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 was being taped, Collins admits to soon-to-be ex-wife Faye Grant that he molested an 11-year-old relative of his first wife, Marjorie Weinman, in New York, saying, “There was one moment of touching where her hand, I put her hand on my penis.” Asked whether he had an erection, Collins replies, “No, I mean, no. Partial, maybe I think.” He also admits to exposing himself to her multiple times after that, when she was 12 or 13 years old. He goes on to say that there were other incidents with at least two other girls in Los Angeles, where the couple lived, including a neighbor or relative of a neighbor. As for the legality of the taped confession, TMZ says, “We’re told her lawyer advised her it was legal to secretly record the conversation because in California you’re allowed to secretly record conversations to gather evidence the other person committed a violent felony … and molesting a child under the age of 14 qualifies.” According to TMZ, the tape is now in the hands of the NYPD and that officers were flown out to Los Angeles to interview Grant about the, at the current count, three victims.
You can listen to the confession above, but warning: it’s stomach-turning. [TMZ]
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 concern is that they might accidentally rape a woman — which, no, they wouldn’t want to do at all!!! (They want to work in law or medicine, remember.) It would help, though, if women stopped getting in situations where a man might accidentally rape them. One of these young men, a 22-year-old at Stanford University named Chris Herries expounded thusly:
“Do I deserve to have my bike stolen if I leave it unlocked on the quad? We have to encourage people not to take on undue risk.”
The best and the brightest indeed. Chris Herries couldn’t be more correct! Leaving your bike unlocked on the quad is exactly like living under a patriarchy in which one in four women will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime.
In the spirit of Herries’ helpful observation to women, here are some other bike safety tips that I hope my fellow lady bike riders will follow: Keep reading »
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 abusers, CNN’s Poppy Harlow lamented, “These two young men — who had such promising futures, star football players, very good students — literally watched as they believed their life fell apart.”
Well, good news, everyone who felt bad someone screwed up his “promising future” by sexually assaulting a fellow human being: 18-year-old Ma’Lik Richmond is back to playing on his high school football team. Keep reading »
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. Then he pivoted his examples — I would argue somewhat insensitively — to ones about about sexual abuse:
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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 hero. Keep reading »
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 once — on Twitter a few years ago. The man had zero followers and had only tweeted a handful of times, all of which were incendiary remarks or threats against other liberals. I didn’t suspect he posed a serious threat to my safety, so I just blocked him. Do I even have to say I’m grateful that this was the one and only time some stranger threatened me?
That one incident isn’t the complete picture, though. A better question to ask in order to illustrate the at-times unsavory experience of being a feminist writer online would be about the kinds of inquiries I get on social media or in my inbox. Nearly every single day, a man emails asking me personal information about my sexuality, for an invitation to a sex party, or straight-up propositions me for sex. Keep reading »