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Tag: Rape

Prostitution: Being Raped for a Living

Prostitution dehumanizes those trapped within it. Like America’s sanctification of militarism and war, the commodification of girls and women banishes empathy to glorify male violence.

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A Woman’s Cycle

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VIDEO: John Oliver Makes the Star-Studded Sex Ed Video You’ll All Wish You’d Seen as Teens

Sexual education is extremely important, and yet a lack of standardization means that schoolchildren all over the country receive very different information, some of which is false and a lot of which includes shaming kids (mainly girls) who have had or want to have sex.

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The FBI Built a Database That Can Catch Rapists, but Almost Nobody Uses It

For roughly 30 years, the FBI has virtually ignored a system meant to help cops track the behavioral patterns of violent criminals.

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VIDEO: How Rape Survivors Are Fighting Sexual Violence in India

Harrowing personal accounts of rape victims in this video highlight the work of an advocacy group demanding better policing and public awareness of sexual violence in India.

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VIDEO: Judd Apatow Takes Down Bill Cosby in ‘Tonight Show’ Stand-Up Act

Fun fact: Before he hit it big as a big-screen director, Judd Apatow kept busy on the stand-up comedy circuit. On Monday, he tried out some new material based on his off-camera roles as family man, member of the tribe, and one of Bill Cosby’s most vocal critics in Hollywood.

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Bill Cosby

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Bill Cosby Admission

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Bill Cosby Story Blows Up Again After Report About Court Case (Updated)

The fallout from a cascade of accusations in recent months about Bill Cosby’s alleged drug-enabled sexual assaults, which the veteran comic and his legal team had attempted to stem, became more serious this week.

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Actor Mark Ruffalo’s Sharp, Smart Response to ‘Ignorant’ Non-Feminists

The “Avengers” actor hits back at what he calls the “‘I am not a feminist’ Internet phenomenon.”

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Pro-Choice Protesters to Rally in Paraguay After Child Rape Victim Is Denied Abortion

The Catholic country in which, on average, two children under the age of 16 give birth each day, is facing backlash after authorities ordered a 10-year-old victim of sexual abuse to carry out her pregnancy.

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VIDEO: This Sexual Consent Instructional Video Is Everyone’s Cup of Tea

So, how do you like your tea (nudge nudge, wink wink)?

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Swedish Supreme Court Rejects Julian Assange Appeal

Despite the rejection, lawyers for the WikiLeaks founder say they are encouraged by the judges’ 4-1 split, which may indicate that the court will change its decision.

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Sweden’s Top Court Gives Julian Assange the Chance to Appeal Arrest Order

Sweden’s Supreme Court has given WikiLeaks figure Julian Assange the green light to appeal allegations of sexual assault stemming from two incidents that allegedly took place in Enköping and Stockholm in 2010. 

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No One Is Free Until All Are Free

The fight to end male violence against women is crucial to the struggles of wider liberation. We cannot stand up for some of the oppressed and ignore others who are oppressed.

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 READ MORE

Uber’s Plan to Win Over Women Backfires

The United Nations has withdrawn from a partnership with controversial ridesharing app Uber over fears for women’s safety.

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This Powerful ‘Rap Against Rape’ by Two Indian Women Has Gone Viral

Two young Indian women, performing under the moniker BomBaebs, have made a captivating—and now widely played—video attacking sexual violence and misogyny in their country.

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Truthdigger of the Week: ‘India’s Daughter’ Filmmaker and Activists Protesting the Documentary’s Ban

The documentary “India’s Daughter,” about the gang rape and evisceration of 23-year-old medical student Jyoti Singh in Delhi in 2012, has burst into the media spotlight because of a ban on the film in India.

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Can Uber’s U.N. Partnership Fix Its Gender Problem?

In a bold move to reform its image, ride-share giant Uber has announced it will create 1 million jobs for women in the next five years.

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The Whoredom of the Left

If we accept prostitution as legal, we will take one more collective step toward the global plantation being constructed by our corporate pimps.

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‘Pornography Is What the End of the World Looks Like’

“Fifty Shades of Grey” is part of a corporate capitalist onslaught that has seen women dehumanized, men desensitized, children damaged and violence and exploitation glorified.

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Obama Urges Grammy Artists to Stress That Rape, Domestic Violence Are ‘Not OK’

In a recorded message that aired Sunday night at the Grammy Awards, President Obama delivered a sobering message about sexual abuse.

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What Is the GOP Thinking?

