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Today’s Lady News: Romney Campaign Says It Still Supports Richard Mourdock

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Rape Babies A Blessing
Candidate Richard Mourdock says rape is part of God's plan. Read More »
  • Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign says it still supports the Tea Party’s Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who mind-bogglingly said that “God intended” pregnancies that result from rape. Mourdock is running a TV ad featuring Romney; the presidential campaign is apparently A-OK with continuing that endorsement. Keeeeeeep digging yourselves in a hole, boys. The election is ever so close. [AP, Guardian UK]
  • A Federal Appeals Court has ruled that Planned Parenthood in Indiana cannot be denied government funding under Medicaid even if the state objects that clinics provide abortion care. The ruling affirms “patients’ statutory right to obtain medical care from the qualified provider of their choice.” [Democracy NowFeminist.org]
  • The “Floral Kiss” laptop and six other patronizing for-women-only products. [The Week]
  • Bitch magazine editor-in-chief on why she didn’t run the Caitlin Moran interview. (ICYMI, here’s a post in which I go into the back story.) [Bitch Magazine]
  • Fuck No Sexist Halloween Costumes is just what it sounds like: one big ol’ headdesk. [Fuck No Sexist Halloween Costumes via Feministing]
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Accused Rapist Blames It On Four Loko

I Was Raped
An account of sexual assault at Amherst College. Read More »
"Get Away With Rape"
Miami University of Ohio flyers offer "10 ways to get away with rape." Read More »
"Don't Get Raped!"
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New Tumblr collects news stories that blame the victim. Read More »
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Rapists will pretty much use any excuse to avoid taking responsibility for their rapes, usually by blaming it on their victim. She was wearing a short skirt. She was passed out drunk. She had flirted with him. A-n-y-thing to avoid responsibility for his own actions. So I should not be surprised that an accused rapist in New York City is blaming his alleged sexual assault and physical attack on a 21-year-old woman on mind-erasing Four Loko drinks. Keep reading »

An Account Of Sexual Assault At Amherst College

"Get Away With Rape"
Miami University of Ohio flyers offer "10 ways to get away with rape." Read More »
It Was Rape
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Help fund a documentary about sexual assault survivors. Read More »
I Was Date Raped
Amelia was date raped in college by a guy she liked. Read More »

Angie Epifano is a former student of the class of 2014 at Amherst College. This piece is cross-posted with permission from The Amherst Student.

When you’re being raped time does not stop. Time does not speed up and jump ahead like it does when you are with friends. Instead, time becomes your nemesis; it slows to such an excruciating pace that every second becomes an hour, every minute a year, and the rape becomes a lifetime.

On May 25, 2011, I was raped by an acquaintance in Crossett Dormitory on Amherst College campus.

Some nights I can still hear the sounds of his roommates on the other side of the door, unknowingly talking and joking as I was held down; it is far from a pleasant wakeup call.

I had always fancied myself a strong, no-nonsense woman, whose intense independence was cultivated by 17 harrowing years of emotional abuse in my backwoods home. May 25th temporarily shattered that self-image and left me feeling like the broken victim that I had never wanted to be.

Everything I had believed myself to be was gone in 30 minutes. Keep reading »

Mom Defends “Pizza Boy Rapist,” Suggesting Alleged Victim Was Drunk

Wishes Of Rape
Why wishing rape upon rapists is not OK. Read More »
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New Tumblr collects news stories that blame the victim. Read More »
Rape Drug Tester
Would you buy a straw that can detect date rape drugs in your drink? Read More »
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 Victim Blaming 101: Of course she wasn’t raped — she’s just lying! Or drunk! Or both!

Sadly, victim blaming is in full swing with the “pizza boy rapist,” a 16-year-old boy who allegedly raped a 35-year-old woman in her New York City apartment. Cesar Lucas was delivering a pizza on Saturday night on the Upper West Side and was let into the building by a doorman; after he delivered his pizza, he told police that he started turning the knobs of doors in other apartments. When he found one that was open, he entered and climbed on top of a sleeping woman while her seven-year-old child slept nearby. The victim told the Post he covered her mouth and told her to be quiet. Before he left, he apologized and stole the woman’s iPhone and $20 from a wallet.

