The trials are one of the most talked about events of hysteria and scapegoating in American history. It all started in January of 1692, when a group of eight young girls started having random outbursts of seizures, contortions and screaming fits. The girls then started accusing innocent women of being witches, and working for the devil. The first three unfortunate victims the girls accused of this crime were Tituba, a slave, Sarah Good, a
The Case Between 1975 and 1981 a man who became known as the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ left at least 23 children motherless when he brutally murdered more than a dozen women in the North of England, and attempted to murder seven more. The victims were mostly prostitutes, but some were just ordinary girls (O 'Gara, 2006). The search for the ‘Ripper’ was one of the biggest investigations ever undertaken by a British police force and pre-dated the use of computers (Yorkshire Ripper, 2013). Because of the large scale of the case, this report will focus on just some of the investigative strategies used and some of the mistakes the police made. INVESTIGATIVE STRATEGIES
When justifying the invasion of the Iraq war, the Bush administration argued that this is a war of humanitarian intervention. The reasons for intervention according to the humanitarian perspective was that Saddam had been accused of, and I quote, “ forcing Iraqi women to endure horrendous, intolerable cruelty; systematically employing rape, torture and murder for political gain. For example, many human rights groups estimate that nearly 300-thousand Iraqis disappeared since the time Saddam took power in 1979. Thousands of Iraqi women watched in horror as their families were brutally slaughtered. Many of the men were jailed or dragged from their homes in the middle of the night—never to return; their fates unknown” and many more accusations.
Anne became pregnant on two more occasions, miscarrying both children. Both were boys, and the second baby had a deformity. When word came of this, accusations began to arise of witchcraft and multiple affairs. This lead to a trial, which ultimately lead to her be found guilty of being a witch and having relations with numerous amounts of men. She was imprisoned in a tower, and eventually beheaded because of her charges: “Reviled by many as the concubine who displaced a rightful queen, she was beheaded on outrageous, fabricated charges of treason, witchcraft, and sexual depravity” (Hoak 1).
In April 2014, Boko Haram drew international headlines when they abducted more than 276 girls from their school in Chibok, a town in Borno state. Following this cruel act, the group sent out a statement saying it would treat the abducted girls as slaves, rape them and marry them off. This statement is a reference to an ancient Islamic belief that women captured in conflict are considered war reward. The abduction of these girls led to the global campaign that has come to be known by the hash tag #BringBackOurGirls. This movement is still prevailing today because not all of the abducted girls have been found and reunited with their families.
A perfect male example when dealing with sadism is David Parker Ray “Toy Box Killer”. Unfortunately he was raised in a broken home where he was repeatedly abused by his father who later abandoned him. By the age of 13 he began fantasizing about torturing women by using bondage and other sexual acts. As time progressed he would reach “orgasm when masturbating only by fantasizing murdering a women” (Stone, p.144), by the time he reached adulthood, he decide to build a torture chamber later known as the Toy Box.
The Salem Witch Trials were a gruesome part of our history in America. More than two hundred people were accused of witchcraft during years of 1692 through 1693. Historians believe that Ann Putnam Jr. and other accusers were badgered to accuse certain people. The parents (of the afflicted girls), Thomas Putnam and Reverend Samuel Parris told the afflicted girls to accuse others, were thought to be seeking out revenge for the accused. Most of the accused victims were either very wealthy or were social outcasts.
Religious extremists’ doings generates fear and hostility among refugees which caused them to leave their homes. An example would be from the Christian-Muslim conflict in Central African Republic that occurred in last year. “Almost 5 million people were affected by the conflict that thousands have died from the merciless massacre between the Christian and Muslim war fighters. There were 440,000 refugees that fled their country and 190,000 have escaped to neighbouring countries such as Cameroon, Chad, the Democratic ,the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo in order to not be harmed by the armed conflict.” (Onyulo T., April 2012).
It has repeatedly targeted educational institutions in deadly attacks to highlight its fundamental philosophy against education. It is estimated that 10,000 children have been forced out of state schooling as a result of Boko Haram’s hit-and-run attacks. In April 2014, Boko Haram abducted over 200 schoolgirls from Chibok town in Borno state in Nigeria. Majority of those abducted were Christians. It is reported that these schoolgirls will be enslaved and married off, in line with ancient Islamic ideology that captive women are regarded as war booty.
Are we doing enough to prevent human trafficking in the local area? Almost 300,000 people every year are forced into the sex trafficking trade system. Most of all the people forced into the trade system are girls between the age of 12-18. These people are being imprisoned for usage of their body, for the joy of others with the highest price.
In Witches: The Absolutely True Tale Of Disaster In Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer people in the town of Salem were Condemned for being witches. By the end of it all more than 200 people were accused and 20 were executed. Horridly they accused people from all ages, everyone from teenager to ancient was accused. But why? The Salem Witch Trials were caused by hysteria, popularity, and revenge.
The fits consisted of violent contortions, writhing, and irrepressible screaming. A local doctor, William Griggs, diagnosed the two young girls with bewitchment. There were a few other cases of similar fits all involving adolescent girls in the community. The blame
The second thing that Pelzer accomplished is that he puts a face on child abuse. Every day, we see kids getting slapped in Wal-Mart or the grocery store and parents threatening, “Just wait till I get you home!” In recent months, we have heard tales of the mother who drowned her five children, and the mother who starved and imprisoned her daughter. Students are killing one another in our schools, and the media is quick to report on every detail of their home lives. After a while, as we read these accounts, we become numb, write them off as yet another example of bad parenting, and think to ourselves, “Gee, that’s too bad.
In our countries earliest settlements, there are accounts of hangings by angry mobs of people. Many men, women, even children were hanged if suspected of practicing witchcraft in the 1600’s. According to Blumberg, between March of 1692 and September of that same year, nineteen were hanged, another was stoned to death, while still others died while in prison. I wonder how many had speech impediments, suffered from a mental illness, or were just mentally challenged? They were deemed “different”, therefore they must be involved with witchcraft, and then hanged in the middle of the community with all the citizens watching.
Americans who have been in this country for decades are being persecuted from the actions of right winged extremist terrorist groups. 54% of Republicans, 27% of Democrats, and 40% of Independents in the U.S feel unfavorably toward Islam practicing citizens (US Senate). Children of these Americans are being bullied and harassed. In a poll taken by Pew Research Center there is an increase of domestic hate groups. To date, there have been over 800 or more incidents of vandalism, arson, violence, and threats toward Muslim Americans (US Senate).