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Elizabeth Smart Felt Like “Chewed Up Piece Of Gum” After Rapes

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One of Elizabeth Smart's captors has finally be sentenced. Read More »
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“I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m that chewed up piece of gum, nobody re-chews a piece of gum, you throw it away.’ And that’s how easy it is to feel like you no longer have worth, you no longer have value. Why would it even be worth screaming out? Why would it even make a difference if you are rescued? Your life still has no value. … [Kids should know] you will always have value and nothing can change that.”

– Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped at 14, held captive and raped for nine months, spoke recently at Johns Hopkins University on a forum about human trafficking. Here she is explaining why she didn’t run after her captor raped her, which he did daily during her entire ordeal. As the now-25-year-old told Johns Hopkins, she was raised in a religious family and had learned from abstinence-only education that a person whose virginity has been ‘sullied’ is worthless. Her mention of chewing gum is not random: A popular teaching in abstinence-only education, “the gum game,” is to compare people to chewing gum: a person who has had multiple partners is just like dirty, grimy gum that’s been chewed over and over again by multiple people. It’s a way of teaching children to feel ashamed and guilty about sex. And while positing sex before marriage as “slutty” could mess up anyone, for rape victims like Elizabeth Smart, it’s enough to make someone feel like worthless trash. [Christian Science Monitor] [Photo: Getty]

New York Times Needed Some Help Writing Headlines

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  • The New York Times changed their online headline on this story from “sex charges” to “sexual assault charges” after getting slammed on Twitter. The piece was about the Morehouse student athletes who have been accused of sexual assault. [New York Times]
  • A young Afghani woman was shot dead in front of 300 people by her father for “dishonoring” her family. [Amnesty UK]
  • On Babes At The Museum, a web site of attractive women who frequent art museums. [Gallerist NY]
  • Members of a Cal State San Marcos sorority dressed up like Latina gang members (“cholas”) because I guess that’s funny? [Clutch Magazine]
  • Our Hitched columnist Andrea Grimes on how Texas is seeking to further restrict minors’ access to abortion. [RH Reality Check]
  • The pros and cons of abandoning the word “feminist.” [The Atlantic] Keep reading »

Serial Groper Gets Off Scot-Free, Because That’s How We Do

Gun Pulled On Flasher
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Woman pulls gun on flasher, flasher puts penis away and runs. Read More »
Legs Filmed On Subway
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Some creep is filming videos of your legs on the subway for YouTube. Read More »
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Oh, FFS, America. Last year, New York City was captivated by the tale of the good-looking, really well-dressed, white man — totally the kind of guy who want to bring home to your bubbe — who was sexually assaulting women in public. The man the tabloids called the “Gentleman Groper” was later fingered as a lawyer named Paul Kraft, who plead guilty to groping or taking crotch shots of numerous women in wealthy neighborhoods like the Upper East Side or the Financial District. Here are some creepy examples of stuff he did. Gross, right? Well, you’ll be … surprised … to hear he’s gotten off without jail time. Keep reading »

Three Morehouse Basketball Players Accused Of Sexual Assault

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  • An 18-year-old Spelman student has accused three basketball players from Morehouse College of sexual assault. One faces a charge of aggravated sodomy, while two others face both rape and aggravated sodomy charges. [Clutch Online, Madame Noire]
  • Indiana restricted abortion rights even more yesterday. [Think Progress]
  • Hawaii has passed a domestic workers bill of rights, making it only the second state in the country to do so. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

Yes, Men — Like Danny Brown — Can Be Victims Of Sexual Assault, Too

After Sexual Assault
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Tips for reclaiming your sex life after being sexually assaulted. Read More »
Sexual Assault Joke
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Esquire magazine tweets a joke about sexual assault. Ha? Read More »
Teach Boys Not To Rape
On Steubenville High School and teaching boys not to rape. Read More »

Last week, rapper Danny Brown was performing in at a club in Minneapolis when a fan climbed up on stage, pulled down his pants, and began performing oral sex on him. Brown was mid-verse, and the details are murky as to what exactly he did in response, but from most accounts it’s pretty clear that Brown did not invite the woman to suck his dick on stage, and rather, she began performing the act without his consent.

Here’s how one Redditor described the scene:

I was right behind the girl and saw everything it was scaring edit: Okay so this is how it all went down, I was near the front row and all night Danny had been going up to the crowd and having random girls touch his d*ck through his pants. Then this girl in front of me starts flashing him and he goes up to her and grabs her t*ts. Then all of a sudden gets up close pulls his shirt up a little and she start blowing him. Then I’m behind her and I start getting pushed against her by the crowd shifting. It’s horrible and I hope you guys will be donating to my future therapy sessions but also i came back with a story. He rapped the entire time during too. Keep reading »

Five-Year-Old Rape Victim Dies At Indian Hospital

India's New Rape Laws
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India now could have the death penalty for rape. Read More »
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Indian newspaper ad implores men to respect women. Read More »
India's Rape Culture
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India's rape culture is out of control. Read More »
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Last night, a five-year-old girl died in a hospital in India from cardiac arrest, succumbing to wounds suffered when she was raped.

According to a hospital official, the child had been in a coma for over a week and suffered brain damage as a result of being smothered during the attack to stifle her cries.  Two men have been arrested in conjunction with the assault.  One allegedly lured her to a neighboring farm, and the other, a friend of her parents, raped her. Keep reading »

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