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The Soapbox: On Richard Dawkins’ Rape Comments & How We Discuss Sexual Assault

Yesterday, the atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins made comments about rape and pedophilia on Twitter that made many people angry.

From what I can gather, Dawkins appeared to have been tweeting over the weekend regarding religion and Israel, saying support for the Israeli state does not mean condoning the country’s current behavior in Gaza. Then he pivoted his examples — I would argue somewhat insensitively — to ones about about sexual abuse:

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Alleged Girlfriend Turns In Suspected Child Molester After She Sees Him On A CNN Crime Show

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Monday’s apprehension of accused child molester Charles Mozdir in New York City is owed not just to the brave police officer and two U.S. marshals who took bullets during the incident; the anonymous woman who recognized Mozdir on John Walsh’s show CNN “The Hunt” and immediately called the police also should be heralded as a hero. Keep reading »

Girls’ Breasts Not Being Big Enough To Be Groped Isn’t The Damn Point

Margaret Cunneen

I haven’t been following the Australian swimming community’s sexual abuse scandal. I only feel like I have been. That’s because these sorts of heartbreaking stories are so goddamned familiar: a coach is accused of sexually abusing the young charges under his tutelage and with whom he has shared lots of private time, often far from home.

In Australia’s case, several coaches were accused of sexual abuse of both male and female swimmers between the ages of 11 and 16. One coach is Scott Volkers, who is accused of child sexual abuse by three now-adult women. Volkers is accused, among other things, of rubbing the genitalia of a 13-year-old girl and groping the girls’ breasts; he has long claimed his innocence. Charges were dropped against Volkers in 2002 because accusations could not be proven “beyond a reasonable doubt.” Two years later,  in 2004, prosecutor Margaret Cunneen advised against recharging him.

Currently, Australia is holding an investigation (called a “royal commission”) focusing on the country’s institutional response, including whether Cunneen’s advice not to recharge him was appropriate. At the time, Cunneen showed skepticism that the abuse could be prosecuted. Which, as a lawyer, is her job to prove. However, what Cunneen said about it all was pretty offensive to these victims. Cunneen said it could all be seen as “trivial … almost fanciful” and it would be difficult to prosecute Volkers for molestation because his victim may not have developed breasts yet. “It is legitimate to consider whether 12-year-old swimmers even had breasts,” she said. Keep reading »

Pamela Anderson Opens Up At Cannes About Childhood Sexual Abuse

  • Pamela Anderson launched her own foundation at the Cannes Film Festival and publicly spoke about the sexual abuse she suffered as a child and an adolescent. From age six to 10, Anderson was molested by a female babysitter and at 12, she was raped by the older brother of a friend’s boyfriend. Then in 9th grade, she was gang raped by a boyfriend and six of his friends. What kept her going, she confessed, was her love for animals and the environment. “My affinity with animals saved me, they came to me naturally,” Anderson said. “The trees spoke to me, I wasn’t sure why I was alive, a burning question, a quest. My loyalty remains with the animal kingdom. I vowed to protect them and only them.” You can learn more about the Pamela Anderson Foundation here. [US Weekly] Keep reading »

Dylan Farrow Will Model In A Charity Event For Sexual Abuse Survivors

  • Dylan Farrow will model in a charity event on Friday night in Connecticut to support survivors of sexual abuse through organization called Jane Doe No More. The usually-private Farrow wrote a piece in the New York Times earlier this year about alleged sexual abuse she endured from her adoptive father, Woody Allen. [Page Six]
  • Malik Bendjelloul, the director of “Searching For Sugarman,” which won the 2013 Oscar for Best Documentary, has died suddenly at 36, reportedly from suicide. [Rolling Stone]
  • Prince Harry, true to form, hooked up with an anonymous blonde socialite while attending a wedding in Nashville. Please, just not Paris Hilton. [US Weekly]
  • A seven-year-old girl planning her own comedy show wrote the cutest tips. [The Maude] Keep reading »

Mia Farrow & Lena Dunham Speak Up In Support Of Dylan Farrow, While Brother Moses Farrow Supports Woody Allen

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The reaction to Dylan Farrow’s New York Times article about sexual abuse she allegedly suffered as a young girl at the hands of Woody Allen has gotten even murkier this week. Mia Farrow, 28-year-old Dylan’s mom, and Lena Dunham have both voiced their support. But Moses Farrow, one of Mia’s other adopted children, has publicly sided with his father, telling People magazine that Mia was “vengeful” and “drummed it into me to hate my father.”

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