Maybe men "should take back the night"
I found it sort of (okay, really) ironic aftera href="http://www.volunteertv.com/home/headlines/67407767.html" reading a news article about University of Tennessee /awomen at a "Take back the night" rally to highlight violence against women that two of the stories linked to this story were about....women's violence against men.br /br /a href="http://www.volunteertv.com/home/headlines/67347017.html"In the first story,/a a teacher is arrested with the statutory rape of a male student:br /br /blockquoteFENTRESS COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Fentress County Grand Jury has indicted a high school teacher for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old student.br /br /Lindsey Seymour, 27 of Allardt turned herself in to Fentress County authorities on Thursday afternoon. She was officially charged with eight counts of statutory rape.br /br /Seymour allegedly had the sexual encounters with the male student between June 2009 and September 2009. In late September, the teen’s parents complained to the district attorney about the contact. /blockquotebr /br /In the second news story, a woman is just now serving time (not much) for a href="http://www.volunteertv.com/home/headlines/67451042.html"shooting her boyfriend through the head in 2005:/abr /br /blockquoteKNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – The Blount County woman who gunned down her live-in boyfriend in June 2005 will begin serving her sentence on Monday.br /br /April Jennifer Warren, 38 pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter on April 8th, 2008. According to police, she killed Charles Russell, 32 with a single shotgun blast to his head following an argument in their home on June 13th, 2005. Court records indicated she was performing CPR on Russell when police arrived on the scene.br /br /Warren was sentenced to 10 years in prison on May 28th, 2008, but later appealed when it came out that Judge Mike Meares had contacted the family of the victim about the verdict. After sentencing Warren, Judge Meares apparently told Russell’s family that he gave her the maximum penalty with them in mind and asked that they support him in his upcoming election. /blockquotebr /br /This murderer will have to serve only 35 percent of the 10 year prison sentence. I understand this is due to a technicality but 10 years wasn't much to begin with. And I wonder how this murder was counted? As a woman murdering a man? As some lesser crime due to it being voluntary manslaughter? Was it entered in the national data base at all as a woman killing a man?br /br /Maybe it's time men who have been affected by female sexual and physical violence to"take back the night" but that will never happen. Men will rarely stand up for themselves and society sees their lives as expendable, especially when taken by a woman. Men will continue to be abused and will suffer or die in silence, or with the frequent sneer that "he deserved it."br /br /Update: a href="http://www.oakridger.com/localnews/x23528951/Woman-who-killed-boyfriend-arrested-again-and-again"Here is yet another story linked /afrom the same news site (WVLT) about a woman who killed her boyfriend (Good grief, how many are there?). Naturally, she again got only voluntary manslaughter and here is what she served:br /br /span style="font-style:italic;"In May 2008, the defendant pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in that case and was sentenced to three years in prison as a standard offender. According to her sentencing report, she was to serve 120 days in the county jail in 20-day increments -- with the remainder of her sentence as supervised probation./spanbr /br /Women just say the word, a href="http://www.oakridger.com/localnews/x23528951/Woman-who-killed-boyfriend-arrested-again-and-again""domestic violence"/a and they are given a pass for killing, as in this case. When women's groups shout non-stop about domestic violence and violence against women, they plant the seeds in the culture that men are never victims. This is not true but people listen, despite evidence to the contrary.br /br /Update II: DADvocate points out a href="http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iWC4ZA0Q5u8xj4jbnB8XvFhH1MagD9BKAGI80"another case where a woman/a stabbed her husband 193 times, gets 25 years and has the verdict overturned (via a href="http://althouse.blogspot.com/2009/10/woman-who-tied-up-her-husband-stabbed.html"Althouse blog)./a The case sounded familiar and I realized it was that of Susan Wright, one of the women profiled on the Oxygen show a href="http://www.oxygen.com/tvshows/snapped/""Snapped"/a that I was on as an expert in 2004. The show is coming to the Biography channel a href="http://www.thebiographychannel.co.uk/biography_story/1599:1865/1/Snapped_-_Women_Who_Kill_Susan_Wright.htm"soon according to a promo. /aThat's the thing about cable. The shows are recycled forever.
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