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Resource ID: #25972
Subject: Women
Source: Newsweek/The Daily Beast
Date: 2024-02-22



The 10 stories in this entry all focus on women and families battling crime or questionable laws around the country and around the world—from sexual slavery, to cyberstalking, to "honor killings," to rape. The stories are not only investigative reports but personal narratives that shed crucial light on the modern battles families face. For instance, in "Thanks for Ruining My Life," a Kentucky teen gets into legal trouble for tweeting the names of two boys who sexually assaulted her—defying a court order to stay silent about the crime. Reporter Abigail Pesta was the first to get an extended interview with the teen girl, Savannah Dietrich, about her legal crisis and the aftermath. In "Laws Gone Wild," a Michigan mother, Francie Baldino, starts a movement against sex-offender laws when the laws ensnare her teenage son for having underage sex with his high-school sweetheart, landing him in jail for more than six years. Pesta was the first to tell this family's narrative. The stories all sparked conversation across the media and political spectrum. One, "An American Honor Killing," was adapted into an hourlong documentary for the CBS News show "48 Hours." To tell these stories, Pesta pored through mountains of police reports and court documents, and spent months convincing some of the subjects to tell their tale.

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