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Tag: Sexual Assault

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

Cosby’s Consent

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 READ MORE

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 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

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


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 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

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

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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


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


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 READ MORE

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

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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 READ MORE

Military Chain of Command

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 READ MORE

Military Assault

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 READ MORE

Kansas Farmer Sues Monsanto, Glenn Beck’s Bizarre Interview, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including more Republican insults against women and why the GOP is upset (again) with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 READ MORE

Military Justice

Posted on May 17, 2013 READ MORE

Sexual Abuse in the Military

Posted on May 13, 2013 READ MORE


Posted on May 13, 2013 READ MORE

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Sexual Assaults and Nuclear Missiles: What’s the Matter With the Military?

After years of repeated reports of sexual assaults—and years of promises to prevent them, and then years of studies and commissions to find the best way of doing so—a Defense Department study released Tuesday estimates that some 26,000 people in the military were sexually assaulted in the last fiscal year, up from about 19,000 the year before.

Posted on May 9, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Arlington County Police Department

Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention Chief Charged With Sexual Battery

Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski, who heads the Air Force’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response unit, has been accused of the very thing he’s been tasked with trying to stop.

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE

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Michigan High School Protected Star Athlete Over Rape Victim, Lawsuit Alleges

Despite the principal’s plea to not report the attack, the victim filed charges against the basketball player out of fear he would strike again. Those fears were confirmed just two weeks later when he is said to have sexually assaulted another student. The story gets even more heartbreaking as it progresses.

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Carolyn Kaster

Truthdigger of the Week: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand told a panel of judge advocate generals that their supposed efforts to resolve the military’s sexual abuse crisis were not enough.

Posted on Mar 16, 2013 READ MORE

Sen. Gillibrand Rips Military Over Handling of Sexual Assault Cases

On Wednesday, a Senate Armed Services subcommittee held a hearing to discuss rape and sexual assault in the military, the first one in nearly a decade. During the hearing, military lawyers answered questions about how the armed services handle such cases. But their answers left Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand “extremely disturbed.”

Posted on Mar 14, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Reed Saxon

Cardinal Mahony ‘Forgives’ Those Angry With Him Over Child Sex Abuse Scandal

The level of narcissism and insensitivity displayed by the pedophile enabler in a blog post Thursday shows just how far removed he is from reality.

Posted on Feb 17, 2013 READ MORE

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A Rape a Minute, a Thousand Corpses a Year

We have an abundance of rape and violence against women in this country and on this Earth, though it’s almost never treated as a civil rights or human rights issue, or a crisis, or even a pattern.

Posted on Jan 24, 2013 READ MORE

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Egyptian Women Protesters Assaulted in Tahrir Square

In what looks to be an attempt to keep females out of Cairo’s political life, hundreds of men assaulted about 50 Egyptian women and their male supporters as they marched against sexual harassment in Tahrir Square on Friday.

Posted on Jun 9, 2012 READ MORE

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Brits Tell Assange to Pack for Sweden

The verdict in Britain’s Supreme Court did not go well Wednesday for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been fighting extradition to Sweden on sexual assault charges. Assange has been granted two weeks to consider his next move, which may be a petition for a retrial.

Posted on May 30, 2012 READ MORE

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