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Student assault victim shares experience

first_imgThe 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 Violencelast_img read more

Technology Task Force to study electronic court filing

first_img November 15, 2002 Regular News Technology Task Force to study electronic court filing Technology Task Force to study electronic court filing While the Bar’s proposed Internet portal remains its top priority, the Bar’s Technology Task Force is also studying electronic filing for the courts.Chair David Welch told the Board of Governors in October that a subcommittee has been looking into e-filing, recognizing it is something lawyers will deal with in the future.At the task force’s recent meeting, the group got an overview of the e-filing technology that is already in place in Sarasota County.The Sarasota system, Welch reported, is accessible from a Web site and allows lawyers to review pleadings, filings, and documents online. He said the task force believes it is the first e-filing system in the state.“There’s nothing that any of us can do to stop the technology changes that are coming on us,” Welch said. “We will have e-filing in this state. The only question is when.”last_img read more

12 ways your smartphone is a financial risk

first_imgAn increasing percentage of smartphone owners are using their devices for financial transactions — to pay bills, check account balances, deposit checks and make purchases, according to the Federal Reserve Board’s “Consumers and Mobile Financial Services 2015″ survey.But mobile safety is still a big concern for many. The Federal Reserve Board found that more than half of consumers who don’t use mobile banking or mobile payments avoid making transactions with their phones because they’re worried about the technology’s security.It’s true that you can put your finances and personal information at risk when you use a smartphone. If you’re not careful, your accounts could be accessed, your credit card number could fall into the wrong hands or your identity could be stolen. It’s not a lack of mobile security, though, that’s creating these risks.“The general public is painfully unaware of their security,” said Robert Siciliano, an identity theft expert with BestIDTheftCompanys.com. “They’re aware of the issues but not aware of what to do.” It’s when smartphone users don’t take the proper steps to safeguard their devices and financial transactions that they lose money or are exploited, he said. continue reading » 39SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Credit union CEO turned QVC shopping queen sentenced

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Even though some of the auditors visiting her credit union were thorough, Donna Jennings said she knew the red flags that could get their attention.“There were no red flags anywhere,” Jennings said. “I was good at my job.”But Jennings, the former president/CEO of the merged Winchester Community Federal Credit Union, finally missed at least one red flag that caught the eye of an NCUA examiner – which led to her demise. continue reading »last_img read more

Halifax Bank of Scotland rocked by trio’s defection

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KPU commissioner restored to position after Jokowi revokes decree on her dismissal

first_imgEvi had sent the new decree to relevant parties such as the Election Organization Ethics Council (DKPP), the Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) and the Home Ministry.She will return to her original position in the KPU as the coordinator of the technical division, Arief said.”There has not been any change in relation to her tasks. So, for now Bu Evi will return as the coordinator of the technical division,” he said as quoted by kompas.com.Jokowi issued Presidential Decree No. 34/2020 on Evi’s dismissal in late March after the DKPP dismissed her for allegedly falsifying the 2019 regional election results in West Kalimantan. Evi Novida Ginting Manik officially returned to her position as General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner on Monday after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo revoked a presidential decree regarding her dismissal.”We conducted a meeting and decided to allow Bu Evi to return as a KPU member for the 2017-2022 term starting from [Monday],” KPU chairman Arief Budiman said.Arief said Jokowi had issued on Aug. 11 Presidential Decree No. 80/P/2020 to revoke his previous decree approving Evi’s permanent dismissal from the commission. Evi filed a lawsuit with the Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) in March against Jokowi’s decree. The court ruled in her favor in July, ordering the President to revoke the decree, rehabilitate Evi’s name and restore her position at the KPU.The PTUN judges cited “serious juridical defects” by the DKPP in the decision-making process in Evi’s dismissal, arguing that she had not been afforded her right of defense as the council had not questioned Evi prior to issuing the ruling.On Aug. 7, presidential expert staff member Dini Shanti Purwono said Jokowi respected the ruling and would not file an appeal.“The President will issue another decree to revoke a decree stipulating Evi Novida’s dismissal as a KPU commissioner,” Dini said. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces New Funding to Help Luzerne County Turn Old Industrial Site into Recreational Area

