“It is an important thing to instill in a younger generation about the impact of rape, the lasting impact of rape. Children from grade school to high school to college are incredibly susceptible and incredibly malleable, as we all know. To get them early, to teach them about the facts and figures and other realities of rape is key. It is an important issue to me as not only a man, but as an educator, as a human being and as a person on this planet.”
— Jon Hamm melts my heart a little more (proving such a thing is possible). Seriously, is this man for real?! All that handsome, all that talent, and he’s a feminist? Jon spoke yesterday at a benefit brunch for the Rape Treatment Center in Beverly Hills, where he emphasized imparting good values on children while they are young. He’s 100 percent correct here and I’m psyched there’s such a prominent celebrity who gets it.
After the jump, Jon Hamm also opened up about the lack of male role models in his life and how it impacted him: Keep reading »
UPDATE, 2:40p.m.: Anti-street harassment group Hollaback! has announced that T-Mobile responded to the Change.org petition and provided the requested phone numbers to the NYPD. Thank you, T-Mobile, for doing the right thing. [Hollaback!]
T-Mobile has the ability to provide police with the phone number for a rapist who sexually assaulted a 22-year-old woman inside a car in Brooklyn. But despite a police subpoena, T-Mobile has refused to hand over the phone number — which could possibly get this rapist off the streets — by claiming it would violate the “privacy” of their customers.
In the meantime, the rapist(s) (possibly looking like this or like this or like this) is still at large. An investigator for the NYPD told the Brooklyn Paper that two or three individuals may be involved. Keep reading »
For the past year, the country has been following the sordid tale of the two NYPD “rape cops” who were accused of sexually assaulting a drunk woman whom they were called to remove from a taxi cab and take into her apartment. After a night of partying, the 27-year-old Gap employee was put into a cab by friends. She vomited on herself and was disoriented, so a cab driver called police to come to her aid. The cops who arrived on the scene helped her inside her place, but returned to her apartment several times over the course of the night to “check up on her.” Ex-officer Kenneth Moreno claimed he cuddled the blackout-drunk woman in her bed while she wore only a bra, although the woman herself claims he raped her and can recall her panties being removed. Moreno’s partner, Franklin Mata, allegedly hung out elsewhere in the woman’s apartment while Moreno was alone with her in the bedroom. The pair were also accused of faking 911 calls that would allow them to stay in the area near the woman’s apartment.
Shocking those of us who followed the case, Moreno was found not guilty of sexual assault. Jurors did not trust the victim’s memory because she had been blackout drunk; they also said they could not convict him due to a lack of DNA evidence. (Moreno had admitted on tape, when he was approached by the victim at his police station, that he had used a condom.) The surely-despondent victim released a sad statement after the verdict to say she was “devastated and disappointed by the jury’s decision.”
So it is in this environment that one of the jurors in the case, Patrick Kirkland, decided to cash in, publishing an article on the blog Gothamist called “Confessions of a ‘Rape Cop’ Juror,” for which he charged $1.99 on Kindle and $2.99 on PDF. Keep reading »
A test for date rape drugs may soon be available so women can learn in real-time if their drinks have been spiked. All a boozer has to do is dip the test into the drink and the test tells you whether it’s been roofied with either GHB or ketamine. The test works equally well on beer, cocktails, mocktails and soft drinks and allegedly has a 100 percent success rate. Date rape drug tests, created by Israeli scientists, should be commercially available in a year and a half. Keep reading »
It look me a while to catch on to “True Blood”; weeks of friends talking nonsense about Jason Stackhouse’s sex life, several Freudian comments on the part of my mother regarding race relations and the sale of vampire blood, and a picture of Alexander Skarsgård without his shirt on, to finally get me watching. And, admittedly, it wasn’t until about halfway through season 2 that I really got hooked. I had a voice in my head—I can’t remember whose—but it was someone’s who had promised me that “True Blood” was “the new ‘Buffy.’” Needless to say, “True Blood” pales to “Buffy” in every way possible, and I would be reluctant to say that the two are even comparable thematically or in genre, apart from the vampires and other pervading supernatural elements. Yet “True Blood” has its important moments—drug abuse, eternal virginity, bestiality, orgies and a human-vampire media war. In short, there are redeeming qualities that, through the gratuitous gore and graphic sex, give “True Blood” a point. Keep reading »
Behold, woman’s new best friend. Rapports Opus is a police dog in Sweden who has been training for over a year to help police nab rapists by sniffing out sperm. This pup has just closed his first case. Last month, a woman was forced to perform oral sex on a man in a Swedish park. To help police collect evidence, Rapports Opus was brought in to find any trace amounts of semen left at the scene of the crime. Rapports Opus led investigators right to a sample that—bingo—matched the DNA of their prime suspect, a 23-year-old man. Investigators expect the court case to be open and shut. Nice work, Rapports Opus. Anyone else hoping he inspires a sequel to “K-9″? [Newser, The Local] Keep reading »
Two months ago, a New York City jury acquitted two NYPD officers who were accused (in a 2008 incident) of allegedly entering the apartment of a drunk woman — who they’d been called to help — several times over the course of one night and raping her. Kenneth Moreno was accused of raping the woman, then a 27-year-old Gap employee who was blackout drunk, while his partner Franklin Mata stood watch. A jury grappled with the lack of DNA evidence tying Moreno to the rape (he allegedly used a condom) and acquitted the “rape cops” of rape, burglary, and falsifying business records and only found them guilty of official misconduct.
Trial watchers were shocked. Activists held protests. Now, The Village Voice has published a front-page article about another late-night incident, also in 2008, in which Moreno and Mata allegedly verbally abused a young woman outside a bar, calling her a “bitch” and a “c**t.”
This is a story — a documented incident — the jury never heard. Keep reading »