Starting next year, emergency room rape kits -- key for evidence collection should a victim choose to bring charges against an attacker -- will be sealed and stored by number rather than name until used for prosecution. This way, the decision to go to the police or not doesn't need to be made immediately following the trauma of rape. While some states already have similar practices in place, others require police involvement if a rape kit is requested at a hospital. The US Department of Justice estimates that only 41 percent of sexual assaults today are reported to the police.
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Oh, boy. This thing really needs no introduction or commentary. Okay, maybe a slight introduction. Psychologists have unearthed the Wife’s Chart of the Marital Rating Scale, which was originally designed by a Northwestern counselor to provide feedback on troubled marriages. Men rate their wives on a scale of 1 to 5 on things such as, “Has meals on time,” “Slow in coming to bed—delays till husband is almost asleep,” and oddly, “Wears red nail polish.”
So what does man do? He jumps on a plane and breaks the other guy’s jaw. According to The Telegraph, Stephen Henshaw and his wife, Tammy, were happily married—until Facebook got involved. Tammy reconnected with an ex, Jake, through the social networking site, and ended up cheating on her husband with the former boyfriend.
The New York Times on Sunday featured an adorable couple who met online, whose names mean the same thing ("free man" and "free woman") in their respective languages of origin, who have a cute newborn and who live in their "dream home," a farmhouse-like brownstone in a neighbor-friendly 'hood on the Brooklyn/Queens border. Oh, and, the husband refurbished the place himself, and they share a love of children's books. And, no, this is not the latest romantic comedy box office hit. You'd love to hate them if you were in the habit of doing so, but I say there's nothing wrong with a little ogling now and again to remind ourselves that fairy tales do come true. Cute couples do find bliss in farmhouses in New York City.
According to the Huffington Post, one in three moms have had or are having an affair. That's crazy talk, right? Nope. They got the numbers from a study. A legit one.
Like other relationship guides, How To Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It, written by Oprah-approved therapists Patricia Love and Steven Stosny, promotes tolerance through understanding. Instead of pushing conversations peppered with "I feel..." statements and listening techniques, the authors recommend couples zip their lips and focus on improving the wordless connection between them. The claim is that men falter in relationships because of shame and women because of fear, and discussion only makes these differences more apparent and divisive.
Looking for a quick East coast getaway for two? This past weekend, I went to the Skytop Lodge (www.skytop.com) in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania, just 2 short hours from NYC and a step back in time.
According to the ongoing research at the University of Iowa, newlyweds experienced a significant drop in marital satisfaction in the first year of parenthood, says the Times Online. In fact, the decline is far more severe in couples with a new baby than in newlyweds without children.
Once upon a time women stayed home and raised families instead of heading out into the workforce. For those enterprising housewives who were looking to turn their free time into extra spending cash there were a host of options. Whether you chose to peddle Mary Kay door-to-door or invite friends over for Tupperware parties, you could always take advantage of your hostess skills to make some extra dough. Flash forward to 2008. Money is tight these days, even in two-income homes. Everyone is looking for part-time work to help make ends meet, and there are some delicious new options for a 21st century gal.
According to a recent survey of moms, the most desirable Mother's Day gift is a card. A chore-free day of rest is a close second. Jewelry falls somewhere well below the two. With women tackling more household duties than their male counterparts, it's no wonder a mother's best gift is of rest and relaxation. Reuters reports that stay-at-home moms work an average 94 hour work week while moms who work outside the home clock in an extra 55 hours of "mom duty."