1 Is 2 Many Campaign Releases New Public Service Announcement On Sexual Assault.


 

By Jueseppi B.

 

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1 is 2 Many Campaign Releases New Public Service Announcement on Sexual Assault

 

Today, Vice President Biden launched a new Public Service Announcement (PSA) encouraging men to speak up and step in if they see someone in danger of being sexually assaulted.  The PSA is being launched in coordination with the 1 is 2 Many campaign and the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.  Because while anyone can be a victim of sexual assault, some are more at risk than others:  1 in 5 women is sexually assaulted while in college, and young women, ages 16 to 24, experience the highest rates of sexual violence at the hands of someone they know.

The PSA, produced by the White House, features several film and television actors, President Obama, and Vice President Biden.  It encourages men to be part of the solution by delivering a simple message:  “If she doesn’t consent – or can’t consent — it’s a crime . . . and if you see sexual assault happening, help her — don’t blame her —and speak up.”

The PSA will air in select Regal Entertainment Group and Cinemark movie theaters, over NCM Media Networks’ Lobby Entertainment Network (LEN), and in movie theaters on military installations and ships underway worldwide starting in May.  Joining the President and the Vice President in the PSA are Daniel Craig, Seth Meyers, Benicio Del Toro, Steve Carell and Dulé Hill.

Watch the 60-second PSA.

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Watch the 30-second PSA. 

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Biden announces guidelines to prevent college sex assault

 

Published on Apr 29, 2014

The White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault stated, in a report released Tuesday entitled “Not Alone,” that they aim to fight, prevent and bring more transparency to campus sexual assault crimes, which are currently underreported in the United States due to victims “left feeling isolated, ashamed or to blame.”

 

 

 

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Click here for more information about the Administration’s efforts to combat sexual assault. 

Quotes from participating actors:

Benicio Del Toro

“This PSA is about reaching out to people and letting them know that there is an epidemic of sexual assaults. Those who commit sexual assaults will be condemned, whoever they are. The PSA also encourages any witness to such acts to speak up, do the right thing, and be a hero.  It is about protecting and respecting our loved ones–our mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, and girlfriends.”

Dulé Hill 

“One sexual assault is one too many. My desire for this PSA is that it will heighten awareness and in turn be a catalyst for more prevention.”

Daniel Craig

“I am honored to be part of such an important and crucial project. The message is clear and simple; everyone has a responsibility. There are no exceptions. There are no excuses.  Please watch it and pass it on.”

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FACT SHEET: Not Alone – Protecting Students from Sexual Assault

One in five women is sexually assaulted while in college.  Most often, it happens her freshman or sophomore year.  In the great majority of cases, it’s by someone she knows – and also most often, she does not report what happened.  And though fewer, men, too, are victimized.

The Administration is committed to putting an end to this violence. That’s why the President established the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault on January 22, 2014, with a mandate to strengthen federal enforcement efforts and provide schools with additional tools to combat sexual assault on their campuses.

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Biden said “No means No” on sexual relations,”requires a verbal consent, everything else is rape or assault.”

Today, the Task Force is announcing a series of actions to: (1)  identify the scope of the problem on college campuses, (2) help prevent campus sexual assault, (3) help schools respond effectively when a student is assaulted, and (4) improve, and make more transparent, the federal government’s enforcement efforts.  We will continue to pursue additional executive or legislative actions in the future.

These steps build on the Administration’s previous work to combat sexual assault.  The Task Force formulated its recommendations after a 90-day review period during which it heard from thousands of people from across the country — via 27 online and in-person listening sessions and written comments from a wide variety of stakeholders.

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Helping Schools Identify the Problem: Climate Surveys

As we know, campus sexual assault is chronically underreported – so victim reports don’t provide a fair measure of the problem.  A campus climate survey, however, can.  So, today:

  • We are providing schools with a toolkit for developing and conducting a climate survey.  This survey has evidence-based sample questions that schools can use to gauge the prevalence of sexual assault on campus, test students’ attitudes and awareness about the issue, and craft solutions.  We call on schools to voluntarily conduct the climate survey next year and, based on what we learn, we will further refine the survey methodology.  This process will culminate in a survey for all schools to use.

