Teach Your Children Well: Men Must Be Leaders in Changing the Culture of Abuse

By: Thursday April 4, 2013 6:02 pm

We have seen much — and much-deserved — criticism of the mainstream media coverage of the Steubenville rape verdict. Some reporters, notoriously, have focused on what “good students” the convicted young men are and what “bright futures” had been squandered by their actions. While these may have been misguided analyses of the verdict, the outrage stems from the fact that such comments are part of a broader social narrative.

The lack of discourse and concern for the future of the Steubenville victim points to a deeper social problem; it’s a double-down on blaming the victim.


Why Zerlina Maxwell Is Almost Right About Teaching Men Not to Rape

By: Tuesday March 12, 2013 7:10 pm

Last week, Democratic strategist, writer, and rape survivor Zerlina Maxwell went on The Sean Hannity Show and argued that men and boys should be trained not to rape. Maxwell was viciously attacked by conservatives following her appearance. But if there’s any problem with Maxwell’s argument, it’s not that it went too far — it’s that it could have gone even further.

One in Three: Silenced Stories of Survivors of Sexual Assault and Women Who Have Abortions

By: Friday February 15, 2013 5:14 pm

Valentine’s Day is a day when we are supposed to remind those we care about that we love them. But it is also V-Day, a day where people around the world share stories of physical and sexual violence against women in order to remind the world that we care about women and will not tolerate rape, battery, and abuse. This year marks the 15th Anniversary of V-day and the 40th Anniversary of Roe V. Wade. So I thought it would be appropriate to draw a connection between the silenced stories of the 1 in 3 women worldwide who have experienced physical and sexual violence and the silenced stories of 1 in 3 women in the United States who will have an abortion in their lifetime.

Four Things You Probably Don’t Know About Title IX

By: Tuesday February 5, 2013 1:20 pm

Tomorrow, Wednesday, February 6th, is National Girls & Women in Sports Day, which has people singing the praises of Title IX from soccer fields, softball diamonds, tracks, pools and countless other sporting venues — and for good reason! Title IX is an enormously important law for female athletes — no other law has done more to expand opportunities for women and girls in athletics.

Followup: Contempt Motion Withdrawn Against Sexual Assault Victim

By: Tuesday July 24, 2012 9:40 am

Sunday night I brought you the story of a young woman whose horrific sexual assault was compounded by her attackers posting pictures on the internet. Even worse, attorneys for the convicted juveniles were seeking contempt charges against her for posting their names on Twitter after she first heard about the plea deal in the courtroom, with no consultation with the prosecution. Today, the contempt request was dropped by attorneys for the two convicted sexual assaulters.

Teen Names Her Sex-Assaulters on Twitter; Faces Jail Time

By: Sunday July 22, 2012 8:01 pm

Savannah Dietrich, the 17-year-old victim *named with her and her parents’ written permission in the Louisville Courier Journal* now faces contempt charges requested by her convicted but not yet sentenced attackers’ attorneys for violating the confidentiality of the juvenile court system, which protected them from being named — until her Tweet.

Working With Your Rapist as Your Supervisor? The Widespread Sexual Abuse of Women in Farm Work

By: Monday May 28, 2012 10:15 am

There aren’t many jobs in the U.S. that are tougher than farmwork. But the job is especially unbearable if you have to work yourself to exhaustion all day under the watch of the man who raped you.

NYPD Using Sexual Assault as Law Enforcement Tool?

By: Saturday May 5, 2012 4:00 pm

Is the NYPD using sexual assault as a law enforcement tool? It sure looks that way.

Scott Walker: Double the Hypocrisy, Double the Dumb!

By: Monday April 30, 2012 10:01 am

Last Wednesday was Denim Day, an international campaign to raise awareness of sexual assault and rape. The campaign was in reaction to the Italian Supreme Court’s ruling overturning a rape conviction based on the fact that the victim of the rape was wearing tight denim jeans.

In his usual vainglorious, hypocritical way, Scott Walker pretended to commemorate the day and National Victims Rights Week by signing into law a bill called the Wisconsin Crime Victim Rights Preservation Act.

Sandusky Goes on National TV, Admits to Showering With Boys, Denies Abuse

By: Tuesday November 15, 2011 2:10 pm

Today saw the astounding spectacle of alleged pedophile Jerry Sandusky going on national television, while under indictment, and proclaiming his innocence to Bob Costas while acknowledging that he sometimes showered with young boys and that was probably inappropriate.

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