Posts tagged "sexual assault"

New York Times Cover Story Reveals How Hobart & William Smith Massively Failed Student Rape Victim

It has the elements of so many sexual assault allegations before it: fraternity members, a lot of alcohol, football players, freshman girls. And like too many other stories about sexual assault, this one also includes a university that failed a sexual assault victim and allowed campus rapists to get off scot-free.

This weekend, The

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 14, 2014

#JusticeForJada: 16-Year-Old Texas Girl’s Alleged Rape Goes Viral With #JadaPose

A 16-year-old girl in Houston, Texas named Jada has had her alleged rape photographed, posted on social media, and then mocked across the Internet with the tasteless hashtag #jadapose.

Jada — who has given KHOU 11 News in Texas permission to identify her first name and broadcast her face — attended a party…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 10, 2014

Kanye West Compares Being Followed By The Paparazzi To “Rape”

“Everybody needs a day off, everybody needs the right to say ‘hey, you know what I need a minute to breathe. I want to bring my family to the movies without 30 motherfuckers following me. Everybody here, they like sex right? Sex is great when you and your partner be like ‘hey, this is what…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 7, 2014

UK Judge Says Man Convicted Of Raping Unconscious Woman Is Not A “Classic Rapist”

The good news: 29-year-old Lee Setford has been jailed for five years after a jury found him guilty of raping a drunk woman passed out on his couch. The bad news: the judge in the case, Michael Mettyear, is really sad about it and had the nerve to offer Setford some consoling words after the verdict…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 7, 2014

Watch “The Daily Show” Dole Out Some Real Talk About Campus Sexual Assault

When three students at James Madison University sexually assaulted a classmate on tape, their punishment was expulsion — after they graduated. Yes, really. JMU, along with 55 other schools, are under investigation for their mistreatment of on-campus assault cases. Other recent absurd assault punishments have included 30-day suspensions and book report assignments. Jon Stewart was just a…

By: Claire Hannum / June 27, 2014

James Madison University Punished Students For Sexual Assault With Ban From Campus After Graduation

James Madison University in Virginia allowed three frat boys found guilty of sexually assaulting a woman and distributing video of it to stay on campus until graduation, even for years.

According to the Huffington Post, Sarah Butters, then a sophomore and a sorority member, was sexually assaulted in Panama City, Florida, on a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 20, 2014

The “Central Park Five” Settle With New York City For $40 Million

New York City has reached a $40 million settlement with the five wrongfully convicted men who as teenagers were falsely accused and imprisoned for an attack on a jogger.

In 1989, a white female investment banker named Trisha Meili was brutally beaten and raped while jogging in Central Park at nighttime. Meili fell…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 20, 2014

Major Newspaper Drops Columnist George Will Over Offensive Sexual Assault Column

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper has dropped conservative columnist George Will in part due to his recent column arguing that being a rape victim is a “coveted status” on a college campus that “confers privileges.” The newspaper insinuated that Will’s column had been on the chopping block for awhile but this sexual assault column “made…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 19, 2014

Lady Gaga & R. Kelly’s Never Released Video Was “Literally An Ad For Rape”

According to a source speaking to Page Six, the video for Lady Gaga’s collab with R. Kelly, “Do What You Want” — which was scrapped following renewed attention on Kelly’s history as a, you know, pedophile — was far worse than we could have imagined. Although maybe we shouldn’t surprised? Shot by pervotographer Terry Richardson,…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / June 19, 2014

8 Things I’ve Learned After Getting Lots Of Emails About Sexual Assault

Last week, The Frisky published an essay by an anonymous writer about her rape. She wrote about the absurdity of columnist George Will’s allegation that being a victim of sexual assault confers certain privileges. Activists have responded to Will’s inane, offensive piece with the hashtag #SurvivorPrivilege, snarkily writing about all the ways that they’ve “benefitted”…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 17, 2014

911 Dispatcher Tells Sexual Assault Victim To “Quit Crying”

A 911 dispatcher in Columbia, Ohio, is being criticized for telling a woman who had been sexually assaulted at gunpoint to “quit crying” during the upsetting call. The 20-year-old was attacked after 4 a.m. on Sunday morning by a strange man who broke into a house and held a gun to her head. Although…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 13, 2014

Another Woman Comes Forward Alleging Sexual Assault By Terry Richardson

Another woman has come forward regarding an alleged sexual assault by the fashion photographer Terry Richardson. Following the news yesterday that New York magazine is doing a cover story about Richardson in which he would be portrayed sympathetically, a woman called “Anna” wrote into Jezebel claiming he pulled out his penis and whacked her…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 11, 2014

On #SurvivorPrivilege And Losing My Virginity To Rape

This weekend, Washington Post columnist George Will wrote an article about sexual assault on college campuses in which he called “victimhood … a coveted status that confers privileges.” In response, survivors of sexual assault having been sharing their stories with on Twitter with the hashtag #SurvivorPrivilege. Here, one survivor shares her story.

#SurvivorPrivilege…

By: Anonymous / June 10, 2014

Breaking: Old White Man Writes Something Offensive About Rape Victims

An old white man who writes for The New York Post wrote something callous and unfeeling about victims of sexual assault. SURPRISE!

George Will penned an op-ed about those silly college gals who can’t make up their minds about sex and crying rape. The piece was published both in the NY Post (not surprised) and The Washington Post

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 9, 2014

Indian Minister On Rape: “Sometimes It’s Right, Sometimes It’s Wrong”

A minister in India’s ruling party said about rape: “sometimes it’s right, sometimes it’s wrong.” [Guardian UK]
Understanding rape in India means first understanding the caste system. [New York Times]
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has closed two clinics in southwest Iowa. [Des Moines Register]
On being a victim of street…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 5, 2014

“Louie,” Attempted Rape And Awful Questions

This piece was crossposted with permission from Happy Nice Time People.

Louis C.K. did terrible grabbing, pushing, forced kissing and more to a lady on his teevee program “Louie” and everyone was freaked out. He tried to drag her into a bedroom and it was disturbing and I can’t watch the whole cli…

By: Sara Benincasa / June 5, 2014

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…

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’…

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
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