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6/5/1997 - Authorities Claim Atlanta Bombings Linked

Lab work conducted by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Treasury Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms show that the bombings of an abortion clinic and lesbian and gay night-club in Atlanta are most likely linked. Authorities are trying to confirm whether or not the bombings are also linked to the Atlanta Olympic bombing in July. Dynamite was used in both the abortion clinic and night-club bombings in January and February, and the bomber left secondary bombs to maim or kill incoming rescue workers at both sites. The key components and tool markings from bomb fragments at both sites were also similar.

6/5/1997 - Clinton's Lawyer Decides Not to Explore Jones' Sex Life

U.S. President Bill Clinton's attorney has retracted his earlier plans to make Paula Jones' sexual history an issue in her sexual harassment case against the President. Lawyer Robert Bennett faced intense pressure to not pursue that type of case. U.S. Press Secretary Mike McCurry himself pointed out that President Clinton had signed a law making it harder to explore the sexual histories of alleged victims of sexual harassment. Patricia Ireland, President of the National Organization for Women, was pleased with the change in tactics and commented, "The result is the President's going to show leadership by not mounting this kind of attack against Paula Jones. I'm very pleased."

6/5/1997 - Sergeant Convicted of Indecent Assault, Cleared of Rape

A military jury has acquitted U.S. Army Sergeant 1st Class Julius Davis of rape but has charged him with multiple counts of indecent assault. Davis, stationed in the U.S. military base in Darmstadt, Germany, had been charged with six counts of rape. The indecent assault convictions carry a maximum penalty of 31 years in prison, reduction of grade, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and a dishonorable discharge. Two other Army sergeants charged with sexual misconduct at the overseas base are being charged separately.

6/5/1997 - Feminist Majority Condemns Push To Resegregate Military Training As Giant Step Backwards For Women

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Feminist Majority condemns recent calls for the resegregation of military basic training. The Feminist Majority, joining with a dozen other national women's rights organizations, has signed on to testimony submitted to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services by Kathryn Rodgers, Executive Director, NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, opposing sex-segregated basic military training.

"Resegregation would represent a giant step backwards for women and for the military," said Jennifer Jackman, Ph.D., Feminist Majority Director of Policy and Research. "When men have done wrong the answer is not to punish women. If military officers cannot relate with women in the military how are they going to relate with women civilians in the U.S. and worldwide. Criminal behavior must be treated as such and not accommodated as normal boys-will-be-boys behavior."

"Current attempts to resegregate basic military training are nothing more than the latest in a long line of strategies to keep women out of the military and to preserve military-related entitlements for men," stated Jackman.

Jackman continued, "First, we were told women were not qualified to be in the military or to serve in combat. How could we forget the fear-mongering about sending our daughters into foxholes? With the technology of modern day warfare and the significant contributions of women military personnel in the Persian Gulf War, arguments about women's inferiority increasingly rang hollow.

"As barriers to women in the military finally began to fall, sexual harassment became the next strategy to keep women out. Let there be no mistake about it: sexual harassment is first and foremost a boundary-setting strategy, the goal of which is to marginalize women.

"Ironically, women's rights opponents are now using the aberrant behavior of men and the abuse of power by some men in the military to cloak the latest strategy to keep women out -- the resegregation of basic training. Legislation, introduced in the House by Representative Bartlett, not only penalizes women recruits, but also limits the opportunities of women drill instructors who would be allowed to train only the smaller number of female units.

"Resegregation would be detrimental to both women and national security," Jackman concluded.

6/4/1997 - Wisconsin Recall Fails; Abortion Ban Supporters Delay Reconsideration of Bill in U.S. Congress

A recall vote against Wisconsin’s two Democratic U.S. senators who voted against a controversial late-term abortion ban has failed. Anti-abortion activists in Wisconsin fell some 50,000 votes short of the necessary 391,000 votes needed to force a recall against each senator, Sen. Russell Feingold and Sen. Herb Kohl. Both senators opposed a measure dubbed “the partial-birth abortion ban” by its supporters which would ban the D&X abortion procedure in all cases except to save the life of the woman but not her health. The ban passed the House by a wide veto-proof margin but fell three votes short of the two-thirds necessary to override an expected presidential veto.

Rep. Charles Canady (R-FL), the sponsor of the bill in the House, has said he favors delaying a second House vote until the Senate gains the needed 3 votes. The House must approve the amended version passed 64-36 by the Senate before the bill can be sent to President Clinton. However, Senate sponsor of the bill Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) said he did not favor an intentional delay but that budget, tax, and spending issues may force a delay.

