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Category: Dating Violence

North Carolina student-athlete booked on charges of raping Delaney Robinson

Chapel Hill — A student-athlete at the University of North Carolina faces possible expulsion from the college after being booked on rape charges.

Allen Artis, 21, turned himself in, was arraigned on rape charges Wednesday and subsequently released on a $5,000 bond, the Orange County (N.C.) Sheriff’s Department and District Attorney’s Office told media.

Mr. Artis, a junior linebacker for the Tar Heels football team, has been suspended indefinitely from both the team and school shortly after fellow student Delaney Robinson, 19, asked the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to issue an arrest warrant.

Ms. Robinson said she “did everything a rape victim is supposed to do” by contacting police, the school and getting a rape kit procedure done — but became frustrated when the university’s investigation appeared to stall.

Her lawyer, Denise Branch, said those warrants were the “result of the Orange County District Attorney’s refusal to prosecute the case despite sufficient physical evidence.”

At Tuesday’s presser, photos were released showing Ms. Robinson with apparent bruising on her neck after going to a nearby hospital. An exam revealed “blunt force trauma to my client’s genital area,” noted Ms. Branch.

Ms. Robinson said she felt as if she were being treated as the suspect in the case. The university’s department of public safety closed its investigation in June, after the spring semester.

Ms. Branch added that the university failed miserably on numerous accounts: The school’s Title IX office, which oversees the law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded education programs and activities, violated its own rules by not making a decision in Ms. Robinson’s case within the 90 day period and by trying to obtain her blood-alcohol content.

“The university failed either by being uninformed or by completely disregarding the new Title IX guidelines that they so publicly pronounced being put in place,” said Ms. Branch.

There’s no word on whether Ms. Robinson will file a Title IX lawsuit against North Carolina.

On Friday, September 2, Brock Turner was released from a Santa Clara County jail after serving less than half of a six month jail term for rape. The Stanford rapist’s sentence sparked a new bill calling for mandatory minimums for people convicted of rape. We at Aiken Area Progressive have not taken a position on this bill.

Aiken Area Progressive usually does not identify crime victims, but Ms. Robinson wanted the media to honor her request to reveal her identity.

Robin Herndon jailed for 19 years for killing fuck buddy

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North Augusta — A forty-two year old female state correctional officer was found guilty of manslaughter in the Aiken County shooting death of her fuck buddy 30 months ago.

Robin Herndon, now 42, of North Augusta, was charged with murder after gunning her 31-year-old fuck buddy down on November 6, 2013. She faced life in prison, with the minimum sentence of 30 years in jail. She was immediately axed from her job as a South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon officer. Ms. Herndon passed on a plea deal when prosecutors presented it.

Aiken County Sheriff’s officers were dispatched to the SUDLOW LAKE RD residence on the aforementioned day in 2013 where they found the victim with a solitary gunshot wound to the neck. He was taken to a hospital across the Savannah River, where he later died.

Ms. Herndon told the court an argument that afternoon turned violent after the victim threw her car keys on top of the roof of her home. She testified that she “was in fear for her life” when she drew her gun and aimed it toward him, and her pistol accidentally discharged when the victim hit it with one of his hands.

The Lexington-based First Solitictor’s Office prosecuted this case, though the venue didn’t change from the circuit courtroom in Aiken. Both Ms. Herndon and the victim were well-known by the public agencies in Aiken, Bamberg and Barnwell counties.

Ms. Herndon was convicted of manslaughter on March 18.

Your Silence Is Deafening: An Open Letter To the Target Boycotters

Where were your angry voices when a Presidential candidate suggested that women who don’t want to be raped shouldn’t go to parties?

Where were you when yet another woman was killed by her abusive husband? When a mother was beaten repeatedly. When the “system” that is supposed to protect her allows her violent husband to keep his gun, which he then uses to kill her and her children? Where has your concern been for the 3 women murdered every day by their intimate partner?

Where were your petitions? Where was your concern? WHY AREN’T YOU SHOUTING ABOUT THESE THINGS???

