Showing posts with label Bullying. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bullying. Show all posts

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Wuthering Depths

Emily Bronte 1818-1848
I write here when I am inspired by something and when life does not get in the way.  This past Monday was the 200th anniversary of the birth of Emily Bronte, the author of the novel Wuthering Heights.  For this blog I considered the title Wuthering Depths as a tongue in cheek pun on the novel but went with CSI without Dead Bodies as the TV show was still popular when the blog began.  




The details of Bronte's early life can be seen in the image above.  She had a younger sister Charlotte who wrote Jane Eyre and Anne who wrote Agnes Grey.  She had a brother Branwell who struggled with alcoholism and his image was removed from the portrait above with his sisters.
Laurence Olivier as Heathcliff and Merle Oberon as Catherine in the most famous movie adaptation of Wuthering Heights from 1939

Emily was reserved and quiet but she knew the people around her well.  In Wuthering Heights (her only novel written shortly before she died in 1848) the main characters are Heathcliff, an orphan from Liverpool brought to the Moors by the father of Catherine Earnshaw, the other main character.  After the father dies Catherine's brother Linton shuns him and treats him like an indentured servant.  Heathcliff and Catherine have a complicated love affair where she marries a rich man and he becomes cruel and vindictive as a result.  The next generation on the Moors is able to overcome their hatred and be happy and the protagonists are finally reunited in death.




I first read the novel in high school.  It didn't grab me until a few years later as I sympathized with Heathcliff's struggles in a harsh landscape.  Yes he was a product of his environment where the right guidance might have produced a very different outcome.  We all struggle with these issues in life and we all need the right guidance to overcome.  The depths that this blog searches are the patterns that others might miss.  


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Thursday, July 14, 2016

My Classmate's Story of Abuse


Shaun Dougherty, a classmate of mine at St. Clements grade school, has come forward with his story of abuse at the hands of one of the priests which is told on page 63 and 64 of the report.  The full text of the report can be read below.  Pictured below in our 5th grade class picture along with Shaun, the Priest in question, a nun who was a terror to us, and I.  The Diocese we were under, Altoona-Johnstown, received a scathing grand jury report from the state Attorney General.  The Diocese is now nay be investigated under the RICO statute (usually used to prosecute the Mafia).

My 5th Grade Class Picture


Below is Shaun discussing his abuse and the problems it has caused him. I should warn you it is fairly graphic.  He was very disappointed that State Sen. Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati removing the retroactive removal of the statute of limitations on priests being sued.
  

From Bill Cosby to Jerry Sandusky, there have been other shocking stories of individuals who were previously highly regarded to have sexually abused others and when we first hear about it we are always shocked.   Addressing the system that protects abusers is just as important as punishing the abusers themselves.  A report came out recently that Joe Paterno was told by one of Jerry Sandusky's victims about his abuse in 1976

The full grand jury report can be read below with stories of victimization by other priests.  I was not victimized by the Priest in question or any other priest.  As a victim of bullying I can sympathize with the pain of the victims.  I have often heard that if the Roman Catholic Church were to drop the celibacy requirement for priests (Priests were allowed to marry until the 11th century) and/or allow women priests (It never has) the problem would be solved.  While it would certainly help by giving the Church a larger pool of priests one should remember that married men ( ie. Jerry Sandusky) and to a lesser extent married and single women have been known to commit these crimes as well.  The whole culture of placing individuals on pedestals where they are above reproach needs to change.  Also the abusers (many of whom are victims of abuse themselves) need to find the right treatment.

**Update**

Shaun Dougherty was featured in a panel discussion on a local TV station on Catholic Church abuse.  I couldn't embed the program but you can view it on WJAC-TV's website here.

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Friday, July 3, 2015

Hope Springs Eternal


Watching the US beat Colombia 2-0, China 1-0, and then Germany 2-0 in the Women's World Cup one may feel proud just as I was proud watching Lance Armstrong only to find out later that he was a fraud or Detroit Tiger fans rooting for Ty Cobb at the turn of the century only to find out later that he was an abusive racist.  We love to put our heroes on pedestals and are shocked when we find out the truth and don't want to believe it (the "say if ain't so Joe" effect).


 
Hope Solo, the US goalkeeper who has only allowed one goal so far may lead the US team to their first WC win since 1999.  She is accused of assaulting her half sister and her nephew last summer and had a restraining order placed against her as a senior in high school.  The evidence against her seems strong in the video clip at the top of the post.  The Rachel Maddow has been cheering the US women on her blog and her show with no mention of Solo's legal troubles while she criticized the NFL for it's lackadaisical response to the domestic abuse of Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson.  

Reliable statistics on domestic violence can be hard to come by especially when victims do not want to come forward.  The studies that have been done suggest that women are victims more often than men.  One study estimates that 1.5 million women and 834,732 men are victims annuallyWomen can be abusers of children and their partners, again probably to a lesser extent than men.  There may be a cultural bias that women cannot be abusers like men are

FIFA (the governing body of world soccer with many of it's leaders under indictment for corruption) and US Soccer also doesn't want to punish Solo because she is one of their major stars.  She is one of women's soccer's few money makers in endorsements and merchandising. 

The male game in soccer and the NFL has many stars who can take the place of one bad apple like Ray Rice. The women's game is trying to increase interest throughout the world.  FIFA head Sepp Blatter has talked about improving the profile of the women's game by giving them tighter fitting clothes.  With the right public pressure NFL commissioner Roger Goodell did the right thing with respect to domestic abusing players in his league.  What will it take for women's soccer?



