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The Language of Rape

Language is a funny thing. So utterly vital to our lives, but also so fragile. In the aftermath of my experience with sexual violence I’ve come to realize how key language is our perceptions of events, and how the emotions that follow. I was sexually assaulted. I was raped. Two sentences with very different connotations. […]

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The Important Thing About “Trigger Warnings” on Campuses Is That We Are Talking About Them

In an article title “Warning: The Literary Canon Could Make Students Squirm,” The New York Times on Tuesday described ongoing debates on college and university campuses about whether or not trigger warnings should be used in advance of discussions that include, among other things, violent, racist and misogynistic content. This argument is a repeat of a […]

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If you don’t like “Rape Culture” then focus for a minute on sex and status

Last week saw two media flare-ups related to how we think and talk about rape. The first erupted over a statement made by Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN) to the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault. The organization urged the task force to avoid the “unfortunate trend towards blaming ‘rape culture.’ Although […]

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The justice backlog: Why are hundreds of thousands of rape kits gathering dust?

Trigger Warning: rape, violent crime Even as the Justice Department reports that our nation’s crime labs are processing more rape kits, there is a greater backlog than ever in analysis of potential evidence. Indeed, it is estimated that there are as many as 400,000 untested kits sitting in evidence storage all across the country. Considering that every rape kit […]

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Men Are 32x More Likely to Be Killed By Lightning than Falsely Accused of Rape

In a variety of ways, it’s been said to me for as long as I can remember: “Be careful about what girls you sleep with. They might accuse you of raping them.” “Did you hear about that chick accusing so-and-so of raping her? What a cunt.” “Don’t stick your dick in crazy.” It starts early, […]

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What does violence against women look like?

I thought a long time about sharing the photo on the left, but decided to because we have so many others that glorify violence against women and turn into a joke or a game – like the advert on the right, which is one of many similar ones where violence against women is glamourized. Sexy is […]

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Why #passMJIA? 50 Facts About the Injustice of Sexual Assault in the US Military

More than 70 members of the US Military deal with unwanted sexual contact, sexual assault and rape every day. That’s three every hour. The National Defense Authorization Act will come to the Senate floor on Monday. As a result, sometime during the next week, Senator Kirstin Gillibrand‘s controversial Military Justice Improvement Act (MJIA), will be […]

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Red Lines: Rape is a Prohibited Weapon

World leaders continue to do a high-wire dance on the red line of Syria’s use of chemical weapons.  Chemical weapons are prohibited for good reason.  But, not all weapons are created equal. Take rape.  Rape is an unlawful weapon during conflict, but how many states can you name that have been challenged for use of […]

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Steubenville, Victim-Blaming, and Solutions to Rape

Last weekend, two teenage boys who were popular football players from Steubenville, Ohio, were found guilty of raping a teenage girl last summer at a party. In a culture that portrays rapists as scary men in dark alleyways, the boys and many of their friends did not identify what happened as rape and even photographed […]

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Power and Sex: Presumed Consent is Killing Equality.

IN Swaziland, teenage girls are taught about sexually transmitted diseases, condoms and HIV testing information handed out at will as they learn that sex is dangerous and mostly for men.  In India, The Justice Verma Committee’s recommendation on recognizing marital rape as an offence under criminal law was hastily swept aside by the Standing Committee […]

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