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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Taking Sexual Assault In The Military Seriously, As He Should

Military Ban Lifted
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The military has lifted the ban on women in combat roles. Read More »
Women In Combat
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Rick Santorum frets your ladylike "emotions" are bad for combat. Read More »
After Sexual Assault
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Tips for reclaiming your sex life after being sexually assaulted. Read More »

A new defense secretary has just been confirmed and already he has a big issue to address: sexual assault in the military. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) (Full disclosure: I used to work in her office), and Senator Janeane Shaheen (D-NH) recently sent a letter requesting Chuck Hagel immediately review a decision by an Air Force Lieutenant General to dismiss all charges against an officer who had been convicted of sexual assault.

Lieutenant Colonel James Wilkerson, a fighter pilot, had been charged with aggravated sexual assault on former colleague Kimberly Hanks at Aviano Air Base in Italy. Hanks had been socializing with Wilkerson and his wife at their home and stayed the evening in their guest bedroom; in the middle of the night, she woke up to find Wilkerson on top of her. He was found guilty and sentenced to a year in the brig (AKA military prison). But he never served any time in prison because his superior, Lieutenant General Craig A. Franklin, dismissed the jury’s conviction and reinstated him. Senators Boxer and Shaheen and others are rightfully concerned that a troop charged with sexual assault was let off scot-free. 
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Today Is “No More” Day: Take A Stand Against Violence Against Women

Domestic Violence Advice
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... from a prosecutor who has seen it all. Read More »
Vawa Passes!
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The violence against women act passed in the Senate. Read More »
After Sexual Assault
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Tips for reclaiming your sex life after being sexually assaulted. Read More »
The Status of Women
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The UN's Commission on the Status of Women is happening now! Read More »
NO MORE 3.13.2013

NO MORE. It is a simple, direct message representing a broad and pervasive issue. No more sexual assault. No more violence against women. Today, March 13 marks NO MORE day, a day to join the movement to stop domestic violence and sexual assault, and launch the organization’s new symbol — a thick “O” of light blue. Keep reading »

Today’s Gross Politician: New York Assemblyman Vito Lopez Has A Thing For Underaged Girls

Cain Getting Handsy?
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Herman Cain was accused of sexual harassment by two women. Read More »
Citibank Sex Harassment
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A banker says her employer, Citibank, told her she was "too sexy." Read More »
Sexist Politician
Ernest Hewett 3.6.2013
"No female interns" is strike two for this sexist politician. Read More »

It wouldn’t be a day at The Frisky if I didn’t get to write about a sleazy politician! Today’s subject: New York Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez, a Democrat from Brooklyn.

According to The New York Daily News, the 71-year-old complained to a fellow staff members about statutory rape laws in New York, because he thought his 14-year-old intern was “sexy.”  The intern in question had only been working there six days and is the daughter of a Brooklyn judge he helped elect.  There is currently a police probe into whether any criminal actions were committed.

Alas, this is not the first accusation of sexual harassment against Vito Lopez. (Sadly, it usually isn’t.) Keep reading »

Recap “The Bachelor” Finale: Catherine Wins The Rose & The Ring

"The Bachelor," Ep. 8
Time for hometown dates! Read More »
"The Bachelor," Ep. 7
Tierra refuses to lose her sparkle. Read More »
"The Bachelor," Ep. 6
Tierra sadly only ALMOST froze to death on this episode. Read More »

Hi everyone it’s Sarah, not Amelia, writing “The Bachelor” recap. It is both an honor and quite a bit of pressure given that last night was the dramatic season finale. The occasion, of course, called for a group of friends gathered around bowls of chips, salsa and rice crispy treats to fully immerse ourselves in this “so bad it’s good” TV.

I started watching “The Bachelor” three years ago with Jake’s season in an attempt to bond with a large group of girls in my Washington, D.C. dorm/apartment. (They had a group name and everything. I never quite got it, or fit in). I was the girl who sat in the corner and quietly made fun of everything. Despite thinking the “journey” was ridiculous, I’ve been hate-watching ever since. Keep reading »

6 Things To Know About The UN’s Commission On The Status Of Women

BC A Human Right
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Access to contraception is a human right, the United Nations declared. Read More »
India's Rape Culture
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A 17yo gang rape victim committed suicide, while another died. Read More »
Frisky Feminism!
Everything The Frisky has ever written about feminism! Read More »
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March is Women’s History Month, and this Friday is International Women’s Day. (And March is  my birth month — so many reasons to celebrate!) Fitting then that this week  kicked off the start of the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women:  10 days focused on promoting women’s rights worldwide.

What is this commission all about?  Six essential things to know about it after the jump:

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Creepy Politician “Doesn’t Want” Female Interns Because Sexism Keeps Him “Good”

Lawmaker's Lewd Comment
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Connecticut State Rep. Hewett makes lewd comment about "snake" to 17 year old. Read More »
Frisky Sexism
All of The Frisky's posts about sexism. Read More »

Last week Connecticut State Rep. Ernest Hewett (D) creeped out America with his lewd and inappropriate comment to a 17-year-old girl about the “snake” under his desk. (He meant his dick.)  Now Hewett has explained to the Hartford Courant that this was not his typical behavior.  How has he kept his record clean? Keep reading »

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