Blowing the Whistle on Campus Rape

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This March, for Women’s History Month, the Ms. Blog is profiling Wonder Women who have made history—and those who are making history right now. Join us each day as we bring you the stories of iconic and soon-to-be-famous feminist change-makers. The following, which highlights the work of campus anti-rape activists around the country, is excerpted from the […]

Of Rape Culture, “Grievance Culture” and Mike Tyson

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I’m lucky. I made it through my college years without being raped. I did have a couple of close calls, both times when I was alone with men I had considered friends. Fortunately, my angry bravado—which covered up my fear—proved enough to short-circuit their plans. Fortunately I hadn’t been given a spiked drink that would […]

Duke Basketball Star Dismissed, But Not Until A Year After Rape Allegations Surface

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Remember what happened to beloved Penn State football coach Joe Paterno? In 2001 he was fired from his position of 45 years after it was revealed that he hadn’t taken action upon learning that one of his assistant coaches, Jerry Sandusky, was allegedly molesting boys. Take note, Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski. Last month, Krzyzewski […]

A Plea to Those Who Love Bill Cosby

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In the past week, Samuel L. Jackson and Jennifer Lee Pryor joined the growing number of celebrities to publicly speak out about the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby. From Jay Leno to Roseanne Barr, the message from famous people has been resounding in its support for the now more than 30 women who have accused Cosby […]

Taking the Crime Out of Passion (And Helping the Women We Love)

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I don’t mean to be a Valentine’s Day killjoy. Let Cupid’s arrows fly where they may, because not only do I love love, I love singing about love. As a jazz and cabaret vocalist who has performed in clubs from Los Angeles to San Francisco, I relate to the haunting melodies and heartfelt sentiment in […]

We Don’t Need to Prove “Jackie’s” Story

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TRIGGER WARNING: Discussion of sexual assault By now, most people will have read, or at least heard of, the Rolling Stone article that details the alleged gang rape of Jackie, a first-year student at the University of Virginia (UVA). The day I read her story, my reaction was similar to that of my female friends: […]

Dear Governor of Virginia: Please Protect College Women

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Ms. audiences by now have likely read the Nov. 19 article by the now-embattled Rolling Stone that drew attention to the alleged mishandling of rape cases at the University of Virginia. Some Ms. readers also may have followed the outpouring of outrage against the university on Facebook, Twitter and other social media. As professors in other Virginia institutions […]

How Do YOU Respond to Street Harassment? Here Are Some Suggestions

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Earlier this month, thousands of people in Berlin held a vigil for Tugce Albayrak, a 23-year-old student who died at the hands of a street harasser. Albayrak bravely intervened when she witnessed a group of men harassing two teenage girls on November 15. In retaliation, one of the young men, an 18-year-old, turned on her, […]

What Don’t We Get After 25 Years and 14 Dead?

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I almost quit feminism this week. Seriously. I plummeted into despair over the mélange of hate that allows batterers like Ray Rice to return to the NFL, cops to kill with impunity and universities to give a pass to rapists. My intersectionality nerves were frayed by this host of racist, misogynist traumas. Feminism cannot make […]

The Silence Behind Rape and Sexual Assault: A Response to Victim Shaming

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Most rape and sexual assault cases go unreported largely due to three factors: shame, guilt and fear. I am saddened that we are constantly asked to explain and defend ourselves, but hopefully the discussion will lead to a more enlightened outlook on what actually mutes sexual assault. The latest surge of victim shaming against Bill […]