Posts tagged "sexual assault"

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, note…
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…
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 …
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 i…
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 boy…
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

Read The “Stomach-Churning” Sexual Assault Accusations Against R. Kelly

It's been two weeks since R. Kelly released his latest album, Black Panties, reigniting the discussion around the singer's extremely disturbing history as a sexual predator of young, Black women and girls, and the pass he has gotten from many in the…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 16, 2013

WTF: Creepy Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Only Gets Three Years Probation

Former San Diego mayor Bob Filner, who resigned in August after he was accused of sexual harassment and assault by 18 women, has been sentenced to three months of home confinement and three years of probation. Three of those women filed charges against the disgraced former Congressman: two counts of misdemeanor battery and one count…
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 9, 2013

The Soapbox: Why Does Anyone Still Think It’s Okay To Listen To R. Kelly?

R. Kelly is one of the most successful R&B artists of our time. He’s sold 54 million records globally, had a career that spans three decades and penned classic records that have provided the soundtrack for some of our best moments. But while folks were bumping and grinding to his hits, other things were going…
By: Christiana Mbakwe / December 5, 2013

D.C. Police Officer Charged With Taking Nude Photographs Of 15-Year-Old Girl

"Shocking and disturbing."  These are the words of Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Chief of Police Cathy Lanier after an officer was arrested on Monday for the production of child pornography by taking nude photos of a 15-year-old girl.
By: Jessica Wakeman / December 4, 2013

Alabama Judge To Resentence Rapist Who Got Zero Prison Time

Following an outcry over some complete and utter bullllllshit, an Alabama judge will resentence a convicted rapist who got exactly zero prison time for his crimes. Austin Clem was found guilty by a jury of raping a teenaged girl, who was his neighbor, twice when she was 14 and again when she was 18.  Two…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 27, 2013

Former ESPN Editor Warns Son To Get Texts Proving Consent To Sex

Never have sex with a girl unless she's sent you a text that proves the sexual relationship is consensual beforehand.  And it's a good idea to even follow up any sexual encounter with a tasteful text message saying how you both enjoyed being with one another -- even if you never plan on hooking u…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 27, 2013

Child Molester Offers To Get Castrated In Exchange For Reduced Sentence

Sorry, John Burbine, but sacrificing your nuts is not a fair trade for allegedly raping and sexually abusing 13 children. …
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 20, 2013

“Beer Pong Rapist” Stalked Young Victims At Bar Tournaments

Well, this is horrible. Joey Poindexter, a 38-year-old real estate appraiser and beer pong player, allegedly infiltrated the beer pong tournament circuit in Montgomery County, Maryland to stalk his sexual assault victims. And he's been doing it for the past 10 years. Poindexter was finally arrested after a young man called police to report that…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / November 14, 2013

Two Girls Who Were Raped By New Zealand’s “Roast Busters” Were Reportedly Told They Were “Asking For It” By Police

Yesterday, we told you about the "Roast Busters," a disgusting sort of "club" in New Zealand where the members are privileged teen boys who lure teenage girls with alcohol, get them drunk, gang rape them…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / November 6, 2013

SMU Columnist Says Rapists “Can’t Be The Only Ones Taking Blame”

Men will rape us no matter, apparently! So if won't don't want to get sexually assaulted, us ladies have to "give up over drinking [sic]." This is according to a facepalm-y new column in Southern Methodist University The Daily Campus newspaper by someone named Kirby Wiley.   "In order to prevent future victims,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 5, 2013
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