April 30, 2017

10 Commandments Suspended HaterJudge Wants Session Senate Seat

 Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, under suspension for opposing a federal court order on same-sex "marriage," is running for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“I know I share the vision of our President Donald Trump to make America great again," the 70-year-old conservative said. But "before we can make America great again, we’ve got to make America good again.”
The outspoken Christian is pro-life and opposes "socialized medicine" in general and the Obama Health and Human Services abortion coverage mandate in particular. But he is most famous for his public stand against homosexual "marriage."  
“The foundations of the fabric of our country are being shaken tremendously,” Moore said at a press conference. “Our families are being crippled by divorce and abortion. Our sacred institution of marriage has been destroyed by the Supreme Court, and our rights and liberties are in jeopardy.”
Moore has also criticized “gender identity” theory and "Common Core" liberal values in public schools.
When Sessions joined President Trump's cabinet, his senate seat was given to former state attorney general Luther Strange, who has thrown his hat into the primary. Others vying for the position include state Rep. Ed Henry, R-Hartselle, and the Christian Coalition of Alabama's Randy Brinson.
“As United States senator, I will continue to stand for the rights and liberties not only of (the people of) this state but of (the) people (of this nation) as well ... so help me God," Moore pledged.
Last year, Moore's service as the state Supreme Court Chief Justice was suspended because he advised probate judges to follow state law banning homosexual "marriage" while his court reviewed the conflict with the U.S. Supreme Court's Obergefell decision. Immediately, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Human Rights Campaign, and other liberal groups began an intense campaign against him.
Moore countered that he was only clearing up confusion among probate judges over conflicting state and federal orders.
More than a decade ago, Moore opined, "The homosexual conduct of a parent" is "sufficient justification for denying that parent custody of his or her own children or prohibiting the adoption of the children of others."
In 2003, Moore refused to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments at the Alabama Judicial Building despite orders to do so from a federal judge and was removed as Chief Justice.
After his removal, Moore sought political office but lost in the Republican 2006 and 2010 gubernatorial primaries. He then was elected back into the office of Alabama Chief Justice in 2012.
Gov. Kay Ivey has set the date of the Republican primary for August 15.  Whoever is chosen by registered Republicans will face a Democratic challenger on December 12.

April 29, 2017

Last 100 Days for LGBT with Trump

 It’s been no piece of cake. Gays belonging to the top really don’t care since
 they are the ones ripping benefits and uneducated gays which will find any condition good as long
as they keep getting what ever it is that makes them live another day and their man is on top.
In Nov. the economy was bad but in January it was good.

 Even before US President Donald Trump took office, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans feared his administration would roll back gains they made in the Obama administration.
Now, 100 days into Trump's presidency, advocacy groups say their concerns have been realized through Cabinet appointments and policy decisions that undermine civil rights for LGBT Americans. 
Here's a timeline of key actions affecting LGBT Americans from the first 100 days.
Reversing course
February 10: In the first sign of a new Justice Department with different priorities, the agency dropped its defense of Obama-era protections for transgender students in a key lawsuit.
After the departments of Education and Justice issued joint guidance in May 2016 directing schools to let transgender students use facilities that correspond with their gender identity, officials in a dozen states sued to block their implementation.
A federal judge in Texas granted the states' request for a nationwide injunction to halt the guidelines' enforcement. The Obama administration's Justice Department appealed to reduce the injunction's scope to states involved in the lawsuit while the case was alive.
Then, the day after Attorney General Jeff Sessions was sworn in, the Justice Department said it withdrew its appeal so it could decide how to "best proceed" with the lawsuit. 
February 22: A few weeks later, the Trump administration withdrew the guidelines entirely, in a joint decision from the departments of Justice and Education.
March 27: Trump signed an executive order that nullified an Obama administration initiative to ensure that federal contractors complied with labor and civil rights laws forbidding discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 
March 28: Meanwhile, the Obama administration's efforts to collect data on LGBT Americans had begun to unravel. 
Advocates have long pushed for the government to gather data on LGBT Americans, including how numerous they are. There's no official national count of gay, bisexual or transgender Americans. Therefore, advocates welcomed the inclusion of "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" in the Census Bureau's road map for 2020 data collection. But celebrations were premature. The agency later said it found "no need" to collect the data. 
The reversal came days after Secretary Tom Price's Department of Health and Human Services eliminated questions about about sexual orientation and gender identity in proposed versions of two critical health-care surveys addressing the needs of the elderly and the disabled.
Advocates said their inclusion in surveys helps assess needs within the LGBT community and collect data to support policy changes.
April 14: After North Carolina repealed and replaced its so-called bathroom bill with another measure that prevents cities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances, the Justice Department halted its litigation related to the laws. 
Meanwhile, a handful of state and district courts have sided with transgender students in lawsuits against schools. And, observers are waiting to see what's next for transgender teen Gavin Grimm's lawsuit against the Gloucester County School Board in Virginia. The withdrawal of the guidance led the Supreme Court to return the case to a lower court to consider whether anti-discrimination protections extend to gender identity. 
Trump's appointments
Presidential appointments speak volumes about what an administration will stand for, said Sharon McGowan, director of strategy at legal aid group Lambda Legal. 
LGBT advocacy groups opposed the nominations of then-US Sen. Jeff Sessions and then-US Rep. Tom Price to head the Justice Department and Department of Health and Human Services based on their legislative track records on gay rights issues.
As lawmakers, both supported a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in 2006, though Sessions promised in his confirmation hearings that he would follow the Supreme Court's decision on marriage equality. It didn't come up in Price's hearings, and observers are waiting to see whether he upholds anti-discimination measures in the Affordable Health Care Act that protect LGBT Americans. 
When in Congress, Sessions and Price co-sponsored the First Amendment Defense Act, the so-called religious liberty bill preventing the federal government from punishing businesses for denying services to same-sex couples. They voted against expanding federal hate crime statutes to include sexual orientation, gender and disability. They condemned the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," the policy that forbade gay and lesbian service members from serving openly.
LGBT advocates are concerned about the White House appointment of former Heritage Foundation employee Roger Severino to lead the Health and Human Services civil rights office. He came out against a provision of the Affordable Care Act banning discrimination against transgender patients, saying the rule would "threaten the religious liberty, freedom of conscience, and independent medical judgment of health care professionals." 
The road ahead
From the President to the attorney general to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the administration has said it's trying to balance civil rights with states' right to set their own policies.
But advocacy groups say the administration's actions are efforts to erase them from America narrative. 
"One hundred days of Trump translates into 100 days of erasure for the LGBTQ community," said Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of advocacy group GLAAD.
"From the census exclusion, to rescinding Obama's guidance for trans youth in schools, and lack of any LGBTQ mentions on the White House website, he has spent the early days of his administration trying to remove us from the very fabric of this country, and we must resist."
By Emanuella Grinberg CNN 

