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Male Student Suspended By Columbia For Alleged Sexual Misconduct Sues School For Title IX Discrimination

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In September 2013, a female student at Columbia University filed a complaint against “John Doe,” a sophomore and member of the crew team from Florida, over alleged nonconsensual sex in her dorm room that had occurred  in May 2013. This February, a school tribunal found “John Doe” guilty of sexual misconduct and suspended him for two years from the school, until fall of 2015. Last month, “John” filed a lawsuit against the school for negligence, a violation of Title IX (which forbids discrimination from an educational program on the basis of sex), and other complaints.

According to “John Doe”‘s lawsuit, he and “Jane Doe” knew each other, hung out in the same friend group, and in fact, “John” was roommates with her ex-boyfriend. In May 2013 during finals, the lawsuit explains, “it was at Jane Doe’s suggestion that they engaged in one night of consensual activity.” After chatting in a Columbia dorm lounge where “John” was studying, the two took a late-night walk together. Then they went to her dorm room’s bathroom and she allegedly retrieved a condom from her room. They had sex in the bathroom and afterwards, he left. The lawsuit claims the two “left each other’s company on good terms,” although “Jane” allegedly texted him days later expressing concern that their friends not know about the hookup. Two weeks later, she contacted him again, letting him know she “expressed doubt” about the hookup and was “uncomfortable with how it would appear to everyone else.” Keep reading »

Charlize Theron Said Googling Herself Makes Feel “Raped”

  • Charlize Theron gave an interview to Sky News and was asked whether she ever Googles herself. She doesn’t, she said, “I don’t do that, so that’s my saving grace. When you start living in that world, and doing that, you start I guess feeling raped.” Quite rightly, Theron is now taking heat for a callous comparison.  [Daily Mail UK]
  • According to a source at Page Six, the Porta-Potties (just kidding, Kim won’t poop in a hole) at Kim and Kanye’s wedding in Florence, Italy, were located inside a giant gold box, which local Italians called “The Gold Toilet Tower.” Thirty life-size nudes decorated the occasion and guests didn’t have place cards at their table settings — their names were engraved into the table.  John Legend performed on a marble piano and the newlyweds danced together for five songs, instead of the traditional one. We would expect nothing less! [Page Six] Keep reading »

AnnaLynne McCord Writes Moving Essay For Cosmo About Being Sexually Assaulted

AnnaLynne McCord Writes Moving Essay For Cosmo About Being Sexually Assaulted

When I was 18, I moved to Los Angeles to audition for roles. My boyfriend planned to come later. One night, a guy friend called. He said he needed a good night’s sleep for a meeting, as he’d been crashing on someone’s couch. I had known him for some time, so I said to come over and I set him up with a clean towel. We sat on the bed and talked for a while, then I fell asleep. When I woke up, he was inside me.

At first, I felt so disoriented and numb, I closed my eyes and pretended to be asleep. I wondered if I had done something to give him the wrong idea. I felt afraid of making him angry. Believe it or not, I didn’t want to offend him. I just wanted it to be over. My childhood had come back to haunt me again: Because of the physical abuse, I didn’t believe there were borders between other people’s bodies and my own. I didn’t believe I had a voice.

Actress AnnaLynne McCord — best known for her role on the “90210″ reboot — has written a very powerful essay for Cosmopolitan called “Why I’m Done Staying Quiet About My Sexual Assault” that I urge you to read, as it demonstrates how a woman’s feeling of ownership over her body can be chipped away piece by piece. Keep reading »

Ex-Williams College Student Accuses School Of Mishandling Sexual Assault

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  • Lexie Brackenridge, a former student at Williams College in Massachusetts, wrote a piece for the school newspaper about the school’s conduct after  she was sexually assaulted by a classmate in 2012. Williams College officials discouraged her from going to the police about her assault and instead asked her to handle it internally. The school suspended her assailant, a 21-year-old who played for the school’s hockey team, but allowed him to re-enroll after three semesters. Meanwhile, Brackenridge, who has since transferred to Columbia, was harassed by his teammates from the hockey team; when she informed the deans of the harassment, they brushed it off. In response to Brackenridge’s piece, some Williams alumni have announced they are are withholding their donations from the school. [f Higher Ed; Boston Globe]
  • A Change.org petition is asking the Doubletree Hotel in Detroit, Michigan, not to host the first-ever international men’s rights activist conference. [Change.org] Keep reading »