6/4/1997 - Complaint Filed Against Schools for Athletic Scholarship Discrimination

The National Women’s Law Center has filed a complaint with the Education Department against 25 colleges and universities which the Center accuses of discriminating against female athletes in scholarship funding. The Education Department has 135 days to respond to the complaints which come under Title IX, the federal law banning discrimination in education based on sex. The law, passed in 1972, celebrates its 25th anniversary on June 23.

According to Marcia Greenberger of the National Women’s Law Center, “If the 25 schools...awarded female athletes their fair share, young women at these schools would receive a total of $5,076,615 more per year in scholarship.” The average disparity in scholarship money awarded to men and women athletes was $1,000 per year, but women at Vanderbilt in Tennessee receive $6,765 less each year than men. Two months ago, the U.S. Supreme Court concurred with previous rulings that Brown University discriminated against female athletes and ordered the school to increase the number of varsity team positions open to women.

6/4/1997 - New French Cabinet Could Be One-Third Female

Newly-appointed French Socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin is expected to include seven women in his list of 17 ministers. The French Cabinet also will hold two Communist ministers and one representative each of the ecologist Greens Party and the anti-Maastricht Citizens Movement. Former European affairs minister Elisabeth Guigou, 50, was elected to the National Assembly for the first time in the June 1 elections. She may be named France’s first woman foreign minister. Socialist sources said it was likely that former industry minister Dominique Strauss-Kahn would be finance minister.

In 1995, Prime Minister Alain Juppe appointed a record 12 women ministers to his Cabinet but eliminated eight of the women within six months. During their short tenure, the women were relegated to being called "the Juppettes" by the French media.

6/4/1997 - Army Men Retire, Move, Get Discharged

The commander of Aberdeen Proving Ground has announced his retirement from the Army after the discovery of an affair he had with a civilian woman five years ago during a separation from his wife. Secretary of Defense William Cohen said Maj. Gen. John Longhouser was in a “compromising position” because it was he would decided when others should face military trials for sex-related offenses. The early retirement announced June 3 will cost Longhouser some $10,000 a year in retirement pay since he failed to serve the required three years in his current post as two-star brigadier general and will instead retire at the one-star rank.

Last week Air Force pilot Lt. Kelly Flinn was to face a court-martial on charges of adultery, lying and disobeying an order. Flinn avoided the court-martial by agreeing to accept a general discharge which makes her ineligible to fly for the Reserves or to receive most benefits. Flinn also has to reimburse the Air Force for $18,000 of the education.

Aberdeen’s Army Ordnance Center commander Maj. Gen. Robert D. Shadley is moving into a new job as director of logistics at Forces Command at Fort McPherson, Georgia. An Army spokesman said the lateral move is a standard reassignment after Shadley completed the normal two-year tour of duty as the commander of the base where allegations of sexual misconduct spurred a service-wide probe.

The Army is currently deciding whether or not to court-martial Gene McKinney, the Army’s top enlisted soldier who has been accused of adultery and assault involving four military women.

On June 4, an Air Force recruiter was sentenced to seven months in prison and given a bad-conduct discharge after pleading guilty to adultery and making sexual advances while he worked in Menasha, Wisconsin in 1996. Technical Sgt. Robert Dean Hayden, who is married, admitted that he had sex with an assistant, one of his recruits, in the recruiting office and that he made advances to another female recruit at a party. The court-martial took place at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

6/4/1997 - Army’s Drill Instructor Screening Process Needs Improvement

In a report requested by Army Secretary Togo West of the Army’s sexual misconduct problems, military officials state that the Army does not adequately screen its drill instructors and may need to use psychological tests to determine who should be allowed to oversee recruits. According to a senior military official familiar with the proposals, officers also report that background checks should be extended from three years to five years for potential drill instructors and that there needs to be more training on sexual harassment. The report will be delivered as early as next week to West who ordered the review and recommendations in response to the sexual misconduct scandals at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

6/4/1997 - Army’s Drill Instructor Screening Process Needs Improvement

In a report requested by Army Secretary Togo West of the Army’s sexual misconduct problems, military officials state that the Army does not adequately screen its drill instructors and may need to use psychological tests to determine who should be allowed to oversee recruits. According to a senior military official familiar with the proposals, officers also report that background checks should be extended from three years to five years for potential drill instructors and that there needs to be more training on sexual harassment. The report will be delivered as early as next week to West who ordered the review and recommendations in response to the sexual misconduct scandals at Aberdeen Proving Ground.

