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On #SurvivorPrivilege And Losing My Virginity To Rape

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This weekend, Washington Post columnist George Will wrote an article about sexual assault on college campuses in which he called “victimhood … a coveted status that confers privileges.” In response, survivors of sexual assault having been sharing their stories with on Twitter with the hashtag #SurvivorPrivilege. Here, one survivor shares her story.

#SurvivorPrivilege is feeling anxious and afraid over revealing truths that could possibly impact your family, career, and friendships.

#SurvivorPrivilege is fudging details about your “first time” when chatting with friends, because even 18 years after the fact, you’re too ashamed to talk about what really happened. Keep reading »

Three Georgia High School Student Athletes Charged For Alleged Post-Prom Sexual Assault

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  • Three student athletes from Calhoun High School in Georgia have been charged with sexual battery after allegedly sexually assaulting a drunk 18-year-old girl after a post-prom party on May 11th. The alleged assault took place at a cabin in the woods of Gilmer County, where nearly 30 students partied and drank after prom. During the night, Fields Chapman, Andrew Haynes, and Avery Johnson allegedly inserted a “foreign object” into the young woman’s vagina, causing tearing and “substantial” trauma, according to police. A fourth boy was reportedly in the room barricading the door shut or keeping watch for other partygoers; it is unclear whether charges will be filed against him. Interestingly, two of the young men have been previously arrested for underage drinking. Even though it makes me sick to my stomach that this is still happening, it really seems that Steubenville and other high-profile incidents are pressuring people, including law enforcement, to take stories of this kind seriously. [Jezebel; Atlanta Journal Constitution] Keep reading »

Male Student Suspended By Columbia For Alleged Sexual Misconduct Sues School For Title IX Discrimination

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In September 2013, a female student at Columbia University filed a complaint against “John Doe,” a sophomore and member of the crew team from Florida, over alleged nonconsensual sex in her dorm room that had occurred  in May 2013. This February, a school tribunal found “John Doe” guilty of sexual misconduct and suspended him for two years from the school, until fall of 2015. Last month, “John” filed a lawsuit against the school for negligence, a violation of Title IX (which forbids discrimination from an educational program on the basis of sex), and other complaints.

According to “John Doe”‘s lawsuit, he and “Jane Doe” knew each other, hung out in the same friend group, and in fact, “John” was roommates with her ex-boyfriend. In May 2013 during finals, the lawsuit explains, “it was at Jane Doe’s suggestion that they engaged in one night of consensual activity.” After chatting in a Columbia dorm lounge where “John” was studying, the two took a late-night walk together. Then they went to her dorm room’s bathroom and she allegedly retrieved a condom from her room. They had sex in the bathroom and afterwards, he left. The lawsuit claims the two “left each other’s company on good terms,” although “Jane” allegedly texted him days later expressing concern that their friends not know about the hookup. Two weeks later, she contacted him again, letting him know she “expressed doubt” about the hookup and was “uncomfortable with how it would appear to everyone else.” Keep reading »

Pamela Anderson Opens Up At Cannes About Childhood Sexual Abuse

  • Pamela Anderson launched her own foundation at the Cannes Film Festival and publicly spoke about the sexual abuse she suffered as a child and an adolescent. From age six to 10, Anderson was molested by a female babysitter and at 12, she was raped by the older brother of a friend’s boyfriend. Then in 9th grade, she was gang raped by a boyfriend and six of his friends. What kept her going, she confessed, was her love for animals and the environment. “My affinity with animals saved me, they came to me naturally,” Anderson said. “The trees spoke to me, I wasn’t sure why I was alive, a burning question, a quest. My loyalty remains with the animal kingdom. I vowed to protect them and only them.” You can learn more about the Pamela Anderson Foundation here. [US Weekly] Keep reading »

