Posts tagged "rape"

The “Central Park Five” Settle With New York City For $40 Million

New York City has reached a $40 million settlement with the five wrongfully convicted men who as teenagers were falsely accused and imprisoned for an attack on a jogger. In 1989, a white female investment banker named Trisha Meili was brutally beaten and raped while jogging in Central Park at nighttime. Meili fell into a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 20, 2014

Here’s A Look At Lady Gaga & R. Kelly’s Never-Released “Do What U Want” Video

TMZ has released a portion of that Terry Richardson-directed, never-released Lady Gaga/R. Kelly video, and YUP, it's gross. [TMZ via Jezebel] Kanye West and Annie Leibovitz released a joint statement today, dispelling rumors that the former…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 19, 2014

Major Newspaper Drops Columnist George Will Over Offensive Sexual Assault Column

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper has dropped conservative columnist George Will in part due to his recent column arguing that being a rape victim is a "coveted status" on a college campus that "confers privileges." The newspaper insinuated that Will's column had been on the chopping block for awhile but this sexual assault…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 19, 2014

Lady Gaga & R. Kelly’s Never Released Video Was “Literally An Ad For Rape”

According to a source speaking to Page Six, the video for Lady Gaga's collab with R. Kelly, "Do What You Want" -- which was scrapped following renewed attention on Kelly's history as a, you know, pedophile --…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 19, 2014

8 Things I’ve Learned After Getting Lots Of Emails About Sexual Assault

Last week, The Frisky published an essay by an anonymous writer about her rape. She wrote about the absurdity of columnist George Will's allegation that being a victim of sexual assault confers certain privileges. Activists have responded to Will's inane, offensive piece with the hashtag #SurvivorPrivilege, snarkily writing about all the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 17, 2014

Creationist Darek Isaacs Asks: “If Evolution Is True, Is Rape Wrong?”

Where is Neil deGrasse Tyson when you need him? Because I'd love to see the astrophysicist and "Cosmos" host give Creationist Darek Isaacs a verbal beatdown for comments he made during an online broadcast on Monday positing that evolutionary theory excuses rape.
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 11, 2014

On #SurvivorPrivilege And Losing My Virginity To Rape

This weekend, Washington Post columnist George Will wrote an article about sexual assault on college campuses in which he called "victimhood ... a coveted status that confers privileges." In response, survivors of sexual assault having been sharing their stories with on Twitter with the hashtag #SurvivorPrivilege. Here, one survivor shares her story. #SurvivorPrivilege…
By: Anonymous / June 10, 2014

Breaking: Old White Man Writes Something Offensive About Rape Victims

An old white man who writes for The New York Post wrote something callous and unfeeling about victims of sexual assault. SURPRISE! George Will penned an op-ed about those silly college gals who can't make up their minds about sex and crying rape. The piece was published both in the NY Post (not surprised) and…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 9, 2014

Indian Minister On Rape: “Sometimes It’s Right, Sometimes It’s Wrong”

A minister in India's ruling party said about rape: "sometimes it's right, sometimes it's wrong." [Guardian UK] Understanding rape in India means first understanding the caste system. [New York Times] Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has closed two clinics in southwest Iowa. [Des Moines Register] On being a victim…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 5, 2014

“Louie,” Attempted Rape And Awful Questions

This piece was crossposted with permission from Happy Nice Time People. Louis C.K. did terrible grabbing, pushing, forced kissing and more to a lady on his teevee program "Louie" and everyone was freaked out. He tried to drag her into a bedroom and it was disturbing and I can't…
By: Sara Benincasa / June 5, 2014

Study: Some Rape Victims Are Forced To Pay For Their Medical Treatment

A new study has found that many rape victims in the United States are paying medical bills for the aftermath of their assaults, despite the fact that the federal government has laws in place to prevent exactly that from happening. Federal law ensures that victims aren't charged for rape kits, regardless of whether they report…
By: Claire Hannum / June 4, 2014

Three Georgia High School Student Athletes Charged For Alleged Post-Prom Sexual Assault

Three student athletes from Calhoun High School in Georgia have been charged with sexual battery after allegedly sexually assaulting a drunk 18-year-old girl after a post-prom party on May 11th. The alleged assault took place at a cabin in the woods of Gilmer County, where nearly 30 students partied and drank after prom. During the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 3, 2014

The Soapbox: How Talking About Maya Angelou & Her Rape Made Me A Better Mom

It must had been in third grade that my daughter Ella was assigned a project for Black History Month. She was assigned Maya Angelou. I was unaware of how this selection would impact my view of being a feminist mom. We eagerly trekked to the public library to check out children’s books on Angelou. I…
By: Veronica Arreola / June 3, 2014

Male Student Suspended By Columbia For Alleged Sexual Misconduct Sues School For Title IX Discrimination

In September 2013, a female student at Columbia University filed a complaint against "John Doe," a sophomore and member of the crew team from Florida, over alleged nonconsensual sex in her dorm room that had occurred  in May 2013. This February, a school tribunal found "John Doe" guilty of sexual misconduct and suspended him for…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 2, 2014

The Soapbox: On Anthropologist Kenneth Good, The Amazonian Child Bride He Impregnated & The Western Culture That Celebrates Him

About five years ago, my sister relayed a story to me about a professor she had at New Jersey City University who had his own book, Into the Heart: One Man's Pursuit of Love and Knowledge among the Yanomama, listed as required reading on his syllabus. My sister refused to purchase the book. It was not…
By: Tiffanie Drayton / May 30, 2014

Charlize Theron Said Googling Herself Makes Feel “Raped”

Charlize Theron gave an interview to Sky News and was asked whether she ever Googles herself. She doesn't, she said, "I don’t do that, so that’s my saving grace. When you start living in that world, and doing that, you start I guess feeling raped." Quite rightly, Theron is now taking heat for a callou…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 30, 2014

AnnaLynne McCord Writes Moving Essay For Cosmo About Being Sexually Assaulted

When I was 18, I moved to Los Angeles to audition for roles. My boyfriend planned to come later. One night, a guy friend called. He said he needed a good night’s sleep for a meeting, as he’d been crashing on someone’s couch. I had known him for some time, so I said to…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 29, 2014

Ex-Williams College Student Accuses School Of Mishandling Sexual Assault

Lexie Brackenridge, a former student at Williams College in Massachusetts, wrote a piece for the school newspaper about the school's conduct after  she was sexually assaulted by a classmate in 2012. Williams College officials discouraged her from going to the police about her assault and instead asked her to handle it internally. The school suspended…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2014

#YesAllWomen: Women Tweet Stories Of Their Personhood Being Violated

Friday night, six people were killed in Isla Vista, California, near the campus of UC Santa Barbara, by Elliot Rodger, a 22-year-old bent on "retribution" for his lack of success with…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 25, 2014

Pamela Anderson Opens Up At Cannes About Childhood Sexual Abuse

Pamela Anderson launched her own foundation at the Cannes Film Festival and publicly spoke about the sexual abuse she suffered as a child and an adolescent. From age six to 10, Anderson was molested by a female babysitter and at 12, she was raped by the older brother of a friend's boyfriend. Then in 9th…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 19, 2014
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