6/3/1997 - Freedom Summer/Fall ‘96 Staff and Intern Receive Gloria Steinem Women of Vision Awards

The Ms. Foundation awarded Justine Andronici, Nohelia Canales and Dee Martin of Freedom Summer/Fall ‘96, a project of the Feminist Majority Foundation, the Gloria Steinem Women of Vision Award at the 9th annual Ms. Foundation awards held in New York City. The Ms. Foundation chose these three women for their advocacy work in promoting voter education, organizing young people and for the example they set as leaders. Gloria Steinem commented, "Since women are the one group that tends to get more activist with age, these three young women are especially important and courageous. Anyone who wants to know young feminist leaders should interview these three." When asked about the Gloria Awards, Andronici said, "It is an inspiration for the thousands of young people who worked on the campaign to be recognized by our predecessors in the movement." Canales continued, "I believe these Awards recognize the vision of young feminists to continue to struggle and establish their own legacy in the fight of women’s and civil rights." Martin concluded, "For many of us, this campaign was a first, not a last. The Gloria Awards reinforce the dedication of today’s feminist leaders to teaching the next generation that we can make a difference."

6/3/1997 - Southern Women Politicians Meet in Kentucky for Three-Day Conference

Hundreds of Southern women politicians met in Lexington, Kentucky for a three-day conference to discuss women constituents and women in politics. The conference featured proven leaders sharing their experiences in public service. Former Kentucky Governor Martha Layne Collins commented, "These are women leaders who demonstrated a strong commitment to public service in their respective states. They are outstanding examples and role models." Tennessee state Rep. Lois DeBerry commented, "If we are going to come together, we must learn to tolerate each other and stick together. Men work to win the next election. But, women work for the next generation." The conference ended with a panel of Kentucky girls, ages 12 to 16, and Nancy Gruver, founder and publisher of New Moon: The Magazine for Girls and Their Dreams, encouraging women to serve as mentors for the younger generation. Johanna Thomas, 15, of Lexington, who is set on becoming the first African-American woman U.S. Supreme Court Justice, commented, "Don’t put down your daughters’ dreams just because you think they’re unachievable."

6/3/1997 - Women’s Army Corp Members Angry at Army’s Plan to Destroy Women’s Museum

The Women Army Corps was started in 1942 as an auxiliary to the all-male Army and was disbanded 19 years ago to integrate women in the military. WAC members often had to deal with many forms of discrimination. They were not provided life insurance and could not get veterans health benefits; they were also limited at first to jobs such as clerks, typists and cooks. In the 1970s, former members raised over $500,000 and contributed over 5,000 artifacts to start a museum in Fort McClellan, Alabama dedicated to the women’s service in the Army. Now, former members and women throughout the nation are enraged with the Army’s plan to destroy the museum. The Army claims it will reassemble the museum elsewhere, but the women are not satisfied. The last director of the Women’s Army Corps, Brigadier General Mary Clarke commented, "We never dreamed this would happen. The Army has not treated us right on this." Karen Chambliss, began a 33-year Army career as a training member of the WAC Training Battalion, commented, "How dare they take it and destroy it! They’re going to bury our history. I get angry thinking about it."

6/3/1997 - Wisconsin Abortion Foes Try to Recall Pro-Choice Senators

Wisconsin abortion foes are seeking to recall their two U.S. Senators, Russell Feingold and Herb Kohl, because the senators voted against the D&X abortion ban. Abortion foes claim they have collected over 300,000 signatures on each senator and will have the 391,000 thousand required for each by the 5:00 p.m., June 3rd deadline. Opponents of the drive claim it is unconstitutional because courts have ruled that states cannot set regulations for electing members of Congress.

6/2/1997 - Rosie The Riveter Dies at Age 77

Kentucky native Rosie Will Monroe died at the age of 77 on May 31, 1997. Monroe played "Rosie the Riveter" in short-movies and served as the poster woman for women who joined the workforce during World War II. She was prominently featured in the still popular poster which reads "We Can Do It" and shows her in working clothes making a muscle with her arm. Monroe was working at the Willow Run Aircraft Factory in Ypsilanti, Michigan as a riveter building B-29 and B-24 military airplanes during World War II. After the war, Monroe continued working: she drove a taxi, operated a beauty shop and started her own construction firm in Indiana called Rose Builders.

