WRAP week aims to create awareness about issues related to pornography

first_imgThe third annual White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) week started Monday in an effort to promote conversation and awareness of the dangers of pornography, as well as the severity of the issue on Notre Dame’s campus and in the United States at large. The organization that initiated the event, Students for Child Oriented Policy (SCOP), promotes WRAP Week as an invitation to students to learn about the nature of pornography and explore helpful resources. SCOP is a non-sectarian and non-partisan group on campus that advocates for public policy that aligns with the best interests of children in nurturing their development and success. Since the club’s founding in 2013, it has been focused on five pillars: marriage, adoption, education, drug abuse and pornography. “We want to show some of the stats that are hidden by the industry about how prevalent porn use is,” senior Jim Martinson, SCOP’s president, said. “People who are struggling and hear witness testimonies can know they’re not alone. Something you get out of this week is you become more knowledgeable about the harms of porn and how it’s one of the more mainstream issues facing society.”WRAP week is a national campaign started by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), which has the goal of “exposing the links between all forms of sexual exploitation such as child sexual abuse, prostitution, sex trafficking and the public health crisis of pornography,” according to its website. Each day of Notre Dame’s WRAP week features a different event or talk to create a strong Notre Dame support system. Yesterday, SCOP members passed out bagels and white ribbons to students as a physical demonstration of solidarity. Additionally, SCOP held a prayer service at the Grotto with the Knights of Columbus. As a co-sponsor of WRAP week, Knights of Columbus, along with other University organizations such as Right to Life, Irish Rover and Militia of the Immaculata, have helped provide financial assistance for the week and promote the events on campus. On Tuesday, WRAP week will feature a lecture by Notre Dame professor Kirk Doran titled “Children, Marriage, and Happiness” at 7:30 p.m. in B034 Geddes Hall. “We want to show the positive side of an alternative lifestyle of using porn,” sophomore Ellie Gardey, SCOP vice president, said. “You can be happy and live a life of virtue that’s not corrupted by porn.”The main keynote speakers for the week, Dr. William Struthers — a sociology professor at Wheaton College — and Dawn Hawkins from NCOSE, will lead a discussion called “Sex and the Brain: The Impact of Sexually Explicit Media” tomorrow at 7 p.m. in 102 DeBartolo Hall.“We’re going to focus more on the science behind the pornography issue,” Martinson said. On Thursday, there will be a dinner and discussion with Fr. Terry Ehrman, C.S.C about Ehrman’s book “Man of God.” The book is the fictional story of a man who overcomes his porn addiction“The book is a series of fictional emails between Father Terry and a man who is struggling with pornography,” Gardey said. “It goes through the story of how Fr. Terry helps him to overcome his addiction. It shows that when he was able to overcome his addiction, he could start a family and be there for his child and wife.”WRAP week will conclude Friday with “Fighting Irish Fighting Pornography.” From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., members of SCOP will be outside North and South Dining Hall to gather signatures for the banner and petition for a Wi-Fi filter at Notre Dame. Since the petition began a few years ago, it has collected over 1,000 signatures. “It’s been a two year battle to get this filter on campus,” Martinson said. “There’s also going to be letters calling for a filter on Notre Dame’s Wi-Fi network and 150 students total have already signed the letters. People have responded to the letters positively. I definitely think it’s going to happen. We’ve been in communication with [chief of staff] Ann Firth and Fr. Jenkins and they’ve been receptive. We’ll also be doing a Senate proposal to filter the Wi-Fi network under the direction of Fr. Jenkins to get students involved.”Each year, SCOP continues to grow its membership and member involvement in the hopes of instituting a more widespread impact on campus, Martinson said.