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Victimless Crimes

Carol A. Veneziano, Ph.D., Professor, Southeast Missouri State University,

A victimless crime is an illegal act that involves consenting adults and lacks a complaining participant (Schur, 1965). Such acts have been defined as illegal, but there is no victim that claims to have been harmed; either no harm has occurred, or if harm has occurred to those involved, it is negated because its willing participants have given informed consent to the activity (Stitt, 1988). Victimless crimes are also sometimes referred to as public order offenses. Although there has been some disagreement over which crimes are victimless, five of the most commonly identified victimless crimes are gambling, drug use, pornography, prostitution, and homosexuality. Additionally, abortion is sometimes referred to as a victimless crime, although this classification has been highly controversial (Brown, Esbensen and Geis, 2010). Adultery and fornication might formerly be referred to as victimless crimes, but in most states these acts are no longer crimes (Harcourt, 1999).

Victimless crimes have been the topic of heated debate, primarily centering on the question as to whether these acts ought to be crimes at all. The arguments take several forms. One of the controversies involves the importance of personal freedom versus societys imperative to uphold moral standards. A second issue addresses the problem of the concept of harm. Concerns are raised as to whether victimless crimes are harmful not only to the participants but to others in society, and whether such acts result in negative consequences that might not be immediately apparent. In addition, a final issue is whether attempts to control victimless crimes are helpful or detrimental to the criminal justice system and society in terms of cost effectiveness.

The oldest argument concerning victimless crimes concerns personal freedom. If the individuals involved are consenting adults, they should be free in a democratic society to engage in these behaviors, even if that conduct should be unwise for the individual (Feinberg, 1984). According to this perspective, the government should not be involved in enforcing morality and coercing its citizens to follow particular standards of behavior, thus interfering with their liberty. On the other hand, some scholars have argued that it is important to uphold moral standards in society. Such acts should be against the law because they are wrong (sometimes referred to as legal moralism). If a society does not have standards, there will be chaos. There are acts that are generally regarded as immoral in a culture; a policy that allows such acts would weaken the social cohesion and consensus about appropriate behavior and ultimately lead to the collapse of society (Devlin, 1965).

The second argument against victimless crimes is that they harm no one else, except possibly the individuals involved, who are free to do as they please. Some scholars, however, have argued that participants in these crimes do not hurt only themselves. The offenders families may be hurt, and victimless crimes could even lead to other problems where there are unwilling victims (Meier and Geis, 1997). For example, prostitution and homosexuality might lead to the spread of AIDS. Drug abusers might commit crimes to obtain drugs; pornography, it is argued, leads to the degradation not only of the participants but of women in general. In response, critics of victimless crime laws point out that families are often hurt by many acts a family member could commit, and people generally may engage in acts that are indirectly harmful to others, such as investing unwisely in the stock market, eating fast food that results in medical bills which increase insurance costs, and other practices that are not illegal. The law cannot begin to prohibit so many potentially harmful practices, so it should not forbid other practices that are less socially acceptable.

However, some researchers have indicated that victimless crimes are harmful in ways that do argue for their control and criminalization. The broken windows argument of crime prevention (Wilson and Kelling, 1982) has altered the harm argument significantly. This theory states that if such phenomena as minor disorderly conduct, prostitution, liquor shops, illicit drugs and the sale of pornography go unattended, serious crime will increase in a neighborhood. An area that appears disorderly, (broken windows), is vulnerable to invasion by criminals, thus affecting the quality of lives of its residents and with potentially devastating economic effects. Neighborhoods whose residents believe that they can regulate public behavior by informal controls tend to be areas which discourage potential offenders. On the other hand, areas which appear to tolerate disorder, where no one seems to care or to control the physical environment, tend to encourage other more serious types of crime. Thus disorder and victimless acts should be discouraged so as to protect neighborhoods and residents.

In the 1960s and 1970s, victimless crimes were being decriminalized in many states. As a consequence of the broken windows concept, some places, particularly large cities such as Chicago and New York, have made more aggressive efforts to apprehend those involved in victimless crimes. The rationale for this change in policy has been on the basis that victimless crimes lead to more crime which tends to discourage economic enterprises such as business and tourism, and to interfere with the quality of life of its residents (Harcourt, 1999).

The impact of victimless offenses on other crimes and on community economy has not been well researched. One empirical study was conducted concerning gambling, which has been made legal in many communities as a result of casinos. Analysis found few consistent findings. Crime rates increased significantly in some casino communities, remained relatively stable in others, and decreased in some communities. It was concluded that crime does not inevitably increase when legalized gambling is available, but that the effects of casinos on crime appear to be related to a variety of variables that are not yet well understood (Stitt, Nichols and Giacopassi, 2003). In order to examine the effects of legalization of gambling, as well as other victimless crimes, more empirical studies are clearly needed.

A further issue that has been the focus of considerable debate concerns the impact of victimless crime laws on the criminal justice system. The enforcement of victimless crime laws has been associated with police discretion and increased police corruption, and may also be associated with the violation of civil liberties against citizens (Acuri, Gunn and Lester, 1987). The enforcement of victimless crime laws might also lead its perpetrators to commit other crimes that they would not commit if these victimless acts were legal (for example, if drug use was legal, some perpetrators would not commit property or other crimes to obtain money for their drugs). Additionally the enforcement of victimless crime leads to increased jail populations at considerable cost (Taylor, 2001). Furthermore, there is concern that enforcement of victimless crime laws may divert time and funds for the criminal justice system from other more serious crime and more important issues. Since it is not even the case that police can be particularly effective at enforcing these law, some scholars argue that it is not worthwhile, since there are so many other pressing crime issues (Skolnick, 1978; Barkan, 1997).

