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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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In Sexual Assault Cases, New Laws on Strangulation Aid Prosecution

Advocates are pushing for enhanced charges and new research on strangulation to put more rapists behind bars.

Advocates are pushing for enhanced charges and new research on strangulation to put more rapists behind bars.

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Activists Demand More Action One Year After Nigeria School Kidnappings

Yahaya Bwata's 17-year-old niece was among the Chibok school girls kidnapped by Boko Haram on April 14, 2014. He joined other Nigerians to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the girls 'abduction.

Nigerian activists and citizens are demanding more action as the country marks the one-year anniversary of the abduction of more than 200 teenage school girls.

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New Bill Would Help Domestic Violence Survivors Find Shelter for Their Pets Too

Less than 5 percent of domestic violence shelters nationwide house pets. But a real need exists for more: Survivors often delay leaving abusive situations because they fear their companion animal would be harmed or killed.

Less than 5 percent of domestic violence shelters nationwide house pets. But a real need exists for more: Survivors often delay leaving abusive situations because they fear their companion animal would be harmed or killed.

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Why Is It a Woman’s Responsibility to Not Get Raped?

From martial arts to nail polish that detects date rape drugs in drinks, women are bombarded with things that supposedly will stop them from getting raped. But why is the responsibility on women to protect themselves? YouTuber Anna Akana is “tired of being responsible for not getting raped,” and says the onus is on criminals to learn not to rape, not on the potential victims to learn how to not get raped.

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Assault on Pregnant Woman Could Lead to Anti-Choice Legislation

A brutal attack on a pregnant Colorado woman ignited an effort to pass a fetal-homicide bill, which would allow a fetus to be considered a victim of a crime. Pro-choice activists say Colorado already has laws designed to punish perpetrators of crimes involving fetuses, and they say a new law could undermine a woman’s right to choose.

A brutal attack on a pregnant Colorado woman ignited an effort to pass a fetal-homicide bill, which would allow a fetus to be considered a victim of a crime. Pro-choice activists say Colorado already has laws designed to punish perpetrators of crimes involving fetuses, and they say a new law could undermine a woman’s right to choose.

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Officer Michael Slager Charged With Murder After Video Surfaces

In North Charleston, South Carolina, police officer Michael Slager has been arrested and charged with murder for the shooting death of an apparently unarmed Black man, Walter Scott. Last night, the New York Times released cellphone footage of the incident, which was taken by an anonymous bystander, that appears to contradict Slager’s version of the shooting Saturday, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC reports. [via MSNBC]

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‘Living in the Crosshairs’ Puts Human Face on Grim Clinic Violence Statistics

In addition to bringing to light stories of harassment, Crosshairs also calls for reforms in the legal system, making it an absolute must-read for anyone in media and reproductive rights advocacy.

In addition to bringing to light stories of harassment, Crosshairs also calls for reforms in the legal system, making it an absolute must-read for anyone in media and reproductive rights advocacy.

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Anti-Choice Protesters ‘Terrorize’ Mississippi Community

Anti-choice activists staged a protest Sunday that included large graphic images outside of Jackson, Mississippi, churches during Palm Sunday services.

Anti-choice activists staged a protest Sunday that included large graphic images outside of Jackson, Mississippi, churches during Palm Sunday services.

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