A 15-year-old girl was gang raped, beaten and robbed by as many as seven people after a homecoming dance at Richmond High School in Richmond, CA. Police say the girl left the dance and was invited by a friend to join a group drinking in a court yard near the school, where she consumed “a large amount of alcohol.” After being sexually assaulted, she was left semi-conscious near a picnic table and eventually found by someone who alerted the police. A 19-year-old and a 15-year-old have both been arrested, but cops say five others may have been involved. [MSNBC]—This incident would be sad enough if it hadn’t happened just last week at a school dance in the U.K., too.
Scholastic school book fairs are censoring a children’s book because one of the characters has same-sex parents. Scholastic sent a letter to Lauren Myracle, author of Luv Ya Bunches, asking her to change her plot so character Milla’s parents are heterosexual. When Myracle refused, the company decided not to include the book in their fairs. [School Library Journal]
This clip makes me so queasy I can barely watch it. A couple competing in the “Amazing Race” had to slide down a giant water slide which terrified the woman. That didn’t stop her boyfriend from yelling at her, grabbing her, and trying to shove her down the slide while she’s shrieking, “Help me! Help me! Don’t make me do this!” Meanwhile, a water slide attendant stands there the whole time doing nothing. [Hoyden About Town]—I guess winning a million bucks is worth assaulting your girlfriend?
Oh, the crap that John Edwards is feeding his wife, Elizabeth Edwards, after he cheated on her with Rielle Hunter and possibly fathered a child. “John said, ‘Perhaps [it's] not the great love story that we hoped, but maybe a great love story nonetheless,” Elizabeth told a local news station. Of course he did, hon. [NYMag.com]
A British man was sentenced to four years for raping a woman who conked out after taking medication and the man’s lawyer told the court his client “misread the situation.” Um, how is raping someone who is unconscious misreading a situation? [BBC]
At a UN Population Fund meeting, health ministers from around the world agreed that the maternal mortality rate and infant mortality rate are unacceptable. Most agreed that family planning, i.e. contraception, is the best way to curtail deaths. [BBC]
A 20-year-old woman is seeking financial restitution from anyone who possesses child porn of her, which was filmed by her uncle when she was 8 years old. The woman, known as “Amy,” wrote to a Virginia court seeking money from Raymond Highsmith, who was convicted of downloading videos of her, in order to cover costs for her psychiatric help. [UPI]
Blogger Jill Filipovic has a great blog on Feministe about women changing their names after getting married and giving children the mother’s name, too. “You can bet those kids are getting my last name as well,” she wrote. I couldn’t agree more. [Feministe]
Gail Collins, one of two female op-ed writers for The New York Times and editor of the paper’s op-ed page, spoke with Jezebel about why women don’t advance further up the masthead in journalism and why her husband refuses to learn how to use an iron. [Jezebel]
Joanne Lipman, the former editor-in-chief of the business magazine Portfolio, took to the New York Times op-ed page on Friday to lament women haven’t come nearly as far as we would have predicted 25 years ago.” Lipman wrote, “Somewhere along the line, especially in recent years, progress for women has stalled. And attitudes have taken a giant leap backward.” Do you agree? [New York Times]
Check out this cool new site, The Girl Effect, which raises money for girls who live in the developing world. Scary facts? Seventy percent of the 130 million kids in the world who don’t attend school are girls and pregnancy is the leading cause of death among girls age 15 to 19 worldwide. [The Girl Effect]