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“Before it happened, I thought about going to the Peace Corps. I wanted to be somewhere, get somewhere bigger. I wanted to grow.” “Every part of me was altered.” Rochester, NY - 2013 Trigger warning: This post contains references to and descriptions of sexual assault. A few months ago, we featured some images and stories of survivors of rape and sexual assault through the lens of the incredible photographer Lydia Billings’ series ... Read More
  House Republicans are continuing to press forward with HR 7, also known as the “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act,” a legal step limiting abortion access, particularly to low-income women. One thing that has possibly helped the bill get so far is that it outlines an exception for rape and incest victims. This provision would in turn allow governments to decide who qualifies, putting women in the horrific position of having to prove the ... Read More
  The activists of the global movement V-Day are ringing in the new year by rising against gender-based violence and abuse. About one billion women around the world are raped in their lifetime. On February 14, 2014, the world is invited to share stories of survival and support and cry for justice as part of the One Billion Rising campaign. Each year, one billion men and women will rise and participate in the action.  V-Day calls us to action, stating, ... Read More
  When Melbourne, Australia was devastated by the terrible rape and murder of a local woman named Jill Meagher, the weaving artist Maryann Talia Pau was mulled over a Dr. Martin Luther King quotation: “Returning hate for hate only multiplies hate, adding more darkness to a night already void of stars. Darkness cannot put out darkness, only light and love can do that.” In a beautifully literal expression of a community’s dedication to ending ... Read More
If you live in Michigan, I suppose you'll want to add "rape insurance" to your Christmas list. Because that's a thing now. Seriously. I can't even make this stuff up anymore.  On Wednesday, Michigan legislature passed a law that prevents insurance plans from covering abortion, unless the woman's life is in danger. The "Abortion Insurance Opt-Out Act" was created to prevent the pro-life populous from "paying for something they disagree with. So...does this ... Read More
This week, the United States Senate will be debating the Military Justice Improvement Act. The controversial legislation would alter the military legal process as it stands. Rather than the "chain of command" handling prosecution, cases will be dealt with by an "impartial military prosecutor." You should care about this because it will change how the military deals with rape and sexual assault by stifling "retaliation" against those reporting sexual crimes, as ... Read More
Over the past 20 years, psychologist David Lisak has been researching rape and sexual assault on college campuses. He's asked over 2,000 men questions like "Have you ever had sexual intercourse with someone, even though they did not want to, because they were too intoxicated [on alcohol or drugs] to resist your sexual advances?" His results? One in 16 men answered "yes" to some version of that question.  Lisak describes the "narcissism" of a rapist and how ... Read More
  “Women need to stop spreading their legs like peanut butter or rape is going to keep on happening ’til the cows come home.” Those were the actual words spoken by a cop when University of Connecticut student Kylie Angell reported her rape in July 2010. Though her male classmate was initially expelled, he made an appeal that allowed him back on campus a mere two weeks later. The administration comforted Angell with the logic "it's fine--you ... Read More
Though we didn’t need scientific research to confirm that sexual violence is a major problem among young adults, the statistics are now official: A study appearing in the journal JAMA Pediatrics surveyed 1,058 young adults and the revolting results indicated that 8% of Americans between the ages of 14 and 21 have committed some form of sexual violence, defined as “kissing, touching, or making someone else do something sexual” when the perpetrator ... Read More
Frats: Keg stands, Tikki torches, and brothers for life. Two weeks ago, an email surfaced from Georgia Techs Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, describing how to “Lure Rapebait”. The email goes into intense detail about how to hook up with women at parties.  The email explicitly tells the other fraternity brothers exactly what any girl wants: "A GOOD DICK GRIND". “Here is how to dance: Grab them on the hips with your 2 hands and then let them ... Read More
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