6/2/1997 - Admiral and Army's Top Lawyer Investigated in Military Sex Scandal

A senior Pentagon official has confirmed that Naval Rear Admiral R.M. Mitchell Jr. and William T. Coleman, the Department of the Army's civilian counsel, are both under investigation for sexual harassment. Mitchell has been temporarily relieved of his duties as commander of the Navy Supply Systems Command in Pennsylvania because of allegations of "conduct unbecoming an officer." The charges are made by a member of Mitchell's command. Coleman is under investigation for telling sexual jokes in public, listening to music with crude lyrics, and inappropriately touching a subordinate. The charges against Coleman come from more than one woman. Both men deny the allegations.

6/2/1997 - Circuit Court Rules State Attorney General Can Deny Job to Lesbian Planning to Marry

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court, in an 8 - 4 decision, has ruled that has ruled that Georgia Attorney General Mike Bowers has the right to fire an employee whose conduct Bowers believed at odds with his office's positions. Bowers, who successfully upheld Georgia's anti-sodomy law before the Supreme Court in 1986, offered to hire Robin Shahar in 1991 as a staff attorney, but retracted the offer soon after he learned that she planned to marry her partner, Fran Greenfield, in a Jewish ceremony. Shahar sued and claimed Bowers was denying her rights of free association, freedom of religion, and equal protection. A three-member panel of the 11th Circuit Court agreed with her, but the full panel agreed to hear the case and overruled the previous decision. The American Civil Liberties Union, which argued the case, is considering whether or not to seek a Supreme Court review. Matt Coles of the ACLU commented, "A person's job should not hinge on whether the boss approves of his or her personal relationship. Lesbians and gay men ought to have the right to a job and a relationship without having to choose between the two."

6/2/1997 - Ex-Communists in Poland Seek Abortion Referendum

The head of Poland's ex-communist party has proposed a nationwide referendum on abortion, to be held at the same time as the country's parliamentary elections this year. Last year, leftist groups eased Poland's strict anti-abortion laws, but last week Poland's Constitutional Tribune ruled that the new law, which allowed abortions up to the 12th week, clashed with the country's Constitution. The leftist groups, who believe the Constitutional Tribune acted out of political motivations, seek a referendum to settle the issue.

5/23/1997 - Abortion Clinic Arsons And Bombings Reach Highest Rate Since 1984 Peak

Domestic Terrorism Increases

Washington, DC - Alarmed by a resurgent wave of abortion clinic arsons and bombings across the nation, Feminist Majority Foundation President Eleanor Smeal stated, "Today's arson of the Lovejoy Surgicenter marks the eleventh abortion clinic arson or bombing of 1997 -- the highest rate since 1984. This Portland, Oregon clinic, which sustained massive damage early this morning, was the target of threatening calls this past week which were reported to law enforcement officials. Also, threatening calls were received by the Feminist Women's Health Centers in Portland and Eugene, as well as the Center for Choice in Yakima, Washington. The caller had warned he would strike on Friday, May 23rd. The caller also threatened to kill staff and screamed profanities into the phone."

Smeal continued, "The Lovejoy Surgicenter is a flagship clinic. The clinic has been the target of anti-abortion terrorism since the 1980's. In fact, the Center brought suit against Advocates for Life Ministries, an anti-abortion group promoting justifiable homicide, in 1989. The case, Lovejoy Surgicenter v. Advocates for Life, resulted in the largest punitive damage award against anti-abortion extremists -- $8.1 million dollars."

"We are alarmed at the increasing rate of the use of bombing and arson to close clinics. To date, the eleven arsons and bombings of 1997 have taken place in Tulsa, Oklahoma (two bombings); Atlanta, Georgia (two bombings); Falls Church, Virginia; Bakersfield and North Hollywood, California; Bozeman, Montana; Greensboro, North Carolina; Yakima, Washington; and Portland, Oregon."

"We are fortunate that not all the recent bombings and arsons caused major damage, and we did not lose all nine clinics. However, we have lost clinics in Greensboro, North Carolina and now massive damage to the Lovejoy Surgicenter, and at the Atlanta abortion clinic bombings (January 1997) a second bomb injured several people, including ATF and FBI agents. To date, there has been no arrest in the Greensboro or Atlanta bombings, even though the Army of God extremist group claimed responsibility for the Atlanta bombings.

[Reporters Note: The Feminist Majority Foundation runs the oldest and one of the largest clinic defense projects in the nation. Its National Clinic Defense Project leads efforts to keep women's health clinics open in the face of violence and harassment by anti-abortion extremists. Its 1996 Annual Clinic Violence Survey showed that bombings and arsons were increasing. The Survey, the most comprehensive study of abortion clinic violence to date, is available by calling the offices of the Feminist Majority Foundation at 703-522-2214.]

