Rape Culture Taken Seriously: More Indictments in Steubenville

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Four more people have been indicted in the infamous Steubenville, Ohio rape case. All  are adults affiliated with Steubenville schools. The town of Steubenville drew national attention when a 16-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by two of Steubenville High School’s football stars at a party in August 2012—a crime captured in part by social media. […]

U.N. Day Recognizes Violence Against Women

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I think it’s better to be a man because a woman always hears inappropriate comments from men. It happened to me at school. Teachers won’t give out your grades if you don’t sleep with them. When my friends apply for a job, if the employers are men, when they don’t give in to their advances […]

Steubenville Redux: Victim Blaming in a Florida Football Town

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“She’s just ruining Jameis’ good character.” That’s what I overhear a young mother, decked out in a garnet top and dream-catcher earrings, telling her teenage daughter at a Mexican restaurant here in Tallahassee. Her daughter, also clad in Florida State colors, nods in eager agreement. I cringe, glad that my toddler is too young to […]

Alcohol is a WEAPON of Rapists, Not Evidence for Victim Blaming

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Trigger Alert: Discussion of rape and victim blaming … On October 15, Slate writer Emily Yoffe wrote a piece entitled, “The Best Rape Prevention: Tell College Women to Stop Getting Drunk.” A crowd of critics harpooned Yoffe for her victim-blaming approach (Jezebel, Feministing, Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Salon and even Slate’s own Amanda Hess). On October 18, Yoffe responded to the backlash by digging in […]

“The Four Justices” Puts Women Trailblazers on Display

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On Monday a portrait of the four women Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States of America was revealed. The  life-sized likenesses of Sandra Day O’Connor, Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan are on display at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in D. C. A closeup photo of the portrait can be seen […]

Anti-Sodomy Laws: Still Unacceptable

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Recently, the Supreme Court threw out Virginia’s attempts to reinstate a state law criminalizing anal and oral sex, putting a spotlight on similar legislation across the United States that targets homosexuality. Although the Supreme Court ruled such laws unconstitutional 10 years ago, citing rights to privacy and equal protection, at least two states–Kansas and Oklahoma–specifically […]

When Street Harassment Is More Deadly Than Catcalls

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Recently in Florida, a 14-year-old girl was walking down the street when a man in an SUV pulled up beside her and offered her $200 to have sex with him. When the girl refused, he pulled her by her hair into his vehicle and choked her until she lost consciousness. Then he dropped her on […]

Call to Disrobe Victim-Blaming Montana Judge

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Last Thursday, September 26, Mr. Stacy Rambold was released from Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge after serving a 30-day sentence. That  may sound like just punishment for shoplifting or vandalism—but for rape? Rambold, a former schoolteacher, was convicted of the 2007 statutory rape of 14-year-old student Cherice Moralez. Just before her 17th birthday, Moralez—who […]

Marissa Alexander Gets New Trial

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A Florida woman currently serving 20 years in prison for firing a shot in the vicinity of her abusive husband will get a new trial–but she can’t claim protection under the state’s infamous “stand your ground” law, an appeals court ruled Thursday. No one was hurt in the incident, but mandatory sentencing laws required Marissa […]

California Bill to Help Sexual-Abuse Victims Sits on Governor’s Desk

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California Senate Bill 131, otherwise known as the The Child Victims Act, was passed by the state Legislature earlier this year–but it’s still sitting on Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. He has until October 13 to sign the bill, veto it or let it pass into law without signing. The governor, a former Jesuit seminarian, is  […]