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Military Announces New Strategies To Deal With Sexual Assaults

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File this one under It’s About Time: Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta has announced that the military is implementing new strategies to prevent sexual assaults and improve their current system for responding to sex crimes. According to official data, there were 3,191 reported sexual assaults in 2011; however, these crimes so often go unreported that Panetta and his team estimate the actual number to be astronomically higher — closer to 19,000. The new plan includes better training for victims’ advocates, increased funding for investigators, and an improved data system to compile sexual assault information across different branches of the military. While these changes aren’t necessarily revolutionary, it is a sign that the armed forces are taking sexual assaults more seriously, and that’s a step in the right direction. [The Raw Story]

Kim Novak’s Publicist Defends Rape Comment

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 “There are all kinds of rape including the rape of one’s soul. All rapes are violent acts and all victims should be supported.”

– This is Kim Novak’s publicist, Sue Cameron, jumping to the defense of her clinent. Recently, Kim Novak joined the ignominious band of celebs who have used “rape” insensitively, like when Johnny Depp said he feels “raped” by photo shoots. Kim Novak took out an ad in the magazine Variety to beef about the movie, “The Artist,” which uses music from one of Kim’s films. “I want to report a rape,” the ad says. “I feel as if my body – or, at least my body of work – has been violated by the movie, ‘The Artist.’” After rape crisis groups pointed out how such a comparison is callous, it put Kim’s team on the defensive. Other celebs, like Depp, have apologized for their stupid comments. However, it doesn’t look like Kim Novak has any intention. [Fox News]

New Definition Of Rape Approved By FBI Director

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Adolescent girls and preteen boys are at the highest risk for sexual assault. Read More »
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“Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”

This is the new, expansive definition of rape approved by the FBI last week, which will more accurately reflect how sexual assaults are tabulated by the government in its Uniform Crime Report. The FBI’s working definition of “rape,” created in the 1920s, had been roundly criticized by everyone from police chiefs, sex crime investigators, and victims’ advocate for only defining assault as “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.” That definition entirely left out male victims and ignored incidents when the victim was penetrated against his or her will orally, anally, with an object, and under the influence of drugs or alcohol (such as being roofied). As a result, the number of sexual assaults released by the FBI’s annual crime report drastically under-reported the crimes perpetrated in the country. Keep reading »

Newt Gingrich Doesn’t Support Legal Abortion In The Case Of Rape Or Incest

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Just because Michele Bachmann dropped out of the 2012 presidential race doesn’t mean we’re in the clear — there are still plenty of candidates who would love nothing more than to restrict women’s reproductive rights. Newt Gingrich was asked by a voter yesterday whether he supports abortion if the woman was impregnated via rape or incest. And what do you think Mr. Compassionate had to say about that?

No, I wouldn’t make exceptions. What I would try to do is create a program that would enable women in those circumstances to have support and help them through whatever process they needed both in terms of counseling and in terms of if they wanted to give up the baby for adoption. Keep reading »

Rick Perry Flip-Flops On Abortion Twice In One Week

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Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry has always been against a woman’s right to choose. As Texas governor, he has supported bills to restrict access to abortion and made public statements like “Every life lost to abortion is a tragedy.” However, Perry had believed abortion should remain legal in cases of rape, incest, or if the woman’s life is at risk.

Not for long: in the past week, Perry’s pro-life stance took a sharp — and deadly — turn to an even further extreme. And then, barely a day later, he backtracked on abortion yet again.   Keep reading »

Egyptian Court Stops “Virginity Tests” On Female Protesters In Prison

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Sexual assault and the threat of sexual assault are used as a way to control women. Nowhere is that more present, lately, than in Egypt where female protesters have been forced to undergo “virginity tests” administered by soldiers when they are arrested and imprisoned. Yesterday, a Cairo court sided with protester Samira Ibrahim, age 25, who was assaulted with a “virginity test” after she was arrested in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in March, and ordered that the military stop forcing its way into women’s bodies. The court’s ruling claimed, “These acts involve deliberate humiliation and intentional insult to women participating in protests.” Keep reading »

What Does CDC’s New Data About Sexual Assault Reveal?

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The Centers For Disease Control released its National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey yesterday and the findings throw a fork in many common perceptions surrounding sexual assault and its victims. Contrary to the stereotype that a rape victim is “some slut in a bar,” the demographics found to be at the highest risk for sexual assault were preteen boys and adolescent girls. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: UVM Frat Asks Whom Brothers Would Like To Rape

  • The fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon at University of Vermont (UVM) has been busted for sending out a questionnaire amongst brothers which included the question, “If I could rape someone, who would it be?” It seems to be a joke — er, “joke” — considering how other questions on the survey included benign questions like the brothers’ names, birthdays, hobbies, and future goals. UVM students can sign a petition asking to disband the Sigma Phi Epsilon frat over this incident here. If we have any Frisky readers at UVM, I’d love to hear your take on the reaction on campus. [Safer Campus]
  • Fourteen years ago, identical twin boys named Wyatt and Jonas were born to two parents in Maine. Today, Wyatt lives as Nicole and the whole family has helped to support their transgender loved one through the Children’s Hospital Gender Management Services Clinic in Boston. “She really is a girl,’’ says mom Kelly, “a girl born with a birth defect. That’s how she looks at it.” Definitely read their fascinating story! [Boston Globe]
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Date Rape PSA By PA’s Liquor Control Board Accused Of Victim-Blaming

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Pennsylvania’s Liquor Control Board is under fire for a new PSA campaign called Control Tonight, which critics say puts the onus on women for “not getting raped” while drunk and is blaming the victim. The ad in question depicts a woman’s bare legs on what looks like a tiled bathroom floor with her panties pulled down to her ankles and the text reads:

02:19 a.m  SHE DIDN’T WANT TO DO IT, BUT SHE COULDN’T SAY NO.

When your friends drink, they can end up making bad decisions. Like going home with someone they don’t know very well.

Decisions like that leave them vulnerable to dangers like date rape. Help your friends stay in control and stay safe. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Chicago-Area Campus Sex Assaults Rarely Prosecuted

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  • Campus sexual assaults are rarely prosecuted as felonies at Chicago schools, according to a depressing piece in the Chicago Tribune. Many sexual assaults that police agree are rapes are prosecuted as misdemeanor battery charges, allegedly because they are easier to prosecute. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Texas Governor Rick Perry is decrying President Obama’s international promotion of gay butt sex. What, you didn’t know that the president promotes gay butt sex in other countries? WELL HE DOES. [Think Progress]
  • Blogger Sady Doyle on the new feminist genre the “lady loser comedy,” where ladies like Kristen Wiig in “Bridesmaids” and Charlize Theron in “Young Adult” are allowed to be not perfect. [In These Times]
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