The Justice Education Department at Saint Mary’s began its “Week Against Violence” on Tuesday night in the Student Center with the discussion “Beyond the Violence,” led by Saint Mary’s junior Jessica Richmond, who discussed her personal account of violence.“Authenticity requires vulnerability, courage and integrity,” Richmond said, adding that she lives by these words.Richmond shared her story of physical and sexual assault to offer perspective and advice to her peers as fellow victims and friends of victims.Allison D’Ambrosia “People see vulnerability as being weak,” she said “But I build my life around viewing vulnerability as a strength ⎯ being open to having conversations like these, airing my dirty laundry, as I like to say.”Although Richmond openly shared her personal encounter with violence, she said she was once much more reluctant to speak about the horrific experience.“There are very few people in my life that knew what happened and to the great detail of what happened,” she said.Richmond, who shared her story with her father this past weekend, said her parents’ reactions to the events were why she did not want to tell them in the first place. Richmond said that upon hearing of her attack, her mother misdirected her frustration toward her daughter. She said her mother’s strong reaction made her more cautious about delving into details.“I almost felt as if there was resentment towards me for not telling her sooner,” Richmond said. “My mom immediately jumped to ‘What did he do to you?’ and being a victim, I recommend you never do that to someone because that instantly put me on the defensive. I didn’t want to tell her.”Richmond said many people, including her mother, have asked her why she did not report her attack.“I’m not trying to play into being young because I think there are many younger women that are stronger than I was [who are also] assaulted, but I was so scared,” she said. “I was so alone. I had no idea [of] the resources out there. I had no idea what to do. I was scared of him.”This fear lies in the systemic sexism of the United States’ judicial system, Richmond said.“Men have a power and an authority in society, and there’s a lot that goes into that,” Richmond said. “But he scared me to death. Even after knowing he no longer worked with me, he didn’t live near me, he terrified me.”Richmond said her decision to keep the attack private was an act of self-preservation.“It was the thought of going to the police and saying I wanted to press charges when there was no evidence and when no one knew about what had happened,” Richmond said. “I didn’t want to air my dirty laundry for the whole world to have him get a slap on the wrist.“I didn’t want to have to tell my story a thousand times only to be told ‘Well, there’s nothing we can do.’”Richmond said she also feared it would become a “he said, she said” situation, or she would be condemned for not explicitly saying “no.”“Life went on,” she said. “I didn’t report it. That is the one thing I come back to most often. Maybe I should have. Maybe if I called him to justice, it could have gone in my favor. I find myself still sort of switching a little bit, but I don’t regret not reporting.”Richmond said her decision not to report might not be the best choice for all other victims of violence. Each person should make an individual choice.“Do I think [other victims] should?” Richmond said. “Yes, because there’s a great chance [they] can get something out of it, but I think for my health I couldn’t. This is not ‘Law and Order.’ Due process doesn’t happen in 45 minutes.”Richmond said she attributes much of her growth since the attack to her boyfriend of three-and-a-half years.“He’s my support system,” she said. “It’s kind of strange because he’s a man, he’s six-foot-seven and almost three hundred pounds. He is my version of empowerment.”Richmond said her boyfriend and his sensitivity played key roles in her ability to heal.“I found that when we first started dating I had all sorts of triggers,” she said. “ A certain smell would throw me into a hysterical crying fit, a certain way of being touched, a certain playful comment. Sometimes it wasn’t the words that were being said; it was just the tone it was said in.“I can’t have my neck touched. That is like my one thing that will put me in a fetal position crying.”As a victim of violence, Richmond said it is amazing to have someone there to say, “Okay, that’s completely fine. I respect you for that.”“Once I got to that point, I became offended when people used tamer words because it’s oppressive,” she said. “Don’t be afraid of using the terms. Don’t be afraid to say, ‘She was raped.’”Richmond said that in spite of having a solid and healthy relationship with her boyfriend now, if she could go back in time she would tell her high school self that she did not need a man.“We’re women at such an amazing school with such an empowering philosophy that we can do anything,” she said. “I don’t want someone to stand in front of me.“That’s what’s great about [my] relationship now. [My boyfriend] stands behind me pushing me forward.”Adrienne Lyles-Chockley, head of the Justice Education Department, ended the discussion by offering Richmond affirmations on behalf of the audience.“This is such a gift and a refreshingly honest dialogue, so I want to affirm this and affirm you,” Lyles-Chockley said.The Justice Education professor said she also supported Richmond’s decision to not go to the police.“I’d also just like to affirm your choice not to report,” Lyles-Chockley said. “I appreciate that part of giving the person that was raped or assaulted control [means] granting them control of what happens next. So we support women by listening and helping according to their individual needs. Friends often don’t understand, and it’s just not that simple.”As a continuation of the “Week against Violence,” Saint Mary’s will host a panel presentation on community responses to violence against women, titled “Justice and the Victims: Beyond Law and Order,” on Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the Vander Vennet Theater. Tags: Justice Education Department, sexual assault, Week Against Violence
