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CNN Mourns That Rapists’ Lives Have Been Ruined By Steubenville Guilty Verdict

No, Seriously, STFU.

UPDATE [2]: Okay, I’ve put the video back, in two parts, minus Trent Mays’ testimony.

UPDATE: I have pulled the video from this post for the time being, as I believe at one point in the eight minute segment, you can hear Mays use the victim’s name. I’ll try to replace the video with a version where her name is bleeped out ASAP. Further info on how Fox News, MSNBC and CNN did not bleep out the victim’s name here.

Yesterday morning, I watched with knots in my stomach as the Steubenville rape verdict was delivered. The evidence — including three key eye witness testimonies, photographs and incriminating text messages — against Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond was vast and it seemed hard to imagine that Judge Tom Lipps wouldn’t convict. Because there was so much evidence that physical contact had occurred between the victim (Jane Doe) and the defendants, the defense focused on trying to prove that while the victim was drunk, she wasn’t so drunk that she couldn’t consent to these acts. Therefore, the verdict in this case, which has drawn international attention, would do much to define when consent can be given in the eyes of the law. And given that this is hardly an isolated incident in one small football-loving town — Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine emphasized that rape is a societal problem that is happening in towns and cities all across this country and the world — the decision in this case would be sending a clear message to victims and perpetrators far and wide.

Luckily, Judge Lipps rendered a guilty verdict on all three charges, sentencing Mays to a minimum of two years served consecutively and Richmond to a minimum of one year. At maximum, both could serve time in jail until they are 21. Both will have to register as juvenile sex offenders. Considering the pair could have been tried as adults and thus could have faced much harsher sentences, Judge Lipps ignored their parents’ and attorneys requests for further leniency, saying the sentences were practically a slap on the wrist.

That didn’t stop CNN, however, from being all torn up about it.
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Verdict: Guilty!
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Trent Mays and Ma'lik Richmond have been found guilty of rape. Read More »
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Porn Star Traci Lords Releases Song “Stupidville” About Steubenville Rape

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Hacktivists threaten to release personal information of alleged rapists. Read More »
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Steubenville student jokes about the raped "dead girl." Read More »
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"Stupidville"

***Trigger warning in video for simulated rape***

This week began the trial of Trenton Mays and Ma’lik Richmond, two teenaged boys in Steubenville, Ohio, who were charged with the rape and kidnapping of a 15-year-old girl at a high school party this August. The boys are members of the Steubenville High School football team, local celebrities in a football-obsessed culture. Other members of the team witnessed the alleged sexual assault by Mays and Richmond of the girl, who was blackout drunk and vomiting on herself. Partygoers snapped pictures of her being carried around by her arms and legs and tweeted and texted pics of her degradation; another student at the party filmed a video where he joked about the “dead girl.”

Ever since the Steubenville rape began getting press coverage, the former porn star Traci Lords has been vocal about the local culture’s misogynistic culture. She herself was raped in Steubenville at age 10 by a 14-year-old boy. Yesterday, Lords, who is now a musician, released a song called “Stupidville” — a slang term for the town that the locals use — about sexual assault. Keep reading »

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Taking Sexual Assault In The Military Seriously, As He Should

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The military has lifted the ban on women in combat roles. Read More »
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A new defense secretary has just been confirmed and already he has a big issue to address: sexual assault in the military. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) (Full disclosure: I used to work in her office), and Senator Janeane Shaheen (D-NH) recently sent a letter requesting Chuck Hagel immediately review a decision by an Air Force Lieutenant General to dismiss all charges against an officer who had been convicted of sexual assault.

Lieutenant Colonel James Wilkerson, a fighter pilot, had been charged with aggravated sexual assault on former colleague Kimberly Hanks at Aviano Air Base in Italy. Hanks had been socializing with Wilkerson and his wife at their home and stayed the evening in their guest bedroom; in the middle of the night, she woke up to find Wilkerson on top of her. He was found guilty and sentenced to a year in the brig (AKA military prison). But he never served any time in prison because his superior, Lieutenant General Craig A. Franklin, dismissed the jury’s conviction and reinstated him. Senators Boxer and Shaheen and others are rightfully concerned that a troop charged with sexual assault was let off scot-free. 
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French Kissing No Longer Considered As Rapey In The Netherlands

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Tongues away, everyone! A Dutch Supreme Court panel decided on Tuesday that forcible French-kissing should not be on par with rape. For 15 years, The Netherlands’ criminal code stated a “forced-tongue kiss” and rape both carried a maximum 12-year prison sentence. But this panel of three men and two women overturned a rape conviction on a man who forcibly French kissed a woman, instead ruling that forced tongue kissing is indecent (sexual) assault, which carries a lesser eight-year sentence.

