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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, viewers… More »


Police In South Carolina Criticized For Warning College Of Charleston Students About Sexual Assaults Because They Mentioned Drinking

Police in Charleston, South Carolina, were right to warn students on Tuesday after two sexual assaults were reported near the campus.

But were they right to include in the warning the fact that the victims had both been drinking and to include statistics about alcohol and sexual assault?  … More »


Ohio University Student In Hiding After MRA Website Misidentifies Her As A “False Rape Accuser”

Last week, a video which showed a young man giving oral sex to a young woman in public in Athens, Ohio, went viral. Shortly thereafter, the unidentified woman reported that the video — shot on October 12 — actually depicted not a consensual sex act, but a sexual assault. This week, a men’s rights website… More »


Fox News Guest On Maryville Rape Victim: “There Are Telltale Signs This Girl Is Actually Lying”

“There’s no denying that from the surface it appears to be some sort of cover-up. But when you look at the finer details, there are telltale signs of this girl actually lying. She is leaving her home at 1 a.m. in the morning and nobody forced her to drink. And what happens? She gets caught… More »


The Soapbox: Slate Tells Young Women To “Stop Getting Drunk,” Majorly Misses The Mark On Alcohol & Rape

Slate.com’s modus operandi is to troll the hell out of everyone. Today’s piece by Dear Prudence author Emily Yoffe, “College Women: Stop Getting Drunk,” is a classic example.

In her piece, Yoffe recounts a statistic from a 2009 study that 80 percent of campus sexual assaults involve alcohol.  She then gives what she… More »


Second Maryville Rape Victim, Paige Parkhurst, Comes Forward

Paige Parkhurst, the second victim in the Maryville, Missouri rape case, has come forward to speak with Al-Jazeera about the night she and Daisy Coleman were sexually assaulted.

Paige was 13 at the time and sleeping over at the house of her then-14-year-old friend Daisy. The girls were drinking alcohol together and snuck… More »


Daisy Coleman, Maryville Rape Survivor, And Mother Melinda Coleman Speak To CNN

So much respect is going out right now from me to Daisy Coleman, the 14-year-old girl in Maryville, Missouri teen who has come forward about her mistreatment by the justice system after she was raped by a student athlete — who also happened to be the grandson of a local politician. Last night Daisy and… More »


14-Year-Old Girl Is Raped And Left To Freeze On Her Front Porch, Town Of Maryville, Missouri Rallies Behind Her Attacker

In January 2012, Daisy Coleman, then 14 years old, attended a junior high/high school party in Maryville, MO, the town she and her family had recently moved to following her dad’s untimely death. At that party, Daisy became intoxicated to the point of being unable to stand; she was then allegedly raped by 17-year-old senior… More »


Beijing Police Suggest Women Avoid Miniskirts To Prevent Sexual Harassment

The story is always the same: officials find it too hard to tell men to control themselves and not sexually harass women, so they place the responsibility and blame on women instead.

In this instance, Chinese police have asked women to refrain from wearing revealing clothing on buses or subways. According to China Daily ,”Women… More »


University Of Arizona Is Totally Cool With Student Holding “You Deserve Rape” Sign On Campus

A University Of Arizona junior named Dean Saxton was photographed last Tuesday standing on campus holding a sign reading “You Deserve Rape” while yelling insults at students. Saxton, who fancies himself a preacher and delivers sermons on campus, told the Daily Wildcat newspaper, emphasis mine, “If you dress like a whore, act like a whore, you’reMore »


The Best Of The #SafetyTipsForLadies Hashtag

Last week, a woman named Hillary Bowman-Smart, of Melbourne, Australia, began the hashtag #SafetyTipsForWomen on Twitter in response to an article about victim-blaming on Australian website The Punch called “Advocating Risk Management Is Not Victim Blaming.” Since then the #hashtag has gone viral and continues to stir up some hilarious “tips” for women days after the original tweet.  Her… More »


Dude Politician Advises Against Walking Home In “Tight, Short Skirt And High Shoes”

British politician Richard Graham, the Gloucester MP, is in trubs after he shared some safety tips for women with his local newspaper that toed the line between common sense and victim blaming:  “If you are a young woman on her own trying to walk back home through Gloucester Park, early in the morning in… More »


Joanna Lumley From “Ab Fab” Warns Women: “Don’t Look Like Trash, Don’t Get Drunk”

“Don’t look like trash, don’t get drunk, don’t be sick down your front, don’t break your heels and stagger about in the wrong clothes at midnight. This is bad. It’s not me being a snob about it. It’s not me being an old woman talking to young women, its just standard practice for how our… More »


School Allegedly Suggested A Breast Reduction Would Stop 6th Grader’s Sexual Harassment

Middle school is rough on all of us. It’s especially rough when the administration at your middle school blames you for the sexual harassment you’re getting because of the size of your boobs. And it’s downright hellish when said administration suggests to your mother that a breast reduction might help. … More »


Priest Says Women Encourage Domestic Violence For Not Cooking And Cleaning Well Enough

A priest in a northern village in Italy posted some helpful tips for ladies on how to avoid getting beaten by their husbands. “Healthy self-criticism” is necessary for women to make sure there’s nothing they could be doing differently to stop getting beat, such as cooking more dinners, doing the laundry, and dressing more modestly. More »


Indian Police Chief Suggests Women Protect Themselves From Rape With Chili Powder

Here are two different ways to stop rape. One, teach men and women that rape is never, ever, ever acceptable. Two, tell women to carry around chili powder to throw at potential attackers. I guess chili powder in the eyeball will make a rapey boner go away right quick, according to a police chief… More »


School District Calls Tween Rape Victim “Careless,” “Responsible” In Her Own Sexual Abuse

A California school district is defending itself in the sleaziest way possible from a lawsuit by a former student who was allegedly sexually abused by two of its teachers. Yup, Moraga School District says it’s her own damn fault. … More »


Indian Judge To Abused Wife: “Why Are You Still Talking About His Beatings?”

A judge in India completely dismissed a woman in his courtroom in the most offensive, Pat Robertson-ian way possible: he told her “Your husband is doing good business. He will take care of you. Why are you still talking about his beatings?” The 28-year-old was challenging her husband in a domestic abuse case, but… More »


“Don’t Get Raped”: New Tumblr Collects Handy Dandy Victim-Blaming Tips

Don’t go near football players. Don’t trust police officers. Don’t be in or around your own home. Don’t go to Harvard. Don’t drink or go to school dances. And never, never change your mind about having sex if you’ve already said you want to bone.  All these and many other victim-blaming tips every woman needs are helpfully collected by the… More »


The Soapbox: Rapists Know The Answer Is “No”

Despite endless work by anti-sexual violence activists trying to change the narrative, the myth persists that rapists —at least so-called “date rapists” — are men who got a little out of control with lust one night and accidentally went too far. It doesn’t help that this is the story that we usually hear on those… More »