Posts tagged "rape"

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

Former ESPN Editor Warns Son To Get Texts Proving Consent To Sex

Never have sex with a girl unless she's sent you a text that proves the sexual relationship is consensual beforehand.  And it's a good idea to even follow up any sexual encounter with a tasteful text message saying how you both enjoyed being with one another -- even if you never plan on hooking u…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 27, 2013

4 More School Employees Indicted In Steubenville Rape Case

This morning, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that four additional Steubenville, Ohio, school employees have been indicted by a grand jury in relation to the Steubenville rape case, in which two high school athletes were tried and convicted in the 2012 rape of a 16-year-old girl. According DeWine, via Huffingto…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 25, 2013

The Soapbox: “Scandal” Lazily Relies On A Rape Scene To Make A Hated Character More Sympathetic

Spoilers ahead! I watch a lot of television. One of my mother's favorite stories involves her coming home from work and finding a three year-old me on her couch, pointing to a schedule grid in her TV Guide and asking to watch a primetime "Scooby Doo" special. As such I have a vast amount of…
By: Jamie Nesbitt Golden / November 15, 2013

“Beer Pong Rapist” Stalked Young Victims At Bar Tournaments

Well, this is horrible. Joey Poindexter, a 38-year-old real estate appraiser and beer pong player, allegedly infiltrated the beer pong tournament circuit in Montgomery County, Maryland to stalk his sexual assault victims. And he's been doing it for the past 10 years. Poindexter was finally arrested after a young man called police to report that…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / November 14, 2013

Leader Of New Zealand’s “Roast Busters” Rape Gang Goes Into Hiding

Joseph Parker, one of the leaders of that indefensible group of New Zealand gang rapists who call themselves the Roast Busters, has skipped town after allegedly receiving threats towards himself and his family. After the international…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 11, 2013

New Anti-Rape Shorts For Women Have Special Locks To Prevent Sexual Assault

A company called AR Wear is offering a wearable line of protection for “when things go wrong”. What does that mean exactly? Well, to put it bluntly, they’ve invented anti-rape shorts. AR Wear has taken their product to Indiegogo to gather funding to make these shorts a large-scale reality. Read more on College Candy...
By: College Candy / November 7, 2013

Two Girls Who Were Raped By New Zealand’s “Roast Busters” Were Reportedly Told They Were “Asking For It” By Police

Yesterday, we told you about the "Roast Busters," a disgusting sort of "club" in New Zealand where the members are privileged teen boys who lure teenage girls with alcohol, get them drunk, gang rape them…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 6, 2013
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