When a state legislator in Tennessee is ordered by the TN Attorney General to stay away from women at work because he is a danger to them?

When a court rules that oral sex is not rape if the victim is unconscious from drinking?

When actual real life Congressmen claimed that rape victims can’t get pregnant because their body “will shut that down.”

Where were you when a child was killed after walking home from buying Skittles? When his murderer was acquitted and went on to make assault two different girlfriends and threaten them with his gun. That he’s still allowed to own.

Where were you when these children were killed? Because I didn’t hear any of you then. I didn’t hear a whole lot of yelling and hand wringing for these children who were mowed down by white male outrage and misguided fear.

Read more: Your Silence Is Deafening: An Open Letter To the Target Boycotters

Douchebag of the Day: Adam Carter-Campbell, who threatened to kill a woman who rejected him on OKCupid

SEATTLE — A 21-year-old man was arrested recently for threatening to kill a 21-year-old woman who rejected him on OKCupid.

The victim posted a photo of herself in the formal attire she was wearing on her job, letting the suspect know where she was located.

“You just gotta be nicer to be,” police said he wrote, “that way I won’t have the inclination to go kill a bunch of people.”

The suspect then flew into a rage after the victim refused to return his messages.  Both the suspect and victim are Christians.

The victim then got the suspect’s original account banned.  But, like a certain someone in the twittersphere, he created another OKCupid account.

And this time, he went directly after his victim, rather than engage with anyone else on the dating site.

“I dream of a paradise where you and I can go to an island where no one can hear you scream,” he wrote.

The victim then went to her local CBS station, KIRO-HD, and showed them the messages.

“I didn’t know what kind of weapons he had access to,” she said. “I was worried for everyone else because he was so angry about something I did. It was more like I don’t want this on my head and I don’t want to see Seattle hurt.”

She also worried about her personal safety. He asked if they would get married if he came to her job.

Adam Carter-Campbell, of Seattle, was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and charged with felony cyberstalking.

Mr. Carter-Campbell, the Douchebag of the Day, is being held on $100,000.00 bond.

[KIRO-HD]

Silent Day of Remembrance at the Capitol remembers 48 domestic violence victims

Domestic violence victims remembered at annual Silent Day of Remembrance

COLUMBIA — As Attorney General Alan Wilson, whose father voted no on the re-authorization of the federal Violence Against Women’s Act because of a provision helping immigrants who are victims of domestic violence get help, read the names of the 48 victims out loud (preliminary number) from 2012, some people couldn’t be silent.

They were crying loudly, at the loved ones they lost to a crime that has become an epidemic.

The 48 families who have to bear an unimaginable loss at the Silent Day of Remembrance were carrying silhouettes of the loved one.  Thirty-nine of those silhouettes were red, nine were blue.

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Ex-Girls Gone Wild owner gets 270 days in prison

LOS ANGELES — The former owner of Girls Gone Wild is going to jail.

Judge Nancy Newman gaveled Joe Francis to 270 days of jail, with another 815 to be spent on probation upon his release from jail.

He has also been ordered to undergo anger management counseling.

Mr. Francis was convicted in May of keeping three women captive, and sexually assaulting one of them, on January 29, 2011 at a college graduation party at The Supper Club in Hollywood, Calif.

He grabbed the arm of one of the women and took her to his limo, and the two others followed, believing they’d be taken to their car. Instead, they ended up in a gated area of Mr. Francis’ suburban Bel Air home.

Mr. Francis appeared to gravitate towards one of the women and tried to lead her away, but one of her friends pulled back.

That is when Mr. Francis then “jumped on the friend, took her to the ground, choked her, slammed her head against the ground, dragged her across the ground, and when she got back up, did it several more times,” Fox said.

He then apparently shouted at the women they were trespassing and had to get out. The women said they were going to call the police, and Francis yelled to “go ahead and call the police,” the prosecutor said.

Mr. Francis told the women he “owns the police” and that officers wouldn’t arrest him.

Dozens of other lawsuits — including one pending in Atlanta, Ga. — have targeted Francis, who built a porn empire producing and marketing videos of young women exposing themselves on camera.