Barbaric Treatment of Gays is Not Just Chechnya but Also Turkey

 Plainclothes police officers detain LGBT rights activists as they try to gather for a pride parade, which was banned by the governorship, in Istanbul, Turkey, June 26, 2016.
In June, Istanbul police banned LGBT parades after Islamist and nationalist groups threatened that they would not allow "degenerates" to hold events on Turkish soil. Turkish police fired tear gas to disperse a gay rally in defiance of the ban.
In International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association report on LGBT rights in 49 European countries says Turkey was number 46 on the list. Rankings are based on how the laws and policies of each country impact the lives of LGBT people

PERSECUTION of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) people in Chechnya and other parts of Eastern Europe has been branded “barbaric” by Newport West MP Paul Flynn.

Reports of LGBT people being arrested or otherwise persecuted in Chechnya, which is formally a republic of Russia, have been widespread, although unconfirmed, for a number of years.

And, speaking during a debate on the issue in Parliament last week, Labour MP Mr Flynn said he was concerned human rights abuses such as this were also taking place elsewhere.

“We entirely support the opposition, which should be worldwide, but we should reflect on the fact that this terrible activity is spreading,” he said.

“One reason for that is the fact that there is now less pressure on countries to improve their human rights, because they do not have the incentive of joining the European Union, which demands high standards.

“We are, sadly, going back to barbaric treatment not just in Chechnya but in many other countries, including Turkey.”

And his party colleague for Torfaen Nick Thomas-Symonds said the Russian government “have been found wanting when it comes to human rights”.

“They need to be constantly reminded that they should honour their international human rights obligations,” he said.

“How can we ensure that other countries are similarly robust in explaining that to the Russian government, not least because those members of the LGBT community in Chechnya must be feeling so insecure at the moment?”

Conservative MP for Rutland and Melton Sir Alan Duncan, who led the debate, replied: “We work through all collective European and other organisations, and, of course, through the United Nations more widely.

“Because we speak frankly, we have had a rather scratchy relationship with the Russians recently.

“But we will not shy away from raising these issues both frankly and forcefully.

“I can assure the honorable gentleman that we will maintain a policy of robust engagement with the Russians, and that it will include matters of this sort.”


