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Police: Shelter refused to accept tortured teen

This just reinforces what we all know is the REAL purpose for those 'battered women' shelters. I wish the writer had the presence of mind to ask whether this shelter cares for MALE victims. That would have opened the other eye.


Police: Shelter refused to accept tortured teen

The Associated Press

October 3, 2003, 4:02 PM CDT

CROWN POINT, Ind. -- A shelter for abused women refused to house an 18-year-old woman who was allegedly tortured by her parents, blaming the teen's unspecified mental disability, police said.

St. Jude House declined to house the teen after she was rescued last week, said Michael Higgins, a Lake County police spokesman.

"She was placed for a short period of time at St. Jude's and taken out again by our officer because they refused to keep her," Higgins said. "They said they could not facilitate someone with a handicap."

Steve Butera, client services director for St. Jude House, denied the allegation. "We don't really refuse anyone service," he said.

He declined to discuss the case, citing privacy concerns.

"I would suggest that people not assume that someone hasn't been served," he said. "It's possible this person was served. They may have been served here at St. Jude House, and we identified some better, additional or different services for them."

Police allege that Keith Erik Jax, 36, and Marie Christine Jax, 46, of Gary tortured the woman's 18-year-old daughter by shocking her with electrical cables, beating her and burning her with cigarettes. Each could face more than 100 years in prison if convicted on felony charges of criminal deviate conduct, battery and neglect.

Teresa Torres, executive director of Everybody Counts Center for Independent Living, an advocacy group for the disabled, said St. Jude cannot legally deny services to the teenager.

"That's not only inhuman, it's illegal because of the federal disabilities act," she said.

St. Jude's membership in the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence is contingent on the agency following the Americans with Disabilities Act, Torres said.

Copyright (c) 2003, The Associated Press


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  • DVStats.org a search engine, aggregating research that examines the impact and extent of domestic violence upon male victims. (Off-site)

    This search facility equates domestic violence to intimate partner violence between men and women in relationships.  It does not provide information on violence between homosexuals, siblings or violence against family members other than heterosexual partners and spouses, such as infanticide, child abuse or violence against elderly in families.

    The primary purpose of the site is to shift public perceptions of such violence away from political ideology, and instead toward objectively verifiable scientific research.
  • Feminism For Male College Students A Short Guide to the Truth, by Angry Harry (Off-Site)

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