Well, this story is all sorts of fucked up. When Nick Olivas was 14 years old, he had sex with a 20-year-old woman, though it’s essential to note that Olivas was too young to consent to sex with an adult, and thus this sexual relationship was statutory rape. Olivas said he didn’t realize at the time that he was being taken advantage and that he could press charges. Flash forward eight years, and Olivas discovered that this woman had his child and that the state of Arizona had apparently decided he owed her $15,000 in back child support payments. Keep reading »
Welp, there goes my ability to ever enjoy Goodie Mob, “Crazy” or “The Voice” again, thanks to abhorrent remarks Cee Lo Green made on Twitter about the definition of rape. See, shortly after pleading “no contest” to charges stemming from a 2010 incident in which he slipped a woman ecstasy without her consent, Green took to Twitter yesterday to defend himself against claims that he raped that same woman while she was under the influence. Green and his lawyer maintain the two had “consensual sexual relations” — and prosecutors chose not to pursue additional charges because of lack of evidence — while Cee Lo, apparently, seems to believe that the woman’s lack of consciousness is proof that she couldn’t have been raped. “If someone is passed out they’re not even WITH you consciously,” he tweeted, adding, “People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!” Keep reading »
Elle reports, “Developers at N.C. State University have created a nail polish that changes color when exposed to date rape drugs.” That is intense and awesome. You’re at a party, you dip your finger in your solo cup, your fingernail changes color. Not only have you prevented something awful from happening to you, you’ve got your hands on the incriminating evidence.
As Elle notes, “instances of campus sex offenses have risen by as much as 50 percent in just the past three years.” Aye yie yie. I’m certainly aware that sexual assault on campus is a huge issue but it always hurts to hear the statistics. Read More On College Candy…
Let us turn now to the most important people in our nation: young men who attend elite universities and want to work in law or medicine someday. As a new school year is about to get underway, Bloomberg checked in with these gentlemen about the perils of having sex with their female classmates. Of particular concern is that they might accidentally rape a woman — which, no, they wouldn’t want to do at all!!! (They want to work in law or medicine, remember.) It would help, though, if women stopped getting in situations where a man might accidentally rape them. One of these young men, a 22-year-old at Stanford University named Chris Herries expounded thusly:
“Do I deserve to have my bike stolen if I leave it unlocked on the quad? We have to encourage people not to take on undue risk.”
The best and the brightest indeed. Chris Herries couldn’t be more correct! Leaving your bike unlocked on the quad is exactly like living under a patriarchy in which one in four women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime.
In the spirit of Herries’ helpful observation to women, here are some other bike safety tips that I hope my fellow lady bike riders will follow: Keep reading »