April 28, 2017

Continued: Zeke Thomas Rape

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15% are under the age of 12
29% are age 12–17[57]
44% are under age 18
80% are under age 30
12–34 are the highest risk years
Girls ages 16–19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.[58]
By gender

A study from 1998 finds that,

88.7% of rape victims are women, the other 11.3% being men
17.6% of women have been victims of attempted (2.8%) or completed (14.8%) rape during their lifetime
3% of men have been victims of attempted or completed rape during their lifetime
17.7 million women have been victims of attempted or completed rape during their lifetime
2.78 million men have been victims of attempted or completed rape during their lifetime.[58]

LGBT identifying individuals, with the exception of lesbian women, are more likely to experience sexual assault on college campuses than heterosexual individuals.[59]

1 in 8 lesbian women and nearly 50% of bisexual women and men experience sexual assault in their lifetime.
Nearly 4 in 10 gay men experience sexual violence in their lifetime.
64% of transgender people have experienced sexual assault in their lifetime.[60]

3 times more likely to suffer from depression
6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder
13 times more likely to abuse alcohol
26 times more likely to abuse drugs
4 times more likely to contemplate suicide[58]
The reporting of sexual assault:

on average 68% of sexual assaults go unreported[57]
98% of rapists will not spend time in jail
The assailants:
According to the U.S. Department of Justice 1997 Sex Offenses and Offenders Study,

A rapist's age on average is 31 years old
52% of offenders are white
22% of rapists imprisoned report that they are married
Juveniles accounted for 16% of forcible rape arrestees in 1995 and 17% of those arrested for other sex offenses
In 2001,

11% of rapes involved the use of a weapon
3% used a gun
6% used a knife
2% used another form of weapon
84% of victims reported the use of physical force only[61]
According to the U.S. Department of Justice 2005 National Crime Victimization Study

About 2/3 of rapes were committed by someone known to the victim
73% of sexual assaults were perpetrated by a non-stranger
38% of rapists are a friend or acquaintance
28% are an intimate
7% are a relative [61]

In the United States, several studies since 1987 have indicated that one in four college women have experienced rape or attempted rape at some point in their lifetime. These studies are based on anonymous surveys of college women, not reports to the police, and the results are disputed.[62] In the documentary The Hunting Ground, the prevalence of sexual assault on college campuses is brought to attention. The schools poor judicial systems are scrutinized for not helping the victims and trying to keep these issues from the public.[63]

In 2015, Texas A&M University professor Jason Lindo and his colleagues analyzed over two decades worth of FBI data, noting that reports of rape increased 15-57% around the times of major American Football games at Division 1 schools while attempting to find a link between campus rape and alcohol.[64]

A 2006 report from the U.S. Department of Justice titled "The Sexual Victimization of College Women" reports that 3.1% of undergraduates survived rape or attempted rape during a 6–7 month academic year with an additional 10.1% surviving rape prior to college and an additional 10.9% surviving attempted rape prior to college. With no overlap between these groups, these percentages add to 24.1%, or "One in Four".[65]

Koss, Gidycz & Wisniewski published a study in 1987 where they interviewed approximately 6,000 college students on 32 college campuses nationwide. They asked several questions covering a wide range of behaviors. From this study 15% of college women answered "yes" to questions about whether they experienced something that met the definition of rape. An additional 12% of women answered "yes" to questions about whether they experienced something that met the definition of attempted rape, thus the statistic One in Four.[66]

A point of contention lies in the leading nature of the questions in the study conducted by Koss, Gidycz & Wisniewski. Koss herself later admitted that the question that had garnered the largest "rape" result was flawed and ultimately rendered the study invalid. Most prominently the problem was that many respondents who had answered yes to several questions had their responses treated as having been raped. The issue being that these same respondents did not feel they had been victimized and never sought redress for grievances. The resultant change shows a prevalence of only 1 in 22 college women having been raped or attempted to be raped during their time at college.[62]

In 1995, the CDC replicated part of this study, however they examined rape only, and did not look at attempted rape. They used a two-stage cluster sample design to produce a nationally representative sample of undergraduate college students aged greater than or equal to 18 years. The first-stage sampling frame contained 2,919 primary sampling units (PSUs), consisting of 2- and 4-year colleges and universities. The second sampling stage consisted of a random sample drawn from the primary sample unit frame enrolled in the 136 participating colleges and universities to increase the sample size to 4,609 undergraduate college students aged greater than or equal to 18 years old with a representative sample demographic matching the national demographic. Differential sampling rates of the PSU were used to ensure sufficient numbers of male and female, black and Hispanic students in the total sample population. After differential sample weighting, female students represented 55.5% of the sample; white students represented 72.8% of the sample, black students 10.3%, Hispanic students 7.1%, and 9.9% were other.[67] It was determined that nationwide, 13.1% of college students reported that they had been forced to have sexual intercourse against their will during their lifetime. Female students were significantly more likely than male students to report they had ever been forced to have sexual intercourse; 20% of approximately 2500 females (55% of 4,609 samples) and 3.9% of males reported experiencing rape thus far in the course of their lifetime.[68]

