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

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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 reported her alleged statutory rape to police and was scheduled to go to trial next month to try and put her alleged rapist, Franklin B. Davis behind bars.

Tragically, Shania was murdered by Davis before she ever had a chance to testify against him. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: On Wishing Rape Upon Rapists

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A Turkish woman shot and decapitated her rapist. Read More »
"Don't Get Raped!"
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New Tumblr collects news stories that blame the victim. Read More »
Rape Drug Tester
Would you buy a straw that can detect date rape drugs in your drink? Read More »

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 on a bench, birdwatching. Last week she witnessed a man in the bushes masturbating, so she took his picture — presumably to show to police. He came up to her after being photographed and demanded she hand over the film, but she refused.

Then Tuesday around noon, she was back in the park and the same man confronted her, asked “You remember me?” and then savagely beat and raped her, vaginally and rectally. He ran off with her bag, which contained her camera, and tried to steal her watch, too.  The elderly victim was discovered lying in the ground  by a fellow birdwatcher, who called 911. (He was arrested yesterday.) Keep reading »

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

Rape Drug Tester
Would you buy a straw that can detect date rape drugs in your drink? Read More »
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A Turkish woman shot and decapitated her rapist. Read More »
Victim Blaming
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Rape victims are never to blame for their assault. Read More »
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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 writer Kate Harding on Don’t Get Raped, which is filled with links to news articles about our shitty blame-the-victim-not-the-assailant rape culture. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to learn to how do my own Pap smear because I apparently can’t go to the gynecologist without getting raped. [VictimBlaming.Tumblr.com]

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

I Was Date Raped
Amelia was date raped in college by a guy she liked. Read More »
Date Rape PSA
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This date rape PSA has been accused of blaming the victim. Read More »
Date Rape Drug Test
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A date rape drug test may soon be available. Read More »
Drunk Is A Feminist Issue
Why women everywhere should be concerned about binge-drinking. Read More »

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, a woman is sexually assaulted every two minutes. Not surprisingly, there is a market for anti-date rape products … such as the first reusable anti-date rape straw. Keep reading »

Turkish Woman Shoots, Decapitates Her Rapist

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  • 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, which he was threatening to show to her parents in an attempt to humiliate her family. She is quoted in the UK’s Daily Mail explaining: “He kept saying that he would tell everyone about the rape. My daughter will start school this year. Everyone would have insulted my children. Now no one can. I saved my honour.  They will now call children the kids of the women who saved her honor.” On the one hand I honestly could care less about what sort of punishments befall rapists; I’m of the opinion they should rot in prison the rest of their lives. But on the other hand, it’s absolutely tragic that this woman was motivated to murder by reclaiming her “honor.” How terribly sad that this woman felt tarnished as a human being. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

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 students must complete an online video tutorial and score 100 percent on a quiz. It’s the first university to require students educate themselves on the “myths and facts” of sexual assault. It’s come as a response to several allegations of sexual assault on campus last semester. It’s trying to address the “rape-prone culture.” Read more …

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

Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
Paul Ryan Backpedals
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What? Who me? Nah, I didn't say anything about rape and abortion. Read More »
"Forcible Rape"
Behind Republicans' attempts to redefine rape. Read More »
Birth control, 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]

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 staple these days, rivaled in volume only by Real Housewives and Ryan Seacrest’s face.

To speed the sexual education of the GOP, we have paired ten Republicans’ ill-conceived rape comments with cinematic antidotes from the Lifetime TV oeuvre. Movie night at the Tampa Hilton, anyone? Read more…

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

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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 pregnant by her rapist and gave birth to a two-year-old child.  Keep reading »

"Forcible Rape"
Behind Republicans' attempts to redefine rape. Read More »
An Exception For Rape
The problem with the anti-abortion movement's "rape exception." Read More »
Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »

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

Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
"Forcible Rape"
Behind Republicans' attempts to redefine rape. Read More »
Paul Ryan Backpedals
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What? Who me? Nah, I didn't say anything about rape and abortion. Read More »
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Was It Legitimate Rape?
  • 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 Marcotte on why “I’m pro-choice but … ” is a shitty thing to say. [Reproductive Health Reality Check]
  • New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd takes Todd Akin to task in one of the best columns she has ever written. [New York Times]
  • Krystal Ball, the former Democratic candidate in Virginia whose goofy party photos were used to slut-shame her by opponents, has rebuilt her life after the scandal. [NYMag.com]
  • On why Rep. Todd Akin didn’t really “misspeak.” [Slate] Keep reading »
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