 

  • We will explore legislative or administrative options to require colleges and universities to conduct an evidence-based survey in 2016.  A mandate for schools to periodically conduct a climate survey will change the national dynamic: with a better picture of what’s really happening on campus, schools will be able to more effectively tackle the problem and measure the success of their efforts. 

Preventing Sexual Assault – and Bringing in the Bystander

The college years are formative for many students.  If we implement effective prevention programs, today’s students will leave college knowing that sexual assault is simply unacceptable.  And that, in itself, can create a sea change.

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a systematic review of primary prevention strategies for reducing sexual violence, and is releasing an advance summary of its findings.  This review summarizes some of the best available research in the area, and highlights evidence-based prevention strategies that work, some that are promising, and those that don’t work.  The report points to steps colleges can take now to prevent sexual assault on their campuses.

 

  • The CDC and the Justice Department’s Office on Violence Against Women will pilot and evaluate prevention strategies on college campuses.  This work will build on the CDC’s systematic review, and will identify and fill gaps in the research on sexual violence prevention.

 

  • Getting Bystanders to Step In and Help Is a Promising Practice.  Bystander intervention programs work to change social norms, and teach everyone to speak out and intervene if someone is at risk of being assaulted.  These programs are among those the CDC found most promising.

Helping Schools Respond Effectively When A Student is Sexually Assaulted: Confidentiality, Training, Better Investigations, and Community Partnerships

By law, schools that receive federal funds are obliged to protect students from sexual assault.  It is the Task Force’s mission to help schools meet not only the letter, but the spirit, of that obligation.  And that can mean a number of things – from giving a victim a confidential place to turn for advice and support, to providing specialized training for school officials, to effectively investigating and finding out what happened, to sanctioning the perpetrator, to doing everything we can to help a survivor recover.

  • Many survivors need someone to talk to in confidence.  While many survivors of sexual assault are ready to press forward with a formal complaint right away, others aren’t so sure.  For some, having a confidential place to go can mean the difference between getting help and staying silent.  Today, the Department of Education is releasing new guidance clarifying that on-campus counselors and advocates can talk to a survivor in confidence.  This support can help victims come forward, get help, and make a formal report if they choose to.

 

  • We are providing a sample confidentiality and reporting policy.  Even victims who make a formal report may still request that the information be held in confidence, and that the school not investigate or take action against the perpetrator.   Schools, however, also have an obligation to keep the larger community safe.  To help them strike this balance, we are providing schools with a sample reporting and confidentiality policy, which recommends factors a school should consider in making this decision.

 

  • We are providing specialized training for school officials.  School officials and first responders need to understand how sexual assault occurs, the tactics used by perpetrators, and the common reactions of victims.   The Justice Department will help by developing new training programs for campus officials involved in investigating and adjudicating sexual assault cases and by launching a technical assistance project for campus officials. The Department of Education will develop training materials for campus health center staff to improve services to victims.

 

  • We will give schools guidance on how to improve their investigative and adjudicative protocols.  We need to know more about what investigative and adjudicative systems work best on campus.  The Justice Department will undertake this work, and will begin evaluating different models this year with the goal of identifying the most promising practices.  The Department of Education’s new guidance also urges some important improvements to the disciplinary process.

 

  • We are helping schools forge partnerships with community resources.  Community partnerships are critical to getting survivors the help they need:  while some schools can provide comprehensive services on campus, others may need to partner with community-based organizations.  Rape crisis centers in particular can help schools better serve their students.  We are releasing a sample agreement between schools and rape crisis centers, so survivors have a full network of services in place.

