Posts tagged "sexual assault"

“Modern Family” Star Sarah Hyland Groped By Stranger Outside Of Party

A 29-year-old man groped "Modern Family" actress Sarah Hyland while posing with fans at an event in Australia. After he grabbed her breast, Hyland burst into tears and left the meet-and-greet early. He was charged with indecent assault. [US Weekly, TMZ] Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green named their newborn son "Bodhi Ransom." So, that…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 20, 2014

California Wants Law To Require “Affirmative Consent”

California wants to rewrite the state law regarding sexual violence on college campuses to require both partners to give "affirmative consent" before engaging in sexual activity. The legislation hopes to protect victims who were sexually assaulted while drunk or on drugs and couldn't/didn't give consent. The bill's sponsors said they hope that this would be…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 12, 2014

Fundamentalist Christian College Bob Jones University Halts Study On Its Handling Of Sexual Assault

Bob Jones University, an uber-Christian fundamentalist college in South Carolina, has drawn attention for commissioning and then covering up a study on how well the institution handled sexual abuse. According to The New York Times, the university solicited a consulting group, Godly Response To Abuse In The Christian Environment (Grace) to serve as an ombudsma…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 12, 2014

Kickass Women Of The Day: The Founders of “Girl Code Movement” Are Fighting Back Against Campus Rape

Caroline Heres, Julie Gelb and Jackie Reilly are on a mission to decrease sexual assault on college campuses. Last fall, Caroline and Jackie, who are students at Syracuse University, discussed the fact that they'd both been assaulted. What started as a chat between two friends evolved into a need to take action. Together, they decided…

By: Claire Hannum / February 11, 2014

Wall Street Journal Columnist James Taranto Compares Campus Sexual Assault To Drunk Driving

Wall Street Journal columnist James Taranto is pretty much that douchey frat boy who you never invite to a party, but somehow ends up there anyway , and you wish he would just go somewhere far, far away so you never had to think about all the obnoxious things he's said. Remember him? He called…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 11, 2014

How Not To Get Raped: A PSA

This "Don't Get Raped" public service announcement seems like pretty great satire from a bunch of college (high school?) kids. Well, until you remember "advice" like this is pretty much what launched the SlutWalk protests in the first place. Don't dress like a slut. Don't drink. Don't flirt. Don't hook up. Instead of teaching me…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 10, 2014

This Naked Man Sculpture Is Creeping Wellesley Students The Hell Out (And We Can See Why)

Upon first glance, you might mistake this sculpture for a naked man trying to foist unwanted physical contact upon an unsuspecting woman. It could be a trigger for anyone who has experienced sexual assault, but it's art. The realistic statue, entitled Sleepwalker, is part of an exhibit featuring sculptor Tony Matelli at Wellesley College's Davi…

By: Ami Angelowicz / February 5, 2014

Mia Farrow & Lena Dunham Speak Up In Support Of Dylan Farrow, While Brother Moses Farrow Supports Woody Allen

The reaction to Dylan Farrow's New York Times article about sexual abuse she allegedly suffered as a young girl at the hands of Woody Allen has gotten even murkier this week. Mia Farrow, 28-year-old Dylan's mom, and Lena Dunham have both voiced their support. But Moses Farrow, one of Mia's other adopted children, has publicly sided…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 5, 2014

On Woody Allen, My Father & Darkness

(Trigger Warning: Discussion of incest and childhood sexual abuse.) The greatest gift my father gave me was a passion for art. As a pianist and composer with a Master’s degree in Musicology, he infused our home with creativity throughout my childhood. He encouraged me to find my own outlet; instead of sports teams and debate…

By: Anonymous / February 3, 2014

Why Didn’t Mizzou Report Sasha Menu Courey’s Sexual Assault?

