Proposed Law Would Require Onlookers to Report Child Sex Crimes
Democratic Representative Nick Lampson of Texas has proposed a bill that would require witnesses of child sexual abuse to report the crime to authorities. Penalties for violating the law would be determined on a state-by-state basis.
The bill is named the "Sherrice Iverson Act" to honor the memory of a seven-year-old girl who was kidnapped, raped, and murdered by 19-year-old Jeremy Strohmeyer, who has since been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Strohmeyer's friend, David Cash, admitted that he saw Strohmeyer assaulting Iverson yet did not intervene, even when Strohmeyer later told him that he had killed his victim.
Strohmeyer admitted to fantasizing about having sex with girls ages 5 or 6 on the internet and prosecutors seized his computer as evidence.
10/21/2014 Afghanistan's New First Lady Advances Women's Issues - Just a few days after moving to the presidential palace, Afghanistan's new First Lady Rula Ghani said that she hopes to encourage greater respect for women.
Rula Ghani already broke tradition by participating in her husband, Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai's, campaign for President. . . .
10/21/2014 Hulu Silences Rape Survivor Speaking Out Against Anti-Abortion Amendment 67 in Colorado - Hulu, an online, ad-supported streaming service, has refused to run an advertisement from the "No on 67" campaign in Colorado, citing the company's policy regarding "controversial" political positions on issues like abortion.
In a letter to the CEO of Hulu, dated October 10, the Vote No on 67 Campaign, which is supported by the Feminist Majority Foundation, asked the company to reconsider its unwillingness to air a 35-second spot featuring a rape survivor's testimony about the far-reaching impact of Colorado's proposed Amendment 67. . . .