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Minnesota Advances Anti-Abortion Bill

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  • Minnesota’s House of Representatives advanced a bill that would end access state insurance covered abortions unless it was necessary to save the mother’s life, or if the pregnancy was caused by a sexual assault was reported within 48 hours of occurring.  A strange turn for a state that generally protects a women’s right to choose. [RH Reality Check]
  • Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) was one of the women in the House of Representatives who voted against the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which passed the house last week.  Her reasoning, “I didn’t like the way it was expanded to include other different groups.”  Those groups include same-sex couples, undocumented immigrants, and Native American women.  Really? [Think Progress]
  • Speaking of VAWA, at least Rep. Blackburn was honest.  Some GOP members who voted against it are now claiming to be pretty proud of supporting it.  Huh? [Daily Kos] Keep reading »

Violence Against Women Act Might Actually Pass The House Of Representatives

Senators Against VAWA
These guys didn't even want to bring VAWA to a vote. Read More »
Vawa Passes!
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The violence against women act passed in the Senate. Read More »
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... from a prosecutor who has seen it all. Read More »
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Keep your fingers crossed: Politico is reporting that the Violence Against Women Act is expected to pass in the House of Representatives this week.

VAWA was originally championed by then-Senator Joe Biden back in 1994 and gets renewed very six years. The bill allocates funds to help victims of rape and domestic violence, including money to process rape kits, and prosecute men accused of abusing women. Sounds like a no brainer, right? Well, it’s not. Apparently violence against women is A-OK for some of our politicians. Last year, VAWA hit a snag in the House, which refused to pass a Senate version of the bill allocating funds to undocumented women, same-sex partners, and Native American women who are abused by non-Native American men. Keep reading »

Three Girls Ages 5, 9, & 11 Raped And Murdered In India

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  • Three young sisters ages 5, 9, and 11 have been raped and murdered in their small village in rural India after being kidnapped at some point on February 14. Indian police are now under fire for not taking their mother’s original missing persons complaint seriously. The country has been under scrutiny in recent months for high-profile gang rapes and their mishandling by the country’s politicians and police. [Guardian UK]
  • A Mississippi is defending their decision to publish an article about a same-sex wedding between two women. [Think Progress]
  • On cultural appropriation in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which showed scantily-clad models photographed with locals in Namibia. [Racialicious] Keep reading »

Accused Rapist Meets Women On Christian Dating Site

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Look, I’m not the world’s most observant Christian. But even I attended enough Sunday school to know that God would totally have said “Thou shalt not rape” had there been room on those tablets for an 11th commandment.

Which is why I feel confident saying that Sean Patrick Banks, 37, of Del Mar, California, who is accused of raping a woman he met on the Christian dating site Christian Mingle, is crappy Christian.  Keep reading »

Anti-Rape Panties
We're loving how activists spoofed Victoria's Secret with these panties. Read More »
I Was Raped
An account of sexual assault at Amherst College. Read More »
Date Rape PSA
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This date rape PSA has been accused of blaming the victim. Read More »

An Answer For Fox’s “The Five” Host Bob Beckel: Yes, Rape On College Campuses Happens

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Tips for reclaiming your sex life after being sexually assaulted. Read More »
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Indian newspaper ad implores men to respect women. Read More »
Teach Boys Not To Rape
On Steubenville High School and teaching boys not to rape. Read More »

Nothing gets me up on my soapbox more than comments about rape, especially rape on college campuses. It seems that despite the plethora of statistics laid out plainly in nifty little infographics, the public remains woefully ignorant to the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and rape right here in the U.S. of A. Even scarier is that members of the media with a mass audience espouse this same ignorance.

Take Fox’s “The Five” host Bob Beckel. When discussing Colorado Democrat Joe Salazar’s comments about keeping guns off campus by saying that on-campus call boxes and rape whistles should suffice to protect against rape, Beckel asked, “When was the last time you heard about rape on campus?” Keep reading »

Pregnant Mexican Girl Is Older Than Previously Thought, Outfitted With Birth Control From Doctors

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9-Year-Old Gives Birth?
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  • Recently it was reported that a nine-year-old girl had given birth in Mexico. Now her parents are claiming she is 12- or 13-years-old, which is still horrific, and that she was impregnated by her 44-year-old stepfather, not a 17-year-old neighbor as originally reported. But perhaps what’s most offensive about this story is that doctors at the hospital where the girl delivered a baby via C-section is that they inserted an IUD the birth control implant “to avoid another pregnancy.” The way this story is phrased by ABC News: “Doctor Raymundo Serrano, chief of gynecology at Zoquipan Hospital, and his team decided to insert a contraceptive implant to avoid another pregnancy.” He and his team decided? That should be the girl’s decision and only hers. Also, nothing against teens having access to birth control, but in this case the girl was not sexually active with her 44-year-old stepfather — she was raped by him.  What are doctors suggesting here? We can’t just go putting IUDs in giving birth control all young women so that they don’t get impregnated if they are raped. (Thank you to commenter @ReginaRey for the link.) [Update: This post has been corrected — the IUD is inserted in the uterus, while the birth control implant, which is what these doctors used, is implanted in the skin.] [ABC News]
  • In happier news, Illinois’ state Senate has advanced the same-sex marriage bill! It is now headed to the Illinois House of Representatives. [Queerty]

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