BY Brittany Allen in Feminizzle on Mar 06, 2014 |
CNN reported today that a bill aiming to drastically reduce sexual assault in the military was shot down in the Senate by a vote of 55 to 45. This represents yet another sad defeat for the oft-silenced voices of assault and rape victims in the armed forces. According to testimony by one of the bill's sponsors, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), assault numbers have continued to climb in the past few years: between 2011 and 2012, incidents of unwanted ... Read More
BY Amy LaCount in General on Jul 23, 2013 |
There are few phrases in the English language more abhorrent, more insidious, more absolutely goddamn infuriating than these five words: They were asking for it.
Rape is never, ever, the victim’s fault. Unfortunately, not everyone thinks so – as everyone from assholes on social media to tennis stars to cops play into rape culture, often questioning the victim while giving the benefit of the doubt to the perpetrator.
When politicians like Todd ... Read More
BY Amy LaCount in General on Jun 07, 2013 |
Last summer, when Republican candidate Todd Akin was quoted saying, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” he was, thankfully enough, met with incredulous public outrage. (Update: he regrets his foolish words!) However – as abhorrent as Akin’s comments are – they do reveal society’s general misunderstanding of how the human body, the brain, sexual assault, and ... Read More
BY Brittany Houlihan in General on Jan 11, 2013 |
A new ad campaign released by “Who Are You?” focuses on bystander intervention when it comes to sexual assault. The video released by the New Zealand organization shows the story of a woman and her friend getting ready to party, and shows other people such as her roommate, a bartender, and a regular guy going about their nights. As the video progresses, the girl drinks more and more, and a guy starts hanging around her. There are ... Read More
BY Diana Denza in General on Sep 04, 2012 |
Whether you’re a frequent partygoer or you just hit the bar once a month, sexual assault is a stark reality and it can happen to anyone. In the United States alone, a woman is sexually assaulted every two minutes, according to the U.S. Department of Justice's National Crime Victimization Survey. And frequently, a rapist is someone the victim is acquainted with, like a new date who slips a drug into round two of cocktails.
To fight the harrowing statistics, ... Read More