When Sasha Menu Courey woke up one morning in February 2010, she had no idea that her life was about to change radically in a few short hours. Courey, a swimmer and straight-A student at the University of Missouri on a near-full scholarship, was sexually assaulted by a football player that night. According to CNN,…

By: Claire Hannum / January 29, 2014

President Obama Announces Initiative Against Sexual Assault On College Campuses

This morning, the White House released a report on sexual assault in college as the president announced a new initiative to improve the criminal justice response to rape on college campuses. The report, "Rape And Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call To Action," prepared by the White House Council On Women And Girls, notes that one…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 22, 2014

You Can Watch Eve Ensler’s New Short Film Online This Weekend

"The Vagina Monologues" playwright Eve Ensler  has been speaking out about violence against women and girls with her V-Day movement for years. But she took things to a whole new level on February 14 of last year:  One Billion Rising, her  call to action that made headlines all over the world and even prompted celebritie…

By: Claire Hannum / January 16, 2014

Gun Manufacturer In India Exploits Rape Fears With New Purse-Sized Revolver

A gun manufacturer in India has built a small revolver that can fit inside a purse in the hopes that women can use it if they're about to be victims of a sexual attack. But it's priced at around $2,000, meaning that only relatively wealthy Indian women will be able to protect themselves this way.

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 15, 2014

In Defense Of How “Downton Abbey” Handled Its Controversial Rape Scene

Spoilers ahead. In the most recent episode of "Downton Abbey" to air in America, the lady's maid Anna Bates — whose story through four seasons has almost exclusively focused on her romance with her husband — is raped by a visiting valet. It is not the first example of sexual misconduct on the show. But…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 14, 2014

New App Can Tell You If You’re Going Out With A Sex Offender

If you’re an avid Tinder user or an OkCupid enthusiast, there’s a new app that can help protect you from the possible dangerous consequences of meeting up with people IRL. NameTag uses facial recognition software to give you all the details on a potential date– including whether or not they’re a registered sex offender. It’s basically…

By: The Gloss / January 11, 2014

Daisy Coleman’s Accused Rapist Matthew Barnett Faces Child Endangerment Charge, No Sexual Assault Charge

UPDATE, 3:30: Matthew Barnett plead guilty to the child endangerment charge this afternoon as part of a plea deal. He was sentenced to two years of probation and a four-month suspended jail term. [AP] Matthew Barnett, the teenaged boy from Maryville, Missouri, who initially saw charges against him dropped in the alleged sexual assault of Daisy Coleman,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 9, 2014

Why I Believe Conor Oberst’s Anonymous Rape Accuser

UPDATE, 7/14/14: Conor Oberst's accuser, Joanie Faircloth, released a statement today admitting her accusations were "100 percent false."  The recent rape allegations against Conor Oberst of the band Bright Eyes hit really, uncomfortably close to home for me. In the past few weeks, it's come to light that an anonymous xoJane commenter confessed in a comment…

By: S. W. Kiley / January 8, 2014

Daisy Coleman, Teen Rape Victim In Missouri, Hospitalized After Suicide Attempt

Daisy Coleman, the Maryville, Missouri, teenager whose rape by a politically well-connected classmate attracted nationwide attention, tried to commit suicide this week. Daisy was raped in 2012 at age 14 by some of her male classmates at a party she attended with a girl friend. Both girls were given alcohol by older boys and allegedly…

By: Jessica Wakeman / January 7, 2014

Ten Arrested In India Over Gang Rape Of Young Woman

Six people have been charged in the alleged dual gang rape of a 21-year-old woman in India earlier this week. In all, 10 people were arrested in connection with the attack, which occurred on Christmas Eve. …

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 27, 2013

Teen Accused Of “Public Lewdness,” Kicked Out Of School For Reporting Rape

An East Texas high school student was thrown out of her school after she reported a rape inside the band room from a fellow student. Officials shuttled them both to a program for troubled students, where the then-17-year-old had to see her attacker constantly. She was accused of committing "public lewdness." This is a messed-u…

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 23, 2013
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