Yet another problem is that victimless crime provides revenue for organized crime. Victimless crimes often provide goods and services (such gambling, prostitution, and drugs) for which there is considerable demand. Organized crime has been able to provide these desired commodities, and victimless crimes serve to fund these groups, creating a lucrative market and keeping such groups in business. The argument has been made that organized crime contributes to corruption of criminal justice officials; however, the counterargument has been that there would still be opportunities for corruption even if victimless crimes were legal. Yet, although the goods and services provided might not involve a complaining victim, it is the case that members of organized crime engage in other corrupt and dangerous criminal practices such as loansharking and extortion, thus contributing to the serious and violent crime rates. There are thus arguments both for and against legalization of victimless crimes with respect to the role of organized crime (Kenney and Finckenauer, 1995).

More subtly, the enforcement of victimless crime laws might lead to public disrespect for the law. If citizens believe that such laws are overreaching and interfere with their liberties, this perception might affect their general views of the criminal justice system. These laws are difficult to enforce, since they are usually not even reported, and provide goods and services that are in demand. As such, the laws are likely to be violated, weakening law abiding behaviors. If they are associated with police corruption and organized crime enterprises, negative views of the police and the law again seem likely to result (Skolnick, 1978; Kenney and Finckenauer, 1995).

Furthermore, it has been pointed out that victimless crimes tend to reflect the moral beliefs of the powerful, and as such reflect social inequality. Those citizens who influence lawmaking have tended to be white middle and upper class Protestants, and the laws tend to affect the poor and minorities. There are numerous examples. The temperance movement of the late 1800s and early 1900s was led by white Protestants who considered alcohol a sin and disliked Catholics, immigrants and the poor who used alcohol (Kenney and Finkenauer, 1995). When prostitution laws are enforced, poor streetwalkers are much more likely to be arrested than call girls who cater to richer clients, and prostitutes in general are legally more at risk than their male customers. Gambling by the poor, such as running the numbers has been illegal, but gambling on the stock market or in the casinos is legal (Barkan, 1997). Some drugs, such as tobacco and alcohol, are legal even though they cause harm. Recently drug laws have been criticized as racist, because the penalties have disproportionately affected African Americans, as their incarceration rates have risen dramatically relative to white drug users (Bobo and Thompson, 2006). The homeless tend to be arrested for victimless crimes for acts which actually involve maintaining survival without housing (Fischer, 1988). Given the inconsistencies, the perception can be created that the laws apply only to the powerless, and that victimless crimes are used as surrogates for other political issues concerning class and race (Dombrink, 1993).

A small number of studies of public perceptions of victimless crimes have indicated that the public finds these acts less serious than other types of crimes, ranking them relatively low in terms of crime seriousness (Miethe, 1982; Veneziano and Veneziano, 1993). A religious affiliation and a higher level of religiosity are associated with a stronger condemnation of victimless crime (Koster and Heike, 2009). However, victimless crimes are perceived to be harmful in a number of studies, to self, family and society (Veneziano and Veneziano, 1993; Harcourt, 1999). Other perceptual research has focused on the police. A survey found that police officers differ greatly in their use of discretion and that discretion is most often used for traffic violations and victimless crimes. Another study indicated that police did not view such crimes as a serious problem, and tended to believe that it is futile to attempt to control such acts (Wilson, Cullen, Latessa and Wills, 1985). Research with sheriffs found that they tended to believe that attempts to police public order offenses had a detrimental effect on their departments, but that they were unwilling to decriminalize such these acts (Kincade and Leone, 1993). More research in the area of perceptions would appear to be indicated.

Policies and prosecution of victimless crimes have changed significantly. Despite the debates that have conducted for decades, the trend has been that most victimless crimes have gradually been decriminalized, sometimes referred to as decriminalization drift (Brown, Esbensen and Geis, 2010). Adultery and fornication have been removed from state statutes. Abortion, although still a matter of great controversy, is legal under certain conditions. Gambling, once permitted only in Nevada, is legal today in almost all jurisdictions through lotteries and casinos. Homosexuality, while illegal in some states, is seldom prosecuted; the major issues in recent years have concerned gay marriage and policies concerning military service. Only streetwalker prostitutes, largely powerless and catering to the marginal client, continue to be prosecuted (sporadically) by the criminal justice system (Harcourt, 1999; Brown, Esbensen, and Geis, 2010). On the other hand, drug use, once allowed and even socially acceptable, is now punished much more severely, and increases in prison populations reflect this change in policy. Therefore, the prosecution of victimless crimes also reflects changes in attitudes and moral standards, as well as political factors and social forces, complicating the debate even further.

Victimless crimes highlight a significant number of issues concerning crime, morality and the criminal justice system. More research needs to be conducted in a number of areas, including: (1) perceptions of the public and police concerning various victimless crimes, including perceived seriousness and harm; (2) the impact of victimless crimes on other members of society, including quality of life issues; (3) the potential economic impact of the various victimless acts (both positive and negative), and the community factors that affect economic impact; and (4) further study of the effect of specific acts on police, other members of the criminal justice system, and on organized crime.

It seems unlikely that the debates concerning such acts as homosexuality, prostitution, drug use, gambling and pornography will be resolved. There are not clearly accepted definitions of consensus or harm or offender or victim concerning such acts (de Haan. 1990). The issue of harm is a major point of contention in the debate. It is not clear whether the concept of harm should be confined to the actions of the individuals involved, or whether potential harm to others or society should be a factor, and to what degree. Even then, the question is whether ignoring victimless crime does more harm than good versus prosecuting such acts, as either policy potentially appears to have both positive and negative consequences, for both citizens and the criminal justice system.

SEE ALSO: Prostitution, Gambling, Pornography, Drug Crimes, Homosexuality, Public Order Crimes, Abortion, Crime and Morality, Broken Windows, Decriminalization


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Feinberg, J. (1984). Harm to Self: The moral limits of the Criminal law. New York: Oxford University Press.

