Probation for Raping a 3-Year-Old?

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A mind-boggling report in a Delaware newspaper recently revealed that Robert H. Richards IV, heir to the DuPont chemical fortune, pleaded guilty in 2009 to raping his then-3-year-old daughter, but got off without a lick of jail time. Instead, Judge Jan Jurden sentenced him to eight years probation. Richards’ crime—fourth-degree rape—is a felony that carries a […]

“Dear Student, There’s Been A Sex Assault on Campus … “

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Every couple of weeks I open my college email and the first message I see has the subject line “Notification of Sexual Assault on Campus”. We get these emails because the school is legally required (by Title IX) to notify us when someone reports a sex crime on campus. The emails start, Sexual assault /misconduct […]

When Cops Rape Crime Victims

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Just this month, three police officers in different cities have been charged with raping women who called the police for help: March 20, Baltimore: A police officer with Baltimore’s MTA, the local transit authority, was charged with raping a woman who called for help after her car was hit by a city bus. Officer Martez Johnson responded […]

Before Workplace Harassment Had a Name

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It started with my first job. As section editor of a small town newspaper in 1975, I learned that a male section editor was paid much more than me. I told the top reporter, a woman, and she demanded equal pay or she would march right over to our competitor, the local radio station. She […]

100 Serial Rapists Have Been ID’d in Detroit

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Five years ago, 11,000 untested rape kits were discovered in a police storage facility in Detroit. So far, just 1,600 kits have been tested, but that small number has yielded startling results: 100 serial rapists have been identified, and the DNA of 10 since-convicted rapists has been found. So what do these findings mean? Of […]

Underwear Under Siege

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Picture this: You’re on your way to work, it was particularly warm, so you decided to wear a dress. The train, subway or bus you are riding is crowded. You glance over to the man sitting in front of you and realize his camera is pointed up your dress. Disgusted, you contact the police for […]

Of Frats, Rape Culture and #TFM

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Freshman year of college, as I was on my way to my first fraternity party, I remembered the rule: Don’t bring any guys. Only girls would be let in to drink the free “jungle juice,” concocted by the fraternity guys. Looking back, I now realize what this rule was for: more chances for the frat […]

Jim Crow of the 21st Century

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We haven’t seen proposed laws this jaw-droppingly discriminatory since Jim Crow of the 19th and 20th century. Even more recently, these proposed laws reflect the men’s only business clubs, such as Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions, that have largely disappeared from sight in the 90s. Arizona is the first state to pass a “religious rights” bill  […]

I Wish the Pope Would Step Up

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The first time I spoke publicly about being repeatedly raped by a priest when I was between the ages of 14 and 15 was when we announced the settlement of my case—one week before I went to join advocates filing a complaint against the pope with the International Criminal Court at The Hague. I was […]

Bans Away! Same-Sex Marriage Rulings Lean Toward Equality

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The tide is turning in Virginia and other states, whether some like it or not. Last week, U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen declared Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, beginning her opinion with a quote from Mildred Loving, the plaintiff in the 1967 Supreme Court case that successfully challenged the state’s ban on interracial marriage. […]