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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 »

Anti-Rape Panties
We're loving how activists spoofed Victoria's Secret with these panties. Read More »
I Was Raped
An account of sexual assault at Amherst College. Read More »
Date Rape PSA
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This date rape PSA has been accused of blaming the victim. Read More »

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

After Sexual Assault
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Tips for reclaiming your sex life after being sexually assaulted. Read More »
What Is Manhood?
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Indian newspaper ad implores men to respect women. Read More »
Teach Boys Not To Rape
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 »

Pregnant Mexican Girl Is Older Than Previously Thought, Outfitted With Birth Control From Doctors

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9-Year-Old Gives Birth?
Authorities are searching for the father of her baby. Read More »
  • Recently it was reported that a nine-year-old girl had given birth in Mexico. Now her parents are claiming she is 12- or 13-years-old, which is still horrific, and that she was impregnated by her 44-year-old stepfather, not a 17-year-old neighbor as originally reported. But perhaps what’s most offensive about this story is that doctors at the hospital where the girl delivered a baby via C-section is that they inserted an IUD the birth control implant “to avoid another pregnancy.” The way this story is phrased by ABC News: “Doctor Raymundo Serrano, chief of gynecology at Zoquipan Hospital, and his team decided to insert a contraceptive implant to avoid another pregnancy.” He and his team decided? That should be the girl’s decision and only hers. Also, nothing against teens having access to birth control, but in this case the girl was not sexually active with her 44-year-old stepfather — she was raped by him.  What are doctors suggesting here? We can’t just go putting IUDs in giving birth control all young women so that they don’t get impregnated if they are raped. (Thank you to commenter @ReginaRey for the link.) [Update: This post has been corrected — the IUD is inserted in the uterus, while the birth control implant, which is what these doctors used, is implanted in the skin.] [ABC News]
  • In happier news, Illinois’ state Senate has advanced the same-sex marriage bill! It is now headed to the Illinois House of Representatives. [Queerty]

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Bill Introduced To Help Military Sexual Assault Survivors Get Disability Benefits

Marine To Fox News
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Sexual assault should not be part of her job. Read More »
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My brother joined the armed forces. Read More »
A Soldier's Thoughts
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An ex-soldier on lifting the ban on women in combat. Read More »
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Yesterday afternoon, two Democratic politicians introduced the Ruth Moore Act, a bill to support former service members who survived sexual assault in the military. Veterans Affairs has long rejected disability claims of military sexual trauma (MST) for troops who were raped by colleagues and now need assistance. According to the Service Women’s Action Network, only one in three claims of PTSD from MST were approved by the VA between 2008 to 2010, presumably because the threshold was too high for these survivors to been seen as eligible.    Keep reading »

“One Billion Rising” Today To End Violence Against Women And Girls

One Billion Rising
Just some of the acts of violence that women worldwide endure. Read More »
A Prayer For Men
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Watch video of Eve Ensler's "Man Prayer." Read More »
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End Violence Against Women & Girls Now

If you’re not into the commercial cutesiness of Valentine’s Day, there’s an alternate, empowering holiday to celebrate on February 14th: V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls.  ”The Vagina Monologues” playwright Eve Ensler created V-Day, which is celebrated each year on Valentine’s Day as the play is staged around the world to raise money for local rape crisis centers.  

This year, V-Day also marks the grand finale of Ensler’s year long One Billion Rising campaign. The One Billion Rising name and collective goal derives from a statistic that one in three women will suffer abuse or rape in their lifetime; out of the seven billion people populating the world, that means roughly one billion women will be victims.   Keep reading »

In Case You Forgot, Rape Culture Is Alive And Well

India's Rape Culture
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India's rape culture is out of control. Read More »
After Sexual Assault
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Tips for reclaiming your sex life after being sexually assaulted. Read More »
I Was Raped
An account of sexual assault at Amherst College. Read More »
What Is "Space Rape"?
Adam won't leave Hannah's apartment and it gets creepy. Read More »

A flyer for a New School University screening of the new Jennifer Baumgardner documentary “It Was Rape,” which chronicles eight women’s experiences of being raped, was defaced by someone on the New School’s campus. The flyer — which was defaced with the phrase “And It Felt Great” — was spotted by a student in one of the campus buildings, taken down and then handed over to the school’s wellness center. That’s where it was then passed on to Rhiannon Auriemma, a graduate student at the university and a peer health advocate at the school’s Student Health Services. Keep reading »

