Posts tagged "rape"

Former NFL Player Darren Sharper Accused Of Drugging & Raping Nine Women

A former NFL player for the New Orleans Saints is in court today facing accusations of sexual assault. Darren Sharper is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting at least nine women in five different states: California, Florida, Arizona, Nevada and Louisiana. The women tell disturbingly similar stories of going someplace alone with him, taking a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 16, 2014

List Of Alleged Rapists Turns Up In Columbia University Bathroom

Last week, a list of alleged rapists turned up on a bathroom wall on Columbia University's NYC campus. The list was scrubbed off almost immediately, but the same names resurfaced in a different Columbia bathroom a few days later. Public safety officers have implied that the list would be seen as an act of vandalism,…
By: Claire Hannum / May 13, 2014

One Month Prison Sentence Overturned For Stacey Dean Rambold, Montana Teacher Who Raped 14-Year-Old Student

Montana's Supreme Court has overturned a one-month prison sentence handed down to Stacey Dean Rambold, a former teacher who raped his 14-year-old student. Rambold had been sentenced by Judge G. Todd Baugh to 15-years, but served just 31 days in jail this September because Baugh thought the victim "seemed older tha…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 30, 2014

Daniel Craig, Steve Carell & Benicio Del Toro Star In White House’s New Anti-Sexual Assault PSA

Actors Daniel Craig, Benicio del Toro, Steve Carell, Seth Meyers and Dulé Hill appear in the White House's new anti-sexual assault PSA, which Vice President Joe Biden unveiled yesterday at a press conference touting the new guidelines for college campuses to help curb sexual assaults. Biden gave a passionate speech at the event, not only…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 30, 2014

Russian Politician Tells Aides To “Violently Rape” Pregnant Journalist

A Russian politician ordered his aides to "violently rape" Russia Today journalist Stella Dubovitskaya, who is six months' pregnant, when she asked him about the Ukraine. He also said pregnant women shouldn't be working and then called anyone who stood up for Dubovitskaya "lesbians." [Huffington Post, Raw Story] Whoa, what would…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 22, 2014

George R. R. Martin Distances Himself From That “Game Of Thrones” Rape Scene (But I’m Not Done Ranting)

If you still haven't seen Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," stop right here, as there are spoilers ahead and besides, you need to get on that shit.  George R. R. Martin, the author of the "Game of Thrones" series, A Song of Ice and Fire, has weighed in o…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 22, 2014

“Game Of Thrones” Turned A Consensual Sex Scene Into A Rape Scene And Ruined Everything

Fair warning: SPOILERS AHEAD. Goddammit, I am so pissed off. On last night's episode of "Game of Thrones," a climactic and much-anticipated consensual sex scene between incestuous brother-sister duo Jaime and Cersei Lannister was twisted into a violent rape scene for seemingly no reason at all, ruining the sexual tension some of us pervs enjoyed betwee…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 21, 2014

“X-Men” Director Bryan Singer Accused Of Drugging, Raping Underage Boy

According to court documents obtained by The Wrap, Bryan Singer, director of the hit "X-Men" franchise, is accused of drugging, raping and using his power to manipulate a then-17-year-old male, in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Hawaii this week. According to the lawsuit, plaintiff Michael Egan -- who was named i…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 17, 2014

RIP Society: Study Finds That Young Girls See Sexual Violence As Normal

Today in Egregious Discoveries About Humanity, a study has found that a big reason women rarely report sexual violence is because they view it as "normal." The study, which will be published in Gender & Society, reviewed forensic interviews with 100 kids who may have been sexually assaulted. The interviews were conducted by the Children's Advocacy…
By: Claire Hannum / April 15, 2014

The Soapbox: Some Good News (Really) About Rape Jokes

As if we didn't already have enough reasons to say RIP Society: French "YouTube comedian" (I know) Remi Baillard recently released a video called "Free Sex," in which he's filmed pretending to fuck unsuspecting women in public. Invariably, the women notice Baillard air-humping them and give him dirty looks. And this dumb shit…
By: Katrin Higher / April 14, 2014

Katherine Heigl Sues Duane Reade & 8 Other Ridiculous Celeb-Related Lawsuits

Katherine Heigl once had an extremely promising career, starring on "Grey's Anatomy" and in a number of (shitty) rom-coms, but she hasn't been able to get a job recently thanks to the terrible reputation she and her manager mom have for their diva-like demands. I don't think her latest headline-making stunt is going to wi…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 13, 2014

Brad Pitt To Produce Movie About Steubenville & Hacktivist Group Anonymous

Brad Pitt and his producing team have bought the rights to the Rolling Stone article, "Anonymous Vs. Steubenville," about the online hacktivist group who brought nationwide attention to the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 2, 2014

Harvard Student Pens Open Letter About The School’s Non-Reaction To Her 2013 Sexual Assault

A Harvard student penned a heartbreaking open letter in the Harvard Crimson newspaper addressed to university administrators about the sexual assault she suffered nine months ago by one of her friends, who continues to live in the same dorm as her. The Harvard administration has reportedly shrugged this student off, claiming it didn't technically fall…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 31, 2014

“Men’s Rights” Group Whines About Sexual Assault Awareness Month Self Defense Class

Who could possibly have a problem with free self defense classes hosted by the Glendale, California, Police Department in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month? So-called "men's rights" activists who complain that the classes that teach self-defense skills to girls and women are discriminatory against men.
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 31, 2014

RIP Society: Du Pont Heir Only Gets Probation For Raping Young Daughter, Because Judge Thinks He Won’t “Fare Well” In Prison

Well, this is quite simply an appalling story. Robert H. Richards IV, an heir to the du Pont fortune, was convicted of raping his then three-year-old daughter and given only probation for the crime, because, as the female Superior Court judge wrote in her decision, "Defendant will not fare well in Level 5 [prison] setting." Judge Ja…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 31, 2014

Pay Attention: #RapeCultureIsWhen…

Earlier today, Zerlina Maxwell, a feminist writer and political analyst, was inspired to start the Twitter hashtag #RapeCultureIsWhen in response to both TIME magazine and RAINN (the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network) claiming that feminists have overhyped the existence and impact of rape culture. Last week, RAINN made their…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 25, 2014

Girl Talk: My Rape Ruined My Female Friendships

In college, I was part of a tight-knit group of young women. There were five of us in the core group. Two were roommates and their room, 513, was our central meeting place. There was a lack of formality when it came to hanging out. It was totally normal to walk right in if the…
By: Victoria Helen Rose / March 21, 2014

A Survivor’s Take On Twitter, Privacy And Telling Somebody Else’s Rape Story

I feel for BuzzFeed writer Jessica Testa. While our blog may not get the massive traffic that BF does, I’ve still experienced brief bouts of hundreds of people being furious with me because I wrote something that genuinely held no ill-intent. I think that no matter how obvious it is that the Internet is full of…
By: The Gloss / March 14, 2014

Senate Blocks Bid To Change Military’s Change Of Command On Prosecuting Sexual Assault

The Senate successfully blocked a spearheaded by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) bill that would change the military's judicial system by taking sexual assault cases outside of the chain of command and handing it over to military lawyers. Gillibrand was unable to get enough votes to overcome a filibuster of the bill. [The…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 6, 2014

This Study Hightlights What We Already Knew: Assault Is Never The Victim’s Fault

A new study has found that in situations of sexual aggression at bars, most attackers are very clear on the fact that their victims are not consenting. The results made obvious what so many already know: despite claims of misperception, in most cases it is very clear that the attacker's advances are unwanted…
By: Claire Hannum / March 5, 2014
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