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New York Times Cover Story Reveals How Hobart & William Smith Massively Failed Student Rape Victim

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It has the elements of so many sexual assault allegations before it: fraternity members, a lot of alcohol, football players, freshman girls. And like too many other stories about sexual assault, this one also includes a university that failed a sexual assault victim and allowed campus rapists to get off scot-free.

This weekend, The New York Times published a gut-punch of a piece (on their front page, in fact) about a young woman called Anna who is a student at Hobart & William Smith, a college in upstate New York. During her first few weeks of college, Anna was sexually assaulted while drunk by several football players on the night of a frat party. After Anna sent texts that she was afraid, a friend found her drunkenly bent over a pool table, face down, surrounded by six or seven football players, including one right behind her who had his pants down. Keep reading »

#JusticeForJada: 16-Year-Old Texas Girl’s Alleged Rape Goes Viral With #JadaPose

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Justice For Jada

A 16-year-old girl in Houston, Texas named Jada has had her alleged rape photographed, posted on social media, and then mocked across the Internet with the tasteless hashtag #jadapose.

Jada — who has given KHOU 11 News in Texas permission to identify her first name and broadcast her face — attended a party last month at the home of a friend-of-a-friend. Jada said the teen boy hosting the party gave her a glass of punch, which she drank before passing out. She believes she was drugged.

Until she started receiving texts asking her if she was OK and seeing tweets, photos and Vines of her alleged rape posted online, Jada told KHOU that she had no idea what happened to her while she was passed out. And those images, might I remind you, could perhaps get the people sharing them busted for distributing child pornography. (KHOU blurs out the images in their broadcast posted above.) ”I had no control to say ‘no,’” Jada told the news station about what happened to her. “I didn’t tell anyone to take my clothes off and do what they did to me.”  Keep reading »

Kanye West Compares Being Followed By The Paparazzi To “Rape”

“Everybody needs a day off, everybody needs the right to say ‘hey, you know what I need a minute to breathe. I want to bring my family to the movies without 30 motherfuckers following me. Everybody here, they like sex right? Sex is great when you and your partner be like ‘hey, this is what we both want to do.’ But if one of those people don’t want to do that, what does that constitute, that’s called rape. That is called violation.”

Add Kanye West to the list of celebrities who need better analogies to describe invasions into their personal life which come with fame. This is what Kanye said onstage yesterday at the Wireless Festival in Birmingham, UK, and well, do I really need to say more?  Much like when Charlize Theron compared Googling herself with “feeling raped,” the public is snapping back at Kanye — quite rightly. Think of another analogy, celebs. [Mirror UK] [Photo: Fame/Flynet]

UK Judge Says Man Convicted Of Raping Unconscious Woman Is Not A “Classic Rapist”

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UK Judge Says Man Convicted Of Raping Unconscious Woman Is Not A "Classic Rapist"

The good news: 29-year-old Lee Setford has been jailed for five years after a jury found him guilty of raping a drunk woman passed out on his couch. The bad news: the judge in the case, Michael Mettyear, is really sad about it and had the nerve to offer Setford some consoling words after the verdict was read that reenforce dangerous myths about sexual assault. Namely, that Setford isn’t a “classic rapist” — are there also avant garde rapists and mod rapists and sporty rapists? — and that it’s a shame he didn’t just plead guilty so he could get a lesser sentence. Yes, seriously. Keep reading »

Watch “The Daily Show” Dole Out Some Real Talk About Campus Sexual Assault

Watch “The Daily Show” Dole Out Some Real Talk About Campus Assault
Sometimes Humor Says It Best

When three students at James Madison University sexually assaulted a classmate on tape, their punishment was expulsion – after they graduated. Yes, really. JMU, along with 55 other schools, are under investigation for their mistreatment of on-campus assault cases. Other recent absurd assault punishments have included 30-day suspensions and book report assignments. Jon Stewart was just as appalled by that as the rest of us, so he got a real about the dismal state of affairs by bringing in “Daily Show” correspondents Jessica Williams and Jordan Klepper to offer some safety tips to students. [TIME]

James Madison University Punished Students For Sexual Assault With Ban From Campus After Graduation

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James Madison University in Virginia allowed three frat boys found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman and distributing video of it to stay on campus until graduation, even for years.

According to the Huffington Post, Sarah Butters, then a sophomore and a sorority member, was sexually assaulted in Panama City, Florida, on a spring break vacation in 2013. She later learned that the three young men, whom she had considered her friends, had filmed video of the assault inside a bathroom and passed it around.

In the video, Butters is blackout drunk, topless and being groped as the men try to take off her underwear/bathing suit bottom. She is heard saying “This isn’t okay, this isn’t a good idea.” She told WHSV news, “I’m clearly, like, not really able to defend myself or fight them off. We were in an enclosed bathroom. It was three of them surrounding me and none of them thought they were doing anything wrong.”

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