Demobilization Concomitantly, a demobilization program was established in 2001 under the auspices of the Ministry of National Defense. The objective of the Program for Humanitarian Attention to the Demobilized (PAHD) was to encourage members of illegal armed groups to voluntarily and individually turn themselves in, lay down their weapons and demobilize from their illegal activities in exchange for state support ensuring them and their families a safe transition to civilian life. “More than 26,700 former members of terrorist organizations have demobilized individually [through the program] since 2002,” Colombian Army Brigadier General Germán Saavedra, coordinator for the PAHD, told Diálogo in October 2013. “Many of them have collaborated with information that led to heavy blows against these structures, including rescuing kidnapped hostages, deactivating mined territories, turning in war material, seizing narcotics, destroying laboratories, demobilizing entire structures, and neutralizing strategic high value targets,” he added. Demobilization, which includes disarming, demobilizing and reintegrating into civilian life, remains a major player of the current war plan, “it remains above captures and deaths of guerrilla insurgents during military operations,” said Brig. Gen. Saavedra. “That’s why Minister of National Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón has established campaign advisory groups to develop the demobilization strategies for each division and task force in the country.” Though the disarmament and demobilization phases reside under the auspices of the Office of the High Commissioner for Peace, the third phase covering the reintegration process of guerrillas to civilian lives is achieved through the Colombian Agency for Reintegration. Continued on part 3: Colombia makes huge leaps forward in its search for enduring peace Fortunately, the 21st century brought forth positive change in Colombia. The United States increased its aid to the country through Plan Colombia, a counter-drug and counterterrorist strategy that peaked from 2000-2007, making Colombia the Western Hemisphere’s number one U.S. aid recipient and one of the top seven U.S. military and police aid recipients even today, according to an analysis by the Washington Office on Latin America’s Senior Associate for Regional Security Policy, Adam Isacson. Conceptually, the Plan’s objective was to reduce the cultivation of illegal coca plants through fumigation, eradication and alternative crop initiatives. Initially, an aerial herbicide fumigation program was expanded to spray entire rural and jungle areas without needing to have a government presence on the ground. But the illegally-planted territories were so deeply immersed in hard-to-reach areas controlled by insurgents and drug lords that they needed to be secured before manual eradication and alternative programs could be executed, so Plan Colombia also funded the creation, equipping and training of specialized mobile military units such as the Counter-Drug Brigade in the Colombian Army, to deploy to those areas. A strong counter guerrilla offensive followed in 2002, with President Álvaro Uribe’s election, resulting in a nearly doubled military force with a budget that tripled between 1998 and 2010, according to Isacson. Major reforms in how Colombia pursued its enemy followed, allowing the military to focus strategically and directly on the conflict. According to an analysis by the Brooking Institution, a U.S.-based private non-profit independent research organization, “American aid included signals intelligence assistance, precision-guided bombs for targeting insurgent leaders and drug lords, and helicopters for mobility so that the armed forces could get around the battlefield as needed”. Uribe’s offensive dovetailed with the U.S. aid package to create a front that would be hard for the guerrillas to withstand. Included in his incentive was strengthening the military’s ties with local communities as a way to gather intelligence about the enemy and make attacks more precise and effective. The military’s increased mobility and capabilities facilitated the removal of guerrillas from highly-populated areas and main roads. National homicide rates were reduced by half between 2002 and 2010. And although there was also a clear reduction in coca cultivation between 2001 and 2003, it became apparent that it would take more than a military presence to finish the job. The rural areas being sprayed aerially and eradicated manually were largely ungoverned, so local farmers either disguisedly continued to grow coca crops or moved elsewhere to do so. By Dialogo December 19, 2013 Plan Patriota In order to have greater reach than Plan Colombia’s counter-drug strategy, a second phase called Plan Patriota took over in late 2003 as an offensive to bring thousands of troops to the large rural and ungoverned territories that the FARC dominated. Their mission: to target high-value FARC leaders, forcing the guerrillas out of strongholds in southern and eastern Colombia and establish civilian control over those territories. The Colombian Army established military units in their place, but a full state presence had not been considered, and the areas remained ungoverned. According to a 2012 analysis by geopolitical intelligence and strategic analysis firm