“Ultimately, we would love to take WRAP week to the point on nonexistence where there would be no issue anymore,” Martinson said. “In the near future we would love to have bigger speakers on campus. We want to have more in-depth discussions about pornography usage so that people realize that this is a serious issue and it’s just a matter of time for that.” Tags: pornography, Students for Child Oriented Policy, WRAP Weeklast_img read more

41 contested judicial races on the ballot

first_img41 contested judicial races on the ballot Gary Blankenship Senior Editor and Theresa E. Davis Assistant Editor Three Supreme Court justices and 17 district court of appeal judges have filed for merit retention in the fall statewide judicial elections.In addition, there are 17 contested circuit judge races around the state, while 134 circuit judgeships were decided without an election. Most of those involved incumbents who filed for reelection and drew no opponents. There also are 24 contested county court races after the June 12 filing deadline, while 93 county judges — again, mostly incumbents — were elected or reelected without opposition.(Circuit court information came from the Secretary of State’s office. County judge race information came from the Supreme Court and a Web site and e-mail survey of county supervisors of elections offices.)Elections for contested trial court seats will be on the September 5 primary ballot, and any runoffs will be decided in the November 7 general election. The merit retention elections for the appellate bench will be on the November ballot.There will almost certainly be more contested trial court races this fall. The legislature approved 55 new judgeships this year; 35 circuit judgeships and 20 on the county bench. All will be elected and qualifying for those races is July 17-21. Traditionally, such open seats are more likely to draw contested elections than seats occupied by incumbents.It’s also the largest number of new judgeships created and filled by election since at least 1973, when the court system was overhuled.Here’s a list of those who will appear on the November merit retention ballot: • Supreme Court – Chief Justice Barbara J. Pariente, Chief Justice-elect R. Fred Lewis, and Justice Peggy A. Quince.• First District Court of Appeal – Judges Edwin B. Browning, Jr., Bradford L. Thomas, and Peter D. Webster.• Second District Court of Appeal – Judges Darryl C. Casanueva, Charles A. Davis, Edward LaRose, E.J. Salcines, and Thomas E. Stringer, Sr.• Third District Court of Appeal – Judges Angel A. Cortinas, Leslie B. Rothenberg, and Richard J. Suarez.• Fourth District Court of Appeal – Judges Bobby W. Gunther, Fred A. Hazouri, Larry A. Klein, Barry J. Stone, and Carole Y. Taylor.• Fifth District Court of Appeal – Judge Emerson R. Thompson, Jr.Contested Circuit Races Here’s a list of contested circuit court races: • First Circuit – Group 15, Terry Ketchel, Dixie Dan Powell, Mike Schofield, and Michael T. Webster.• Fifth Circuit – Group 7, Michelle T. Morley and Scott Wynn.• Sixth Circuit – Group 9, Mary Handsel, Christine “Chris” Helinger, and Glenn Martin; Group 32, LeAnne Lake, Mark Schleben, and Pat Siracusa.• Eighth Circuit – Group 4, Stan Griffis, Stephen Pennypacker, and Lorraine H. Sherman.• Ninth Circuit – Group 5, Jenifer Davis, Mary Ann Etzler, and John Gray.• 11th Circuit – Group 25, Dennis J. Murphy and Josie Perez Velis; Group 65 Israel U. Reyes and Jeffrey D. Swartz.