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Improving and Making More Transparent Federal Enforcement Efforts

To better address sexual assault at our nation’s schools, the federal government needs to both strengthen our enforcement efforts and increase coordination among responsible agencies.  Importantly, we also need to improve communication with survivors, parents, school administrators, faculty, and the public, by making our efforts more transparent.

  • On Tuesday, we are launching a dedicated website –www.NotAlone.gov – to make enforcement data public and to make other resources accessible to students and schools.  On the website, students can learn about their rights, search enforcement data, and read about how to file a complaint.  The website will also help schools and advocates:  it will make available federal guidance on legal obligations, best available evidence and research, and relevant legislation.  Finally, the website will have trustworthy resources from outside the federal government, such as hotline numbers and mental health services locatable by simply typing in a zip code.

 

  • The Department of Education is providing more clarity on schools’ legal obligations.  The Department of Education is releasing answers to frequently asked questions about schools’ legal obligations to prevent and respond to sexual assault.  Among many other topics, the new guidance makes clear that federal law protects all students, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, immigration status, or whether they have a disability.  It also makes clear questions about a survivor’s sexual history with anyone other than the alleged perpetrator shouldn’t be permitted during a judicial hearing, and also that a previous sexual relationship doesn’t imply consent or preclude a finding of sexual violence.  And that schools should take steps to protect and assist a survivor pending an investigation.

 

  • The Departments of Justice and Education have entered into an agreement clarifying each agency’s role.  Both agencies have a critical role to play in enforcing the laws that require schools to prevent and respond to sexual assault on their campuses.  The agencies have entered into a formal agreement to increase coordination and strengthen enforcement.

Next Steps

The action steps highlighted in this report are the initial phase of an ongoing plan and commitment to putting an end to this violence on campuses.  We will continue to work toward solutions, clarity, and better coordination. We will review the legal frameworks surrounding sexual assault for possible regulatory or statutory improvements, and seek new resources to enhance enforcement.  Campus law enforcement agencies have special expertise- and they, too, should be tapped to play a more central role.  And we will also consider how our recommendations apply to public elementary and secondary schools – and what more we can do to help there.

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Vice President Joseph Robinette “Joey B” Biden, Jr., Speaks On The Budget And Economic Policy


By Jueseppi B.

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Remarks on the Budget and Economic Policy

 

 

 

From The Washington Post:

 

 (Opinions and comments from me, Jueseppi B, appear in bold italics in parentheses)

 

Biden hits Republican budget plan, launching election-year attack on GOP policies

 

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Vice President Biden delivered a blistering critique Monday of the House Republican budget plan, kicking off a midterm campaign effort aimed at winning votes by highlighting what Democrats say would be the catastrophic effects of the conservative vision shaped by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

Biden said the GOP plan, passed this month, would devastate the middle class and eviscerate programs that help the poor while cutting taxes for the rich. The remarks launched what aides described as a months-long effort to attack Republicans on economic policy, in an attempt to reprise a successful 2012 campaign strategy.

“This is not your father’s Republican Party,” Biden said at George Washington University. “What they clearly value, this new Republican Party, is more tax cuts for the wealthy at the expense of the middle class . . . because they genuinely believe in their hearts that that’s the way in which you build a 21st-century economy.”

 

Biden’s argument comes as Democrats search for a political message that can gain traction ahead of the November elections. While portraying Republicans as out of touch was enormously successful two years ago, Democrats this year face a far more challenging electoral terrain.

 

“The vice president is lashing out because he has no answer for the question Americans are asking: Where are the jobs?” said Brendan Buck, a spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), in response to Biden’s remarks Monday. “This administration has overseen the worst economic recovery in our history and has a budget that never balances, ever — and hysterical attacks from Joe Biden won’t change that.”

 

(One thing is clear, The TeaPartyMorons have no job plans, ideas or legislation for jobs either, and thats a fact, Jack.)

 

Biden argued that the Republicans’ budget is inconsistent with the values they espouse.

