Posts tagged "rape"

Child Abuse Charges For Phoenix Family Who Abandoned Their 8-Year-Old Girl After Rape

Finally, some good news to come out of this sad story: Phoenix police will pursue felony child abuse charges for the parents, Liberian refugees, who abandoned their eight-year-old daughter in July -- after she was allegedly gang-raped by four boys -- because they were ashamed. The boys, ages 10 to 14, who are also…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 28, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Attorneys Want Woman To Reenact Alleged Rape In The Courtroom

Attorneys for a man accused of raping an Ohio woman have asked the victim to reenact the alleged rape on the bed she was allegedly raped on. In the courtroom. In front of the jury. The attorneys say they believe semen stains on the bed would not match up with the physical positions the victim…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 25, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Magician David Copperfield Accused Of Rape

A 22-year-old woman claims that magician David Copperfield raped her, sexually assaulted her repeatedly, and threatened her on his private island in Musha Cay, Bahamas in 2007. The alleged victim said one of his assistants brought her backstage at a magic show and she was then invited to Copperfield's private island for work that might…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 20, 2009

Do We Live In A Rape Culture?

Normally, I'm not big on low-budget documentaries. But this new video called “Our Hidden Culture” really got me thinking. It argues that we in the United States live in a "rape culture"—where unwanted sexual attention is constantly lavished on women (hello, cat callers), where sexual violence is constantly portrayed in music and on film (that'…
By: Ami Angelowicz / August 19, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Marriott Admits Blaming A Victim For Her Own Rape At Their Hotel Was Wrong

The Marriott Hotel & Spa in Stamford, CT, changed its legal claim that a 40-year-old mom of two who was raped at gunpoint in their parking garage was not to blame for her own rape. In a lawsuit against the hotel, the victim had claimed that the hotel did not adequately protect her from…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 18, 2009

Lady News: Hotel Says Woman Was Negligent In Her Own Rape

After a 40-year-old woman was sexually assaulted at gunpoint in the hotel's parking garage in front of her two kids, Marriott Hotel & Spa in Stamford, CT, has responded to a lawsuit by the victim by saying she "failed to exercise due care for her own safety and the safety of her children and proper…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 14, 2009

Congo’s Growing Problem: Men Raping Men

Congo has a new problem to add to the ever-growing list of atrocities racking the country. According to an article in The New York Times, it is now popular for men to rape other men in an effort to force Congolese communities into submission. Officials from Oxfam, Human Rights Watch, the United…
By: Annika Harris / August 5, 2009

Rape A Serious, Serious Problem In South Africa

In South Africa, lesbians have it tough. There's a whole category of heinous crimes there known as "corrective rape," where power trippin' men who rape lesbians to turn them straight or just to punish them for their preferences. Corrective rapes happen all the time, yet only 31 cases have been reported since 1998. Why? Because…
By: Nikki Dowling / August 3, 2009

8-Year-Old Raped By Boys Who Aren’t Even 15 Yet

This is a sad story. If you are looking for something uplifting to start your weekend, stop reading right now. Police in Phoenix, AZ, went out to investigate reports of hysterical screaming. They found four boys, all under age 15, and a partially clothed 8-year-old girl running from an empty shed. The boys, ages 9…
By: Catherine Strawn / July 25, 2009

What Tori Amos Learned From Her Sexual Assault

One of the first things you learn about alt-girl favorite Tori Amos is that she was raped when she was younger. Anyone who listens to her chilling song, "Me And A Gun," off her Little Earthquakes album knows that and Amos has been honest about her assault for years. Recently, Amo…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 13, 2009

Deadgirl, That Zombie Rape Flick You’ve Been Waiting For, Is Finally Here

Ah, horror films. If you found the corpse of a dead woman in a mental institution basement, you'd totes have sex with it, right? Then chop up the body parts...until she comes alive and eats you. Such is the plot of "Deadgirl", a new horror flick, whose movie poster even look…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 3, 2009

Oscar Winner May Be A Craigslist Rapist

Joseph Brooks, the guy who wrote "You Light Up My Life" and won an Oscar for it, is facing 82 counts of rape-related charges against 11 different women since 2005. He lured these young gals into his apartment by dangling the fame carrot in front of them—he'd have them sit on his "casting couch" and…
By: Nikki Dowling / June 24, 2009

What If Your Mother Married A Rapist?

Shudder. Double X has a creepy tale penned by Anna Balkrishna about how her mother married her prison pen pal. Oh, and why was he in jail in the first place? Rape, it turned out. After 22 years of marriage, Balkrishna's parents divorced. Not long after, Balkrishna's mother happened to get a random,…
By: Susannah Breslin / June 18, 2009

Rape Victim Turns Painful Past Into Promising Future For Young Women

An article on CNN yesterday turned me on to Zimababwe native Betty Makoni, CNN hero of the week. She is a teacher, a volunteer, and the executive director of her organization, Girl Child Network (GCN), which boasts 30,000 members in Zimbabwe alone. She was also raped when she was 6 year…
By: Carrie Wasterlain / June 6, 2009

Six Scary Facts About Frat Boys

OK, we know the following characterization is NOT 100 percent representative of all fraternities in this country. But still, the stats about sexual assault and tales of misogynistic behavior in the essay, "Bros Before Hos," published by history and gender studies professor Nicholas L. Syrett on the National Sexuality Resource Center's web site,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 5, 2009

Man Uses Craigslist To Find A Guy To Rape His Wife

I am definitely a big fan of Craigslist—it’s helped me get rid of a bunch of old crap and even led me to the cute couch that's now sitting in my teeny apartment. But it's another bad PR day for the site. A man in North Carolina posted an ad on Craigslist to find someone…
By: Daniela Guernica / June 4, 2009

Hate F**king Does Not Equal Rape

On yesterday's episode of "The View," Elisabeth Hasselbeck responded to the Playboy.com article written by Guy Cimbalo that listed her as one of the conservative women he'd like to "hate f**k." I don't blame her for being offended -- I would pitch a fit if, say, Rush Limbaugh said he wanted to hate…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 4, 2009

Rapex Anti-Rape Condoms Turn Your Vagina Into A Penis Fly Trap

We're all for rape prevention, but when you can't stop the crime, why not score immediate payback with the help of a little latex and some barbed plastic? That's the idea behind rape-prevention condoms by RapeX. Basically, if you feel like you may be in danger one evening — exploring a foreig…
By: Lily Q / May 21, 2009

Has The Word “Rape” Been Stripped Of Its Power?

Confession. Sometimes when I go on a really successful shopping binge at, say, a store like Charlotte Russe, where I literally pilfer the racks of all their amazing awesomeness, I'll declare, "I totally raped the Russe today." Yes, raped. I am not the only person who uses the word "rape" to describe something other tha…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 1, 2009
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