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If Allegations Are True, Sayreville Football’s ‘Hazing’ Is Actually Rape

Officials cancelled the remainder of Sayreville War Memorial High School's football season amid allegations of violent hazing rituals. However, new details suggest that what happened in the locker room was not hazing—it was rape.

Officials cancelled the remainder of Sayreville War Memorial High School’s football season amid allegations of violent hazing rituals. However, new details suggest that what happened in the locker room was not hazing—it was rape.

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When It Comes to Police Brutality, Seeing Isn’t Always Believing

A recent police shooting in South Carolina illustrates the importance of video when it comes to issues of race and policing. It also reminds us of the complications inherent in crime-related imagery—especially regarding how much people only see what they want to believe.

A recent police shooting in South Carolina illustrates the importance of video when it comes to issues of race and policing. It also reminds us, however, that video alone is not enough to overcome or combat the violence resulting from implicit bias.

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For Survivors of Abuse, Access to Abortion Can Be a Lifesaver

In a new study, researchers from Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health found that women experiencing intimate partner violence, and who were unable to get the abortion they were seeking, were less likely to escape their abusive relationship.

In a new study, researchers from Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health found that women experiencing intimate partner violence, and who were unable to get the abortion they were seeking, were less likely to escape their abusive relationship.

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Federal Judge Pressured to Resign After Domestic Abuse Incident

After a federal judge, Mark Fuller, in Alabama accepted a plea deal on charges of intimate partner violence, a growing chorus of voices are calling for his resignation.

After a federal judge in Alabama accepted a plea deal on charges of intimate partner violence, a growing chorus of voices are calling for his resignation.

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On Race and Policing: Videos Only a Tool

Melissa Harris-Perry discusses a recent police shooting in South Carolina that was captured via dashcam, in which a former state trooper fired his gun at a Black man for diving “head-first back into [his] car” to grab the license the officer requested. “[W]here some see an aggressive move into a car, others see yet another unarmed Black man shot by a police officer over a minor infraction,” says Harris-Perry. “That divide about what we believe we see, even when we see the same thing, is a reminder that video whether by dashcam or bodycam or by bystander phone is only a tool.” [via MSNBC]

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Pennsylvania AG’s Office Says Rape Victim Should Shoulder Blame for Attack

Kathleen Kane

The victim “acted in a manner which in whole or in part contributed to” her attack, says a statement attributed to Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Kane says she was unaware of the statement drafted by her office.

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Philadelphia City Council Pushes Hate Crime Ordinance in Wake of Attack

People waiving LGBTQ pride flag at the 26th Annual Pride Parade on the streets of Center City Philadelphia in June 2014.

Philadelphia is poised to pass a new ordinance aimed at toughening the punishment of crimes committed on the basis of someone’s gender identity or sexual orientation.

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NFL Support Will Allow National Domestic Violence Hotline to Answer Virtually All Calls for Five Years

At a time when the federal program that supports the National Domestic Violence Hotline is providing a "modest increase" in funding after a reduction in funds three years ago, the National Network to End Domestic Violence has said the NFL will provide what it describes as "significant resources" for domestic violence programs.

At a time when the federal program that supports the hotline is providing a “modest increase” in funding after a reduction in funds three years ago, the NFL will provide what the hotline describes as “significant resources” for domestic violence programs.

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It’s on Us to Stop Sexual Assault (PSA)

In a new public service announcement, numerous celebrities and President Obama speak out against sexual assault, saying “It’s on us.” Learn more at ItsOnUs.org.

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Amid Criticism, NFL Announces Support for Domestic Violence Prevention Organizations

In a memo sent to league teams and staff, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced a long-term partnership with the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and said that NFL staff will soon be required to participate in programming to educate them about domestic violence.

In a memo sent to league teams and staff, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced a long-term partnership with the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center and said that NFL staff will soon be required to participate in programming to educate them about domestic violence.

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