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 It seems like a given that a victim of sexual assault should never, ever have to pay for the tests and treatments that attempt to lessen the horror of her experience. Apparently, that is not the case in several states around the country, most noticeably in Louisiana. Recent victims who entered hospitals, like Interim LSU which recently became part of the private entity Louisiana Children's Medical Center, have received bills upwards of $2,000, sometimes ... Read More
Mandy Boardman had noticed feelings of drowsiness.  She awoke one morning with a half dissolved pill in her mouth to see her husband, David Wise, leaving the room.  But she was not prepared to learn that Wise had been drugging and raping her repeatedly over the course of three years, a fact which she discovered when she found the sex tapes he had been making on his phone.  Shortly after this incident, police began a three year police investigation ... Read More
So, it's right around the bend: the season of the flesh. It is about to be (already kind of is?) super sticky out, which means it's time to try on your old shorts/skirts/dresses to see if they still fit/look for an excuse to buy some cuter and trendier ones.  In being a people-watcher and shameless ease-dropper, I can't help but notice how much judgement is so casually thrown on women's dress--pretty much all the time, but especially in the summer, and ... Read More
In a campaign to stop violence against women, a new PSA is placing the onus on men to step up and step in when they see lines being crossed by their peers. Titled "Be That Guy," the 30-second animation was first played at a NASCAR race in mid-November. It shows a race, one of our great American pastimes, where a lot of people are crammed together in a loud public arena to cheer as slightly larger Hot Wheels careen around in circles (growing up in the land of ... Read More
No means no. Really? Okay, so what about when she doesn't say no? What about when she doesn't say anything? That's a loophole, right? It's a get out of jail free card, isn't it?  Sadly, it frequently is. Blaming the victim of a crime is ridiculous, but when the victim is unconscious? Yet we see cases where rape of an unconcious girl is downgraded to aggravated assault, and with the Big Red Steubenville rape, in the eyes of the ... Read More
  For the latest in college rape news, we turn to Amherst College in Massachusetts. On Wednesday, Angie Epifano, a former Amherst student, published a heartbreaking 5,000-word account of her on-campus rape and its aftermath. After Epifano was raped on May 25, 2011, the Amherst administration completely failed her. Epifano was not allowed to change dorms and was pressured to not press charges. When she went to the counseling center to talk about how scared she ... Read More
The number one reason I wish I lived in NYC, from this past weekend, was SlutWalk NYC!  I really wish I could have made it.  I even had a poster I wanted to make, inspired by (stolen from) another sign I'd seen online: "When a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist and a round thing in your face YOU TREAT HER WITH RESPECT!"  I love that these SlutWalks have been growing as a movement and happening all across the US, and even around the globe.  ... Read More
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