 

“They say they value education for our children. They say they agree with us that the best-educated country will seize the day in the 21st century,” the vice president said. “But yet they cut domestic spending by 15 percent below our budget. They won’t say exactly where they’re going to do it, but here’s what across-the-board cuts would be — and that’s what they’ve done in the past.”

 

Biden’s critique echoes that of the left-leaning Center on Budget Policy and Priorities, which has argued that neither the Ryan nor the Obama budget would adequately fund domestic programs. An analysis by the group this month found that the Ryan budget, compared with Obama’s budget, would pour $1 trillion less into domestic programs by embracing the deep spending cuts known as sequestration and then cutting programs by an additional $800 billion over the next 10 years.

 

The group has also argued that nearly 70 percent of the Ryan budget’s overall cuts would come from programs that serve people with low or moderate incomes.

 

Ryan has taken strong exception to the liberal critiques, saying his budget projects $43 trillion in spending over the next 10 years, compared with the $48 trillion the federal government is expected to spend without new legislation. “Nearly $43 trillion is enough,” his office said recently.

 

(Ryan is a dumbass idiot.)

 

The topic of Biden’s speech suggested that he may play something of a “bad cop” to Obama’s “good cop” as the midterm strategy unfolds. White House officials have said that the strongest role Obama can play this summer and fall is to draw contrasts between GOP and Democratic thinking on the economy.

The president has been doing that primarily by noting his own proposals — to raise the minimum wage, for instance, or to promote pay equity for men and women. While he has criticized Republicans, he has mainly focused on what Democrats bring the to the table.

Biden’s sharp focus on the House Republican plan suggests that he will be hitting the GOP harder in hopes of revving up the Democratic base and painting the GOP budget in the darkest light possible.

“House Republicans have a plan to balance the budget and create jobs,” Ryan spokesman William Allison said. “But the administration doesn’t have much to brag about. Now all they’ve got left are baseless attacks and stale rhetoric.”

 

(Here’s a news flash for all the lying foolish TeaPartyMorons, if your group had a plan to “balance the budget and create jobs,” you would have done it years ago. Your party is full of turtle feces)

 

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President Obama Speaks To Filipino And U.S. Armed Forces At Fort Bonifacio. Video, Slide Show, Transcript.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Remarks by President Obama to Filipino and U.S. Armed Forces at Fort Bonifacio

Fort Bonifacio
Manila, The Philippines

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PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Hello, everybody!  Please, have a seat.  Kumusta kayo.  It is great to be here at Fort Bonifacio.  Vice President Binay, distinguished guests:  It’s an honor to be here with our outstanding allies — the leaders and members of the armed forces of the Philippines.  And we’re joined by men and women who stand tall and proud to wear the uniform of the United States of America.  And let me also welcome all our Filipino friends.

Now, I’m not going to give a long speech, because it’s hot and people are in uniform.  I hope you don’t mind me not wearing my jacket.  And I also want to make sure that I have some time to shake some hands.

But I’m here in the Philippines to reaffirm the enduring alliance between our two countries.  I thank President Aquino for his partnership and the deeper ties that we forged yesterday.  I’m especially proud to be here as we remember one of the defining moments of our shared history — the 70th anniversary of the battle of Leyte during World War II and the beginning of the liberation of the Philippines.

Right after this, I’ll pay my respects at the American cemetery here in Manila– the final resting place of so many Americans and Filipinos who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom of this country in that war.  These Americans and Filipinos rest in peace as they stood in war — side-by-side, shoulder-to-shoulder — balikatan.

Together, Filipinos and Americans put up a heroic defense, at Bataan and Corregidor.  Together, they endured the agony of the death marches and the horror of the prisoner of war camps.  Many never made it out.  In those years of occupation, Filipino resistance fighters kept up the struggle.  And hundreds of thousands of Filipinos fought under the American flag.

