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Steubenville Hacker Could Do More Prison Time Than The Rapists

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  • Deric Lostutter, the Anonymous hacker who exposed the Steubenville rape case — in which players on the high school football team sexually assaulted a drunk girl at a party and were protected by their community — is facing hacking-related charges from the FBI, which carry up to 10 years in prison. Ten years, by the way, is a lot longer than either of the convicted rapists will spend behind bars. Lostutter said he is being made an example of by the FBI. [Think Progress]
  • Ohio’s state Senate advanced a budget bill that strips state funding for Planned Parenthood clinics, which provide reproductive health care to low-income women, including cancer screenings and HIV testing. Instead the state would grant funding to so-called “crisis pregnancy centers,” which have been known to lie to women about reproductive health while discouraging them away from abortions. The bill now heads to the Ohio state House. [Raw Story] Keep reading »

5 Things To Know About This Week’s Military Sexual Assault Hearings

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This week, the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee tackled the scourge of sexual violence in the military and voted to remove military top brass from their ability to overturn convictions for sexual assault. Yet Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri said the hearings were “stunningly bad,” as military leaders were unprepared to respond to the questions from senators and unwilling to consider many suggested changes.

Here are five things you should know about what went down this week as Congress took substantive steps to eradicate the military’s sexual assault problem. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: What Do Rape Jokes Make Rapists Think?

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Daniel Tosh joked about a woman in audience getting raped by five men. Read More »
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The Internet Rape Joke Wars have been waged, on and off, since at least last year, when comedian Daniel Tosh responded to a woman who had challenged him during his set about the number of rape jokes he was making with, “Wouldn’t it be funny if that girl got raped by, like, five guys right now?” (The questions about rape jokes pre-date The Tosh Incident, of course, but that was the watershed moment in which those questions broke into the mainstream – at one point, Louis CK had to go on “The Daily Show” to address a seemingly-supportive tweet that he’d made to Tosh.) Since then, the debate has heated up and cooled down, depending on what jokes comedians are making.

Most recently, it was a low-profile comic named Sam Morril, whose set was challenged in a column by feminist blogger Sady Doyle, that reignited the issue. And last week, feminist and comedian Lindy West of Jezebel took to television and debated the issue with comic Jim Norton on FX’s “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.” During the 12-minute segment, West made her points, Barry made his, and a lot of people on the Internet came away from the discussion with the exact same opinion they started with.

West’s argument centered around the (mathematically hard to dispute) fact that, sitting in the crowd each night a comic performs, there’s likely to be someone who has survived a sexual assault, and these jokes are likely to make that person’s night much, much harder. That’s true, and it’s absolutely worth considering. But there’s someone else who is likely to be in that room to hear it at some point, too, and how the joke will make that person feel is important, too. I’m talking about the rapist. Keep reading »

Set Your DVR: “Outlawed In Pakistan” Airs Tuesday Night On PBS

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On Sunday and Monday you’re binge-watching “Arrested Development,” I get it. But set your DVRs now for Tuesday night at 10 p.m. for “Outlawed In Pakistan,” a new documentary airing on the PBS program “Frontline.” The film by Habiba Nosheen and Hilke Schellmann, follows a teenaged girl named Kainat Soomro, who accused four men of gang rape at age 13 at great risk to her own life. Like other women who try to go through Pakistan’s justice system, she’s found herself being shamed, doubted, and threatened by a culture that blames the rape victim more than her perpetrators. One family member of one of Kainat’s accused rapists even told the two female filmmakers, “There will be murders over this.”

You can learn more about the film at PBS.org. It will air on Tuesday night and then be viewable online. I know I’ll be watching. [Frontline: Outlawed In Pakistan]

Jose Canseco Tweets Rape Accuser’s Name, Phone Number, Photo

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This afternoon, former baseball player Jose Canseco livetweeted the police arriving at his house to allegedly charge him with drugging and raping a fitness model — and then he tweeted the rape accuser’s name, phone number and a photograph of her in a bikini. He eventually deleted a bunch of the tweets, although many of them were captured by The Atlantic Wire (who obscured the alleged victim’s name).

The craziness unfolds, after the jump. Keep reading »

Women, Action & The Media Calls On Facebook To Address Gender-Based Hate Speech

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  • Feminist media group Women, Action & The Media (WAM) has called upon Facebook to address gender-based hate speech on the site, in particular groups and pages that condone rape and domestic violence, such as “Raping Your Girlfriend” or “Domestic Violence: Don’t Make Me Tell You Twice.” In an open letter, WAM asks that Facebook recognize speech about violence against women and girls as hate speech and agree not to tolerate it; train moderators to recognize and remove hate speech; and train moderators to understand how online harassment impacts the Facebook community. You can also contact five prominent companies who have run ads which appeared alongside violent and hateful content, including Dove and American Express, in hopes that they will put pressure on Facebook, too. [Women Action Media]
  • A federal appeals court has struck down Arizona’s ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, calling it unconstitutional. [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »
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