Jessica Luther is a writer, journalist, and activist. Her writing as appeared in The Texas Observer and at The Guardian, The Atlantic, Salon, and Think Progress. Her reproductive rights activism began with a site titled Keep Your BS Out Of My Uterus, which she ran for two years. She has worked with RH Reality Check to try to stop anti-choice legislation throughout the country, and as an activist in Texas, she helped organize the large-scale protests at the state capitol in the summer of 2013. She is always on Twitter (@scATX).
The only thing about the Jameis Winston case that is clear is that nothing about the case is clear. It is now a statistic in a sea of such statistics, another example that our justice system and society at large are ill-equipped to handle sexual assault cases and the damage they do to everyone involved.
Florida State University star quarterback Jameis Winston was recently accused of raping a fellow student. Football culture clouds our ability to see him as anything other than a famous kid with amazing athletic skills, while rape culture demands that we mistrust the victim, question her credibility, and try to poke holes in her story.
On Tuesday, high-profile political coverage in the national media was mainly focused on the US presidential election, some Senate and House races, and a few state ballot measures. Yet there were a seemingly endless number of smaller, less-publicized elections for city- and state-level positions, votes on state initiatives that flew under the radar, and city and county decisions that were only covered in local news.