Posts tagged "rape"

An Account Of Sexual Assault At Amherst College

Angie Epifano is a former student of the class of 2014 at Amherst College. This piece is cross-posted with permission from The Amherst Student.

When you’re being raped time does not stop. Time does not speed up and jump ahead like it does when you are with friends. Instead, time becomes your nemesis; it…

Angie Epifano / October 18, 2012

Miami University Of Ohio Flyer Offers “10 Ways To Get Away With Rape”

A flier found in a men’s bathroom at a coed dorm at Ohio’s Miami University (Paul Ryan’s alma mater) offers men 10 tips on how to get away with rape (full list is pictured after the jump). But is it a real tip list, or a satire on rape culture?

The list. which…

Julie Gerstein / October 15, 2012

The Soapbox: About That Politician Who Said “Some Girls Rape Easy”…

A funny thing can happen in politics: You make a comment and it might come back to bite you weeks, months, or even years later. That’s what just happened to Representative Roger Rivard of the Wisconsin legislature, who’s found himself in a very tight race with a Democratic opponent, which means the gloves are off when it…

s.e. smith / October 11, 2012

Mom Defends “Pizza Boy Rapist,” Suggesting Alleged Victim Was Drunk

 Victim Blaming 101: Of course she wasn’t raped — she’s just lying! Or drunk! Or both!
Sadly, victim blaming is in full swing with the “pizza boy rapist,” a 16-year-old boy who allegedly raped a 35-year-old woman in her New York City apartment. Cesar Lucas was delivering a pizza on Saturday night on the…

Jessica Wakeman / October 2, 2012

“Vagina Monologues”‘s Eve Ensler Introduces One Billion Rising Campaign

“The Vagina Monologues” playwright and global anti-sexual violence activist Eve Ensler debuted a new campaign today called One Billion Rising. This short film — powerfully done, but with some NSFW violent imagery — shows just some of the acts of violence that women worldwide endure on a daily basis. On February 14,  activists worldwide will…

Jessica Wakeman / September 24, 2012

Rep. Todd Akin’s Wife Makes Another No-No Comment About Rape

Idea: anytime a religious conservative Republican wants to use the word “rape” in public, he or she should run it through a publicist first. The wife of Rep. Todd Akin, the politician who last month questioned whether rape is “legitimate rape” and claimed women’s bodies reject sperm during a sexual assault to keep them from…

Jessica Wakeman / September 18, 2012

It’s Time To Cry: Teen Girl Murdered Before She Could Testify Against Her Rapist

More than half of all sexual assaults are never reported to the police and 97 percent of rapists will never spend a day in jail. These statistics from the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network are horrifying — but they also remind us how incredible 16-year-old Shania Gray of Texas was. The high school junior…

Jessica Wakeman / September 15, 2012

The Soapbox: On Wishing Rape Upon Rapists

I was horrified to read this week that a 73-year-old woman was raped in broad daylight in Central Park.

Read that again, let it sink in: a 73-year-old woman was raped in broad daylight in Central Park.

According to news reports, the woman goes to Central Park every day and sits o…

Jessica Wakeman / September 14, 2012

“Don’t Get Raped”: New Tumblr Collects Handy Dandy Victim-Blaming Tips

Don’t go near football players. Don’t trust police officers. Don’t be in or around your own home. Don’t go to Harvard. Don’t drink or go to school dances. And never, never change your mind about having sex if you’ve already said you want to bone.  All these and many other victim-blaming tips every woman needs are helpfully collected by the…

Jessica Wakeman / September 11, 2012

Would You Buy A Straw That Can Detect Date Rape Drugs In Your Drink?