Fischer, P. J. (1988). Criminal activity among the homeless: A study of arrests in Baltimore. Hospital & Community Psychiatry, 39 (1), 46-51.

Harcourt , B. (1999). The collapse of the harm principle. Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology, 90 (1), 109-194.

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Kincade, P. & Leone, M. (1993). Victimizing the system: The sheriffs perspective on public order criminality and criminal justice. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 9 (1), 1529.

Koster, F., & Heike, G. (2009). Shame and Punishment: An International Comparative Study on the Effects of Religious Affiliation and Religiosity on Attitudes to Offending. European Journal of Criminology, 6 (6), 481495.

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Stitt, B.G., Nichols, M., & Giacopassi, D. (2003). Does the presence of casinos increase crime? An examination of casino and control communities. Crime and Delinquency, 49 (2), 253-284.

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Farabee, D, Joshi, V. & Anglin, D. (2001). Addiction careers and criminal specialization. Crime & Delinquency, 47 (2), 196220.

Newman, G. & Trilling, C. (1975). Public Perceptions of Criminal Behavior: A Review of the Literature. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 2 (3), 217236.

Hart, H.L.A. (1963). Law, Liberty, and Morality. Palo Alto: Stanford University Press.

Mill, J.S. (1859). On Liberty. Indianapolis: Library of Liberal Arts.

Suggs, D., Leisure. D., Newton & Irvine (1981). A Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of the Impact of Nebraskas Decriminalization of Marijuana. Law & Human Behavior, 5 (1), 45-71.

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“Freedom ’90” (also known simply as “Freedom”) is a song written, produced,and performed by George Michael, and released on Columbia Records in 1990. The “’90” added to the end of the title is to prevent confusion with a hit by Michael’s former band, Wham!, also titled “Freedom”.

It was the third single taken from Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, though released as the second single from the album in Australia. “Freedom ’90” was one of a few uptempo songs on this album, it was also a major hit and went to #8 in the US. The song is referring to Michael’s past success with Wham!, yet also shows a new side of himself as a new man, who is more cynical about the music business than he had been before. Michael refused to appear in the video and allowed a group of supermodels to appear instead.

George Michael performed the song during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics.

By 1990, Michael had grown weary of the pressures of fame, telling the Los Angeles Times, “At some point in your career, the situation between yourself and the camera reverses. For a certain number of years, you court it and you need it, but ultimately, it needs you more and it’s a bit like a relationship. The minute that happens, it turns you off … and it does feel like it is taking something from you.” He decided that he no longer wanted to do photo shoots or music videos,[1][2] saying, “I would like to never step in front of a camera again.”[2]

Although he relented and decided to make a video for his new song, he still refused to appear in it. Instead, inspired by Peter Lindbergh’s now-iconic portrait of Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Tatjana Patitz, Christy Turlington, and Cindy Crawford for the January 1990 cover of the British edition of Vogue, Michael asked the five models to appear in the video. While it was not uncommon at the time for models to appear in music videos, usually such models played the love interest of the singer, as with Christie Brinkley’s appearance in her then-husband Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl” video, or Turlington’s appearance in Duran Duran’s “Notorious” video when she was 17 years old. For “Freedom ’90”, the five models would not portray Michael’s on-screen girlfriends, but would lip-synch the song in his place. Evangelista took some persuading before agreeing to appear in the video, saying, “He thought it would make us into a big deal, that it would be good for us. I was like, ‘Please, we’re here. We’ve already arrived!'” After speaking with Michael, she was convinced, and rearranged her schedule. In a 2015 Vanity Fair article, Evangelista reflected on her decision positively, saying, “Little did I know that to this day, when someone meets me for the first time, they bring up that video. That’s what they remember. So yeah, George was right.” An initial disagreement over their salaries was resolved when Annie Veltri, who represented Crawford, Evangelista, Campbell, and Patitz at Elite Model Management, made it clear that all of her clients would receive the same compensation$15,000 a day.[1]

The video was directed by David Fincher, whose “dark and graphic style, distinguished by velvety-rich color, moody interiors and crisp storytelling”, had earned him notice for his work on Madonna’s “Express Yourself” video the previous year. His team for the multi-day “Freedom! ’90” shoot included Camilla Nickerson, who went on to become a Vogue contributing editor, as the clothes stylist, hair stylist Guido and makeup artist Carol Brown. The video was shot in a vast building in the London Borough of Merton that Nickerson says exhibited “a grandeur and a Blade Runner feel.”[1]

The 92-sketch storyboard called for each model to film on separate days, with the exception of Evangelista and Turlington, who appear in a scene together. Each model was assigned a verse to lip-synch, while for the song’s chorus, Fincher envisioned the three iconic items from Michael’s 1987 music video “Faith” that had come to symbolize his public image: his leather jacket, a Wurlitzer jukebox, and guitar, exploding in a ball of flame at each occurrence of the word “freedom” during the chorus. Whereas “Faith” had opened with a jukebox phonograph needle touching a vinyl record, “Freedom! ’90” opens with a compact disc player’s laser beam reading a CD.[1]

