Posts Tagged ‘sexual abuse’

#Rapecultureiswhen was a trending hashtag on Twitter yesterday due to writer Zerlina Maxwell sounding off about a recent op-ed article that claimed there’s no such thing as rape culture. Here’s a recap from the Huffington Post:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/25/rape-culture-hashtag-twitter_n_5029729.html

Now let’s take a quick tour of #rapecultureiswhen…

Rape culture is when lobbyists call rape consensual and testify against victim rights:
http://www.examiner.com/article/sexual-exploitation-not-consent

Rape culture is when the mental health industry protects its sex offenders. Exposed in this video!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gI5A33EQ_Kc

Rape culture is when a state lawmaker who co-sponsors a bill against child porn then gets busted for… child porn!
http://www.bizpacreview.com/2014/03/23/dem-lawmaker-co-sponsor-of-child-porn-laws-resigns-state-office-home-raided-for-child-porn-108070

Rape culture is when incest-themed hard core pornography is now accessible to your family’s television via your Verizon cable service:
http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2014/03/20/verizon-defends-decision-to-offer-incest-and-child-themed-porn-on-video-on/

 

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The rhetoric coming out of the Maryland Psychological Association during the House Bill 33 hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee was that psychologists that sexually exploited their clients lost their livelihood and by being reported the the National Practitioner Data Bank they couldn’t hop states to practice elsewhere. Both statements are incorrect.

American Live Wire has been working with Lynette’s Law for Maryland to rummage through the debacle that is the state of the board’s disciplinary records, and what’s there is completely contradictory to the statements that were made during HB 33. For one, there have been psychologists that have be reinstated after serving a suspension for their sexual misconduct. You have to really dig through these documents — a number of them are labeled incorrectly and some broken links exist (thankfully, Google has been able to find some).

The other problem lies in the state-hopping. During the HB 33 hearing, the MPA’s lobbyist tried to provide a sense of security that by reporting to charges to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) there could be no state-hopping. According to a report by Public Citizen, the NPDB contains 50,000 incomplete records. There’s no way to make informed decisions with that type of gaping hole. Also, a bit of searching around can find plenty of state-hoppers taking their sexual exploitation to other locales.

For more, read Lobbyists use National Practitioner Data Bank to provide false sense of security

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.

 

HB 1344, Erin’s Law which has already passed in numerous other states, was heard before Maryland’s House Judiciary Committee today. This bill will help educate children on what sexual abuse is so they can recognize when it is happening to them. Another bill that is in the works, HB 1389, complements this as a bill for educating teachers on looking for the signs of sexual abuse in children. Some however, see this as a bill that conflicts with HB 1344, but they would actually work quite well together. One educates children while the other educates teachers. Win – win. So pass both.

Click here to watch today’s hearing video.

This video is almost like a mini-documentary, highlighting many of the problems with the mental health profession, primarily in Maryland. There is testimony included from a lobbyist of the Maryland Psychological Association, Julia Pitcher Worcester, that is absolutely blown away and shocking revelations of sexual predators that are still working in the field and others who were convicted of sexually abusing minors who got mere months of jail time when they were supposed to get years. Watch Exploitation Nation here:

Perhaps the strictness of journalism ethics has gone out the window, but there are some things that are just plain inexcusable when it comes to reporting via the written word. It has seemingly become more commonplace these days for journalists to report rape as “having sex with” instead of what it really is — rape. In the latest example of this inexcusable misrepresentation, a 42-year-old Delaware woman, Rachel Holt, was looking to have her prison sentence reduced following her rape of a 13-year-old. The journalist in the article still stated, “for having sex with a 13-year-old student.” (http://www.wboc.com/story/24846745/del-panel-denies-commutation-in-teacher-sex-case)

Let’s get this clear — an adult cannot “have sex” with a minor. Rape is rape. Rape by any other name is minimizing the grotesqueness of the crime. It would be like calling murder “engaged in a physical altercation that led to one’s death.” Did Jeffrey Dahmer go to jail for “a physical altercation that led to death”? I don’t think so. Likewise, Rachel Holt didn’t go to jail for “having sex” — she went to jail for raping a 13-year-old.

Is there something wrong with today’s culture that we’re at the point we’ve become rape apologists? After all, we have states allowing rapists to sue for custody of the children they fathered from their violent crime. Perhaps some of the writers of these articles don’t want to call the rape of a 13-year-old what it is because they’ve had some sort of sick fantasy of sexualizing minors as well and don’t want to admit that the thoughts they’ve had, if acted out, would be rape. It wouldn’t surprise me if some of these writers are actually thinking in the back of their minds, “Where were teachers like that when I went to school?”

It’s time to get your head screwed on straight, America!

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.

American Live Wire caught wind that a psychiatrist blog titled “Shrink Rap” posted in opposition of House Bill 33, Lynette’s Law, which would criminalize the sexual exploitation of patients by mental health professionals (Shrink Rap: Should it be a Crime for a Therapist to Have Sex with a Patient?). There is some interesting debate within the comments section of that blog. Here was American Live Wire’s response, although much more could have been (and very likely will be) said:

First of all, let’s get this strangely perceived notion of consent out of the way. The very nature of the mental health professional-client relationship makes it impossible for consent to occur. It it lopsidedly unequal, the therapist in such a position of power, the person who the patient has trusted with his or her deepest and darkest secrets. Secrets that even spouses don’t know about. The DHMH booklet “Broken Boundaries” explains: “By its nature, the relationship between helping professionals and their clients is unequal. Trusting that professionals have their best interests at heart, clients become vulnerable in the health care setting. … Because they depend on professionals’ trustworthiness, knowledge, and authority, clients tend to not question a professional’s judgment or behavior. This places the professional in a position of power and can make the client susceptible to exploitation.”

Furthermore, “Broken Boundaries” describes a sexually exploitative relationship as, “Sexual contact occurs between a helping professional and client in a relationship that, on the surface, may appear to be mutually consensual, but the patient’s role make it impossible for her or him to give meaningful consent.” Hey, guess what? Sex without consent is… rape! That’s a crime. (http://www.examiner.com/article/sexual-exploitation-not-consent)

Long term effects of sexual contact with a mental health professional are similar to that of rape victims. Kenneth S. Pope, Phd., ABPP, author of Ethics in Psychotherapy and Counseling and considered one of the foremost experts on therapy sex abuse, provides the following statistics of a national study: “The findings suggest that about 90% of patients are harmed by sex with a therapist; 80% are harmed when the sexual involvement begins only after termination of therapy. About 11% required hospitalization; 14% attempted suicide; and 1% committed suicide.” The most common effects of victims that have been involved with therapist-patient sex include ambivalence between escaping the abusive therapist and protecting him or her, cognitive dysfunction, intense emotional eruptions, emptiness and isolation, impaired ability to trust, guilt, increased suicidal risk, role reversal and boundary confusion, sexual confusion (including believing their only worth is to provide sexual gratification to others), and suppressed anger which may lead to self-loathing, self-punishment, and self-destructive behaviors. (http://www.kspope.com/sexiss/sexencyc.php)

So a mental health professional’s sexual exploitation can cause a person to try to murder themselves, among other things that have them hurt for life. How is that not a crime?

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:
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