Other studies concerning the annual incidence of rape, some studies conclude an occurrence of 5%. The National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence found that in the 2013–2014 academic year, 4.6% of girls ages 14 – 17 experienced sexual assault or sexual abuse.[69] In another study, Mohler-Kuo, Dowdall, Koss & Weschler (2004)[70] found in a study of approximately 25,000 college women nationwide that 4.7% experienced rape or attempted rape during a single academic year. This study did not measure lifetime incidence of rape or attempted rape. Similarly, Kilpatrick, Resnick, Ruggiero, Conoscenti, & McCauley (2007) found in a study of 2,000 college women nationwide that 5.2% experienced rape every year.[71]


Other research has found that about 80,000 American children are sexually abused each year.[72] It has been estimated that one in six American women has been or will be sexually assaulted during her life.[73] Largely because of child and prison rape, approximately ten percent of reported rape victims are male.[74]

Musician Zeke Thomas Says He Was Rape at 27

Zeke Thomas revealed on a PSA that he had been raped twice, as a twelve year old and then as a 27 year old. He states that he did not like it and that he did not seek it out. He felt guilty about going through these two experiences. He is making a commercial and interviews about rape because he wants to start a bigger conversation so others don’t have to suffer in silence. Also April is victims of sexual assault month. Then let’s talk…

Mr. Thomas story is being structured by the media as someone  who needs support and someone who has much courage to come out as someone who was rape twice. Let me have you read the story it was published by ABC news. Before the interviewed (referenced below) the moderator  Robin Roberts warned the subject is dicey in case the little ones are around, even though Zeke Thomas is claiming he was raped at twelve. I would think you want to warn some little ones about rape. I find this interviewed bothersome. I have posted it as it appears at the ABC news site, not one word is changed.
When you read it I wonder what your reaction would be since you have the opportunity to be forewarned that there is something  bothersome about the way this is being said. May be you will find it as a great article or with faults, missing something. May be is a good warning to guys who get rape to know that others have gotten rape, even if they are gay and of African American descent as Mr. Thomas Says. The article is being treated by the few stations that carried it with much respect like it was a cool message for adult men. The people talking about it seemed to be straight men but I am a gay man and find faults with it and I think it is a confusing message to put out for someone who is been sexually assaulted.

Rape is defined as per 

Rape - Wikipedia

“Rape is a type of sexual assault usually involving sexual intercourse or other forms of sexual penetration carried out against a person without that person's consent"
Sexual assault: 
 “Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted”  

DJ and producer Zeke Thomas is revealing publicly for the first time that he was raped twice.
“Being gay, being African-American, it’s definitely something that I never imagined would happen to me,” Thomas told ABC News’ Robin Roberts in an interview that aired today on “Good Morning America.”
Thomas, 28, the son of NBA legend Isiah Thomas, said he was raped for the first time at just 12 years old and then raped again in a separate incident last year.
“At first I didn't realize what had happened, what had transpired. I knew that it was wrong, I knew that I did not want it. I did not seek it out,” he said of the incident at age 12. “I hadn't let my family know until much later that this had happened.”
He added, “It was definitely hard for them to hear, and even more hard for them to hear that it happened again.”
Thomas described himself as “terrified” when he was raped again last year, saying, “I really felt that my manhood had been taken from me.”
He did not press charges in either instance of rape, explaining that he "just wasn't ready" and did not want to be labeled a "victim."
"If I could go back, there's 100 percent I would press charges," Thomas said. "If we could find...the assailant today, I would 100 percent press charges."
Thomas is going public now about his past sexual abuse to help others. He appears in a new PSA released today by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Thomas is also an ambassador for the NSVRC, an organization dedicated to “preventing and responding to sexual violence through collaboration, sharing and creating resources, and promoting research,” according to its website.
“I want to give the voiceless a voice,” Thomas said. “The healing really begins with the voice. The healing begins with, this happened to me. I can get through it.”
In the U.S., over 19.5 million men are the victims of contact sexual violence, including rape, over the course of their lives, according to new data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“I'm encouraging more victims to come forward,” Thomas said of his newly public role, which also includes him undergoing training to speak to kids about sexual abuse.
It was Thomas’ own family and his focus on music that he credits with giving him strength and helping him on what he calls his “journey” toward recovery.
“They let me know they're here for me and [said], ‘We're gonna do everything in our power to help your through this journey,’” Thomas said of his family, whom he relied on along with seeking the help of therapists and doctors.
Thomas, a Detroit native, has collaborated with the likes of Lady Gaga, Jay Z, Pitbull and Diana Ross but it was his own music and lyrics that helped him in his recovery.
“Music has been very therapeutic to me, and writing the songs, and coming out with music to express the way I feel,” Thomas said.
Thomas’ latest single is titled “I’m Dealing With It” and includes the lyrics, “I'm not beggin' for forgiveness -- but tonight I've come undone … let my spirit leave this palace, I can't find the strength to run.”
Thomas said the lyrics signify his road to empowerment.
“It was really through the process of, you know, I'm blaming myself, and I'm coming undone, and I'm trying to take my power back,” he said.
Click HERE for more from the NSVRC on what you can do to prevent sexual violence

This is the end of April which has been named as Sexual Assault Prevention month and just perfect to end the moth with this article you are now reading. You can also be part of it by adding your thoughts at the end of the article at adamfoxie.blogspot.com main page if you are at the main page just at the bottom of this article.

