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Could New Steubenville Indictments Send a Message to Communities About Dealing With Rape?

Texas' omnibus anti-abortion law goes on trial again this morning in New Orleans.

Four more adults were indicted Monday for what they did—or didn’t do—after the rape of a 16-year-old girl last August. It will be interesting to see if going after the adults who facilitate these situations will be the lesson that communities need to start paying attention to our nation’s rape problem.

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Regaining Control After Sexual Assault Through Fitness

In addition to helping survivors cope, exercise is also a way to release the feelings of anger and rage that can also be common after sexual assault.

In addition to helping survivors cope, exercise is a way to release the feelings of anger and rage that can also be common after sexual assault.

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In India and Elsewhere, Laws Without Accountability Won’t End Gender Violence or Bring Justice to Its Victims

Bus in New Delhi. (nraja.freeservers.com)

The death from gang rape of a 23-year-old student has turned a spotlight on India’s gender norms. In response, Human Rights Watch has come out with a series of policy recommendations for India. But without effective enforcement, these laws won’t even move the needle on acts of violence against women.

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When Partner Abuse Isn’t a Bruise But a Pregnant Belly

Sexual violence and coercion by intimate partners plays a critical role in unintended pregnancy, the spread of sexually transmitted infections, poor maternal outcomes and in abortion. The problems of violence, control, and contraceptive sabotage are so widespread that public-health advocates see teen pregnancy as a “canary in a coal mine” or one indicator of possible abuse.

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Addressing Sexual Violence through Sexuality Education

Parents and teachers need to have lots of difficult conversations about sex with their teens, where the “right” answer isn’t clear.

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New Afghan Law a Dramatic Abrogation of Women’s Rights

The international community played a role during the drafting of the Afghan constitution, ensuring seats for women in Parliament. Now this is the time to follow up on those principles that they enshrined for the Afghan people.

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Men Can, and Should, Stop Rape

At the Men Can Stop Rape conference in DC, a 40% male participant group brainstormed on evolving masculinity, gender relations, re-examining marital rape, and innovations coming from the federal government.

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The Date Rape Heard Round the World

The date rape in “Observe and Report” is a natural progression from the “Knocked Up” mentality of sidelining women for dude-induced yuks.

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LA Rape Kits Left to Rot

As a Law and Order: SVU junkie of sorts, I always assumed that there would be a sassy female detective pestering the crime lab to ensure that any sexual offender would be tracked down and reprimanded for their crime, making sure that every bit of evidence is tested. But when it comes to the handling of rape kits, life doesn’t always imitate television.

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The World According to O’Reilly: If You Got It, You Were Asking for It

The reason that people blame Rihanna or any victim of a gender-based hate crime is that the supposed protection of the patriarchy is only extended to good girls.

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