On the web site of Idaho Senator Larry Craig the following statement was issued in reaction to the State of Minnesota District Court’s ruling to allow his guilty plea to stand: "I am extremely disappointed with the ruling issued today. I am innocent of the charges against me. I continue to work with my legal [...]
One of the greatest challenges arising from the reality of abuse in lesbian relationships is the difficulty that can unfold when one or both women try to get help. Many women fleeing from an abuser seek refuge in and help from women’s shelters. When the abuse victim is a heterosexual woman abused by a man the system has a clear mandate help and support the woman. However, when both the abuser and the victim of abuse are women, the system is confronted with the difficult task of figuring out which woman to help. It is not always easy to distinguish which woman is the victim and which is the abuser a) because they are in fact each both they are abusing each other and the victim of each other’s abuse or b) because the woman who is abusive may present herself as the victim of the woman who is actually her victim to keep her partner from being able to be helped which is in and of itself, abusive.