Posts tagged "rape"

Mommie Dearest: Your Kids Need To Know About Consent Long Before They Head To College

Talking about sexual assault is never an easy thing. But as a parent, it’s crucial to find ways to talk to your children about it. Lately, there’s been a lot of attention focused on campus rape and sexual assault, and with good reason. Many colleges have been called out (and even sued) for not taking…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / September 24, 2014

The Soapbox: Rape Doesn’t Have To Meet The Legal Standard To Have Happened

I’m on the advice panel for I Believe You, It’s Not Your Fault, a blog where adult victims of sexual assault share their stories in the hope of helping younger girls. I do believe people, automatically, when they tell me they’ve been raped. Why wouldn’t I? When I give advice, I try to focus o…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 22, 2014

The Lifetime Movie About The Steubenville Rape Case Is Very, Well, Lifetime

If you have literally nothing else in the world to do tomorrow night, Lifetime will be airing “The Assault,” a new made-for-TV movie based on the Steubenville rape case. Although it would appear, to put it mildly, that some facts of the story are massively altered. The movie opens with the victim attempting suicide…

By: Claire Hannum / September 19, 2014

15 Of The Worst Messages Women Have Received From Men They Ignored On Online Dating Sites


Online dating can be a wonderful thing, and plenty of couples — including our own Jessica and her husband — have met and found love through sites like OK Cupid, Tinder and Match. But it can also be a complete and utter shitshow, especially for women. While there are plenty of cool single dude…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 19, 2014

This Week In Missing The Point, Starring Rush Limbaugh And Sean Hannity

Wealthy White Guys Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity demonstrated their ongoing obliviousness this week by completely ignoring everything that matters about issues like rape and child abuse, throwing out incredibly dumb red herrings on the issues instead.
First, Limbaugh asserted on his radio show that “no means yes if you know how to spot

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / September 17, 2014

Columbia Students Help Classmate Emma Sulkowicz Carry The Mattress On Which She Was Raped

Columbia University senior Emma Sulkowicz made headlines earlier this month by carrying her twin-size mattress with her everywhere, in order to draw attention to the fact that the student who raped her has not been expelled.

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 11, 2014

Dallas Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Accused Of Sexual Assault By Ex-Stripper

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been accused of sexually assaulting a former stripper named Jana Weckerly, 27, during a 2009 incident in Texas. In a lawsuit, which can be read here, Wecklery said she and another woman met Jones at a hotel in North Texas sometime during May or June 2009. She accused the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 10, 2014

True Story: Someone I Love Told Me He Thinks Women Lie About Rape

I have an ongoing joke with two of my close friends, about a Tumblr we’re going to create called “I’m Disappointed in You.” It will include a variety of things people — most of whom we thought knew better — have done which lowered them in our esteem. Examples will include deliberately racist comments, fat…

By: Chanel Dubofsky / September 10, 2014

Cee Lo Green Dropped From Music Festivals After Rape Tweets

Music festivals in Louisiana and Washington, D.C. have dropped Cee Lo Green following his gross tweets that “people who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!” Green pleaded no contest to charges that he had slipped Ecstasy into a woman’s drink and allegedly raped her; he maintains it was consensual sex. He also deleted the tweets,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 8, 2014

Statutory Rape Victim Forced To Pay Child Support For Kid He Didn’t Know Existed

Well, this story is all sorts of fucked up. When Nick Olivas was 14 years old, he had sex with a 20-year-old woman, though it’s essential to note that Olivas was too young to consent to sex with an adult, and thus this sexual relationship was statutory rape. Olivas said he didn’t realize at the…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 3, 2014

Cee Lo Green Tweets (And Then Deletes!) That A Woman Can’t Be Raped If She’s Unconscious

Welp, there goes my ability to ever enjoy Goodie Mob, “Crazy” or “The Voice” again, thanks to abhorrent remarks Cee Lo Green made on Twitter about the definition of rape. See, shortly after pleading “no contest” to charges stemming from a 2010 incident in which he slipped a woman ecstasy without her consent, Green took…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 2, 2014

Women Lie About Rape, Says Spanish Politician

The mayor of Valladolid, Spain, told a radio show he’s afraid of getting into an elevator alone with a “girl” (yes, he called adult women “girls”) because she could tear her clothes off and fuck him and then falsely accuse him of rape. Quite rightly, everyone is now asking DA FUQ?!  Hooray, for once…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 27, 2014

This Nail Polish Can Supposedly Prevent Date Rape

Elle reports, “Developers at N.C. State University have created a nail polish that changes color when exposed to date rape drugs.” That is intense and awesome.  You’re at a party, you dip your finger in your solo cup, your fingernail changes color. Not only have you prevented something awful from happening to you, you’ve got your hand…

By: College Candy / August 23, 2014

10 Bicycle Safety Tips For Ladies

Let us turn now to the most important people in our nation: young men who attend elite universities and want to work in law or medicine someday. As a new school year is about to get underway, Bloomberg checked in with these gentlemen about the perils of having sex with their female classmates. Of particular…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 21, 2014

Girl Talk: On Consent & Why It’s Worth It To Keep Saying “No”

When I noticed photographs in Damon’s apartment with a woman’s head cut out of them and an X drawn atop her body, I regretted not saying “no” earlier that night. I wanted him to like me and didn’t want to seem prudish and uncool. I didn’t want to limit my romantic options or life experiences.

By: Marilyn Friedman / August 11, 2014

Blogger Fixes UK’s Victim-Blaming Alcohol/Rape PSA

Via Feministing, a British blogger has helped adjust some old PSAs from a National Health Service campaign to encourage safer drinking. The original poster, which shows a woman lying on the ground laughing, says, “One in three reported rapes happens when the victim has been drinking.” With a Photoshop edit from the blogger behind Two…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 4, 2014

Acquitted NYPD “Rape Cop” Is Now Suing His Accuser For $175 Million

Kenneth Moreno, the NYPD police officer who was accused of raping a woman in her apartment back in 2008 and then acquitted along with his partner in 2011, is now suing his accuser, along with the city, the Manhattan district attorney and others, for $175 million. The night of the alleged assault, Moreno and hi…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / August 1, 2014

Teen Raped At Keith Urban Concert In Front Of Hundreds Of Fans

According to an article in the Daily Mail, a 17-year-old fan attending a raucous Keith Urban concert in Mansfield, MA, [UPDATE: Previously said UK, sorry!] was raped in full view of hundreds of fans by an 18-year-old named Sean Murphy. Multiple onlookers took video of the assault on their cellphones. According to the police report,…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 31, 2014

“The Campus Accountability And Safety Act” Announced To Press Schools On Sexual Assault

Today, Democrats, Republicans and sexual assault survivors announced the Campus Accountability and Safety Act, which will increase the financial punishment on schools which violate the gender equality law Title IX by mishandling sexual assaults on campus. The act would also make schools provide an advisor for each victim of sexual violence in order to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 30, 2014

The Soapbox: On Richard Dawkins’ Rape Comments & How We Discuss Sexual Assault

Yesterday, the atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins made comments about rape and pedophilia on Twitter that made many people angry.

From what I can gather, Dawkins appeared to have been tweeting over the weekend regarding religion and Israel, saying support for the Israeli state does not mean condoning the country’s current behavior…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 30, 2014
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