Who Am I to Talk?

I am gay but I have never been raped. I had sex with an older boy when I was nine. He was my best friend, until that day. There were lies and selling me on it like a sheep being lead to greener pastures, as something that was done to kids to be a man, to have a penis as big as his, etc. However I know I made the final decision. Could he had force me? No because I was a fighter and it would have cost him with me and then my mother which he fear. Any friend even older guys that wanted me to spend time with them be bike riding or just hanging out would have to come home and I would ask my mom. My mom always said yes but she would give them a stern warning and make them responsible for anything that might happen to me.

I liked hanging out with guys older than me because they tended to be street smart and I never saw my self as such. I got some invitations when we were out in the woods alone. I had very fair skin and good looks,  someone could believe I liked to hang out for something more than just hanging out.

I tended to have this cocky walk I picked up from my older brothers so no one thought I would be easy prey. I wonder sometimes how it would be if one of the men I hung out with decided to do something to me by force? It excited me somehow, maybe the part about being wanted by a full grown man but also a fear of pain and even at that age at the PAL League I belonged there was talk from the cops talking about some kid being taken to the emergency room for stitches because of a rape by a man. This was locker room talk between them so I always took it as truth and was scared of something like such happening to me.

I didn’t know I was gay or bi until my very late teens. I did feel more attracted to male friends than female but I was a growing man and all I wanted to be was a man, man. I talked to guys who have gotten rape when they were in sexual situations trying to hook someone and exposing themselves to danger from someone else. I have been told how it feels and I am glad I was never part of that experience but being close to guys that could have forced me if it wasn’t they were aware of the price they would pay. It taught me how to get out of dangerous situations but I have always been a risk taker and have always pushed the envelope. Having said all that, true I have not been raped but have been very close to being sexually abused also had the experience once of feeling (fondled) by one of my brothers. Had grown guys tell me we could do each other and I could go first…. haha..I’ve fallen for that one before!   Another story for another day. I am not judging with this article but trying to correct the assumption that rape is just for a certain type of person, however some are in more danger than others and rape is not something that goes around like the common cold. Rape can be a danger to any man, be gay or straight. Im directing this article to mainly men but women as we know are much more of a target. If someone has been sexually assaulted the person needs support and a counselor knowledgeable in the subject. There were studies made around 2003 in which straight man said they fear gays because of the fear of getting rape and thus the homophobia. It made no sense for me then and other studies have been made about homophobia which have nothing to do with the fear of getting rape but rather having fear of being gay too or liking what gays do sand feeling guilty about it.

The rape of Mr. Thomas:

The first thing I don’t understand about Mr. Thomas interview with Good Morning America is the beginning when he states:
“Being gay, being African-American, it’s definitely something that I never imagined would happen to me,” Thomas told ABC News’ Robin Roberts.

He says that because he was gay and African American he did not think it would happen to him. Why?  They were excepted/? As a gay man of any age you tend to know the danger zone i.e.  Swimming naked with someone alone, sleep or shower in the home naked with another guy who is not your partner. Straight men do not get in those situations. Straight would be at risk from other straight men when they are alone and no female available. Statistics show that is when a straight man could be attacked. For gay men the assault could come from either. Again there are common sense things that one knows. Calling a bad sexual experience a rape might help the victim but it clouds the issue “ (I said No, that should have been sufficient! But, said the judge, I have statements and a recording from the neighbors next door saying that you kept saying Fuck me hard, harder”).

 If another man overpowers another man (is this that happened to mr. Thomas?) The victims is going to need the police, medical attention and psychological counseling. Truthfully it would be a very minuscule percentage of victims that would report it.  
Mr. Thomas says he was raped at 12 and still did not think it would happen to him? 

It happened to me at nine or ten and yes I gave consent but I never put my self in the same situation again because I did not want to experience those guilty feelings for being taken as a fool! I felt so guilty I told my mom. I wanted to get rid of the guilt! It was a learning  experience from my best friend and someone I trusted. Particularly when I knew he had started rumors about what happened like he had won a trophy. I hated the guy. I went looking for him once after finding out he spilled the beans. I found him out in the woods with a long knife cutting grass for his pet bunnies. I slapped him a few times hard, he just stood there, never raised his hand to me and Im surprised he never stabbed me. I never spoked to him again. Press charges? Oh yes but no way. To tell anyone else but my mom what happened even if he had spilled the beans, no way. 

