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We’re Tired, Yes, But We Must Continue Talking About Racial Injustice

Congregants of the Greater Allen AME in New York City at St. Albans Memorial Park on June 20 in solidarity with Charleston, South Carolina's Emanuel AME.

When we stop talking about racism and racially motivated violence, we push the dream of a fair and equitable society even further into the distance.

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Investigative Report: How Victim-Blaming Led to the Rape Kit Backlog

“I honestly understand why a lot of people don’t report rape,” Kiyona Phillips told RH Reality Check in an interview. “Because if you’re not half-dead or beat in the face or it’s not recorded in any kind of way, you really have to prove that this happened to you.”

In cases of rape, the “he said, she said” dilemma has outgrown the realm of legitimate legal query, and has instead come to justify the systemic failure of police and prosecutors nationwide to properly process forensic evidence that could lead to more sexual assault convictions, and also to identifying serial rapists who otherwise remain at large.

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Kalief Browder Commits Suicide After Years of Abuse in Rikers Prison

Kalief Browder was only 16 when he was arrested on suspicion of stealing a backpack. Browder spent three years in Rikers Prison without a trial, and was finally released once his trial was dismissed. On Saturday, June 6, Browder committed suicide after his traumatizing experience in prison. Democracy Now! speaks to reporter Jennifer Gonnerman about the life of Kalief Browder and the emotional and physical abuse Browder faced while in prison.

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Texas Lawmaker: ‘The Left’ Hates the Duggars for Their ‘Standards’

I wouldn't say that I dislike the Duggar family because they have "standards," contrary to what Texas state Rep. Bill Zedler (R-Arlington) tweeted on Wednesday night.

I wouldn’t say that I dislike the Duggar family because they have “standards,” contrary to what Texas state Rep. Bill Zedler (R-Arlington) tweeted on Wednesday night.

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Video Games, Violence, and the Black Lives Matter Movement: How My Hobby Became a Trigger

People are killing all around me, in real life and in games, and sometimes it feels like I can't escape it.

People are killing all around me, in real life and in games, and sometimes it feels like I can’t escape it.

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The Josh Duggar Scandal, Barriers to Birth Control Access in Texas

On this episode of Reality Cast, Joseph Potter, faculty research associate for the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, discusses obstacles between women and birth control. Also, host Amanda Marcotte discusses the Duggar sex abuse scandal, and anti-choice politicians are getting nuttier and more radical.

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Taking Action to Combat State-Sanctioned Violence Against Women Worldwide

May 28 is the International Day of Action for Women’s Health—a day advocates have commemorated since 1987. This year, the focus is on institutional violence.

May 28 is the International Day of Action for Women’s Health—a day advocates have commemorated since 1987. This year, the focus is on institutional violence.

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‘Say Her Name’: Honoring the Black Women and Girls Killed by Police

On Wednesday, May 20, hundreds of people gathered at Union Square in New York City to draw attention to the many Black women and girls killed by police officers. The African American Policy Forum, along with several other community groups, organized the vigil as part of a nationwide call to action following the release of its report, entitled, Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women. [via New York Daily News]

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Report: U.S. Military Sexual Assault Victims Threatened With Violence, ‘Friendly Fire’

Human Rights Watch released a report on the horrors of retaliation as the United Nations urged the United States to do more to prevent military sexual assault.

Human Rights Watch released a report on the horrors of retaliation as the United Nations urged the United States to do more to prevent military sexual assault.

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Rape Kits: A Decade and A Billion Dollars Later, Why Can’t We Fix the Backlog?

A three-month investigation by RH Reality Check has revealed that the agency charged with overseeing this effort has been unable to answer these rudimentary questions, leaving advocates at a loss to explain why so little progress has been made on the backlog even while the Obama administration has identified it as a top priority for sexual justice.

A three-month investigation by RH Reality Check has revealed that the agency charged with overseeing this effort has been unable to answer these rudimentary questions, leaving advocates at a loss to explain why so little progress has been made on the backlog even while the Obama administration has identified it as a top priority for sexual justice.

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