Pamela Anderson Opens Up At Cannes About Childhood Sexual Abuse

  • Pamela Anderson launched her own foundation at the Cannes Film Festival and publicly spoke about the sexual abuse she suffered as a child and an adolescent. From age six to 10, Anderson was molested by a female babysitter and at 12, she was raped by the older brother of a friend’s boyfriend. Then in 9th grade, she was gang raped by a boyfriend and six of his friends. What kept her going, she confessed, was her love for animals and the environment. “My affinity with animals saved me, they came to me naturally,” Anderson said. “The trees spoke to me, I wasn’t sure why I was alive, a burning question, a quest. My loyalty remains with the animal kingdom. I vowed to protect them and only them.” You can learn more about the Pamela Anderson Foundation here. [US Weekly] Keep reading »

Former NFL Player Darren Sharper Accused Of Drugging & Raping Nine Women

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  • A former NFL player for the New Orleans Saints is in court today facing accusations of sexual assault. Darren Sharper is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting at least nine women in five different states: California, Florida, Arizona, Nevada and Louisiana. The women tell disturbingly similar stories of going someplace alone with him, taking a drink, and blacking out. Creepily, Sharper has been active in promoting football-related events for women, such as breast cancer awareness, and appeared in a book about NFL players dedicated to their daughters. [New York Times]
  • The Senate has confirmed Niane Humetewa as the first-ever Native American woman to be a federal judge. Judge Humetewa, who is from the Hopi tribe, will serve in Arizona. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »

List Of Alleged Rapists Turns Up In Columbia University Bathroom

  • Last week, a list of alleged rapists turned up on a bathroom wall on Columbia University’s NYC campus. The list was scrubbed off almost immediately, but the same names resurfaced in a different Columbia bathroom a few days later. Public safety officers have implied that the list would be seen as an act of vandalism, which could mean disciplinary or even legal action against whomever wrote it. The same type of list appeared on bathroom walls at Brown University back in 1990, and like this case, the names were rewritten almost as quickly as they were being cleaned off. [Columbia Lion]
  • The Nigerian government has denied terrorist group Boko Haram’s terms for the release of the hundreds of Nigerian teenage girls they abducted. The group said they would free the girls in exchange for the release of imprisoned members of the group. We still have no idea where the girls are and none of them have been rescued so far. [Jezebel] Keep reading »

One Month Prison Sentence Overturned For Stacey Dean Rambold, Montana Teacher Who Raped 14-Year-Old Student

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Montana’s Supreme Court has overturned a one-month prison sentence handed down to Stacey Dean Rambold, a former teacher who raped his 14-year-old student.

Rambold had been sentenced by Judge G. Todd Baugh to 15-years, but served just 31 days in jail this September because Baugh thought the victim “seemed older than her chronological age” and “as much in control of the situation” at the time of the rapes. Riiiiiight: Rambold was 49 years old and an authority figure at the 14-year-old girl’s school when she was assaulted. The victim eventually committed suicide before her case went to trial. The Montana Supreme Court overturned Baugh’s ruling and said a new judge must sentence Rambold. According to the AP, the state prosecutors who appealed the original sentence are fighting for a mandatory minimum of four years. [KRTVAP]

Daniel Craig, Steve Carell & Benicio Del Toro Star In White House’s New Anti-Sexual Assault PSA

Daniel Craig, Steve Carell & Benicio Del Toro Star In White House's New Anti-Sexual Assault PSA
“We have a big problem, and we need your help."

Actors Daniel Craig, Benicio del Toro, Steve Carell, Seth Meyers and Dulé Hill appear in the White House’s new anti-sexual assault PSA, which Vice President Joe Biden unveiled yesterday at a press conference touting the new guidelines for college campuses to help curb sexual assaults. Biden gave a passionate speech at the event, not only reiterating that “no man has a right ever to raise his hand to a women period,” but also stressing that victims should not be “re-assaulted” by victim-blaming questions during campus investigations. “We almost always ask the wrong questions when it comes to sexual assault,” Biden said. “We continue to ask questions like ‘What were you wearing? What did you say? What did you?’” It’s always heartening to see men advocating and standing up for women, and I wish more would follow suit. Check out the minute-long PSA above. [ABC News]

Russian Politician Tells Aides To “Violently Rape” Pregnant Journalist

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  • A Russian politician ordered his aides to “violently rape” Russia Today journalist Stella Dubovitskaya, who is six months’ pregnant, when she asked him about the Ukraine. He also said pregnant women shouldn’t be working and then called anyone who stood up for Dubovitskaya “lesbians.” [Huffington PostRaw Story]
  • Whoa, what would it look like if Hillary Clinton ran for president in 2014 on a two-woman ticket? [New York Times]
  • The NRA is changing its stance on domestic violence, sort of. [Huffington Post Keep reading »
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