Zeke Tomas:

“At first I didn't realize what had happened, what had transpired. I knew that it was wrong, I knew that I did not want it. I did not seek it out,” he said of the incident at age 12. “I hadn't let my family know until much later that this had happened.”
 I’m glad if Mr. Thomas feels better about this but I don’t think it’s going to help many sexually abused victims, gay or straight, man or woman.

My advice to a victim is to control your shame,  understanding what happened so you wont be in the same situation again. If you are a guy and it happened by force and you don’t want it to happened to someone else, you need to report it but whether you do or not you need to talk about it with someone you trust. I told my mom. A counselor on this field would be great. Now with the internet you don’t even have to show your face. A female is always more at risk because the comparison of strength between the two. A woman or young girl would find  lot of support now days. This is because many have taken the step of bringing this type of assault out in the open and made the assailant pay. Even if they don’t go to jail. Being registered as a sexual offender is a serious thing and is for life. Many see it as worse than jail. But jail is a good possibility. Make sure you can corroborate by seeking medical attention before a shower so you wont destroy any DNA.

To Mr. Thomas being this happened last year again, I hope he learns to hang out with better friends or and learn which places and situation one should avoid. Perpetrators of most rapes and sexual assaults is someone you know.
One place where I where I had friends tell me of guys trying to get them even when they said no is the baths and places like that. Sometimes using your mouth is more powerful than using your hands.

Sexual Assault | OVW | Department of Justice

Sexual assault statistics, International and by country

United Nations report compiled from government sources showed that more than 250,000 cases of rape or attempted rape were recorded by police annually. The reported data covered 65 countries.[56]

United States[edit]

Reported rates in the United States (BJS)

The U.S. Department of Justice's National Crime Victimization Survey states that on average there are 237,868 victims (age 12 or older) of sexual assault and rape each year. According to RAINN, every 107 seconds someone in America is sexually assaulted.[57]
The victims of sexual assault:

Trump’s Twilight Zone

NYT Editorial

Fans of old TV series may remember a classic “Twilight Zone” episode titled “It’s a Good Life.” It featured a small town terrorized by a 6-year-old who for some reason had monstrous superpowers, coupled with complete emotional immaturity. Everyone lived in constant fear, made worse by the need to pretend that everything was fine. After all, any hint of discontent could bring terrible retribution.

And now you know what it must be like working in the Trump administration. Actually, it feels a bit like that just living in Trump’s America.

What set me off on this chain of association? The answer may surprise you; it was the tax “plan” the administration released on Wednesday.

The reason I use scare quotes here is that the single-page document the White House circulated this week bore no resemblance to what people normally mean when they talk about a tax plan. True, a few tax rates were mentioned — but nothing was said about the income thresholds at which these rates apply. 

Meanwhile, the document said something about eliminating tax breaks, but didn’t say which. For example, would the tax exemption for 401(k) retirement accounts be preserved? The answer, according to the White House, was yes, or maybe no, or then again yes, depending on whom you asked and when you asked.

So if you were looking for a document that you could use to estimate, even roughly, how much a given individual would end up paying, sorry.

It’s clear the White House is proposing huge tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy, with the breaks especially big for people who can bypass regular personal taxes by channeling their income into tax-privileged businesses — people, for example, named Donald Trump. So Trump plans to blow up the deficit bigly, largely to his own personal benefit; but that’s about all we know.

So why would the White House release such an embarrassing document? Why would the Treasury Department go along with this clown show?

Unfortunately, we know the answer. Every report from inside the White House conveys the impression that Trump is like a temperamental child, bored by details and easily frustrated when things don’t go his way; being an effective staffer seems to involve finding ways to make him feel good and take his mind off news that he feels makes him look bad.

If he says he wants something, no matter how ridiculous, you say, “Yes, Mr. President!”; at most, you try to minimize the damage.

Right now, by all accounts, the child-man in chief is in a snit over the prospect of news stories that review his first 100 days and conclude that he hasn’t achieved much if anything (because he hasn’t). So last week he announced the imminent release of something he could call a tax plan.

According to The Times, this left Treasury staff — who were nowhere near having a plan ready to go — “speechless.” But nobody dared tell him it couldn’t be done. Instead, they released … something, with nobody sure what it means.

And the absence of a real tax plan isn’t the only thing the inner circle apparently doesn’t dare tell him.

Obviously, nobody has yet dared to tell Trump that he did something both ludicrous and vile by accusing President Barack Obama of wiretapping his campaign; instead, administration officials spent weeks trying to come up with something, anything, that would lend substance to the charge.

