English teacher moonlighting as school newspaper coach. I like words. The picture below is of plants called succulents. I like that word: succulents.

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“You never really think, ‘Is rape covered by insurance?'” Eight days after a New Orleans woman was raped, she was billed $2,000 for her medical treatment (her insurance would pay $1,400). A few days later, $1,700 in additional charges landed in the mail. Why was she being charged for treatment of a sexual crime? In Louisiana, rape victims are routinely billed for their medical care, despite state and federal guidelines stipulating that such treatment should be free. — The Times-Picayune via @laura_nelson

Should battered women be prosecuted for failing to protect their children?  BuzzFeed found at least 28 women in 11 states who were handed prison sentences for failing to prevent their children form being harmed by abusive partners, despite evidence that they were also being battered. One woman was sentenced to…

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Author: rainteach

High school English teacher. Sponsor: IKE PATRIOT online newspaper, Poetry Out Loud, and Amnesty International Student Organization.

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