Posts tagged "sexual assault"

Today’s Lady News: 13-Year-Old “Bride” Dies After Arranged Marriage

OK, this is a sad one: a spokesperson for Sisters Arab Forum for Human Rights says a 13-year-old girl in Yemen died of severe bleeding to her genitals four days after an arranged marriage. Question: why does the AP not use the words "sexual assault" once in this article? Recently a religious decree i…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 8, 2010

The 5 Most Obnoxious Things People Usually Say While Discussing Date Rape

That's what happens when ... "That's what happens" is just another way to say "boys will be boys," meaning it is another way to level some of the blame on the victim instead of squarely on the perpetrator where it belongs. Saying "that's what happens" to the victim is dismissive and unust. Sexually assaulted by…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 5, 2010

Frisky Q & A: Lauren Book-Lim, Executive Director Of Lauren’s Kids And Sexual Abuse Survivor

Lauren Book-Lim is a survivor. From age 10 to 16, the young Florida girl was sexually abused by her family's live-in nanny. After telling her parents about the abuse and putting the former nanny behind bars, in 2002 Book-Lim started Lauren's Kids. The organization educates children and adults about sexual abuse…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 2, 2010

“My Spirit Has To Be In You,” Said Very Creative Fortune Teller/Alleged Rapist

I am not trying to make light of this news at all, but I see the word "fortune teller" in a headline and I have to write about it: Cesar Duran of Torrance, California, who claims to be a fortuneteller, has been accused of sexual assaulting two girls, ages 14 and 16, after "reading"…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 26, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Ohio Judge Wants Juvenile Rape Victims To Take Lie Detector Test

A juvenile court judge in Ohio has ordered four teenage victims of sexual assault to undergo polygraph (lie detector) tests. So far, none of the teens has followed Cuyahoga Juvenile Court Judge Alison Floyd's order. The mother of one of the 16-year-old victims told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer: "It felt like the blame was back…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 22, 2010

What Is “Scooping”? And Why Don’t We Just Call It “Sexual Assault”?

Middle school totally blows for everyone. It's a rule. It's, like, written in the Bible or something. But I'd bet it blows a hell of a lot more when you're a 6th grader who gets groped by her classmate and both your school administrators and the media act like it's just a "schoolboy prank." That'…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 18, 2010

Ben Roethlisberger Accused Of Sexual Assault, Again

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been accused of sexual assault — again. According to the gossip blog TMZ.com, "Big Ben" and pals were out on the town drinking in Milledgeville, Georgia, on Friday night when a 20-year-old woman alleged Roethlisberger sexually assaulted her in the bathroom of the club, Capital City. A…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 8, 2010

Profile Of A Campus Date Rapist

Statistics have shown that most men who commit rape or date rape are known to the victim: friends, friends-with-benefits, boyfriends, husbands, even family members, etc. But even as someone who is attuned to news stories about sexual assault, I was unaware that researchers have gathered more info in the past decade about who these…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 5, 2010

Most People Think Rape Victims Are Partly To Blame, Says Survey

Here's a statistic that shouldn't sit right with anyone: Over 73 percent of people in a study by the Havens, a sexual assault referral center in the U.K., believe the victim should "take responsibility" for getting raped if they've already performed another sexual act on the rapist. Raped? Well, you'd already…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 18, 2010

Quotable: Bikinis, The Cause Of All Social Ills!

"You can't blame the locals; they have never seen such women. Foreign tourists must maintain a certain degree of modesty in their clothing. Walking on the beaches half-naked is bound to titillate the senses."— Pamela Mascarhenas, deputy director of tourism of Goa in India, after the alleged sexual assault of a 9-year-old Russian girl there…
By: Jessica Wakeman / February 2, 2010

Today’s Lady News: Male Columnist Calls For More Female Sex Scandals!

Perhaps inspired by the Daily Beast article on the very same subject, a male op-ed columnist for the Washington Post wondered why women don't have sex scandals like men (um, men like Tiger Woods) do. [WaPo] Remember yesterday when I wrote about the 14-year-old boy in California who allegedly…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 16, 2009

Fun With Family: Roman Polanski Ruined My Thanksgiving

Well, sort of. The director was at the center of an argument between my brother and I that started almost as soon as we sat down for Thanksgiving dinner. [For reference: Polanski was apprehended by Swiss authorities, after he fled the United States in 1977 before he could be sentenced for having…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 30, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Another Week, Another College Gang Rape

Oh, man, this story hits close to home because, literally, Sacred Heart University in Connecticut is in my hometown. According to police, on Sunday night an 18-year-old victim was allegedly having consensual sex with 19-year-old student Timothy Sanders, when he called his two friends from his SHU lacrosse team, Nicholas Travers and Zachari Triner, to…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 24, 2009

Today’s Lady News: After Homecoming Dance Gang Rape, City Struggles With Blaming The Victim

The city of Richmond, California, is struggling to deal with the horrific gang rape of a 15-year-old girl, which allegedly had up to 20 witnesses, outside a homecoming dance. For some in Richmond, this means blaming the victim and criticizing the "snitches" who put seven of the alleged rapists in jail. [NY…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 9, 2009

Today’s Lady News: 15-Year-Old Girl Gang Raped After Homecoming Dance

A 15-year-old girl was gang raped, beaten and robbed by as many as seven people after a homecoming dance at Richmond High School in Richmond, CA. Police say the girl left the dance and was invited by a friend to join a group drinking in a court yard near the school, where she consumed…
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 27, 2009

Evil Insurance Companies Are Dropping Coverage For Women Who’ve Been Raped

Last week, the Huffington Post made our blood boil when they reported on a horrifying trend—that insurance companies are denying benefits for women who've been raped, and even dropping their coverage altogether. How can they get away with such a thing? Because, when a woman is raped and it's unknown whether the…
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / October 27, 2009

Real Panic At The Disco: 13-Year-Old Sexually Assaulted At A School Dance

Faculty and students at Wellington College, a public boarding high school in the U.K., are doing anything but discoing after a school dance went terribly wrong last week. During the “Rumble in the Jungle” dance, two 15-year-old boys allegedly held down a 13-year-old girl (whose identity is being withheld) and performed a sex act o…
By: Ami Angelowicz / October 19, 2009

11 Rape Prevention Tips For Rapists

Most of us who've lived in a college dormitory before have had that sexual assault prevention lecture from campus security that's basically, like, "Women! Cross your legs!" I guess society thinks it's easier to just make women protect themselves, rather than changing men's behavior, hence, advice like "cover your drinks so you don't get roofied"…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 18, 2009

Don’t Be This Guy: The Creepy “Georgetown Cuddler”

Ew, this is every woman's worst nightmare happening in real life: a creepy man dubbed "The Georgetown Cuddler" is going around D.C. college campuses, breaking into dorm rooms, and climbing on top of sleeping women. Last week, a female Georgetown student woke up at 4 a.m. to find a stranger in her home…
By: Jessica Wakeman / September 2, 2009

Today’s Lady News: Attorneys Want Woman To Reenact Alleged Rape In The Courtroom

Attorneys for a man accused of raping an Ohio woman have asked the victim to reenact the alleged rape on the bed she was allegedly raped on. In the courtroom. In front of the jury. The attorneys say they believe semen stains on the bed would not match up with the physical positions the victim…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 25, 2009
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