**Update**

The  US women's team defeated Japan 5-2 in the World Cup Final.  It had the largest US TV audience ever for a soccer game.  The US team was only paid a fraction of the men's World Cup winning team, Germany.  It's pretty clear that the US could not have made it to the final without Hope Solo.  The win at all costs mentality prevails.


The domestic violence charges against Solo have been reinstated.

 
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

A Wave of Hate Groups in California? No in Washington, DC

The Southern Poverty Law Center has issued a report listing the total number of hate groups per state which they track.  The categories followed include, the Ku Klux Klan, Neo Nazi, White Nationalist, Racist Skinhead, Christian Identity, Neo-Confederate, Black Separatist, and General Hate.
California is shown to have the most hate groups followed by Florida and Texas.  All states except Hawaii have at least one.  These are also the first, second, and fourth most populous states in the US.  There is a highly significant correlation between the number of groups and the population in that state (r=0.885, p<.001) as seen in the above graph. 

When the number of hate groups in each state is adjusted for the states' population (by dividing the # of groups by the population and multiplying by one million), a different picture emerges.  The US average is 2.99 groups per million persons.  The rankings for the states plus DC are listed below.  Florida is almost exactly at the national average at 3.00 while Texas and California are below with 2.15 and 2.02 groups per million respectively.  A cubic plot was added to the graph below  and was significantly different from zero (r=.281, p=.045).
The states with the top number of groups per million have one outlier, Washington, DC.  With 15 groups for its 632,323 citizens, there are 23.72 groups per million which is almost three times higher than the next highest state, Arkansas.  It could be argued that the district is not really a State and is more of a city.  By comparison New York City has 22 hate groups for it's 8,336,697 citizens giving it a rate of 2.64.  Nearby Baltimore, MD has 7 groups for it's 621,342 citizens giving it a rate of 11.27.  My hometown, Pittsburgh, PA has 2 groups for it's 306,211 citizens giving it a rate of 6.53.  Of DC's 15 groups, four are Black Separatist (including the Nation of Islam), 3 each of White Nationalist (with names like the Center for Economic Studies), Anti-LGBT, and; General Hate, and one each of Anti Immigrant and Anti-Muslim. 


The extreme value for DC is similar to it's being an outlier for income and life expectancy.  In my most read post, I showed that it has the highest per capita income but the lowest life expectancy (2009 data).  The life expectancy of DC has since improved from 51st to 46th while the income ranking has fallen from 1st to a tie for 4th which would still make it an outlier.  I am not a sociologist so I'm not going to speculate as to the reasons for DC's high rate beyond what the data says.

The states that follow DC can be seen in the table below.  28 states are above the national average.  These are mostly in the south, west and midwest.  Vermont (at 6.39) and New Hampshire (at 5.30) are the only eastern states above the national average. My home state, Pennsylvania is slightly ahead of the national average at 3.21.



Rank
state
pop2012
Hate groups
Groups per million
1
District of Columbia
632323
15
23.72
2
Arkansas
2949131
24
8.14
3
Montana
1005141
8
7.96
4
Mississippi
2984926
22
7.37
5
Vermont
626011
4
6.39
6
Tennessee
6456243
37
5.73
7
Idaho
1595728
9
5.64
8
West Virginia
1855413
10
5.39
9
New Hampshire
1320718
7
5.30
10
Georgia
9919945
50
5.04
11
New Jersey
8864590
44
4.96
12
Nebraska
1855525
9
4.85
13
Alabama
4822023
22
4.56
14
Oklahoma
3814820
17
4.46
15
Delaware
917092
4
4.36
16
Louisiana
4601893
20
4.35
17
South Carolina
4723723
20
4.23
18
Indiana
6537334
26
3.98
19
Missouri
6021988
23
3.82
20
South Dakota
833354
3
3.60
21
Wyoming
576412
2
3.47
22
Kentucky
4380415
15
3.42
23
North Carolina
9752073
33
3.38
24
Colorado
5187582
17
3.28
25
Pennsylvania
12763536
41
3.21
26
Virginia
8185867
26
3.18
27
Arizona
6553255
20
3.05
28
Florida
19317568
58
3.00
29
Nevada
2758931
8
2.90
30
New Mexico
2085538
6
2.88
31
Rhode Island
1050292
3
2.86
32
Ohio
11544225
31
2.69
33
Maryland
5884563
15
2.55
34
Oregon
3899353
9
2.31
35
Texas
26059203
57
2.19
36
New York
19570261
42
2.15
37
Utah
2855287
6
2.10
38
California
38041430
77
2.02
39
Michigan
9883360
18
1.82
40
Massachusetts
6646144
12
1.81
41
Illinois
12875255
23
1.79
42
Wisconsin
5726398
10
1.75
43
Kansas
2885905
5
1.73
44
Iowa
3074186
5
1.63
45
Maine
1329192
2
1.50
46
Minnesota
5379139
8
1.49
47
Washington
6897012
10
1.45
48
North Dakota
699628
1
1.43
49
Connecticut
3590347
5
1.39
50
Alaska
731449
1
1.37
51
Hawaii
1392313
0
.00
Total
N
51
51
50
51
a. Limited to first 100 cases.

**Update** 

It's not just in the US where mapping applications are used to track racial incidents.  It's also done in Japan as seen in the video below.



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