Nickerson envisioned a “low-key street style” for the wardrobe, which she characterizes as “a sort of undone beauty”, in contrast to the prevailing “vampy, larger-than-life” direction in which the fashion industry, typified by models doing film work, was moving at the time. The black sweater worn by Evangelista was from Nickerson’s own closet, and the studded biker boots worn by Campbell belonged to Nickerson’s boyfriend. Most of the wardrobe budget, however, went to the 60-foot-long linen sheet used by Turlington, the nature of which was specified by Fincher. Guido looked to each model’s personality to devise hairdos that would effect a sense of their “true beauty”. Evangelista was up until 3:00am the night before the shoot dying her hair platinum blonde, which reflected the cool-blue lights of the set, while Campbell’s hair was curled and pulled up with a headband for a 1960s “tough chic” in order to highlight her movement for a shot in which she dances solo. Patitz’s hair was framed with soft curls and Turlington’s was gelled back to exploit her statuesque form as her character crosses the screen trailing the linen sheet. Brown also tried to bring out each model’s personality with makeup, saying, “Cindy was the sexy one; Christy was the cool, classic one; and Linda was the chameleon. She could do anything.” Following Fincher’s instruction that Crawford’s makeup look “completely trashed, as if she’d been in a steamy atmosphere,” Brown did Crawford’s makeup, and then oiled it down by covering her with glycerin. Crawford spent most of her time topless and sitting in an empty bathtub, resting on an apple box so that enough of her would be visible. Brown recalls, “The poor girl must have been freezing because it wasn’t hot in there. I remember her walking across that studio so fearlessly and proudly and not making any sort of a big deal that she was wearing only a G-string.”[1]

Despite not appearing in the video, Michael was on set. Guido recalls, “We’d drink red wine and sing songs in the evening because it kind of went on late, and George was just like one of the gang, in the trailers, hanging out.” On the last day of shooting, Brown broke her own rule about not asking the celebrities she worked with for autographs. On her copy of the video’s production booklet, Michael wrote: “Thanks, I never looked so good.”[1]

The video premiered a few weeks after the shoot, and went into heavy rotation on MTV. Judy McGrath, a former CEO of MTV Networks reminisces, “I remember watching it and thinking, This is entrancing. The ’90s was a time of incredible creative freedom, when you had a generation of directors making a new visual language, and you had musicians driving the pop-culture conversation, and ‘Freedom’ kind of kicked off that whole period.” A few months later, at the conclusion[3] of his 1991 fall fashion show in Milan, designer Gianni Versace sent Crawford, Evangelista, Campbell and Turlington down the runway. The four of them stood in a huddle, mouthing along to “Freedom”. It marked the zenith of the 1990s supermodel era, which would end with the grunge movement, which was ushered in by Nirvana’s 1991 album “Nevermind”.[1]

Reflecting on the video in 2015, Crawford stated that at the time, they perceived themselves to simply be making “a really cool video”, but that in retrospect, the video exhibits a dark humor: As MTV had altered the music industry so that physical beauty was now necessary to sell music, the video used five beautiful faces in lieu of the song’s vocalist in order to poke fun at this.[1]

“Freedom ’90” was 6:30 long, but a shorter version was made available for radio consumption cutting down the intro and the bridge. The addition of the year to the title was to distinguish the song from “Freedom”, a #1 hit in the UK for Wham! in 1984 (#3 in the US in 1985). It was the second US single from the album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, and had contrasting fortunes on each side of the Atlanticit peaked #28 on the UK Singles Chart, but was a major success on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, reaching #8 and selling over 500,000 copies to earn a Gold certification from the RIAA. It remained in the Billboard Top 40 for 12 weeks in late 1990 and early 1991.[4]In Canada, Michael achieved another charttopper.

CD single (USA) (Released 15 December 1990)

“Freedom” was covered in 1996 by Robbie Williams who released it as his debut single since leaving Take That. It reached #2 in the UK, twenty-six places higher than George Michael’s original, and had not been included on any of his albums until 2010, when it was included on Williams’ greatest hits album In and Out of Consciousness: The Greatest Hits 19902010. The single had sold 280,000 copies by the end of 1996, being certified Silver by the BPI.[14] Williams had left Take That the previous year and therefore could identify himself with much of the sentiment in the song, although he did not use the line “we had every bigshot goodtime band on the run boy, we were living in a fantasy” in his version. The music video shows Williams dancing in the sea and in a field, celebrating his separation from his former group. Williams later admitted that the song had not even been recorded by the scheduled date of filming and instead mimed to George Michael’s version of the song.

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Apr 242016

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Mar 262016

Empowerment refers to measures designed to increase the degree of autonomy and self-determination in people and in communities in order to enable them to represent their interests in a responsible and self-determined way, acting on their own authority. Empowerment refers both to the process of self-empowerment and to professional support of people, which enables them to overcome their sense of powerlessness and lack of influence, and to recognise and eventually to use their resources and chances.

The term empowerment originates from American community psychology and is associated with the social scientist Julian Rappaport (1981).

In social work, empowerment forms a practical approach of resource-oriented intervention. In the field of citizenship education and democratic education, empowerment is seen as a tool to increase the responsibility of the citizen. Empowerment is a key concept in the discourse on promoting civic engagement. Empowerment as a concept, which is characterized by a move away from a deficit-oriented towards a more strength-oriented perception, can increasingly be found in management concepts, as well as in the areas of continuing education and self-help.

Robert Adams points to the limitations of any single definition of ’empowerment’, and the danger that academic or specialist definitions might take away the word and the connected practices from the very people they are supposed to belong to.[1] Still, he offers a minimal definition of the term: ‘Empowerment: the capacity of individuals, groups and/or communities to take control of their circumstances, exercise power and achieve their own goals, and the process by which, individually and collectively, they are able to help themselves and others to maximize the quality of their lives.'[2]

One definition for the term is “an intentional, ongoing process centered in the local community, involving mutual respect, critical reflection, caring, and group participation, through which people lacking an equal share of resources gain greater access to and control over those resources” (Cornell Empowerment Group).[3]

Rappaport’s (1984) definition includes: “Empowerment is viewed as a process: the mechanism by which people, organizations, and communities gain mastery over their lives.”[4]

Sociological empowerment often addresses members of groups that social discrimination processes have excluded from decision-making processes through – for example – discrimination based on disability, race, ethnicity, religion, or gender. Empowerment as a methodology is also associated with feminism.

