Posts tagged "rape"

Ex-NYPD Cop Admits He Raped Woman, Lied About It

Nearly one year ago, those of us who put our faith and trust in the police had our world rocked: an New York City Police Department officer named Michael Pena was charged with grabbing a 25-year-old woman off the street, threatening to shoot her, and raping her in a yard. A neighbor saw Pena raping…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 22, 2012

OK Doctor Refuses To Provide Emergency Contraception To Rape Victim In ER

An Oklahoma doctor working in an emergency room refused to provide emergency contraception to a 24-year-old rape victim because EC is against her personal beliefs. (Yes, the doctor was a woman.) According to the rape victim's mother Rhonda, the doctor said, "I will not give you emergency contraceptives because it goes against my beliefs." And…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 6, 2012

Christina Hendricks On Joan’s Rapey Ex-Husband

"Well, everyone knew [Joan's husband] had to go at some point, right? I mean, you can't rape your wife in the office and not expect to go away. ... It was the first time it was mentioned and I think it was a long time coming, for the audience in particular. I think everyone kept thinking…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 1, 2012

Girl Talk: The Harm In Labeling Someone “Harmless”

I just got back from a totally blissful six-day vacation in Tulum, Mexico, a quiet beach town about two hours from Cancun. I went alone. I've traveled solo (i.e. not in the company of a friend, boyfriend, or family member) before, but always as part of an organized group. This trip was the first time…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 15, 2012

Dominique Strauss Kahn Accused Of Gang Rape By Prostitute

What hasn't Dominique Strauss Kahn been accused of?  The former chief of the International Monetary Fund —who resigned in shame after he was accused of sexually assaulting a New York City hotel maid in May 2011 — allegedly participated in a gang rape of a prostitute, prosecutors claim. DSK is currently being investigated for his

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 4, 2012

Justice Dept. To Investigate Handling Of Sexual Assaults At University Of Montana

The U.S. Department of Justice announced yesterday that it will launch an investigation into how the University of Montana at Missoula handled over 80 sexual assault reports in the past three years and whether proper procedures were followed. Eleven of those alleged sexual assaults took place in the past 18 months and at least two…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 2, 2012

DJ Dominic Dieter Tells Father To Have Daughter Raped To Make Her Straight

On air Friday, Cleveland radio personality DJ Dominic Dieter advised the father of a teen girl who was caught kissing another girl that he should have one of his friends rape the young woman so she was "screw[ed] straight." On the syndicated morning talk/comedy show "Rover's Morning Glory," Dominic Dieter read an apparent email from…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 30, 2012

Did Last Night’s Episode Of “Game Of Thrones” Need A Trigger Warning?

I'm a big fan of HBO's "Game of Thrones." I've seen every episode, carry a torch for Peter Dinklage's character Tyrion Lannister, and revel in the show's embrace of nudity, sex and violence. (I've even got the books tucked away for my upcoming trip to Mexico -- woot woot!) But did anyone else think last…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 23, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Extra-Large Condom Ad Zeroes In On Ladies Scared Of Big Penises

Big penises have us running to lock ourselves in the bathroom, don't they, ladies? That's what the ad agency behind a (real?) ad for Prudence Extra-Large Condoms wants to think. Although the idea of the ad is clever — a long, wordy rant from a guy trying to be "persuasive" — the actual text i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 17, 2012

Girl Talk: Our Drinks Were Roofied

"We have a ride to the club tonight," my friend announced. We left our dormitory and headed into the vehicle of a man my friend met a party. In the vehicle, a young man that I recognized from a nightclub we frequented was in the driver’s seat. I asked his name because, other than dancing with…

By: Lyneka Little / April 9, 2012

Actress From Rapey Belvedere Vodka Ad Files Lawsuit

Two weeks ago, Belvedere Vodka tweeted an ad depicting a man pulling a surprised, open-mouthed woman down onto his lap. The headline read: "Unlike some people, Belvedere always goes down smoothly." Decent people got the skeevies and called the ad out as rapey. Belvedere quickly tweeted that they were sorry "if any of our fans were…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 2, 2012

Rape Case Dismissed Against Saudi Prince (Who Also Happens To Be One Of The World’s Richest Men)

A Spanish court dismissed a rape case against a Saudi prince and billionaire, after it was decided there was not sufficient evidence to press charges. Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, 57, the nephew of King Abdullah, had been accused of raping a Spanish model on a yacht owned by the Saudi royal family off the island…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 29, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Rep. Gwen Moore Shares Her Own Rape Story Before Congress (NSFW)

While pushing for reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) recounted the story of her own sexual assault as a child and rape as a young woman. "Violence against women is as American as apple pie," Rep. Moore said. "I know, not only as a legislator, but from personal experience. Domestic…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 28, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Belvedere Vodka’s Rapey New Ad

Belvedere Vodka tweeted an ad recently where a man pulls an open-mouthed woman down onto his lap with the headline, "Unlike some people, Belvedere always goes down smoothly." The company tweeted later that they were sorry "if any of our fans were offended," although not for the actual creepy ad. The ad appears to have…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 23, 2012

The Soapbox: On Consent Culture

Today I'm going to fulfill a promise I made quite a while ago, and talk about what a consent culture would look like. A consent culture is one in which the prevailing narrative of sex — in fact, of human interaction — is centered around mutual consent.  It is a culture with an abhorrence of…

By: Holly Pervocracy / March 22, 2012

New App “Circle Of 6″ Can Prevent Sexual Violence

I'll admit I was skeptical when I heard that the White House was holding a technology challenge for developers to create an app that would help prevent sexual violence. All of the stuff that I believe can change the prevalence of sexual violence — harsher punishments for criminals, a cultural change on what consent means,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 21, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Politician Suggests Women Lie About Rape To Get Abortions

The Idaho state senator who sponsored the bill that would force women to undergo a medically unnecessary ultrasound before an abortion said yesterday that there is no exception for rape or incest victims because women may lie about being raped to get an abortion. Oh, you know. Lyin' about rape. Gettin' abortions. It's stuff we…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 20, 2012

Courtney Love & 10 Other Stars Who Used The Word “Rape” Insensitively

Geez ladies, by now we should all know that referring to anything other than rape as "rape" is just a bad idea. It trivializes what rape actually is and manages to make you look like a complete buffoon. And that's exactly what Courtney Love did when she claimed the Muppets — the friggin' Muppets! —…

By: The Frisky / March 15, 2012

#IDidNotReport: A Twitter Hashtag Worth Checking Out

Occasionally, Twitter users take on a cause that isn't just posting pictures of their cats or ruminating on the injustices of waiting in line at Shake Shack. Like today's hashtag campaign, started by blogger and Twitter-er London Feminist. The #ididnotreport campaign (which definitely comes with a trigger warning for those who have suffered sexual assault…

By: Julie Gerstein / March 13, 2012

Kim Novak Defends Her Comments About How Music In “The Artist” Was Like “Rape”

"It was very painful. When I said it was like a rape, that was how it felt to me. I had experienced in my youth being raped, and so I identified with a real act that had been done to me. I didn't use that word lightly. I had been raped as a child. It…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 6, 2012
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