Rape at College, Then Rape by College

By: Sunday July 20, 2014 4:00 pm

Two weeks after the fall term started, an unknown number of male students, apparently including members of the undefeated football team at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (Hobart), raped an 18-tear-old freshman girl who’d had too much to drink. Hobart’s response was to re-rape the child bureaucratically by ignoring evidence and finding the alleged rapists not guilty. It was a sham of an administrative adjudication that failed to meet even a shadow of fairness, competence, or even intellectual plausibility. Hobart stands by its dishonest decision. Case closed.

Actually, the case may not be closed. The freshman, who took a leave of absence after the repeated abuse by students and administrators, has said that she will return to campus this fall, against her parents’ wishes, and that she will be working with other abuse survivors.

 

White Prison Guard in PA Rapes Inmate & Gets Probation

By: Tuesday April 8, 2014 5:10 pm

A white Pennsylvania correctional officer & sexually violent predator, Edward Davis, was sentenced today in Luzerne County Court to 5 years probation and 15 years on the Sex Offender registry. He faces no fine or victim restitution payments for raping an inmate at the State Correctional Institution at Dallas, PA, or for sneaking in a cellphone, so he can videotape himself doing the sexual act.

A Few Religious Objections to Hobby Lobby, et al.

By: Wednesday March 26, 2014 3:57 pm

After reading through some of the recaps of the oral arguments at SCOTUS yesterday in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius, it appears that some of the justices, and perhaps a majority, are willing to allow private religious objections to trump the laws, regulations, and ordinances enacted by local, state, and federal governments. Just so that no one is surprised later, I thought I’d lay out some of my strongly held religious beliefs now.

Eleven Years After US Invaded Iraq: Bloodshed, Rape, Torture & Executions in the Country Are Ignored

By: Thursday March 20, 2014 8:36 am

Kenneth Pollack, who has worked for the CIA and the National Security Council, was a prime advocate for the United States invasion and occupation of Iraq. He published a book called “The Threatening Storm: The Case for Invading Iraq” that was considered widely to be a very convincing case that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction or was close to obtaining them. But Pollack, like many other war advocates who populated the airwaves of US media in the months prior to invasion, was wrong.

Podcast: ‘Shia Saddam’—Maliki’s Forces & the ‘Residual Effects’ of US Military Occupation in Iraq

By: Sunday March 9, 2014 8:00 am

Nearly eleven years later, the residual effects of United States military occupation are still being felt in Iraq. Some of the worst effects are felt as a result of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who the US hand-picked to control the country’s government.

The Iraqi government’s ongoing attacks on the city of Fallujah are resulting in more and more claims of “war crimes” and “crime against humanity.”

Zerlina Maxwell Reacts to Twitter ‘Block’ Reversal After Online Uproar

By: Friday December 13, 2013 12:32 pm

Zerlina made waves last year following a segment on The Hannity Show where Sean Hannity attempted to argue that owning handguns would help women protect themselves against things like “evil” and rape. A survivor herself who’s leveraged her experiences to empower other women, she pointed to statistics of rape in the military, and the fact that two-thirds of women are raped by someone they know, to insist that rape prevention starts by first telling men not to rape.

The reaction online was swift and intense.

Maxwell was bombarded with death threats and threats of rape on Twitter and Facebook for stating the obvious.

#Justice4Daisy RallyToday, Maryville Rape Victim Has Voice

By: Tuesday October 22, 2013 4:00 pm

Daisy Coleman’s assailant, Matthew Barnett then 17, is the grandson of Rex Barnett, who served as member of the Missouri House of Representatives from 1994 to 2002. Barnett was initially charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, but two months later the charges were dropped. Jordan Zech, another senior, videotaped Barnett raping Daisy, and that video was passed around school. Zech was charged with exploitation of a minor. Those charges were dropped also and the video “disappeared.” One boy present that night was sentenced in juvenile court for his assault against Coleman’s then-13 year old friend.

A Case Study in Awful: The 8 Worst Parts of the Recent Naval Academy Rape Hearing

By: Friday September 13, 2013 5:11 pm

Recently, attorneys defending three former Naval Academy football players against allegations of sexual assault at an off-campus party spent more than 20 hours over five grueling days questioning, taunting, blaming, shaming, and what appears to be re-victimizing a 21-year-old female midshipman.

Texas Hits a New Low. Even for Texas.

By: Monday September 9, 2013 7:15 pm

Hornet Signs of Waco, Texas came up with this really tasteful truck decal of a bound woman in the truck bed.

At Swarthmore and Other Colleges, Students Say Sexual Assault Is a Persistent—and Often Mishandled—Problem

By: Saturday August 10, 2013 4:00 pm

Joshua, a 21-year-old Swarthmore College student, is calling from his home in California—three time zones and 2,800 miles away from the prestigious campus 30 minutes outside Philadelphia. He’s back on the West Coast for the summer, tackling unfinished coursework after leaving school a few weeks early.

But, on this late July evening, he’s recalling the night last fall when he was raped, and the details of how Swarthmore mishandled his case.

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