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Nine Horrible Social Panics

March 5th, 2015

9 Social Panics That Gripped the Nation, Were Totally False, and Did Horrible Lasting Damage.

Read the article by Janet Allon and Kali Hollway in Alternet.

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Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe

March 3rd, 2015

“You have to feel a little sorry these days for professors married to their former students. They used to be respectable citizens—leaders in their fields, department chairs, maybe even a dean or two—and now they’re abusers of power avant la lettre. I suspect you can barely throw a stone on most campuses around the country without hitting a few of these neo-miscreants. Who knows what coercions they deployed back in the day to corral those students into submission; at least that’s the fear evinced by today’s new campus dating policies. And think how their kids must feel! A friend of mine is the offspring of such a coupling—does she look at her father a little differently now, I wonder.”

Read the article by Laura Kipnis in Chronicles of Higher Education.

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The progressive ideas behind the lack of free speech on campus

February 23rd, 2015

“Unsafe? These days, when students talk about threats to their safety and demand access to “safe spaces,” they’re often talking about the threat of unwelcome speech and demanding protection from the emotional disturbances sparked by unsettling ideas. It’s not just rape that some women on campus fear: It’s discussions of rape.”

Read Wendy Kaminer’s op-ed in the Washington Post.

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The new panic: campus sex assaults

February 22nd, 2015

“The situation on college campuses has become so dire that civil libertarians are calling for sexual assault investigations to be left to police and prosecutors. Despite the fact that conviction in a criminal court carries severe sentences and other harsh ramifications, frustrated and fearful students, parents, and lawyers seem prepared to risk criminal convictions in their search for investigatory and prosecutorial fairness.

“If the past is prologue, it is almost certain that the current campus sexual assault madness will burn itself out, leaving in its wake the wreckage of many young lives. My concern is how long it will be before sanity and decency return.”

Read the op-ed in the Boston Globe by NCRJ Advisor Harvey Silverglate.

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A Moral Imperative: Release Aging and Long-Term Prisoners

February 15th, 2015

“It was only for a moment, but on January 20, 2015, this country’s criminal punishment system got a general call for reform in President Obama’s state of the union address. With 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of the world’s incarcerated people, it’s about time we heard this from our president. But what we didn’t hear was an analysis of exactly what we can do to shrink this massive system.”

Jean Trounstine in Truthout. Read more…

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Still Missing: Etan Patz—and Others

February 15th, 2015

“But backlash was brewing both among conservatives and feminists who were discovering, and already exaggerating, a scourge of child sexual abuse. By 1977, a paradigmatic pair, LA vice cop Lloyd Martin and feminist psychologist Judianne Densen-Gerber, was traveling the land stoking the claim that 1.2 million children were victimized annually in child prostitution and pornography. Martin told a Christian TV host that pedophiles hang around maternity wards in order to ‘grab the post-fetuses and sexually victimize them.’”

Read Judith Levine’s article in Boston Review.

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Please Send Bob Halsey a Birthday Card

February 12th, 2015

Bob Halsey turns 86 on February 18th. I am surprised he is still alive. He has been in bad health for years.

Bob is an innocent man who has been in prison since September of 1993. He will die in prison. And even if by some miracle he were to be released, he has nowhere to go and no one to take him in.

Bob was railroaded by many of the same characters who sent Bernard Baran to prison. Baran’s prosecutor, Dan Ford, was the trial judge. Jane Satullo was the chief interrogator of the children.

You can learn more about his case.

Here is the address for cards:

Robert C. Halsey
W-55045
POB 1218
Shirley MA 01464

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Jesse Friedman Deserves the Chance to prove His Innocence

February 9th, 2015

“From the beginning, the case was deeply flawed. The only evidence that Jesse and his father, Arnold, had abused anyone consisted of statements to the police by children and one of Jesse’s friends. Many of the statements were made after repeated or hourslong visits from detectives who would not leave until they heard what they wanted. None of the children had previously complained to anyone of any abuse.

Read the full op-ed from the New York Times.

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Three people spent years in prison over a horrible crime against children – that never happened

February 8th, 2015

This is a “ritual abuse” case in Buffalo that never received any national publicity. There may be many more cases like this one. Even experts in the history of ritual abuse have no idea how many innocent people were accused, and how many still might be imprisoned. Read the full story in The Buffalo News.

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Baker can provide state ‘apology’ for Amirault

January 23rd, 2015

From Barbara Anderson:

“Charlie Baker’s father asked me several years ago if he could help; after we had lunch together, Charlie Sr. tried to find Gerald a job that wouldn’t require him to be near a school. Charlie Jr. met Gerald and one of his daughters on the campaign trail and assured them this will be one of the first things on his agenda. His opponent, Martha Coakley, was one of Gerald’s ambitious prosecutors, and I suspect many voters who know this story voted against her because of it.”

http://www.salemnews.com/opinion/anderson-baker-can-provide-state-apology-for-amirault/article_a60022c7-4da3-5093-8d27-b54ddb328517.html