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UVA Officials Reacted to Rape Culture Only Once the World Started Watching

After a damning article about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity erupted in a firestorm of negative press, school officials suspended Greek life, called an emergency meeting of a Board, and asked for a police investigation. But administrators have known about this incident for over a year, the timing of their reaction suggests its a public relations strategy rather than a real attempt to affect change.

After a damning article about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity erupted in a firestorm of negative press, school officials leapt into action. But the timing of their response suggests it is more a public relations strategy rather than a real attempt to effect change.

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Temple University Facing Scrutiny for Cosby Ties, Title IX Sexual Assault Complaints

Bill Cosby has been an active member of the Temple community and a significant donor, and is a member of the school's board of trustees. Temple is also one of 55 colleges under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education for allegedly mishandling students' sexual assault claims under Title IX.

Bill Cosby has been an active member of the Temple community and a significant donor, and is a member of the school’s board of trustees. Temple is also one of 55 colleges under investigation by the U.S. Department of Education for allegedly mishandling students’ sexual assault claims under Title IX.

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The Austin Police Department Needs an Attitude Adjustment, Stat

The Austin police chief's response to two officers that cracked rape jokes—implying that "their heart[s] were in the right place"—is just the latest demonstration of a department culture that appears to be uninterested in addressing the needs of the city's most marginalized citizens.

The Austin police chief’s response to two officers that cracked rape jokes—implying that “their heart[s] were in the right place”—is just the latest demonstration of a department culture that appears to be uninterested in addressing the needs of the city’s most marginalized citizens.

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When Teachers Sleep With Students, the Student Is Always the Victim

It seems like every week, there's another story in the news about a teacher having sexual contact with a student.

It seems like every week, there’s another story in the news about a teacher having sexual contact with a student. Though the circumstances of each case are different, one thing should be clear to us: The young people involved are never at fault.

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Artist Illustrates Police Reaction to Ferguson Protests

Illustrator Molly Crabapple shows the police response to protests in Ferguson after the fatal shooting of Mike Brown, and the ongoing tension between communities of color and law enforcement. [via Colorlines]

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New York City Commits $35 Million to Test Rape Kits Nationwide

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that it has committed up to $35 million to fund the clearance of rape kit backlogs across the country. The initiative, which was launched in partnership with the Joyful Heart Foundation’s End the Backlog program, is the single largest-ever financial contribution towards ending the rape kit backlog.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that it has committed up to $35 million to fund the clearance of rape kit backlogs across the country, in partnership with the Joyful Heart Foundation’s End the Backlog program.

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Street Harassment Signals a Bigger, Global Problem: What That Catcalling Video Missed

The same culture that allows men to catcall, without restriction, on the street, allows men to stalk and invade the personal space of women and threaten us without penalty.

The same culture that allows men to catcall, without restriction, on the street, allows men to stalk and invade the personal space of women and threaten us without penalty.

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‘Carry That Weight’ Shows Need for Comprehensive Sexual Education

Bringing sexual and domestic violence to the forefront of public consciousness by speaking out and sharing our stories is critical, but it is only one part of enacting wide-ranging change.

Bringing sexual and domestic violence to the forefront of public consciousness by speaking out and sharing our stories is critical, but it is only one part of enacting wide-ranging change.

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How to Talk to Your Guy Friends About Not Threatening to Rape and Murder Women on the Internet

If you really think that you are a good guy, and that you are not the kind of person who would threaten to rape and murder someone for the hell of it, the onus is on you to fix this.

If you really think that you are a good guy, and that you are not the kind of person who would threaten to violently hurt someone for the hell of it, the onus is on you to fix this.

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How to Stop Incarcerating the Mentally Ill and Start Helping Them

Many people who struggle with a mental illness are unnecessarily arrested because police officers are not properly trained to handle a mental health crisis. OverCriminalized, produced by Brave New Films, details how the mentally ill are treated within the justice system, and one department’s answer to helping both police officers and those who struggle with a mental illness.

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