Or consider health care. The attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare failed ignominiously, for very good reasons: After all that huffing and puffing, Republicans couldn’t come up with a better idea. On the contrary, all their proposals would lead to mass loss of coverage and soaring costs for the most vulnerable.

Clearly, Trump and company should just let it go and move on to something else. But that would require a certain level of maturity — which is a quality nowhere to be found in this White House. So they just keep at it, with proposals everyone I know calls zombie Trumpcare 2.0, 3.0, and so on.

And I don’t even want to think about foreign policy. On the domestic front, soothing the president’s fragile ego with forceful-sounding but incoherent proclamations can do only so much damage; on the international front it’s a good way to stumble into a diplomatic crisis, or even a war.
In any case, I’d like to make a plea to my colleagues in the news media: Don’t pretend that this is normal. Let’s not act as if that thing released on Wednesday, whatever it was, was something like, say, the 2001 Bush tax cut; I strongly disapproved of that cut, but at least it was comprehensible. Let’s not pretend that we’re having a real discussion of, say, the growth effects of changes in business tax rates.

No, what we’re looking at here isn’t policy; it’s pieces of paper whose goal is to soothe the big man’s temper tantrums. Unfortunately, we may all pay the price of his therapy.

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23Yr Old Gets 28yrs For Kicking Man to Death Because He was Gay

A 23-year-old Idaho man was sentenced to 28 years in prison on Wednesday after he kicked a man to death with steel-toed boots because he was gay.
On Jan. 10 before a federal grand jury, Kelly Schneider pleaded guilty to one count of violating the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crime Prevention Act, otherwise known as the Shepard-Byrd Act. He will serve 28 years in prison, after which he’ll be released under supervision for five years.
Kelly Schneider, 23, was charged with a federal hate crime after he lured Steven Nelson to an open field and assaulted him. Nelson died soon after.

According to the plea agreement, Schneider posted an ad soliciting sex to the website backpage.com on April 27, 2016; shortly after Steven Nelson responded to it, the two met for the first time. During that encounter, Nelson paid Schneider but they did not have sex. Schneider — whose backpage.com profile included a shirtless photo — had previously told his friends that he was not gay, and would not let a gay man touch him.
Schneider contacted Nelson again later that night, and the two met again on April 29, 2016.
This time Schneider convinced Nelson to drive them both to an isolated wildlife reserve called Gott's Point — under the pretense of having sex — with the intention of robbing him. However, once they arrived, Schneider immediately began attacking Nelson, according to the plea agreement.
“While shod in steel-toed boots, the defendant kicked [Nelson] 20 to 30 times, repeatedly saying, ‘Did you think I would fucking do this, you fag?’” the document reads.
The agreement also states that Nelson never resisted the attack and pleaded many times for Schneider not to kill him.
“In fact, S.N. volunteered his ATM number several times, and said, ‘Please don’t kill me. Take whatever you want,’” the document reads.
After the beating, Schneider removed Nelson’s clothes and drove off in his car. Nelson died from his injuries hours later.
“Steven Nelson was assaulted and later died because he was gay,” said Acting US Attorney Rafael M. Gonzalez in a statement released by the Department of Justice.
“This is precisely the kind of bias motivated violence that the Shepard-Byrd Act was passed to address. The federal prosecution in this case makes clear that this office, the Civil Rights Division, and its law enforcement partners will pursue justice when a person is violently attacked based on who he loves and how he loves.”
The DOJ used the Shepard-Byrd Act to bring criminal charges against someone for targeting a victim based on their gender identity for the first time on Dec. 14, 2016, when Joshua Vallum beat Mercedes Williamson with a hammer, shocked her with a stun gun, and stabbed her multiple times.

Trump’s Immigration Argument Means His Wife Should be Deported

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard a case involving a Serbian woman who was deported after it turned out she'd misrepresented a fact about her husband during the process of becoming an American citizen. The Trump administration argued to the court that not only was the woman in question's deportation defensible, but that any inaccuracy on official paperwork, even regarding the most trivial and "immaterial" issues, can justify deportation and the revocation of citizenship. It's a position that even conservative chief justice John Roberts found to be an extreme one. Via the New York Times:
“Some time ago, outside the statute of limitations, I drove 60 miles an hour in a 55-mile-an-hour zone,” the chief justice said, adding that he had not been caught.
The form that people seeking American citizenship must complete, he added, asks whether the applicant had ever committed a criminal offense, however minor, even if there was no arrest.
“If I answer that question no, 20 years after I was naturalized as a citizen, you can knock on my door and say, ‘Guess what, you’re not an American citizen after all’?” Chief Justice Roberts asked.
Robert A. Parker, a Justice Department lawyer, said the offense had to be disclosed. Chief Justice Roberts seemed shocked. “Oh, come on,” he said.
What's particularly interesting about the Trump administration supporting such an argument is that Melania Trump appears to have committed just such an ommission on her own naturalization paperwork. In 2016, a lawyer representing Melania—a native of Slovenia who was naturalized in 2006—attested that he had reviewed her immigration documents and found no evidence that she had ever violated U.S. law. Later that year, however, the Associated Press uncovered records showing that she had in fact done paid modeling work for several weeks while she was staying in the U.S. in 1996 on a visitor visa, which would have been a violation of that visa's terms. If, as her lawyer’s statement would appear to imply, Melania did not subsequently disclose this violation on other immigration documents, the Trump administration's current position would thus suggest she—the First Lady of the United States—is subject to deportation.

