Tag Archives: sexual assault

The Soapbox: On Wishing Rape Upon Rapists

Decapitated Rapist
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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 »

Turkish Woman Shoots, Decapitates Her Rapist

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  • Well, that’s a lot to process: a pregnant rape victim shot and decapitated her rapist and then dumped his head in the town square, telling police who arrested her, “That is the head of the one who toyed with my honor.” The rapist also allegedly possessed nude photos of the 26-year-old mother of two, which he was threatening to show to her parents in an attempt to humiliate her family. She is quoted in the UK’s Daily Mail explaining: “He kept saying that he would tell everyone about the rape. My daughter will start school this year. Everyone would have insulted my children. Now no one can. I saved my honour.  They will now call children the kids of the women who saved her honor.” On the one hand I honestly could care less about what sort of punishments befall rapists; I’m of the opinion they should rot in prison the rest of their lives. But on the other hand, it’s absolutely tragic that this woman was motivated to murder by reclaiming her “honor.” How terribly sad that this woman felt tarnished as a human being. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »

Republican Tom Smith Compares Rape To Sex Out Of Wedlock

Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
Huckabee On Rape
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He found the silver lining -- rape can result in some awesome people! Read More »
Akin Wants Forgiveness
Lemme think ... nope! Not gonna get it! Read More »
  • Alright, Republicans, you can go home now. Tom Smith of Pennsylvania wins for the most absurdly offensive thing that could be said about rape and ladies who be havin’ promiscuous sex. The Tea Party-endorsed Smith, who is challenging Democratic Senator Bob Casey, actually compared rape to having a child out of wedlockin some misguided attempt to appear empathetic. He was asked by an Associated Press reporter, “How would you tell a daughter or a granddaughter who, God forbid, would be the victim of a rape, to keep the child against her own will? Do you have a way to explain that?” And the conversation went on as follows:

    Tom Smith: I lived something similar to that with my own family. She chose life, and I commend her for that. She knew my views. But, fortunately for me, I didn’t have to.. she chose they way I thought. No don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t rape.

    AP: Similar how?

    Smith: Uh, having a baby out of wedlock.

    AP:  That’s similar to rape?

    Smith: No, no, no, but … put yourself in a father’s situation, yes. It is similar. But, back to the original, I’m pro-life, period.

    So, basically, getting pregnant from consensual sex on our wedlock is as bad as rape ... for their fathers. Of course. Who will think of the dads when a woman is raped?! Not only is this gravely offensive to rape victims, but it’s the very definition of the word paternalism. [Think Progress]

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Teen Girl Escapes After Two Years Of Being Held Captive & Sexually Assaulted

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Disturbing news out of Illinois today: a teenage girl from Missouri escaped from a home in which she had been held captive for the past two years.

The young woman, who was 15 when she went missing, said she had been sexually assaulted and beaten almost daily by an older man. She became pregnant by her rapist and gave birth to a two-year-old child.  Keep reading »

"Forcible Rape"
Behind Republicans' attempts to redefine rape. Read More »
An Exception For Rape
The problem with the anti-abortion movement's "rape exception." Read More »
Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »

Find Out If You Were “Legitimately” Raped With This Helpful Song

Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
"Forcible Rape"
Behind Republicans' attempts to redefine rape. Read More »
Paul Ryan Backpedals
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What? Who me? Nah, I didn't say anything about rape and abortion. Read More »
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Was It Legitimate Rape?
  • God bless singer Taylor Ferrera!  This song, “Legitimate Rape,” is so kickass: “I was a little drunk / illegitimate rape! / I know the rapist well / illegitimate rape! / my skirt was kinda short / illegitimate rape! / I’m married to the man / that’s a husband’s privilege.” Amazing.  [YouTube]
  • Blogger Amanda Marcotte on why “I’m pro-choice but … ” is a shitty thing to say. [Reproductive Health Reality Check]
  • New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd takes Todd Akin to task in one of the best columns she has ever written. [New York Times]
  • Krystal Ball, the former Democratic candidate in Virginia whose goofy party photos were used to slut-shame her by opponents, has rebuilt her life after the scandal. [NYMag.com]
  • On why Rep. Todd Akin didn’t really “misspeak.” [Slate] Keep reading »

Paul Ryan Backpedals On His Politically Inconvenient Views Regarding “Forcible Rape”

"Forcible Rape"
Behind Republicans' attempts to redefine rape. Read More »
Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
Who's Paul Ryan?
Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Announces Rep. Paul Ryan As His Vice Presidential Pick
12 things to know about Mitt Romney's new running mate. Read More »
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Don't Pay Attention To My Extreme Views!

Poor anti-abortion Republicans. It must be so hard having the general public pay attention to your extremist views. Case in point: Mitt Romney’s vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is against legal abortion and joined Republicans — including Rep. Todd Akin! —  last year to try to rewrite language in the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act (background here), saying government funding could only cover abortions in the case of “forcible rape.”

The language was rejected when more reasonable minds were horrified that a woman who had been roofied and raped would be told “no” if she asked for help terminating a pregnancy resulting from it. Because that’s rape, too.  The implication was, of course, that if a woman wasn’t “forcibly” raped — as in, a man jumps out from the behind the bushes — she might be lying and really doesn’t deserve to get help ending her pregnancy. You might even say she was not the victim of a “legitimate rape.” Keep reading »

Rep. Steve King Says He’s Never Heard Of A Girl Getting Pregnant From Rape Or Incest

"Forcible Rape"
Behind Republicans' attempts to redefine rape. Read More »
Akin Wants Forgiveness
Lemme think ... nope! Not gonna get it! Read More »
An Exception For Rape
The problem with the anti-abortion movement's "rape exception." Read More »

Today in our regularly scheduled segment “Old White Male Politicians Revealing Themselves To Be Ignorant About Reproductive Rights”: Rep. Steve King (R-IA), when asked about a minor being impregnated from statutory rape or incest, told a reporter:

“Well, I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way and I’d be open to discussion about the matter.”

One, what is there to “discuss” when an 11-year-old is impregnated by her grandpa? And two, this  is where I remind you that Rep. King, along with Rep. Akin and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, all co-sponsored a bill to rewrite the existing federal ban on abortion funding to have an exemption only for cases of “forcible rape” or in the case of minors, “an act of incest.” Keep reading »

Republicans Asking Rep. Todd Akin To Drop Out Of Race

  • Republicans are calling on poorly informed Rep. Todd Akin to drop out of his Senatorial race in Missouri.  Like, begging him: Seriously, please, dude. You are making us look terrible. [Huffington Post]
  • Other things Rep. Akin believes to be true about the uterus! [The Awl]
  • And here’s Em and Lo’s send-up of the top five kinds of “illegitimate rape.” [Em & Lo]
  • Just a friendly reminder that in 2007, Mitt Romney said he would be “delighted” to sign a bill banning all abortions nationwide. His statement on Sunday night in response to the Akin incident said he supports abortion in cases of rape and incest. Before that, he identified as pro-choice and attended a Planned Parenthood fundraiser. So, which is it? [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
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