Posts tagged "rape"

Most People Think Rape Victims Are Partly To Blame, Says Survey

Here's a statistic that shouldn't sit right with anyone: Over 73 percent of people in a study by the Havens, a sexual assault referral center in the U.K., believe the victim should "take responsibility" for getting raped if they've already performed another sexual act on the rapist. Raped? Well, you'd already given him a hand…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 18, 2010

Quotable: Bikinis, The Cause Of All Social Ills!

"You can't blame the locals; they have never seen such women. Foreign tourists must maintain a certain degree of modesty in their clothing. Walking on the beaches half-naked is bound to titillate the senses."— Pamela Mascarhenas, deputy director of tourism of Goa in India, after the alleged sexual assault of a 9-year-old Russian girl there…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 2, 2010

9-Year-Old Girl Gives Birth In China

In China, an unnamed 9-year-old schoolgirl became one of the youngest mothers in the world this week when she gave birth to a 6-pound baby boy by C-section. Even though her family is refusing to speak publicly about the incident, they claim to have reported the pregnancy to authorities, who are still trying to discover…

By: Ami Angelowicz / February 2, 2010

Two Very, Very Uncool Lies

Lying is bad enough in the first place. But if there are two things a person should never, ever lie about, they are AIDS and rape. So we are pretty horrified by these stories that came out today. First, porn star Jackie Braxton (aka “Fame”) is probably in hiding right now after she told a…

By: Ami Angelowicz / January 19, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Male Columnist Calls For More Female Sex Scandals!

Perhaps inspired by the Daily Beast article on the very same subject, a male op-ed columnist for the Washington Post wondered why women don't have sex scandals like men (um, men like Tiger Woods) do. [WaPo] Remember yesterday when I wrote about the 14-year-old boy in California who allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl in a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 16, 2009

Doctors Without Borders Gives Voice To Congo War Survivors

Doctors without Borders, the organization that goes to war zones and the forgotten ends of the earth to treat anyone who needs care, is bringing good of a different kind to the people they serve. A few years ago, NBC's "ER" gave voices to fictional doctors and patients in Darfur, and now the real doctor…

By: Erica Maxwell / December 3, 2009

Fun With Family: Roman Polanski Ruined My Thanksgiving

Well, sort of. The director was at the center of an argument between my brother and I that started almost as soon as we sat down for Thanksgiving dinner. [For reference: Polanski was apprehended by Swiss authorities, after he fled the United States in 1977 before he could be sentenced for having "unlawful sex with…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 30, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Fake “Rape” Was Apparently A Prank By Sacred Heart Lacrosse Players

A lawyer for one of the lacrosse players involved in an incident at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut on Sunday night said three male students didn't actually rape an 18-year-old female student, but held her down and joked about raping her. Therefore, these three young men were charged with conspiracy to commit sexual assault. Timothy…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 25, 2009

Make Your Bed Date Rape-Friendly!

I thought the ickiest things being sold on Etsy were those custom-made vagina portrait necklaces, but I was wrong. Now date rapists can get down to business in comfort and style with one of these super-snuggly Rohypnol pillows, from Etsy retailer GalacticBoutique! But, the seller warns, the pillows are not for consumption, as "they do…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 24, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Polanski’s Lawyer Says He’s Been Punished Enough For Drugging, Raping Teen

Roman Polanski's attorney said he has already been punished enough by serving 42 days in prison back in 1978. You know, after he gave drugs to and raped a 13-year-old girl? Forty-two days! Polanski is currently in jail in Switzerland and may be in prison for up to two years if he's sent back to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 20, 2009

Today’s Lady News: After Homecoming Dance Gang Rape, City Struggles With Blaming The Victim

The city of Richmond, California, is struggling to deal with the horrific gang rape of a 15-year-old girl, which allegedly had up to 20 witnesses, outside a homecoming dance. For some in Richmond, this means blaming the victim and criticizing the "snitches" who put seven of the alleged rapists in jail. [NY Times] A study…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 9, 2009

Today’s Lady News: 6 Bodies Found At Cleveland Rapist’s Home

Six women's bodies were found at the home of Anthony Sowell, 50, of Cleveland, Ohio, when police arrested him on a rape and felony assault warrant last Thursday. Sowell already served 15 years in prison for a 1989 rape of a 21-year-old woman. Although the bodies have not yet been identified, at least two wome…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 2, 2009

Today’s Lady News: 15-Year-Old Girl Gang Raped After Homecoming Dance

A 15-year-old girl was gang raped, beaten and robbed by as many as seven people after a homecoming dance at Richmond High School in Richmond, CA. Police say the girl left the dance and was invited by a friend to join a group drinking in a court yard near the school, where she consumed "a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 27, 2009

Are Date-Rape Drugs An Urban Myth?

"Date-rape drugs are largely an urban myth used as an excuse by women who booze themselves into a stupor, it has been claimed."That's the first line from an article in today's Daily Mail, about a new study out of the University of Kent that suggests many women mistake being drunk for being drugged. Of course,…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 27, 2009

Evil Insurance Companies Are Dropping Coverage For Women Who’ve Been Raped

Last week, the Huffington Post made our blood boil when they reported on a horrifying trend—that insurance companies are denying benefits for women who've been raped, and even dropping their coverage altogether. How can they get away with such a thing? Because, when a woman is raped and it's unknown whether the assailant used a…

By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / October 27, 2009

New York State Rape Kits Get DNA Upgrade

We're definitely in the DNA age, people. You only need to tune into the paternity-testing "The Maury Show" or a crime show marathon to know that. So it's about time New York state gives its rape testing kits, which were first introduced in emergency rooms 20 years ago, a DNA upgrade. Today, state officials are…

By: Annika Harris / October 22, 2009

Is Rape Still A Crime If The Rapist Was Sleepwalking?

OK, this story is literally a nightmare. Nick Walker, a 21-year-old student at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, went out drinking with some friends, including a 21-year-old girl who was visiting for the weekend. As the night wound down, they all passed out at the friend’s apartment where she was staying. Thi…

By: Ami Angelowicz / October 21, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Roman Polanski Isn’t So Into This “Jail” Thing

Filmmaker Roman Polanski has been denied a request to be released from jail after Swiss officials busted him in Zurich over a week ago for a 1977 incident in which he gave a 13-year-old girl drugs and alcohol and then raped her. Polanski served 42 days in jail for the rape, but had been living…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 7, 2009

Cell Phone Photos Of Guinea Soldiers Raping Women Go Viral

Depressing story alert! An ultra disturbing article in today's New York Times looks at how military officers in Conakry, Guinea attacked unarmed demonstrators last week. Their main order of business seemed to be sexually assaulting the group's women. Sadly, experts say this is business as usual in Africa. But what is new is that i…

By: Jessica Goldberg / October 6, 2009

Chris Rock On Polanski: “It’s Rape!”

I've been getting increasingly pissy about the lack of celebrities speaking out against Roman Polanski compared to those -- like Whoopi Goldberg -- who've been making lame excuses for him raping a 13-year-old girl and evading jail time. But not Chris Rock! The comic was on "Jay Leno" last night, promoting his new movie, "Good…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 2, 2009
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