Posts tagged "sexual assault"

Study: Some Rape Victims Are Forced To Pay For Their Medical Treatment

A new study has found that many rape victims in the United States are paying medical bills for the aftermath of their assaults, despite the fact that the federal government has laws in place to prevent exactly that from happening. Federal law ensures that victims aren't charged for rape kits, regardless of whether they report…
By: Claire Hannum / June 4, 2014

Three Georgia High School Student Athletes Charged For Alleged Post-Prom Sexual Assault

Three student athletes from Calhoun High School in Georgia have been charged with sexual battery after allegedly sexually assaulting a drunk 18-year-old girl after a post-prom party on May 11th. The alleged assault took place at a cabin in the woods of Gilmer County, where nearly 30 students partied and drank after prom. During the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 3, 2014

The Soapbox: How Talking About Maya Angelou & Her Rape Made Me A Better Mom

It must had been in third grade that my daughter Ella was assigned a project for Black History Month. She was assigned Maya Angelou. I was unaware of how this selection would impact my view of being a feminist mom. We eagerly trekked to the public library to check out children’s books on Angelou. I…
By: Veronica Arreola / June 3, 2014

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

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 2, 2014

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 callou…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 30, 2014

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…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 29, 2014

Ex-Williams College Student Accuses School Of Mishandling Sexual Assault

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2014

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 19, 2014

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

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…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 16, 2014

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,…
By: Claire Hannum / May 13, 2014

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

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 tha…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 30, 2014

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

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…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 30, 2014

Russian Politician Tells Aides To “Violently Rape” Pregnant Journalist

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 Post, Raw Story] Whoa, what would…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 22, 2014

“X-Men” Director Bryan Singer Accused Of Drugging, Raping Underage Boy

According to court documents obtained by The Wrap, Bryan Singer, director of the hit "X-Men" franchise, is accused of drugging, raping and using his power to manipulate a then-17-year-old male, in a lawsuit filed in federal court in Hawaii this week. According to the lawsuit, plaintiff Michael Egan -- who was named i…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 17, 2014

RIP Society: Study Finds That Young Girls See Sexual Violence As Normal

Today in Egregious Discoveries About Humanity, a study has found that a big reason women rarely report sexual violence is because they view it as "normal." The study, which will be published in Gender & Society, reviewed forensic interviews with 100 kids who may have been sexually assaulted. The interviews were conducted by the Children's Advocacy…
By: Claire Hannum / April 15, 2014

The Soapbox: Some Good News (Really) About Rape Jokes

As if we didn't already have enough reasons to say RIP Society: French "YouTube comedian" (I know) Remi Baillard recently released a video called "Free Sex," in which he's filmed pretending to fuck unsuspecting women in public. Invariably, the women notice Baillard air-humping them and give him dirty looks. And this dumb shit…
By: Katrin Higher / April 14, 2014

Frisky Q&A: Speak Author Laurie Halse Anderson On RAINN, Rape Culture & Consent

Every year, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, when many of us participate in Take Back The Night speak-outs and marches to raise awareness about sexual violence in our communities. This year, the beloved young adult novelist Laurie Halse Anderson has thrown her support behind a fundraiser for the Rape Abuse And…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 10, 2014

Brad Pitt To Produce Movie About Steubenville & Hacktivist Group Anonymous

Brad Pitt and his producing team have bought the rights to the Rolling Stone article, "Anonymous Vs. Steubenville," about the online hacktivist group who brought nationwide attention to the…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 2, 2014

Harvard Student Pens Open Letter About The School’s Non-Reaction To Her 2013 Sexual Assault

A Harvard student penned a heartbreaking open letter in the Harvard Crimson newspaper addressed to university administrators about the sexual assault she suffered nine months ago by one of her friends, who continues to live in the same dorm as her. The Harvard administration has reportedly shrugged this student off, claiming it didn't technically fall…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 31, 2014

“Men’s Rights” Group Whines About Sexual Assault Awareness Month Self Defense Class

Who could possibly have a problem with free self defense classes hosted by the Glendale, California, Police Department in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month? So-called "men's rights" activists who complain that the classes that teach self-defense skills to girls and women are discriminatory against men.
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 31, 2014
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