Stratfor, “the plan successfully reduced the FARC’s capabilities and membership. There were about 16,000 murders in 2008, down from nearly 30,000 in 2002, and the FARC’s membership was reduced from about 17,000 to 9,000. The FARC was also driven away from traditional base camps closer to coca and cocaine production sites and forced to look for new routes and base camps.” Furthermore, a series of public policies were put in place to counter illicit crops. A campaign called Forest Ranger Families was initiated in 2005 as a conduit to manual eradication of illicit coca crops in areas where aerial spraying couldn’t be achieved. In addition to removing illicit crops, it was a state overture toward local farmers that had been involved or risked involvement in the cultivation of illicit crops as a means to survive. In October 2013, Javier Florez, current Colombian director of the current Counter Illicit Crops Program under the country’s national consolidation strategy, said that alternative development programs have helped 160,000 families in the last decade, specifically by reaching out to each family in order to help them purchase their land to grow legal crops. “Because of budgetary limitations a maximum of 6,000 to 10,000 were serviced every year, but last year we reached 33,000 families, resulting in a 25 percent decrease in illegal crops cultivated nationally,” he added. The experience left behind the realization that a whole-of-government approach with a full state presence to govern these areas, incorporate the state’s civilian institutions, and bring social services, economic development and opportunity was necessary to improve the life of the locals and truly take over for illegal armed groups, the illegal drug trade and other illegal activities. This is the second article of a three-part series. Previous article: An integrated road to Colombian peace
Example of a “Fractured Quilt”Greensburg, In. — The Art on the Square Gallery and the Decatur County Arts Connection presents the display, “Quilted” through the end of February. All the works have been produced by the Tree City Quilt Club.The public is invited to a free “Second Friday” Wine and Cheese Reception hosted by the Gallery, February 9 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.The show includes exceptional and imaginative examples of Fine Arts Quilting using original patterns of hand and machine quilting, appliqué, hand dyed fabrics, embroidery, and other intricate techniques. The show has been organized by Nancy Derheimer, Judy Glore, and Margaret Parker. “Of special new interest this year are fractured quilts made by the Club members dividing themselves into groups of 4 or 5 with each group taking one original drawing and crafting it using their own fabric choices. The quilters then met again, cut up the quilts into pieces, mixed up the pieces and sewed them back together! The result is what is called a “fractured quilt”, said Nancy Derheimer, quilter.Featured Artists include, JoAnn Baldwin, Dottie Bilbrey, Rose M. Colllins, Kathy Denny, Nancy Derheimer, Judy Glore, Rita Hellmich, Donna Hermesch, Nancy King, Sue Koors, Janet Meyer, Alice Rust, Jean Schoettmer, Jean Shultz, Jan Wantz, Susan Wilson, and Alice Woodhull. Most of whom created the iconic and exquisite “Decatur County Barn Quilt”, a special Indiana Bicentennial offering that is on permanent display at the Decatur County courthouse.The ongoing “Gallery Night Out” painting opportunities are held each month. The public is invited to bring family and friends of all ages and abilities to a fun evening at the Gallery on Tuesday, January 16th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Participants are encourage to bring their favorite beverages and snacks to enjoy during the evening. “We will be creating in easy acrylic painting and techniques either “Happy Snowman” or “Cardinal on a “Winter Branch”, said Judy Glore, instructor and President of the Decatur County Arts Connection. “No prior painting experience is needed and all supplies and professional instruction will be provided for a $25 fee and you leave the evening with a finished painting.”, said Margaret Parker, instructor and officer of the Decatur County Arts Connection. Register by calling 812-663-8430 and indicate the Snowman or Cardinal. Sample paintings are on display in the Gallery window or on the Facebook page ‘Art on the Square Gallery” or the website. Other times, dates, and subjects can be arranged for small groups for the Gallery Night Out classes.Art On The Square Gallery is located at 114 E. Washington Street in Greensburg on the North Side of the Town Square with regular gallery hours, Wednesday to Friday from 11 A.M. to 3:30 P.M., and Saturday from 11:00 A.M., to 2:00 P.M., closed Sunday, Monday & Tuesday. Exhibits will be on display throughout the year with monthly special shows. For more information call 812-663-8600.Art on the Square Gallery is a subsidiary of Decatur County Arts Connection, Inc. a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization promoting arts events and activities through creation, exhibits, and education for the community’s enjoyment and growth. Become a financial supporter or the arts events sponsored by the Gallery by joining us as a Patron. Forms will be available and donations are tax deductible. “Supporting the Decatur County Arts Connection and the Art on the Square Fine Arts Gallery and their programs financially will ensure that the arts stay strong in our community. The Gallery has been serving the community for almost 10 years and looks to expand its programming opportunities in the future with your support”, expressed Fred Craig, local fine arts photographer and VP of the DCAC..Our catch phrase is: Express yourself through Art.
