Posts tagged "rape"

Four in 10 Teenage Girls Report Being Coerced Into Sex

More than 40 percent of high school-aged girls in England report being coerced into sex. [The Guardian]
A memo to Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions: Judges who disagree with you aren’t “activist” judges. [Vox]
A new study shows that there are long-term health benefits for LGBT youth who come out during high school. [Medical News

Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 11, 2015

Changes On Rehtaeh Parsons’ Wikipedia Page Are Being Traced To The Canadian Defence Department

Someone in the Canadian Defence Department has been editing Rehtaeh Parsons’ Wikipedia page to imply that Parsons’ father believed that she had had consensual sex with the two boys who were later convicted child pornography in her case. (Huffington Post)
A letter from ISIS captive Kayla Mueller has been released by her family, i…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 10, 2015

Watch President Obama’s Grammy PSA About Rape & Domestic Violence

President Obama made a digital appearance in the middle of the Grammy Awards last night to deliver a stirring PSA about abuse and assault. He urged artists to use their influence to change the way Americans think about assault and pointed viewers to the It’s On Us campaign “to help keep women and men safe from sexual assault.” While it’s incredibly…

Claire Hannum / February 9, 2015

L’Oréal’s Women In Science Fellowship Is Taking Applications From Lady Scientists

Hey, lady scientists! L’Oréal wants to fund your research! [The Mary Sue]
Why are so many male feminists being accused of rape? [Jezebel]
Here’s a dang good argument for adopting “they” as a singular pronoun. [Feministing]…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 4, 2015

“Is Sex With An Unconscious Person Always Rape?” Utah Lawmakers Wonder

At the center of any discussion about rape is the issue of consent. Did both (or more) parties involved consent to having sex? Was consent given under the influence of drugs or alcohol? Could both people actually give consent or was their ability impaired because of drugs, or alcohol, or, you know,…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 4, 2015

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Adele Barber Bit Off Part Of A Sexual Attacker’s Tongue For DNA Evidence

When Adele Barber was sexually assaulted on her way home from the doctor’s office one evening, she, despite her understandable terror, thought fast. In an interview with ITV, Barber, of Dunstable, England, said, “As soon as he pushed me up against the fence he tried to kiss me and forced his tongue into my mouth.

Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 3, 2015

Stacey Dash: Rape Victims Are “Bad Girls … Who Like To Be Naughty”

Stacey Dash was once known for being Dionne in “Clueless.” Now she’s just known for being clueless in real life. The former actress, in her new role on Fox’s “Outnumbered,” had some interesting things to say about two recent stories regarding campus crackdowns meant to prevent sexual assault–national sorority chapters telling sorority members at the…

Robyn Pennacchia / January 30, 2015

Drunkenness Used As A Defense In Vanderbilt Rape Trial

Four ex-Vanderbilt football players violently gang raped a fellow student in June of 2013. And today, in the year 2015 of our lord and savior, much like characters in a Jacobean play, those men are claiming drunkenness as their defense in an actual court of law.

“I was drunk” is not a passable…

Chloe Stillwell / January 23, 2015

Writer Engages Racist Twitter Troll With Surprising Results

Read how writer Ijeoma Oluo used love and patience to turn a racist Twitter troll into a friend. [Daily Kos]
Even Björk can’t get anything done in the music industry: “Everything that a guy says once, you have to say five times.” [Feministing]
The tampon scene was pulled from the “Fifty Shade…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 22, 2015

“The Nightly Show” Host Larry Wilmore On Bill Cosby: “How Many More Women Do We Need?”

