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Rapist Gets 30-Day Sentence Because 14-Year-Old Victim “Seemed Older Than Her Chronological Age”

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When a rapist hears a rape joke, he thinks what he does is normal. Read More »
Rape Victim Suicide
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A 17-year-old Indian gang rape victim committed suicide. Read More »
Rape Victim Slutshamed
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14-year-old pregnant rape victim is shunned by Indiana community. Read More »
"It is outlandish in a way that I cannot describe."

Yesterday, we told you about a story coming out of Yellowstone County, Montana: A teacher who’d repeatedly raped his 14-year-old student received a 15-year suspended sentence and was ordered to spend just 31 days in prison. Why? Because, ruled Judge G. Todd Baugh, the victim “seemed older than her chronological age.” At the time of the crimes, Stacey Dean Rambold was 49, and an authority figure in the girl’s high school.

According to Judge Baugh, that didn’t matter, though, because the way the girl — whom Baugh had never even met or interviewed — acted was much more mature (i.e. slutty) than what Baugh considers an average 14-year-old to be. Now the judge is coming under fire for not only the insanely light sentence he gave to Rambold, but also for comments he made regarding the sexual and emotional status of the victim. Not only did Judge Baugh say that he believed the victim was much older than her age, he also asserted in his ruling that the victim was “as much in control of the situation” as her rapist.

Oh, but that’s not all! Keep reading »

Photojournalism Intern, 22, Gang Raped In Mumbai, India

India's New Rape Laws
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India now could have the death penalty for rape. Read More »
India's Rape Culture
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A 17yo gang rape victim committed suicide, while another is dying. Read More »
Indian Men Protest
Indian men don skirts to protest rape culture. Read More »
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A 22-year-old photojournalism intern in Mumbai (Bombay), India, was brutally gang raped by five men last night, as her male friend was violently attacked. It’s yet another shocking act of sexual violence against women in India — a country fraught with high-profile acts of sexual violence against women and girls over the past year, several of them resulting in death. Keep reading »

Bob Filner’s Sexual Harassment Victims Would Have Been Down If It Came From Ryan Gosling Instead

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner resigns over sexual harassment
San Diego mayor Bob Filner admits to "intimidation" of women. Read More »
Filner Enters Counseling
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Can counseling fix a mayor who sexually harasses and assaults? Read More »
"Blurred Lines" Parody
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News station parodies "Blurred Lines" asking Filner to resign. Read More »
I Was Sexually Harassed
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I was sexually harassed at my corner store. Read More »

You know what’s really not the point when we are discussing sexual harassment and sexual assault?  How attractive the perpetrator is.  And that’s a point that was lost on CNN commenter, criminal defense attorney Darren Kavinoky, who questioned whether San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who is expected to resign today after an 18th woman came forward alleging sexual abuse, is guilty of anything other than being unattractive.  LADIES BE SUPERFICIAL, AMIRITE? Keep reading »

Report: San Diego Mayor Bob Filner To Resign After 18th Woman Accuses Him Of Sexual Harassment

Mayor's Sex Harassment
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner resigns over sexual harassment
San Diego mayor Bob Filner admits to "intimidation" of women. Read More »
Filner Enters Counseling
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Can counseling fix a mayor who sexually harasses and assaults? Read More »
"Blurred Lines" Parody
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News station parodies "Blurred Lines" asking Filner to resign. Read More »
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner resigns over sexual harassment

Eighteen is the magic number! It took 18 different women to accuse San Diego’s mayor Bob Filner of sexual assault and sexual harassment before his eventual resignation, according to NBC San Diego sources. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: In (Reluctant) Defense of Dr. Phil

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Intent isn't everything, but it does matter. Read More »
Drunk Is A Feminist Issue
Why women everywhere should be concerned about binge-drinking. Read More »
Too Drunk?
If you're a drunk woman who gets raped, will you be taken seriously? Read More »
The Soapbox: In (Reluctant) Defense of Dr. Phil

I never thought I’d write an article under that title but here goes.

Earlier this week, Dr. Phil asked over Twitter: “If a girl is drunk, is it alright to have sex with her?” The Twittersphere overwhelmingly answered “No,” calling Dr. Phil a “moron,” “asshole” and “rape apologist,” among other things. I don’t doubt the possibility that Dr. Phil (or whichever lackey mans his Twitter account) may have posed that question for lecherous or self-serving reasons. Yet as a feminist, this reaction left me honestly dismayed. Were we saying that a drunk girl can never consent to sex? That sex with someone who’s been drinking is always, necessarily, rape? Sure, Dr. Phil’s a total butthead, but I don’t think we want to make the argument that drunk sex necessarily means rape, do we?

And yet this is the exact argument being made by Carmen Rios, a former college sexual assault activist, who was so “shocked and appalled” that Dr. Phil (whose real name is Phil McGraw) had asked such a question that she started a Change.org petition encouraging supporters to call on McGraw to host a show educating his viewers on assault prevention. “Lesson 101 in my courses,” says Rios, “was that sexual contact without verbal, sober, conscious consent is rape.”

But, it’s not — not legally speaking, and not in practice. Keep reading »

We’re Done, The Onion: Humor Site Posts Story About Incest Between Girl & Her Stepfather

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It’s over, The Onion: a piece that went up today called “Adolescent Girl Reaching Age Where She Starts Exploring Stepfather’s Body” is a grenade-launch distance past the “too far” line. The humor site failed to make anything funny — like, at all — about a 13-year-old girl named Heather who is being sexually abused by her stepfather, Gary. “It will probably take time for Heather to figure out what does and doesn’t feel good to her stepfather, and she may be surprised to discover acne and hair in unexpected places on Craig’s body,” The Onion joked. “But it’s all part of growing up, and she should know that she is taking a very important step in life. It won’t be long before her childhood is gone forever.” The piece then suggests that if (if?) Heather is “confused or troubled by such experiences,” she should talk to her friends “who are going through the exact same thing.” Keep reading »

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