5/13/1997 - Feminist Majority Opposes Gutting Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban

Proposed Barr Amendment Would Put Guns Back in Hands of Abusers

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Feminist Majority has joined with Senator Lautenberg, Congresswoman Maloney, and other women's rights and domestic violence advocates in condemning proposed legislation that would gut the 1996 Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban, which currently prohibits individuals convicted on misdemeanor domestic violence offenses from owning or using firearms. Representative Barr's proposed amendment would eliminate retroactive application of the Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban.

"The Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban is a significant step forward in the drive to reduce domestic violence. The Barr amendment would turn the clock back and put guns back in the hands of abusers," stated Eleanor Smeal, President of the Feminist Majority.

Smeal continued, "The Domestic Violence Offender Gun Ban is consistent with most previously passed gun control laws which are retroactive in application. Eliminating retroactivity from this law would be tantamount to saying that domestic violence offenders should receive special, more lenient treatment."

"Batterers fall into a category of criminals that are likely to reoffend. Allowing those who already have been convicted of domestic violence to possess guns places the lives of women and children in needless jeopardy. Studies show that firearms in the home dramatically increase the likelihood of homicide committed by a family member."

Opponents of the Domestic Violence Gun Ban also are trying to exempt police officers and the military from the law's coverage, allowing personnel convicted of domestic violence to have guns.

"Police family violence is a horrific problem that threatens the lives of women and children associated with the abusing officer and undercuts legal protection for all domestic violence victims within the officer's jurisdiction. Rather than trying to seek an exemption for police officers and military personnel who are abusers, we should be concerned with why we are recruiting so many abusers for these positions. One half of all 911 calls are related to domestic violence. Victims of domestic violence should expect a sympathetic officer responding to 911 calls, not one who has committed domestic violence himself," Smeal said.

The Feminist Majority played a leading role in passage of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994. Its sister organization, The Feminist Majority Foundation, sponsors the National Center for Women and Policing, an organization of women police officers committed to improving police response to domestic violence and increasing the representation of women in law enforcement.

4/30/1997 - Feminist Majority Foundation and National Center For Women & Policing Call for Citizens' Commission to Oversee Independent Investigation of Gender Bias In LAPD

Department Plagued by Reports of Sexual Harassment and Threats Against Women Officers and Wifebeating Cover-up

Los Angeles -- At a press conference today the Feminist Majority Foundation and the National Center for Women & Policing, joined by City Council members Jackie Goldberg and Rita Walters, called for an independent investigation of gender bias within the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). “The call for an investigation follows recent revelations in the media of widespread, orchestrated harassment and intimidation of women officers and the Department's cover-up and failure to prosecute officers who engage in brutal wife-beating and family violence.
The Los Angeles Police Commission is expected to soon release a 250-page report on the Department's investigation of the Mark Fuhrman tapes. The tapes confirm the existence of a clandestine all-male organization within the LAPD called 'Men Against Women' (MAW), whose ultimate objective is to drive women from the force using harassment and intimidation. The organization, founded in the mid-1980's following a federal court order to hire more women officers, also used mock trials of male officers accused of "fraternizing" with women officers.

"Despite claims by some Department officials to the contrary, widespread sexual harassment and orchestrated intimidation and threats against women on the force remain a serious problem in the LAPD," said Chief (Ret.) Penny Harrington, Director of the National Center for Women & Policing. "Men and women LAPD officers alike report that MAW is active to this very day in the Department, its members engaging in campaigns of harassment, and then retaliating against women officers who complain about the harassment. The intimidation escalates until the word goes out not to give back-up cover to targeted women officers, endangering their lives," continued Harrington.

"The attitudes and activities of 'Men Against Women' followers in the Department are a danger to the citizens of Los Angeles and compromise the effectiveness of the LAPD," continued Harrington. "Research shows women officers are more skillful at de-escalating potentially violent situations than their male counterparts, and so MAW's efforts to drive women out only exacerbates the LAPD's excessive force problems," explained Harrington, "The Fuhrman tapes reveal just how aggressively women police officers are shunned for their more community-oriented policing skills and their refusal to go along with using excessive force: Fuhrman doesn't believe women make good cops because ‘you've got to be able to shoot people, beat people beyond recognition ... [Women] don't pack those qualities.’”

