hope you go away for a long time, you depraved stealer of souls. Just because you manage to get a woman drunk (or probably drug her, I am sure), does not mean you can rape her repeatedly and boast about it. Clearly, no one would ever consent to having relations with you.

I’d also like to know who watches this stuff? What site do people post this crap on? Am I the only person who thinks this is extraordinarily depraved? I wish healing thoughts to that poor victim, who was assaulted by Hock, then by having to watch it.