Empowerment is the process of obtaining basic opportunities for marginalized people, either directly by those people, or through the help of non-marginalized others who share their own access to these opportunities. It also includes actively thwarting attempts to deny those opportunities. Empowerment also includes encouraging, and developing the skills for, self-sufficiency, with a focus on eliminating the future need for charity or welfare in the individuals of the group. This process can be difficult to start and to implement effectively.

One empowerment strategy is to assist marginalized people to create their own nonprofit organization, using the rationale that only the marginalized people, themselves, can know what their own people need most, and that control of the organization by outsiders can actually help to further entrench marginalization. Charitable organizations lead from outside of the community, for example, can disempower the community by entrenching a dependence charity or welfare. A nonprofit organization can target strategies that cause structural changes, reducing the need for ongoing dependence. Red Cross, for example, can focus on improving the health of indigenous people, but does not have authority in its charter to install water-delivery and purification systems, even though the lack of such a system profoundly, directly and negatively impacts health. A nonprofit composed of the indigenous people, however, could ensure their own organization does have such authority and could set their own agendas, make their own plans, seek the needed resources, do as much of the work as they can, and take responsibility – and credit – for the success of their projects (or the consequences, should they fail).

The process of which enables individuals/groups to fully access personal or collective power, authority and influence, and to employ that strength when engaging with other people, institutions or society. In other words, “Empowerment is not giving people power, people already have plenty of power, in the wealth of their knowledge and motivation, to do their jobs magnificently. We define empowerment as letting this power out.”[5] It encourages people to gain the skills and knowledge that will allow them to overcome obstacles in life or work environment and ultimately, help them develop within themselves or in the society.

To empower a female “…sounds as though we are dismissing or ignoring males, but the truth is, both genders desperately need to be equally empowered.”[6] Empowerment occurs through improvement of conditions, standards, events, and a global perspective of life.

Paradoxically, before there can be the finding that a particular group requires empowerment and that therefore their self-esteem needs to be consolidated on the basis of awareness of their strengths, there needs to be a deficit diagnosis usually carried out by experts assessing the problems of this group. The fundamental asymmetry of the relationship between experts and clients is usually not questioned by empowerment processes. It also needs to be regarded critically, in how far the empowerment approach is really applicable to all patients/ clients. It is particularly questionable whether mentally ill people in acute crisis situations are in a position to make their own decisions. According to Albert Lenz, people behave primarily regressive in acute crisis situations and tend to leave the responsibility to professionals.[7] It must be assumed, therefore, that the implementation of the empowerment concept requires a minimum level of communication and reflectivity of the persons involved.

In social work, empowerment offers an approach that allows social workers to increase the capacity for self-help of their clients. For example, this allows clients not to be seen as passive, helpless ‘victims’ to be rescued but instead as a self-empowered person fighting abuse/ oppression; a fight, in which the social worker takes the position of a facilitator, instead of the position of a ‘rescuer’.[8]

Marginalized people who lack self-sufficiency become, at a minimum, dependent on charity, or welfare. They lose their self-confidence because they cannot be fully self-supporting. The opportunities denied them also deprive them of the pride of accomplishment which others, who have those opportunities, can develop for themselves. This in turn can lead to psychological, social and even mental health problems. “Marginalized” here refers to the overt or covert trends within societies whereby those perceived as lacking desirable traits or deviating from the group norms tend to be excluded by wider society and ostracized as undesirables.

According to Robert Adams, there is a long tradition in the UK and the USA respectively to advance forms of self-help that have developed and contributed to more recent concepts of empowerment. For example, the free enterprise economic theories of Milton Friedman embraced self-help as a respectable contributor to the economy. Both the Republicans in the US and the Conservative government of Margaret Thatcher built on these theories. ‘At the same time, the mutual aid aspects of the concept of self-help retained some currency with socialists and democrats.'[9]

In economic development, the empowerment approach focuses on mobilizing the self-help efforts of the poor, rather than providing them with social welfare. Economic empowerment is also the empowering of previously disadvantaged sections of the population, for example, in many previously colonized African countries.[10]

Legal empowerment happens when marginalised people or groups use the legal mobilisation i.e., law, legal systems and justice mechanisms to improve or transform their social, political or economic situations. Legal empowerment approaches are interested in understanding how they can use the law to advance interests and priorities of the marginalised.[11]

According to ‘Open society foundations’ (an NGO) “Legal empowerment is about strengthening the capacity of all people to exercise their rights, either as individuals or as members of a community. Legal empowerment is about grass root justice, about ensuring that law is not confined to books or courtrooms, but rather is available and meaningful to ordinary people.[12]

Lorenzo Cotula in his book ‘ Legal Empowerment for Local Resource Control ‘ outlines the fact that legal tools for securing local resource rights are enshrined in legal system, does not necessarily mean that local resource users are in position to use them and benefit from them. The state legal system is constrained by a range of different factors – from lack of resources to cultural issues. Among these factors economic, geographic, linguistic and other constraints on access to courts, lack of legal awareness as well as legal assistance tend to be recurrent problems.[13]

In many context, marginalised groups do not trust the legal system owing to the widespread manipulation that it has historically been subjected to by the more powerful. ‘To what extent one knows the law, and make it work for themselves with ‘para legal tools’, is legal empowerment; assisted utilizing innovative approaches like legal literacy and awareness training, broadcasting legal information, conducting participatory legal discourses, supporting local resource user in negotiating with other agencies and stake holders and to strategies combining use of legal processes with advocacy along with media engagement, and socio legal mobilisation.[13]

Sometimes groups are marginalized by society at large, with governments participating in the process of marginalization. Equal opportunity laws which actively oppose such marginalization, are supposed to allow empowerment to occur. These laws made it illegal to restrict access to schools and public places based on race. They can also be seen as a symptom of minorities’ and women’s empowerment through lobbying.