There they go again. Given control of Congress and the chance to frame an economic agenda for the middle class, the first thing Republicans do is tie themselves in knots over ... abortion and rape.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE

Study: A Third of College Males Admit They’d Rape a Woman If They Could Get Away With It

A recent study reveals a harrowing figure related to sexual assault on college campuses.

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 READ MORE

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We Have to Change the Way We Report on Rape

One of the important questions raised by Rolling Stone’s University of Virginia rape story is how journalists write about the victims.

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Lady Gaga Turns Sexual Assault by Music Producer Into Her Own Music

Lady Gaga’s visit to “The Howard Stern Show” on Tuesday was a dramatic event, which tends to be the case with the shape-shifting singer.

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Attempted Cosby

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The Cosby Show

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On Cosby, Hard to Keep the Faith

A few weeks ago, I spent a delightful afternoon and evening with Bill Cosby.

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Cosby Rape Allegations

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Bill Cosby’s ‘Spanish Fly’ Routine Makes for Uneasy Listening as Rape Claims Circulate

Bill Cosby wasn’t always all about pudding pops, inscrutable sweaters and “Kids Say the Darndest Things.”

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The Internet Won’t Let Bill Cosby Ignore Rape Allegations

The iconic comedian’s social media team invited the world to promote its boss Monday. Things didn’t go as planned.

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Congress Delays Funding for Rape Kit Processing as Victim Drags Mattress in Search of Justice

While Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz started her now well-known protest weeks before Congress decided to postpone funding to help rape victims, the student’s performance art can also be seen as a metaphor for the struggle other rape victims face in their search for justice.

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No Thanks From an Ungrateful Nation: The Surge of Female Vets Living on the Streets

Sexual assault is a major reason for the growing number of homeless female veterans.

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CDC Study Finds 1 in 5 U.S. Women Have Been Victims of Rape and That’s Not Even the Scariest Part

A report recently published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than 23 million women and about 2 million men in the United States had been raped at some point during their lives. But other numbers in the findings are perhaps even more frightening.

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Will Justice Scalia Apologize for His Part in Keeping an Innocent Man Imprisoned for 30 Years?

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia once held that one of two North Carolina men who were freed this week after decades due to DNA evidence should be killed under the death penalty; a “war” within Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government is breaking out; meanwhile, a human rights lawyer was recently arrested after standing on a sidewalk during a pro-Palestinian rally in New York City while waiting for her children. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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This Week in Anti-Rape Fashion: A ‘Life-Saving Nail Polish’

It’s seriously time to stop pouring resources into developing fun, stylish anti-rape products for victims to prevent their own assault.

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 READ MORE

Campus Sexual Assault: What Are Colleges Doing Wrong?

We’ve rounded up cases and coverage that show the persistence of sexual violence at colleges.

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How the Women of Pakistan Cope With War, Honor Killings and Prejudice

The West is flooded by news of all the incessant outrages, but by looking back at history we get a better understanding of what is happening in this forsaken country of ours. Progress is never linear.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE

Why It Is Crucial to Examine India’s Rape Epidemic Through the Lens of Caste

India, the world’s largest democracy, has a PR problem.

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 READ MORE

Angelina Jolie Imagines a World in Which Rape in War Zones Can Be Stopped

It all sounded very inspiring, the vision that actress Angelina Jolie presented during her opening speech in London on Tuesday at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 READ MORE

The Common Roots of Misogynist Culture in Pakistan and the U.S.

In the wake of sexual assaults in the Global South, American conservatives and liberals alike naively ask the question of what is it about the “cultures” of countries such as Pakistan, India and Afghanistan that generates such misogyny.

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 READ MORE

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Sentenced to Wait: Efforts to End Prison Rape Stall Again

The Prison Rape Elimination Act was passed in Washington in 2003. It still hasn’t been fully implemented.

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Why Don’t We Care About Congo’s Dead?

What happens when millions of Africans die in a conflict in which some of the world’s most desired natural resources are at stake? Very little, it turns out.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE

Daniel Craig, Benicio Del Toro, Steve Carell and President Obama Team Up to Fight Sexual Assault

The White House launched a male star-studded PSA as part of its “1 Is 2 Many” campaign against sexual assault on college campuses, and it’s great.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE

U.S. Inmate ‘Tortured’ in Botched Execution

A U.S. death row inmate writhed in agony and mumbled incoherently in a botched execution using untested drugs, before dying of a heart attack 40 minutes into the ordeal, news reports said. The prisoner, Clayton Lockett, is shown above left.

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Will College Rankings Soon Include Sexual Assault Stats?

A dozen members of Congress decided students applying to college should know what the risks of rape and other forms of sexual assault are on individual campuses.

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 READ MORE

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