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Tag: Sexual Assault


A Canadian Game in Which ‘No’ Means ‘Yes’

As sure as autumn brings cool days, so does each year’s junior hockey season bring new sexual allegations. That few cases make it to court and even fewer to conviction speaks to the emphasis the judicial system puts on the “credibility” of the plaintiff and the extraordinary support local heroes receive from town power brokers.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 READ MORE


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Judge Gives the Go-Ahead to Bill Cosby’s Sexual Assault Trial (Video)

Bill Cosby appeared on Tuesday in a Norristown, Pa., court to receive news of a development in his 2004 sexual assault case that he and his defense team were working hard to avoid.

Posted on May 24, 2016 READ MORE



The Horrifying Consequences of Our National Rape Kit Backlog

Thousands of sexual assaults are unsolved, thanks to policies that leave kits untested, misplaced or destroyed.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE



Teenage Girl Admits to Fabricating Migrant Rape Claim That Outraged Germany

A 13-year-old Russian-German girl has admitted to making up a story about being kidnapped and raped by Middle Eastern or North African migrants in a case that outraged Germans and caused far-right protests in Russia.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



Bill Cosby Charged With Aggravated Indecent Assault; Bail Set at $1 Million

Prosecutors in Montgomery County, Pa., charged the legendary comedian with a second-degree felony Wednesday for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004.

Posted on Dec 30, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer on ‘The Hunting Ground’—a Documentary About Sexual Assault on Campus

By Robert Scheer

In the fifth episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor-in-chief discusses the documentary film “The Hunting Ground” (airing again on Sunday, Dec. 27 on CNN) with its director, Kirby Dick, and producer, Amy Ziering. The film has been shown at hundreds of college campuses, provoking heated discussions about the prevalence of sexual assault and how educational institutions handle accusations of rape.

Posted on Dec 26, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



When a Dream Becomes Someone Else’s Nightmare: Clarence Moses-EL’s 28 Years Behind Bars

It was all because of the dream of a neighbor woman who had been raped.

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 READ MORE



Rape: A Brutal Crime, Often Terribly Investigated

There is an urgent need for improving rape investigations. Here’s how.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: The Filmmaking Team and Subjects of ‘The Hunting Ground’

The documentary shines a light on the prevalence of rape and other sexual assaults on campuses across the nation, and puts faces and voices to the pain-filled stories we hear so frequently.

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Obama in Kenya: ‘No Excuse’ for Violence Against Women

President Obama continued his diplomatic visit to Kenya on Sunday with a speech focusing on gender issues including sexual violence, education and the forced marriage of minors.

Posted on Jul 26, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Jul 25, 2015 ENLARGE


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.

Posted on Jul 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



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.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE



The Pre-Charge Punishment of Julian Assange

When I went to London to interview him in the embassy this week, Assange asserted his belief that this pretrial phase is serving as both punishment and deterrent, and that Sweden is acting as a surrogate for the United States, which wants him jailed to stop the work of WikiLeaks.

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE


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

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

Posted on May 26, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



A New Model in the Fight for Abortion Rights

The dramatic reversals this month of anti-gay laws in Indiana and Arkansas may offer a path for the pro-abortion-rights movement. The lesson from the LGBT community is clear: Find new allies and make noise. Lots more noise.

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE



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. 

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


Is WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Close to Freedom?

Monday marks the 1,000th day WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has spent in political asylum inside Ecuador’s embassy in London, fearing extradition to the United States. On “Democracy Now!” his attorney Michael Ratner (pictured here) discusses whether Swedish prosecutors could be giving Assange a way out.

Posted on Mar 16, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



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



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.

Posted on Dec 3, 2014 READ MORE



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.”

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Sep 6, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 READ MORE


‘The Daily Show’: Women Just Spend Their Whole Day Navigating a Course of Sexual Menace

Jon Stewart, accompanied by correspondents Jessica Williams and Jordan Klepper, explains how American universities are practically “incentiviz[ing] sexual assault” these days with inaction and leniency toward attackers.

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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


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 WATCH & LISTEN



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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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More Proof We Just Don’t Care About Sexual Assault in the U.S.

Three teens who admitted to attacking and photographing an unconscious 15-year-old girl have been sentenced to mere days in a California juvenile detention center while their victim hanged herself eight days after the assault.

Posted on Jan 16, 2014 READ MORE



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Italian Woman ‘Sexually Assaulted’ Riot Cop With a Kiss?

An Italian student protester faces possible sexual assault charges after a photograph of her kissing a riot cop during a demonstration against the construction of a rail link became a symbol of peaceful protest.

Posted on Dec 15, 2013 READ MORE



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New Michigan Law Bars Abortion Coverage in Private Health Plans

The law, part of a growing state-level movement, includes rape, which means women must buy a separate “rape insurance” policy in the event they become pregnant from a sexual assault.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Rape Is Grossly Underreported in the U.S.

A new study by the National Research Council found major gaps in the data on rape collected by three major accounting groups.

Posted on Nov 21, 2013 READ MORE



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Do We Really Need Anti-Rape Underwear for the Modern Woman? (Video)

AR Wear, a company started by two New Yorkers, has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise money that will go toward producing its rape-resistant underpants. But are items such as these really what we should be investing in when it comes to eradicating sexual assault?

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Have a Quarter of Asian Men Really Committed Rape?

A statistic based on a United Nations Multi-Country Study on Men and Violence led many to believe that one in four men admitted to sexual assault in Asia and the Pacific. But is this founded on evidence or merely a misreading of the research?

Posted on Nov 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Bollywood Actresses’ Victim Blaming Video’s Gone Viral

Rape is no joking matter, that much is clear. But the members of an Indian comedy group has used sarcasm to highlight the absurdity of blaming victims of sexual assault, and has succeeded in sparking a much-needed debate in their nation.

Posted on Oct 12, 2013 READ MORE



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With Sexual Assaults Way Up, Pentagon Announces New Protections

Faced with the oversight of a new independent panel, the military has announced a plan to combat sexual assault in the ranks. Such attacks were up 37 percent in 2012, according to the Pentagon’s own information.

Posted on Aug 15, 2013 READ MORE


Sexual Assault Reform









Posted on Jul 23, 2013 ENLARGE


NSA Scandal: Why Aren’t Democrats Acting Like Democrats?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Republicans shred food stamps and Democrats retreat from principle. Plus: Sexual assault in Egypt, and Bradley Manning.

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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NSA Scandal: Why Aren’t Democrats Acting Like Democrats?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Republicans shred food stamps and Democrats retreat from principle. Plus: Sexual assault in Egypt, and Bradley Manning.

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 READ MORE


Courage Under Fire









Posted on Jun 9, 2013 ENLARGE


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