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Indian Gang Rape Victim, 17, Commits Suicide

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A 17-year-old girl in India committed suicide by drinking poison on Wednesday, following a gang rape by at least three men back in November. The teen named the three alleged rapists, who have since been arrested by police, in her suicide note and blamed them for causing her death.

According to CNN, the girl was allegedly gang raped on November 13, during the Hindu festival of Diwali. According to her family, police did not register a formal complaint until two weeks later and pressured the girl not to press charges. Two officers involved in the case have since been fired, while a third has been suspended, over the mishandling. Keep reading »

Hacktivists Threaten To Release Personal Information Of Football Players Allegedly Involved In Assaulting Drunk Girl

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Two weeks ago, The New York Times ran an enormous article about a rape case in Steubenville, Ohio, where members of the football team participated in the rape of a drunk girl in August. Images and videos captured the night, when a 15-year-old drunk girl was carried to multiple parties, raped and peed upon. Two 16-year-old boys were arrested and charged with rape and kidnapping. Many other students — including Steubenville football players — were said to have participated and are supposedly being coddled by police and their community. You can read the full, difficult, sordid story from the Times here.

Now, Internet vigilante groups — hactivists — have taken over the football team’s website and are threatening to make many of those involved pay by releasing private info online. Keep reading »

Swaziland Criminalizes Miniskirts, So Sluts Don’t Tempt Men To Assault Them

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Police in Swaziland are now enforcing an 1889 law against “immoral” dressing and will arrest any woman who incites a complaint by wearing a miniskirt, low-rise jeans, or crop tops in public. Keep reading »

Indian Police Chief Suggests Women Protect Themselves From Rape With Chili Powder

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  • Here are two different ways to stop rape. One, teach men and women that rape is never, ever, ever acceptable. Two, tell women to carry around chili powder to throw at potential attackers. I guess chili powder in the eyeball will make a rapey boner go away right quick, according to a police chief in India. [Guardian UK]
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Woman Wins $1.5 Million Settlement After Being Accused Of Lying About Sexual Assault

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  • Sara Reedy of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has won a $1.5 million settlement after she was falsely accused of both theft and lying about a sexual assault. The gas station where a then-19-year-old Reedy was employed was robbed and she was forced to perform oral sex on the burglar at gunpoint. But the cops decided she stole the money herself and was lying about the attack and insinuated she had a drug problem. She fought back against the police and sued for their mishandling of her case, exposing a larger issue of law enforcement’s insufficient response to investigating sexual assault. Now she’s 27, has won a lawsuit against police and is working to make sure no woman ever has to go through the same ordeal as she did. [Guardian UK] Keep reading »

Chescaleigh Responds To Slut Shaming By Jenna Marbles

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On Jenna Marbles' "Things I Don't Understand About Sluts" video. Read More »
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Responding To Jenna Marbles

A bit of background: YouTube star Jenna Marbles recently did a video called “Things I Don’t Understand About Girls: Sluts Edition” and it was fairly horrible. First of all, Jenna Marbles thinks that being a promiscuous “slut” is a bad thing.  Sluts, she says, are women who have “a lot of casual sex,” although she admits she can’t really define what “a lot” means because it’s different for every person. I’m sorry, every woman. The only people Jenna Marbles judges for having “a lot of casual sex” are women.

She admits the video is not supposed to be funny — and it’s not. In addition to being nasty towards other women, it comes off as bitter. (There’s this weird part about sluts who sleep with other girls’ boyfriends, because I guess I guess an insatiable sex drive stops you from having morals?) Mostly Jenna just repeated the kind of “sluts are the wooooorst” stuff that you imagine Rush Limbaugh says to his pals while they smoke cigars in a strip club. So it is a VERY welcome breath of fresh air to see Chescaleigh (AKA Franchesca Ramsey) did a response. Keep reading »

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