Harrington took to task the Department's top command for their failure to act on the evidence gathered through repeated internal investigations of sexual harassment and intimidation. The soon-to-be-released Commission document is reported to characterize the internal LAPD investigation of MAW and sexual harassment within the Department as a 'whitewash.' Additionally, a second major scandal, exposed in a KCBS special report this week, showed that LAPD officers who engage in domestic violence are regularly exonerated or receive only minor suspensions, and are never prosecuted for their brutal crimes.

Harrington joined Katherine Spillar, the National Coordinator of the Feminist Majority Foundation, in calling for a dramatic increase in the budget and staff of the Inspector General's office, and the appointment of a Blue Ribbon Citizens' Commission to oversee a wide investigation of gender bias in the LAPD and recommend reforms.

"The prevailing attitude at the LAPD seems to be that it is acceptable to beat your wife, harass women co-workers and lie to cover it all up. Well, enough is enough. Now is the time to clean the Department from top to bottom," said Spillar. "We are calling for an investigation to look at sexual harassment, intimidation, discrimination and retaliat

4/8/1997 - Feminist Majority Foundation Applauds Transfer of Mifepristone (RU 486) Patent Rights to Dr. Edouard Sakiz, Former Roussel Uclaf CEO

Anti-Abortion Boycott Backfires

The transfer of mifepristone (formerly known as RU 486) patent rights from Roussel Uclaf and Hoechst AG to Dr. Edouard Sakiz is good news for women worldwide.

Dr. Sakiz’s leadership as the CEO of Roussel Uclaf was largely responsible for the development of mifepristone as a safe, effective method of early abortion. With the transfer of patent rights to Dr. Sakiz’s new company, the barriers to the future distribution, production, and development of mifepristone have fallen. The transfer of patent rights to Dr. Sakiz irrevocably injures the anti-abortion boycott of Hoechst Marion Roussel.

Mifepristone, which for too long has been kept away from women, is now in good hands. Dr. Sakiz -- a 1994 recipient of the Feminist Majority Foundation’s Feminist of the Year Award -- has a long history of encouraging scientific developments for the benefit of women’s health and of promoting equality for women in the corporate world. Finally, women worldwide will be able to realize the full potential of this medical breakthrough.

3/31/1997 - Battered Woman Can Sue for Prior Abuse

Steven Lieberman, a judicial referee for the New York State Supreme Court, has ruled that Hedda Nussbaum can sue for domestic abuse, even though she filed her complaint after the statue of limitations had expired. Usually, civil suits involving abuse must be filed within one year of the alleged abuse, but an exception is made in cases where the person cannot sue because of mental incapacity. Lieberman ruled that the abuse left Nussbaum incapable of filing suit within the statue of limiations. Betty Levinson, Nussbaum's lawyer, commented, "This decision acknowledges that a battered woman who suffers from psychological abuse and physical assault cannot and should not be required to take prompt legal action against her abuser." Joel Steinberg, the man accused of the abuse, is currently in prison for the murder of the couple's illegally adopted child.

3/31/1997 - Domestic Violence Leading Cause of Murder of Women

The first study of its kind, conducted by the New York City Department of Health, has found that domestic violence is the leading cause of death among murdered New York City women. From 1990 to 1994, of the 1,156 women killed, investigators determined the relationship of the killer to the victim in 484 of the cases. Of these, current or former boyfriends and husbands killed over one-half of the women. In one-third of the cases where husbands killed their wives, the women were trying to end the relationship. In one-quarter of the cases where husbands or boyfriends were the murderers, children were also killed or injured. Dr. Susan Witt, who lead the study, also found that women killed in domestic violence struggles were often, "punched and hit and burned and thrown out of windows." The study also found that two-thirds of domestic violence deaths victims lived in the Bronx or Brooklyn, New York’s poorest areas, and three-quarters of the victims were African-American or Latina.

3/31/1997 - Afghan Woman Stoned to Death for Spending Time with Non-Relative

Early on March 29th, Taliban religious rulers stoned an Afghan woman to death who had spent time with a man who was not one of her relatives. The young woman attempted to leave the country with the man but was caught and stoned to death for violating strict Islamic law imposed by the Taliban which states that a woman found with a man not in her family faces the death penalty. The Taliban-run radio Shariat did not comment on whether or not the woman had a trial or what, if anything, happened to the man. Under the Taliban’s extremist rule, women are not allowed to work, attend school, or spend anytime out of the house unless they wear an all-enveloping burqa