BY Jennifer Welsing
on Dec 14, 2012
Trigger Warning: This post contains a description of sexual assault that may potentially be triggering for survivors of assault.
Is it rape if you don’t put up a fight? Well, according to Orange County judge Derek G. Johnson, no, not really. To be clear, he believes that if a woman doesn’t put up a fight when attacked, then technically, yes, it is rape, but not “a real, live criminal case.”Let me explain. Back in 2008 Judge ... Read More
BY Intern Mimi
on Oct 24, 2012
Judge Mary Hurley refused to set bail at the $2,500 suggested by the defense attorneys of the four teenagers accused of gang raping an 18-year-old in her UMass dorm room on October 13th. Hurley said, “I have never in my entire time on the bench heard such an egregious set of facts…I find the facts horrendous.” Instead, bail was set for $10,000 under the stipulation that the boys wear a GPS device and obey a specified curfew. The four boys, ... Read More
BY Erika W. Smith
on Oct 19, 2012
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
BY Maggie Carr
on Oct 16, 2012
The bullshit keeps on coming. As I’m sure many of you have already heard, a student-produced flyer entitled “Top Ten Ways to Get Away with Rape” was posted in a freshman men’s bathroom at Miami University in Ohio.
The suggestions--which range from fratty bro-outs (“its [sic] college boys, live it up!!”) to straight-up calls for violence against women who report sexual assault--are almost outlandish. Almost.
Whether ... Read More
BY Charlotte Dow
on Oct 12, 2012
Deep breath, BUST.com readers. You might want to have a seat before you read this post.
Following the trend of awful comments about rape that male politicians have been making recently, Rep. Roger Rivard (R, Wisconsin) told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that, “some girls just rape easy” in an interview Wednesday. The comment was made in reference to a case in which a 17-year-old high school student in Rivard’s district was charged ... Read More