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Why Are Rape Victims Often Accused of Lying?

Laci Green of MTV Braless details the history and stereotypes that plague rape victims and how those stereotypes often keep rapists from being convicted.

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Anita Sarkeesian Describes the Fury She Cannot Express in Public

Media critic Anita Sarkeesian has been a target for online harassment for years, and it still continues today. Because of the constant death threats and insults, Sarkeesian fears going to public events, or even answering her own email. In her “What I Couldn’t Say” speech, Sarkeesian lists the ways online harassment has stopped her from expressing her emotions to the public and how deep down she is furious that such harassment is tolerated in social media.

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Street Harassment in Mexico City, and MRAs Take On ‘Frozen’

On this episode of Reality Cast, host Amanda Marcotte chats with Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, creator of the “Stop Telling Women to Smile” art project, about her recent work in Mexico City, where she was joined by Fusion editor Anna Holmes. In another segment, Marcotte looks at the claim that the movie Frozen oppresses men.

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‘Stop Telling Women to Smile’ Highlights Mexico’s Problem With Street Harassment

Illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh and Fusion’s Anna Holmes traveled to Mexico City to “amplify the voices of Mexican women who are challenging the ways in which their communities turn a blind eye to harassment and violence against women.” [via Fusion]

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New Bill Would Require Registry of Military Sex Offenders

Even when rapists in the military are convicted and sentenced, a loophole in the criminal justice system can leave them free to attack again.

Even when rapists in the military are convicted and sentenced, a loophole in the criminal justice system can leave them free to attack again.

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North Carolina Shooting: ‘This Was a Hate Crime,’ Says Victims’ Father

Three Muslim studentsDeah Barakat, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha—were killed by gunman Craig Stephen Hicks in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Tuesday. Though the police claimed the dispute was over a parking space, Yusor and Razan’s father called the incident a hate crime. [via Democracy Now!]

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Feds Clear Private Prison Group of Sexual Abuse at Texas Family Detention Facility

Investigators with the Department of Homeland Security say they turned up no evidence of what they call "inappropriate sexual relationships" between detention officers and women detained in a privately operated family immigration detention facility in Texas, according to a report released Friday.

Investigators with the Department of Homeland Security say they turned up no evidence of what they call “inappropriate sexual relationships” between detention officers and women detained in a privately operated family immigration detention facility in Texas, according to a report released Friday.

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President Obama Asks Americans to Take #ItsOnUs Pledge at the Grammys

On Sunday night, President Obama urged artists and their fans to help “create a culture where violence is not tolerated.”

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The Patriarchy’s Perfect Weapon: ‘But What If She’s Lying?’

Nowhere in this country do we have an apparatus that is set up to believe those among us who are sexually harassed, abused, raped, when we tell our stories. There is no perfect case. But there is patriarchy.

Nowhere in this country do we have an apparatus that is set up to believe those among us who are sexually harassed, abused, raped, when we tell our stories. There is no perfect case. But there is patriarchy.

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Threats Against Abortion Providers Have Doubled Since 2010, Report Finds

Abortion clinics nationwide face significant threats of harassment, intimidation and violence, according to a new report showing that threats of violence against abortion providers have doubled since 2010.

Abortion clinics nationwide face significant threats of harassment, intimidation, and violence, according to a new report showing that threats of violence against abortion providers have doubled since 2010.

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