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To Draw in Abused Women, Shelters Embrace Their Pets

Few institutions allow them, but New York is taking the lead

(Newser) - Taking refuge can be difficult when it means leaving a beloved animal behind—and women's shelters are starting to take notice. Between 18% and 48% of battered women said they put off leaving abusive partners because they had to abandon pets, a 2007 survey found; another study noted that... More »

Bernhard Gets the Boot After Gang Rape Joke About Palin

Not 'a laughing matter,' says charity

(Newser) - Comedian Sandra Bernhard lost her gig at a fundraiser for a Boston homeless women's shelter after making a gang-rape joke about Sarah Palin, reports the Boston Herald. Bernhard joked last month that Palin would be "gang-raped by my big black brothers" if she came to Manhattan; the women's shelter... More »

Teen Prostitutes Find Help at LA Shelter

Helping girls, rather than treating them as criminals, focus for Children of the Night

(Newser) - "I'm their mother," says the founder of a Los Angeles shelter for teen prostitutes. For almost three decades, Children of the Night has focused on helping girls recover from their past rather than treating them like criminals, Good Magazine reports. Shelter founder Lois Lois "isn’t like... More »

Battered Women Deserve Help Over Animals

Critics irked US has nearly triple shelters for abused pets

(Newser) - With 3,800 animal shelters in the US to only 1,500 shelters for battered women, economist Allison Schrager tackles the disparity in More Intelligent Life. "If we value people more than animals can we ever justify giving to an animal-welfare charity?" she asks, and underlines the complexities that... More »

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