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Story of domestic violence: The penis as weapon and immigration status as a means to humilate and intimidate the victim

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The penis as a weapon and
Immigration status as a means
to humiliate and intimidate the victim by the perpetrator husband

By: Jorge Yeshayahu Gonzales-Lara



This is the story of Mary a Dominican women as a victim of domestic violence that occurred in the city of New York. Unlike victims of stranger violence, victims of domestic violence cannot walk away, even if the abuser would let them. The complexity and strength of the intimate relationship creates many barriers to dissolution.


Domestic violence is behavior done in the context of an adult intimate relationship. In domestic violence cases, the abused party and the perpetrator are intimates usually family or ex-family to each other. The abused party is affected by domestic violence in many of the same ways as victims of violence perpetrated by strangers, but also is affected in unique ways since the abuser is an intimate rather than a stranger.

However, such effects of trauma are accentuated and recidivism is more likely in domestic violen…

Prayer in American Public Schools

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PRAYER IN AMERICAN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

By: Jorge Yeshayahu Gonzáles-Lara

Fahrenheit 151 was written in 1952 and describes a society where freedom is an illusion and a small group imposses their views to the whole society. Public school appears to be the most important and effective instrument of political socialization in Fahrenheit 151. Today this novel links with the controversy of prayer and education in public school. The controversy over officially sponsored prayer in public schools did not begin in 1962, for the reason that the Supreme Court first ruled that such observances violate the Establishment Clause. It began more than 100 years earlier, in the 1830s, when waves of Italian and Irish Catholic immigrants came to this country and objected to compulsory readings of the Protestant King James Bible[1] and the recitation of Protestant prayers in most public schools.[2]
Today the concern continues over religion and prayer in public schools. There is fear among many that, in seeking to …