Posted: Sept. 20, 2014
National discussion spurs local awareness about domestic violence
Over the past six months, some famous names have been tied to domestic violence, spurring a national discussion about how cases are prosecuted and how victims are treated. But for local advocacy groups, the discussion about helping victims happens daily. Read More
Posted: Sept. 9, 2014
Domestic Abuse: Nothing new in Kansas
What happened on a casino elevator in February and then went viral…is nothing new for Topeka Police. Read more
Posted: 08/24/2014 2:00 am CDT
Faces of Domestic Violence
Newton, Kan. – She may live next door to you. You may walk past her in the grocery store. You may sit next to her in church. You may talk to her every day at work. She may be a member of your own family. The victims of domestic violence aren't always obvious. The abuse happens behind closed doors, and victims may feel faceless or helpless.
However, several local organizations work together to give those victims a face and a voice in the community, to let them know they don't have to suffer in silence. Read more
President and CEO, National Network to End Domestic Violence
Posted: 08/01/2014 5:24 pm EDT
Institutions That Minimize Abuse Share the Blame
In February, a hotel lobby camera recorded the aftermath of violence that is normally confined to the four walls of a home. In the video, football player Ray Rice dragged an unconscious woman, face down, out of an elevator. That woman was his fiancée, and he had just knocked her unconscious.
The NFL responded with a tap on the wrist and the tried-but-not-so-true response of deflecting, glossing over, and minimizing. Sports commentators and pundits pondered the victim's role in "provoking" the attack. I'm wondering what anyone might do to provoke being beaten unconscious... Read more
Posted: Fri 11:30 AM, May 02, 2014
Marlou Wegener Recieves Ally Of The Year Award
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- Marlou Wegener, employed with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas as manager of community relations and chief operating officer of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation, received the State Level Ally of the Year Award from the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence at their Empower Gala Friday, April 25th. Read more
Posted: Fri 5:42 PM, Mar 28, 2014
Supreme Court upholds gun ban for domestic violence offenders
WICHITA, Kan.-- On Wednesday, the Supreme Court upheld and clarified the federal law that bans guns from domestic violence offenders.
The Supreme Court ruled that a federal law barring people convicted of minor domestic violence offenses from possessing guns can be enforced even in states where no proof of physical force is required to support the domestic violence charge. Read more
Editorial Thursday, March 6, 2014: Sexual Assault
Harrowing numbers reveal need for reporting crimes
Rape has been around for as long as humans have inhabited the earth. It isn’t going to go away, but we as a society need to do what we can to stop as much of it as we can. The numbers for sexual assault were detailed in a recent series of stories in The Hutchinson News. They were staggering. Nearly one in five women have been raped in their lifetime. One rape is reported to law enforcement in Kansas every seven hours. There will be 245,000 women and 40,000 men who will be raped in their lifetime. Out of 100 rapes, 40 are reported, 10 lead to an arrest and only 3 percent of rapists go to prison. Those statistics are sobering. It’s hard to believe how rampant the crime is and how little it results in arrest. Read more
Editorial 12-03-2013: Stop domestic violence
The state has a serious and chronic problem with domestic violence, judging from a new Kansas Bureau of Investigation report for 2012 but also from the daily crime news.
Using data from law enforcement agencies around the state, the KBI’s report on Domestic Violence, Stalking and Rape in Kansas found that last year’s reported 24,373 incidents of domestic violence were the most in 20 years of such record keeping, though only a 0.9 percent increase over 2011. The key word is “reported,” as experts believe many more cases occur. Read more
Editorial 11-26-2013: Domestic violence arrests appallingly low
The winter holiday season will officially begin in a matter of hours. At this time of the year, warm and happy stories about people and events that reflect the season, its festive atmosphere and the presence of a giving spirit are in abundance.
But the news earlier this week included a report by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation that is anything but warm, happy or festive.
According to the KBI’s Domestic Violence, Stalking and Rape in Kansas report for 2012, the number of domestic violence incidents in the state is higher than it has been since 1992 but the number of arrests is down. Read more