Gender empowerment conventionally refers to the empowerment of women, and has become a significant topic of discussion in regards to development and economics. It can also point to approaches regarding other marginalized genders in a particular political or social context. This approach to empowerment is partly informed by feminism and employed legal empowerment by building on international human rights. Empowerment is one of the main procedural concerns when addressing human rights and development. The Human Development and Capabilities Approach, The Millennium Development Goals, and other credible approaches/goals point to empowerment and participation as a necessary step if a country is to overcome the obstacles associated with poverty and development.[14]

According to Thomas A Potterfield,[15] many organizational theorists and practitioners regard employee empowerment as one of the most important and popular management concepts of our time.

Ciulla discusses an inverse case: that of bogus empowerment.[16]

In the sphere of management and organizational theory, “empowerment” often refers loosely to processes for giving subordinates (or workers generally) greater discretion and resources: distributing control in order to better serve both customers and the interests of employing organizations.

One account of the history of workplace empowerment in the United States recalls the clash of management styles in railroad construction in the American West in the mid-19th century, where “traditional” hierarchical East-Coast models of control encountered individualistic pioneer workers, strongly supplemented by methods of efficiency-oriented “worker responsibility” brought to the scene by Chinese laborers. In this case, empowerment at the level of work teams or brigades achieved a notable (but short-lived) demonstrated superiority. See the views of Robert L. Webb.

During the 1980s and 1990s, empowerment has become a point of interest in management concepts and business administration. In this context, empowerment involves approaches that promise greater participation and integration to the employee in order to cope with their tasks as independently as possible and responsibly can. A strength-based approach known as “empowerment circle” has become an instrument of organizational development. Multidisciplinary empowerment teams aim for the development of quality circles to improve the organizational culture, strengthening the motivation and the skills of employees. The target of subjective job satisfaction of employees is pursued through flat hierarchies, participation in decisions, opening of creative effort, a positive, appreciative team culture, self-evaluation, taking responsibility (for results), more self-determination and constant further learning. The optimal use of existing potential and abilities can supposedly be better reached by satisfied and active workers. Here, knowledge management contributes significantly to implement employee participation as a guiding principle, for example through the creation of communities of practice.[17]

However, it is important to ensure that the individual employee has the skills to meet their allocated responsibilities and that the company’s structure sets up the right incentives for employees to reward their taking responsibilities. Otherwise there is a danger of being overwhelmed or even becoming lethargic.[18]

Empowerment of employees requires a culture of trust in the organization and an appropriate information and communication system. The aim of these activities is to save control costs, that become redundant when employees act independently and in a self-motivated fashion. In the book Empowerment Takes More Than a Minute, the authors illustrate three keys that organizations can use to open the knowledge, experience, and motivation power that people already have.[5] The three keys that managers must use to empower their employees are:

According to author Stewart, in her book Empowering People she describes that in order to guarantee a successful work environment, managers need to exercise the “right kind of authority” (p.6). To summarize, “empowerment is simply the effective use of a managers authority”, and subsequently, it is a productive way to maximize all-around work efficiency.

These keys are hard to put into place and it is a journey to achieve empowerment in a workplace. It is important to train employees and make sure they have trust in what empowerment will bring to a company.[5]

The implementation of the concept of empowerment in management has also been criticised for failing to live up to its claims.[19]

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Mar 092016

Our executive staff excels in technical SEO in regards to on page optimization, site structure, link evaluation as they relate to rankings and indexing. For well over a decade, PushFires CEO and Lead SEO, Rae Hoffman has been guiding businesses to better optimization and rankings on the web.

With a talented support team, were ready to help you with everything from custom website audits from an SEO perspective to penalty recovery. Our monthly SEO Services are designed to help you build your brand in a way that also helps you build your search engine rankings.

PushFires CEO and Lead SEO strategist,Rae Hoffmanhas a proven track record for guiding websites to better optimization, rankings and revenue on the web since 1998. Rae insists on personally training each member of the SEO team.

Were not salespeople. In fact, we dont employ any salespeople at all. All of our business comes from our reputation and word of mouth from our current and former clients. If we arent absolutely confident we can provide a positive ROI, we wont work with you.

Were not looking to lock you down with a long term contract. We prefer to keep our spot on your team by providing you with results. We only want to work with companies who are our clients because they want to be as a result of receiving value and not because a piece of paper says they have to be.

Talented SEO teams sometimes have a need for an extra pair of eyes when doing site migrations or sometimes simply want a second opinion on their SEO vision and strategy. We can help with that.

During an SEO audit we take a comprehensive look at your website, searching for any possible issuesmajor or minorthat could be dampening your search engine rankings.

We work on tightening your on site SEO, while adding strategic on site content (driven by keyword research and user intent) aimed at drawing in traffic from people, websites (links) and search engines.

If your site experienced a significant decrease in organic search traffic on or immediately surrounding the Penguin update dates, you may have been hit by a Penguin update.

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Testimonials & Client Reviews | DEJAN

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Mar 022016

At Dejan SEO we pride ourselves on the great service that we give to our clients. Here are some of the great things that our clients have said about us:

Richard Eastes VroomVroomVroom

Dejan SEO have been a fantastic asset to our online marketing strategy. Over a few years of poorly managed SEO, Dejan were able to come on-board and turn our website ranking around. Great reporting processes and contact from our campaign manager and outreach team. We will continue to use the services of Dejan for many years to come!

Andy Panes Director Paradise First Aid

Our traffic has increased by 64% since theyve worked on our site and they got multiple keywords we were ranking poorly for up to the first page. In fact, our keywords have improved by an average of 56 positions during our time with Dejan SEO. Some of the content they have created for us has amassed over 200 shares via social media. I highly recommend their SEO as they have made a great difference to our business and have been professional to communicate with too.