Now, I most certainly do not approve of forced anything in the realm of sexual sexytimes. CONSENT, y’all! But you might be wondering, as I did, why forcing your tongue in someone’s mouth was seen as criminal as forcing your penis in someone’s anus/vagina/mouth . According to the Daily Beast, The Netherlands have a broad definition of rape as “any form of unwanted sexual penetration,” which mean to include penetrating body part into any orifice. I guess these judges decided the law needed to be more nuanced. What do you think of the decision? Agree or disagree? Let us know in the comments! [The Daily Beast]

Today Is “No More” Day: Take A Stand Against Violence Against Women

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... from a prosecutor who has seen it all. Read More »
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The violence against women act passed in the Senate. Read More »
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NO MORE. It is a simple, direct message representing a broad and pervasive issue. No more sexual assault. No more violence against women. Today, March 13 marks NO MORE day, a day to join the movement to stop domestic violence and sexual assault, and launch the organization’s new symbol — a thick “O” of light blue. Keep reading »

Breaking News: You Can Consent While Blackout Drunk, Apparently?

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  • Remember that 16-year-old girl who was sexually abused by several football players of the Steubenville High School football team? She got carried to several parties by players, was raped and peed upon. The players’ lawyers are reportedly planning to argue that she clearly consented to sex by excessively drinking and hanging out with boys and “didn’t affirmatively say no.”  [Jezebel]
  • Colorado’s House of Representatives have advanced a bill legalizing civil unions in the state, which now heads to the governor to be signed. [Denver Post]
  • Former First Lady Laura Bush says Republicans “scared” women in 2012. Terrified is more like it. [Politico] Keep reading »

Minnesota Advances Anti-Abortion Bill

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  • Minnesota’s House of Representatives advanced a bill that would end access state insurance covered abortions unless it was necessary to save the mother’s life, or if the pregnancy was caused by a sexual assault was reported within 48 hours of occurring.  A strange turn for a state that generally protects a women’s right to choose. [RH Reality Check]
  • Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) was one of the women in the House of Representatives who voted against the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which passed the house last week.  Her reasoning, “I didn’t like the way it was expanded to include other different groups.”  Those groups include same-sex couples, undocumented immigrants, and Native American women.  Really? [Think Progress]
  • Speaking of VAWA, at least Rep. Blackburn was honest.  Some GOP members who voted against it are now claiming to be pretty proud of supporting it.  Huh? [Daily Kos] Keep reading »

Three Girls Ages 5, 9, & 11 Raped And Murdered In India

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  • Three young sisters ages 5, 9, and 11 have been raped and murdered in their small village in rural India after being kidnapped at some point on February 14. Indian police are now under fire for not taking their mother’s original missing persons complaint seriously. The country has been under scrutiny in recent months for high-profile gang rapes and their mishandling by the country’s politicians and police. [Guardian UK]
  • A Mississippi is defending their decision to publish an article about a same-sex wedding between two women. [Think Progress]
  • On cultural appropriation in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, which showed scantily-clad models photographed with locals in Namibia. [Racialicious] Keep reading »

Accused Rapist Meets Women On Christian Dating Site

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Look, I’m not the world’s most observant Christian. But even I attended enough Sunday school to know that God would totally have said “Thou shalt not rape” had there been room on those tablets for an 11th commandment.

Which is why I feel confident saying that Sean Patrick Banks, 37, of Del Mar, California, who is accused of raping a woman he met on the Christian dating site Christian Mingle, is crappy Christian.  Keep reading »

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An Answer For Fox’s “The Five” Host Bob Beckel: Yes, Rape On College Campuses Happens

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On Steubenville High School and teaching boys not to rape. Read More »

Nothing gets me up on my soapbox more than comments about rape, especially rape on college campuses. It seems that despite the plethora of statistics laid out plainly in nifty little infographics, the public remains woefully ignorant to the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and rape right here in the U.S. of A. Even scarier is that members of the media with a mass audience espouse this same ignorance.

Take Fox’s “The Five” host Bob Beckel. When discussing Colorado Democrat Joe Salazar’s comments about keeping guns off campus by saying that on-campus call boxes and rape whistles should suffice to protect against rape, Beckel asked, “When was the last time you heard about rape on campus?” Keep reading »

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