Posts tagged "sexual abuse"

Brazilian President Rousseff Has Signed A New Femicide Law

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has signed a femicide bill into law, which increases the penalties for the murder of women relating to domestic violence.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 10, 2015

Lena Dunham: “I Do Not Condone Any Kind Of Abuse”

"First and foremost, I want to be very clear that I do not condone any kind of abuse under any circumstances. ... If the situations described in my book have been painful or triggering for people to read, I am sorry, as that was never my intention. I am also aware that the comic use…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 4, 2014

Mommie Dearest: On Lena Dunham & Teaching Children About Boundaries And Consent

This post isn't about Lena Dunham… really. So many others, including The Frisky's own Amelia, have written about Dunham, her book, and the passages about her sister that have led to claims of molestation. But, I'm writing this because of the conversation that's currently being had about Lena Dunham, so we can't not talk about…

By: Avital Norman Nathman / November 4, 2014

Lena Dunham Faces Accusations That She “Molested” Her Younger Sister

In her new memoir, Not That Kind Of Girl, Lena Dunham tells a couple of stories that include references to her younger sister Grace which are intended to illustrate Lena's "weirdness" as a child, as well as her youthful obsession with the baby of the family. Instead, critics both on the right and the left…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 3, 2014

Everyone Watch This Video About The Ways Society Enables Sexual Abusers

This video by psychologist Dr. Nina Burrowes explains the smoke screen that keeps society blind to what sexual abuse really looks like and makes it more likely for abusers to get away with what they're doing. Obviously, abuse is a horrible thing, and it is never anyone's fault but the abuser. That said, society a…

By: Claire Hannum / October 11, 2014

Stephen Collins On Jessica Biel’s Topless Gear Spread In 2000: “It’s Child Pornography”

Back in 2000, Jessica Biel, then starring as eldest daughter Mary Camden on TV's "7th Heaven," made waves by appearing on the cover of men's magazine Gear in just a pair of panties, with her arm draped across her bare chest, covering her nipples. Given the "family-friendly" tenor of the religious-leaning show, this magazine spread…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 8, 2014

False Reports Of Suicide At Stephen Collins’ Home Swirl Amidst Child Molestation Scandal

Last night, the interwebs were all aflutter after false reports circulated of a suicide at "7th Heaven" actor Stephen Collins' home, following yesterday's reveal that he had admitted to molesting multiple young girls. When police arrived, they discovered Collins wasn't home and there was no issue. Oh and weirdly enough, former "Baywatch" actress Donna D'Errico,…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 8, 2014

“7th Heaven” Dad Stephen Collins Confesses, On Tape, To Sexually Abusing Multiple Young Girls

Actor Stephen Collins, best known for playing Reverend Camden on the TV show "7th Heaven," admitted on a secret recording (taped during a therapy session with his estranged wife, with whom he is going through a divorce) to molesting and exposing himself to multiple young girls. In the confession, which he did not know wa…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / October 7, 2014

10 Bicycle Safety Tips For Ladies

Let us turn now to the most important people in our nation: young men who attend elite universities and want to work in law or medicine someday. As a new school year is about to get underway, Bloomberg checked in with these gentlemen about the perils of having sex with their female classmates. Of particular…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 21, 2014

Steubenville Assailant Is Back On His High School Football Team

Remember when two teenaged boys from Steubenville High School were sentenced for sexual assaulting a 16-year-old girl and all CNN could do was mourn about how these two boys' lives were "destroyed"? It was a rather disgusting display of where some people's priorities lie: as the judge rendered a guilty verdict towards two young sexual…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 12, 2014

The Soapbox: On Richard Dawkins’ Rape Comments & How We Discuss Sexual Assault

Yesterday, the atheist and evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins made comments about rape and pedophilia on Twitter that made many people angry. From what I can gather, Dawkins appeared to have been tweeting over the weekend regarding religion and Israel, saying support for the Israeli state does not mean condoning the country's current behavior in Gaza.

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 30, 2014

Alleged Girlfriend Turns In Suspected Child Molester After She Sees Him On A CNN Crime Show

Monday's apprehension of accused child molester Charles Mozdir in New York City is owed not just to the brave police officer and two U.S. marshals who took bullets during the incident; the anonymous woman who recognized Mozdir on John Walsh's show CNN "The Hunt" and immediately called the police also should be heralded as a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 29, 2014

Sometimes I Wish I Hadn’t Written So Much About Sex

A few months ago, Amelia and I were talking about rape threats against women who write online. It seems like it happens to feminist writers Zerlina Maxwell, Amanda Hess and Jessica Valenti every day. Amelia asked if any readers have threatened to rape or otherwise harm me. The honest truth is that it only happened…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 29, 2014

Jerry Sandusky’s Adopted Son Speaks With Oprah About Sexual Abuse

It can't be easy to go through life with the last name "Sandusky" right now. But I have nothing but respect for Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, convicted child molester/ex-assistant Penn State football coach. Matthew, who was one of six adopted kids, spoke with Oprah Winfrey on Thursday night about the sexually…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 19, 2014

UCONN Settles With Students Whose Sexual Assault Complaints It Mishandled

In October 2013, a group of current and former students accused the University of Connecticut of violating Title IX by mishandling their sexual assault cases which occurred at the school between 2010 and 2013. The Department of Education's Office For Civil Rights launched an investigation into the school and whether it failed to follow the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 19, 2014

On Abuse & Seeing What We Don’t Want To See

Here are two things I never expected to be told in the same breath: "You’re so skinny! This will look cute on you," and "I’m pretty sure you’re lying about that time your dad molested you." Nine months ago, I confronted my father about sexually abusing me as a child. Since then, my communication with…

By: Anonymous / July 15, 2014

Girls’ Breasts Not Being Big Enough To Be Groped Isn’t The Damn Point

I haven't been following the Australian swimming community's sexual abuse scandal. I only feel like I have been. That's because these sorts of heartbreaking stories are so goddamned familiar: a coach is accused of sexually abusing the young charges under his tutelage and with whom he has shared lots of private time, often far from home. I…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 11, 2014

Creepster Dov Charney Fired From American Apparel

Dov Charney is out at American Apparel (finally). The board of directors voted last night to oust him as CEO and president of the clothing line that he himself founded. Much like the photographer Terry Richardson, Charney has been dogged for years with sexual harassment allegations by employees and models. [NYMag.com] Chelsea Handler is headed…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 19, 2014

8 Things I’ve Learned After Getting Lots Of Emails About Sexual Assault

Last week, The Frisky published an essay by an anonymous writer about her rape. She wrote about the absurdity of columnist George Will's allegation that being a victim of sexual assault confers certain privileges. Activists have responded to Will's inane, offensive piece with the hashtag #SurvivorPrivilege, snarkily writing about all the ways that they've "benefitted"…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 17, 2014

New York Magazine’s Feature On Terry Richardson Is Just As Depressing As Expected

New York* magazine's feature on Terry Richardson is here and it paints an even more disturbing picture of the creepy photographer. I knew about the numerous sexual abuse accusations against him, but nothing about the extent to which Richardson is a seriously disturbed person. New York recounts how Richardson used to hear voices in hi…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 16, 2014
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