Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

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This article starts, “Just in time for Valentine’s Day.” Sounds lovely, until you read the rest of the content. To quickly recap, a Florida judge ordered a man who was arrested for domestic violence to buy his wife flowers, take her out to a nice dinner, followed by bowling. Mr. Bray, the defendant, shoved his […]

Penn State Missed a Teachable Moment

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By Beth Morrison HAVEN CEO Imagine this scene in the Penn State Football locker room: Coach Paterno walks in and gives his players the horrific news, that one of their own was caught raping a young boy. He talks about how proud he is of his young graduate assistant coming forward with what he had […]

Take Action to Prevent Domestic Violence

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Many believe that domestic violence is a private matter that happens behind closed doors. This belief, I’m sure, was shattered in Seal Beach, California after 8 people were killed and one critically injured as news reports indicate the shooter was the ex-husband of one of the victim. Domestic violence impacts us all, in one way or […]

An Open Letter To Thomas Warda – Protecting Young Victims of Sexual Abuse!

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Dear Thomas Warda, She’ll eventually forget all about it, like it never even happened. That is what you suggested at the sentencing hearing of your client Mickey Gotwalt, a 52-year old high school softball coach in Tuscola County who was recently convicted of criminal sexual conduct with one of the young girls he coached. According […]

The Perfect Rape Victim

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“The perfect rape victim.”  Much has been written in the past couple of weeks about what a rape victim’s behavior should be like, most in response to the Dominique Strauss-Kahn (DSK) rape case. Media outlets have been reporting that the DSK case is in jeopardy, not due to the victim’s report of the actual rape […]

Violence Against Women Has No Excuse

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Rodrick Dantzler hated women.  From information gathered in media reports, Dantzler had a long history of abusive behavior toward the women in his life.  Multiple Personal Protection Orders were taken out against him from his mother (it also included that he was abusive towards his sister), former girlfriends and mothers of these girlfriends, and a […]