And sadly, the proud service of many of these Filipino veterans was never fully recognized by the United States.  Many were denied the compensation they had been promised.  It was an injustice.  So in recent years, my administration, working with Congress and others, have worked to right this wrong.  We passed a law, reviewed the records, processed claims, and nearly 20,000 Filipino veterans from World War II and their families finally received the compensation they had earned.  And it was the right thing to do.  (Applause.)

What’s been written about Bataan could be said of their entire generation:  “The loss of life was grievous, and hardly a Filipino family was untouched by the tragedy.  But the heroic struggle brought out the best in the Filipino character in the face of adversity and served as a beacon to freedom loving peoples everywhere.”

We are truly honored to have some of these extraordinary veterans here with us today.  Among them are men who fought at Bataan and Corregidor, and a survivor of those hellish prisoner of war camps.  Some fought in the resistance, including nurse Carolina Garcia Delfin.  These veterans are now in their nineties.  They are an inspiration to us all, and I’d ask those who can stand to stand or give a wave so that we can all salute their service.  (Applause.)

The spirit of these veterans — their strength, their solidarity — I see it in you as well when you train and exercise together to stay ready for the future, when our special forces — some of you here today — advise and assist our Filipino partners in their fight against terrorism, and when you respond to crises together, as you did after Yolanda.  Along with your civilian partners, you rushed into the disaster zone, pulled people from the rubble, delivered food and medicine.  You showed what friends can do when we take care of each other.

These are the kinds of missions we face today.  Yesterday, President Aquino and I agreed to begin a new chapter in our alliance.  And under our new agreement, American forces can begin rotating through Filipino airfields and ports.  We’ll train and exercise together more to bring our militaries even closer, and to support your efforts to strengthen your armed forces.  We’ll improve our ability to respond even faster to disasters like Yolanda.  Today, I thank the people of the Philippines for welcoming our servicemembers as your friends and partners.

Deepening our alliance is part of our broader vision for the Asia Pacific.  We believe that nations and peoples have the right to live in security and peace, and to have their sovereignty and territorial integrity respected.  We believe that international law must be upheld, that freedom of navigation must be preserved and commerce must not be impeded.  We believe that disputes must be resolved peacefully and not by intimidation or force.  That’s what our nations stand for.  That’s the future we’re working for.  And that’s why your service is so important.

Let me be absolutely clear.  For more than 60 years, the United States and the Philippines have been bound by a mutual defense treaty.  And this treaty means our two nations pledge — and I’m quoting — our “common determination to defend themselves against external armed attacks, so that no potential aggressor could be under the illusion that either of them stands alone.”  In other words, our commitment to defend the Philippines is ironclad and the United States will keep that commitment, because allies never stand alone.  (Applause.)

In closing, I want to leave you with an incredible story that captures the strength of our alliance.  We all know about the massive international response after Yolanda.  What few people realize is that it started all with a single aircraft carrying a handful of Filipino and American troops and civilians.  The storm hit land that Friday.  The very next morning, the first aircraft took off — a Philippine C-130 carrying Captain Roy Trinidad, a Philippine Navy SEAL; Colonel Mike Wylie, United States Marines; and Major George Apalisok, U.S. Air Force.

Just hours after the storm passed, with Tacloban devastated, they landed at the airport.  And the next day, they were joined by others, including Army Major Leo Liebreich.  In the days that followed, they worked together — Filipinos and Americans — setting up a medical station, clearing debris from the runway, reopening that airport.  Filipino soldiers unloading aid from American cargo aircraft; American troops loading supplies onto Filipino helicopters.  And when all the cargo was off those aircraft, our troops worked together to help local residents aboard so that they could be evacuated to safety.  And over and over, those grateful Filipinos responded with a simple word — salamat.