The young man confessed to police that he raped her and sickeningly explained that he was “horny.” But now his mother is blabbing to The New York Post and suggesting the alleged victim was “drunk.” Because you know how us ladies get when we’ve been drinking: we invite random teenage pizza delivery boys into our apartments, have consensual sex while our child is sleeping on the same bed, and then give them our iPhones as a farewell gift! Keep reading »

“Vagina Monologues”‘s Eve Ensler Introduces One Billion Rising Campaign

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"One Billion Rising" Short Film

“The Vagina Monologues” playwright and global anti-sexual violence activist Eve Ensler debuted a new campaign today called One Billion Rising. This short film — powerfully done, but with some NSFW violent imagery — shows just some of the acts of violence that women worldwide endure on a daily basis. On February 14,  activists worldwide will hold events for One Billion Rising  and remember the one in three women worldwide who will be subject to rape or abuse in her lifetime. Ensler, who is also behind the V-Day celebration every Feb. 14th, where “Monologues” is staged around the country to raise money for anti-sexual violence resources, is embarking on a worldwide trip. She’ll hit up Peru, Mexico, India, China, Philippines, Britain, France, and the Democratic Republic of Congo before coming to New York City for V-Day.  You can learn more about the campaign  and find events in your country here. Rise up! [One Billion Rising]

Rep. Todd Akin’s Wife Makes Another No-No Comment About Rape

Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
Please Go, Todd Akin!
Republicans urge Rep. Akin to drop out of the race. Read More »
"Legitimate Rape" Song
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Find out if you've been raped according to Todd Akin with this song. Read More »

Idea: anytime a religious conservative Republican wants to use the word “rape” in public, he or she should run it through a publicist first. The wife of Rep. Todd Akin, the politician who last month questioned whether rape is “legitimate rape” and claimed women’s bodies reject sperm during a sexual assault to keep them from getting pregnant, has added her voice to the WTF-Are-You-Thinking chorus. Keep reading »

It’s Time To Cry: Teen Girl Murdered Before She Could Testify Against Her Rapist

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More than half of all sexual assaults are never reported to the police and 97 percent of rapists will never spend a day in jail. These statistics from the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network are horrifying — but they also remind us how incredible 16-year-old Shania Gray of Texas was. The high school junior reported her alleged statutory rape to police and was scheduled to go to trial next month to try and put her alleged rapist, Franklin B. Davis behind bars.

Tragically, Shania was murdered by Davis before she ever had a chance to testify against him. Keep reading »

The Soapbox: On Wishing Rape Upon Rapists

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A Turkish woman shot and decapitated her rapist. Read More »
"Don't Get Raped!"
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New Tumblr collects news stories that blame the victim. Read More »
Rape Drug Tester
Would you buy a straw that can detect date rape drugs in your drink? Read More »

I was horrified to read this week that a 73-year-old woman was raped in broad daylight in Central Park.

Read that again, let it sink in: a 73-year-old woman was raped in broad daylight in Central Park.

According to news reports, the woman goes to Central Park every day and sits on a bench, birdwatching. Last week she witnessed a man in the bushes masturbating, so she took his picture — presumably to show to police. He came up to her after being photographed and demanded she hand over the film, but she refused.

Then Tuesday around noon, she was back in the park and the same man confronted her, asked “You remember me?” and then savagely beat and raped her, vaginally and rectally. He ran off with her bag, which contained her camera, and tried to steal her watch, too.  The elderly victim was discovered lying in the ground  by a fellow birdwatcher, who called 911. (He was arrested yesterday.) Keep reading »

“Don’t Get Raped”: New Tumblr Collects Handy Dandy Victim-Blaming Tips

Rape Drug Tester
Would you buy a straw that can detect date rape drugs in your drink? Read More »
Decapitated Rapist
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A Turkish woman shot and decapitated her rapist. Read More »
Victim Blaming
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Rape victims are never to blame for their assault. Read More »
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Don’t go near football players. Don’t trust police officers. Don’t be in or around your own home. Don’t go to Harvard. Don’t drink or go to school dances. And never, never change your mind about having sex if you’ve already said you want to bone.  All these and many other victim-blaming tips every woman needs are helpfully collected by the writer Kate Harding on Don’t Get Raped, which is filled with links to news articles about our shitty blame-the-victim-not-the-assailant rape culture. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to learn to how do my own Pap smear because I apparently can’t go to the gynecologist without getting raped. [VictimBlaming.Tumblr.com]

Would You Buy A Straw That Can Detect Date Rape Drugs In Your Drink?

I Was Date Raped
Amelia was date raped in college by a guy she liked. Read More »
Date Rape PSA
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This date rape PSA has been accused of blaming the victim. Read More »
Date Rape Drug Test
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A date rape drug test may soon be available. Read More »
Drunk Is A Feminist Issue
Why women everywhere should be concerned about binge-drinking. Read More »

Before my big move to college last year, I can’t tell you how many times my mother told me how I had watch my drink at all times while out with my friends. My mom had good reason to be badgering me with this crucial piece of advice: according to the U.S. Department of Justice, a woman is sexually assaulted every two minutes. Not surprisingly, there is a market for anti-date rape products … such as the first reusable anti-date rape straw. Keep reading »

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