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Russian Politician Tells Aides To “Violently Rape” Pregnant Journalist

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  • 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 PostRaw Story]
  • Whoa, what would it look like if Hillary Clinton ran for president in 2014 on a two-woman ticket? [New York Times]
  • The NRA is changing its stance on domestic violence, sort of. [Huffington Post Keep reading »

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

"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 in a press release sent out by his lawyers — says Singer forcibly sodomized him, among other things, when he was 17. The lawsuit alleges:

Defendant, BRYAN JAY SINGER, manipulated his power, wealth, and position in the entertainment industry to sexually abuse and exploit the underage Plaintiff through the use of drugs, alcohol, threats, and inducements which resulted in Plaintiff suffering catastrophic psychological and emotional injuries. Defendant Singer did so as part of a group of adult males similarly positioned in the entertainment industry that maintained and exploited boys in a sordid sex ring. A Hollywood mogul must not use his position to sexually exploit underage actors.

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

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 Center, and the subjects’ ages ranged from 3-17.

The research team found that young women and girls often saw objectification, sexual harassment and abuse to be a normal part of life. Male privilege and a sense of female powerlessness, it seems, was seen by many interviewees as typical. One 13-year-old interview subject justified the fact that boys tried to inappropriately touch her at school because “they do it to everyone.” Keep reading »

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

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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 actually has over five and a half million views.

Yes, that’s right. A sketch form of a rape joke — which I can only assume was inspired by “Austin Powers 3,” circa 2002?  — got almost six million hits. I was one of those hits and not only did I not laugh, but I was transported back to 7th grade. You remember 7th grade? It’s a time when the 12-year-old boys were so tiresome and immature that merely walking in front of a group of them would make my eyes roll back into the base of my cerebellum. Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Speak Author Laurie Halse Anderson On RAINN, Rape Culture & Consent

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Every year, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, when many of us participate in Take Back The Night speak-outs and marches to raise awareness about sexual violence in our communities. This year, the beloved young adult novelist Laurie Halse Anderson has thrown her support behind a fundraiser for the Rape Abuse And Incest National Network (RAINN), one of the main resources in our country for survivors of sexual violence.

Anderson is the author of Speak, a YA novel about 16-year-old Melinda Sordino, who is raped by a classmate at a house party the summer before 9th grade. Melinda calls 911, and the police break up the party, but she runs before she can tell anyone about the assault. When school begins, Melinda is shunned by her former friends for getting kids in trouble. Eventually, she stops talking almost entirely, grows isolated from her parents and tanks her schoolwork.

But Melinda is also mentored by a fellow outcast, an art teacher. She is able to name what happened to her and find her voice again. Published in 1999 and sadly still relevant in post-Steubenville, Speak explores the post-traumatic stress disorder that survivors suffer after an assault, but also the social ostracization of victims of sexual violence instead of perpetrators.

Throughout April, donations for RAINN will be matched dollar-for-dollar by Speak‘s publisher, Macmillan, in honor of the book’s 15th birthday. I called Laurie Halse Anderson this week and we spoke about the success of her best-selling book, teaching consent to teens, and recent controversial statements made by the president of RAINN about how “rape culture” doesn’t exist. Our conversation begins, after the jump!

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Brad Pitt To Produce Movie About Steubenville & Hacktivist Group Anonymous

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  • 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 sexual assault of a teen girl by members of the Steubenville High School football team. The article focuses on Deric Locstutter, one of the hacktivists within Anonymous, and how he faced jail time for exposing the coverup of the assault, rather than the issues directly pertinent to rape culture. I’m happy to hear the story won’t disappear into history, but I’ll hold off judgment until I see how it’s handled. [Daily Dot]
  • Administrators of a Catholic hospital in Oklahoma have directed all doctors to stop prescribing contraceptives for birth control. I guess everyone needs to lie about having bad cramps now, huh? [The Nation] Keep reading »

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

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  • 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 under the narrow and outdated sexual assault policy written in the university handbooks. “Dear Harvard: I am writing to let you know that I give up,” the student writes, continuing:

    I will be moving out of my House next semester, if only—quite literally—to save my life. You will no longer receive emails from me, asking for something to be done, pleading for someone to hear me, explaining how my grades are melting and how I have developed a mental illness as a result of your inaction. My assailant will remain unpunished, and life on this campus will continue its course as if nothing had happened. Today, Harvard, I am writing to let you know that you have won.

    Gee, where have we heard this story before? [Harvard Crimson]

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

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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. Keep reading »

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 recommendations to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault and for some reason decided to make a point of deemphasizing the impact of rape culture, writing:

In the last few years, there has been an unfortunate trend towards blaming “rape culture” for the extensive problem of sexual violence on campus. While it is helpful to point out the systemic barriers to addressing the problem, it is important not to lose sight of a simple fact: Rape is caused not by cultural factors but by the conscious decisions, of a small percentage of the community, to commit a violent crime.

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Girl Talk: My Rape Ruined My Female Friendships

Assault At Amherst
An account of a sexual assault at Amherst College. Read More »
Rape Accidents
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How "rape accidents" persist at frat houses. Read More »
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Vanderbilt football players indicted for alleged sex assault on woman. Read More »
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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 door to 513 wasn’t locked and downright mandatory to stop by if it was propped open. We were honest and comfortable with each other.

Or so I thought.

Rape doesn’t happen the way you think it will. I wasn’t drunk or drugged at a party, no one jumped me after dark while walking home alone; the attack didn’t even start as being physically rough. It was slow, insistent, and shocking. My rape was terrifying, uncomfortable, and incredibly confusing. The physical pain was as bad as the betrayal; the psychological injury of living in the same building as the rapist almost ended me entirely, but I still had my friends, I reasoned, so I was able to keep going with my collegiate career. Keep reading »

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