A California woman has been forced to pay her rapist — who happens to be her ex — a monthly living stipend. Say what?
Such is the ruling of a Judge Gregory Pollock. Crystal Harris successfully convicted her ex-husband Shawn Harris of forced oral copulation and he is now serving time in prison. But upon his release from jail, she’ll have to pay him $1,000 a month in alimony. Pollack cited Harris’ higher income — 11k a month —as the main reason. But in the state of California, attempted murder (!) is the only crime that forgives the alimony program. (Harris, sensibly, wants to change that.)
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There’s a lot of dodginess on Facebook (status “updates” from your sister’s fetus, hello) but there’s one thing we cannot tacitly approve by ignoring — rape jokes such as:
- “Kicking Sluts in the Vagina”
- “Whats 10 inches and gets girls to have sex with me? my knife”
- “I know a silly little bitch that needs a good slap”
- “We’re gonna have sex tonight” “Why?” “Because im stronger than you are”
Yes, some immature, insensitive people post rape jokes or create pages with themes about raping, stabbing, or threatening their girlfriends and moms. That hate speech is bad enough, but alas, you are allowed under the First Amendment to be a douchebag.
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Tonya Cooley, who appeared on MTV‘s “The Real World: Chicago,” is suing two of her male cast members on “The Real World/Road Rules Challenge” for allegedly raping her with a toothbrush. According to the lawsuit obtained by TMZ, Tonya is suing Kenneth “Kenny” Santucci and Evan Starkman for allegedly taking a fourth cast member’s toothbrush and rubbing it against her labia while she was passed out (which I’m assuming means drunk, not asleep). Kenneth and Evan also put the toothbrush inside her vagina, which is sexual assault. Keep reading »
A serial rapist in Dallas is apparently targeting alumnae of the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, a Dallas newspaper reports. Over the past eleven months, four black women in their 50s and 60s who are alumnae of DST in the Dallas area have been victims of home invasions between 9 p.m. and 4 a.m. All were raped by seemingly the same suspect. Each woman said the rapist seemed to know personal information about them, which might suggest he’s targeting them through some kind of affiliation they all have. As such, the Plano, Texas, police department is warning DST alumnae (a predominantly black sorority) that arapist is afoot.
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It’s a sad statement on humanity that some folks need advice like:
If you pull over to help a woman whose car has broken down, remember not to rape her.
But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to see this anti-rape campaign poster from Rape Crisis Scotland posted everywhere. (Thanks to commenter EscapeHatches for sending along!) [Rape Crisis Scotland UK] Keep reading »
Any story of rape, whether it happens to a man, woman or child, is horrific and tragic. This particular story has the distinction of being horrific, tragic and weird: three women in Zimbabwe have been charged with sexually assaulting male hitchhikers and collecting condoms filled with semen. The women had 33 jizz-laden condoms, which police say were acquired during 17 different sexual assaults over the past two years.
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I, predictably, love Johnny Depp. But I am not really feeling his casual way with words in the November issue of Vanity Fair. Apparently, in an interview with Nick Tosches, Johnny seeks to show the extent to which he dislikes photo shoots. “Well, you just feel like you’re being raped somehow. Raped … It feels like a kind of weird — just weird, man,” he says. “Whenever you have a photo shoot or something like that, it’s like—you just feel dumb. It’s just so stupid.” [NY Post]
Johnny apparently didn’t get the message that comparing things that aren’t sexual assault to sexual assault is hugely insensitive and just wrong. How we wished he’d learned from these celebs who did it before him.
A gift from me to you, A Handy-Dandy Guide On Things Not To Do If You’re A Cop — Or Anyone — Talking To Women About Sexual Assault When A Serial Rapist Is Afoot:
- Suggest that wearing a skirt, shorts, or dress is just asking for it.
- That’s it.
Unfortunately, the NYPD did not get that memo. Women in areas of Brooklyn — which has been ground zero for a serial rapist/groper throughout the spring, summer and fall — report that NYPD officers have stopped them on the street and offered unsolicited victim-blaming sartorial advice. One 25-year-old who identified herself as Lauren to the Wall Street Journalsaid she was stopped by a cop while wearing shorts. “He pointed at my outfit and said, ‘Don’t you think your shorts are a little short?’” Lauren told the WSJ. “He pointed at [other women's] dresses and said they were showing a lot of skin. He said that such clothing could make the suspect think he had ‘easy access.’”
Oh, for f**k’s sake.
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