If Rape is a Crime, Why Can’t the U.S. Tackle the Rape Kit Backlog?

Michelle Bowdler’s new book “Is Rape a Crime?” investigates why the justice system so often fails to treat rape as a crime.

“The hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits existed because hundreds of thousands of individual victims agreed to submit to an exam consisting of head and pubic hair combing; vaginal, anal, and oral swabbing; retrieval of saliva, blood, and fingernail clippings—evidence taken carefully under the bright light of an emergency room by strangers following a violation that defines vulnerability. The victims endured this examination for a reason; they wanted justice. Instead, their bodies and the evidence taken from them were treated like useless trash.”

“Referring to hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits as a ‘backlog’ of evidence is a misnomer if there was never intent to test them in the first place.”

How Some Universities are Bypassing Trump’s New Title IX Rules

If schools follow the Trump administration’s new Title IX rules, survivors no doubt will be reluctant to report sexual harassment and assault.

While some schools are accepting the rules and adopting restrictive policies, others are finding creative ways to get around the rules by designing policies that will minimize these harmful effects. We examined a few of these new policies—here’s what we found.

McDonald’s Sues Ex-CEO, Exposing Toxic Culture of Sexual Harassment

The mounting allegations against former McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook is just the latest development demonstrating how McDonald’s has historically failed to address sexual harassment at all levels of the company.

A recent poll found that 76% of non-managerial female McDonald’s workers have been sexually harassed. Of these women, 12% were sexually assaulted or raped.

The Repercussions of Trauma as a Former Patient of Dr. George Tyndall

“I not only saw George Tyndall for an exam; I was sexually assaulted during that exam—thousands of us were. … Unraveling the narrative I built to protect myself is a slow, and oftentimes, painful process. It is the most important work of my life. I deserve the space I take up, in fact, I always have. I know it now, deep in my bones. I deserve to be here. We all do.”

The Ms. Q&A: Alejandra Y. Castillo on Combating Domestic Violence During the COVID-19 Epidemic

Vast numbers of people across the country are being told to stay home. But experts warn this will lead to an increase of domestic abuse occurring within households. We spoke to Alejandra Y. Castillo, CEO of the YWCA USA, about the impact this virus is having on households across the U.S. and the ways we can all help protect those who are most vulnerable to domestic abuse during this time of self-quarantining and self-isolation.