Posts tagged "rape"

Today’s Lady News: Rick Santorum Suggests Pregnant Rape Victims “Make The Best Out Of A Bad Situation”

Rick Santorum visited Piers Morgan on Friday night and got to talking about abortion and everything he wants to do with your uterus. His cruel comments about how women who are pregnant as a result of rape — it’s a “gift” from God, y’all — are presented without comment (emphasis mine): “… [Y]ou ca…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 23, 2012

The Soapbox: On The 39th Anniversary Of “Roe Vs. Wade”

Yesterday, on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I stopped to be grateful. I am grateful that my 22-year-old daughter has the right to her reproductive freedom and access to abortion. I am grateful that I was able to get an abortion when I needed one when having a child was not an option —…

By: Andy Kopsa / January 23, 2012

Military Announces New Strategies To Deal With Sexual Assaults

File this one under It’s About Time: Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has announced that the military is implementing new strategies to prevent sexual assaults and improve their current system for responding to sex crimes. According to official data, there were 3,191 reported sexual assaults in 2011; however, these crimes so often go unreported that…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 20, 2012

Kim Novak’s Publicist Defends Rape Comment

 “There are all kinds of rape including the rape of one’s soul. All rapes are violent acts and all victims should be supported.”
— This is Kim Novak’s publicist, Sue Cameron, jumping to the defense of her clinent. Recently, Kim Novak joined the ignominious band of celebs who have used “rape” insensitively, like whe…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 11, 2012

New Definition Of Rape Approved By FBI Director

“Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”
This is the new, expansive definition of rape approved by the FBI last week, which will more accurately reflect how sexual assault…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 9, 2012

Newt Gingrich Doesn’t Support Legal Abortion In The Case Of Rape Or Incest

Just because Michele Bachmann dropped out of the 2012 presidential race doesn’t mean we’re in the clear — there are still plenty of candidates who would love nothing more than to restrict women’s reproductive rights. Newt Gingrich was asked by a voter yesterday whether he supports abortion if the woman was impregnated via rape or…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 4, 2012

Rick Perry Flip-Flops On Abortion Twice In One Week

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has always been against a woman’s right to choose. As Texas governor, he has supported bills to restrict access to abortion and made public statements like “Every life lost to abortion is a tragedy.” However, Perry had believed abortion should remain legal in cases of rape, incest, or if the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 29, 2011

Egyptian Court Stops “Virginity Tests” On Female Protesters In Prison

Sexual assault and the threat of sexual assault are used as a way to control women. Nowhere is that more present, lately, than in Egypt where female protesters have been forced to undergo “virginity tests” administered by soldiers when they are arrested and imprisoned. Yesterday, a Cairo court sided with protester Samira Ibrahim, age 25,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 28, 2011

The Soapbox: On Rape, Alcohol, Victim-Blaming & Feminist In-Fighting

If you write for a living — especially opinion writing, and especially as a feminist — you set yourself up for criticism. You really have no control over how others respond to your work, other than choosing not to write it. By attaching your name to your views, you put yourself in the position to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 21, 2011

Girl Talk: I Was Date Raped When I Was Drunk

I was a virgin until a month before my 21st birthday. I was on my second date with a guy named Craig, a 20-something blond surfer type who got my number after I made him a chai tea to go at the coffee shop in his neighborhood where I worked. I was lying on hi…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 20, 2011

Today’s Lady News: UVM Frat Closed Indefinitely, Plus Controversy At The Good Men Project

The national body of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity has decided to close their UVM chapter indefinitely following that “Who would you rape?” survey scandal. [Burlington Free Press]
Has the women’s rights movement screwed over poor women? [Jezebel]
Sigh. Sarah Palin continues to tease that she may still run for President, saying, “It’…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 19, 2011

What Does CDC’s New Data About Sexual Assault Reveal?

The Centers For Disease Control released its National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey yesterday and the findings throw a fork in many common perceptions surrounding sexual assault and its victims. Contrary to the stereotype that a rape victim is “some slut in a bar,” the demographics found to be at the highest risk for sexual…

By: Stefanie Blejec / December 15, 2011

Today’s Lady News: UVM Frat Asks Whom Brothers Would Like To Rape

The fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon at University of Vermont (UVM) has been busted for sending out a questionnaire amongst brothers which included the question, “If I could rape someone, who would it be?” It seems to be a joke — er, “joke” — considering how other questions on the survey included benign questio…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 13, 2011

Date Rape PSA By PA’s Liquor Control Board Accused Of Victim-Blaming

Pennsylvania’s Liquor Control Board is under fire for a new PSA campaign called Control Tonight, which critics say puts the onus on women for “not getting raped” while drunk and is blaming the victim. The ad in question depicts a woman’s bare legs on what looks like a tiled bathroom floor with her panties pulled…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 8, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Chicago-Area Campus Sex Assaults Rarely Prosecuted

Campus sexual assaults are rarely prosecuted as felonies at Chicago schools, according to a depressing piece in the Chicago Tribune. Many sexual assaults that police agree are rapes are prosecuted as misdemeanor battery charges, allegedly because they are easier to prosecute. [Chicago Tribune]
Texas Governor Rick Perry is decrying President Obama’s international promotio…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 6, 2011

Morning Quickies: Vinny From “Jersey Shore” Raps About Rape

Vinny Guadagnino from “Jersey Shore” debuted a rap song on YouTube yesterday called “Rack City Mix” with the lyrics “Actin’ like I’m raping it / F**k her till she fakin’ it.” After getting blased by the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), Vinny pulled the video. He also tweeted, “Whoa! Some people really…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 1, 2011

DSK’s Wife Considering Divorce After Rape Accusations, Prostitution Scandal

Finally! At long last, Dominique Strauss Kahn’s wife has finally gotten a clue (or an STD). Anne Sinclair stood by the former International Monetary Fund chief when he was accused in May of sexually assaulting a hotel maid and reached into her deep pockets to pay his lawyer fees. (All criminal charges were dismissed; a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 18, 2011

Swedish Principal Tells Teen Rape Victim That “Guys Do This Kind Of Thing”

You’re on notice, Sweden. You are supposed to be the land of gender equality, meatballs and easy-to-assemble LACK coffee tables. So what is this about a school principal telling a teenaged student who was raped that “guys do this kind of thing, you have to get used to it?”…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 14, 2011

Today’s Lady News: 10-Year-Old Girl Gives Birth In Mexico

A 10-year-old gave birth to a baby in Mexico. The legal age of consent in Mexico is age 12 and abortions are denied to pregnancies further along than three months and to those who cannot prove sexual assault. [New York Daily News
Certain procedures involved in gender reassignment surgery are now tax deductible. The procedure…

By: Stefanie Blejec / November 10, 2011

Facebook Pulls Some (But Not All) Rape Jokes

On November 2, feminist activists organized together to protest Facebook’s refusal to remove pages that contained jokes about rape and violence against women from their site. Facebook’s Terms of Service bans language that is “hateful, threatening,” or contains “graphic or gratuitous violence” — which you will quickly find out if you make a “joke” about,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 10, 2011
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