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Michigan High School Covers Up Sexual Assault To Protect Star Basketball Player

Rehtaeh's Suicide
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Rehtaeh Parsons committed suicide at age 17 after gang rape. Read More »
School Boys Plotted Rape
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Fifth grade boys plotted to rape, murder female classmate. Read More »
CNN on Steubenville
They're mourning the lives of the rapists. Read More »

In yet another case of a school valuing athletic prowess over student safety and justice, a Michigan high school has just been sued by the National Women’s Law Center for failing to respond to a sexual attack on school grounds–because the perpetrator happened to be a star player on the basketball team.

The chilling story goes like this: in 2010, a female student (Jane Doe) was sexually assaulted in Forest Hills Central High School’s soundproof band room by a well-known member of the boy’s basketball team. Jane reported the attack to a teacher, who alerted the school principal. The principal held a meeting with Jane and her parents, not to offer the school’s help in bringing Jane’s attacker to justice, but to discourage them from pressing charges. Why? To protect the young man’s chances of getting recruited to a top college team, of course! (Because if Steubenville taught us anything, it’s that there’s nothing more important than protecting the promising futures of young rapists.) Keep reading »

Guy Accused Of Sexual Misconduct At College, So His Mom Pens Victim-Blaming Wall Street Journal Op-Ed

New "Rape" Definition
A new definition of rape has been approved by the FBI. Read More »
"Forcible Rape"
Behind Republicans' attempts to redefine rape. Read More »
CDC Sex Assault Data
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Adolescent girls and preteen boys are at the highest risk for sexual assault. Read More »
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The Wall Street Journal is about as publicity stunt-y as The New York Times’ Style section in terms of publishing articles guaranteed to kick up a fuss. But the WSJ, being owned by Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp (Fox News, etc.), leads with a conservative slant. This week’s case-in-point is an op-ed by lawyer Judith Grossman, whose son was accused of vaguely stated sexual misconduct by an ex-girlfriend at his college and subjected to a messy campus tribunal process.

You can read the entire piece here, but the summarized version is that her son was accused by an ex-girlfriend of “nonconsensual sex,” as Grossman puts it, “that supposedly occurred during the course of their relationship a few years earlier.” She then describes the “nightmare” her son and family endured through the college’s tribunal process. Her son was given written notice of the charges against him from the campus Title IX officer, listed in “a barrage of vague statements.” Writes Grossman, “The letter lacked even the most basic information about the acts alleged to have happened years before. Nor were the allegations supported by any evidence other than the word of the ex-girlfriend.” During the two-hour tribunal process, her son was grilled by the campus. Eventually the charges against him were dismissed — an outcome, Grossman implies, attributed to the fact he has a lawyer for a mother who was able to advise him on how to handle it. Keep reading »

Chris O’Dowd Cracks A Date Rapey Joke About Getting His Wife Drunk Enough To Finger Her

Rick Ross Rape Rap
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Rick Ross rapped about drugging a woman and raping her. Read More »
Rainn's Rape Joke
Rainn Wilson tweeted a not-funny joke about date rape. Read More »
Daniel Tosh Rape Joke
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Daniel Tosh joked about a woman in audience getting raped. Read More »
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Why, Chris O’Dowd, why? The “Bridesmaids” actor and his wife Dawn O’Porter, a writer/documentarian, are hands-down my favorite celebrity couple. Which is why I was bummed to see O’Dowd tweet what basically reads like a date rape joke. “Drop the hand” is Irish slang for fingering or groping someone, which means he tweeted that he was going to “sneak” amaretto in her food on date night so he could finger her.

First of all, that’s a dumb joke. It doesn’t make sense. Who puts amaretto in food? Second of all, even though it was a joke (these two tweet all the time about both sex and getting drunk, which is why I like them), cracks about sneaking liquor into someone so you can get sex out of them are date rapey and not cool. It’s not “naughty” or “mischievous”; it’s gross. [Twitter.com/BigBoyler]

Rick Ross Issues Sincere Apology For Drugging, Raping Lyrics

Tyler Perry & Rape
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Tyler Perry has a rape problem in "Temptation." Read More »
Rick Ross Rape Rap
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Rick Ross rapped about drugging a woman and raping her. Read More »
Rehtaeh's Suicide
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Rehtaeh Parsons committed suicide at age 17 after gang rape. Read More »
  • Rapper Rick Ross has issued a more thorough and this time sincere apology for his lyrics about drugging a woman and raping her. Hmm, perhaps it had something to do with Reebok dropping him as a sponsor? “[F]or me to suggest in any way that harm and violation be brought to a woman is one of my biggest mistakes and regrets,” Ross said in a statement. “To the young men who listen to my music, please know that using a substance to rob a woman of her right to make a choice is not only a crime, it’s wrong and I do not encourage it.” [Miss Info TV] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Three Teen Boys Arrested, Charged With Rape, After Suicide Of Audrie Pott

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  • Three teen boys in California have been arrested and charged with the sexual assault of Audrie Pott, a 15-year-old girl, who committed suicide after pictures of the rape were posted online. Audrie was raped while passed out at a party in September 2012. The images were posted online and she killed herself eight days later. When will it end??? [People]
  • An editorial in USA Today suggested that the “left-wing” media has completely ignored the case of Philadelphia abortion provider Kermit Gosnell, who abused his patients. The reality, though, is that the media hasn’t ignored the story at all. [Salon]
  • Rep. Paul Ryan, a former Republican vice presidential nominee in the 2012 campaign, said he wants a country where abortion is “outlawed,” continuing, “We want a country where it isn’t even considered.” [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

Justice For Rehtaeh Parsons: Anonymous Vows To Out Teen’s Rapists

Rehtaeh's Suicide
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Rehtaeh Parsons committed suicide at age 17 after gang rape. Read More »
13yo Bullied Over Rape
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A teen girl is bullied online after alleged rape by two Torrington, CT, athletes. Read More »
Steubenville Video
Steubenville student jokes about the raped "dead girl." Read More »
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Hacktivist group Anonymous announced yesterday they know the identities of two rapists who sexually assaulted Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old Nova Scotia girl who died on Sunday, and plan to release their names unless the Canadian government brings her family justice. In 2011, Parsons was raped by four boys at a party and a photograph taken of the rape was then distributed around school; she was bullied and harassed by other students so badly that her family moved. Police did not press charges because they claimed to lack evidence. After struggling with suicidal thoughts, last week, Rehtaeh tried to kill herself and was badly injured; this weekend, her family removed her from life support. Her mother, Leah Parsons, penned a Facebook message on Monday, detailing the ways her daughter’s rapists were never brought to justice — particularly how the police allegedly waited 10 months to interview the alleged rapists.

Now Anonymous, which was involved in bringing the Steubenville rapists to justice, is getting involved. Keep reading »

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