Plenty of media outlets and famous faces have been hands off when it comes to passing any sort of judgment on the seemingly never-ending sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, but on the second episode of Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show,” host Larry Wilmore dove right in.  Wilmore devoted the entire episode to the Cosby…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 21, 2015

#IStandWithHolly – And Anyone Chuck Johnson Has Doxxed And Harassed

Oh hey, Sentient Turd Chuck C. Johnson is at it again! “It” being, of course, harassing women and airing their personal business online. You may remember him from that time that he doxxed alleged UVA rape victim and Rolling Stone subject “Jackie” after threatening her for hours. It’s kind of worth noting that UVA’s investigatio…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 20, 2015

The United States Gets A “D” Grade For Women’s Reproductive Rights, According to NARAL Pro-Choice America

NARAL Pro-Choice America has graded the United States with a “D” for women’s reproductive rights. [NARAL]
Slavoj Žižek on the Charlie Hebdo massacre: “The passionate intensity of the terrorists bears witness to a lack of true conviction.” [New Statesman]
The Academy Awards (predictably) ignored black actors and directors. [The Grio]…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 15, 2015

The U.S. Supports Charlie Hebdo’s Controversial Covers, Citing Free Speech

The U.S. State Department has voiced public support for Charlie Hebdo’s past and future satirical magazine covers, citing the importance of free speech. [RawStory]
French comedian Dieudonné has been arrested for Facebook comments that were perceived to support Charlie Hebdo gunman Amedy Coulibaly, in what some critics see as a censorial move that…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 14, 2015

UVA Fraternity Has Been Reinstated After Police Found A Lack Of Evidence Supporting Gang Rape Allegations

The UVA fraternity at the center of Rolling Stone’s gang rape article was reinstated after police found no substantive evidence that a gang rape occurred. [NBC]
New York City’s police investigator general has found that New York police officers are too quick to resort to chokeholds, which were banned in 1993. [New York

Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 12, 2015

Bill Cosby Joked About Assault Allegations At Canada Show

Serial rapist Bill Cosby (alleged smalleged) actually had the gall to make a rape joke during a comedy show last night. When a woman got up from her seat during the show, Cosby asked her where she was going and she said she was headed to the bar and offered to grab him a…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 9, 2015

Phylicia Rashad: “This Is Not About The Women,” It’s About Bill Cosby’s Legacy

When Showbiz 411 reported that Phylicia Rashad, speaking of the accusations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby, had the gall to say “forget these women” and to insinuate that the allegations were the result of some kind of grand conspiracy against her TV husband, the sound of a thousand “Bye Phylicias” peeled out across the…

Robyn Pennacchia / January 8, 2015

Tusmørke’s Oculus Rift Game Autumn Seeks To Help Rape Survivors

A forthcoming Oculus Rift video game is hoping to help rape survivors. [The Atlantic]
An anti-gay group put out a pamphlet about how kids shouldn’t have to hear “the sounds of sodomy,” and of course the Internet ran with it. [RawStory]
Why has there only ever been one Jewish Miss America? [The

Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 7, 2015

Detroit Is Finally Doing Something About Its 11,000 Untested Rape Kits

In the years leading up to Detroit’s 2013 bankruptcy filing, as local leaders scrambled to keep a city afloat that couldn’t even afford street lights, thousands of rape kits somehow went untested, preventing countless rapists from being prosecuted. In 2009, 11,000 untested kits were found in a Detroit police storage unit. Two thousand of the kit…

Claire Hannum / January 7, 2015

Bye Phylicia: Actress Defends Bill Cosby Against Rape Claims, Says People Should “Forget These Women”

Clare Huxtable, no. Bill Cosby’s long-time TV wife Phylicia Rashad has finally spoken out about the insanely lengthy sexual assault allegations against the entertainer, and it isn’t pretty. Speaking with Showbiz 411, Rashad scoffed at the allegations — from over 20 women — and called them “orchestrated” and the “destruction of a legacy,” seemingly because…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 7, 2015

Two More Women Are Suing Bill Cosby For Defamation

Two women have joined alleged rape victim Tamara Green in her defamation suit against Bill Cosby and his lawyer. [Death and Taxes]
What lies do you believe about your vagina? [Daily Dot]
More vagina news: Read about how to embrace your vagina as you age. [VICE]…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 6, 2015
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