There, in the ruin, men like these worked around the clock, day after day.  And at night they’d sleep on boards for cots, in a damaged building with only half a roof.  “It rained on some nights, and we got a little wet,” said George, “but nobody complained.”  “We’ve been training together for many years,” he said — “we worked as a team.”  And because of individuals like these, thousands were evacuated to safety, and what started with a few men on that first day became a global relief effort that saved countless lives.  Roy, the Philippine Navy SEAL — George, Mike, Leo — they are here today.  George also happens to be a proud Filipino-American.  I want them to stand again and accept our thanks.   We are proud of their outstanding service.  (Applause.)

There’s a connection between our proud veterans from World War II and our men and women serving today — bound across the generations by the spirit of our alliance, Filipinos and Americans standing together, shoulder-to-shoulder, balikatan.  On behalf of the American people, thank you all for your service.  Thank you for making us so proud.  To the Americans here, I am never prouder than being able to stand before you as your Commander-in-Chief.  To our Filipino armed forces — thank you for being such an outstanding ally.  Together, you are helping to secure the prosperity and peace of both our nations.

God bless you.  God bless the Republic of the Philippines.  God bless the United States of America.  And God bless the alliance between our great nations.   (Applause.)  Thank you.

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Someone You Should Know: Ms. Ruth Jacobs. In The Booth With Ruth.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Jackie Summerford talking with Ruth Jacobs for the Merseyside hate crime model campaign

 

Published on Jan 6, 2014

Please add your signature to the Change.org petition calling for the Merseyside hate crime model to be made law UK widehttp://www.change.org/merseysidemodel.

“Jackie Summerford talking with Ruth Jacobs for the Merseyside hate crime model campaign” Produced by Matthew Lynch

 

 

 

Niki Adams of the English Collective of Prostitutes on decriminalisation & the Merseyside model

 

Published on Sep 11, 2013

More information about the vital work of the English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP) can be read on their websitehttp://prostitutescollective.net

“In the Booth with Ruth – Niki Adams, English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP)” Produced by Matthew Lynch

 

 

 

Sam Vaknin, author of Malignant Self Love: Narcissism Revisited “In the Booth”

 

The outcomes of the criminalisation of the purchase of sex in Sweden – Dr Jay Levy “In the Booth”

 

Niki Adams of the English Collective of Prostitutes on decriminalisation & the Merseyside model

 

 

Artist & survivor of prostitution, Michelle Morgan, meets Ruth Jacobs “In the Booth”

 

Published on Jul 30, 2013

More about Michelle’s art and activism can be read on her bloghttp://michellemorganart.wordpress.com

“In the Booth with Ruth – Michelle Morgan” Produced by Matthew Lynch

 

 

 

Ruth Jacobs

 

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I am a writer, broadcaster and campaigner living a quiet life in a village in Hertfordshire, England, which is quite a contrast from my teens and early twenties spent rather waywardly in London. I first started writing as a young teenager, initially poetry. Then at sixteen, I began writing my first novel, but distracted by drugs and alcohol, followed by a career in information security and family life, I only wrote sporadically over the years. It wasn’t until two decades later that I eventually completed a novel.

 

Soul Destruction: Unforgivable was published in April 2013 by Caffeine Nights and is the first in a series, which exposes the dark world and harsh reality of life as a drug addicted call girl. The story follows Shelley Hansard, a heroin addicted and crack psychotic London call girl who gets the opportunity to take revenge on a client who raped her and her friends. The main storyline is based loosely on events from my own life.

 

On Amazon, I have a charity publication, In Her Own Words… Interview with a London Call Girl, which is the unedited transcript from a video interview I undertook in 1998 with a woman who was a call girl in London. As the woman, referred to as Q, is no longer alive, all royalties are donated to Beyond the Streets, a charity working to end sexual exploitation.

 

My short story, Life, about Max, a crack addicted, failed father facing a life sentence for a crime he can’t remember committing, is currently free to download from Caffeine Nights here. Another short story of mine, Protection, a tale of a London mother’s revenge, can be read online at Near to the Knuckle here.

