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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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Nigerian ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ Activists Not Celebrating Ceasefire Deal Yet

Activists at a “Speak Out Saturday” meeting in Lagos this weekend.

Despite last week’s announcement of a deal between the Nigerian government and Boko Haram extremists that includes the safe release of more than 200 kidnapped girls, local activists maintain that “the parents cannot cherish promises.”

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‘The Gutting’ Tells the Honest and Harrowing Truths About Rape

Beck Cooper’s “The Gutting” is a powerful poem that exemplifies the struggles with identity, sexuality, and self-worth a rape victim faces after the horrific event.

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