Dylan Farrow Will Model In A Charity Event For Sexual Abuse Survivors

  • Dylan Farrow will model in a charity event on Friday night in Connecticut to support survivors of sexual abuse through organization called Jane Doe No More. The usually-private Farrow wrote a piece in the New York Times earlier this year about alleged sexual abuse she endured from her adoptive father, Woody Allen. [Page Six]
  • Malik Bendjelloul, the director of “Searching For Sugarman,” which won the 2013 Oscar for Best Documentary, has died suddenly at 36, reportedly from suicide. [Rolling Stone]
  • Prince Harry, true to form, hooked up with an anonymous blonde socialite while attending a wedding in Nashville. Please, just not Paris Hilton. [US Weekly]
  • A seven-year-old girl planning her own comedy show wrote the cutest tips. [The Maude] Keep reading »

RIP Society: Texas Teacher Gave 15-Year-Old Student A Lap Dance For His Birthday

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RIP Society: Texas Teacher Gave 15-Year-Old Student A Lap Dance For His Birthday

Birthday celebrations sure have changed since I was a kid: a middle school teacher in Texas has been arrested for performing a lap dance for her 15-year-old student on his birthday.

Felicia Smith, 42, allegedly gave a four-minute, full-contact lap dance in February to the unnamed boy in front of other students in the classroom. The boy told police that he sat in a chair next to her desk while music played, she “moved back and forth on his crotch and then touched him all over his body” and he spanked her butt several times. She also reportedly sank down to her knees and put her head between his legs. At the end, Smith allegedly told the boy, “I love you, baby. Happy birthday.” First Coast News reports that video exists of the whole incident. Keep reading »

“X-Men” Director Bryan Singer Accused Of Drugging, Raping Underage Boy

"X-Men" Director Bryan Singer Accused Of Drugging, Raping Underage Boy

According to court documents obtained by The Wrap, Bryan Singer, director of the hit “X-Men” franchise, is accused of drugging, raping and using his power to manipulate a then-17-year-old male, in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Hawaii this week. According to the lawsuit, plaintiff Michael Egan — who was named in a press release sent out by his lawyers — says Singer forcibly sodomized him, among other things, when he was 17. The lawsuit alleges:

Defendant, BRYAN JAY SINGER, manipulated his power, wealth, and position in the entertainment industry to sexually abuse and exploit the underage Plaintiff through the use of drugs, alcohol, threats, and inducements which resulted in Plaintiff suffering catastrophic psychological and emotional injuries. Defendant Singer did so as part of a group of adult males similarly positioned in the entertainment industry that maintained and exploited boys in a sordid sex ring. A Hollywood mogul must not use his position to sexually exploit underage actors.

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Brad Pitt To Produce Movie About Steubenville & Hacktivist Group Anonymous

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  • Brad Pitt and his producing team have bought the rights to the Rolling Stone article, “Anonymous Vs. Steubenville,” about the online hacktivist group who brought nationwide attention to the sexual assault of a teen girl by members of the Steubenville High School football team. The article focuses on Deric Locstutter, one of the hacktivists within Anonymous, and how he faced jail time for exposing the coverup of the assault, rather than the issues directly pertinent to rape culture. I’m happy to hear the story won’t disappear into history, but I’ll hold off judgment until I see how it’s handled. [Daily Dot]
  • Administrators of a Catholic hospital in Oklahoma have directed all doctors to stop prescribing contraceptives for birth control. I guess everyone needs to lie about having bad cramps now, huh? [The Nation] Keep reading »

Interns Deserve Protection From Sexual Harassment, Too

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I was sexually harassed at my corner store. Read More »
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Connecticut State Rep. Hewett makes lewd comment about "snake" to 17 year old. Read More »
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  • Unpaid interns in New York City are now protected from sexual harassment and racial/religious/sexual discrimination, following the passage of a bill that protects them on the job even if they are not earning a wage or salary. [Think Progress]
  • A Pakistani politician introduced a bill to increase the punishment on any adult who is involved in child marriage. [Reuters]
  • Here’s blogger Brittney Cooper on why she supports #CancelColbert … [Salon]
  • … and here’s what blogger Erin Gloria Ryan from Jezebel says we can learn from the whole thing. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Lena Dunham Weighs In On Woody Allen Molestation Accusations & Jamie Lynn Spears’ Wedding Got Kinda Weird

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