Arkansas Advances Abortion Ban With No Exceptions For Rape, Incest

Forcing Rape Victims
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... to carry pregnancies full-term as "state evidence." Read More »
I'm A Pro-Choice Mom
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Avital is a mother who supports legal abortion. Read More »
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Where do abortion rights stand today? Read More »
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Arkansas’ state House of Representatives advanced a bill yesterday that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy with no exceptions for rape or incest.  The bill is based on the medically unproven theory touted by anti-abortion advocates that 20 weeks is when a fetus can feel pain. Keep reading »

Saudi Cleric Suggests Baby Girls Wear Burqas To “Protect” Them From Sexual Assault

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Does it lead to greater understanding of Muslim women? Read More »
Lena's Ignorant Tweet
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Lena Dunham tweeted a joke about looking "fundamentalist." Read More »
Saudi Women Can Vote
The King of Saudi Arabia declares women can vote. Read More »

A Saudi Arabian cleric raised eyebrows over his WTF suggestion on a TV program six months ago that baby girls should be covered head-to-toe in burqas to protect them from sexual assault. It is one thing to suggest, however ludicrously, that veiled women prevent men from being tempted to rape (because we know men are all rapists and must be thwarted at every turn, amirite?), though I obviously don’t agree with forcing or coercing women to wear the burqa. But the mere suggestion that little baby girls might be lascivious if they’re not completely covered? Now, that’s just disgusting. Sheikh Abdullah Daoud’s “burqas for babies” idea has been criticized by other Saudis, who say he is making the Islamic faith look bad. I’m inclined to agree! [Daily Mail UK]

“What’s The Definition Of Manhood?” Indian Newspaper Ad Implores Men To Respect Women

India's Rape Culture
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A 17yo gang rape victim committed suicide, while another is dying. Read More »
Her Name Was Jyoti
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The father of Indian gang rape victim speaks out. Read More »
Indian Men Protest
Indian men don skirts to protest rape culture. Read More »
Another Gang Rape
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Another woman has been gang raped on a bus in India. Read More »

Following a spate of gang rapes in India in the past several months, the Times Of India newspaper is running quarter-page ads imploring men to treat women with respect through the stark statement, “The true test of your manhood is how you treat a woman. All women. Any woman. Every woman.” I’m pleased the newspaper is questioning traditional aspects of toxic masculinity, like “rash driving” and “drunken brawls,” which some men do think defines their manhood. Yet I also think their conclusion about proving your manhood by behaving a certain way (even if it’s the right way) is problematic: “If you do not respect women, you are only half a man.” That’s the flip side of the same thinking that says guys aren’t manly if they don’t want sex all the time. Just like sexist expectations of femininity can imprison women, sexist expectations can imprison men, too. I’m all for eradicating rape culture everywhere. But the answer isn’t to tell men to act like “real men,” it’s to tell them to act like good human beings. [Our Mobile World]

Dude Politician Advises Against Walking Home In “Tight, Short Skirt And High Shoes”

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Patsy Said What?!
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Joanna Lumley from "Ab Fab" warns women "don't look like trash." Read More »
  • British politician Richard Graham, the Gloucester MP, is in trubs after he shared some safety tips for women with his local newspaper that toed the line between common sense and victim blaming:  ”If you are a young woman on her own trying to walk back home through Gloucester Park, early in the morning in a tight, short skirt and high shoes and there’s a predator and if you are blind drunk and wearing those clothes how are you able to get away.” In a post on his own blog, Graham wrote, “I stick by these words,” but said he was trying to emphasize risks to women. Just last week, the British actress Joanna Lumley from “Ab Fab” made similar comments, warning women to “behave properly.” [BuzzFeed via This Is Gloucestershire]
  • Egyptian protesters have been holding forth in Tahrir Square all weekend and at least 25 women have been sexually assaulted, including being stripped naked or raped. [Guardian UK]
  • Ex-Feministing blogger Ann Friedman takes on the revival of the word “lady.” [New Republic] Keep reading »
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