After Sunday’s 106-39 exhibition rout over Division III opponent UW-Oshkosh, the University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team is ready to begin the 2009-10 regular season. The Badgers will face the North Dakota Fighting Sioux this Sunday at the Kohl Center for the first time in program history.“We’re certainly looking forward to the start of the season,” Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said in her Monday press conference. “Yesterday, we had the exhibition game and got to put the uniforms on for the first time, got our freshmen out there to be in front of the lights and their fans and their families. I thought we did a nice job, stayed fairly disciplined. What I was most encouraged with was the fact that we only had nine turnovers in 40 minutes.”In Sunday’s triumph over Oshkosh, Stone’s new four-out, one-in motion offense was on display as the Badgers shot 62.5 percent from the field and had five players in double figures. Junior forward Tara Steinbauer led the way with 25 points on 12-13 shooting, while senior guard Rae Lin D’Alie contributed 19 points and six assists.Badger defense strong from the startDespite the lopsided final score, Stone was able to sufficiently assess where her team is at heading into Sunday’s opener.“You find out a lot about your team, actually,” Stone said of measuring her team after such a victory. “Our defense made it very difficult for Oshkosh to score, but there’s still things you can take. We looked at the film today and for a period of time in the second half, we weren’t closing out as hard as we could, we got a little lazy on the weak side, and it’s hard for your team to stay focused but that was the challenge.”The Badger defense was definitely at its best, as Oshkosh was unable to score its first field goal for almost 14 minutes. Wisconsin forced 32 turnovers and had 22 steals, including five by sophomore forward and tri-captain Anya Covington, as well as four by freshman guard Taylor Wurtz.“Anya Covington is a natural-born leader,” Stone said. “She has been a leader her entire life, both in the classroom, the community and on the court. As a freshman, [she] was not afraid to speak up in a team meeting, was not afraid to come to coaches with concerns or maybe wanting to get some help or try improve her game or how to make the team better. She earned the respect of her teammates as a freshman.”Freshman Wurtz has an impressive debutStone also expressed enthusiasm about the play of Wurtz, who was well thought of as the 89th-ranked player nationally by HoopGurlz — ESPN.com’s women’s college basketball forum — coming out of Ripon High School in Ripon, Wis. Listed as 6-foot, Wurtz boasts solid size for a Big Ten guard, which was on definite display against Oshkosh.Aside from her stellar defense, Wurtz scored 10 points and pulled down five rebounds in an impressive 21 minutes of playing time. Along with other freshman guards Catie O’Leary and Aly Bucierka, Wurtz will be counted on to provide the Badgers with an upbeat, youthful presence.“She is a freshman, she has a lot to learn, and it was good to see her be able to play the number of minutes she did in different positions and not turn it over,” Stone said. “[Wurtz] shot the ball fairly well, you saw her get an offensive board, hit a three, get out in transition; she was our leading rebounder yesterday. Her versatility is definitely something that we’re going to lean on. We were injured in the post yesterday; we only had three post player rotations, so you’ll see her rotate inside and outside … if we’re facing a team maybe with a big point guard, that matches up very nice. If we’re facing a team with an athletic power forward, Taylor matches up very well.”
