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I actually spoke about this rape kit situation during a radio interview back in November. Here’s an article that was just published updating this extremely poor situation:

100 Serial Rapists Identified After Rape Kits From Detroit Crime Lab Are Finally Processed: http://www.wxyz.com/news/100-serial-rapists-identified-after-rape-kits-from-detroit-crime-lab-are-finally-processed

China Warns West That Sanctions on Russia Could Spiral Into Chaos: http://scgnews.com/china-warns-west-that-sanctions-on-russia-could-spiral-into-chaos-us-eu-indicate-sanctions-to-begin

Maryland House Bill 33, Lynette’s Law, has passed out of the Judiciary Committee and will get a vote in the house. “One Voice” suicide prevention music video montage:

 

What these girls did to this autistic boy when they sexually assaulted him is pretty disturbing… http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/12/justice/maryland-teens-assault-autistic-boy/index.html?sr=fb031314autisticsexassault1130astory

Maryland House Bill 1193 to Study Strategies for Preventing Sexual Exploitation of Clients by Mental Health Professionals… duplicates the task forces of 1998 and 2008 and should be enforced already. Watch state delegates call for pressuring the Judiciary committee to let HB33 Lynette’s Law out for a vote and pass it, which would do what previous task forces have recommended — criminalize sexual exploitation by mental health professionals.

 

Roundup of news from across the nation…

In “liberal” Maryland, the House of Delegates voted 120-13 on HB 739 which cuts taxes for the wealthiest 3% in the state. Not only is this ironic because it’s a move that Democrats typically bash Republicans for but the previous day the state revealed that it’s in a massive budget predicament and is looking to cut $300 million from teacher’s and state employee’s pensions.

Arkansas judge states “Sluts are just whores in training” and other ‘nice’ pearls of wisdom: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/03/07/3376181/sluts-are-just-whores-in-training-and-other-wisdom-offered-by-a-sitting-arkansas-judge/

A woman’s actions to live “off the grid” declared illegal by judge: http://naturalsociety.com/women-fights-sovereignty-judge-declares-living-grid-illegal/

Since American Live Wire started as a part of Enigma Underground Radio… posting a bit of music. Give this one a listen and support the message!

 

Rarely do you see a candidate running for office torpedo his own campaign with a public rant, but Maryland District 9a candidate Frank Mirabile did just that very thing over Facebook. Maryland Juice has the details:
http://www.marylandjuice.com/2014/02/juice-frosh-video-gross-d9a-facebook.html?m=1

Ohio State Senator Nina Turner has introduced a bill that would protect victims of rape who mothered a child from their rapist suing for visitation rights of the child:
http://act.weareultraviolet.org/sign/ohio_rapist_custody?utm_content=bufferbd14f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoes controversial discriminatory Senate Bill 1062:
http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/articles/20140226arizona-jan-brewer-1062-statement.html

(Never been a fan of Jon Stewart, but his segment on it was pretty funny… http://t.co/Xuc4xC9v64)

Not surprising: In this report from PublicCitizen, there are as many as 50,000 incomplete reports in the National Practitioner Databank. The databank is currently closed to the public and scores of practitioners have been able to simply hop to another state when they lose a license in one. Accountability starts with transparency here.
http://www.citizen.org/pressroom/pressroomredirect.cfm?ID=3904

Former presidential hopeful Michelle Bachmann has heads shaking on both sides of the aisle after stating she believes Americans are not ready for a female president. Even Senator John McCain (R-AZ) stated he believes if the election were held tomorrow Hillary Clinton “would most likely” win. While American Live Wire doesn’t endorse Clinton, perhaps this is some sort of reverse psychological tactic by Bachmann — knowing that she would get destroyed by Hillary in a head-to-head election, she’s discrediting all female candidates at the moment in hopes the former First Lady, US Senator, and Secretary of State won’t get elected either.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2014/02/22/are-we-ready-for-a-female-president-bachmann-says-no/

Lynette’s Law for Maryland has produced another powerful video “Infantilization of Women… a Pro-Rape Mentality,” this one in part a call out the Delegate Jeff Waldstreicher to support House Bill 33. A striking segment of this video is the mirror image comparison of the effects on victims of sex trafficking and the effects on victims of sexual exploitation by mental health professionals. They’re nearly identical, including:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Disconnection from feelings and flat affect
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Self-blame
  • Hopelessness, helplessness
  • Nightmares – dreams of rapes, sexual assaults, physical abuse
  • Anger and anger management issues Suicidal ideation and attempts
  • Paranoia
  • Stockholm Syndrome
  • Spiritual disruption
  • Fatalism and rage
  • Dual diagnosis
  • Self-care issues
  • Sleeping issues
  • Disassociative disorders

 

 

Positive news for Erin’s Law: New Mexico has become the 10th state to pass the legislation! Due up next week is Kentucky with Tennessee and Maryland following in March.

Tapping into the American Live Wire for a few items of interest…

A father breaks a judge’s gag order over the concern his daughter is being held at a hospital against his will:
http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/02/17/ready-jon-father-so-heartbroken-about-daughter-held-at-hospital-against-his-will-he-just-defied-a-judges-order-to-talk-to-us-i-want-to-have-all-my-guns-blazing/

Human traffickers using social media to prey on victims:
http://www.wogx.com/story/24757808/human-traffickers-using-social-media-to-prey-on-victims

Bullying’s health effects snowball over time:
http://www.nbcnews.com/health/kids-health/bullyings-health-effects-snowball-over-time-n30806

And in world news… the latest from the Ukranian conflict:
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/02/19/protesters-clash-with-police-in-ukraine-capital-as-opposition/

Happy Valentine’s Day!

While this is supposed to be a day of love it is also, unfortunately, it is also a day that sees a spike in date rape. One organization, V-Day, has designated Valentine’s Day as theirs to speak out against rape culture and violence:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/erin-levin/one-billion-rising_b_2641123.html

This is utterly reprehensible: A Kentucky trooper wants his job back after raping a 15-year-old girl, calling it a “moral mistake” and he has now “gotten right” with his family.
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/02/13/kentucky-trooper-wants-job-back-because-raping-that-girl-was-just-a-moral-mistake/

You may have seen this one floating around Facebook lately:
ryanraped

American Live Wire now has a Facebook presence! It’s been a long-time coming, but please “Like” us here:
https://www.facebook.com/theamericanlivewire

The chairman of the Judiciary Committee in the Maryland House of Delegates has attempted to kill House Bill 33, Lynette’s Law. Voice your support of this much-needed legislation! Call (410) 841-3488 and let them know you want to keep HB33 alive and to protect patients from sexually exploitative mental health professionals.

Erin’s Law has finally made it to Maryland as House Bill 1344. This is an important task force to study child sex abuse prevention. Congrats, to Erin Merryn. View the bill here:
http://openstates.org/md/bills/2014/HB1344/

“Off the Wire” posts are quick news blurbs in addition to the full blog articles. Keep a lookout for them here on a nearly daily basis.