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Blog Posts in February, 2015

  • Public Advocate Against Domestic Violence Dies in Violent Fire

    37-year-old Shannon Pepper, an outspoken public advocate for tougher laws to protect women from domestic abuse, recently died in a violent fire in her apartment this past weekend. A survivor of domestic violence herself (Pepper was brutally beaten into a coma in 2013 by her boyfriend), Pepper worked with prosecutors to put her attacker behind bars and continued to speak up for the protection of ...
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  • Michigan Mom Pushes for Public Child Abuse Registry

    Michigan mom Erica Hammel has begun collecting signatures on a petition to create a public online registry that would list people convicted of child abuse in the state. This is because her two-year-old son was recently shaken so hard by his father’s then-girlfriend that he has suffered severe brain injuries, temporary blindness, and has been unable to talk since the assault. Though his attacker ...
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  • New Michigan State Bill Proposes Two-Parent Adoption

    Last week, Michigan State Representative Jeff Irwin proposed a bill that would legalize unwed, two-parent adoption. This occurred after April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse were denied their request for second-parent adoption. Unsurprisingly, this case later shifted from its original intent to a broader consideration of same-sex marriage. This is because though there are marriage bans preventing same sex ...
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