Ashik Ahmed Co-Founder and CTO DEPUTY

Im very pleased to write a few encouraging words about the service offered by DEJAN. When we came to DEJAN a year ago, we were desperate. Wed paid for four useless campaigns, spending $2000 per month with very little conversion and no growth. Once we approached DEJAN they assigned Sanja and then Selina who took the time out to understand our business. They completely rewrote all the ads and within a month you could see the results. DEJANs well-placed ads have been effective is bringing in a lot of business to our mechanical workshop and I can confidently recommend his services to any small or big business.

Niazi Helou All Drive Subaru

Ben Cooper Club Coops

Within the first two months of taking on Dejan SEO we saw a 100% increase in our organic traffic and the single biggest increase in revenue. More importantly, Dejan SEO log all work through Basecamp where I can verify that no blackhat SEO activity is occurring. Being able to verify that the SEO work being undertaken meet the Google Quality Guidelines is essential for the sustained long term growth of organic traffic and avoiding the risk of being blacklisted as a result of blackhat SEO activity. This level of transparency and professionalism is something I have not found in many other SEO companies. We want to play by the Google rulebook, and Dejan SEO takes no shortcuts.

Ming Malaykham CIO Costume Collection

My company has had a very noticeable positive growth in organic traffic and rankings (2 keywords in the #2 spot) since they were brought on board. The team that has been assigned my site continues to demonstrate great communication and knowledge regarding not only link building, but also on and off-site SEO practices as well.

Overall I have had a great experience with Dejan, and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to get good quality SEO work done.

Ricky Price High-Tech Battery Solutions

This is our second season working with Dejan SEO and must say we are very satisfied with their teams goals and efforts. Its noticeable how much our traffic has increased since we started the last project, as well as rankings in a few days we passed from a second page position to top 3. The teams very helpful and provides easy and fast communication for questions, suggestions and requests.Definitelyrecommend and look forward to keep working with Dejan on next projects.

Patricia Prates Ticketbis

Ive tried around 5 SEO Companies in the past and most have disappointed. DejanSEO did not. Although we are an Australian company who primarily compares and rents cars here, we hired Dejan to help improve the SEO of our USA and UK websites. They provided link building from car and travel related websites and provided advise to help us through the dreaded Google panda update. Not only did they help boost our international sister sites, but they inadvertently gave our Australian car hire rankings a boost as well. With a smart price point that is scalable, I would recommend Dejan SEO to both small start-ups and large organisations. If you arent sure about them just take a read of their industry leading blog or chat to me in person so I can convince you myself.

Richard Eastes VroomVroomVroom

In the short time we have worked with DEJAN SEO, the results that we have seen have been nothing short of outstanding. Extremely professional organisation to deal with and we will certainly be using their services on an ongoing basis. DEJAN SEO comes highly recommended by us.

Guy Harden Whimsical Cakehouse

We have worked with many so called industry experts before, but never achieved the results we were after. We heard about Dejan SEO and after realising they were located just down the road from our business, we decided to put our trust into them. Dan was very helpful in providing insightful advice on SEOmoz forums and after working with the company for a short time we were already seeing the results we were looking for. Dejan SEO has helped us increase rankings and traffic for Discovery Car Hire, Discovery Campervan Hire (Aus) and Discovery Campervan Hire (NZ). Thank you Dejan!

Scott Walton

We have worked with just about all the SEO companies that are on the front page of google for the search word SEO. Dejan is not only the most professional and accountable seo company we have dealt with but they delivers results. The other seo companies promise you the world and deliver nothing. Dejan sets the correct expectations and delivers each time. Thank you Dejan.

Dr Joseph AjakaCosmos Clinic provides leading edge cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery and Botox in Sydney.

I am very impressed with the results you have achieved. Prior to becoming a client of Dejan SEO we were on page 17 of google for our main search term. Now we rank on 2nd on page 1. This is a great effort, especially considering 1st in wikipedia! I have found Jaaved and the Dejan team to very helpful and thorough in all our dealings. Thanks again.

Luke White BizVal

Weve only been using DejanSEO for around 4 weeks now. We are already noticing great results. Since we are a small business, we rely on cost effective marketing/advertising. And DejanSEO is definitely working out great for us. When we initially took up their services, we were worried that being a larger company, the communication wouldnt be good. Luckily we were wrong, because they are always prompt and punctual in all their communication, whether it be by email or telephone.I would definitely recommend them to friends and family (not competitors)

Borko Knezevic Director Home IT and Entertainment Home Theatre, TV Wall Mounting, Projector and Audio Visual Specialists in Melbourne

We cannot speak highly enough of Dejan SEO. They do an exceptional job in working with our site. They brief us on the status of the site on a regular basis. I have been dealing personally with Jaaved who has been very supportive and helpful with any concerns I may have. Six Star Limousines are currently ranked number 1 for the keyword Limo Hire Melbourne which has helped us tremendously in web traffic and also increased the number of enquiries we have been getting.

Bernie Menay CEOSix Star Limousines Australias No.1 Luxury Limousine Service

After somedisappointingexperiences with other SEO companies we were extremely lucky to find Dejan SEO they have transformed our onlinevisibilityquicker than we expected at a very reasonable cost a great return on investment.

Matt Dening Managing Director Hokkaido Tracks Management and Holidays

Zachary Rook Your Local Movers

On behalf of Trade and Investment Queensland, I write to congratulate you on the national and international expansion of your Queensland-based business. The healthy growth of your search engine optimisation and internet marketing services in a challenging business environment and economic climate is testimony to your organisational capabilities and business acumen.

Rob Whiddon Managing Director Trade and Investment Queensland Queensland Government

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Feb 112016

For more details, feel free to contact: Call 855-771-4817 Our Official Website :

Hello guys. We all know that internet has made this a world a better place as well as easier also. Phoenix SEO is a company that gives SEO services including traffic to your website. This may happen that besides having an awesome website and some nice content and images no one is visiting your website and the main reason for this is that, internet has billions of webpages and millions of websites and the services or products you are providing in your website is also being provided by other websites as well.