STORRS, Conn. — Alexis Peterson and Brittney Sykes have lifted Syracuse all season. The two leading scorers in the Atlantic Coast Conference have been co-alphas in the Orange attack, and the two main pieces opposing coaches focus on.The triangle-and-two defense that Iowa State runs is designed to put an extra defender on the opposing team’s two best players. The SU guards had fewer driving lanes, but there was space open on the wings. So they fed Gabby Cooper.She made the first shot for SU, a 3-pointer from the corner. Three possessions later, she made another one. And then another one two possessions after that.“The shots that Cooper was getting early, that was part of the plan,” Iowa State head coach Bill Fennelly said.“The plan was not to go 2-for-18 in the first quarter.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHead coach Quentin Hillsman set a clear goal from the beginning of the season. He wanted his team to prove that last year’s run to the national championship game was no fluke. Eighth-seeded Syracuse (22-10, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) took the first step in doing that, using a massive first quarter to set the tone in an 85-65 drubbing over ninth-seeded Iowa State (18-13, 9-9 Big 12) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. SU will play top-seeded and undefeated Connecticut on Monday in a rematch of last year’s national championship.The first quarter ended with SU up 25 on the Cyclones. While the scoreboard was close the rest of the way, the damage had already been done.“We weren’t knocked out,” Fennelly said about the team’s outlook after first quarter, “but we were wobbling pretty bad.”Cooper’s hot 3-point shooting forced the Iowa State defense to adjust and start covering her. That meant new scoring opportunities for Sykes.She began by hitting a 3-pointer from the wing. The next possession she drove right, crossed over left and pulled up for a flailing jumper, drawing a foul for an and-1.All the while, Iowa State struggled to break the Orange pressure. On some possessions, 20 seconds were used trying to get the ball past midcourt before running a weave at the top of the key to search for a crack in the defense.The Cyclones averaged just 12 turnovers per game, one of the best marks in the country. They committed that many in the first half alone.“Our defense feeds our offense,” Sykes said. “Our defense is ultimately going to carry us through this Tournament.”ISU’s adjustments were enough to win the second quarter by four, limiting the Orange to just 12 points. Ten of those came from Sykes, and SU still entered halftime with a 21-point advantage.In the third quarter, ISU managed to cut its deficit as low as 17 on five different occasions. Each time was met with a counterstrike from either Peterson (25 points), Cooper (24) or Sykes (28), who combined to score nearly all of the Orange’s points.It came as a surprise when Syracuse was selected as a No. 8 seed to begin with, something Fennelly alluded to. The team that had been ranked inside the Top 25 for much of the season showed why that spot seemed low on Saturday.Now, the Orange gets a national championship game rematch against UConn, winners of 108 straight games. Syracuse will be a major underdog, but it’s not a position the team seems to mind.Just like it always has — at the start of the season and even when it was up 22 late in the fourth against ISU — the Orange will pressure the ball and shoot 3s. It’s the formula that’s fueled it up to this point and that isn’t going to change.“We always talk about … the lifetime of the opportunity,” Hillsman said. “And the lifetime of the opportunity is 40 minutes. So there’s no sense for you to go out there now and start pulling the reigns back.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 18, 2017 at 5:21 pm Contact Tomer: firstname.lastname@example.org | @tomer_langer
Helen Hewlett, the Lincolnshire county captain and seven times county champion, is to be the manager of the Great Britain & Ireland teams for this year’s Vagliano Trophy matches and next year’s Curtis Cup, the LGU has announced. “I was absolutely delighted when I was called and I feel very honoured to have been asked,” said Helen who, as Skegness-born Helen Dobson, had a stellar amateur career before turning professional in 1990. She won the British girls’ championship in 1987 and followed up in 1989 with a spectacular year in which she won almost every major tournament she played. She was the first player to complete the double of winning the British amateur and stroke play titles in the same year. She also captured the English ladies’ and girls’ championships and was a member of the winning GB&I Vagliano team. Helen, who was an England international, played in the 1990 Curtis Cup before embarking on a nine-year professional career. She won the Ladies’ European Tour European Masters and the LPGA’s State Farm Classic before retiring from the LPGA Tour in 2001 and was later reinstated as an amateur. She still holds a handicap of plus-three and turns out for the Lincolnshire ladies’ county team. The Vagliano Trophy, against the continent of Europe, will be played at Malone Golf Club, Belfast on June 26-27. The 2015 Curtis Cup match against the USA will take place at Dun Laoghaire Golf Club, near Dublin. Elaine Farquharson-Black will captain both teams, while Claire Coughlan-Ryan will be the Junior Vagliano team captain. “I’m really looking forward to working with both Elaine and Claire, the LGU and the teams,” added Helen. Image © Leaderboard Photography 29 Jan 2015 Helen Hewlett to manage GB&I teams