• 12th Circuit – Group 13, Lee E. Haworth and Susan Hartmann Swartz; Group 16, Donna Berlin and Franklin Roberts.• 13th Circuit – Group 25, Robert A. Foster, Jr., and Catherine Williams Real; Group 32, Cris Debock, Elizabeth (Betsy) Lynn Hapner, Bernard C. Silver, and Caroline Jeanne Tesche.• 15th Circuit – Group 13, Jerald S. Beer, David E. French, Kenneth D. Lemoine, and Art Wroble.• 17th Circuit – Group 6, Charles “Charlie” Kaplan and Kenneth David Padowitz.• 18th Circuit – Group 20, Samuel Bookhardt III, Charles G. Crawford, Patrice J. Pilate, and Frank David Zilaitis.• 20th Circuit – Group 9, Kim Levy and Margaret Ogilvie Steinbeck; Group 14, Miguel C. Fernandez III, Steve Holmes, and Bruce Kyle. Unopposed Circuit Races Elected or reelected without opposition to the circuit bench were: • First Circuit – Thomas T. Remington, Marci Levin Goodman, Kelvin Clyde Wells, Jack R. Heflin, and Linda L. Nobles.• Second Circuit – George Reynolds, Nikki Ann Clark, and Terry P. Lewis.• Third Circuit – E. Vernon Douglas, David W. Fina, and James Roy Bean.• Fourth Circuit – Brian J. Davis, Michael R. Weatherby, Robert M. Foster, Lawrence Page Haddock, E. McRae Mathis, Karen K. Cole, Peter L. Dearing, Hugh A. Carithers, Frederick B. Tygart, David C. Wiggins, and Charles W. Arnold, Jr.• Fifth Circuit – Patricia V. Thomas, Frances King, Hale R. Stancil, William G. Law, Jr., Daniel B. Merritt, Sr., and David B. Eddy.• Sixth Circuit – Lynn Tepper, Phillip J. Federico, Doug Baird, Dee Anna Farnell, Bill Webb, Richard Luce, Nelly N. Khouzam, Amy M. Williams, Joseph A. Bulone, David A. Demers, Nancy Monte Ley, and Frank Quesada.• Seventh Circuit – McFerrin Smith, John W. Watson III, J. Michael Traynor, Patrick G. Kennedy, Wendy W. Berger, and William A. Parsons.• Eighth Circuit – Robert P. Cates and Toby S. Monaco.• Ninth Circuit – Belvin Perry, Jr., Margaret T. Waller, Gail Adams, Marc Leslie Lubet, Jay P. Cohen, R. James Stroker, Theotis Bronson, Jose R. Rodriguez, Cynthia Z. MacKinnon, Bob Wattles, Bob Evans, and Stan W. Strickland.• 10th Circuit – Steven L. Selph, Charles B. Curry, James Michael Hunter, Marcus J. Ezelle, and Robert L. Dovel.• 11th Circuit – David C. Miller, Cindy S. Lederman, Lester Langer, David H. Young, Gisela Cardonne Ely, Mindy S. Glazer, Pedro P. Echarte, Jr., Maria M. Korvick, Ellen Sue Venzer, Arthur Rothenberg, Maxine Cohen Lando, Mark King Leban, Maria Espinosa Dennis, Cristina Pereyra-Shuminer, Maynard “Skip” Gross, Ellen L. Leesfield, Joel H. Brown, Victoria Platzer, and Stan Blake.• 12th Circuit – Charles E. Williams, Paul E. Logan, Becky A. Titus, and Janette Dunnigan.• 13th Circuit – Mark R. Wolfe, and Ronald N. Ficarrotta.• 14th Circuit – Richard H. Albritton and Glenn L. Hess.• 15th Circuit – Timothy McCarthy, Jack H. Cook, Moses Baker, Jr., Ronald V. Alvarez, Jonathan D. Gerber, Karen L. Martin, Stephen A. Rapp, Peter D. Blanc, Kathleen J. Kroll, Richard L. Oftedal, Catherine M. Brunson, Edward A. Garrison, and Robin Lee Rosenberg.• 16th Circuit – David J. Audlin, Jr.• 17th Circuit – Carol-Lisa Phillips, Robert Lance Andrews, Richard David Eade, Ronald J. Rothschild, Marcia Beach, Ana I. Gardiner, Dale Ross, Paul L. Backman, Ilona Maxine Holmes, Mark A. Speiser, Arthur M. Birken, Geoffrey D. Cohen, Robert A. Rosenberg, and Peter M. Weinstein.• 18th Circuit – Kerry I. Evander, Lisa Davidson, Debra Nelson, and Marlene M. Alva.• 19th Circuit – Sherwood Bauer, Jr., Paul B. Kanarek, Robert A. Hawley, and Robert E. Belanger.• 20th Circuit – J. Frank Porter, Cynthia A. Ellis, Frederick R. Hardt, James Hall Seals, R. Thomas Corbin, Franklin G. Baker. Contested County Races Here are county judge races that are contested: • Bay County – Group 2, Hoot Crawford, Elijah Smiley, and Shane R. Vann.• Gilchrist County – Group 1, David Miller “Duke” Lang and Edward “Ed” Philman.• Hamilton County – Group 1, Richard B. Davis, Donald K. Rudser, and Sonny Scaff.• Lafayette County – Group 1, Darren K. Jackson and Leenette W. McMillan.