Posts tagged "sexual abuse"

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…

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.

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…

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 voice…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 16, 2014

Another Woman Comes Forward Alleging Sexual Assault By Terry Richardson

Another woman has come forward regarding an alleged sexual assault by the fashion photographer Terry Richardson. Following the news yesterday that New York magazine is doing a cover story about Richardson in which he would be portrayed sympathetically, a woman called “Anna” wrote into Jezebel claiming he pulled out his penis and whacked her…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 11, 2014

On #SurvivorPrivilege And Losing My Virginity To Rape

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…

By: Anonymous / June 10, 2014

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

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 3, 2014

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

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 2, 2014

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 i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 19, 2014

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]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 14, 2014

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 i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 28, 2014

“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…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 17, 2014

Brad Pitt To Produce Movie About Steubenville & Hacktivist Group Anonymous

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 hacktivist…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 2, 2014

Interns Deserve Protection From Sexual Harassment, Too

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…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 28, 2014

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

Lena Dunham said something smart (again) about Dylan Farrow’s accusations against Woody Allen: “I’m decidedly pro-Dylan Farrow and decidedly disgusted with Woody Allen’s behavior. But for me, when people go through his work and come through it for references to child molestation, that’s not the fucking point. I’m not comfortable living in a world…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 19, 2014

Terry Richardson Calls Models’ Complaints About Sexual Abuse A “Witch Hunt”

Fashion photographer Terry Richardson has released a statement (posted to at least Page Six and Huffington Post, so far) defending himself against the mounting complaints from young models who have accused the “porno-chic” photog of sexual abuse.

Earlier this week, a former model revealed on Reddit that she was allegedly sexually assaulted by…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 14, 2014

Fashion Blog Launches #NoMoreTerry Campaign To Stop Hiring Terry Richardson

Fashion blog OMG That Dress has launched a campaign called #NoMoreTerry to boycott brands (cough Marc Jacobs cough) and publications (cough Vogue cough) that hire photographer Terry Richardson, who has repeatedly been accused of sexually abusing young women. #NoMoreTerry comes just days after former model Charlotte Waters, 24, outed herself to Vocativ as the Reddit poster

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 13, 2014

Former Model Charlotte Waters Outs Herself As Terry Richardson’s Alleged Victim

Charlotte Waters, a 24-year-old nurse’s assistant in L.A., has identified herself as the former model who took to Reddit to accuse Terry Richardson of sexual coercion and inappropriate behavior back in 2009 in his studio. You can read parts of her Reddit post here and the full interview on Vocativ, in which reveals that she…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 12, 2014
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