Posts tagged "sexual assault"

“Is Sex With An Unconscious Person Always Rape?” Utah Lawmakers Wonder

At the center of any discussion about rape is the issue of consent. Did both (or more) parties involved consent to having sex? Was consent given under the influence of drugs or alcohol? Could both people actually give consent or was their ability impaired because of drugs, or alcohol, or, you know,…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 4, 2015

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Adele Barber Bit Off Part Of A Sexual Attacker’s Tongue For DNA Evidence

When Adele Barber was sexually assaulted on her way home from the doctor’s office one evening, she, despite her understandable terror, thought fast. In an interview with ITV, Barber, of Dunstable, England, said, “As soon as he pushed me up against the fence he tried to kiss me and forced his tongue into my mouth.

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / February 3, 2015

Alcohol Is Now Classified As A Weapon In Military Sexual Assault Cases

The military has classified alcohol as a weapon in sexual assault cases. [RawStory]
The American Library Association’s awards are super-diverse. Is #WeNeedDiverseBooks working? [Flavorwire]
Here’s a rundown of the types of total nutbags who are still really into #GamerGate. [Gawker]…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / February 2, 2015

Stacey Dash: Rape Victims Are “Bad Girls … Who Like To Be Naughty”

Stacey Dash was once known for being Dionne in “Clueless.” Now she’s just known for being clueless in real life. The former actress, in her new role on Fox’s “Outnumbered,” had some interesting things to say about two recent stories regarding campus crackdowns meant to prevent sexual assault–national sorority chapters telling sorority members at the…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 30, 2015

Drunkenness Used As A Defense In Vanderbilt Rape Trial

Four ex-Vanderbilt football players violently gang raped a fellow student in June of 2013. And today, in the year 2015 of our lord and savior, much like characters in a Jacobean play, those men are claiming drunkenness as their defense in an actual court of law.

“I was drunk” is not a passable…

By: Chloe Stillwell / January 23, 2015

“The Nightly Show” Host Larry Wilmore On Bill Cosby: “How Many More Women Do We Need?”

Plenty of media outlets and famous faces have been hands off when it comes to passing any sort of judgment on the seemingly never-ending sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, but on the second episode of Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show,” host Larry Wilmore dove right in.  Wilmore devoted the entire episode to the Cosby…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 21, 2015

The United States Gets A “D” Grade For Women’s Reproductive Rights, According to NARAL Pro-Choice America

NARAL Pro-Choice America has graded the United States with a “D” for women’s reproductive rights. [NARAL]
Slavoj Žižek on the Charlie Hebdo massacre: “The passionate intensity of the terrorists bears witness to a lack of true conviction.” [New Statesman]
The Academy Awards (predictably) ignored black actors and directors. [The Grio]…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 15, 2015

Bill Cosby Joked About Assault Allegations At Canada Show

Serial rapist Bill Cosby (alleged smalleged) actually had the gall to make a rape joke during a comedy show last night. When a woman got up from her seat during the show, Cosby asked her where she was going and she said she was headed to the bar and offered to grab him a…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 9, 2015

Phylicia Rashad: “This Is Not About The Women,” It’s About Bill Cosby’s Legacy

When Showbiz 411 reported that Phylicia Rashad, speaking of the accusations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby, had the gall to say “forget these women” and to insinuate that the allegations were the result of some kind of grand conspiracy against her TV husband, the sound of a thousand “Bye Phylicias” peeled out across the…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / January 8, 2015

Detroit Is Finally Doing Something About Its 11,000 Untested Rape Kits

In the years leading up to Detroit’s 2013 bankruptcy filing, as local leaders scrambled to keep a city afloat that couldn’t even afford street lights, thousands of rape kits somehow went untested, preventing countless rapists from being prosecuted. In 2009, 11,000 untested kits were found in a Detroit police storage unit. Two thousand of the kit…