April 27, 2017

30+ Yrs of Gay Characters, We No Longer Play Second to the Star

Ellen Morgan wasn't the first gay character on TV, but her coming out on the ABC sitcom Ellen, following star Ellen DeGeneres' own declaration — "Yep, I'm gay" — on the cover of Time magazine, opened the door to portraying them more openly and more often. A list of some of TV's more important gay characters, before and after Ellen: 
Bewitched: Paul Lynde plays Uncle Arthur, who wasn't gay then — but probably would be now. (1965)
All In the Family: Archie’s friend Steve (Philip Carey) shocks him by telling him he's gay. (1971)
The Corner Bar:  Vincent Schiavelli plays flamboyant set designer Peter Panama, who is considered TV's first recurring gay character. (1972)
Soap: Jodie Dallas (Billy Crystal) becomes TV's first openly gay main character. (1977)

Love, Sidney: Tony Randall as a confirmed bachelor who was gay in the TV movie Sidney Shorr: A Girl's Best Friend , but whose sexuality became ambiguous in the follow-up TV series. (1981)
thirtysomething: Lovers Russell (David Marshall Grant) and Peter (Peter Frechette) are shown in bed together — but don't touch. (1989)
Melrose Place: Matt Fielding (Doug Savant), who's gay, is the only person on this sexy soap opera who never seemed to have sex. (1992)
Friends: Susan (Jessica Hecht) and Carol (Jane Sibbett) wed in “The One with the Lesbian Wedding.” (1996)
Will & Grace: Eric McCormack and Sean Hayes are gay friends in this landmark sitcom — the first big hit with a gay title character. (1996)

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow and Tara (Alyson Hannigan and Amber Benson) become an open, sympathetically drawn lesbian couple, a first for a teen-targeted series. (1999)
Queer as Folk: Gale Harold's Brian and Randy Harrison's Justin are among the more prominent characters in this Showtime series about gay men in Pittsburgh, adapted from a (much better) British series. (2000)
Six Feet Under: Michael C. Hall co-stars as David, the gay brother who eventually finds love and happiness. (2001)
The Wire: Michael Kenneth Williams plays Omar, a tough street criminal who breaks many of TV's gay stereotypes. (2002)

The L Word: Bette Porter (Jennifer Beals) is among the L-people in Showtime's female answer to Queer as Folk. (2004)
Torchwood: John Barrowman is the dashing Captain Jack Harkness in this Doctor Who spin-off. (2006)
Brothers and Sisters: Not only are Kevin and Scotty (Matthew Rhys and Luke Macfarlane) a couple, they may have been this ABC family drama's most functional one. (2006)
True Blood: What true True Blood fan didn't love Nelsan Ellis's Lafayette or root for his happiness? (2008)
Grey’s Anatomy: Callie Torres (Sarah Ramirez), one of TV's rare bisexuals, enters into a long-term relationship with Arizona (Jessica Capshaw). (2009)
Glee: Chris Colfer is Kurt, one of TV's first well-adjusted, openly gay teenagers. (2009)

Modern Family: With Mitch and Cam (Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet), no show has ever done more to fully incorporate a gay couple into a family story and normalize their relationship and, later, marriage. (2009)
Orange Is the New Black: At one time, lesbians in prison would have been used for horror and shock. Not anymore. (2013)
Scandal: VP-elect Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry) is as crazed, corrupt and sexually active as everyone else in this melodrama, which counts as progress. (2013)
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Andre Braugher is the justifiably beloved commanding officer Ray Holt on Fox's cop sitcom. (2013)

How to Get Away With Murder: Gay law student Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee) has gotten away with murder and then some on this mystery. (2014)
London Spy: Danny's (Ben Whishaw) faith in Alex's (Edward Holcroft) love saves him in this British spy drama. (2015)
American Gods: If your complaint is that TV generally removes the "sex" from "homosexual," you won't be complaining about American Gods' Jinn (Mousa Kraish). (2017)

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