Posts tagged "rape"

Football Star Lawrence Taylor Accused In Rape Of 15-Year-Old Girl

Another day, another sports star accused of rape: Lawrence Taylor, a former football player for the New York Giants, was arrested today for allegedly sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl. The girl, whose identity will likely be kept secret because of her young age, was allegedly prostituted out by a pimp at a Holiday Inn i…

Jessica Wakeman / May 6, 2010

Behold, The Ben “Rapelisberger” Tee Shirt

Brilliant: somebody’s made “Rapelisberger” T-shirts — that would be Ben Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers QB who has been accused of sexual assault twice in the past year — with his number “7” and the phrase “no means no” on the front. The NFL may have only suspended Roethlisberger from six games and ordered him to…

Jessica Wakeman / May 4, 2010

You Can’t Get Raped In Skinny Jeans, Jury Says

An Australian jury acquitted 23-year-old Nicholas Gonzales of rape because it refused to believe the alleged victim’s skinny jeans could have been removed without “collaboration.” Gonzales and the alleged victim, a 24-year-old woman, met for drinks in April 2008 and then returned to his house to listen to music. Gonzales claims they had consensual sex…

Jessica Wakeman / May 3, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Oklahoma Pols Override Governor’s Vetoes On Scary Abortion Bills

The Oklahoma Legislature voted today to override two vetoes on bills restricting abortion, which Governor Brad Henry had vetoed last week. One bill requires a doctor to show a woman who wants an abortion an ultrasound and describe the development of the fetus, with no exception for rape and incest victims. The second bill…

Jessica Wakeman / April 27, 2010

Today’s Lady News: 13-Year-Old “Bride” Dies After Arranged Marriage

OK, this is a sad one: a spokesperson for Sisters Arab Forum for Human Rights says a 13-year-old girl in Yemen died of severe bleeding to her genitals four days after an arranged marriage. Question: why does the AP not use the words “sexual assault” once in this article? Recently a religious decree in

Jessica Wakeman / April 8, 2010

The 5 Most Obnoxious Things People Usually Say While Discussing Date Rape

That’s what happens when …

“That’s what happens” is just another way to say “boys will be boys,” meaning it is another way to level some of the blame on the victim instead of squarely on the perpetrator where it belongs. Saying “that’s what happens” to the victim is dismissive and unust. Sexually

Jessica Wakeman / April 5, 2010

Frisky Q & A: Lauren Book-Lim, Executive Director Of Lauren’s Kids And Sexual Abuse Survivor

Lauren Book-Lim is a survivor.

From age 10 to 16, the young Florida girl was sexually abused by her family’s live-in nanny. After telling her parents about the abuse and putting the former nanny behind bars, in 2002 Book-Lim started Lauren’s Kids. The organization educates children and adults about sexual abuse and also ru…

Jessica Wakeman / April 2, 2010

9 Teens Charged After Classmate Commits Suicide

Nine Massachusetts teens were charged today with statutory rape, violation of civil rights, criminal harassment and disturbing a school assembly in conjunction with a bullying incident. Back in January, 15-year-old Phoebe Prince was jumped by a group of male and female students in the school library and hallways. Phoebe was verbally harassed, physically abused, and…

Ami Angelowicz / March 30, 2010

Dear Wendy: “Should I Tell My New Boyfriend I Was Raped?”

I’ve been dating my boyfriend for three months and things are going great. I really enjoy his company, I respect him, and I feel safe around him. The problem is, three years ago my ex-boyfriend raped me. It took me a while to come to terms with the fact that I was raped (because he…

Wendy Atterberry / March 29, 2010

“My Spirit Has To Be In You,” Said Very Creative Fortune Teller/Alleged Rapist

I am not trying to make light of this news at all, but I see the word “fortune teller” in a headline and I have to write about it: Cesar Duran of Torrance, California, who claims to be a fortuneteller, has been accused of sexual assaulting two girls, ages 14 and 16, after “reading” their…

Jessica Wakeman / March 26, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Ohio Judge Wants Juvenile Rape Victims To Take Lie Detector Test

A juvenile court judge in Ohio has ordered four teenage victims of sexual assault to undergo polygraph (lie detector) tests. So far, none of the teens has followed Cuyahoga Juvenile Court Judge Alison Floyd’s order. The mother of one of the 16-year-old victims told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer: “It felt like the blame was back…

Jessica Wakeman / March 22, 2010

Evil Guy Rapes 5 Of His Daughters, Impregnates 3 Of Them

This New Jersey man will certainly get the Worst Father of the Century award and, hopefully, will spend the rest of his life in jail. After having apocalyptic visions, he raped five of his daughters … and impregnated three. Their babies were born at home and did not get birth certificates. When some of them…

Nikki Dowling / March 11, 2010

Ben Roethlisberger Accused Of Sexual Assault, Again

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been accused of sexual assault — again. According to the gossip blog TMZ.com, “Big Ben” and pals were out on the town drinking in Milledgeville, Georgia, on Friday night when a 20-year-old woman alleged Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her in the bathroom of the club, Capital City. A source at…

Jessica Wakeman / March 8, 2010

Profile Of A Campus Date Rapist

Statistics have shown that most men who commit rape or date rape are known to the victim: friends, friends-with-benefits, boyfriends, husbands, even family members, etc. But even as someone who is attuned to news stories about sexual assault, I was unaware that researchers have gathered more info in the past decade about who these me…

Jessica Wakeman / March 5, 2010

Girl Talk: Finding Forgiveness For A Friend’s Assault

My best friend in the world was attacked. Her ex, upset and drunk one night, followed her home and up the stairs to her apartment door. Before she could close it, he’d muscled it open. She tried to force the weight of her body against it, to hold it shut. And couldn’t. He came through.

Erica Maxwell / February 19, 2010

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 i…

Jessica Wakeman / December 16, 2009
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