Before my big move to college last year, I can’t tell you how many times my mother told me how I had watch my drink at all times while out with my friends. My mom had good reason to be badgering me with this crucial piece of advice: according to the U.S. Department of Justice,…

Daley Quinn / September 9, 2012

Turkish Woman Shoots, Decapitates Her Rapist

Well, that’s a lot to process: a pregnant rape victim shot and decapitated her rapist and then dumped his head in the town square, telling police who arrested her, “That is the head of the one who toyed with my honor.” The rapist also allegedly possessed nude photos of the 26-year-old mother of two,…

Jessica Wakeman / September 4, 2012

University of Montana Institutes Prerequisite Rape Quiz

Of all the things you need to get in to university – a certain GPA, a good score on the SATs and recommendation letters – did you ever think you’d need to be able to ace a quiz on sexual assault and rape?
At the University of Montana, in order to enroll in classes, all…

College Candy / September 4, 2012

Legitimate Rape: “Like Birth Control, Except As Imagined By Crazy People”

This parody video brilliantly eviscerates Todd Akin, Paul Ryan, and their 171 fellow politicians who sought to redefine the legal definition of rape and mocks Akin’s assertion that women can’t get pregnant from “legitimate rape.” Be warned, there is simulated violence, sexual and otherwise. [YouTube]…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 30, 2012

Lifetime Movies For Republicans Who Don’t Understand Rape

Republicans are airing sexual ignorances this week. Representative Steve King of Iowa has “never heard of” statutory rape causing pregnancy; Senate nominee Tom Smith thinks “having a baby out of wedlock” is “similar to” rape;  and, of course, there’s Todd Akin. Have these guys never watched “Law & Order: SVU” or browsed movie listings on Lifetime? Rape narratives are a primetime TV…

NYMag.com / August 28, 2012

Teen Girl Escapes After Two Years Of Being Held Captive & Sexually Assaulted

Disturbing news out of Illinois today: a teenage girl from Missouri escaped from a home in which she had been held captive for the past two years.

The young woman, who was 15 when she went missing, said she had been sexually assaulted and beaten almost daily by an older man. She became…

Jessica Wakeman / August 24, 2012

Find Out If You Were “Legitimately” Raped With This Helpful Song

God bless singer Taylor Ferrera!  This song, “Legitimate Rape,” is so kickass: “I was a little drunk / illegitimate rape! / I know the rapist well / illegitimate rape! / my skirt was kinda short / illegitimate rape! / I’m married to the man / that’s a husband’s privilege.” Amazing.  [YouTube]
Blogger Amanda…

Jessica Wakeman / August 22, 2012

Paul Ryan Backpedals On His Politically Inconvenient Views Regarding “Forcible Rape”

Poor anti-abortion Republicans. It must be so hard having the general public pay attention to your extremist views. Case in point: Mitt Romney’s vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is against legal abortion and joined Republicans — including Rep. Todd Akin! —  last year to try to rewrite language in the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortio…

Jessica Wakeman / August 22, 2012

Rep. Steve King Says He’s Never Heard Of A Girl Getting Pregnant From Rape Or Incest

Today in our regularly scheduled segment “Old White Male Politicians Revealing Themselves To Be Ignorant About Reproductive Rights”: Rep. Steve King (R-IA), when asked about a minor being impregnated from statutory rape or incest, told a reporter:
“Well, I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any…

Jessica Wakeman / August 21, 2012

Kirk Cameron Defends Rep. Todd Akin On “The Today Show,” Obviously

I am not even the teensiest bit surprised that Kirk Cameron, star of “Growing Pains” and well-known anti-choice/anti-gay marriage crusader, came to the defense of Rep. Todd Akin when he appeared on “The Today Show” this morning. They share the same values. Bros before hos who get raped and pregnant, right? Anyway, I am, however,…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 21, 2012

Mike Huckabee Finds Silver Lining, Says Rape Can Result In Some “Extraordinary” People

“[Gospel singer] Ethel Waters, for example, was the result of a forcible rape. I used to work for James Robison back in the 1970s, he leads a large Christian organization. He, himself, was the result of a forcible rape. And so I know it happens, and yet even from those horrible, horrible tragedies of rape,…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 21, 2012
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