By: Claire Hannum / January 7, 2015

Bye Phylicia: Actress Defends Bill Cosby Against Rape Claims, Says People Should “Forget These Women”

Clare Huxtable, no. Bill Cosby’s long-time TV wife Phylicia Rashad has finally spoken out about the insanely lengthy sexual assault allegations against the entertainer, and it isn’t pretty. Speaking with Showbiz 411, Rashad scoffed at the allegations — from over 20 women — and called them “orchestrated” and the “destruction of a legacy,” seemingly because…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / January 7, 2015

Revlon CEO: “I Can Smell Black People When They Enter A Room”

According to a lawsuit, Revlon’s CEO claimed that he could “smell Black people when they enter a room.” [The Grio]
The investigation into the Cleveland police shooting and death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice could be taken over by an outside agency. [RawStory]
Uber has given their customers some really half-assed safety ti…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / January 2, 2015

Hey Gawker, Here’s Why Outting Lena Dunham’s Rapist Is Bullshit

Yesterday, Gawker’s J.K. Trotter wrote a piece naming the man who allegedly raped Lena Dunham in college. Dunham wrote about the rape in her book, Not That Kind Of Girl, but took a number of steps to conceal his identity. Unfortunately, the manner in which she cloaked his identity was seized upon by some of

By: Beejoli Shah / December 31, 2014

Bill Cosby’s Daughter Evin Thinks Rape Accusers Should Go Prison

“Rape is a serious allegation and it is suppose to be taken VERY seriously but so is Falsely accusing someone. When someone rapes a person they go to prison. THAT should also happen to the person that has wrongfully accused an innocent victim. They are not ONLY destroying innocent people’s life they are ALSO making…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 16, 2014

The Soapbox: Let’s Get Real When Discussing Complicated Sexual Experiences

There’s been a lot of talk lately in the media about sexual violence. Late last month, former CBC Broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi was fired amid allegations of sexual assault. A few weeks ago, Shia LaBeouf came forward with claims that he was raped during an art exhibition. And by now everyone’s heard of the sex abuse…

By: Melissa Petro / December 16, 2014

Camille Cosby Compares The Over Two Dozen Sexual Assault Allegations Against Her Husband To The UVA Case AND I JUST CAN’T EVEN

You know, up until this point, I have maintained a modicum of sympathy for Camille Cosby. Maybe she’s really had no fucking clue that her husband is a serial rapist who drugs women. (Alleged-fucking-ly. EYE ROLL.) Maybe he is JUST THAT GOOD of an actor. And maybe it’s possible that we just don’t know what…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 16, 2014

Beverly Johnson: “This Is Bigger Than Bill Cosby”

“I want to stand with these women that have come out. I want to have a platform for one out of six women who are sexually assaulted. This is bigger than Bill Cosby. This is about women and violence on women. This is about women finding their voice. I feel that Cosby took my power…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 12, 2014

Michigan State University Chooses Rape Apologist George Will As Commencement Speaker & Students Fight Back

Michigan State University selected conservative journalist and noted rape apologist George Will to speak at the university’s commencement ceremony on Saturday and to receive an honorary doctorate of humanities. Will, who taught at the university for a brief period in the 1970s, penned a horrific op-ed in June in which he suggested that women who come forward…

By: Claire Hannum / December 12, 2014

Beverly Johnson In Vanity Fair: “Bill Cosby Drugged Me”

I was a top model during the 70s, a period when drugs flowed at parties and photo shoots like bottled water at a health spa. I’d had my fun and experimented with my fair share of mood enhancers. I knew by the second sip of the drink Cosby had given me that I’d been drugged—and…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 11, 2014

Lena Dunham: “Why I Chose To Speak Out” About College Rape

Speaking out was never about exposing the man who assaulted me. Rather, it was about exposing my shame, letting it dry out in the sun. I did not wish to be contacted by him or to open a criminal investigation. I am in a loving and peaceful place in my life and I am not…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 10, 2014
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