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the approval of new funding through the Industrial Sites Reuse Program (ISRP) for Pittston to assess a former industrial site in Luzerne County.“Communities across the commonwealth continue to invest in neighborhoods that will promote a sense of community while preserving public health and safety,” said Gov. Wolf. “The county is making significant strides to ensure safety for the residents of the City of Pittston both now and in the future.”The property located on Benedict Street in the City of Pittston has been an industrial site since the early 1900s. Most recently, it was a powder-coating operation and warehouse. The property was acquired as part of the Luzerne County Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program in 2017. The program acquired properties damaged by flooding in 2011.The ISRP grant will provide $15,000 for preparation of the work plan and project guidance documents, project management, site survey, geophysical survey, sensitive receptor survey, subsurface investigation, vapor intrusion evaluation, laboratory analysis and report preparation. Once the site is assessed, the city intends to maintain the property as open space and as a possible location for recreational fields. The total project cost is $20,000.“Governor Wolf, Secretary Davin, and Secretary McDonnell have all recognized the importance of remediating old industrial sites for a better purpose,” said Senator John Yudichak. “With the funding from the Industrial Sites Reuse Program, the city of Pittston will be able to do the work necessary to bring this property back into use for residents to enjoy.”“This project is a win-win for everyone,” said Pittston City Manager, Joseph Moskovitz. “The property owner was able to relocate out of the floodplain, the city will address an environmental concern, and city residents will have open space available for recreational endeavors.”The ISRP provides loans and grants for environmental assessments and remediation carried out by eligible applicants who did not cause or contribute to the contamination. The program is designed to foster the cleanup of environmental contamination at industrial sites, thereby bringing blighted land into productive reuse.“Renovating this site will require important environmental cleanup efforts to ensure that the space is safe,” said Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “This funding will allow the city to properly clean up the site and make it a natural open space that the community may be able to enjoy for years to come.”For more information about the Industrial Sites Reuse Program or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov. Governor Wolf Announces New Funding to Help Luzerne County Turn Old Industrial Site into Recreational Areacenter_img November 01, 2019last_img read more

Tangier city residents in Morocco hold demonstrations over high utility prices

first_imgResidents in Morocco’s northern city of Tangier are protesting over high prices for water and electricity.This is after authorities and the company running the services proposed measures to calm unrest against what protesters see as high prices and administrative mismanagement.Water, waste water and electricity businesses in the cities of Tangier and neighboring Tetouan have since 2002 been operated by Amendis.That’s an affiliate of France’s Veolia Environment.Redal, another Veolia subsidiary is operating in the capital Rabat.The protesters believe services would improve if a public company takes over.Many cafes and stores in the city switched off their lights and lit candles in support of the protest.last_img read more

Lady Cardinals Get Wins Over Lady Trojans

first_imgThe St. Louis 5th Grade Girls Basketball team took to the floor Tuesday night against St. Nicholas at St. Nicholas.  The team had an impressive effort and continued to improve.  The Cardinals were victorious with a score of 28 to 4.They improved their record to 3-3.  Scoring for the Cardinals were Maria Voegle with 1 point, Lucy Abplanalp and Kenzie Maple with 2 points each, Isabel Raab with 4 points, and Veronica King with 19 points.  The highlight of the game was that now all girls on the 5th Grade team have scored in a game.The 5th Grade Lady Cardinals are back in action again Thursday February 8, 2018 against Greendale at Central Elementary.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Rob King.The 6th Grade St Louis Lady Cardinals came away with another victory on Tuesday evening, taking down the Lady Trojans of St Nicholas, on their home court, by a score of 14-4.Balanced scoring and another strong defensive performance allowed the Cardinals to hold the Trojans scoreless in the 2nd half.The Cardinals will look to get their 6th win of the season on the road this Thursday as they travel to Greendale to take on the Bengals.  Currently, the St Louis 6th grade Lady Cardinals have a record of 5-1.    Go Cardinals!Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Andy Saner.last_img read more

Sue Batta

first_imgSusan M. “Sue” Batta, 60, of Sunman, IN passed away Friday, September 20, 2019 surrounded by loved ones. Sue had a beautiful voice and shared this gift as a cantor at All Saints Parish. She loved crafting and card-making, and built a business with her artistic abilities. Sue showed how greatly she cared for others by helping organize the Prayer Shawl Ministry and the Pax Christi Ministry at All Saints Parish.Sue will be greatly missed by her husband, George, with whom she just celebrated their 41st wedding anniversary on September 9th. Her loving touch will also be missed by her four children Christy (Travis) Stratton of Indianapolis, IN; Andy (Jordan) Batta of Broomfield, CO; Michael (Laura) Batta of Liberty Township, OH; and Emily (Ryan) Hartnett of Harrison, OH. Sue also leaves behind seven grandchildren – Connor, Aubrey, and Luke Stratton; Cora and Colin Batta; Liliana and Charlotte Batta – all who will dearly miss their Mamaw. Sue is survived by her mother Carolyn Lamppert, her brother Steve Lamppert, and her sister Sandy Hammond. She was preceded in death by her father Joseph Lamppert.Sue’s family will receive friends on Wednesday, September 25 at All Saints Parish (Parish Life Center, St. Joseph Campus) from 9:00 – 11:30 am. Rosary will begin at 9:00. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at All Saints Parish (St. Joseph Campus) at noon, immediately followed by burial. Memorials can be made to Sunman Walking Warriors, the American Cancer Society, or All Saints Parish. To offer condolences please go to www.andres-wuestefeldfh.com.last_img read more