I truly hope that Girls Gone Wild come roaring back from bankruptcy within 270 days and the franchise’s current owners keep Mr. Francis out of the company he founded.

[Huffington Post Crime]

Arizona Cardinals cheerleader Megan Welter charged with domestic violence for beating up boyfriend

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — The domestic violence culture in sports and the military is making headlines once again.

It is in the NFL, once again.

This time, it is one of the NFL cheerleaders, not a player, that is the abuser in their relationship.

Megan Welter, 29, a former resident of Wilmington, was arrested for criminal domestic violence by the Scottsdale City Police Department on July 20, which was the weekend of her birthday. She served in the Iraq war during the Bush 43 Administration. Video of the incident recorded is below the fold.
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A big thank you to Cosmopolitan Magazine for recognizing that female-on-male domestic violence is a major issue

NEW YORK CITY — A week ago today, Cosmopolitan — like I did two hours before them — posted about Emma Roberts’s domestic violence arrest and made it clear that being a woman is no longer an excuse for abusing the men in their lives.

Per the piece:

Many people are of the opinion that men “can’t be physically abused” the way men “can’t be raped,” because men are generally stronger than and can subsequently overpower women. Incidentally, neither of these are true.

According to a study done in 2000, the statistics of domestic abuse in America were 1.3 million women versus 835,000 men. A more recent study from 2011 ups the percentage: One in four men have experienced “rape, physical violence and/or stalking” by a partner, and one in seven have experienced “severe physical violence,” like beaten with a fist or a blunt object. And a 32-nation study by the University of New Hampshire claims that girlfriends initiate violence equally often as boyfriends do in relationships.

So don’t forget to pay mind: This does happen, and it needs just as much awareness and prevention as male-on-female domestic assault.

If I could applause for an hour without hurting my writing hand (I’m left-handed), I’d do so for Cosmopolitan.

Ah wait…I got a Youtube video of applause! I can’t express my gratitude enough for Cosmopolitan for shining the light on female-on-male domestic violence. Aside from the fact that female-on-male sexual violence is starting to become an epidemic, Cosmo needs to remember that some Ladyboner of the Day prospects are also being killed by abusive women.

[Cosmopolitan]

Thursday special on WYFF-DT will focus on domestic violence in the Upstate. But will they air stories of men who were abused by women?

GREENVILLE — Pop quiz.

Which is the only state in the entire union that ranks in the Top Ten in both the number of women killed by men and the number of men killed by women in domestic violence related incidents?

All right, pencils down.

If you said South Carolina, you are correct.

In light of this alarming situation, WYFF-DT News 4 will air a series called Chronicle, which details stories about domestic violence. Unfortunately, though, they will not air stories of men who were abused by their wives and girlfriends, which really undercuts this particular episode because female-on-male domestic violence here in South Carolina is getting every bit as bad as vice versa with each passing day.

By the way, here is the toll-free number to some shelters if you or someone you know is being abused – I am only posting the numbers to shelters that serve both genders in the Tri-State:

1-800-273-5066 – national Safe Homes number

706-736-2499 – Safe Homes Augusta, Ga.

803-649-0480 – Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons

By the way, Georgia has the highest number of women killed by their male partners.

WYFF-DT is a brother publication to Cosmopolitan and Winston-Salem’s WXII-HD.

[WYFF-DT News 4]

Winston-Salem woman gunned down by abusive boyfriend in murder-suicide

WINSTON-SALEM — Another abusive incident turned deadly. This time, at a Forsyth County, N.C. hospital.

The lifeless bodies of a 28-year-old woman and the suspect, Tazeman Earl Boone, 27, were found in the maternity ward, which is the third floor of The Forsyth Medical Center, which is located on Silas Creek Pkwy.

The woman was a patient at the hospital, and was recovering in the maternity ward unit after giving birth to a newborn when she was fatally shot.

Mr. Boone entered the room, shot the woman and then turned the gun on himself.

Three months ago, Mr. Boone was arrested for threatening to blow the victim’s brains out over the phone. After that incident, he was ordered to have no contact with the woman.

