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RIP Society: Study Finds That Young Girls See Sexual Violence As Normal

RIP Society: Study Finds That Young Girls See Sexual Violence As Normal

Today in Egregious Discoveries About Humanity, a study has found that a big reason women rarely report sexual violence is because they view it as “normal.” The study, which will be published in Gender & Society, reviewed forensic interviews with 100 kids who may have been sexually assaulted. The interviews were conducted by the Children’s Advocacy Center, and the subjects’ ages ranged from 3-17.

The research team found that young women and girls often saw objectification, sexual harassment and abuse to be a normal part of life. Male privilege and a sense of female powerlessness, it seems, was seen by many interviewees as typical. One 13-year-old interview subject justified the fact that boys tried to inappropriately touch her at school because “they do it to everyone.” Keep reading »

Brad Pitt To Produce Movie About Steubenville & Hacktivist Group Anonymous

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  • Brad Pitt and his producing team have bought the rights to the Rolling Stone article, “Anonymous Vs. Steubenville,” about the online hacktivist group who brought nationwide attention to the sexual assault of a teen girl by members of the Steubenville High School football team. The article focuses on Deric Locstutter, one of the hacktivists within Anonymous, and how he faced jail time for exposing the coverup of the assault, rather than the issues directly pertinent to rape culture. I’m happy to hear the story won’t disappear into history, but I’ll hold off judgment until I see how it’s handled. [Daily Dot]
  • Administrators of a Catholic hospital in Oklahoma have directed all doctors to stop prescribing contraceptives for birth control. I guess everyone needs to lie about having bad cramps now, huh? [The Nation] Keep reading »

Harvard Student Pens Open Letter About The School’s Non-Reaction To Her 2013 Sexual Assault

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  • A Harvard student penned a heartbreaking open letter in the Harvard Crimson newspaper addressed to university administrators about the sexual assault she suffered nine months ago by one of her friends, who continues to live in the same dorm as her. The Harvard administration has reportedly shrugged this student off, claiming it didn’t technically fall under the narrow and outdated sexual assault policy written in the university handbooks. “Dear Harvard: I am writing to let you know that I give up,” the student writes, continuing:

    I will be moving out of my House next semester, if only—quite literally—to save my life. You will no longer receive emails from me, asking for something to be done, pleading for someone to hear me, explaining how my grades are melting and how I have developed a mental illness as a result of your inaction. My assailant will remain unpunished, and life on this campus will continue its course as if nothing had happened. Today, Harvard, I am writing to let you know that you have won.

    Gee, where have we heard this story before? [Harvard Crimson]

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“Men’s Rights” Group Whines About Sexual Assault Awareness Month Self Defense Class

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Who could possibly have a problem with free self defense classes hosted by the Glendale, California, Police Department in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month?

So-called “men’s rights” activists who complain that the classes that teach self-defense skills to girls and women are discriminatory against men. Keep reading »

RIP Society: Du Pont Heir Only Gets Probation For Raping Young Daughter, Because Judge Thinks He Won’t “Fare Well” In Prison

RIP Society: Du Pont Heir Gets Probation For Raping Young Daughter, Because Judge Thinks He Won't "Fare Well" In Prison

Well, this is quite simply an appalling story. Robert H. Richards IV, an heir to the du Pont fortune, was convicted of raping his then three-year-old daughter and given only probation for the crime, because, as the female Superior Court judge wrote in her decision, “Defendant will not fare well in Level 5 [prison] setting.”

Judge Jan Jurden suggested that Richards would benefit more from treatment rather than prison time, but while it’s not unheard of for a judge to make that call, usually it’s done when sentencing drug addicts not child rapists. Defense attorneys have also been known to argue against prison time for clients who are frail or ill, but Richards is reportedly in fine health. Listen, I’m all for prison reform and making the living conditions inside meet a certain safety standard, but last time I checked, child rapists shouldn’t get off with just probation because prison isn’t pleasant. WTF is going on here? Keep reading »

Pay Attention: #RapeCultureIsWhen…

Earlier today, Zerlina Maxwell, a feminist writer and political analyst, was inspired to start the Twitter hashtag #RapeCultureIsWhen in response to both TIME magazine and RAINN (the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) claiming that feminists have overhyped the existence and impact of rape culture.

Last week, RAINN made their recommendations to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault and for some reason decided to make a point of deemphasizing the impact of rape culture, writing:

In the last few years, there has been an unfortunate trend towards blaming “rape culture” for the extensive problem of sexual violence on campus. While it is helpful to point out the systemic barriers to addressing the problem, it is important not to lose sight of a simple fact: Rape is caused not by cultural factors but by the conscious decisions, of a small percentage of the community, to commit a violent crime.

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