July 31, 2013
Stemming the Domestic Abuse Epidemic

Ariel Castro pled guilty to 900 counts of kidnapping and rape on Friday and accepted a sentence of life without parole. Although he finally admitted to his crimes, we are left wondering what could have possibly led to this extreme violence against women. One clue is that Castro had a record of domestic violence arrests. But Charles Ramsey, the neighbor who intervened in what he believed was a domestic situation, also had a history of perpetrating violence in the home. What leads one man to break the cycle of violence and another to escalate to kidnapping, rape, and torture? 
Read more. [Image: David Duprey/AP]

Stemming the Domestic Abuse Epidemic

Ariel Castro pled guilty to 900 counts of kidnapping and rape on Friday and accepted a sentence of life without parole. Although he finally admitted to his crimes, we are left wondering what could have possibly led to this extreme violence against women. One clue is that Castro had a record of domestic violence arrests. But Charles Ramsey, the neighbor who intervened in what he believed was a domestic situation, also had a history of perpetrating violence in the home. What leads one man to break the cycle of violence and another to escalate to kidnapping, rape, and torture?

Read more. [Image: David Duprey/AP]

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Ta-Nehisi Coates on Rihanna’s agency

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