In December, Mr. Boone was arrested for running over the victim. The victim was pregnant until this past week.

The victim’s ex-boyfriend, Stratton VanBuren, said it was clear that Mr. Boone was abusive in every way possible towards the victim. Both he and the deceased victim have a ten-year-old child together. They were together for eight years.

During the course of the months-long relationship between Mr. Boone and the victim, there was clear evidence of domestic violence from start to end. One WXII reporter, who incorrectly stated that the victim had such a history, showed a stack of domestic violence jail logs. That log represented each one of Mr. Boone’s arrest.

Long before the domestic violence, however, Mr. Boone was a felon. Unfortunately, under North Carolina law (and that of many other states in the South and rural Midwest), felons can possess firearms under some circumstances.

Mr. Boone was a convicted felon for all of his adult life. In 2004, he was convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon.

At one point, Mr. VanBuren said that the victim lived with him and his fiancée out of fear for Mr. Boone.

This story is proof that domestic violence is getting worse in the aforementioned areas.

These abusers are the worst of the worst. Taking their anger out on women who did nothing wrong. That also happened in both Augusta, Ga. and Iva over the weekend.

Let’s mourn these women who endured so much hell from the men that was supposed to love them.

[WXII 12 News]

Rape Culture in Aiken: three women allegedly sexually and physically assaulted by six men

Quarter dozen women sexually and physically assaulted by a baker’s half dozen men

AIKEN — Law enforcement from multiple jurisdictions on both sides of the Savannah River are on the hunt for a baker’s half dozen Caucasian men after a quarter dozen women were assaulted, both sexually and physically, after at least two of the victims denied one of the men a kiss.

One of the three victims told cops that they were at a party on Good Hope Farms Rd early Sunday morning when one of the men tried to kiss the second victim and was rebuffed by the third victim.

The man who the victims denied the kiss to then walked back into the party house and brought six other men back with him. They proceeded to hit the victim’s vehicle before they could gain entry. At least two of the seven men had concealed handguns with them.

The victims were able to get inside the vehicle. However, the victim who was driving was so inexperienced at driving a vehicle with manual transmission, she stalled the car. That gave the assailants just enough time to block their exit routes with a orange-red Ford truck.

One of the victims then said the man they rejected earlier jumped out of the car to try to switch places with the victim who was driving and got punched in the head by another one of the men. The victim says he was able to get in the car and drive off, but not before the men were able to damage his car. A bottle was thrown at the car, which shattered the rear window.

The men followed the victims all the way to the Welcome Center in North Augusta on Interstate 20, Exit 1. That is when the men dropped all three victims off, then they left for Augusta, Ga.

An Augusta-Richmond County Sheriff’s deputy advised the victims’ to call the Aiken County Sheriff’s Department and North Augusta Department of Public Safety. Officers with those agencies met with the Augusta-Richmond Sheriff’s deputy at the South Carolina Welcome Center.

Asked why they did not call cops, one of the victims said that one of the suspects would have been pulled over and likely arrested due to him speeding excessively.

The men are all Caucasian between 18 and 22 years old. [WRDW-TV News 12] Read the rest of this entry »

Man jailed for murdering Laurens County girlfriend

Man jailed for murdering Laurens County woman

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CLINTON — A 29-year-old man is now in jail after he killed his girlfriend.

The Clinton Department of Public Safety said that the 19-year-old woman who was killed attended a party that was held by boyfriend, Michael Beaty Jr., 29. Drugs and alcohol were part of the party.

Director Chief Robin Morse says about an hour elapsed between when Mr. Beaty and the victim left the party and Mr. Beaty pulled up to his stepfather’s home with the victim barely alive in his car.

Police Chief Morse said that the victim died Saturday night after she was strangled.

Mr. Beaty Jr. has been arrested and charged by the Clinton Department of Public Safety with capital murder. William Alexander, 30, was arrested and charged Clinton Department of Public Safety with being an accessory after the fact to murder. Four others were arrested and charged by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office with contributing the delinquency of a minor. [WSPA-TV News Channel 7] Read the rest of this entry »

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