Posts tagged "rape"

Georgia Judge Orders New Trial Because Woman With Down Syndrome “Didn’t Behave Like A Victim”

Fayette County, Georgia, judge Christiopher McFadden overturned a jury's guilty verdict against a man who raped a woman with Down syndrome because she allegedly didn't behave like a victim. In his ruling, McFadden said the woman — who doctors confirmed had been forcibly raped and who had the perpetrator's semen in her bed — hadn't…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 28, 2014

Yoga Guru Bikram Choudhury’s Rape Accusers Speak On “Nightline”

Trigger warning: this video and the text below contain accounts of rape and sexual assault.   On last night's "Nightline," three of Bikram Choudhury's five sexual assault accusers bravely came forward to talk about the horrors they suffered at the hands of the yoga guru. Honestly, I had read about the charges, but the first-hand…
By: Ami Angelowicz / February 27, 2014

How Rape, Accidents Persist At Frat Houses

Frat-house accidents and sexual assaults are getting so common they're impossible to ignore—but how did it get this bad, and why does it keep happening? In an extensive Atlantic piece, Caitlin Flanagan looks at the history of fraternities and their myriad ways of avoiding legal obligations for what goes on behind closed doors.
By: Newser / February 26, 2014

Minnesota Nursing Home Defends Rapist, Calls 89-Year-Old Victim “A Flirt”

An 89-year-old woman is suing a Minnesota nursing home for punitive damages because she was forced to spend 72 hours in a mental health unit after she reported that she was raped by 30-year-old Andrew Scott Merzwski. According to court documents, the woman was a resident at Edgewood Vista senior living facility near Duluth…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 24, 2014

Fundamentalist Christian College Bob Jones University Halts Study On Its Handling Of Sexual Assault

Bob Jones University, an uber-Christian fundamentalist college in South Carolina, has drawn attention for commissioning and then covering up a study on how well the institution handled sexual abuse. According to The New York Times, the university solicited a consulting group, Godly Response To Abuse In The Christian Environment (Grace) to serve as an ombudsma…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 12, 2014

Kickass Women Of The Day: The Founders of “Girl Code Movement” Are Fighting Back Against Campus Rape

Caroline Heres, Julie Gelb and Jackie Reilly are on a mission to decrease sexual assault on college campuses. Last fall, Caroline and Jackie, who are students at Syracuse University, discussed the fact that they'd both been assaulted. What started as a chat between two friends evolved into a need to take action. Together, they decided…
By: Claire Hannum / February 11, 2014

Wall Street Journal Columnist James Taranto Compares Campus Sexual Assault To Drunk Driving

Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto is pretty much that douchey frat boy who you never invite to a party, but somehow ends up there anyway , and you wish he would just go somewhere far, far away so you never had to think about all the obnoxious things he's said. Remember him? He called…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 11, 2014

How Not To Get Raped: A PSA

This "Don't Get Raped" public service announcement seems like pretty great satire from a bunch of college (high school?) kids. Well, until you remember "advice" like this is pretty much what launched the SlutWalk protests in the first place. Don't dress like a slut. Don't drink. Don't flirt. Don't hook up. Instead of teaching me…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 10, 2014

Why Didn’t Mizzou Report Sasha Menu Courey’s Sexual Assault?

When Sasha Menu Courey woke up one morning in February 2010, she had no idea that her life was about to change radically in a few short hours. Courey, a swimmer and straight-A student at the University of Missouri on a near-full scholarship, was sexually assaulted by a football player that night. According to CNN,…
By: Claire Hannum / January 29, 2014

President Obama Announces Initiative Against Sexual Assault On College Campuses

This morning, the White House released a report on sexual assault in college as the president announced a new initiative to improve the criminal justice response to rape on college campuses. The report, "Rape And Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call To Action," prepared by the White House Council On Women And Girls, note…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 22, 2014

You Can Watch Eve Ensler’s New Short Film Online This Weekend

"The Vagina Monologues" playwright Eve Ensler  has been speaking out about violence against women and girls with her V-Day movement for years. But she took things to a whole new level on February 14 of last year:  One Billion Rising, her  call to action that made headlines all over the world…
By: Claire Hannum / January 16, 2014

In Defense Of How “Downton Abbey” Handled Its Controversial Rape Scene

Spoilers ahead. In the most recent episode of "Downton Abbey" to air in America, the lady's maid Anna Bates — whose story through four seasons has almost exclusively focused on her romance with her husband — is raped by a visiting valet. It is not the first example of sexual misconduct on the show. But…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 14, 2014

Daisy Coleman’s Accused Rapist Matthew Barnett Faces Child Endangerment Charge, No Sexual Assault Charge

UPDATE, 3:30: Matthew Barnett plead guilty to the child endangerment charge this afternoon as part of a plea deal. He was sentenced to two years of probation and a four-month suspended jail term. [AP] Matthew Barnett, the teenaged boy from Maryville, Missouri, who initially saw charges against him dropped in the …
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 9, 2014

Why I Believe Conor Oberst’s Anonymous Rape Accuser

UPDATE, 7/14/14: Conor Oberst's accuser, Joanie Faircloth, released a statement today admitting her accusations were "100 percent false."  The recent rape allegations against Conor Oberst of the band Bright Eyes hit really, uncomfortably close to home for me. In the past few weeks, it's come to light that an anonymous xoJane commenter confessed i…
By: S. W. Kiley / January 8, 2014

Daisy Coleman, Teen Rape Victim In Missouri, Hospitalized After Suicide Attempt

Daisy Coleman, the Maryville, Missouri, teenager whose rape by a politically well-connected classmate attracted nationwide attention, tried to commit suicide this week. Daisy was raped in 2012 at age 14 by some of her male classmates at a party she attended with a girl friend. Both girls were given alcohol by older boy…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 7, 2014

Ten Arrested In India Over Gang Rape Of Young Woman

Six people have been charged in the alleged dual gang rape of a 21-year-old woman in India earlier this week. In all, 10 people were arrested in connection with the attack, which occurred on Christmas Eve. …
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 27, 2013

Teen Accused Of “Public Lewdness,” Kicked Out Of School For Reporting Rape

An East Texas high school student was thrown out of her school after she reported a rape inside the band room from a fellow student. Officials shuttled them both to a program for troubled students, where the then-17-year-old had to see her attacker constantly. She was accused of committing "public lewdness." This is a messed-u…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 23, 2013

Private Spying Companies Sell Lists Of Rape Victims

Secretive data companies are tracking almost every American's every move online—and compiling and selling disturbingly targeted lists based on that spying, a new Senate Commerce Committee report concludes. That includes lists of rape victims, people suffering from ailments including HIV, AIDS, and dementia, and people with substance abuse problems, a privacy group said in a…
By: Newser / December 19, 2013

The Soapbox: Why Does Anyone Still Think It’s Okay To Listen To R. Kelly?

R. Kelly is one of the most successful R&B artists of our time. He’s sold 54 million records globally, had a career that spans three decades and penned classic records that have provided the soundtrack for some of our best moments. But while folks were bumping and grinding to his hits, other things were going…
By: Christiana Mbakwe / December 5, 2013

Alabama Judge To Resentence Rapist Who Got Zero Prison Time

Following an outcry over some complete and utter bullllllshit, an Alabama judge will resentence a convicted rapist who got exactly zero prison time for his crimes. Austin Clem was found guilty by a jury of raping a teenaged girl, who was his neighbor, twice when she was 14 and again when she was 18.  Two…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 27, 2013
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