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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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The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Video of Domestic Violence Wasn’t a ‘Mistake’

The video, which spread like wildfire across social media last week, was just the latest example of the way organizations continuously downplay the impact of domestic violence and rape culture. In turn, this betrays how little we as a society care for, or even think of, victims of interpersonal violence.

This video, which spread like wildfire across social media last week, was just the latest example of the way organizations continuously downplay the impact of domestic violence and rape culture. In turn, this betrays how little we as a society care for, or even think of, victims of interpersonal violence.

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Report: Civilian Victims of Military Sexual Assault ‘Remain in the Shadows’

Sexual assault in the military could be twice as common as the Pentagon claims, according to a new report released this week by the office of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

Sexual assault in the military could be twice as common as the Pentagon claims, according to a new report released this week by the office of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY).

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Nigerian Troops Rescue Pregnant Girls From Boko Haram’s Stronghold

About 200 girls are said to be pregnant among the hundreds of girls and women recently rescued in the Nigerian military fight against Boko Haram insurgents.

About 200 of the women and girls were said to be visibly pregnant among the hundreds of captives recently rescued in the Nigerian military fight against Boko Haram insurgents.

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There Is No Gray Area When It Comes to Consenting to Sex

Performing at the March 2015 Saint Paul Poetry Slam, poet Guante recites his poem “Consent at 10,000 Feet,” in which he explains how wrong it is to suggest there’s a “gray area” when it comes to consenting to sexual activities.

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Nan-Hui Jo’s Case Shows How the System Fails Immigrant Abuse Survivors

On April 28, a Korean immigrant and domestic abuse survivor named Nan-Hui Jo was sentenced to 175 days in jail and three years of probation after being convicted of misdemeanor child abduction. Now, she faces the threat of deportation and permanent separation from her daughter.

On April 28, a Korean immigrant and domestic abuse survivor named Nan-Hui Jo was sentenced to 175 days in jail and three years of probation after being convicted of misdemeanor child abduction. Now, she faces the threat of deportation and permanent separation from her daughter.

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Baltimore Uprising Comes After Years of Police Brutality, Economic Neglect

Amy Goodman is joined by civil rights leader Jesse Jackson and former city council president Lawrence Bell to discuss the many reasons Freddie Gray’s death spurred an uprising in Baltimore. Gray, 25, died on April 19 from fatal spinal injuries he suffered while in police custody. [via Democracy Now!]

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The ‘Rape Poems’ Aren’t the Problem (Trigger Warning)

Poet Brenna Twohy’s recites “Another Rape Poem” at the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam in Phoenix, Arizona. [via Button Poetry]

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Do Feed the Trolls—to People Who Will Hold Them Accountable

A few weeks ago, I experienced an Internet first: a troll genuinely apologized to me for his behavior. What happened? I called him out by calling in his family members and his peers. By treating him like a human being, instead of an insult machine with a keyboard and Internet access.

A few weeks ago, I experienced an Internet first: a troll genuinely apologized to me for his behavior. What happened? I called him out by calling in his family members and his peers. By treating him like a human being, instead of an insult machine with a keyboard and Internet access.

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