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The Ongoing Battle to Remove Military Sexual Assault Prosecution From the Chain of Command

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The Senate Armed Services chair has bowed to the objections of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and spiked Sen. Gillibrand’s measure to take the prosecution of sexual assaults in the military out of the chain of command. This, after a day-long military sexual assault hearing that featured mostly men.

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Scott Roeder Put in Solitary Confinement Over Threats Targeting Abortion Clinic Staff

The convicted killer of Dr. George Tiller will serve 45 days in solitary confinement after making threats against the director of a newly opened abortion clinic in Wichita.

The convicted killer of Dr. George Tiller will serve 45 days in solitary confinement after making threats against the director of a newly opened abortion clinic in Wichita.

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No, Texas Law Does Not Say You Can Shoot an Escort Who Refuses to Have Sex

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A misreading of the verdict in an upsetting Texas case has gone viral, since Gawker claimed: “Texas Says It’s OK to Shoot an Escort If She Won’t Have Sex With You.” Texas law does not say that, and the jury didn’t either. This story looks very different depending on if you are looking at the law or the reporting.

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Senator Shaheen: On Military Sexual Assaults, the Question Is ‘What More Should Be Done?’

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who chairs the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support, discusses the latest on sexual assault in the military. All six members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff testified Tuesday before the Armed Services panel. (via Thomas Roberts / MSNBC)

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Military Sexual Assault Hearing: Chambliss Slut-Shames, Gillibrand Schools Joint Chiefs

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The Joint Chiefs of Staff flatly rejected removal of sex-crimes prosecution from the chain of command; Sen. Gillibrand took them to school. Meanwhile, Saxby Chambliss claimed that “the hormone level created by nature sets in place the possibility for these types of things to occur.”

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How Domestic Violence Survivors Get Evicted From Their Homes After Calling the Police

An examination of a city ordinance in Norristown, Pennsylvania, reveals a nationwide problem: In dozens of cities, "disorderly conduct" ordinances discourage domestic violence survivors from calling the police, lest they face eviction from their homes.

An examination of a city ordinance in Norristown, Pennsylvania, reveals a nationwide problem: In dozens of cities, “disorderly conduct” ordinances discourage domestic violence survivors from calling the police, lest they face eviction from their homes.

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Jury Selection Begins in Trial Against Man Who Allegedly Planned to Kill Abortion Provider

The jury was selected this week, and Lang's defense lawyer, Eric Schulenberg, set the stage for trying to keep his client out of jail.

Ralph Lang’s lawyer, Eric Schulenberg, reportedly plans to ask what “constituted an actual attempt to kill someone.” During jury selection, Schulenberg drew an apparent parallel between the clinic plot and attempts to hunt wildlife.

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Obama, Hagel Offer Lip Service on Military Sexual Assault

"We have to be determined to stop these crimes, because they’ve got no place in the greatest military on earth," President Barack Obama told the U.S. Naval Academy class of 2013.

Judging by their words, you’d think they’d be willing to stop at nothing to end the epidemic of sexual assault in the military. But you would be wrong.

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Activists Demand Facebook Stop ‘Glorifying Violence Against Girls and Women’

A new advocacy campaign urges the social media site to crack down on gender-based hate speech.

A new advocacy campaign urges the social media site to crack down on gender-based hate speech.

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The Rescued Women in Cleveland Were Not ‘Sex Slaves’—They Were Raped

Conflating the word “rape” with “sex” demeans sex for all of us, but most especially for survivors of sexual violence.

Conflating the word “rape” with “sex” demeans sex for all of us, but most especially for survivors of sexual violence.

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