• Leon County – Group 3, Ronald “Ron” W. Flury, John D.C. Newton, and Lisa Raleigh.• Marion County – Group 2, Robert E. Landt and Sarah Ritterhoff Williams.• Miami-Dade County – Group 1, Patricia Marino-Pedraza and Shirlyon J. McWhorter; Group 3, Cecilia Armenteros-Chavez and Samuel Joseph “Sam” Slom; Group 4, Robin Faber and Ivan Hernandez; Group 9, Victoria del Pino and Joel Jacobi; Group 10, Sari Teichman Addicott and Ana Maria Pando; Group 11, Karen Mills Francis and Stephen T. Millian; Group 12, Juan F. Gonzalez and Steve Leifman; Group 14, Gloria Gonzalez-Meyer and Michael J. “Mike” Samuels; Group 27, Migna Sanchez-Llorens and Sheldon “Shelly” Schwartz; Group 39, George A. Alvarez and Bronwyn Catherine Miller; and Group 40, Don S. Cohn and Bonnie Lano Rippingille.• Nassau County – Group 1, Granville C. “Doc” Burgess, Clyde Davis, and Hugh “Mac” McCarthy.• Okeechobee County – Group 1, Shirley M. Brennan and Jerald D. “Jerry” Bryant.• Orange County – Group 6, Martha C. Adams, Bill Hancock, and Joe Johnson.• Palm Beach County – Group 2, Theodore S. Booras and Jane Frances Sullivan.• Polk County – Group 3, Rob Griffin and Steve Pincket.• Taylor County – Group 1, Stephen F “Buddy” Murphy and Angela M. Ball.• Volusia County – Group 5, Dawn Fields, Jonathon Glugover, Frank Roche, and Brian R. Toung. Unopposed County Races Here are county judge races that are uncontested: • Alachua County – Mary Day Coker.• Baker County – Joseph Williams.• Brevard County – Cathleen B. Clarke, Kenneth Friedland, and William McCluen.• Calhoun County – Kevin Grover.• Charlotte County – Peter A. Bell.• Citrus County – Patricia V. Thomas.• Collier County – Ramiro Manalich, Vincent Murphy, and Eugene Turner.• Duval County – Roberto Arias, Harold C. Arnold, Tyrie W. Boyer, Charles G. Cofer, Pauline M. Drayton, Emmet F. Ferguson III, James A. Ruth, Brent D. Shore, and Sharon Tanner.• Escambia County – Thomas E. Johnson, G.J. “Jim” Roark III, and Joyce H. Williams.• Flagler County – Sharon B. Atack.• Franklin County – Van Russell.• Gadsden County – Stewart E. Parsons.• Glades County – Jack Lundy.• Hardee County – Jeffrey J. McKibben.• Hendry County – James D. Sloan.• Hillsborough County – Thomas P. Barber, Gaston J. Fernandez, Walter R. Heinrich, Joelle Ann Ober, and Christine K. Vogel.• Indian River County – David Morgan and Joe Wild.• Jefferson County – Robert R. Plaines.• Lee County – Leigh Frizzell Hayes, James R. Adams, John Duryea, and Maria E. Gonzalez.• Leon County – Judith W. Hawkins and Augustus D. Aikens, Jr.• Liberty County – Kenneth L. Hosford.• Madison County – Wetzel Blair.• Marion County – John E. Futch.• Miami-Dade County – Mary Jo Francis, Luise Krieger Martin, Shelley J. Kravitz, Deborah White-Labora, Andrew “Andy” Hague, Linda Singer Stein, Darrin P. Gayles, Maria Ortiz, Catherine M. Pooler, Myriam Lehr, Robert Twombly, Caryn Canner Schwartz, Teretha Lundy Thomas, and Larry King.• Monroe County – Wayne M. Miller.• Okaloosa County – Patricia Grinsted.• Orange County – Antoinette Plogstedt, Leon B. Cheek III, and Wilfredo Martinez.• Osceola County – Carol Draper and Ronald A. Legendre.• Palm Beach County – Sandra Bosso-Pardo, Peter M. Evans, Nancy Perez, Nelson E. Bailey, and Donald W. Hafele.• Pasco County – William Sestak, Robert Cole, and Marc Salton.• Pinellas County – Henry J. Andringa, Donald E. Horrox, Myra Scott McNary, Walt Fullerton, and William H. Overton.• Polk County – Timothy Coon and Angela Jane Cowden.• Putnam County – Peter T. Miller.• Sarasota County – Judy Goldman.• Seminole County – Donald L. Marblestone, Mark E. Herr, and Carmine M. Bravo.• Sumter County – Thomas D. Skidmore.• Union County – David Reiman.• Volusia County – Belle Schumann, Peter F. Marshall, David Beck, and Steven deLaroche. 41 contested judicial races on the ballot Seventeen DCA judges file for retention and three S.C. justices to face the voters June 1, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more