Laura Finley: Officials in many precincts have said that if it’s not a stranger-rape case or if it’s a case in which the victim doesn’t want to participate they won’t exert any effort to analyze the rape kits.
Laura Finley: In addition to exercising more, spending more time with family and all the other things we vow to do annually, perhaps we can vow to take more seriously the call to reduce violence in all its forms.
Laura Finley: I don’t want to pray for victims. I don’t want to seek vengeance on perpetrators. I want this never to happen again; I want to never feel this weight again.
Laura Finley: Bringing in a national speaker to talk about a local problem often fails to inspire attendees to see how they can take action in their communities.
Laura Finley: Since most sexual assaults occur when students (both offenders and victims) are under the influence of alcohol, having a gun involved is unlikely to make things better. In fact, numerous studies have found that guns actually make the situation worse.
Laura Finley: A new school year has started or is about to start and once again public schools across the U.S. are clamoring to control girls’ bodies. The offender this time: my alma mater in Midwest Michigan.
Laura Finley: Those with no hope either make no goals, or set goals that are too easy or next-to-impossible to achieve. They then get either bored or dejected and quit.
Laura Finley: We set ourselves up to fail, and when we do, our self-esteem tanks, making us even less motivated than we were before making the resolution.
Laura Finley: Although free speech is an important human right, decades of knowledge about the cycle of domestic violence and warning signs of potentially lethal behavior should indeed prompt the Court to rule against Elonis.
Laura Finley: While ratification of a human rights treaty by no means ensures that all human rights violations will cease, if nothing else it is a powerful symbol that the rights of children are important and it can be a much-needed prompt to address some of our inadequate protections for children.
Laura Finley: Although sadly it is too late in these school shootings, it is not too late for educators, counselors and parents to help young men through the emotionally difficult middle and high school years, when relationships will inevitably end in breakups.
Laura Finley: If a man behaves in an inappropriate way towards a woman, the person held responsible is the woman – still