So the overall traffic is going to another website, which is not a good sign for sure. Now we come into picture in this kind of scenario and what we does is nothing but SEO!!! Here we always use the latest methodologies as well as techniques so that a website must rank quickly and it will last long in the topmost search engines. The main issues is that due to millions of similar webpages the customer cant find you because when they search a particular keyword, your webpages may come in the last SERP (Search Engine Results Page) and as we all know that any user never browse to the last page, they usually browse for the first 2 pages, sometimes top 3 pages and thats all, because no one has the time to look for all pages.

Better search engine rankings mean that more and more traffic will drive to your website and more traffic means more revenue and more money, which is all we want because thats why we have opened a website. We help our clients by giving them a targeted or focused audience so that more and more number of people will see your website and will come to know more and more about your services.

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Feb 112016

DIAP Media one of the best SEO companies in the United States manages SEO Campaigns andPaid Search /PPC Management Company. We have SEO agency coverage and locations in Philadelphia, Beverly Hills, Orange County, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson AZthat has been helping companies from local small businesses to national Inc. 5000 brands nationwide optimize their websites, product urls, and digital assets for the search engines since 2006. Our local Phoenix SEO strategies for our clients here in our home base have been working since 2006 when we first started learning Googles Algorithms.

We can help you with SEO & PPC (Pay per click) ads, Marketplace Optimizationand Google Marketing strategies to grow your website traffic and drive more revenue for your business.

In todays day an age if you dont have a digital presence especially on Google or Amazon customers will not know you exist or give you any credibility. Let us help you build trust with Google and trusted marketplaces (GNC, Amazon, Walmart) by getting your website on other websites that have relevant content and link back to your site as a useful resource.

Also, let us help you develop and execute an SEO contentmarketing strategy that will help increase rankings on Google and Amazon to help you get more attention online. With a blog or content marketing strategy and a few on page SEO tweaks you will start seeing your website rank higher of terms relevant for your business and the phone will start to ring.

Since we dont take on every client for SEO or PPC consulting services we have a dedicated SEO consultant and link builder giving your campaigns online attention to make sure you get the best results. We focus on relevancy, authority, and social backlinks that drive traffic, leads, and sales and move your site higher in the Google and/or Amazon search engines.

We also have local seo experts that can build citations for your local lead generating sites and drive more calls to your business every month. We track all the calls so you know how we helped your local marketing every month.

One benefit of working with our Search Engine Marketingagency is we also are certified with Google Adwords platform and understand social media strategies that will also build your brand equity and trust with Google and the search engines including Amazons search engine.

We can simplify this process and take care of everything for you. We make it easy for you to hire us and start getting you results. We work on an exclusive basis so we wont help any other companies or brands that compete with you in the same industry or same cities that you cover.

We offer custom proposals and treat your business as a unique situation based on the competition and ROI. We dont take a cookie cutter package pricing approach you might see where you just are a number or sales goal.

To us your partnership and investment is appreciated. We will make sure your monthly investment is is producing an ROI and we are an asset to your business otherwise we expect you to cancel our services.

We do have a monthly SEO budget minimums, as an example for Local SEO services at least $1000.00 per month is a starting point and that is for very low competitive industries and or areas. We owna local SEO company dedicated to certain local markets as well. As an example our Beverly Hills SEO market, Philadelphia SEO market, and Tucson SEO service area.

If you are ready to get custom quote for your website please call us at 888-863-7421 so we can learn more about your business and SEO or Internet Marketing needs.

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Georgia SEO

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Feb 052016

We are Georgia SEO experts helping small and large businesses build and rank their websites in order to increase their exposure to customers and ultimately impact their businesses success by increasing their sales. Through white hat search engine optimization methods both onpage SEO and offpage SEO, we have a proven track record of building beautiful websites which are search engine friendly enabling us to provide our clients first page rankings on the major search engines, like Google, Bing, and Yahoo.

Seriously.first page. If you are not on the first page of Google, you are missing out on a huge amount of traffic and customers. If you are paying an SEO company and your site isnt on the first page of Google, you need to stop wasting your money and find someone who will deliver. Even if its not Georgia SEO.find somebody who will get you results!

We are located in Atlanta, GA and we serve all of Georgia and surrounding areas. Because we offer online services, we easily work with clients throughout the state of Georgia, the Southeast, and beyond!

Call us today if you need a new website or help ranking an existing site. And stop paying for SEO that doesnt work! We can show you example after example of websites we have built and ranked for clients. Call us today!


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Gainesville, GA Internet Marketing Company | Full Media

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Feb 052016

Headquartered in Gainesville, Georgia, Full Media is an Internet marketing company that focuses on professional website design and search engine optimization (SEO) services. We help companies and organizations of all sizes increase their online exposure through SEO, e-mail marketing, online advertising, responsive web design and custom programming.

As a local Internet marketing company, we are committed to driving real results for our clients through these areas of expertise:

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Whether your need an SEO audit or monthly engagement to drive more qualifed traffic to your website, Full Media can help. Our Internet marketing experts work with small and mid-sized businesses to leverage their online presence to increase leads and grow their business.

Responsive Design Gainesville’s small and mid-size businesses deserve affordable, professional website design and custom programing. From an e-Commerce design or aninformation-based website that discusses your services and competitive advantage, our team of graphic designers, project managers and website programmers can help.

Located in the heart of Gainesville at 427 Oak Street NW, we take pride in personally knowing many of our clients and driving by their place of business. Our doors are always open to anyone throughout North Georgia who wants to receive more qualified website leads.

If you are ready for a professional approach to your website and online marketing, contact us today and speak to one of our team members about how Full Media can help.

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