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Re: “UPDATE: Standoff with armed driver ends at I-430, Maumelle Boulevard

Most mass shootings in this country are actually domestic violence in nature- a woman's abusive partner or ex partner shoots her, and whoever else happens to be around. That's why we encourage women not to flee to their mother's/family member's homes, that safe house shelters or motels are best. I would bet a lot of money that this man has assaulted this woman before. I hope the children involved get the security and love they need right now, and play therapy/counseling as necessary, for potential trauma.

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Posted by kateicl on 12/19/2018 at 12:27 PM

Re: “A home school horror in California

I was a school social worker in the Delta for 3 years, and sadly many of the kids who needed academic and psychosocial services were often taken out of school and "homeschooled" by family, often after a period of repeated absences. Not only was nobody checking on their "education" at home, but I found later on that many were pulled from school in an attempt to hide child abuse and neglect. AR TIMES, can you research this more and write an article about it??

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Posted by kateicl on 01/17/2018 at 6:12 PM

Re: “American Medical Association: Gun deaths a 'public health crisis'

Of course gun violence is a health issue! People's mental health certainly can contribute to gun deaths- suicides particularly....and what about preventative health, ie pediatricians talking to families about safe gun storage, to reduce the out-of-control accidental shootings by children?

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Posted by kateicl on 06/15/2016 at 11:54 AM

Re: “Police: UA Golf team members arrested on video voyeurism charges

The misjudging of sexually predatory behavior as 'bad judgement' or caused by media/alcohol/youth is scary, factually inaccurate, and keeps our justice system minimizing criminal behavior.

Recent research shows that most sexual predators are serial offenders, not only committing sex crimes but also abuse of women and children.

I hope these men get an appropriate sentence, but I doubt it, especially given the attitudes of several, including an attorney (!) on this blog.

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Posted by kateicl on 05/07/2015 at 2:14 PM

Re: “'Rape culture' merits scrutiny

As a clinical social worker who's treated countless survivors of rape, I am disappointed in this article. The research of David Lisak, clinical psychologist, tells us that 6 to 14% of college men admit to perpetrating acts that fit the legal definition of rape/attempted rape, and that many of those are repeat perpetrators (serial rapists).
The statistic of college women raped cited in this article (0.6%) is for REPORTED rapes. Of course the vast majority of rapes go unreported, for a variety of good reasons. Victims feel shame, self-blame, are often not educated in what constitutes a non-stranger rape, fear judgement/retaliation/victim-blaming from peers, college administrators and law enforcement, and/or attempt to use the coping skill of 'just trying to forget it and move on.'
Anecdotally, between my social work practice and conversations with family and friends over the years, the 20% of college-aged women raped/attempted rape statistic does in fact bear out. Let's not discount women's experiences and a genuine health and safety issue due to the sad fact of a limited number of well-publicized false reports.

Katie Logan Richardson, LCSW
Little Rock

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Posted by kateicl on 12/18/2014 at 11:07 PM

Re: “Pulaski jailer arrested for sexual assault of prisoner

I know I am a bit late to this comment section, but why is this funny? Rape (sexual acts without freely given consent) is about power and control, not sexual frustration. This guy was abusing his power over this powerless (literally, in this case, as a prisoner) woman. Not funny. If you want to learn more about sexual assault: www.rainn.org

Posted by kateicl on 07/20/2014 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Domestic violence in Berryville; searching for help for battered women

Law enforcement blaming women for being murdered is insulting, dangerous, and misinformed. Women return to abusers for a variety of reasons, including threats again them/their children if they leave, lack of alternatives (housing, income) etc. Domestic violence is complex and varies on a case-by case basis. Much research shows an increase in violence/lethality when women assert themselves/leave their abusers. I guess even when women are able to leave, it's still their fault they get killed?

Fact is, our culture has a big problem w/ violence against women. Law enforcement, medical, mental health, and school professionals all need training on how to recognize the signs and refer for help. Boys should be raised to respect women as equals, and men who abuse should be held fully accountable. Check out http://www.thehotline.org/ for more info.

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Posted by kateicl on 06/16/2014 at 12:44 PM

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