 

Voices of Prostitution Survivors is a space on the Soul Destruction website where women formerly in the sex trade share their firsthand accounts. Interviews with survivors of prostitution and sex trafficking as well as others involved in human rights in the areas of anti-human trafficking, anti-sexual exploitation and sex workers’ rights can be read on my author website. On the same site, you can also read interviews with writers, musicians, artists, and filmmakers.

 

The most important work I am doing right now is pushing for the Merseyside hate crime model to be made law. A clip from the BBC1 Merseyside model documentaries I researched and presented can be watched worldwide on BBC News, click here to read about the Merseyside model and please add your signature to our Change.org petition.

 

More information about my work (articles, interviews, videos, reviews etc.) can be found on this page. My Huffington Post blog is here.

 

Soul Destruction: Unforgivable – Trailer (Just Us and Justice by Brian Parsons)

 

 

 

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Soul Destruction is a series of novels written by Ruth Jacobs, exposing the dark world and the harsh reality of life as a drug addicted call girl. The first book, Soul Destruction: Unforgivable, was released in April 2013 by Caffeine Nights. The story follows Shelley Hansard, a crack psychotic, heroin addicted, London call girl who gets the opportunity to take revenge on a client who raped her and her friends.

 

Soul Destruction: Unforgivable

 

 

 

“Unforgivable, Unputdownable. Great characters you will walk beside from page one. Great story you will not want to end.” Sheila Quigley author of The Seahills series and The Holy Island trilogy.

 

In the spring of 1997, Shelley Hansard, a call girl who tries to live by the Golden Rule, finds herself in a suite at The Lanesborough Hotel with a dead client. Her fear of becoming a murder suspect pushes her deeper into addiction. Heroin costs her more than money and crack induces psychosis – seeing and hearing people others can’t.

 

As an intravenous user, her desirability as a top London call girl is waning and the skills required to keep up her multiple personas are weakening. Among her few friends and what remains of her broken family, she struggles to maintain her wall of lies: Shelley’s Anti-Heroin Front friends, Nicole and Tara, don’t know she has a habit, and her Aunt Elsie and her recluse mother, Rita, believe she works in Foxtons estate agency.

 

After a cocaine binge over Easter weekend, Shelley meets with Nicole and Tara in Hampstead. During their conversation at The Magdala, Shelley is shocked to learn that one of the clients who raped her also raped them. With her friends, she plots revenge. But when she embroils Len, a heroin addict and small-time criminal who, unknowingly to her, is also taking a shot at something bigger, their attempt to stop the serial rapist is in jeopardy.

 

Chong Kim, a survivor of sex trafficking, discusses Eden, the film based on her life “In the Booth”

 

Published on Jul 21, 2013

Sex trafficking survivor, Chong Kim, meets Ruth Jacobs in London to talk about Eden (http://www.edenthefilm.com) the newly released film based on her life.

 

 

 

Soul Destruction: Unforgivable can be downloaded for £1.53 on Kindle from Amazon UK and $2.51 from Amazon US.

 

Also available in e-book from Caffeine Nights (£1.95), in paperback from Caffeine Nights (£6.99), Amazon UK (£8.72) and Amazon US ($13.39).

 

Check out Ms. Jacobs website at Ruth Jacobs.

 

 

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announces $2.5 million fine and Sterling is banned for life- live blog


Originally posted on The Fifth Column:

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling (R) puts his hand over his face as he sits courtside with his wife Shelly (L) while the Clippers trail the Chicago Bulls in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles December 30, 2011. REUTERS/D

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How will NBA’s Adam Silver punish Donald Sterling?

Many here have expressed interest in the NBA’s investigation of Donald Sterling’s racist remarks. He has just announced a $2.5 million fine, and Donald Sterling is banned for life from all participation with the Clippers, and will recommend to he owners that they vote to force Sterling to sell the team  based on the fact that he voice on the tape is Mr. Silver. These remarks are or “contrary to the respect and diversity of the NBA.”

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